Let me start out saying this is the first time I have felt compelled to write a review for anything. My husband and I have been on one other cruise line and that was NCL in 2007 to the Eastern Caribbean. This cruise on Glory was booked with three other couples and we all had a nice time. This review is for the first timers and cruisers looking to book with Carnival or not.
Carnival is the cheapest cruise line and if that is what you are looking for you are all set. If you eat at chains like McDonald's, and KFC and Taco bell you are all set. Glory is said to be an older ship but I found it to be just fine. Cabins are bigger than NCL but the pink has to go. One more tip: buy a balcony and stop trying to decide if you need one or not.
Food: not good Breakfast is the normal buffet style with watered eggs, so go for an omelet or better yet go to the dining room as much as possible. Tip: Cranberry juice is only available for breakfast IN the dining room, otherwise you pay for it at the bars or on a soda card.
Lunch is buffet style, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, nachos made of fried pita chips, pizza, deli sandwiches, fried fish and oysters, and Chinese food items. There is a salad green option there somewhere. After two days of fried foods I was ordering from room service peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Dinner in the dinning room is the way to go. Service is great and there are a fair amount of offerings from prime rib to eggplant to pasta and fish options. Sushi was warm, beef was over cooked, otherwise not too bad.
We are from Boston and we are spoiled with the finest cuisine so understand where I am coming from.
Okay now with the bad stuff: Miami and Ft Lauderdale hotels near the ports are in epidemic proportions with sick people from the stomach bug. The cruise lines blame the hotels, the hotels blame the cruise ships. All I can say every ship that leaves those ports have the first three days of full infirmaries. If you have to be seen by the nurse and you have diarrhea and vomiting be prepared to be quarantined to your room for 24 to 48 hrs and you will not be able to leave the ship for an excursion as your sail card is disabled and highlighted in RED on the screen and a loud buzzer goes off. If that is not enough to feel embarrassed.
Carnival does not reimburse or offer anything to you other than the cursory "sorry" if you miss dinner, elegant night, excursions, food in general as you must only eat there menu of room service of crackers, white dry bread, soup and ginger ale. Remember they blame the hotels or you for bringing it on to the ship.
Overall our trip and ports of excursions were great but missing two dinners, two excursions and the worry that my husband was so sick he may have to be airlifted to a hospital has overwhelmed the greatness of the trip.
My suggestion: don't go Carnival. For a little more go Royal Caribbean or somebody else. You get what you pay for.