The 2,974-passenger, 110,000-ton Carnival Glory, the second in Carnival's Conquest class, is a colorful ship in more ways than one. With each public room celebrating a different shade of color, this ship takes the "rainbow connection" to a whole new level.
Onboard Carnival Glory, passengers will find a lively "let's do it all" atmosphere. There are more than 20 bars, plenty of entertainment options and a head-spinning array of Fun Ship schlock, from Bingo to karaoke to hairy chest competitions. The constant announcements remind passengers of most of the daily activities. Occasional congestion occurs at the buffet during peak hours, particularly on sea days; on formal nights, lines form for photos along the Kaleidoscope Boulevard. Colors Bar in the atrium tends to fill up for pre-dinner cocktails. And yet there are offbeat, out-of-the-way spots -- like the Ivory Club -- that offer chances to escape from crowds.
A fall 2012 refurbishment, part of the line's half-billion dollar Fun Ship 2.0 initiative, added a bevy of new features. These include a quartet of theme bars, (fee-free) burger and burrito joints, and a comedy club rebranded with the help of George Lopez.
Overall, Carnival Glory's biggest strength is its appeal to a wide variety of travelers, from families and groups to couples.
Carnival Glory Fellow Passengers
Expect to find most Carnival Glory passengers ranging in ages from 25 to 55. You will find more families with kids in the summer and during school breaks. Carnival reports that 30 percent of its passengers are under the age of 35, 40 percent are between 35 and 55, and 30 percent are over 55.
Carnival Glory Dress Code
During the day, casual attire is the norm. Carnival's evening dress code is typically "cruise casual," but on two nights during the voyage "cruise elegant" eveningwear is suggested. On cruise casual nights, the line recommends sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), long dress shorts and collared sport shirts for men, and casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, capri pants, dress shorts and jeans (no cut-offs) for women. Cruise elegant dress means dress slacks, dress shirts and sport coats (suggested not required) for men and cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses for women. On elegant nights, passengers may choose to dress more formally in suits and ties, tuxedos or evening gowns.
Carnival Glory Gratuity
Carnival recommends $11.50 per person, per day. The guidelines allocate $5.80 to dining room services, $3.70 to cabin services and $2 per day for alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills. Tipping for room service at delivery is expected (and appreciated) by the service staff.
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