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
Just returned from an 7 night trip on the Carnival Glory. Had a suite which is always nice. Beds were really comfy. Great room stewards and great dinning room staff. Ports of call were not my favorite but took my mother so this was her ... Read More
Just returned from an 7 night trip on the Carnival Glory. Had a suite which is always nice. Beds were really comfy. Great room stewards and great dinning room staff. Ports of call were not my favorite but took my mother so this was her cruise. From a staff standpoint, I would rate them superb. The ship itself was in reasonably good condition. I have heard that it is going into drydrock next year for it's overhaul. While we were there, staff was replacing hall carpeting and working hard to make the ship look nice. Everything in our room worked very well. From a food standpoint, I would rate the food above average but not spectacular. Breakfast was basically the same whether you ate in the dinning room or on the Lido. Had afternoon tea twice in the dinning room and that was very nice. The dinner menus were good with a nice variety. I have had better food on other cruise lines but I have certainly had worse much too. Desserts were disappointing but the soups and salads were very good. Many evenings, I ordered several appetizers which were usually really good instead of a main course. I would give the food a 3.5-4.0 out of 5. It's on the better side of cruise fare. The free steam room, sauna and resistance pool in the spa area are nice. Some ships charge for use of this but Carnival does not. My biggest disappointment on the 'fun ship' was that there was no place to find a quiet place to exist. The very, very small library does double duty as a card and game room and is right next to the photo sales ares so they constantly use it as their sales office. While most people want to hear heart pounding music all day on this cruise line, there are some who would like just a little peace and quiet to read or journal. I found all of the entertainment to be exceptionally loud and pretty much ear wracking painful. To bad because the shows weren't bad but I didn't stick around long enough for them to burst my eardrums. The sound level everywhere seemed to be aimed at those who were deaf. Probably the most irritating thing about the Carnival line is their omnipresent photographers. You can't go anywhere without being hounded to have someone snap your photo which they want to sell you later. You also cannot dance or have fun without knowing that there is some employee somewhere who is filming you to sell you a dvd later. Not like Vegas where what you do stays in Vegas. Your actions and presence are on display for the entire ship to see and take home. Puts a damper on the fun thing. All in all, it was a nice trip. Won't go down as one of my favorites but it was nothing to seriously complain about. Any day at sea is a good day. And any day when you can wake up, have someone make your bed, clean your room, prepare your food and wash the dishes is an excellent day. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
ARRIVAL: I live in Florida so cruising is a little less complicating to do. Woke up early drove to Miami 4hr drive,dropped off luggage,parked car $15 per day,in line for security by 10:30a,and finally on board stuffing my face on the ... Read More
ARRIVAL: I live in Florida so cruising is a little less complicating to do. Woke up early drove to Miami 4hr drive,dropped off luggage,parked car $15 per day,in line for security by 10:30a,and finally on board stuffing my face on the lido by 11:20. Rooms were ready by 1:30p, my wife and I dropped off our carry-ons and were off to the pool. To sum up the ship well it was very nice i truly did enjoy it a lot I am also comparing it to the Carnival Dream that we sailed last Nov. so it's hard to compare this ship to the newer ships, it was a lot older then the dream but it was also a lot less crowded so I enjoyed that aspect of it. To tell you the truth it's really hard not to have a good time on a cruise with all the food,drinks,entertainment,great views,exotic destinations and did i mention food that's all I need! Everything was good as usual all the food was good no matter were i ate the quality was still good, the shows were all good we had a awesome magic show on our cruise blew my mind! We did on the down side have some bad weather and missed a port due to Tropical Storm Sean but I rather be safe then sorry. Way to go Captain!!! It was funny to see all the sea sick patches behind peoples ears anyways ;) Nassau: This port was actually canceled due to high winds and rough seas from tropical storm Sean developing right next to the Bahamas ;( But we have been to Nassau 3 other times so it wasn't a total loss. In general the island of Nassau is very beautiful, people will call it the ghetto of the sea but when your island is constantly getting hit by hurricanes I can under stand why some of the areas seemed more run down. Paradise is what you make it, Nassau and the people there are great and will make you feel welcome. ST.Thomas: What can I say other then absolutely breath taking, from the mountains to the beaches everything about this island I love. This was my second time to St.Thomas and I highly recommended you take a tour.there are many vendors there at port that will pick you up right from the boat and take you all over the island (but I prefer Godfrey tours look him up he is awesome) you go shopping downtown for 2 hr, sight seeing for 2 hr,and 2 hr at the beach (optional). He will take you to the top of the highest mountain which is 3 times higher then were the sky-ride takes you and that is $20pp. He will also drop you off at the beach which is optional to do and will also let you choose what beach you want to visit either Megen's Bay or Coki Beach. We have always chosen Coki Beach and it is absolutely awesome mountains surrounded all around you great stretch of beach with a couple of vendors that serve food and drinks and best of all the snorkeling right off shore maybe 10ft out at the most with lot of coral and fish!! Puerto Rico: Again I research a lot on cruise critic before I cruise and I found great reviews about a tour guy by the name of Albert Aquirre and decided to book with him. Let me tell you what that money was well spent because he was AWESOME, Albert is a real down to earth guy a local of course who enjoys surfing with his kids and of course taking people like you and I on tours of his great island. $50pp will take you and your crew were ever you want but if you don't have anything specific in mind just tell him to give you the island tour, you will start off by heading to the rain forest we took a beautiful drive along the most beautiful undeveloped beaches I have ever seen. Albert made us these cool hats out of this special leave found in the rain forest there, it was so funny. All I can say is tell him you want some Puerto rican bunny ears (he will no what you mean)! We stopped at this cool little "Beach Vendor" that served amazing authentic foods. Albert is a regular there and he will let you know what are all the best food to eat. The people were fantastic and they made us feel right at home. We watched some surfers for a bit and then it was off to see some more sights of Old San Juan and the forts. We all learned so much on this tour, Albert just brought PR alive for us. I highly recommend Albert to EVERYONE!!! You can get a hold of him at surfcabs@yahoo.com or 787-317-6907. You won't regret it.He will make your trip worth wild, ALBERT... ALBERT... ALBERT!!! Grand Turk: First time here and just decided to make it a beach day and hang out. Very Nice island with a great beach right out front of the ships, free lounge chairs get there early so you can get one under a palm tree with some shade.Snorkeling was OK some fish and sunken anchor and cannon I seen. They also have a free pool you can use at margaritaville which is right in the cruise terminal property, very nice! We didn't do a island tour here but we would like to next time. I hope my review might help you out with your fun journey to come!!! ;) Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
My best friend and I embarked from Miami on the 12/11/11 Western Caribbean sailing of Carnival Glory. It was the 2nd cruise for both of us, and our first time having a balcony stateroom. Embarkation: We had completed online check-in, ... Read More
My best friend and I embarked from Miami on the 12/11/11 Western Caribbean sailing of Carnival Glory. It was the 2nd cruise for both of us, and our first time having a balcony stateroom. Embarkation: We had completed online check-in, so our check-in at the port was smooth as silk. We made ourselves comfortable in a small seating area, only to be told about 10 minutes later that the area was needed for a group, and we were offered VIP embarkation if we would move. We boarded right after the wedding parties BEFORE all the "platinum cruisers." Ok, no big deal, but I felt special. Stateroom: Our stateroom was exactly what we expected. On the small side, but so are all staterooms on ANY cruise line unless you have splurged on a suite. The bathroom had more than enough space for our stuff. There are two hanging areas in the closet, so I had one, my friend had the other, and we shared the shelves in the 3rd door. Having a balcony was incredible....loved every minute spent on it. We also had a couch which would have doubled as a bed for a third person. Interactive menu on the flat screen TV was a nice resource, although the dining menus were incomplete and inaccurate most nights. Call the dining room if you want an accurate menu. Being able to review your onboard expense account was nice. Food: We tried the Fish and Chips....it was good, but too heavy to eat over and over. The Mongolian Wok was a favorite. French fries were never hot no matter where you got them. The one time we were going to try the sushi, they offered things that neither of us ate. I would highly recommend more common offerings. We had the 6pm seating in the Platinum dining room. Our first night was awkward because we were seated with two old ladies who were livid that they had not been seated with the group they were traveling with and had no shame in stating so. We never saw them again, thankfully. The food in the dining room was average to really good. Not sure it was anything incredibly memorable except for the bacon mac 'n cheese, warm chocolate melting cake, and the grand marnier souffle. The Red Sail buffet was ok to good, especially at breakfast. Room service was prompt and good. Door Hanger breakfast service was nice especially on port days when you don't want to fight the lines. We dined in The Steakhouse twice, and the service and food were both impeccable. The best French onion soup, lobster, and filet I've ever tasted. And the cheesecake....oh my, the cheesecake... Entertainment: We chose to do a lot of activities. We aren't partiers, so the Lido deck scene didn't appeal. We chose to play charades, bingo, trivia, scattergories, etc. The shows were good, and the vocalists Katie and Lawrence were AMAZING. The Love and Marriage show was HILARIOUS, as was the comedian we saw in Punchliner. First name was Tommy....sadly I don't remember his last name. And the action comedy of Thien Fu was beyond hysterical. Ports: We called on Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Grand Cayman. Cozumel was gorgeous, although you are herded like cattle through Carnival sponsored shops and that was annoying. Once you escaped, Cozumel was gorgeous. We swam with the manatees at Chankanaab Marine Park. This is NOT offered through Carnival and is cheaper than the dolphins. Plus you get to stay as long as you like and snorkel from shore, dine in the restaurant, etc. They have showers/restrooms and free lockers. Belize was muggy as hell. Didn't see much except for the shopping area. Roatan was beautiful. We kept mainly to the shopping area and had a drink at Fat Tuesdays. It was a nice shopping area. Grand Cayman was beyond my expectations. However, strong winds on the north side of the island caused the port authorities to shut down Stingray City, so we were disappointed. We booked a tour of the island instead, including a stop in Hell, the turtle farm, and a rum cake outlet. Please note: it is NOT a rum factory. It is a shop where you sample rum and rum cakes and then purchase if you wish. The staff: The cruise director Josh was a bit annoying with the constant announcements, but that's part of his job. The PA system was entirely TOO LOUD. Our room stewards were friendly and called us by name the entire week. Our waitstaff did as well. We were well pampered by our room stewards and waiters. The one downside to Carnival employees were the cashiers in the FunShops and the spa employees. They were annoying as hell and pushing you to buy. Debarkation: We received a letter in our stateroom the day before debarkation explaining that our room needed routine maintenance the following day and were offered priority debarkation! First on, first off! We were off the ship, through customs, and back to our hotel to pick up the car by 9am. Sweet! Overall experience: I would gladly travel on the Glory again. We had a great time, and did exactly what we wanted to, when we wanted to. The Serenity area is not to be missed. We didn't spend nearly enough time there. I would like to travel another cruiseline just to have something to compare Carnival to. I really enjoyed the trip, and I thought the itinerary was phenomenal. We would have done more had it not been for my injured foot. 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: November 2011
Embarkation Day- Sunday November 27, 2011 We arrived at the Port of Miami around 11am. We used off site parking that offered a free shuttle back to the port but that only allowed 2 passengers on the shuttle bus. My husband and father ... Read More
Embarkation Day- Sunday November 27, 2011 We arrived at the Port of Miami around 11am. We used off site parking that offered a free shuttle back to the port but that only allowed 2 passengers on the shuttle bus. My husband and father dropped my mom, myself and my two children (ages 7 and 5) at the port with our bags and went to park. They returned within 30 minutes and we got in line to go through security by 11:30 am. The security line was the longest wait we encountered today and it took us about 30 minutes to make it through the scanners. Upon riding the escalators upstairs to check in and get our sail and sign cards we waited about 15 additional minutes. Once we had our sail and sign cards we waited around 30 more minutes to actually get on to the ship. From the moment we arrived at the port to the moment we walked into the Colors Lobby was about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Not terrible if you ask me! Our rooms were on the SPA deck 11 and even though it wasn't 1:30 our floor was released for us to start moving in. After unpacking we went to the Red Sail Restaurant on the Lido deck for lunch. It was here my daughter fell in love with the Cheeseburgers and Fries from the Grill, and my son fell in love with the Cheese Pizza. It would basically be all they ate for the rest of the cruise. The lines were not bad at the buffet at this time and we enjoyed a nice meal at the rear of the ship by the adult only pool before heading back up to watch our ship set sail from our balconies. Dinner was Your Time Dining and we sat with Boyko, Robin and Putu in the Golden Dining room each evening. The first night there was much confusion and it took us over 2.5 hours to finish our meal. It was frustrating, but we didn't let it deter us from having a good time. I had filled out all the Camp Carnival registration papers for the kids online prior to sailing so when we went to the orientation meeting for Camp Carnival all we had to do was turn in the paperwork and leave. We were there for approximately 5 minutes. The first night all of the Camp Carnival activities were for the whole family. We went to a dance contest/ice breaker party in the White Heat disco to get the kids acquainted with the staff and some of the other kids. My son fell in love with the giant chess board on the Lido deck and he and my husband played several games before it became very windy and we called it a night. Monday- Sea Day 1 (First Elegant Evening) November 28, 2011 Breakfast on the Lido deck was quick and pleasant. We went fairly early (around 7:30 am) and there was no line to speak of. We filled our plates and grabbed a table overlooking the incredibly angry ocean! The entire day would be filled with heavily rolling seas and quite a bit of rain. Due to the bad weather the kids spent the majority of the morning in Camp Carnival and the majority of the afternoon in bed watching cartoons! There were many people who looked seasick on board today! As a side note, my daughter was supposed to be in the 2-5 year old group for Camp Carnival. The activities for that age group were entirely too juvenile for her (she is 2 weeks from being 6) and the staff was very helpful about moving her up to the 6-8 year old group for the remainder of the cruise. She fit in much better with the older group and was very happy for the rest of the cruise to go and play with her new friends! I did find the counselors at Camp Carnival to be distant and ineffective in gaining the children's attention. Most of the time they appeared to be playing on their own with little to no interaction from the counselors who always just seemed to be sitting in the corner of the room together. It was an Elegant Evening and since we took the children we didn't want to deal with the whole dressing up thing so we ate at the buffet on Lido deck tonight. It was peaceful and quiet although lacking in the lobster tail and shrimp cocktail the rest of the cruisers were enjoying! Tuesday- Cozumel, Mexico November 29, 2011 We woke up to a much quieter ocean and docked in Cozumel at 8am. My husband and father went to play golf at Cozumel Country Club while me, my mom and my kids went to Dolphinaris to swim with the dolphins. Our excursions were 129$ for adults and $99 for children 6 and over. 5 and younger were free. We waited at the pier for our taxi to take us to Dolphinaris for approximately 15 minutes. It was a cool (by Cozumel standards) overcast, and somewhat windy day. Upon our arrival we were given instructions and placed into groups of 6-8 people. Each group was sent to a different cove with a different dolphin and trainer. We were briefed quickly on the what hand signals to use and watch for and then got into the water. Our dolphins name was Olympia and she was a gem! We spent 40 minutes in the water with her. There were 8 people in our group and I felt that we all got to spent a quality amount of time with Olympia. Biggest issues? You can not take pictures with your own camera. They film and photograph everything. However, they do get quality shots. A lunch came with the tour and we picked out some pictures for them to process and then went to eat while we waited for them to develop. The worst part of this experience was waiting for the taxi back to the pier. There were over 40 people in line before they started calling taxi's to take us back and the most a taxi could seat was 6ish. It was a bit of a downer but we didn't let it ruin our day! The guys enjoyed their day on the golf course and if you are considering booking it and have a SKY CADDIE, the course is available to download. The upgrade to international courses is $10 and my husband says it was DEFINITELY worth the $10! The course was a 15 minute taxi ride (which was included in the excursion price) and they had plenty of time to play. However, Carnival does not have a golf pro on board any of it's ships anymore and therefore they did have to haul their own clubs all the way up and down the pier and what not. It was hard to get through the duty-free shops carrying them. We returned to the Golden Dining Room for YTD again tonight. We didn't have to wait to be seated but we DID have to wait a very long time for our food again. Once again it was over 2.5 hours we sat in the dining room and we got up before having dessert! The kids spent the evening in Camp Carnival and we didn't do much because we had to have them picked up by 10. So we spent a bit of time in the casino on the slots, before retiring and watching the in cabin movie with the kids. Wednesday, Belize City, Belize November 30, 2011 Our children were basically too young to do any of the interesting excursions so we didn't book one and chose to stay on the boat. We spent the morning doing trivia games and scavenger hunts as a family. We went to the dining room again and Boyko was terribly apologetic for our wait the previous two evenings and promised that he'd gotten things under control. Our meal took around 1.25 to 1.5 hours. Much more reasonable! Tonight we laid on the Lido deck and watched a movie together as a family. I wish that the Glory had popcorn on the Lido deck for movie nights! It was a beautiful night and we had a great time but popcorn would have helped a lot! Thursday, Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan, Honduras, December 1, 2011 Once again we split up for our excursions. Dad and Hubby went to The Black Pearl golf course designed by Pete Dye and played. They both said it was an absolutely gorgeous course and definitely not to miss if you are a golfer. It has only been open for 1 year and it is not yet mapped and available on Sky Caddie. The rest of us did the Maya Key Private Island excursion with lunch. We waited at the pier for a boat to take us to Maya Key. It was about a 10-15 minute boat ride and it was a beautiful and relaxing ride. Upon arrival we had a 5 minute explanation of what was where and then we were released to roam freely. We let the kids take the lead and we explored the mock ruins, walked along the beach and through the animal sanctuary. It took us around an hour or better to get through those things and we ended up at the beach. *****If you book this excursion, and I am recommending that you DO******take bug spray!!!****** There are an insane amount of noseeums at the beach. If you are unfamiliar they don't hurt and are really more of a nuisance than anything but they are abundant! I would definitely do this excursion again because it is gorgeous, relaxing and quiet but not without bug spray! People who had it had a lovely time by the water, we did not and we were poolside within 20 minutes of arriving at the beach much to my children's dismay! My son had over 60 noseeum bites in that small amounts of time. There were people who had bug spray who didn't even see/feel/notice them, so please don't let this deter you from booking. Just make sure to pack your spray! The beach, the animals, the ruins, the boat ride, the food! (yes, a buffet lunch included in your price) all definitely worth the price! Just don't forget the spray! At 1pm we returned to the pier and went to the room and showered. The kids spent the afternoon in CC and we played cards with my parents on the deck. Dinner in the dining room was once again quick and friendly. We spent the evening in the casino again. There is a fascinating game that everyone seems to flock to. It's a skill game, fitting a key into a hole to drop a money prize. Many tried, few one. Lots were captivated! Friday-Grand Cayman-December 2, 2011 The winds were high and we couldn't tether to tender into Grand Cayman :( :( :( My children had been waiting all week to go on their Pirate Encounter Excursion! Instead we had an additional sea day. We laid by the pool and swam, my dad went down the water slide, we played trivia, scavenger hunts, watched movies, relaxed. It was a bummer, but we made the best of it and enjoyed our day together as a family! The best part was getting our excursion money and our taxes from Grand Cayman refunded! We ended up walking off the boat on Sunday with a $13 credit! That's right we didn't owe carnival for ANYTHING! BWEHAHAHAHHAHAHAH! It was an awesome feeling! Friday night we went to the Love and Marriage show after eating dinner at the Lido Buffet (Second Elegant Night) Saturday-Sea Day 2 (3)-December 3, 2011 We didn't do much today, relaxed mostly. Packed early, spent the day enjoying each others company. Dinner in the Golden Restaurant was delicious! I highly recommend trying the Bacon, Mac and Cheese from the comfort menu. It was tasty! We went to the Liar's Club game and Interactive Trivia in the Amber Palace before watching Thor and playing chess on the lido deck. (still missed that popcorn!) Debarkation-Sunday-December 4, 2011 Debarkation out of Miami went incredibly smooth. The longest wait was onboard waiting for our zone number to be called, but it only took us about 45 minutes from the time they called our number to the time we were in our van and on the road! It wasn't congested and everything ran very well. A few notes--- Of the cruises I've went on, I thought the Glory as a ship was "eh" she didn't wow me, but i understand she's not brand new. I liked the layout, but I felt like several areas of the ship (mainly the Ivory Club and the Ebony Cabaret) were under utilized. Many of the activities were held in the Casino area which was just entirely too small for what they were hoping to accomplish. Also, I felt (except for JD) that the entertainment staff on the Glory just wasn't all that into their jobs! They weren't as friendly and upbeat as some of the ships we've sailed. They weren't as visible either. I hardly ever saw James, the cruise director, unless it was onstage for a show. I get that they can sometimes have an "off" week and that it is hard to be "on" all the time, I'm just saying in my opinion that this entertainment staff was lacking in the mojo to get the passengers involved! Overall I'd give the Glory a 7 out of 10. She was fun, we had a great time but we are great at rolling with the punches! I would sail on her again but I wouldn't pick her over trying a different ship, or even over the Dream which we've already sailed. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
On Nov. 6Th 2011 my husband and I boarded the Carnival Glory. We waited to put our luggage in the room and then we had a nice lunch in the Lido deck. We ate in the Golden dining room on the upper floor. I would say to anyone that gets ... Read More
On Nov. 6Th 2011 my husband and I boarded the Carnival Glory. We waited to put our luggage in the room and then we had a nice lunch in the Lido deck. We ate in the Golden dining room on the upper floor. I would say to anyone that gets the upper floor to have their table change so you will eat on the lower floor. The reason is the waiters entertain for you and when you sit the upper floor you miss out. Don't worry because there is room down below for you to switch seats. The weather was not so good and we were unable to stop at Half Moon Cay. This is Carnival's island and they were going to do lunch on the beach for us. I did not like our room as there were to many people talking so loud and kids would be running in the halls. The next time we take a cruise we will get a balcony and enjoy sitting out by ourselves. I did enjoy each morning going for a walk at the jogging/walking deck, followed by the free class at the gym at 7:00am. It is worth getting up early to watch the sun coming up. We will try another cruise line next time, but will do more research first. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Wow! Was the word of the cruise. This was our second Carnival cruise, the first being 8 years ago on the Inspiration during Spring Break. That was a fine trip, but I still was a bit skeptical about sailing with Carnival. We went with ... Read More
Wow! Was the word of the cruise. This was our second Carnival cruise, the first being 8 years ago on the Inspiration during Spring Break. That was a fine trip, but I still was a bit skeptical about sailing with Carnival. We went with two other couples, all celebrating anniversaries and birthdays and I was the cruise director for our trip. We arrived at the port about 10:30, and due to one couple getting to the port early, we had embarkation no. 3. Even with what appeared to be long lines, we were checked in in no time and were on the ship at Lido deck by 11:30. The weather was perfect for sitting on deck, having a drink and enjoying lunch. Make sure you enter the Red Sail buffet and not making the mistake of thinking the only thing available was hot dogs at the grill station. The deli station was open as well, and I started the cruise with a great corned beef on rye sandwich and a cold beer! Our rooms were ready at 1:30 and we trekked down to drop off our carry ons and check out the cabins. We had 8A balcony on deck 6 starboard above the Amber Palace show lounge. We thought they were the perfect location near the forward stairs and elevators and just one floor above all the action. Yes, we could hear the show if we were in our rooms before 11:15 PM, but it was over after that, and quiet as could be. We had the cabin steward open the dividers between our balconies, so we had a lovely deck for the 6 of us to relax on. We really enjoyed that!! The cabins were really roomy with lots of storage. We used one of the drawers under the sofa for dirty clothes, and stored the luggage under the bed. Our room steward kept our room spotless. We all thought the food on the ship was fantastic. Now, some dishes were better than others, but all 6 of us enjoyed our meals. We had Anytime Dining in the lower level in the Golden Dining Room. We loved the waiter we had the first night, but could never get to the dining room early enough to get her. However, we had 4 different wait teams, and every one was great. We did have to wait a few nights to get seated. The longest was the 1st formal evening, when we waited for 45 minutes (we arrived at 6:45). However, the wait was worth it as the lobster tails/shrimp dish was fantastic. I generally found the beef dishes less to my liking than the other entrees. We had breakfast in the Platinum Dining Room three times. Great food and service. We always had a booth for 4 of us. Loved the eggs Benedict. Also the danish/sweet rolls served were awesome. We also used room service for coffee and danish in the early morning. Really enjoyed having the coffee on the balcony. The shows were very good. The song and dance ones were excellent, but could have been a little shorter. The illusionist was awesome. We went to two comic shows. Both were at the adult shows. The first comedian used the f-bomb every other word, which really didn't add to his show (I'm not prude, either), but later in the cruise another comedian was hysterical. The music provided around the ship was really pretty good. I did think the piano guy in the piano bar was a little flat, so we didn't hang out there. Lots of smoke in the casino, but they did have a non smoking section as well. Our cabin did not smell of smoke. I understand that there will be a new smoking policy starting Dec. 1st. Don't miss the Fun Farewell Party on the last day. They really don't advertise it, just a little line in the Fun Times. It was at 5 PM in the Ebony lounge. They had a nice band and free drinks. Trays full they were bringing around, as well as anything else you wanted, just ask. There may have been 100 people there. It was great. The best part of the cruise was the service. To a person, every employee was friendly and provided great service. It was amazing how they could remember your name. We had one waiter one night in the Golden Dining Room, and every time he saw us he would say "Hi, Mr. Jim, Ms. Debbie" We could be in another section of the dining room or up at the Red Sail. Very impressive. Our weather was perfect. Every day was around 80 with a light breeze and no rain. The seas were perfect, a little bit rough on the last day and evening, but it just made you know you were at sea. The ports were great. Belize was probably our least favorite port. We had a private tour to Altun Ha ruins. The ruins were great, but it takes forever to get there on very rough roads. We used Island Marketing there. At Cozumel, we went to the Money Bar and snorkeled there. Best snorkeling of the cruise. Roatan was booked with Victor Bodden tours. We walked over a short but steep hill to meet our driver. We ended up at Mayan Princess hotel ($10 PP for a chair and use of facilities) on Tabyana Beach. Awesome! Snorkeled, $25 beach massage, fabulous beach, showers, pool. Cayman was perfect as always. Went to Royal Palms at Seven Mile Beach. Shopped in town. Snorkeled at Eden Roc near the port. As you can see, I'm going on and on. There are probably other things I could comment about. This is my 15th cruise. I've enjoyed them all. However, I couldn't get over the service and value that Carnival offers. I am organizing a second cruise for members of my husband's company for 2013. I intend to do it with Carnival after my experience on this ship. I loved the Glory. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
First of all, lets say I am a seasoned cruiser, 4th time on the Glory.I feel the more one has cruised, the pickier. Embarkation was a little slow, the lobby was very full, till they started boarded boarding, guess we were all early. ... Read More
First of all, lets say I am a seasoned cruiser, 4th time on the Glory.I feel the more one has cruised, the pickier. Embarkation was a little slow, the lobby was very full, till they started boarded boarding, guess we were all early. The ship has shown some wear and I didnt notice the crew going around polishing, etc, as on previous cruises. It was fairly clean but certainly could use some tlc. It was my first balcony and I am hooked. We do spend time in our room a couple times a day and it was heavenly. No more inside or oceanview for me. Our cabin boy did a decent job but little things like storing suitcases, wasnt done and he didnt bring the customary basket of toiletries till mid week. Pool towels wernt exchanced when used. I like variety so as far as the food, I ate at the grill, fish and chips, mongolian wok, buffet, pizza and dining room. The grill was good, tho the ff were tastless. Once I dipped them in ranch dressing, they were better. At fish and chips, fish way too breaded and the fish was so tiny when you looked inside. The boullibase was yummy. Mongolian wok was good but once was enought, lines were too long, prep took way too long. Buffet was very good, every day hot items changed, Pizza was decent. Dining rood was very good. At times the food was not real hot, but was rectified. Breakfeast was also very good. We did not attend shows, been there did that . As far as tours, shopping in Jamaica is a waste of time. But the river tubing was by far the best tour I have ever done. I highly reccommend it. My daughter recently had back surgery and the guide took her under his wing, and she had no problem. For me(a grammy) it was so exciting going thru the rapids, water was so clean and such a pretty color. In GCI we shopped after getting off the tender, enjoyed that. Found some great deals on liquer, had them sent over to the ship, if you do that , do it early in the day, otherwise they wont ship beyond a certain time. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Airport , very nice(chinese menu to be delivered Awsome)9So is the Italian)and flew home the next day Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
This was our third sailing on the Glory and tenth on Carnival so we've been there. I started this review as a long winded thorough evaluation but decided that shorter is better and most likely to be read, and heeded. The ship: ... Read More
This was our third sailing on the Glory and tenth on Carnival so we've been there. I started this review as a long winded thorough evaluation but decided that shorter is better and most likely to be read, and heeded. The ship: Entered service in 2003 and is showing its age. No amount of industrious cleaning by the service staff, they work hard around the clock, is going to make up for the ravages of time and hundreds of thousands of passengers spilling drinks and food everywhere. Carpets in the common areas and passageways is threadbare and worn. The ship has that old hotel smell. Wall paper is peeling in places and the passageway bulkheads are scarred. Entertainment: If you're expecting Broadway or Las Vegas quality entertainment in the main show room, the Amber Palace, you will be disappointed. True, there is something to do just about any hour of the day or night but most of the things offered are not those that most will either enjoy of participate in doing. The casino is very tight and the table rules heavily favor the house. We didn't see many smiling faces at the tables or slot machines. The lounges offer another option but their main theme is to sell you very expensive booze. If you plan on drinking on this ship, bring money. The food: The food in the main dining rooms, the Golden and Platinum Dining rooms, is bad. Everything is either under or over cooked and served cool or cold. Most fast food or chain restaurants do better. There are other eating options on the upper decks of the ship. As the cruise progressed, it was evident from the thinning number of people eating in the main dining rooms and the increasing numbers using other dining options such as the buffet that we were not alone finding the main dining experience not acceptable. Shopping is a mixed bag. As an example, the cruise line sells gold plated or layered chains by the inch, just as you can at any local flea market and of the same quality. You can buy expensive diamonds, jewelry, and watches in the on board shops. You can buy art at one of the Park West art auctions and sales. Use Google to check the reputation and history of this company. Park West has been removed from at least one other major cruise line. How many people go on a cruise to buy diamonds, jewelry, and art anyway? Any liquid other than coffee, lemonade, or over brewed tea is extra. Shopping is best done at a non cruise line controlled port. And did I mention that Josh, the cruise director, is also the marketing director? He makes numerous daily announcements on the ship PA system about opportunities to spend more money with Carnival. Like bingo. Auctions. Mixology. Etc. If you enjoy being nickeled to death at every opportunity, this is the cruise line for you. Our evaluation of the cruise is best summed up by my wife. She calls it the cruise from h*ll and if we could have made airline connections out of San Juan, we would have left the ship at that port. We returned home on a Sunday and received a call from a Carnival representative Monday asking how we enjoyed our "wonderful cruise"? My wife took the call and, when the caller heard her evaluation, discovered that he had to take another call, immediately. He assured my wife that the line would be in touch. We haven't heard from the line and don't expect that call. We will be cruising over Christmas and will most probably choose another line. Would we cruise with Carnival again? Probably not. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Day 1 - Embarkation We had stayed in a hotel the prior night and took a cab to the port about Noon time. I was impressed that the porters already had our luggage onto their carts before I was even out of the cab and could give him a ... Read More
Day 1 - Embarkation We had stayed in a hotel the prior night and took a cab to the port about Noon time. I was impressed that the porters already had our luggage onto their carts before I was even out of the cab and could give him a good tip. After this we got in line, which looked and seemed long but it moved very quickly and once we were through the metal detectors it was a breeze. We did the self serve check in which had absolutely no lines at all, and despite a snafu with my wifes passport (this was due to the condition of the passport itself causing the reader to have problems), we were on the ship in no time. The whole process from the time the cab pulled up until we were on the ship was about 45-50 minutes. Our stateroom was already ready and it was more spacious than I expected. We were in 7402, which was an interior stateroom right next to the aft elevators. The buffet was being served on the Lido deck, and again the lines were relatively short and the food was good. After the muster drill we were on our way. We ate dinner in the Golden Dining room every night, and we opted for your time dining, which I thought was great. Despite it being anytime dining, the hostess would seat you with the same waiter every night if you so wanted, which we did. We had a great wait staff consisting of I Made (Not made up :) from Indonesia, Jesus from Peru, and Paolo from the Phillipines. They were great all week, and very friendly. The food was excellent all week. The first night I had a chicken dish that was great. Then I got to the Dessert and had a Chocolate Melting Cake that was to die for. That night we went to a teaser show in the Amber Palace which was hosted by Josh the Cruise Director and his team. It was really well done and a good preview of things to come for the week. Josh was awesome. He has a great sense of humor and wants to see you have fun, but he also didn't hog the PA system constantly and allowed the guests to enjoy themselves. In our stateroom we had our first towel animal, a walrus, which me and my wife always enjoyed. Day 2 - Sea Day This was a day at sea, so after having breakfast on the Lido (My one complaint here was the pancakes were a bit hard), we spent some time catching some sun. The drink waiters were constantly around so we didn't have any problems with a drink if we wanted one. We went to a cooking demonstration with the head chef, and I am eager to try the terramasu recipe we learned. We attended a session with Josh in the Amber Palace which explained how to get the most out of the week. With all that happened on that ship, if you didn't have fun, it's your own fault. Dinner in the Golden Dining room again was delicious as I had a different chicken entree that was also very tasty. This was formal night, and during dinner our waitstaff sang "Happy Honeymoon" to us and gave us an extra dessert. This night was one of two where they had a Comedy Club set up in the Ebony Cabaret. They had some great comics, especially Marvin Todd, who has some funny routines on YouTube if you have never heard of him. My complaint here though was multiple times in the Ebony Cabaret we would never receive a drink order that we made. This is the only issue I had with service for the entire week. The show in the Amber Palace was a tribute to America, and it was well done, though the previous reviewer was right about the middle part of the show though. Our towel animal for the night was a little puppy dog. Day 3 - Ocho Rios For our first day in port we ordered breakfast through room service and it was delivered promptly at the time we requested it. It was very good. Me and my wife had booked the Sky Explorer with the Dunns River Falls excursion. The Sky Explorer was great. It is a scenic chairlift which provides great views of some breathtaking scenery. The observation deck at the top provided great views, and though we didn't do it, there was the jamaican bobsled and the ziplines available as well. We went over to Dunns River Falls, and when we got there we realized we didn't read the excursion carefully enough. So my wife traversed the falls wearing a t-shirt and jeans. This was our fault though. It was still a lot of fun. What downgraded this from me was the exit from the falls to the parking lot led you through the infamous Ocho Rios merchants that I read about, and of course they were as pushy as advertised. After getting dry clothes we had a cabbie take us to a duty free store in town so we could buy a couple of bottles of Jamaican Rum. Back on the ship, dinner that night was yet a pork steak for me, and that was excellent. The show that night in the Amber Palace was Justin Illusion, a magician who incorporates dance and coreography into his routine. This show was absolutely amazing and was the best one of the week by far. The towel animal for the night was a rabbit. Day 4 - Grand Cayman After a quick breakfast we tendered into port and did some shopping. The tendering process was real smooth, however the Tenders themselves are very susceptible to choppy water, which happened on this day. The shopping in Grand Cayman is much better than Ocho Rios and the people aren't pushy at all. We got back to the port for our excursion, which was a Snorkel on the barrier reef. This was an awesome excursion. The boat guide was from North Carolina originally and he was very sharp and accomodating. The water was a bit choppy, but snorkling on the reef is a must do, and it was a blast. Because of the length of the excursion, we caught the very last tender back to the ship. I had fried chicken in the dining room that night, with a terramasu dessert. It was pretty good. This was the second night of the Comedy Club, and the shows were amazing again, and the Amber Palace show for the evening was a tribute to Rock and Roll, which was another good show. Our Towel Animal that night was a little frog. Day 5 - Sea Day Our last day at sea started with us trying to enjoy some time on the deck, unfortunately it was so windy on the deck that day that we couldn't stay out there that long. So we took in some of the activities. We tried our luck at Charades and a bean bag toss, and then trivia. Our last night in the dining room ended up with me having grilled chicken which was great, and of course I had to have that melting cake one last time. They did a Newlywed Style game in the Amber Palace that night, and I could not stop laughing the whole time. The previous reviewer mentioned that she was part of the old couple. Let me tell you, that old couple was hillarious and they continued to crack us all up in the audience. I don't remember what the towel animal was for the night because we were busy packing and leaving backs out for debarkation. However, Josh the Cruise Director had a bottle of Champaigne sent to our stateroom and it was waiting for us without us knowing about it until we got there. That warmed my heart. Day 6 - Debarkation I thought Debarkation was really well done. What I don't think the previous reviewer took into account was the fact that a lot of people had early flights, which means they couldn't wait for their group to be called, and this may have complicated things a bit. However we waited for our group to be called with breakfast on the lido, and after our group was called, we were off the ship with no wait at all. Customs was a breeze, and there was a cab waiting to take us to the Miami airport. To put it another way on how smooth it was, less than an hour after our group was called for Debarkation, we were actually through security at the Miami Airport. The Good Things Josh the Cruise Director was great. He has a great sense of humor, but also knows how to let folks have fun without annoying us too much The Justin Illusion show on the third night was amazing, and I am still mystified by how he pulled some of the tricks off Staterooms were always clean, and serviced promptly. Never had any issues with the attendants, they were on the ball Waitservice in the Dining room was great all week, and even though we didn't order any drinks, the drink waitress was always around if we wanted one and she was very friendly The Comedians they had on board, Marvin Todd, and I believe Don Gray was the other one, were amazing Pizza Buffet never had any long lines all week and Pizza was always ready The Bad Things (Not many of them) The waitstaff in the Ebony Cabaret was not the sharpest. One drink order was never delivered, and another order sat on the guys tray until we pointed it out to another waiter. This was the only problem of any sort I had with any waitperson on the ship. The elevators seemed a bit slow at times, often skipping past the floor I am trying to catch them from, and sometimes they weren't working. It wasn't that big a deal to me though. Some of the Hot tubs were at best lukewarm, particularly the adults only one near the pizza bar. Overall this was a great cruise, and it exceeded all my expectations, and I have no reservations about sailing with Carnival again, and will definitely do so in the future. In fact I can't wait to sail again. I do want to try other lines though too, just to get a full experience. My Wife has done Norweigian before and said that this cruise on Carnival was much much better. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Glory Western Caribbean leaving on November 13 from Miami. This was my "wife's trip". I told her we would do whatever she wanted. If she wanted to go to the dining room, fine, we did. If she wanted to sleep in then she ... Read More
Glory Western Caribbean leaving on November 13 from Miami. This was my "wife's trip". I told her we would do whatever she wanted. If she wanted to go to the dining room, fine, we did. If she wanted to sleep in then she slept in. It also meant our days didn't start until past 9. If she wanted to shop, we did. Go to a show, not go to a show, her choice. She supported me in my training for a recent Ironman so it was the least I could do. She likes to relax so, there aren't a lot of comments about activities We were in a standard balcony cabin 7367. It ended up being in a great location as it's just a couple of decks from the Lido and from Deck 5 which is the main area on the ship. Made it easy to run up and grab a drink or snack. Note, the starboard side doesn't get a lot of action. We were facing away from every port except when we docked back in Miami. I would pick a port side cabin next time as I like to see what is going on. I am used to Celebrity, and lately the Solstice class ships of Celebrity. It is hard not to compare but there really isn't a comparison in the 2 ships. To be fair, there isn't a comparison in the price either. That's why we chose Carnival this time, strictly a price decision. We had a great time and really enjoyed the cruise. It's just a different cruise that's all. I am used to taking Carnival for the weekend cruises as we live in South Florida. As many know, it is a different atmosphere on those ships. I was hoping this would be different. We drove over on a Saturday and stayed the night at LaQuinta East. They have a free shuttle to the pier and parking for the week. Since I booked late we ended up paying $93. The hotel is fine. Nothing fancy but the rooms are clean, free internet and a little something for breakfast. So, with a $30 cab ride back to the hotel it costs us right about $130 for the night in a hotel, breakfast and round trip transportation. Not a lot better than parking at the terminal but at least I got something out of it and didn't have to carry my bags around We arrived at the port right around 11:40 and pretty much didn't stop walking through until we got on the ship. There were a few lines but they just kept moving. When we picked up our keys and started to find a seat they called for general boarding so we just kept on walking. We made it on the deck of the ship then got stuck in a line so it took about 25 minutes to get on board. As does most everyone, we immediately hopped up to the Lido deck for lunch. It was a bit crowded so we went up to the Fish and Chips deck and there was barely anyone there. Since we were there, we had fish and chips. Very good but it ended up being the only time we had them the entire cruise. Just hung out until around 1:30 then took off to cabin. We had a standard balcony. We like to have a balcony for a 7 night cruise because if we are hanging out in the cabin, I am out on the balcony. Bed was great, cabin service was OK. On the second day I had to ask for the fridge to be opened so I could put some stuff in here. By the way, the fridge did a great job of keeping our stuff cold. Not just cool but cold. The cabin attendant was not the friendliest person around but that's OK. The TV isn't interactive. You can pretty much see your account but that's it. Room service menu is a printed sheet of paper that is included in the first day Fun Times. Strangely enough we only used room service on the last sea day. This is partly because you could not get a hot breakfast and that is pretty much the only time we use rom service. Now I did order a BLT and my wife ordered the roast beef sandwich on the last day - very good for room service. Overall the cabin was great. No complaints. Bed was comfortable, flat screen TV, bathroom acceptable with great water pressure. Unfortunately the drain wasn't that good so you ended up standing in soapy water. For the most part the service was great. The cabin steward was really never seen but he did a fine job. The wait team for dinner was fabulous. We had anytime dining and asked for them every night. The people in the buffet were just as friendly. Pretty much everyone I saw said hi, asked how we were doing and actually seemed to be in a good mood. The activity staff was the only disappointment. When they were not on TV it sure didn't seem like they enjoyed their job. Other than these folks the service was great! The ship seemed to be in pretty good shape. They were always cleaning, polishing, etc. I didn't notice much wear and tear at all. Gym was sufficient. Only once did I see a large crowd and that was on a sea day in the middle of the day. But most people don't last long so you can always find open equipment. Most days I just ran on the top deck. Nine laps to a mile. Boy was is windy when we were sailing. Going one way I had my head down pushing into the wind but once I turned a corner, zoom, I took off with the wind at my back. First sea day seems like so long ago. We didn't do much, just hung out and ate. We do not sit out by the pool for a couple of reasons. We live in Florida and get as much sun as we want; it is a bit too crowded and noisy and heck, I have a balcony why would I want to sit amongst 1000 other people :) It was a good day. Always love that first day on the ship. This was also the first elegant night and we both ordered the lobster and shrimp (2). Very good. Best meal of the cruise. A few people really dressed but not too many. Most were just dressed nicely. I had a sport coat but no tie. Next day in Cozumel my wife just wanted to shop so we took a taxi into town and shopped. Had an enjoyable afternoon but I have to admit the water looked fabulous. Not much more that day. Belize: We visited the ruins the last time which was great but decided not to get off the ship this time. If the port is so dangerous that they encourage you to NOT walk around then maybe it isn't the right place to stop. The good part of this port is the ship was empty. I got to do the waterslide multiple times with no wait. It was a lot of fun and pretty darn fast too. There was no one at the gym, at lunch, etc. It was a nice day on the ship. In Roatan we just walked off and went to Mahogany bay. Nice little place. We went snorkeling, got some swimming in and shopped a little. I like this port as you walk off and are right at a beach. We have been here before and that combined with such a short time in port we decided not to take a tour. Last time we docked at the other dock, Coxen Hole or something like that. But it was nice getting off the ship and being so close to shops and the beach. Now all they need to do is add the free food like the other private islands. Like I really needed anymore food. Grand Cayman: This is the port we were waiting for. The only port I had anything planned (wife's wishes). We had booked a snorkeling tour and some time with the stingrays. Unfortunately we never made it thanks to Carnival and their tendering procedures. First let me say we have been there many times with another cruise line and have never had an issue getting off the boat. Also, if we had tried to get off in Belize we would have known how to beat the system. They said we could start getting tender tickets at 8:30 so I went down at that time. They said I had to be ready to get off the ship and had to stay in the theater. Now the first tender will not be until 10:00 am. So basically they are saying I had to sit there for 1 ½ hours to wait. I even asked if I could leave and go get breakfast since we had at least 90 minutes. No, I was told I had to stay there. I wasn't prepared to waste 1 ½ hours waiting in the theater so they said come back when you were ready to get off. Fair enough. If only it was that easy. We went and had breakfast, went back to the cabin for a bit then went to get off. It was close to 11 am at this point and we really thought that they would be general tendering by now. Surprise! They were only up to number 8 and they were giving out tender tickets #28. They said it would be at least 90 minutes before our number was called. What they should have said earlier was to come back when you are ready to wait 90 minutes. I have never seen a ship get cleared as slow as this one. In hindsight, I know not to follow their rules. We should have got our tender number early in the morning then took off for 90 minutes. If there is a next time I know to not listen to them. We ended up just walking around shopping. It really isn't that great of a shopping port so that was a disappointment. Grand Cayman is definitely a water stop. Otherwise there isn't much to do especially when you don't get of the ship until after 12:00 pm. We ate in the dining room every night but 1. We had a nice booth for 2. Overall the food was good. Nothing special but I don't think any mainstream cruise line has great food. Some of the items were very good, some OK and some not so good. My wife had the cold soup every night. She loves it and it is really the only time she gets to eat it. All the fish we had was good and the shrimp was excellent. I did not like the Bitter and Blanc. I'm not a huge fan of the melting cake either although I did have it one night. It's just too rich for me. Overall the deserts were a big disappointment. I did have the banana split 3 of the nights though. Not bad. I loved the bread! Don't eat a lot normally but it was great. Looked forward to it actually. We had breakfast and lunch in the buffet most days. I liked it because I rarely eat anything other than a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Had a made to order omelet and bacon 5 out of the 7 mornings. The deli was pretty good too and I had a Ruben for the first time. I liked it. Only ate there once as the line was pretty long on other days. Never tried the Burrito bar, wish I had. The comedians were pretty good. That place gets packed though, standing room only. It's nice to be able to attend a comedy club 4 out of the 7 nights. I did see a couple of the shows. Saw the production show on the first sea day then saw the Justin illusion show. Loved it. I like the high energy, in your face type show. I know some people walked out because it was too over the top. Some great tricks thrown in with some loud rock music. The casino was a bit of a disappointment. My wife loves the slots and for a ship that size here wasn't that much of a selection. That didn't stop her from spending time in there mind you. Never made it to the Serenity deck or the hot tubs. It was too hot to go into the tubs. I want to address some of the complaints I heard about Carnival before I went. The announcements are not as bad as they used to be. Only in the public areas and not that often. Didn't bother us at all. The clientele was different, let's leave it at that. Probably every walk of life was on that ship. Didn't see a bunch of drunks but did see my share of shirtless guys at the buffet - yuck. The food was pretty good. Not great but decent. Again, not a lot different than other cruise lines. What a nightmare getting off the ship. Getting off was fine but they herded us into an area that was wall to wall people. You were shoulder to shoulder trying to get your bags then to get in line for Customs. It wrapped all the way down the building then back again. The worst part was they just kept sending more people into the area. Finally they stopped and it eventually cleared out to be a normal line. I know they cannot control Customs but they can control how many people they squish into an area. The folks in front of us received a call from their friends on the Valor and they were already at the airport. We still had about 15 minutes left in line. Not sure why but this ship had issues getting people off. Overall it was a good cruise. I wasn't working and someone cooked all my meals. What's not to love. I will continue to book the weekend Carnival cruises each year but will probably go back, if money permits, to Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Our first cruise from Miami. The port is easy to find and by doing a little research beforehand I learned that the Port of Miami offers free parking in their lots and garages to passengers with a verified handicapped parking tag or ... Read More
Our first cruise from Miami. The port is easy to find and by doing a little research beforehand I learned that the Port of Miami offers free parking in their lots and garages to passengers with a verified handicapped parking tag or permit. Very nice of them... thank you Port of Miami! We have, so far, always cruised on Carnival. There is more than one reason for this but the main one has always come down to our schedule and convenience. Cost is a secondary factor and we usually book a suite - (OS)or "Junior Suite." We find the slightly larger room and balcony are nice but the biggest benefit is what Carnival terms their "VIP" embarkation and debarkation process. While Glory was very late getting started with boarding for an unknown reason debarkation, even at Miami, was as smooth and quick as possible. We are planning a trip on Holland America and that will be a two week "cruise-tour" to Alaska in 2012. I'm hoping that goes nearly so well. Naturally the mandated safety briefing at the designated "Muster Station" was the first "required" activity on the agenda. The poster in our cabin told us muster station "A" was the place for us to be. So we dutifully followed the map and signs to the place where a sign affixed to the overhead said "A" and figured that we were where we should be. Oh No! A crew member informed us that the sign notwithstanding we had to go further forward and stand within the "lines." That would have been OK but the place he put us was directly in front of the outflow of a fan about 8 feet in diameter which was generating a breeze of about 15 knots and was very noisy. So noisy it was impossible to hear and understand either the person on the PA system or the crew member standing a few feet away. The wind was drying out my wife's contact lenses faster than she could apply drops to her eyes so she took her life in her hands and stepped over the "line!" When the crew member rather rudely told her to get behind the line she just shrugged and acted if she didn't understand. He finally gave up and went on his way. It was windy for the whole week. Our balcony door made an annoying whistle when the wind was from the starboard side. I finally solved that problem by closing the door on hand towels at night so it would seal better in that area. Worked fine. The cabin stewards were excellent. We were in the Golden Dining Room on the upper level. The servers, hostess, and Maitre d' were truly wonderful. I have harbored a suspicion for a couple of years that with the advent of the extra cost dining rooms that the main dining room food would suffer. This cruise bears that out. Not really bad but not up to where it was in years past. The food on the Lido Deck isn't quite up to par either. The 24 hour pizzeria has always been a favorite of ours but the one on the Glory just doesn't measure up. Maybe it's this ship, maybe it's fleet wide. We cruise just once or twice a year so we really don't have a broad base of recent experience to compare but we were disappointed in this fare. This was the 2nd cruise in a row that Carnival failed to deliver us to a scheduled port. Last time it was Key West, this time Grand Cayman. From conversations on board I think not being able to tender in to Grand Cayman isn't all that unusual. I don't know if the decision was Carnival's or the authorities in Grand Cayman. I've been told both are the case so I don't know which is true. The high wind also cancelled my parasailing excursion on Roatan but I can't blame anybody for that. Maybe my fault for scheduling it in the first place? I will say that the on-board excursion manager, a gent from South Africa whose name I can't recall, went above and beyond for us on several occasions. His professionalism should be the hallmark for any organization where customer service matters. Overall I'm giving Carnival a middling "B" for the experience. They deliver a good value for the dollars spent and most of the staff make everyone feel welcome and important. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
This was our 1st cruise - and thought it would be a nice one to try cruising on - short and not expensive! Traveled with our infant son and a few family members who had cruised before. Our expectations were a little high unfortunately. ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise - and thought it would be a nice one to try cruising on - short and not expensive! Traveled with our infant son and a few family members who had cruised before. Our expectations were a little high unfortunately. Check-in was very long - one line after another. We finally got on board and were looking forward to food but were VERY DISAPPOINTED by the Burrito Bar which had no guacamole or pico de gallo! I was also sort of grossed out by the dark meat they were passing off as chicken there. No thank you. Pizza line was so long and kept running out of pizza with one person working!The buffet was fine - about what you can expect. Our cabin was clean and the crib requested was set up when we arrived. I knew from other reviews to bring my own fitted crib sheet b/c Carnival uses small, old metal cribs and flat sheets just tucked underneath the mattress. That really presents a hazard for a baby to get wrapped up in a loose sheet. I can't believe they still do that. They really need to move to 'pack and plays' instead with a fitted sheet. Only my husband met our cabin steward. He never came and introduced himself to me or to our other guests which I hear is pretty rare. The food in the Golden Dining Room was just okay but the service really was wonderful from the hostesses right through to the busboys. Everyone was so nice and remembered our names and played with our son throughout the meal. That was something I was impressed with. The only thing lacking was a Wine Menu and an offer for something to drink when you sat down. That service-person never seemed to get to everyone's table until after we had ordered our food. Other people around us said the same thing. The first 2 days of the cruise - hard to get drinks on the upper parts of the deck for some reason. Then that changed and the waiters came around much more on the last 3 days - like someone told them to! The pools were smaller than expected but the slide is lots of fun for all ages. The ship was not that easy to navigate and could not figure out if there was even one deck that went all the way around the ship. I still don't know! Deck 4 was always 'closed' for painting or for high winds... we just couldn't get out there when we wanted to. Our head waiter told us the ship will be redecorated in 2013 - it is really due. There was always an elevator not working or lights not on. The decor was really outdated. The casino was lots of fun but previous reviewer is right - too many smoking sections! Waiters were great in the casino though. Did not see any shows but watched some karaoke twice - looked like fun. Did not book excursions through Carnival. Did resortforaday.com for Jamaica - Jewel Dunn's River Resort & Spa. It was well worth the $. The public beach on Grand Cayman was fine for our purposes but the beach itself is just okay - I expected it to be nicer. It was rocky to get into and had a big step-down. There was also a ton of seaweed. I'd guess the beaches in front of hotels are probably nicer so I wouldn't recommend the public beach right now. I would book an excursion in Grand Cayman next time. Dinner at the Steakhouse was excellent. On par with most good steakhouses in NY. Disembarking was VERY disorganized. Not enough Carnival employees to keep people in line and to make sure you were getting off the ship at the right time. We had people who were supposed to exit in group 10 leaving with us in group 2. No one said a word to them. At one point, an employee told all the people coming off the elevators to cut the line (where we had been waiting for 20 mins already.) They literally said 'Just go already, just go.' I was pretty shocked at that - obviously no control over the situation! This could NOT have been the first time they let people off - they do this every week. I was really disappointed at that. The transfers to/from the airport were great. Like I said, some good, some bad. Not sure I would go Carnival again though even though I was told by others that this particular ship/cruise was much worse than they have experienced on other Carnival cruises. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2011
Our second cruise, second with Carnival, previously sailed on the Legend. The Glory is comparable-better in some categories, worse in others. Rooms: we had a category 4J room, interior with a picture window, 7206. Great location, and ... Read More
Our second cruise, second with Carnival, previously sailed on the Legend. The Glory is comparable-better in some categories, worse in others. Rooms: we had a category 4J room, interior with a picture window, 7206. Great location, and despite what you may have read, there is a view other than a railing, unless you're laying in bed. Every day we could look out on the port we were approaching. Bed comfy as always. We had a handicap accessible room, which provides a HuGe bathroom (just as big as the bath in our Vista Suite on the Legend, but without a tub and only one sink) Service: Cabin service OK. Our steward would often enter our room without knocking, but only shortly after we entered our cabin. Still, was a bit disconcerting. He did however remember our names and greeted us by name all the time. Best bar service was at the Kaleidoscope bar in the casino. Public rooms: one are where the Glory beats Legend, in my opinion, as far as decor goes anyway. The Glory is decidedly less "tacky". The Legend however is easier to navigate. Due to the Glory's deck plan it was sometimes necessary to go down...across...then up, as opposed to just straight across. A minor annoyance, really. The food...seriously just average. Lido steaks labeled as med rare were well done. No ranch dressing. Fish and Chips was overly greasy and barely cooked. Nearly raw baked potatoes. Weird scrambled eggs. Dining room service was fantastic however, but the menu was hit and miss. Best food we ate all week was the room service chocolate cake (I'm not crazy, try it LOL). The omelet stations were fantastic for breakfast as well. Entertainment: Amazing magic show (Justin Illusion), great comedians. The welcome aboard show seems to be the same fleet-wide; mix it up Carnival! Loved having the seaside theatre, was great watching movies on deck. Cruise Director/staff: James was ok, but is no match to Weeeee Jimmy. During the welcome show James forgot what ship he was on lol...saying something like..."Hi everyone! Welcome aboard the beautiful Carnival Lege...Glory!" It was funny. JD, a member of his team, was simply obnoxious. If I ever hear "Jelly Donut" one more time I'll scream-seriously, he's like a bad used car salesman--bring it down a notch JD! The asst cruise director was great. Ports: this is a great itinerary, except for Nassau. Grand Turk is a wonderful beach port. Do your research. Be wary at the Straw Market in Nassau. Serenity deck and adult pool: staff did a great job of kicking kids out of the adult only areas, that was nice to see. It was unfortunate however that some "adults" didn't seem to grasp the concept of "serenity", and their drunken loud behaviour disturbed many who just wanted to read! Show some class people, I know it's Carnival but geez! Embarkation and Disembarkation were smooth, much smoother in Miami than in Tampa. Overall we had a great time, and will sail Carnival again. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2011
We joined my daughter and her family on this cruise. After we had booked our ocean view cabin, the balcony prices went down. I called our personal planner at Carnival and he was able to get us a balcony room near my daughter for just ... Read More
We joined my daughter and her family on this cruise. After we had booked our ocean view cabin, the balcony prices went down. I called our personal planner at Carnival and he was able to get us a balcony room near my daughter for just $100 more. First time on a balcony but it won't be my last!! Embarkation was crowded! The line for those who had completed their funpass and printed them out on line was slightly longer but moved much quicker than the other line. After checking in and getting our key proceeded to the ship to wait in another line on the deck to get our id picture taken. Waited awhile to meet up with our daughter and her family. By then, rooms were ready. Went upstairs to the lido deck for lunch. Chaos!! Too many people trying to get food all at the same time. Did manage to get a bite and find a place to sit. This and the elegant night were the only times that we had any difficulty with slow service or finding table. On elegant night, dinner took two hours and twenty minutes. I think that, again, they were completely overwhelmed with the number of people eating. It was not just our table, the two tables next to us took just as long. While we are talking about meals, let's talk about the food. There were pros and cons. First, the quality of desserts (my most important food group) in the Lido deck has definitely improved. However, the food in the dining room was not quite as good as on past carnival cruises. There is always flank steak available, but it was rather tough. There were no other steaks offered on the cruise. I had one lunch in the dining room that was awful. It was a pasta with tomato sauce, called Hay and Straw. Two bites was all. The dessert I ordered, some type of apple cake, was dry and tasteless. It only got one bite. I happened to go up to the Lido deck after lunch for some other reason and walked into the serving area. They were serving the chocolate bar for dessert. What's a person to do?? I had to try some of the offerings, which were delicious!! But, those were only small glitches in the dining room. The mashed potatoes were fantastic, soups were delicious. My husband certainly enjoyed all his lobster tails! Besides, when you have melting chocolate cake what else do you need? Our room looked the same as all the other rooms we have had on carnival ships. (Except that this one had a balcony!). Our room steward, Juan, kept it spotless. When we left for breakfast, our room was cleaned before we got back. It was obvious he was around, but completely unobtrusive. Josh is the cruise director. He was great. Unlike some directors, he was not constantly annoying you with making lots of announcement. He did make the announcements that were necessary. During the shows, he was quick and funny. My husband and I were picked for the couples show for the "senior" couple. It was definitely fun. He made you feel as if you were his friend, not just part of his job. The ship was spotless. Kudos to the staff for keeping everything so clean. The decor, other than the Amber Theater, is toned down compared to the over the top decor of many other Carnival ships. It was really quite nice. We had one server who really was not in to his job. Other than that, all the staff on the ship were really great. They did their jobs well and were pleasant to the passengers. The first show, "America", started out well but got bogged down in the middle. It went way too long. "Rock On" was better. Our granddaughters who are eight went to Club Carnival on and off during the day. They enjoyed the experience, often asking to stay longer when we picked them up. The casino was rather small but never too crowded. They really need to update their slot machines to get more of the newer high tech type machines that are available on other cruise lines. Disembarking was efficient and quick. From the time we got in line to disembark, got off the ship, caught a cab, got to the airport through security and to our airline gate was an hour and a half! We truly enjoyed the Glory and would definitely recommend it to anybody. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
This was my third time on the Carnival Glory. I booked this trip because of the itinerary. I really wanted to go to Grand Turk and Carnival's private island. We were disappointed that we couldn't go to the private island because ... Read More
This was my third time on the Carnival Glory. I booked this trip because of the itinerary. I really wanted to go to Grand Turk and Carnival's private island. We were disappointed that we couldn't go to the private island because of the weather. Embarkation- We are Vip so we were able to get onto the ship pretty quickly without that long of a wait and getting off the ship was also very easy. Food- The buffet for lunch was just ok. There are plenty of other options to choose from like the burrito bar,deli,fish and chips,burgers so there are plenty of other options. We had anytime dining which we love to do, we don't like the set dining times. The food was great and our server which we were able to get all cruise was Nicoleta and she was superb. We had breakfast in the buffet and that was good. Ship- The ship is starting to show her age. This is are third cruise and she is just getting older. The ship is very easy to navigate and is still very colorful. Shows- The shows were very good. Carnival and Rccl usually don't disappoint with their shows. Some we liked more than other but otherwise were very good. Comedy shows were excellent and very funny. Casino-Needs to have machines updated they are the same machines that they had three years ago. Gym- The week we cruised they just got new treadmills, unfortunately there weren't enough of them and we found some weren't working already. You also could not see out the windows at the ocean even though we were in the front of the ship and surrounded by windows. There was a kind of curtain that was there that couldn't be moved. But we did get our workouts in. Itinerary-We had some rough seas the first two nights so we missed our first port which was Carnival's private island. I have never been there before so I was disappointed. St. Thomas- We have been here numerous times so we just walked from the boat into town it rained on and off all day at this port. San Juan- We walked over to Fort Morrow from the boat and toured this fort and had a great time. Views were very good and got to see a lot of iguana's. We were also able to go to the casino at the Sheraton across the street for a little bit. It rained a little bit here also. Grand Turk- Great weather and great beach to walk to right off the boat. I will definitely come here again. All and all we had a very good time the weather wasn't that great but out of 23 cruises we have only had bad weather a handful. You can't predict the weather and have to make the best of it. I would probably not go on the glory again since I have been on it three times so I would want to experience another ship. I have never had a bad time on Carnival or RCCl. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
This cruise included my husband and I, both in our late 20s. This was a first for both of us, and despite my extensive research and planning (thanks Cruise Critic!!), I wasn't completely sure what to expect. I'd like to make ... Read More
This cruise included my husband and I, both in our late 20s. This was a first for both of us, and despite my extensive research and planning (thanks Cruise Critic!!), I wasn't completely sure what to expect. I'd like to make this short and sweet, and will say that we had a great time overall and left happy. Our cabin (PT, 2220) is an excellent value - I'd recommend it to anyone who, like me, is a penny-pincher, but must have a window. As far as I know, these cabins are priced the same as an Inside (sometimes less, I've seen, if you're willing to take bunk beds) but you get two lovely porthole windows and a larger, Outside-sized cabin (with couch, table, etc.). Food was pretty good, though lots of salt. Dining room food was always the better option. I admit to being picky, though I am a pescitarian (vegetarian who has some fish), but my husband will eat nearly anything without complaint. Neither of us liked the buffet at any time of the day. The dining room was just that much better (especially for breakfast - and go early, we did and it was nice and quiet). Two successes from the buffet: hot chocolate and pizza. Both were on 24/7 and reliably satisfying. A note on dinner: I wasn't sure what to expect, but was quite satisfied with the non-upcharge option. The fish was always decent, veg. options were good (but DO NOT get the Indian option if you're sensitive to salt like I am), dessert was pretty rich but there's fruit if you're looking for something lighter. There's always steak, much to my husband's delight. We had the anytime dining and found we were seated right away at a 2-person table if we arrived at around 6 PM. Service was always adequate. I honestly feel that one can't complain when someone else cooks and cleans for you for an entire week. Our cabin steward was not super friendly, but was accommodating and efficient. All waiters were extremely nice. The cruise director was a little irritating, but well-meaning. Am I missing anyone? Overall, the crew were great, better than I expected for sure. My one very big criticism: the entertainment. The shows, specifically 'Just Rock' and 'Livin in America' were just awful. Lots of skimpy clothes, which pleased the husband and didn't bother me, but I felt they used that to distract people from the fact that it was a poor show. Overall, very simplistic, boring, and too loud. There were some gems, though - the physical and stand-up comedians were mostly great. Day-time activities were lacking, and mostly just set up to make more money. My husband found a book in the library and read the entire thing before the cruise was over. I brought books and was happy with that. The Serenity Deck was great for just lounging around and reading in peace. One tip for Canadians, specifically - go to the duty free shop and buy some booze! We got two 1L bottles of decent brandy for $20! Sure beats one bottle at the liquor store for $35! A quick review of this particular itinerary - NE & Canada. This really is an older persons' cruise, just be aware of that. Pretty quiet all around. Loved Boston, Portland and Halifax, though found St. John somewhat boring. Maybe get off for an hour there and book a spa special back on board for the rest of the day. Embarkation and disembarkation were pretty unremarkable. We did the self-assist and were off super quick. Why have someone else take your luggage if you can handle it yourself and move on with your day that much more quickly? Lots more to say, but I tried to keep it short-ish. Overall, we were pleased. Cruising is a lot of fun and a great value (esp. Carnival, it seems). We're not super social, so were happy to find lots of quiet places to hang around. However, everyone we met was great and there was a lot of entertaining conversation to be had. Looking forward to Western Caribbean next fall - Xunantunich (and cheap Mexican vanilla), here we come! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
My husband and I sailed the Carnival Glory, from October 16 -â€" 22, 2011. This was our 19th cruise, our 13th on Carnival, and over our 13th Wedding Anniversary. We have also previously sailed on Celebrity, Cunard, Holland and ... Read More
My husband and I sailed the Carnival Glory, from October 16 -â€" 22, 2011. This was our 19th cruise, our 13th on Carnival, and over our 13th Wedding Anniversary. We have also previously sailed on Celebrity, Cunard, Holland and Norwegian. This was a six day sailing out of Norfolk, VA to Bermuda. It seemed like most of the passengers were from Virginia. We drove to Norfolk the day prior to sailing, and reminisced since our Navy days... It had been about 10 - 15 years since we were there and things had changed a lot. Embarkation was a breeze, once we cleared security we proceeded to the Platinum check in and were immediately processed. From there we were provided VIP cards and allowed to move to the head of the line to board the ship. We booked an Ocean View cabin, the room was plenty big enough for us and our belongings. It also had a sofa, which could have been used to accommodate a third person. We again opted to have all of our dinners in the Supper Club. Mr. Cruise Cat and I are not foodies, we prefer the Supper Club because it is quieter and less crowded than the dining rooms. But the food is definitely better in the Supper Club. As always, the food was perfect, the service flawless and the experience wonderful. Also, it's important to mention that the service and food was as delightful on the last nights as it was on the first nights. We've been on other cruise lines where the service and food quality in the specialty dining areas hasn't always been upheld throughout the entire cruise. The rest of the meals were standard for Carnival... We had breakfast and lunch on the Lido deck each day. Breakfast was pretty much the same each day, and there was the same large assortment of lunch options. We had deli sandwiches, pizza, burgers and all that. We spent some time in the casino and came out a few dollars behind, but nothing too serious. We didn't attend any shows, as those aren't really our thing. Since we had so many days at sea, we watched a bit of television, but it was limited. We are booked on a 17 day cruise next year, from Hawaii to Sydney, Australia, and will remember to bring our laptop and an assortment of DVDs. We realized a few years ago that Bermuda is a place best visited by cruise ship. Flights, hotels and restaurants and all that for a trip to Bermuda are very expensive. A cruise is less expensive, and a better value for your time and money. There was just a day and a half in port, but that was plenty of time for us. We rented scooters in Bermuda and visited the pink beaches. It was very windy that day, which made riding the scooters kind of slower at some points, and we were not able to get in the water at the pink beaches. But it pretty fun zooming around and all that. We talked to some other passengers that used the Bermuda bus system, and we were glad we did not do that. Apparently, the busses stop every couple of blocks, and it took over an hour to get from the pier area to Hamilton. (The island is about 22 miles long.) There were a couple of negatives about this cruise, but not too much. There were some parts of the ship where you could smell garbage, but they were few and far between. I hope those odors weren't near anyone's cabin, that wouldn't have been very nice. Also, there were a couple of times when the aft pool was covered, and it didn't seem necessary. We couldn't find anyone who could provide any information on when it would be removed, so we moved to the mid-ship pool. It wasn't the end of the world, but we really prefer the aft pool without live music or kids. And finally, none of the hot tubs seemed to be working very well. They were warm, but not really hot. The aft pool, however, was steaming hot one day. I still haven't figured that one out yet! As we sail more and more cruises, these reviews get harder to write. We are pretty familiar with what we are going to get, especially with Carnival, and have yet to be disappointed. Overall, it was a lovely cruise and a great way to see Bermuda. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2011
A bit of background - prior to this cruise we had only sailed with Disney Cruise Line. We are Disney fans, so it is a natural fit. However, we had been exploring options as to what to do for our 5th Anniversary. We had a limited amount ... Read More
A bit of background - prior to this cruise we had only sailed with Disney Cruise Line. We are Disney fans, so it is a natural fit. However, we had been exploring options as to what to do for our 5th Anniversary. We had a limited amount of time, and after looking for a few weeks I found Carnival's two night cruise to nowhere departing the day after our anniversary. So we decided that was a great fit! It would have us both back to work on Monday - as the cruise gets in at 8:00am - we thought it was fantastic! So we booked - found the perfect stateroom - and started making plans. It was impossible to find the information that we needed (would there be a formal night was one of the biggest questions) YES, the representative said when I called - it would be our first night on board. SO, being that it was a two night cruise, we didn't want to bring along a ton of clothes, so we decided that we would just skip our dining room seating our first night. There wasn't a 'formal night' there was an OPTIONAL formal night that very few folks observed. The Carnival Agent was incorrect. Anyway - on with the review... The port's website said that parking outside the city and taking a shuttle in was the best option - so I had thought we would do that. We ended up parking right across the street, for LESS than it would have cost to park outside the city and shuttle in - and took FAR less time. More on how we decided where to park later... All of our documents provided by Carnival said that check-in would begin at 1:00pm - and not to arrive any earlier, as you would be turned away to return at 1:00pm. However, I had read on a thread from last year's cruise that check in started at 11:00am. But we took the documents provided by Carnival to be the most correct and we planned for 1:00pm arrival at the port. We drove down on Friday evening and spent the night beachfront at Va Beach - left the hotel around 10:50am with plans to explore the parking options and decide what was best. We got into downtown around 11:10am and found parking garages ALL around the port with CRUISE PARKING signs out. It was a Saturday morning so they were all nearly deserted, with a few folks leaving from the previous cruise that was nearly finished disembarking as we arrived. We had planned to walk around downtown between 11:00am and 1:00pm and grab lunch while doing so - but that plan didn't follow through... So we decided to park across the street - simple enough - cheap enough ($30) - and no shuttle involved in either direction. Since we parked across the street - I looked across the street at 11:15 and people were already ON the ship! What happened to 1:00pm? The port terminal is beautiful, I really didn't expect it to be that nice, but it really is top notch for a port with so few sailings - it really is more than just a place to board a ship! I love the displays of an ocean liner era gone by - it really was a history lesson! Security was very smooth - didn't feel rushed - it was very practical, and easy to understand what they expected from you - very clear communication, and a great streamlined process. Simple - and efficient! Check in was very smooth - a breeze, and THEN - on to the waiting. Boarding of regular passengers has just started (previous patrons and the disabled had already boarded). We were placed in the boarding zone group 24. We waited, and waited, and waited. We have never waited that long to board a ship. It was not fun! Finally we board, simple enough - pose for your awful embarkation photo - and then you're off... Staterooms were to be ready by 1:00pm We ended up boarding the ship around 1:15 - just as they made an announcement that staterooms would not be ready until 1:30. Bummer - since the cruise was so short - there was no option to check baggage - so what you had, stayed with you until your stateroom was ready. Lunch was being served on the lido - so we thought we would just grab lunch, and then wait a few minutes and our room would be ready. WRONG - with the ship less than 1/2 boarded, the lines were 1/4 the ships length long for lunch. WOW - that's awful. Then they announced that staterooms were ready - so we found ours, explored - VERY ROOMY! A great price for an interior stateroom with an ocean view! Then - to find something to eat. Wait lines for EVERY SINGLE MEAL were no less than 45 minutes. I'm not joking or elaborating. Carnival does NOT know how to manage lines - or food service. Waiting in line would be the theme of the cruise - they often joke that you can't leave a cruise hungry - well, Carnival has changed that! The food was awful - I had fish and chips for lunch on the 2nd day and it tasted like dirt. Absolutely disgusting! We went to our 8:15 dinner seating - and once again - LINES 1/4 of the way through the ship! This ship's dining rooms are so horribly tacky, gaudy, and dated that I felt like I had stepped back into the 70's. AWFUL! We were in the Platinum dining room on the upper level - get this..... IN A BOOTH!!!!! Who in all creation thinks it is a good idea to put booth seating in a formal dining room?!?!?!?! Our table mates were pleasant - and the conversation was as well. The food however - I've had better meals at Denny's! The food was a joke - the servers were so impersonal - and the service was slow. I had grilled chicken breast - the chicken fillets at Wendy's are larger! Such low food quality - I was shocked. There really is a lack of activities on the ship - our previous experiences had been running from activity to activity loving every minute of it - or just chilling out on deck, swimming, or reading. Chilling out on deck wasn't a possibility - there are smoking areas EVERYWHERE. You cannot get away from the stale odor of smoke. As I unpacked my bag to wash clothes when I got home everything in my bag smelled like smoke. I have restrictive airways and can't be around smoke for more than a minute or two, or I have difficulty breathing. I spent my time running from the stench or cigarette smoke! Everywhere you go they are trying to sell you drinks - I have fewer than 24 drinks a YEAR, and the presence of THAT much alcohol is insane! There are 21 bars on the Glory (according to one of the bartenders). REALLY - that much space on a ship is dedicated to alcohol service? WOW We wanted to try our luck in the casino - and once again - smoke - smoke - and more smoke. There are signs all over the place in the casino that you cannot smoke in the casino unless you are actively playing. No enforcement on that rule - trust me! We sat at breakfast on our 2nd morning with an older couple, tried and true tourist gamblers, and they described the casino as the worst they had ever played. They said the machines were tight, and the payouts very low - when they happened. On Sunday we tried to find a place on deck to relax, and there was no quiet place that was free of smoke - so we went to the adults only area, and found a couple chair, no smoke, low noise - and THEN, a party shows up with their stereo, another party shows up with buckets of beer, and then the smoking starts - all within 40 minutes - so I finally decided to just go to our stateroom and read. We arrive in our stateroom only to be greeted by such a strong chemical odor that I had a headache within 10 minutes. I had had enough at that point. I went to guest services to complain - and the agent was very apologetic - but offered us absolutely no solution. We literally sat in the atrium and stared at each other for 45 minutes with absolutely nothing to do. There was no place to go that was quiet and free of smoke, there was nothing to eat without waiting in line for 45 minutes, and there weren't any activities scheduled for another 2 hours! Fun ships? Hardly! Let's talk about the shows - well - show - we only saw one and had quite enough. It was rated PG-13 - NO WAY would I let a 13 year old watch that show. It was vulgar - obscene - and lacked any sort of story line. I fell asleep 3/4 of the way though and it wasn't even exciting enough to make me up. It was awful - and I've seen a lot of awful shows at amusement parks, and community festivals - this was a high budget, low value show. No story, no plot, just a lot of rear ends waving in the air for no reason at all. I am totally fine with risque as long as there is reason for it - but this was for no sake other than oogle factor. It was a disgrace, and very indicative of what Carnival thinks of its patrons. The show objectified both men and women, and is of no value what so ever. OK - I've talked about just about every aspect of cruising - now lets talk about about one thing that ALL cruises have in common - and that is the required muster drill. For safety sake - and to prepare for the worst case scenario, the muster drill requires attention to detail, a sense of purpose, and needs to be taken seriously by the crew to be taken seriously by the passengers. Yes, I am about the rate the muster drill. My wife and I have only sailed on Disney Cruise Line previously - so we expected the same thing - as it has to be pretty standard - right? WRONG Disney Cruise Line assigns you not only to a Muster station but also to a life boat. You know where to go on the ship, and what boat you will be on in case of an emergency. Carnival starts it without warning, and pushes everyone to the same deck, at the same time, and you line up in rows. It was absolute chaos. The crew members were laughing and joking - there was no instruction being provided - the young lady assigned to our station was off laughing and joking with other crew members when the captain started the life vest instruction. There was no sense of urgency, no urges to remain silent, people were talking laughing, joking, and NOT listening to the instruction. After that - I DID NOT feel safe on board the ship. What IF there was an emergency and minutes = lives saved or lost? There would be no time for laughing, joking, catching up on crew gossip, or talking about how tired you are, as a crew member, or providing instruction during the muster drill. REALLY? This cruise line values my life so little that they don't even assure that everyone knows what to do in case of emergency? That's sad. And so dangerous. We felt trapped on a two night cruise - I HATE to think what it would have been like if we had given Carnival a try on a 7 night cruise. There was literally nothing to do, no place to go, and not even a chance of having 'FUN'. Carnival definitely isn't for us. We took a look around the kids clubs when we got on and they were pretty sad - they were kid themed of course, but having toured those same areas on Disney's ships - I REALLY can't imagine a kid wanting to spend time there vs. somewhere else on the ship. The area seemed very very childish - and I can't imagine a teen would be entertained enough to stay out of their parents hair on a 7 night cruise. The ship was not clean. There were abandoned glasses, trash, and stuff everywhere. There were shipping pallets on one of the decks loaded with exercise equipment. Was this a cargo ship to no where? The overall maintenance of the ship is very poor. The decor in the staterooms is very 80's - (the ship wasn't even in existence then... why decorate two decades back?) The crew members speak very little English - not even enough to provide directions around the ship. Buffets often sat empty while lines 45 minutes long were at service areas. The drinks I had contained VERY little alcohol, and I couldn't believe that they didn't swipe your card and ask for a signature. They still use printed paper slips to take orders. The huge jumbo-tron on the Lido deck had 3-4 areas that were malfunctioning and flickered blue/green/magenta or didn't display anything at all. Windows were dirty - carpets were dirty and stained - we were so disappointed with the entire experience. We were hoping it would be very similar to Disney - but WOW were we wrong. Disney manages crowds and assures the ships never FEEL crowded - even though they sail at 100% capacity the vast majority of the time. I wish we had done a 3 night with Disney - it would have cost about the same - the food, service, shows, and ship would have been amazing. BUT, we didn't have 3 nights, and Norfolk was so much closer to home. However, it definitely made up our minds - we aren't Carnival cruisers. We will try Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, or another line - we won't 'always' cruise with Disney - but we just have to find a line that will meet our expectations on entertainment, service, safety, and cleanliness. Carnival failed in every category. The only thing that was as expected on our cruise was our continental room-service breakfast we had on our last morning - it was exactly what we ordered, when we ordered it. But that's not enough to bring us back to Carnival for a 2nd try - it's too expensive to given them a 2nd shot. Not saying that ALL of Carnival's cruises are this bad, but I can't imagine they would be THAT much different. Not worth the chance for us! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
Veterans are entitled to a discount, by sending in DD 214, thru Carnival. It is not advertised and I found out about it on board talking to other vets. Called Carnival after and they said seeing I booked early I was not entitled to ... Read More
Veterans are entitled to a discount, by sending in DD 214, thru Carnival. It is not advertised and I found out about it on board talking to other vets. Called Carnival after and they said seeing I booked early I was not entitled to discount. Sounds like a politician talking out both sides of mouth. Debarkation Info; passed out last day of cruise states each adult allowed 2 liters of alcohol, their on board shop selling a package deal of 4 one liter bottles of vodka, duty free also. Wife and I purchased their 4 - 1 liter bottle offer prior to New York arrival. US Customs held me back till I went and paid tax on 2 of the 4 bottles. Customs agent said that you are only allowed 1 liter duty free. Wife waited with all luggage while I scampered down to the other end, about 1500 feet away, to the duty tax window and back again. Only $6.00 tax but a great inconvience and misinformation by them. We are both elderly and I am handicapped, walking with a cane, due to their wrong info and sales procedure. A call after return home resolved nothing, they would not admit their info packet is incorrect. They instead said that each port is different. Hard to believe US Customs have different standards for each entry point. Who is the lier here? They sure would not admit it. Boston port: They stressed returning early to ship for normal departure schedule. Waiting over 1 1/2 hours in line to board, only one entrance ramp open with some 2000+ passengers, a cruise official dressed in a white uniform cut thru the line, went to back of line and returned, excusing himself again, brought about 50+ people from back of line around us and onto another newly opened ramp. We were about 20 feet from entering ramp. Many of us in line stopped him after and questioned his move. He said that we were almost to the ramp and the people in back were far from the entrance? What was I to do, was his final reply. We have been on around 9 cruises and I have never been hounded so much getting on/off and while on board for taking our pictures. Also continually hounded every 2 - 5 minutes while relaxing, being asked if we want a drink of the day. Bottom line, enjoy Carnival Cruising, because my wife and I, and also our accompanying first time cruising friends will never go with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
All things considered, we had a great cruise on the Carnival Glory. I must admit I was a bit leary about taking a Carnival cruise, but most of my fears were unfounded. The embarkation was pretty smooth - we arrived at the port about noon ... Read More
All things considered, we had a great cruise on the Carnival Glory. I must admit I was a bit leary about taking a Carnival cruise, but most of my fears were unfounded. The embarkation was pretty smooth - we arrived at the port about noon and I think from taxi to boarding probably took less then 45 minutes. The counter staff weren't the friendliest bunch, but then they were trying to board 3,000 people !! We had an oceanview cabin that was no doubt the largest and nicest cabin we have had on any of our cruises. The cabin stewards were great, in fact all the ships crew seemed to really care about service. The dining was fine, but I really wasn't overly impressed with the food. Not that the food wasn't good, it was, it was just nothing special. There were several lunches and dinners where I really didn't care for any of the selections. But you can always ask for a steak in the dining room (which I did several nights) and since when can you go wrong having a steak? Also, there are several options for lunch other then the main service on the Lido such as the deli, stirfry, or fish and chips. It's not a problem to find something to eat. My one real disappointment were the activities which I found lacking. There didn't seem to be alot going on at times and some of the shows were less then spectacular. For example one of the shows was a comic who had shows several nights, but the shows were the same each night and it wasn't that funny the first time, let alone the second. Also, there was a photographer around every corner the entire 7 days - enough already. Overall though, it was a great cruise, great ports of call and a great experience. I would certainly cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
This was our second cruise, and it was GREAT! Truly an enjoyable experience. I've read a few reviews from past cruisers on the Carnival Glory, so I had a pretty good idea what to expect. To anyone who has ever rated this ship a BAD ... Read More
This was our second cruise, and it was GREAT! Truly an enjoyable experience. I've read a few reviews from past cruisers on the Carnival Glory, so I had a pretty good idea what to expect. To anyone who has ever rated this ship a BAD experience, all I have to say is- What were YOU doing WRONG??? The Carnival Glory crew from room stewards, to dining staff, to anyone else on the ship are very friendly, and go out of their way to please you. In my humble opinion, anyone who doesn't enjoy themselves on the Glory have lofty expectations. OK so now onto the various different areas: Embarkation Day: This could not have been a smoother process. We arrived at the port of Norfolk early (Having read some prior cruise critic reviews that recommended arriving before the posted embarkation time) this paid off HUGE! We arrived around 11:15 AM dropped our bags off at the port, dropped the car off at the Cedar Grove parking facility and on the ship by 11:45. In contrast our previous cruise in Baltimore we arrived at the published time, and sat in the terminal for nearly an hour and a half. Sunny day, we enjoyed the Lido Deck and explored the ship a bit before our room was ready promptly at 1:30. Through our carry-on bags in the room and proceeded to continue to explore the ship. Lots of stuff to see when arriving on a new ship! We discovered the Serenity Deck, which was where my fiance and her sister set up camp to tan the remainder of the week. I have to say, the addition of the Serenity Deck's on Carnival cruise ships is a welcome addition, it's sometimes nice to get away from rowdy crowds and children! Food: I am not much of a "foodie" though my travelling companions are, so for me any food that I don't have to pay for is AWESOME. The truth is I'd eat hot dogs and hamburgers all week as long as I can be on a cruise, but since that isn't the case I will comment on some of the great items I've had this week: FIRST and foremost was my favorite meal: Lobster and Shrimp on the first formal night. I had two plates! Next was the Braised Brisket, this was the most tender meat I've ever tasted and it was truly a delight! I also had the opportunity to try Shark meat... this was actually pretty good too. The lido deck offered standard fare and as always met my expectations, though again I know some cruisers fancy finer food, but to them I say: take a luxury cruise! Nothing I ate on this cruise was a disappointment, nothing was cold, and everything was simply great! A shout out for the 24 hour Pizza station! That pizza is excellent! Ports of Call: On this particular cruise we sailed straight from Norfolk to Nassau where we stayed for two days. This was the number one reason we'd picked this particular cruise, as we had been in Nassau the previous year but could only stay till dinner one day. We are fans of Atlantis so we made that our excursion both days! Cruise Critic Top Tip: DO NOT PAY FOR ATLANTIS THROUGH CARNIVAL!!! I know most people reading this are far more experienced at this than I, but having spent much of the past year researching aspects of cruising and discovering this site, I learned some stuff myself. For instance: Through Carnival you can book ONE Aquaventure at Atlantis for $195 per person per day. This allows you access to the pools and water park. This would have cost the three of us $1,170 (pretty much HALF the cost of our cruise!) HOWEVER with a little research we learned that you can book a room at the Comfort Suites ACROSS the street from Atlantis and the three of us rec'd wrist bands to access the pools and water park for TWO days all for $240- a savings over $900! And if you're so inclined you have a place to shower up before returning to the ship! Love spending time in Nassau! Also got to see quite a collection of Carnival Cruise ships while in Nassau... I think we saw the Fantasy, the Elation, the Destiny, the Conquest, the Fascination, and the Pride (which we'd previously sailed on a year ago). I've become something of a ship-nerd! Our second port of call was Freeport, we elected not to get off the ship, so not much to report on this port. Cabin: Our cabin was a balcony cabin on the Aft of the ship. Tried this as it was a little cheaper than the full aft extended balcony we had previously sailed on the Pride with. Cabin dimensions were the same as the previous cruise, a king bed and converted sofa. However we discovered that having a cabin on the side of the ship was more appealing than the back of the ship as we could see more things around us. Highly recommend side-balcony cabins! Other items of note as always are the fun towel animals to come home to every evening! In summary, this was our second cruise, but we are already eagerly anticipating planning our third! I know I'm new to this world compared to many of the more seasoned travelers, and I have missed out on some of the 'finer points' of travelling such as food and such, but I'm not a celebrity I don't need super luxury to enjoy a cruise. I need a ship, great food, fun atmosphere, and great travelling companions and I'm happy. Carnival supplied this in spades! Quick note on the great debate this year over Carnival's new "Comfort Selections" meals (ie: cheaper food to serve) I had both Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail a cruise classic, but I also had Comfort Selection Beef Brisket- IT WAS EXCELLENT! So before you turn your nose up, I suggest you give it a chance! And THEN we came home to snow! From 90 degree days in Nassau to 35 degrees in PA! 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: October 2011
Although it was convenient to cruise out of Norfolk(only 3 hr ride from our house), this port has some problems moving people on & off the ship. It really surprised me because the other ports I've sailed out usually have smoother ... Read More
Although it was convenient to cruise out of Norfolk(only 3 hr ride from our house), this port has some problems moving people on & off the ship. It really surprised me because the other ports I've sailed out usually have smoother embarkation & disembarkation procedures! Ship was clean for the most part, although some more upkeep was needed. especially in the Red Sail Buffet areas. I'm so used to seeing staff clean up the buffet areas more promptly when food is dropped or refills of trays are needed. Service in Golden Dining Room was wonderful. The menu has been cut down but selections and quality of food remain excellent! The Emerald Steakhouse was great& well worth the price that we had to go there twice! Room Service was great too!Wait staff was wonderful in general.Deli & Burrito bar was good. Upgrading to a suite was great! We enjoyed extra room & extended balcony & the staff was wonderful! Plus getting on & off the ship was far easier to do with the VIP service. We did not see the shows or attend many activities,as I went cruising to the Bahamas in January & saw the shows, then. The past cruiser cocktail party was great& the Halloween Costume party was fun. I love to go to the casino & play the slots! it's just too bad that the ventilation for smoking is horrible & there are too many areas to smoke! seems like all the good slot machines were in the Smoking area. Overall, it was a very good cruise. I would improve the layout of the ship. There are too many steps to climb for the Serenity area & the Water slide.It would have been nice if there had been a pool in the Serenity area instead of just hot tubs. I would consider the Glory again but would like another itinerary as I prefer other ports over the Bahamas, especially those easier to get in & out of! All in all it was a good first cruise for my hubby and we would recommend this cruise to others! Read Less
Carnival Glory Ratings
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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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