October 2006 Destination:
Western Caribbean Embarkation:
Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We sailed on the carnival Glory which departed on 10/7/06 from Port Canaveral. We were extremely happy with our cruise experience. This was my second carnival cruise, and my husband's first. We were traveling to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and were not disappointed with our choice. Our cabin was the Penthouse suite, #7312. We had originally booked a balcony cabin on upper deck and were happily surprised that our TA upgraded us to this suite; what a great surprise! Beautiful room with an extremely comfortable bed. we could feel the bump in the middle from the 2 box springs below us, but that wasn't a big deal. Our balcony was fantastic; we had notified our cabin steward Sabina that our lounge chair was broken,and within 2 days we had a new chair. We arrived on Friday and stayed at Radisson at the Port. It was ok..the room was fine but the ac was incredibly loud. This didn't stop us from sleeping though. We arrived through Orlando airport and rented a car to drive ourselves More
to the port (most affordable option). It worked out fine and we had transportation to do some shopping in cocoa beach. Embarkation was smooth..we were on in about 10-15 minutes, with VIP treatment. I don't know if that was because we had a penthouse suite, but we didn't complain! We were taken to the front of the line and boarded soon after. Our bags were at our room within a couple of hours. Food was great. The dining room staff was fantastic and we thought the portions and selections were nice. Small portions allowed us to enjoy dessert every night. Alain and Jemmy were our waiters (we had seating for 2 in the Golden dining room, late sitting). Entertainment was great. We were both pleasantly surprised at the quality of the shows and the comedians were great. Thumbs down to the illusionist. I just thought the show was corny, but that's just my own opinion. We never felt bored..always had something to do even on at sea days. Finding a chair was a challenge on the 2nd day at sea..but it wasn't a big deal. Pools were small but again, not a big deal. Fitness room was great and the pool and spa in the fitness area were nice. We had a couples massage which was nice but I didn't like the sales pitch at the end of the massage for aromatherapy products. That's never happened to me at a spa, so I was turned off by that a bit. Cabin steward was great..by the time we were back from breakfast, our rooms were made up and as soon as we left our rooms in the evening, no matter the time, our beds were turned down when we returned. Cozumel..we chose the Dune buggy/Snorkel tour through the cruise excursions. it was ok.snorkeling was fun, but the "Pee Pee station" we stopped at for shopping was a bit on the scary side. The beach break after the snorkeling was nice with a mexican bbq, and then we drove around the entire island to get back to the port. Very nice and our tour guide Danny was really friendly. Belize..hmm..not quite what I pictured. We booked our tour online versus the ship tour for cave tubing on cave-tubing.com. It was GREAT!! we had so much fun. Since we were off the ship fairly early, the tour guide Richard, took us on a city tour of Belize City. The poverty is just overwhelming. The tourguides have an amazing pride in the their country and gave us a ton of info about the city. Keith, Yahnni, Richard, etc..were all fantastic on this tour..much more affordable than the ship and we got lunch after the cave tubing. The water was fairly high from the rain, so we were given a 2 cave tour versus the one that the ship will take your through. Mountain views on the way to the jungle were great. I'm curious to see what the rest of the island looks like. I was surprised at how far the ship is from the actual port. Costa Maya was a nice port. We booked jetskiing at the port which also included access to Tequila Beach. I have some mixed feelings about this beach. There was a lot of seawood, which isn't big deal because it's part of the ocean BUT the floating cups, debris and anti freeze bottles left much to be desired. The water was great once you waded past the seawood, but the dirtiness of the shoreline was gross. Nassau was our favorite port and wished we could have stayed longer. We paid for the Atlantis aquarium tour which was a beautiful property and then went onto the public beach. It was beautiful..crystal clear water. water beach!! We loved the service onboard carnival, cruise director was great, and will definitely return. The only complaint was disembarking. We never found out the reason why we arrived late, but we got tired of hearing people complain about the wait. we heard tons of rumors but never a reason. We chose to carry off our own luggage, and at a certain point, i was worried we'd miss our car rental. I explained that to the staff handling disembarkation and they allowed us off. All in all, a great vacation! Less
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