Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Brian McMullen: Carnival Glory - Eastern Caribbean
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Carnival Glory - Eastern Caribbean
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
4th cruise (RCCL/Nordic Empress, RCCL/Voyager, Celebrity/Horizon). We stayed at the Radisson Resort on Friday 6-24. This is a nice place to stay and they will shuttle you to your ship and pick you up after your cruise.
The embarkation process was easy. 45 minutes from the time we got off the shuttle to the time we entered our cabin. Our cabin was nice with plenty of room. We had an ocean view which slept 4 and was convenient to everything.
Disembark: try the self assist. We got out in record time.
PORTS OF CALL and Excursions; First we stopped at Nassau. I wish the cruise lines would stop going here, but I guess you have to take the good with the bad. We went to Atlantis by way of the Comfort Suites. We paid for a room so we could use the slides, and digs at Atlantis. I must say that Atlantis is a bit overrated. Not as nice as you would expect from such a resort.
The next stop was St. Thomas. This was awesome!!!! We went on a day sail called The More Rumbaba (this is not a Carnival excursion). The sail boat was operated by a couple, Karen and Bobby. They only take small groups, which in this case was my family of 4. We sailed from St. Thomas to St. John. They showed us some sights, we snorkeled, had lunch, and did some more sailing. This was the best excursion we have ever done. After the sail, we went shopping at the mall near the ships. We found some deals, but next time, my wife says that we need to bring a jewelry budget.
Our next stop was St. Maarten. We did not do much here. The weather was not great. But we saw enough to make us want to go back.
As far as life on the Glory, as I said before, our cabin was nice and the steward did a good job. We got around the ship without much trouble. Some reviews stated that this would be a problem, but it wasn't for us. Reviews also stated that the announcements were annoying. Again, no problem here. The ship was a bit rocky though. Not sure why. We have been on the Voyager (similar size), and never felt it move.
The pools were a major disappointment. Too small, too small, too small. An adult pool would be nice. The stadium seating around the "main pools" was really crowded. The water slide was pretty cool. My kids loved it.
Speaking of the kids (13 & 9) Camp Carnival does not measure up to RCCL's program.
FOOD: The Golden dining room was ok. The food was average at best. Plenty to eat but not much flavor. The red sail was good for breakfast. Lunch and supper was ok. Again. not much flavor. The grill and deli were pretty good. We did do the Emerald room one night. This was the extra pay fine dining restaurant. This was good. Great porterhouse steak.
ENTERTAINMENT: The shows in the palace were all great. Maybe the best we have seen on our cruises. The piano bar (CINN-A BAR) was treat also.
Overall, Glory was a relaxing trip and not a bad deal for the price. Less
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