Traveled to Miami - fun place, great weather and restaurants! Boarded the Carnival Glory with no problems. Settled into our room - problems begin... our bathroom light was not working. Searched for our room steward thinking we would let him know... he comes in, without even a smile, flicks the switch, the light flickered and went on and he says ...you just have to flick the switch on, rolls his eyes, rude to the extreme ...and leaves without even a backward glance! we were shocked at his rude behavior considering our previous cruises had such wonderful room stewards.
Wow, so we're thinking at least the light works now.
Everyone else on board the ship was very nice.
That evening we went to our assigned seats in the Platinum Dining room - thought we must have gone to the wrong place because it looked like a big cafeteria with florescent lights, uncovered picnic style tables and only a fork and knife with a napkin on the table besides the water and wine glass. HUGE downgrade from our previous cruises with their lovely white tablecloths, full place settings and larger square or round tables. We were also placed along the wall and could not see any of the things going on in the main room...which wasn't much as they had taken away the dancing waiters (except on the two formal nights) and all the fun the dining room traditionally has offered.
So as we sat at our slippery, picnic style table without a tablecloth or proper place settings for a dining experience; our waiter tells us Carnival has implemented a new menu called "American Table" - after dinner we nicknamed it "American Hospital"!!! Seriously under seasoned food, cheap quality, gosh, the crab soup on the menu said Chunks of Crab - between the 6 of us we couldn't even find one chunk and the potatoes were black and disgusting and the soup lacked any seasoning that could have made it taste better - on to the steak - it tasted like the meat had been boiled - no flavor what so ever. We even had our waiter call the chef over, he said it was the new American Table menu. Not impressed at all. Every night we dreaded going to the dining room. The lobster was okay, the other offerings were mostly bland, and not at all up to our previous cruise ship experiences out of Galveston.
Our room steward kept our room clean, even if he was unfriendly and unwelcoming. we were glad to leave.
Our excursions were excellent and top notch off the boat! We did the Champagne Catamaran Sail and Snorkel, the Stingray Beach Encounter, The Honeymoon Beach Day and The Segway Tour - although we had expected more of an island tour, we mostly zoomed around on a grassy slope behind the fort. But the Segways were fun and so was the staff.
The ship seemed very full of cigarette smoke, smoking seemed to be permitted all over the place. We couldn't stay to dance in the disco because people were smoking so heavily.
On the fifth floor you had to walk through the casino to get form the elevators to the bars and it was full of smoke which spilled out into the rest of that floor.
The people in the room beside us chain smoked on their balcony and we were downwind from them - gag!
The adult area at the back of the boat was a nice escape though, although we found that the waiters never seemed to come around to clear the tables or offer drinks. But it was a nice quiet place to sit with a beautiful view out the back of the boat.
It would be nice if people considered that they are not in their own homes but on a ship with other passengers and keep their voices in the halls after midnight on the lower side. A little respect for people who are relaxing in their rooms would be nice - we had one lady and her kids across the hall who used the most foul language the whole time we were on board cursing at her boys. It was awful to hear as the doors are thin and you can hear everything that goes on in the hallway!
The comedy club was a riot - the acts were funny and had us laughing. The drinks were watered down to almost no alcohol content at all and at $8.95 a glass it was a rip off - like they thought we wouldn't notice??? Rum punch with no rum is no fun at all - seriously!
The photographers were like those annoying people on the beach trying to sell you stuff all the time - blocking the halls, asking if you if you wanted your photos taken every two feet! Yes, I see you there with your cameras - if I want a photo I will let you know - you don't have to stand in my way the entire way down the ship! They cost $21.95 per 8 by 10.
In the teen club, our friends daughter had her cruise card information copied by another teen and in general conversation managed to give away details that enabled this other girl to somehow gain access to her account and bill hundreds of dollars of internet to our friends credit card - this was far too easy to do and shows an extreme lack of security exposing people to fraudulent use of their cruise account. Be careful not to lay your cruise card down where someone can take a photo of it with their phone and gain access to your account!