This was our first cruise, and had my daughter not decided to get married on the Glory before we left port in Port Canaveral, we would possibly never have taken this type of vacation. We are glad we did.
Embarkation: Since the wedding was on the ship at 1:30 pm we were allowed on the ship first ( Along with the other 2 wedding parties)..We did have to be at the terminal early and then wait for everyone to get off, which was a long wait for our 67 guests boarding to attend the wedding.
Cabin: We had a balcony cabin (1061) which was great! I have been told that the price difference for a balcony room wasn't worth it because we would not be in our room that much, but we spent a good bit of time on the balcony, especially late at night and early morning. The balcony was small and felt almost "boxy", but we felt that it was worth it. We had our two youngest boys (11 and 6) and our cabin had the bunk beds which were perfect. Our cabin steward, which we did not see very much, would let the top bunk down during dinner and put it back up during breakfast. The cabin was small for the four of us.
Shore Excursions: We did not do any of the shore excursions. The main reason was the price it would of cost for all four of us, and also the limited selection available for our youngest son. We did get off the ship at each port except Belize and did a little shopping in the shops at the port. We will probably never do the Western Caribbean again.
Dining: We had the late dinner(8:00pm) in the lower Platinum Dining Room. Next time we will request the early dinner. Our waiters were Edgarand and David and they were the BEST! I do not like seafood, which there was a lot of on the menu, but they did offer some sort of steak every night but one. I did find plenty to eat. My husband ate the seafood dinners and enjoyed them all. Our 6 yr old ordered Hot Dogs and french fries every night at dinner. The buffets are all almost identical in the foods offered. Breakfast was the same everyday. Lunch did offer a little more variety and the Grille and Pizzeria were awesome.
Camp Carnival: Was great. Our boys could not wait each day to go. Since we had the late dinner seating, the boys missed the 7-10pm block.
Overall and Price: We had a great time and will for certain be cruising again. Other than Shore excursions prices I felt that it was well worth the money we paid.
Disembarkation: Was a Nightmare! Very unorganized.. We chose to self-assist and carry off our own luggage.. Could not get an elevator up to Deck 10, so we carried luggage down the stairs to Deck 6 (where the stairs were backed up to) and finally got on an elevator to Deck 3 but no room to get off. We were standing, or packed, in front of the elevators on Deck 3..They started calling colors for checked luggage. They had called 3 colors before we even got in line and moving out onto the deck. We noticed when we finally got into the terminal, people that had checked their luggage were picking theirs up already. Next time we will check our luggage the night before and wait on the ship until the rush is down...
Entertainment: We only went to a couple of the shows. By the time the late shows started our boys were tired and cranky. The shows we saw were good.