My husband and I have been on over 20 cruises...this was our 4th time on the Glory. We live near the port, so we headed to the ship at 10:30 a.m. and were met with a huge traffic jam, which is unusual. We soon found out that the ship had been involved in a rescue and had come into port late, which is why people were still getting off the ship at 11:00. We are platinum with Carnival and as soon as we finally got to drop off our luggage with the porters, we got in the VIP line and Carnival did a great job of getting us on the ship by 11:30. Headed up to the Lido deck and had a great lunch, then out to the pool for some fun in the sun. We were traveling with 2 other couples. The ship was very clean and the staff couldn't have been more attentive and friendly.
We were in cabin #8294 which was conveneint to the lido and very quiet and comfortable. I was impressed with the size of the cabin for an inside room. The bed was two twins pushed together to make a king, with a nightstand on either side. Plenty of room to put away clothes, etc. Nice bathroom with plenty of space for all of my toiletries, and I have a LOT!! We met a couple from Kingsport, TN (Hi Kim and Chris) who were wonderful! They invited us to see their aft wrap cabin with a balcony big enough for 30 people!! It was an awesome way to watch sailaway with a beautiful Florida sunset. They ate dinner with us and we really enjoyed their company all week.
Day 2 was a sea day. We spent the whole day on deck. No trouble finding chairs but if you want one near the pool you'll have to get out there early. This was our 4th time on the Glory and they have improved greatly by adding lots of chairs on sea days. Our dining was late seating and our waiter's name was Christopher and he was amazing! We quickly learned not to ask which entree we should have, since he would bring us both!! Every night we had what we ordered PLUS whatever Christopher thought we would like. Best waiter we've ever had but hard on the waistline. I'm dieting for the next month! We tried out the comedy club which is a great new addition on the Glory. Tickets are free and easily accesible. They have an early PG show and a late night R rated show. We chose the R rated. The first guy we saw was terrible, but there's a guy named Happy that was hilarious.
Day 3 was Cozumel. We decided to shop right there at the port, and then went to a restaurant to have some chips and guacamole and of course, beer! While we were there a lady came and made us really funny balloon hats. Then before we left the waiter slapped name tags on us with pretty riske names on them. Since we were all adults and had had a few beers we thought this was pretty funny. The shopping was pretty good, lots of bargaining.
Day 4 was Belize. We took an independent tour and went cave tubing. We had heard how amazing it was and we were not disappointed. They took us on a bus through the city of Belize, then we drove about 45 minutes through the country until we reached the cave area. 25 minutes of hiking through a beautiful rainforest later, we were at the opening of the caves. Breathtakingly beautiful. We felt safe at all times and were hooked together in groups of 8, each with our own private guide through the caves. Afterward, they took us to a nice covered picnic area where we could get an authentic Belizian lunch for $5 each. It consisted of one small piece of chicken, rice, and cole slaw. Very tasty. I would highly recommend this tour in Belize. They got us back to the ship with about an hour to spare.
Day 5 was Costa Maya. I think we enjoyed this port the most. Here you can get off the ship, take a bus for $3 per person to the beach, where you can get a massage on the beach for $20 an hour. You have to bargain with them for that price. It's then $2 per person to get back to the ship, where they have a resort-like pool with a swim up bar and loud music. We hung out at the beach for a while, had some chips and salsa, did some snorkling with our own equipment (wear water shoes because there's lots of sea urchins on the reef)then headed back to spend the rest of our time there at the pool area. It's one of the most beautiful ports I've been to. There's also shopping all around the pool area, and a restaurant. We all agreed this was our favorite day. That night they had a halloween costume party which was a blast.
Day 6 was another sea day. The usual games by the pool and beautiful weather. We decided to try the supper club this night. It was our first time trying the supper club. We got a table for 6 right by the window. Nice ambiance. We ordered the surf and turf, which was a 4 oz. filet mignon and a 6 oz lobster tail. Honestly I have to say we felt the supper club was not worth the upcharge of $30 per person. I'll tell you why. In the dining room, you can order as much of anything you want. In the supper club, you are limited to one appetizer, salad, entree and dessert and the portions on some of the entrees are small. We are not big eaters or anything but I felt kind of ripped off. The food was not ANY better than what you get in the dining room. On top of all this, 5 of 6 people in our party got sick to our stomachs all night. So they served us something that was bad. When we complained to Carnival the next day, they said so sorry but no compensation. So, needless to say, that was our first and last time trying the supper club.
Day 7 was Nassau. Been there, done that so many times. We usually don't even get off the ship, but we decided to go shopping for a little while just to get some exercise.
The next day was debarkation which went very smoothly. The Glory has improved this too over the years. We were off the ship by 8:30, sadly. I always hate getting off the ship after having looked forward to it for so long. We've booked the Carnival Dream in May 2010 so at least we have something to look forward to. Overall this cruise was one of our best ever!