9 Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews for Holiday Cruises to Caribbean - Western

The traffic in Miami was horrible! My son dropped myself, his wife and son at terminal about 1:00 pm, went to park car and almost missed the cruise! We actually got on the ship at last minute. Very stressful! I was supposed to have cabins ... Read More
The traffic in Miami was horrible! My son dropped myself, his wife and son at terminal about 1:00 pm, went to park car and almost missed the cruise! We actually got on the ship at last minute. Very stressful! I was supposed to have cabins near each other but ended up on different decks. Wasn' t too happy about that since we had an 8 year old with us. Ship was pretty and decorated nice for the holidays. My grandson had a great time with camp Carnival. The cruise director was fantastic and the band that was on there really good. Guy Fieri's hamburgers were awesome . Can't say much about the buffet. ....not enough choices. I have never seen a buffet that didn't have macaroni & cheese, broccoli, green beans.....things that kids eat....and me too. We ate in the dining room every night which was just OK. Nothing spectacular there. I thought it was very hard to find rest rooms around the ship. We all had a good time with our shore excursions. Had to be back on the ship early in Mahogany Bay, so that was a short day! We carried our own baggage off, so disembarkation was easy. All in all, not the best cruise I've been on, but not the worst either!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our second time on the Glory. The ship has the 2.0 upgrades and we enjoyed the new bars and places to eat. Guys Burgers and fries is such a AMAZING addition to these ships. The food was wonderful and we ate there each day. Buffets ... Read More
This was our second time on the Glory. The ship has the 2.0 upgrades and we enjoyed the new bars and places to eat. Guys Burgers and fries is such a AMAZING addition to these ships. The food was wonderful and we ate there each day. Buffets were just buffets and nothing to write home about. Kids ate at the Qdoba like place and said it was ok just not Qdoba. We always love the pizza place.....Quattro pizza there is the best. This was the first time they made to order the pizzas and I was not impressed with that. The wait was TOO LONG and staff there not to friendly. However, the pizza was good. This trip let us down with both service and dining room food. Very disappointed but were able to get pizza if we needed it. Deli was delicious each time we had it . I normally love the piano bar, the new entertainer was on his second week...... He was below average. I was super disappointed with him, he wasn't too friendly and wasn't engaging. Oh we'll, plenty of other music around the ship. Loved Jess I think her name was. She played acoustic guitar and sang all over the ship. She was good and played plenty of requests. There was also a GROUP who played in the casino bar often that were very good as well. Wish I could remember their name. Not impressed with shows. Comics were funny :) Favorite place to hang was the EA Sportsbar. Be sure to visit Andrei he was awesome. They have xbox games available for the teens and young adults. Enjoyed time in the casino as always. Personally we dislike all the smoke at the casino bar........YUCK!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I'm usually not one for posting reviews. However, after this cruise I had to give our highlights. My family & I have taken numerous cruise before but this was by far the best cruise we had to date. The main reason....The ... Read More
I'm usually not one for posting reviews. However, after this cruise I had to give our highlights. My family & I have taken numerous cruise before but this was by far the best cruise we had to date. The main reason....The Entertainment staff under the Cruise Director, Eversen Bevelle aka Dr. E. This entertainment team was by far the best we have experienced on Carnival. I wish I could take Dr. E and his entertainment team on every cruise we take with Carnival. We stayed at Marriott hotel the night before which was approximately 20 minutes from the port. We used Premier Parking USA which offered a free shuttle to the port. The location for parking was great but the staff at the parking lot weren't very organized. I'm not sure if I would use them again, We left out of the Port of Miami on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise December 2014. It was a smooth embarkation and the port itself was very modern and nice. The ship was nicely decorated with Christmas ornaments and the tree in the lobby was amazing. Carnival really put on a lot of nice Christmas activities so you didn't feel like you missed out on the holiday spirit. Each day there were fun activities to do. Dr E kept you laughing, dancing and really excited about everything happen around the ship. My family and I aren't usually one for the shows, but we did get involved this cruise. The Motown review, Hasbro Game Show and Welcome Abroad show and Name that Tune were our absolute favorite. The White Heat was great. DJ Devine played good music each and every night for each age group. The Dive In Movies were also a big hit with our children because they showed movies for each age range. Our only complaint would be the activities available in the Camp Carnival program. Our son is in the Circle C (12-14) age range. He wish they had more opportunities to play the game with each other. Most of the activities in this age group were after leaving the ports (4pm). However, during sea days they had a variety of activities all day. They still weren't very exciting to our child in particular. Carnival Glory had good cuisine and variety in the dining room and on the Lido Deck. Our favorites were Guy Fieri's burgers, the Blue Cantina, Pizza and Fish and Chips. Fish and Chips is actually a hidden gem many people miss. It is located above the Home Kitchen eatery. Take the staircase in the middle near the Sweet Spot. It's only open during lunch hours. Our favorite bar for drinks was the Red Frog Rum Bar. It also seemed to be the favorite for most of the cruise passengers. The pool area in the back of level 9 (near the pizza and deli) is adults only and we didn't get a chance to use it. If you are looking for a quiet area you will probably enjoy it. You could not hear any of the music from the Lido deck activities which was a tad boring for my husband and I. We like the liveliness of being in the middle of the action. There is a bar back there as well so you don't have to miss out on drinks. Elegant nights were very laid back for the most part. We found that the picture backgrounds were better on casual nights. Most people on this particular cruise dressed up for Christmas and not for the first elegant night. The wait for Your Time Dining was very short when we went between 7:30-8:30pm. All in all this was a very exciting cruise. More details about the ports is listed below.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
For more than 12 years, my husband and I would travel to Las Vegas to spend the holidays. This year, another couple suggested we go on a holiday cruise with them. This was their first cruise, our fifth (3 with Princess, 2, including this ... Read More
For more than 12 years, my husband and I would travel to Las Vegas to spend the holidays. This year, another couple suggested we go on a holiday cruise with them. This was their first cruise, our fifth (3 with Princess, 2, including this one, with Carnival). I would have loved to go with Princess, but budget constraints and the fact they jack up the holiday cruise prices landed us on the Glory Dec. 22-29. First and foremost, I always say a cruise is what you make of it. We had good friends and mostly good times (I have already regressed into the deep corners of my mind the ugly times) on this cruise, hence we will have warm memories of Christmas 2013. Here's some specifics: Embarkation: Embarkation went extremely smoothly with the whole process taking about 1/2 hour, if that. Our only issue was parking -- most of the lots were full, but we lucked out and found a spot on the top floor of the D Garage. We arrived on board at about noon, and were told we couldn't go to our cabins until after 1:30. We headed up to the Lido Deck where I tried Guy's burger joint. The best thing was the bar of fixings -- everything you would want on top of your burger! The staff at the burger stand were beyond friendly and were having a great time -- and were very funny! A good start. After a quick look around the Red Sail buffet area, it was already time to go to the cabins. The Cabin: Three days prior to sailing, Carnival called and offered us an upgrade from a balcony cabin to a grand suite for an extra $800 (total for two people). While I felt a bit bad that our friends had not been offered this, we decided to take it, thinking it would be very nice to make our room the "get together spot." As I walked into the Grand Suite, I knew this was going to be a most comfy home for the next seven days. A huge seating area with a wrap-around couch, a bar area, a nice big bed and the very long balcony greeted us. The best, the absolute best, part of the suite was the dressing area and bathroom. Double vanity, jetted tub/shower combo, toilet and bidet in a space quite large enough for at least two people to get ready at the same time. And closets -- they were everywhere! Our cabin steward, JB Joey, was also the absolute best -- we wanted for nothing when it came to our cabin for a week. Thank you JB Joey! Meals: Some good, some bad, some ugly. For the most part, we certainly didn't grow hungry. Carnival was testing out its new American Menu in the dining room. Not quite so sure it will be a hit. Limited choices on most nights. I think this new menu wreaked havoc on service, however. SLOWEST service ever. We never waited in line for seating (we had any time dining), but once seated, it could take 15 minutes up to a 1/2 hour before we ordered -- and that was the fast part of the meal. Most dinners lasted way beyond 2 hours, and not because we were taking OUR time. The buffet is, well, a buffet. Hit and miss, but I always found something. The most frustrating part was the line -- slow and long -- and it didn't help that once you got up to the food, someone was always cutting in front of you. I would stare at them and turn back and see the line behind me and wonder if they knew how rude they were behaving. Nope. No sign of recognition or caring. People. Got to love them. Our group of four found a haven from the mass crowd at breakfast by heading to the far back of the ship, just beyond the two adult jacuzzis. Few folks would venture this far back and we were treated to solitude along with a picture perfect view of the ocean. If you want to get away from people, there are ways of finding spaces. Ports First port was Cozumel. We splurged and went with the La Casa en La Playa select retreat. This is a secluded beach house and only a total of 32 folks were allowed to sign up. The staff attended to our every need, including a chef that prepared an awesome lunch. I cannot recommend this excursion ENOUGH. The best excursion I've ever been on...ever. It's a bit pricey at about $130/pp, but worth it and then some. The beach, facilities, everything was right on. And the water, well, the water was perfect. With the highlight coming at the very first port, the other ports save for the last one were let downs, to say the least. Next up was Costa Maya. We signed up for the Jungle Beach Break. WARNING -- please, please do not do this. Water was far from "crystal clear" as advertised. It was cloudy, disgusting and filled with garbage. Yes, garbage. From plastic utensils to a razor (!!!!), this was the dirtiest, filthiest place both inside and outside the water. All week, the Carnival Legend out of Tampa was shadowing us. We jumped on their bus for the port just to get the hell out of there sooner. Terrible. The next stop, Roatan, wasn't a huge improvement I'm sad to say. We booked a snorkeling trip (Barefoot Catamaran) while our friends opted for a day at the beach next to the port. First, the crew for our trip was late and confused. We finally got to the catamaran when I noticed one of the crew coming on board with a container of gas. Hmmm. We actually sailed to the spot (most of the time the sails are for show only), which I thought was pretty cool. Until they stopped and said here we are. I looked toward the shore and there was an small industrial port. I thought to myself, "Certainly we're not going to snorkel here?" Uh, yes. For the second day in a row, I was swimming in garbage. Roatan has the second largest reef system after the Great Barrier Reef (which I've snorkeled), so I was excited to snorkel here. That excitement waned significantly, all the way down to utter and complete disappointment. We got in the water to find NO REEF. Are you actually kidding me? The worst snorkel experience of my life. I felt bad for those fellow passengers on their first snorkeling adventure thinking this was snorkeling. Something tells me this wasn't their normal spot? Remember that container of gas? Wonder if they didn't cut the cruise short and just dumped us into the water at the first stop just out of site of the cruise port. Hmmm. Oh, and the women's restroom broke about 10 minutes into the trip. Now, as I said at the top. Cruising is what you make of it. I manage to find fun and happiness on just about every trip I take. After these last two days, I was working hard really hard on my smile. I went to the shore excursions desk that night and told the person behind the desk that I rarely complain, truly, but had to tell him about the last two excursions because they were not up to the lowest of standards and that Carnival should evaluate carefully its connection with these two companies. The person behind the desk was awesome and every time I tried to get away as I said my peace calmly and as accurately as possible, he would stop me and want to hear MORE. In the end, we received a $40 credit for the catamaran excursion; nothing for the jungle (hell) beach break. You win some, you lose some. Moral of the story: make sure to do research online and remember, you always get what you pay for and cheaper is certainly not always better. However, with that being said, we went the real cheap route for the last port, Grand Cayman. We jumped into a taxi bus, and for $5/pp, we were dropped off at a nice spot on 7-mile beach. we walked about 10 minutes down the beach and found a spot where the four of us were completely alone. It was the best beach day....ever! Sun out, water crystal clear, no crowd. Heaven. We would lay in the shade, wander to the sun and sand, get hot, run into the ocean, and start the whole process over again. It was just a wonderful day -- and one that just about made up for the last two ports! It was also the very best way to spend our last day in port. We then jumped back into a taxi bus, and went back into town for $2.50/pp. After some shopping, we boarded Glory for one last sea day, then on to Miami. Overall impressions The Glory is a nice ship. The adult only Serenity area was a nice place to go after heading back from a day off the ship -- but it was always crowded and not very serene. I play the slots. A lot. And spent most of my leisure time on board in the casino. Casino staff members were excellent. Slots paid just enough to let me play within my budget all week. Can't ask for anything more. Matter of fact, the crew throughout the entire cruise were friendly and, for the most part, helpful. I did get a massage at the spa. One thing I'll never, ever understand is why the designers insist on putting the basketball/activity center a deck above the spa??? All I heard throughout my relaxing massage was "boom, boom, boom." Ugh. Carnival markets itself correctly. You're not going to get the luxury cruising experience on Carnival. As long as you know that, you're good to go. Remember, cruising is all about what YOU make of it. Cruise happy.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We decided to take the family on a last minute cruise over Thanksgiving, and I had narrowed my choices to NCL Epic and Glory. Given that we were taking four of my children, the Epic (while slightly cheaper) would cost us more due to ... Read More
We decided to take the family on a last minute cruise over Thanksgiving, and I had narrowed my choices to NCL Epic and Glory. Given that we were taking four of my children, the Epic (while slightly cheaper) would cost us more due to specialty restaurants (which I look forward to trying sometime in the future with NCL). Plus I was eager to experience the Funship 2.0 upgrades for the first time….so I broke my own rule of not sailing the same ship. I considered Glory having Funship 2.0 a quasi new ship anyway. Embarkation: Miami….ughhhh. Really missed Ft. Lauderdale after our experience in Miami this sailing. I choose Safe Parking to leave the car, and arrived at 10:15am so we could hopefully be at the port/waiting to board at 10:45am. Shuttle arrives at 10:30am…all good…except driver is dropping off passengers and won’t take newcomers. Ok…why? So we (and others) wait and wait. Finally the same shuttle bus shows up and drops off passengers…and again will NOT take on new customers. Tensions rise now that everyone has been waiting for 30-45+ minutes. Then a 15 passenger van shows up…and is asking who is sailing Carnival. Since we have been waiting the longest---we grab him. The fill the van – and we leave a lot of other folks sailing on different lines. It was exactly 1 hour after we arrived in the parking lot. Fortunately Miami terminal was moving quickly and we were onboard eating Guy Burgers around 12pm. We loved Guy burgers and their French fries. The Glory: We had sailed her before a few summers back for a quick Canada trip. This is our first cruise with the kids without extended family…and my son’s first (two of my girls were so young on our first cruise with RCCL that they don’t remember it at all). Ship was clean, the food was average to good in the MDR. We had a fabulous wait staff – got lucky to find them on the first night of anytime dining – Yudi/Hendro from Indonesia. They really made our week enjoyable and had a great time with our kids. Went way above the normal to satisfy us and take care of the kids – lots of fun dancing with them and joking around. I wish the Glory had changed their menus during our cruise…but we were a week early. Food was good – nothing spectacular. For breakfast I enjoyed the Blue Iguana burritos a few times….and we did enjoy the sea day brunch for the first time. This time they made it easier to redeem your free drink….it was awful during our last Carnival cruise (took an hour the last sea day!). We did not do the Emerald steakhouse this cruise….or the Taste Bar. We only made it to one new 2.0 show – Divas. It was good – I was expecting a lot worse based on the last few years of 2.0 rollouts. We saw the family friendly comedian twice – he was good. They had a magician who went through the MDR and had a late night show in one of the lounges….Chris – he was GREAT! The sea days were very windy and cloudy. We were able to find chairs no problem. MUTS were Iron Man 2/3, Bourne Legacy, and Monday Night football….maybe another movie or 2. We had sun in Cozumel and Grand Cayman, we missed Belize due to high winds and Roatan was rainy all day. Past guest party decent – the drinks were dished out and strong – did get a few Twilight Zone’s brought to us in lieu of what was on the server trays. Cruise Director was good and funny…the staff seemed to be having fun and were enjoyable. Ports: Cozumel – did taxi ride to Playa Palancar again. We were the first one’s there. There were 6 ships in Cozumel that day, and pretty soon even Palancar beach was getting crowded. I have never seen so many snorkel boats at Palancar/Columbia reef…there must have been 40 at one time. My kids have never been snorkeling, so we grabbed the local snorkel boat and went out around 1pm, when most of the ship excursions had left to return to their ships. Great sunny day – and while the reefs are relatively deep (25 to 45 feet), we could see and enjoy everything. Great food at Palancar too. Roatan – since we missed Belize due to high winds (it was crazy watching NCL trying to tender – we saw one successful tender launch and those folks on the top deck got splashed by the waves/wind. We tried to anchor at least twice but threw in the towel. We had a nice private snorkeling/island tour Goff Caye booked, hated we missed it. Since the weather forecast a week out showed rain and more rain, I held off an early booking with SouthShore zip lining….because I wanted to do a combo package with the beach. We docked and it was a steady rain. We took our time and when it became a light drizzle we got off the ship and we made our way through the gates/outside Mahagony Bay. We found a SouthShore rep and they got us a driver to take us to the zipline. This was our first time and it was a great experience. Grand Cayman – two of my girls are horse girls, so they and my wife did a great private excursion with Coral Stone Stables. This was a beach/swim with the horses – and they LOVED it. The photos are crazy – in how deep they were and how far out they were from the beach with the horses. My other daughter dragged me and my son to Stingray City – with Stingway Sailing (Chip was our captain). Grand Cayman had 4 ships – and it was a major zoo at the terminal. It took us some time to hook up with Stingway Sailing. Due to waves/winds, the ship’s canceled the same excursion tours. Chip said he was out there at 7am and while the waves were high, he thought it was ok based on his experience. We all decided to go for it and we were glad we did. We were the only boat out there for awhile. I kinda freaked out when the stingrays were crawling all over me – but it was a great experience. Such beautiful water! The barrier reef was too wavy – so he took us to another snorkel spot – and it was actually pretty good – nice color and very nice fish. Plus we had a dolphin visit us and we were snorkeling with it for 5 minutes…pretty cool. Debarkation: Miami – uuuggghhh again. We had luggage tag 29 since we drove (someone else in the hallway mentioned they had number 34). It was 10:15am and our number had not been called yet! Usually they are kicking us off the ship at 9:30am. We decided to go ahead and head down. The terminal was very busy—and it did not take us too long to get our luggage off the conveyor belt. However, the 5 or 6 lines to go through passport control were LONG. It was 1 hour from leaving the ship to being outside waiting for our Safe Cruise parking shuttle. How I miss Fort Lauderdale after that experience. Luckily the Safe Cruise Parking driver found us in the masses and we were promptly delivered to our car. In the future, if just my wife and I and we drove, we would make sure we each had a carry-on and would do self-assist so we could be in our car on the road back to NC at a more reasonable time.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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
First of all some info about us: Family of 4 (adults are 41 and 39 and kids are 11 and 9). This was our 3rd cruise (1st with the kids). We have done the Eastern Carib on the Carnival Destiny (in 2000) and a Southern Carib on the Carnival ... Read More
First of all some info about us: Family of 4 (adults are 41 and 39 and kids are 11 and 9). This was our 3rd cruise (1st with the kids). We have done the Eastern Carib on the Carnival Destiny (in 2000) and a Southern Carib on the Carnival Triumph (in 2005). On this cruise we brought my Mom and dad (65 and 60) and my sister and husband (36/35). Drove from London to Toronto on Dec 25th - no traffic and roads were perfect. Flew from Toronto to Miami and staying at the Miami Airport Marriott. this hotel was amazing. we got it for $139 that included a $50 room credit for their restaurant. the rooms were very nice and clean. this play looks like they did a full Reno cause everything looked new. the Gym had great equipment if your into that (which our family is). the restaurant food was amazing and our $50 credit paid for everything that night. the wings were one of the best I've had. they also had a massive platter for $34.95 that our family of 4 could not finish (onion ring stack, cheesy fries, wings, and a few other things). we definitely needed a gym after that feast. in the morning they had a buffet that cost adults $9 each and kids were free. This hotel also provided a free shuttle to/from the airport. as for a shuttle to/from the ship, there is a $11/person/one way charge. a taxi will bring a cab full for $24 one way. we had a party of 8 so we took the shuttle. if it was only 4 of us we would have taken the taxi. got to the port in 15 min's, and the porters were there to take your parties checked bags (and they expect a tip). once you drop your checked bags off you go into the carnival building and thru the first line which is security. then to the next line which gets you into the self-checkin machines that you will need your passports and credit card for. this prints out a ticket and you bring this to the next counter for your cards. then up the stairs for a picture and entrance onto the ship. this whole process took about 45 minutes so considering the amount of people i thought this was smooth. since your cabins would not be ready until 3:30 ish, it was time to explore the ship and go for lunch on the lido deck. I asked and this cruise was FULL (which meant 3000 passengers and about 1700 crew). 5 pm was launch and everyone partied on the deck waiving goodbye. Diner was in the Platinum room (you get either golden or platinum rooms, no difference but the golden room was infront of the platinum so if you didnt know how to get to the platinum room, just walk thru the golden room). day 1 = leave miami. was kinda windy because miami had a cold front that past week so you needed to be in the sun to stay warm. we played basketball, volleyball, mini-putted, went to the gym and continued to explore the ship. Day 2 = day at sea, same as above..we used the ships facilities Day 3 = Cozumel. partly cloudy so when the sun was out it was warm. we went to a place called "Paradise Beach". it was a $14 cab ride each way and took about 15 min to get there. adults paid 2 for a lawn chair and the kids were $10 each to use the facilities. they had floating trampolines, floating rock climbing that slides into the water, ice bergs, kayaks, snorkeling and a freshwater pool if you didnt want to be on the beach. the sand was white and soft. this place just got built so everything was new (there were still adding the final touches when we were there. i read a few reviews that got us to go there and we were very happy we did. its on the Internet so go and look at all the pictures. day 4 = Belize. in my opinion belize was our least favourite stop. first you needed to be "boated" into the port since they didnt not have an official dock (which took about 45 minutes to get thru the line and onto the island). there they recommended that you didnt leave the compound unless were on a booked tour. i guess crime is high in belize. there was tons of shops but they seem to have the same stuff in every shop. if your looking for fake Gucci bags, this was the stop. they were very good fakes (all lines inside) and they were going for $35-40. on the way back, a lady had the same bag and we compared it to hers and other then hers having the serial number, they were identical. if we ever didn't another cruise that stopped in belize, i would stay on-board and enjoy the empty ship. Day 5 - Roatan. we wanted to bring the kids ziplining so we booked the trip online at home with "Clip n zip". it costs $40/person know matter what the age. there are about 5 different ziplining companies that have their own courses but this one was right off the dock (2 minute walk across the st). this one we found on the Internet via face book which showed visitors filming themselves. i actually email led the owner for info (via their website) and he came out and greeted me remembering that i emailed him from Canada. they had all ages (60's to 7 years old). they had 11 runs that were included and it took approx 45 minutes to complete. i highly recommend this. go to clipnzip.com to view. after this we went to the private beach only for cruise lines. there was 2 cruises docked so it got a little busy so if you wanted to use the beach, go first thing to get your best spot. this beach was 3 minutes away and you can see it from the ship/dock. white sand all over. my daughter actually got sting by a jelly fish. the people said that last week there were storms that must have blew in some jelly fish. they claim that normally there wasn't any. Day 6 = Grand cayman. This was our favourite stop and we would go back for a week. if you go to grand cayman, this is one of the only spots that you can swim/hold/kiss a stingray. my brother in law told us about this and we had to do it with the kids. again we booked online with "Captain Marvin's stingray city tour" and everything went as stated. it was $35/adult and 27.50/child. now that i did it i would pay allot more for the experience. grand cayman was another port that you had to take a water taxi into. once in there was a compound with shops and right outside the compound was a main street. you didn't have to worry about crime since there is alto of money already in cayman. right across the street and to the left was the captain marvin's store. we checked in and an air conditioned bus came. it took about 20 min to get to captain marvin's boats. i guess captain Marvin was the first to start the tour many many years ago and retired selling it to a company. he was still there sitting by the dock and i shook his hand. he must have been in his 80's. on board there was approx 20 of us and they provided punch/water to drink. the boat ride took about 15-20 to get out to the bay where the stingray swam. i assumed that these stingray were in captivity but this was not the case. they swam free in the huge bay. they told me that stingray prefer the shallow water and did not like going into the ocean. there was about 6 other tour ships anchored around this one spot, approx 3-4 ft deep. all white sand. from the boat all you saw was these black shadows swimming around (approx 50-100 of them). the guide took the group in to a spot and they all swam around us. they are so used to human contact that the guide held one and let each family take their turn touching, holding and even kissing. they had their own photographer but we bought a underwater camera. even my 11 year old son held one. the top of them are gooey and the bottom is very soft like a dolphin. they have no teeth so they suck in their food. we were all given a piece of squid and they ate it right out of our hands. if you do go with their photographer they ask $25 /photo but we negotiated for all of pictures on a disk for $25 (which we had about 10 pics. since we had taken basically the same pics using our camera, we told him $15 when we were about the dock and he said OK. i think he pocketed the money...lol all in all, the best experience ever! we took the taxi boat from the dock to the ship and got ready for new years. what a blast having 3000 people partying on the lido deck with the new york count down on the trinitron. the ship has a jumbo trinitrom that showed movies every night if you wanted. Day 7, day at sea last day to use the boats facilities and pack up. debarkation went smooth considering 3000 people. Food on the ship: the food was great, a little bit of everything. breakfast you could formally site down in the dinning room or you could go to the buffets. we always went to the buffets so that everyone got what they wanted. food was hot and fresh. you could eat indoors or out on the patios. lunches you could try several shops like: burrito bar (loved it), deli (loved it), fish bar,hard to find but worth it (favourite), stir fry station (loved it), 24 hour pizza (loved it) and the standard burgers, fries, nuggets, hot dogs were avail as well. dinners, their menu changed every night and and they also kept some classics that was on the menu every night. i found everything tasty and here are my favourites: ribs, lobster, Salmon, prime rib, fillet minion and the best was the desert called warm melting cake. out of this world! our cabin was 6265 and we had the 4 beds. a little small but your not in your rooms that often. there was a small hairdryer. they provided shampoo and body wash but NO conditioner. this was removed a few year ago and they don't even stock it. the first day they leave a 1.5L water bottle in your room which everyone thought was complementary but we found out that it was $4 after wards. i recommend bringing some water bottles to refill in the buffet. the casino was fun every night and the show were great. the illusionist was the best, the comedians were great and the dancing /singing were great. the only show i didn't like was when they pulled up people form the audience one night to perform...cheesy. so to sum it up, our 3rd and best cruise to date. if you have any questions email me at steve.cauduro@sympatico.ca Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
We have cruised on RCI and Princess and had some reservations about Carnival in the area of being a party cruise line for teens, somewhat dated ship design, overcrowding and cheap. We booked a suite to make the best of the choice however, ... Read More
We have cruised on RCI and Princess and had some reservations about Carnival in the area of being a party cruise line for teens, somewhat dated ship design, overcrowding and cheap. We booked a suite to make the best of the choice however, managed to stay within budget. Do not pass up a suite as they are gorgeous and the decor and quality of materials are perfect. VIP means very little except you can go to the the VIP lounge to check in. We were late so there was no line up anyhow and while the VIP area was nice it added little real value for us. I assumed we would have VIP on our sea pass but Perks are reserved for Gold and Platinum Cruisers, mainly Floridians who can hop on a cruise for a pittance. Here we go: Ship: excellent the decor is quite different with a lot of optical enhancements but we really liked it compared to the more subdued decor of other cruise lines.Layout is good and since we were on deck 7 Empress it was 2 decks up or 2 down for most activities. Elevators are fantastic as we don't remember ever getting an elevator on the Crown Princess. Food:Not as much variety in the Red Sail. But really how much do you need. Oriental was terrific and Deli options looked great but we did not try it. Fish and Chips Aft upper level of Red Sail is a hidden Gem for this old staple an a few variations. Golden Dining room is really nice we were right by the Stairs on Lover level so were close to all the waiters show times. If you are lucky enough to get Anthony a terrific guy from India you will enjoy the dining experience. Food was just warm and I give it a pass due to the number of plates they have to serve otherwise it would be unacceptable and would go back. For the most part I found the food quite bland and meats always seemed very rare. Cabin: Suite is large and twin sinks are cool but have less value than you think in a small bathroom. Whirlpool tub was fantastic and fittings were in like new condition(I have to assume these are not the originals but cannot see any mention of internal refurbishment)? Lighting options are a great for different moods. Balcony is wider but I thought quite short but enough room for 2 chairs and small table and a lounger. Entertainment:Great shows and singers were fantastic. Pool activities seemed a little lacking and the team did not have as much enthusiasm as were are used to. Ryan the director does not get as involved in the activities and seems to focus on asking guests to reinforce they are having a good time! Ports: Little to add other than they can be whatever you want but Roatan was a big disappointment with the new facility offering little of interest so we booked a beach trip that was terrific. Would recommend it but be careful going to other than Carnival as place is quite scary So in summary Glory was better than we expected but food needs to be upgraded. Staff are fantastic and there was always someone to clear tables that to us after Princess seemed a real treat. Waiters, Cabin Steward (Max) are friendly and unobtrusive as are the dining room Staff. Subjectively: Carnival 8/10, RCI 7.5/10 and Princess 6/10 Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
I began planning this cruise while my husband was deployed so I had plenty of time to read just about every review of the ship as well as each port we visited. I have to say that I believe that this was the main reason we had such a ... Read More
I began planning this cruise while my husband was deployed so I had plenty of time to read just about every review of the ship as well as each port we visited. I have to say that I believe that this was the main reason we had such a wonderful time. We drove in the night before and arrived at 11am at the port. From the time we got out of the shuttle to sipping our first drink was 30 minutes. Smooth and easy. All of the employees we encountered were helpful and smiling. We got to our room around 1:45 and was very happy to see that our deck was huge and the room was exactly as promised. If you can get the 9A do it. It's worth the money and it's quiet. The dining room was wonderful. Food was varied and good. Service was amazing and we were greeted every night by every server by name. We had two elegant nights in addition to New Years and most of the people I encountered were dressed in very nice gowns and suits and tuxes. We did eat at the Supper Club one evening and I can assure you that it is worth the $30 per person. The food was amazing and the service top. The shows were fun and entertaining. One evening the comedian didn't show up because of schedule mishap, but other than that we had a good time. The Legends show on the last night was hilarious. The gentleman who sang Frank Sinatra was as good (if not better) than many professionals out now. We won at the casino (only $300) and enjoyed it very much. I saw security move several patrons who were smoking in the non-smoking section of the casino and bar area right next to it. One end of the bar was smoking and the other non. I didn't have any issues with smoking like others have reported. I never saw people smoking on the port side of lido deck and my husband and I spent a lot of time out there. Deck chairs were hard to come by if you showed up after 10am, but I asked one of the men working at the towel stand and within 15 minutes he brought out 10 more. The New Years deck party was the highlight. I would estimate between 2500-2800 people on the Lido and upstairs dancing and partying. It was fun and loud. The horn blew at midnight and you could hear the other ships at sea blowing theirs as well. We didn't get to bed till the sun was coming up. The only negative was the long lines getting off the ship in Belize. Weather was slowing down the tendering for excursions and people decided that this (the weather) was Carnivals fault. I have never in my life heard such language coming out of the mouths of adults with children present. I would be ashamed to speak like that with a group of sailors and marines. Overall the cruise was a hit. I would do it again in a minute and that makes it 2 for 2 for Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2008
Carnival Glory Ratings
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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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