We arrived at Port Canaveral around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. I might add here for those of you driving, the expressway from Orlando to Port Canaveral is a toll road and you will be spending about $6 total in tolls in amounts of about 75 cents to $2.50 along the way. Once at the port it is very easy to get around. We dropped our bags off at the luggage drop off (you will be directed there) and then drove around to the parking garage. The garage costs $85 for the week. We got in line to be processed and the line started moving slowly. We are outside at this point. They then opened a new line and we were nearly first. The processing in was the smoothest we have encountered in all our 7 cruises. We went first through the x-ray scanner, up the escalator where we were processed in. Walked around to another line and got our S&S picture made. Then lined up for our embarkation photo. Pretty soon we were on deck waiting to go onto the ship. We only waited a short time and soon they let us go on. In the past, we have been able to go straight to our room and drop off our carry-ons and then on to the Lido Deck but this time, they had the doors closed to the hallways and a notice that they would be opened at 1:30 p.m. So, carry-ons in hand, we went to the Lido for lunch. As promised, at 1:30 p.m. the rooms were available. We were on Main Aft in room 2440, an inside cabin. We liked it very much. It seemed a little smaller than the rooms we
had on the Fantasy Class ships but was not uncomfortable. We noticed no vibration however, when docking, you could hear the thrusters extremely well. They were very loud but generally we were not even in the room at that time. About our stateroom – we never saw our room steward. He never introduced himself to us once on the entire cruise. We got cute towel animals each day and it was kept clean and tidy but we never saw him. We had requested early seating (6:15 p.m.) but were given 8:00 p.m. which is really a little late for us. I put in a request for the 6:15 seating but we would not know until the next day. We went to dinner at 8:00 in the Platinum Dining Room and sat at the very aft at table 531 with 4 other couples. Well, we liked our dining companions and our Waiter, Rey and his assistant Gusti so much that we took our name off the list for a change. Turns out two of the couples did not come back so there were three couples of us left. However, in the future, we will not eat late again. We definitely prefer early dining. We loved Weeeeeeeeeeeee Jimmy. I had heard so much about him before the cruise on these boards, I was anxious to hear him. He is a hoot. Nothing wee about him at all except his height – LOL. He has a quick wit and I thought he was very funny. Never saw him on the ship except when he was on stage. The shows were good. Lots of good music, lights, dancing, etc. I did not care for the female vocalist but the mail vocalist was very good. We had a slight change on our cruise. Because of Super Bowl Sunday, we had
our first formal night changed to Monday so on Sunday, we had a huge super bowl party in the Amber Lounge. Each team had a side of the lounge and was decorated in each team colors and balloons. A huge screen made it easy to watch the game. Lots of excitement! We did Carnival sightseeing excursions for the most part in each port as we are not beach people. We did the historical tour in Nassau and had a wonderful old man, Mr. Glass, as our guide. He is 86 years old and loves taking people on tours of his city. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We did the Journey Through Paradise on St. Thomas which included sightseeing around the island and we did the Nature Tour and Sightseeing on St. Martin/St. Maarten. We got to see both the Dutch and French side of the island and some beautiful views of surrounding islands and Megans Bay. Kathy, an American, conducted our tour on St. Martin in a big, air conditioned bus. Very nice. We had excellent weather. Smooth seas and sunny days. We had a little rain storm in St. Thomas but that was the only time it rained and it was over quickly. We were lucky to have such smooth seas. We did the self assist when we disembarked as we had done it last year on the Conquest and it went very fast. Again, this year, we were off the ship and in our car on the way home at 8:00 a.m. A word of warning to those of you who plan to get off early whether it be for an early flight or self assist. Get down to the Amber Lounge early – probably at least by 7 a.m or earlier. because this is where everyone meets for self assist. Now, let me tell you what everyone does. They go in and sit on the end of each row with all their luggage. So all the middle seats are vacant but no one can get to them. Then, Carnival makes everyone in the hallways come into the lounge and asks for everyone to move to the center of the rows. You will be leaving the Amber Lounge port side at the back of the lounge. Those on the starboard side can use the hallway behind the lounge to go to the port side. It seems forever but once you start exiting the ship it goes fast. The ship is extremely clean and beautiful. We were on her sister, the Conquest last year and they are identical. The food was excellent. If you get tired of Lido Deck breakfasts, try the dining room. They have delicious breakfasts there. DH had Eggs Benedict twice and said they were the best he’s eaten. I did eat at the Fish and Chips and it was excellent. For those of you going on the Glory in the near future, you will love her. Remember you can get from one end of the ship to the other by way of the Promenade or the lower stateroom decks. Hope this information helps and enjoy your cruise on the Glory.