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Sail Date: July 2015
I would love to share with you what I would have like to have known before I got on the ship. First, Carnival Glory Cruise line has a crew that is dedicated to customer service. Not everything was perfect, but I did have great ... Read More
I would love to share with you what I would have like to have known before I got on the ship. First, Carnival Glory Cruise line has a crew that is dedicated to customer service. Not everything was perfect, but I did have great experience. I read a few reviews about this ship and I got a little nervous. The ship is older than most and it is not the most glamorous of ships, but it is nice. Every member of the ship spent every working moment to keep the ship clean. It is older, but is was a very clean ship. The cabin assistants were all nice and attentive. If you need a friendly smile and someone to make small talk with this is not the ship. If you want a crew to take your needs seriously, remember your name, your preferences, and do whatever it takes to resolve any concerns this is the ship. I did read a lot about smoking and this was almost a deal breaker for me. I am not a smoker. The truth is there is a smoking area on the lido deck...it was empty. There were however; smokers everywhere. Well, to be specific the Lidio deck, sports bar, and casino. There were people who did light up in areas they knew they shouldn't. They did anyway. In order to maintain a good experience for all, the crew did not stop the smoking in non-smoking areas, and they probably won't. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. The shows and entertainment were amazing. My husband is not a 'show' person, but he enjoyed every minute of the entertainment. The host and cruise director were fun and engaging with the entire ship; young and old. The movies at night were also a good choice. They only negative I would say is after midnight the only real place for food is the pizza bar, which usually only had one person working it. This would be my suggestion. Don't be picky. If you ask the pizza person for whatever they have available, they always took care of me. I have a personal secret. I didn't mind the cramped showers. The stewards kept them very clean (x2 a day). I did sneak away to the spa and took a shower in the spa area. The showers were large and private and the pressure was perfect. Also, there were times that I did not like to share my hot tub with people under the age of 6. The adult pool had more kids in it then the kiddie pool. If you are like me and want some adult rest, go to the gym. They have a hot tub in the gym area and no kids! Hope this helps. The Glory is a great ship, but not the newest ship with all of the frills. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Carnival has a great thing going. Overall my famy of 7 had a great time, but I feel like they are constantly trying to sell you SOMETHING! Which is not very relaxing for mama. You can eat all you want, but for up charge pay more and eat in ... Read More
Carnival has a great thing going. Overall my famy of 7 had a great time, but I feel like they are constantly trying to sell you SOMETHING! Which is not very relaxing for mama. You can eat all you want, but for up charge pay more and eat in the steak house or Italian resturants. (We did neither) For breakfast we did room service or the morning buffet. For lunch we did mostly buffet. The pizza & burgers were the kids favorites, ususlly a long line. There's a very nice sandwhich shop at the back of the boat, the line moved quickly. I never did get to try the Mongolian BBQ, the line was always a mile long! For evening we ate in the Northern Lights Dining. The service was amazing, but the atmosphere was alittle underwhelming. If I'm going to get 7 people dressed in formal wear I want to see flowers, ice scriptures, candlelight....like the movies. It was not at all like the movies. We had small state rooms on the 9th floor. Plenty of room for 2-3 people. Room stewards were attentive and kept us well cared for. Now my shower no matter how I tried flooded every time! Just have extra towels. MOST IMPORTANT!!!!! We did a 7 day cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. We did NOT get to do our last port ROATAN. Excursions books, everyone up at 7am, sunscreened up, captain announced about 8am we would not be disembarking. Ugh!!! The weather looked beautiful, but it was to windy (I've seen worse) & the captain chose to skip it. Whereas I appreciate safety being a priority I was very sad. Later that day the captain announced we would stop in Costa Maya to replace this stop. 7:30-1:30. So we spent a great deal of time stressing about excursions, time shorten, and I had done no reserve on area things to do....ugh! I heard from one gentleman that Carnival is unable to make this port 40% of the time. I do not know if this is true, but I didn't get to go there. On our Belize day you have to go to dining room for a tender (a small boat to take you to shore). This was very slow. We arrived about 8:30 to dining room, did not get to Belize until 10am. Nothing worse than waiting when you can see it right there! Overall ship days seemed crowded. It was hard to move around the boat during busy times and lines were long!!!! There also appeared to be a lot of unsupervised children everywhere, screaming up and down halls at 11pm, jumping into hot tubs, cutting in lines. Not sure how carnival get fix that. Show times and comedy was probably our favorite family times. The do a nice job here. My only suggestion is do not do bingo right before a show. There was a huge mess after bingo and showtime people are coming in and bingo always ran over! So as I write this we are back to Galviston and waiting, again for hours to disembark. We've been waiting since 8am, it's 9:13 and they are only on area 3 (we are 11) So to summarize I had fun, the kids had fun, but carnival is in NO hurry to get you anywhere fast. Read Less
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