Our spring break cruise with our 8 year old daughter on the Carnival Glory...was great! We traveled with a group from our hometown that were experienced cruisers...who had been on several other cruise lines...and they seemed to be pleased as well. First...let me tell you that if you can hook up with a group ...do so - pricing is much better. We were able to have a balcony cabin because we had a group rate...and we got an upgrade. I'll NEVER sail without having a balcony again. The staterooms on the Glory are spacious - PLENTY of storage...and we brought so much luggage (more than necessary). It was clean, well attended and we weren't overly bothered by our steward. Other reviews show concern for the lack of friendliness at times by cabin stewards. Really...the staff was great - they were unobtrusive which is what we like. They were great with our daughter who loved her bed (which was the sofa/day bed). The cabins do only have one electrical plug... but do you really need all your appliances, all at once? Nah...it's a vacation! A hairdryer is provided. You aren't supposed to use an iron in the room. I found the laundry facilities on the boat (i used the self laundry) to be great). I ironed a couple of things in the self laundry - and that was great. Did one load of laundry mid week...and that was fine too.
Carnival is a more casual cruiseline. It's very family friendly. You can be as casual or as formal as you want. You COULD spend a fortune on your sign and sail card...or not. You just need to be a savvy traveller. We did purchase the soda cards...three of them; we found we probably could've done with just one and made multiple trips to the bar to get the soda. Lesson learned. The photos are expensive. So...be choosy...and take lots of pictures on your own. the ships photographers are going to take lots of pictures, that's their job. Just smile...they recycle the unpurchased pictures. very ecofriendly. :)
Food....i found it to be pretty decent. I didn't expect it to be 5 star...but you can get what you want. I wasnt' disappointed. You could ask for extras. Our daughter loved the mac and cheese...and dinner bread and lava cake. The dining room is good. We did the supper club one night...and really found that a waste of our money...it was almost too gourmet...and really the quality wasn't that much better and the choices were very limited. It's $30 per person (no break for a child). The service is fine...but almost too over the top...and you really almost feel like you can't say "you don't like something"...even if it is...pate (which i don't like). They bring samples of things to try that you don't ask for. I love good food, but like to ask for it. DO go have your sandwiches made at the sandwich shop at lunchtime...they are fresh and they are good. And... having fresh omlets every morning was a hit for my husband. Our daughter loved the pizza and ice cream.
The entertainment was okay. If you have younger children...be wary of the PG ratings...the dancers do wear some great costumes...but they are Vegas Style...thong like. I'm not a prude, but my 8 year old daughter came out saying, wow, they were wearing "naked costumes". THAT was a fun conversation that night. But...there were some good magicians, and so you just have to pick your show.
Honestly...it was just relaxing, Carnival has a good product. We were treated well. The whole experience was great. We're going back to Carnival this summer, and the Glory.
Port Canaveral is a great place to leave from...very easy. The ports were great.
I highly recommend Carnival Glory, a balcony cabin and this route for a family cruise.