22 Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

Maiden cruise for me and wifey celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary and what a choice !!!! Staff so friendly, food choice incredible and well presented, stateroom furnished to high spec. Wanted for nothing really. Embarkation ... Read More
Maiden cruise for me and wifey celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary and what a choice !!!! Staff so friendly, food choice incredible and well presented, stateroom furnished to high spec. Wanted for nothing really. Embarkation smooth as silk but Debarkation a bit of a bun fight - suggest client types (e.g. "excursions" , "self assist" ) are allocated certain sections of Amber Palace and debark by client type. Additionally more staff required to channel people where to sit - not necessarily at the first seat available which then blocks access to all those following. Shore excursions were great. We swam with Stingrays at HMC, did the Helmet Dive at Coral World in St Thomas and utilized "10 best in Miami" on debarkation as a time filler and taxi to our late afternoon flight from MIA. At San Juan we used the free trolley bus to view the 2 main forts and peruse the centre of the old town, whilst at Grand Turk we simply rented a snorkel each and explored the corals and rocks around the pier terminal. Saw loads of colourful fish - funny how the simple ideas turn out to be the best !!! All in all a wonderful vacation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was my family of 4's first cruise. My husband and I are in our late 30s, early 40s and our daughter is 11 and son is 3. We all have a wonderful time on the Glory. Embarkation was a breeze. We checked in and waited in line ... Read More
This was my family of 4's first cruise. My husband and I are in our late 30s, early 40s and our daughter is 11 and son is 3. We all have a wonderful time on the Glory. Embarkation was a breeze. We checked in and waited in line for about 20 minutes. It was perfect timing once we got our sign and sail cards, they called for general boarding and we were on the ship in time for lunch. We had all day to enjoy the ship and begin our vacation! We purchased the Cheers! package and I highly recommend this for anyone who likes to enjoy their vacation with cocktails. Both my husband and I were allowed 15 drinks per day and that was more than plenty for both of us. Totally worth our money and not having the stress of a huge bill at the end our vacation. The food on the Glory meet our expectations. Guys Burger Joint was amazing and one of our favorites. The burrito and taco place was good and fresh to order. The buffet was ok in my opinion. The breakfast buffet can tend to be really busy each morning. It wasn't until our last day on the ship where we finally discovered the brunch in a sit down dining hall, wish we would of done that each morning instead. The pizza is amazing and made fresh to order. We at dinner every night in the dining hall. We were never disappointed with our meals in the there. They were always very fresh, good and well presented. The staff on this ship are just amazing! What they do to make everyone's vacation is just remarkable. The staff on this ship are away from their families for 7 months straight and continuously have smile on their face each day when you see them. Our housekeeper, Anthony, always made sure our cabin was clean. We never had to worry about fresh towels and our kids loved the towel animals he made each night. Brian and at the Alchemy Bar is just amazing! Friendly, passionate about his job and always made sure you have a full cocktail. This was our favorite bar on the ship, the drinks were so good and well worth it! Our main waiter in the dining hall, Richard, was a gem. He went above and beyond to make sure that we were always well fed. He always greeted us with a smile and by day #2 he knew exactly what we wanted to drink with our dinner. Summer, in Camp Carnival, was truly my sons saving grace. He just loved her and she made sure my son was happy and comfortable while in Camp. Mike, the cruise director, is the star of the show. He really made sure each and every one of us on this ship had a memorable time. He was just amazing and full of energy each and every day! I don't know how one can have that much energy each day but whatever it is he does, its working! The entertainment on this ship is great! We enjoyed the comedians in the comedy club. Happy Cole is just simply hilarious! We laughed so hard at his jokes! Make sure to attend the Adult Game Show with Mike. Absolutely the most fun my husband and I have had in a very long time! The shows in the theater are the next best thing to a Vegas show. We seen the Motown show, which was great and the Rock show the last night, which was just amazing! The night club on this ship was fun the first night but each night we went in there the DJ played the same music. They should consider having a theme each night in the night club (80s music, salsa, hip hop, etc). Mix it up a little. We kept our distance from the casino, never had any luck in there but again we're not big gamblers. Each night the lobby bar was lively with entertainment that would leave you on your feet dancing. Loved, loved, loved the deck parties, especially the sailing away party! So much fun and a great way to kick off your vacation. Our daughter loved Circle C. She met so many new friends and we hardly seen her when on the ship. They do so many activities with the kids, its keeps them coming back for more. One of the things I wish we didn't have to stop and do was the emergency drill. As I mentioned earlier we were on the ship by lunch time, enjoying ourselves and by the late afternoon, they make all passengers do this emergency drill that takes at least 45 minutes to get through. And its crowded and HOT! I mean I get why they have to do this but its really a buzz kill. Our port of calls were Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. Half Moon Cay is breath-taking. We spent the entire time on the beach. The water is a beautiful turquoise blue and the sand is white. Stunning! We had a horrible experience in St. Thomas but that is partly our fault for really not booking anything through the cruise line. San Juan was interesting and we took a tour of the old and new town. Grand Turk is another lovely beach area. Loved the fact that we had access to a beach and pool area. The Margaritaville on the land is really expensive but when you're on vacation, who cares-right! At sea days can tent to be really crowded, but what do you expect when you have all passengers on board. Yes, its hard to find a lounge chair but after about 10 minutes of searching, I always found 2 together. Loved the contests they did on the Lido deck when we were at sea. Disembarkation seemed a little dragged out, then again we were one of the last groups to get off. It was nice to enjoy one last meal on the ship before ending your vacation. And once we got off, getting through customs and getting our bags were a breeze. Overall, we had a wonderful time on this cruise and I will defiantly cruise with Carnival again in the future. There is something for everyone on this cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My husband and I went on our first cruise. My friends kept saying that you should leave a day ahead of time just to make sure you get to your right port on time. We didn't do that and got there with time to spare. The ship was big ... Read More
My husband and I went on our first cruise. My friends kept saying that you should leave a day ahead of time just to make sure you get to your right port on time. We didn't do that and got there with time to spare. The ship was big and the glass elevators were cool to see. You had your drill for an emergency shortly after you got on the ship. That could have been a bit shorter--it was warm that day and standing close to so many people and being on a plane all day--I just wanted a hot shower!! We went to Half Moon Cay. The sand here was like flour! The water was warm. You had to take a tender boat but that wasn't bad at all. We meet people from all over the world--we always met somebody new and that was great! Bring sunscreen and don't forget about the SALT WATER! Take pics and have fun!! Our second port was St. Thomas. We did an excursion of the island. It is a quik way to see and learn about where you are. Stopped at Magen's Bay, which was very beautiful. Lots of people though. Took a tram and the view up there was beautiful. Try the specialty drink after you get off the tram called the Bushwacker. Had a cold beer (CARIB--$2) at port!! The price was right and tasted great!! Another tip: TAKE A NOTEBOOK TO WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU DID!! I did for the first day and now I have to look at pics to remind me what we did. Well, next was San Juan. Took tour of island and visited El Yunke National Rain Forest. Finally Grand Turk--took the segway tour!! the guides were great and they own their own business--their parents started it. While excursions cost something but when are you ever going to be here again. Watch what you spend on the ship and keep it paid in full every day so at the end of your cruise you are not swamped with a big bill. We decided not to do the "all you can drink package". Glad we didn't. Couldn't see drinking that much to pay for it. I wanted to remember my cruise. We would go again and take our kids and some friends with. Tip the stewards well because they are on this boat for about 7 months and then couple weeks with their family. Our steward, MADE, was real nice and always had a smile on his face. All the help worked hard. It was hard at time to get answers out of them because of the language barrier. They are only told to say so much I guess. The cabin was nice--inside, but next time we are doing a balcony room. The entertainment was very well done and the food was good, but after about 5 days you wanted your own cooking. You were given an itinerary every day and there was always something to do--even on sea days. Disembarking was ok. We set our bags outside our door the night before but i think next time we will take our own. You get off the ship faster. I did not at all see an AED. I did email the cruise line but haven't heard back yet. What would someone do if someone went into cardiac arrest!!! the workers don't know what to do!! That was what i noticed and think they should have for sure. GUYS BURGERS WERE GREAT!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I love Carnival !! My name is Crystal I live in Northern Cali. This was my first ever cruise. We started off with a long flight to Miami which was cancelled do to mechanical errors thankfully after hours of trying we made it to Miami on ... Read More
I love Carnival !! My name is Crystal I live in Northern Cali. This was my first ever cruise. We started off with a long flight to Miami which was cancelled do to mechanical errors thankfully after hours of trying we made it to Miami on time. We were going to stay at the Miami Hilton they have a great deal for $175 they will pick you up at the airport and drop you off at the port the next day. Breakfast is also included. It is called pre cruise package. We paid for the faster to fun which is called an excursion it is $49.95 for the whole cabin this put us on the ship by lunch time it was awesome! Our first stop was Half Moon Cay-Its a beautiful beach that you are tendered to. Free barbecue however we chose to go back to the ship for lunch at Guys burgers they are awesome. The sea days are nice however it is very crowed on the ship. I didn't mind though and we were always able to swim. Getting off the ship and back on at the ports was so easy it was unbelievable. I was nervous at first but it was ran very smooth. St Thomas has the best shopping especially for jewelry. Since we didn't do any excursions we walked every where and I was ok with that. San Juan was ok but the shopping was kind of expensive because of high taxes. There is a Star bucks there for those who need to sit down and relax. We went to one of the spanish forts it cost five dollars each to get in but was cool to look at. We ate at Senior Frogs and were disappointed the food was very bland and it was $50 dollars for nachos for my husband, son and I. It is fun to watch the workers though they danced. They were also giving out free shots of liquor. Next time we will find a place more authentic. Grand Turk had shopping and the beach was right off the port. The sand and water wasn't as nice as Half Moon Cay. My son liked the Blue Iguana Cantina and Guys Burgers on the ship. The burger place is open for lunch and the cantina is open for breakfast and lunch. They also have 24 hour pizza which was cool. The shows are wonderful even my 16 year old enjoyed them. We had HUGO who was our cruise director and he was new. He was a lot of fun and there were always things going on. For our first time we chose a balcony and had our cruise consultant pic our room. We were 7th floor and it was great we couldn't hear anything except for our next door neighbors who seemed to think that all doors needed to be slammed. I felt so spoiled while I was on the ship. Our room was cleaned twice a day and what ever I asked it was done. You are never in the dark every night you receive a fun times magazine that tells you what is going on the next day. If you want to see the menu for the dining area before dinner you can see it on the tv in your room. My son would look it up and we would all pick what we wanted to eat. We chose the early dining which is at 6 and that worked out for us. Every night there is a rare finds food for example one night was rabbit. My son and husband tried everything hehe. Every night there was a different kind of towel animal on our bed which I thought was awesome. To sum up my trip it was the most awesome trip I have ever been on and we are getting ready to book for next year. We are going to use Carnival again and maybe even go the same route. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I am a seasoned traveller but new to cruising and we took this trip as a family because my niece got married and wanted all of us to come along as part of their honeymoon. The food: Was wonderful, plenty of food choices and the ... Read More
I am a seasoned traveller but new to cruising and we took this trip as a family because my niece got married and wanted all of us to come along as part of their honeymoon. The food: Was wonderful, plenty of food choices and the hours were so that you didn't have to wake at the crack of dawn to make sure you eat breakfast. Cleanliness : The cleaning staff work tirelessly and we even joked that they hide under the bed because the cabins were cleaned like clock work and turndown service was a nightly ritual where our beds were made for the night any dirty towel replaced and floors cleaned up while we are at dinner. The dining staff Mark , Ryan , and Toki got to know us and made sure we enjoyed our dinner choices. The spa is always spotless and Michaela gives the best massages ever. The only reason I didn't Give them 5 stars is inability to sustain a Wfi connection and the that they charge for wifi to speak with people within the ship. It became very difficult to plan things with the many people in our group. I think that aspect of the experience can be improved upon. Maybe have a message board where people can communicate with each other outside of the Cabin. I will definitely cruise with them again in the very near future. Our experience was awesome Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was our first cruise. From the boarding on May 16 to the debarkation on May 23 it was great. The first stop was Half Moon Cay. It was gorgeous. The beach had silky white sand and the water was 3 colors of blue. You could see your feet ... Read More
This was our first cruise. From the boarding on May 16 to the debarkation on May 23 it was great. The first stop was Half Moon Cay. It was gorgeous. The beach had silky white sand and the water was 3 colors of blue. You could see your feet along with fish. Carnival gave to us a free buffet lunch. It was wonderful. Our second stop was St. Thomas. On St. Thomas we took the Tiki boat tour. It was wonderful. There was a steel drum band on it along with line dancing. We learned a lot about St. Thomas. It stopped on Honeymoon Beach for 1 hour and took us back to the St. Thomas dock. We spent the rest of our time shopping. The natives, that we spoke to, were very nice. The third stop was in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We took the Old San Juan tour. We had a wonderful tour guide (Sal). He took us to a fort and to the Presidents Walk. He was very informative and he taught us the Salsa dance. He then dropped us off in Old San Juan to shop (we also at the native food-ground up plantain with veggies) and took us back to the dock. We spent the rest of the time walking around by the dock and shopping. The final stop was in Grand Turk. We also took a tour of the island. It was very informative. We stopped at a lighthouse and got to pet donkeys. We spent the rest of the time on the beach, shopping and at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. On the Carnival Glory, we had the anytime dining. We liked to be able to eat at any time. The breakfast buffets were wonderful along with the service. Dinners were awesome. In the dinning room we had fine dining every night. The wait staff addressed us by name which made us feel comfortable. We had dinner, on our anniversary night, at the Steak House. It was amazing. They played love songs as we ate. The management along with the entire staff (including the cooks) were wonderful. We had an inside cabin which was perfect. We were very well take care of by I Made, who cleaned our room. We were on the 2nd floor, mid-ship, which was great. We went to various music and comedy shows along with the piano bar. They were wonderful. In summary, we had a life experience on this cruise that we will never forget. We were treated very well by everyone and would highly recommend it. If anyone has any questions do not hesitate to contact me. We plan on taking more cruises with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I had pretty high expectations, and they were all met or exceeded. Cabin-First of all, our cabin (a balcony - 6407) was great, way more than I expected. Bed was comfy, balcony was great, and the room was bigger than I expected. The ... Read More
I had pretty high expectations, and they were all met or exceeded. Cabin-First of all, our cabin (a balcony - 6407) was great, way more than I expected. Bed was comfy, balcony was great, and the room was bigger than I expected. The noise wasn't bad, we bright ear plugs and a white noise machine in anticipation of corridor noise, and both were helpful. I'm a very light sleeper and with ear plugs I was able to sleep great. Food - I must say the food was just meh. Nothing spectacular, but I didn't expect great things from what I had heard. The taco/burrito place was probably the best, and the pizza was good, too. The service was provided always with a smile and the entire wait staff is great, weather dining formally or grabbing a snack. Desserts in the dining room were probably my favorite. The entertainment staff is fantastic - A++! We went to several shows - the Motown show was probably my favorite, but Epic Rock was great as well. This is no Six Flags show, this is Broadway quality shows! The singing and dancing is really top notch. We went to a couple of trivia events, and they were really fun too. The casino is REALLY smoky and we found ourselves walking through there quite a bit as a shortcut to the other end of the boat, so if you need to avoid that smell, beware of this area. Tendering to ports is kind of a pain, but well organized and a necessary evil. The photographers are great, although the photos are really pricey, we bought quite a few and are glad we did. I HIGHLY recommend the Faster to the fun passes, well worth the $. I'll review our excursions separately. All in all, a fantastic first experience, and can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
They didn't seem to keep us well informed of ships happenings,wasn't even aware we set sail. We had assigned dining in the lower Platinum restaurant.One crewmember stands out as exceptional above all others: Elizabeth our head ... Read More
They didn't seem to keep us well informed of ships happenings,wasn't even aware we set sail. We had assigned dining in the lower Platinum restaurant.One crewmember stands out as exceptional above all others: Elizabeth our head waitress was the best ever.She was very pleasant & approachable,making you feel at home. Other crewmembers in the buffet area seemed to be avoiding contact with the guests.Dining food was excellent every day,with several nice choices.Guys Burgers & Pizza grill were excellent fast food places.Entertainment was very good.Disembarkation was confusing,again not enough communication.Had nice tours in Half moon cay(glass bottom boat eco tour),San Juan (Historical & shopping),St.thomas (Beach & shopping) However the historical tour in Grand Turk was the worst ever.The bus a/c didn't work & the whole tour all the driver did was put down the U.S. We have a unused military base there that we lease from them,several times he stated that it was under siege by the U.S. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This being my first cruise, I don't have anything to compare to other than all inclusive resorts. My sisters and I had a great time. We though the food was excellent, but a few days the service in dining was lacking to say the ... Read More
This being my first cruise, I don't have anything to compare to other than all inclusive resorts. My sisters and I had a great time. We though the food was excellent, but a few days the service in dining was lacking to say the least. All staff were very polite and always seemed happy and willing to help with anything you needed/wanted. The entertainment was very good especially the comic shows. ' Our room was actually very comfortable and there was 3 of us in it. We loved all the ports. We always felt relaxed an not too rushed on board or off. So overall we had a great trip and the ship was what we expected. I would gladly go on another cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Being a first time cruiser, I would have to say this ship was not at all what I was expecting when I signed up for a "relaxing" vacation, and it will probably be my first and last cruise. Positives of this cruise: The crew are ... Read More
Being a first time cruiser, I would have to say this ship was not at all what I was expecting when I signed up for a "relaxing" vacation, and it will probably be my first and last cruise. Positives of this cruise: The crew are very welcoming and were super nice. Got to see 3 out of the 4 islands for this trip - Turks and Caicos was absolutely stunning. Guy's burger joint was my go-to on this ship, burgers were phenomenal. Definitely spend the extra money for a balcony room, my friends all decided to do interior and were complaining all week. Did the catamaran (with Chukka) excursion at Turks and Caicos, water was beautiful and saw lots of fish. Negatives: Had to wake up extremely early in order to get seats on days at sea, which was a huge annoyance due to people tying their towels around chairs to save seats and then just walking away (this happened all week and the crew on the lido deck really did nothing to stop this from happening). Pools were a 50% chance of being open whenever you wanted to use them, which sucked because it was extremely hot out. Half of the hot tubs were under maintenance or were completely closed for unknown reasons. The boat in general is just small, and it's extremely evident on days at sea, be very prepared to be surrounded by people constantly. Being stuck waiting in lines was the theme of the week for this cruise. Whether it was waiting line for the buffet, getting off the boat (extremely unorganized) or getting back onto the boat (even more unorganized) it was a constant pain and really ate up precious time of the vacation. Rooms were clean but definitely seemed outdated (reminded me of a cheap NJ shore motel) and in serious need of a revamp. Food was a it could be good or completely horrible situation. Be prepared to send back steaks if you do not like them pink at all. Dress code was not taken seriously during all dinners whether casual or formal, I watched multiple people wear bathing suits or even jeans, when the carnival claimed it wouldn't allow people in if they were not dressed up to par. Drink package was overpriced. Be prepared to spend an arm and a leg on excursions through carnival, places like the Bacardi factory in Puerto Rico through the cruise was $55 when in reality (from being their this past may) if you take the Ferry across to Catano (which is extremely close to the docking area) its a 50 cent ride (one way) and the taxi service to Bacardi factory is $3.00 (one way), as well as tickets into the factory itself was $10-12.00. It's a huge rip off to go through the cruise line, and they will claim they have the cheapest and best price, but it is absolutely not true. (Same applies to the Fort in Puerto Rico, ridiculous inflated prices online but in person are ten times cheaper) Don't buy into it and do your research before booking one because you will save yourself spending money. Overall the negatives outweigh the positives, I would definitely recommend trying a different cruise line. My boyfriend and his family have sailed Royal Caribbean before and he claimed it surpassed this cruise on so many levels, so perhaps my first experience was just a bad luck of the draw. However, I will stick to traveling to islands and exploring them over going on another cruise, especially this cruise line in the future. ** If you are a first time cruiser be very weary about land sickness upon coming back post-cruise. I have never had motion sickness or sea sickness problems all my life (had not one single issue with seasickness during the cruise), but due to the serious choppiness of the water, it has left me with the sensation of being on the boat still and makes it extremely difficult to readjust to land. (If I had known this prior I would've never step foot on this ship) Definitely talk to your doctor before cruising to settle out any issues, definitely recommend dramamine or the patches. I don't want to discourage people from trying this cruise line or cruising in general, just figured I would give my honest opinion, especially considering it was my first time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I can't say enough good things about this vacation, it was our first cruise and we didn't know what to expect, wasn't sure about the room, looked small in pics, as a very nice size ( we got the smallest room on the lowest ... Read More
I can't say enough good things about this vacation, it was our first cruise and we didn't know what to expect, wasn't sure about the room, looked small in pics, as a very nice size ( we got the smallest room on the lowest deck, interior) we were told, all you need is a room to sleep in, so true, there was so much to do and see, food was great and so much Mexican, Italian,sea food, full 4 course dinners anything you could want for breakfast,hamburgers, on and on and on 24 hour room service, then there was the entertainment, comic club with family friendly jokes until 9:30 then wow, don't take the kids but so funny, there was great music, dancing,on every floor a movie on the top deck at night where you watched it under the stars with the ocean all around you it Was so great, I didn't want to leave the crew was so great not one person on that ship that didn't do everything in their power to make you happy, don't hesitate to try a cruise, I was worried I would get sea sick look on the Internet and found taking ginger pills (like ginger ale) was helpful, found them at Walmart, started taking them 4 days before the cruise(4 a day) and was find the entire cruise, if not being able swims worries you just don't get in the pool, LOL, because you are so safe on the ship, can't wait to go again.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
My husband, 2 kids (7 & 5) and I went our first cruise this past week. Also, this was our first time out of the country. We sailed to Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turks. Let me start by saying, I have no other ... Read More
My husband, 2 kids (7 & 5) and I went our first cruise this past week. Also, this was our first time out of the country. We sailed to Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turks. Let me start by saying, I have no other experience to compare to. My husband and I finally (after 7 yrs) got to spend some time doing things we wanted to do. From the start I felt comfortable with my kids going to their camp. They were occupied and we were still close by. The kids made many friends and the staff was amazing with them. I planned out the whole trip before we left and wound up changing a lot once I was on the ship. I planned for our kids to go to every port with us. The kids weren't interested at all until we hit Grand Turks. We took them to the beach which they loved. Carnival was very gracious when I had to return my kids tickets for some of our excursions. My husband and I got to enjoy them ourselves while our kids were at camp. Our favorite things on the trip: all you can eat food (my husband and I found a great way to eat healthy), the Carnival Staff, the excursions, and the on-ship entertainment. The weather was great and we missed the storm that's developing in the Caribbean. Things I didn't like: the deals at the ports are not what they want you to believe (if your looking for jewelry, do your homework before you go) (remember their retail price is exaggerated a lot), the little trinkets (key chains, shot glasses, shirts are all made in China), I bought my daughter an island looking doll and it fell apart within hours. She was sad and I couldn't get her a new one (waste of money). Please be very aware. Also, Elegant Night: I was so unhappy with the way we were treated by the Maître D. It was our first cruise and we didn't know to bring elegant clothes. A friend that we met on the ship said they wont say anything about my husband not wearing pants. Well he did and I tried to explain it was our first cruise and we didn't know. He gave me some crap about how the other guest might be offended. So I offered to ask EVERYONE in the restaurant if they were offended that we didn't know to bring Elegant clothes. Let's just say we got to sit at a table and had our dinner. For such an Elegant dinner, the food wasn't. I had filet mignon and it was half fatty (there is supposed to be NO FAT in that piece of meat) With all the good and bad, I will defiantly go on anther Carnival Cruise. What a great time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We set sail out of Miami on March 23, 2014 on the Carnival Glory. Having never cruised before we had no idea what to expect, other than the reviews and tips we had read about online. We purchased the "Faster To The Fun" which was ... Read More
We set sail out of Miami on March 23, 2014 on the Carnival Glory. Having never cruised before we had no idea what to expect, other than the reviews and tips we had read about online. We purchased the "Faster To The Fun" which was probably the best 50.00 dollars we spent - we were out of our taxi at Miami Port, and all checked in and at our room in 10 minutes .. maybe 15. Even our luggage was at the room. The line ups were huge and we sailed past it all. It certainly was Faster to the FUN! We were in awe once we were aboard the ship. It was huge. I had read that the Glory had recently been upgraded but I think the money was spent on adding restuarants and bars. Our balcony stateroom had holes in the lampshades and drapes and we noticed tape holding down some floor boards on the lido deck. They really need to update their rooms. Ours was very clean but old looking. Our stewart was amazing, she keep the room tidy, always filled the ice bucket and made the best towel animals. I already miss the turn down service. Wish someone in my home did that! :) The food was good, better than most all inclusive resorts I've been to but no amazing. The fruit always seem to be no ripe yet, and the bacon was under cooked a lot; it was hard to find crispy bacon. The main dinning room was lovely, our waiters were Kitt and Charlie and they were amazing! They spoiled us and were very friendly and professional. It was my 50th birthday and they sang and made a big fuss. The food in the dinning room was good but not great. The chocolate melting cake is to die and I recommend trying it. The Maitre d was supper friendly and always welcomed us to dinner each night. We were travelling with our 10 year old son and I know they had a Carnival Camp for his age but he is a little shy and I was sad to see that the children's organizers did not come and try to get kids involved. If your child was the type to just go on their own to an activity then great, but our son is not that type and if someone was coming around trying to get them involved, I know he would have met other kids. As it turned out he really didn't meet others. I think there is some area for improvement here when it comes to getting the kids active. We sailed from Miami to Bahamas, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and Grand Turks. I loved all the stops but I would rather have a 7 day cruise with only 2 or 3 stops but have a longer time at each destination. Doubt there is anything like that out there? It just seems like by the time you get into port, huge lines to get off - which takes a long time, you hardly have much time in that location. Then it's line up and back on the ship. Carnival also takes pictures at every port while you are disembarking. I think they should set up there photographers somewhere off the gangplank rather then having each person/family stop to get pictures. This would speed up the disembarking considerably and be a lot less frustrating. We had a balcony room and I can not imagine not having it. I know people say, "it's not like you are in your room other than to sleep" but that is not always the case. I found our balcony to be a great place to watch the stars at night and the ocean, it was a place to go have have peace and quiet when need be, but also there were a few times when I would feel a bit dizzy and sitting on the balcony with fresh air was a great cure. I loved sleeping on the ship. I slept so good and gentle rocking and vibration was great. We did have one night of rough seas and I heard a lot of people were seasick. My family and I were all fine and I slept great that night. However, it almost cost of docking at Grand Turk, which I am so glad in the end, it did not. As for shows, we didn't really catch any .. early to bed and early to rise kind of people. We did however attend a family friendly comedian and he was great. We also attended the Hasbro Game Night and although my son tried to be selected, he was not. It was still fun! The cruise director is great and very entertaining. Overall, we had a great time. My son says he "loves" cruising. I definitely would cruise again in the future but even though we got a good deal, it is much more expensive than an all-inclusive vacation and the cost continues to go up each day. It is expensive buying lunches in ports, excusions, if you drink on the ship, really expensive. We bought maybe 3 drinks on the ship and had a couple of beers while at ports. My partner and I also seem to be having a sensation of dizziness and swaying still and we've been off the ship for 3 days .. hope that goes soon. It was fun though and a great experience .. and we loved the waterslide!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My wife surprised me with a cruise for our anniversary, booking an Eastern Caribbean cruise with our local travel agent on Carnival Glory. Having never been on any cruise we went with an OPEN mind and were NOT disappointed! We flew in to ... Read More
My wife surprised me with a cruise for our anniversary, booking an Eastern Caribbean cruise with our local travel agent on Carnival Glory. Having never been on any cruise we went with an OPEN mind and were NOT disappointed! We flew in to Miami the night before and had a shuttle to the port, easy and painless to get there and get in line to embark. Sure there was a line and some waiting but what the heck, your on vacation relax and anticipate the pleasure! We boarded and went to our room and dropped off our carry on luggage, room steward was VERY accommodating from the first day to the last. We explored the Glory a bit had a drink and then went to unpack. Our balcony room was clean, quiet and very comfortable. Food.. was abundant and good, not 5 star but we weren't expecting that either. I have no complaints on the dining room (excellent in my opinion) buffet is a buffet is there really a reason to complain about crowding? Go earlier or later, problem solved. At sea days we lounged on our balcony or roamed the ship, sitting at the pool at the adults only area or cruising the decks. Our ports were all beautiful, only wishing we had more time in each one. We came away with a wonderful memory filled trip that we will definitely do again! If your loyal to a cruise line I can understand the differences if you cruise on another line. My advice? Stick with the one you like! I have researched all the lines and for my wife and I we are COMPLETELY satisfied with Carnival. The Glory was fun, I would sail her again or we will use one of her sister ships. We can't wait to do the western Caribbean...SOON! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
This first time cruiser did plenty of research prior to my cruise, and I had mixed feelings about what I read. There was a plethora of negative reviews about the service, quality of the food, and the overall worth of the Carnival ... Read More
This first time cruiser did plenty of research prior to my cruise, and I had mixed feelings about what I read. There was a plethora of negative reviews about the service, quality of the food, and the overall worth of the Carnival experience. Still, I kept my mind open and maintained realistic expectations. The embarkation process wasn't as long as initially expected. There were tons of people corralled into lines to get through security. The lines moved consistently and we made it through in about 20 minutes. We started just inside the first set of doors. Once through security we were then corralled into lines for our Sign & Sail cards. Again, a very smooth process that didn't take more than ten minutes. The longest wait was in the final line where pictures were being taken. It took just over an hour to board the ship, and by the time we stepped on board our cabins were ready. My cabin was an interior cabin, #1048, and it was much better than I expected. It had three closets, one with drawers, and a dresser with the makeup table within the room. We had it set up with two twin beds, and the room had plenty of space to move around for two occupants. The bathroom was nice sized and, again, more than I expected. The party had already started on lido and my group enjoyed the atmosphere. Carnival staff was very accommodating and a server was always near to make sure we didn't see the bottom of our glasses. I didn't attend many of the entertainment shows, but a group of people I met on board did and they were very happy with them. We tried to go to a comedy show, but we showed up too late to get a seat. It appeared to always be packed to capacity. Don't run late for the shows, people. I couldn't get that through my party's heads. We ran late EVERYWHERE. The ship was clean. Day and night, I noticed staff cleaning with a smile on their faces. Carnival crew appear to love what they do, and that makes the experience so much better for guests. I had no issues forcing me into lines at Guest Services. A cruise is what you make of it. I met a couple that complained about everything and their presence in conversations, in my opinion, was miserable. All they spoke about was how much better another cruise line was when compared to Carnival. They were rude to staff to the point of embarrassment and I avoided them as much as I could. Perhaps it's because I didn't have another full cruise to compare it to, as I had only done one over night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas, spent the weekend on the island, and then an overnight cruise back to Ft. Lauderdale. I just don't understand what it is that people think is missing. It's a reasonably priced vacation where people make your bed, cook for you, attempt to entertain you, and they do it with a huge smile on their faces even if you're being ridiculous. And if you're so in love with the quality of a vacation on another cruise line, stick with it. For some of us, Carnival is wonderful. It meets all of our expectations and we couldn't ask for more. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Just a disclaimer, we had never gone on a cruise before and were on a budget. We booked 2 rooms, 1 with a balcony for the wife and I, and one interior across the hall for my mother and my daughter. Also of note, there was nothing for our ... Read More
Just a disclaimer, we had never gone on a cruise before and were on a budget. We booked 2 rooms, 1 with a balcony for the wife and I, and one interior across the hall for my mother and my daughter. Also of note, there was nothing for our under 2 year old child to do. We knew this going in. The boarding process was very fast for us. We had a child under 2 in a stroller and a person from carnival told us we were allowed to board early. Otherwise we would have probably waited at least another hour to board the ship. The staff we encountered were very friendly, expect for one person who is trying to get people up the elevator before our rooms were ready. This person was yelling at the cruisers to squeeze into the elevators as fast as possible. He was a little over the top with it. Not a good start for a first impression. We had a balcony room and it was a little larger than i expected and it was a decent amount of space for 2 people. The interior room was just a bedroom and bathroom. If I had stayed in that room I would have only used for sleep. A few negatives about the room with the balcony. The TV didn't work and would randomly turn on and off. We called maintenance and our housekeeper played with the connections and then actually hit the tv a couple times and it seemed to work. It still randomly came on a time or 2. But it didn't matter too much as you get about 6 channels and about 20 carnival channels. I spent alot of time on board on my balcony, so much that I think I annoyed the cleaning crew as they seemed to want to clean the room 2 times a day. I don't really need service more than once a day to be honest. I didn't do alot of activities on board as I spent most of my time either on my balcony or in the ports. The rest of the family enjoyed the pools and other activities. The shopping is pretty much overpriced except on the last day when the Cruise Shop discounted shirts and watches. Definately wait until the last day to make your onboard mechandise purchases if you can. The wife did not want to do the formal dinners so we only ate from the buffets and various free dinner options. The buffett quickly gets old after a couple times, the other food options such as the hamburger grill, fish and chips, and sandwich stations were average. Not bad, but not great. The breakfast was ok, I reccommend the omelet station. The first day at sea was rough for all of us. We felt sick the entire day, but we had overheard others complaining about it, and that this isn't normal. Ports of Call Nassau, Bahamas. Apparently the entire area was shut down for the day. I think it had to do with easter. We arrived on the Monday after Easter. The straw market was open but only a few vendors were open. There were maybe 20 or so vendors all with the same stuff. So with nothing to do we walked down to Junkanoo Beach. The beach was probably about a mile walk from the cruise ship. It is small, rocky and dirty and we came away not impressed. We debated on whether to take a cab to atlantis but decided we had enough of the bahamas and headed back to the ship. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The ship docked at a large shopping area. So this is what a port is supposed to look like! The area was clean and alive. We spent most of the day shopping and conveniently a postal office was located right off the port and we could mail our post cards easily. We didn't venture to far off the port but we had fun and the area was beautiful. San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was by far my favorite stop. We took a stroll through the plaza that is just a left turn from the port. It is full of history, statues, vendors and is a pleasant walk. I also noticed many police officers patrolling the area. There is also alot of "wild life" on this walkway. Iguanas, cats, and other small lizards were common. The cats are taken care of as we noticed litter boxes around the back areas of the path. The end of this plaza is supposed to lead up to one of the forts, however due to construction we had to exit at the red gate and find our way to the El Morro Fort. The fort was $3 a person and had some great views. Great for anyone like myself who likes history. We were going to take the free shuttle back to the port area to do some shopping, but after 40 minutes of waiting we decided to pay the $12 for a taxi ride. Grand Turk. There really isn't a lot to do here. There is a very nice beach and a jimmy buffet's margaritaville. You know there isn't much to do when they have an exhibit about a shuttle pod landing there. We wanted to buy some merchandise but everything in the cruise center is very expensive. We had a nice time here at the beach and soaking up some sun. Overall I would rate the entire cruise about a 2.5 of 5. We liked it enough to want to do another cruise but we will probably not do Bahamas and Grand Turk again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
In order to provide background, please recognize that I write from the perspective of a virgin cruiser, so I have absolutely no point of comparison from which to write this review. However, I consider myself extremely well-versed in terms ... Read More
In order to provide background, please recognize that I write from the perspective of a virgin cruiser, so I have absolutely no point of comparison from which to write this review. However, I consider myself extremely well-versed in terms of travel, having been all over the world in a variety of travel contexts. With that said.... We are an athletic, educated, young professional couple from Colorado in our early thirties taking a vacation from our careers as teachers during Spring Break week. We approached this cruise with anticipation, open to absorbing the "cruising" culture. Knowing that we had not opted for one of the more "luxury" cruiselines, as I had been told Carnival is more the "every man's cruise," we had realistic expectations for this trip. We are not pretentious or overly picky, but we do value the little time we have off from work and desire to get good value for our (limited) travel budgets. EMBARKATION: Embarkation was smooth. We arrived at the Port of Miami just past 10:30am via a hotel shuttle, and were quickly moved through the check-in process. The Carnival terminal is clean and efficient, but be prepared for the possibility of a "thorough" bag check in which some fellow passengers' attempts to smuggle booze onboard were foiled. I found it amusing/annoying that passengers were assigned zone numbers for boarding, when in reality, all zones were called at the same time, thus creating a sense of mass chaos and a tiny preview into the gluttony, selfish indulgence, and constant line-standing-in that would prevail throughout the majority of the trip. Fortunately, we were aboard the ship by 11:37am and had the (rare) opportunity to do some photographing of the ship while few passengers were on board. FIRST DAY: We had a pleasant afternoon in the Port of Miami aboard the Glory waiting for the ship to sail. Because the weather was favorable, the Lido deck was quickly filling, but it was exciting to see the energy of the crowds generate the pre-trip fun. Live welcome music played (albeit too loudly) throughout the afternoon, and all of the restaurants were open and available for grazing. I found the drink sales pressure to be ridiculously annoying, as we were literally approached every five minutes by a server trying to make a tip off of us. It was frustrating and distracting - a preface of the tone for the remainder of the trip. The muster drill was fairly efficient, though by this point, a good 30% of the passengers were already drunk and making the drill fairly difficult to navigate for those who weren't half in the bag. Luggage delivery was quite slow, however. We didn't receive our bags until nearly 6pm...after we set sail. We were dismayed to find that one of our bags had been damaged and the zippers were broken with the contents literally spilling out all over the hallway. The guest services representatives provided us with a letter that claimed we could send in a receipt for the costs of new luggage..., but that did little to assuage our frustration. THE SHIP: With no real point of comparison, my best assessment is that the Glory is...dated...and not nearly as luxurious as other ships. Though not an impediment to enjoying a trip, the decor, as mentioned frequently on this site, is garish and reminds me of a bad 80s Vegas hotel. The low ceilings and blaring neon lights did little to alleviate the sea sickness that permeated our trip the first two days. Though some areas of the ship were fairly nice and creative in decor (the atrium, some of the bars, the locker rooms), I generally felt like the ship's appearance was a bit lackluster. Having vacationed at some beautiful all-inclusive resorts over the years, the biggest disappointment for me were the pools. They were tiny, dirty, and nothing about the Lido deck was beautiful or tropical in nature. I mean really -- who wants to enter a "hot tub" that is filled (literally) with 17 children? I did find the gym space to be an appealing feature of the boat, and the equipment was suitable for maintenance workouts throughout the week. The promenade area was also nicely appointed with the various shops and musical venues. THE ENTERTAINMENT: Throughout our cruise, we opted to attend one adults-only comedy show in the Ebony Cabaret, the rock and roll show in the Amber Palace, spent a few nights in the casino, and enjoyed one of the movie nights on the Lido deck with the big screen TV. The comedy show was so-so...largely reliant on capitalizing on people's drunkenness to make up for the lack of substantive humor (hey - if you like f-bombs being dropped every two seconds, then this is the comedy show for you!). Again, constant pressure to buy drinks and incredible levels of boat rocking due to the placement of the lounge near the back of the ship made the experience frustrating. We thought the musical show in the Amber Palace was excellent and far surpassed any of the shows we've seen at resorts throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The casino was small, and as a non-smoker, the smells were nearly unbearable and made it difficult to enjoy more than short stints in the casino. However, the slot machines were quite good to me, and I made about $260 throughout the week, so the casino remained on my good side as a result. ;) The Carnival entertainment staff were friendly and energetic, though as mentioned in several other reviews -- a bit over the top. At times it seemed as though the cruise director simply enjoyed hearing himself talk..., and the constant announcements and pressure to buy, buy, buy got old. THE FOOD and FOOD SERVICE: Be warned that my impression of food is framed by the reality that I am a very picky, health-oriented eater who abides by a strict gluten-free diet. With this said, I am not a "foodie" who goes on trips simply for the chance to eat myself into the oblivions, so my attitude toward food is take-it-or-leave-it, but I am more likely to leave it if it's not up to my standards. As such, I found myself "leaving it" more often than not on this trip. Breakfast, my favorite meal of the day, was disappointing. The breakfast foods were greasy and I opted for fresh fruit and cereal each day. Lunch buffets were tolerable as a vast array of salads and fruits are available along with several meat options, but...as I am not attracted to rubbery chicken or gray-colored meat, I stuck with my lettuce. Other lunch options existed as well. We heard positive comments about the Monoglian wok, but the lines were always so long we never felt like waiting. The burrito bar, according to my boyfriend, was average at best. The pizzeria was to be expected: greasy pizza...tolerable, but not delectable. The burger station was just that: burgers, hotdogs, fries, nachos, etc. Our experiences in the main dining rooms were slightly better. The menu has an interesting collection of feature items each night, as well as a collection of "everyday items" that are sort of standby favorites: salmon, chicken breast, hamburger, etc. I give them credit for creativity on their menu, and the visual presentation of the food was lovely. However, indescribeably slow service, disgruntled and rude waiters, and utter lack of flavor and abundance of grease/butter/fat on most of the food rendered the experience less than memorable for me. (To be fair, however, others raved about the food...so I think this really is a subjective issue). The only saving grace, accordingly to my boyfriend, was the warm chocolate melting cake. I never indulged due to my gluten free status (which begs another complaint...no food for people with dietary restrictions). All told, we were personally underwhelmed by the food, frustrated with the service and the amount of money we spent on "required" tips, and instead of gaining the average 1.5 pounds per day, I likely lost weight. Was it horrible? No. Was it amazing? Not even close. THE DRINKS: We bought few drinks because a) the prices were outrageous, b) the servers assailed us at every turn, pressuring us to buy constantly, and c) sea sicknesses warranted us disinterested in drinking. What I did try was pleasant, though. I tried one of the funship drinks on the port of Miami day...delicious, festive, expensive, but good. I ordered a few glasses of wine (be prepared to spend $7-12 a glass) and one bottle of wine at dinner (bottles start at aroud $20 plus an automatic 15% tip). Wine list was comprehensive and interesting - comparable to a nice restaurant. THE STATEROOM: We were pleased with our room - a balcony stateroom on the Panorama deck. The location was excellent for us in terms of accessibility to the gym and the Lido deck. It was more spacious than I expected with ample room for storage. The flat screen TVs seemed relatively new, and it was great to have movie service in our room. It was also handy to have a safe in room. The shower was wonderfully warm with excellent water pressure, and we were glad we opted to spend extra money on a balcony - often appreciating the chance for a quiet reprieve, beautiful private views, and wildlife (dolphins and whales) often appearing below our room in the waters. We travelled with friends who had an interior room, and I can safely say that having a balcony added an element of fun and romance to our trip that our friends were not privvy to in their more dark and small interior room. Beds -- average at best. Decor -- cheesy at best. Service -- excellent, efficient, daily attention to towels, trash etc. THE PORTS: By far, the true pleasure for us in this trip was the itinerary. A truly excellent collection of ports made each day feel adventuresome and different. The ports were well-spaced through the cruise, never affording us more than one day at sea in a row. I do think we arrived too early on several occasions (7am...difficult as very few things are even open at that time), thereby rendering our sail away early as well...7am-2pm is not really a desirable day's schedule..., but outside of the schedule, I have nothing but positive things to say about all of the ports. We did not opt to purchase any of the shore excursions, choosing instead, to create our excursions ourselves based on our research and our mood each day. Each port was unique and had different things to offer to any type of traveller: shopping, drinking/partying, history, recreational opportunities, beach life, nature adventures...the lists go on. If forced to rank the ports in my order of most favorite to least, I'd say the following (though again, we truly enjoyed them all): 1. St. Thomas....beautiful scenery, beautiful beaches, and we opted to take the ferry to the less crowded isle of St. John 2. San Juan...a wonderful mixture of history and nature blend together in this unique cultural port 3. Nassau...beautiful scenery, though more limited in terms of options for what to do 4. Grand Turk...gorgeous waters, but this tiny island is too small to absorb the numbers of passengers on board the ships. It was overcrowded and nearly impossible to escape the crowds. It turned into a wild drunk fest at Margaritaville, and the island itself exhibits no natural beauty. The wonderful experience of waking up each day in a new country was enough to convince me that cruising was worth it. These ports, in particular, were enjoyable and memorable for us. Overall -- Cruising...would do it again with the right itinerary. Carnival....would likely do it again for the right price, but only with a balcony room. Eastern Caribbean...excellent. Looking forward to trying Southeran Caribbean, too. My tan -- awesome. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
The embarkation was relatively smooth. We did pre-boarding on-line and things moved quicker than I expected. The room wasn't ready quite on time but we waited in the lounge for the 45 minutes. The cabin was small, as to be ... Read More
The embarkation was relatively smooth. We did pre-boarding on-line and things moved quicker than I expected. The room wasn't ready quite on time but we waited in the lounge for the 45 minutes. The cabin was small, as to be expected but adequate. There was enough room for clothing and the bathroom held toiletries for three. The shower drain was slow one afternoon and it was corrected immediately. The room was kept clean by Dede who was polite and helpful. We could hear some noise at night but we go to bed early(10:00). One night when the music was very loud at 2:30 in the morning, we complained and the situation was rectified. The cruise staff went out of their way to make up for the inconvenience. My 16 yr old daughter really enjoyed the O2 club. She managed to stay entertained and never complained of being bored. My husband and I never went to a dance club or the America show but we saw the PG comedy shows and they were pretty funny. Teing Fu, comedian/juggler is not to be missed! It's rated a PG show but I think it is more PG-13. The Illusionist was so-so. It had misogynistic tones and even an S&M edge - not my taste and not for kids. One tour was canceled (I can't even remember what it was now) and the other tour we took was the Rain Forest in San Juan. It was enjoyable though not as rural as I thought it would be. The beach at St Thomas was a long taxi ride though it was nice. St Maarten, Dutch side was run-down, the French side was okay - nothing special. Grand Turk was a great beach - walking distance from the boat. The Emerald steakhouse was wonderful. The staff was great and the food superb - well worth the extra $30. I enjoyed having coffee every morning delivered via room service. The breakfast buffet was nice but I didn't care for it for lunch. Granted, I am a picky eater but I really didn't care for any of the lunch offerings. They were just okay. I am not a big fan of buffets anyway. The dinners were hit or miss. The staff was wonderful but the meals were just okay. Presented wonderfully, but lacking in flavor and quality. The bread was good, so was the cappuccino. The spa staff were talented but did give the hard sell for their products which I didn't appreciate since the spa prices were so high anyway. I don't drink but my husband does. I thought the drink prices were outrageous. $9.75 for a Margarita (after 15% tip) at dinner. I thought that was high. If you drink, plan for it in the budget. The shops were not impressive. I didn't go on the cruise to shop but thought that there would be a little more to see. The photographers on deck 5 could be a little annoying but I did enjoying getting some nice photos taken. Overall, we had a very nice, relaxing time. Good value for the money, except for the price of the drinks. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
My husband and I cruised on the Glory from December 4-11. It was my husband's first cruise and my second. I had previously sailed on Carnival, but it has been almost 8 years since I last cruised so I was basically starting out fresh. ... Read More
My husband and I cruised on the Glory from December 4-11. It was my husband's first cruise and my second. I had previously sailed on Carnival, but it has been almost 8 years since I last cruised so I was basically starting out fresh. I am 25 and he is 28. Embarkation: seemed easy and quick. We waited in line to check in since we didnt check in beforehand and it went smoothly. We were in Zone 21 boarding but got on in no time. Ship: The ship was apparently refurbished in 2010, but it really doesnt seem like it. All the decor looks like it's from 1984. It's bright and tacky. The ship seemed relatively clean, except for our stateroom. The carpet looked like it had soaked in stains and the sheets were never actually clean - always hairs on them even after the sheets were supposedly changed. There were lots of different bars/lounges and places to hang out. Our favorite places were the Ivory bar (for reading/playing cards/quiet hang out)and the Colors Lobby. We also loved laying out on the top deck on the adult pool side. It's much quieter on that side and we never had any problem finding chairs. Stateroom: We had an interior room on deck 7 towards the back of the ship. I loved where we were because the Lido deck (with all the food and the pools) was really close. It was also close to Kaleidescope Blvd which is the walkway to lots of other areas of the ship (on deck 5). The room was small but we did not spend much time in it anyway so it was fine for us. Ports: The ports we docked at were Nassau, St Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos). I really enjoyed these ports. We did not book any excursions.Please see port reviews. Entertainment: There was one musician that we really enjoyed. The acoustic guitarist named Paul. He was a pleasure to listen to. All the others were just so so. The comedy club was great. Saw Will Marfori, Mark Simmons, Hal Spears and Joe Yannetty. 2 were hilarious, 1 was pretty funny and 1 was EH. The cruise shows were SOO lame. We went to one the first night and had to leave after about 10 minutes. It was too cheesy and awful. Dining: The food is average and some things are above average. The pizza was practically inedible as was the sushi. Dont even bother with the sushi!! The buffet at Red Sail was good for breakfast, but thats it. The lunch options were gross. The best things for lunch are the deli (always had tuna on rye which was great) and the Mongolian Wok. I ate at both places several times and was always happy when I did. Ordered room service for breakfast one morning, wasnt worth it. The food for dinner in the main dining room (Golden restaurant) was fairly good. The soups were fantastic. My favorites were the Yukon Gold Potato and the french onion. The bread was the best. Ordered the warm chocolate melting cake every night for dessert - it's a must!! We did anytime dining and really liked that. Never waited more than 10 minutes for a table. Complaints: Carnival is constantly trying to sell you STUFF. They are always on the loudspeaker (even at 7:30 AM!) telling you about their deals in the gift shop or the duty free shop. It was annoying. The photographers were the WORST. They littered the hallways and common areas and were very pushy. The photos are SO BAD too. So posed, cheesy, poor quality pictures. Just awful. And they literally asked every time we walked by if we wanted our photo. Their was always loud and obnoxious music being played throughout the ship. It was bad music too. Anywhere you went, they had it blasting. The only place that would turn the music down for us was the Ivory bar. The Colors Lobby usually had live music so it wasnt bad there either. TIPS: Buy soda beforehand. Or while you are in port. The soda card is $50pp which means you have to drink 5 sodas per day for it to pay out. Who drinks that much soda?! We bought two 8 packs while in San Juan and that was way too much. Dont brother bringing duct tape, surge protector, over the door shoe hanger and all the other crap people tell you is necessary. Its not necessary. Pack exactly how you would if you were going to the beach for a week but bring an extra sweatshirt, pair of jeans and sweatpants as the ship can be cold. The dining rooms are very cold and the upper decks get cold/windy at night. There is enough room in the bathroom for your stuff, I promise you! If you come back from a port earlier than most, you will be able to enjoy the ship in its prime. It will be quiet, not crowded, no lines for food, privacy, etc. We stayed on the ship for most of the day while we were docked in Nassau and it was great. SNEAK ALCOHOL ON BOARD. It is so freakin easy. Buy a box of joe from Starbucks or Dunkin donuts (we just asked STarbucks for one and they gave it to us for free, without the coffee of course) then rip out the bag from the box and pour inside your liquor. Then wrap the bladder in a sweatshirt and place it in your suitcase. Voila! You have just snuck alcohol (a whole handle) on the ship. Also, bring 2 bottles of wine in your carry on and drink it in your stateroom so you arent charged a corkage fee. Dont forget your corkscrew! Favorite things: warm chocolate melting cake, sailing away from each port, mini golf on the top deck, Punchliner Comedy Club, popcorn on the Lido deck during movie time, newlywed show at the end of the cruise, Ivory Club, watching karaoke Debarkation: We did self-assist even though we had a large bag and it was a great option. Instead of putting your bags outside of your room the night before you get back, you just keep them in your state room. The decks get called earlier than those doing the relaxed option so you get off the boat sooner and don't have to wait for your luggage at the baggage claim. If you want to read my cruise recaps, please visit my blog - http://worriesandwisdom.wordpress.com/ Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
This was the best cruise ever. It was my first but i enjoyed it so much.I am going to review all the ports i did with the best information. If you have any questions please send me an email and i may be able to answer it for you. ... Read More
This was the best cruise ever. It was my first but i enjoyed it so much.I am going to review all the ports i did with the best information. If you have any questions please send me an email and i may be able to answer it for you. Sarahmkelly@live.caI am doing a review of each poort i went to but here i will talk about the ship. Our cabin was one deck 1 second last room from the back. I love being aft because all we had to do was take the elevator up to deck 4 and we were at out dining room and up to deck 9 for the adult pool and buffet breakfast. The only thing was that we could hear the engine or motor at night but it didnt keep us up so if you wake easily you might want to try more midship or up a fee decks. My parents had a balcony last year for thier first cruise and this time an inside cabin with no window. They didnt miss the balcony at all. The only time we were in our room was to sleep so we didnt need it. The bathroom and closets were all the same size the only thing that was different between the two was the couch and desk were not in the inside cabin. My bed came out of the roof since there were three of us in the room. Of you are going to be 4 peoplein the room i suggest getting 2 separate cabins. It would have been less room if both beds were down from the ceiling. On carnival the kids cubs go to 17. So as an 18 year od you are considered an adult. So i got to play in the casino and go to the adult comedy and adult pool and the adult dance club. You will need your picture id around the ship if you are close to 18 or look young. They always had activities going on for the kids. If your not going to put your kids in these activities dont let them run aroud the ship and being hoolagins. There were these 4 kids around the ship that were always breaking things and running around and going in opposite gender bathrooms. The food was delicious. I tried things that i never though i would eat. Why not,, you alrdy paid for it. Please check out my port reviews i will do my half moon cay review on here since its a private island and its not an option as a port review. Best day ever. Total full beach day beautiful water and white sand. It was a tender port. People who had booked a shore excursion or a cabana got an express pass to be first off the ship. We booked a cabana and we will never do half moon cay again without one probably. Air conditioned hut with snack and veggies and dip and fruit and 2 cans of pop each. Sooo worth it. Also comes with snorkel gear for everyone and water floaty mat things. We had cabana 3. Last one to choose from and we actually liked it alot. I wouldnt get cabana 1 or 2 if you wanted to be away from people. The beach started to fade out of people around our cabana but people set up thier beach chairs right in front of our cabana trying to get in the shade of the tree that was planted by our cabana. Number 4 was a perfect one too. No one was around thier cabana because there was no tree to provide shade. If your less then 4 people in the cabana say your 4 people anyways because you get more food and drinks. We went snorkling first thing before people got there to scare off the fish. It was soo cool to swim over the fish. Theres a bar on the lsland and you get a big buffet bbq lunch. And the rest of the day we just floated in the water. I rate half moon cay 5++++++++ Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
A little about us. We are a family of four 2 adults and 2 children (7&3). This was our first cruise and definitely not our last. My husband and I were celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and decided to bring the kiddies. We ... Read More
A little about us. We are a family of four 2 adults and 2 children (7&3). This was our first cruise and definitely not our last. My husband and I were celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and decided to bring the kiddies. We drove to Buffalo from Toronto and it was a fantastic experience.We left on Good Friday to drive from Toronto to Buffalo, because our cruise did not leave until Sunday we thought it would be nice to stay in Miami for a night. We flew JetBlue from Buffalo to Miami on Saturday April 23, no delays fantastic flight, we will fly them again in a heartbeat.At the recommendation of others on this fantastic board, we chose to stay at the Intercontinental Miami. It was beautiful! We were so happy we did. The only downfall to this hotel was the staff...we felt most were downright rude and needed attitude adjustments. We paid the extra 20.00 and upgraded to a port view room....so worth it!!! We visited Bayside Marketplace on the Saturday night, had dinner and watched some street entertainment.On Easter Sunday we took a cab to POM (7.00) around 10:30am, we thought it would be a good idea to get there early so we could get an early zone number and get on the ship quite quick...well I guess we were not the only ones with that idea, we arrived at 10:30 and were in Zone 9. To be honest the wait was not too bad, we were on the ship by 12:15pm eating in the Red Sail by 12:30pm. Our room was ready at 1:30pm. We were located on the Lido deck in room 9265, perfect location. Near the food, pool and close to the elevators. We did however hear the "dings" from the elevator quite a bit, but not enough to think we'd never book this room again, we will always try to get that cabin again due to the convenience.CabinOur cabin was always kept clean, we did find a few items from the previous people that stayed in there..including some feminine products under the bed. Our room was not completely ready until the evening which was a little disappointing, it was Easter Sunday so we planned to hide eggs around the cabin and have some gifts for our children on the pillows. We found ourselves always having to ask the cabin steward for additional things, and when we did it seemed as if it was a inconvenience for him.FoodThe food was great with the exception of breakfast. The same items everyday left it undesirable about the 3rd day in. We did try the restaurant a few times, and it was nice. Lunch was always good. The Mongolian Wok was fantastic!! Food was fresh and consistently good. We tried the Fish and Chips the first day and found it was alright. The burritos were very good, I liked the steak. Dinner was always very good, loved the Lobster on elegant night! I did find for some reason I could not stomach the Caesar salad. Both times I had it I got sick. Hubby and I also were sick from the Chateaubriand, although it was delicious. Loved the Chocolate Melting cake but found it so rich I could never finish it. We had a nightly ritual (the kids and I, hubby played poker until the wee hours), after picking them up from Camp Carnival we'd get some pizza and it was always very good. We dined at 6:00pm which worked out great for us!EntertainmentWe only saw two shows, Justin Illusion (he was amazing) the kids really enjoyed this show and the Hypnotist, he was also really good.StaffThe staff were very nice, always there to help and smiling. We loved our dinner wait staff, they were fantastic. Our kids enjoyed going to dinner because of them. Honestly, I missed them when we left. I didn't like how the photographers were always in your face, one actually got mad at me for not answering him when he asked to take our picture.I have to mention the Camp Carnival staff.....wow! They were so awesome!! Our kids are very shy and very close to me. I thought it would almost be impossible for them to stay there so the hubby and I could enjoy ourselves without them. They loved going to the Camp so much, we could have left them there everyday all day and they would have been happy. We had to bribe our 3yr old that he could only go to the Camp if he ate his dinner. I will cruise Carnival again because of the camp!PortsThis will be short because quite honestly we didn't do anything in the ports.Half Moon Cay ~ rented a clamshell that we never used. This was by far the most beautiful beach we have ever been to. We travel every year (I used to be a travel agent for 10 years) and this port of call was the best and most tropical experience. We were really frustrated with the tenders though, we waited over an hour for our tender and were number 29. This was frustrating especially when you just want to get off the boat.St.Thomas ~ we were very sea sick the night before so didn't want to do anything this port. We only left the ship to look around for a bit, met a nice old lady that offered to drive us around (which we declined), she was very nice though. Did a bit of shopping...for more Bonine.San Juan ~ Again, our kids was super cranky today. We left the ship, managed to look in a few stores and buy some booze in the port (that we brought onto the ship no problems) and enjoyed in our room.Grand Turk ~ FUN FUN FUN!!! We had so much fun at Margaritaville! Steer CLEAR from the ONE LOVE BAR on the beach....total rip off!! rude staff!! Watched her make 2 drinks which cost over 20.00....had hardly NO alcohol, took her 20 minutes to make them because she was busy counting money and talking to another staff member. Our daughter got her hair braided here for 30.00, they did a great job. I am so happy our ship arrived before the Princess ship because once they arrived, Margaritaville was insane.We had the most amazing time on this trip, I am still sad and once we came back already starting searching for next year.A few things to mentionThe kids and I got extremely sea sick, the crew said they hadn't had movement like that for quite sometime, but it was really bad. So bad the first few nights our drawers in our room were smashing in and out (we tried to tape them down). Quite a few people were talking about how bad the movement was. The only thing that worked for me was Gravol...and I did start taking medication from CVS on Friday. Kids got terrible headaches from the movement.Rum Runners....yes they do work. We ended up buying most of our booze anyway. We were able to get a bottle of Malibu Rum onboard in Puerto Rico...totally intended to take it home, it wasn't to consume on the ship. Hubby even bought 4 mini bottles of Cognac the same time and they let him put it back in his pockets. The only reason why he took it out was because he beeped...he thought it was the alcohol so took it out of his pockets but it ended up being his cell phone...lol. He was so excited they let him put it back in his pockets he walked away with out his cell phone. Which was recovered later...lol!Again, this trip was amazing. I was truly sad to come home. We even stayed in Fort Lauderdale a day after at the Homewood Suites near the airport(which was also fantastic).Thank you to all of the CC board members here that responded to all the questions I had (even the stupid ones). Without this board I would have cruised clueless.Jenn Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
This is my first time on a cruise ship, but i have heard quite a lot about it because my in laws have been doing it for years, so here's my story. We decided to try a cruise because of what we heard from it and also because we wanted ... Read More
This is my first time on a cruise ship, but i have heard quite a lot about it because my in laws have been doing it for years, so here's my story. We decided to try a cruise because of what we heard from it and also because we wanted to try something different from the regular all inclusive resort. So with some friends we decided to search for a cruise well fitting our budget and so we did. First i must say our embarkation was quite spectacular cause our flight was 3 and half hours late because of mechanical problems, the Glory was to set sail at 4 o'clock we made it on board at 4:05 pm wow what a start. So here we go, the cruise starts with no direction, orientation of any kind, we make our way to our room witch was OK all was in place and clean, that was till we got in the bathroom, a used razor had been forgotten in the shower and some old bills from the prior clients. The week went by with no major worries but we were both disappointed when it came to a few MAJOR points. Hygiene, people come and go around the ship but everybody picks and takes their food in the buffet but at least 90% of the clients don't wash their hands after you know what and then comes the buffet. Not really appetising. The food was alright, nothing made us go wow that was really great, and that was a downer for us, likely our evening waiter made it all worth while, he remembered what we liked, our capucchino after dinner and all, but again there we had to slow them down cause our first dinner was at 8:15pm and was done by 8:50pm i really felt we were in a race. Oh by the way, the dining room looks more like a cafeteria with the lighting, and noise, not what you expect with a well dressed evening. Lots of the food was bland, to give you an examples there was a chocolate serving on one after noon we are 4 people in our group and took a couple dessert of each for the taste and all 4 of us came to the conclusion that on a scale of one to 10 the chocolate bar got a 3 for effort presentation and taste. Now lets come to the service, like i said our evening waiter was excellent, and so was our Stewart on our deck, i cannot say the staff was very helpful and smiling lot of them looked like they were bored or fatigued by their work. the Clients, there was a lot , not all, but a lot of loud obnoxious people getting drunk and all, i think at some point they should intervene especially in a place called the serenity retreat witch is supposed to be a nice and quite place. By catering to all you really get all... one positive note, the port of calls all were amazing except for grand Turks that we enjoyed but there was nothing really to do there if you are not a diver or do not like snorkeling but if you do you will enjoy it. St-Thomas and San Juan were absolutely amazing. And now lets come to the last point the disembarkation process, it was chaos they were suppose to call us by deck cause we had and early flight, they made us gather in the amber palace where they said they would call us by deck and confirmed it while we went in, we waited and then chaos, they let everyone rush to the door without calling decks or anything, so it left us on a bitter note yet once again. However, event thought Carnival was not to our liking, we will yet try it again some time, but maybe on something a little more appropriate to our liking and taste. Even tough this review seems to be really negative it is really not just that first timers should really think and choose their cruise before booking sometimes it may be worth the extra dollars you will spend to really enjoy your vacation, cheap doesn't necessarily means fun. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
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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