Sail Date: March 2019
I have sailed with carnival Previously on the Triumph for a 4 day cruise. This ship was extremely similar and I enjoyed it just as much if not more. I did love the serenity deck, but it also being the deck of camp ocean ( for kids) was ... Read More
I have sailed with carnival Previously on the Triumph for a 4 day cruise. This ship was extremely similar and I enjoyed it just as much if not more. I did love the serenity deck, but it also being the deck of camp ocean ( for kids) was a little confusing. Really enjoyed speciality meal and the steak house and of course, Guys burger. Main restaurant food was iffy . Cruise director was great and fun. Casino was good and never too crowded. Placed third in the slot tournament so that was fun. Our balcony room was fun and nice to have an outside area to sit and watch the ocean. So much to do and never enough time to do it. We loved our cabin steward. We had a great cruise , a great ship and all staff we encountered were very accommodating! Will definitely Sail again with carnival Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I had an absolute amazing time on the beautiful Glory!! The workers were all nice, the balcony room on the Lido was amazing and I can’t say enough about guy’s burgers !!! To die for!! The steakhouse is also a must. Best steak I ... Read More
I had an absolute amazing time on the beautiful Glory!! The workers were all nice, the balcony room on the Lido was amazing and I can’t say enough about guy’s burgers !!! To die for!! The steakhouse is also a must. Best steak I have ever had, couldn’t finish it all. The Bars were super cool, I was at those more than the shows, cheers package of course! I stayed at the Rum bar and the serenity area was super laid back. I wish I could be back on this ship, it blew me away. The white heat night club was Lit!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This is our first cruise so we don’t have any point of reference. We really did enjoyed it and looking forward to another cruise next year. I find their staff friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We purchased their most ... Read More
This is our first cruise so we don’t have any point of reference. We really did enjoyed it and looking forward to another cruise next year. I find their staff friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We purchased their most expensive wifi plan and still could not connect to anything. It was a waste of money so we do not recommened this. We couldnt even load united.com to checkin for our flight. We had to ask a family member to check us in. Conclusion: Waste of money We purchased Faster to the fun program. At first we were having a great time skipping lines during checkin but all these changed. It was pretty much useless during island tour. We only used it for Grand Cayman tender. Getting back to the ship would mean long lines even if you paid already. At least open a priority line! For Guest Services, we were ignored at one point and the agent decided to help a non-faster to the fun person instead of helping us first even though we were on the line earlier. Conclusion: Waste of money We left our wallets, ipads and wedding rings inside the vault that you can find in your room. We neglected to lock the vault assuming it was safe since we are the only ones and the housekeeping team who have access to our room. The theft took $200 in our wallet but left my expensive ring and ipad untouched - sign of being a professional theft! Sure, we left the vault unlock but how did the third party entered our room? Glory lacks certain security level that you expect. A thirf person could have entered when the housekeepers left our room with the door open or one of their associates stole our money. No one would know as they do not offer finger printing analysis for the wallet & no security camera installed on the hallways! It would have been easy if we have a video to watch - another person entering our room, = third party theft. No other person entered our room = one of carnival’s associates. To make the matter worse, during the cabin search (which we didn’t mind) the VP of security calculated the approximate money we lost by substracting our pocket money - expenses. At his calculations, the missing money is $188, he was trying to manipulate my husband to write that the approximate lost amount was $188 and not $200. Good thing I was there and I told my husband not to write this as we firmly believe and certain we lost $200. It didn’t added up as we were uncertain of our total pocket money prior withdrawing for our carnival glory money. Conclusion: Rooms that are supposed to be safe are not safe. Carnival glory lacks security. Put your money & valuables inside your dirty laundry cause no one wants to touch a dirty and soiled panties! Seminars: Sure they are educational but mostly about sales talk Conclusion: You’d spend money on consultations Food: So, so. Lido buffet opens at different times of the day - sometimes at 7am when we have to leave the ship at 7:30am Conclusion: Friendly stafff, decent and clean food & room Staff: Friendly & professional. I love them! Cabin: Inside Stateroom MEH - you only get a soap & not very secured Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
I would sail with any other cruise line have tried it and Carnival is the best cruise line. The staff were very pleasant. Dustin and Michelle from Amber Palace were very entertaining. The shows were awesome. My head waiter Bebe and Roma ... Read More
I would sail with any other cruise line have tried it and Carnival is the best cruise line. The staff were very pleasant. Dustin and Michelle from Amber Palace were very entertaining. The shows were awesome. My head waiter Bebe and Roma from the Platinum Dining Room was very nice and always helped with making great meal choices. My girls 14 & 7 had a amazing time. My 7 year old loved the slides. The ports had great shopping areas. The lido is a little small not quite enough room for the deck parties. The movie notes were great on the deck. My cabin 1301 on Rivera Deck was really hot the next time I'm on this ship that is one room I prefer not to be in. I couldn't get any sleep because it was so hot. Everything else in the cabin was great. Thanks Carnival for always making our vacation fun. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
I traveled with 4 families with kids between the ages of 10-16. We had a great time and loved the ports. We flew in the night before and stayed at the Springhill medical center. Not the nicest springhill we have stayed in but did the ... Read More
I traveled with 4 families with kids between the ages of 10-16. We had a great time and loved the ports. We flew in the night before and stayed at the Springhill medical center. Not the nicest springhill we have stayed in but did the job since we were only there 12 hours. Everyone in our group had Faster to Fun or a Suite so we arrived at 10:25 and walked to the front of the line. At 11:00 or so they allowed us to board. We were able to go straight to the rooms and get our keys and unpack our carry ons. Very easy. We went to lido and found some chairs while the rest of the group ate and explored. Guys burgers is awesome but wait for another day to try. Crazy line on the first day but never on other days. We met our steward, Setti, and he did a great job. We had a Ocean Suite for my husband and I and an interior across the hall for the kids(12 and 15). I think we could have all fit in the Ocean Suite but would have been tight for 7 days. Only $300 extra to book this way. My friends did a balcony and an interior and it was cheaper than all in an ocean suite. We ate at dining room several nights and the food was okay. We also ate at the steakhouse but I don’t think it is worth the up charge. You could get steakhouse steaks for a lower fee in the main dining room. We loved Guys and the pizza. My husband enjoyed the breakfast burritos and I stuck to croissants and coffee from room service. I recommend sending kids to kids clubs right away. My son, didn’t start going until the end of the trip. He met most of his new friends playing basketball on the 1st sea day. I don’t recommend the premium WiFi. My husbands emails barely loaded and usually finished overnight while no one was on it. Not worth the up charge. The social worked fine for the rest of us since we had the What’s App. Made it easy to stay in touch with the group. Make sure you download the carnival hub app before you set sail. You will need that to log into your WiFi plan. One of the people in our group forgot and had to go to guest services to figure out how to log in. The ports made this trip. Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay were heaven. We enjoyed our excursion on St Thomas wasn’t impressed with the island. In San Juan, we just went to the forts and the restaurant that created the pina colada. Still a fun day. We did not do a lot of the shows. We all went to the Hasbro Show and daughter did the Rock Show and loved it. We did try bingo, Trivia and Karaoke. The adults spent a lot of time in the casino. Loved the dealers and pit bosses even though I lost. We had a 12:15 flight and chose self debark. Should have been easy but they wouldn’t let us go down the escalator with our bags. Had to wait for an elevator. Things kinda of bottlenecked. Since we were Faster to Fun, it didn’t hold us up too much. We were still at our airport gate by 8:30am. I think I will sleep in and not self debark next time! Overall, a good trip. Boat and activities were okay but ports were amazing. I am glad we only had 2 sea days. I liked the glory but might try newer boat next time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We came from South Carolina, and the drive down 95 to Miami was horrendous. Unless you're within much closer driving distance, you might think about flying in to MIA. We passed eight pretty serious accidents and a lot of ... Read More
We came from South Carolina, and the drive down 95 to Miami was horrendous. Unless you're within much closer driving distance, you might think about flying in to MIA. We passed eight pretty serious accidents and a lot of construction along the way that really slowed things down. Embarkation: This was pretty smooth for us. We are Platinum, so we were ushered into a little lounge and started boarding just after 10:30am. We were through the boarding process and walking onto the ship right around 11:00am. Our staterooms were also ready immediately, which was very nice. The Ship: I cruised on the Glory in 2009, and I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the Glory in March 2018, almost ten years later. There are signs of wear and age around the ship, but not in any areas that would detract from the quality of our trip. You could tell that exterior areas had been painted many times throughout the years, there were some places with rust and weather-related deterioration, there were areas on the interior of the ship with dings or scratches that you could tell were just signs of age, but not the kind of thing you'd really care about or that would affect your vacation. The layout of the ship is pretty standard for Carnival, and if you've sailed on a couple of Carnival cruises you're probably used to it now. I just sailed on the Magic in December 2017, and I must say that while I liked some features of the Magic better, the Glory seemed to be less crowded and felt like a much more comfortable number of people. It did seem to be a little more challenging to find nicely-located deck chairs than on the Magic, but aside from this, the layout and size of the ship (to us) was much preferable to the Dream class of ships. The Activities: Activities on the ship were good, nothing to really write home about. The Lip Sync Battle and Love and Marriage shows seem to be the most well attended. To us, the production shows weren't much to write home about, but some of that is just our subjective viewpoint that the singing/dancing at sea aren't super entertaining to us. There were lots of trivia games and live singers in the lounges, which were fun and enjoyable. The singers in the casino area each night were pretty darn good. The Trip: Our itinerary was Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Half Moon Cay: This was georgous, really nice to be right off the ship, had plenty of space on the beach, and (in our opinion) was an ideal cruise port to really soak up the beach. There were some issues with tendering, leaving some guests not able to get over to the island until about Noon, but we had priority tendering and were on the first tender over, so we didn't really even notice until we heard reports from other folks later in the day. Advice here: Get up early and get on the first tenders out so you have best pick of the chairs/beach locations. St. Thomas: We went to Trunk Bay. If you're reasonably confident in your time-keeping abilities, skip the Carnival-sponsored Trunk Bay excursion and take the public ferries. We took a cab to Red Hook (20 minutes) and took the ferry over to St. John (15 minutes) and then a cab to Trunk Bay (5 minutes). This cost us about $32/person, as opposed to the Carnival-sponsored trip which was significantly more expensive. Trunk Bay was mostly up and running - no bar or food, but there were equipment rentals and fairly nice restrooms/showers. The snorkeling here is amazing and the beach was awesome. We had a really great time. San Juan: We just walked around the city and did some shopping. Nothing major to report here. Aside from some minor remaining property damage, you can't tell much of the effect the storms had, as most everything is back up and running in San Juan. They had some great deals on knockoff bags and purses, but as you would expect, pretty cheap quality knock offs. Otherwise, we just walked around and shopped and took pictures. Grand Turk: Although there is a nice beach right off the pier, we took a cab to Pillory beach. It was billed as the "nicest" beach on the island. It was indeed very beautiful. Contrary to what we saw in San Juan, during our cab ride, we noticed that damage from the storms was very evident in Grand Turk and it appeared that a lot of areas were still recovering/rebuilding. The cab driver took us to Bohio Dive Resort and we walked right onto the beach there. The resort has a nice bar and food available right next to the beach. The resort also had chairs just for guests, but it seemed like a slow day and we used a couple chairs without issue. The Rum Punch drink at the Bohio resort is delicious, but it will get you -- be careful! Food: Food was pretty good, but lacked in some areas here. We ate at the steakhouse the first night and were pleased with some of the meal, but not really with the entrees. I got the filet, and it was very mediocre. I work in hospitality with a large catering company and many chefs. I don't consider myself to be a chef, but I can make a pretty delicious filet in my cast iron pan at home. Unfortunately, what I got in the steak house was not nearly as good as I can make at home and when I go out to a steakhouse, I want something better than what I can make at home. I was surprised. Past experiences at the Carnival steak houses have been very good. The other folks in my group got the filet/lobster entrees, and were similarly underwhelmed. The steaks were bland, and lobster tails were pretty small. No major complaint about the quality of the lobster, just nothing special about it. Appetizers and soups were great, but the entrees really left something to be desired. The Lido food was pretty good, but we did have a couple of frustrating experiences with long lines. We didn't arrive in Grand Turk until 11:15 and by 10:30 or so they were shutting the one remaining "late" breakfast line, despite a long line of people waiting for food. I went through the line just before closing and after waiting 25 minutes to make it to the real food (past the cereal and yogurt) it was extremely disappointing -- the eggs benedict were welded to the pan, eggs hard as a rock, the sausages were petrified, and the omelet stations were reduced to one person, making it impossible to get. It was okay, becuase I waited five minutes or so and then just got some lunch foods, but on those late port days, they should either commit to the late breakfast line or don't have it at all and move to lunch after 10:30 as usual. Other than these couple of frustrating experiences, Lido buffet food was pretty decent quality and waiting times were reasonable. We were, for the most part, pretty pleased with this. Again, I felt like I spent more time in lines on the Lido when I sailed on the Magic, versus this cruise on the Glory. Guy's Burgers, Deli, Seafood Shack, and Sushi were awesome. Despite sometimes longer lines, the Guy's burgers moved fast, and again, I never waited on the Glory as long as I did some days on the Magic. The deli sandwiches were really good and the Seafood Shack was great -- we only tried the lobster rolls, but got them twice because they were great! MDR food was pretty good most nights, with the exception of one night where we felt like the quality was not as good. Filet in the MDR was as good or better than the one in the steakhouse and sea-day brunches were really good in the MDR. Regular dining food was nothing super special to write about, but we didn't have any major complaints either. Room Service: This has really changed since the old days. The included (free) room service is pretty basic quality, often times with a 45-minute to 1-hour wait, even at off times. It's obvious that the days of room service being included are soon to be over, as the experience is one you'll try once and brush off after the long wait and very mediocre results. The a la carte room service was decent quality, but again, we often waited 45 minutes or more to receive anything. Some cruises we never order room service, and others (like this one) we ordered several times. Sort of like the Lido buffets, I wish they would just commit to what they can do well, charge for it if they have to, and be done with it. Casino: The casino was a great time, and like other areas of the cruise experience, seemed less crowded and was more appealing than our experience on the Magic. There were plenty of table games (lots of blackjack) and ample machines. We never felt like it got really crowded, even on the bigger nights. Maybe this was because of the demographic (more kids on spring break cruises this time versus an early December cruise we took on the Magic), but nonetheless, we had a great time in the Casino and were pleased with the service, pit bosses, dealers, and other staff. Shoutouts: Our room steward Yosefina and her staff were great. They were very attentive to our needs, brought us an abundance of ice, robes, and towels, and whatever we needed. She was there when we needed her, and not when we didn't We really appreciated her. We also met Kuda (bartender from Zimbabwe) on our first day heading to the muster drill. We continued to see Kuda throughout the cruise in the casino and at the Platinum party. He was always smiling, quick with the drinks, and was extremely pleasant. Thanks for your hospitality Kuda! OVERALL: Overall, while there were not-so-positive aspects of our experience, we really enjoyed our cruise on the Glory and would return in a heartbeat. I take into account, when evaluating the negative aspects, the price I'm paying for what I'm getting and despite those criticisms, I still feel like we got a very good value for our money. In fact, we're already looking at options for the next cruise. I think the biggest takeaway that we had is that bigger is not always better. We had a blast on the Magic, but I don't think I'd sail on the Dream class again. I hope Carnival will consider building a new ship that's of a similar size and layout to those of the Conquest class. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Well, my employees told me I needed a vacation and my wife's birthday was coming up. So I booked this only about a month out. Found a good deal on a Porthole cabin, and then contacted my travel agent. He was able to save me a couple ... Read More
Well, my employees told me I needed a vacation and my wife's birthday was coming up. So I booked this only about a month out. Found a good deal on a Porthole cabin, and then contacted my travel agent. He was able to save me a couple of bucks on the fare (really, just $2 per person, but cheaper is always better.) Also this made our Platinum Cruise and also gave us a chance to visit with Mother-In-Law in South Florida both before and after the cruise AND celebrate the wife's birthday on board) On boarding day, St. Patrick's Day, we arrived at the port about 12:30 and breezed through security and on board in less than 10 minutes after arriving at the port. Lot of people dressed in Green. (our internet groups said to dress in green so we could be recognized by others in the group. Doesn't work when 2500 people are all wearing green because of St. Patrick's Day) On board, we dropped the bags at our room (signs were still up saying access was limited, but that is a perk--for now-- of Platinum Status) Then to the Lido for food. Typical food for the Lido. But we piled it on anyway. Since we had sailed the Glory before we did a little exploring, but most things were the same. Saturday night dinner met our tablemates. For booking late I was surprised that we got a large table in the middle of the dining room. But it was probably because Late Dining was less booked than earlier or ATD. Table mates were comparable in age and friendly. Next morning was the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet. Over 200 people registered so Carnival had a half dozen Coffee Carafes and Juice, Tea, and water and some of the yummy pastries. But the Meet and Greet was just after breakfast so most went untouched. About 20 people drifted in. Met the Cruise Director Dustin and the Entertainment Director, didn't catch his name. And a few of my fellow cruisers. Then it ended. Later on Sunday was the FB Group Meet and Greet at Red Frog Bar. Not much organization but we were able to put a few faces to names. Monday was Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. Since we were doing this on the cheap, we booked no excursions and just wandered around the port. Made a couple of small purchases (including Chocal Chocolate. Sold at the port for $10 for 5 bars or better $35 for 35 bars.) Back on ship. Next day was St. Thomas. We have been here about a dozen times and know where most things are. This time we visited the Synagogue at the top of the hill. If you are Jewish or just enjoy visiting Historic Churches and Temples, this is the best we have found in the Caribbean. Better than the Cathedral in San Juan. The Docent was knowledgeable and the video of the history was interesting. The floor is sand to honor the Crypto-Jews from the Spanish Diaspora. But it is a peaceful place above the hubbub of the St. Thomas Market. Donations accepted buy not mandatory. Saw some Hurricane Damage, but the larger businesses (DI, Little Switzerland, etc) were all back and bustling. One change to note. All of the public Restrooms are now attended and suggested tips are $1. Found a neat Turkish Store with Turkish Souveniers? in St. Thomas. Back on board, Tomorrow our favorite town San Juan. San Juan has had some hurricane Damage but is open for business. Noticeable damage is the substrata for the streets appeared to have washed out leaving the Blue paving stones in potholes. But since we were not driving, we had no problem navigating the streets. Back on board at 3PM (too early for San Juan.) Last port day was Grand Turk. We always consider Grand Turk as a beach day since it is right there. This time we had a little confusion. There are a lot of 'private vendors' hustling chairs and umbrellas for $25 for the day. But the Green umbrellas are FREE. And the chairs under them are free. Snorkeling is normal for Grand Turk. Saw a lot of different fish including one puffer. But the bottom of the water is kinda dull and dead looking. Water is still crystal clear. So we got our sunning, swimming, and snorkeling for our beach day. Then a sea day and back to Miami on the 24th. Normal chaos in debarkation. They closed one of the Customs lines just as the main group of passengers debarked because the Agents needed a break. Ticked off the porters big time. But we got out with minor delay. Then got the rental and made it to Mother in Laws place. Good overall cruise. Didn't do the shows but did a couple of Comedy shows. Percy Crews II was good. Just Jane was fantastic. Russ was so so. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Embarkation: Embarkation was not as smooth as it has been on previous cruises. It was very unorganized. For the priority guests when they called diamond guests all of the priority guests went, that includes diamond, platinum, suite guests, ... Read More
Embarkation: Embarkation was not as smooth as it has been on previous cruises. It was very unorganized. For the priority guests when they called diamond guests all of the priority guests went, that includes diamond, platinum, suite guests, and I think faster to the fun. Dining: Dining overall was very good. I really enjoyed the guys burgers. Something a lot of people don't notice is the Old Fashioned BBQ place on deck ten above the main buffet. It was previously a Fish n' Chips place but then they changed it. The macaroni and cheese was a big hit with my son, I even liked it. I don't usually like mac n cheese. The platinum restaurant was very good. A shoutout to our head waiter Jerome (Jamaica, Ocho Rios) our one mishap was at the steakhouse, which BTW would not suggest going there with kids unless they like steak or lobster, my son wanted to order an appetizer off the adult menu and an entree off the kids menu. The waiter gave us a hard time about it and said we would have to pay extra because "you don't usually order off both menus" my son was very upset and didn't even order dessert. Entertainment:The entertainment was pretty good. I mostly saw the comedian or went to Karaoke at nights, but the night I did go to the show it was EPIC ROCK! It was the best show I've seen on five cruises. The comedians were very funny. Karaoke was a lot of fun. The ship: the ship itself was not all that great. First of all, if you were on Deck 3 or4 at the front of the ship (fwd) you could not get to the back of the ship (aft) without having to cut through the golden restaurant, which most of the time isn't open. Then if you went up to deck 5 you would have to go through the smokey casino where it was hard to breathe. The ship's layout was kind of stupid. There were two water slides on the ship. My son really enjoyed them, although he's been on faster ones. There were two pools on on mid ship, and one aft. We usually hung out at the aft pool because it was less crowded. Also, almost all of the trivia was in the casino. It was so smoky and hard to breathe in. Also unless you were sitting right next to the host, you couldn't hear because of the slot machines. Staff: The staff was great. Our CD, (cruise director) Eric, was very fun and lively, but he would say the same thing like five times a day. I won't say what, but it gets annoying fast. You've got hand it to them, their away from their families for months at a time, they have a right to be cranky, but no! I never someone who didn't have a smile on their face, or somebody who wasn't ready to help. Our dinner team was amazing. So was our cabin steward. Ports. These were probably my favorite ports I've ever been to. In Half Moon Cay (pronounced KEY) we just enjoyed the beach, the ocean and the view of the ship. We had to tender, so the ship was pretty close to the beach. St. Thomas, we took a taxi to the mountain top. It was great. Be careful when you get a taxi, as there are no private taxis. We got scammed into doing a tour. We enjoyed the tour anyway. At San Juan we took a city tour. Our tour guide Albert, charged us $5 extra per person to do a private tour with us and another couple, who were very nice. We saw old San Juan and new San Juan. After the tour we went in the forts. Grand Turk, we just enjoyed the beach and went snorkeling right there. The shoreline is rocky, but not too bad. Some reviews say you should bring water shoes but if you don't have them, I wouldn't bother buying them. If your snorkeling if doesn't matter. Disembarkation: Disembarkation was a breeze. Ten times better than embarkation. We were supposed to get into Miami at 8 but we got there early. Almost nobody was up, so we got off around 7:15 to the airport by 8 The Bottom Line: The bottom line is this cruise was amazing. Before this trip, I read a lot of reviews, and a lot of them were bad. But after this cruise, I realized, a cruise is what you make of it. You shouldn't one cranky person, or mistake ruin your trip. Just go with the flow. I highly recommend this trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We did a family cruise from ages 8 to 74 years old and everyone had a great time. Our son loved Camp Ocean and wanted to be there every night, most nights--even late night. The staff from Camp Ocean, our cabin steward, and our dining ... Read More
We did a family cruise from ages 8 to 74 years old and everyone had a great time. Our son loved Camp Ocean and wanted to be there every night, most nights--even late night. The staff from Camp Ocean, our cabin steward, and our dining room waiters were excellent. The food was good,--appetizers were better than the main courses, IMHO. We took an island tour on Grand Cayman, booking on shore at the last minute with Jennifer Ebanks--Cayman Native Tours and it was excellent. We rented a cabana at Mahogany Bay and it was the best money we ever spent. My 8 yr old son tried snorkeling for the first time and had a blast--seeing a stingray, sea turtle, sea urchin, and a nice amount of coral right off the pier, so we didn't lose anything not doing a snorkeling tour. Three of us went on an island tour and to the mayan ruins in Belize and it was great. In Cozumel, we just walked around and shopped. We had FTTF and all of our cabins were ready when we boarded and embarkation was a breeze. A couple of us had Cheers! package--the service and drinks were great, worth the money and not worrying about cost and trying something new. The Alchemy Bar was very cool about trying something new. The comedians at the beginning of the cruise were excellent--Great Job, Just June!! The later comedians were just so-so. The piano bar was fun and always full and the casino was alway hopping--not much winning in my case. My son loved the new waterworks and the dive in movies. All in all--a great trip, well worth every penny spent. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
We were a Mother/Daughter group of six who purchased this cruise for our high school daughters Spring Break trip. We chose Carnival over other cruise lines because it was reputed to be the "fun ship." In our group of high ... Read More
We were a Mother/Daughter group of six who purchased this cruise for our high school daughters Spring Break trip. We chose Carnival over other cruise lines because it was reputed to be the "fun ship." In our group of high school seniors we had one 17 year old and two 18 year olds. We were all expecting them to be able to go dancing at night. However the 17 was not allowed into the 18 and up club and the 18's were not allowed into the 15-17 year old club. The doors are guarded and the rule is strictly enforced. There were no exceptions to this as we approached guest services and the youth entertainment director Myna and were told this is a fleet wide policy. The 15-17 club held all the other high school kids had good music for their age group and was where our girls would have been the happiest to dance at night with their peers. The 18 and up club allowed smoking, had 30 and up music and the people there were 25-40, not the place for our girls. This put a huge damper on our trip and we would not have booked if we had known. On the good side we had great service in the dining rooms, loved our dinner waiters, loved Gede our room steward, loved the high end coffee shop girl, loved Mark at the piano bar, loved the comedy club, liked the shows at night. The pizza, burgers, ice cream and taco bowl were all good. We loved our ports and excursions. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our 3rd cruises with Carnival and it was nothing compare to the 2 first ones. I didn't give a one because the animation and the service in the formal dinner restaurant were good. Other than that, it has been a huge ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruises with Carnival and it was nothing compare to the 2 first ones. I didn't give a one because the animation and the service in the formal dinner restaurant were good. Other than that, it has been a huge disappointment. First of all, the boat was dirty and the stateroom wasn't clean at all. Lot of paper wraps/food on the lido, food and drinks left in the hallway all day long, stains on the sheets, hair left in the shower... second, the boat doesn't have a real pool! 2 little water holes were 5 kids can play. Other than than, there are only hot tubes. Adults couldn't just enjoy a pool. One female maid entered my stateroom without knocking on the door or checking if the room was empty. Unfortunately, I took my shower just 2 minutes before and wasn't dressed. She completely entered the room before she turned around and left like nothing happened. I complained about this incident and took advantage to also talk about the cleanliness of the room in general. The first lady recorded the complaint and called the manager. The manager just told me "sorry but there is nothing I can do". She didn't propose to send someone to clean the room or anything else. She kind of answered me that since I am a man, it is not as bad as if it would have been a woman and a man entered the room. I told her that I didn't want to pay the entire automatic tip as the room service was so bad. She answered that I have to call Carnival after the cruise as she can't do anything. The only response to the incident we received was that... no one ever came to clean the room until the end of the cruise! And when I called Carnival, the lady on the phone told me that they could only give me a voucher for the next cruise. I answered her that I wan't to reduce my tip instead but she told me I should have request it before the end of the trip. I informed her that I have been instructed differently but she started to be aggressive and I have to accept the voucher because she wanted to close my case. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This cruise fit our spring break schedule and air travel worked. We had been to 3 of the 4 ports and knew we liked them and were excited to see the Cayman Islands which were new for us. Not that it matters at all to enjoy a cruise but, ... Read More
This cruise fit our spring break schedule and air travel worked. We had been to 3 of the 4 ports and knew we liked them and were excited to see the Cayman Islands which were new for us. Not that it matters at all to enjoy a cruise but, I was so unimpressed with the "look" of Glory. She had just returned from dry dock and I was expecting new and beautiful. While the new part was nice, the decorating, in my opinion, is just plain ugly. Most ships will have at least some beautiful indoor spots, maybe a photo op area, Glory just had the strangest assortment of decór that, for me, just did not go together well at all. We called the club area the "birthday party cake club" due to the strange candle-like things on the walls outside making it appear to be more of a daycare than a club. Anyway, as I said, the decorating of a ship doesn't affect the overall experience much. The comedy shows were plentiful and very good. Piano bar was good and the open area entertainment was also very good and plentiful. Most shows were very good. Sorry Eric, "what's going on", but we avoided some activities just because we did not want to be subjected to Eric and his constant talking and repetitiveness - annoying is the only word I can use to describe Glory's cruise director. Overall, I would give entertainment an A-. Water Works was up and running and did not seem overly crowded. There were not a lot of young children on this ship. We did not try out the slides but it looked great. The other pools were fun. The hot tubs on the back were barely warm but those on Serenity were very hot and very nice - I spent most of my time there. We ate all dinners in the Golden Dining Room and had excellent service although meals were long. I just don't know how they can feed so many people at once and really they do such a good job. (shout out to Sawan who was the most amazing server ever!!) We loved the dancing waiters and twirling napkins (yes, I know many do not). There was only one disappointing meal and that was prime rib. I normally LOVE prime rib and ordered medium but it came out rare, in my opinion, and had little flavor. I did not order it the next time. The flat iron steak was available almost every night and it was 5 stars for me, a steak lover!! Buffet food was good. I missed having a wok and prefer that to a bbq but the bbq was very good. Of course the cantina and Guy's were awesome. Pizza was OK and nice that it was open so many hours. Ports were Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. We did not do any Carnival excursions but it was very easy to find our own and meet up with the tour operators. We were fortunate that there were not a lot of other ships in the ports. There was a power loss as we were preparing to leave Cozumel. We were kept informed but were very glad we had a balcony and were not in an interior, very dark cabin(nor in an elevator!). Also, passengers were trying to return to the ship and were in very long lines waiting for power to come back on to check them in. We were probably without power for about an hour. It was elegant night in the dining room and I noticed the dress code was extremely lax - probably due to the outage and the difficulty to get ready with no power. Overall, Glory did very well with what it offers. I just would prefer a different ship with a nice spa to hang out in (stone chairs, therapy pool, etc) that is prettier and has a less annoying cruise director. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Great time as usual on Carnival Glory. My thirteenth cruise with Carnival, and they did an excellent job once again. Everyone was friendly and tried to make our experience the best. My wife had a couple of massages and was very pleased ... Read More
Great time as usual on Carnival Glory. My thirteenth cruise with Carnival, and they did an excellent job once again. Everyone was friendly and tried to make our experience the best. My wife had a couple of massages and was very pleased with the spa services. Our cabin was always clean, as were all other areas. Comedy shows were really good, as were the DJ and other singers throughout the ship. Only complaint for me and the wife would be the American table menu. I personally would like to see the old menu back, but that isn't a deal breaker for me. We did the my time dining and the service was good. Can't say enough about Guy Burger's, and barbecue was pretty good also. I have been to all the ports before, but we did different excursions and they were all enjoyable. We enjoyed every aspect of our trip with Carnival and plan on booking another trip soon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The overall cruise was the typical Carnival experience. Nothing negative to note. Yes, the construction was still going on, with all the previous complaints Carnival made sure to give us ample opportunities to get a full refund. Each ... Read More
The overall cruise was the typical Carnival experience. Nothing negative to note. Yes, the construction was still going on, with all the previous complaints Carnival made sure to give us ample opportunities to get a full refund. Each cabin was giving a $200 credit and kids under 17 were given a free excursion. That was a generous offer for which I am grateful. The dining was good. I especially liked the Blue Iguana Cantina, really wish it were open longer. Although my son thoroughly enjoyed Guys' burger joint, I couldn't partake since I don't eat beef. Alternative patty options would've been nice (turkey or veggie). I enjoyed the steakhouse, enough to say, I've been there, done that and I won't be back. The Your time Dining room option needs work. There were major lines most nights for dinner. Perhaps using the app to take reservations could help with the congestion. Over the ocean Ziplining in Amber Cove was an awesome excursion. I wouldn't have done it without the kids being free and I won't do it again. The smoke at or near the Casino was unbearable at times. An upgrade to the filtration system is needed. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
It was a significant b-day for me. We went with friends as well. Had a great time Carnival took great care of us even compensated us for the construction on board. They stepped up like a good company should. The cabin was clean a ... Read More
It was a significant b-day for me. We went with friends as well. Had a great time Carnival took great care of us even compensated us for the construction on board. They stepped up like a good company should. The cabin was clean a roomy. We had and Aft. Cabin 8th deck with a nice large patio. We actually had an extra large deck due to having our divider opened up. We spent a lot of time out there!!! Sorry neighbors...lol. The dining was awesome as they had an excellent selection of seafood my favs. like frog legs, lobster, oysters Rockefeller, ox tongue just awesome food (many people didn't take advantage but I sure did :-)~. Gained 5 Lbs. oops. Entertainment was great and had a blast with Eric and his famous pub crawls. The service was some of the best we have had. Ports and shore excursions were very well done. We booked the Laimonai Excusion in Belize at it is fantastic!!! (Make sure you get David as the tour guide he is awesome). We traveled with our 14 yr old son and he had a great time at Club O2 supposed to be for 15+ but he wanted that and it worked out great! I would for sure go again AFTER I lose this extra weight (gotta pay to play). By the way get the Faster 2 The Fun...worth every penny. Read Less
40 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Background: This was our fourth Carnival cruise, and we have also cruised with Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. We are a family of four - mom, dad, two teenagers. After reading all the reviews, our expectations weren't that high, but ... Read More
Background: This was our fourth Carnival cruise, and we have also cruised with Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. We are a family of four - mom, dad, two teenagers. After reading all the reviews, our expectations weren't that high, but don't believe all the negative comments you read here - we had a great cruise! Embarkation: We had hoped to be able to purchase Faster to the Fun, but although we checked obsessively, it was sold out. It didn't matter at all - the only time we could have used it was to deal with Guest Services as there was always a huge line. Embarkation was a breeze - we were laying out on deck chairs by noon having arrived at 10:45. Food: Guy's Burgers,the Blue Iguana Cantina and the Deli were family lunch favourites, and we were always satisfied with the evening food in the main dining room. One night we visited the steakhouse, and found it to be well worth the additional charge - best meal of the cruise for sure! We did not get the Cheers package, and it wouldn't have been worth it for our family, although we did get the "middle" wine package, and would do that again. One of us got the Bottomless Bubbles, and got drinks for the others as needed, although technically that was a no-no! We had Your Time Dining, and had to wait for a table two nights, but no longer than 20 minutes each time. The other nights we just walked right in. Our dining team was excellent - Roberto, Ruben, Randall and Raquel. We enjoyed them so much the first night, we requested them every night, and they learned our names quickly, and even brought the teens mac and cheese when it was not offered as a side dish on the menu. They were also great to chat with, and provided excellent service. We would recommend dropping by the Taste Bar on the nights it is offered (Deck 5). We found the pizza and fish and chips to be just ok. Room: Our stateroom was 2326, an inside cabin. For four people, it was definitely small. It was our first time with an interior stateroom. We would do it again as we spent very little time in the cabin, and generally showered in the spa/gym facility. Kid's Club: Our fifteen year old really enjoyed Club O2, but our thirteen year old was not feeling well the first night, and was intimated to go after that as she felt that the kids had already established some friendships. The 15 year old was nervous to go the first night, but found that the other teens there were nervous as well, and she quickly made friends. Her only disappointment was that she did not get a Carnival Club t-shirt the last night as they ran out of t-shirts! Entertainment: Natalie at the piano bar was amazing - she was moving onto the Sensation after this cruise, but she would be well worth checking out on any ship - talented, charismatic and lots of fun! We enjoyed the Playlist Production shows, but liked the dancing more than the singing. Sets and costumes were excellent. We also loved all the Punchliner Comedy Club shows, both the family shows and the adult shows. The Magic Show was also a big hit. We did not do much during the sea days, except hang out in the sun. Get up early to snag yourself a lounge chair! (We were prepared for this from previous cruises.) Ports: Grand Cayman - we went to the Royal Palms Beach Club on 7 Mile Beach. The cab from the pier was $17 each way, and admission was $2 a person. Facilities were great - clean bathrooms, showers, adult pool, and beach loungers and umbrella for rent. It was approximately $10 per chair and $15 for an umbrella. Drinks and food were expensive - we had four glasses of Coke for $13. The beach was beautiful - we would go back for sure. Roatan - we went to Mahogany Beach, a beautiful beach area right beside the pier. It was crowded but gorgeous and clean. Again, get off the ship early to snag a lounge chair. Ideally get one in the shade because if you rent a cabana, as the sun moves, you lose your shade, and they are so close together you cannot move your cabana. Also, it was faster (and cheaper!) to walk than get the chair lift. The ship was so close we went back for lunch, and then returned to the beach. Belize- I stayed on the ship and had a great day at the Serenity Deck. The rest of the family went shopping by the port area, and returned after a short time. The tender boat ride was about twenty minutes long... not worth the ride as the shopping area was sketchy at best. Cozumel - we went to Mr. Sanchos Beach Club! It was $55 per adult, and $40 per teen, plus a tip for your server (ours was Salvador) and it was all inclusive - drinks, food, loungers. Great day, great beach, great drinks, $20 cab ride each way, well worth it, would go back. Gym/Spa - we used the gym facilities and showered at the spa. Don't miss the whirlpool/hot tub, accessible through the locker room. Disembarkation - a slight delay with the Customs procedures so big line ups all over the ship, but once things got moving, all went smoothly. We did miss the perk of the reception for gold status cruisers, which we had previously attended and enjoyed. This time, we got a pin, a bottle of water and a free drink on the last night - not much of an incentive program?! The cruise director, Eric, the 'Voice From Above', was great - informative and fun. All crew were generally very friendly, but we particularly enjoyed our dining room staff. We found the ship to be clean, we could always find something to do, we enjoyed the ports (except Belize), food was great and overall we had an amazing time, we would go back tomorrow! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our second cruise, but it had been 10 years since our last one. We weren't sure what to expect as some of the most recent reviews were somewhat negative regarding food and experience. We however had an absolutely amazing ... Read More
This was our second cruise, but it had been 10 years since our last one. We weren't sure what to expect as some of the most recent reviews were somewhat negative regarding food and experience. We however had an absolutely amazing time. I really have nothing negative to say about the experience. My husband and are in our low 30's and we have a 3 year old. We were also cruising with another young couple that had two children ages 4 and 7. I read a lot of complaints about the dress code on cruise elegant nights and honestly I'm not quite sure what the big deal is. Yes there were some people that didn't really follow the dress code but why is that going to ruin your time. We dressed up nice for every dinner and it did not bother us one bit that some people chose not too. We dressed up because we wanted to look nice, not to impress anyone. The food was pretty good as was service. We ate in the dining room 5 out of 7 nights and I thought they had lots of different choices to please everyone and i never had a bad meal. We had anytime dining and most nights we were in and seated within 5 minutes. I think one night we had to wait 10-15 minutes max. We ate at different times every night as we had small children with us and it all depended on what went on that day. If you are traveling with small children, I highly recommend anytime dining. It makes things so much easier. Some days our little one needed a nap after a long day in the sun and having a set time for dinner just would not have worked. I recommend either going right at 5:45 or waiting and going after 7. It seems as though a lot of people go right at 5:45 and once the dining room is filled up you will have to wait. We ate in the steakhouse 1 night for the extra fee and it was definitely well worth It!!!! The food was excellent!!!! Guys burgers and the burritos are also great. Pizza pirate also makes great pizza and is open 24 hours. We utilized Camp Carnival quite a bit for the little One. She loved going to all the themed activities and had so much fun. The teachers are super sweet and my daughter loved them. This was again another huge bonus if traveling with kids to give a break a few hours a day so you can go and enjoy a show or just have some time to yourself. I also saw some negative reviews about the pools and hot tubs not being open during their trip. We didn't have that problem at all. The pools and hot tubs were never closed except for after their closing time and early morning when they would be drained and cleaned, but they were always opened back up by 8-9 am. On sea days if you want to get a chair on the lido deck, you need to be up there by 6:30 am. You will need to stay there or take turns with someone because if you leave your stuff unattended for more than 40 minutes, the staff will take your things and remove them as it is policy to not be "saving deck chairs" when you are not using them. We never had a problem, but we saw several people who would come down at 6:30 and put towels down and then disappear for a few hours and come back at 8:00 or after only to find that their stuff had been removed which to me is completely fair. We went to St.THOMAS, San Juan, and Grand Turk. We did a private tour on St. Thomas that we booked through Diedrick Tours. You can find them on Trip Advisor. Highly recommened. They took us all around the island. The kids got to hold live sea urchins, and feed trained lizards. We went to Juliana Airport to see the airplanes fly over head, did a bit of shopping, had a amazing lunch and spend a few hours at the beach. At San Juan, the men did a rainforest tour that they booked privately where they hiked up a waterfall and zip lined down. They had a blast. The women did some shopping while the kids spent the day playing in camp carnival. At Grand Turk we were the first boat so we had no problem getting beach chairs. The beach was gorgeous with palm trees for shade. Margaritaville is also there with pools if you don't like the beach. Overall we had a fabulous time and will definitely cruise carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our second cruise, but it had been 10 years since our last one. We weren't sure what to expect as some of the most recent reviews were somewhat negative regarding food and experience. We however had an absolutely amazing ... Read More
This was our second cruise, but it had been 10 years since our last one. We weren't sure what to expect as some of the most recent reviews were somewhat negative regarding food and experience. We however had an absolutely amazing time. I really have nothing negative to say about the experience. My husband and are in our low 30's and we have a 3 year old. We were also cruising with another young couple that had two children ages 4 and 7. I read a lot of complaints about the dress code on cruise elegant nights and honestly I'm not quite sure what the big deal is. Yes there were some people that didn't really follow the dress code but why is that going to ruin your time. We dressed up nice for every dinner and it did not bother us one bit that some people chose not too. We dressed up because we wanted to look nice, not to impress anyone. The food was pretty good as was service. We ate in the dining room 5 out of 7 nights and I thought they had lots of different choices to please everyone and i never had a bad meal. We had anytime dining and most nights we were in and seated within 5 minutes. I think one night we had to wait 10-15 minutes max. We ate at different times every night as we had small children with us and it all depended on what went on that day. If you are traveling with small children, I highly recommend anytime dining. It makes things so much easier. Some days our little one needed a nap after a long day in the sun and having a set time for dinner just would not have worked. I recommend either going right at 5:45 or waiting and going after 7. It seems as though a lot of people go right at 5:45 and once the dining room is filled up you will have to wait. We ate in the steakhouse 1 night for the extra fee and it was definitely well worth It!!!! The food was excellent!!!! Guys burgers and the burritos are also great. Pizza pirate also makes great pizza and is open 24 hours. We utilized Camp Carnival quite a bit for the little One. She loved going to all the themed activities and had so much fun. The teachers are super sweet and my daughter loved them. This was again another huge bonus if traveling with kids to give a break a few hours a day so you can go and enjoy a show or just have some time to yourself. I also saw some negative reviews about the pools and hot tubs not being open during their trip. We didn't have that problem at all. The pools and hot tubs were never closed except for after their closing time and early morning when they would be drained and cleaned, but they were always opened back up by 8-9 am. On sea days if you want to get a chair on the lido deck, you need to be up there by 6:30 am. You will need to stay there or take turns with someone because if you leave your stuff unattended for more than 40 minutes, the staff will take your things and remove them as it is policy to not be "saving deck chairs" when you are not using them. We never had a problem, but we saw several people who would come down at 6:30 and put towels down and then disappear for a few hours and come back at 8:00 or after only to find that their stuff had been removed which to me is completely fair. We went to St Maarten, San Juan, and Grand Turk. We did a private tour on St. Thomas that we booked through Diedrick Tours. You can find them on Trip Advisor. Highly recommened. They took us all around the island. The kids got to hold live sea urchins, and feed trained lizards. We went to Juliana Airport to see the airplanes fly over head, did a bit of shopping, had a amazing lunch and spend a few hours at the beach. At San Juan, the men did a rainforest tour that they booked privately where they hiked up a waterfall and zip lined down. They had a blast. The women did some shopping while the kids spent the day playing in camp carnival. At Grand Turk we were the first boat so we had no problem getting beach chairs. The beach was gorgeous with palm trees for shade. Margaritaville is also there with pools if you don't like the beach. Overall we had a fabulous time and will definitely cruise carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
I really struggled with booking this cruise because of the negative reviews - I'm so glad I went with my gut! We had a great time from the moment we boarded the ship at 11:30 am. Embarkation was a breeze and before we knew it we were ... Read More
I really struggled with booking this cruise because of the negative reviews - I'm so glad I went with my gut! We had a great time from the moment we boarded the ship at 11:30 am. Embarkation was a breeze and before we knew it we were eating burgers on the Lido Deck. There were 8 of us, 4 adults and 4 teenagers - we had three rooms - 2 ocean view and one interior on the Main Deck (2nd floor). Our rooms were ready by 1:30 and our luggage arrived by 3:00 pm. We had a great room steward (imagine putting up with 4 teenagers - 3 of them boys), always with a smile! We were in room 2429 aft - it was a very busy area but was a great location to get to our dining room and the Lido deck. We had Great servers in the Platinum dining room - Aye, Emmanuel, Marlon and Youman (Youngman to us). Their hard work and friendliness went above and beyond every night! I thought the food choices were great every night and the food was very good. They didn't care if we ordered one of everything on the menu, they just wrote it down and brought it to us with a smile. Of course we also ate at the buffet for breakfast (which was excellent), fresh eggs cooked to your liking, fresh omeletes and fruit, ate burgers at Guys for lunch and we snacked on pizza most nights - all very good! The crew were always friendly and courteous - they went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. We went to st. Marten, San Juan, and Grand Turk - each stop was wonderful and easy. I honestly cannot think of one negative thing to say except it was over too quickly! I loved every minute of it; all 8 of us did! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
DW and I sailed the Glory for our second time. We had a good time, but would rate the experience as average. We had an aft extended balcony, which was nice. Our cabin steward kept our cabin clean and assisted us with anything we needed. ... Read More
DW and I sailed the Glory for our second time. We had a good time, but would rate the experience as average. We had an aft extended balcony, which was nice. Our cabin steward kept our cabin clean and assisted us with anything we needed. We ate 3 meals in the dining room. The food there was not as good as previous cruises, especially the desserts. The desserts were pretty bland and tasteless. Honestly, most nights it was a struggle to find one that was appealing. On Cruise Elegant nights, anything goes. I saw shorts and T shirts on those nights. I don't care what the dress code is, but there should be some minimal enforcement, IMO. We ate in the Lido the remaining nights. It also was only average. The Fish & Chips was only open from noon until 3:00, but was excellent. The best food overall was Guy's Burgers. The best hamburger I have ever had. There was the usual frustration at the muster drill waiting 15 minutes or so for those who are always late. One cabin's occupants were waving to the bridge crew while we sweated in lines. It would seem they could check your cabin off after you have seen how to snap a life jacket. Some cruise lines have had you meet in a public area, like the dining room or theater. Anyway, I guess that is part of cruising. We had a week of great weather and made all ports on time. I highly recommend the Alton Hau ruins tour from Belize. The trip by bus was over an hour each way, instead of 40 minutes, but well with the time. Our only frustration in getting off at ports was staff taking photos on the gangway. Can they not be taken on the dock area? We literally had to wait for each group to pose or tell them no photos. For some reason, we were late getting into Miami and were the last of 5 ships to dock. We walked off and were told to wait in the theater. Only one staff member was present. She only enforced one rule. You had to cross to the left side down one crowded aisle with people seated. It would have been much easier to go across the front, where there is a wide space, but that was not allowed. She said you cannot have luggage in the main aisle, but did nothing to ask people to move it. Predictably, there was mass chaos when the door to the theater opened. To top it off, there was luggage already out and people picking it up or standing blocking anyone from getting to customs. Aren't walk offs supposed to leave before any color or number is called? Very disorganized disembarkment. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We flew into Miami from Toronto Canada very late Friday night. The Comfort Suites Airport sent their free shuttle over to pick us up right after I called them. Free hot breakfast was okay and not that busy.Took the free shuttle to the Port ... Read More
We flew into Miami from Toronto Canada very late Friday night. The Comfort Suites Airport sent their free shuttle over to pick us up right after I called them. Free hot breakfast was okay and not that busy.Took the free shuttle to the Port of Miami super fast check in with FTTF but then my friend remembered my insulin was still in the hotel fridge. Well a call to the hotel and they were delivering to the Port on the next shuttle. So back outside I went to wait and what stood out the most was the way Border Services and Carnival helped me reenter quickly. Our room was ready, steward Aldo was exceptional, dining room waiter Alberto was terrific as were his assistants. Guy's Burger was as good as last time. Excursions I went on were all very good. Shopping in the Fun shops was fun and also at ports of call. Playlists productions were all pretty good. My favorite one was Epic Rock. Only negative was our luggage was late arriving but we did get a small credit. Personal negative was having to cancel Mayan Pyramid excursion because of a pinched nerve. Disappointment was not making it to Meet and Greet on the Lido deck. Thank you Carnival for Making my vacation great! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2015
we booked thru carnival agent for the cruise. my husband does not have a drivers license so my son called & asked what was needed. he was told "drivers license." i didnt believe it so i called. and my son called again. we ... Read More
we booked thru carnival agent for the cruise. my husband does not have a drivers license so my son called & asked what was needed. he was told "drivers license." i didnt believe it so i called. and my son called again. we were never told 'birth certificate.' well after traveling 12 hrs. to get there, my son and his family were told they could not board because they only had drivers licenses. no birth certificates. we will take part blame, as we never read the contract. we believed the agent. my son was very upset and ranted. as a cop put his hand on his gun. now my 12 yo granddaughter thought her father was goin to be arrested, hazed, or mazed. she was hysterical. they could not go on the trip that we planned as a family celebration. we were celebrating our 50 anniversary, my sons 50th birthday. my 70th birthday. I had even called and spoke with someone other than who we booked with and ordered cakes for our different celebration. we never got any of the cakes we ordered for each of the celebrations. i couldnt even take pictures because i didnt want my son and his family to think i was showing them 'look what you missed.' after carnival 'looked into the matter', they came back with 'the agent told you you needed a birth certificate.' ah! i dont think so. her word against ours. but that's okay we take partial blame. the remaining four of us were zombies just goin thru the motion. turned out carnival rerented the cabin. guess they got on in cozumel. so carnival lost no money. they made money. luckily my daughter and her husband pushed us to get off the boat so we did take one excursion. we did the salsa Salsa. and it was really very nice. I didn't think i would like it much less my husband. but he got up there and danced with his daughter. he even volunteered to make a hot and spicy salsa for everyone to taste. not like him at all. but we were not involved with anything on board. some of the other excursions we booked were cancelled because the water was too rough. all in all we had a miserable time.however; the steak house was great. well worth the money. the steaks were melt in your mouth fabulous. we were even given a free bottle of wine, as I believe everyone In the dining room was. our cabin was very clean as were the hallways. the whole ship in general was immaculate. could not complain about a thing. everyone was friendly and helpful. however, the headboard in our room was disgusting. food overall okay. not great. i used a wheelchair and the staff was very helpful and went out of their way to help me. we did book for next April so we can see these ports thru the eyes of my 12 year old granddaughter. looking forward to the next one! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
I would not recommend this cruise. It seemed like Carnival skimped with this one to spend more on other ones. We sailed to Nassau, Bahamas (port was dirty and we were not there very long to do too much), St. Thomas (didn't get there ... Read More
I would not recommend this cruise. It seemed like Carnival skimped with this one to spend more on other ones. We sailed to Nassau, Bahamas (port was dirty and we were not there very long to do too much), St. Thomas (didn't get there til mid morning and then had to be back on the ship by 5, plus we were not docked at the normal dock with all the shops and because of that the taxis were more expensive cuz we were farther away from things. Maybe this dock was cheaper?? Hhmmmmmm.....?? We also went to San Juan and Grand Turk. Same thing. Short times on the island. Grand Turks cruise port was awesome though. Had everything you needed. Another disappointing thing was when you came back on the ship and wanted something to eat you only had pizza or the deli to choose from in the late afternoon. All the other food was shut down. I think they need to get their regular burger shop back with the chicken fingers. Guys Burgers and fries are way to greasy! And how can you have a Salsa Bar without chips?? Never heard of such a thing. Our Mexican fiesta midnight buffet thing was cancelled due to the rough weather outside because it was suppose to be by the pool. So why not have it inside? No, they just cancelled it all together. I guess I will stick to the cruises (and cruise lines that are docked on an island right when you wake up and don't leave until 5,6 or7. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Excellent Carnival Glory trip in early March, 2014. Demographics: 50ish, have cruised about ten times on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL and Dolphin (now defunct I hope!). Wife and I had had a wonderful cruise on the Carnival Glory out of ... Read More
Excellent Carnival Glory trip in early March, 2014. Demographics: 50ish, have cruised about ten times on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL and Dolphin (now defunct I hope!). Wife and I had had a wonderful cruise on the Carnival Glory out of Miami to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. Ship and crew were excellent. Free style dining worked out very well with us eating alone the first night and then with different group tables thereafter. Meals were always hot and pretty good. Free style dining is slower (breakfast can be 1.5 hours long and dinner is 2-2.5 hours long if you are having a good time talking with other table guests. Not “five star” restaurant quality but no complaints. Severs never had a problem if you wanted to order two appetizers, two entrées and two deserts. Loved that! There is no longer a Midnight buffet but the thin crust pizza in various flavors met our tastes quite well. Soft serve ice cream is also available. Never dined at the specialty restaurants. We were one week early from the Spring Break crowd and passengers were excellent. Few children seen on the ship and from what I was told but there are great play areas that probably keep them mostly out of sight and entertained. Did not use the spa so cannot comment on this area as well. We had a lower level cabin (number 1300) with a window (“ocean view) on the Riviera level near the middle of the ship. Probably the best location we have had on any cruise as there was no noticeable ship movement (even though we were usually travelling at over 20 knots) or noise from engine, waves or other decks. Frankly, we do not spend time in our cabin but for sleeping or getting ready to go out. That said, the cabin was spacious for two people and we never had a problem with storage space. Cabin was spotlessly clean and thoughtfully well laid out. Cabin Steward was always pleasant and never interfered with unexpected cabin visits. Wife never complained about the mattress so guess it was "just right". There are two main buffet areas with four entry points open during typical meal times and there are other eating establishments when the buffets are closed. You do have to plan a little as you have to hit the buffets and restaurants during meal time. We missed them on multiple visits due to other activities we were doing. The water, ice, tea, lemonade and coffee dispensing areas are always open. I got the unlimited pop card (I think $60 for the week) and used that for the trip. Most bartenders did not mind filling your pop container, some did. Guessing it may impact their tips. The ship's layout is pretty good. If you did not want to take the elevator, there are two large staircases strategically located. If you are looking for a quiet spot you can find it. If you are looking for total silence, bring Bose ear plugs. Sometimes we forget that we are on a ship with 3,000 passengers plus crew, not a deserted island. We did shore excursions to Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman and swam with dolphins in Roatan. The Carnival organized trips were well planned and executed. We rented a car in Cozumel and walked in Belize as we have visited before. Note that crime is up in Belize so stay sharp and be aware. The island stops are too short. We would have loved to spend more time at each island but know that the ship covered over 2,000 miles in the week we cruised! Nightly entertainment for us was dinner and then the Comedy Shows. There are three one-half hour long shows and they were very good. We did not make it to any stage shows so cannot comment. We found outstanding value in this Carnival cruise. While the ship was near capacity we had to wait for an elevator only once, and there were very few lines at the buffets or anywhere else for that matter. I do wish that folks who are not using their pool deck lounge chairs would remove their towels but that is a problem no matter where you go. Carnival has a posted policy of removing the towels if the lounge chair is not occupied for 40+ minutes but do not know if this is enforced. I would be interested to see other's comments in the Cruisecritic.com comments area. In summary, we found the ship to be in excellent condition, the employees…every single one of them to be very professional, energetic, happy and hard working. We will definitely be going on many more Carnival cruises based upon our experience.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
My wife and my two kids have cruised 3 times now with Carnival. The first cruise was a short 5 day at Christmas in 2010 on the Fascination. An old ship but it was clean, food was average, service was good. The wait staff were much as my ... Read More
My wife and my two kids have cruised 3 times now with Carnival. The first cruise was a short 5 day at Christmas in 2010 on the Fascination. An old ship but it was clean, food was average, service was good. The wait staff were much as my wife and I had remembered cruising to be from our time before we had the kids, attentive and hard working. During this cruise bad weather prevented the ship from docking at Half Moon Cay for a beach day but the captain went to Freeport instead and we all had a good time anyway. The second cruise was with the Carnival Valor in August 2011 and while Hurricane Irene came up the coast, the cruise was great. Awesome service, great food and better ports. We had a stellar cruise with an energetic assistant cruise director named Eversen who always entertained. We even received a gold VIFP card that gave us a free cocktail party to thank us for being return customers. This year we cruised on the Glory March 10-March 17 same ACD (Eversen) as the Valor. The check in was good, and as we are returning to Carnival for the third time we received a red sail card (not the Gold one). No cocktail party as this is for gold cruises only now. Seems we used to be valued as a gold customer but they have changed the rewards program which downgraded us to a Red card (not as important to Carnival anymore). If we ate in the dining room for breakfast or lunch, we could have a milkshake free once on the cruise. Thank you Carnival, we didn't use them.The cabins were clean, the cabin staff very good, the food in the dining room was excellent, the waiter and the staff were not very good. The Maitre D was rude and didn't greet people when entering the ding room. A simple hello or good evening is required but this fellow Suresh, didn't even acknowledge when you said hello directly to him. The wait staff at the table were forgetful or unwilling to get things like sour cream for a baked potato or horseradish. A single cup of coffee for dessert, no refill even after asking for one. The Bar service waiter was nowhere to be found for soda refills. Waiters typically entertain for the diners at the end of the service, after the first dinner when this didn't happen we assumed it was just the ship's way of doing things. As the waiters weren't talkative at all, we didn't ask them until the fourth night, when we were told that we just leave too early to see it. We had the 6 pm dinner, and finished by 7:30 every night. It seems we left just about 5 minutes before it started. The wait staff could have told us to wait as the past cruise ship Wait staff did. At the end of the cruise I removed the gratuity for the wait staff. It was a very difficult thing to do, but it was clear that this ship's wait staff and Carnival only understand one thing, $$, and hopefully this will make a small statement.A medical emergency made the ship return to Nassau on the first day, delaying our arrival in St. Thomas and shortening that visit on day 3. San Juan was on time for day 4. That night they announced the cancellation of Grand Turk late at Dinner and gave us "a fun day at sea" for day 5. Grand Turk was cancelled due to GI Tract infections being reported on other cruise ships that had visited the port. However, there was sufficient time to change the itinerary to visit an alternate port. Freeport Bahamas might have been helpful, however Carnival refused and told us we would have an additional fun day at sea. When the large group of passengers spoke to the staff, unlike our first cruise in 2010, the answer given was that all the other ports were booked. I have since checked and they were not all booked. Freeport was free and clear. The issue seems to be Carnival chose to have a very boring fun day at sea to pluck its captive people of money on overpriced drinks to improve their billable sales. On day 5 a helicopter arrived and plucked a second crew member off the ship for medical reasons. Unfortunately this was a highlight of the cruise (not the sick crew but the skill of a coast guard chopper). Day 6 was very boring, high priced drinks and pedaling cheap merchandise. Day 7 was a good day as we were glad to be off the ship we felt imprisoned on. Never again a Carnival ship. The most unfortunate thing is that we had first time cruisers with us, and they politely said the cruise was just OK. 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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