Glory review! Just got off the Glory. The ship in incredible. We had a fantastic time!
Day of travel: We traveled the day before. We rented a car and stayed at the Country Inn and Suites. I saw the ship arrive early that morning. I would recommend this for sure. Then you can relax the night before and enjoy the day you get on the ship with no travel pressure. Embarkation: We dropped off our car, they delivered us right to the ship around 11:40. We tipped the driver. We gave our luggage to the dock porters, tipped them $1 a bag. We kept some carry on luggage with us. We made our way through check in and security very quickly. We were on the ship by 12:30. You cannot get into your rooms until 1:30. Once we were onboard, we walked all around the ship to see everything. Then we went to the Red Sail restaurant to eat lunch. We went to our rooms. We had adjoining rooms on deck 2, located right in the middle of the ship near the elevators, laundry room area and ice machine room. It was a perfect location! We did not have a balcony. We had large, deep window. It was very nice! I would do it again that way. We spent the afternoon looking around the ship and taking some ship tours. Our luggage arrived late afternoon/early evening. Dinner dress that night is very casual. We ate at the early seating 6:15 every night. I found this to be a good time. The food is incredible every night. Our servers were fantastic! Every night in the dining room we were entertained by singing or dancing from the servers. We went to the Palace for Bingo and the Welcome Aboard Show. After the show, we explored the clubs and casino. We enjoyed listening to music in some of the clubs.
Day 2: Day at Sea! There are a variety of activities that anyone can do onboard the ship, the choice is yours. We attended a session in the Amber Palace that gave you information about shopping at each of the ports, very informative. If you sit up close you may win some items that they throw out. I did! We spent the afternoon at the pool and hot tubs (that were not real hot, but very relaxing to sit in). We chose the pool at the rear of the Lido deck, it is quiet there, and the hot tubs are adult only. The pizza and a grill is located in the area. Every night we ate in the dining room, we were assigned to the Golden dining room located in the middle of the ship. This was our first formal night. We enjoyed being served and pampered each night. The food was great! There were so many choices to pick from. Some nights some of my family members would order 2 or 3 entrees. You can pick anything and any amount that you want from the menu. Make sure to try the melting chocolate cake. It is delicious! Each night we attended the show in the Amber Palace. Some nights there was a show time for late seating and early seating. Other nights there was just one show time. The Glory dancers and singers were good! We were suppose to see an illusionist one night, but that was canceled. We had a lot of comedy nights with different entertainers. They were good.
Day 3: Cozumel - We booked through Cozumel Insider the dune buggy excursion. There were 17 total in the tour. Soda, beers and water were provided! Our tour guides were great! The dune buggies ran very well. We snorkeled, saw a butterfly conservatory, some small ruins, did some barter shopping and traveled along the beautiful coastline of Cozumel. We were served a good lunch and enjoyed swimming in the lovely blue and warm water. We had a great day!
Day 4: Belize - We booked the snorkel excursion through Coral Breezes. There were 17 people in this group. Our tour guides were great! We had a fantastic day! We had the opportunity to snorkel at the top of the barrier reef and sting ray alley! We also enjoyed a very good lunch at the Tropical Paradise Hotel and restaurant on Caye Caulker Island. We had time to explore the quiet, tropical island.
Day 5 - Costa Maya We decided not to book any tours. The port is nicely developed for the cruise ships. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, a pool and beach area to enjoy. But, we went out to the back area of the port and asked where to get bus tickets. We found the stand just out back. We paid $3 per person, rode on a air conditioned bus to Mahajual. This is a beach town located about 2 miles from the port. It is one dirt street along the beach coast. People from the different bars, restaurants and shops try to get you to come to their business. I just kept moving, listening to some and I would say I am walking to the end to see everything here. After getting to the end, we ended up at the Oxtunkah. If you go there ask for Atocha. We were very well taken care of by him. We had free beach chairs, tables, shade and a nice swimming area. The restaurant had a bathroom and shower area for our usage. This place looked the nicest. We ordered a delicious lunch, did some shopping and relaxed in the beautiful water. You can rent kayaks, jet skis or set a snorkel tour if you would like. We chose to do the massages. We got massages on the second level, they were done very well. Each massage lasted 1 hour for only $20 per person. Can you believe that! It was a complete massage from top to bottom. There are massages places all up and down the street. Want to make a call back to the states, look for a white building on the right side as you walk down the street. Look for a sign that says internet and phone. Go upstairs to the second level, a very nice man allows you can use the internet for a fee or you can make a call for only 30 cents a minute. He has a timer on the phone, so he know exactly how long you talk. Once we were ready to leave, we just left the Xtankha and taxis were right there to take us back to the port area. Taxis are $2 per person. We ended up in a van, they tried to say $3, but I got them down to $2. Another great and relaxing day!!!
Day 6: Fun day at sea! We enjoyed our time on the ship. We attended the session on shopping in Nassau and disembarkation. We spend most of the day in the pool area at the rear of the Lido deck. Some of the family took a tour of the galley that was offered. They said it was quite something to see. This was the second formal night. We got our breakfasts and lunches at the Red Sail, this is buffet style. There is so much food to pick from. Drink choices are ice tea, lemonade, punch or apple juice. I got soda cards for the kids. They could use them anywhere on the ship. Anyone can get a soda card. We did eat one breakfast at the Platinum dining room. You get served like you do at dinner, but we liked the going to the Red Said better, you can sit right next to the window area looking out over the ocean. What a view!
Day 7: Nassau We booked through Carnival the Catamaran Snorkeling excursion. There were about 100 people, they accommodated 3 ships that were in port at the same time. We traveled on the boat about 40 minutes, taking a tour of the harbor to our snorkel area. We spent 1 hour in the water snorkeling in a coral reef park. It was very nice, but make sure you purchase the fish food on board for $1. As you take a little food out of the bag at a time, fish swim all around you. Do not forget your under water cameras! It was a good excursion, but too many people and we did not get the personal attention that we got on our other excursions. Just do you research and ask questions on this board at the different ports of call to find out what to do. We spent the rest of the time shopping in Nassau. My complaint here is we did not have enough time in port, only 5 ½ hours. It was a good day! We enjoyed our last dinner at the Golden dining room. Our servers were Atri and Ruel. They were so wonderful!!! We gave them extra tips at the end of the evening. Our great room steward was Justo, we gave him an extra tip also on Saturday morning. He took very good care of us! We enjoyed the last night show. At the beginning of the week they had tryouts looking for people to star in the last night show "Legends". So, if you are talented or think you have talent, try out. It was quite entertaining. Then it was time to pack! A sad time!
Day 8: Disembarkation We chose to do self assist. If you have your luggage taken off by the ship, you have to have your luggage outside your door on Friday night by 11:00. We went to breakfast, finished packing and then went to a designated area to wait to leave the ship. They call you by numbers they have given you or by floor if you are self assist. We were called about 9:00. We went through security and customs without any problems. We continued right out the door with our luggage to the rental car transportation was waiting for us. I have always wanted to take a cruise, now I have. I will say it was worth every penny. The ship was wonderful! There are many things to do if you want to, the choice is yours. Some of these activities are very costly like the spa and casino. Anyone can use the exercise out area for no fee. People gave their opinions of Camp Carnival, some kids like it, others got bored, We traveled with teens. This is the one complaint from my family. I feel that they need to change the grouping of ages. They need to have more fun activities for them to do at night besides just dance at their club. They really needed to a place for 18 to 20 year olds to go to. I think it would have been a good idea to have a volley ball or basketball game one day early on the cruise for those 18 to 20 years old. Then they could at least met others that were their age. I will say this was a family great family vacation. I will definitely cruise again! I would love to cruise on the Glory again and return to the Western Caribbean.