Embarkation - Was fine. Got there via shuttle from hotel around noon. Didn't have to wait in line very long but had to fill out a Bahamas declaration form which I feel should have been enclosed in the pre cruise documents. But other than that everything went pretty smooth and we were having lunch in the Red Sail by 1 pm.
Cabin - Before we had only sailed Royal Caribbean and were used to their cabins. We were pleasantly surprised by their cabins. There was more room, better lighting, and an unbelievable bed. We had a bigger window than we had on RC also. The only drawback was the thinness of the neighbor's walls as we could hear them.
Dining - We did not want to get stuck with a table full of people we did not care for or had nothing in common with. As with our past experiences with RC, we requested a 2-person table for early seating. When we got on board we noticed that we were at an 8-person table for the latest seating. We stood in line 45 More
minutes to 1 hour for the Maitre D to change the seating. When we finally got to him, he tried everything he could to talk us into staying with our dinner assignment. We protested and got what we wanted. We were told 2 seater tables lack attention from the wait staff and are in the way. We were at Table 125 in the Golden Dining Room, which we loved. I could see why other reviews would say that about these tables because there were countless trays of food over my head but not one drop. Our wait staff was extremely attentive, sometimes too much. We never lacked for anything. The food quality was ok. There was only 1 night in the dining room where we thought the food was excellent. The other nights were just institutionalized. We highly recommend the lamb chops and the duck as main courses. And the dessert is the warm melting chocolate cake with ice cream on the side (its on the menu every night!). Other than that, there wasn't anything else that we would recommend which was disappointing.
The Red Sail Restaurant/Buffet was below average. Breakfast was the worst meal of the day. Go with the cereal. We did enjoy the deli and the fish and chip for lunch but you get tired of those quickly. Everything else was sub par. We did enjoy the beverage stations that were all over the 9th and 10th floors that had different drinks to choose from like lemonade, mango/guava, and apple juice to name a few. The pizza at the 24 hr pizzeria was ok. Other than that, stick with the soft serve ice cream/yogurt.
Bars/Entertainment - We loved the cruise director, Dana (can't remember last name). He was great. He brought lots of humor to the shows he was a part of. The shows were fine. Nothing spectacular but entertaining nonetheless. We saw most of the shows except for the welcome aboard show and we enjoyed them all. You do have to get to the shows extremely early if you want a decent seat in the Amber Palace. We spend a lot of time in the Ebony Cabaret Bar and watched a lot of karaoke. It was a nice bar and some nights it got kind of silly and then we would leave. But overall, the bars were fine.
Ship Appearance - The ship was always clean. We felt the decorations were kind of tacky and gaudy compared to RC. Having the main area of the ship, the Promenade area, on 3 different levels as compared to RC stretching it out on just 1 floor, left us feeling cramped.
Ports of Call - Cozumel, We had done the snorkeling excursion in the past so this time we didn't do anything but come on shore to check out the shops. We could definitely tell there was some damage left by the hurricane but they are rebuilding nicely. We had some rain and wind so we got back on the ship after just a little bit of time. Belize - There was no dock so we had to be tendered ashore in rough rainy seas for a couple of miles, which was a definite minus. The meeting area for shore excursions was quite small and confusing. . We took the Zoo/City tour. We highly recommend sticking with the cruise lines excursions at this port. Although a lot of money is being pumped into this port and will probably be nice in 5 years or so, it is still very 3rd world and would not want to make a wrong turn here. We enjoyed the zoo. It was quite fun after you get there via the hour-long bus ride to and from. The City tour was lackluster but our tour guide, Henry, was great and very proud of his country but there were only so many shanties you could see without feeling that maybe we shouldn't be here. Costa Maya - We did the Jungle Beach Break Excursion. It looked like a beach in a Corona commercial. There were 2 excursion times, 8:30 and 10:30. We chose 8:30 and there were very few people on this one which was a plus since we had the beach to ourselves for about 2 hours. After the 10:30 bus showed, there was a lot more people and lot more screaming kinds so it lost some appeal. There was an open bar and many activities to do like wave runner, banana boats and snorkeling, etc. You can only stay 4 hours so if you like the open bar, we suggest that you go later. We had to leave before 1 pm. Nassau - The weather was poor with winds howling and the rain was coming. We only stayed on shore for about 1 hour. If you didn't want to buy liquor, jewelry, or t-shirts, it wasn't too interesting of a stop in my opinion. Friday night coming back to Port Canaveral from Nassau we were in some pretty bad weather and it was the worst night of sleeping or lack there of in my lifetime. I have never had seasickness but around 1 am in the morning, I was close to seeing my food again. I was scared that the ship was going to break apart! Everything was creaking and we could hear the propellers very well. I was running on adrenaline that morning getting off the ship.
Debarkation - We did the self-assist where you take all your luggage off with you because we wanted to get off as early as possible. They said that customs would probably clear the Glory around 7:30 but it was more like 8 and we were waiting for an announcement forever. It finally came and we got off the boat with all of our 6 pieces of luggage without too much of a hitch around 8:30.
Overall - It was a pleasant experience and very relaxing but I don't know if we will cruise Carnival again. I guess we are Royal Caribbean fans. Less