Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Powriv: Great Cruise
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Elisa(GF) and I(AL) went to Disneyworld a week before the cruise and had a great time.
We stayed in Orlando the night before the cruise and drove to Cape Canaveral the morning of the cruise dropped off the rental at Avis and was at the cruise terminal after 10am.
Disembarkation took till almost 11:15am. Didn't the previous passengers realize there were new passengers waiting to board. Being there early we were one of the first on after Platinum and other special people.
Had a nice lunch on the Lido deck. Elisa and I wandered around the ship taking a bunch of pictures of a near empty ship. My previous experience was on the Freedom. Missed not seeing the pool side movie screen but overall the Glory is a nice ship.
Booked our trip when Carnival was offering a 5 category upgrade so we were on the 10th deck and while it was easy getting to breakfast and also doing our morning 2k walk around the jogging track. It was more of a chore to go to More lower decks for dinner and shopping. Inside cabins are great if you want to sleep as the complete darkness helps.
Our room steward Johann from the Philippines was efficient but not overly friendly. His assistant Ludmilla was very friendly but neither of them took the time to learn our names. We asked for the mini bar to be cleared and you would think we were asking for a spot at the captain's table. Had to sign a paper and give blood before they cleared the minibar. Did reluctantly clear the bar, but got the weirdest looks.
Ship was easy to navigate after an initial deer in the headlights wandering.
Muster drill went smoothly and was quick compared to drill on Freedom. Actually got to see sailaway. Still amazes me that people really don't listen to instructions. Couldn't count the number of people that were wearing their life vest while getting to the drill or allowed the life vest strap to drag along the ground.
Met up with some of our meet and greet CruiseCritic.com members at the Azure bar. Hey Derek, Ranelle, Wendy, Tim, Dean, Sue, and others whose names aren't coming to mind right now. Ended up talking till it was time to get ready for late seating dinner.
Breakfast: Not much variety at breakfast buffet but you won't go hungry. Alternated between beef and pork sausages, pancakes and french toast, diced hashbrowns and cut potatoes, ham and hash. As I said it was fairly standard fare and no one died of starvation. GF was slightly annoyed that they 'RAN' out of Syrup on disembarkation day. I was annoyed that Tabasco sauce was so hard to find. Did breakfast in dining room and it was nice to be served but nothing spectacular. Met some nice people at breakfast.
Lunch : ate most times at the buffet and the taste of nations was a nice change from the daily food choices. Went to the fish and chips on embarkation day and last day of cruise and the staff member seemed annoyed to be serving the food. Don't recall his name but he never smiled or said hello. Ate at the Oriental and found the food very salty so never went back. Never tried the deli but the lines would seem to indicate it was good food. Chocolate buffet on last day was amazing. Most food was good, although GF disliked the chocolate sushi.
Dinner: Namphon(thailand) our head waiter was terrific, very friendly and smiled all the time. Druro(???) our assistant waiter was ok, just never seemed to be around except when sitting down and handing us the menus. GF and I made the choice to not go to formal nights so we hit the buffets those two nights and again, food was nothing special but ok. We did the Emerald Room(extra charge supper club) one night and it was amazing. Service was topnotch, Food was equally top notch and the chef's special offerings were good too.
Service: Everyone was very efficient at their jobs, but no one was overly friendly and was always the second one to say hello. Rather surprising since I was on the freedom and after one or two days staff I had the most contact with(steward, dinning, bar server) knew my name. It wasn't as if we didn't see the room staff only once in awhile. We saw them twice a day everyday.
Entertainment: Butch and his staff are terrific, Only had contact with Alexis( Canadian EH!!!). Glory will miss Alexis but hear she will join the Splendour after her vacation. The Glory dancers and musicians were all very professional and great to watch and listen to. The two comedians were also great. Told GF about the professional dancers on the freedom and she agreed that the glory dancers were very professional as were the shows in total compared to RCCL which were both thought was very amateur. Less
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Lots of closet space, quiet location. Really felt the boat rocking when the waves were rolling last sea day. Easy access to Lido and outside decks.
Port and Shore Excursions
We are both not heavy shoppers but it would have been nice to see more stores open. Carnival has been doing this itinerary for a long time, yet the stores didn't open till Noon and the ship left at 2pm so little time for a lot of passengers to shop and spend money.
We ended our walking around Nassau at Senor Frogs at the port. Great atmosphere and good food. Don't know where or how people drink Yards of alcohol but more power to them.
Orient beach was gorgeous. White sand, blue water but very crowded. All the beachside restaurants offered lounge chairs, umbrellas and free drinks for a price. David dropped us off beside Pecos restaurant and not knowing any better we paid $15 for their offer, but further down the beach the same offer could be had for $7.
** BEWARE ** Nudity is very prevalent at the east end of the beach but sporadic all along the beach.
Maho beach is where the airport is and the planes are so low that you feel you could touch the planes as they land. Sunset bar is a bar right on the beach with great views of the end of the airport. They also have speakers with the air traffic control broadcasting out of the speakers. They have a surfboard with the ETAs of all flights due in that day.
After the beach we wandered around town doing some shopping. We had planned on taking the water taxi back to the port, but with 4 ships in port and it getting late in the day, everyone had the same idea so we caught a taxi back to port.