We boarded at Cape Canaveral with remarkable ease. It took less than 45 minutes and we were on board by 11:30. We were able to drop off our carry on bags in our room prior than the 1:00 posting for room availability. Had lunch up on the Lido deck and began to explore the ship. We traveled with a group of 5 couples, all of whom have cruised before on several different lines, including Carnival.
We like cruising for the sea travel, food, relaxation and lastly the ports. The food on Carnival is the best of any of the similar cruise lines, bar none. It is far ahead on NCL and RCI, slightly better than Princess and better than Celebrity. RCI's is unimaginative, bland, limited and simply an area where they are cutting cost. Not Carnival. We recently took a repositioning cruise from LA thru the Panama Canal to San Juan on the Serenade of the Seas. The food was boring and unimaginative. On a 13 day cruise we lobster tails one night, never had lamb chops or rack of lamb, and filet mignon once. The typical menu had two pastas, a meat entry and fish entry, plus a vegetarian entry. Their standard steak was a 7 oz. sirloin that was maybe a ½ inch thick - simply an impossible cut to do anything with. Always over cooked and tough.
The Glory's buffet on the Lido deck was standard buffet stuff, passable. We typically had breakfast in the dining room. Service was fine, the food hot and good. Part of our reason for the dining room is it's a good way from not overeating by taking too much going thru the line. The 24 hour pizza station was good, the hot dogs and hamburgers station was adequate. The sandwich bar was excellent - get the Reuben. The Fish and Chips stand was also quite good and interesting.
Dinner was great. The service was good with our wait staff attentive and able to anticipate and know our likes after the first few days. The only negative was that they had too many tables and people to serve, which caused some wait time. This is one of the few cruises where we didn't have to argue and change our table as it did not meet our reservation request. This was perfect - a nice big round table for 10 at the late seating.
The Supper Club - The best on the seas, period. The others are copy cats from Carnival which I believe was the first supper club. NCL's supper club food is no different or only slightly different than the main dining room. RCI's the same. Our one experience on Holland America was horrible. The service and extra's on Carnival's supper club were super and worth the $30 charge. The salads and appetizers were great, served with efficiency and flair, the entrEe was excellent (although the majority of group went for the 28 oz. Porterhouse which was just too much food), the deserts were super and the presentation typical of an upscale restaurant.
The ship - typical gaudy Carnival colors and schemes. If you're looking for wood paneling and art work, don't go on Carnival.
Ports of call - Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya and Nassau. What can one say? The first 3 are essentially 3rd world improvised countries with little of value to see, stuff for sale is junk, etc. Nassau was quite interesting. We hadn't been there is probably 15+ years and were pleasantly surprised.
Disembarked off the ship via the self service method whereby you carry all you luggage off yourself. We were all off the ship, over to the rental car places and at Universal Studios by 11:30AM, which gave us until 3:45 to do the park and then head to the airport in Orlando with sufficient time to catch planes around 6:00PM.