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Me, my husband and two teenage daughters (14 and 15) decided to spend the holidays on the Carnival Glory. The trip started out pretty rough as there was an ice storm in the Northeastern US so many planes were stranded and unable to make their schedules. We ended up spending 14 hours in airports before finally getting into Orlando. The cruise line booked our airfare so we were at the mercy of Carnival in getting flights set. Carnival booked us at the Airport Crown Plaza in Orlanda for the night but we were dissapointed when we checked into the hotel and found two full size beds. Now, my husband and I are not "big" but it was an uncomfortable night. Regardless of our travel difficulties, we all decided to have a great cruise! The embarkation onto the Glory was outstanding. It only took about 45 minutes from the time we got to the terminal to getting onboard the ship. This was a HUGE improvement from a Carnival Conquest trip we took in 2006 where it took 4 hours to board. Apparently, someone thought that they could sneak drugs into the US so everything came to a standstill. The cruise director, Butch, was outstanding. The shows and entertainment NEVER dissapointed and we enjoyed all of the onboard activities. We visited 3 ports on this trip. They were, Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maartin. While in Nassau we went on the Blackbeards stingray, beach party trip. It was HORRIBLE. The beach was infested with sand fleas, the stingrays were held captive in a large caged area and all of them were mutilated by removing their stingers and teeth. Unbelievable! All of the guests that went on this excursion complained and ran the store out of non-itch creams. Pretty much everyone that went on the excursion spent 3 days scratching the bites. Mental note: Always take bug spray. St. Thomas was a blast. We chose to do the parasailing and it was wonderful. Afterwards, we visited the linen merchants and made a slamming deal on a new lace tablecloth! In St. Maartin, we did the America's Cup Race. We were the crew on the Canada II and had a great time. I would strongly recommend this tour. We were lucky enough to be seated with a family from Wisconsin for the 8:30 sitting and we all made a deal on the first night to try something we hadn't had before each evening. We all stuck to this and really enjoyed our culinary adventure on board. The staff were incredible and our head waiter was the best! I can't remember eating better food on a cruise ship. We had a balcony room with the drop down additional bed so there were 4 of us in the cabin. REALLY too crowded and by the end of the cruise we were all pretty sick of each other. We are sailing on the Freedom in March of 2010 and have booked a seperate inside cabin for our teenage daughters. I would highly recommend the Glory to anyone interested!

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Carnival Glory Cruise Review by kennedy87114

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Me, my husband and two teenage daughters (14 and 15) decided to spend the holidays on the Carnival Glory. The trip started out pretty rough as there was an ice storm in the Northeastern US so many planes were stranded and unable to make their schedules. We ended up spending 14 hours in airports before finally getting into Orlando. The cruise line booked our airfare so we were at the mercy of Carnival in getting flights set. Carnival booked us at the Airport Crown Plaza in Orlanda for the night but we were dissapointed when we checked into the hotel and found two full size beds. Now, my husband and I are not "big" but it was an uncomfortable night.
Regardless of our travel difficulties, we all decided to have a great cruise!
The embarkation onto the Glory was outstanding. It only took about 45 minutes from the time we got to the terminal to getting onboard the ship. This was a HUGE improvement from a Carnival Conquest trip we took in 2006 where it took 4 hours to board. Apparently, someone thought that they could sneak drugs into the US so everything came to a standstill.
The cruise director, Butch, was outstanding. The shows and entertainment NEVER dissapointed and we enjoyed all of the onboard activities.
We visited 3 ports on this trip. They were, Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maartin. While in Nassau we went on the Blackbeards stingray, beach party trip. It was HORRIBLE. The beach was infested with sand fleas, the stingrays were held captive in a large caged area and all of them were mutilated by removing their stingers and teeth. Unbelievable! All of the guests that went on this excursion complained and ran the store out of non-itch creams. Pretty much everyone that went on the excursion spent 3 days scratching the bites. Mental note: Always take bug spray.
St. Thomas was a blast. We chose to do the parasailing and it was wonderful. Afterwards, we visited the linen merchants and made a slamming deal on a new lace tablecloth!
In St. Maartin, we did the America's Cup Race. We were the crew on the Canada II and had a great time. I would strongly recommend this tour.
We were lucky enough to be seated with a family from Wisconsin for the 8:30 sitting and we all made a deal on the first night to try something we hadn't had before each evening. We all stuck to this and really enjoyed our culinary adventure on board. The staff were incredible and our head waiter was the best! I can't remember eating better food on a cruise ship.
We had a balcony room with the drop down additional bed so there were 4 of us in the cabin. REALLY too crowded and by the end of the cruise we were all pretty sick of each other. We are sailing on the Freedom in March of 2010 and have booked a seperate inside cabin for our teenage daughters.
I would highly recommend the Glory to anyone interested!
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