Carnival Glory Cruise Review by MotownMomma: Rough Start, not always thrilled, but was sad to see it end...
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Rough Start, not always thrilled, but was sad to see it end...
My family flew from Detroit to Miami the morning of the cruise. While we were picking up our checked bag at baggage claim, a Carnival Representative told us how to check in for the cruise at the airport. This turned out to be an absolute blessing and it's something that everyone should do! The process was quick and painless. We took a van from the airport to Port Miami, and it was MUCH cheaper than the $16/pp that Carnival charges for transport. We dropped our bags off at the curb to be screened and put in our rooms. We were WAYYYY early (11 o'clock-ish) and there was nothing to do. Bare bones vending machines, but I was smart enough to pack all 3 kids plenty of snacks for the plane that they happened to have left over. Because we had checked in at the airport, we were on of the first "zones" to be called to board the ship, just after "Faster to Fun" people. *****PACK YOUR BATHING SUITS IN YOUR BACKPACKS, PEOPLE!***** We were going to dig them out of the suitcases to toss into our More
airplane backpacks, but the luggage handler ASSURED us that our bags would be waiting for us at our rooms. We boarded the ship around 1 and we didn't see our bags until around 4. That was a VERY long time to be walking around hot and sweaty, we should have stuck to what we "knew" from these reviews.
We had "early" dining at 6pm and I thought it was perfect. We were out of dinner in time to see the shows we wanted to see, where as a later seating would have caused us to miss them. We had Romeo and Stella as a our waitstaff in the Platinum Dining Room, and they were PHENOMENAL, ESPECIALLY Romeo. He learned our names quickly, learned what we liked just as quickly and made us feel like family.
Guys Burger Bar was alright. The Burritos were REALLY good... similar to Free Bird or Qudoba burrito places. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants, there really was no need to.
Our dinner table "mates" LOVED Camp Carnival for their young son, but our girls HATED it. The staff was... weird. The girls did the scavenger hunt, we went with them to get the paper and informed the staff that they had our permission to do it on their own together. They also were registered to sign themselves in and out. Imagine our surprise when the girls went to turn their Scavenger Hunt form in and the staff wouldn't even let them into the center. The girls were upset by how awful they were treated and said the staff demanded they go find their parents... The girls left without their prize and didn't want anything to do with that place after. Camp O2 for teens was equally as lame.
The Diva show was BRUTALLY BAD. I was embarrassed to even be watching it. The comedy shows were HILARIOUS and were, hands down, our favorite part of the cruise. 2 of our kids made it on stage for the Game Show and that was a lot of fun.
We saw our room steward quite a bit, though I never did catch his name and he never asked for ours. His team was quick/sneaky about cleaning our rooms and turning down the beds for the night.
The ship shows its age. For having just had so many renovations, it's REALLY hard to tell where they could have been.
We had rooms 2467 & 2471 on the "Main Deck"-These rooms were PERFECT! For the most part, there was only a quiet hum from the engines, and it made the perfect white noise. On our last night, it was louder and you could feel the vibrations, but the weather was pretty bad and we were traveling at almost 22 knots to get back to Miami. Otherwise, it was perfectly dark and quiet, which makes for PERFECT sleeping conditions! Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Glory Interior Main 2471 & 2467
These rooms were PERFECT! For the most part, there was only a quiet hum from the engines, and it made the perfect white noise. On our last night, it was louder and you could feel the vibrations, but the weather was pretty bad and we were traveling at almost 22 knots to get back to Miami. Otherwise, it was perfectly dark and quiet, which makes for PERFECT sleeping conditions!
Port and Shore Excursions
We walked off port and booked with Exotic Eco Adventures http://exoticecoadventures.com/
They took us to Goff's Caye, also called Gilligan's Island (because everyone wants to be stuck there!) and it was BEAUTIFUL! The snorkel guide used a metal pole to lift rocks and such and was able to find plenty of starfish, sea urchins and shrimp for us to hold.
Snacks and Rum Punch were flowing for the 2 hours we had on the beach after we finished snorkeling. We were sad to go!
Chankanaab National Park Tour
BEAUTIFUL!!! Save yourself almost HALF the price that Carnival charges and grab your own cab and take a ride out there. The beach was phenomenal, the snorkeling great and the staff very friendly!
Lovely town, full of lovely and helpful natives. Grand Cayman is BEAUTIFUL!!! Walk around the town, walk along the beach and snorkel... you don't have to pay a lot to have a great time. Just ask some locals for advice and they will honestly and sincerely point you in the right direction without expecting anything in return.
AWFUL! This area is PACKED with Carnival Cruise ships, everything is overpriced ($27 for SUNSCREEN!) and the beach has people PACKED in like sardines! It is LITERALLY packed towel to towel... it's gross.
We snuck away under the dock and walked around the island on the beach. We were asked twice to leave the area by a man on a jet-ski claiming it was a "private beach", but if I'm not mistaken, Carnival owns the whole Island part that the port it at, SOOO.... we stayed. We met up with some kids in their early twenties and they helped my kids find sea life like a baby lobster, a sea snail, etc... if not for them, the WHOLE day would have been awful. We got back on the boat 2.5 hours early because it was THAT bad.
We were told by friends who did a jungle excursion that it was their favorite, so DEFINITELY book SOMETHING and get the heck out of that awful port!
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