Carnival Glory Cruise Review by semichigan: Can we go again?
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Can we go again?
We flew in to Orlando (MCO) on the 17th, the day prior to sailing. Rented a car from Avis for about $50 total for one day. They have a location in Port Canaveral to drop off the car and a shuttle to the cruise port from there. We stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton. Our room had a view of the interior of the Cocoa Beach Surf Company and the shark tank. It was different but cool. (Some others in our group had a view of the parking lot.) The beach is about a one block walk from the hotel - very easy to get to and across the street there is a Walgreens, a grocery store, a McDonald's, etc. We had a group of 8 staying at this hotel so we all walked down the beach until we found a place with an open air eating area - sat up on their deck and had drinks and dinner by the ocean. I cannot remember the name of the restaurant but it's the first one you'd see if you head north on the boardwalk from the hotel. The hotel is also right next to Ron Jon's surf shop. Open 24 hours and you have to see More
it to believe it! Huge! Saturday morning we had the breakfast buffet at the hotel - $7.95 per person (not including drinks) but the food was good. Since we were guests at the hotel, they had given us discount coupons to use in the Cocoa Beach Surf Co so we shopped a little after breakfast and waited for the "feeding frenzy" - which is when they hand feed the sharks in the 5,000 gallon tank on Saturday mornings at 11. Pretty cool. After that we loaded our stuff, turned in the car and went to the Port. We got to the port about 11:40 and were on board in less than 20 minutes. There was no line at all! Rooms aren't ready until 1:30 so we headed up to Lido deck for lunch.
Saturday night we went to the Welcome Aboard show in the Amber Palace - I'm sure I've seen this show or a variation of it on previous Carnival cruises but I always enjoy them. We were traveling with a group (booked through Carnival's group reservations department) so each cabin got $50 on board credit and our group got a free 'shared' cocktail party. A couple of the people in our group are into Karaoke so we watched them for a little while Saturday night. Two of them ended up being in the 'Legends' show at the end of the cruise. That is a must see. Excellent show! Sunday we hung out by the pool - our group usually migrated to the aft pool - it was quieter, less people and tables with shade. That night was the Captain's cocktail party and formal evening. We went to see the comedian that night, spent time (and money) in the casino and really liked the country singer near the casino "DeWayne". A lady won a BMW on the 2 cent slots that night! (You get your choice of a BMW or $25,000 cash - not sure what she finally decided on). Monday was Cozumel. It was my third time there so I finally agreed to go to the Mayan Ruins at Tulum with my DH. What an excellent tour. I was surprised how big it was! And it had a beautiful beach (but a LOT of steps down to the beach - and back up!) Funny thing happened - we were walking down the pier to where we had to meet the ferry - and it started pouring rain! I mean hard! By the time we got to the ferry we looked like we had jumped in the pool - our clothes were literally dripping. Would have been nice if the people from the ferry had some towels or blankets but we didn't let it bother us. We dried out eventually! The ferry ride was rough - they even passed out plastic bags before we took off so if anyone got sick...
The Mayan Ruins tour is 7 hours so we missed dinner that night (early seating). We enjoyed all of our food in the restaurants with the exception of the beef stroganoff that I had one night. I just didn't care for it. Personal preference, not bad food. Tuesday was Belize. The cave tubing excursions are all still cancelled until Carnival finds one that they feel will be safe enough after what happened earlier this month. Then because of the rain they had been having, most of the other tours were cancelled as well, due to mud. So we tendered in and stayed within the gated area - there were locals hollering at us from beyond the fence line "come out here! We'll give you a tour!" One member of our group did in fact go, took his wife, and they got a private tour of the city, the man even took them to his house and they ate lunch with his family. Not something I would do but they said it was good - and sad. These are poor people. They grab any kind of scrap metal or wood that they can find to build a shelter to live in. Anyway, we stayed in the shopping area and had drinks at a bar right on the water. We enjoyed the Belizian beer "Belikin". In Roatan on Wednesday we took the excursion to Tabyana Beach. Excellent time! Beach was beautiful, plenty of chairs and shade, and snorkeling right there from the beach! Highly recommend that and would do it again. One note about the balcony cabin. Below the rail is glass. Glass reflects. When the sun hits just right you can see the people in the next balcony - we got quite a show from the guy next door! Less
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