A terrific experience. This was our fourth cruise, but first with the kids. We had sailed on three different fantasy-class ships prior, but this was our first conquest-class ship. What a fantastic time we had.
Embarkation: This is the main area that we see needs some improvement. There were just too many lines. We arrived at the port around 10:30. Quickly made it through the first few lines. Then we were at a standstill until 12:00 when they started allowing boarding. We knew we wouldn't be allowed to board until then, but once we started moving, we had more lines.
The ship itself is beautiful. Color is the theme to this ship and there is color everywhere. The kaleidoscope ceiling is really magnificent. It was nicely decorated for the holidays with greenery, garlands and a tree. The ship was easy to navigate. Just remember that decks three and four do not go all the way through.
Staff was always smiling and going out of their way to make sure everything was to our liking. Had a terrific wait team in the Golden Dining room. They learned our likes and dislikes from day one, and made great recommendations. Never once were we unhappy with any of the selections. The food was very good and nicely presented. Kids enjoyed ordering off the adults menu and trying many new dishes.
Booked two rooms, with the kids next door to us. Rooms were nice size with plenty of storage. Room steward kept room spotless and each night we had a different towel animal to greet us after dinner. He even made sure that the kids had chocolate chip cookies waiting on them each night at bed time.
Attended a few of the shows. The Rock Down Broadway show was very good. We also enjoyed Justin the Illusionist. But a definite MUST see is the Marc Anthony Motown show.
Ports: Took the kids to the pirate museum in Nassau and some shopping. Did shopping and an island tour with Godfrey in St. Thomas. Be sure not to pass up the Banana Daiquiris at the high point on the island. Went off shopping on our own and exploring in St. Maarten.
Played bingo a couple of times, enjoyed the ice carving, watched the hairy chest contest and the newly-wed not so newly-wed game. Went to the late night deck party and had a blast. Took many pictures of the midnight buffet and the Friday afternoon chocolate buffet.
This cruise seemed to be mostly seniors and 30 to 40 somethings. Not as many kids as some of our prior cruises. Mostly because the winter breaks had not begun yet. It is a great cruise for all ages. Our eight year old loved camp carnival and the water slide. Teen loved hanging out poolside.
Would definitely recommend this cruise. If you're looking for the wild party side of the fun ships, try another time frame, like spring break or summer months. We're already planning our next cruise, and yes, we're going on the Glory again. This time we're going to the western caribbean.