The totally new Cloud 9 Spa has the normal range of spa and salon services but also has a thermal suite with thalassotherapy pool, a slightly-funky DIY Scrub Experience, medi-spa services (non-surgical) and a special teen program. The gym has more than 25 treadmills and dozens of other pieces of equipment. And located near the spa are 95 new spa staterooms and suites with special amenities and privileges.
For adults, the three-deck Serenity area (Decks 11, 12 and 13) has a pool/waterfall area and whirlpools. This is an exceptionally popular spot on sea days. But it picks up the loud music from the adjacent pool area so its not quite as serene as might be preferred.
Atop the ship, the new racing-themed WaterWorks play area includes three awesome looking slides. I didnt indulge but a friend from the UK told me, Climbing up to the top of the slides was scary enough but coming down, wow! Seriously fast. So much so Im not sure why Carnival bothered to put a transparent section where the Twister extends over the side of the ship. I wasnt stopping to admire the view!
The ropes course, with all users securely harnessed in, drew mostly the younger set but the occasional adult ventured forth. Also new is the SplashZone kids water play area, featuring a 300-gallon drenching bucket.
The ship will reposition from Europe to New Orleans in November, then move to Port Canaveral in April for a variety of two- to seven- night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings.
For fans of the old Carnival Destiny, there may not be that much left of the original ship, but they are sure to love the new facilities. There are no dotted lines to help them distinguish the old from the terrific new.