Despite the inconveniences caused by the hurricane, GLORY was all we expected, having sailed on her sister ship CONQUEST last year.
Embarkation was fast & painless and luggage was delivered quickly, with no problems. Despite the many logistics problems inherent in what Carnival had to do to get us sailing, their staff was enthusiastic, courteous & appreciative of our inconveniences & patience.
Our cabin, a balcony directly behind & below the bridge on the Empress deck, was exactly like the one we had on CONQUEST. The forward, portside location, however, wasn't ideal; lots of noise from the rough seas hitting the bow of the ship, etc. So now we know where we don't want to be next time, right?! Our cabin steward introduced himself immediately, and he and/or his staff was always nearby. They saw to every need, even anticipating some. Rating: EXCELLENT
The public rooms were clean, comfortable & usually uncrowded. Heavy cigarette smoking in the casino & some of the clubs is the only deterrent - this is the same on every ship we've been on. Would like to see either better ventilation or designated non-smoking sections. (Strangely, smoking of pipes & cigars is forbidden, yet they often smell better than cigarettes!) This is a prevalent & relevant issue -secondhand smoke health issue - and the fact that many do not smoke has apparently not been addressed, so the rating is reduced: GOOD
Shore Excursions were plentiful, although pricey for some of what you get. We usually plan a non-cruise line excursion, but opted for Carnival's catamaran sailing, snorkeling & beach excursion. As expected, the catamaran was so crowded that not everyone could sit under the covering. Otherwise, the vendor, Fury, did a great job entertaining & caring for the passengers. We were fully informed of all safety issues, what to expect at each part of the trip, etc., and they did not disappoint. The private island is beautiful, although rather small, right beside Playa Mia. Drinks were included on the boat & onshore; food was optional and not expensive for what you got. Rating on our excursion: VERY GOOD
Dining was a wonderful experience - every time. Our headwaiter asked our names the first night & always used them. The food was varied, plentiful & delicious! The entertainment provided by the waitstaff was delightful, too. We ate in the Red Sail twice, both times found the food mediocre & the selection wanting; of course, that's personal preference. Rating on Platinum Restaurant: EXCELLENT
Entertainment was varied, and it was all good! We enjoyed both shows by the GLORY dancers and the Justin Illusion show... professionally & enthusiastically performed. We never seem to get to the comedians, although we heard rave reviews. Karaoke, one of husband's interests, is plentiful on GLORY... every night, and sometimes more than once a day; KJ Gregg was great with the variety of personalities. The band in Ebony Cabaret and the pianist in Cinn-A-Bar are not to be missed. (Can you tell we like music?) Rating for entertainment: EXCELLENT
Fitness & Recreation: Plenty of activities, a good-sized fitness center with lots of options, and many seminars on health & fitness issues earn a rating of EXCELLENT.
Overall cruise: a resounding EXCELLENT!