Carnival Glory - Eastern Caribbean: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Tampart1
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Carnival Glory - Eastern Caribbean
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
If you are thinking about going on the Carnival Glory, DON'T. The ship had just come out of dry dock, and about half of the crew were new. Never could find out why a 2-yr old ship was in dry dock, so suppose there was some problem.
The ship was late leaving Pt. Canaveral; the life boat drill was late, so you did not get to see the ship leave. We were late getting to Nassau and St. Thomas.
First nite dinner was a joke; no one knew what they were doing. We had to wait 30 minutes to get seated, and another 15 min to get a menu. Never did get dessert. Things did improve after the first nite. The seafood was excellent; the beef was like eating shoe leather. A large percentage of the ice machines did not work, nor did the ice cream machines, nor the water dispensers.
Several shows were cancelled because of rough seas, although the waves were only about 5 ft. The Glory is a huge ship, but the most unstable More ship I have ever been on, and this was my 17th cruise. There was at least a 10-20 degree roll, although the ship is supposed to have stabilizers.
Carnival has started a "Platinum" card membership for guests that have traveled on Carnival more than 10 times. No one had a clue as to what this meant, as Carnival just started this. According to the current issue of Carnival's magazine, "Currents", a platinum guest is supposed to get the following: a special Carnival logo item, Canapes and petit fours delivered to your stateroom, personalized stationery, free laundry service, an escorted tour of the ship, priority spa reservations, priority tender tickets, and priority debarkation. The only thing we got was priority debarkation when we returned to Pt. Canaveral, and anyone who carried off their luggage could get the same thing. We did not get priority debarkation at any of the ports that we visited, only returning to Pt. Canaveral. After 3 phone calls to the purser's office, we did get a bottle of champagne, which tasted like vinegar, so we poured it down the drain.
We did make reservations at the Emerald Club(where you are supposed to get a fantastic meal and service at an extra cost of $30/person), but we cancelled it after talking to other guests that said the food was good, but the service was horrible.
Do not buy liquor at the ship's store. It is considerably cheaper in both St Thomas and St Maarten. A liter of Crown Royal is $20 at the ship's store, and we bought 2 liters for $30 in St Thomas, and got a free cooler bag thrown in. A liter of V.O. is $12 on the ship, and $6 in St Martin.
If you like art, consider going to the art auctions. Not sure you get a good deal, but they give you free champagne the first and last day of the auction. When Park West ran it, the art selections were much better in my opinion. The art auctioneer was very knowledgeable--probably the best I have seen.
Breakfast on the Lido deck was OK--but the same thing every morning. We never did eat breakfast or lunch at the dining room because it takes forever to get served. Carnival still has not figured out how to have a separate line for omelets at breakfast, so if you get behind someone who wants one, prepare to wait forever to get thru the line. Lunch on the Lido deck was usually pretty good, with a good selection of food. The seafood here was great too, but not the beef.
Most of the land tours were very expensive in my opinion--you can do much better on your own. Only advantage I can see in taking a ship's tour, is that if it late coming back, Carnival will hold the boat for you. We were so late getting to Nassau, you would have had a problem doing a tour on you own. Less