The "Glory" on May 2, 2010. Boarding in Miami was easy and fast lunch was ready and everyone was pleasant. Our ocean view room (2450,deck 2,port side aft) was very clean and much larger than we expected, luggage was a little delayed but with around 2900 people on board it was to be expected. The ship was clean and the crew was very friendly. Dining in the Golden Room at 6:00 was the "Saving Grace" of the entire cruise. The staff was outstanding and the food was great, I can not describe what a pleasure it was to have dinner aboard this ship. We did not stay aboard in any port, we scheduled outside tours (Non Carnival)in 3 of the 4 ports and had a good time with NO problems.
Well.... so much for the good of it. Now for the poorer side of things. Two of the mornings the food (eggs, pancakes, & bacon) were ice cold in the Red Sail restaurant, the steam tables were cold or just not working on the other days when the food was hot it got cold by the time you sat down due to the sub artic air conditioning, a very poor place to eat.
Now on to the really bad side of it... The main entertainment at night was really good on Monday and Friday. They had the Broadway/Vegas style shows that were fantastic. On the other nights it was strictly second rate stuff that you could find in any bar on Miami Beach. Not even worth seeing. They say the cruise director is responsible fot the entertainment, I'm not sure we had one. The only time we saw him was on the TV sitting on his butt with a huge amount of food in front of him. He was not "out and about" with the paying people.
This was out 2nd cruise with Carnival and may be our last if the rest of the ships are like the Glory. It's sad really... out 1st cruise was on Carnival's Fascinaton out of Jacksonville, Florida. I don't think you could find a better ship, everything was great, not one pood/bad thing to be found. Glory needs to learn a lesson from her little sister the Fascination.