We are a late 50's couple travelling with two friends of same age and sailed on the Glory for the second time in 3 years. We booked back to back eastern and western Carribean cruises, with the east being the first week. We are 10 time cruisers with the majority being with Carnival. Embarkation on this cruise was the WORST EVER!!!!!!! From arrival at port to getting onto the ship was over 90 minutes in duration. Our balcony cabin was situated portside forward on deck 11. It was a great location for us because of the quiet setting close to the serenity deck, fitness center, and spa.
Once aboard, we found the entire staff to be beyond spectacular. They are cleaning, wiping, sanitizing, and working 24/7. All were very friendly and professional, and I would like to acknowledge two in particular. The maitre' D, Cbasa (Chubby) is without question the most competent and charasmatic person I have ever met at sea. Our room steward named "Super Duper" was fantastic. He exceeded expectations in every way.
We did not use ship excursions as the ports have been visited by us numerous times in the past. We have to agree with many other reviewers that the quality of the dining experience in the Platinum and Golden dining rooms has deteriorated significantly from years gone by. Not that it was bad, but just not as impressive as it once was. The wait staff were as phenomanal as they ever were, but the food selection and quality has regressed. Guy's burgers was a plus, and the Lido deck buffet was okay for breakfast and lunches.. The Blue Iguana Cantina and Fish and Chip Place were not visited. We ate at the Emerald Room steakhouse twice and really enjoyed the food quality there.
The entertainment in the theatre was the usual cruise edition quality which would be more suited to 1st time cruisers. The juggler comedian used exactly the same jokes and in the same order as he did 3 years ago. The singers and dancers in the showroom and the atrium and lounges were below average in my opinion, but some may disagree.
Our main concern or complaint is the general layout of the ship itself. The intended quiet areas are oddly interspaced with party and noisy areas that conflict with each other throughout the ship. The serenity deck at the bow is located right beside the camp carnival area for infants. It is difficult to enjoy a stress free environment when kids are playing and crying within arms length. The spa is located right beside the fitness center. The couples massage that we had on Valentines day was marred by the clanging noises of the various workout machines and treadmills. The library is situated right above and beside the atrium and photo areas which are extremely loud whenever someone enters or leaves. Our table at the Emerald Steakhouse was located beside a window where people congregate to smoke on deck. The ambiance is less than stellar while dining beside a group of obese shirtless men. You cannot access the dining rooms from the front (bow) of the ship on floors three and four because the galley interrupts the traffic flow. The travel must be made through the gauntlet of photographers and the heavy stench of cigarette smoke from the adjacent casino and then elevator (which were extremely slow do to high patron usage) or down two flights of stairs. On our first cruise on the Glory our balcony cabin was located at the aft (rear) so these issues were not that apparent at the time. Not deal breakers by themselves but certainly inconvenient.
Since our flight out of Miami was not until the day following disembarkation, we waited until the last moment to self disembark which went much more smoothly than the embarkation did.
Much of the Carnival experience was very enjoyable, but our next cruise will very likely be with a competitor because of the numerous cutbacks and cost saving measures that have occurred.