My husband and I sailed the Carnival Glory, from October 16 -â€" 22, 2011. This was our 19th cruise, our 13th on Carnival, and over our 13th Wedding Anniversary. We have also previously sailed on Celebrity, Cunard, Holland and Norwegian. This was a six day sailing out of Norfolk, VA to Bermuda. It seemed like most of the passengers were from Virginia.
We drove to Norfolk the day prior to sailing, and reminisced since our Navy days... It had been about 10 - 15 years since we were there and things had changed a lot. Embarkation was a breeze, once we cleared security we proceeded to the Platinum check in and were immediately processed. From there we were provided VIP cards and allowed to move to the head of the line to board the ship.
We booked an Ocean View cabin, the room was plenty big enough for us and our belongings. It also had a sofa, which could have been used to accommodate a third person.
We again opted to have all of our dinners in the Supper Club. Mr. Cruise Cat and I are not foodies, we prefer the Supper Club because it is quieter and less crowded than the dining rooms. But the food is definitely better in the Supper Club. As always, the food was perfect, the service flawless and the experience wonderful. Also, it's important to mention that the service and food was as delightful on the last nights as it was on the first nights. We've been on other cruise lines where the service and food quality in the specialty dining areas hasn't always been upheld throughout the entire cruise.
The rest of the meals were standard for Carnival... We had breakfast and lunch on the Lido deck each day. Breakfast was pretty much the same each day, and there was the same large assortment of lunch options. We had deli sandwiches, pizza, burgers and all that.
We spent some time in the casino and came out a few dollars behind, but nothing too serious. We didn't attend any shows, as those aren't really our thing. Since we had so many days at sea, we watched a bit of television, but it was limited. We are booked on a 17 day cruise next year, from Hawaii to Sydney, Australia, and will remember to bring our laptop and an assortment of DVDs.
We realized a few years ago that Bermuda is a place best visited by cruise ship. Flights, hotels and restaurants and all that for a trip to Bermuda are very expensive. A cruise is less expensive, and a better value for your time and money. There was just a day and a half in port, but that was plenty of time for us.
We rented scooters in Bermuda and visited the pink beaches. It was very windy that day, which made riding the scooters kind of slower at some points, and we were not able to get in the water at the pink beaches. But it pretty fun zooming around and all that. We talked to some other passengers that used the Bermuda bus system, and we were glad we did not do that. Apparently, the busses stop every couple of blocks, and it took over an hour to get from the pier area to Hamilton. (The island is about 22 miles long.)
There were a couple of negatives about this cruise, but not too much. There were some parts of the ship where you could smell garbage, but they were few and far between. I hope those odors weren't near anyone's cabin, that wouldn't have been very nice. Also, there were a couple of times when the aft pool was covered, and it didn't seem necessary. We couldn't find anyone who could provide any information on when it would be removed, so we moved to the mid-ship pool. It wasn't the end of the world, but we really prefer the aft pool without live music or kids. And finally, none of the hot tubs seemed to be working very well. They were warm, but not really hot. The aft pool, however, was steaming hot one day. I still haven't figured that one out yet!
As we sail more and more cruises, these reviews get harder to write. We are pretty familiar with what we are going to get, especially with Carnival, and have yet to be disappointed. Overall, it was a lovely cruise and a great way to see Bermuda.