Once we arrived at the very clean and tidy port, we were blown away by the size of this mother ship!!! It is Absolutely Huge!!! Wow. Then, if you are Canadian (rock on!!!) or just not American, you will need to go through one extra line, but that's okay. The lines were very organised, slightly long, but fairly quick. After you receive your Sail and Sign Cards (these cards are absolutely incredibly useful), you will proceed to a short "Photo shoot", and you will get a friendly "Welcome to the Carnival Glory", and there you go. This is your home for the next week.
Here we go, everyone's favourite part of the cruise: the food!!! From casual dining rooms, to a 24 hour pizzeria. From sushi to a chocolate buffet. From formal, dress up dining to a poolside grille. From a mini dessert bakery to fish and chips. And even a midnight buffet. The food on the Carnival Glory will keep you talkin' for months and years. For 5 nights during the cruise, you will have the option (take this option!!) to eat in an upscale restaurant, all food included with your ticket (everything is included except for a few speciality eating spots, like the supper club). Did you order something that, after you thought about it, you don't want it any more? No problem. Just order another! At the 24 hour Pizzeria, located on the Lido deck, you can get delicious, Italian style pizza, literally any time you want it. 6:00 am, Noon, 3:30 pm, Dinner, 10:00 pm, 3:30 am!!! Whenever. There is a Sushi bar on the ship, where you can get any kind of sushi you want, with as much Soy Sauce and Wasabi as you want. During one afternoon on the cruise, you will get to enjoy the delicious Chocolate Buffet, for all those chocolate lovers out there. It is sooooooooooooo good!!! Chocolate cake, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate fudge, chocolate ice cream with chocolate toppings, chocolate bark, and sugar covered nuts. Is your mouth watering yet? Get ready. It's better in person.
During two nights on the cruise, there is a formal night, so bring your good dress shirt, pants, and suit. This takes place in the same restaurants (Golden and Platinum) as the casual dinners. The food on the Formal nights is extremely exquisite. On the Lido deck, near the back pool, there is a Poolside grille. They serve great burgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, fries, and curly fries. It is great for a home style lunch. On the 10th deck, there is a great little Fish and Chips restaurant. We ate lunch there 5 out of the 7 days. It is so delicious, I recommend it to everybody. Here's a fun little thing: a midnight buffet! Every night (obviously at midnight), they serve a great variety of foods, and desserts.
There were PLENTY of bars to roam around in, and lots of lounges, too. If I were you, I'd take the first day to scan each floor, and go into EVERY room. It is really fun to do this, since there are so many of them. Check out the library, the WHOLE Lido deck, the spa, the gym, and the bars (P.S. Go to the "Club Crimson", it is very eerie and funky!). By the third or fourth day, you'll be walking around the ship comfortably. The pools are salt water, by the way, and the slide is very fun!
The entertainment on the ship was absolutely incredible! The comedian was hilarious. The Amber Palace is magnificent, and it is huge! The bingo is played in there, and the prizes are great. The shows, after dinner, are very entertaining, and lots of fun, too. Make sure that you go to all the shows you possibly can go to! You won't regret it. Also, remember to go to the fun game shows, because they all have audience participation. By the way, don't miss the match game, or the Newlywed game! Another thing you can't miss is the Hairy Chest contest, it's very funny! Always consult your Carnival Capers letter every night for times, and info!
We had an inside cabin, which was great. It wasn't too small, yet is was very cozy. The bathroom was cool, too, with a shower, a VERY LOUD toilet, sink and hair dryer. There was a TV near the beds, with access to movies, and NBC, ABC, and CBS. Don't hesitate to get an inside cabin, they are still very, very satisfying.
The gymnasium in the spa is excellent. There are daily, and hourly spinning classes, aerobic classes, and pilates classes. The equipment was very good quality, and there was every machine you can imagine. Treadmills, Eliptical trainers, weights, and several other machines.
KEY WEST: We went on the Catamaran/snorkeling adventure, which was very fun. We went out on a catamaran sail boat, and go snorkeling at the reef. I had never snorkeled before, so it was very fun. BELIZE: We went on the Cave Tubing experience, which I highly recommend. The tour guide was very nice, and knowledgeable. The country is great, and it is my favourite destination. Once you arrive, you get a tube, a headband with a caver's light, and a life jacket. You then walk for about 45 minutes in a HOT, HUMID rainforest! It's a great experience. After all that sweating, you finally drop into a cool river with your tube, and proceed into the cave. It is very dark, so the lights are essential. Once you are far enough into the cave, the tour guide tells you to turn out your lights, for the darkest experience ever, I guarantee it. Then, you float out of the cave to a faster current, and finally, you get up and take the very short walk back to the bus. COZUMEL: We went to the beach for this excursion, which was great. There were little shops everywhere, a bar with swinging chairs, and a very fun shallow beach. The taxi ride to and from the beach made me very nervous, since the man drove very fast, about 135 KM/H. It was very scary. PROGRESSO: We went to Dch--- something (I don't remember the name, it was very weird), which was fun and educational. The place was a part of the Mayan Ruins, which was evident, since there were structures, buildings, and gazebos type things everywhere. It was very, very, very hot! Luckily, we got to swim in a natural pond afterwords.
The children's programs were fun, but not very well organized. The events often did not take place. When they did, they were fun, though.
Very simple: go on this SHIP!!!!!! It was absolutely the best vacation ever, and you will talk about it forever...
P.S. I'm a 13 year old kid from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and this cruise took place during the week of August 16 to August 23, 2003.