Sail Date: November 2017
Checked in was fast especially that we arrived 2 hours before departure.The ship is very clean, organized and orderly. Excursions: Plenty to choose from except The "Chichen Itza in Conzumel. The tour is 8 hours but the drive ... Read More
Checked in was fast especially that we arrived 2 hours before departure.The ship is very clean, organized and orderly. Excursions: Plenty to choose from except The "Chichen Itza in Conzumel. The tour is 8 hours but the drive itself is over 4 hours in total and you only have 45-50 minutes to see the ruins itself. They need to improvise the time frame on this tour. Juan the tour guide was very nice and informative. Had a sense of humor to keep us awake on the bus back an forth. Ship's Staffs were very nice and friendly. Service was superb. Special thank you to the staffs who were very accommodating: Station 205 Golden Restaurant ( Sabby; Kharen Joy; Wayan; Kathryne) Suparjono and Harley Mar who kept our cabin nice and clean everyday Netzchiel who accommodated our special request of "off the list" menu for dinner on the last night of our cruise, was extremely kind of the "CHEFS" to make our request possible. A shout out for them!!! The food was great! Special thanks to "Mario" (First officer?) who came to dance with me beautifully. Very professional and respectful, he sure can salsa! Gym was clean Formal photo nights were great. Photographers were professional. Stationed at different places preventing traffic congestion. Thank you so very much guys for making our cruise memorable and enjoyable. Flaws/issues: Toilet won't flush right away all the time. Nightly shows (Amber room): Average. Just mostly singing groupies. If your cabin is below or above the entertainment room, the noise is unforgiving if you're trying to rest or sleep. Latin club: Need improvement on their music. 98% of the music they played were salsa and meringues only. Gets boring quickly. Spa products: I bought "elemis cream, was told that it was returnable if I ever have a problem. They gave me the run around and "no return" answer 2 days later when I developed an allergic reaction. Had to ask for the Supervisor to resolved the issue. Wifi is very slow and could take 2 days or more to access. Night club (white heat)- was undesirable. They could play better music, less raps would be wonderful. Decors were Gothic like. They need to have "Filipino band/s" on some station and less acoustic players. Overall, the food, staffs , cleanliness and service were "SUPERB" Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
Shore & group Activity - Scuba diving: Average, oceans dirty & corals lose of color in W. Caribbean! Hope other destination have better water & coral conditions? The Cozumel, Mexico Marine Beach Reserve Diving was better ... Read More
Shore & group Activity - Scuba diving: Average, oceans dirty & corals lose of color in W. Caribbean! Hope other destination have better water & coral conditions? The Cozumel, Mexico Marine Beach Reserve Diving was better then most sites on other Excursion SCUBA dives in W. Caribbean! Instruction & Services available in Cozumel, Mahogany Bay & Grand Cayman Islands were average to good with boat dives? Food buffet average, dinning room food & services good, cabin nice! Entertainment for adults, unless early! Good ship for family & Children: dine late though for early Entertainments access! A well laid out ship virsus Miracle class floor access obstructions! One of my Belize shore Excursions was Canceled due to Weather {Rain wash out on roads to Pyramid site}? I made an alternate tour to Carnival Cruise Lines small private Island resort: beach activities, food & entertainment average! Shore shuttles to poor Belize harbor frequient though. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
Carnival Glory 5 day cruise from Manhattan to Canada. ..Arrive early on the day of your cruise. We were on board shortly after 11 am and eating lunch. Ship does not leave until 4 pm. The check-in process was a breeze because we arrived so ... Read More
Carnival Glory 5 day cruise from Manhattan to Canada. ..Arrive early on the day of your cruise. We were on board shortly after 11 am and eating lunch. Ship does not leave until 4 pm. The check-in process was a breeze because we arrived so early. We arrived by 10 am at the terminal. ...Front of ship best place to see Manhatten skyline and Statue of Liberty at sailing time. Go high as plexiglass blocks view. ...This was a budget cruise and we had very low expectations. We were all pleasantly surprised. Very good value for the money. ...Come on ship ready to swim. Rooms not accessible until 130. Luggage does not arrive at rooms for few hours. While waiting you can swim. ...Bring a water bottle for the health club. They only have water fountains. ...They had 2 comedians on ship. They had family shows and adult shows. 15 year old boys in our group loved kid shows. ...The Cruise Director Matt Mitcham and his staff get an A+ for entertainment. They put on shows such as the Newlywed Game, 60 Second Callenge, trivia and Karaoke. Adults in our group loved the Karaoke. Enjoyed these shows much more than the named entertainment. Given the popularity of reality TV. I think Carnivalshould do more of this type of entertaining. ....Several folksy singers on board. They played by pool, in piano bar and in lobby. Loved it! Dave at Piano Bar the best. You can request songs from his songbook of 3000+ songs and even outside book. ....Soda and water not included in pay one price. Do not get the pay-one price deal to cover the cost. Lemonade and ice tea available at least until 1 am on 9th floor of ship and drink water with dinner. ...Smoking allowed in Casino and smoke flows out of Casino into other parts of ship. I even smelled smoke in my room. No doors on Casino to keep smoke in that room. I will not go on another Carnival Cruise unless company fixes this problem. ....Pace yourself with the food. Personal trainers in health club claimed (now remember they were trying to get my business) that the typical vacationer gains 7 to 14 pounds in 5 days. By second day my stomach was in knots. Go to sit-down meals as much as possible rather than buffets. Carnival really tries to keep things clean but I got sick anyway. In fact 3 of the 5 of us got sick. Two with colds and one throwing up. .....Food very plentiful on ship. Many choices for dinner which is sit down. Diners are allowed to order more than one entree appetizer dessert etc. and they took advantage of this. Food edible. Lots of fish red meat chicken, veggie dishes and crazy dishes such as frog legs. Warm bread. Lobster night was yummy. Avoid the scrambled eggs at breakfast buffet. Runny and super salty. 24 hour pizza ice cream available. Burgers available all day. Our group loved the burgers and fries. After dinner they also have sandwiches fruit and cookies until 1 am. For breakfast and lunch they have a plentiful entree salad and dessert buffet. Also for breakfast/brunch they have a sit down meal which is very good. On Halifax port day sit down breakfast was rushed because they said they were being inspected by local health inspector. I do not know if this is always the case. ....Carnival staff all very professional. Ship very clean. They frequently drain the pools and hot tubs and wash them down. ....We had a full ship but plenty of room for everyone. Many lounge chairs. Carnival provides nice swim towels but they are provided in the room and you are responsible for bringing back to room or you get charged. ...Teenagers loved Movie Night outside by pool. Fluffy soft blankets available. ...Adults head to Serenity deck. Lounge chairs and nesting chairs with cushy cushions great. ....My teenage son and his friend both 10th graders had a great growing up experience on this boat in that they regularly stayed out until about 1 am. Carnival usually has a sport event such as basketball around 12 midnight. On the other hand they were also somewhat bored on this ship. More active activities needed for the active kids at night. Last night of cruise they spent a lot of money in video arcade. I noticed that many of the lounges on the Promenade Deck were empty at night. Carnival should covert some of these lounges into more active style rooms such as ping pong table rooms and pool rooms. I noticed that the only ones using the pool table in the smokey casino were the teenagers and young adults. They should move that table. ...Halifax Nova Scotia a real gem. We ate lunch at the "Bicycle Thief" a great restaurant right on the water 5 minutes from the ship. I had lobster roll and the most delicious vegetables and the boys had the best burgers that they ever tasted. They had delicious homemade bread with hummus dip that was very good. They also had free Wi-Fi so that was good too. The bill including tax and tip was about 25 dollars a person. Worth every penny. My 15 year old son did a Segway tour. 20 dollars for 30 minutes. He loved it and the vendor was very nice. 3 hour Excursion to Halifax and Peggy's Cove not to be missed but should be longer. Guide Donna was excellent. ...St. Johns day. Not a great city but the locals are very nice. Visit souvenir tent right near ship. Cohen's Emporium has vintage license plates for sale. Really cool. I was about to buy a New York 1964 World's Fair License Plate. I turned my head for one second and someone grabbed it. Also baseball memorabilia. Right next to Cohen's is a woman who sells 100 year old ceramic beer bottles that were excavated from the site of a brewery that burned down with the rest of the city about a 100 years ago. We took a cab ride to Reversing Falls which cost us about 35 dollars round trip for the 5 of us including tip. The phenomenon was interesting but the scenery was horrible as the tourist sight is right across from a paper mill. However there were two activities at this sight for the adventurous. Zipline over the river. Very high up. I did not have the nerve to do it but those who did looked like they were having a blast. Wear pants because people who wore shorts complained of chafing on their thighs. There was a speed boat that took passengers through the Reversing Falls. Not a water fall but a "drowned water fall". Waterfalls are under the river. The people that went were thoroughly soaked even though rain gear was provided. However they said it was great. So bring your boots change of clothes and do it! Someone said they went on a kayak clambake outing and loved it. .....Stewards cleaned room twice a day. What I did not know is that ever time I put tag on door that said "Cruisin' "this was the signal to the Steward that the room needed cleaning even above and beyond the 2 regular times. The poor man was going into our room 3 or 4 times a day. ....We went on Canada cruise in late August. Pack jeans sweatshirts with hoods and rain gear. It was in the low 60s at St. Johns. On the higher decks of the ship it was often cold and windy. Pack sweaters to put on over nighttime dinner wear. Air conditioning makes some rooms very chilly. .....Many people dressed fancy for formal night. Men wore nice suits and woman beautiful short dresses. We were not a fancy group. Two women in our group wore t-dresses/skirts. Men/boys in our group for formal night wore docker beige or navy pants, button down shirts or izod style shirts and dark sneakers. For casual formal they wore cargo shorts and izod type shirts. Women in our group wore T-shirt skirts or nice yoga pants or capris and a nice top. First night for dinner was come as you please. ......We had a balcony. Worth extra money. Watched sunrise from balcony. Saw NewYork skyline as we returned to New York. My room was beautiful and roomy enough. Bed comfortable. Other family we were with complained of boat rocking at night while they tried to sleep. This I did not notice but could have been because we were in back of ship. ....We were assigned a table for dinner in back of Platinum Dining-room 3rd floor which is in back of the ship. Our table right over engine-room. Several diners at our table complained of sea sickness because of this. Noticeable vibrations during dinner. Ask for seating in front part of Platinum Dining-room or ask for Golden Dining-room but not as nicely decorated. Seating is assigned before you arrive on first day of cruise. Try to book early to get better seating. ...Getting off ship easy but we had to wait about one and half hours after breakfast. Very organized. You can carry your own luggage off as long as it is not oversized otherwise you have to put your luggage outside your door by 12 midnight the night before with tags on luggage given to you by the ship. The tags have numbers on them. Next day you cannot get off the ship until your number is called. We had 18 which means that we had to wait awhile. We were on the 7th floor of ship in the back. I do not know what areas had lower numbers. However, the wait was not unpleasant. We had to vacate our rooms by 8:30 am and we had our choice to wait in several comfortable places both inside ship and on-deck. We put blue ribbons on our luggage so that we could easily find the luggage at zone number 18 when we got off ship.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2013
My review of the Carnival Glory March 31st to April 7th 2013. Myself, my wife Nicole and son (13). GETTING THERE: First, we flew into Ft. Lauderdale Saturday afternoon instead of Miami because the flight was significantly less ... Read More
My review of the Carnival Glory March 31st to April 7th 2013. Myself, my wife Nicole and son (13). GETTING THERE: First, we flew into Ft. Lauderdale Saturday afternoon instead of Miami because the flight was significantly less expensive. We took the SAS Transportation shuttle to our hotel in Miami. We booked the shuttle online and once we had our luggage called them they told us where to be and we were picked up in less than 10 minutes and off to our hotel. We were the only 3 people in the van and the driver was very good. Next, was the hotel. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Brickell based on trip advisor reviews. The hotel was very nice had free Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool/ spa on the 6th floor, we were also given 2 free drink tickets for the bar and there was also free breakfast, and there was a lot of shopping and restaurants within easy walking distance from the hotel. We had dinner at Kokoriko, which is a Columbian Rotisserie Chicken place and it is right across the street from the hotel and very good. The hotel has an arrangement with a shuttle company to take people to the ports of Miami and also Ft. Lauderdale. The charge is $8.00 per person and they go every hour starting at 10am. We, of course, signed up for 10am because we couldn't wait to get onboard the Glory in the morning. The shuttle arrived as scheduled and there were the 3 of us and another couple in the shuttle they dropped us off first before taking the others to the port in Ft. Lauderdale. Embarkation: the shuttle dropped us off around 10:15am and we gave our checked luggage to one of the porters along with a tip and were among the first to arrive. We went straight through security and then because we had a suite we went to the Priority Lounge to check in and get our Sail and Sign cards and have our security pictures taken. Then we proceeded to the Priority Lounge where there was ample comfortable seating and lemonade available and we relaxed until it was time to board. Periodically someone would come in and update us on the status of getting everyone off from the previous cruise and an estimated time that we would be getting on board. They had some activities for the kids upstairs in the general boarding area because it was Easter Sunday. When it was time to go the Carnival person a came in with maraca's and we formed a line and followed her up the escalator and to the photographers where we took our early bird checking onboard photos and then our card was scanned and we were onboard. We got in the glass elevator and headed straight to the Lido and were the first to Guy's Burgers for a good lunch before exploring the ship. THE SHIP: The ship is beautiful and has a colors theme that makes it seem very bright and vibrant. Everything seemed very clean and well taken care of. The ship is big but did not ever seem too big. There always seems to be plenty of room despite there being over 3,000 passengers on board and it being spring break there were 1200 under 18 on board but that never seemed to be an issue. If anything the adult areas and activities were probably less busy. STATEROOM: We had an Ocean Suite (Room 7325) and it was of course larger than any we had on previous cruises. The Balcony was also a little larger than a regular balcony stateroom. The bathroom was the biggest difference of all with a double sink and granite countertops and a Jacuzzi tub with glass doors for the shower. Our cabin steward, Hernando was very good and always kept our room clean with plenty of ice and fresh towels, along with the towel animals each night that we enjoyed seeing after returning to our cabin at night. No complaints about the room or service it was all again very good. DINING: We ate in the Platinum Main dining room for dinner every night. The 3 of us were cruising with another couple and their 2 kids and along with them we were sat at a table with another family of 5 (a couple with their son the same age as ours and grandparents). We enjoyed talking to them each night at dinner and the food was always outstanding. They were Louisville fans from Kentucky and we were from Michigan so the college basketball tournament that was going on was a common topic, along with their adventures in port and ours as well. We never had a meal that wasn't extremely good and the service was outstanding as well. Our head waiter Istvan learned our names after the first night and was very good and provided recommendations as well. He also would actually cut up the steak for our friend's son every time he ordered it which was really above and beyond service. His assistant Tamas was also very good and took our dessert orders and always made dinner fun. He also made a point to come and talk to us whenever he saw us on the Lido during the day as well, he's truly a genuinely great person. The bar service guy (sorry I don't remember his name) was also really exceptional and would bring the kids what they wanted each night without them even having to ask for it. He remember what the adults liked to drink as well but would always ask "would you like some Blue Moon Beer tonight?, or a Pina Colada", or whatever people seemed to be drinking consistently. The waiters performed 5 of the nights while we were enjoying dessert (loved the cappuccino pie & of course the chocolate melting cake) singing and dancing. Also Elton who did magic shows at night was in the dining room and if you said "I want magic" he would come to your table to do tricks for the kids and he was really exceptional as well. Besides dinner we ate had room service, Lido buffet, Comedy Brunch, and Blue Iguana Cantina breakfast burritos (my personal favorite) for breakfast over the course of our trip. All were very good, no complaints at all. For lunch we had Guy's Burgers (very good), Blue Iguana burritos and fish taco's (I probably ate fish tacos for lunch at least 3 times!), the Lido Buffet, and Fish & Chips upstairs. Again we enjoyed everything. I must say the Blue Iguana Cantina is the best thing they could have added with the 2.0 upgrades. The lines were never long anywhere we ate and again everything was very good. ENTERTAINMENT: We attended most of the shows Motown, Divas, Latin Nights, Hasbro the Game show a couple times, several comedy shows, magic shows, karaoke, music from the band 'High Clefts' and enjoyed them all. We did find ourselves missing some of the variety of big shows that we had previously experienced on the Carnival Magic where there was an illusionist and a juggler instead of just singing and dancing shows but that was not a big deal for us just an observation. We also did the EA Sports trivia several times, watched the hairy chest competition, the kids attended circle c and camp carnival and seemed to really enjoy that as well. Finally I attended a question and answer session with Josh Waitzman (who is probably the best cruise director I've ever had with a total of 5 cruises). I learned so many things about what it's like for the crew and all sorts of information during the Q & A session. Overall the entertainment was plentiful and although we might have preferred more variety of big shows we were very happy with all there was to offer. PORTS: We stopped in 3 ports Cozumel, Isla Roatan, and Grand Cayman. (we were unable to stop in Costa Maya due to high winds and swells making it too dangerous.) In Cozumel we did the Isla Pasion by Twister which is a really fun and exciting boat ride followed by a beautiful relaxing beach with lunch and open bar, followed by a really exciting boat ride back. We highly recommend this excursion, just understand you will get wet and you will have fun. After that we shopped in the port area for a little while before returning to the ship. I've been to Cozumel 5 times and it has always been an enjoyable stop. In Roatan we did the relax on the beach plus snorkel package where we rode the flying beach chairs over to another beautiful beach where we swam and snorkeled and laid on our loungers in the shade of the clamshell and had some drinks from Fat Tuesdays. The snorkeling here isn't the best but there are fish to see out toward the pier side of the beach. In Grand Cayman we did the Dolphin Swim, Turtle Farm, and Stingray interaction and the kids had the time of their lives with the dolphins. Everyone should experience this once. The turtle farm is also really neat and you can hold some of the smaller turtles as well. After that we ate lunch at Margaritaville and shopped for a while before returning to the ship. Overall great ports, great weather, and great excursions! DEBARKATION: We chose the 'Luggage Express' option which we had never used before but we feel was well worth the $20.00 per person. With this program guest services charges you for the airlines baggage fee plus $20.00 and they print your airline baggage tags along with your boarding passes so you literally put your bag outside your stateroom the last night and don't see it again until your final destination! This makes going through customs easier and better than that when you get to the airport you go straight to security because you're already checked in and have your boarding passes. It's truly outstanding. On debarkation day the luggage express people meet in the dining room at a certain time and once everyone is accounted for a guest services person walks you down and off the ship and stood there and made sure everyone made it through customs before leaving. Again this was outstanding. We took the Carnival transfer shuttle to the airport and that again went without any issues. The minor suggestion I have is that in Miami there were no separate lines for U.S. Citizens at customs like they had in Galveston. This would make the process faster because it seemed to take much longer for the people from other countries to have their pictures taken, finger prints, etc. but otherwise again this couldn't have went much better. OVERALL: We had an outstanding family vacation at a good price with memories that will last a lifetime. We met some new friends along the way along with many great crew members and staff. We will continue to cruise in the future and plan on this being exclusively with Carnival. We are addicted to the 'Funships'. Thank you Carnival Glory for a great week! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
I am not a writer therefore will do my best :) Overall: loved my cruise! Embarkation on Faster to the Fun (FTTF): I felt this was my only issue with service for the entire cruise. They only had 1 person dedicated to this desk. It ... Read More
I am not a writer therefore will do my best :) Overall: loved my cruise! Embarkation on Faster to the Fun (FTTF): I felt this was my only issue with service for the entire cruise. They only had 1 person dedicated to this desk. It appeared like the regular lines were moving much faster. The only other concern was upon receiving our Sign and Sail cards, we were given our priority boarding cards and advised to take a seat. After calling priority boarding, we walked up, passed them our cards and started walking when the Terminal manager yelled, " those people should not be boarded, they are not priority" We were slightly embarrassed. After that, the FTTF benefit of having our room ready and receiving our luggage worked perfectly! The embarkation process went ok and may have been a bit out of control due to staff shortages that day due to the traffic mess caused by the marathon. Ship: it was great! This my 2nd ship in this class therefore knew the layout. I loved the new restaurants Blue Iguana Cantina and Guy's Burger Joint. I loved the updates done to the Amber Palace shows! I really enjoyed the Punchliner Comedy Club! I took advantage of the Camel Club, Cinn-a-bar and Ebony Cabaret. I was really impressed with the entertainment on board. Food, service and room was great. Room 7402 was very quiet and can be recommended. Weather: slightly disappointing. We had winds which caused some rough seas and cooler conditions on the seas. Had some down pours in St.Thomas and San Juan. Ports: great ports. No need to do the Carnival excursions. Did tours with Blue Hole Watersports (Nassau) and Grand Turk Diving . Taxi in St.Thomas to Sapphire Beach and our own walking tour in San Juan. Enjoyed each one of them! In summary. I would certainly recommend this cruise. Carnival employees were all friendly. Live music and entertainment was good quality and plentiful! The weather cannot be helped therefore the ship itself and staff made the week for us :) We enjoyed the wide ranging guest age groups. We personally saw no craziness. The ship is big but never felt busy. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
I should of none something would go wrong when the ship leave Miami almost 3 hours late. Dinner the first night took one and a half hours to get our food. In fact our whole side of the dining room was pissed off. One guy got up and yelled ... Read More
I should of none something would go wrong when the ship leave Miami almost 3 hours late. Dinner the first night took one and a half hours to get our food. In fact our whole side of the dining room was pissed off. One guy got up and yelled at the server, he had ordered a coffee drink 35 minutes ago and still hadn't gotten it. We noticed the servers were not insight, they were hiding because of the problem. A lady at our table left at 10:00 giving up waiting for her dinner. Then others left. We held out,being hungry and the buffet was now closed. Dinner came and the mashed potatoes were stone cold and the chicken over cooked and dried out and cold! Two others at our table told off the head waiter and left. Terrible meal, we did get desert after I said how long will that take and he went right to the kitchen and got it. The chocolate warming cake was delicious. The shows were terrible if you want to call them shows. They had a magician one night and a juggler one night and the cruise director told jokes the first night with a comdian with him. The comedian was good. This is the first cruise I have ever been on that didn't have singers or dancers on any night. Disappointed. Can't tell you how many people walked out on the shows, to many. The boat was like an ice box, always cold. We saw several people wearing their robes inside all the time. At breakfast the lines were terrible, I have never experienced these kind of lines. 30 minutes for an omlet. Even a head waiter said he had been watching and the flow isn't right. Some of the things on the buffet were very good and other things weren't. The Guys burger joint was fantastic, ate a burger everyday!! The deli had great sandwiches!! The worker weren't friendly like on other lines, not helpful at all. Our room stewart was good. When leaving Freeport the engine had a problem so we sat there 2 hours longer, alot of mad people. They couldn't go in the casino or shop on board. I will say getting on the boat and getting off the boat was super fast. They had a caribean party on the pool deck that was to start at 9:30 and it finally started at 10:30. Par for this boat. People were leaving after waiting a half hour for it to start. This was advertised to be The Best Party of the Cruise, that was a big joke. We stayed 30 minutes after it started, all of us were bored and found way more fun inside. Bad cruise director he just stood aound for half an hour doing nothing but posing for pictures instaed of getting party going. Our cabin was in the aft on deck 6 and the room would vibrate with a loud bass noise until 2am, very hard to ignore. There was no sleeping until after 2am. we would always be out until after midnight so it wasn't like we were trying to go to sleep at 10:00 like other with children. They need better noise insulation. The new upgrades were fine and an improvement, they just need to fix some of the other problems. Would never go on the Glory again. Done Sensation 4 times and liked it, Facination was good, and loved the Paradise. What happened to the Glory! All I heard was people complaining about this boat, I should of paid more attention to the reviews before I booked this. I feel let down on our vacation. Expected more. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Carnival Glory 5 days from Boston to Canada. Cabin 1110This was our first cruise and it was an anniversary present from our adult daughters who also went with us. The cruise was in July for five days from Boston to Halifax, NS and ... Read More
Carnival Glory 5 days from Boston to Canada. Cabin 1110This was our first cruise and it was an anniversary present from our adult daughters who also went with us. The cruise was in July for five days from Boston to Halifax, NS and stopped at St. Johns, NB both in Canada.The port in Boston was clean and very nice and the embarkation process was pretty smooth and a lot easier than any airline boarding I've had. When we arrived at our room 2.5hrs early it was cleaned and ready and our cabin steward greeted us with a smile, introduced himself asked if there was anything he could get for us. His service from that point on was just excellent and we were very pleased with him.We stayed in cabin 1110 which was the Spa deck and very quiet. The room wasn't large, but roomy enough with a fairly large shower and bathroom. The balcony could fit two people comfortably and did not have an overhead which I liked because you got the sunshine during the day. The beds were very comfortable and the cooling worked great.My wife and daughter used the spa and said it was very good with the exception of my daughter's teeth whitening which was very painful. I had been bitten by a spider before I left and my leg swelled up do I got to use the "sick bay" and found the doctors and service pretty good.The weather was hot until we got passed Bar Harbor Maine and then the temperature dropped about 25 degrees and was foggy, overcast and in the 60's in St. Johns, and Halifax. Our excursions used the ON-Off buses in both Ports which allowed us to see most of both cities and also get off at sites we wanted to see. We missed the reverse on the reversing falls but it was nice anyway, but nothing special. St. Johns itself is a nice city but nothing you dream of going back to. Halifax however is beautiful and we enjoyed Fort Citadel, especially the bagpipers. We ate at a restaurant recommended to us by some locals called the Bluenose. This was a reasonably priced place near the museums and found there lobster and oysters even tastier than the ones back in New Hampshire and Maine. We also visited the maritime museum which was also very nice. Time did not allow us to see several other places there and this is a city I would love to go back to again.The ship itself was beautiful and because it was the 4th of July they had a huge American flag in the Colors lobby and had a celebration in the dining hall as well as other places on the boat. The lobby itself is fairly large and beautiful with plenty of room to sit and relax to live music. We taught all of the areas for relaxation, eating, drinking or entertainment were all comfortable and well laid out. The shopping areas are all very nice and prices were either better or very competitive to shopping at home. Although NH is known for its cheap liquor prices the duty free on the boat was even better. Beware though they do add a 15% gratuity to the price you pay.We got to most of the clubs and enjoyed most of them including the music and dancing. The drinks were good and prices were not out of line with night life around home. If there was any area of disappointment it was the entertainment. The dating game was fun but the comedians were nothing more than the same vulgar acts revolving around pretty much the same old themes. Nothing new or creative here just the HBO comedy copy cats.The casino was great and had something for everyone. We all had fun playing slots, blackjack, craps and even the electronic poker. Dining on the ship was very good. We chose the 8:15pm set schedule and therefore got the same crew of waiters each night. Their service was excellent and the main dishes were very good with a few exceptions. The Italian dishes, fish, lobster, soups, salads and most appetizers were well prepared and equal to anything you would get at a good stateside restaurant. The "fun foods" were on par with fast food and we would pass on the chicken and pork dishes. I ended every meal with either an espesso or cored ffe and both were good. The Red Sails buffet was good for some things and fair to poor for others. The pizza wasn't bad if you like Pizza Hut, and the hamburgers and hot dogs were pretty good. The eggs and omelets tasted like they were made from powdered eggs and the bacon had that broiled taste. Couple that with a very mediocre coffee and you got a poor breakfast. The fruit was good and some of the pastries. Most of the days we went to the platinum restaurant in the aft where you could get fried eggs , good sausage and bacon and the breakfast was exceptional.We all ate at the steak house which was both elegant and five star. The fillet mignon was big and on par with a Ruth Chris or Morton's. The wine list was extensive and more than adequate and the desserts were decadent. The cheesecake was my favorite. During our dinner people were drawn to the window as a school of dolphin put on a show. We enjoyed dinning here so much we booked a second night. The second night I had the steak and lobster combo which was good but i would advise sticking to the fillet mignon. Although the dolphins didnt show a full moon did making this a great anniversary dinner for us. This was the best $35 we spent on the trip and I would advise anyone that enjoys a good steak to book it.Overall we enjoyed our stay on the Glory and would both book it again and recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
In order to provide background, please recognize that I write from the perspective of a virgin cruiser, so I have absolutely no point of comparison from which to write this review. However, I consider myself extremely well-versed in terms ... Read More
In order to provide background, please recognize that I write from the perspective of a virgin cruiser, so I have absolutely no point of comparison from which to write this review. However, I consider myself extremely well-versed in terms of travel, having been all over the world in a variety of travel contexts. With that said.... We are an athletic, educated, young professional couple from Colorado in our early thirties taking a vacation from our careers as teachers during Spring Break week. We approached this cruise with anticipation, open to absorbing the "cruising" culture. Knowing that we had not opted for one of the more "luxury" cruiselines, as I had been told Carnival is more the "every man's cruise," we had realistic expectations for this trip. We are not pretentious or overly picky, but we do value the little time we have off from work and desire to get good value for our (limited) travel budgets. EMBARKATION: Embarkation was smooth. We arrived at the Port of Miami just past 10:30am via a hotel shuttle, and were quickly moved through the check-in process. The Carnival terminal is clean and efficient, but be prepared for the possibility of a "thorough" bag check in which some fellow passengers' attempts to smuggle booze onboard were foiled. I found it amusing/annoying that passengers were assigned zone numbers for boarding, when in reality, all zones were called at the same time, thus creating a sense of mass chaos and a tiny preview into the gluttony, selfish indulgence, and constant line-standing-in that would prevail throughout the majority of the trip. Fortunately, we were aboard the ship by 11:37am and had the (rare) opportunity to do some photographing of the ship while few passengers were on board. FIRST DAY: We had a pleasant afternoon in the Port of Miami aboard the Glory waiting for the ship to sail. Because the weather was favorable, the Lido deck was quickly filling, but it was exciting to see the energy of the crowds generate the pre-trip fun. Live welcome music played (albeit too loudly) throughout the afternoon, and all of the restaurants were open and available for grazing. I found the drink sales pressure to be ridiculously annoying, as we were literally approached every five minutes by a server trying to make a tip off of us. It was frustrating and distracting - a preface of the tone for the remainder of the trip. The muster drill was fairly efficient, though by this point, a good 30% of the passengers were already drunk and making the drill fairly difficult to navigate for those who weren't half in the bag. Luggage delivery was quite slow, however. We didn't receive our bags until nearly 6pm...after we set sail. We were dismayed to find that one of our bags had been damaged and the zippers were broken with the contents literally spilling out all over the hallway. The guest services representatives provided us with a letter that claimed we could send in a receipt for the costs of new luggage..., but that did little to assuage our frustration. THE SHIP: With no real point of comparison, my best assessment is that the Glory is...dated...and not nearly as luxurious as other ships. Though not an impediment to enjoying a trip, the decor, as mentioned frequently on this site, is garish and reminds me of a bad 80s Vegas hotel. The low ceilings and blaring neon lights did little to alleviate the sea sickness that permeated our trip the first two days. Though some areas of the ship were fairly nice and creative in decor (the atrium, some of the bars, the locker rooms), I generally felt like the ship's appearance was a bit lackluster. Having vacationed at some beautiful all-inclusive resorts over the years, the biggest disappointment for me were the pools. They were tiny, dirty, and nothing about the Lido deck was beautiful or tropical in nature. I mean really -- who wants to enter a "hot tub" that is filled (literally) with 17 children? I did find the gym space to be an appealing feature of the boat, and the equipment was suitable for maintenance workouts throughout the week. The promenade area was also nicely appointed with the various shops and musical venues. THE ENTERTAINMENT: Throughout our cruise, we opted to attend one adults-only comedy show in the Ebony Cabaret, the rock and roll show in the Amber Palace, spent a few nights in the casino, and enjoyed one of the movie nights on the Lido deck with the big screen TV. The comedy show was so-so...largely reliant on capitalizing on people's drunkenness to make up for the lack of substantive humor (hey - if you like f-bombs being dropped every two seconds, then this is the comedy show for you!). Again, constant pressure to buy drinks and incredible levels of boat rocking due to the placement of the lounge near the back of the ship made the experience frustrating. We thought the musical show in the Amber Palace was excellent and far surpassed any of the shows we've seen at resorts throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The casino was small, and as a non-smoker, the smells were nearly unbearable and made it difficult to enjoy more than short stints in the casino. However, the slot machines were quite good to me, and I made about $260 throughout the week, so the casino remained on my good side as a result. ;) The Carnival entertainment staff were friendly and energetic, though as mentioned in several other reviews -- a bit over the top. At times it seemed as though the cruise director simply enjoyed hearing himself talk..., and the constant announcements and pressure to buy, buy, buy got old. THE FOOD and FOOD SERVICE: Be warned that my impression of food is framed by the reality that I am a very picky, health-oriented eater who abides by a strict gluten-free diet. With this said, I am not a "foodie" who goes on trips simply for the chance to eat myself into the oblivions, so my attitude toward food is take-it-or-leave-it, but I am more likely to leave it if it's not up to my standards. As such, I found myself "leaving it" more often than not on this trip. Breakfast, my favorite meal of the day, was disappointing. The breakfast foods were greasy and I opted for fresh fruit and cereal each day. Lunch buffets were tolerable as a vast array of salads and fruits are available along with several meat options, but...as I am not attracted to rubbery chicken or gray-colored meat, I stuck with my lettuce. Other lunch options existed as well. We heard positive comments about the Monoglian wok, but the lines were always so long we never felt like waiting. The burrito bar, according to my boyfriend, was average at best. The pizzeria was to be expected: greasy pizza...tolerable, but not delectable. The burger station was just that: burgers, hotdogs, fries, nachos, etc. Our experiences in the main dining rooms were slightly better. The menu has an interesting collection of feature items each night, as well as a collection of "everyday items" that are sort of standby favorites: salmon, chicken breast, hamburger, etc. I give them credit for creativity on their menu, and the visual presentation of the food was lovely. However, indescribeably slow service, disgruntled and rude waiters, and utter lack of flavor and abundance of grease/butter/fat on most of the food rendered the experience less than memorable for me. (To be fair, however, others raved about the food...so I think this really is a subjective issue). The only saving grace, accordingly to my boyfriend, was the warm chocolate melting cake. I never indulged due to my gluten free status (which begs another complaint...no food for people with dietary restrictions). All told, we were personally underwhelmed by the food, frustrated with the service and the amount of money we spent on "required" tips, and instead of gaining the average 1.5 pounds per day, I likely lost weight. Was it horrible? No. Was it amazing? Not even close. THE DRINKS: We bought few drinks because a) the prices were outrageous, b) the servers assailed us at every turn, pressuring us to buy constantly, and c) sea sicknesses warranted us disinterested in drinking. What I did try was pleasant, though. I tried one of the funship drinks on the port of Miami day...delicious, festive, expensive, but good. I ordered a few glasses of wine (be prepared to spend $7-12 a glass) and one bottle of wine at dinner (bottles start at aroud $20 plus an automatic 15% tip). Wine list was comprehensive and interesting - comparable to a nice restaurant. THE STATEROOM: We were pleased with our room - a balcony stateroom on the Panorama deck. The location was excellent for us in terms of accessibility to the gym and the Lido deck. It was more spacious than I expected with ample room for storage. The flat screen TVs seemed relatively new, and it was great to have movie service in our room. It was also handy to have a safe in room. The shower was wonderfully warm with excellent water pressure, and we were glad we opted to spend extra money on a balcony - often appreciating the chance for a quiet reprieve, beautiful private views, and wildlife (dolphins and whales) often appearing below our room in the waters. We travelled with friends who had an interior room, and I can safely say that having a balcony added an element of fun and romance to our trip that our friends were not privvy to in their more dark and small interior room. Beds -- average at best. Decor -- cheesy at best. Service -- excellent, efficient, daily attention to towels, trash etc. THE PORTS: By far, the true pleasure for us in this trip was the itinerary. A truly excellent collection of ports made each day feel adventuresome and different. The ports were well-spaced through the cruise, never affording us more than one day at sea in a row. I do think we arrived too early on several occasions (7am...difficult as very few things are even open at that time), thereby rendering our sail away early as well...7am-2pm is not really a desirable day's schedule..., but outside of the schedule, I have nothing but positive things to say about all of the ports. We did not opt to purchase any of the shore excursions, choosing instead, to create our excursions ourselves based on our research and our mood each day. Each port was unique and had different things to offer to any type of traveller: shopping, drinking/partying, history, recreational opportunities, beach life, nature adventures...the lists go on. If forced to rank the ports in my order of most favorite to least, I'd say the following (though again, we truly enjoyed them all): 1. St. Thomas....beautiful scenery, beautiful beaches, and we opted to take the ferry to the less crowded isle of St. John 2. San Juan...a wonderful mixture of history and nature blend together in this unique cultural port 3. Nassau...beautiful scenery, though more limited in terms of options for what to do 4. Grand Turk...gorgeous waters, but this tiny island is too small to absorb the numbers of passengers on board the ships. It was overcrowded and nearly impossible to escape the crowds. It turned into a wild drunk fest at Margaritaville, and the island itself exhibits no natural beauty. The wonderful experience of waking up each day in a new country was enough to convince me that cruising was worth it. These ports, in particular, were enjoyable and memorable for us. Overall -- Cruising...would do it again with the right itinerary. Carnival....would likely do it again for the right price, but only with a balcony room. Eastern Caribbean...excellent. Looking forward to trying Southeran Caribbean, too. My tan -- awesome. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
This was our first cruise on a Carnival ship and we were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere on board , the quality of the entertainment and the food. We had cruised so far on many of the major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a Carnival ship and we were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere on board , the quality of the entertainment and the food. We had cruised so far on many of the major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian , Princess , HAL , Cunard ,Costa , MSC and others but we never had the opportunity to try a Carnival ship . -Embarkation We sailed out of Miami which is a very nice and clean port . The embarkation process was slow and mainly because there were already a lot of passengers at 11.30 am but only half of the attendants were on station . The pace really picked up once an additional group of attendants showed up at 12.00hrs We were told that the Lido Buffet was opened and that our cabin would be ready at around 2.00 pm at the latest ( it was ). The safety drill was done at 4.00 pm and it was efficient . -Food We were impressed by the quality and the selection of the food at dinner time . There was 8 different starters , 12 different entrees offered at the main dining room every evening and we did not have any bad selection even though we tried everything that seemed a bit unusual ! We had lunch both at the Buffet and at the dining room . Even though it was not as impressive as dinner , again we found that the choice was excellent and the quality of the preparation comparable to the other major cruise lines . Breakfast was something else ! It was the worse we have ever had on any cruise line . Eggs were overcooked , toasts were mushy ,potatoes were oily , selection of fruits was minimized and they ran out of grapefruit juice after 4 days . The taste of coffee varied a lot from one machine to the others . -Entertainment Overall the BEST we have ever had after 20 cruises !!! The shows were excellent , the stand up comics were hilarious and the music provided at the bars was very good . Activities around the pool were interesting and well attended . -Service Very good , quite comparable to what we are used to with other cruise lines . -Spa and Gym Very good equipment but it was very crowded in the Gym probably because it was at the beginning of January ( resolutions !) -Ports of call It was a good mix ! We enjoyed Grand Cayman and Cozumel ; Costa Maya was a last minute substitute for Belize and we were a bit disappointed and we did not like Roatan : everything was too expensive ! -Fellow passengers It was quite diversified : people of all ages including 432 children so it was a bit noisy very late in the evening but it did not matter as it was expected at this time of the year ! Overall we had a good time , it was a good value for the money and we will sail with Carnival again Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
ARRIVAL: I live in Florida so cruising is a little less complicating to do. Woke up early drove to Miami 4hr drive,dropped off luggage,parked car $15 per day,in line for security by 10:30a,and finally on board stuffing my face on the ... Read More
ARRIVAL: I live in Florida so cruising is a little less complicating to do. Woke up early drove to Miami 4hr drive,dropped off luggage,parked car $15 per day,in line for security by 10:30a,and finally on board stuffing my face on the lido by 11:20. Rooms were ready by 1:30p, my wife and I dropped off our carry-ons and were off to the pool. To sum up the ship well it was very nice i truly did enjoy it a lot I am also comparing it to the Carnival Dream that we sailed last Nov. so it's hard to compare this ship to the newer ships, it was a lot older then the dream but it was also a lot less crowded so I enjoyed that aspect of it. To tell you the truth it's really hard not to have a good time on a cruise with all the food,drinks,entertainment,great views,exotic destinations and did i mention food that's all I need! Everything was good as usual all the food was good no matter were i ate the quality was still good, the shows were all good we had a awesome magic show on our cruise blew my mind! We did on the down side have some bad weather and missed a port due to Tropical Storm Sean but I rather be safe then sorry. Way to go Captain!!! It was funny to see all the sea sick patches behind peoples ears anyways ;) Nassau: This port was actually canceled due to high winds and rough seas from tropical storm Sean developing right next to the Bahamas ;( But we have been to Nassau 3 other times so it wasn't a total loss. In general the island of Nassau is very beautiful, people will call it the ghetto of the sea but when your island is constantly getting hit by hurricanes I can under stand why some of the areas seemed more run down. Paradise is what you make it, Nassau and the people there are great and will make you feel welcome. ST.Thomas: What can I say other then absolutely breath taking, from the mountains to the beaches everything about this island I love. This was my second time to St.Thomas and I highly recommended you take a tour.there are many vendors there at port that will pick you up right from the boat and take you all over the island (but I prefer Godfrey tours look him up he is awesome) you go shopping downtown for 2 hr, sight seeing for 2 hr,and 2 hr at the beach (optional). He will take you to the top of the highest mountain which is 3 times higher then were the sky-ride takes you and that is $20pp. He will also drop you off at the beach which is optional to do and will also let you choose what beach you want to visit either Megen's Bay or Coki Beach. We have always chosen Coki Beach and it is absolutely awesome mountains surrounded all around you great stretch of beach with a couple of vendors that serve food and drinks and best of all the snorkeling right off shore maybe 10ft out at the most with lot of coral and fish!! Puerto Rico: Again I research a lot on cruise critic before I cruise and I found great reviews about a tour guy by the name of Albert Aquirre and decided to book with him. Let me tell you what that money was well spent because he was AWESOME, Albert is a real down to earth guy a local of course who enjoys surfing with his kids and of course taking people like you and I on tours of his great island. $50pp will take you and your crew were ever you want but if you don't have anything specific in mind just tell him to give you the island tour, you will start off by heading to the rain forest we took a beautiful drive along the most beautiful undeveloped beaches I have ever seen. Albert made us these cool hats out of this special leave found in the rain forest there, it was so funny. All I can say is tell him you want some Puerto rican bunny ears (he will no what you mean)! We stopped at this cool little "Beach Vendor" that served amazing authentic foods. Albert is a regular there and he will let you know what are all the best food to eat. The people were fantastic and they made us feel right at home. We watched some surfers for a bit and then it was off to see some more sights of Old San Juan and the forts. We all learned so much on this tour, Albert just brought PR alive for us. I highly recommend Albert to EVERYONE!!! You can get a hold of him at surfcabs@yahoo.com or 787-317-6907. You won't regret it.He will make your trip worth wild, ALBERT... ALBERT... ALBERT!!! Grand Turk: First time here and just decided to make it a beach day and hang out. Very Nice island with a great beach right out front of the ships, free lounge chairs get there early so you can get one under a palm tree with some shade.Snorkeling was OK some fish and sunken anchor and cannon I seen. They also have a free pool you can use at margaritaville which is right in the cruise terminal property, very nice! We didn't do a island tour here but we would like to next time. I hope my review might help you out with your fun journey to come!!! ;) Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Took 5 night cruise to Canada ports: Saint John and Halifax July 11-16, 2011. Canada could be a lot colder than USA. In Saint John we had nice day 78F, but Halifax reached only 57F. We got to the port after 11am. ... Read More
Took 5 night cruise to Canada ports: Saint John and Halifax July 11-16, 2011. Canada could be a lot colder than USA. In Saint John we had nice day 78F, but Halifax reached only 57F. We got to the port after 11am. Stayed at hotel 2 nights prior cruise in Manhattan, took taxi from there (about 8$ plus tip). Embarkation process took about 40 min. First on a ship, went to customer service to set our cash account (last night got money back what didn't spend). Went first to the pool area to take advantage of hot weather, tried the slide, it was fun. After 1pm went to our balcony room. Room was big enough for both of us, and all our stuff.There is shampoo and body wash dispensers in the shower, plus they provided with travel size shampoo+conditioner packet, toothpaste, body wash, plus 1 razor.Didn't find hand soap (don't know if our Stuart forgot about it or they don't give it unless you ask) we got it after asking. Refrigerator found locked, so asked our Stuart to get everything out of there so we could cool our water.Safe operate by swiping your credit card, we used our room key-worked. Had 2 nice robes in a room. Flat screen tn in a room,you can check your account on it. Channels were mixed up, few the same ones, some empty ones. They had 3 movie channels, movies they repeat in 5 night stay. Movies they showed on our stay were: Princess Kaiulan, Despicable Me, Diary of a Whimpy kid,Letters to Juliet, Little Fockers, Tangled, Alpha & Omega, Megamind. Room service 24hours- free. Breakfast don't have eggs, bacon and etc., but food pretty good. Gym and Spa located together, first night closed 8pm (on paper said 10pm). They have steam and sauna rooms in a locker,sad that i couldn't use that together with my husband, glad- it was free (most of the ships charge for that extra), but hot tub was for every body's use. But the problem is that the water in it JUST WARM . Carnivals understanding of hot tub is different then mine. We went to costumer service talk about it, they said that by Carnival guidelines water should be between 90F to 105F. Later they called to our room, that water in "hot" tubs 95F and they happy about it. Humans body temperature 98,6, if water below that, don't you agree that it would feel cold. Ironically in a room shower on a wall the sign says , keep your shower water set on 38C which is 100.4F I tried to look up what temperature should be in hot tub , most websites said-104F. Gym looked nice, but didn't had TV, so they played music most of the time. Library's hours really funny, mostly 1 or 2 hours per day open, they had about 400 books, some games,, puzzles. We had anytime dining, which is in Golden dining room. Most of the time waited 15-30min to be seated. Some tables for two, really close to other tables. Food was good, warm melting chocolate cake with ice cream was really good. This cruise had 1 formal night (second night), they had lobster that night,saw some people wearing casual clothe. That night to get to dining room was a hassle. , photographers everywhere, they closed the stairs, they were on both sides dining room door. Ship have self laundromat, 3$ per load, per dryer, detergent and softener 1$ each packet. Iron in there. Coffee wasn't good at all, i guess they want you go to creamers and buy one there. Barista coffee :espresso single-1.95$, double-2.25$, shot-0.50$, coffee-regular or decaf 1.5$, fancy coffees: tall-2.95$,grande-3.5$ Internet: 60min - 24$ 30min - 16.5$ Pay as you go 0.75$ per minute One time activation fee 3.95$ Printing 0.5$ per page Had popcorn in the evenings in bar by movie screen. Cruise director didn't had stage appearance (looked more like baseball player- not professional) kind a slab.His assistant, young boy with Britain accent, couldn't understand him very good. Serenity area in front of the ship really nice, it's for adults (21+) only, but the weather didn't let us enjoy it to the fullest. In the back of the ship there is pool for everybody and hot tubs (warm) just for adults too. This area have retractable roof top. Buffet was just OK, not that much choices, but they had all these other stations too, so you can always find what to eat. Fish and chips, burrito, pizza-open 24 hours, deli, Mongolian wok- really good, but line gets long there. Most evenings they had sushi from 5-8pm. 3 different kinds, they putting each of one on a plate, that what you get, but you can ask for few plates (it was just OK). They had regular and with live band karaoke, that was fun. I saw book of songs for live band (125 songs only in there), i am not sure if regular karaoke had different song list book. Shows were just OK (our last cruise was Allure of the seas, they had the best shows). Saw one comedian show, it was for adults, got a lot of F words. You can bring one bottle wine or champagne per person on boat in your carry on bag on first day, don't forget bottle opener if you do. They had enough hand sanitizers all over the ship, sad - not everybody using them, or don't know how to use it without touching them . Garbage cans in buffet and public restrooms have lids on, whose bright idea was it, i don't want to touch it, restrooms, don't have paper towels, just noise makers. Liked little towels hanging on the door , to use on door handles. Last sea day they had chocolate buffet 12- 2:30pm, in buffet area. It was really good, but weak presentation, couldn't take nice pictures of it. It was our 7th cruise, we always do self disembarkation,(in paper said, that people with carry on bags only can participate in that) we and a lot other people had big bags, so if you able to carry all your stuff do it, so much faster, left ship 6:40, got to LGA before 8am, taxi 25$ plus tip. Then had a long wait for our 12pm flight. Aside all negative, we had nice relaxing cruise. I have a lot of pictures in http://travel.webshots.com/album/580596787CZBick website. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
This being our tenth cruise we arrived in Miami as Platinum Members for our Carnival Glory 7 day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. Empress deck balcony mid ship. Arrived in port and dropped off my 5 other passengers at the luggage ... Read More
This being our tenth cruise we arrived in Miami as Platinum Members for our Carnival Glory 7 day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. Empress deck balcony mid ship. Arrived in port and dropped off my 5 other passengers at the luggage check in and headed for the parking garage second floor. Upon my return to the check in my wife and I walked down the VIP line and checked in. Not one person in this line. My other friends checked in the regular way and we were able to compare Platinum and regular service. We were escorted to the front of the line to have our bags screened and headed right upstairs. Then off to the private check in suite, no one in that line either. Back outside and showed our brand new shinny Platinum Cards to the lady at the bottom of the escalator and up we went and right onto the ship and right to our room. Meanwhile, our friends completed the lengthy lines and had to wait to be called by zone onto the ship. By the time they had gotten on the ship we had been to our room unpacked our one carry on bag and had almost finished lunch. Carnival did not have us all assigned to one table but a trip to the dinning room took care of that and we were given a table at the rear of the Platinum Dinning Room with a view right off the rear of the ship. Dinning Room staff was outstanding and the food was great every night, the best of my 10 Carnival cruises. Food in the cafeteria was also very good, no complaints. Breakfast in the dinning room was also very good and fast. The ship was clean and our room staff was top notch and called us by name from the moment we showed up at the door. Room and balcony clean and service was also outstanding. No complaints with the room or staff. Cruised to Nassau for our third time and visited a really nice hotel in the morning and then back to the port for some shopping and sightseeing. One really neat thing was the police officer in full dress uniform on the box in the intersection directing traffic, pretty cool. St Thomas was nice, been there before several times so we went with another couple to St Johns and off to Trunk Bay. Beautiful. We did not schedule any excursions we did them on our own. Had a great time with Todd at Captain Quin's Bar waiting for the ferry to St. John's. He did what we all have thought about over the years. Left California four years ago and now working the bar and his wife is doing snorkeling trips every day. They live in a duplex on a hill overlooking some of the prettiest islands and waters around. Well worth the trip...do it yourself so you can pace yourselves. Puerto Rico was our next stop and we had never been there before. This was a great destination. We took a short tour of the port area and San Juan. We toured the old fort and took in some great views and lots of photos, a must see. We then walked the shops and headed for the ferry to take us to the Bacardi Rum Factory. I thought it was a great journey and tour. Had a few free drinks and bought some glasses for the house. The views from the ferry ride were great. Another trip we just did ourselves and we had a great time. It filled the entire day, we made it back to the ship 15 minutes before departure. Our last stop was Grand Turk. WOW! We have never been here before either. The ship docked and literally right beside the ship was great shopping, the beach with free chairs and snorkeling and a freshwater pool that was awesome with bar service and food. Three of us took a little side trip to a hotel on the beach and sat by the pool and had a beer and lobster salad. When we pulled out of port there was a Princess ship beside us. It was pretty cool. Everyone was waving, yelling and partying on the decks. It was fun to see everyone having such a great time. A new tradition will be to go the steak house on the last night. The Emerald Steak House was wonderful. The staff was on their game with great food, great presentation and beautiful decor. I had a Maine lobster tail and filet. Another WOW and well worth the extra $30 per person. For what you experience, it was more than worth it. As Platinum Members we used the free laundry service, very nice. Received two free lunch cooler bags, Sushi in our room one night and pastry's one evening. As you can see, I'm hooked. One of the shows on the ship, "Living in America," we have seen probably four times. The other show was the same with some different sets. Comedians were very good and at least 3 different shows almost every night. I'm very critical when I travel but I will say this trip was as good, if not better, than our Miracle trip to St Marteen, St Kitts and St Lucia. The staff was great, the food was great and the ship was very nice. Nothing went wrong and I really had no complaints on this cruise. If I had to say something, I would say more time in the ports of call. We are booked for number 11 this May on the Freedom. Done it, but just love to cruise and do different things each time we visit ports of call. Disembarkation as a Platinum Member was again well worth the experience. We arrived in Miami as we were having breakfast and then retrieved our one bag from the room and went off the ship as our other checked bags were just coming around the corner on the baggage belt and right off to customs, no line and out to the parking lot. We were off the ship and at our car in less than 10 minutes. We waited for our friends for well over 45 minuets. Carnival can be hit or miss but this time...right on target. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
My wife and I are in our 20's and this was the 7th cruise for us on Carival and the Glory was the 4th Carnival boat we have been on. I want to start off by saying that we booked this cruise the day after we got off the boat in May ... Read More
My wife and I are in our 20's and this was the 7th cruise for us on Carival and the Glory was the 4th Carnival boat we have been on. I want to start off by saying that we booked this cruise the day after we got off the boat in May 2009, prior to hunting season dates beign published. I was very much looking forward to this trip until I realized that I wa going to be missing 2 weekends of hunting season. Furthermore, I read several reviews with bad thins to say about the poor condition of the Glory and their negative thoughts of the crew. As far as that goes, all I can say is when you have a boat of that size, there are always going to be MORONS in the crowd. This boat is in good shape and the crew was magnificant. We were nervous about these, but were pleasantly suprised. I will leave it at that. We drove down from Alabama the night prior to the cruise and stayed in the Orlando Airport Marriott--we got a steal on Priceline. I would do it again. It sonly about a 30 minute driveto the cruise terminal. As for the ship, it was the largest boat we have been on. It was very clean, was always being cleaned, in nice shape, and there was plenty to do. I think I say this every time, but the service itself and the friendliness of those serving were better than any other cruise we have been on. We enjoyed all of our dining staff and stateroom staff. The crew is the reason we continue to cruise Carnival. There are plenty of activities around the clock, most of which we didn't particpate in. My wife enjoyed the shows while I was in the sports bar watching football. The Comedy Club is also pretty good. As for the Ports: Let me start off by saying...DO NOT BY ALCOHOL ON THE BOAT. I have included under the ports where the best booze deals are. If you buy in St. Thomas you can bring back 5 Liters per person instead of 1. I carried a price list from my local store, the ships price list(which the selection was limited) and compared them to the stores in port-the port stores won every time. THe boat also offers a price match guarantee, that they wouldnt match for me after we left our last port. Embakation was very painless and very uneventful. We were late getting back into Pt. Canaveral, so we got off the bot a little late. It wasn't Carnival's fault. They made an announcement around midnight that there was a vessel in distress, which the officers found and rescued. That ordeal took about 4 hours so one hour late getting off is nothing to complain about. Dining was what we expected Lido deck food was good and choices there include: chinese food, sandwich shop, fish and chips, several buffet lines, grille, pizza, and ice cream. The dining room food was good as usual and the service was excellent. We also ate in the supper club and that was worth the $30 per person--EXCELLENT meal. To conclude, we will be back on Carnival, yet again. We liked the itenerary so much we are going to cruise it again on the Dream in April. Have fun and don't let the few ignorant ones with negative posts get you down. You have a LOT to look forward to. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
This was only our second cruise, having gone to the Western Caribbean before on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2001 on the Nordic Empress. We found the Carnival Glory cruise to be very good and slightly better than our experience with Royal ... Read More
This was only our second cruise, having gone to the Western Caribbean before on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2001 on the Nordic Empress. We found the Carnival Glory cruise to be very good and slightly better than our experience with Royal Caribbean. We are Midwestern, professional, no kids, and in our late 30s. I eat a pescatarian diet, meaning I eat no meat, eggs, or dairy, but I'll eat seafood. My husband will eat anything. Fortunately, the cruise dining staff was eager to accommodate my diet. I told our main waiter the first night and he had someone come over every night to help me pre-order my meal for the next night, making adjustments like using soymilk in a mushroom soup, making lasagna without the cheese, etc. She was very nice and helpful in suggesting options in preparing the food listed in their menu. Also, per her suggestion, I asked the buffet staff on the lido deck at breakfast for a cup of soymilk. It's not sitting out, but they will get it for you. I did wish there were a few more bean options without cheese or more soy-based faux meats and more whole grains, but all in all, I was pleased with the food selections. I would suggest bringing a few protein bars and whole grain crackers if you are vegetarian/vegan. The Emerald Room Supper Club had wonderful food and service, among the best we've ever had, so consider paying the $30 upcharge per person to treat yourself and that quiet, romantic restaurant. I got the sole and it was a work of art and a delicious blend of flavors. Let me tell you -- there is no end to the temptation to eat more than you are actually hungry for (like dessert every night) so you want to find active things to do. Their gym was quite decent, and what's better than looking at the ocean as you run on the treadmill or lift weights! They have Life Fitness equipment, ellipticals, bikes, steps, mats, and free weights. They offered Spinning, Yoga or Pilates classes for $12/each or $10 in a 3-pack. I passed on those, wondering how you'd hold a tree pose on the swaying ship. They also offered free fun half-hour classes in hip hop, disco, line dancing and the Thriller Dance. Those were fun and easy, not a workout, though. They do have a jogging track on the open upper deck, but it was too windy when the ship is moving. There are plenty of places to walk on the ship and taking the stairs is a good option. I actually found it fun to do some cardio, core and strength exercises in the small pool (all are saltwater). Bring your webbed gloves for resistance! It was quite awesome to workout in the pool in that setting. It was also fun to dance in the White Heat Disco Club, in which the DJ played cool, modern, dance club music. Even after all that eating and activity, there's still plenty of time for rest and relaxation. The shows were great, particularly the Illusion one (even if you think it will be dumb, go, you'll like it.) A cruise, particularly the Carnival Glory cruise, is a delight for all the senses! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
This is my 4th cruise with Carnival and 1st on the Glory.  The cruise was GREAT from top to bottom.  After reading negative reviews on cruisecritic, I was a bit worried.  All the negative reviews were wrong and here is ... Read More
This is my 4th cruise with Carnival and 1st on the Glory.  The cruise was GREAT from top to bottom.  After reading negative reviews on cruisecritic, I was a bit worried.  All the negative reviews were wrong and here is why:Embarkation:Easiest of all cruises.  We literally just walked right on, no waiting.  It was incredible.Ship:Was nice and beautiful from top to bottom.  Has a nautical theme with boat designs all over.  Uses many colors throughout the ship. Very colorful.SHIP FACT:At the end of every cruise, everyone completes surveys based on how well they liked each area of the cruise.  Carnival takes each ships surveys at the end of they year and ranks the boats from best to worst (which you cannot find anywhere on carnival.com)  The top ship is awarded THE GOLDEN EAGLE.  Carnival Glory was just awarded the Golden Eagle for the 2nd year in a row (announced on cruise).  The trophy is on the ship for pictures.  Food:The food was great!  There were like 11 different places to eat each day.  The choices were 2 main buffets, hamburger line, oriental, fresh fish, deli, sushi bar, main dining room, room service etc...  The main dining room food was absoletly wonderful.  (our last cruise wasnt good but this one was great)Staff:All the staff members went out of their way to ensure you had a great time.  They would even stop and have small talk with you just like they were your best friends.  Everyone calls you by your 1st name and everyone works really hard and it shows!Staterooms:We had an inside stateroom.  Small but nice.  We only use it for sleeping at night so we didnt need anything bigger.  Even though it was small, it was nice!Ports of CallNassau: Only there for 5 hours so we went to catamaran snorkle.  Snorkling in nassau is a waste because the water isnt as clear as most other carribean islands.  The catamaran staff worked hard to ensure everyone had a good time.  It was fun even though the snorkling wasnt great.St Thomas:  I've been there before so we decided to go to Megans Bay.  We didnt choose the carnival excursion bc it was $33/person.  The taxis take you right to it for $8/person.  Dont worry about not going through carnival because there are masses of cruises who do this and they shuttle you to the beach like 15 people at a time.  They even stop at drakes seat for picures.  We also did the Paradise Ride to the top of the mountain for pictures.  It was nice as its a great view.  There is a bar on the top of the mountain and they even have a parrot show twice a day.  You have to see it too.  They cost was $25 through carnival.  You can walk up the windy road to it for free.  We walked down it for the exercise and its steep. St Martin:We did the french beach break through carnival.  The best excursion ever and worth the money!  They charter you to Orient Beach, where everyone else goes.  BEAUTIFUL BEACH!!!  The only people in that section of the beach are just the people who bought the tour.  They give you all the rum punch you want.  They even provide extra rum bottles on the bar to spike up your drink if the punch isnt strong enough.  Its free too.  Lunch is provided and the Ribs are the best ribs I've ever eaten in my life!  I totally recommend this!!!!!Debarkation:Very Very easy.  We were supposed to be back in port canaveral at 8am.  We arrived early around 7am.  They call your room levels when its your turn to leave the boat.  We did the self assist and walked right off the boat and was on the bus to the airport by 8am.Entertainment:The shows were great.  Every show was great and the cruise director did a great job as well!  Ship Recreation:The gym was just like the gyms on the other ships.  It was nice.  The ship has a 9 hole putt putt course which is the nicest Ive seen so farThe ship even has a volleyball and basketball court up by the outdoor track too.Overall this ship was AWESOME  and I would go back in a heart beat!  Please dont listen to any negative reviews bc they are just picking to complain.  The ship won the GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD, proving its the top ship in the fleet beating all others.  Read Less
Carnival Glory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 5.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates N/A 4.3

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