Sail Date: December 2014
Very disappointed in this ship. It was smelly - former smoking areas have not been cleaned of smoke smell - several areas smelled musty. The cruise director acted very unprofessional; he was loud, obnoxious, spoke unclearly, and there was ... Read More
Very disappointed in this ship. It was smelly - former smoking areas have not been cleaned of smoke smell - several areas smelled musty. The cruise director acted very unprofessional; he was loud, obnoxious, spoke unclearly, and there was huge gaps in entertainment times. The Christmas show was put on very, very late (10:00) which included young children in the show, and the so-called Christmas story read by the entertainment director was terrible and not something that the children seemed to enjoy. Entertainment on this ship was not very good and we were somewhat bored. The ports were wonderful, as were the staff in the Platinum (lower) dining room (Ioan and Vlad - two thumps up). Our cabin steward was very friendly and accommodating. Overall, we did not find the staff very friendly. I will definitely never cruise on this ship again and am not overly thrilled with Carnival. One of the pieces of our luggage arrived with a broken wheel to which the staff sent us a letter saying that if we have it fixed within 30 days they will CONSIDER repayment. Also, getting off the ship in Costa Maya was horrendous - elevators letting people off into a crowd where the hallway and staircases emptied into one stairway was disastrous with pushing, shoving, yelling and stepping on toes! Also, I was upset over 4 things that I wanted to do that were listed in the Fun Times daily and were actually held on different days (one was for a Scotch tasting.) Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2014
We traveled with our adult daughter and teenage grand-daughter. We had next door balcony staterooms on the Lido deck.. Drove from the Atlanta GA area and overnighted at the Hampton Inn West in Port St. Lucie. Arrived at the Port of Miami ... Read More
We traveled with our adult daughter and teenage grand-daughter. We had next door balcony staterooms on the Lido deck.. Drove from the Atlanta GA area and overnighted at the Hampton Inn West in Port St. Lucie. Arrived at the Port of Miami on Saturday around 10:30am. We booked FFTF Fastest to the Fun for each stateroom. FFTF provided priority check-in and boarding (right after the Diamond and Platinum groups) and we were on board before 11:00am. FFTF, also, provided priority stateroom access and our staterooms were clean and ready when we boarded. We dropped our carry ons and went to the check out the food. We always check out all of the buffet lines (they usually offer some different items) and new restaurants/grills. Glory was refurbished in 2012 and we really like the changes - especially GUY's and the Burrito grill. The Steakhouse was our dinner choice. The food was excellent! Service had some minor issues - my medium rare steak was served to my wife and her medium steak was served to me. We just traded steaks and ate our merry way through dinner! Breakfast and lunch provide good variety. Choose wisely!! Have dessert first! Dinner - there seems to be fewer menu items (maybe it's my memory) than last time we cruised Carnival. Food was good and cooked as requested. Service was timely with some minor issues - orders presented to the right table, wrong person. We never had to wait for water re-fills or bread. By the way eat more that one appetizer and/or entrée. Or, it you don't like what you ordered get something else! We had to make appointments to visit with our grand-daughter. She joined Club O2 and made several new friends. The adults went to several of the productions, adult comedy shows, etc. Some were really fun and some were okay. We visited St. Maarten (Dutch side only), San Juan, and Grand Turk. Enjoyed each port and their unique cultures. FUN ALL OVER THE SHIP ON DECEMBER 31ST!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
The traffic in Miami was horrible! My son dropped myself, his wife and son at terminal about 1:00 pm, went to park car and almost missed the cruise! We actually got on the ship at last minute. Very stressful! I was supposed to have cabins ... Read More
The traffic in Miami was horrible! My son dropped myself, his wife and son at terminal about 1:00 pm, went to park car and almost missed the cruise! We actually got on the ship at last minute. Very stressful! I was supposed to have cabins near each other but ended up on different decks. Wasn' t too happy about that since we had an 8 year old with us. Ship was pretty and decorated nice for the holidays. My grandson had a great time with camp Carnival. The cruise director was fantastic and the band that was on there really good. Guy Fieri's hamburgers were awesome . Can't say much about the buffet. ....not enough choices. I have never seen a buffet that didn't have macaroni & cheese, broccoli, green beans.....things that kids eat....and me too. We ate in the dining room every night which was just OK. Nothing spectacular there. I thought it was very hard to find rest rooms around the ship. We all had a good time with our shore excursions. Had to be back on the ship early in Mahogany Bay, so that was a short day! We carried our own baggage off, so disembarkation was easy. All in all, not the best cruise I've been on, but not the worst either!   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
This was our second time on the Glory. The ship has the 2.0 upgrades and we enjoyed the new bars and places to eat. Guys Burgers and fries is such a AMAZING addition to these ships. The food was wonderful and we ate there each day. Buffets ... Read More
This was our second time on the Glory. The ship has the 2.0 upgrades and we enjoyed the new bars and places to eat. Guys Burgers and fries is such a AMAZING addition to these ships. The food was wonderful and we ate there each day. Buffets were just buffets and nothing to write home about. Kids ate at the Qdoba like place and said it was ok just not Qdoba. We always love the pizza place.....Quattro pizza there is the best. This was the first time they made to order the pizzas and I was not impressed with that. The wait was TOO LONG and staff there not to friendly. However, the pizza was good. This trip let us down with both service and dining room food. Very disappointed but were able to get pizza if we needed it. Deli was delicious each time we had it . I normally love the piano bar, the new entertainer was on his second week...... He was below average. I was super disappointed with him, he wasn't too friendly and wasn't engaging. Oh we'll, plenty of other music around the ship. Loved Jess I think her name was. She played acoustic guitar and sang all over the ship. She was good and played plenty of requests. There was also a GROUP who played in the casino bar often that were very good as well. Wish I could remember their name. Not impressed with shows. Comics were funny :) Favorite place to hang was the EA Sportsbar. Be sure to visit Andrei he was awesome. They have xbox games available for the teens and young adults. Enjoyed time in the casino as always. Personally we dislike all the smoke at the casino bar........YUCK!   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
I'm usually not one for posting reviews. However, after this cruise I had to give our highlights. My family & I have taken numerous cruise before but this was by far the best cruise we had to date. The main reason....The ... Read More
I'm usually not one for posting reviews. However, after this cruise I had to give our highlights. My family & I have taken numerous cruise before but this was by far the best cruise we had to date. The main reason....The Entertainment staff under the Cruise Director, Eversen Bevelle aka Dr. E. This entertainment team was by far the best we have experienced on Carnival. I wish I could take Dr. E and his entertainment team on every cruise we take with Carnival. We stayed at Marriott hotel the night before which was approximately 20 minutes from the port. We used Premier Parking USA which offered a free shuttle to the port. The location for parking was great but the staff at the parking lot weren't very organized. I'm not sure if I would use them again, We left out of the Port of Miami on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise December 2014. It was a smooth embarkation and the port itself was very modern and nice. The ship was nicely decorated with Christmas ornaments and the tree in the lobby was amazing. Carnival really put on a lot of nice Christmas activities so you didn't feel like you missed out on the holiday spirit. Each day there were fun activities to do. Dr E kept you laughing, dancing and really excited about everything happen around the ship. My family and I aren't usually one for the shows, but we did get involved this cruise. The Motown review, Hasbro Game Show and Welcome Abroad show and Name that Tune were our absolute favorite. The White Heat was great. DJ Devine played good music each and every night for each age group. The Dive In Movies were also a big hit with our children because they showed movies for each age range. Our only complaint would be the activities available in the Camp Carnival program. Our son is in the Circle C (12-14) age range. He wish they had more opportunities to play the game with each other. Most of the activities in this age group were after leaving the ports (4pm). However, during sea days they had a variety of activities all day. They still weren't very exciting to our child in particular. Carnival Glory had good cuisine and variety in the dining room and on the Lido Deck. Our favorites were Guy Fieri's burgers, the Blue Cantina, Pizza and Fish and Chips. Fish and Chips is actually a hidden gem many people miss. It is located above the Home Kitchen eatery. Take the staircase in the middle near the Sweet Spot. It's only open during lunch hours. Our favorite bar for drinks was the Red Frog Rum Bar. It also seemed to be the favorite for most of the cruise passengers. The pool area in the back of level 9 (near the pizza and deli) is adults only and we didn't get a chance to use it. If you are looking for a quiet area you will probably enjoy it. You could not hear any of the music from the Lido deck activities which was a tad boring for my husband and I. We like the liveliness of being in the middle of the action. There is a bar back there as well so you don't have to miss out on drinks. Elegant nights were very laid back for the most part. We found that the picture backgrounds were better on casual nights. Most people on this particular cruise dressed up for Christmas and not for the first elegant night. The wait for Your Time Dining was very short when we went between 7:30-8:30pm. All in all this was a very exciting cruise. More details about the ports is listed below.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
We flew into FLL on Friday night, rented a midsize car for $40 with specific drop off location near port of Miami with a free shuttle (location P2F). The next morning about 9am, we did all our shopping at a nearby Target and Sports ... Read More
We flew into FLL on Friday night, rented a midsize car for $40 with specific drop off location near port of Miami with a free shuttle (location P2F). The next morning about 9am, we did all our shopping at a nearby Target and Sports Authority, great outdoor mall about 2 miles away. We had breakfast at Ricky's Bakery which was absolutely wonderful. They also have pastries and coffee to go. We dropped of our car at a Budget/Avis location near the port about 11:00am and took the free shuttle to the port. At about 11;45, we were on the Lido deck enjoying the tacos and burritos. We were in our cabins by 12:30pm without purchasing the "faster to the fun". FOOD/DRINKS: We tried all eating areas. The breakfast burritos were ok, the tacos were great. I was disappointed that there were no dessert souffles all week. The good part is that we brought case of water champagne, red and white wine. We could have brought more, they never checked how many. Quality of food declined, less staff, this was my 13th cruise and it had been about 5 years from the last Carnival Cruise. We also had an issue as another passenger described with the Cheers program and thought it was less, the same reason we chose this cruise over Norwegian Epic for the same week. One thing we noticed that bothered us was that each day we got back on the ship after visiting a port, the only thing open was the burger place. The burgers were good, but very, very greasy. The taco and burrito place seemed to closed each afternoon upon returning from the ports. The best bartenders are Putu and Francisco at the EA Sports Bar. CABINS: The location of cabin 7272 is very loud, but you can close the automatic doors to seal from the elevator and lounge music (every night) from Deck 3. Room service was great. Balcony rooms have the door issue that wont seal, we ended up sealing the doors with tape and it worked, but what a hassle. Internet and cell service was available in St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. We had ocean suite room so we spent most of the time in there to get away from the chaos every where else. Staff was very kind. EXCURSIONS: We did two excursions since we've been to these ports in the past. In St. Thomas, we did the snorkeling in Trunk Bay. This was ok, we seemed rushed. By the time we returned to the ship, there was not much time to shop and we weren't told that they close the shops on the beach at Trunk Bay at 3pm. However, there are some shops near the port and we were lucky to pick up some authentic perfumes and colognes for $10 each at a place called Dynasty Dazzlers. They were selling full-size testers. I've spent 10 days in St. Thomas last year and it's very easy to get around with their shuttles, ferries and taxis. CITY BUS TOUR, we did the City Bus Tour in Miami with a shuttle to the airport. This was convenient, but it was utter chaos, the staff could not control the MOBS OF PEOPLE CUTTING in front of the ones that had been waiting a long time already, lucky that we had a late flight. The designated pick up area changed depending which staff you spoke to and people were dragging their luggage back and forth across the road chasing the bus waiting area. We ended up at the back of both lines because staff weren't sure whether a 2nd shuttle was coming for us. It was disappointing that we were rushed to make the 2 pm shuttle from their central station with our luggage when we could have had more time exploring the city. 2 pm is the latest shuttle available to FLL no matter how late your flight is. The last shuttle from their central station to MIA is 4:45. Next time we're renting a car from the port as we did pre-cruise, because it would have been much less. There was four of us, Carnival charged $50 per person and the rental car would have cost $75 total. We could have seen more or taken a drive to the Keys if we had the rental car. ENTERTAINMENT: The cruise director is great. We saw one comedy show with an older white guy, he was QUITE VULGER and repeated the same material. Many people were just walking out after the first 10 minutes. INTERNET: We purchased the most expensive internet plan and shared it with 4 people. I used my pad in our room and logged out as we're told to do. While I was sleeping, I lost over 100 minutes. I went to customer service and complained. Since they saw that I kept trying to log out, they put the 100 minutes back on. They recommended that we either go on a higher or deck or go to the internet café on deck 4. Each time I took my pad to the internet café, I had no problem logging in or out. GYM: The gym was beautiful and clean, loved the steam room and adult jacuzzi. We also wanted to walk on the enclosed deck like we do on other ships, but Deck 4 is closed off to the public. It was too windy and stormy to walk on the track which is on Deck 11 or 12. This was my 6th Carnival cruise. I'll be taking a short one at the end of December only because it was purchased before I went on this cruise. Otherwise, we won't be doing Carnival again. If you try calling the customer service desk on the ship from any phone, you can't get through, they force you to wait in long lines on deck 3. The overall quality and transparency has declined in comparison to our other recent cruises. I tried to submit a review on ship excursions to Carnival twice and it was declined. I also tried to reply to the email I received, request the reasons why my review was declined and it bounced back with no contact info included. Today, I received two emails from Carnival requesting that I submit a review on the excursions we took. Go figure, why even try.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
CARNIVAL GLORY 11/22 - 11/29 Eastern Caribbean - Thanksgiving We are not prolific cruisers, but my wife and I have recently become fans of cruising, having done 3 within the last year or so. The first two were Royal Caribbean and MSC. All ... Read More
CARNIVAL GLORY 11/22 - 11/29 Eastern Caribbean - Thanksgiving We are not prolific cruisers, but my wife and I have recently become fans of cruising, having done 3 within the last year or so. The first two were Royal Caribbean and MSC. All were through the Eastern Caribbean and shared many common ports. We are a family of 8 (7 went), 45/45/22/20/17/16/15/13. The last cruise was over Thanksgiving 2014 on the Carnival Glory with the entire family. I have seen many very thorough reviews on here, some of which we have used to make our own cruising decisions (Thank You People!). It may not be totally fair to call this a "review," since I'm not going to spend time on every facet of the experience, and am instead just covering key points. STAFF: The staff, in general, was cordial, courteous, and ready to make you happy. The housekeeping staff was particularly hardworking and seemed to always smile. The room was always immaculate. I thought the bartenders were relatively quick and helpful, although there was one particular female (very old) bartender at the Red Frog bar on the pool deck (deck 9) that was very cantankerous. We rarely use the wait staff to order drinks, usually opting instead to just head to the bar and do it ourselves. After we had a few beers my wife headed to the bar to grab a water (gotta hydrate!). This bartender seemed incredibly put out that she had to even to waste her time to wait on my wife for "just" a water. She was rude. She told my wife, "You know, for future reference, it would be much quicker if you went to the buffet to get a water." Well, gee, old grumpy lady bartender person, thanks for your insight. That's a difficult concept for me to grasp since I would have to walk 30 yards PAST the bar to go to the buffet. And for your future reference, I'm on a boat in the middle of the ocean for a 7 day vacation. This is day 1. Time is my friend right now and I will spend it as I please. Now please get me a water. This unfortunate encounter aside, the rest of the staff was helpful and polite and we had no other issues. CHEERS: This was probably one of the more defining experiences during our cruise. We aren't huge drinkers, but I have six kids so I have to (ha). We did a lot of research on the Cheers alcohol plan before we picked this cruise and decided to purchase plans for us. We purchased this cruise in the Spring of 2014, months in advance, and the price of cheers was $37.95/day per person. This was a large factor in choosing Carnival over Royal Caribbean. Not only were the rooms cheaper, but with also a cheaper alcohol plan, we would save hundreds and hundreds of $$. Because we had 7 travelers, my wife and I were assigned different rooms, so we didn't have to buy two plans, but we intended to because the price was reasonable and its just so much more convenient. While the embarkation was smooth and awesome, my first 30 minutes on the boat threatened to drive me insane. We merrily went to the small Cheers table setup to buy the plans and bought two. I checked the receipt after paying (which frankly I normally don't do) and WHOA! $800 for two plans ($400 each: $350+tips/tax). "Um, excuse me, this is supposed to be wayyyy less," I told the woman. She didn't speak great English so she kinda pointed to the posterboard, and told me it was $49.95, which indeed said $49.95/day. I protested that it was $37.95 (or 37.50, couldnt remember) and she just kept pointing to the board and saying, "Look, see, it's $49.95." I have never wanted an entire message board population by my side before, but now I did. I wanted all you kind and informative cruisecritic board users with me to help me "prove" that I could have sworn it was $37.95. She didn't relent. Finally, a supervisor of some type came over and gave me a knowing grin, clasping his hands and explaining, yes, you are correct, it WAS $37.95/day but just a few weeks ago had been raised to $49.95. After all, $37.95 was a "promotional" price they said. Wait, back this truck up. This pricing was a huge factor in deciding to purchase this cruise, which I did while overseas months and months ago. I tried to prepay for the Cheers plan but they wouldn't let me (They had no problem with me "prepaying" for the entire cost of my cruise, however). Now you tell me the price is some 30% higher? I was refunded the $800 dollars and eventually found a man in a smashing white uniform milling about and explained this dilemma to him. This turned out to be Alain Lopez, an officer. I explained the absurdity of the situation. You have marketed this cruise at price A, which a large percentage of the pricing is wrapped up in two alcohol plans I intended to purchase. Now that I'm fully paid and on board, you are informing me the alcohol plan, which I could not prepay, is now price B, which is more expensive. Are you not going to offer the people who purchased the cruise during the time it was $37.95 that price? I told him I bought this cruise not only for the particular dates, but also because i could AFFORD it. Now you won't even let me buy the Cheers plan at the price it was when I bought the cruise! Mr. Lopez nodded and said he couldn't do anything but would have the bar operations manager call me. Anyone who knows chain of command knows that when a superior pushes a problem from himself to a subordinate, the importance of that "problem" has heretofore be deemed zero. Problems should be elevated up a chain, not lowered down it. The bar manager did in fact call me, then called back and left a message nothing could be done because this was Carnival HQ's decision, not the ship policy. Good one. I will not dispute that Carnival can price things however they want and change the pricing whenever you want. But no one will ever convince me that this anything less than deceptive marketing. You can't offer the price of an inherently important and expensive facet of your cruise experience at one price, get me to book a cruise based in large part on that, not permit me to prepurchase it, then not offer me that price when I board. I shielded this particular issue from the kids and we all truly had a great time believe it or not. After receiving my refund I told the bar supervisor that you had completely deincentivized me to buy two cheers plans, and this bait and switch pricing would encourage people to buy just one and share and I thought there practices justified me doing the same. The supervisor said that wasn't allowed and since I was completely exasperated at this point I said, "Watch me," and he responded, "We'll see about that." Well, clearly Carnival doesn't know me very well. I had been challenged. Please read the following to yourself in your best French accent: "You have been dishonest and unfair to me and now you challenge me to a duel? A duel you say?!? You silly cruise line. You have met your match!" I was looking forward to handing over my hard earned cash for two packages. In fact I did before I was refunded. But Carnival created this mess. Needless to say, after being completely discouraged by Carnival from holding up my end of the bargain, we bought one Cheers package. I didn't think twice either about slugging beers with my wonderful wife sitting side by side at the bar, ordering them every five minutes. Yea, we'll definitely see about that. Carnival's unillingness to see the deceptive nature of this practice and make it right is, to me, a harbinger of larger issues. I will not hand over responsibility for my family's experience and essentially their safety to a company that thinks these practices are fair and reasonable. This is a dealbreaker for me. This is my first, and last, Carnival cruise. In my brief cruising career I've quickly learned that there are many very good and reputable cruise lines perfectly willing to take my money. And I am more than happy to give it to them if they just play fair. ENTERTAINMENT: The quality of the entertainment was good overall. I've been to my share of AC/DC and Motley Crue concerts so I'm no librarian, but the poolside DJ was loud. Wow. I mean his volume really did go to 11. My wife and I had to yell to enjoy poolside conversation. He also concentrated on hip hop and your standard beach songs 100% of the time. I'm eclectic and maybe that's not the norm, but I like it all. Can we throw in a country song, 80s, james taylor, heck, james brown, jazz, def leppard, whatever, just something different, every once in a while? Man, it was relentless. The show performers were good. Hardworking and talented. The Epic Rock show was cool, the comedy was fun, and the newlywed show was great. After the DJ they usually did a solo act in the pool area corner. They were good, it just wasn't very exciting. They did a lot of trivia games, some in the theater and many in the casino. These are fun and we joined in but again, it's more of the same kind of passive entertainment. The casino, by the way, unless you're a 20 year smoker or actually live in an ashtray, is disgusting. It smelled like 50 years of smoke and made watching bands or doing trivia in the casino somewhat unpleasant. The smoking thing is weird to me, because Carnival seemed committed to no smoking in general. No smoking on the pool decks or in the comedy lounge, two places notorious for smoking. But in the casino it was katie bar the door, and you could tell. I guess gambling and smoking go hand in hand, neither of which i do. I won't pass judgement, I'll just say it wasn't for me. POOL: Third cruise in a year. This is the first one where there were NO pool games!! The pool was absurdly small and they couldn't/wouldn't hold any pool games in there. Whether you participate in them or not, getting strangers together in a pool for small but fun competitions is a great way to get people involved, and it brings people together. You can meet new friends on your team, enjoy the competitive aspect, or just sit back enjoy the debacle that inevitably ensues when overly tipsy travelers try to do stuff. I really think pool games are a requirement for me. It's interactive whether you're actually involved or just actively spectating. Carnival did the "hottest body" contest and stuff like that, but again, that's just not as universally fun and more of a spectacle than an event. For active people that love sports like myself, I found Carnival to be way more geared toward passive activities like listening to a DJ or a singer rather than active get-up and-do-it stuff. This surprised me a great deal since I thought coming in that Carnival skewed younger and more active. GYM/COURTS: I workout a lot and used the gym a lot. It wasn't good or bad. It had the basics but not the best stuff. No cables? Do you know how many exercises you can do with a cable machine? Its the best use of space in a gym, to not have one is a major oversight. Literally you can work every muscle group with cables. The gym lockeroom looked strangely dated and kinda dirty and gross. I just whisked through it to the gym and never used anything in it. I can find a workout without weights if i have to, i just thought that based on the decent size of it, it should have been much better. The sports court was really really small compared to other ships. My complaint here was they ONLY played basketball!!! There were exactly zero other sports events planned our week in the courts. No soccer, no dodgeball. I don't care, make up a game, Killer Hopscotch, I don't care, but to just cater to a single sports audience all week is ridiculous. Above that, it was a strange feeling i had and please don't take this the wrong way fellow Americans, but it seemed like Carnival was catering to the fat American, not an active, energetic get up and go crowd. I dunno, the lack of activity on the courts was disappointing to say the least. They did have 13-15 year old dodgeball one day, but nothing for adults. Ever. On the RCI cruise, i spent hours up on the court playing with my new Aussie friends in all sorts of competitions. HOT TUBS: You people are really going to think i'm some old stick in the mud with some of my comments but i promise i'm not. I play sports with college kids at 45 and love concerts and working out. But the Hot Tubs, where to begin? Okay, so they have a Serenity section which is adults only. I realize some of you will say I should have just gone there. But you know what, the pool is where the action is supposed to be, so i want to be there, not exiled to the serenity section. Wanna try out the hot tub? Unless you're under 10 years old, forget it. No joke, between 11am and 5pm the hot tubs in the main area were basically a frothy kid cappuccino. Imagine 10 or so small kids (with no parents mind you) jammed into a hot tub. Now imagine a large number of those 10 kids with ice cream cones, plates and bowls and silverware eating in that hot tub. I have a photo to prove it. There were old smashed ice cream cones, plates and lots of grossness left around the hot tub all day long. At night, pretty similar, all the kids pile into the hot tub and watch the poolside movie. With popcorn. Yea, that's not gross at all. I enjoy wading in water with popcorn floating all around me. I like to pretend I'm the last unpopped kernel just waiting to get hot enough. One mom actually looked nervously around from outside the gate surrounding the tub and told the mass of 8 year old humanity in the tub to be careful, because her two year old she was letting get in the swirling 105 degree water filled with awkward 8 year olds "can't swim." And I have 6 kids mind you so I'm no freaked out empty-nester, im just freaked out. BARS: The bars were okay. The bartenders were eager to please and fairly quick. I tried the EA sports bar briefly on turkey day to watch a few minutes of fball with the boys (because this is required). Eh. I will never understand why Carnival would spend so much money on those 2x2 tvs that combine to make one giant screen but then totally fail by not spending a few extra bucks for an High Definition signal. It's available right? Please don't tell me you can get a wireless internet signal on a boat hundreds of miles from civilization but you can't get a HD signal. You realize big screens look even worse than small ones when you show a SD signal on them because, well, they're bigger, right? This is sports watching 101. You call your bar "EA Sports." EA stands for Electronic Arts, one of the largest video game production and manufacturing companies in the world. They sell tens of millions of games every year, many of which are sports games, which are played on millions of gaming systems, every single one of which is high definition. Your bar is called EA Sports and your tvs are combined to be about 65 inches square but your signal dates back to 2004. This is the gaming equivalent of passing on your Madden 2014 and instead playing Atari Football from 1978. Small point but big impact. FOOD/DINING ROOM: I thought the buffett was horrible, period. I ate cafeteria food in Afghanistan for 7 months this year and it was better than this. The burger/burrito/pizza joints were very very good. The dining room was better than the buffet but not great. They did one thing i found very odd but maybe its not. When you order a beer or mixed drink or even a soda, which we only did a few times, they take FOREVER to bring it. I think they actually go out of the dining room to a bar and grab it there, so it takes much longer to arrive. The delay in getting these drinks made us stop even trying by midweek. PORTS/ETC: The ports were incredible. I won't bore you with all the details but we had an absolute blast. The best times were definitely off the ship, as is the case with most im sure, but it was awesome. O2 TEEN CLUB: I may be getting the name wrong, whichever club was for teenagers to dance in. I had unrealistically high hopes for the teen club. I have four teenagers and I was truly hoping they could have hung out in the teen disco after dinner for a bit and enjoyed dancing and meeting friends. My kids spent exactly 35 combined seconds in the club before they determined the crowd in there was not to their liking. My wife and I stopped by there one day to satisfy our own curiosity and we found it dark, mostly empty, and playing music i definitely wouldn't want my daughters dancing with boys to. After all this is said and done, we had a good time. Aside from Cheers, the negative issues were not endemic and could for the most part happen anywhere. They are highlighted here because they deserve to be but many positives happened along the way and because the kids were mostly unaware of even the smaller negatives, they had a blast. That said, I mean what I say about my distrust and lack of confidence in Carnival after the Cheers ordeal. I won't choose Carnival again. Having three very similar trips on three cruise lines within a short period of time gave us the benefit of being able to compare different lines on a lot of the very same criteria, making the comparison less subjective in my mind. With a large family, we are bargain hunters and somewhat frugal. We learn how to scrutinize our purchases and do quite a bit of homework for almost all our purchases. (Rather than spend $3k to fly to and from VA to FL, we rented a van, one way on both ends for about $500 total, and drove 14+ hours straight -- i did almost 1,000 miles in one sitting on Nov 29). That said, many people know that with some products, you just get what you pay for, like toilet paper or carpet. The difference in quality between a cheaper and more expensive product is too great to justify purchasing the least expensive. I think one of my conclusions is a cruise line may be one of those products. While we got GREAT deals on the other two trips, Carnival was, overall, more of an economical choice during this last holiday trip. After all is said and done, however, it was by far our least favorite ship and least favorite experience, although the kids had so much fun they couldn't care less.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
For more than 12 years, my husband and I would travel to Las Vegas to spend the holidays. This year, another couple suggested we go on a holiday cruise with them. This was their first cruise, our fifth (3 with Princess, 2, including this ... Read More
For more than 12 years, my husband and I would travel to Las Vegas to spend the holidays. This year, another couple suggested we go on a holiday cruise with them. This was their first cruise, our fifth (3 with Princess, 2, including this one, with Carnival). I would have loved to go with Princess, but budget constraints and the fact they jack up the holiday cruise prices landed us on the Glory Dec. 22-29. First and foremost, I always say a cruise is what you make of it. We had good friends and mostly good times (I have already regressed into the deep corners of my mind the ugly times) on this cruise, hence we will have warm memories of Christmas 2013. Here's some specifics: Embarkation: Embarkation went extremely smoothly with the whole process taking about 1/2 hour, if that. Our only issue was parking -- most of the lots were full, but we lucked out and found a spot on the top floor of the D Garage. We arrived on board at about noon, and were told we couldn't go to our cabins until after 1:30. We headed up to the Lido Deck where I tried Guy's burger joint. The best thing was the bar of fixings -- everything you would want on top of your burger! The staff at the burger stand were beyond friendly and were having a great time -- and were very funny! A good start. After a quick look around the Red Sail buffet area, it was already time to go to the cabins. The Cabin: Three days prior to sailing, Carnival called and offered us an upgrade from a balcony cabin to a grand suite for an extra $800 (total for two people). While I felt a bit bad that our friends had not been offered this, we decided to take it, thinking it would be very nice to make our room the "get together spot." As I walked into the Grand Suite, I knew this was going to be a most comfy home for the next seven days. A huge seating area with a wrap-around couch, a bar area, a nice big bed and the very long balcony greeted us. The best, the absolute best, part of the suite was the dressing area and bathroom. Double vanity, jetted tub/shower combo, toilet and bidet in a space quite large enough for at least two people to get ready at the same time. And closets -- they were everywhere! Our cabin steward, JB Joey, was also the absolute best -- we wanted for nothing when it came to our cabin for a week. Thank you JB Joey! Meals: Some good, some bad, some ugly. For the most part, we certainly didn't grow hungry. Carnival was testing out its new American Menu in the dining room. Not quite so sure it will be a hit. Limited choices on most nights. I think this new menu wreaked havoc on service, however. SLOWEST service ever. We never waited in line for seating (we had any time dining), but once seated, it could take 15 minutes up to a 1/2 hour before we ordered -- and that was the fast part of the meal. Most dinners lasted way beyond 2 hours, and not because we were taking OUR time. The buffet is, well, a buffet. Hit and miss, but I always found something. The most frustrating part was the line -- slow and long -- and it didn't help that once you got up to the food, someone was always cutting in front of you. I would stare at them and turn back and see the line behind me and wonder if they knew how rude they were behaving. Nope. No sign of recognition or caring. People. Got to love them. Our group of four found a haven from the mass crowd at breakfast by heading to the far back of the ship, just beyond the two adult jacuzzis. Few folks would venture this far back and we were treated to solitude along with a picture perfect view of the ocean. If you want to get away from people, there are ways of finding spaces. Ports First port was Cozumel. We splurged and went with the La Casa en La Playa select retreat. This is a secluded beach house and only a total of 32 folks were allowed to sign up. The staff attended to our every need, including a chef that prepared an awesome lunch. I cannot recommend this excursion ENOUGH. The best excursion I've ever been on...ever. It's a bit pricey at about $130/pp, but worth it and then some. The beach, facilities, everything was right on. And the water, well, the water was perfect. With the highlight coming at the very first port, the other ports save for the last one were let downs, to say the least. Next up was Costa Maya. We signed up for the Jungle Beach Break. WARNING -- please, please do not do this. Water was far from "crystal clear" as advertised. It was cloudy, disgusting and filled with garbage. Yes, garbage. From plastic utensils to a razor (!!!!), this was the dirtiest, filthiest place both inside and outside the water. All week, the Carnival Legend out of Tampa was shadowing us. We jumped on their bus for the port just to get the hell out of there sooner. Terrible. The next stop, Roatan, wasn't a huge improvement I'm sad to say. We booked a snorkeling trip (Barefoot Catamaran) while our friends opted for a day at the beach next to the port. First, the crew for our trip was late and confused. We finally got to the catamaran when I noticed one of the crew coming on board with a container of gas. Hmmm. We actually sailed to the spot (most of the time the sails are for show only), which I thought was pretty cool. Until they stopped and said here we are. I looked toward the shore and there was an small industrial port. I thought to myself, "Certainly we're not going to snorkel here?" Uh, yes. For the second day in a row, I was swimming in garbage. Roatan has the second largest reef system after the Great Barrier Reef (which I've snorkeled), so I was excited to snorkel here. That excitement waned significantly, all the way down to utter and complete disappointment. We got in the water to find NO REEF. Are you actually kidding me? The worst snorkel experience of my life. I felt bad for those fellow passengers on their first snorkeling adventure thinking this was snorkeling. Something tells me this wasn't their normal spot? Remember that container of gas? Wonder if they didn't cut the cruise short and just dumped us into the water at the first stop just out of site of the cruise port. Hmmm. Oh, and the women's restroom broke about 10 minutes into the trip. Now, as I said at the top. Cruising is what you make of it. I manage to find fun and happiness on just about every trip I take. After these last two days, I was working hard really hard on my smile. I went to the shore excursions desk that night and told the person behind the desk that I rarely complain, truly, but had to tell him about the last two excursions because they were not up to the lowest of standards and that Carnival should evaluate carefully its connection with these two companies. The person behind the desk was awesome and every time I tried to get away as I said my peace calmly and as accurately as possible, he would stop me and want to hear MORE. In the end, we received a $40 credit for the catamaran excursion; nothing for the jungle (hell) beach break. You win some, you lose some. Moral of the story: make sure to do research online and remember, you always get what you pay for and cheaper is certainly not always better. However, with that being said, we went the real cheap route for the last port, Grand Cayman. We jumped into a taxi bus, and for $5/pp, we were dropped off at a nice spot on 7-mile beach. we walked about 10 minutes down the beach and found a spot where the four of us were completely alone. It was the best beach day....ever! Sun out, water crystal clear, no crowd. Heaven. We would lay in the shade, wander to the sun and sand, get hot, run into the ocean, and start the whole process over again. It was just a wonderful day -- and one that just about made up for the last two ports! It was also the very best way to spend our last day in port. We then jumped back into a taxi bus, and went back into town for $2.50/pp. After some shopping, we boarded Glory for one last sea day, then on to Miami. Overall impressions The Glory is a nice ship. The adult only Serenity area was a nice place to go after heading back from a day off the ship -- but it was always crowded and not very serene. I play the slots. A lot. And spent most of my leisure time on board in the casino. Casino staff members were excellent. Slots paid just enough to let me play within my budget all week. Can't ask for anything more. Matter of fact, the crew throughout the entire cruise were friendly and, for the most part, helpful. I did get a massage at the spa. One thing I'll never, ever understand is why the designers insist on putting the basketball/activity center a deck above the spa??? All I heard throughout my relaxing massage was "boom, boom, boom." Ugh. Carnival markets itself correctly. You're not going to get the luxury cruising experience on Carnival. As long as you know that, you're good to go. Remember, cruising is all about what YOU make of it. Cruise happy.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
We decided to take the family on a last minute cruise over Thanksgiving, and I had narrowed my choices to NCL Epic and Glory. Given that we were taking four of my children, the Epic (while slightly cheaper) would cost us more due to ... Read More
We decided to take the family on a last minute cruise over Thanksgiving, and I had narrowed my choices to NCL Epic and Glory. Given that we were taking four of my children, the Epic (while slightly cheaper) would cost us more due to specialty restaurants (which I look forward to trying sometime in the future with NCL). Plus I was eager to experience the Funship 2.0 upgrades for the first time….so I broke my own rule of not sailing the same ship. I considered Glory having Funship 2.0 a quasi new ship anyway. Embarkation: Miami….ughhhh. Really missed Ft. Lauderdale after our experience in Miami this sailing. I choose Safe Parking to leave the car, and arrived at 10:15am so we could hopefully be at the port/waiting to board at 10:45am. Shuttle arrives at 10:30am…all good…except driver is dropping off passengers and won’t take newcomers. Ok…why? So we (and others) wait and wait. Finally the same shuttle bus shows up and drops off passengers…and again will NOT take on new customers. Tensions rise now that everyone has been waiting for 30-45+ minutes. Then a 15 passenger van shows up…and is asking who is sailing Carnival. Since we have been waiting the longest---we grab him. The fill the van – and we leave a lot of other folks sailing on different lines. It was exactly 1 hour after we arrived in the parking lot. Fortunately Miami terminal was moving quickly and we were onboard eating Guy Burgers around 12pm. We loved Guy burgers and their French fries. The Glory: We had sailed her before a few summers back for a quick Canada trip. This is our first cruise with the kids without extended family…and my son’s first (two of my girls were so young on our first cruise with RCCL that they don’t remember it at all). Ship was clean, the food was average to good in the MDR. We had a fabulous wait staff – got lucky to find them on the first night of anytime dining – Yudi/Hendro from Indonesia. They really made our week enjoyable and had a great time with our kids. Went way above the normal to satisfy us and take care of the kids – lots of fun dancing with them and joking around. I wish the Glory had changed their menus during our cruise…but we were a week early. Food was good – nothing spectacular. For breakfast I enjoyed the Blue Iguana burritos a few times….and we did enjoy the sea day brunch for the first time. This time they made it easier to redeem your free drink….it was awful during our last Carnival cruise (took an hour the last sea day!). We did not do the Emerald steakhouse this cruise….or the Taste Bar. We only made it to one new 2.0 show – Divas. It was good – I was expecting a lot worse based on the last few years of 2.0 rollouts. We saw the family friendly comedian twice – he was good. They had a magician who went through the MDR and had a late night show in one of the lounges….Chris – he was GREAT! The sea days were very windy and cloudy. We were able to find chairs no problem. MUTS were Iron Man 2/3, Bourne Legacy, and Monday Night football….maybe another movie or 2. We had sun in Cozumel and Grand Cayman, we missed Belize due to high winds and Roatan was rainy all day. Past guest party decent – the drinks were dished out and strong – did get a few Twilight Zone’s brought to us in lieu of what was on the server trays. Cruise Director was good and funny…the staff seemed to be having fun and were enjoyable. Ports: Cozumel – did taxi ride to Playa Palancar again. We were the first one’s there. There were 6 ships in Cozumel that day, and pretty soon even Palancar beach was getting crowded. I have never seen so many snorkel boats at Palancar/Columbia reef…there must have been 40 at one time. My kids have never been snorkeling, so we grabbed the local snorkel boat and went out around 1pm, when most of the ship excursions had left to return to their ships. Great sunny day – and while the reefs are relatively deep (25 to 45 feet), we could see and enjoy everything. Great food at Palancar too. Roatan – since we missed Belize due to high winds (it was crazy watching NCL trying to tender – we saw one successful tender launch and those folks on the top deck got splashed by the waves/wind. We tried to anchor at least twice but threw in the towel. We had a nice private snorkeling/island tour Goff Caye booked, hated we missed it. Since the weather forecast a week out showed rain and more rain, I held off an early booking with SouthShore zip lining….because I wanted to do a combo package with the beach. We docked and it was a steady rain. We took our time and when it became a light drizzle we got off the ship and we made our way through the gates/outside Mahagony Bay. We found a SouthShore rep and they got us a driver to take us to the zipline. This was our first time and it was a great experience. Grand Cayman – two of my girls are horse girls, so they and my wife did a great private excursion with Coral Stone Stables. This was a beach/swim with the horses – and they LOVED it. The photos are crazy – in how deep they were and how far out they were from the beach with the horses. My other daughter dragged me and my son to Stingray City – with Stingway Sailing (Chip was our captain). Grand Cayman had 4 ships – and it was a major zoo at the terminal. It took us some time to hook up with Stingway Sailing. Due to waves/winds, the ship’s canceled the same excursion tours. Chip said he was out there at 7am and while the waves were high, he thought it was ok based on his experience. We all decided to go for it and we were glad we did. We were the only boat out there for awhile. I kinda freaked out when the stingrays were crawling all over me – but it was a great experience. Such beautiful water! The barrier reef was too wavy – so he took us to another snorkel spot – and it was actually pretty good – nice color and very nice fish. Plus we had a dolphin visit us and we were snorkeling with it for 5 minutes…pretty cool. Debarkation: Miami – uuuggghhh again. We had luggage tag 29 since we drove (someone else in the hallway mentioned they had number 34). It was 10:15am and our number had not been called yet! Usually they are kicking us off the ship at 9:30am. We decided to go ahead and head down. The terminal was very busy—and it did not take us too long to get our luggage off the conveyor belt. However, the 5 or 6 lines to go through passport control were LONG. It was 1 hour from leaving the ship to being outside waiting for our Safe Cruise parking shuttle. How I miss Fort Lauderdale after that experience. Luckily the Safe Cruise Parking driver found us in the masses and we were promptly delivered to our car. In the future, if just my wife and I and we drove, we would make sure we each had a carry-on and would do self-assist so we could be in our car on the road back to NC at a more reasonable time.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
This was my first time on the cruise and first time on Carnival. I am a college student from outside of the United states and travelled over thanksgiving weekend. Two of my companions had travelled on cruise ships before and on their ... Read More
This was my first time on the cruise and first time on Carnival. I am a college student from outside of the United states and travelled over thanksgiving weekend. Two of my companions had travelled on cruise ships before and on their parents dime therefore on higher-end lines. One spent the entire trip complaining that it wasn't gold star service but I thought it was full and through. Even though the people serving you aren't wearing tuxedoes they are wonderful people and made my cruise so fantastic I want to go again right away. We unfortunately ran into a giant Nor'Wester storm that spanned from Miami to the south end of the Caribbean sea and followed that throughout our trip. Despite warnings that it was impossible for our ship to sway, it did. No one got very sick and it actually made the trip that much more fun except that we could not manage to drop anchor in Belize due to winds higher than 55mp/h....I was dissapointed but understood why. The Cruise staff created a full days of activities at the last minute for us when it was announced we had to move on from the Belize port. The food was sensational! And not just from a college student's perspective, the dishes were different each night and the food was endless. I could not believe how much fruit, desserts and fine cuts of meat were served. I think the most memorable part of the entire cruise besides the relaxation factor was our dinner staff. Vigor, Edgardo and Manik were THE BEST STAFF EVER. So personal and kind and absoulutely went out of their way to care for us. They will be the reason I would chose Carnival again. Despite bad reviews while I was booking, I paid 650$ for a cabin with a balcony on the 3rd highest floor on the ship and am now wishing I was still sailing! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Just returned from the Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean Dec. 29 - Jan 6. To be very honest, the reason we signed up for this cruise was we wanted a "fun ship" for our 22 and 25 year olds to enjoy New Years Eve. In that respect, ... Read More
Just returned from the Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean Dec. 29 - Jan 6. To be very honest, the reason we signed up for this cruise was we wanted a "fun ship" for our 22 and 25 year olds to enjoy New Years Eve. In that respect, it was a success. For those of you considering this ship, please take note of a few things to keep in mind ! It is old and in need of updating and repairs. There is NO emphasis on cleanliness such as very few hand sanitizers and restrooms throughout the ships lobby areas !! Staterooms have very thin walls so bring earplugs. People are allowed to smoke on their balcony so you may smell it or even have a few cigarette butts land on your balcony as we did ! The shows could certainly be more plentiful ! and as for the food.......well, lets just say that should not be the reason for taking this cruise !! It is always fun to be with the family and see your kids have a great time meeting others but this particular cruise is not a good idea for those who expect a lot.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We cruised the week of December 16 through 23, and I have a number of observations that I'd like to share. Rather than a blow by blow review, I thought I'd address many of the controversial topics being discussed here on Cruise ... Read More
We cruised the week of December 16 through 23, and I have a number of observations that I'd like to share. Rather than a blow by blow review, I thought I'd address many of the controversial topics being discussed here on Cruise Critic. This was my 9th cruise, with previous cruises on Holland America, Carnival, Commodore, MSC, and Royal Olympia. My most recent cruises have been on Freestyle NCL, so comparisons will be mostly with Norwegian. Food Although the MDR fare is less gourmet that was previously experienced on Carnival back in 2002, we were pleasantly surprised by the overall flavor and temperature of our food. It is my feeling that many will enjoy the more approachable menu now featured. In no way is the MDR food comparable to Applebees or any other mass-market chain back on land, nor is it comparable to higher-end establishments. It fits somewhere in the middle. We did not enjoy breakfast in Red Sail (Lido buffet area), as the offerings were cold and didn't seem as fresh as they could have been. We also did not care for the processed eggs that were offered. Guys Burgers, the burrito offerings, fish and chips station and the pizza were all excellent, although we have some gripes about availability and wait times. Carnival has replaced MDR breakfast and lunch on sea days with a brunch, and we found no MDR lunches available while in port. This resulted in long lines in the buffet and other alternative dining establishments, especially when passengers return from shore looking for lunch or an afternoon snack. Carnival should better coordinate the availability of food venues with the times passengers return from ports of call to avoid excessive crowding. Service This is where Carnival shines, in my opinion. Most of the staff were smiling, greeting customers and seemed happy with their jobs. Service was both fast and efficient and at a level not experienced on 8 other cruises. Carnival gets 5 stars, in my book, for excellent service! Funship 2.0 We very much enjoyed the new food and drink venues, especially the Alchemy Bar. The creative cocktail concoctions are very well made with high quality ingredients. Drink prices around $9.00 are quite a bargain for upscale and robust cocktails and are a better value than those found on land. Activities and Music There seemed to be activities and live music at all times on the ship; it was a high-energy cruise, and everyone seemed to be having fun. We didn't find a lack of music or entertainment, especially in the evenings. While in Grand Turk, I had the opportunity to view the Sapphire Princess which was pulled up along the other side of the dock, and I was astounded by the lack of anything going on aboard that ship. It was really crickets on the Princess Ledo deck, as compared to the party going on aboard the Glory. Faster to the Fun This worked out great for us. Upon arrival at the terminal and clearing security, we were ushered to the front of the line, thereby avoiding a long queue of at least 100 people. We then waited for about 10 minutes before VIPs were allowed on-board, and we boarded approximately 5 minutes later. Having priority at guest services is also a big plus, especially the last night of the cruise. Cheers So, this was the first cruise on the Glory offering the Cheers program, and we signed up immediately. While we enjoyed the care-free aspects of this program, I can't say that I would sign up for it again. Mixed drinks on carnival average around $9.00, so we figure we'd have to enjoy at least 5 per day to break even. We soon realized that the Carnival's cocktails are stronger that those found in land-based bars, so we didn't always need or want to reach the 5 drink mark. In hindsight, perhaps sticking with bon voyage liquor plus one or two alcoholic drinks around the ship would have worked better for us. Carnival vs. NCL Although the service on Carnival was outstanding, I really missed the Freestyle cruising to which I have become accustomed on NCL. There are simply more dining options with fewer lines and hassle on Norwegian. I really HATED having to wait until 8:15 for dinner, as we were often hungry much earlier, and we didn't want to wait in line at the buffet. Freestyle is less regimented, more predictable and makes for a more relaxing experience, in my opinion. Scary Reviews on CC Based on my recent Glory experience, many of the extremely negative Carnival reviews are utter nonsense. Did we enjoy all aspects or our cruise? No, but we also managed to have a good time, and we feel we received a great value on Carnival. My advise to CC readers is to take all reviews with a gran of salt, then form your own impressions. Don't be held hostage by some of the outlandish opinions of others. Go and have fun! Overall Overall, we had a great cruise, and we would certainly recommend the Carnival Glory to others. That said, we are still exploring options on other lines including NCL and possibly Celebrity. The new Celebrity Reflection looks absolutely stunning, so perhaps we'll giver he a go next time. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
This was our 3rd cruise this year....b2b in Feb and March on the Miracle and our 1st cruise on the Glory. (probably last one also). A few positives...our room steward and one drink waiter. The 2 new production numbers were good. The ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise this year....b2b in Feb and March on the Miracle and our 1st cruise on the Glory. (probably last one also). A few positives...our room steward and one drink waiter. The 2 new production numbers were good. The lounge singers (dont know their names a man and lady) were very good and the 2 guitar players were good also. Very disappointed in the ship. The main dining room was always so cold we learned to wear jackets at all times and the food was cold as well. One night our whole table was served COLD coffee. When we brought it to the attention of our waiters they just laughed it off, but did return with hot coffee. We all decided not to go several nights because the service was bad and so was the cold food. Dont like the new comedian venue. (no variety). Several of our family members rooms had no hot water the 1st several days. We were told that over 600 of the crew members were new...It showed. no team work. We liked the new Burger joint and the Salsa bar. The buffet was bad at breakfast especially. Many of the scheduled activities (deck parties etc) were either moved to a different spot or didnt happen at all. This is the 1st cruise I have been on that never had ANY midnight buffet and the chocolate buffet on the last day was very small. I liked the deck plans of the ship and the beautiful colors etc, but even by the last day still found myself lost at times. We learned one thing for sure...sailing on Holidays isnt all it is cracked up to be. San Juan being an American territory celebrates the holiday also and the only things open were a few bars. So that was bad planning on the part of the cruise line in my opinion. I dont really like getting off the ship and sitting in Senor Frogs all day cause nothing else is open. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
We did a back to back on Carnival Glory covering Christmas & New Year. Carnival came highly recommended to us. Our only previous experience was with Royal Caribbean this is my only comparison points. I have to say firstly, I love ... Read More
We did a back to back on Carnival Glory covering Christmas & New Year. Carnival came highly recommended to us. Our only previous experience was with Royal Caribbean this is my only comparison points. I have to say firstly, I love cruises and visiting different ports. We visited many posrts on this cruise and we were delighted with the places we visited. I will sepearte my review on different areas. Embarkation: This was relatively quick. They have a lot of people to get on board so you should expect to wait. We did back to back crusies, so on our date of changeover, we went to Miami and returned via VIP check in. That was a great experience. We waited a long time on the deck to actually get onto the ship. This was a sign of things to come. Stateroom: We had an ocean view on the 8th floor. The room was fine. There was plent of space for us to unpack for 3 people for 2 weeks. The room was alway clean and tidy. Our stateroom Steward, Constantine was amazing. He did a wonderful job and I cannot prsise him enough. Ship Layout: It took me a while to get used to how the ship was laid out. There are so many bars and rooms around the ship, we constantly had to refer to maps for help. Food: This is where the complaints start. One word to sum up the food, Awful. This let down the whole experience of the cruise. Nothing was hot. At breakfast, everything was barely warm. The toast was a joke. It was done on one side and cold. If you could be bothered to wait for an omelette, that was hot as it was cooked to order. Lunch was worse. The food at the buffet was cold and disappointing. They have a small grill area where they do burgers, hot dogs, fries etc. I would guess a lot of people would rather have this option for lunch. The lines were so long you didn't want to wait. The times I used the grill option, fries were stone cold. The pizzeria was ok. They really don't want to give you more than one slice of pizza. The saving grace for the ship was the Mongolian Wok. If you want it, you will have to stand in line for a long time. This was a great. The guys who work there are amazing and they never stop. We ate in the platinum dining room for dinner. The food again was always just better than cold. It seems to be down to the system they use getting the food from the kitchen to the tables. We got a better view of this on our 2nd week. As an example, I timed how long it took from the dishes being placed on the waiters station to it being served to guests. The food sta there for an incredible 12 minutes 20 seconds. I repeated this each evening and the quickest it reached guests was 5 minutes 24 second. Remember, this food is already plated and ready to be served. Even if it was piping hot when it left the kitchen, it wouldn't be by the time you got it. I have no upsides of our evening dinner experience. We used the steakhouse for 2 nights. It was well worth the $30 charge to get good hot food. We found ourselves buying fast food on our port stops just so we didn't have to face the poor food on Carnival Glory. Emabrkation at Ports: They must do this so ofeten that it should be seamless. Every time you wanted to come back to the ship you had to line up. In Cozumel we waited in line for 35 minutes. If you don't want to wait in line, you have to return at least 2 hours before the due time. This means you have less time at the islands. OnBoard: It states clearly in the "Fun Times" each day that guests are not permitted to reserve deck chairs. Staff will remove items if they have not been used for 30 minutes. This is not the case. On Sea days, if you do not have chairs by 7:30am, forget it. On our last sea day. 16 chairs wer reserved from 7am 3 people used them until about 11am when some more people showed up. At no point were all beds used. My idea of a relaxing holiday is having to fight for for chairs. Carnival should enforce the policy they say they have. Also, you cannot avoid the photographers. When you walk from the promenade to the dining room, you are accosted by at least 5 photographers trying to get you to stand in front of a tacky backdrop. Entertainment: It was ok. The only one I really enjoyed was Justin Illusion. The others were very samey and nothing spectactular. The crusie director, Josh has 3 things he says all the time: "Folks", "Give you a quick heads up" & "As it pertains to". He was ok, but constant messages on great deals that we shouldn't miss were boring. I am not on a cruise to buy some overpriced art that wouldn't sell anywhere else. Overall: The food is the big let down. Have low expectations and and you won't be disappointed. The ship looks and feels dated. Carnival focus on "fun". If they focussed on some other areas highlighted, maybe people would have a better experience. The beast part of being on the Glory was the staff in the Atrium Bar, Evie and Gladys. They were wonderful and always polite and happy. I will never cruise with Carnival again due to this experience. I didn't get value for money. I do understand that others cruise with Carnival a lot. I would say, try other cruises, you'd be surprised how poor carnival actually is. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
The embarkation was relatively smooth. We did pre-boarding on-line and things moved quicker than I expected. The room wasn't ready quite on time but we waited in the lounge for the 45 minutes. The cabin was small, as to be ... Read More
The embarkation was relatively smooth. We did pre-boarding on-line and things moved quicker than I expected. The room wasn't ready quite on time but we waited in the lounge for the 45 minutes. The cabin was small, as to be expected but adequate. There was enough room for clothing and the bathroom held toiletries for three. The shower drain was slow one afternoon and it was corrected immediately. The room was kept clean by Dede who was polite and helpful. We could hear some noise at night but we go to bed early(10:00). One night when the music was very loud at 2:30 in the morning, we complained and the situation was rectified. The cruise staff went out of their way to make up for the inconvenience. My 16 yr old daughter really enjoyed the O2 club. She managed to stay entertained and never complained of being bored. My husband and I never went to a dance club or the America show but we saw the PG comedy shows and they were pretty funny. Teing Fu, comedian/juggler is not to be missed! It's rated a PG show but I think it is more PG-13. The Illusionist was so-so. It had misogynistic tones and even an S&M edge - not my taste and not for kids. One tour was canceled (I can't even remember what it was now) and the other tour we took was the Rain Forest in San Juan. It was enjoyable though not as rural as I thought it would be. The beach at St Thomas was a long taxi ride though it was nice. St Maarten, Dutch side was run-down, the French side was okay - nothing special. Grand Turk was a great beach - walking distance from the boat. The Emerald steakhouse was wonderful. The staff was great and the food superb - well worth the extra $30. I enjoyed having coffee every morning delivered via room service. The breakfast buffet was nice but I didn't care for it for lunch. Granted, I am a picky eater but I really didn't care for any of the lunch offerings. They were just okay. I am not a big fan of buffets anyway. The dinners were hit or miss. The staff was wonderful but the meals were just okay. Presented wonderfully, but lacking in flavor and quality. The bread was good, so was the cappuccino. The spa staff were talented but did give the hard sell for their products which I didn't appreciate since the spa prices were so high anyway. I don't drink but my husband does. I thought the drink prices were outrageous. $9.75 for a Margarita (after 15% tip) at dinner. I thought that was high. If you drink, plan for it in the budget. The shops were not impressive. I didn't go on the cruise to shop but thought that there would be a little more to see. The photographers on deck 5 could be a little annoying but I did enjoying getting some nice photos taken. Overall, we had a very nice, relaxing time. Good value for the money, except for the price of the drinks. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
My son and I boarded the Carnival Glory on Dec. 18/11. This was immediately following a cruise on Disney's new Dream ship. We were complete Carnival fans but The Disney Dream upped the Playing field.This was our second Disney cruise ... Read More
My son and I boarded the Carnival Glory on Dec. 18/11. This was immediately following a cruise on Disney's new Dream ship. We were complete Carnival fans but The Disney Dream upped the Playing field.This was our second Disney cruise and we finished our 9th cruise with Carnival since Dec. /08 ! A little about myself and son. My son is 16 years old. He has cystic fibrosis and is immune compromised. his goal is too reach platinum before he is 17 years old ....His 10th cruise is booked for March / 2011. He is gonna make it if the new changes don't come into play before then... Me, a single parent with a severe knee injury that required two surgeries in the past year and a knee replacement in March and after our cruise. I use a wheelchair/ scooter and had an accessible cabin.... Now, to our review: We boarded the Glory at around 3pm on Dec. 18/11 . We flew in from Orlando after exiting the Disney Dream. My son I went directly to our cabin to unload carry ons and medical equipments , medications and to do aerosol treatments and chest physiotherapy. These are both life-substaining therapies . We were in for a surprise. Inside my son found a bag of medications . Complete with needles in the closet. On the night there were needles toppers , wrappers and tags. Inside the stand were garbage , with crumpled papers....My son took the meds down to guest services. guest services immediately called up and said they were sending someone to talk to me. And check the room. House keeping floor manager came in and viewed the rooms. He found more wrappers and needle toppers on the carpet and mirrored cabinet. He apologized and said the room would get a good cleaning AFTER we went for supper! I non the less thanked him. It was obvious the stands of cabinet hadn 't been wiped down or the closets or selling, etc....Room wasn't vacuumed properly either. The room Steward came in and blamed it on his assistant. Also said there was a coast guard inspection so they were busy. he said , this was not good and left. He too promised a good cleaning while we went to dinner. Not impressed. 3pm and plenty of time to get the room clean. My son being immune compromised was exposed already from someone who was obvious sick as well. This is not Carnival from our previous 7 cruises. Next I stepped into the bathroom. My son had found more meds in a drawer and had taken them to guest services.... The toilet was disgustingly dirty. I blew a lid and called guest services again. My son was not using this bathroom and potentially putting himself at risk....This is when it hit ceiling! cabin Steward had the nerve to come into the room , yell and demand I NOT contact guest services as they were coming down on him. I put my hand up and told him to stop. That my child's life was more important then his job and told him to leave. I called guest services and told them what the cabin steward just said.....told guest services they were very lucky it was a 16 years child with medical knowledge who found the meds and needles because had it been a small child, the circumstances could have been fatal..... The room was cleaned after we had gone for dinner. Supervisor came by later to check the room and apology once again. I told her I felt awkward and uncomfortable with this room steward. He had been completely in the wrong . We had to keep him however and we all just avoided one another the entire 8 nights. The steward was spoken too and written up. He acknowledged his wrong doing and told to give us 110 percent the. Rest of the cruise. I will admit he did and there were no room problems, except for when we changed cabin for the second leg of our cruise. he gave us dirty looks and would not help us move any back. We had friends help and let it go..... Want honesty folks? I removed his gratuity. His lack of regard for my child spoke volumes.... The rest of the cruise during the first leg was extraordinary , especially for my son Jacob. My son last year wanted to take the behind the scene tour. I couldn't walk and he wasn't 18 years so , he was told to come back when he was older....Guess they didn't realize CF was fatal and that tomorrow was not a given...... Anyway, a friend of Josh, the cruise director heard the story. Debbie contacted Josh and explained the situation. Josh arranged some incredible things during this b2b cruise. He created extraordinary memories and made a sick child, laugh , love and live it up! He reserved front row seats for "Rock On", after the show he took him on stage and introduced him to the singers and dancers and arranged to have a professional photographer take pictures! Next Josh introduced Jacob to Cesar the stage director. They let Jacob sit in the perch above the stage to watch the show from behind the curtains and see how it comes together , during the later seating. The course of the next two weeks Jacob got to meet the captain in the bridge. Everyone was shocked when the captain gave Jacob his hat! More photos were taken and jaws dropped when the captain invited Jacob to watch the ship pull out of port. Unheard of before by all accounts. Jacob was told he was welcomed back at any time!!!, My son had a grin ear to ear.....he had a bad two months with two hospitalization and a chest infection which wouldn't clear. Josh , took him away from all that. From doctors, hospitals and painful procedures......I can never thank the crew of the Glory. the good trumped the bad.... During the second leg of cruise we moved to cabin 2470 . It was huge with two picture windows but with severe vibration problem which caused things to dance off tables and stands and one night a 6 foot plastic light panel off the ceiling and half over my bed as I lay sleeping !!!! Carnival gave us all along the. Back of the ship a percentage off our next cruise and and an onboard credit. it was so bad noise wise , that sleep was impossible. The rattling and banging was almost unbearable. Engine problems were to blame and I guess Carnival knew the New Years cruise was an expensive one and gave without anyone asking ! Happy New Year !!!!! I personally didn't care for the new menu. Mind you the food was good and delicious and IMO better then Disney cruise lines but i missed the old stuff. Why fix what was not broken? at least to me anyway.... The entertainment was awesome.I loved the shows , Rock On and Living in American. I got a second heaping doing b2b ! My son Jacob got to do the morning show live with Josh the cruise director , his assistant Misty and Deyonce. They are making a copy for him. The New Years celebration was awesome. I loved the free champagne , the balloon drop for a free cruise and the countdown party on the lido deck. My son got to go on stage for the countdown and help throw out beads ! forgot to mention Ziggy, he too was part of Josh's team and helped to create the magic...The Christmas show as usual made me cry. Especially the staff when they come with lighted candles..... I loved our port of calls. St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan.....the hills and mountains, all I could think of was the the song " The Hills are alive with the sound of music" . They were all so festive and beautiful during the Christmas holidays. For excursions in St. Maarten we did a 5 hour island tour on ATV's. We did both sides of the island and did popular beaches etc. I felt completely safe here... In St. Thomas we did a Sea turtle excursion to Christmas Island. Snorkeled over a shipwrecked and swam with turtles swimming by or feeding at the reefs. This was well worth every penny! In San Juan we did our only Carnival sponsored excursion . It was called San Juan favorites and we loved going to the Rainforest with an amazing and beautiful waterfall and then the forts. This was a favorite of my son 's although he felt we needed more time! Our tour guide Charlos was very knowledgeable and made excursion that much better... in Grand Turk and this being our third visit to the port we just did Margaritaville and the beach. Took some time to Send emails and pictures compliments of Margaritaville..... Our western intinery was nice as well. In Cozumel we went to Chankanaab Park. We did the Sea lion and Manatee interaction/swim. We were suppose to do the Dolphin dive as well but were given wrong times and we had we done it it we would have missed the ship. We were give a voucher to donut again it the next year. It is a good thing we had a cruise booked or we would have been out of luck! This is unusual for this park to do this. Been three times and they are usually very organized. During the sea lion interaction the photographer never showed up....lost what would have been beautiful shots.... A tip for taxis , watch your fares. Some drivers double your fare and then take tips on top. One tried this on us, but haven been in Cozumel seven times , I knew better! In Ocho Rios we did the Grande Sunset Resort. It was an all inclusive . Beautiful grounds, pools beaches, water toys , food drinks...all included. It was priced reasonable but be careful, my son had his IPhone 4 stolen. It was his fault for setting it down, but at the same time we were never a foot away from our bags when it was taken. Make sure you are insured. We were and can replace the phone...not my son's pictures but at least his phone... In Grand Cayman we did sea wavers to Sting Ray City , Rum Point Beach and across the waters at speeds of our own choosing . This was my son's all time favorite. The next day we hurt like , there were no tomorrow! However, Jacob wants to do it all over again. Hmmm"....not me! Lol This is the end, these are strictly my own opinions. In the end the good balanced the bad and it was an enjoyable cruise. I found a few cranky staff in room service and other areas but it was Christmas and they weren't with family and most likely wanted to be home. Understandable ! Thanks Carnival for making dreams come true and making this one of my son's best a d most memorable Christmas! Charley and Jacob Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2011
Embarkation: We stepped onto the ship on deck three, in the Colors bar, where there were many servers touting the drink of the day. Because of our prior experience, we knew the drinks would be costly and avoided them. It seemed like ... Read More
Embarkation: We stepped onto the ship on deck three, in the Colors bar, where there were many servers touting the drink of the day. Because of our prior experience, we knew the drinks would be costly and avoided them. It seemed like others there were shocked when they took one from the server's tray and were charged the $10 immediately. The bar was loud and disorienting as well. We made it through the crowd and up to Lido for lunch, then to the "secret" deck ten aft area near the fish and chips that was almost always empty. Sanctuary! Public rooms: The public areas of the ship, each named and decorated a different color, made it easy to see where you were. Other than the Golden Restaurant taking up the entire width of the ship on decks 3 and 4, it was easy to get around, and to the front or rear as needed. Cabin: Our cabin at the front of the ship directly under the bridge was nice and out of the way... most of the time. More on that later. The cabin was kept clean by a wonderful pair of room stewards. Fitness and Recreation: The spa/fitness room music was provided by a CD player that was skipping quite a bit. My wife mentioned it to the spa staff, and they said all of the CDs were scratched. I was riding an exercise bike at the time, and for over 10 minutes, I got to listen to the same half-second of music over and over. Staff in the gym didn't seem interested in fixing it, or asking how I was doing, or anything. Rates: We got decent rates for the cruise, but the spa service was about $30 more than it would cost in the "real world" (even with the "special" rates), and of course drinks were more expensive, and there was always something else to spend money on. Obviously getting you aboard is a loss leader. Dining: Breakfast and lunch were decent buffets on the lido deck. Lunch never started until noon, which was odd to me. There were many times when there was very little to eat other than the extremely busy pizza and hamburger windows. Dinner in the Golden dining room (early dining, upstairs) was an experience. Our waiter team were good, the Maitre'd responsive to requests and knew our names from the first night. The food was mixed... some was very good, some was bland and not worth the cost (ha ha). I liked the experimental menu choices (from frog legs to escargot), but twinged at the "Didja" title. There was never any problem getting multiple appetizers or main courses, and the service was usually quick. Entertainment: Other than one of the comedy club stand-ups (which was pretty funny), we didn't do much of the entertainment things on board. Many of our conversations and games were interrupted by the cruise director piping up with all of the events going on, hawking bingo, casino tournaments, the shops, the photography area, going for more and more upcharges. By the middle of the cruise, our group was quoting along with him more often than not. Service: The only people who gave any service at all were the ones included in the customary tips, and one amazing bartender at the Burgundy wine bar, Serakit. The lido waitstaff was mixed, some were attentive, while some let trays sit around for far too long, not cleaning tables, and one of them even seemed stoned most of the times we saw him. There was no evidence of a manager around when we wanted one. The lido staff had no problem when we camped out on deck ten to play board games for hours at a time. Shore Excursions: We didn't do any shore excursions, but in Nassau we took a bus (for $1.25!) to the south end of the island to go shopping away from the tourist traps... That was an experience. Once you get outside of the cruise zones, you see the conditions that people in the Bahamas live in, and it just brings the excess and luxury that even the poorest of Americans have. Sobering sight. Value for money: You get what you pay for. It was a cheap cruise, and with most of the entertainment requiring extra costs, we didn't do too much. I think the worst part of the cruise was the fact that it left out of Norfolk, and not Florida. Many of the guests on board were really the "People of Wal-Mart" crowd, and not the normal cruising demographic we were used to seeing, and excepted from Cruise Critic reviews. Many of them were loud, obnoxious, and dragging along their loud and obnoxious kids, even to the elegant dinners. They cut in lines, blocked stairwells, and were generally unruly to the staff and other guests. We felt sorry for our team of waiters and room stewards who had to put up with some of their guests. The last night of the cruise was a stormy night, with choppy seas, high winds, and rolling decks. It would have been fine if not for the storage bench outside our cabin being unlatched and slamming shut every few seconds after being opened by a wind gust. I complained to Guest Service at about 9:00pm, and was assured that the noise was the anchor lifting and dropping, there was nothing they could do, but they'd make a note of it. A while later, my wife looked outside the cabin and saw the bench seat raising and dropping. She called back down to guest service, explained what she saw, and they sent someone down to fix the problem. 45 minutes later, it was still banging around. She got dressed, went down to speak to guest service in person, and was assured it was secured. It turns out she had the one on deck six latched, not on deck seven. So they sent someone to get the one on seven... Problem is, there were two of them out there, and they only closed one of them! The second one was still making a huge racket. All told, we got maybe three hours of sleep on the last night, and were offered a whopping $28 refund for our troubles. Thankfully, they said they would address the root problem, and get the bench boxes on the bow of the ship added to the foul weather checklists. Hopefully nobody else will have to deal with them in the future! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
First of all some info about us: Family of 4 (adults are 41 and 39 and kids are 11 and 9). This was our 3rd cruise (1st with the kids). We have done the Eastern Carib on the Carnival Destiny (in 2000) and a Southern Carib on the Carnival ... Read More
First of all some info about us: Family of 4 (adults are 41 and 39 and kids are 11 and 9). This was our 3rd cruise (1st with the kids). We have done the Eastern Carib on the Carnival Destiny (in 2000) and a Southern Carib on the Carnival Triumph (in 2005). On this cruise we brought my Mom and dad (65 and 60) and my sister and husband (36/35). Drove from London to Toronto on Dec 25th - no traffic and roads were perfect. Flew from Toronto to Miami and staying at the Miami Airport Marriott. this hotel was amazing. we got it for $139 that included a $50 room credit for their restaurant. the rooms were very nice and clean. this play looks like they did a full Reno cause everything looked new. the Gym had great equipment if your into that (which our family is). the restaurant food was amazing and our $50 credit paid for everything that night. the wings were one of the best I've had. they also had a massive platter for $34.95 that our family of 4 could not finish (onion ring stack, cheesy fries, wings, and a few other things). we definitely needed a gym after that feast. in the morning they had a buffet that cost adults $9 each and kids were free. This hotel also provided a free shuttle to/from the airport. as for a shuttle to/from the ship, there is a $11/person/one way charge. a taxi will bring a cab full for $24 one way. we had a party of 8 so we took the shuttle. if it was only 4 of us we would have taken the taxi. got to the port in 15 min's, and the porters were there to take your parties checked bags (and they expect a tip). once you drop your checked bags off you go into the carnival building and thru the first line which is security. then to the next line which gets you into the self-checkin machines that you will need your passports and credit card for. this prints out a ticket and you bring this to the next counter for your cards. then up the stairs for a picture and entrance onto the ship. this whole process took about 45 minutes so considering the amount of people i thought this was smooth. since your cabins would not be ready until 3:30 ish, it was time to explore the ship and go for lunch on the lido deck. I asked and this cruise was FULL (which meant 3000 passengers and about 1700 crew). 5 pm was launch and everyone partied on the deck waiving goodbye. Diner was in the Platinum room (you get either golden or platinum rooms, no difference but the golden room was infront of the platinum so if you didnt know how to get to the platinum room, just walk thru the golden room). day 1 = leave miami. was kinda windy because miami had a cold front that past week so you needed to be in the sun to stay warm. we played basketball, volleyball, mini-putted, went to the gym and continued to explore the ship. Day 2 = day at sea, same as above..we used the ships facilities Day 3 = Cozumel. partly cloudy so when the sun was out it was warm. we went to a place called "Paradise Beach". it was a $14 cab ride each way and took about 15 min to get there. adults paid 2 for a lawn chair and the kids were $10 each to use the facilities. they had floating trampolines, floating rock climbing that slides into the water, ice bergs, kayaks, snorkeling and a freshwater pool if you didnt want to be on the beach. the sand was white and soft. this place just got built so everything was new (there were still adding the final touches when we were there. i read a few reviews that got us to go there and we were very happy we did. its on the Internet so go and look at all the pictures. day 4 = Belize. in my opinion belize was our least favourite stop. first you needed to be "boated" into the port since they didnt not have an official dock (which took about 45 minutes to get thru the line and onto the island). there they recommended that you didnt leave the compound unless were on a booked tour. i guess crime is high in belize. there was tons of shops but they seem to have the same stuff in every shop. if your looking for fake Gucci bags, this was the stop. they were very good fakes (all lines inside) and they were going for $35-40. on the way back, a lady had the same bag and we compared it to hers and other then hers having the serial number, they were identical. if we ever didn't another cruise that stopped in belize, i would stay on-board and enjoy the empty ship. Day 5 - Roatan. we wanted to bring the kids ziplining so we booked the trip online at home with "Clip n zip". it costs $40/person know matter what the age. there are about 5 different ziplining companies that have their own courses but this one was right off the dock (2 minute walk across the st). this one we found on the Internet via face book which showed visitors filming themselves. i actually email led the owner for info (via their website) and he came out and greeted me remembering that i emailed him from Canada. they had all ages (60's to 7 years old). they had 11 runs that were included and it took approx 45 minutes to complete. i highly recommend this. go to clipnzip.com to view. after this we went to the private beach only for cruise lines. there was 2 cruises docked so it got a little busy so if you wanted to use the beach, go first thing to get your best spot. this beach was 3 minutes away and you can see it from the ship/dock. white sand all over. my daughter actually got sting by a jelly fish. the people said that last week there were storms that must have blew in some jelly fish. they claim that normally there wasn't any. Day 6 = Grand cayman. This was our favourite stop and we would go back for a week. if you go to grand cayman, this is one of the only spots that you can swim/hold/kiss a stingray. my brother in law told us about this and we had to do it with the kids. again we booked online with "Captain Marvin's stingray city tour" and everything went as stated. it was $35/adult and 27.50/child. now that i did it i would pay allot more for the experience. grand cayman was another port that you had to take a water taxi into. once in there was a compound with shops and right outside the compound was a main street. you didn't have to worry about crime since there is alto of money already in cayman. right across the street and to the left was the captain marvin's store. we checked in and an air conditioned bus came. it took about 20 min to get to captain marvin's boats. i guess captain Marvin was the first to start the tour many many years ago and retired selling it to a company. he was still there sitting by the dock and i shook his hand. he must have been in his 80's. on board there was approx 20 of us and they provided punch/water to drink. the boat ride took about 15-20 to get out to the bay where the stingray swam. i assumed that these stingray were in captivity but this was not the case. they swam free in the huge bay. they told me that stingray prefer the shallow water and did not like going into the ocean. there was about 6 other tour ships anchored around this one spot, approx 3-4 ft deep. all white sand. from the boat all you saw was these black shadows swimming around (approx 50-100 of them). the guide took the group in to a spot and they all swam around us. they are so used to human contact that the guide held one and let each family take their turn touching, holding and even kissing. they had their own photographer but we bought a underwater camera. even my 11 year old son held one. the top of them are gooey and the bottom is very soft like a dolphin. they have no teeth so they suck in their food. we were all given a piece of squid and they ate it right out of our hands. if you do go with their photographer they ask $25 /photo but we negotiated for all of pictures on a disk for $25 (which we had about 10 pics. since we had taken basically the same pics using our camera, we told him $15 when we were about the dock and he said OK. i think he pocketed the money...lol all in all, the best experience ever! we took the taxi boat from the dock to the ship and got ready for new years. what a blast having 3000 people partying on the lido deck with the new york count down on the trinitron. the ship has a jumbo trinitrom that showed movies every night if you wanted. Day 7, day at sea last day to use the boats facilities and pack up. debarkation went smooth considering 3000 people. Food on the ship: the food was great, a little bit of everything. breakfast you could formally site down in the dinning room or you could go to the buffets. we always went to the buffets so that everyone got what they wanted. food was hot and fresh. you could eat indoors or out on the patios. lunches you could try several shops like: burrito bar (loved it), deli (loved it), fish bar,hard to find but worth it (favourite), stir fry station (loved it), 24 hour pizza (loved it) and the standard burgers, fries, nuggets, hot dogs were avail as well. dinners, their menu changed every night and and they also kept some classics that was on the menu every night. i found everything tasty and here are my favourites: ribs, lobster, Salmon, prime rib, fillet minion and the best was the desert called warm melting cake. out of this world! our cabin was 6265 and we had the 4 beds. a little small but your not in your rooms that often. there was a small hairdryer. they provided shampoo and body wash but NO conditioner. this was removed a few year ago and they don't even stock it. the first day they leave a 1.5L water bottle in your room which everyone thought was complementary but we found out that it was $4 after wards. i recommend bringing some water bottles to refill in the buffet. the casino was fun every night and the show were great. the illusionist was the best, the comedians were great and the dancing /singing were great. the only show i didn't like was when they pulled up people form the audience one night to perform...cheesy. so to sum it up, our 3rd and best cruise to date. if you have any questions email me at steve.cauduro@sympatico.ca Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
I would first like to tell you we went on a Xmas cruise from Miami 12/20/09-12/27/09. I have taken 6 cruises in the past and am 55. I go with my wife, sister and mother in law. My wife and I get the balcony cabin and my sister and mother ... Read More
I would first like to tell you we went on a Xmas cruise from Miami 12/20/09-12/27/09. I have taken 6 cruises in the past and am 55. I go with my wife, sister and mother in law. My wife and I get the balcony cabin and my sister and mother in law do an inside cabin across the hall. After reading several reviews on The Glory and Carnival, I had mixed feelings going into the trip and not much was done to change my feelings afterward. Here is a run down of the trip. Embarkation/Debarkation: It was very fast and easy checking in and getting aboard and probably the best ever experienced. For disembarking, we did the walk off with our luggage and there are delays with that and you still have to hang around and wait to be called. Not as good as NCL Ship: Prior reviews commented on worn carpet, rust etc. I found the ship in excellent condition with people always cleaning and maintaining. The glass front on our balcony was even cleaned. The only thing I didn't like was that they do not promote hand washing like I have seen on other ships. Generally, on other ships, an employee squirts your hand with sanitizer when you always get on the ship or stand in line to eat. Other ships also have the sanitizer stations conveniently placed all around the food areas. The other ships also have employees standing at the head of the food lines and dining rooms making sure everyone has their hands sanitized. Carnival had the sanitizing stations in inconvenient locations at only the buffet lines and dining rooms. Many people were walking right in without sanitizing their hands. The ship was just adequately decorated for the holidays. The lighted Xmas tree was not installed on the upper outside deck until 12/23/09, 2 days before Xmas and mid way through our cruise. The holiday decorations could have been improved through out the ship and also in the dining room. Rooms: I thought our rooms were large in comparison to others. Noise in the halls or clubs was not a problem as I had previously read. Our room attendant was great and needs were all met. Food: We ate once in the dining room for breakfast. All other breakfasts and all lunches were in the Red Sail buffet. We were told we could have our own table at breakfast but the 4 of us were put with 4 others. Therefore, we had to sit and wait until our table got filled up and we also had to wait for everyone to give their order and get served. Wasn't worth all this waiting. At least out of the wait, I was able to get a bagel, smoked salmon and cream cheese...which was found nowhere else on the ship. The breakfast buffets are so so. The pineapple and melons were not ripe. There were no pineapple slices and only place you could find it was in the mixed fruit. Other ships generally have platters of sliced pineapple. The bananas were over ripe and by the end of the cruise they were completely black. it was kind of disgusting even looking at them on the buffet. They had an employee serving bacon like it was gold. Other ships have two trays of bacon with crispy and regular. Some days they didn't even have pancakes. There was no smoked salmon and the toast was just put in a tray so it was old and not warm. Don't know why they cant have a toaster like NCL and make it to order. There were no English muffins and a very poor selection of pastries. Overall, just a poor selection of food. The lunch buffets at the Red Sail also had poor selections. However, the fish and chips, fried oysters, sushi and the other selections on the level above the Red Sail were good and the area was less crowed. In addition, the deli and oriental were good. I had a reuben at the deli and seafood and oyster sauce at the oriental and that was good. The desserts are almost non existent. Very few choices and so so quality. In addition, they also have s server passing out pieces of cake or pie from maybe 4 choices. Other cruise lines have many choices and will even have crepes and bananas foster.. However, overall, not a lot of selections The dining selections were as good as any other cruise. Multiple choices and the warm melted cake is good. I had it 2 nights. We had steak, prime rib, lobster, Chateaubriand etc.. Our dining room waiter, Denetiza, from Bulgaria, and her assistant were excellent. Our ice teas, bottled water and cappachino were an automatic nightly and were promptly served each night without wait or asking. The dining room entertainment by the waiting staff was cute too. They did have ice cream and yogurt open 24 hrs with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry and that was nice and good too. You could serve yourself and get a cone or dish when other cruises are only open certain hours so you have to stand in line and then they give you a small cone with a glob of ice cream served by an employee. Emerald Room: We did Xmas dinner in the emerald room. it has a $30 PP surcharge. A glass of wine was $10 so i thought this was all overpriced. The main entrees of porterhouse and lobster were good and excellent quality but the appetizers, soups and desserts was just as good in the dining room and you had more choices there too. This was not worth the $150 surcharge for the 4 of us when we could have gotten better service, more choices and about as good as food in the dining room. Entertainment: We did 2 shows and the Xmas show. The shows were so so too. The Xmas show was not much more than the kids at club carnival sitting around the cruise director who read them a story. it was on Xmas eve at 4;45PM so really they did nothing special.. Generally, i hit a show every night but these really were not worth it. I checked out some of the other music venues. the piano bar was good. There was nobody at the Rock and Roll and the comedy shows were too late for me. I just couldn't make it to a show at 11;45pm.. Was really disappointed there was no special Xmas entertainment with caroling in the lobby or other places on board. Carniaval kept business as usual and even had their mardi gras party Xmas eve. I thought this was not in the best of taste and showed no hoiday spirit I guess the cruise director and activity stay were OK. We really didn't engage in any ship activities. We didn't understand the teams of red, white and blue Ports: There was a big storm in the northeast so many travelers were delayed. Therefore, the ship left at 7;30pm instead of 4:00PM as we had to wait for them to arrive. That was a good move as Carnival made a change in our itinerary so we got to go to Nassau instead of the out island. We don't do ship excursions as with 4 of us, it gets very costly. We just walked around Nassau and did some shopping. Next stop is St. Thomas. We went there last year and like everywhere else, prices increased there too. We took a taxi to town at $4.00 pp. therefore $32 to get back and forth to town to walk around and hit some shops. We were going to then take a taxi to sapphire beach to snorkel. I think the cost was $8 pp so that would have been another $64 for me to go snorkel and the other 3 to sit on the beach. Since weather was cloudy and the cost, i passed on that. I think last year we got a private driver who took us on an island tour and the beach for $20 pp so that was a good deal. i think i also rented gear at the kiosk on sapphire beach for $8 so i had a good time. Next stop was Puerto Rico. I was truly surprised how nice this was. We got off ship and i really didn't see any guys hawking for tourists so we took a 2 1/2 hr tour for $20 each. Value was OK. They took us around San Juan and we saw the fort. The fort is really good but we only got to spend 1/2 hr there. The fort charge is only $3 pp but don't miss this if you are any kind of history buff. When we returned we were told about the free trolley. That is a 45 min ride where you hop on and off. If i had known about this before hand, i would have taken this to the fort and bypassed the tour. Also there are 2 forts in San Juan. If you pay $5, you can get into both forts. Last stop was Grand Turk. Winds were about 40 mph and our captain did a great job of maneuvering the ship into this tiny dock. Again, i wanted to hit the beach and do snorkeling. The best spot to go off shore was a $7 pp taxi ride. There were 4 of us so i would be looking at $56 to get me to the beach to snorkel plus gear rental. Since the taxi stand was chaotic with no order we passed and went to the beach right at the dock. I saw no reef but they were renting mask, snorkel and fins for $16 so when i saw that, i was glad we didn't make the trip in the taxi as that would have been over $70 for me to snorkel. Beach and port area is nice and we enjoyed our day there. However, we did pay $6.30 for a small bottle of water and diet coke at Jimmy Buffets Margariteville there. General: There is little shopping to do on ship with only 2 shops. They had no daily big sales like some of the cruises There was the typical chair saving on deck like you see on most cruises. I thought it would be better on carnival since they charge you $22 if you loose a towel. Amazing that you go on deck and no place to sit and all you see is empty chairs with a towel, book or shoe on them. Seams cruise lines would get a porter to move peoples stuff to stop chair saving.. We did the casino a few times and my money never went away faster than in the slots. I don't know anyone that won anything as the casino didn't appear crowded at all. Probably people didn't go as the slots were old and you had none of the current video types like, Cashman, Lucky Lucy, Lobstermania, Barking Dogs etc....I did see an advertisement in the Caper newsletter about blackjack and the dealer having to show its cards. However, I didn't check it out. I did use the spa/gym. Equpment was good but again no real effort to tell people to wipe off equpment after each use with sanitizer. the sanitizer bottle was on a counter and there were no signs to use it and there were no dispensors in the gym. There was no movie theater and the TV was only average in the room. Seams they could upgrade to LCD's as they are cheap now. There was no Xmas eve or Xmas religious service. This was the first time in 85 yrs my mother in law missed Xmas services. Before I had seen cruises with non-denomination, catholic and Jewish services. I don't go to the services, but for the holidays it is just the right thing to do... With all the negative reviews on Carnival and the Glory I was very apprehensive about the cruise. I guess they set me up as I concluded it was better than expected but still not on par with other cruise lines. I take a cruise to relax, see some good ports and eat good food. However, since this was a holiday cruise, i expected a little more of a holiday twist. We only chose Carnival as we had specific`dates we could leave and wanted to do San Juan and St. Thomas. Next time if we can be more flexible in our dates and ports we certainly will look at NCL, RC, HA, Prin or maybe even Dis as I think they will give you more and better quality for your money. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
We have cruised on RCI and Princess and had some reservations about Carnival in the area of being a party cruise line for teens, somewhat dated ship design, overcrowding and cheap. We booked a suite to make the best of the choice however, ... Read More
We have cruised on RCI and Princess and had some reservations about Carnival in the area of being a party cruise line for teens, somewhat dated ship design, overcrowding and cheap. We booked a suite to make the best of the choice however, managed to stay within budget. Do not pass up a suite as they are gorgeous and the decor and quality of materials are perfect. VIP means very little except you can go to the the VIP lounge to check in. We were late so there was no line up anyhow and while the VIP area was nice it added little real value for us. I assumed we would have VIP on our sea pass but Perks are reserved for Gold and Platinum Cruisers, mainly Floridians who can hop on a cruise for a pittance. Here we go: Ship: excellent the decor is quite different with a lot of optical enhancements but we really liked it compared to the more subdued decor of other cruise lines.Layout is good and since we were on deck 7 Empress it was 2 decks up or 2 down for most activities. Elevators are fantastic as we don't remember ever getting an elevator on the Crown Princess. Food:Not as much variety in the Red Sail. But really how much do you need. Oriental was terrific and Deli options looked great but we did not try it. Fish and Chips Aft upper level of Red Sail is a hidden Gem for this old staple an a few variations. Golden Dining room is really nice we were right by the Stairs on Lover level so were close to all the waiters show times. If you are lucky enough to get Anthony a terrific guy from India you will enjoy the dining experience. Food was just warm and I give it a pass due to the number of plates they have to serve otherwise it would be unacceptable and would go back. For the most part I found the food quite bland and meats always seemed very rare. Cabin: Suite is large and twin sinks are cool but have less value than you think in a small bathroom. Whirlpool tub was fantastic and fittings were in like new condition(I have to assume these are not the originals but cannot see any mention of internal refurbishment)? Lighting options are a great for different moods. Balcony is wider but I thought quite short but enough room for 2 chairs and small table and a lounger. Entertainment:Great shows and singers were fantastic. Pool activities seemed a little lacking and the team did not have as much enthusiasm as were are used to. Ryan the director does not get as involved in the activities and seems to focus on asking guests to reinforce they are having a good time! Ports: Little to add other than they can be whatever you want but Roatan was a big disappointment with the new facility offering little of interest so we booked a beach trip that was terrific. Would recommend it but be careful going to other than Carnival as place is quite scary So in summary Glory was better than we expected but food needs to be upgraded. Staff are fantastic and there was always someone to clear tables that to us after Princess seemed a real treat. Waiters, Cabin Steward (Max) are friendly and unobtrusive as are the dining room Staff. Subjectively: Carnival 8/10, RCI 7.5/10 and Princess 6/10 Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
My family of 4 spent Christmas on the Carnival Glory, I am 43, my wife is 46 and my girls are 8 and 10. Let's start with the basic things you would enjoy on a cruise. Food and Entertainment... The food on the Carnival Glory is ... Read More
My family of 4 spent Christmas on the Carnival Glory, I am 43, my wife is 46 and my girls are 8 and 10. Let's start with the basic things you would enjoy on a cruise. Food and Entertainment... The food on the Carnival Glory is "Heinous" the dining room food was always overcooked and cold; served by zombies with no personality whatsoever. After 3 nights we had enough and either ate at the trough (buffet) or the Supper Club. The supper club was exceptional but at 30 bucks a head it should be. The grilled burgers were alright but how many can you eat? The pizza was nasty with so much fake cheese you had to peel it off. My eight year old has a policy that there is no such thing as bad pizza; well she found it on the carnival glory. The oriental food sucked, the deli lines were long for a "wish" sandwich (two slices of bread and you wish you had some meat) maybe they could get more than one guy working the counter. Even the deserts sucked unless you paid more money for something nice. Entertainment...I do not expect Broadway caliber shows, but my god these shows were so boring and the singers could not be any worse. The pool side Calypso band played the same 6 Bob Marley songs twice daily (very badly), the lounge bands were for dead people, and the comedy was mediocre. The low point was on Christmas day with the solid gold dancers performing a flash dance medley in the showroom and an Asian lady with bad english singing you light up my life by Debbie Boone to a group of 7-8 very old women. Come on Carnival what a wasted opportunity!!! The pool decks were empty by 5pm with most pools and slide closed. Not one rocking deck party at night during the entire cruise!!! Bad music and Bingo, I am surprised they did not have a "murder she wrote" theme party The boat itself was nice except for all of the wasted space for teen areas. The crew did a great job of keeping everything looking new. The pools are very small and freezing, the lido deck was very busy and if you wanted two deck chairs in the sun you had to be there by 8am. The casino was fun except if you don't smoke get a lung cancer shot before you get on board. While we are on the subject of smoking Carnival does not enforce any of its no smoking areas. We had smokers on both sides of our cabin so our veranda was unusable and smokers were at every bar and outside area. My kids enjoyed camp carnival and their only complaint was they could not understand the councilors with there accents. My only complaint was the fact even though you paid a premium price for this cruise, camp carnival needs to charge you more money to have your kids stay past 9:30pm. Some things went very smoothly like embarkation and debarkation I have no complaints with this process. The ports of Nassau, St Thomas, and St Maarten were a blast. Getting off the boat was smooth and very pleasurable; we chose this cruise because of these ports. Our stateroom host Mackenzie was great, he did an outstanding job keeping a very busy stateroom clean and stocked. He is the only person we gave an additional gratuity to. We have been on 3 cruises all with Disney and wanted to try something different. I was not expecting a Disney type experience but hoping for more of an adult type of trip. Each has their good and bad, I had several conversations with fellow cruisers with kids my age and they were just as disappointed/bored as we were. All of the people we spoke to who had been on a Disney Cruise were very disappointed they did not select them for the Christmas cruise, but like us wanted to go to St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We felt that this Cruise was not geared to active, fun, rock music type of cruiser, but rather a slot machine pulling, heavy smoking, lounge lizzard-leasuresuit Larry type of cruiser. I guess a better explanation would be Cousin Eddy form the Chevy Chase vacation movies. So if fast institutional food, heavy smoking, heavy gambling, and 4 kinds of Budweiser beer are your idea of a good time. Then get on this ship and you will have a wonderful time. And to Carnival, you should be ashamed of charging a Christmas premium for this cruise and nickel and dimming every chance you get. The supper club should be $10 tops, camp carnival should be complimentary as part of your cruise, nice desserts should be for all not just those who pay more at creams or the supper club. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
Me, my husband and two teenage daughters (14 and 15) decided to spend the holidays on the Carnival Glory. The trip started out pretty rough as there was an ice storm in the Northeastern US so many planes were stranded and unable to make ... Read More
Me, my husband and two teenage daughters (14 and 15) decided to spend the holidays on the Carnival Glory. The trip started out pretty rough as there was an ice storm in the Northeastern US so many planes were stranded and unable to make their schedules. We ended up spending 14 hours in airports before finally getting into Orlando. The cruise line booked our airfare so we were at the mercy of Carnival in getting flights set. Carnival booked us at the Airport Crown Plaza in Orlanda for the night but we were dissapointed when we checked into the hotel and found two full size beds. Now, my husband and I are not "big" but it was an uncomfortable night. Regardless of our travel difficulties, we all decided to have a great cruise! The embarkation onto the Glory was outstanding. It only took about 45 minutes from the time we got to the terminal to getting onboard the ship. This was a HUGE improvement from a Carnival Conquest trip we took in 2006 where it took 4 hours to board. Apparently, someone thought that they could sneak drugs into the US so everything came to a standstill. The cruise director, Butch, was outstanding. The shows and entertainment NEVER dissapointed and we enjoyed all of the onboard activities. We visited 3 ports on this trip. They were, Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maartin. While in Nassau we went on the Blackbeards stingray, beach party trip. It was HORRIBLE. The beach was infested with sand fleas, the stingrays were held captive in a large caged area and all of them were mutilated by removing their stingers and teeth. Unbelievable! All of the guests that went on this excursion complained and ran the store out of non-itch creams. Pretty much everyone that went on the excursion spent 3 days scratching the bites. Mental note: Always take bug spray. St. Thomas was a blast. We chose to do the parasailing and it was wonderful. Afterwards, we visited the linen merchants and made a slamming deal on a new lace tablecloth! In St. Maartin, we did the America's Cup Race. We were the crew on the Canada II and had a great time. I would strongly recommend this tour. We were lucky enough to be seated with a family from Wisconsin for the 8:30 sitting and we all made a deal on the first night to try something we hadn't had before each evening. We all stuck to this and really enjoyed our culinary adventure on board. The staff were incredible and our head waiter was the best! I can't remember eating better food on a cruise ship. We had a balcony room with the drop down additional bed so there were 4 of us in the cabin. REALLY too crowded and by the end of the cruise we were all pretty sick of each other. We are sailing on the Freedom in March of 2010 and have booked a seperate inside cabin for our teenage daughters. I would highly recommend the Glory to anyone interested! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
I began planning this cruise while my husband was deployed so I had plenty of time to read just about every review of the ship as well as each port we visited. I have to say that I believe that this was the main reason we had such a ... Read More
I began planning this cruise while my husband was deployed so I had plenty of time to read just about every review of the ship as well as each port we visited. I have to say that I believe that this was the main reason we had such a wonderful time. We drove in the night before and arrived at 11am at the port. From the time we got out of the shuttle to sipping our first drink was 30 minutes. Smooth and easy. All of the employees we encountered were helpful and smiling. We got to our room around 1:45 and was very happy to see that our deck was huge and the room was exactly as promised. If you can get the 9A do it. It's worth the money and it's quiet. The dining room was wonderful. Food was varied and good. Service was amazing and we were greeted every night by every server by name. We had two elegant nights in addition to New Years and most of the people I encountered were dressed in very nice gowns and suits and tuxes. We did eat at the Supper Club one evening and I can assure you that it is worth the $30 per person. The food was amazing and the service top. The shows were fun and entertaining. One evening the comedian didn't show up because of schedule mishap, but other than that we had a good time. The Legends show on the last night was hilarious. The gentleman who sang Frank Sinatra was as good (if not better) than many professionals out now. We won at the casino (only $300) and enjoyed it very much. I saw security move several patrons who were smoking in the non-smoking section of the casino and bar area right next to it. One end of the bar was smoking and the other non. I didn't have any issues with smoking like others have reported. I never saw people smoking on the port side of lido deck and my husband and I spent a lot of time out there. Deck chairs were hard to come by if you showed up after 10am, but I asked one of the men working at the towel stand and within 15 minutes he brought out 10 more. The New Years deck party was the highlight. I would estimate between 2500-2800 people on the Lido and upstairs dancing and partying. It was fun and loud. The horn blew at midnight and you could hear the other ships at sea blowing theirs as well. We didn't get to bed till the sun was coming up. The only negative was the long lines getting off the ship in Belize. Weather was slowing down the tendering for excursions and people decided that this (the weather) was Carnivals fault. I have never in my life heard such language coming out of the mouths of adults with children present. I would be ashamed to speak like that with a group of sailors and marines. Overall the cruise was a hit. I would do it again in a minute and that makes it 2 for 2 for Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2008
My husband and I booked this cruise in February 2008 and took the trip during Thanksgiving week. I will begin with the positives: -The service was incredible. Our waiters were wonderful, sweet, attentive, great at their job, and even ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise in February 2008 and took the trip during Thanksgiving week. I will begin with the positives: -The service was incredible. Our waiters were wonderful, sweet, attentive, great at their job, and even provided us with some brain teasers and tricks on most of the nights. They couldn't have been better, in our opinion. -The shows were wonderful. We really enjoyed having a show to attend each night before or after dinner. The entertainment was obviously not the best we've ever seen in our lives, but they did a great job and we were entertained. -The casino was fun, despite losing a bunch of money! The dealers were pleasant and we enjoyed our time there. -Our cabin steward was nice, attended to our requests, and left us with a new "towel animal" each night during turndown service. Now for the negatives: -The ports of call were terrible. Nassau is a dump. St. Maarten (on the Dutch side) is a dump. St. Thomas looked decent, but we did a snorkeling excursion and didn't get to see much of it. But we did take the skyride to Paradise Point and the service and cost were not worth it. The view was nice, however. When we got to the top, we intended to eat at the restaurant and watch the sunset, but we were informed that the power was out and they couldn't serve us. So we asked for our money back for the skyride and they gave it to us. -We booked all 3 of our excursions on the first day of our cruise right after embarkation. However, 2 of the three were cancelled due to "lack of interest". When we booked a second excursion to replace one that was cancelled, THAT was cancelled also!!! So we were forced to do our 3rd choice in St. Thomas. We have been snorkeling in Hawaii and Jamaica and let me tell you, the snorkeling in St. Thomas is a distant third. NOT WORTH IT!!!! Do not do the "shipwreck cove" snorkel excursion, it's not worth the money. We also did the "lagoon kayak" excursion in St. Maarten and it was sub-par as well. The water was beautiful, but the view was marred by the fact that there is nothing but squalor and shantys along the beachfront. -The deck and beach chairs were a huge pain. We wanted to sit outside on the sea days, but when we went up to get some chairs, we found entire families had saved chairs with their towels, books, shoes, etc. and then left. One person would be sitting there with 5 or 6 chairs saved. It was ridiculous. We had the hardest time trying to find chairs in the sun because people were rude about "saving" chairs for their family or friends who were off eating or in the pool or wherever. -As a young couple (25), we got bored on the ship. We would have loved to see more comedy shows, take some dance classes, or even see some movies. The Amber Palace would have been great to show movies on a big screen. We found ourselves bored after the show was over and we had nothing to do except gamble. So we slept a lot. This cruise is ok if you have a family or if you are an older couple. We just expected more adventure and more activities. The Glory does an OK job of having lots of activities to participate in. However, if you are a young couple, you will get bored. You will only be able to gamble for so long. After that, there's not much to do to hold your interest. We rated the cruise a 6 out of 10 because the staff was nice and accommodating, the food was pretty good, and the ship was clean. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2008
Background Information Here is my best attempt at writing a review for my families Thanksgiving cruise on the Carnival Glory. We sailed on Saturday November 22-Saturday November 29th. I actually booked this cruise through a TA and was ... Read More
Background Information Here is my best attempt at writing a review for my families Thanksgiving cruise on the Carnival Glory. We sailed on Saturday November 22-Saturday November 29th. I actually booked this cruise through a TA and was pretty happy with the cost of the cruise considering it was a holiday week. I was traveling with my DH, 2DD, Mom and Dad, Brother and Sister-in-law. We booked three inside guarantee cabins. Since we were leaving out of Port Canaveral, we decided it was more coast effective for us to drive the 12 hours than to fly. Of course we had booked this a year or so out in advance and that was before gas had gone up to $4/gal. Thank goodness it was cheaper by the time we left. About two months out from the cruise my brother and his wife decided they wanted to fly and contacted the TA. Carnival was not going to guarantee them a flight at first, but after a week or so they did get a flight. It was around $1000 for the two of them, ouch! We got our room numbers about six weeks before we sailed. We were all in the front of the ship. My mom was not happy and nervous because she gets sea sick easily. I didn't really care where we were as long as I was on the ship. My brother complained a little too because we are past guests and we had all hoped for an upgrade. I guess you have to be a high spender to get that. Hotel Info (if any) We stayed at the Radisson Resort at the Port and would absolutely recommend this to others. I loved the idea of getting to leave our car there and there was a free shuttle to take you to the port. We left VA Thursday after I got off work around 3:45. We were going to drive until somewhere in GA, but as we got further and further and the DD's were sleeping we toyed with driving all the way. It would put us at the port at 3:30. I decided to call the hotel around midnight and asked if they had any rooms. The guy at the front desk was very nice and said that our room was ready and that since we were getting in after 3 AM that he would just do an early check in for us. That was great and we drove in and got there right at 3:30. This saved us an extra nights hotel pay. The beds were okay, I didn't quite get the whole sleep number bed thing, but I wasn't complaining. We slept in the next morning and went to the Omelette Station for breakfast. We decided to just see what was around us that day. There was a cold front passing through Fla. and it was very chilly. We had not packed for such chilly weather, so we actually wound up buying some warm clothes that day and I am glad we did. We visited Ron Jon's where I searched for over thirty minutes for a t-shirt. My family was getting annoyed. There were just too many to choose from. We decided to head back to the hotel and to let the girls swim. It was cold and windy, but the pool was heated so my DH and dad took the DD's swimming. I sat bundled up on the chair and took a few pictures. The pool area is beautiful and the bar service was great. I would stay here again for sure. Very clean and reasonable rates. You sign up for a shuttle time and for the most part it was on time. I think our shuttle was five minutes late but that was because of traffic at the port. Service and Dining I do have to say that the service does not seem to be as good on this ship as my past cruises on Triumph and Sensation. There were many times that getting a refill was hard because the dispensers only had water instead of lemonade or whatever. The hot chocolate was out often as well. I was able to get that about half the time. I only ordered room service one time. It took a long time to get the food, around 45 minutes for a grilled cheese. By the time it was there, it was cold and soggy for whatever reason. So after all that wait I ate about four bites. The pancakes on the buffet were always cold and tough. I am not sure why I kept getting them, but I was hoping for better each time. I seemed to get bagels and fruit for the most part and this was always good. The bacon was very greasy, but that is just my personal preference not to eat very greasy food. We usually did not get anything from the lunch buffet and opted for either the burgers, pizza or deli. Everytime we waited in the buffet line we found that the food was not something that we liked. The burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and deli sandwiches are good and were always fresh. My biggest gripe about the Lido deck is the desserts. They always look so good and then you get them and they have little to no taste. So I stuck with the ice cream, always a safe choice. The dining room was another experience. We were in the Platinum dining room on the back of the ship. We had very rough seas for two days and being on the back with the vibration from the engine and the roughness of the waves made it quite interesting. Carnival can not help the weather so I am just making a note of our own experience. We were on the upper level and I loved where our table was. Very easy to find and close to the exit and a bathroom. DD's can not sit through any meal without going to the bathroom at least once. I found the food to be wonderful. Most of the people at our table would order multiple starters of entree's and everyone seemed to be pleased. Our waiter seemed to struggle a bit. It seemed as if he only had three tables. Two were larger tables that had around 8 people each and one was small with two people. These two people were right beside us and were very nice. They had the best service by far. They had wine and drinks ready for them every night. We had to struggle to get water. Their food was there first and always correct. Their desserts were always right and not melted. I guess serving two is much easier, but come on lets be fair to all the tables. The other big table seemed to get refills easier than us as well. Not sure what that was all about. Our waiter was nice and was very kind to our kids, but this was the worst service we have had on Carnival. A lot of our table ordered something with ice cream and it was always melted by the time we got it. So that was disappointing. I ordered a souffle one night and had to wait 10 minutes to eat it because the waiter did not put the cream sauce on it. The small table had the same dessert and immediately had the cream sauce. Still the food was great, but service could have been better. Still better than me having to cook. Shore Excursions We usually opt not to do any excursions through Carnival. They are too expensive in our opinion. We just do our own thing. In Nassau, we walked around and went to the Straw Market. That was an experience. I am not sure I would do that again. It was very crowded and most of the vendors had the same stuff. I did not think the prices were all that great either. A lot of cheap knock offs that they would ask $75 dollars or more for and you could talk them down, but you could get them cheaper on the streets of New York. We then came back towards the ship and got a taxi and it took us over the the Atlantis. What a nice place that is. I wish we would have spent more time there. I recommend seeing that to anyone. In St. Thomas, we were late getting there because of a small medical thing in Nassau plus rough seas. I think we were about 2 1/2 hours late. We got a taxi/pick-up with benches to take us on an island tour. I think we paid $20pp. We had the oldest pick up on the island. We were on this with some people from SC and they were fun company. Our driver really wasn't that great, but we made the trip fun anyway. St. Thomas is beautiful from high up, but getting there is soo windy. My sister in law was not feeling too good by the time we did get to the top. I just enjoyed the scenery and being on land that was not rocking so hard. We had very, very rough seas for two days and this was a welcome change. Our last port was St. Maarten. I wanted to do the beach so me and SIL took the water taxi over and got two chairs and umbrella and many frozen drinks. We had a great time just people watching and enjoying the sun. The rest of my family got a taxi and did a 4 hour tour for $30pp. They enjoyed it, but the thing I heard the most about was their stop at Bikini beach. Apparently there were some women there who were not old and saggy. My DH, brother and Dad were very chatty about this. I tuned them out. I was stuck looking at saggy old men in speedos. Yuk! Stateroom We were in room 2224, 2228, and 2214. Our room was 2224 and had two doubles pushed together to make a king. It also had two beds from the ceiling. Our room was clean and nice. I like that the bunks can be put away during the day. Our suitcases fit nicely under the bed and the storage was adequate. I am glad I brought extra hangers because there were not enough at all. The beds were very comfy, just as I remembered. Our room steward did pretty well. I was a little curious why we didn't always get new drink cups though. I had to wash ours out in the sink several times, but that is minor. The kids loved the towel animals. I am glad the bathroom had all the little shelves. A word to the wise, bring your own hair dryer. I did, but my mom did not and she had a hard time with holding the button down the whole time and the dryer was very weak. We were in the front of the ship under the Amber Palace stage. We were not in the room very much except for showering and sleeping. However, one night I was in the room while a show was going on and if you were trying to sleep you would have major problems. Very loud and booming music. I have mentioned about the rough seas and I will mention it again because you could hear the waves crashing on the hull of the ship in all of our rooms. My mom was in room 2214 even further to the front and her room was awful. The drawers would slam open and close with each crash of the wave. The movement seemed much worse in there as well. She was sick in her room the first two days. Not fun for her. I would not recommend this room. It was clean, but not sure about the location and the deal with the drawers. My brother was in 2228 and his room was clean also, but still loud from the stage. On a side note, we were across the hall from the most annoying child ever. The baby cried from early morning until night. There wasn't a time where you wouldn't walk down the hallway and hear it. Now I have kids, but I seriously considered calling the pursers desk to see if they could say something to the parents. There was no reason for them to allow the crying to go on that loudly and constant. I know you think I am nit picky on this, but this was not normal. They were very inconsiderate to the others around them. Even my kids commented on the crying. Still this is not on carnival, that is on those parents. I hope they read this and feel embarrassed. There were others on the hallway who felt just as annoyed with them. Children's Clubs Camp Carnival is one of the main reasons we like Carnival. The kids love it. The only complaint I have at all is the time on sea days. You can take them in the morning from 9-11:30 or 11:45. I wish they would take into consideration those that do sleep in. We usually didn't even get to breakfast until 10 or so and that put the kids getting there at 10:45. It would be better if it was more like 12:30 or 1:00. We don't expect them to keep the kids all day, but sometimes the morning seemed like it wasn't worth the effort and the kids would complain that they weren't there long enough. I only have good things to say about the staff. Entertainment The shows were good. One show was cancelled due to rough seas but was made up later in the week. The Rock Down Broadway ended on this cruise and the new show was debuted on this cruise as well. I think they were good for cruise ship entertainment. We saw all the comedy acts and enjoyed them. I did not like the Just an illusion show, but everyone else did. I think I was tired and just ready to go to bed. I did like the Carnival Legends show, but others said it was the worst. I thought it was funny seeing the passengers up there trying their best. I am not sure what the other people thought the show was going to be. There was always something to do or see. I was happy. Disembarkation My parents insisted we do the self-disembark. We had a long drive home and they wanted to be first off the ship. Well we were late getting to port because of engine trouble. People were anxious to get off and catch flights. The lobby area on 3rd floor was a mad house. It was hot, crowded and full of rude pushy people. I was separated from my husband twice and they tried to separate me and my kids once, but I got pushy right back. There was a group of elderly asians that were the most forceful and pushy. I found them to be quite rude. People were stuck on the elevator because there was nowhere to go in the lobby. The staff did the best they could given the situation, but I was frustrated. I don't think this is the norm, but it was not fun. Once we were finally cleared, the line moved fairly quickly considering. I did not know we would have to take our luggage down escalators. This was fine for me, but my DD's were scary with their luggage. I was a nervous wreck thinking that they would fall. Once off the ship, everything was smooth sailing haha. Really this was the best disembarkation we have had. The waiting in the lobby was hectic, but unusual I think. Summary Overall, I had a great cruise. The weather was not ideal. Very cold in Fla. when we left and windy for two straight days. They had the barf bags out and all. A lot of people were sea sick. I usually get sea sick, but I tried Bonine this time and ginger capsules and was fine. I felt a little ill one night right at bed time, which was also the roughest night by far, but once asleep was fine and better by morning. Just make sure to take the pills before you get on the ship and continue. Once you are sick, there is not a lot you can do. I liked the Glory and really liked being able to drive to the port and the hotel situation. The service was not as good as previous cruises. Crying baby was not fun to be around. Wish we had the golden dining room, more mid ship. Lido desserts need to have flavor. They need to refill beverage stations more often. We did not get a soda card because I had read on here that it was fountain drinks that were flat. I noticed around the second day that it was all can drinks, so in hindsight I wish we had purchased one. Sometimes drink service was slow during the shows, sometimes not. I don't know what makes the difference with that. Dining room service could have been better, but food was great. The only midnight buffet was mexican and wasn't all that great. We ate a couple of things, but the rest was bland. The chocolate buffet was pretty good, but the chocolate fountain was dark choc. and bitter. I like milk choc. so I didn't like those things. The milkshakes were great. Go to the coffee shop near the casino and order one. We did not realize they had those until the last day. Probably a good thing because they are expensive, but tasty. I would stay away from the rooms we had. You should probably stay away from the casino as well. We had fun, but lost a lot of money in there. Haha! Wish the seas had been calmer at the beginning, but coming home the seas were very calm. I mentioned the engine trouble, one night the captain stopped the ship for three hours for them to work on the engine. I think the Glory may be having some issues. Lots of delays lately, mostly medical, but I wonder if sometimes it had been mechanical. I am just saying, if you have been reading the boards for the Glory there have been a lot of issues lately. I am ready to go again. If you have any questions I will be happy to answer them. 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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