Embarkation: The Carnival systems for this are very impressive and efficient. Everything went smoothly and employees were most helpful and pleasant. We had driven to the Port the day before our cruise, stayed at Country Inn & Suites, and used the cruise package in which you can leave your vehicle for the week. You are shuttled to the ship with shuttles scheduled beginning at 10 AM. We tagged our luggage, boarded the shuttle at 10:30 after a plentiful breakfast buffet. A quick ride and we were brought right to the porters at the gate. We left our luggage and went into the terminal. Very convenient and a good value.
After processing in, which included an embarkation photo, we sat for a few minutes (about 15) until an employee led us on board. We entered on deck 3 into the main lobby area. Once aboard, we went to the elevators to travel to the Lido deck, 9. The glass front elevators afforded a great view of the lobby and more. The colorful ceiling pulses and changes colors More
and patterns, the jewel-tone tiles in the dark floors, art work on the walls---all fit the theme of Colors. The theme is carried out well throughout the ship, and we found it attractive and vibrant.
To the Lido deck for lunch, each carrying a small carry on bag. There were several points of access for a buffet line with a good assortment of foods nicely presented. Other options included windows for NY deli-style foods, Asian foods, pizza assortment + caesar salads, burgers/dog/fries, and an upstairs Fish 'n Chips area. Be sure to explore your options-there are many. Drink stations offered cold tea, juices, water, and hot coffee. Because we were onboard by 11:15, seating was readily available. We watched passengers arriving for the Disney Magic which was right next to the Glory.
We then explored a little and visited the Spa area. Tours were being given, and we learned that the exercise equipment, sauna, and hot tub are available for use with no charge. We also saw demos of the various massages and treatments while touring the spa. We signed up for a seminar later in the week, and then it was time for a free hot-stone neck massage. Wonderful start to the trip. Stateroom: By then, cabins were ready at 1:30 so we found ours. Most of our luggage was already there (one small piece arrived a bit later, but safely). Our cabin was an ocean view, which I had learned on this forum had "partially obstructed view". I didn't know what that meant until we saw the cabin. It was actually a good thing. We were in the very forward of the ship on deck 7, and had one of the rooms in the hallway across the front. This was just steps from a door that led out onto a deck with benches. Almost like having a balcony, but not--and less expensive! It was nice to go out there with coffee and to watch as we left or entered a port. We saw dolphins swimming ahead of the ship on our way out of Port Canaveral.
The cabin was comfortable, spacious, lots of storage, and the bathroom roomy. It is a good plan to bring a power strip. There is only one outlet, and it's not in the bathroom. There is a hair dryer in one of the drawers. And the shower has Euro-style dispensers for shower gel and shampoo. Be aware that in the front of the ship you'll feel the movement more than in mid-ship areas. It was not a problem for us, but some are more sensitive to the motion. The suggestion to bring a hanging shoe bag you've probably seen on the message boards is another invaluable one. It held all kinds of things like cameras, and kept the cabin relatively clutter-free.
Dining: We had early sitting in the Platinum dining room, which was all the way to the aft of the ship. It took some time to learn which decks and elevators would get us there. It's easiest on formal nights to go front to aft on the decks that have cabins (7, 8, etc.), and then take the elevator down. This avoids the crowds posing for portraits in various spots along the Promenade deck. It can get congested walking through the casino and the groups waiting for pictures.
The food is everything people say it is aboard a cruise ship. Beautiful presentation, plenty of variety, nicely-sized portions so you don't feel "stuffed" and still can have dessert. Wait staff is friendly, accommodating and entertaining. While opinions vary on the warm melting cake, it was a big hit at our table and we ordered it more than once. Intensely chocolate! Try the interesting variety of soups, too. Chilled cucumber, cold peach (yes, peach), pumpkin, asparagus vichysoise-unique and delicious. Beef Wellington was an offering one night, though I've seen some comments that it's not available. You can get an advance peek at the menu on your in-cabin tv (however, there was a glitch and the tv menu didn't always match what was on the printed one in the dining room on this voyage).
Lunch and breakfast on the Lido deck were ample, fresh, and delish. Personal favorite was the pizza/caesar salad station. And the breakfast pastries. Entertainment: We were impressed that such a variety of performances with such talent is available. Costume changes galore, and so many props. Every show we saw was lively, fun, and worth attending. We did not, however, go to the opening show as it was not until 10:30 and there was only one show that evening. Also, passed on the final show which featured talent selected from among passengers. The tv channel re-broadcasts some of the activities of the week in case you missed it and wanted to see.
Capers: This daily guide to activities is delivered to the cabin each night. You'll be swamped with paper while onboard,, with ads for shops, events, special offers. Capers is very helpful, but I'd love to see Carnival lose the paper used for all the rest. TV and signboards could probably do just as nicely and be much less wasteful.
Ports: Cozumel, Belize (tender port), Nassau. We took the tour to Tulum Mayan ruins. Our guide was knowledgeable and it was very informative. It's a tightly scheduled day though, as there's a 40-minute ferry ride to the main land, a 10 minute walk to the buses, and about an hour ride to the site. Total of 7 hours, much in transit. Worth it though, I thought. There is a restroom stop with gift shop visit on the way to the site. Bring a snack-not a lot of time to eat in the restaurants or shop in the village that is built up near the ruins.
Nice feature: you can review your Sail and Sign account on your tv.
Disembarking: Smooth, simple, well organized. I'm giving Glory very high marks and would definitely sail on this ship again. Enjoyed every moment of refreshing, relaxing cruise. Less