Glory 1-13-07 - 1-20-07. Two couples, in our 40's. We booked flight, transportation and cruise through the Carnival folks. Everything went off without a hitch. We also booked 2 excursions through Carnival and one private.
Our cabins were 6481 and 6473, aft with longer than normal balconies. The neighbors at the very aft 6483 opened their balcony door up as well so that made for alot of great balcony room and wonderful views from the back of the ship. Large enough areas for lounge chairs. If you can't lock open your balcony door, put your cabin door wedge in it, at the hinge and secure it with a towel. This keeps the balcony divider from swinging and banging...this is only if securing it open causes your balcony door to be blocked. Our cabin and cabin steward were remarkable. We were very pleased with cleanliness and service.
The food was good. We only ate at the buffet for breakfast and it was only okay. The Fish and Chips located upstairs from the Red Sail Buffet was outstanding! The dinners were awesome, we tried something new every night. The Emerald Room is well worth the $30 per person, to try at least one evening. Book early in the cruise to get a good day for you.
The first day was fun...way too much fun. Limit yourself to the number of "Fun Ship" drinks. Our first port was Cozumel. We booked the golf excursion through Carnival. It was pricey but alot of fun. The course there is awesome. I became close with most of the sandtraps. Rented brand new clubs from the pro on ship. Lots of local wildlife on the course, iguanas, lots of birds and crocs! Next stop Belize...booked private cavetubing through Nacho and Cynthia. (firstname.lastname@example.org)$75.00 per person. This was a good experience. They picked us up at port in a van. There were 6 in our group. We drove about 50 minutes out in the jungle to a resort. It was an absolute downpour of warm rain. We walked about 20 minutes through the jungle/rainforest to the opening of the caves and were taken through. Afterward, lunch was provided at the resort as well as a tour of their butterfly zoo and we were taken back into Belize City for some shopping. Let me say that when we got out of the water there were about 200 people who had booked the cavetubing through Carnival and I cannot imagine that they all got through the caves before the ship sailed! They had to walk alot farther to get to the caves because the busses cannot go into the resort area and they were not provided lunch. They also only were taken through one set of caves where we were taken through a two sets of caves. Belize City is not a safe place outside of the port area. *You do not have to wait until your number is called to get on one of the tender boats*. Just go down the stairs to level 0 and get on a boat.
Costa Maya is a wonderful little village. They have done a great job of making the pier area attractive. We took the bus into Majahaul for a day of shopping and relaxing on the beach. A bucket of 6 beers for $10,all day(on ship, 4 for $18 plus tip). Beach chairs and shelters provided. Massages on the beach for $20 for 40 minutes. You cannot beat that! Great swimming area and water activities at a reasonable cost. This was a fabulous day for relaxing. Nassau,Bahamas we booked a Catamaran Snorkel through Carnival. It was a fun day as well. Many varieties of fish out on the reef. Good excursion. We ate lunch afterwards at Senor Frogs and found it to be noisy and wild, the food was good but very expensive. All of our excursions were good. Our one complaint is that there was not time to do much more than the excursion and then timelines had us scrambling back to the ship. So much to do and see and not enough time to do it in...aren't all vacations like that:) On ship we enjoyed all of the shows in the Amber Palace and the comedians. I personally did not attend any of the shopping talks or debarkation talks because they are recorded and you can pick up on the major points as you are relaxing in your room before dinner or getting ready for the day in the morning. That stuff runs continuously in the tv. The Casino was a busy place. I didn't spend much time there but the poker and roulette & craps tables were always busy. The music in all of the bar areas was decent. The band in the Blue Bar was our favorite.