My husband and I made a deal with our son that if he graduated from college in 4 years we would go on a great vacation to celebrate. (It was cheaper than another year of tuition!) He chose a cruise which of course we just loved considering that we were also going!!!!
We stayed at the Radisson at the Port the night before we left. Very nice to relax and a good breakfast before we left. The best part was the free parking and shuttles... Leaving on the trip seemed a little unorganized to us since there were loads of people crammed together on the sidewalk at the front door- maybe using a side door would be better to open up the entrance to the building. The pickup afterwards was flawless. We were picked up as soon as we walked out of the building and within 15 minutes we were in our car on the highway.
Embarkation was ok- it seemed a little slow but I'd rather be safe than sorry.... I don't mind the checks for safety reasons and it makes it better for all of us. Of course it was my choice to cruise in August and it was hot that morning but we lived and got on board just fine.
The GLORY was the largest ship we have ever been on and we loved our trip. This was our 5th cruise all but one on Carnival. We enjoyed the activities on board for the most part- however it is amazing what some people will do!!!! We loved the shows at night- son was a theater major!!! Mark Price- CD- was great. He kept things moving and even politely put people in their place when need be....little too much to drink and too much opinion. The dancers were great and Marcus Anthony was really great. The illusionist left a LOT to be desired. Costumes, sets, lighting and special effects with lasers and fog were great.
We were also on board when the new flight restrictions went into effect and I think that Carnival did their part to inform everyone of what was happening.
I miss Ida- our waiter and Francesco- our room steward. Why do you have to leave these people on the ship??? Our service was outstanding. The first night our names were known and used even when seen not in a usual spot. Ida was so attentive and you could tell that he really loved people and enjoyed making your vacation memorable. The food was good- especially since Ida made recommendations every night. The smaller portions were not an issue for us- just allowed us to maybe have 2 and try new things. Desserts were not always outstanding but good and you could always hit the ice cream after the shows on the way back to your cabin.
We did the glass bottom boat in Nassau just to have something to do- don't go there. The ride was nice but the glass was so cloudy that you could not see a thing even though the water was crystal clear.
In St. Thomas we did the excursion to St. John- what a neat place. Enjoyed the tour and the guide very much but the mosquitoes were horrendous.
In St. Maarten we did the 4X4 Jeep excursion- what fun!!!! Our guide was fabulous and took our 8 jeeps on a tour around the entire island. We stopped in Marigot for shopping and came back to Orient Beach for about 2 hours. This was an all day trip and loads of fun. One of the best excursions we have ever done.
Our room was very spacious (considering we camp- we had lots of room). We splurged and upgraded to a balcony room and it was way worth it. We loved getting up and going out for sunrises and loved the stars at night. Breakfast was enjoyed there one morning by our son. We have done oceanview in the past but balcony will be our choice next time. We thought it was worth the extra.
Disembarkation was flawless. We were off the ship and in our car by 9:15. We were concerned since we opted to do the self assist- but we were off the ship and breezed through security without a hitch.
We really enjoyed our trip and largely due to Cruise Critic. We gleaned info from the site for weeks before we left and have become one of the CC addicts. We met some wonderful people on the ship that we "met" through the roll call. It was nice to actually feel like you "knew" someone before we got onboard. We are looking forward to our next cruise- it will definitely not be another 11 years before our next one....