33 Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Caribbean - Western

I'm a first time cruiser and had a great experience on Carnival Glory. There was so much to get involved in ... truly something for everyone. We took advantage of Bingo, Trivia, comedy club, musical shows, shopping and activities on ... Read More
I'm a first time cruiser and had a great experience on Carnival Glory. There was so much to get involved in ... truly something for everyone. We took advantage of Bingo, Trivia, comedy club, musical shows, shopping and activities on the Lido deck. All of the entertainment was top notch. The ship was well maintained, clean, easy to navigate and very indulgent. The food was great - we especially enjoyed Guy's Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana Mexican cantina. The buffet and dining room were great to switch back & forth from. We did My Time Dining and never had to wait long for a table. Waiting 5-10 minutes was worth the flexibility. We stopped at Belize and Grand Cayman (which were both tender ports) and Cozumel and Roatan. It was fairly disorganized getting off the boat which I did not appreciate. I'm not sure if this is different than other boats but if you hand out tender stickers - enforce the order in which people are boarding the tenders! All employees need to be firm and on the same page. One day of enforcing the rules makes for a more organized and enjoyable time for everyone. Our steward was an absolute gem. He knew our names and took the time to get to know us and our needs. We really appreciated his bubbly personality and hard work ethic. I would recommend Carnival, for sure. It was a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I had a wonderful time aboard your cruise line, glory. I was booked with some members of my church by a travel agent. I was very apprehensive about making such a trip in that I have always been afraid of large bodies of water. But once I ... Read More
I had a wonderful time aboard your cruise line, glory. I was booked with some members of my church by a travel agent. I was very apprehensive about making such a trip in that I have always been afraid of large bodies of water. But once I was on board, joined in the festivities, explored the ship, I lost all fear. I tremendously enjoyed time spent on the deck watching and listening to the ocean. The highlights for me was the comedic entertainment (Doug somebody) and the level of safety I felt. I had to constantly remind myself that I was on a ship! The comfort of the beds, the delicious food, the politeness of the staff, could not have been better. Although I will never use the travel agent Leslie again, I wish to thank you all for making my first experience something I can remember with happiness and better than I expected. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We traveled on Carnival Glory Aug 22nd thru Aug 29th on a Western Caribbean cruise that was our very first cruise. We were in a stateroom with a balcony and that added to the enjoyment of the trip. We took a shore excursion on each ... Read More
We traveled on Carnival Glory Aug 22nd thru Aug 29th on a Western Caribbean cruise that was our very first cruise. We were in a stateroom with a balcony and that added to the enjoyment of the trip. We took a shore excursion on each island and were happy for that though the staff handling the excursions were not well trained, nor organized nor polite or competent in their job. Somehow the female staff in a position of authority on this ship failed short of expectations. Both in ability and courtesy. Cruise director was outstanding though not all activities were up to par. But he did his best. Food at breakfast was ok the lines were long and the food got cold. They need to spread the stations so one can eat in peace. Room service was exemplary. The staterooms were clean and also the other areas on the ship. Most of the bars aboard were empty most times and gave a ghost like appearance to these decks. Bingo was a joke. The Bingo Queen as she liked to call herself was really in love with her own voice and the entire game was conducted so that no one would win. Rules were arbitrary and left to the decision of the Queen who was so full of herself it was a joke. In spite of all that the cruise was enjoyable with live music everywhere throughout the day and the crew making all efforts to make your onboard experience joyful and comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
As a first time cruise my fiancé and I had a great time, our cabin was an interior upper cabin located in the middle of the ship which was convienient to get to either the front or back of the ship. I hear midship is great for first time ... Read More
As a first time cruise my fiancé and I had a great time, our cabin was an interior upper cabin located in the middle of the ship which was convienient to get to either the front or back of the ship. I hear midship is great for first time cruisers as you don't feel the movement as much. The cabin was spacious for two people always cleaned, we were very lucky to get a very friendly staff member named Marut from Thailand he was extremely helpful during our stay. During our trip we had two "at sea days" but not to worry because everyday you have an itinerary of all the events going on, therefore you don't have to worry about asking Around or missing any of the events. I suggest brining a highlight to highlight the events your interested in. I also suggest if booking an excursion doing it on the island, trust me you'll be bombarded by tourist offering you better deals then on the ship. We participated in a snorkling tour through exotic Eco adventures which cost us about $50.00 per person (booking on board was about $89.00 per person) the tour guides that assisted us were very friendly you can tell they enjoy their jobs Karim and Alicia were great! Last but not least dinner time at 8:15 was the best choice because you have the Chance to come back on board after the excursion and shower and have the amazing dinner, the dinner was delicious and the staff was great they served small portions which was fine if your still hungry you can ask for a second entree or appetizers, keep in mind your room service and dinner staff are always the same so be nice to them because the really long and hard. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I would love to share with you what I would have like to have known before I got on the ship. First, Carnival Glory Cruise line has a crew that is dedicated to customer service. Not everything was perfect, but I did have great ... Read More
I would love to share with you what I would have like to have known before I got on the ship. First, Carnival Glory Cruise line has a crew that is dedicated to customer service. Not everything was perfect, but I did have great experience. I read a few reviews about this ship and I got a little nervous. The ship is older than most and it is not the most glamorous of ships, but it is nice. Every member of the ship spent every working moment to keep the ship clean. It is older, but is was a very clean ship. The cabin assistants were all nice and attentive. If you need a friendly smile and someone to make small talk with this is not the ship. If you want a crew to take your needs seriously, remember your name, your preferences, and do whatever it takes to resolve any concerns this is the ship. I did read a lot about smoking and this was almost a deal breaker for me. I am not a smoker. The truth is there is a smoking area on the lido deck...it was empty. There were however; smokers everywhere. Well, to be specific the Lidio deck, sports bar, and casino. There were people who did light up in areas they knew they shouldn't. They did anyway. In order to maintain a good experience for all, the crew did not stop the smoking in non-smoking areas, and they probably won't. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. The shows and entertainment were amazing. My husband is not a 'show' person, but he enjoyed every minute of the entertainment. The host and cruise director were fun and engaging with the entire ship; young and old. The movies at night were also a good choice. They only negative I would say is after midnight the only real place for food is the pizza bar, which usually only had one person working it. This would be my suggestion. Don't be picky. If you ask the pizza person for whatever they have available, they always took care of me. I have a personal secret. I didn't mind the cramped showers. The stewards kept them very clean (x2 a day). I did sneak away to the spa and took a shower in the spa area. The showers were large and private and the pressure was perfect. Also, there were times that I did not like to share my hot tub with people under the age of 6. The adult pool had more kids in it then the kiddie pool. If you are like me and want some adult rest, go to the gym. They have a hot tub in the gym area and no kids! Hope this helps. The Glory is a great ship, but not the newest ship with all of the frills. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We know enough people that love cruising that we finally had to try it. Now we have, we don't need to try it again. Too bad we picked a Carnival ship for on only cruise - it seemed to have priorities different from ours. First - ... Read More
We know enough people that love cruising that we finally had to try it. Now we have, we don't need to try it again. Too bad we picked a Carnival ship for on only cruise - it seemed to have priorities different from ours. First - the embarkation. From the moment we stepped off the bus until two hours later, we stood in long, noisy lines. This is probably where I picked up the flu bug that exiled me to the cabin 3 days later. We had been advised to carry on our own suitcases - which was a plus - we were unpacked and ready to explore once we finally made it to our balcony (free upgrade!) cabin. There was pretzel salt and crumbs on the desk! And a sticky spot from a glass on one of the bedside tables. I guess the cleaning from the last passengers was not complete? And before I am shuttled off as a humbug - our cabin and dining crew were very friendly and wanted to make us happy. No complaints about the crew we were close to. Interesting tidbit though - every one of them we had a conversation with told us of their plans to get away from working for Carnival. Then - impressions of our time on the ship. "Carnival" seems apt, as like old-fashioned carnies, the primary goal seemed to be to separate passengers from money. Constant attempts to get us to do something not included in the price. Drink prices were higher than ANY OTHERS I had ever experienced, even airplanes and fancy restaurants. Noise - almost everywhere except the Serenity area, which never had an empty chair in the shade, unpleasant music most places - I have no idea what demographic likes that kind of music. Crowding - always a search for a table on the Lido deck, no room in the tiny pools, in the theater for the comedy shows (show up 15 minutes early to get a seat for a show that only lasts 45 minutes). Long Lines - to get off the boat, on the boat, to get food other than the dining room, to speak with guest services. Bland - all the food - we lost our appetites the last few days because everything (except chocolate frozen yogurt!) just seemed to lack herbs or spices (unless sugar counts as a spice). Between the bland food and the one day spent with the flu, I lost weight during this cruise. I was not expecting that! The motown show seemed pretty good. While not my favorite genre, and not a fan of "shows," the singing and dancing seemed very well done. The "rock epic" show frightened me - was this show supposed to be aimed at my demographic? Rock, 70's to current, is my genre. There were maybe three pieces that could be considered rock. The rest was pop. One of the 3 rock pieces was a reader's digest condensed version of Stairway to Heaven. The dancing and prancing was well choreographed and performed, but did not seem to have anything to do with the music (except Bohemian Rhapsody). Three of the songs in the short show were from Queen - go figure. The graphics in the background were kind of interesting, especially the eye. And lastly another positive - the medical staff were friendly, firm, and efficient. When I showed up there in the morning as the flu was hitting me, they slapped me into quarantine before I realized how sick I was. They handed me a barf bag in the 10 seconds between the time I first felt nauseous and when I vomited. They also quickly took me off quarantine the next morning when I showed up more pink than green. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This cruise was the first for my husband and me. We attended due to my husband's business convention. Flying into Miami from Los Angeles, we stayed near the airport. Cruise sign-in (at the airport) and embarkation (thanks to Faster ... Read More
This cruise was the first for my husband and me. We attended due to my husband's business convention. Flying into Miami from Los Angeles, we stayed near the airport. Cruise sign-in (at the airport) and embarkation (thanks to Faster to the Fun) went off without a hitch. If we do Carnival again, FTTF is a feature we look forward to using again. Additionally, travel to the port of Miami was trouble-free. We took a taxi with a flat free of $27 from the airport. After some people watching, we were on our way. Overall, we encountered good service, although the Sea Day activities were rather run of the mill and didn't interest either one of us during the day; however, the Dive-In movies were a great feature. Our room steward and waiters served good and we were happy to have them with us. Having food at our disposal caused happy weight gain without any complaints (especially from the steakhouse and Guy's Burgers). As for our room, the cabin was beautiful and more spacious than we assumed (Balcony Room 7211 8C). We loved watching the water each morning and watching the stars at night. Furthermore, the cleanliness and turn-down service made us feel comfy. As for the shore excursions, we loved Grand Cayman, and while Jamaica and the Dunn's River Falls were beautiful, we'd pass next time. On board, we enjoyed two shows: Motor City and Epic Rock, which knocked our shoes off. Great fun. Sadly, it came to an end but fast disembarkation made our leaving better. The only caveats were the children walking around without parental supervision (A rule should be put in place), the loud club music that became annoying at times, and the busy room service that may it difficult to use at night). In summary, we enjoyed the Glory and look forward to another trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Meh
This was my first cruise and my wife's 7th (first while being of age to drink). From the start, systems were down, so they couldn't process any transactions (we wanted to get the Cheers! program and had gift cards to put toward ... Read More
This was my first cruise and my wife's 7th (first while being of age to drink). From the start, systems were down, so they couldn't process any transactions (we wanted to get the Cheers! program and had gift cards to put toward our S&S card). We went to the casino as they tried to fix the computer system, and found that we didn't need to wait in line downstairs to get the beverage package, and instead buy it from the deserted casino bar, so that was a nice find. The food was uneventful, nothing was hot enough, the buffet was always the same, and due to limited food options we ended up either ordering room service (very limited selection) or going to the buffet. When we did sit down at the standardized meal, the service was slow and the food was not worth the time. In my opinion, the ship doesn't have enough to do. We ended up in the casino often, to smoke, drink and to play the random trivia. Also, the piano bar smelled terrible (like feces) and the piano player was awful, could barely sing and only talked to the drunk people yelling at him, final annoyance was how much enjoyment he got from a girl getting trashed and having to be dragged out from the bar - just not fun (my wife and I joked that Carnival must have hired him as just a lobby piano player, then on his first day they told him he had to sing). After the 18+ comedy show ends (around 11:45), you have two options, either the dance club (not our idea of fun) or the casino, that is all. Very disappointing as people ended up just sitting around and talking. The Fun Times didn't give enough detail, we often walked into some of the bars, and found that they were closed, with the lights on - and no bartender. Overall as my first cruise, I didn't set expectations very high, and carnival was able to prove that they could disappoint those. We did like the idea of a cruise, and have actually booked our next one already (NCL). Carnival Glory is an older ship, meant for an older crowd, all while trying to seem hip and cool. The final entertaining thing that occurs on this ship is that you can see the reactions from 60+ year olds when some of the staff starts performing dub step music.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Being vegetarians who are not really into beaches or dancing, and kind of stuck up hipsters, my girlfriend and I are really are a cruise ship's nightmare. But I did want to take a cruise before I turn 40 next year and my mid-30s ... Read More
Being vegetarians who are not really into beaches or dancing, and kind of stuck up hipsters, my girlfriend and I are really are a cruise ship's nightmare. But I did want to take a cruise before I turn 40 next year and my mid-30s girlfriend tagged along. We chose a Western Caribbean itinerary to minimize the ports where we wouldn't be able to find something to do. The ports that the Carnival Glory does on its Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, and Costa Maya) are perfect for people who are not beach people. Each stop has a historic or rainforest excursion. We spent a relaxing day in Cozumel wandering around, took a scenic private tour to the Community Baboon Sanctuary (which is actually a set of farmland set aside by various owners to protect howler monkeys) in Belize, took a cramped and rushed tour of the entire west side of Roatan through carnival, and climbed some amazing off the beaten path Mayan ruins at Dzibanche from Costa Maya. It was an amazing experience only possible, I think, through a cruise. As a way from getting from point (or port) a to point (or port) b, the cruise was excellent. The problem was that the sea days were rather sparse in terms of activities that proved interesting to either or us. We both got a lot of reading done, myself by the adults only pool on the Lido Deck and my girlfriend in our room but otherwise the offerings for participatory entertainment was minimal. Though, personally, I really enjoyed the Battle of the Genders on the night we departed from Roatan, most of it was horribly cheesy and aimed at the under 25 or over 50 sets. The late night, non-participatory, entertainment was first rate. The comedians in The Punchliner Comedy Club were fall out of my chair funny. I did not expect them to be that funny Carnival and George Lopez really did do a great job of getting some rising comics who really knew how to play to a big crowd on this time out. They included BT who is going to be on Last Comic Standing next season and my personal favorite, Scotty K, a musical comic who I expect to see a lot more of in the future. The sets did seem a bit too short (about 30 minutes) and the all ages shows just seemed to be improvised, but I have a very enjoying time. One thing my girlfriend and I both agreed was great were the Playlist Production revue shows. Their Epic Rock show went as over the top as it should have with performers donning some of the most outrageously flamboyant robes and makeup I have ever seen and interacting with the backdrop screens in amazing ways (like making an imaginary ball go up in the air with a dance move). The voice talent was at least American Idol level. When these were not happening, our room provided a comfortable experience. The pillows and sheets were some of the most comfortable I have ever experienced and on par with a casino hotel. We were in room 1208 which is one of the porthole rooms on the ship. The downside to these rooms are the beds don't push together so it's either be cramped in one or separated in two if you're a couple. But the portholes made this worthwhile. We could see everything in the ports upon approach without even leaving our bargain room! Our steward was excellent and switched our water into the mini-fridge, gave us each a third pillow upon request), and knew us by name (even if he insisted on calling me "Mike" instead of "Michael"). The towel animals left by the cleaning staff were above and beyond cute. And on the last day at sea, the housekeeping staff in general outdid themselves by folding a gorilla and hanging it from the light fixtures. We gave them an extra tip just for that! The staff, with the exception of the rude and kind of slow main dining room (we were in the Golden Restaurant with any time dining), was amazing the whole cruise! As for the food, the vegetarian options were hit or miss. I was disappointed by the fact that the main dining room did not switch up their "featured vegetarian option" each night. It was a decent Indian dish. But the nightly vegetarian offerings were topped by a ricotta ravioli but were most unmemorable. As for the buffet, I became addicted to their dinner potato chunks. But it was no better than any buffet I have been to on land. It was also nearly impossible to find seats at breakfast near the buffet. On the second to last night, my girlfriend got sick at dinner so I do appreciate that the dining room staff let me bring her food to the room! Eversen Bevelle (The Reverend Dr. E), the Cruise Director, on the Glory was summed up best by someone I overheard at dinner. This fellow cruiser said, "on shore, he'd just be a Jamie Foxx impersonator but at sea, he's alright." He kept the interruptions on the overhead to a minimum (about three announcements a day). He also had some catchy taglines like signing on with a sung "I said a very good morning, I said a-good morning" and signing off with a "chow, chow, double chow." I’m still repeating these today when appropriate. The big problem I found with him was his lack of knowledge. We went to see the Fun Aboard, Fun Ashore presentation. While I won a watch in a raffle (and became a minor celebrity on board in the process for my excitement running up to the stage), I learned nothing overall about the ports. He seemed to just say that the beaches were nice and the ziplining was wild (repeating the same jokes multiple times). In fact, I caught several factual errors in his presentation just from what I have learned online before the cruise. He was also worthless during disembarkation as he didn't even call the right numbers. Talking to lower level staff was more helpful. Embarkation was also a mess as, even though we had done airport check-in (a must for me on any future cruises since it was so painless at the airport) we were directed to wait in line again at the terminal by the "helpful staff." Such a bad first impression and late impression really left my girlfriend fuming and she does not want to take a cruise ever again. On balance, I thought the experience was good enough to do some more cruising even I'm ever just looking for a relaxing week at sea with some sunny destinations. I just have to find someone else to cruise with once a year or so I guess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We were scheduled to do the Western Caribbean on Aug 30 and travel counterclockwise. Due to upcoming storms Carnival changed it to clockwise so that we would avoid the storms. That was a great move because we missed both storms!! We had ... Read More
We were scheduled to do the Western Caribbean on Aug 30 and travel counterclockwise. Due to upcoming storms Carnival changed it to clockwise so that we would avoid the storms. That was a great move because we missed both storms!! We had an amazing time on this cruise. My first hint would be for you to check in with Carnival at the airport if you fly in. You will get your room key and they will take your photo ID. We opted to take a cab ride to the port so that we did not have to wait around for a scheduled ride. The price was only $25 (plus tip). Once you get to the port there is a separate line for folks who have already checked in....one, two, three - we were on board! CABIN: We had an inside cabin on the bottom floor of the ship. It was so dark and nice and quiet. The room itself was big enough for the 2 of us. There were plenty of hanging closets, one tall dresser and one short dresser.We also brought a wrinkle reducer spray so that we did not have to iron anything. The cabin had a safe (which made us not worry), hair dryer and mini-bar. We had them unlock the mini bar so that we could use it as a refrigerator. BATHROOM: It was small but had enough glass racks by the mirror to store the toiletries. It had plenty of hooks to hang clothes and a small dryline in the shower that could hold 2 wet bathing suits. My one complaint was that you had to touch the toilet each time you flushed...I really did not like that!! SERVICE: Our cabin steward was great and he knew our names and said hi to us, using our names each time we saw him. He made our beds in the morning and we had turn down service every night. He would leave us a different towel animal, the Carnival FUN TIMES daily, and 2 pieces of chocolate. He also gave my girlfriend a birthday card when he found out that it was her birthday! The entire staff on the ship was so nice and friendly - and would greet us when they saw us. ENTERTAINMENT: They had great shows: Epic Rock, Latina Night, Motown, Hasbro game shows, a couples game, music trivia, sound clips trivia, movie trivia, sports trivia (and lots more), and our favorite, a digital scavenger hunt. We were amazed at the things we did for the scavenger hunt - we really broke out of our comfort zones!! The cruise director Dr.E has an amazing personality and a wonderful sense of humor!! We attended 2 comedy shows (these were adults-only). The first comedian was hilarious - funniest comedian I have ever seen - and he used some cruise stuff in his comedy!! The second guy was terrible. He was unorganized, not funny and focused on one girl throughout the show.....we left 20 minutes into the show (along with a lot of other folks). We love to play bingo and thought we would play bingo every day. The price of bingo was $20 for ONE game - that is one set of cards with 2 instant tickets. They could lower the price, lower the payout (which was $500), and offer smaller prizes so that more people would want to play. FOOD: The food was amazing!! I usually looked through everything before stopping at one place. We loved Guy's Burgers and those fries were great!! The Blue Iguana tacos and topping bar was also incredibly delicious. The pizza is not recommended! They had plenty of fruit to pick from with every meal. The food in the dining room was also very good. The appetizer portions were small enough so that you could try a couple of them. When we ate too much in the dining room, we ordered dessert from room service. That chocolate cake was sooo good that I do not know why they do not serve it on the regular menu. My girlfriend loved the melting lava chocolate cake! Wash your hands a lot. They also provide Purell in different areas of the ship. Bring a nice insulated cup so you can take coffee or a cold drink with you. If you like a quiet area, try the Serenity, adult-only area of the ship. Do the excursions- we did half Carnival and half independent. Read lots of reviews on the excursions before you go.When the day comes to disembark, pack your things the night before and do "self-service". We were probably one of the first 50 people off the ship and there was no waiting at customs. We had a wonderful time and cannot wait to plan our next cruise!! We liked Carnival, but would most likely like to try a different ship!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We traveled the last week in May 2014. I usually prefer December-February for my cruises, but this one was an anniversary gift. I enjoyed the more muted decor of the Glory. Just about everything felt a little more upscale with only a few ... Read More
We traveled the last week in May 2014. I usually prefer December-February for my cruises, but this one was an anniversary gift. I enjoyed the more muted decor of the Glory. Just about everything felt a little more upscale with only a few places that seemed more old-Carnival (I'm looking at you White Heat Lounge.) Things were a little rushed and haphazard embarkation morning because of a Customs inspection. Somehow they messed up our VIFP status and we were going to join the couple of thousand unhappy people in the terminal. After speaking with a lady at the counter where you pick up your Sail and Sign cards (Blue?!?!) we were ushered to a back office that quickly and politely fixed the mishap and had us on the way to priority boarding. Onboard it was great cruise life. I love the middle America feel where your well-heeled are laughing and joking with the first-timers. I'll focus on unique likes: I read about the cruise director from this sight and I was not disappointed. He's like the godfather of cruise directors. The hardest working man in entertainment. He's a mix of Kevin Hart and John Witherspoon. Food: It has gotten better, but there are still some bland areas of the buffets. The stand-out for us was the Emerald Steakhouse. I pooh-poohed the idea of paying for food on a cruise. But we tried it. And we liked it. A lot. The quality of food, presentation, and service was exemplary. It was easily a $100/plate menu and meal. I felt we got out of it more than we put in. Absolutely worth it. Almost as good as our experiences with our favorite high-end restaurants at home. We would definitely do this again and probably more than once on 7-day cruise. Serenity was nice. We found a couples hammock and swayed with the ship. They only drawback were a bunch of loud Jacuzzi dwellers shouting for wine and drinks. When they were sipping it was bliss to sway in the hammock to the ship. Wish we had explored this place sooner. I enjoy the newish show style and how a theater night almost becomes an all night event that runs from Dinner, to the Amber Theater, to the Deck 3 Atrium and finally to the Promenade. Ports were great. Cozumel always soaks me for money somehow. Took an excursion in Belize. Beach day in Roatan. Costa Maya was just a stop on the way back. I did not feel it had much to offer. It's a right-sized ship with out-sized entertainment, food, and great destinations (3 out of 4 I have never visited.) Definitely happy with this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My fiancé and I are getting married on a Carnival ship in September. Neither one of us had sailed with Carnival before, so we figured we would give them a try and take a relaxing cruise before the stress of the wedding hit. We had a week ... Read More
My fiancé and I are getting married on a Carnival ship in September. Neither one of us had sailed with Carnival before, so we figured we would give them a try and take a relaxing cruise before the stress of the wedding hit. We had a week off, airline credits from a previously-cancelled trip, and the last minutes for this cruise were very reasonable, so we went for it. We booked an inside guarantee and were assigned an inside cabin on deck 6. We were happy. The day before we left, Carnival called and offered us a balcony cabin on the Lido deck for a great price. We took it and absolutely loved our Lido balcony. Carnival earned major cool points with us early on. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale and took SAS Transportation to the port. We highly recommend SAS; they are half the price of Carnival's bus and excellent. Even though we were notified that there was a Coast Guard inspection and not to arrive at the port until 1, they were checking people in. Although while I was pulling my passport out to show the security guard, I was practically knocked over by a "lady" who thought she was God's gift because she had FTTF, we quickly checked in were on the ship by 12:30 (not much longer after her. HA HA). I get the whole FTTF thing, but there is no need to push and shove over it, or you might find yourself eating your lobster with a straw. Just sayin' Anyway, the cabins weren't accessible until 1:30. The buffet and Guy's Burgers were open. I had a burger, which was good but not awe inspiring as I had read. We then took a nap and had the buffet for dinner because we were exhausted. The food on the buffet was delicious (the ribs really stood out). The itinerary was a day at sea, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya, another sea day, then back to Miami. We did private excursions for all but Roatan, where we booked Carnival's Tabayana Beach Break (excellent!) More on the ports below. We ate in the dining room 3-4 nights. The food was good, especially the lobster on the first formal night, the steaks, and count me in as a lover of the warm chocolate melting cake. The other nights we hit the buffet or got room service, just because we were tired or "sleeping it off" after our excursions. Our only real complaint was the layout of the ship. The décor was a little glitzy for my taste, but whatever, but as for the layout, we got lost a few times trying to find our dining room on deck 3 because to access it, we had to go upstairs to deck 5, through the casino, and back down to deck 3. Very strange. We eventually figured out we could go all the way aft on deck 9 and take the elevator down to deck 3 to get there, but it still makes no sense to put a dining room in such a strange place. My other complaint was the size of the swimming pools. There were only 3 that I could find that were very small and always packed. We swim and do water aerobics for exercise, and those pools were worthless for anything but a quick dip or PDA. We didn't try the hot tubs, but they were always full. My disappointment with the pools was always soothed with a, always-available strawberry frozen yogurt from one of the machines by the pools or buffet. I ate entirely too much of that, but it was so worth it :) We didn't go to shows or see comedians or anything like that because that isn't our thing. We did enjoy the movies and basketball games shown on the big screen by the main pool, with plenty of free popcorn and (of course) ice cream/frozen yogurt. We never had a problem finding a deck chair or anything like that. We didn't try the Steakhouse or Chef's Table. I did try to get my fiancé a coffee at Creams on deck 5. The lady was very rude. First she said the advertised special was no longer available, then the stuff she handed me was NOT expresso. I'd recommend avoiding that place! All in all, we had a wonderful time. A few hiccups here and there, but nothing is perfect. We'll happily said on Carnival again if the price and itinerary are right! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Never having cruised, I had a few reservations. Would I be bored on the ship? Will I be overwhelmed by the crowds? Will I be waiting in line everywhere? The answers: no, no, and no. We flew to Fort Lauderdale the night before and taken an ... Read More
Never having cruised, I had a few reservations. Would I be bored on the ship? Will I be overwhelmed by the crowds? Will I be waiting in line everywhere? The answers: no, no, and no. We flew to Fort Lauderdale the night before and taken an airport shuttle to our hotel in Miami, Courtyard in Downtown Miami. It was a great pre-cruise hotel. The rooms were clean and well-appointed and the staff were all friendly and helpful. We got up in the morning and could see the port from our balcony. It increased our anticipation seeing the cruise ships lined up at port. We went downstairs and had a great breakfast before stopping by the concierge desk to inquire about transportation to the port. The hotel has an agreement with a shuttle service that will take you from the hotel to the port for $5 per person. We signed up and went up to our room to relax a little before it was time to leave. At the appointed time, we took the shuttle to the port and were onboard in short order. Because I had purchased Faster to the Fun, we were able to go to our room right away and get settled in before heading up to Lido deck to grab some lunch. We were impressed with the ship and after grabbing some lunch from the buffet and Guy's burgers, we went to explore and learn our way around. We deck by deck, starting at the top and found our way around making sure we knew where everything was. We even went on a tour of the spa/fitness center. We grabbed a frozen drink just before sail-away and watch as we headed out to sea. We went back to watch some of the events on the Lido deck for the sail-away party and experience the first pangs of OMG, there were so many people on this ship. Soon, however, we found lots of deck areas which were quiet and accommodating and I never felt overwhelmed by the crowd for the rest of the trip. We had chosen Your Time Dining and headed to the dining room for our meal dinner. We were very impressed with the variety of the menu and great service we received. We enjoyed our dinner so much that we made a point to eat in the dining room for dinner every day and brunch on both the sea days. We quickly developed a routine that we followed the remainder of the journey. We would enjoy dinner in the dining room, take a stroll on deck, then enjoy a show in either the Amber Palace or the Comedy Club before retiring for the evening. Our favorite show was the hypnotist they had for one night only. That is not to be missed. We had some great entrees during the week in the dining room and really enjoyed the deserts each night. As far as the remainder of the dining options, we also really enjoyed the burritos at the Blue Iguana Cantina. The Fish and Chips were just so-so but the boullaibase was very good. The only time we really ate the buffet was for breakfast on port days because we could grab a quick breakfast and then head off to enjoy our day. We enjoyed the water slide a couple of times and the enjoyed the salt water pool on the aft deck better than the main pool on the Lido deck. We also enjoyed the whirlpool in the fitness center and the aft deck. We did play miniature golf once and visited the casino but a short-while. We browsed the shops and bought a few gifts for family at home. As far as entertainment, there were often musical groups entertaining on both Lido deck and in the Lobby. We did a private excursion on Grand Cayman which was great. We chose to do a private excursion here because we wanted to go to Stingray City and knew that the ship excursion to Stingray City had large groups at once and we were looking for a more personal experience. We did ship excursions to snorkel at Chaankanab which we enjoyed immensely. We also did the ship excursion to see the Mayan ruins at Xunantanich. It was a long ride, but comfortable and ruins were worth the trip. The authentic lunch they served us as part of this excursion was also very good. Finally, we also did the ship excursion at Roatan to French Key. This I will give a mixed review. French Key is a fabulous place, but the excursion you purchase through the ship does not have all the privileges advertised on the French Key website which we were expecting but was not really spelled out in the information for the excursion. Roatan is a port where you could forgo an excursion and just enjoy the beach at Mahogany Bay whereas Belize is a place that you would want to participate in an excursion as the port is not large and there is no beach. Cozumel probably had the prettiest and largest port of all the ports of call. All in all, it was a great trip with very few things we could not be happy with. The only real snafu was that we had an early meeting to leave for the excursion to Xunantanich and decided to order room service so that we could eat our breakfast while we were getting ready. We hung the roomservice tag on the door the night before with our selection, but the food never came the next morning. We waited as long as we could before dashing up to the buffet on Lido deck and grabbing a couple of items off of the buffet to take with us. Otherwise, it was a fabulous vacation and we will likely cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This was my first time on the cruise and first time on Carnival. I am a college student from outside of the United states and travelled over thanksgiving weekend. Two of my companions had travelled on cruise ships before and on their ... Read More
This was my first time on the cruise and first time on Carnival. I am a college student from outside of the United states and travelled over thanksgiving weekend. Two of my companions had travelled on cruise ships before and on their parents dime therefore on higher-end lines. One spent the entire trip complaining that it wasn't gold star service but I thought it was full and through. Even though the people serving you aren't wearing tuxedoes they are wonderful people and made my cruise so fantastic I want to go again right away. We unfortunately ran into a giant Nor'Wester storm that spanned from Miami to the south end of the Caribbean sea and followed that throughout our trip. Despite warnings that it was impossible for our ship to sway, it did. No one got very sick and it actually made the trip that much more fun except that we could not manage to drop anchor in Belize due to winds higher than 55mp/h....I was dissapointed but understood why. The Cruise staff created a full days of activities at the last minute for us when it was announced we had to move on from the Belize port. The food was sensational! And not just from a college student's perspective, the dishes were different each night and the food was endless. I could not believe how much fruit, desserts and fine cuts of meat were served. I think the most memorable part of the entire cruise besides the relaxation factor was our dinner staff. Vigor, Edgardo and Manik were THE BEST STAFF EVER. So personal and kind and absoulutely went out of their way to care for us. They will be the reason I would chose Carnival again. Despite bad reviews while I was booking, I paid 650$ for a cabin with a balcony on the 3rd highest floor on the ship and am now wishing I was still sailing! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
I don't know where to start, we flew to Miami the night before and decided on the wrong Hotel to stay at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites Miami Airport North The floors were filthy the floor in the bathroom was bubbled up from getting wet, ... Read More
I don't know where to start, we flew to Miami the night before and decided on the wrong Hotel to stay at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites Miami Airport North The floors were filthy the floor in the bathroom was bubbled up from getting wet, the shower was not for tall people and it was a motel not a hotel as we were expecting, and the pool could use some cleaning. We did not partake in the continental breakfast so I cannot comment on that, The staff however was friendly and helpful, and signed us up for a a 10$ per person shuttle to the port. all in all not worth the money paid and free shuttle to the airport. (with a call to the hotel the shuttle was there within about 20 minutes,) We decided to purchase the faster to the fun for 50$ it was worth it, it only took us about 20 minutes to get through security, get our paperwork done and get onto the ship, we were also able to go straight to our rooms and drop off our bags, then start enjoying our vacation. Our Itinerary was a 7 day western Caribbean Cozumel Belize Mahogany bay Isle Roatan Grand cayman Cayman Island Now for the cruise my husband and I went along with 2 of his cousins and their significant others, We are range in age fro 27-40 and 2 of the boys are quite tall and some of us are plus size, we are all perfectly mobile, I was a little worried about some of the reviews about the size of the some spaces, thankfully none of us had any problems. our cabin was located in the aft starboard on deck 6, it was for sure worth the extra money for a balcony, though if you are a light sleeper you might want to get a deck lower or a little closer to midships, I could hear the music from the ebony room slightly. A lot of people comment on how small the rooms are but I had no problems with the size of our cabin, the bathroom is quite small but again no major problems. Our room steward setyo was ok, though we only saw him a handful of times throughout the cruise. our neighbours had an awesome room steward Tong. There were very few Negatives on this ship, the weather was not the best but there is nothing anyone can do about that, because of the weather there were a couple of rough nights where the ship was rocky and people were stumbling around like they were drunk (lol half of them probably were) thankfully nobody in our party got sea sick, because of the rough seas we were unable to get off the ship in Belize BOOO! though we got full refunds on our tickets and it was clearly stated that if it was deemed unsafe at a tender port we could end up not being able to get off the ship. I don't see why people absolutely rave about the food on the ship, yes most of it was good but most of it was anything to write home about except for the chocolate melty cake YUMMY, The Steakhouse was very good as well, portions were huge and was well worth the extra 35$ per person. I think my favorite place on the lido to eat was guy's burgers, I had a major problem with anywhere that served eggs however, tried a breakfast burrito and almost puked, people do not know how too cook eggs, everywhere they were still runny and barely cooked. EWW. The fish and chips were good but no white vinegar to be seen booourns. The dining room food was generally good, but the best part of the dining room was our wait staff, James (suka.... none of us could pronounce his full name but he must have been used to it because he told us right away to just call him James) Arnold, and Manalito a.k.a. Sasha Fierce, these three men were amazing, got us whatever we needed, knew us by name and even played tricks with us and danced with us. We loved the entertainment every night after desert. they even put up with us crazy Canadians and took as many pictures as we wanted to take with them. we were in the platinum dining room for early seating, next time I think we would choose late seating though. The entertainment was pretty good as well, we went to the comedy club every night there was a show Allyn Ball, John westly Austin and JR Mcallum were all funny in their own way and very entertaining. we went to some of the Hasbro game shows and shows in the main theatre and most were good some were good but just not our style (musical theatre) we also did some of the trivia, I played Giant Jenga and we did a digital scavenger hunt (girls against boys in our group) Girls won! yay Girl power. one thing that I didn't really expect was that the pools were all salt water, except for the whirlpools. a couple last things, if you drink a lot of soda the bottomless bubbles is worth the 50$ per person for 7 days. and a special shout out to our amazing and gorgeous cruise director Matt Mitchum Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Let me start by saying that I am an All Inclusive resort type of person. I have wanted to do a cruise for a long time, but DH hates water so getting him on a boat...Better chances of the Montreal Canadians advancing to round 2 in this ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I am an All Inclusive resort type of person. I have wanted to do a cruise for a long time, but DH hates water so getting him on a boat...Better chances of the Montreal Canadians advancing to round 2 in this years playoffs (all you hockey lovers will get that) Anyway, my sister and I decided to go together. We booked an Ocean Suite (if this is my 1 and only cruise ever, I want to enjoy it and not be cramped in the room) Since we had the OS, we had priority boarding. We arrived at the port at 10:45 (ish) and from the time we were handing our luggage to the porters to the time we were at the Atrium bar was 20 min MAX. There was no line up anywhere in the cruise terminal. We went to Guys Burgers first and let me tell you...... I do not eat burgers as a rule, that was an amazing burger. We each had another one later on. We waited for our room to be ready so we could drop our stuff off. Back out to get another drink and check things out. To the muster station for the drill. We went back to our room after and while in there we started pulling away from the dock so up we ran. We had Your Time Dining which I am very happy about. We actually only ate in the Main Dining room twice. We stuck to the buffet for the most part. And I almost forgot, Blue Iguana Cantina had awesome taco's and burrito's. All the drinks we had were really good, service was good as well. My only complaint about bar service, was I was shocked at how lacking it was. The cruise lines constantly say that they make their money on alcohol sales, well if that is the case, they did not make any money on this one. We were approached once at dinner each time in the dining room. Service was slow as well. Our room steward Jan was amazing. Wesaw him everyday in the hallway, he was always asking how we were enjoying ourselves and if we had a good time in port, ect.. I am sure they ask everybody, but I liked it. Food was ok. Not fantastic, but not bad either. We never had to skip any ports due to weather. We were the only ship in each port with the exception of Cozumel. Jewel of the Seas was there as well. It was great to have a 'quiet' experience in each port. Weather- Carnival has no control over that, but there was no rain during the day at all, nor at night that I know of. We did the Salsa andSalsa tour in Cozumel. That was a hoot. Had a blast. Belize- just walked around and did some shopping. Roatan- Maya Key Private Island- snorkeling with lunch. Had a lot of fun, wish there was more time in port. Grand Cayman- we did Fat Fish Adventures jet ski, everybody else had cancellled through the night due to an apparent storm? It apparently did but it was hot and sunny when we arrived!!! I reviewed each excursion seperate on Trip Advisor. We also did theBehind the Fun tour on the last sea day. The water was a bit rough and when we were doing thetour, more than 1 person was feeling sick. I had trouble keeping my breakfast down. But we loved the tour. I hear people ask all the time, can you tell you are on a boat? YES. It never made me sick (except the 3 hours of the tour) but you could feel the rocking. And it was nice at bed time, the gentle rocking helped put me to sleep. Would I cruise again, ABSOLUTELY Would I do Carnival again, Most likely. If anybody hasany questions, please ask. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Just got out of shuttle and was going to the ship and porter came to us and said hi and held his hand out for a tip and said we take tips. He hasn't even touched our luggage yet and already asking for a tip. I was going to tip them ... Read More
Just got out of shuttle and was going to the ship and porter came to us and said hi and held his hand out for a tip and said we take tips. He hasn't even touched our luggage yet and already asking for a tip. I was going to tip them anyways so I gave him a few dollars. I was going to tip him a lot more but found it rude to ask for a tip before even touching our luggage. Took about a hour to get onto the ship which was okay with us. Once on ship we tried guys burgers which was delicious. I Highly recommend you try them. I ate them 4 times out of 7 days. Pizza was not good you couldn't get a cheese and pepperoni pizza. It was buffalo cheese and other ingredients that I don't normally get on a pizza. It's not a traditional crust pizza they make it on flat bread. The steak house was amazing perfectly cooked steak and amazing deserts. The buffet had a large selection but quality was not that great as well as temp of food was just Luke warm. Mdr was for the most part good. Some nights were better then others. They handled my shellfish allergies very well. I always knew what was for supper they day before as my meals were cooked seperatly. Room service is very limited you were not able to have a hot meal from room service. It was pastries some sandwiches and fruit. Would of love to had a hot lunch on the balcony with the wife. Entertainment for the most part was really good. The only exception is at the end of the trip they started repeating the same shows and same games. We went to every show and they were all very good. Just wish they didn't repeat them selves and had a few more different shows. All the comedians were great except for one. I found the comedy shows too short in length. They were about 15 min in length. With about 20 to 30 min wait between comedians. My main complaint was the service. There times we had long wait time for drinks mainly during shows or comedians. We would order drinks and the first comedian would be finished by the time we would get our drink. Again 20 to 30 min to get a drink during the shows. A couple of times we would get attitude because we didn't tip but sorry if I'm waiting 20 to 30 min to get a drink your not getting a tip. The only time I seen our room attendant was at the end if cruise wanting a tip. Which we did tip because room was always clean and had fresh towls everyday. Would of been nice to have seen him once before the last day just to introduce himself. Another time they were arguing on which table to sit my wife and I at. They tables they were arguing about were like 4 feet apart and both tables were were empty. Don't understand why they were arguing for so my wife and I sat at a table and it took about 30 seconds before they realized I made the choice for them. On a different occasion a person at our table was trying to explain to the waitress how he wanted his egg cooked which was flipped over and cooked well. She said over easy. He said not really he wanted flipped over and cooked a little longer so the yolk is fully cooked. She said over easy. He tried to explain again but the waitress cut him off and put her hand out and her exact words were ya ya I get it over easy and then went to next person and said what about you what would you like. I thought for the most part that customer service was lacking and a lot of tge other people that had cruised carnival before said that this cruise was well below what the normally get on there other carnival cruises. Cabin was great no complaints about the cabin itself. Getting off the ship was a breeze we did self debarktion and with in 20 to 30 min we are off to the airport. What we leaned from this cruise is we love cruising but we more customer service for our money so for our next cruise we will try another company. We have book a cruise on royal carrbean on harmony of the seas for 2017 and looking for one the winter of 2016. Odds are we won't be cruising carnival we will try another company for comparisons. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Pros Friendly, hardworking staff Clean, efficient, spacious room Embarkation and debarkation went very quickly with VIP status Entire ship, including pools and hot tbs kept very clean Drinks are mixed well, and delivered quickly. ... Read More
Pros Friendly, hardworking staff Clean, efficient, spacious room Embarkation and debarkation went very quickly with VIP status Entire ship, including pools and hot tbs kept very clean Drinks are mixed well, and delivered quickly. Burger bar was very good. Crew does a decent job of managing crowds/lines. Cons On-board information on activities and ports is too brief. There is a two page brief each day, but there is not enough information about history or culture, just information on where to buy jewelry. This information should be available on the lido deck (where you spend most time)or delivered before you go to dinner so you have time to discuss plans for the next day. On-board entertainment is poor. For example: we paid $25 to play bingo. We spent 20 minutes waiting for them to fix the computer/projector. They called 10 numbers. Someone yelled Bingo, and they thanked us for coming. 5 minutes tops. I expect more than that for $25. I'd like to see more chances to win stupid prizes. Honestly - I don't care about the prize, I like the competition, the thrill of victory, the fun of meeting people. It wouldn't cost Carnival anything to let me win a coffee mug, a sun visor or a cheap t-shirt, but it would go along way to making me feel good about my $25. They also need more varied activities (crafting, scrapbooking, scavenger hunt, cooking demo??) and more notice of the schedule of those activities. Comedy act is too short for comedian to get in the groove. Timing of the big shows didn't work well for the early dinner hour so we did not attend. Then there is the photos. They take them all the time and want you to go find them, already printed, and pay $10. In this day and age, they should be offering options for those photos on mugs, calendars, books, and mouse pads. (I'm just sayin') Dining room food was blah. Decent selection and I liked that the menu changed daily. Food was delivered weird. You'd get caesar salad and they'd ask if you wanted parmesan cheese 10 minutes later. Lasagna had no noodles. Best I can say is they had interesting soups. Before I leave the wrong impression - we had a great time. I just think Carnival could do better if they were a little more creative. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We cruised on the Glory on April 15th, on the 7-day Western Caribbean agenda. Myself, my wife, our 8-year old son, and my wife's mom went; first-time cruisers all. Full disclaimer; I had never had much interest in cruising for a ... Read More
We cruised on the Glory on April 15th, on the 7-day Western Caribbean agenda. Myself, my wife, our 8-year old son, and my wife's mom went; first-time cruisers all. Full disclaimer; I had never had much interest in cruising for a vacation until I was certified in SCUBA last year, and my wife pointed out that the cruise stopped in some of the best SCUBA spots on this side of the planet. So I agreed. First, embarkation: we stayed in Ft Lauderdale the night before, drove down to the port on the day of, and parked in an off-site lot, with a shuttle. PremierParkingUSA, a great deal - friendly and quick, and half the cost of the port longterm parking. From the moment we arrived at the terminal til we were on the ship relaxing with a drink was less than an hour! Completely well-organized and fast. The Glory herself: I believe the ship is now 9 years old, but spotlessly maintained. There was always someone cleaning, polishing. The layout took a day or so to get down, then became second nature. The waterslide was a blast, the mini-golf, basketball and volleyball courts fun. The gym was modern. The pools were pretty small; OK for hanging out but not much room to actually do anything. Our cabin was just as I imagined; small compared to a hotel room, but clean and well-laid out. Don't forget to put your suitcases under the bed, saves a lot of space! Loved, loved, LOVED the balcony, wouldn't cruise without one now. In general the Lido deck near the big screen and pool tended to be the loudest, craziest part of the ship, but there were always plenty of quieter, out of the way corners. The crew: the best! I get it; I know they're working for tips, but both your room steward and your dining room team all instantly and always know your first names, and seem genuinely nice. We used Carnival's pre-paid tips option, so mainly just tipped room-service waiters (by the way, get room service as much as you want, it's all included!). The food: Always at least good, sometimes outstanding. We ate in the Platinum Dining room every night, and I had some incredible appetizers and entrees. Oysters Rockefeller, lobster tail, prime rib, bacon macaroni, stuffed mushrooms, lasagna bolognese...the desserts were good but not great, although my wife loved the molten chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. As far as the other locations, the buffets were OK,the burger grille was great, the 24-hour pizza station was really good, and I never made it to the burrito bar or Mongolian Wok. Room service had a decent selection of sandwiches and desserts and breakfast. Ordering a pot of coffee and having it on your balcony can't be beat! BUT at some times room service gets quite backed up, and can be slow. Like, really, really, I'm-really-not-hungry-anymore SLOW. The ports: Cozumel - I dove on my own, which was incredible. My family did the Chankanaab Beach break; the beach was great, the enforced museum visit too long and annoying (per them). Belize - we had thunderstorms! I dove on my own, so I was unaffected. It actually made for an incredible memory to surface from a dive into a raging thunderstorm, with lightning and a rocking boat. My family was scheduled to do the Land Rover/cave expedition, but it was cancelled. Roatan - BEAUTIFUL! I again dove on my own, which was one of the best experiences of my life (look up scuba Roatan Mary's Place on Youtube and you'll see what I mean), and my family enjoyed the dolphin encounter. A fun day and some great pictures. Grand Cayman - we all booked our own excursion with Stingray Sailing.com, and went out to Stingray City, which is something everyone should do at least once. Just indescribably cool to be in the warm clear, waist-deep water with those magnificent animals. Do this one on your own, not with Carnival. Less expensive, and friendly, professional family crew, and much smaller crowds! The entertainment: we liked the Punchliner comedy club. There all all-ages shows earlier, and adults-only later on. My son loved live comedy. I missed the adults-only comedians (too wiped from scuba), but my wife and mother-in-law liked it. There was a good, if slightly cheesy, magic show in the main Amber Palace one night - Justin Illusion (get it? I didn't). Rated PG for costuming, but that was mainly for some skimpy background dancers and assistants - no big deal, my son loved it, and I have to admit I couldn't figure out how they did all the tricks. We also played bingo (and won big). You could literally be seeing something all day and night, but there were only so many hours in the day! Disembarkation: again, as easy as could be. We packed the night before we arrived back in Miami, and put our suitcases in the hallway before midnight. They were collected, and waiting for us at baggage claim at the port. Customs was no big deal, and again the whole process was less than an hour! I really don't know how they do that. We stayed an extra night in Miami, in South Beach, at the Beacon Hotel on Ocean Dr. Very fun, cool hotel, beautiful beach, beautiful people. Between the sun, the bikinis, the neon, it's just full-on sensory overload. What a blast! To sum up, I've never been so sad to have a vacation end. We hated stepping off the Glory, it really started to feel like home! To think that new people were about to get on and sleep in our bed, and eat at our table, and have all that fun, was more than we could stand!! I'm already planning our next cruise, and this time I'm bringing everyone! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
During the summers of 1997 and 1998, I had the pleasure of working for Camp Carnival aboard the Sensation. I was hoping to have been placed on the Imagination my second summer so I could experience the Western Caribbean. ever since that ... Read More
During the summers of 1997 and 1998, I had the pleasure of working for Camp Carnival aboard the Sensation. I was hoping to have been placed on the Imagination my second summer so I could experience the Western Caribbean. ever since that time I always hoped I could come back to experience the western side of the Caribbean. My friend and I had been thinking about travelling to the Caribbean but we couldn't decide where so we went to a travel show and to meet our individual needs we decided that the Carnival Glory was the destination. I was excited to experience my first cruise as a passenger. On April 29th, she and I embarked the Carnival Glory. We didn't let a downpour dampen our spirits as we made our way through the pier and onto the ship. We had a nice cabin with a small window at the aft of the ship. We spent our first two days exploring the ship. All the staff were exceptional in their own way. The cruise director was funny and very informative. I loved waking up to hearing his voice. Our steward knew us by name and was always checking in when he saw us to see how our room was. There was so much to do that there was no way we could have fit everything into the week. The food was awesome no matter where we ate. We ate lunch at the red sail restaurant or in port and for dinner we looked forward to the late sitting where we met a great group of girls. Julio and his assistant waiter were great. The waiters amazed us with their dance moves and singing throughout the cruise. For breakfast we did room service, lido buffet and even a morning at the platinum dining room. While in ports we spent most of the day on carnival excursions. Cozumel was beautiful. We enjoyed zip lining and snorkeling. We had to tender into Belize and Grand Cayman. A bit disappointed with the tendering in Grand Cayman. It took way to long to get people on and off the tender. At night we would relax in our cabin and then get dressed for night time activities. We usually would stop in one of the lounges for some music before dinner. After dinner we would head to a nightly show. All were good but my two favorites had to be the Illusionist and the Rock and Roll show. After the show we would head into one of the lounges for a bit before heading off to bed. I really don't have too many complaints except that I wish I could still be on the ship. Met lots of great people and the excursions were amazing. Next time if I were to cruise i would lounge out on deck and hit the beaches and not do the excursions. I would cruise again in a heartbeat. My next goal is to take my child on a Disney cruise although they are much more expensive, so it could entice me to bring him on a Carnival cruise during the summer when there are more kids on board for him to meet at Camp Carnival. Embarkation and debarkation were easy. Transfers to and from the ship were sufficient and I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone, Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
This was my first REAL cruise. The check-in process was easy and quick. Parked off-site to save $$$. The ship was recently dry docked and looked good. The staff was friendly. Our room was ready early and bags came quick. The rooms are ... Read More
This was my first REAL cruise. The check-in process was easy and quick. Parked off-site to save $$$. The ship was recently dry docked and looked good. The staff was friendly. Our room was ready early and bags came quick. The rooms are large and clean. Well kept! Our cabin was quiet! The shows were better than expected though the male singer was eh. The Amber Palace was beautiful. The food was good and I don't see the validity in the complaints. The buffet is decent and dinner was amazing! Our wait staff (Olga, Ani, I Made) were amazing and I loved anytime dining. The bar staff was kinda rude with my being 21 so carnival should come up with a solution to that. The bar staff was mostly nice. We got the soda card and no one seemed very happy to get it. We asked the drink guy on deck and one said "go to the bar." The rest of the staff was great aside from many anti-gay remarks. Cozumel- BORING Theres the port and a small downtown but not much else. We were done early. NEXT TIME id do excursion. Costa Maya- We did the cacchuben ruins (SP) and it was great! worth the money. Otherwise theres the port with a pool and bar but NOTHING ELSE!!! Isla Roatan- GREAT!!! Absolute Favorite! Beautiful. No need for an excursion theres a great little beach outside the port but get there early and get your beach chairs! Grand Caymen- Good stop. Lots of shopping and Looks much like a carribean version of USA! 7 mile beach is nice but just take a cab or excursion its a far walk and mostly private. The seas were sometimes rough... Bring Bonine incase! Good Luck and you will love the cruise. Make it the best! and REMEMbER i give GLORY 4 STARS! Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Carnival Glory Western Carribean 2/5-2/12/2012 Overall, loved our first cruise experience!! Embarkation: Fast and smooth. We went from shuttle to on board in about 45 minutes. I had forgotten to sign my renewed passport, so I ... Read More
Carnival Glory Western Carribean 2/5-2/12/2012 Overall, loved our first cruise experience!! Embarkation: Fast and smooth. We went from shuttle to on board in about 45 minutes. I had forgotten to sign my renewed passport, so I had to do that quickly to get through security. Our stateroom (ocean view 2287): Stability: comfortably stable, did move some. I would call it a slow shudder, rather than a roll, when we had choppy seas, which we did for one evening and one full day and night. I would liken it to a slow earthquake (although as a Midwesterner I've never been in one ? ). The size of a small hotel room, there was plenty of room. Closets: 3, with a shelf at the bottom Shelves: 1 closet with floor to nearly ceiling shelves; a couple more next to the fridge; a couple under the lamps Drawers: didn't count, let's see...4 next to closet; long shallow vanity drawer under the mirror I may have forgotten a couple. We would have liked a few more hangers. Bathroom: plenty of storage. Several shelves on each side of the mirror. The only thing I would add is one in the shower. No matter how hard I tried, I always managed to get water leaked out onto the floor. View: Excellent. A balcony might have been nice, but we didn't miss it. The window outside was dirty, however, which was unpleasant. Steward: Didn't meet him until the second day, but polite and very efficient. The room was always spotless, and he responded to our postit requests to leave the towel animals and provide us with a room service menu promptly. The ship: The Glory is showing its age. While still very clean, the wood is chipped and losing some shine; the exterior is a little scummy; the rubber seals and gaskets are beginning to crumble. This in no way diminished our experience, and the crew was fastidious about cleaning daily, or more. The decor, while a little garish, is well designed and colorful. We enjoyed the sculptures, particularly in the casino, and the fun shapes of the furniture. However, we both hated the color changing ceiling of the Colors Lobby...it was something from a bad 60's acid trip. Dining: The decor was elegant. We had Any Time Dining, which we really enjoyed. We LOVED our waiter Manuel, and requested him each night. We were seated usually at a window, in a 2-top. The table was very close to the next table, maybe 12", but we could converse with the next couple or not pretty easily. Overall the service was excellent to impeccable. We observed several, shall we say, high maintenance guests over the course of the cruise, and the wait staff was patient and accommodating to a fault. The food was good, not great. The atmosphere in the main dining room was of a fine dining restaurant, and the presentation reflected it. Very elegant and well put together. The most delightful dishes we had were the Chateau Briand (truly the best thing I ate all week), lasagna, and warm fig cake. The worst was the Grand Marnier souffle...very eggy, like sweet scrambled eggs. We literally could not eat it; it was awful. The warm chocolate melting cake was good, but overrated in my opinion. The cooked portion was a bit rubbery. The ice creams were lovely, as were the fruit soups. The prime rib was very good. The lobster was very small (think langostino), but the flavor was fine. The buffet was fine. The same quality of food you might expect at a Golden Corral. The fish at fish and chips was terrible--greasy, heavy, doughy, and the fish had a strong smell and flavor. The fillets included the dark (usually discarded) portion of the meat. The fries were unremarkable, but the ceviche was good. My husband said the deli Reuben he had was good; we did not try any other specialty counters, as we were in port or the dining room most of the time. The chocolate buffet was good. Cozumel: Frankly, the port and city were a bit of a disappointment. The peddlers were pesky but tolerable. We enjoy the cheesy tourist shops, so plenty of that to do. We did the Beach Buggy and Snorkeling excursion by Carnival to Punta Sur. We highly recommend this excursion. The buggies were CUTE!!! Think Speed Buggy. The road to Punta Sur was very VERY rough; keep this in mind if you have a bad back or weak stomach. And wear your sunscreen! Juan Carlos and Arrrrrturo (with 5 R's, you had to be there) were excellent guides. The lighthouse was interesting; the crocodile lagoon, a little dull. Best of all was the beach and snorkeling. The snorkeling itself was not great, but the instruction was, and as a first timer, I really appreciated it. It was quite a swim to get to the area, and the guide moved very fast. I am in poor shape and managed it, but it was a workout for me, and much faster than I would have enjoyed. The lunch was good, but scant. One flauta and one soft chicken taco, chips, and rice, plus soda. There were massages and hammocks available, but there wasn't really time to use them. We ended the day with a drink and people watching at Fat Tuesday's. Costa Maya: This port is what it was meant to be: a substitute for another port. Nothing more. We started by taking a cab to the Tropicante in Mahahual. We plunked down in our reserved loungers under the umbrella--just inches from the water's edge--to enjoy the fantastic weather. The service was a little slow, but they were busy. Lunch was excellent and reasonable; I had the sour cream chicken enchiladas (very good but too much sauce), and hubby had the chorizo tacos. Excellent guacamole! We didn't take the time for a massage, as there were only two tables and they stayed full. The beach peddlers were a pain, but just keep telling them no. It was so hard to resist the children ? After a few dips in the ocean and a few trinkets bargained, we headed back to port. We stopped at Senor Frogs, which was sadly almost deserted. Beware the waitress with the sombrero pouring booze down your gullet. She started on me, and got three shots down me before I made her stop. She then said "That will be nine dollars". What the...??? What a racket. We enjoyed people watching at the pool, and watching the dolphins in the small enclosure. So there is shopping, and drinking, and eating...and basically nothing else to do here. Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras This is a very pretty port; Carnival has done well. A lot of walking up and down hills though. We did the Maya Key excursion...great decision. The boat ride to the island was pleasant. The animal sanctuary was very interesting, and the American expatriate guide was very informative and truly loved her job. The snorkeling, omigod the snorkeling! EXCELLENT AMAZING AWE INSPIRING BREATHTAKING coral! The fish we saw were small but colorful, but the coral made the exThe animal sanctuary was very interesting, and the American expatriate guide was very informative and truly loved her job. The snorkeling, omigod the snorkeling! EXCELLENT AMAZING AWE INSPIRING BREATHTAKING coral! The fish we saw were small but colorful, but the coral made the experience truly a highlight of the trip. The only downsides: There is no instruction (good thing I had it figured out by then). I'm sure they would have helped out if asked, but no help was offered. There were jellyfish...swarms of them. They were very small (2 or 3 inches) and transparent. But we both got stings. The stings were bothersome, but not terribly itchy or painful. Note if you book a private excursion, be prepared to walk a long way. They were situated outside the port about a half mile down the road...over a steep hill. The roadside scenery, buildings, and vendor booths were the most third world and poor looking we saw all week. Grand Cayman We arrived an hour ahead of schedule, and it showed. Neither the crew, nor the ship, nor the shops on shore were ready. And the power went out just before we walked onto the elevator. It flickered out several times more...we took the stairs. After we were on shore, we saw black smoke pour out of the stack for a few minutes, then everything seemed to be fine. This port and city were our favorite. We enjoyed the island as a whole, and really soaked up the modern, island feel. Everyone seemed to have that lackadaisical, no worries attitude...precisely what we wanted our Caribbean escape to be. We did the dolphin excursion/stingray city excursion. They were both great, well run, and oh so fun! We are considering a vacation just to Grand Cayman. Debarkation: Since we were staying the night in Fort Lauderdale before going home, we booked the South Beach excursion upon debarkation, which would drop us off at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. Because of that, we were given special luggage tags and instructions. The idea was that we would have special early debarkation, however it didn't turn out that way. We were supposed to meet in the Ebony Cabaret, but when we got there (a half hour before the forty-five minutes early that was requested), there was a sign outside the door that we needed to go to the Amber Palace...and be there in thirty minutes. So the people who showed up "on time" would have been late. So off we went to the Amber Palace, where we wrestled with the other five hundred self debarkation passengers. What a mess. We finally got off the ship and outside, where it was 48 degrees...the coldest Miami had seen all winter. And our bus wasn't there yet, so we had to wait in the cold and wind. After we got on our way, the tour was fine and uneventful. This was the worst coordination by Carnival that we saw. Cruise Critic advice I used: Foldable clothes hamper--invaluable. Pulling out suitcases to put dirty clothes under the bed would have been extremely inconvenient. Cruise Critic advice I didn't: Over the door pocket hanger--not necessary, especially for two people. 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Sail Date February 2012
My husband and I have never cruised before, but I'm turning thirty this month and we wanted to take a vacation outside of the United States. We haven't been out of the country since our honeymoon 3 1/2 years ago, and now with a ... Read More
My husband and I have never cruised before, but I'm turning thirty this month and we wanted to take a vacation outside of the United States. We haven't been out of the country since our honeymoon 3 1/2 years ago, and now with a two year old and 6 month old, wondered what we should plan. After throwing around the idea of an all-inclusive resort in the Carribean, we decided to consider a cruise. The only cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale or Miami that had an itinerary that interested me, AND offered babysitting for a six month old were Carnival and Holland America. So, we booked this cruise with Carnival, after asking numerous questions about the kids club (I AM EXTREMELY PICKY about who watches our children, and have only spent the night away from our 2 year old once in her entire life and obviously, never have been away from my six month old for over an hour!). Hotel Info: We were able to get a direct flight to Ft. Lauderdale, so even though it put us in Florida a day and a half before our cruise, it was well worth it to us not to have a layover having the two kiddos along. We stayed at the Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach (Miami), and it was beautiful. The day of our cruise, we just took a taxi to port and arrived right around noon. Embarkation: Since we weren't early at all, we were probably there at the busiest time, and it was still quick and what I expected. My two year old didn't get bored, so the whole process probably lasted right around an hour. Stateroom: We originally had booked a porthole, but then since I'm prone to motion sickness decided to upgrade to a normal oceanview (the balcony idea kind of scared me, seeing as how my two year old can open doors =) ). SUPER GLAD we got an oceanview, my two year old LOVED sitting in the window. The room fit a crib, baby formula, diapers, clothes for four people, etc.. comfortably. It had good storage space! Dining: I was very pleased with the dining options. We had anytime dining, which worked out great for us. My husband and I ordered room service for my 2 year old every night (they did have an option for her to eat dinner at kids club, but my two year old has lots of allergies, so I monitor her food very closely). She would eat while we got ready and showered, and then we would take her up to kids club so we could enjoy an adult dinner. My 6 month old would come along with us in the stroller/carseat combo, and the dining room was always VERY ACCOMODATING at finding us a table that we could easily fit the stroller at. My 6 month old usually falls asleep for the evening around 7:30, so she would just sleep through dinner while my two year old was having fun at kids club and my husband and I could enjoy each others company! The wait staff was wonderful, and they were ALWAYS so excited when we came in with our six month old. As for the buffet: Having a child with severe peanut allergies, and allergies to wheat, corn, etc.. I was very happy that there were many options my two year old could eat at the buffet with no problem. We ate there everyday (except port days) for breakfast and lunch. Carnival Kids club: So the whole reason we were on a cruise is because my husband and I wanted to have a trustworthy babysitting option on our vacation. BUT, when it came right down to it, I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to be putting either of my children in Carnival kids club or not. So I went the first night with my 2 year old and 6 month old to meet the camp counselors and see what I thought. I thought they seemed nice, and decided that for our first "at sea" day, my two year old could try it out for two hours and I would decide after that if we would use their services anymore or not. Well, I picked her up after that first two hours and she LOVED IT! Camp Carnival was all she would talk about. Plus, they give you a cellphone so they can call you if there are any problems at all. Like I said in the dining section, my two year old went to Camp Carnival (even on port days) every night from 7:00 p.m. to usually around 10:00 p.m. and one or two nights we even had her there until midnight. She would come back so excited about the princess party, painting, bunny ears, story time, etc.. she had just participated in. By our last sea day, I even felt comfortable enough to drop my 6 month old off at 8:00 in the morning so I could run on the track while my two year old and husband slept in (There were only specific hours they could take the 6 month old, usually from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and from 10:00 p.m. to 3 a.m.). Well, twenty minutes later they called the cellphone that she was crying and wouldn't calm down (which I expected, b/c she's never spent any time away from me). That was the only time I had my 6 month old in kids camp, but I would have trusted them to have her more often. Anyways, the Carnival kids camp was a HUGE PLUS for our family and a very positive experience for our 2 year old. Ports: Cozumel - We went to Paradise Beach for $2/ chair and LOVED it there. They had sunny spots, but also good shaded areas (which was great for two young children). My husband bought a wristband for $12 to do all their inflatables in the water. Beautiful pool that my two year old loved. Costa Maya - We didn't book an excursion here (we had one booked for Belize and were really disappointed about the change in ports), b/c most of the excursions weren't 6 month old friendly. We had thought about taking a cab into the fishing village, but upon seeing guards with machine guns when we got off the ship, my husband said we weren't leaving port. So we shopped, watched the dolphins, swam in the pool, and HELD A BABY TIGER for $25. Roatan - LOVED this excursion. My two year old was so excited to hold the birds and monkeys in Gumbalimba park (we booked it through Carnival). Great excursion and would recommend it to anyone! Grand Cayman - We booked the explore Grand Cayman by land and sea excursion through Carnival. We really wanted to try stingray city, but decided we would wait until our kids are older. Anyways, the Turtle farm was fantastic, and while we were there, our 2 year old also go to hold a lizard! Disembarkation: Was quick and wasy, and we stayed at The Dream hotel on South beach afterwards. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We booked a get-away cruise with three other couples -- this being our first cruise. Embarktion at Miami could not have gone any smoother. Total time from setting foot in the Port of Miami to sitting my butt in a rocking seat on the Lido ... Read More
We booked a get-away cruise with three other couples -- this being our first cruise. Embarktion at Miami could not have gone any smoother. Total time from setting foot in the Port of Miami to sitting my butt in a rocking seat on the Lido deck of Glory was no more than 45 minutes! Incredibly efficient, well-run, with no lines -- airlines could learn a thing or two here!! Once on board Glory, the staff was intent on ensuring a restful, relaxing, fun week. Drink servers were attentive to our needs and never pushy -- Thanks Darba, Pio, and Emanual! Drink prices were reasonable and the drinks were no watered down. Food was abundant throughout the ship and throughout the week. Buffets were well-stocked and positioned at various points across the ship. The Pizza Parlor served a steady, tastey variety of pizzas. Evening dinner for us was the late seating and our service staff was top notch. Food was very tastey and again plentiful. If anyone wanted more all they had to do was ask. Our room staff was also quick, efficient and professional. Our room was spic and span each and every day. My first experience and that of my wife was = positive! Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
This was our 1st cruise - and thought it would be a nice one to try cruising on - short and not expensive! Traveled with our infant son and a few family members who had cruised before. Our expectations were a little high unfortunately. ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise - and thought it would be a nice one to try cruising on - short and not expensive! Traveled with our infant son and a few family members who had cruised before. Our expectations were a little high unfortunately. Check-in was very long - one line after another. We finally got on board and were looking forward to food but were VERY DISAPPOINTED by the Burrito Bar which had no guacamole or pico de gallo! I was also sort of grossed out by the dark meat they were passing off as chicken there. No thank you. Pizza line was so long and kept running out of pizza with one person working!The buffet was fine - about what you can expect. Our cabin was clean and the crib requested was set up when we arrived. I knew from other reviews to bring my own fitted crib sheet b/c Carnival uses small, old metal cribs and flat sheets just tucked underneath the mattress. That really presents a hazard for a baby to get wrapped up in a loose sheet. I can't believe they still do that. They really need to move to 'pack and plays' instead with a fitted sheet. Only my husband met our cabin steward. He never came and introduced himself to me or to our other guests which I hear is pretty rare. The food in the Golden Dining Room was just okay but the service really was wonderful from the hostesses right through to the busboys. Everyone was so nice and remembered our names and played with our son throughout the meal. That was something I was impressed with. The only thing lacking was a Wine Menu and an offer for something to drink when you sat down. That service-person never seemed to get to everyone's table until after we had ordered our food. Other people around us said the same thing. The first 2 days of the cruise - hard to get drinks on the upper parts of the deck for some reason. Then that changed and the waiters came around much more on the last 3 days - like someone told them to! The pools were smaller than expected but the slide is lots of fun for all ages. The ship was not that easy to navigate and could not figure out if there was even one deck that went all the way around the ship. I still don't know! Deck 4 was always 'closed' for painting or for high winds... we just couldn't get out there when we wanted to. Our head waiter told us the ship will be redecorated in 2013 - it is really due. There was always an elevator not working or lights not on. The decor was really outdated. The casino was lots of fun but previous reviewer is right - too many smoking sections! Waiters were great in the casino though. Did not see any shows but watched some karaoke twice - looked like fun. Did not book excursions through Carnival. Did resortforaday.com for Jamaica - Jewel Dunn's River Resort & Spa. It was well worth the $. The public beach on Grand Cayman was fine for our purposes but the beach itself is just okay - I expected it to be nicer. It was rocky to get into and had a big step-down. There was also a ton of seaweed. I'd guess the beaches in front of hotels are probably nicer so I wouldn't recommend the public beach right now. I would book an excursion in Grand Cayman next time. Dinner at the Steakhouse was excellent. On par with most good steakhouses in NY. Disembarking was VERY disorganized. Not enough Carnival employees to keep people in line and to make sure you were getting off the ship at the right time. We had people who were supposed to exit in group 10 leaving with us in group 2. No one said a word to them. At one point, an employee told all the people coming off the elevators to cut the line (where we had been waiting for 20 mins already.) They literally said 'Just go already, just go.' I was pretty shocked at that - obviously no control over the situation! This could NOT have been the first time they let people off - they do this every week. I was really disappointed at that. The transfers to/from the airport were great. Like I said, some good, some bad. Not sure I would go Carnival again though even though I was told by others that this particular ship/cruise was much worse than they have experienced on other Carnival cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 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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