Carnival Glory - Western Caribbean: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by disneysteve
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Carnival Glory - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Embarkation: We flew into Orlando and took Mears shuttle to the Port. Reasonably short line to check in - many agents on hand to keep things moving. On the ship in no time. Dropped our carry on bags in the room and hit the buffet. No problems at all.
Public Rooms: Beautiful ship with plenty of nicely decorated and quite colorful public spaces. I loved the Egyptian theming of the casino and the constantly changing kaleidoscope ceiling in the atrium. Ebony lounge was smoke-free which was nice but you had to pass all the smokey lounges to get there. Also, the Internet cafe is inside the Ivory lounge which is the cigar bar. Poor planning. My wife couldn't go to the Internet cafe because she couldn't stand walking through the cigar smoke. Some more smoke-free lounges would be nice.
Cabin: Very nice. Spacious. Plenty of storage. Good lighting. More Now if only they could get rid of those super loud toilets.
Value: We actually won this cruise playing Bingo on our last cruise. We did pay taxes and paid to bring our daughter. I think the prices are quite good. I can't imagine getting this level of service and quality and quantity of food for any less money.
Dining: Glory has a great many dining options. In addition to the formal dining rooms (2 spacious 2-story restaurants), there is also the Red Sail restaurant buffet, pizzeria, grill (hamburgers, hot dogs), fish and chips, deli, Chinese, sushi and the extra-fee supper club. We tried everything but the supper club. The food in the main dining room is so good that I saw no point in blowing $50 for the supper club. None of us (there were 5 in our party) had a bad meal anywhere and some of the desserts are absolutely incredible - their Grand Mariner Souffle is one of the finest desserts I have ever had anywhere!
Entertainment: We only attended one of the evening shows - Rockin' Down Broadway - but it was excellent. Great singers. Dancers were very good though out of sync a couple of times. Wonderful sets and costumes worthy of Vegas or Broadway (and we are big theater fans and not easily impressed). The caliber of this show was excellent.
Service: Here's where we noticed some problems. Service was very good but just not quite as polished as it should be. For example, at dinner the first 3 nites if we ordered soup we weren't served a soup spoon. We had to ask for one. After that, the waiter brought them in advance of serving the soups. In the buffet restaurant, tables were set with silverware rolled in a cloth napkin. But most of the time, it only had a fork and knife, no spoon. Numerous times one of us had to go over to the beverage island and bring back spoons for everyone. Cabin service was good but since we had 3 cabins we were able to notice some inconsistencies in the way the rooms were serviced. Nothing major and probably wouldn't have noticed if we had nothing to compare to. One day we came back to the cabin and had an invitation to the returning guest cocktail party. When my mother showed us hers, it had a Carnival Glory pin attached. Ours didn't, nor did my mother-in-laws. We went to the Purser's desk and they gave us our pins. Had my mother not gotten one, we wouldn't have known they were missing.
Shore Excursions: Key West - Old Town Trolley Tour. We bought our tickets on land, not from Carnival. They charge $29 but only costs $22 if you buy them yourself. Very nice ride and informative drivers. Learned a lot about the history and sights.
Belize - Rainforest Exploration and Cave Tubing. Lots of fun. Unique experience. We were a bit disappointed by the rainforest. Not nearly as lush or dense as I expected. But the tubing is really the highlight of the trip and it was great. Lunch was quite tasty too. One warning - onboard they advise you to wear water shoes. Of course, the giftshop sells them for $20 ($5 back home at Target). What they don't tell you is you can rent them when you get there for $3.
Cozumel - Clear Kayak and Snorkeling. Also lots of fun. Water is crystal clear and got to see all types of fish and loads of coral formations and underwater vegetation. Also includes 2 drinks and a fruit platter.
Progreso - Didn't take a tour. Just walked through town and shopped at the open air market where the bus drops you off. Great prices (even better if you bargain with them) on local crafts.
Overall an excellent cruise I would definitely recommend. A couple of things could have been a bit better but really nothing significant. I would certainly sail with Carnival again. Less