My wife and decided a month before the sail date to try Carnival for the first time, as our son has expressed he would like a cruise for his graduation present next spring.
We are new at the Cruise Vacation Life and was extremely pleased with our last years 10 day cruise on Royal Caribbean.
Fortunately we live in Norfolk Va. and looked forward to embarking from our home town. The travel needed last year to get to NJ was a chore. The travel home was worse.
The idea of having a neighbor drop us off and come get us was a exciting prospect. That was great.
Embarking process was nothing like our 1st cruise but, we were so excited to see our stateroom with a balcony.....I'll never go back to an interior room.
This short 5 day trip to Nassau and Freeport was just that....too short.
Freeport was a bummer, but Seynor Frogs in Nassau was an experience.
Not only were we trying to get a feel for the Carnival Line (as it is known as a "younger crowd party boat"), we wanted to scope out some activities for my 21 yr old son and his 8 friends. Wasn't much in Freeport. The Hurricanes that blast through there must be the reason why everything looked in the rebuild state. we did take a $10 taxi ride to the beach and was conned into paying for a reserved seat on the same taxi....he never showed back up. We were lucky to grab another groups taxi and made it back in time leave for Nassau.
Nassau has a lot more going for it. Loved the experience at the younger/older crowd hangout at Seynor Frogs. Our younger group will love the free shots for sure.
As for the ship Glory, I wasn't real impressed with it's layout. The pools were too small, the maneuvering throughout the ship to get from one end of the ship to the other was a chore and very confusing. the shows were amateurish but, we enjoyed them. Royals shows weren't that spectacular either.
The food was definitely a step down from the quality we experienced last year.
The Platinum Dining Hall was the pits. This idea to put the dining hall on the 3rd deck aft of the ship was a bad choice. The tables vibrated so bad and so noisy from the engines that we were yelling to our table mates. I managed to do it three nights, the last being Formal night. The rest of the meals were done on LIDO deck and we fared the semi-long lines awaiting fried chicken and Cherrios. Room service is no charge and that was great. eating on our deck 11 Spa) port balcony was enjoyable, to say the least.
Looking forward to the son's cruise. We have booked 3 aft rooms with extended balconies on deck 8, one being the vista wrap around. 6 days to Freeport (staying on the ship for that port) and Nassau for 2 days. It would be nice if another Carnival ship would dock here but Glory is all there is unless I wanted to travel again....Baltimore (Pride), even thought they both are the Conquest Style.
If you take this ship....beware of debarking. The process takes forever and everyone wants to be the 1st to get off. Next year we will wait to they kick us off the ship, rather than trying to exit the only 10' wide door with everyone else....and remember the food in your room is just as good and no extra charge.