Carnival Glory Cruise Review by deltaamtrak: Fantastic 5 day cruise on Glory
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Fantastic 5 day cruise on Glory
I must admit that I was skeptical about sailing with Carnival (given that I'm not a party person), however in the end I was pleasantly surprised with how good it really was. The booking process was relatively easy however note that if you book through anyone besides Carnival directly then they (Carnival) will not provide any support for your booking but will rather forward you back to your travel agent.
Embarkation and Initial thoughts
The embarkation process was relatively organized and the whole process took about 45 minutes. (Be sure to check-in online before hand though! This will save a lot of time) Once on board we proceeded to the Red Sail buffet and found the food to be cold and relatively bland. The room (midship balcony-Cat. 8B) was relatively clean with a few pieces of paper under the beds, a dirty rag left on the balcony and no soap in the bathroom. It needed some TLC as the balcony lights did not work, there were deep dents in the walls, TV remote never More worked properly and some other light switches were broken. Dinner was alright, service was poor and it took 20+ minutes just to get water, not to mention that there were very limited choices for vegetarians and the wait staff didn't seem to care or offer alternatives...but the Chocolate Melting Cake for dessert was fantastic and made up for the poor main course and service. Afterwards I did speak with the maitre'd and he apologized for the poor service, promised to make sure we would have a different wait staff and offered to make a customized meal for me every other day of the cruise.
During The Cruise
Service was alright and most people seemed to not care (although a select few were over the top and went well above the call of duty). The food was a hit or miss...either it was hot and tasty or cold, stale and bland. Entertainment was phenomenal and the performers were very talented...no gripes here! Dinner service for "anytime dining" was alright and the wait to get a table often exceeded 40 minutes (so do plan for it!).
The Glory is a great ship with a variety of high quality amenities. The colors (also the theme of the ship) were spectacular and were well appointed. Glory is beginning to show her age (built in 2003, ref'd in 2007?) but the public areas are well kept and clean. The layout is not as intuitive as some other ships but is workable (might take a day or two to get use to everything).
It was a good cruise and very relaxing. The food was below average but the entertainment was fantastic. Despite the setbacks mentioned above, you can't beat the value. We paid $467/pp for a balcony room (booking 6 months in advance). The nearest competitor was coming out to be nearly $700/pp for the same thing. If given the chance, I would do it again in a heartbeat... Don't expect Cunard like service and food...go in with an open mind and enjoy! Less
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