We opted to drive our car to Port Canaveral as it was about a 2-1/2 hr drive. Traffic in front of the terminal was a nightmare trying to drop off luggage. If your luggage has wheels, the best thing to do is stay to the right and go directly to the parking area and park your car and walk across the street with your luggage in tow. This trek is only 200 to 300 feet depending on where you park, but can save you up to 45 minutes. Check-in was a breeze. We checked in at 12:30 PM and start to finish it only took 15 minutes, including picking up our tickets because we had booked at the last minute. Everyone was very organized, efficient and helpful. We were warmly greeted as we entered the ship and directed to our room. We dropped off our carry-on luggage and went to explore the ship. We went to the Red Sail Restaurant to have lunch which was your typical early embarkation lunch. We then went to one of the dining rooms to speak with the maitre'D about changing our seating assignment. Again, we were very impressed with how orderly this was run. Our name was taken down and everyone was taken in order. The maitre'D was very cordial and things were quickly changed to our satisfaction.
First off our room. We had an inside cabin on the Verandah deck which contained a king size bed, the first one we have ever had on a cruise. The room was spacious, plenty of closet space and drawers, no problem storing the luggage under the bed and to my husband's delight even a small refrigerator. The bathroom was the nicest we have ever had with glass shelves on either side of the mirror to store everything we had brought and a shower big enough that you could bend over and pick up the soap. It even had a hair dryer that worked well for a change. As Carnival's mega-ship it's size is awesome and they didn't cut corners on the decor. It was absolutely beautiful and laid out well. The entire crew of the ship were always cheerful, friendly and helpful and they really appeared to be happy working there. They made the trip a delight. We had read reviews about inattentive service around the pool area and some of the crew not being friendly. We did not find this to be true at all. As with every cruise ship we have ever been on, there is the usual hoarding of lounge chairs at the pool area. Carnival has tried to combat this by charging $22 for lost towels but it does not seem to have been too effective.
We ate every dinner at the first seating in the Platinum Dining Room on the upper level. We found the food to be very bit as good as any other line we have been on, whether in the dining room, Red Sail (buffet) restaurant or any of the other food options. The fish and chips located above the Red Sail Restaurant were excellent, as we had read on many reviews. We ate lunch there almost every day. We also tried the pizza and calzones at the 24 hr service bar (which were excellent-you have to wait 5 min for the calzone, but it's well worth it). The oriental bar and the grill for hamburgers and hot dogs were equally as good. We thought everything was quite organized as there was very little waiting. We especially liked the 24 hour ice cream bar which we did not have to pay for as you do on other cruise lines and also the beverage stations which were available 24 hours a day with hot coffee, tea, lemonade, punch, orange and apple juice. We were also very impressed to see that rules for dress were enforced in the dining room and also security was always visible in the pool area and made sure the children were not in the adult areas of the hot tubs.
A small mall built by the cruise lines, looked like they bulldozed a dozen acres out of the jungle and built the mall. No town or village there at all. Very expensive, pretty much the same merchandise as on the ship, no bargains here.
Very old and very impoverished country. Didn't go on any of the tours, just walked around town and did a little shopping. The majority of souvenir shopping can be done just off the pier in a small flea market area. People we spoke to who went on the cave tubing tour said it was terrific and worth the money.
Every ship that cruises the Western Caribbean stops at Cozumel so we're assuming you know what's there. We rented a scooter and toured the island, stopping at the beautiful beaches on the eastern side of the island. They are practically deserted-you have the whole beach to yourself.
You must take the free shuttle from the pier into Progreso. You are not allowed to walk into town. They drop you off at an open market and if you like to bargain you can get some great deals. We did some shopping and walking which we enjoy doing.
Although in the past we have heard mostly negative comments about Carnival Cruise Line, we can honestly say that the Carnival Glory is a fantastic ship and offers you a fantastic cruise. We cannot speak for the rest of the Carnival line as we have not sailed on them but we would recommend the Carnival Glory to anyone interested in a cruise. WE had a great time on this ship and are looking forward to a cruise on the new sister ship Carnival Valor, when it debuts in Dec of this year.
Holland America Maasdam 8/01 Ocean Princess 10/01 Golden Princess 4/02 Celebrity Millenium 8/02 "worst cruse we ever had" Celebrity Horizon 10/02-cancelled after the Millenium cruise Carnival Glory 5/04 Caribbean Princess 6/04