September 2006 Destination:
Eastern Caribbean Embarkation:
Port Canaveral (Orlando)
I cruised on the Glory 9/2-9/9. Anyone who does not have a good time, unless they are ill, does not want to have a good time. 1. Embarkation was easy and quick. Because I have RA, I was allowed to sit down until I boarded the ship that was my only request during the cruise and they were most gracious. 2. Our cabin, an outside on the Main Deck was large, clean and had plenty of closet space. Our attendant kept it spotless. 3. Our wait staff at dinner made going to dinner a pleasure. We were at table 138 in the Golden Restaurant at the 6:15 seating and if you are lucky enough to sit there your coffee will never be cold or your water glass empty. We tipped both waiters and our cabin attendant extra because of the great service and their sweet personalities. 4. The food was good. The Lido Deck at lunch was way crowded. That is my only gripe. Those lines need to be redesigned or the Dining Rooms opened when the ship is sold out. I had a tuna sandwich from the sandwich area - really good. I More
did go up and get the fish and chips one day - great. We had a hamburger most days because that line was not as long. I love hamburgers. I love fries. I am not complaining. They had chicken on the Taste of America day and it was excellent. Their salad bar was excellent. Their salad dressings were good. I wish they had cookies on their dessert area. The area by the pool uses real eggs in omelets and the chef back there is a great cook. The grits were runny but they are not southern - so that is forgivable. The little hash brown patties were good. So was the ham and bacon. Dinner---the sweet and sour shrimp served on rice were GREAT. Four huge prawns lightly breaded fried tasted like coconut shrimp to me. The rolls with dried tomato bits are also GREAT. I liked the roasted spring chicken and the steak I had was good. I had chocolate ice cream every night and it was good. I enjoyed every dinner we had and we ate in the Golden Room every night. 5. My husband won $600 dollars in the casino. That says it all about that part of the cruise. 6. The Activities staff under Marlise and her Young Assistant were great. They made Trivia, Battle of the Sexes, Scattergories so much fun they attracted big crowds. I would encourage every one a cruise to participate in at least one of these activities. You meet the nicest people in the world. 7. We did not see too many shows. They were great I understand but there was so much else to do---we just did not get there. 8. In St. Thomas we took the Historic Tour. It was ok. A lot of shopping stops. In St. Marten we took the Island Tour. That was a great tour. The driver was great, he talked a lot about the island, the island has no fresh water and we were amazed at the huge cactus growing in the countryside. I thought the French side was much more well kept and seemed more law abiding. You did not see the squalor or the burgle bars on every house. That was a shameful sight in St. Thomas - we have poured billions of dollars into that USA Territory and the houses are still often slums. Where does the money go? The roads were disgraceful. The Congressional Delegation from the USA Virgin Islands should be made to do an accounting of how federal funds are spent there for sure not on the people or the roads. Everyone did have a huge SUV. Insanity. An island. Where gas has to be shipped in everyone is tooling around in huge trucks or SUVs. The traffic jams were bad. I wanted St. Thomas to be something special and it is not as poor as most Caribbean Islands but it is no Cayman Islands. Not by a long shot. 9. Extras Tea Time in the Ivory Lounge at 3:30. WONDERFUL. Hot tea. Marvelous little cakes, tarts, cucumber sandwiches, salmon sandwich, beautiful music. Go at least once. Creams yes, you have to pay a dollar for the cookies. But they are good. Big. Good. The coffee is good too and you pay for that too. Still to get a cookie and some coffee and then sit on those lush sofas on the Promenade Deck read a book, people watch, gaze at the ocean---does it get any better? 10. When the cruise ended--we had breakfast--then went to the Promenade Deck to wait for our Deck to be called. We were off of the ship by 9:30am. Going through immigration was easy--we were on the road home by 10:30am. That is not bad at all. We also got to see the Space Shuttle launched. That was an extra thrill to a great vacation. It was a great cruise. I wish I was there now. Less
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