I just finished an eastern caribbean cruise on the "Glory" with my wife, son (9 yrs old),mother in law, and my mother, this is my review. We arrived at Port Canaveral @ 8:30am much to the chagrin of the parking lot staff, but hey i like avoiding the mass chaos by arriving in the afternoon, and i like to ask the disembarking guests a bit about their trip. After having our luggage whisked away by the porters ( who by the way are very efficient!) we were allowed to hang out in the embarkation lobby until it was time to check in. Soon we checked in, and were officially on the boat. We headed immediately to the "Red Sail" restaurant on the Lido deck, and had lunch. Once we finished lunch we acquainted ourselves with the ship by walking around briskly. At 1:00pm we decided to see if our rooms were ready, and indeed they were. We had adjoining rooms (9271) & (9273). The rooms were comfortable, and the balcony added an extra essence to it's comfort. We made a quick dash to the pursers desk and put in a request to have the partition that separates both rooms removed, and within 20 minutes a worker came and removed the partition, making the balcony seem huge. While we were waiting in our rooms for our luggage, our cabin steward "Florin" made an im promptu appearance (Just about the only one) and introduced himself with the most miserable look i have ever seen a "Carnival" worker wear.
Florin, had no personality whatsoever, and made it clear that he would not be going that extra step to earn a gratuity. When we requested hand soap for our bathroom he became a bit bothered, and he became even more bothered when we informed him to change our TV remote and open our refrigerators. Florin, was the worst cabin steward i have ever had on either "Carnival" or "Royal Caribbean". But enough about miserable "Florin", and on to the Cruise director "Wee Jimmy". Now i know alot of past guests love "Wee Jimmy" but i must say he was a bore! He was another one that was nowhere to be found when it was time for getting the party started, and he totally screwed up the disembarkation process as well. Wee Jimmy was only entertaining and helpful when he was on the cabin TV making leprechaun jokes about himself and telling us not to buy drugs on the island. Our dining room staff in the "Platinum" restaurant were absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!! Joe from the "Philippines" and "Putro" from "Indonesia" served us with love & sincereness, and remembered our likes and dislikes by the 2nd day. Our drink waiter "Alex" from "Ukraine" was an absolute riot, as for he would make us laugh with his many ad libs like "Jingle Bells" and "Happy New Year" while cha cha chaing his way down the aisle bringing our "Coronas" & " Long Island Iced teas"..... They made our vacation on "Carnival" an absolutely memorable experience!
In closing, I will say the "Glory" is a nice ship, but for some odd reason not as festive as the other "Carnival" ships I have been on, and this is why I feel "Wee Jimmy" was not an effective cruise director. St. Thomas was a very nice port of call, but the vendors at the flea market would not haggle at all! St. Maarten was also a nice port with friendly people. We went on the "St. Maarten Beach break" excursion, which offered all you can eat ribs and rum punch. Our tour guide "Rona" was very friendly and very informative about the island. I highly recommend this excursion, the ribs were tasty and i was drunk from the rum punch by 12:00 in the afternoon (lol). The beach we were taken to was called "Boo Boo beach" it wasn't good for snorkeling, but if you like body surfing and going bare you will enjoy this beach. If you do this excursion, please tell "Rona" that the family who sat in the front of the bus who made her laugh on 9-18-2007 referred you to her, and that we truly truly appreciated her hospitality and kindness, and of course that we miss her. The "Glory" was clean, had great food, and we recommend you vacation with her at your leisure. I will most definitely be traveling with "Carnival" again. Be well everyone, and enjoy your cruise.