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Sail Date: January 2017
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: July 2014
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: 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
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: 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
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
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: 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: May 2011
My wife and decided a month before the sail date to try Carnival for the first time, as our son has expressed he would like a cruise for his graduation present next spring. We are new at the Cruise Vacation Life and was extremely ... Read More
My wife and decided a month before the sail date to try Carnival for the first time, as our son has expressed he would like a cruise for his graduation present next spring. We are new at the Cruise Vacation Life and was extremely pleased with our last years 10 day cruise on Royal Caribbean. Fortunately we live in Norfolk Va. and looked forward to embarking from our home town. The travel needed last year to get to NJ was a chore. The travel home was worse. The idea of having a neighbor drop us off and come get us was a exciting prospect. That was great. Embarking process was nothing like our 1st cruise but, we were so excited to see our stateroom with a balcony.....I'll never go back to an interior room. This short 5 day trip to Nassau and Freeport was just that....too short. Freeport was a bummer, but Seynor Frogs in Nassau was an experience. Not only were we trying to get a feel for the Carnival Line (as it is known as a "younger crowd party boat"), we wanted to scope out some activities for my 21 yr old son and his 8 friends. Wasn't much in Freeport. The Hurricanes that blast through there must be the reason why everything looked in the rebuild state. we did take a $10 taxi ride to the beach and was conned into paying for a reserved seat on the same taxi....he never showed back up. We were lucky to grab another groups taxi and made it back in time leave for Nassau. Nassau has a lot more going for it. Loved the experience at the younger/older crowd hangout at Seynor Frogs. Our younger group will love the free shots for sure. As for the ship Glory, I wasn't real impressed with it's layout. The pools were too small, the maneuvering throughout the ship to get from one end of the ship to the other was a chore and very confusing. the shows were amateurish but, we enjoyed them. Royals shows weren't that spectacular either. The food was definitely a step down from the quality we experienced last year. The Platinum Dining Hall was the pits. This idea to put the dining hall on the 3rd deck aft of the ship was a bad choice. The tables vibrated so bad and so noisy from the engines that we were yelling to our table mates. I managed to do it three nights, the last being Formal night. The rest of the meals were done on LIDO deck and we fared the semi-long lines awaiting fried chicken and Cherrios. Room service is no charge and that was great. eating on our deck 11 Spa) port balcony was enjoyable, to say the least. Looking forward to the son's cruise. We have booked 3 aft rooms with extended balconies on deck 8, one being the vista wrap around. 6 days to Freeport (staying on the ship for that port) and Nassau for 2 days. It would be nice if another Carnival ship would dock here but Glory is all there is unless I wanted to travel again....Baltimore (Pride), even thought they both are the Conquest Style. If you take this ship....beware of debarking. The process takes forever and everyone wants to be the 1st to get off. Next year we will wait to they kick us off the ship, rather than trying to exit the only 10' wide door with everyone else....and remember the food in your room is just as good and no extra charge. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Given the opprotunity to embark from our home town, Norfolk Va., we were excited to test the process. Again this was our 2nd cruise, the 1st being a 10 day to the Bahamas & Bermuda in 2010. We knew that this 5 day would be too short to ... Read More
Given the opprotunity to embark from our home town, Norfolk Va., we were excited to test the process. Again this was our 2nd cruise, the 1st being a 10 day to the Bahamas & Bermuda in 2010. We knew that this 5 day would be too short to enjoy but, were pleasantly surprised. We didn't have to leave super early to drive to Bayonne NJ, as this was a 6 hour drive. Plus the cost of parking at $20 per day was nice to not have to worry about. We had a nieghbor drop us off at the Half Moon Terminal and our luggage was swiftly taken away by the eager and polite stevedores awaiting the passengers. I tipped the guy and feel that it wouldn't have mattered if I didn't.Once in the terminal, after standing in a fairly quickly moving line for passport and boarding pass check, we were given a zone# and had to wait for that group to be called. This was a tad discouraging as everyone was eager to board. A little bit of discomfort waiting in this line but, we made it through it unscaved. It was about a total 2 hour process from stepping out of the car and purchasing our 1st "drink of the day".We were able to head directly to our smoking room and balcony, which was on the highest deck 11 (Spa deck) Our first cruise was an interior room....never again, after experiencing the balcony. The room was spacious enough for my wife and I and was very clean. We met our steward, Richard, soon afterward and requested ashtrays and he had them within minutes. I was amazed that the Spa Deck was a smoking deck but, it was. We just booked another cruise and were told that this deck is Non Smoking...not sure what that's about. We dicided to get aft balconies for next years cruise.The Dining Room we were assigned to was the Platinum Room. This was the only real dissapointment. I assume because it was aft and on deck 3, the ships engines or props...whatever...created a very noisy and rough riding experience. Our glasses seemed to move on the table from the massive vibrations. I refused to go back after the 3rd night which was Formal Night. I had to wear the suit at least once. Dinners were then done on the Lido deck assembly line, cafeteria style. The food was OK, not outstanding. Not like the 1st cruise on the bit higher priced line. Seating was limited at certain times of the day and that was expected. There was ample ashtrays for those smokers. If I was one that did not approve of the ample smoking areas, I would have been disappointed.There seemed to always be ample lounge chairs on the split level decks overlooking the active Lido deck which had three whirl pools and two small 15'x15' swimming pools. The pools seemed awfully small but, were refreshing when needed to cool off from the sunbathing. The 3 deck level slide was exciting but, I only did it once. All the waiters were excellent and very friendly. All seemed to know your name. Much time each day was spent here enjoying the widescreen TV and the sun.We did one excursion in Nassau, Catamaran/Snorkeling. Was not impressed and the sails only went up on the returned trip.....while we were under engine power. The sails were raised to fool the inexperienced sailor. The location for the snorkel was off an island and I didn't see much. The 45 minute snorkel was shortened as the crew took forever to hand out the equipment....we spent maybe 25 minutes in the water. Next time I'll do the power snorkel if it is offered. We did hear the Sunset Catamaran Cruise was outstanding.While in Nassau we insisted on checking out Seynor Frogs bar and grill. That was exciting not to mention everyone was subject to a conga line that was fed FREE SHOTS. Many young people were there and totally wasted. We witnessed 60+ yearolds dancing on stools and bars. This will be great for the drinking gang that consists of my son's college friends, that will be with us next year. All which are of drinking age (21).Our visit to Freeport was a chore. The port was filthy and busy with port activity. We decided that we would take the 20 minute ride to a local beach. This was a $5 each fare and the taxi drivers (driving 12 passenger delapidated vans)talked you into a reserved return fare of another $5 each. Our driver never showed back up. We were able to grab another taxi ride with another group which cost another $5 each. Thank goodness for that, as we were cutting it close to reboarding the ship before its planned departure of 2pm. Next time I'll just enjoy the Lido Deck activities. We did enjoy the public beach for the alotted 2 hrs we had after spending and 1.5 hour shopping the markets. The taxi's drop you off in front of the Casino and then you walk about 20 minutes to the public beach access. Once at the narrow beach line which was clean and bustling with vendors selling Conch shells and T shirts. There was a grill (the $9 burger was great). You were able to walk up the beach line a ways and find a semi-secluded area for those romantic ones. But, our time was limited so we stayed close to the walk path.Overall we were pleased with the Carnival Cruise and as already mentioned, have booked the Graduation party for our son on the same Glory next May. The Glory does have a strange pool setup and maneuvering one end of the ship to the other was confusing and took at least three days to master. Oh, the other down point of the cruise was Debarkation. It was a nightmare. We elected to Self Assist instead of having our luggage picked up the night before. We were told that our deck would be one of the 1st to debark but we were delayed, as was everyone else, in the process. So everyone wanted to leave at the same time. The bottleneck on deck 3 was crazy. People pushing and shoving to maintain their place in the crowd as all only had a 8' wide exit to cram through. Those large families with more that 2 people were getting separated and very upset. Throughout the cruise everyone was polite and gracious. But, everyone seemed to think they needed to be in front of the line. Politeness went out the window. It must be the stress to head back to the daily grind. I'm grateful we only live 20 minutes away. And a great neighbor that was our taxi.Next time we will wait till they kick us out of our rooms and will be sure to order room service that morning before they shut down the kitchens. By the way there was no charge for room service. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2010
Day 1 - Monday May 24th. We live local to Charleston so our oldest son drove us down to the port to drop us off. We arrived at the port around 1:30 PM and dropped off the bags at the Early Drop off point. They ran us into the area got the ... Read More
Day 1 - Monday May 24th. We live local to Charleston so our oldest son drove us down to the port to drop us off. We arrived at the port around 1:30 PM and dropped off the bags at the Early Drop off point. They ran us into the area got the bags and ran us out. Pretty good so far. (If you are coming down I-26, get off on the Morrison Dr exit and you will begin seeing the signs. Just follow them to the port.) After we dropped the bags, we drove down to Market St. where he dropped us off near the Noisy Oyster (formerly Applebees). We walked the Slave Market area and grabbed some lunch at the cafe at the end of Market. BLT sandwiches are good. During this time the Glory had arrived and was getting ready for boarding. After lunch we walked across the street to the shuttle area and quickly got aboard to get shuttled all of 500 feet. We were some of the first early arrivals so it wasn't rushed yet. After getting shuttled around the loop and dropped off in front of the terminal. We went inside to congested and locked down Security checkpoints. There were 4 lanes and they were filling fast, but not moving. The Travel agents tour group and others were ahead of us and having some type of hold up. so we stood in line for maybe 20 minutes. Once they got going, they moved quickly. Then on to the Check-In Desk where they were "Kind of" not with it and had to spend a few minutes getting our upgrades sorted out (NOTE: Be sure you have a current Funpass that shows your new Cabin #) . The counter folks aren't good at asking any questions. We were put into Zone 2 and sat down after seeing several folks wearing the same Hawaiian shirt as I was wearing (Turned out to be a family group but we had fun with it all eveing). After maybe a 15 minute wait we were off to board the ship. Once we got onboard, we went straight to our cabin on the Lido Deck and it ready for us. We met Elena our Steward and got things set up. Players Club sent our letters and also sent a plate of Chocolate covered strawberries. (So if you are a Player Club member, be sure to touch base with them before sailing.) We went to the Aft/Bar Pool area at 5Pm for the Roll Call Meet n Greet. We saw a group of folks sitting near the back and went over to them and asked if they were a part of the Cruise Critics. They replied "Yes". I introduced myself and wifey went to sit down. She got the evil glare from one of the ladies (I guess she sat too close to this woman's husband). Then someone said Oh no, they weren't' a part of this Cruise Critics group. How many Cruise Critics forums are there ???? We sat for a moment with these folks then got the heck out of dodge. We roamed the ship trying to find the Platinum Dining Room and found that you have to go up and around the Golden Dining Room smack in the middle of Deck 3 and 4 so you are going to need to make plans to catch an elevator or stairs on Deck 5 (Promenade). First night dining was open seating and we were placed at a table by the aft windows. Our table mates were also from the local area, but weren't overly friendly. My Meniere's and Inner Ear Dysfunction began acting up so I became deaf as a doornail for much of the dinner which was sort of good since they weren't talking to us much anyways. We had also found our assigned table and did not want to sit at a booth, so we found the Maitre'd and asked to be moved to a larger table After dinner we went back to the cabin and waited to leave port. Once the ship did leave, it took awhile as the ship had to back up enough to make it through the narrow part of the channel which was right next to where we were docked. The Charleston Pluff Mud is always moving and the port has to be dredged out on a regular basis. So it is important to be in the channel. Once we got out of the Charleston Harbor. The casino opened and away I went. I tried the slots and found them being very stingy for a first night run. I ran into some of the folks wearing the same shirts again and joined them at the Craps table. I had tried to learn Craps before going, but it did not make complete sense. Once I hung around the table and watched how they played, it became much clearer. So I had a blast playing this game for the entire cruise. I started getting tired after this busy day so I headed back to the cabin for the night. Don't ask me what time. I just know it was late late. Day 2 - Tuesday May 25 - Day at Sea We were awaken by Room Service with coffee and thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the balcony with a cup. We made it a late start and went to the Red Sail on the Lido deck to get breakfast. The omelets were cooked to order and the staff were everywhere keeping things clean. The ice machines on the Lido deck are prone to running out, so be aware of that fact. Coffee from the Lido Deck is strong. But I drank it all day long and enjoyed it. Wifey set herself on a upper level of the Lido deck and sunbathed all daylong She saw most of the activities going on and enjoyed herself people watching. The ship was going fairly slow and we would get caught in the troughs, so we had some rock and roll going on. There were many passengers who did not take anything beforehand , and they were feeling it. (If you are prone to seasickness or think you might be. Take preventive measures the day before sailing) I spent my day in the casino playing Blackjack and the other tables and then entered the Slots Tournament. I made the finals, but didn't win. I had met Daiana the Casino Hostess and she was very entertaining. We had a few reasons to go to Guest Services, and found them to be helpful and courteous, but not overly friendly. I first felt that we were on a business only no nonsense cruise, but over the course of the week, they lightened up. Some even cracked a few smiles. The first night was Elegant night. Wifey gets into this. I am more of a shorts/Hawaiian shirt type. But I put on some dress slacks, shirt & tie for her sake and we went to dinner. We had asked to be moved to a larger group table from a booth for 4. We were placed at a table for 10 (437) and it was on the side of the lower main area in the open. We could see all around. Yan was our server and he did an excellent job of taking care of us. Our table mates were from the local Charleston area and from Charlotte. Since it was lobster night, I asked for 2. Yan brought me 3, even though I could not do the 3rd entrEe. I wanted room for the warm chocolate melting cake. Barely had room for it. Yummy. We made the walk down the Promenade and had some pictures taken. We went to the show and they had to change it up due to the seas. So they did Rock n Roll from the 60's 70's and 80's. The dancers had a couple of quirks that we both seemed to focus on which kept us from paying attention to the overall show. The Singers had good voices, but were both screamers and that took away from their abilities. After the show, Wifey was tired so I tucked her into the cabin and off to the Casino I went. Where I had some plain old good fun.... Day 3 - Freeport, Bahamas We pulled into port early in the morning and there was a nice cool breeze blowing. But as soon as the sun got up high, it warmed up. Heat and humidity.. but the breeze kept it at bay sort of. We had breakfast on the Lido deck and then set off for town. We ran into some friends from Charleston and they were going on an excursion. We did not plan anything on this cruise as it was just wifey n me for a change. We had been going with others so there was always a group of some sort. This time is was just the 2 of us. It was nice to go at the pace we wanted to go without having to rush to meet up with everyone . Note to Carnival - Lose the cameras at the gangway. Folks want to get off the ship and not get hindered by the photographers shooting photos and not caring about what they shoot. The guy who took our photo wasn't even looking at us when he shot the picture, but was looking up at the ship and yawning.... Talk about a Point and Shoot with a nice customer service touch... That little incident sort of set my mood for Freeport. We took the taxi to the shopping area and wifey picked up some things for the grandkids. We walked the route backwards from out last visit there last August. And when done I walked with her to the beach area and of course. I headed to the Isle of Capri Casino... Did I mention that the Isle of Capri casino is not longer there.... It is now Treasure Bay Casino. When you walk in you will see many empty slot support bases and most of the machines taped up so you can't play them. The ones you can play are strategically placed along the pathways and they were tight. The tables weren't open at the time, so I collected wifey from the spot on the Beach and we headed back to the ship. What can we all say about taxis. They are in hurry to get you there, but not to bring you back. We had to waiti around for maybe 30 minutes before the taxi got 8-10 people before they would leave the area. Needless to I won't be heading the shopping area on my next trip to Freeport on the Fantasy in Sept. Back on the ship, we were able to get in to line for the Mongolian Wok beofere it grew. Wow, that food was good. Neither of us had ever had Mongolian so it was new to us how you put your ingrediants in a bowl then they cook it. It was a treat. Wifey had the black bean and I had the BBQ. The BBQ had a nice bite to it. Be very wary of the Schezhuan . That one will blow your rooftop off. You can get beef, chicken or salmon. I had all 3 and in the future will pass on the salmon. Just not a salmon lover. That evening was the Past Guest party and we attended. They were serving drinks and I had Amaretto something and it was good. I need to find out what it was so I can make some at home. Wifey had the Melon whatever. It wasn't the Melon-ball like we had before but she liked it. On our way to dinner from the PG party, we passed the Sushi Bar. I completely forgot about it. But since we were on our way to dinner, I had to forgo it. I missed out on it everynight .. Nutz! Dinner was Dinner. I am not into all that Fine Dining as much as Wifey is. But I will go along for her. The food was good and the desert was really enjoyable. Yan took very good care of us and worked hard to make sure we were happy. Be sure to get a coffee, espresso or cappuccino. They are all strong and delicious. Tonight was the Blackjack tournament and I was entered. Wifey had gone shopping at the shops and I of course, hit the casino. I got to having too much fun and next thing was hearing them cal me for the tournament. I dashed over there, played (the cards didn't like me) and went back to having fun. All the way til 1:30AM.. (I hadn't seen 1:30AM since I don't know when) For me, Freeport is a bust. But please don't take my words as trying to dissuade anyone from going there. There many other activities than the ones I chose to do. Day 4 - Nassau, Bahamas Who needs an alarm clock when you got Room Service... Coffee and a fruit plate, along with a tasty croissant... Nice! Nassau was hot. Not a breeze around and the humidity was worse than Charleston. We began the morning with a walk along the waterfront to the knock off market (only way I know to describe it). The large tent building at the end of the waterfront. Wifey picked up some things and we made our way to the Starbucks. There we met some folks from Hanahan, SC and chatted with them for a bit. Then off to the shops for my Rumcakes. Met our tablemates Chris and Lou at a perfume store, where the ladies tried to buy them out. But luckily they did not succeed. Then back to the ship for lunch. We wanted to try the burgers since they looked so good, but the lines were already growing and we settled for the Deli. I forgot that you need to be very explicit when ordering some foods. Otherwise you will get plain jane. I also learned about adding some ice cream to coffee.. Finestkind! Wifey went out to lay in the sun and I took a snooze. Then we took the bum boat (ferry) to Atlantis. For $3 a head each way wasn't bad. The breezes picked up and it was a nice ride. Plus you get the nickel (dollar) tour of the houses that line the waterway. Our local Narrator was very eloquent giving you the skinny on who lives in which house and of course all about the Yoga folks. Wish they would do something about the old Club Med resort. It was looking sad. Once we got to Atlantis, wifey went shopping and of course, you know where I went.. Yup.. The Casino. I had been there last August, but did not have time to play as I was with a group and it was go go go. So this time it was time to play. I ran into Chuck from the ship at one of the tables. There was also a obnoxious probably highly intoxicated European there and he made the playing unfun. This guy would not follow the rules of the game, did what he wanted and generally made a pest of himself to everyone. The dealers were fed up with him and were definitely being rude to him, but they also took it out of us who were trying to be gracious players. So much for me going back to Atlantis. Be sure that if you go somewhere and are going to go separate ways, that you have a plan to meet up at a certain point at a certain time. Wifey and I did this and I was at our designated meeting point close to an hour early. We chose the round tree at the beginning of the shops near Johnny Rockets. I sat there for awhile, got hot and began walking back towards Atlantis. I sat down on the long white wall that borders those awesome looking yachts. My thought being that wifey would have to go past me on her way. So, here I am sitting quierly minding my own and a pretty young lady come walking up and sits down right next to me and strikes up conversation. A joke I recently saw immediately came to mind where and man walks up to a pretty young woman and asks her to talk to him for a moment or two. When she asked why, he said that he had lost his wife and as soon as he began speaking to a pretty young woman, she would show up.. Sure enough, Wifey shows up.... We headed back to the boat landing and caught the ferry back to the waterfront. Also a little note that the last boat leaves Atlantis at 6PM sharp. We saw the traffic going over the bridge and it was bumper to bumper and stalled. Dinner was enjoyable and desert as excellent as usual. All that walking took it out on us so back to the room for the night.. Cept, you know me.. off I went after a rest... Day 5 - May 28th - Day at Sea Last Day of the cruise and it is going to be a depressing day thinking it is coming to an end. We took some time to reflect what we don't need to take on the next cruise. Now, wifey is a clothes fiend. And even though she did manage to reduce her bags down to 2 rollers and a carryon. She could do better. We carried a hanging shoe rack for all the small stuff, and hung it up. Not one thing got put in it. But we had it. We had brought along some mini bottles, but they were not touched as the Rum Runners did their job. I carried too many extra shirts and t-shirts. I had registered us for the Mardi Gras Slot tournament and we played. I qualified for #7 spot and wifey wanted to try again. But when she went to enter she had to go see Guest Services as she was declined. Apparently Carnival puts a cap on guests when they are on someone else card. We thought she was on my card, but due to the craziness at check in she wasn't on any card and had used up her OBC that she had from her funpoints. So they locked her down until she gave them her card number. So a warning to those sharing cards and such. Keep track daily of your expenditures. So she made a 2nd try and did not have any luck. I told you those machines were tight, even for the tournaments. I got bumped from my faithful #7 spot, but won the wild card draw. Too bad it didn't help and I made 5th on the finals. But we had us some fun. The gent who won the $500 had more fun! Dinner time had us having our last 2 tablemates show up. Seems they could not make it out of their cabin in time for dinner until the last night. Not sure if they were newlyweds or what. After dinner, we went to the show and again, the music was good, but the vocals left a lot to be desired. If those 2 were able to tone it down some. Back to you know where. This time with Wifey as a good luck charm. I got her to throw some and she was pretty lucky. She'd throw and I would bet. She had some good beginners luck. We made it an early night knowing that we would have to get up early for arriving back in Charleston. So back to the room to pack and put out the bags. We did hear that we were going to be late due to having to divert closer to Port Canaveral for a medical emergency earlier in the day. We had to get close so the Coast Guard could come pick up someone. We hoped they are doing well. Disembarking Day - Saturday - May 29th We were set to arrive in Charleston at 7AM. Due to the medical emergency we did not get back until closer to 9AM. Then the screwups began. Self assist is the way to go, provided you can handle your own bags. If you need help of any kind don't try it. As much as I would stand up and support Charleston. That port terminal is the Pits! The gangway is a hazard waiting to happen. You have to make a sharp left turn and with bags, that is going to be difficult. Then continue down the ramp to the ground level. The terminal building is too small to try to get more than 5 zones unloaded at a time and there was no real organization. One person would say hold up, and someone would come in from the outside and say to get the line moving, not knowing what was happening with the bags in the zones. Port personnel need radios and to have one person up on the 2nd level getting a birds eye view of what is going on and giving the directions. Once we got our bags, going through customs was quick and painless. Making that long walk to Concord St. while dodging returning crew members and the vehicles on the causeway was a real challenge. I didn't quite understand why they had parked everyone up at the Columbus St terminal and shuttle them down which made them having to shuttle EVERYONE back up to Columbus St. Instead they packed the main area with those new Beamers instead of cruise parking. You would think that Charleston would have gotten plenty of practice with X brand since they are coming in and out of Charleston regularly for the past many months. If this is the best they can do. Someone needs to find a new job. I must say that if this is the only thing I have to complain about, Overall I had a fun time on a fun ship. Would I do it again. In a skinny minute. I personally feel that if you do a little research and planning. You avoid many of the pitfalls that we hear folks complain and whine about. This way you are prepared to handle them and not let yourself get worked up and stressed out. Also be sure to use a little common sense Remember you are on vacation. Read Less
Carnival Glory Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
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