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12/08/2011 05:06 pm ET | Updated Dec 12, 2011

The Carnival Destiny: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Carnival Destiny is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Carnival Destiny.

Destination

The Carnival Destiny offers five-day Western Caribbean cruises to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman Island; five-day Eastern Caribbean cruises to Nassau and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas and Grand Turk and four-day cruises to Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West, Florida. All cruises depart from Miami.

Passenger Ship

The 101,353-ton Carnival Destiny is 892 feet long and has a cruising speed of up to 21 knots. It can hold up to 2,642 passengers.

Special Features

The Carnival Destiny offers four spacious swimming pools, a three- deck-high Twister water slide, a library, Seaside Theatre, several themed bars and lounges, Millionaire's Club Casino, nightclubs, live entertainment at the Palladium, shops, a spa and a fitness center. There are clubs geared toward younger cruisers ages 2 to 17.

Accommodations

The Carnival Destiny offers about 500 balcony staterooms and suites. The staterooms offer a picture window, porthole or private balcony. The suites offer picture windows and private balconies. Cabins are 50 percent more spacious than on any other cruise line.

Cost

Prices range from $199 for an interior room to $1,239 for a suite, depending on the cruise length, cabin and time of year. Christmas week is the most expensive time to cruise.

Excursions

Swimming with the dolphins is the best excursion in Cozumel, according to some passengers. This includes a training session and a full hour with the dolphins. The dolphins push participants through the water and give them rides, providing an unforgettable experience.

Dining Experience

Formal dining rooms on the Carnival Destiny offer a first-class culinary experience, while the reservations-only Supper Club serves steakhouse favorites. The Lido restaurant offers a buffet and international cuisines. If you prefer to stay in for the night, room service is provided.

Maiden Voyage

The Carnival Destiny's maiden voyage occurred in 1996. This ship has always been a passenger ship and was built by its current owners.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Carnival Destiny.

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