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If you are from Middletown, I know exactly where you are. The senior pastor at our church is from Germantown and he went to Valley View. He was raised in a church in Germantown as well. We also take our youth group up there to play paintball too. Small world right?

 

Small world indeed. Valley View had quite a few years of great football. Have friends and family there as well. Any tips on the Marriott Biscayne Bay for a great rate.

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I love your review, and your humor. I just felt like going on a cruise tonight so your review hit the spot. Can't wait to read the rest.

Going on the Breeze in March, no Destiny trip planned, but after reading your review, who knows ?

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After a while of standing on our balcony, we went back to the spa for their raffle giveaway. When we got there, all their tours were over so they directed the men and women to the gym through their respective locker rooms. Here are some photos that I took of the men's locker room.

 

Changing area with lockers on both sides of the room.

 

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8 shower stalls

 

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Sauna that I used on more than one occasion.

 

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Steam room which only worked a couple of days during the entire trip.

 

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I am loving this review. We are on the Destiny in 65 days and reading your trip report is getting me so excited. Can I ask if the sauna and steamroom are co-ed or located in each of the locker room areas?

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Please try to give all the little details about being B2B. We are going on a B2B in January on the Valor. Thanks in advance.

 

Wiz

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We met in the group fitness area of the gym for the drawing. They gave out 2, $50 off certificates, 2, $100 off certificates, and 1, $200 off certificate.

 

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They told us that to get the certificate, you had to come up front and dance for 5 seconds to get your prize. We did not end up winning anything, which was not too bad because dance moves like mine shouldn’t be seen by the human eye! This guy however won a certificate and was more than willing to bust a move.

 

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Next it was time to head back and check and see if our luggage had arrived yet. We were thrilled to see our bags waiting at our door and began to unpack and get everything setup in our room. After that it was time to head to our first dinner on the cruise!

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We choose Your Time Dining as it allowed us to be flexible with our dining times should something come up during the day. I know there is debate about which is better but we have never had a problem. On our very first cruise, we hit a homerun with our waiter and were hoping to do the same on this cruise.

 

We were seated immediately and served by our waiter that night. There was slight confusion on his part as we brought our can of pop to dinner with us. We asked him for a glass of ice and also a water too. This seemed to confuse him but he finally figured it out. He had a very heavy accent and so there was a slight language barrier between he and us. He did a good job but we requested a different server the next night.

 

I tried to take pictures of the menus for everyone and hope that you can see them well. I only took pictures of the menu during the first week because they are the same for the next week.

 

Every Day Menu

 

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Day 1 Menu

 

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I chose the Beef Brisket for my main course

 

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My wife had the Tilapia

 

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For dessert I chose the Cheesecake

 

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My wife had the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

 

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For starters, we ordered the shrimp cocktail but she ate them both as I do not eat it. I would say that most every night I did not order a starter. There was just nothing on there that flipped my switch. I am not that exotic of an eater so this was no big deal to me.

 

All in all, we had great dinners every night. The first night was our least favorite and that was because of the struggle we had with our server. This was not his fault, nor ours. We just did not understand him well and he did not understand us well. We still left him money, as that is just simply the right thing to do. Every night we were there in the dining room, we always left cash for the server.

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I am loving this review. We are on the Destiny in 65 days and reading your trip report is getting me so excited. Can I ask if the sauna and steamroom are co-ed or located in each of the locker room areas?

 

 

Thank you for the kind words. To answer your question, the steam room and locker rooms are not co-ed. Though I did not see it myself, I am assuming the ladies have one loacted in their locker rooms. Hope this helps!

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OP can you post the daily papers please. We leave in a month and your review might not be done but then LOL.:D Thanks

 

I will be posting the Fun Times at the end of each day that I am talking about. I am pacing myself on the review because it is very hard to write it all, work my job, and be a good daddy and husband. I am already half way through the trip in my document and am just copying and pasting as I go along. Again, just trying to pace myself so I can leave a buffer should a day come that I may not be able to write.

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After dinner, we went and explored the ship to kill some time until Game Show Mania in the Palladium. The sun was just beginning to set and gave us a nice little showing before disappearing in the horizon.

 

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We walked around the track for about a mile to get some type of exercise in. We had been dieting before vacation and one of our goals was to exercise everyday to try and curb the weight gain. They say the average cruiser gains 2 pounds per day. We were going to be there for 10 days so an extra 20 pounds was not something we needed or wanted. When we got home, I weighed myself and found that I had only gained 3 pounds on our B2B cruise. Not too bad if I must say myself!

 

As we were walking the ship, the wind began blowing and the seas started to get a little rough as a storm was in the distance. You could see it lightning in the clouds and causing some thunder. I thought it would be pretty neat to try to capture a photo of the lightning in the clouds. I think it is a pretty sweet photo! What about you?

 

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I will be posting the Fun Times at the end of each day that I am talking about. I am pacing myself on the review because it is very hard to write it all, work my job, and be a good daddy and husband. I am already half way through the trip in my document and am just copying and pasting as I go along. Again, just trying to pace myself so I can leave a buffer should a day come that I may not be able to write.

 

I think you're doing a great job!! I'm sure this is hard work, I've never been brave enough to try it myself.

 

 

 

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Beautiful picture of a very happy couple!!!

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I will be posting the Fun Times at the end of each day that I am talking about. I am pacing myself on the review because it is very hard to write it all, work my job, and be a good daddy and husband. I am already half way through the trip in my document and am just copying and pasting as I go along. Again, just trying to pace myself so I can leave a buffer should a day come that I may not be able to write.

 

Thanks for the response. I know you have a demanding profession. I'm trying to develop patience as a virtue. I'll gather what I have and read along.

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Awesome review so far. Let me add...

*65 days and I can't wait to see her!

*I shared this review with my Mother b/c she'll be joining me.

*You and your wife are ADORABLE!

*I loved her pedi-cute flower.

*Awesome lightning shot, I love catching those myself...

Also, thanks for taking the time to write & post this review. I plan on doing one myself :)

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Before going to Game Show Mania, we needed to drop by the room. Dani, our room steward, had already been by and left our little towel guy for us.

 

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Just as with the waiters, we left some cash for Dani every night and he seemed to appreciate that. Though we did not see him very much, he took great care of us and made sure we had everything we needed. Since we did not see him much except for passing him in the halls, we always left him a note on the bed thanking him for taking care of us. Again, being nice to people will go a long way for you!

 

We went to the main lounge to watch Game Show Mania. Josh and Ashley were helping run the game.

 

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Josh picked me as one of the contestants in the game. I was not there to lose but to bring home a victory!!!

 

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Luckily, I won the game and walked away with my very own Carnival Destiny ship on a stick. I was so proud of myself and slept with a smile on my face that night. There were more photos of the game but they were blurry due to the poor lighting in the lounge. Just trust me that I was there, I played, and I won.

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Before going to Game Show Mania, we needed to drop by the room. Dani, our room steward, had already been by and left our little towel guy for us.

 

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Just as with the waiters, we left some cash for Dani every night and he seemed to appreciate that. Though we did not see him very much, he took great care of us and made sure we had everything we needed. Since we did not see him much except for passing him in the halls, we always left him a note on the bed thanking him for taking care of us. Again, being nice to people will go a long way for you!

 

We went to the main lounge to watch Game Show Mania. Josh and Ashley were helping run the game.

 

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Josh picked me as one of the contestants in the game. I was not there to lose but to bring home a victory!!!

 

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Luckily, I won the game and walked away with my very own Carnival Destiny ship on a stick. I was so proud of myself and slept with a smile on my face that night. There were more photos of the game but they were blurry due to the poor lighting in the lounge. Just trust me that I was there, I played, and I won.

 

Congrats on the ship on a stick win. We always play Trivia and win a ship on a stick. The cruise isn't official until we have our first ship on a stick

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After the game, we hung around for the “Welcome Aboard Show”. It was filled with singing, dancing, and clapping. It was entertaining and we enjoyed it. Not the best show we have ever seen but it was not a thrown together hillbilly ordeal either. The best part about the show was when they did a preview of the comedians for the cruise. Our comedians were Dylan Mandlsohn and Carl Strong. Let me just say on record that Carl Strong is one of the funniest guys I have ever seen. After seeing his preview, we could not wait for his shows!

 

We went back to our room and were slightly hungry so we picked up the room service menu and decided to order a sampling of the menu. Here were our choices:

 

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We decided on the PB & jelly, strip loin and cheddar, fruit salad, cheesecake, and chocolate cake.

 

We called and it was delivered in less than 20 minutes. We tipped the young lady and thanked her for the delivery.

 

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After getting our food delivered, we sat out on the balcony and enjoyed our late night snack. We tried everything and the fish thanked us for the leftovers. We give the chocolate cake, PB & jelly, cookies, and fruit a thumbs up. The others we took a bite of and fed them to the fish...errr....I mean discarded them, as it just did not pass the taste test for us. Not saying they are horrible and everyone needs to stay away from them but just saying they were not our favorite.

 

We laid down to sleep with our door open listening to the sounds of the waves crashing against the Destiny. This was such an awesome day filled with activities, great food, fun games, and meeting some awesome people. We were just beginning our incredible journey on the Destiny and we could not wait for what she had in store for us. She gently rocked us off to sleep that night and we dreamed sweet dreams in her arms.

 

Here is the Fun Times for Monday

 

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OMG you had Carl Strong!!!! We saw him on Royal Caribbean in January of 2009 and we were in tears with laughter. Man, that'd be awesome if he was on the Destiny in January. You lucky ducks!

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Day 2

 

Before going to bed the night before, we decided since we had the balcony this week that we needed to do breakfast on the balcony as much as possible. I forgot to take a copy of the breakfast menu from the room so I am sorry I do not have it to show. That is the one thing that I forgot to bring back to share with everyone.

 

On Cruise Critic, I heard people talking about the smoked salmon on bagels so we ordered that. We also got some milk, chocolate milk, pastries, and some apple juice. It was delivered right on time and we tipped our delivery person for their service. We took it out on the balcony and had our breakfast.

 

While some people enjoy the salmon and bagels, we ended up tossing that to the fish because it was not our things. The pastries and bagels were more than adequate for us though.

 

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On our sea day, we decided we would just lounge around and take it easy. I am a huge fan of relaxing on the back of the ship and watching the wake. After hearing everything about chair hogs, we were ready to fight for a chair if need be. Not sure what we were going to see when we stepped on the Lido, this is the sight we saw.

 

No chair hogs to be seen and plenty of room for everyone!

 

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We went to the back of this ship on Deck 10 and found plenty of empty loungers to go around. We read, listened to music, and napped for a few hours. Something about the breeze and the water is the recipe for a nap. While we were lying there, people came and went but they were never a bother. We had nice conversation with some folks near us and it made for a pleasant morning. A deck attendant asked us about some towels on an unoccupied lounger and told him we had not seen anyone there all morning long. Without hesitation he filled out a sticker and picked their things up and took them away. He told us if they came back to let them know their things would be at the towel hut. About half an hour later a lady came up freaking out because her bag and towel were gone from the chair. We told her where to pick it up and she seemed a little miffed about it.

 

I thought it was pretty neat that they were keeping people honest about the loungers. During our entire cruise aboard the Destiny, we never had a problem finding one. Again, I will remind you we are not trying to be by the main pool either so that may have helped us out.

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I'm not evening sailing on this ship, and I LOVE this review!!! Great review and pictures! Can't wait for the rest. :)

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I'm sailing Destiny now in 10 Days and this has me feeling like I'm already there - this is an addiction - lol!

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After laying out, we decide to head back to shower and grab some lunch. We changed clothes and thought we would grab something quick on the Lido. After seeing the line we decided we would just head down to the Universe Dining Room and have lunch there.

 

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While I am at it, I might as well talk about the lines. I read that there were lines galore on the Destiny and was told that 75% of my time on the Destiny would be spent waiting in line. Were there lines? Yes. Did I wait in them? Some. On days like today when it was 12:30pm, there were lines on the Lido at every food station. Instead of standing in line, we just went to the Universe Dining Room and were always seated immediately. At 4:00pm or 11:30pm the lines were not much at all. We are just the type of people who will roll with the punches.

 

If you expect to head to the Lido at 12:30pm on ANY ship, on ANY cruise line and expect to have your burger on your plate in under a minute and expect to have a table by your favorite window then you will be disappointed. Chances are if you are hungry there may be a few of your 3,000 fellow passengers that are hungry too. Just know that ahead of time so you don’t come back and get on Cruise Critic and bash the ship and the line because you had to wait it line for a burger.

 

We went to the Universe Dining Room and were seated immediately and had an awesome view out of our window. This just became a habit for us for lunchtime because it was really laid back and we were away from the chaos of the Lido.

 

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Here were the choices for today’s lunch.

 

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My wife ordered the Shrimp and Crab French Briquette

 

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I decided on the burger because you just cannot go wrong with a burger!

 

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Lunch was great and we sat with a nice family. Meeting people is always a unique experience but we have never had a bad experience with our fellow cruisers at meals.

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Meeting people is always a unique experience but we have never had a bad experience with our fellow cruisers at meals.

 

We hadn't either, except for the drunk obnoxious guy on that first leg, but they moved him and it became a non-issue.

 

I didn't find the lines too bad either, but we did like y'all, rolled with it.

 

"Your" table at lunch was a beautiful.

 

He fails to mention that he knew almost everyone on the ship by the time he left. ;)

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Wonderful memories! Clearly we love the Destiny (our cruise history shows we've been on her 4 times in the past year!). Thanks for the review that brings it all back!:D

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My wife ordered the Shrimp and Crab French Briquette

 

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Originally, I had misread this post. But, I am wondering if your wife liked the shrimp and crab baguette?

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Great review so far!!!! I am cruising on the first cruise that the Destiny becomes the Sunshine out of Venice...so looking forward to it...guess I never realized they served lunch in the main dining rooms! Cool.

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your review!! Thank you!

We are sailing on Destiny leaving Oct 1 and can't wait! This is our 1st cruise and it is the first time we are bringing our kids (9 and 10) to the Caribbean. Did you notice kids on the ship?? I'm sure there will be some but just curious if my kids will have "friends" they can hang out with on the ship??

 

Thank you!! :)

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I zoomed in on your fun times....Noonan wasn't your cruise director??? Where's Noonan? We just cruised Destiny in August and he was there then!!! Noonan WHere Are You????

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Great review, I cant believe that you're just on day two and you already have 6 pages.

 

 

Also I have a question, is ok to toss the food out the balcony? I have never had a balcony room yet, my first will be in the oasis.

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