We (husband and wife along with two friends) went on our first cruise on 2/21. We flew into Orlando the night before and stayed at a hotel about 10 minutes from the port. Saturday morning we used Shirley's Shuttle (very friendly driver and clean, nice van) to get to the port. The check in process was great. It went very quickly and we didn't have any problems at all. I'd say it only took 20 minutes from start to finish. We arrived at the port around 1130 and were on the ship eating lunch by 1200. It was a bit chaotic at first because the rooms aren't open until 1330 so everyone was just wondering around on deck. Once the rooms opened we were very surprised at how nice everything was. We had heard about the rooms being extremely small but they weren't as bad as we envisioned. It was small but there was plenty of room to move around. The bathroom was really nice as well with plenty of room to store toiletries and things. My husband was disappointed that there wasn't a plug in for his More
shaver in the bathroom. The only plug in was in the bedroom part on the vanity. That's fine for a hair dryer but not convenient for an electric shaver. After we got into our room it only took about an hour for everyone's luggage to arrive. We unpacked and went out to explore. The ship was very clean and organized. We stayed on Deck 9 which was wonderful because we were so close to the pool and buffet. It was awesome to be able to just run back to the room from the pool and not have to fool with the elevators. The only complaint we had about being on the top deck was feeling the movement of the boat. The sea wasn't rough but the wing was blowing really hard and you could feel the boat jerking back and forth all night.
The first full day on the boat was a day at sea. It was fun. We were let down some by the size of the pools. We pictured full sized ones but they were tiny. The hot tubs were standard size but they were full of kids most of the day. They closed the hot tubs really early which wasn't nice because that's when we would want to get in. This was a formal night and this was our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect. There was a range from super-formal (tuxedos and evening gowns) to not really formal at all (khakis and short sleeved polos and sun dresses). The food was really good. My husband got the lobster and loved it.
We visited Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya, and Nassau Bahamas. I would highly recommend excursions at each stop unless you just want to walk around and look at the same stuff in different shops all day long. After about an hour we'd seen everything there was to see on the shopping front. We booked two excursions through Carnival and got our own in Cozumel. It was the cheapest and really a nice one. The next cruise we take we will most likely hold off on booking them and just get the same ones at half the price once we get off the boat.
Over all the cruise was wonderful. The food was always really good and the boat had a lot to do to keep you busy. The casino was small and crowded at night but really fun. We all loved the slots. Motion sickness was only an issue on the third day when the seas were really rough. I ended up in the room all night long because I was so sick. Six out of seven nights having great weather and smooth seas isn't too bad.
We highly recommend the Glory. It was an amazing time with lots of very friendly and attentive employees. No complaints at all. Less