54 Carnival Glory Bahamas Cruise Reviews

AWful food. AWful rooms, smelled of urine and sweat. Very very rocky ride. We missed two out of four ports of call. Very expensive and disappointing. Spend your money elsewhere. When second port was cancelled, passengers scrambled to ... Read More
AWful food. AWful rooms, smelled of urine and sweat. Very very rocky ride. We missed two out of four ports of call. Very expensive and disappointing. Spend your money elsewhere. When second port was cancelled, passengers scrambled to secure their own lounge chairs from the pile on the top deck. Added activiites for our "fun day at sea, included more shopping discounts. Yippee. Not. The cruise director taunted passengers when we could plainly see Grand Turk with "see that beautiful beach, that gorgeous water and sun? Well we won't be going there today!" In his annoyingly overly chipper sing song voice. THe Platinum dining room rocked and rolled so much, we saw many people abandon their meal and never return for another night. People commented on feeling as if we were being "held hostage". Just a nightmare on the high seas. Our balcony cabin creaked and crackled all. Night. Long. I have not one positive to say about this and my family have all agreed to not ever travel with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Glory Cabin: 6393 Cabin Type: Exterior Dates: July 26-August 2, 2014 Embarkation Port: Miami, FL Region: Eastern Caribbean Ports visited: Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas, St. Thomas, USVI, San Juan, Puerto ... Read More
Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Glory Cabin: 6393 Cabin Type: Exterior Dates: July 26-August 2, 2014 Embarkation Port: Miami, FL Region: Eastern Caribbean Ports visited: Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas, St. Thomas, USVI, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk I went on the Carnival Glory as a 15 year birthday present along with my Dad, Grandma, Paw Paw, Uncle, Aunt and two 11 year old twin nieces, eight of us total. We arrived in Miami a day early and stayed at the JW Marriott Marquis which was about a ten minute cab ride from the terminal. We flew into Fort Lauderdale because it was cheaper air flight but then had to pay about $80 for a taxi from FLL to our hotel in Miami. It was nice to relax and have a big full breakfast at the hotel before boarding the ship. Embarkation We arrived at the Miami port about 11:30 am. When we unloaded our taxi, there was a man with a cart, but he didn’t help us unload and put them on the cart but still wanted a tip. We tipped him I think just so our bags would safely arrive at our room. We got into a huge line but Grandma and Paw Paw got to get into a special line because Grandma (who walks with a cane) used a wheelchair to board and got the special treatment. They would not let anyone except Paw Paw go with her. We would not see them again until we were on the ship. It was interesting to see the security people going through each person’s suitcase looking for alcohol. Since you are allowed to bring bottled water onto the ship some people try and sneak alcohol in water bottles or other containers. The security people seemed more intent on finding alcohol than other things like weapons or contraband. They would shake the water bottles and could tell by the bubbles if it was water. The people in front and behind us had they bottles taken from them. It took about an hour and a half to board the Glory from the time we arrived. When we got on the ship we found a table at the big Lido Restaurant and met up with the grandparents, ate and waited until our room was ready. Right after we finished eating lunch we went to check on our room and it was ready but our suitcases hadn’t arrived yet. (Our suitcases arrived around 5pm) My least favorite part of a cruise is usually the lifeboat drill and that was the case on the Glory as well. We had to stand shoulder to shoulder 6 rows deep along the outer deck and wait for about 30 minutes until everyone was counted. It was very crowded and hot and some people were getting sick. Our Cabin Our cabin was number 1261 (6A) which was an exterior cabin with a window. The room was set up as two small full size beds and had a big picture window. There was a couch with a table that converted to a third bed if needed. The air conditioning did not work well in our room. It sounded like the fan was blowing but it did not get cool. The hallway was always much cooler. My Dad told the lady at guest services and someone came in to check it (or so they say, we never saw them) but they said they could not find anything wrong. It stayed warm the whole week. Every room was booked so we could not change rooms. Grandma and Paw Paw’s room was a little warm too, but since they had a balcony, they could open the balcony and open their cabin door and a rush of cool hallway air would rush into the room. Our room was very near the elevator and this was a very good location as we could always be on another floor in just a minute or two. Half Moon Cay This is the private Island that Carnival owns. They anchored the ship offshore and we had to take a tender to the island. There were long lines for the tender rides, but we had breakfast and waited until the crowds were smaller and got right on a tender. The beach is beautiful. The sand is white and feels like powdered sugar. I have never felt sand this soft before. The lounge chairs were almost all taken. There were six of us that came ashore (Grandma and Paw Paw stayed on the ship) and we could only find one lounge chair so we put our stuff on that and got into the water (I guess getting a chair is why everyone rushes to the island on the first tenders). There was a lunch served in a pavillion area that was a short walk away. Lunch was hot dogs and hamburgers, but the hamburgers were no where near as good as Guy’s Burgers on board the ship. The drink stations (for tea and lemonade) were not laid out very well and there always seemed to be a long line to get drinks in the very small cups. My Dad had a water bottle that he used for lemonade and that saved him many extra trips to the drink line. The Bahamas We just did some walking around and shopping in the town. It was so hot I thought Paw Paw was going to pass out (but he didn’t). They have all the other same stores that every port in the Caribbean has so the shopping starts to look the same after a couple of cruises. St. Thomas, USVI We did the Sunny Liston Island tour and it was great. He took us shopping, to a few sightseeing places and then to a beach. He had speakers on his “bus” that were loud and everyone around us could hear Sunny talking as we approached. If you want a quiet afternoon, this is not for you. But it was much cheaper than the similar excursions on the ship so my Dad like that and we had a really good time. Google “Sunny Liston Tours” for info on his tours. San Juan, Puerto Rico It was so hot here that we got off the ship and did some walking around the city and then returned to the ship. We had been to Old San Juan and the fort on a previous trip, plus I wasn’t feeling good so my cousins went on exploring while my Dad took e back to the ship. Grand Turk We had never been to Grand Turk before and it was a nice little island. We booked a snorkeling excursion through the ship and that took most of our stay on the island. We snorkeled in a couple of different locations from a boat. There were a few three foot sharks swimming with us at one point but we were told that these sharks were harmless and used to people so we petted them. When we got done with our snorkeling we walked around the handful of shops we are essentially the same shops you see at all the other islands, but here they are all in one small location. While we were on the boat a popular bar was pointed out to us, but we really did not see much more than that and the shops. Disembarkation: Getting off the ship wasn’t too bad. Since we had plenty of time until our flight, we were one of the last groups to get off the ship. They did offer an option if you wanted to carry ALL your luggage off the ship you could leave in the first group, but since we had Grandma and Paw Paw we just waited and ate a long breakfast until our group was called.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
It is a challenge to get around the port but we arrived safe and sound. We were disappointed that it took so long to board the ship almost two hours in line. We missed lunch on the ship so we decided to take the SPA tour which was awesome ... Read More
It is a challenge to get around the port but we arrived safe and sound. We were disappointed that it took so long to board the ship almost two hours in line. We missed lunch on the ship so we decided to take the SPA tour which was awesome to learn all they do there. We did not take advantage of the specials even though they were tempting. We got to our room which was awesome our first time with a Balcony and I have to say we can't turn back it will always be a balcony from now on. We had coffee and Danish each morning on the balcony and an after dinner wine or champagne . Awesome views. If I was a first timer I would not notice the little things our anytime dining was a disappointment the waiters were overworked and could not spend any time making the time we had there memorable. Food was cold most times. We could have gotten the same meal on Lido Deck at least that was what it felt like except we were waited on. We did enjoy the ship it was awesome! The Christmas tree and the caroling each night and the snow falling was so festive for the Christmas season. We had movie night on the lido laid back on the chairs with popcorn enjoyed the outdoors, and we had late pizza and snacks. Hot Tub was very therapeutic we enjoyed it after walking all day. The ports of call were awesome we enjoyed each port the weather we had was a blessing we did our walking tour and shopping. We had a great room steward he was very attentive to what we wanted made himself available and always kept our room neat and clean. The Glory is so big and spacious you don't feel crowded it is decorated with good taste and so much to do day and night. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This was my 4th time taking pretty much this same cruise on the Carnival Glory. They finally upgraded the ship, which was really great. I had gotten bored with the ship and had kept hoping they would dock a different one at the Norfolk ... Read More
This was my 4th time taking pretty much this same cruise on the Carnival Glory. They finally upgraded the ship, which was really great. I had gotten bored with the ship and had kept hoping they would dock a different one at the Norfolk port because of that. But, though I ended up on the same ship I've been on multiple times before, the upgrades made it much better this time around. Before I go into that though, I want to voice a major complaint in hopes that Carnival reads these reviews. We are very, very unhappy about Carnival pulling out of the port of Norfolk, Virginia. We've been cruising Carnival out of this port about once every year and a half and Carnival leaving this port means that we will probably take very few cruises in the future. The airfare cost to other ports makes them too expensive - expensive enough that I'd rather do something else instead of cruise, or end up cruising on another line, which I know Carnival doesn't want. That said, Carnival, please, please, please come back to the Norfolk port!!! Okay, now back to the rest of the review. On the upgrades: First, they put in Guy's Burger Joint. The burgers on the ship used to be so-so at best. These are significantly better. They're a little more along the lines of 5 Guys Burgers and Fries. Yummy. They also upgraded/changed/added a few bars. The most memorable for us were the Red Frog Rum Bar and the Alchemy Bar. They also had a new tequila bar. I just don't drink tequila, so that wasn't my thing, but the menu did look good. Going back to the others though: The Red Frog Rum bar had some great choices. One of my favorites was the Caribbean Colada. It was the best colada I've ever had and great for days out on the deck. The Alchemy Bar is right next to the piano bar and, during previous cruises, that bar had very little business. Now, with this upgrade and becoming the Alchemy Bar, it was really busy every night. The drink concoctions were great. This bar had the best drink menu I've ever seen and we tried almost everything on the menu. We weren't the only ones either. The bar also turned out to be a great place to meet people, a lot because there were so many conversations that started out with, "Ooh, what's that you're drinking? Really, mine's a ???" and so on. The 3 girls that worked behind the bar every night were fantastic as well. Speaking of drinking, we splurged for the Cheers program. It's Carnival's new program where you pay roughly $50 per day per person and can drink up to 15 drinks a day, both alcoholic and non. If we didn't get the program, we would have had a lot less to drink because we would have been far more cognizant of the money we were spending. The program allowed us to not think about that and just enjoy what we wanted, so it worked out for us. I'd do it again just for that care-free feeling. But, at $100 a day for 2 people, it really would depend how long the trip was. I don't think I'd spend that much per day for a much longer cruise as I wouldn't want to drink a lot on a daily basis for much more than a few days anyway. The thing that convinced us to go with the program this time though was the fact that we didn't have to get it until the second day on the ship. That was huge because I felt like it would have been a waste for the first day on the ship since you're only really able to enjoy yourself from about 5:30 p.m. onward. We had great service pretty much every night in the dining hall (we had my-time dining in the Golden). After the first night, we asked for Yudi's (or Yuli?) section every night. We got him as a waiter the first night and he and his team were so good to us that they were actually part of the reason we ate at the dining hall as many nights as we did. The entertainment and shows changed since the last time we were on board... thankfully. I can't stand it when I take the same cruise ship a year or year and a half apart and the shows are the same. I was really happy to see the change this time. They had 3 new big shows in the Amber Palace; a Latin show, a Diva show, and a Motown show. All were great. All of the performers were really good, but one stood out for rme; Aaron, who has the most amazing vocal range and ability. With ability like his, I'm honestly surprised he's not a famous Broadway performer or something. The cruise director and his side kick (don't remember his name), were a blast. Those two really work together well to get people going and having a good time. They're both just the right amount of crazy and both know how to flirt and schmooze with the ladies as well. I'd say, whatshisname (good looking cruise director dude with the English accent) was probably the best cruise director I've had over the course of several cruises. My apologies for not remembering his name or most others only 2 weeks later. As had been the case in the past, the piano bar was one of our favorite places on the ship. Dave was the piano player this time and I think he ended up being our all time favorite, and we've seen several over several cruises. He got to know people's names throughout the course of the cruise. He also had instruments (maracas, tambourines, etc) for people to play, and he played some games with the audience too. One night, he had slips of paper with 20 lines. He'd play the first bar or two of a song, and we had to guess the song. We liked that game a lot because we won it! :) But seriously, what a great time this bar is when there is a great entertainer behind that piano. My only complaint to Carnival would be to set up the piano bar a little differently because you don't really feel like you're part of the action if you don't get a seat directly around the piano itself, which was a challenge this time because the bar was so busy. The other seats in the lounge should all be higher up so you can still see the entertainment. It's the only flaw of this bar and has been that way for years. Still a great bar despite that flaw though. As usual, we enjoyed some time on the Serenity deck this time. It's one of the only places you can get away from constant loud noise on this ship and the loungers are very comfortable there. It is, however, exceptionally windy quite often on this deck, which is not great if it's October and you're too far north. We also enjoyed the adults-only hot tub this time. In general, we like the adults-only pool/hot tub area in back of the ship and the adults-only Serenity deck in the front. We just wish that they would change things up a bit so that those weren't the only two adults only areas and so that the only two adults only areas were not at complete opposite ends of the ship. What else? Service: Consistently great from our room steward to our wait staff and everyone else throughout the whole cruise this time. Food: About the same as it has been in the past (which was always pretty good, and very good in the main dining rooms). Guy's Burger Joint improves things. Pizza Bar was good. Burrito Bar was a nice improvement as well. Still like the Red Sail - not the the greatest food in the universe, but some pretty good stuff, and convenient. Cabin: Bed seemed more uncomfortable than it ever has on a Carnival ship. I don't know if we just had an old bed or what, but it's usually more comfortable. There are never enough pillows and the pillows they do provide are way too small. I brought a couple of my own this time, which helped. Other than that, the cabins haven't changed; compact, but efficient, and had enough place to store our stuff. Always like having the safe for my photography equipment when it's not in use. Disappointing: We only had one formal night. That's because they cut this cruise down from 6 nights to 5. That is disappointing as well. In the past, they sailed out of Norfolk 4 times in October, I believe with two 4 night cruises and two 6 night cruises. I'd like it if they sailed out of Norfolk 4 times with one of each, a 4, 5, 6, and 7 night cruise, each with different ports. Give us some variety to choose from, Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise on the Carnival Glory! It was totally awesome! We had a balcony room, which was bigger than I expected. Everything you need and/or want is right there on the ship. The staff was so ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise on the Carnival Glory! It was totally awesome! We had a balcony room, which was bigger than I expected. Everything you need and/or want is right there on the ship. The staff was so polite, courteous, helpful....never a frown! They all seem to LOVE their jobs. The Cruise Director, Matt, was absolutely wonderful. We saw him a lot around the ship and loved the way he was so very involved with the passengers. Everything was very well organized and super clean!! FUN, FUN, FUN! Even though we were probably older than most in this night club, we had a blast....if you like to dance to the music of today, you must hit the White Heat Nightclub. We also enjoyed every single show we went to and every single meal we had. Even though the food was good at the Steakhouse, we would not do that again. Our table was right next to the cooking area, and we had a hard time with our personal conversation because we could hear the staff talking and kitchen activity going on. Also, it is an extra expense. Another extra expense, but well worth it are the deals offered on certain days in the Fun Shops. I got several beautiful pieces of jewelry for a small price. Just so much to do.....don't forget the Lido Deck Pool....FUN FUN FUN!!! Can't wait til our next cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I had a great time. Pros: Great Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director. They worked well together and really created a "fun" atmosphere. Room with balcony. The room had outdated decor, but I loved the balcony. The ... Read More
I had a great time. Pros: Great Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director. They worked well together and really created a "fun" atmosphere. Room with balcony. The room had outdated decor, but I loved the balcony. The shower had great water pressure. I wear earplugs at night, so I did not notice any noise issues. Variety of activities. It is impossible to be bored on this ship. There is always something to do if you are willing to try it. Loved the water slide. Even grandmothers were using it. Loved the putt-putt (free) and the jogging track. I enjoyed the ports. Nassau is very easy to get around, so I did not book an excursion. Instead, I took a carriage ride, then walked to the Queen's Stairs and Fort. Then, I took a taxi to Cabbage Beach. I walked a loooong way to the "cove" on Cabbage Beach and snorkeled. Then, I took a taxi back to the port and had dinner. In Freeport, I did the Western Heritage & Snorkel Tour. That was awesome. Disembarkment was easy and orderly. Cons: The water is rough outside of Virginia and the Carolinas. I had to take Dramamine. The food in the dining room was iffy, so-so. I actually like the food on the deck (like the pizza and burrito bar) better. I'm not sure if it is a pro or con that there were a lot of drunk people on this cruise. (I'm not a drinker.) But I was pleased that I never saw puke, trash, or disorderly conduct. The cruise was able to keep a nice balance of "fun" without it turning into chaos. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Since this was the last trip out of Norfolk, for reasons known only to the four cruise lines who have pulled out ( despite a well paid cruise director who resigned last month; I heard it was the high price of fuel..I guess fuel is much ... Read More
Since this was the last trip out of Norfolk, for reasons known only to the four cruise lines who have pulled out ( despite a well paid cruise director who resigned last month; I heard it was the high price of fuel..I guess fuel is much cheaper in Miami... and environmental regulations.), we decided to take the Carnival Glory and took our two teens. We sailed on a Carnival ship ten years ago. Some things were the same and others different. On the positive side: the room was surprisingly comfortable. We feared four in a room would be cramped, but this was not so. Our room was an outside room with a large window, but I heard inside berths also are just as roomy. The bathroom was very functional and designed well. The showers worked and were roomy compared to Royal Caribbean. The rooms were cleaned and well maintained. The steward did an excellent job. Fears that the food had deteriorated were unfounded. The dining room set up was differently. I remember on the prior cruise, that we were seated at a large round table. This forced us to make friends at our table. I missed conversing with my fellow diners about what they had done, advice, and the usual social interaction. On the other hand, this being a family vacation, it was nice to have a table to ourselves. The waiters were friendly and made an effort to remember our names and our preferences. I especially liked the Mango soup and the other cold soups. I ate mostly vegetarian dishes. My daughter is a big meat eater and liked her steaks and beef. The molten lava chocolate cake was excellent as other reviewers mentioned. One day October 27th it seemed every table was singing Happy Birthday. On the 28th the waiters sang Happy Birthday to me, since Bill Gates was not aboard. One thing which was quite a bit different was the overall decorum. Many passengers dressed like inappropriately, wearing T shirts and shorts ( to dinner) even on formal night. I feel they should be stopped at the door and asked to return in better attire. Since even jeans are allowed, I do not feel that is asking too much. In other ways the food is different. The only place that remains open at night is the pizza stop. The pizza is not bad. Better than Pizza Hut but not as good as the other chains. Guy's Burgers is excellent. I had two of the specialty burgers and a cheeseburger. One day there were a number of flies. We did not try the deli or the burrito bar but I heard that they were good. No midnight meal. We ate in the buffets at lunch and found the lines to move quickly and the food to be reasonably good. The one area that was definitely lacking and different than ten years ago was in the area of musical entertainment. Ten years ago, there were three bars, that featured classical music, a good jazz band and a couple who sang and played dance music ( the latter was pretty empty I must admit). None of that was present on this cruise. There is a room called the Blues Bar but for whatever reason there was no jazz emanating. My favorite pastime on the cruise ten years ago was to burrow myself in a corner with a good book and listen to some excellent music. This is something you cannot do in normal life. I missed that. The smoke pervading the casino is a problem, but I remember this as being much worse. Probably Carnival has improved that problem. I liked the EA bar, and was glad there were so many fellow Red Sox fans cheering the team on. Got a bit crowded because the bar is small. As far as the production shows, Carnival has really budgeted these down. There is no band and the production numbers are shorter. Missing are the magicians, acrobats, singers, and variety acts. Instead of four dedicated singers there are two male and two females who are required to dance too. I would rather have dedicated singers and dedicated dancers. It also shows when there are only 8 dancers instead of 10-12. They are energetic and perform well, and the backgrounds are lively and clever, still I missed the more extravagant Las Vegas type revues that Carnival once put on. We saw all three, which are repeated: Divas, Latin NIghts, and Motown. The group of eight are friendly and social. After each show they would go to the Atrium, once to take photos if you wanted them. The final night's show we were barely able to sit through. Our teenage son felt the same way so it was not just a generational thing. ( Also it was music of the 70's and80's!!). The volume was up way TOO LOUD. The sound engineer, is probably hearing impaired. If you attend, bring ear plugs. I am serious. Besides the singers were typical in that they shouted through a song rather than sing it. I have found that the volume is cranked up usually to masquerade poor vocals. Further, how can you play music from this era without any Beatles, Stones, or disco? They had one night with game shows, but we did not bother to attend. The cruise director Matt is funny, and has a great personality. He is supposed to do Letterman on November 21st and we wish him well. We took two excursions. I strongly recommend the Kayak and Nature Excursion. The kayaking is fun and goes through a mangrove creek. It winds down to the Ocean, where we come to a very interesting and gorgeous beach. Look for big ( but harmless) spiders. When we got to the ocean we saw a big raw swimming below our kayak and there was one in the area where the creek met the Ocean. Look on the sides of the creek where there are rocks. I way some beautiful fish there. The nature walk is short, and we passed a lot of medicinal trees. Since, the trip is located in the Lucayan National Park, there is not hawking of goods. At the end of the Nature Walk is Gold Rock Beach. Bring your bathing suit and sunscreen . We spent an hour there. A gorgeous beach. You can go out a half mile and the water comes only up to your knees....at low tide. The water is warm and waves gentle. The beach is long but not wide. Pirates of the Caribbean and other movies were filmed there or near there. We also took out children to Atlantis for the Dolphin encounter during the stop in Nassau. They liked it but we waited around a very long time. This cut down on the time to go down the water rides. The Aquarium is wonderful so do not miss that. My wife and son sat down for a $56 a plate buffet in the Marketplace, but fortunately for my wallet they did not have time. The comedy club, the Punchliner, is a good innovation . We heard both the clean and dirty offerings of Christine Stedman. She is funnier at the dirty ( adult) shows, though I usually do not like my comedy blue. Probably the most endearing thing is she laughs a bit at her own jokes like Edith Prickly. Embarkation and debarkation are irrelevant since Norfolk is now bereft of a cruise line. So much for being the World's Greatest Harbor ( WGH radio). The fitness center was very good. Plenty of equipment. Nice steam room. Incidentally, my reading material was Man Overboard and San Miquel. Do watch yourselves on any cruise. Bad things can happen. All in all we had a very good time and I would recommend this cruise to others. It makes a great family vacation.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We sailed on the Carnival Glory out of Norfolk 10/20/13 - 10/25/13. The weather was gorgeous on embarkation as well as in the Bahamas and debarkation too which is always nice!! We previously cruised on The Glory in 2012 before the 2.0 ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Glory out of Norfolk 10/20/13 - 10/25/13. The weather was gorgeous on embarkation as well as in the Bahamas and debarkation too which is always nice!! We previously cruised on The Glory in 2012 before the 2.0 upgrade. We were very impressed with the 2.0 upgrades. My husband Joe and our good friend Ed enjoyed Guys Burgers and the fires more than they "needed" too..........we all loved the burrito bar for breakfast and lunch. We thought the new type pizza was even better than on past cruises. Salads were delicious and plentiful and so was the fruit. The ship in general was spotless clean all the time. Tables were usually cleared off quickly on the Lido deck. Never really noticed tons of crowds or anything. Staff was very, very pleasant and helpful. Cruise Director Matt and Assistant Emerson were truly the best cruise director and assistant we have ever experienced and we are very seasoned cruisers. They were amazing - we looked forward to seeing them - they were extremely visible all around the ship. We ate all evening meals except one in the main dining room. We had YOUR TIME DINING. I don't know why, but we NEVER felt rushed in the dining room on this ship. Our waiter IGusti and Assistant Martin were fabulous. Meals were delicious - no complaints. Chocolate melting cake was a little to "dry" for us, so Martin was sure to request WCMC that were a bit more liquidy for us. Our cabin steward IGusti (same name as our waiter) was very accommodating and pleasant and did a fantastic job. His assistant was great too. We were on Deck one - inside cabin which had plenty of space. Nassau was great. We walked to John Watling's distillery - we had a free tour which was fun and free tastings too...........delicious!!! Then we went over to Atlantis for a couple of hours. Went through the aquarium which was free (we learned) after 6:00pm. Then, lucky for us, came out just about even in the casino. While in Freeport we just walked around in the souvenir shops. There were a few new shops which was nice - didn't really even buy anything this time - weather was good there too. My husband and I enjoy dancing and enjoyed listening to a husband and wife band named SUMMER BREEZE They played a variety of music. They played many requests, etc. We liked dancing to them in the atrium as the floor was easy to dance on. When they played close to the casino we couldn't dance because the floor is not made for dancing. There was a Latin Band and a band called the B-Squad - didn't dance much to either of them but they were good too.............we didn't go in the DISCO...... Very, very few children on this cruise..............we love children but we do try to cruise when we think there will be more adults on the ship than children............. We are Platinum cruisers on Carnival and I must say, Carnival definitely makes a point to make us feel "special". The staff on the Glory seemed to do an exceptional job in this area. We enjoy all the extra benefits, especially the Tervis glasses and free laundry. Our laundry was returned beautifully on this ship. Unfortunately on the Pride recently our clothes were returned very wrinkled so we were very happy when our clothes looked as good as they did on the Glory. I mostly send nightgowns, underwear, socks, exercise shorts and tops, etc., to be laundered. We are very sad that the Glory and Carnival in general will no longer cruise out of Norfolk. Norfolk is a beautiful terminal and port and can host very large ships. We certainly hope someday Carnival will return to us here in Norfolk... We had an amazing cruise and enjoyed every minute!!!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Traveled with my husband, father, and step mother! Embarkation was a breeze. Lines moved quickly! Our room was clean and our steward, Rudy, was GREAT! Our wait staff in the dining room was also GREAT: Vane, Alex and Gavin!!!! We had a ... Read More
Traveled with my husband, father, and step mother! Embarkation was a breeze. Lines moved quickly! Our room was clean and our steward, Rudy, was GREAT! Our wait staff in the dining room was also GREAT: Vane, Alex and Gavin!!!! We had a booth just for our party of 4. We could order as many starters, entrees, desserts as we wanted. The food was ok most nights but formal night it was GREAT! The breakfast buffet was so-so but we avoided lines by getting there early. We loved the Serenity Deck. Never got in a pool or hot tub but there was always one available. Guy's Burgers was great! Our room was on Deck 9 - Lido where the food was! That is the way to go. Elevators were hard to catch on the ship. Took quite a while at times. Shows were great, costumes, performers, etc. Matt, our cruise director was hilarious! Wished they had more roulette tables in the casino, only 2 and they got full quickly. Ship was always clean. Didn't look old or worn down. Bed was comfy. Always cleaning all over the ship. Nassau was a bit sketchy for us. The pushy-ness of the people and the driving was scary. But we walked to the British Colonial Hilton were I had pre-paid for a Day Pass. It was AWESOME. Highly recommend! Took the Glass bottom boat excursion thru Carnival in Freeport. Our guide on the boat was GREAT! The small boat was a bit rocky and 2 women did suffer sea sickness. Being 2 feet from a shark they were feeding was awesome! All the people in Freeport were so friendly! Night and Day from Nassau! So sad they are closing Norfolk and will be trying Fort Lauderdale for our next embarkation point. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We just returned from a five day cruise on the Carnival Glory. Norfolk (last Carnival cruise for Norfolk...such a shame!) to the Bahamas. We have cruised a few times before on another line. Friends invited us to come along, and you just ... Read More
We just returned from a five day cruise on the Carnival Glory. Norfolk (last Carnival cruise for Norfolk...such a shame!) to the Bahamas. We have cruised a few times before on another line. Friends invited us to come along, and you just can't beat these Carnival prices. We wanted to see what Carnival was like compared to Holland America line. If you are a frequent cruiser, you are probably laughing at our attempt to compare the two (VASTLY different!). Let me start with what is good about Carnival Glory. Carnival does an outstanding job with organization. From embarkation to debarkation and everything in between, I marveled at how smooth everything was despite such large amounts of people. I also thought service was outstanding throughout the cruise. Every single employee was helpful and eager to serve with a smile. We got such a great deal on the price, I feel there was definitely value in this cruise. Food was very good in some areas, just so-so in others. The buffet style restaurant on the Lido is not very good. However, the burgers, fish and chips and Mexican available was very, very good. The burgers on the Lido in particular...WOW!! Everybody in my party agreed...they were the best burgers we have ever eaten! The food in the dining room was very good as well. The spa was tops, and the gym was spacious. The only minus I would say about the Carnival Glory is actually a minus specific to a certain population. Carnival really is the "Fun Ship," but lives up to it's other name....the "Booze Cruise." WHOA. I am a sober person and did not fully realize what I was getting into. This cruise is ALL about the drinking. Lots and lots of people letting loose and drinking copious amounts of alcohol 24/7. The Lido deck is some kind of crazy!! Please understand I am not being critical of folks letting their hair down and having a good time, but if you don't drink, this is not the cruise line for you. I absolutely could not escape it. I bought a very expensive spa treatment just because it was the only place to escape from the boozing folks for awhile! LOL. Obviously Carnival can offer amazing deals on fares because they more than make up for it in alcohol sales. So if you like to party, I highly recommend this ship. If you want a more quiet and relaxing experience, I do not recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We only had a few complaints on this cruise, so I will mention them first. The room service is VERY slow! We never waited less than an hour- usually closer to an hour and a half. The first night, when I was a little sea sick, I ordered ... Read More
We only had a few complaints on this cruise, so I will mention them first. The room service is VERY slow! We never waited less than an hour- usually closer to an hour and a half. The first night, when I was a little sea sick, I ordered room service for my kids for dinner. It took almost 2 hours to get to us. Also, our refrigerator was locked the entire 5 days. I'm glad we didn't need it. We had to ask for ice the first day, but after that it was refilled daily for us. This was our first cruise, so now I know for the future, but they had the kids club info session during the sail away party. I was under the impression that the kids club info session was required (now I know it's not), so we missed one of the things we were really looking forward to. One thing I emailed carnival about, was that the adult entertainment was so late in the evening, when you have to pay extra for the kids club. I am a single parent, so I didn't have a lot of extra money to pay for child care, but I would have liked to see some of the adult entertainment on board. Unfortunately, I had to miss out on that. Our room steward was really good. He made towel animals for each of my kids every day. He even took the time to ask what their favorite animals were, and he made them! The entertainment was excellent during the day. I was there with my 2 kids, and we enjoyed several programs and activities together. Our wait staff, especially Henry, was outstanding!! On our last night, Henry even danced with my daughter, while serenading her. It was the perfect ending to our cruise. The food was really good. There were lots of choices, and we all enjoyed everything we ate. That's saying something- my kids are picky eaters.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Went down to Norfolk to give another Carnival ship a try. Cruised on the Pride twice out of Baltimore. I really didn't like the Glory...even with all of the upgrades. Rooms were old and not quiet. Crew in halls very loud. Couple in ... Read More
Went down to Norfolk to give another Carnival ship a try. Cruised on the Pride twice out of Baltimore. I really didn't like the Glory...even with all of the upgrades. Rooms were old and not quiet. Crew in halls very loud. Couple in next room having loud, screaming sex every night. I was not sure what to tell my son about that. Hated how the 3rd and 4th floors were broken up with no way to get to the other end. We were always forced to go from 2nd floor where our room was up to 5th and then back down to 3rd to eat. It was laid out very confusingly. And don't get me started on the elevators!! Skipped our floor so many times. I don't know why - button was pressed. Staff blocked them out a lot too. Food in the lido buffets were always cold. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tried different times. The Pride had so much of a better crew and food was great compared to the Glory. On the positive side - loved the cruise director and his asst. They were very good. Casino was good too...except for when I was sitting there playing slots and some woman puked all over my side! Carnival does a bad job at controlling drunks. Just the next morning, some elderly man stumbled on the Lido deck and fell into the hot tub in the middle of the hairy chest contest and everyone watched it happen and just laughed and made it part of the show. Nobody tried to help him. Why don't they cut people off like that??? Nassau is getting bad. Crime is up big time. It's really getting dirty there and reeks of urine. Tourism is their number one commodity/income. You would think they would take care of the port area at least! Getting off the ship was very easy because we didn't go right away. We waited 39 minutes after they called our floor and did self assist. Won't ever go on the Glory again. Just wasn't the best layout, food or crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
My wife and i went with her graduating class to celebrate a high school reunion from the 80's and we had a really good time. Pleasantly surprised with the cabin space although i tried to upgrade my stateroom (willing to pay), but at ... Read More
My wife and i went with her graduating class to celebrate a high school reunion from the 80's and we had a really good time. Pleasantly surprised with the cabin space although i tried to upgrade my stateroom (willing to pay), but at the mere mention of an upgrade, the customer service counter rep enthusiastically shouted "the ship is completely booked". Mind you that at the security check in i was told there were some possibilities to upgrade, and i later found out that 95 staterooms were not occupied. The food choices were fun for day 1-3, but got old quickly after that. Guy Fieri's burger bar needs some improvements(cheese burger/hamburger/ fries, or hamburger/fries/cheeseburger, or fries/cheesburger....i think you get what i mean. The comfort food station was filled with foods that were not consumable....yuk! The Cruise Director Matt and his sidekick Evanson made the cruise a HIT. Professional when they needed to be, and complete cutups the rest of the time. Kept everyone engaged, and having a ball around the clock. I wasn't impressed with the Bahamas (nassau) but i did spend a lot of money with the locals,as did my wife. Which brings me to my major issue...I purchased Rum from Tortuga and was required to check it in when i returned to the boat. i was given a receipt from security for the goods and was told that it would be returned to my stateroom the night before we returned to Norfolk. Long story short, Thursday night, the cabin stuart stole our receipt and i never got the rum back. I called customer service multiple times, and they seemed so "not interested" in returning this gift to me that i purchased. I know this isn't the first time this has happened, and it really pissed me off that they didn't take an interest in finding it! In the End, they gave me a credit for what i spent for the Rum, but it is not the same thing. Is it just me, or has customer service taken a turn for the worst. I feel that Carnival should compensate me further, and i'm sure i will bad mouth them to everyone i see from now on until i feel like they have made an effort to satisfy me. Any person or business can make a mistake or create a bad experience. i judge them by what they do to rectify the problem. I WILL FOREVER EQUATE CARNIVAL CRUISE AS THIEVES AND POOR SERVICE.!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was my fourth cruise (2nd with Carnival), and my wife's 11th (1st with Carnival). Embarkation out of Norfolk was a cut above any port we've ever left from. The Half Moone Cruise Terminal is beautiful, and right downtown, ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise (2nd with Carnival), and my wife's 11th (1st with Carnival). Embarkation out of Norfolk was a cut above any port we've ever left from. The Half Moone Cruise Terminal is beautiful, and right downtown, surrounded by restaurants, museums, and local sights. The ship was wonderful. One of our favorite things about it was that, even when there were huge deck parties or loud events, we could always find a quiet corner to sit and enjoy some peace and a sea view. One of our favorite spots was above the Lido Deck, by Fish & Chips. We were very impressed by the dining options. We were at the late seating in the Golden Restaurant for dinner. Waitstaff was excellent, especially Peter, our head waiter. Food quality in MDR was very good. The Lido was a cut above what we are used to on a cruise; we especially enjoyed the variety of options, including Blue Iguana Cantina, Guy's Burgers, and Fish & Chips. The Ceviche is excellent! And for breakfast, get something at the Blue Iguana. Short lines and great food. We had dinner one night in the steakhouse. I ordered the lamb, but it was so tough as to be inedible. Before I even asked, the waitress noted that I didn't seem to be enjoying it, and offered me an alternative (Surf & Turf). They also refunded our dinner there, again without being asked. Very impressed by the service! Lastly, the Taste Bar is a nice snack stop to get some tapas before dinner; however, I prefer Sushi, which we had on the Pride. The entertainment options were varied and well done, but mostly not our cup of tea. The Serenity area was spectacular and large; the gigantic hammocks were awesome! And the two hot-tubs at the very front of the ship were a great place to go on a sea day. The water slide is surprisingly good. Once we discovered it, we rode it many times. If you give yourself a good launch, and then straighten your body, you can practically fly through it. Pools were good, but often crowded. The aft pool was heated, and quite enjoyable in the evening. The different colored lights in the pools at night were also a nice touch. We did find the decorations, overall, to be a bit garish and over-the-top. But it didn't detract much from the experience, and architecturally it's a beautiful ship. Our one complaint about the layout is that on the Conquest-Class ships, the midship restaurant forces you to go up or down a deck to get around it. Overall, we were both very impressed and plan to cruise with Carnival out of Norfolk again in 2015, when the line returns with the Splendor. Can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I cruised on the Glory in January 2012 and was under-whelmed. It was okay but not sensational. So, I boarded her for the short cruise from Norfolk to the Bahamas not really expecting much. I did expect it to be my very last Carnival ... Read More
I cruised on the Glory in January 2012 and was under-whelmed. It was okay but not sensational. So, I boarded her for the short cruise from Norfolk to the Bahamas not really expecting much. I did expect it to be my very last Carnival cruise.Things got off to a great beginning! We met our room steward, Arnold, and were immediately impressed with his gracious good manner. We expressed our pretty simple needs to him and tipped him a little up-front as we always do. We settled into our very clean balcony cabin and set out to explore the ship since we had not seen her 2.0 upgrades. Sure enough, there were Guy's Burgers, the Blue Iguana Bar and Cantina, and the Red Frog Bar ensconced in the Main Pool area on the Lido Deck. Nicely done. We immediately tried Guy's Burgers and really, the raving is deserved -- completely yummy! (Try the pig patty!) Later we got around to the shrimp burritos and fish tacos at the Cantina. Those were also delicious with add-ons like cilantro-lime rice, pico de gallo, guacamole, and black beans to name a few, plus a completely crazy selection of condiments.We visited the Platinum Dining Room to see where our table was and, just by chance, met our waiter - the remarkable Tiger. He escorted us to the table so we could check out the location and know where it was for later. What a delight he was! We continued to roam the ship noting the new Alchemy Bar, the Taste Bar, and the Cherry on Top candy store. All were nice additions AND the ship seemed remarkably clean. Dinners in the Platinum were good to excellent. The selections were appealling and the food was very good - from the appetizers to the desserts. The service from Tiger and his Team (Riomar and Raymond) was the best - seriously, it could not have been better. My cruisemate's grandchildren (ages 19 and 20) were with us and her granddaughter said 'I feel like royalty.' Even the maitre'd was a delight - strolling the dining room singing Frank Sinatra songs every night - thanks Konstatyne. And the waiter's cabaret entertainment brought the house down - gangman style! What fun! Lido deck dining was good also - the addition of several extra omelet stations was a really good move. Even changing the procedure so that bacon is served by the staff rather than selected by the passenger was a good idea - it speeds the line up. Contrary to someone's inaccurate report - the Fish & Chips is not gone - it is alive and well and turning out delicious seafood in the upstairs section of the Red Sail.So here are the biggest changes that I noticed. In January, there were lots of tabes in the Red Sail and around the Lido pools with dirty dishes and a wait staff that seemed too thin to do all that needed to be done. In the Dining Room - we barely saw our waiter as he seemed to have more tables than he and his team could handle - service was spotty, at best. Our room steward seemed completely overwhelmed by the volume of work to be performed. I think that they - Carnival - had cut back too far and the quality of the product and the morale of the employees showed up in small but significant ways. Not so, this trip. The service was the bomb and the staff seemed happy. The female workers even had new, tailored, becoming tunics. There were sufficient bar and service staff to keep everyone happy. We spoke with Christian - a food service employee - one early morning on the Lido Deck and he talked about how good the morale was on this ship and how all of the management was good - how Carnival employees tried to get on the Glory because of it. It is obvious. It makes it a very good ship and a very pleasant cruise for the guests.The shows are new in the Amber Palace - very slick and tech-y and fun. There are 8 singers and dancers and they seem to give it their all. Lots of music, some audience participation, really fantastic electronic scenery and a ton of energy. The 3 shows we saw were Latin Nights, Divas, and Mo-Town. Really a lot of fun and then at the end of the show - it spills out into the Old Glory Atrium and the singing and dancing with everyone joining in continues. It is quite a party! We went to tthe Piano Bar and found it boring and still so horribly red. That place just hurts my head. Can't say that I found the 'talent' in there very entertaining. Also, went to the Adult Comedy - it was okay. I wouldn't stand in line for it again. We avoid the Karaoke bar like the plague but I'm sure some like it. It's a nice room. The grandchildren had a super time at the White Heat Dance Club. Our favorite spot is the Adults only pool. The music is not nearly so loud as it used to be. You can actually hear yourself talk - that's an improvement, too, in my book. The Main Pool has lots of noise and lots of activity and music and contests and games etc. Super! One loud pool and one quiet pool. That works for me. And now let's talk about Matt, the new Cruise Director. He's the funniest guy on the ship. Seriously, the comedians can't hold a candle to this guy. How he has so much energy is beyond me but you cannot help but laugh and have a good time when he is around! Catch the 'name that tune' contest in the casino between the early and late stage shows if you want to laugh til you cry. Thanks to Carnival for a nice 'welcome back' party for past cruisers. That was worth doing for the delectable hors doevres and free drinks. Got to meet that staff that the crew is raving about - that was nice. The new Comedy Brunch is a very nice addition, too. It's held in the Platinum MDR and has its own special menu which includes some pretty fancy French Toast, Filet Mignon, Huevos Rancheros, etc. - not the standard Lido Deck fare. The comedy was only a 10 minute spot by one of the late night comedians. The one we heard was not great but the meal was fantastic.So - this will not be my last Carnival Cruise, after all. I am so impressed with the level of service and quality of product on this cruise that I've already booked another cruise on the Glory. She convinced me to 'go for Platinum' Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Carnival is our last choice for a cruise but we (and when I say "we" I mean "I") were so desperate to get away for a few days and since Norfolk is 20 minutes away we decided to go for it. I sweetened the pot by getting ... Read More
Carnival is our last choice for a cruise but we (and when I say "we" I mean "I") were so desperate to get away for a few days and since Norfolk is 20 minutes away we decided to go for it. I sweetened the pot by getting an aft vista view cabin #7440. The Good: THE CABIN: The cabin was great. It was probably the second best we had next to the handicapped one we had after my wife broke her foot.. It was laid out a little different and did not have a sofa but we didn't miss it.. The great thing about it was that there were two loungers and 4 chairs and a small table and still plenty of room. If you wanted sun or shade you simply just moved to the other side of the balcony because it wrapped around. There was some vibration but not enough to bother us and it really was quite lulling when going to sleep. THE FOOD: I had referred to the food on our two previous Carnival cruises as "slop" and on a scale of 1 to 5 gave it a 1 but when I was looking at this cruise one of the deciding factors was the fact that the ship had been refurbished and additional food kiosks had been added like Guy Fieri's burger bar and the burrito bar. Yes and No. I now give it. 2.5. The burgers were great, the burritos were great, the pizza and deli was very good and the buffet had many new and upgraded items. Desserts were still lacking for the most part and the dining room food was marginal. THE eNTERTAINMENT: Just ok. Didn't make it to the comedy club that was also new. THE SPA : they haven't done a thing to it and it really needs to be repaired and renovated. The staff at the spa was poor unless you were getting an outrageously priced package, then they paid attention to you. Nothing in the men's locker room but towels and you had to keep hitting the button to turn on the steam and sauna, a fact that wasn't shared until I had to walk out to the desk in a towel to ask about it! THE CASINO: Not very generous. Not enough slots or table games and the minimums were a bit high. Because there is a big bar and bandstand at the entrance to the casino, everyone is SMOKING and drinking and consequently even the few areas (and I do mean "few") were smoke filled. THE CREW: Amazingly friendly and accommodating even with putting up with rude and demanding passengers THE PORTS: Nassau was nice.. Been there before. Atlantis is worth the trip and excursion but know that unless you purchase the pass you can't get on any of the grounds except the casino and the marina (a Johnny Rockets cheeseburger cost $16.95). Avoid Freeport u less you go on a snorkeling trip. THE SHIP: Very clean and the updates were pretty but hard to notice a big difference if you had been on the ship before which we had. FELLOW PASSENGERS: I don't know if Carnival just attracts this type of passenger but they don't dress at all.. Same clothes they would wear at home, and by at home I mean in the back yard where nobody should see them. There were a few dressed up for "formal" night.......if you could even use the word "formal". They were rude, obnoxious, loud, crude etc. etc.. M y wife made me promise to stop there!! ( but we WON'T EVER BE SAILING ON CARNIVAL AGAIN) EXTRA: On the next to the last night there was a general announcement that a passenger was ill and the coast guard was sending a helicopter to pick them up. We were told not to go out on any open deck . There were no other details given and none of the crew seemed to know a thing. When we got back to our cabin off the back of the ship all the balcony furniture had been blown around from the rotors on the chopper , piled in a heap, and the adjoining balcony door was blown open. It banged all night and there was nobody to call to fix it!In closing I don't mean to sound critical I just want to make sure you know what type of cruise you are getting into. If you like to smoke, drink, and party, then it might be for you.. If not, then find another cruise line like Royal Caribbean. If you like an even higher class and experience in service and food, then choose Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We arrived at the Norfolk, VA port and the first thing you need to do is make sure your luggage has tags on it (you should have received an email from the cruise line giving your printable luggage tags). Our luggage arrived at our cabin ... Read More
We arrived at the Norfolk, VA port and the first thing you need to do is make sure your luggage has tags on it (you should have received an email from the cruise line giving your printable luggage tags). Our luggage arrived at our cabin about an hour after departure. We felt secure entering ship. All officers did their job well checking bags etc. There were plenty of activities for everyone; however if you are a person that doesn't drink, gamble or smoke (like myself) then I suggest finding fun in enjoying the view of the ocean, singing karaoke, eating till your heart's content; reading; going to the shows, walking the decks. Keep a positive frame of mind. Unfortunately, it rained in Nassau and in Freeport so we didn't get a chance to enjoy the beaches. We paid for an excursion in Freeport to a botanical garden and even though it rained like cats and dogs we were offered to purchase ponchos for $2 each and go on the tour anyhow. I felt so sorry for the senior citizens that had to walk in the torrential rain. We were told we weren't getting our money back due to inclement weather. The food on the Lido Deck is the best (9th floor- food court). It's so much better than what's served in the Golden Restaurant (anytime dining). However the service in the restaurant is 1st class (wow). A Big Shout out to Nevin who is a humble man; and had the best disposition. Blessings to you. My only complaint was that we were in the cabin next to the "frat boys from hell" . For two days straight, they were purposely making crazy loud noises -, drunk and especially rude to a woman who was cleaning their rooms. Since we were on vacation...my husband convinced me to let it go; they came close to getting their @#x## whipped by me.(I was imagining all of this lol) Despite bad weather and loud neighbors the cruise itself is wonderful; lot's to do and had a ball. I would cruise again with Carnival. Oh, and the captain was awesome. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
First time on a Carnival cruise line. Usually cruise with RCI but thought we would try Carnival to compare the differences and since Carnival is cheaper, saving some money wouldn't hurt. We booked an inside cabin on the 7th level ... Read More
First time on a Carnival cruise line. Usually cruise with RCI but thought we would try Carnival to compare the differences and since Carnival is cheaper, saving some money wouldn't hurt. We booked an inside cabin on the 7th level and it was small but comfortable and cheerfully decorated. Beds were comfortable but shower head was broken and had to be repaired. Fairly quiet most of the time but occasionally could hear people talking in the hallway around 2 or 3 am. I liked that there was always ice in the ice bucket after turn down service and towel animals were fun! The rest of the ship was very tacky. Main dining room was also very tacky and food was similar to cafeteria food! My husband ordered the "sweet and sour shrimp" for his main course and was given 3 breaded shrimp similar to what you would find in a box of Gordon's fish fillets with a tiny bowl of store bought sweet and sour sauce! The ships private steak house is to die for! Emerald's steak house is incredible and well worth the $35! Why can't they have that on the main dining room menu! The over all layout of the ship was confusing and annoying. The basketball court was located directly above the steak house! The kiddie playground was right next to the adult serenity relaxation area! The only way you can get from one end of the ship to the other is by using one hallway on one level which created a crowd of people constantly! They had a medical emergency which required a helicopter and there wasn't even a helicopter landing area on ship! The helicopter had to hover and drop a basket! Think I'll stick with RCI! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Embarkation: First want to say that Parking and drop off was very confusing. Very small terminal and parking was 75 dollars for 5 days. NO secure parking. Second the check in was easy and fast. Got to desk and was handed keys to room in ... Read More
Embarkation: First want to say that Parking and drop off was very confusing. Very small terminal and parking was 75 dollars for 5 days. NO secure parking. Second the check in was easy and fast. Got to desk and was handed keys to room in about 10 min. Then boarded the ship. Customs was quick and easy. Ship and Sea days. Well how should I begin. The ship is laid out weird. You have to go up and down different floors to get from one end of ship to other. The deco was ok. Nice art work everywhere. The kid zone was right next to the adult only area. The Basket ball court was above the Steak House. Casino was very very very smokey. They let guests smoke everywhere. Room: Was nice, good size. This was the first time we stayed in a Window view no balcony. Was very nice. Sound was no so good. Walls were thin.You can hear everything from rooms beside you and hall way. Food: was great cant complain at all about food in dinning room. Lido deck food was ok. The Burgers were very good from Guys the new upgrade. Buffett food was warm and ok not nothing to brag about. Ports of Call: were Nassau and Freeport They are great. Deparkation was easy and fast. Was off boat in about 20 min. I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
My wife and I sailed for the first time on Glory on the first cruise out of Norfolk in May of 2013. So this is a review with no pre-conceived notions and nothing to compare against.We're a couple of 60-somethings and cruised with my ... Read More
My wife and I sailed for the first time on Glory on the first cruise out of Norfolk in May of 2013. So this is a review with no pre-conceived notions and nothing to compare against.We're a couple of 60-somethings and cruised with my wife's sister and her husband, and their son and his wife. I read many of the reviews here and am a bit taken back by some of the negativity. GETTING ON BOARD: Since we live in the area, the 6 of us took a taxi to the port. After checking in around 11:15, we were getting ready to sit down and wait for our boarding group to be called when one of the Carnival employees noticed my wife was walking with a cane. We hadn't registered her as having a mobility problem, yet the lady insisted on moving us to the head of the line and getting us on board with no waiting. After the obligatory getting on board photo, we worked our way onto the ship, had our sail-and-sign ID photo taken and we were ready to go. We were having lunch in the buffet by noon for a 5 p.m. sailing. Check-in was easy: Drop bags with porters outside, take the elevator up and go through airplane-style screening, then check in with one of what seemed to be 35 or 40 agents. STATEROOM: Because the ship had repositioned from Miami the night before, there were no passengers getting off. So as we were checking in, the announcement was made that staterooms were already ready. We were in 7304, an inside cabin. For any first-timers, there is plenty of closet space and our suitcases fit under the bed. Even though the rooms were small, we had enough space (not that we were spending much time in the room). OUr room stewards were on the ball. When we left in the morning for breakfast and any morning activities, we hung the Cruisin' sign on the door and our room was taken care quickly. The only problem was one day when the card got shifted around and the Snoozin' sign on the other side was displayed. But when we told our steward, he insisted on taking care of the room immediately.FOOD: We ate from the buffet for breakfast, either from the buffet or the burrito bar for lunch, and in the dining room at night. I've read reviews where people complained about the buffet lines. We didn't experience anything like that, not that there were no lines, but we never felt they were too long. After all, there are 3,000 people on board. Perhaps the highlight was the wait staff in the Platinum dining room. Our three-man team (Ricardo, Sami and Markus) were personable and attentive. With three of them to cover five tables, we never waited for anything. As for the food, it's not gourmet, but it's darn good. I never liked cold soups until this cruise, but I'm sold on them, especially the cucumber, strawberry and pumpkin soups. For first-time cruisers: one side of the menu includes the every-night appetizers and entrees, while the other side has the same for that night only. Then the deserts .... bottom line, if you go hungry on this ship, it is your problem. And I want one of those soft-serve machines in my house.THINGS TO DO: One thing is obvious, you can be as social as you want or you can keep to yourself as much as you want. We balanced the on-board activities with quiet time, and came away from the cruise totally relaxed. For us, the majority of the activities were trivia contests, the casino, sitting in the sun, watching the two young ones in karaoke and exploring the various nighttime activities. We did see one show, the Motown-themed show. The complaint there is the shortness of the show. It started at 8:15 and was over before 9. I realize now how the show sort of continued down in the Atrium Lobby, but by the time we got to the railing overlooking the lobby, it was full. Some people have complained about not having a live band ... not a big deal. The video board behind the show was fascinating. One tip: After breakfast the first morning, I went up to the Serenity deck to read, but that area filled up fairly quickly. So did the deck chairs on the Lido Deck. But on our last sea day, I happend to be in the Atrium Lobby and went outside out onto the deck there (Deck 3). There was a long row of deck chairs out there, with nobody in any of them. I read and watched the sea for at least a half-hour before anyone else came out there.SHORE EXCURSIONS: In Nassau, the six of us signed up to ride Segways. Easily that was the most fun thing on the whole cruise. We were taken to a beachfront area, given about a half-hour of instructions on riding the things, then we rode down the beach and around the area for an hour and a half. Cost was $80 per person plus tip. In Freeport, we hired a taxi driver to give us a tour of the area. This was totally unscripted because when we drove past a brewery that offered tours, we changed course on the spot and got a tour. Total cost: $30 per person for the taxi tour plus tip, then $5 per person for the tour plus tip.PICTURES: Yep, photographers are all over the place. We had decided before we left that the only pictures we were interested in were from the Cruise Elegant night. So we had photos taken other times, but only paid attention to the formal photos. CRUISE ELEGANT NIGHT: It was the second night, the night before our shore day in Nassau. By my rough count, most of the guys did dress up in some ways, from the father/10-year-old son in matching tuxedos to guys wearing slacks and a collard dress shirt. I would prefer to go casual 24/7, but in deference to the boss, I dressed up, too, and the pictures turned out very well. THE STAFF: Unfailingly attentive. We dealt mostly with our dining room servers and the room staff, but the others we can in contact with had smiles on their faces. On the first morning out, I was at an elevator trying to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B. One of the staff saw me studying the ship diagram and stopped what he was doing to show me how to get where I needed to go.DISEMBARKATION: We were in group 15, so we knew we would have a bit of a wait. We ate breakfast for the first time in the Platinum dining room, then found a lounge that was open and waited for our number to be called. It didn't take long to get our luggage and go through customs, and we were home shortly afternoon.CONCLUSION: We're ready to go again. I drove past the terminal a couple of week later when the Glory was getting ready to go out on its last cruise from Norfolk in May. It took all of my willpower not to walk up to the ship, knock on a door and ask if I could come along! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Flew into Miami day of the cruise and took the SAS shuttle to the port.Getting on board was quick and easy because we filled out all the immigration forms on the net prior to the cruise. Immediately went to Longboards for fish and chips ... Read More
Flew into Miami day of the cruise and took the SAS shuttle to the port.Getting on board was quick and easy because we filled out all the immigration forms on the net prior to the cruise. Immediately went to Longboards for fish and chips and Bouillabaisse all were very good. Took the spa tour and hubby got a free facial and I got a free hairdo,it was great. Everyone we met on board from staff to other cruisers were so friendly you couldn't help but have a good time. Ports of call were Nassau and Freeport.Beach in Nassau at the Hilton were nice,Freeport was a straw market not much else,beach was ok. We did the Latin dance party the first night and the white hot disco the second both were a lot of fun with lots of people having a good time. Did the steakhouse food is as good as previous reviewers have mentioned but what really surprised me was Guy's burgers.I am not a big burger fan but these were to die for so I had them on a daily basis. The balcony room was great will never sail without a balcony.It had a fridge decent size bath room and queen size bed,very nice. We were in room 6273 close to elevators that take you down to level 0 to disembark for shore excursions or to level 3 to go thru custom so the cabin to me was in a good location. The room had a queen bed slightly firmer than my liking but comfy. The balcony was small with 2 chairs and a small table which was great for morning coffee or breakfast.We left the door open at night to hear the ocean it was great. Bathroom was of decent size with the typical amenities of toothpaste,a razor and a couple of packets of shampoo.On the shower wall typical Carnival shower and shampoo dispensers. Bathroom did have adequate shelf spacing so all of my toiletries from home were out and within reach. Decent closet and under bed space for storing suite cases after we unpacked. Mini fridge was great for keeping drinks cool but you have to ask your cabin steward to unlock it and take out the mini bar items inside. Getting off the boat again quick and easy as we took our own luggage off and we were off the boat in 15 min with SAS transportation at the port ready to take us back to FLL airport. Already planning my next cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
There were good and annoying things about the cruise so lets start with the good. Got to Port of Miami at 11:00 am and got on board quick and easy,we did all of our pre boarding stuff on line so all they did was take pictures,did quick id ... Read More
There were good and annoying things about the cruise so lets start with the good. Got to Port of Miami at 11:00 am and got on board quick and easy,we did all of our pre boarding stuff on line so all they did was take pictures,did quick id verification and that's it on to the buffet. DH went to the buffet on Lido deck and I ran up to Longboards for Bouillabaisse and Fish and Chips both were good and after Hubby saw my Bouillabaisse he got a bowl and loved it.We ate upstairs in longboard because the lido deck dining area was crowded and we wanted lunch with a water view and that's exactly what we got as a matter of fact we were the only people sitting up there and it was wonderful. Waite staff upstairs cleared our plates offered to get us drinks etc very attentive. After buffet we wanted to find out were and how to get to the Spa hot tubs so off we went to the Spa.Got there and they quickly directed us to their spa tour.Saw the Acupuncture Lady found out you don't even feel the pins go in learned something new.Next stop the beauty shop.They ask for 2 models to volunteer 1 man 1 woman so hubby and I volunteered.He loved the free facial and shave a 60 dollar value and I absolutely without a doubt loved my hair and scalp oil treatment and blow out a 110 dollar value for free.My hair was so shiny,soft and moved beautifully.I have African American hair and had not had a relaxer done since May, way over due so this was the perfect treat to start our cruise. We had a balcony room with a small fridge which we had to get the steward to unlock in order to use it.the room appeared to be bigger than the one we had on destiny we enjoyed it stewards were very friendly and don't ask me how they remembered our names.bed was okay not as comfy as on the Sensation.Room location was close to elevators to getting on and off ship was quick and easy at our elevator access.Noise want bad if your a light sleeper this isn't the room for you.We had no trouble sleeping. We had late reservations for Emeralds the steakhouse for 9:30 pm,I don't usually eat this late but this was the only time they had unless we wanted to dine Friday which is lobster night in the main dining room. Got hungry around 5:30 and the burgers at Guys on lido deck were smelling good we got one to split for a snack while waiting on our steak house resv and omg that was the best burger.I haven't had a burger that taste like that since I was a little girl,needless to say lunch daily was at Guys and I'm not a big burger lover. Partied in the lounge to some Salsa music before dinner and white hot disco afterwards everyone there was friendly and dancing all over the place and just having a good time. Dinner in the steak house was very good I had Chilean sea bass and hubby had the lamb chops,all large portions all good as well as creamed spinach and bread.Dessert was humongous and they gave us a take out for the cheese cake to go back to our room.As others have said free bottle of wine if you book steak house on first night of cruise it was wonderful. Lobster night Friday was good hubby had 3 tails I had prime rib well done,yes that's the way I eat my beef,it was tender ,hot and delicious.Dessert not so good I had an apple puff or tart type dessert it was very cold and tasteless. matradie was great we were originally assigned a group table of maybe 10 people we said no way it our anniversary so matradie gave us private table for 2. Friday port was Nassau I had been there before so we walked around had drinks on the beach,weather was wonderful and we enjoyed it. Had coffee in bed by room service and ran up to lido for omelets to bring back to room they were very good line was short and this was at about 10:00 am ate on balcony and enjoyed. Saturday was Freeport very boring nothing really to do if you don't snorkel or shop to you drop and the straw market.Senior Frogs was kicking but there wasn't enough room to dance area small and the DJ was trying to get everyone to do the cupid shuffle. Late night after the partying we got pizza off the back lido deck very good eating. The bad on the cruise was the hot tubs were always crowed and the water freezing cold and they never opened the spa hot tub. Other than that great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Bahamas Birdwatching Trip Report -- Carnival Glory -- Room 7211 On Nov 15, 2012, we went on a 3-night cruise on the Carnival Glory to the Bahamas with stops in Nassau & Freeport. We had a balcony room but didn't see any birds ... Read More
Bahamas Birdwatching Trip Report -- Carnival Glory -- Room 7211 On Nov 15, 2012, we went on a 3-night cruise on the Carnival Glory to the Bahamas with stops in Nassau & Freeport. We had a balcony room but didn't see any birds from the balcony we would not have seen touring the islands. We couldn't stay very long on the balcony because of the cigarette, cigar, & marijuana smoke. At least we didn't smell any smoke in our room. We should have got an inside room for this trip. The Miami cruise port was pretty jammed-up with passengers when we arrived at 2pm Th -- we were on the ship by 3pm. We carried-on our luggage (most people didn't) -- this allowed us to depart the ship in Miami at 8am Sun with no lines to contend with. We thought the meals on the ship were pretty mediocre. The Br choices were terrible in the buffet & dining room. We didn't eat any lunches on the ship. When we came back from birding in the late afternoon the only food option open was the Burger Joint that had very long lines. The only things we enjoyed for Dn were the crab cakes one night and the Melting Chocolate Cake they served every night. The wine cost $31 a bottle -- it was good but you could buy it at Sam's Club for $10. There was one dress-up night but only 10% of the people dressed-up. You could wear shorts to the dinning room every night. We didn't go to any of the shows or late night lounges. However, when the bars closed around 5am we could hear all the loud drunks talking in the hallway. We didn't go on any shore trips organized by the ship -- the cruise was a means of attending my nephew's 50th B'day party and going birdwatching; i.e., we organized our own shore trips!!! In Nassau (New Providence Island) on Nov 16 we arranged for Carolyn Wardle (bahamasoutdoors@yahoo.com 242-457-0329) to be our birding guide. Carolyn has lived on the island for 40 years and really knew where to find the birds. Darkness ended a great day of birding in which we saw 54 Bird Species, including 16 Bahamas Specialty Birds. In Freeport (Grand Bahamas) on Nov 17 we had arranged for Erika Gates -- (erikagatesgb@aol.com 242-373-2485) to be our birding guide. Erika has lived on the island for 30 years and is incredibly passionate about wildlife. Hurricane Sandy passed over Grand Bahamas and stripped the trees of leaves, but 3-weeks later you would never know anything much had happened. Darkness again ended a great day of birding in which we saw 58 Bird Species, including 12 Bahamas Specialty Birds. In 2 days in the Bahamas we saw 81 Bird Species, including 18 Bahamas Specialty Birds. To see the remaining Bahamas Specialty Birds, Erica said we would need to go to Abaco and Andros Islands. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
I should of none something would go wrong when the ship leave Miami almost 3 hours late. Dinner the first night took one and a half hours to get our food. In fact our whole side of the dining room was pissed off. One guy got up and yelled ... Read More
I should of none something would go wrong when the ship leave Miami almost 3 hours late. Dinner the first night took one and a half hours to get our food. In fact our whole side of the dining room was pissed off. One guy got up and yelled at the server, he had ordered a coffee drink 35 minutes ago and still hadn't gotten it. We noticed the servers were not insight, they were hiding because of the problem. A lady at our table left at 10:00 giving up waiting for her dinner. Then others left. We held out,being hungry and the buffet was now closed. Dinner came and the mashed potatoes were stone cold and the chicken over cooked and dried out and cold! Two others at our table told off the head waiter and left. Terrible meal, we did get desert after I said how long will that take and he went right to the kitchen and got it. The chocolate warming cake was delicious. The shows were terrible if you want to call them shows. They had a magician one night and a juggler one night and the cruise director told jokes the first night with a comdian with him. The comedian was good. This is the first cruise I have ever been on that didn't have singers or dancers on any night. Disappointed. Can't tell you how many people walked out on the shows, to many. The boat was like an ice box, always cold. We saw several people wearing their robes inside all the time. At breakfast the lines were terrible, I have never experienced these kind of lines. 30 minutes for an omlet. Even a head waiter said he had been watching and the flow isn't right. Some of the things on the buffet were very good and other things weren't. The Guys burger joint was fantastic, ate a burger everyday!! The deli had great sandwiches!! The worker weren't friendly like on other lines, not helpful at all. Our room stewart was good. When leaving Freeport the engine had a problem so we sat there 2 hours longer, alot of mad people. They couldn't go in the casino or shop on board. I will say getting on the boat and getting off the boat was super fast. They had a caribean party on the pool deck that was to start at 9:30 and it finally started at 10:30. Par for this boat. People were leaving after waiting a half hour for it to start. This was advertised to be The Best Party of the Cruise, that was a big joke. We stayed 30 minutes after it started, all of us were bored and found way more fun inside. Bad cruise director he just stood aound for half an hour doing nothing but posing for pictures instaed of getting party going. Our cabin was in the aft on deck 6 and the room would vibrate with a loud bass noise until 2am, very hard to ignore. There was no sleeping until after 2am. we would always be out until after midnight so it wasn't like we were trying to go to sleep at 10:00 like other with children. They need better noise insulation. The new upgrades were fine and an improvement, they just need to fix some of the other problems. Would never go on the Glory again. Done Sensation 4 times and liked it, Facination was good, and loved the Paradise. What happened to the Glory! All I heard was people complaining about this boat, I should of paid more attention to the reviews before I booked this. I feel let down on our vacation. Expected more. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
After a disastrous cruise aboard the Norwegian Sky, we decided to redo our Bahamas cruise back on Carnival, our trusted cruise line for Fun! We arrived at the port early and had no problem getting to check-in. The security line was very ... Read More
After a disastrous cruise aboard the Norwegian Sky, we decided to redo our Bahamas cruise back on Carnival, our trusted cruise line for Fun! We arrived at the port early and had no problem getting to check-in. The security line was very short. We got up to the check-in line and I was surprised to see that there were no kiosks for check-in (as we had previously supplied all information online). Unfortunately, due to the make up of our family (3 different last names) and this was the children's first cruise, the check-in took a little longer than we were used to, due to some confusion the agent was having. Following check-in, we were able to very quickly get on the ship and notice the refurbishment of the ship during it's Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade in dry dock. As this was the ship's first sailing following dry dock, we knew there would be some issues. Unfortunately, we were late departing from all ports, due to various reasons. The ship had a new crew, and it was apparent by the delayed dining in the dining room. The first night, dining was delayed by a half-hour. Another issue we had was with the pools and hot tubs, as they had not been setup prior to boarding and were made operational during the cruise. We were also disappointed that some of the things we have come to expect from Carnival didn't happen, such as the Welcome Aboard and Farewell Parties in the Punchliner Comedy Club. Unfortunately, we miss the free drinks that were served during these parties. At least we were offered a free drink coupon for being a loyal cruisers with Carnival. Another thing we noticed missing, was the entertainment by the dining staff during dinner the first two nights. Finally on the third night there was some following dinner. We almost missed it, as we had already left following dinner, but as we were waiting for the elevator, it started. Despite the issues, we were very glad to be back aboard a Carnival ship and still enjoyed the short cruise. We just wished we had stuck to our original plan of a back-to-back cruise on Glory, because I'm sure that as the Crew settle in on the ship and the ship becomes fully operational again, all the things we expect of Carnival will be back in place. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Carnival Glory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 5.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates N/A 4.3

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