Sail Date: November 2012
Flew into Miami day of the cruise and took the SAS shuttle to the port.Getting on board was quick and easy because we filled out all the immigration forms on the net prior to the cruise. Immediately went to Longboards for fish and chips ... Read More
Flew into Miami day of the cruise and took the SAS shuttle to the port.Getting on board was quick and easy because we filled out all the immigration forms on the net prior to the cruise. Immediately went to Longboards for fish and chips and Bouillabaisse all were very good. Took the spa tour and hubby got a free facial and I got a free hairdo,it was great. Everyone we met on board from staff to other cruisers were so friendly you couldn't help but have a good time. Ports of call were Nassau and Freeport.Beach in Nassau at the Hilton were nice,Freeport was a straw market not much else,beach was ok. We did the Latin dance party the first night and the white hot disco the second both were a lot of fun with lots of people having a good time. Did the steakhouse food is as good as previous reviewers have mentioned but what really surprised me was Guy's burgers.I am not a big burger fan but these were to die for so I had them on a daily basis. The balcony room was great will never sail without a balcony.It had a fridge decent size bath room and queen size bed,very nice. We were in room 6273 close to elevators that take you down to level 0 to disembark for shore excursions or to level 3 to go thru custom so the cabin to me was in a good location. The room had a queen bed slightly firmer than my liking but comfy. The balcony was small with 2 chairs and a small table which was great for morning coffee or breakfast.We left the door open at night to hear the ocean it was great. Bathroom was of decent size with the typical amenities of toothpaste,a razor and a couple of packets of shampoo.On the shower wall typical Carnival shower and shampoo dispensers. Bathroom did have adequate shelf spacing so all of my toiletries from home were out and within reach. Decent closet and under bed space for storing suite cases after we unpacked. Mini fridge was great for keeping drinks cool but you have to ask your cabin steward to unlock it and take out the mini bar items inside. Getting off the boat again quick and easy as we took our own luggage off and we were off the boat in 15 min with SAS transportation at the port ready to take us back to FLL airport. Already planning my next cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
This was my first cruise and I plan on calling my travel agent to book this cruise again and this time bring friends and family. The ship is beautiful, clean, enormous and fun. The ambassador of fun Big Sexy along with his sidekick are ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I plan on calling my travel agent to book this cruise again and this time bring friends and family. The ship is beautiful, clean, enormous and fun. The ambassador of fun Big Sexy along with his sidekick are fun, warm and work hard to guarantee you have a wonderful experience. The ship is clean. My stateroom was wonderful. I had a window view. The room was quiet and cozy. The location of my stateroom gave me and my husband easy access to the elevators. There should have been a better selection of food at the buffet. I preferred eating in the restaurants. The lines for the food at the buffet could get long and by the time your got there some of the dishes were cold. Use the dinning rooms your food will be hot and you are served by a wonderful staff. The entertainment was wonderful there was something to do all day and well into the night. Here is some advice I can give first time cruisers. It is important to pace yourself. Do not try to do everything. Use your fun ship news letter to map out your day. Try to make it to the shows they are wonderful. Be careful with drinks they add up. Make sure you have comfortable shoes to wear while exploring the ship. This ship is a small city and if you have on uncomfortable shoes you will not be getting to far. Be prepared to take tons of pictures. They have photographers all over the place taking pictures. I advice you to take as many pictures as possible so that you will have a large collections to choice from when you go t purchase your photos. I really enjoyed my cruise. I wish I knew how wonderful it could be, I would have been cruising sooner. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
BACKGROUND: We drove to Norfolk, VA from upstate New York State to spend some time in Norfolk before the cruise. After calculating gas prices, airline rates, and hotel rates etc, it seemed we could drive down and spend 5 nights in motels ... Read More
BACKGROUND: We drove to Norfolk, VA from upstate New York State to spend some time in Norfolk before the cruise. After calculating gas prices, airline rates, and hotel rates etc, it seemed we could drive down and spend 5 nights in motels at a slightly lower cost than taking a plane and renting a car. The scheduled itinerary was 2 sea days, Half Moon Cay, Freeport and then 1 sea day. Intro: We're always on the lookout for the best deal so we booked an aft balcony cabin a deck below Lido (and the casual buffet eateries). That way we're close to the food but always use the stairs so we do get some exercise. Normally that works out well BUT on this cruise, our cabin was right below the pizzeria where they have a 24 hour a day contest called "Let's move as many tables and deck chairs as possible and tick off the cabin dwellers below". OMG- scrrrrrrrrrapes and squeeeeeeeeeals all hours of the day & night. If you consume alcohol continuously 24/7 or can remove your hearing aid, it's not bad but for normal people its gets very grating on the nerves. Next time I'll look at the deck plan a bit closer before I make a final decision for a cabin - LOL {*_*}. ARRIVAL: We parked at the Cedar Grove site (run by the Port Authority). The cost was $15 (cash or credit card) per day BUT that includes the shuttle to AND from the ship. Considering transfers or a taxi would be probably $5-$15 anyway, that comes out to $10-$12 a day. To me that was a good deal and it was a smooth easy process. We arrived at the pier a bit after noon and the process seemed mostly orderly. NOTE: make sure you have all your paperwork ready (ID, boarding passes etc) to make things easier. You can fill out your CDC health form while in line so have a pen ready. We were on the Lido deck ready to eat by 1:45 (after dropping off our carry on bags in the cabin). By 4:00 our "big" bags were delivered. Relatively smooth - in my opinion. THE CABIN: We were on Verandah deck aft (one deck below Lido) with a regular balcony. The room had a Queen bed and a convertible sofa. Because of the sofa, the closets are perpendicular to the cabin door and if you weren't careful, you could clobber the open closet door with the cabin door or the bathroom door. Took a little getting used to but it was OK. Plenty of storage space was nice. Bed was comfortable and I brought my own pillow so I was sleeping well. The TV is a flat panel but not a huge one - we were able to watch ABC, NBC, and CBS along with some cable and paid movie channels so there were enough choices. Bathroom was adequate as was the shower so no complaints there. Since this was the Verandah deck, there were no people above us to look down. Except for the Pizzeria area chair/table moving above us, there was hardly any noisy foot traffic down the corridor. A few cabins had really young children but luckily there were few crying episodes. THE FOOD: We had late dining 1st floor and only went to the dining room for the one formal night. Our waiter (Ms. Dilyana ) was very good and there was enough time to make the meal feel enjoyable and not rushed. The offerings were many and we especially enjoyed the lobster tails and prawns on that formal night. The Lido offered most of the same food as the Dining Room so you can eat according to your own schedule. OTHER EATERIES: The sandwiches from the Deli were very good - it was open quite a few hours during the day but be sure to check the schedule before you work up your appetite. The Wokery section was a great alternative as were the Burrito, Pizza, Fish + Chips and Grill areas - just be sure to find out when these are open since it might be just 2-3 hours a day. We dined at the specialty Steakhouse restaurant (Emerald Room) for an extra $60 (plus drinks) and I enjoyed the surf + turf while the wife was under impressed with the lobster ravioli. We never used room service so I can't comment on it. There are so-o-o-o many places to eat and so much to eat that it would be hard to go hungry unless you're very picky. PORTS OF CALL/SHORE EXCURSIONS: Freeport - Nautical Catamaran Sail and Snorkel. It was a 48' catamaran but not overcrowded. We sailed out to "Treasure Reef" - a snorkel spot that was good for novices but passable for more advanced snorkelers. On the trip back to port you could buy beer and soda while water and lemonade were complimentary. It was enjoyable but the crew could have been more helpful in giving snorkeling instructions beforehand and assisting snorkelers out of the water & back on board when snorkeling was over. Rating = 3.5 out of 5. Half Moon Cay: - We planned no excursion or activity. This is a beautiful island that is also used by Holland American Lines. Carnival now sends many of its cruises here and it's easy to see why. Prior to departure for Half Moon Cay, the passengers meet in the theater and are assigned to groups. When the tenders are available, passengers (by groups) are brought ashore by double deck boats rather than by the lifeboats. You can rent floating toys, snorkel, parasail, or just sit on the beach that is composed of sand so fine that it feels like powered sugar. We found a semi shady spot under a scrub pine and later had the BBQ lunch. There are "real" restrooms here and you can buy souvenirs as well as alcoholic drinks. I'd go there again just for the chance to sit in a beach lounger in the shallow water and let the small waves wash over me. Rating = 5 out of 5. OTHER SERVICES/MISC: The ship may have thousands of people but it's big enough that we never felt crowded. Just don't wait until "rush hour" to eat or go to the shows. It was easy to get from "here to there" and hardly had any contact with cigarette smoke except for the area of the casino, the Ivory Bar (where the internet terminals are located) and the occasional inconsiderate person on the Lido deck. We didn't use the Spa although I used the gym in the late mornings, afternoons and early evenings so I had no issues with finding an open machine. The machines/equipment are top notch. Internet Cafe is on deck 4 in the Ivory Bar (cigar and cigarette smoking allowed) BUT there is a door to keep out most of the cigar/cigarette smoke. There aren't a lot of computer terminals but I never had to wait for access. The Passengers' Service desk was helpful and I detected no "attitude" from the people there. There were some really outrageous/dumb requests from passengers and the staff kept their cool. We did attend one show in the Amber Palace Theater (Justin Illusion) - it was a combo magic and dance show which we enjoyed quite a bit. Didn't go to any of the clubs (not enough time) but we listened to music in the Atrium which was a nice touch. Our room steward (Mr. Joel) was very pleasant and helpful and spoke English well so there were no communication issues. DEBARKATION: We had general debarkation and our zone # to leave the ship was called approx 10:15 and so by 10:45 we were out the door, down the gangway, thru customs and on our way to the shuttle. No muss, no fuss - easiest debarkation in a long time. OVERALL: The ship is 8 year old and showing a bit of wear and tear but it's well kept and clean. Maybe we're too easy going to notice the picky-picky stuff but if we leave out the deck chair scraping above us, it was a GREAT time and a GREAT value. Carnival may be cutting back a bit (no more free Carnival pens in the cabins) but times are tough for everybody, cruise lines included. I can't say enough good things about the parking/shuttle service in Norfolk - it made the embarkation process so much easier. We're happy with our experience so we'll be back on Carnival next April headed to Bermuda! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
I have cruised with Carnival one other time for my Senior class trip back in '92. This was my wife's first cruise. We really enjoyed the cruise, mostly good, a little bad. Let me get the bad out of the way first. We had the ... Read More
I have cruised with Carnival one other time for my Senior class trip back in '92. This was my wife's first cruise. We really enjoyed the cruise, mostly good, a little bad. Let me get the bad out of the way first. We had the worst day on the way to Norfolk. We were traveling from upstate New York to Norfolk, VA on train. Let me point out our bad travel experience had NOTHING to do with Carnival. We were supposed to take a train to Penn station in NYC then switch trains to Newport News, VA. We could not take our first train to New York because of a bridge fire in upper Manhattan. So we had to drive to another town, catch the train to Grand Central Station. We took a "cab" to Penn Station where we got ripped off by the cab driver. Here's a word of warning if you have to take a taxi in New York City. Please make sure it says taxi on the car. The driver asked us how many of us there were and where we where going. He put our bags in the trunk. The car was a plain blue car with no writing on it, no meter running, no taxi driver's licence displayed. He charged us $120.00 to go from Grand Central to Penn station! I know it doesn't cost that much. We missed our connecting train at 1:05 PM and had to catch the next train at 3:00 AM. Again, this was not Carnival's fault. The only thing bad about our cruise was the Steakhouse. We don't really have any complaints about it, we just didn't enjoy it as much as eating at the Golden Restaurant. The service was good in the Steakhouse. The presentation was excellent. The taste of the food was just ok. We will not do the steakhouse again, however we do recommend that everyone should try the steakhouse at least once. Your experience might be different from ours. The rest of the cruise was great! I think every one should cruise at least once in their lifetime. We ate dinner at the Golden dinning room. We had the BEST wait staff. Our waiters were Alfredo, Agus, and Dickson. They were very friendly and always remembered our names. On the last night of the cruise they brought out an ice cream pie with 2 candles on it and sang Happy anniversary to us. Saijai, who took our drink orders, always had our sodas waiting for us. Every night the wait staff would either sing or dance or both. The comedy shows were hilarious. We enjoyed all the shows we went to, especially the legends show, where the guests would dress up and sing like famous singers such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Elton John, etc. If you missed any of the shows, their were about 3 carnival channels on your TV in your stateroom that played the shows, talks from Gary the cruise director, etc over and over again. They have a restaurant where the serve pizza 24 hours a day. The pizza was really good, but I felt they need more wait staff as sometimes you had to wait a while to get your pizza. They had had 24 hour self serve ice cream that was hit or miss. Sometimes the ice cream was too soft and runny and sometimes the ice cream was just right. We always ate breakfast at the Red Sail restaurant. We loved it. Lots of variety, food was good and always hot. Finding a place to sit was a bit of a challenge as it was always crowded and for some reason, I had a very hard time finding straws. Some days I would only find 2 or 3 straws and other days I didn't find any. I wanted to try the Mongolian Wok, but the only time I found it open, I wasn't hungary. We did the mini golf one day, had a good time even though we didn't know how to keep score as neither one of us ever played mini golf before. We swam in the pool and sat in the hot tub for a while. it was very relaxing. We will definitely cruise with Carnival again tn the Future. Read Less
Carnival Glory Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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