We very much enjoyed our first time cruise on the Carnival Glory this past week with our two children, 3 & 6 y/o boys. Our cabin was wonderful with plenty of room and storage. It pays to keep it organized throughout the week and unpack first day and store luggage under the bed. We had no issues with embarking although it took over an hour and the lines were long. The ship had 3,570 people - it was spring break - 1,200 were under 21. The ship was highly diverse in age brackets. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather the entire trip. The first night was very rocky and we had a hard time sitting straight up at the main dining table!
After getting offshore it smoothed out - sleeping in a cabin and hearing the creaking of the ship with a slight rocking motion is the best sleep I have ever had. It's like being in a hammock. We brought all the seasick drugs but none of us ever needed them. Our cruise director, Carlos, was wonderful, never pushy or sale-sy, just informative, not repetitive. He was a lot of fun and was 'everywhere' 'all the time'. Managing congo lines, hosting a newlywed show, providing necessary information, it was a great pleasure to hear his announcements. We never had a problem obtaining drinks at dinner, deckside or casino.
Dinner was good, but the Emerald room was great. Our children ate very well and went to the Camp Carnival about twice a day for 2 hour stays. The Carnival closes sometimes from 12 - 2 and 4 - 7. You really have to pay attention to the sheet you pick up from the camp which specifies when they are open and where they are meeting. The 6 y/o sometimes met at the disco rather than the camp. Also we waited one day until the customary 9 am to let put our 3 y/o in while we packed for a day trip, only to find out they had opened at 7:45.
Seems they open earlier on port days, sometimes close early, sometimes stay open very late, etc. It changes so pay attention. The staff was good - our kids never had a bad time there; always ready to go back at any time. We found it best to have them with us for all meals and some pool time daily. They went back to camp after dinner but were never picked up later than 10:30 although there was babysitting until 3:30 am. This ship needed to put out more deck chairs. We were unable to get a chair any of the days at sea. They had some extra chairs stacked up but it was impossible to get them to an open deck area. The Lido deck was fine with me until they started their Fear Factor game.
The ship truly was the 'fun ship', and i loved all of the activities until this came along, during prime lunch hour at 12:30. Contestants had to eat boiled eggs, wasabi, a slab of bacon fat, followed by octopus legs. Most were vomiting on the deck by the end of this escapade. Until this the dancing, ice carving, kids games, etc. on the Lido deck were enjoyed by all - even the hairy chest contest was a blast. But to this day thinking of that food and the vomiting makes my stomach take a turn. The pools are cold - but I'm from Tampa, maybe 75 is okay with you. 85 is the right temp for me.
Disembarking was marvelous. We were on floor 11 and were still packing when they called us. The effort to get off the ship and through immigration in St. Thomas took a good 2 hours for us though. All who booked with shore excursions had priority though. However we met a couple with a 12:30 snorkeling tour who was never called in advance and they said most of their group missed the tour - Carnival refunded them, but of course they lost a day doing one of their favorite activities. Atlantis is a must for Nassau and worth the money - we went directly by taxi and had a private tour of 6. St. Maarten was wonderful but we stayed near the shipping and Great Bay beach where the water taxi drops you. It was fun - try the Holland House for raft rentals, lunch and drinks. Very reasonable. We look forward to another trip and would definitely take the Glory except that we want to experience some other cruise lines and ships as well. Overall a very good vacation experience for all of us. Didn't use the spa - prices came down throughout the week so wait a few days!
(Also - the ship was very cleaned and constantly being cared for. One day it did have some unusual smells and our cabins smelled just strange and it gave me a headache. I took some room spray and Advil so that helped.)