We left Port Canaveral on a rainy Saturday evening. The Glory is a beautiful ship, albeit typical Carnival gaudy. We all felt the rooms were nice and the room stewards did an excellent job maintaining our 2 cabins.
We especially liked the casino bar located on deck 5 due to the friendly staff.
We ate in the buffet the first night. Above average as cruise buffets go and also tried some pizza toward the end of the evening. It too was very good.
Our first stop was Nassau, why cruise lines insist on stopping here is beyond me. This was our 4th trip to Nassau on cruise ships and it actually gets worse every stop. Basically there is very little to do and you are constantly pestered by street venders.
After a day at sea, we arrived in St. Thomas and had to remain outside the port for 3 1/2 hours due to Carnival neglecting to forward a passenger list. We later found out they were fined $30,000+ for this oversight. After finally being allowed to dock at 2:30, Carnival extended the stay by 2 hours and generously opened the casino and shops while still in port. As an experienced cruiser, I laughed at the Cruise Director's repeated announcements about how this was to benefit the passengers. In actuality all they did was open when they had originally planned to. I felt a small shipboard credit would have been nice.
Our next stop was St. Maarten. This port seems to get better and better each time we visit. A great stop and back to the ship for 2 more days at sea.
The 2 days were uneventful and we arrived back at the port on time Saturday morning.
PROS and CONS:
Our room steward kept my fold up cooler filled with ice the entire trip. I'm certain the $20 tip up front helped that cause.
The dining room staff was unfriendly and inefficient. The very worse we have experienced.
Carnival continues to nickle and dime you to death. Our sign and sail cards were well over $1500 for a 7 day cruise.
The ship was nice and the slots seemed looser than typical. That could be because I hit a small jackpot second day. Our traveling companions felt they were very tight.
The ship was not kept as clean as previous cruises. Little things, a soda bottle sitting for 24+ hours, room service dishes in the hallway for 6 or 8 hours.
The room stewards are badly overworked. They used to have 10 - 12 rooms, now they have 25+ to take care of. This takes away a lot of the previously enjoyed interaction between us and our room steward.
OVERALL RATING (on a scale of 1 - 10):
Entertainment - 6
Food - 8
Ports - 5 (Nassau and the fiasco in St Thomas lowered this)
Room - 9
Room Steward - 9
Bar Staff - 9
Dining Staff - 2
Deli - 9
Buffet - 7
Pizza - 8
Friendliness of Crew - 8
Embarkation - 8
Debarkation - 5
Overall Experience - 7
In closing, we have sailed on 3 different lines and still rate Carnival as a good value. Although it is not our favorite cruise line, we would probably use them again. After all, there is no such thing as a unenjoyable cruise. All we can do now is look forward to October, we'll be on Princess out of New York.