Our first cruise with Carnival but our 6th time cruising.: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by passiontotravel
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Our first cruise with Carnival but our 6th time cruising.
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Our first entry on board was not awe inspiring like some other cruise ships we have taken.
Everything was very clean and the staff very friendly and helpful.
Our window cabin was great and very comfortable.
Cabin staff, dining staff and deck staff were all polite and very willing to help.
We were celebrating a 40th wedding Anniversary. There were 30 people in our group. There were 8 kids under 5 years of age, 3 teenage children and the rest were adults from age 30 thru 60. We were somewhat disappointed that our group was split into two dinner seatings. 20 of us ate at 5:45pm and the rest ate at 6:15pm. We tried to have it changed without success. We did not let this spoil our vacation.
The kids 5 & under occasionally went into the kids camp and really enjoyed it.
We found Carnival had far less rules than other carriers which was great More for this particular family event. However if we were traveling without kids we would not choose Carnival.
The buffet dining rules were very relaxed. Guests went into the buffet dining area in swim suits with no cover up's or shirts. We found this not to our liking. During our 2 formal nights a couple of guests showed up in the dining room in jean's and shorts which we found disappointing. They should have been asked to eat in the buffet. When so many people make the effort to dress for a formal then those that choose not to should be asked to use a different dining room for that night.
We found the Glory not very user friendly. Even after 7 days I was still getting lost. The main kitchen is right in the middle of the ship so blocks several floors. If you want to get from the front of the ship to the back you either had to go up 2 floors and then across then down again 2 floors (or viceversa). Although none of us needed the use of a wheel chair we commented how difficult it would be for a person in that position. You can not walk right around the ship decks without climbing some steps.
The water slide was a great asset for the kids and adults alike. The mini golf and water wars was also a lot of fun.
We did not use the casino or dance halls.
We did not book any tours through Carnival we booked private tours ourselves by searching CruiseCritic.com website for information.
The food was very good and well presented. There were not as many choices and other cruise lines offer. We ate breakfast and supper in the dining room every day and only used the buffet at lunch.
The stage shows were mainly cruise staff dancers which were good but not excellent. The magician was very good. Wii Jimmy the entertainment cruise director was OK but he laughed a lot at his own jokes!
Our cruise was to go to 4 ports but one (Costa Mayer)was dropped because of damage by a hurricane. We all were given a $25.00 per person on board ship credit. It would have been better if they had picked another port and kept 4 as scheduled.
Leaving the ship at the end of our cruise was as efficient as our boarding. We chose to carry our own bags off the ship and this allowed us a very quick departure.
If we have another large group event we would use Carnival again as their pricing is good and it is a great ship for taking kids and teenagers. If my husband and I take a cruise on our own we would pick a different cruise line.
Overall we enjoyed our vacation. Less
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