Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Karen: Carnival Glory - Eastern Caribbean
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Carnival Glory - Eastern Caribbean
We just got back yesterday. My husband and I enjoyed the cruise overall but we did not find the ship as "user friendly" as (say) the Carnival Spirit. It's difficult to find where you want to go on the Glory even after a few days at sea. This 'searching' got real tedious real fast...many other paxs commented on the same thing.
EMBARKATION: The wait at the security and check-in lines was a slow-average, but people seemed okay with the process. Even though our Carnival Vacation Club check-in was surprising delayed, the bags were delivered to the cabin quickly.
CABIN: Nice sized cabin done up in bright orange tones. The standard Carnival balcony is small (as compared to what we could see on a neighboring Princess ship) but it has opaque glass between the cabins for privacy and light & accommodated 2 chairs/1 table.
Sleeping is WONDERFUL!!! Between the gentle rolling of the ship and the brand new More mattresses, top quality bedding, plenty of pillows and a feather blanket too, it was simply the best sleep we've had in awhile. Also, there's a nice-sized bathroom with good light and lots of fluffy Egyptian cotton towels. But, as much as we tried, the floor always seemed to get soaked because of the design of shower floor. Shower gel and shampoo is provided but bring your own body lotions and conditioner. Closet space is fine but you cannot seem to stowe luggage out/of/sight.
DINING: Excellent meals, ambience and dining stewards in the two Main dining rooms. Even though the course portions are small, you are "filled up" by the presentation and service..we never left the table hungry. But if you do, there's always the buffet or room service for later on. We had a 6:15 PM seating which worked out well for most of the evening entertainment. Our 6 other table partners were great people which only added to the dining experiences.
A good variety of foods and desserts in buffet Red Sail Room with the options of a separate Deli, hamburger/hot dog bar, Oriental, Fish and Chips and pizza stations. Soft served ice cream and basic beverages always available but you must pay for soda at $1.50 per can if that's your choice. Our only breakfast complaint was the "synthetic" scrambled eggs and same old breakfast pastries ..you knew what was coming after the 2nd or 3rd day. However, you can order a fresh omelette of your choice made/on/the/spot.
SHORE EXCURSIONS: Our Nassau tour took most of the short port time but we got to feed the stingrays after 45-min boat ride to tiny Pearl Island. Others snorkeled while we spent the rest of the 3 hr tour lounging on the beach. Took a open-air bus tour at St. Thomas; I'm embarrassed to say the island sights didn't do it for me outside of the stunning port of St. Thomas itself. At St. Maarten, we also land toured with an informative guide but there's not much to 'see' outside of the port or shopping venues since the island is so small. These islands are definitely for the swimmers, snorkelers or scuba people.
CASINO: We got some results on the Video Poker machines which is always fun BUT the smoking odor and poor ventilation made a long stay in that room almost impossible. You expect smoking in a casino but the smells lingered into the next morning and throughout the day/night. A trip through the casino to the aft dining rooms was a nightmare...I held my nose.
ENTERTAINMENT: Good shows, lots of 'silly' contests and trivia. Quite a few outside hot tubs and the pools were pleasantly warm.
CONCLUSION: We cruise Carnival a lot but I don't think I'd use the Glory again. I thought the overall design was too complicated for the passengers. Notwithstanding that, it's rotten to be home now! Less
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