Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Bizler: Great staff, clean boat, but there are better options.
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Great staff, clean boat, but there are better options.
Destination: Western Caribbean
We cruised on the Glory April 17 -24th with a group of about 40 people we all booked with. We ranged in age from 12 to 49 and had a nice time on this boat. I'll be very brief:
Our cabins were very nice. We had two outside balconies and our room steward was as good or better than any we've encountered. My three teen boys are mini tornadoes and somehow Roy kept right on top of everything. Nice, immaculate rooms with surprisingly large bathrooms and showers.
Food was good in the buffet but the breakfast menu didn't vary much. Everyone said the omelets were very good but I didn't feel like standing in line for twenty minutes to get one. The pizza on the back of the boat was good and the burgers were also good, but again, be ready to stand in line. We went during kids April vacation so the boat was packed. The formal dining at night was excellent with a great staff and really, really good food. My one complaint would be the lines. Sometimes, you'd see a gi-normous line More for burgers and there'd be one poor guy cooking and serving them all. Other times, the buffet lines would be huge and the burger grills would be closed.
Kids activities. This was major disappointment for us. Volleyball, basketball, mini-golf, ping pong, you name it...it all closed at 5 PM! We found this to be different from other lines we'd been on a a deal breaker when it came to choosing the glory again. The kids clubs stayed open and our kids liked them, but they got old pretty fast. Overall, the kids had a good time, but as a group, we all wondered why the sports activities ended so early.
Drinks are about $7.50 plus and beers are in the $5.00 range. We bought drink coupons and used them but they really don't save you any money because you alway get charged the difference. Friends in our group used rumrunner kits to get rum and vodka on board and were successful.
We had fun. The staff was great, but there are probably better choices. Less
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Cabin review: 8C6339 Balcony
Larger than expected bathrooms and showers. Our friends were in a cabin in the 6353 or 6357 area and they said their room was directly above where the band in the casino played. We were in 6339 and 6343 and thought the cabins were perfect.Read All Balcony (8C) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
I would stress to you that if you book through the boat with another company (there are many), you will have a much lesser, and possibly even stressful experience. In the group we travelled with, we had a woman who is always willing to handle the logistics of our excursions. She reported that Mr. Reyes was very quick to respond to her emails and questions. Price was much better than the boat and we saw the other excursion groups being herded around like Cattle.
Plus free rum punch!
Kinda a funny but not funny story: Two of the dads in our group rented scooters with their teen kids. The kids were around 18 and 19 each and they got 5 or 6 scooters with one scooter per person. Prior to heading out, they went through the formalities of documenting the scooters damage on these little pieces of paper with scooters on them. You know what I mean...note a scratch here, note a scratch there. Well apparently the workers did not notate a scratch pointed out by one of the boys. After an admittedly great day of scootering around Cozumel, the scooter company demanded $200 for repairs for this very scratch, which had been pointed out but not documented earlier! One of the dads asked them to call the police and they arrived quickly. After a brief lesson in Mexican police corruption, the police told them they'd have to come to the police station for a few hours and fill out an accident report! Long story short...our boat was leaving soon so the $200 bill was negotiated down to a mere $60, with a small cut going to the police. The best part of the story is that when we got back on the boat, the involved dad complained to guest services and they said they hear the "scratch on the scooter" story all the time. In fact, we didn't notice it before we went to port, but in the port review paper delivered to our room that morning, there was a clear warning not to rent scooters in Cozumel. Guest services pointed this out to the dad! Classic!
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