My wife and I LOVE cruising and have been on many Carnival Ships as well as other cruise lines.
The latest was the Carnival Glory (May 24-May 31 2014) and we were amazed at how things have changed. We used to receive a nice assortment of amenities in our cabin bathroom, however this time we received 3 bars of round soap ... WOW how generous !
We also noticed that the BAR BLUE cigar lounge no longer has Jazz music, which we always looked forward to ... relaxing with a nice cigar and listen to a great 3 piece group of musicians.
We also noticed that the stage show in the main theater was comprised of 4 women and 4 men, who put on a marvelous show but we wondered where the larger ensembles of years past have gone.
The selection of foods on both the buffet and in the dining room have been reduced significantly and there is no longer that awesome midnight buffet with all of the carved fruits and vegetables to enjoy. Also the days of complimentary espresso or cappuccino with breakfast and or dinner in the dining room has been eliminated as well, for a charged service.
We chose our cruises based on itinerary and or our schedules, however Carnival is making us look seriously at their competition for the services we have come to expect from a cruise line.
Don't get me wrong ... we had a wonderful time despite the continued penny pinching adjustments of Carnival's Management decisions.
The Barrier Reef was awesome however the tour seemed very disorganized at the reef and the group way to big for our guide, who incidentally was talking while most of our heads were in the rough water observing the reef and fish. The tender trip from the ship to the private Cay took about an hour by catamaran and was a smooth trip. The little Cay (Island) was very nice with shade huts, picnic tables, lounge chairs, volleyball net and some food and drinks for purchase. Snorkeling on the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world was awesome.
We boarded our buses at the port for about an hour drive to our destination. Our guide was Daniel and he taught all of us a lot about the Mayan Civilization, history and culture. He answered questions and was apologetic when he didn't know and answer. We thoroughly enjoyed the excursion.
This was an ALL INCLUSIVE club and included an awesome menu of items to choose from and a wide selection of drinks. GREAT value for the price of admission. You must take a taxi from the port to the beach club ($16 USD each way)
I highly recommend the coconut shrimp and mango margarita. My wife had the garlic shrimp dish and loved it as well as a whole fried fish which she devoured. We certainly got our moneys worth at Mr. Sancho's Beach Club
We took a private tour of the area with our guide for the day David, who was a native to Roatan so he knew where to take up to experience the maximum culture and flavor of the people. We enjoyed the tour which we arranged through Theris Dixon Tours. We enjoyed our time in Roatan.