PHOTO TOUR AND
Carnival Destiny is a historic ship. She was the first
cruise ship to break the 100,000 gross ton mark and
thus was a milestone in the development of the
mega-cruise ship. In addition, her design proved so
popular and manageable that her basic design has
been used as the blueprint not just for the
Destiny-class ships but for all of the subsequent
classes of very large Carnival ships thus far including
the Triumph, Conquest, Splendor and Dream classes.
As the first ship in her class, it is interesting to walk
around DESTINY and compare her to some of the
subsequent ships and consider what was changed and
what has been added. For example, the décor on
DESTINY is somewhat louder in places than on say
CARNIVAL VICTORY. There is no supper club as
on CARNIVAL GLORY. Still, passengers who have
tried one of the subsequent ships will see much that is
familiar in DESTINY.
In 2005, DESTINY underwent a multi-million dollar
21-day dry docking during which she was extensively
refurbished and new amenities were added including
an expanded teen club and additions to the casino.
Restaurants were revamped, the stage on the open
deck moved, new equipment added to the theater, and
the penthouses and suites done over, to mention a few
of the changes.
In September 2008, Destiny underwent another refit.
This time the most significant change was the addition
of a giant outdoor LCD screen above the main
DESTINY is a large ship capable of carrying 3,400
passengers at full capacity. At double occupancy, the
number drops to 2,642. There are eight Penthouse
Suites, 40m suites, 432 Ocean View Staterooms with
balconies, 16 Ocean View Staterooms with "glass
walls," and 515 inside cabins.
Technologically, the ship is designed for cruising calm
waters. She has a relatively shallow draft of 27 feet
that allows her to dock in the island ports that she
visits. Her powerful bow and stern thrusters make her
quite maneuverable, which enables her to do
itineraries where tug boat assistance is not always
In 2013, Destiny underwent a major refurbishment
and when she emerged she was renamed Carnival
Pools, Spa, Sports and Open Decks.................Page Two
Shops, Children, Other Areas..........................Page Three
Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment...........Page Four
Above: Some of the many awards and
plaques DESTINY has received during her
The central hub of the ship is The
Rotunda atrium which extends
upward eleven decks. It is ringed
with neon lights that give it a
glamorous exciting feel.
The door handles in some
of the public areas
trademark ship funnels.
Above left: The Shore Excursions Desk.
Above right: The Guest Services Desk
Right: The Port Shopping Specialist's Desk.
Cruise ship photo tour - Carnival Destiny - page 1
The art collection on DESTINY is located primarily in the stairway
towers. It is absrtact and the use of colors is similar to works found on
Carnival's ealier Fantasy-class ships.
VIEWS OF THE PAST
To keep current with public tastes, a modern cruise ship
goes through numerous changes during its lifetime as new
features are added and changes are made to the decor. The
following are some views of DESTINY in her earlier
Right: Destiny in San Juan Puerto Rico in 2002. Below:
The Solar Pool area before the addition of the Seaside
Theater. Below right: The whirlpools in the the
Gymnasium have been replaced by a fitness class area.
Bottom left: The Palladium Lounge in 2008.
Bottom right: Destiny off St. Thomas in the late 1990s.