We just returned from a 7-day cruise on the Carnival Glory to the Western Caribbean. My husband and I went with another couple.
Getting on the Ship: We drove down from South Caroline on Friday and spent the night in St. Augustine. the next morning, we just had a short drive to the port. We could see the ship as we were driving on the interstate we that was so neat. We arrived around 11:30 and waiting in a slow line of cars to drop off our luggage, since the line wasn't moving we decided to park the car and wheel our luggage across to the luggage collection area. I think we saved time doing this, but if you have a lot of luggage it may be hard to haul it yourself. From the time we entered the terminal and waiting in a short line, we were on the ship within 30 minutes. We went to our rooms and dropped off our carry-on bags and checked out the room and balcony. Then we headed to the Red Sail restaurant, for a buffet lunch and were eating by 12:30.
The Ship: The Platinum Dining Room was great. We so looked forward to dinner every evening int his dining room.Each evening the menu is different so you really have a big variety of food.Although we did not have a view of the ocean, we had a table for four and had great waiters Alex and Florintino from the Philippines. It was so nice being served every evening, and although there are two formal night we loved dressing up every night.The Red Sail's food was not as good but they have various types of food such as Fish & Chips and Pizza, Oriental and the grill. So if you don't want the buffet food you have plenty of other options. The ship is amazing and huge. Just take a look down the halls where the rooms are. We found the elevators to be inefficient so we usually used the stairs and there is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes. The interior of the ship is pretty cold so be prepared. The super slide was fantastic, we went down it about 5 times on the last day. The pools on the ship are salt water(that was weird)so every evening they drain the pools and refill them in the morning. It was so hot the week we went that we really did not use the pools except the last day.
Our Room: We were in cabin 6489 which is at the aft of the ship, with the extended balcony. There were definite pros and cons to this room. Because the room is completely at the back of the ship, it is layed out different and there is no sofa in the room and we felt we had no where int he room to sit but ont eh bed and there is one other chair. The other issue was the extended balcony is open for the most part and if it rains the whole balcony is wet and if it is sunny and hot the whole balcony is hot. We also noticed a couple times when the smoke from the smokestack was coming straight back, that it left soot on everything. We did however enjoy the extra balcony space, but this is definitely not a private balcony. It was nice to have four sitting on the balcony comfortably in the evenings. Our room steward Peter did a great job of keeping our room clean and the towels were always fresh. I would recommend a slide balcony room over the aft room.
The Amber Palace: Every evening we went to the Amber Palace after dinner to see the shows. We really enjoyed all the shows with the exception of one night when they had a juggler and a comedian. The dancers were great and the singers did a great job. The dancers have so many steps to remember throughout the week, I am surprised we didn't see any major mess-ups. I recommend the shows and Wee Jimmy, the cruise director was very funny.
The Ports: Due to the recent hurricane Dean, Costa Maya will be shut down to ships for over a year. So we had two itinerary changes that we did not know about until we arrived at the terminal. Instead of Costa Maya, we went to Roatan, Honduras. We also had a change to Freeport, Bahamas instead of Nassau and I believe the reason for this is because one port is shut down all the ships have to jockey for positions at the docks and somehow we got bumped. We did not plan any excursions through Carnival, but in Cozumel we went to the dive shop and took a boat out for Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. It was a great experience and they took us to a couple different locations. They served us snacks on the boat. There was no time to shop when we returned because the boat was out an hour longer then we had expected. In Roatan we took a taxi across to Antony's Key and snorkeled from the beach and the coral and fish are great here. We brought our own gear from home so we didn't have to rent equipment. In belize and Freeport, we shopped and did no plan any activities.
Overall Summary: I would highly recommend a cruise on the Carnival Glory. This is an awesome ship and you will be pleased with the service you will receive. The food is outrageous and they have great shows. We will definitely do a Carnival cruise again but next time we will go the Eastern Caribbean or to Bermuda. I would also like to try another ship just for the variety. Port Canaveral was very convenient for us.