First Time Cruiser - It was good: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by ursmyle4me
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First Time Cruiser - It was good
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Dinner was great. Although I loved the boat, I was disappointed in the activities. I am 31 years old and I felt like the activities were geared towards people 40 and up. I enjoyed the nightclub, and the comedy club, and the casino. Room service only served sandwiches and a few desserts. This was ok. If you missed dinner, at least you could enjoy a great sandwich. Speaking of missing dinner, I never did, even showing up 2 hours late, they kept smiling and allowed me to order. After that I didn't do it anymore, because it just felt plain rude. The staff was great. I felt bad when I heard how many hours they work, it kinda made me feel a little sad on how hard they worked.
PICTURING TAKING: when you get on and off they take your pictures. At dinner they take your pictures..i bought the first pictures and promised myself that I wouldn't buy anymore. In order to not buy pictures, you have to make a goofy faces, but even those turned out beautiful.. they have amazing photographers.. SPA: This is the place to be. They give the best service when it comes to the spa. I am a flat footed woman so my feet were killing me the first day - BRING TENNIS SHOES..not the white canvas kind, something with arch support. I thought it would be too hot to wear tennis shoes, but it wasn't.
COZUMEL: nice place. I did the helmet dive. It was very nice. After being 20 minutes underwater, I had to come up..made me feel sick, but it was fun.
HONDURAS: I did the tour. It was nice to see the botanical garden..a lot of healing plants, very interesting.
BELIZE: bring a poncho, just in case. It was only a few of us with one, and had I known, I would've bought me some from dollar tree and sold them for $5.00 (lol). The Ruin Tour was great because of the tour guide - Rudiebird. If it hadn't been for him, I would say, it's not worth it. The drive was too long, 1 hour, and the tour was 25 minutes, and then 1 hour back in the rain.. just not worth it.
BAHAMAS: This needs to be an all day or two day trip. Don't even book an excursion, unless you just have to..take the taxi for $5 to the beach, and enjoy the water. It was beautiful.
Overall, the glory was a better ship. I have heard so many people say royal Caribbean is better, so I will try that for my next cruise.
Going home was great. We were the last number called, but we just chilled out and waited. We booked our return flight at 5:00 p.m. just to be safe. We ended up at the airport at 11:00 a.m., so I will suggest booking a flight around 2:00 p.m. Or just keep an extra $50 so you can move to a sooner flight.
I read and packed everything that people suggested to pack, except the comfortable shoes. I recommend that. We packed a small iron but make sure you pack it up everytime you leave your room, or it will be confiscated. If you are a pepsi drinker, pack yourself some soda or whatever you like to drink. The lemonade and juice is free.
I did use my cell phone, and I am still awaiting the bill, but I recommend, taking the cell phone battery completely out if you are not using it. I kept forgetting and found a few voice messages, which still charges $2.49. Remember to take pictures. I thought I took a lot, but now that I am home, I don't really have a whole lot. Stop people and have them take pictures of you. I have so many pictures of scenic but none of me. Don't be afraid to try the food on the different excursions. I packed a little medic bag just in case, and didn't even use it. On Thursday, they had a laundry deal to wash clothes for $15.00. It was a great deal, until I gave them everything and forgot to take out my dinner clothes. So I showed up for the dressy night in flip flops, but it was Thursday so nobody really cared by then. Dressing up is overrating, if you wear a casual outfit that you wear to work, you will look fine. A lot of people did go all the way and did the full gowns, and it was still beautiful. MAKE BUSINESS CARDS!! I have handed out my information to so many people. It comes in handy. Even when you are on the island. I made cards that say: "keep in touch" and then it has my myspace information. It was great. Less
Cabin review: 6394
in the back of the ship, very roomy and comfy and closer to the food areas
Not impressed with Carnival
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