3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This is our 5th Carnival cruise. We have sailed RCCL (8x's), Princess (2x's), Celebrity (1) and Norwegien (1x). Needless we are definitely dedicated Carnival cruisers. We chose this cruise because of Guys Burgers and ... Read More
This is our 5th Carnival cruise. We have sailed RCCL (8x's), Princess (2x's), Celebrity (1) and Norwegien (1x). Needless we are definitely dedicated Carnival cruisers. We chose this cruise because of Guys Burgers and Cantina, BUT the food was amazing everywhere on the ship. We did the fine dining, steakhouse. FANTASTIC. Our room steward was so accommodating. ENTERTAINMENT was A++++. Anytime dining is the way to go. Our cruise director was the BEST ever. Very energetic. (Dustin) One issue I did have was the Debarkation. I do not like the way they have you retrieve your luggage. Our luggage was tagged "3". One piece of our luggage was on a table. Another was on conveyer belt "C" and the final luggage, which I could not find and had to have a manger locate for us, 30 minutes later, was on conveyer belt "A" which was at the far end of "C". Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Chose this cruise for the ports- we had never been to any of them. First time on Carnival, and I haven't been on a cruise in 8 years. We had a Oceanview cabin on deck 2 (Main)- which was okay for the most part since it was close to ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the ports- we had never been to any of them. First time on Carnival, and I haven't been on a cruise in 8 years. We had a Oceanview cabin on deck 2 (Main)- which was okay for the most part since it was close to the dining room and the lobby bar/Guest Services desk. Our room was clean, we barely saw our steward but he was polite enough. I thought the food was great- we had early dining in the Platinum upper section almost every night, and our service was always prompt and attentive. Buffet food was okay- wasn't expecting much there anyway. My only other gripe was communication- it took two trips to Guest Services to make sure our $150 in "Gestures" were properly applied to our account. The Spa overcharged us $30 for a service, but after two calls to them we had that fixed too. Finally, our excursion in Cozumel was cancelled (we heard most water-based excursions were cancelled the night before we arrived due to high winds and waves). Unfortunately, we didn't find out until after we got to the end of the pier. They still had all the tour signs up- you had to find yours and then find out in person that yours was cancelled. Oh well, it turned into a shopping day for us and we got our excursion refunded. Overall, despite a few issues we still had an enjoyable vacation. Food and dining service were better than expected- also we loved the Piano Bar and Comedy Club performances. Would sail on the Glory again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife and I had sailed on Glory once before and enjoyed our time aboard, along with the fact that we got a great deal for a 7 day cruise. All the destinations we had visited several times before but we needed a break away and this was ... Read More
My wife and I had sailed on Glory once before and enjoyed our time aboard, along with the fact that we got a great deal for a 7 day cruise. All the destinations we had visited several times before but we needed a break away and this was our choice. Glory is not too big or small and there seems to be something for just about anyone. We stayed at Red Roof Plus in Miami, an older Inn but with polite staff and only about half hour from port. Shuttle service was provided to port and breakfast, along with up to 10 days of parking there at Inn. We booked stay through Stay123.com, an easy website to use. The new embarkation plan Carnival has begun was swift and easy as well. We hardly stopped moving until we were on the ship. Room keys are now waiting in your mailbox at your room door. Our room steward was efficient and kept everything clean. This was our 20th cruise, the 17th with Carnival so we feel that we have seen a little bit of it all, but we were surprised on this cruise! Half Moon Cay was our first stop and it was a beautiful as ever. The weather was over cast, but still a nice day for walking around and taking pics. There were a few in the water but it was a little to cool for us. But it did feel good to our feet. 2nd stop was St. Thomas, we were sadden to see that the Butterfly Attraction had been destroyed by Hurricane. Took a city tour on one of the many open air trucks for $25 each. Note, if anyone gets on your tour and begins to apologize for what may happen, get off the vehicle and choose another. The individual along with 11 more friends boarded our vehicle and began using some of the worst language you have heard. They had no respect for others or children on tour. I approached driver to inform him of language, since he could not hear due to him inside truck cab. His solution was to send us back via another truck. Not a very good day in St Thomas. Next stop was San Juan, we were looking forward to a new day and better excursion. Prior to arriving in San Juan, we had received a phone call from our son concerning my brother who was fighting cancer. Carnival immediately made the call for us without any charge and allowed me to talk some time with my son. I was informed my brother was being moved to hospice but all looked ok. I was asked by the young lady at the customer service desk if all was well, when I told her what was going on, she expressed her concern and informed me that she would put notes on our account and that if we needed to call anytime that we could do so without charge. She let me know Carnival was there for us. She proved that statement to be so true. She also asked if we had the internet service. I explained that was one reason we took cruises, to stay away from such things. But due to circumstances surrounding my brother's sickness she thought it was a good idea to purchase internet service and then I could keep closer contact with family. I agreed and then she told me how to purchase internet. She then went on to tell me to purchase premium plan and as soon as I was done to bring her back proof of purchase and she would reimburse it back to our account. I was blown away to say the least. They had already done so much through just the phone calls and now this? I thanked her and wished I had written her name down, I think it was something like Lona, not really sure. She was a blessing that day and a very helpful friend. The next morning when we arrived in SanJuan, I received text telling me my brother had passed away. We were devastated and unsure of what we could or what was possible for us to do. But I knew we had to get back home. I went back to service desk and spoke with Bracka, a very professional and compassionate employee of Carnival. She expressed her sympathy of my brother's passing, and asked what we would like to do. I told her what we needed and she began putting it all together. She gave me directions on airline tickets and began putting necessary documents together for our departure. Never have we seen the care and support of a group of people who only knew us as passengers on a ship that they were working on. You would have though we were the most important people in the world. Each person we had to deal with showed the utmost respect and courtesy that anyone could ask for and more. From the room steward, to customs agent each one did all they could to make what was a sad loss for us as easy and painless as possible. We owe them a debt of gratitude and thanks. Each did more than what was expected and went beyond anything we could have asked. Once flight was booked and set, they moved us quickly to a waiting taxi, through customs which was also arranged without hassle. Even the customs officer expressed to us his sorrow for our loss. In our opinion, Carnival and it's employees are the best in the world. We have sailed with others, but Carnival has prove itself to be the best. We have learned it's the employees that make the ship. It is not the other passengers, because you will find good and bad on any of them. Just because you pay more does not mean you are with a better class of people. We have seen that for ourselves. The staff of Glory proved their heart is for the passengers. They are a Class Act and will always be remembered by us as the cruise staff that was there for us in our time of need. May God Bless the staff and employees of Carnival! From our booking agent Sheena at Carnival to the last person who says goodbye at the Terminal. They put the customer first and deserve an applause and recognition for doing so. We highly recommend Carnival 1st above all others. Not just for this cruise and these particular circumstance, but for all our travels with them. They are The Class Act above all others. Before I forget, we loved the new musical show Getaway Island!! Comedians were great! Food was wonderful, lobster delicious! Loved the new Bar-B-Q spot as well. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary get away. We had a wonderful experience aboard and could not have asked for more. Unfortunately on January the 2nd I suffered a near death experience, which could have been avoided. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary get away. We had a wonderful experience aboard and could not have asked for more. Unfortunately on January the 2nd I suffered a near death experience, which could have been avoided. The kayaking/snorkeling instructor failed to address all related safety measures and consequently some of us had minor and major problems with our gear. Out of the 7 participants, only 1 person had some experience with snorkeling. At that time the instructor could have done the following: 1: Extensively address all safety measures. 2: Inspect the gear to see if everyone knew how to use it. 3: Ask for additional help, since he was responsible for people's lives on open water. Just to give you a couple of examples of malfunctioning gear. My mouth piece was up-site-down, causing me to inhale dirty sea water. The air pipe was not in the proper position and consequently allowed water to flow freely in while trying to breathe. The life vest was completely deflated which I inflated according to instructions that I remembered from traveling by air. One member drifted away, unaware that she was about to step on a reef.(the instructor should have warned her ahead of time to stay away from that area) After swallowing and inhaling a lot of sea water, I became short of breath and while being brought on shore, I lost consciousness. I have to commend the ER doctor, who with his calmness and professionalism helped me to get back on my feet within 6 hours. To Carnival Glory all the praise for delaying the departure, so my wife and I could continue the trip without further difficulty. Once again, I want to give my heartfelt thanks to Carnival Glory captain and his crew. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This was an anniversary celebration for me and my hubby, booked it on the cheap due to cash constraints, but overall we were happy and satisfied with our vacation. Our ship left Miami port Dec 2nd and we visited Grand Cayman, Mahogany ... Read More
This was an anniversary celebration for me and my hubby, booked it on the cheap due to cash constraints, but overall we were happy and satisfied with our vacation. Our ship left Miami port Dec 2nd and we visited Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel. We had sunshine everyday (except about 30 min of rain in Cozumel). The Glory is nicely kept and clean throughout. We had an inside cabin, it was decent, nothing special. Only issue with our cabin was a stinky toilet, but when we brought this to the attention of the customer service desk they went out of their way to make it right! We expressed our gratitude and they sent champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to our room! Superb staff!!! I must admit I was not impressed with the muster call. I've cruised before, and the muster calls were much more organized. This time it was crowded, not done in a safe manner. Everyone on the ship (over 3000 guests!) were called to Deck 3 where we had to wait behind a yellow line, but there were so many people that it was crowded, stuffy, noisy. In our section we couldn't even hear the announcer, everyone was looking around wondering what we were doing there. I understand the instructions are also posted on TV in your room, but who has the time or willpower to sit through that when there is so much to do on board? As far as entertainment there was always something going on at the Lido pool and it sounded like a lot of fun! To be honest, we preferred the quieter side and adult pool and sitting in the sun, so we did not attend events during the day. As far as evening entertainment, we enjoyed the comedy club and the evening movies with popcorn under a blanket. We tried attending the big show in the Atrium, but it was cheesy and we walked out about 1/2 way through. We did book an excursion with Carnival and it was awesome, maybe a bit too short though. In Belize we were picked up by a tender boat and taken about 40 minutes away to Rendevous Island where we snorkeled and sat in the sun for a bit to dry. The island is uninhabited and quaint, quite peaceful, white sand, clear water...just heavenly! Our time on this island was short, but it was one of the best experiences. Beats going into town in Belize where you get hounded by street vendors the second you try to exit the port doors! We booked our other excursions via Trip Advisor: 1) Grand Cayman - we had booked Sting Ray City but it was cancelled due to the high tides on the north-east side of the island. We received a credit for this. The company we booked with took us to 7-mile Beach for $5 each, we walked to a more secluded area and spent the day in clear blue water and white sand...it was paradise! 2) Mahogany Bay - we booked a zip lining + beach excursion. Zip lining was fun, but where they dropped us off at the beach was not so much. The second we stepped on the sand we were hounded by vendors who would not leave us alone. The port in Cozumel was nice, but as soon as you exit the port again you are hounded by taxi drivers and vendors. We went into the information kiosk across from the port and inquired about where we were and how long to get to the city centre. They said 4 miles, so we decided to walk the 4 miles there, take pics, shop around mainly souvenir shops (nothing special, in fact we bought nothing...but we should have bought VANILLA!!!) and then walked back. It felt so good to get some exercise! Just a tidbit of advise, to use their bathrooms you pay 50 cents US. Toilet paper and paper towel is rationed and the bathroom is not what you are used to! With regards to the food, Guy's burger joint and the Blue Iguana Cantina were our go-to for lunches! Although the fries at Guy's were inconsistent (sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, sometimes spicy, sometimes not) we were happy with the taste. Even the BBQ upstairs was delish. As for evening dining, this too was a little off. Although my husband had steak every night, I experimented a bit. At the late Dinner the first night our waiter didn't even wait for my husband to finish his appetizer, didn't even ask if he could take his plate away, when my husband said he wasn't finished the waiter said "your entrée is ready". That was rude. We switched dining times and section after that night. Also, I had asked for my steak Med-Rare, received Med-Well and did not enjoy it. For remainder of our cruise the food at the Platinum restaurant was not the best. It was inconsistent, and many times arrived cold when it was supposed to be hot. Overall the food was "ok". We dined with friends and at times ordered the same dishes, but they looked very different...again, inconsistent. Our waiters were pleasant and had riddles for us to solve each night. Overall, we had a great time, just my hubby and I on what felt like our second honeymoon! So much fun in fact we just booked a cruise for next year! Can't wait!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
My BF and I planned this trip for a year so it was Awesome to finally be able to woo-sah after a busy year, was needed. Our hearts go out to all of the hurricane victims, but we were still very disappointed about our new itinerary. Instead ... Read More
My BF and I planned this trip for a year so it was Awesome to finally be able to woo-sah after a busy year, was needed. Our hearts go out to all of the hurricane victims, but we were still very disappointed about our new itinerary. Instead of Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, we ended up going to the following places: First, Embarkation and Debarkation was quick and easy. Half Moon Cay Bahamas--Overcast day but the beach was still fun to hang out for a few hours. Another one of CCL's "created" places to visit. Not much to do except bask on the beach or drink. The water as fantastic and clear. Nassau Bahamas-- I always love coming to Nassau. It has a certain charm to it. Visited the Straw Market and took a 3-hour city tour, that was informative and FUN! Grand Turk--I love GT because it has some of the most beautiful turquoise water I've ever seen. The island is only 7 miles long so there ain't much happening, except escaping on an excursion or partying it up at Margaritaville. It cost $21 for Nachos with no meat there so watch your wallet. Could turn out to be a costly party session. The entertainment/DJ was off the chain and kept everyone in a great mood. We also went on the ECO Kayaking excursion which was a 3-hour tour and we had the best time!! Wish we could have seen more sea life but Ronald from Oasis Divers was the tour guide and was Phenom!!! Not only was he a cutie, but he was extremely knowledgeable about marine life and creatures. Amber Cove Puerta Plata DR--Looks like CCL has carved out another niche location set in a gorgeous island cove. It literally looked like Heaven on earth, with the lush green foliage to the rolling hills and mountains. You can zip line, lounge by the pool or swim up to the pool bar while listening to live music and of course lots of shopping. The cabins were modern with very nice artwork and they were extremely clean. We had issues with hot water the first day and our shower flooding the bathroom. Guest Services handled our issues by providing us with dinner credits so we enjoyed plenty of lobster and steak. Our steward, affectionately known as "Super Duper" was Stellar and on top of his game. He never stopped smiling. We were on Deck 2 and sometimes it was very noisy because of the choppy waves the first few days. The overall beauty of the ship was enhanced by the lovely Christmas decorations throughout the main Atrium. The Cruise Director Chris Loveland or aka C. Love was Outstanding and was literally everywhere. The shows and other entertainment was stellar!!! We really enjoyed the Casino Bar, the White Hot Bar, the Alchemy Bar (Yacob was awesome). It was difficult to get to the Platinum dining room as there are no direct routes to it, however, the food was Fantastic and the service very good. Loved the Burrito and Taco Bar and Guy Fieri's Burger Bar. One of the best burgers I've had in a long time. Also loved the Deli, which was typically the only place open for food after a certain time. The need to re-look that because more variety of food, at least up to midnight would be helpful. The food on the lido deck was average and the Sushi Bar was Great too. It was nice to be able to sit under the stars watching movies. I did have an issue at the casino bar when there was a very loud, obnoxious woman who not only berated the bartenders but surrounding customers. Vice, one of the bartenders made a comment to her about treating people nicely and I hi-fived him. Well, she didn't like that and decided to get belligerent with me, calling me very derogatory names and wanting to fight. I let her know that I was not addressing her and to mind her own business which fueled her tirade. After a little while, another bartender named George admonished me and another guest and threatened to have us banned from the bar. I handled myself like a lady but if you sling derogatory words my way, I may slingback. He NEVER admonished the fire starter at all. We later found her face down and so inebriated, it took 2 people to walk her back to her cabin. Shame on you Bar keeps continuing to serve her. Not sure why George did not say anything to her and her foul mouther mama, but we are African American and she was Caucasian. The Atrium Bar was very nice and most of the bartenders were nice, except a very short black guy who was not nice at all and frowned most of the time. The had several shows in this area and it really brought the entire ship together. Again, all of the entertainment was Stellar!!! As always, there are a ton of kids on CCL and large groups tired to monopolize one of the big jacuzzi's and I actually got attitude and side eye when I tried getting in. Side eye from a 5-year-old...really??? Where the hell are your parents?? There were kids running around the Casino Bar area at 2 a.m. and sneaking into the adult clubs. CCL needs to instill stricter guidelines for parents to control their crumb snatchers!!! Overall, it was a very outstanding cruise and we are already booked for our next one on CCL Vista. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
For what it is worth here is my review of the Glory beginning 11/18/17 and ending 11/25/17. If you want a Cliff’s notes version we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in August and this ... Read More
For what it is worth here is my review of the Glory beginning 11/18/17 and ending 11/25/17. If you want a Cliff’s notes version we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in August and this cruise was a continuation of that celebration. Myself, 59, and DW, 51, were the only ones in our party (yay!) and we definitely needed this cruise since the weather in Vermont was turning more toward winter. This was our 7th cruise overall and third with Carnival. We booked a premium balcony cabin, 8442, which is located on deck 8 aft on the port side. We liked the cabin location as it was one deck down from the aft pool and the lido. We also left home in time to arrive a day before the cruise, but I will stick to reviewing the cruise itself. So without further ado, let’s go on a review! 11/18/17- grabbed a free shuttle from the airport to the cruise port thanks to our car rental and we left the airport at 5 minutes to 11. I think we pulled into the cruise port at around 11:25 or so, which was early since our reserved check in time was 12 to 12:30. We gave the bags to the porter and proceeded to walk down to the entrance to find that they had a separate line for early or late arrivals for check in. There was very little line so we were checked in quickly by scanning our passports and since we’d set up our onboard account during online check in we had a seat until they called our zone. By noon we were sitting in the Atrium bar with a couple of cold drinks of the day in our hands and the ship was already decorated for Christmas. I know that lot of posts have been made about the new check in procedure with the sail and sign cards being at the cabin door but I have to say that this was a big efficiency that only helps make the check in process go smoother. We had no trouble using our boarding pass to pay for drinks before getting the S&S cards. We got to our cabin around 2 (they were ready earlier but we were enjoying the conversation in the Atrium) and it is a very nice cabin. It is super huge with a 75 square foot balcony that had two chairs, a lounger and a table on it. Our Funshops orders were in the cabin, but our shore excursion tickets were not. Gerald was our steward and he gave us the infamous “choice” card and it offered three options and had check boxes for extra services needed. We checked “both” and asked for ice and received great service throughout the cruise. Muster drill was uneventful and didn’t take too long. They do scan an S&S card for someone in each cabin. We walked around a bit then decided to try the martini tasting at the Alchemy bar. It is normally $20.50 but was $19.50 today. You select 4 of 7 martinis from a menu and we liked them a lot (you can share if you purchase it but we didn’t have Cheers so didn’t ask about that aspect). We had early seating in the Platinum MDR at table 666, a 4 top with booths. Our head waiter was Earl who was assisted by Randolf and Mark. I started off with calamari and shrimp cocktail and DW had the tomato soup. I had the honey glazed pork loin and she had the veggie lasagna. For desert I had tiramisu and DW had the WCMC. The food was nicely prepared and very tasty, as it would remain for the rest of the cruise. Dinner tonight took about an hour. We caught part of the Battle of the Genders in the main theater and caught the R rated show for Tony Esposito, who turned out to be my second favorite comedian of the cruise. We decided to skip the Welcome Aboard show and turned in early. 11/19- since we’re in an aft cabin the vibration from the propellers helped me to sleep. I got up early as I usually do and went up to lido at 5:50a.m. The magical lifer juice machine (aka coffee machine) was ready so I had coffee and caught up on my notes. Woke DW at 9 and once she was ready we went to brunch which took about an hour to complete. Our group from the site that shall not be named had set up a Dirty Santa gift exchange so we went to that. We were the only ones to show up for the exchange but a nice couple from Massachusetts showed up just to meet everyone and we chatted for an hour. Went up and spent some time in the aft pool and hot tub. It was adults only and this was observed/enforced through the week. After that we headed to Guy’s to try our first ever Guy’s burger. WOW, that’s a very darn good burger. After lounging around for a bit we showered and got ready for Elegant Night. Since we’re celebrating a milestone anniversary I brought my tux to wear and we went to all of the picture stations to have our photos taken. A word about the dress of our fellow passengers- most passengers at least met the minimum for Elegant Night and I actually saw a good number of tuxes being worn. On other nights most passengers were presentable. Of course there were exceptions and of course it didn’t interfere with our dining enjoyment. Arrived at the MDR on time and for starters I had the oysters and DW had the mushroom soup. I selected the shrimp and lobster and DW had the carbonara. Earl brought me a second plate of lobster even though I hadn’t asked for it and let me know more was available should I want it. I had room for two but no more since I didn’t want to skip desert, which for me was WCMC with some peanut butter on the side (which I learned about on CC) and DW had the crème bruelle. Swung by the shore excursion desk as our tickets hadn’t been delivered yet and they re-printed them for us. Went to the comedy shows for Johnny Millwether and Tony. The Punchliner host (Ashley) said that the Glory was trying a new procedure where they didn’t empty the lounge after each act, instead spacing the shows further apart. So if you wanted to sit in the lounge for an hour you were free to do so. After the show we turned in after filling out the room service hanger for breakfast. 11/20- I was up at 5:50 again and grabbed some coffee from Lido. Room service delivered at 6:45 and the coffee pot they use holds 4 cups. We had paid for the Grand Cayman island tour with beach break. Met in the theater for the excursion and the tender ride was about 5 minutes. We went to 7 mile beach first for about 3 hours and enjoyed swimming in the ocean. Two mojitos set us back $26 and after swimming some more had some nacho fires with a couple of Coronas which was $38. Got back on the bus and made a quick stop at a Tortuga Rum Cake store and of course the obligatory stop in Hell. We were back at the pier by 1:30p.m. and were back onboard by 2. Grabbed a couple more Guy’s burgers then lounged around on Serenity until it was time to get ready for dinner. Our tablemates joined us for the first time, a nice couple from Grand Rapids. They had been enjoying the Steakhouse and had one more visit scheduled for Thanksgiving evening since it was her birthday. DW started off with the spring rolls and I had shrimp cocktail. We both decided on veal parm and we both agreed that it was better than what we’d had on Fascination last year. Desert was praline cake for me and apple pie for DW. Went to the comedy shows and to the Getaway Island production show before turning in around midnight. The announcement for our Meet and Mingle was in our mail box and it was scheduled for 5:30p.m. tomorrow in the piano bar. 11/21- I slept in until 7 and grabbed a bite on Lido before walking around a bit. Woke DW at 10 by bringing her breakfast in bed. Stuffed a laundry bag with enough clothes to equal $98 in single piece prices. Today is Mahogany Bay and we are doing the Pirates, Birds and Moneys of the Caribbean tour. It was raining when we disembarked so we bought two CCL ponchos at the gangway for $3 each. The bus ride to Gumbalimba park was about 45 minutes. They have lockers available for rent ($3) and food is available, but cash only. The gift shop does take cards with a $10 minimum purchase. The walking tour was about an hour and a half. Park photographers take your pictures with the birds and the monkeys although you are free to take your own. The photographers take multiple shots of each person and you can purchase a CD with all of the photos of one person for $14 and they only take cash. The monkeys will use humans as stepping stones to get from one side of the clearing to the other and will jump on you without notice. Returned to the pier and did a little shopping before getting back on the ship at 4:30p.m. Went to the Meet and Mingle and 11 people showed up which was about 10 percent of those that had signed up. Cruise Director Dustin Gabriel showed up and chatted with us. He said there were just over 3600 passengers onboard for the week. He also said he is leaving at the end of the cruise for vacation and Chris Loveland would be taking over for him. After having some drinks picked out the photo that we wanted turned into a 16x20 canvas print ($59.95 and you get the 8x10 photo included). Dinner started with prosciutto with melon for me and broccoli soup for DW. She had the linguine with sausage and I had the local fish dish with plantains and beans and corn (can’t remember the name but it’s on the right hand side of the menu). Finished off with Bitter N Blanc for me and DW had the S’mores Parfait. Went to the Love and Marriage show before heading back to the cabin for a nightcap and bed. 11/22- got up at 6a.m. this morning and went to Guest Services to get envelopes and comment cards for later. Doing the Altun Ha Mayan site and River Wallace tour so met up at 8:15a.m. in the theater. Got ashore around 10a.m. and the tender ride was 15 minutes. Got on the tour boat and rode up the coast to the river, seeing several dolphins along the way that played in the boat’s wake. Saw a manatee, crocodile, orange iguanas, birds of all kinds and howler monkeys on the river tour. Docked after 2 hours and grabbed some lunch at the restaurant at the dock. $18 for two burgers with small fries and salad and two sodas. Filling enough but not Guy’s burgers. Bus ride to the Mayan site was about 45 minutes and we spent about an hour walking around after the guide briefed us about the site. Many chose to walk to the top of one of the ruins but we skipped that part. We shopped some at the market on site and grabbed a couple local beers (2 for $5) before getting on the bus for the hour long ride back to the port. Got in the tender line and it took about 10 minutes to board a tender and the line was pretty long. Once back onboard we grabbed a quick snack (pizza from the Pizza Pirate) and hung out until it was time to prepare for dinner. Escargot was on the menu tonight so I snagged two orders while DW had the pumpkin soup. Her choice for dinner was beef lasagna and I had the braised short ribs (tender enough to fall apart at the touch of a fork). For desert I tried the popcorn crème de pot and DW had cheesecake. We found out that our tablemates have the premium balcony cabin on the other side of the ship from us. After changing we caught half of the dive in movie which was pretty cool. New comedians onboard and we went to the R rated show for Marvin Todd who turned out to be my favorite of the four. We received our laundry back earlier this day. 11/23- Happy Thanksgiving! Up at 6:30 a.m. and up to Lido for my date with the magic lifer juice machine. Had Eggs Benedict from the buffet and the yolk was runny, not quite sure how they do that. Got DW with breakfast in bed again and we went ashore at 8:30 a.m. for our Swim with the Dolphins excursion. Dolphinaris is a 15 minute ride from the port. Locker rentals are $14 and you get a tote bag as a gift with the rental. Our dolphin was Aphrodite who is 38 years only. Only did a belly swim but it was still worth it. Got a CD with all the pictures taken of one person for $87, which included a 5x7 photo. The buffet lunch and bar drinks are included as part of the excursion so we grabbed lunch and a couple of drinks. Grabbed a ride back to the ship and did some shopping in the port area for a bit. Once back onboard we went up to the aft pool and enjoyed our time almost by ourselves in both the pool and hot tub. After changing for dinner we went to the Atrium for a before dinner drink and another passenger was kind enough to take our picture in front of the tree. We kept running into the couple that was in the cabin in front of ours and they said that security was outside of a cabin on our deck because the passenger had been fighting. Security stayed outside of that cabin until we left the ship. Went to dinner and it was the second Elegant Night because of Thanksgiving. Most people were dressed up but a few weren’t. C’est la vie. My starters tonight were Maryland Crab Cake and New England clam chowder and while I’ve had both dishes prepared in their points of origin CCL did a nice job with both. DW had the pasta fagioli soup. We both opted for the turkey dinner with fixin’s and pumpkin/ginger pie for desert. All nicely prepared and very tasty. After changing went to the Punchliner and watched all 4 shows, catching Tim Young’s act in addition to Marvin’s. 11/24- up at 6:30 and of course coffee on Lido to write my notes. Woke DW up around 10 and we decided to wait to eat in order to try the BBQ place on Deck 10. Glad we did because it was very good. Lazed around a bit, attended the debark briefing (no Customs forms unless you have to declare something) followed by the Military Appreciation gathering. There were about 50 people in the theater and Dustin called each branch of the service up on stage where we were given the opportunity to introduce ourselves and say whatever we wanted. Each vet received a glass of champagne and they took a group photo at the end. Something new CCL does is they have every vet fill out a form that is sent to Miami and once a month they pick from all of the entries and award a free cruise to a vet. Donated money to St Jude and got a Build a Bear for the donation. Did some packing and then went to dinner where I had mussels to start and DW had French onion soup. She had the ravioli and I had the prime rib, which turned out to be my least favorite meal because it was tough and if I had waited to eat it then it would have been cold. She finished off with carrot cake and I had cherry pie. Did some more packing then we went to the comedy shows. I put our luggage out in between the shows. 11/25- up at 6 and grabbed some coffee as I went over the bill. Went to guest services for some charges I didn’t recognize that turned out to be the gift shop and our St Jude donation (hardly any line at this point). Got DW up and we finished packing before heading for breakfast in the Platinum MDR which wasn’t very busy at all (and much better than the Lido). Sat on Promenade deck by Cherry on Top and waited for our number to be called. Numbers up to 20 had been called by 8:35a.m. and our number (24) was called at 9. Disembarked and retrieved our luggage and were in the Customs line by 9:15. It took about 20 minutes to clear Customs even though the line looked really long. Final thoughts- the crew was super friendly as always and no matter what time we were walking around there was always somebody cleaning something. The passengers were friendly also and we met some nice people throughout the cruise. Saw no fighting, no one that had been obviously overserved, etc. Thinking back on our previous Carnival cruises (2012 and 2016) I have to say that I’ve notice an overall improvement in the service and the food. I noted no serious material deficiencies and every now and then on Lido one of the juice machines wouldn’t be working. We didn’t participate in any of the trivia since it was usually held outside of the casino bar and the smoking would have caused DW problems. We also didn’t walk around the ship too much because of DW’s knee (she went in for surgery on it yesterday). The service in the MDR was not perfect but it was certainly adequate enough for a solid 3 star experience and any lapses were so minor that I can’t even remember them. Dinner always took between an hour and an hour and a half, usually longer when our tablemates joined us. The waiters danced three nights and this interfered with our meal once as it delayed desert, which wasn’t a bad thing because it gave us time for our food to settle a bit. I did see one waiter doing stripper moves the first time they danced but that act was not repeated. The passengers and crew seemed to enjoy the event and it was entertaining. Not sure when they have time to practice but it was well choreographed. All in all Carnival gave us a great experience and one that we will fondly remember. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This cruise was given to us as a gift, and we had never been on one before. We were both a bit nervous--but I can say everything went so smoothly and was an amazing trip. It was just my husband and I, and it was fabulous to get away and ... Read More
This cruise was given to us as a gift, and we had never been on one before. We were both a bit nervous--but I can say everything went so smoothly and was an amazing trip. It was just my husband and I, and it was fabulous to get away and relax and forget real life for a week! We arrived in Miami the day of the cruise, which made me nervous, but the check in Carnival has at the airport is definitely the way to go--when we got to the port we got right on. However, I also purchased the Faster to the Fun package (FTTF), and it was well worth the $70 that we paid. (because we flew in the day of and flew out the day back-we didn't get to tour Miami). Cabin: When we boarded the ship we went right to our cabin and it was all ready for us, and we met our Steward, Bagus--he was fabulous. I asked for ice when we met him and had fresh ice in our cabin every morning and evening. I asked for clean up service in morning and just fresh towels in the evening. Our cabin was on 10th level interior and we had plenty of room for just the two of us, had enough closet/drawer space, the bed was very comfortable. I slept each night like a baby, probably due to the rocking of the ship! It was nice to have the refrigerator in the room, and it is very smart to order ahead of time any waters/cokes/beer etc---as it's much cheaper to do it that way and it was in the cabin already when we arrived. After we boarded and checked out our room, we went to eat. Naturally it was crowded and a bit chaotic, but not horrible. We ate Guys Burgers and they were fabulous--ate there several times. Before we set sail, the embarkation celebration on the Lido deck was fun to watch. Our first day at sea was very relaxing and we enjoyed lounging on the serenity deck. Honestly during the cruise we didn't see a lot of kids--but probably due to it being October. The kids we did see didn't cause problems and were not screaming and making noise. We didn't use the pools but they both looked very nice and inviting. We did excursions every day. Excursions: Grand Caymans-- We did the swim with the sting rays and barrier reef excursion. A short boat trip took us to the sandbar and our guides Steve and Esteban were very informative. there were maybe 3 other boats there when we arrived. I'd read many reviews of the excursions before hand and was worried about the experience being bad on them....but unless you give it a try you won't know. Swimming with the sting rays was AMAZING! There were so many of them swimming around and it was neat to have them swim by and you could feel them brush your leg. Getting to touch/hold one was something I will never forget. The snorkel at the barrier reef, honestly it was a bit choppy and since I swallowed more sea water than anything, I just went back to the boat and enjoyed the scenery. Mahogany Bay/Roatan: Our next excursion in Honduras or Roatan was zip-lining. I was very nervous about doing this, and to top it of it was raining. There was a large group and two different options the extreme or express. We opted to do the express, since we'd never done it before. When they split us up, our express group was only 4 of us and two guides--so it was super hands on and the guides were very patient. It was a blast! my complaint is that for some reason I kept getting turned backwards! One of the guides even zip lined on the line next to my husband so he could video. They were wonderful! we did 11 or 12 zip lines and the longest was 900 ft. from what I understand in the extreme group, they were higher/longer zip lines....afterwards my husband said we could have done the extreme...not sure I'd have wanted to try that my first time! Belize: We weren't sure what to do so we decided to do the top 10 of Belize. I think we were a bit late getting started, but in the end we had plenty of time to get back to the boat even due to the delay. Our tour guide was Anthony, and he had a female co-guide with him...don't remember her name...and we can't forget our bus drivers Leroy! Anthony was very entertaining and knowledgeable and informative. He made the tour fun. I was surprised and somewhat sad to see the conditions of some of the houses, looked run down and incomplete....as well as the many many dogs just roaming around. However, Anthony said that everyone in Belize was always happy and content, they didn't have all the stress we here in America do. The Mexican President was visiting, and normally they close off some of the streets. However, because two cruise ships were coming in that day, and the tourism business is a huge business for the country, the roads were open. We did see on many corners, military guards armed with guns--glad we knew why before we saw them. After the tour we grabbed a lunch to eat on the bus and went to visit a beach area. We didn't walk around there long, but it was neat to see the older mahogany tree( which is their source of most wood) there, and be able to stand in the trunk. Cozumel: Our final excursion was the Save a Sea turtle experience. All I can say is FABULOUS. Mario and Panda were our guides and they were so funny and interacted well with us. I think the drive to the beach took maybe 30 minutes, but they chatted and gave us information the whole way. Tourism is the biggest source of income for them--that's it. So they appreciate recommendations/good reviews. When we got to the beach we were split up into groups of four (after we were instructed on how to begin) and we started digging. They said about 150 babies can be in the nest, and some didn't make it out...so we were to see if there were any in there. We had to dig till we reached the empty shells---probably 3 or more feet down. I would say at about 2 feet I was digging and suddenly see this little fin (?) moving around and pulled out a baby sea turtle. It was the most amazing feeling to rescue that little guy and not to mention it was adorable. IN the end we only had one in our nest, as did most groups. I think another may have had 2 or 3. We were there near the end of the season, so I'm just thankful we found ours. We had about 130 shells that we took out--you have to count them all. Then they lined everyone up and did a countdown to release them to the water. It was the most amazing sight to see these little turtles scampering to the water and then swimming off. The water was crystal clear so you could see them for a while. After that we went to a Mayan Village for a small show, and they had a tequila tasting....small small sample cups, but had about 4-5 different flavors. Once that was over we roamed around the port and ate at Three Amigos. I'm sorry to say I didn't care much for it, but there were a lot of onions and I don't do onions. Overall an amazing day and one I would do again in a heartbeat. Actually I would do all of the excursions again, except in Belize do something different since I'd been on the tour. We did give a tip to the guides on each excursion--or did it as a group if they were splitting it up. They all worked hard to be sure we had a good experience. Dining: we were at a large table, and the first night only one other couple was there. Funny enough they were from Owensboro, KY--about 2 hours from where we lived. WE enjoyed their company and the next night a couple from Oregon joined. we had room for 2 or 3 more couples, but the 6 of us were all that showed up. It was wonderful getting to talk with them over the week. The food was always good, and seemed to be never ending. We had reservations at the Steakhouse one night, but cancelled because we enjoyed our dining mates. We found out that you could order the same menu from the steakhouse in the dining room and it was $15 cheaper per person. Our wait staff was fabulous---Menzi, Dexter and Christopher. Very attentive to our needs and on the ball keeping our glasses full of water or tea, and getting us what we needed. The entire wait staff did some singing/entertaining a few nights and that was a lot of fun. Entertainment/Activities: Several nights during the week we went to the Showtime show in the Amber Palace and they were all amazing! The singers/dancers were fabulous! Extremely talented. If were weren't watching the show, we were in the Atrium watching the Glorious Bandsters perform. They were very good and we really enjoyed watching them. If they weren't singing there was a trivia night going on. The cruise director Dustin did a wonderful job and we enjoyed going to trivia at nights that he hosted in the atrium all through the week. He was super energetic and was fabulous at his job. I think he was in charge of the activities during the day so he was always busy---don't know how he kept straight what he was doing and where he was supposed to be. One day they even had a complete Build a Bear set up on the Atrium for the kids and had some exclusive to Carnival build a bears! Ship: Everyone we talked to on the ship was friendly and helpful. The ship was very clean and organized. We always saw staff cleaning at all times of the day in all areas of the ship. It was amazing because we never really felt like we were on a ship. We didn't get sea-sick, there were times you could feel some movement, but it wasn't anything that made us sick--which I was very concerned about due to some ear problems. In some other reviews I read I saw mention of bad smells and dirtiness, but I NEVER experienced any of this on the Carnival Glory! I know it's not the newest ship--but everyone on there appeared to take pride in the job and ship and they all were very hard workers. Debarkation went smoothly too. Because we had purchased the FTTF option, we could debark at anytime. Since we hadn't done this before, we went down at 8 to get off...we were a bit late to meet all the 'early flight' people in the amber palace--so we weaseled around to get near to the front and then just stood and waited until I got bold enough to ask if we could jump in front of someone. Going through customs was a breeze, the flight home was a breeze. For a first cruise it couldn't have gone smoother. I would do it again in a heartbeat and have already been trying to figure out the next one we can go on. I think you get great value for the money you spend! I can't recommend it enough. Thanks Carnival Glory and all the staff for a truly memorable experience! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
I traveled a few of the Carnival ships this was just another, or I thought, till I spent a week with her. Great time, great crew. It was an easy embarkation- went from signing in at the check in to the Lido deck for a quick bite. Then ... Read More
I traveled a few of the Carnival ships this was just another, or I thought, till I spent a week with her. Great time, great crew. It was an easy embarkation- went from signing in at the check in to the Lido deck for a quick bite. Then to our cabin to unpack. Followed by a quick muster. From there we met with our meet and great group had a few drinks, followed by a return to our cabin to change for dinner at the Golden Restaurant. Then to the Amber Palace theater for a spectacular show, The Welcome Aboard Show which featured the three shows that were to be presented on our cruise. Followed by Ewart at the piano in the Cinn A Bar and a sing along by the rest of us. Then topped the evening off at the casino. We finally got back to the cabin after a wonderful first day, not a sea day yet, tomorrow begins all the fun at sea. More to follow. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were included-especially Turks and Caicos. Due to hurricane Irma - 3 out of our 4 ports were changed. We totally understand the reason for the port changes. We decided to make the best of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were included-especially Turks and Caicos. Due to hurricane Irma - 3 out of our 4 ports were changed. We totally understand the reason for the port changes. We decided to make the best of this cruise and go and explore the new ports. We loved the beach in the Bahamas and had a pretty good excursion in Grand Caymen aside from the poor little boy who got stung on the Stingray trip and the age of the boat that took us out.....YIKES!!! We decided not to do a beach excursion in Montego Bay and did the "hop on hop off" bus and did not like that at all......and....we have been to Cozumel before (one of the reasons we chose this cruise - it was not supposed to go to Mexico) so the stop in Cozumel was just a port shopping/lunch day for us. The ship itself really needs work-and they did work on it during the cruise which was annoying. The pool staircases from the Lido deck to the upper deck were often closed during the day while a crew worked on them - electrical work, sanding and painting, etc....I do not understand why they did not do this work during the night or even during dinner hours as the pool was hardly being used then? The carpet in the hallway from the elevator area was constantly wet and fans were blowing - probably to help dry the carpet but also to help with the mold/mildew smell......I am disappointed that some kind of token gesture was not offered to the passengers - maybe a complimentary cocktail/drink with dinner each night???? A gesture of some kind would have been appreciated.... I wanted to go to Guest Services to talk to someone but the line at the desk was always sooo long I didn't want to waste my precious vacation time. My husband and I had a good time despite the issues because we just decided to make sure to have a good time. (The poor people that were devastated by hurricane Irma were always on our minds-even making us feel a little guilty about how fortunate we are). Our cabin was lovely and our room steward was amazing so that kind of made up for some of the other issues. We always had clean towels, ice in our ice bucket and the room was kept clean and smelling fresh even thought the hallway was stinky. Our dinner staff was pretty good but the food was not always great. I sent a steak back 3 times and finally just gave up. Ordered it medium and it kept coming back very well done and actually charred.....AND the maitre d' never once came to our table......oh and also the shrimp cocktails were "rubbery"......eeeeekkkk.....I will stop rambling now and say we were glad to be able to still go on a cruise but needless to say I probably will not sail on the Glory ever again...... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We booked this cruise for our honeymoon because we loved our last cruise with Carnival on the Elation. Overall this was a great experience, we booked an ocean suite so we could get the priority boarding, and found that we love the ... Read More
We booked this cruise for our honeymoon because we loved our last cruise with Carnival on the Elation. Overall this was a great experience, we booked an ocean suite so we could get the priority boarding, and found that we love the priority boarding and the extra space the room provided for the 7 day trip. I have to say that most of the staff was excellent, we of course had our favorite bartenders and waitstaff ( we asked for the same waiter every night with your time dining). However, some of the staff was not as friendly as they could have been and the staff handling the excursions need a refresher course on customer service. We don't do a lot of shows, we like to listen to music and have to say the music in the bars seemed to be on replay every night. Again, overall this was a great trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We arrived in Miama a day prior to our cruise and stayed at Comfort Suites, Miama Airport North. They provide free transportation to (and from) the port however we have not taken their transportation for disembarkation. This is our third ... Read More
We arrived in Miama a day prior to our cruise and stayed at Comfort Suites, Miama Airport North. They provide free transportation to (and from) the port however we have not taken their transportation for disembarkation. This is our third time at this hotel and would recommend it. We chose this cruise for it's destinations however Maria had other ideas so we went to the Western Caribbean instead of the Eastern Caribbean. This was our eleventh cruise with Carnival; we've always had a great experience with Carnival and we have no complaints. Our only excursion on this cruise was the Maya Key Private Island Retreat with Lunch. The private island, in Roatan Island, was beautiful with their beaches, lush gardens and tropical atmosphere. Lunch consisted of Talapia, Chicken, Coconut Rice, Salad and Banana chips. They had a huge animal rehabilitation and rescue facility. Mathew, our guide was very knowledgeable. We would definitely do this excursion again. Embarkation and Disembarkation have greatly improved over the past twenty years. It's definitely worth it to get help with your luggage at Disembarkation, the Porter gets you through the line faster and is very efficient. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Chose this itinerary (Half Moon Cay-St. Thomas-San Juan-Grand Turk) because these were all new destinations for us and it left out of our hometown: Miami, FL. PROS: Service was outstanding; ship was spotless all week; cabin ... Read More
Chose this itinerary (Half Moon Cay-St. Thomas-San Juan-Grand Turk) because these were all new destinations for us and it left out of our hometown: Miami, FL. PROS: Service was outstanding; ship was spotless all week; cabin stewards kept room clean and ice bucket filled daily; hilarious late-night adult-content comedians in the Punchliner; Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana menu and staff were outstanding: great flavors and service with a smile despite the heavy workload. Lunch and dinner buffets offered lots of choices. 24 hr soft serve/fro-yogurt and pizza were our snacks of choice and were delicious. As a mostly (non-vegan) vegetarian, I found plenty of menu choices. Were surprised with a delicious pure chocolate Anniversary cake at our first formal dinner. Nice touch! Great service in the formal dining area. Many choices of excursions = something for everyone's tastes. Prices competitive - never felt ripped off. Adult pool and Serenity section allowed us to get away from the children and non-stop loud music and bustle. CONS: Number One complaint: Really irritated that my $35 for Social Media Internet access only allowed me to connect 3 times to Facebook in a week because of the lack of bandwidth. Comedians and cruise staff joked about this but it was NOT FUNNY! We felt robbed. Suggestion to other cruisers on this ship: don't waste your money (paying more only give you access to more sites that you won't be able to actually visit) accept the fact that you'll be Internet-disabled for a week. That's not a bad thing if you know what to expect. Dining Room dinners lacked flavor so we only did three dinners there - menu shopping each day to plan our dining. No tartar sauce on fried shrimp/fried oyster nights. C'mon man! Alchemy bar quality of drinks excellent but adult pool bar drinks (Rum Runner was rum-light) were crappy. Mass chaos at departure day so don't arrive until the published "rooms open at ____pm" time or you're be juggling your carryons and lunch trays in a packed dining room with 3000 others. By 7pm I still did not have my bag. After waiting in the Guest Services' line for 45 min, I learned from other guests that there was an unattended room nearby with unclaimed bags. I went there and found my bag with its baggage tag missing. No announcements from Guest Services about this, so I told 4 other people waiting in that same line to follow me to the bag room. Suggestion: use mailing tape to securely wrap your paper baggage tags to each handle on your suitcase (or purchase plastic pouches sold on Amazon for this purpose). Desserts consistently lacked flavor (with almost no exceptions) Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our 6th cruise and probably the best ever. Every staff member bent over backwards to make our trip great! Even if we where just passing them in the hallway. The Chef's table was easily the best meal we've ever had. ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise and probably the best ever. Every staff member bent over backwards to make our trip great! Even if we where just passing them in the hallway. The Chef's table was easily the best meal we've ever had. When the Chef decides to show off just sit back and enjoy it. Yaunita and Thomas in the Platinum dining room were welcoming every night and could anticipate our every request. Im not sure how they did it. Thomas is a great dancer. Martin in the Effy store was a great help for us. Jamuel was the best photographer we've ever had. He was giving my husband pointers on how to take better pictures when we got home. The band they had playing "Deep Blue Groove" was very good. We sent one whole evening just listening to them. I cant wait to go back again. The only problem we had was that it took too long to get off the ship. There was some problems with customs but that is not the ships fault. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
FANTASTIC SERVICE! Our cabin steward was awesome always bringing us fresh towels, ice, and making our birthday cruise special. Check-in was a breeze. The ship is definitely looking older but still kept up. The best part of the cruise was ... Read More
FANTASTIC SERVICE! Our cabin steward was awesome always bringing us fresh towels, ice, and making our birthday cruise special. Check-in was a breeze. The ship is definitely looking older but still kept up. The best part of the cruise was the ports of call. St. Thoms and Half moon cay being the highlights. I highly suggest renting an ATV (as long as your comfortable driving on the left hand side of the road!) in Grand Turk. We enjoyed Guys burger and blue iguana cantina. The main dining room food was OK but left more to be desired. 7 days was the perfect amount of time. The new slides seemed to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Dustin was a great CD and seemed to keep things interesting on the cruise. Go to the comedy shows and if your into it, bingo. Ocean view cabin was plenty of space for two people. I have previously done an inside cabin and probably would never go back. I would recommend going on this cruise. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We've been on 15 cruises -12 on CCL. For reference, we'll be platinum on our Vista cruise in July, so we purchased FTTF for this last one. We also had cheers (yes, worth it for us). Just got off the Glory - here's my ... Read More
We've been on 15 cruises -12 on CCL. For reference, we'll be platinum on our Vista cruise in July, so we purchased FTTF for this last one. We also had cheers (yes, worth it for us). Just got off the Glory - here's my impression. First time on this particular ship. We were married during a cruise on the Liberty, a sister ship, several years ago. Food: MDR was short of disappointing. We went to the steakhouse the first night (amazing as always and exceptional service). Night 2 went to MDR. Don't even remember what we ate but it was blah and tasteless. Quantity and quality of the caesar salad has declined. Chocolate lava cake was overcooked, it was literally a 'cake' throughout. We skipped the MDR the rest of the cruise with the exception of the night they serve escargot (YUM!!!) That night I had the short ribs (amazing). Husband had the lasagna which was mostly good but did not have much sauce. In total we had only those two nights in MDR, by choice. We had sushi (spicy tuna is soo good) 3 nights sitting in the lounge by Alchemy (with Martini's of course) and the steakhouse twice. We enjoyed the BBQ twice as well during lunch hours. Very good. The pulled pork was our favorite, and interestingly enough, is not listed on the menu. Guys is very good as always, and we love the Blue Iguana Cantina for the breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros when it's not a sea day. We typically really enjoy the prosciutto pizza (has the arugula on it), but for some reason found other things to enjoy until the last day. When we finally ordered it, the ship was "out of arugula". Pizza wasn't the same. We had originally reserved Chef's Table which we have done many times before, but learned the Glory is still on the same menu from the last 2 years so we canceled. Service: Pretty consistent overall. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Called by our first names throughout. Particular shout out to the service in Alchemy, the steakhouse and the sushi counter. We sat in Serenity exclusively and saw a bar server only one time walking through - very disappointing. There is a bar window (not a full blown bar) in the Serenity area with one long table and some stools - located in the area where the couches and chairs are. Cabin steward was pretty good - we had a few minor maintenance issues that he resolved promptly. Biggest issue seemed to be with towels, the lack thereof. We were short a bath towel, had to request it a few times and he took our yellow Serenity towels and did not replace them. Cabin: We were in aft 7447. Love the aft cabins. Usually. The cabin was mostly quiet, only a small creaky noise every time the AC turned off. AC worked great, we had to adjust it warmer many times as it got too cold. There is no couch in this cabin, just a table and one chair. Made the room slightly bigger, but may be bothersome for some with the lack of couch. There were plenty of hangers but no pant hangers? Biggest complaint was the massively bright spotlight shining on the balcony ALL NIGHT LONG, EVERY NIGHT. This is one of several lights mounted on Lido and they all shine directly down on balconies on 7 and 8 aft. For this reason if I ever do this class ship again, I will not book aft. We were not able to sit on the balcony after dark, at all. Way too bright. Complained to Guest Services and they told me there was nothing that could be done as it was "part of the architecture" whatever that means. Ship: Overall the ship is in good condition. Typical rusty spots on some of the exterior areas. Serenity is on 2 levels, with no pool. There are some Serenity type chairs/loungers on the other side of the ship by the water slide stairs, but that is not considered Serenity. May be a good spot for those with kids going to the water slide. Only way to get from one side to the other is to go through the building. All the 'pods' are in the very front where there is little to no breeze. CD: I'm not one who cares about the CD. As long as they are not obnoxious, they don't really affect my experience. This CD, don't even know his name, seemed to have an issue speaking without stammering over his words. Several times he had to correct himself or stumbled over what he was saying which I have not experienced before. Excursions: We don't usually book them through CCL, but a cabana in Half Moon Cay is mandatory. As a reminder, they do have towels for you on the island, you do not need to bring your own. That said, seems things were slightly different this time around. Service started on the island around 11 when they started stocking the cabana, and they came by a little after 2 and starting taking everything away. Seemed very early and we were surprised by that. Footnotes: One thing we found to be an annoyance was the lack of 'open' hours of a few place - namely the BBQ and the Serenity bar. There were some days the Serenity bar did not open until early afternoon and then was only open 3 hours. WHAT? Also some of the 'open' times listed for the bars in the Fun Times are misleading. The Red Frog bar and the Atrium bar state a 7am open time, but that's for pop and water only. If you wanted, say, a mimosa, you had to wait until 8am. (First world problem I know). We also found many smokers onboard who had a complete disregard for non smoking areas. We found zero staff policing chair hogs in Serenity but this seems to be a mostly common theme across all ships. In all, this was a nice cruise and we would not hesitate to recommend the Glory, as long as you're not going dependant on stellar MDR food. Our complaints are minor. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I have traveled on many different cruise lines and only picked this cruise because of the ports of call and it fitting in with our schedule. I knew when I booked it not to expect very much. I only saw this as a means of transportation ... Read More
I have traveled on many different cruise lines and only picked this cruise because of the ports of call and it fitting in with our schedule. I knew when I booked it not to expect very much. I only saw this as a means of transportation between the islands, not a relaxing cruise ship itself. The food was horrible. I am not expecting gourmet at the buffet line but it was boring and routine. I mainly ate salads. The best was the sushi bar which you have to pay extra for but the portions were generous. The stage shows were so so. We went every night because we are not gamblers and there was very much else to do. Comedy shows were good but packed with no where to sit most nights. The cruise director did a good job keeping everybody entertained. The man has more energy than I have ever seen. My major complaint was with the final morning. It has been a few years since we have cruised last and now they allow you to leave the ship with your luggage in tow. What a fiasco! The process would go so much smoother if they made everyone use their service the night before for bags so that when people leave they only have carry on size luggage. You possibly expect that many people to come down 1 bank of elevators with large luggage and no place to go without tempers flaring between customers. Some people literally couldn't even get off the elevators because there was no room to stand. This jammed up all the elevators. They need to rethink this plan of disembarking. Overall it was what I was expecting which was very little considering it was a Carnival ship. Going back to Celebrity or NCL next time. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
My husband and I went on the Western Carribean Cruise May 6 through May 13. This is the first time we had been on Carnival. It was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING !! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I can't say ENOUGH about the ... Read More
My husband and I went on the Western Carribean Cruise May 6 through May 13. This is the first time we had been on Carnival. It was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING !! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I can't say ENOUGH about the food......unbelievable. There is SO much food and it's wonderful. Best thing it's free!! We loved ALL of the food! We especially liked Guys Burgers, Pirate Pizza and the Blue Iguana Burrito place. There is a self serve soft ice cream station....open 24 hours! You can get a fresh made pizza at Pirate Pizza....24 hours! The breakfast at the Blue Iguana is fantastic. Room service is free! A lot of choices. The food buffets were also awesome. Also on top of all the buffets and restaurants, you have a set dining time for dinner in the Platinum restaurant. There you have your own servers. You can choose from a varity of appetizers, entrees and desserts. You can also order as much as you want. Remember this is also free. For example, my husband and I would order two or three appetizers (they're small), salads, an entree, maybe even two entrees a piece and then dessert. One of the activities we enjoyed was called Dive in Movies. They show two movies a night on a theatre size screen outside over the main pool on the Lido deck. You chill outside on the deck chair/loungers and enjoy the movie as your sailing. They have popcorn and blankets....again free! You'll want to bring a thermal cup for endless refills of coffee, tea, water, lemonade and ice tea. Otherwise the cups are small. Also, if you are a smoker....DO NOT BUY YOUR CIGARETTES before you go!! You can get smokes at the duty free shop on board for $30 a carton!!! We pay $9 a pack in MN so we were ecstatic ! Note: If you buy one carton or several cartons take them out of the carton and scatter them in your suitcases when you leave. You do not have to claim them on the custom form. The other thing I loved about this cruise was they gave you an itinerary everyday listing all the activities and believe me you will NEVER be bored. However, you don't have to do any of it if you don't want. I highly recommend this cruise line and this ship. We are taking our kids next time. GREAT MEMORIES! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
My husband and I sailed on Glory. We do not care for a lot of partying or adult themed atmosphere but once we realized we didn't have to be around all of that we really had a great time. There is so much to do beyond these ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on Glory. We do not care for a lot of partying or adult themed atmosphere but once we realized we didn't have to be around all of that we really had a great time. There is so much to do beyond these activities that we really had a nice time. We did see a couple of the shows where the acting and singing and dancing really was excellent. We were sat at a table with a very sweet couple that on the ship we became friends. The people that served in so many ways were all so nice and helpful. We were really thankful for just everything. The ports we went to and the excursions we took were really nice. Everything overall seemed very clean and we were very glad. Our room was near the main lobby so a night or 2 it got a little loud but again it really was ok. And most of the time they quieted down early. The food was really good. There was a great variety. I am vegan and at first again I wasn't sure if there would be enough but there was always plenty. Very nice trip. The spa was nice. I did go to a facial party and I did buy some of the products. I had a little experience with them on our last trip with the fantasy, so I knew they were good. I got different things this time and am very pleased. I also tried the good feet and the Elemis detox. Now, at this point I am sure some are saying I fell for crazy things, but first of all I have used shoe inserts in the past and various one. They have definitely helped my feet over the years so to buy one pair that will last a good long time even at the price, it was worth it to me. As far as the detox program, they weren't telling me a lot of new information. The program which includes their herbs and so forth are taking a little to get used to. They said I needed to cut out coffee and that has been hard. Drinking coffee with the herbs gets me light headed but to stay totally away from coffee I get bad headaches and I feel very sluggish. So I am working with this. Obviously I do need some detoxing. As far as the foods, I'm vegan so I really am having to learn portion control and not to eat so many fruits plus to eat more regularly. So For me I think it will all work out. I don't feel I wasted money. Well, all in all, this trip was really one of the best trips me and my husband have ever been on anywhere. It was really great and I look forward to our next cruise somewhere. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
Like a prior post being from Maine a nice warm late March Caribbean cruise is an awesome thing. Remember there's no such thing as a perfect cruise, learn to roll with minor issues and you will have a great time. The Carnival Glory is ... Read More
Like a prior post being from Maine a nice warm late March Caribbean cruise is an awesome thing. Remember there's no such thing as a perfect cruise, learn to roll with minor issues and you will have a great time. The Carnival Glory is a beautiful ship, the entertainment was great and our dining room server Romiel was a shining star, and may our cruise even more enjoyable, remember to give these folks a small break they work 6 to 9 months without time off. The gratuities may seem expensive to you, but I figure its only 10% and they earn every penny, I have been on four cruises and have never received bad service. We cruised to Grand Cayman, Roatan Honduras, Belize City Belize, Cozumel Mexico. This is the first cruise where I would definitely do the same ports again, but for us Mexico was the best. Remember to relax, don't expect perfection and you will have a great cruise. Thank you Carnival!! Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We stayed in Miami for a few days before boarding the ship and really enjoyed the Wynwood area. The embarkation was very smooth. However, once we boarded we saw construction crews and discovered that they were going to be working on ... Read More
We stayed in Miami for a few days before boarding the ship and really enjoyed the Wynwood area. The embarkation was very smooth. However, once we boarded we saw construction crews and discovered that they were going to be working on the boat the entire week we were on it. Because of the construction, there was no water slide and the pool the slide should have fed into was not accessible. As a result of this, the Serenity Deck, which was supposed to be 18+, was a free for all. So, during our At Sea days when we were hoping to relax in peace and quiet, the Serenity Deck was full of kids. When we were getting ready for bed the first evening, I was feeling uncomfortably warm. I tried adjusting the thermostat to no avail. We then called Guest Services to complain about our warm cabin and they sent someone to investigate our claim. The staff member arrived with a handheld temperature gauge indicating that our room was 75F. This person informed us that the accepted (by whom I’m not sure) range should be between 65-71F. However Sleep.org says the ideal temperature for sleeping is 60-67F https://sleep.org/articles/temperature-for-sleep/. I asked this person why the thermostat appeared to not work and he never gave me an answer. He left our cabin insinuating that he was going to somehow adjust our cabin temperature remotely but it took several hours for the effect to be felt inside our cabin. On the second night around the same time we experienced the same problem. We once again called Guest Services and they sent another person who removed the vent cover in the ceiling and appeared to be adjusting something inside of it. Once again, it took several hours for results to be felt. The third night we AGAIN had the same problem. Only, this time when we called Guest Services no one came. After 7 miserable nights of interrupted sleep I realized that the problem seemed to occur around the same time EVERY evening we were on this ship. Our cabin was located directly below the main theater. Every night when our air conditioning ceased, it was around show time and it did not return until after the late show had finished. This leads me to believe that our air conditioning was diverted to the theater ALL seven miserable nights while we lay in bed hoping to be able to get at least one good night’s sleep. What a miserable vacation when you can't even get a good night's rest and talk about putting a damper on the "romance department", if you know what I mean!? San Juan, Puerto Rico is AMAZING! We just wandered around Old San Juan. Grand Turk is a little scary if you venture into town and there's not much in the town. Not worth the cab fare, but the areas right by the port with the pool and the beach are nice. Some people we met on the cruise did an excursion there that sounded like a lot of fun. St. Thomas is nice for beach time or shopping. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic has a nice rum distillery, chocolate factory and cigar shop. We enjoyed a nice guided tour of the city there. The comedy shows were really good and we enjoyed the Alchemy Bar. Our wait staff for dinner was amazing and our room steward was also good. If it weren't for some of the staff on the ship, this total trip would've been a wash!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
I'm sure the cruise business is a tough one, and they need to make a buck where they can, but this ship is in need of a month or two in drydock to deal with some issues. #1 on my list would be air quality. Everyone I talked to was ... Read More
I'm sure the cruise business is a tough one, and they need to make a buck where they can, but this ship is in need of a month or two in drydock to deal with some issues. #1 on my list would be air quality. Everyone I talked to was suffering from "cruise crud", basically lingering congestion in the lungs. I think the problem is mold spores, as my spotless shower turned black with mildew within 2 days (which did not get cleaned during the whole week). If a health and safety inspector is reading this, take some measurement of spore counts, I'm sure it's off the scale.They need to disinfect everything, change out the carpets and install/upgrade all ventilation systems including hepa filters. Bring allergy medicine and cough drops. Walking around, you occasionally hit little pockets of sewage smell too (6th floor mid-ship elevator lobby, for example). That can't be good. Hot tubs were not hot and closed down around midnight. The water-slide was being torn down while we were at sea. The gym equipment needs the pulleys oiled. The deck chairs need a good wash. The food in the buffet and dining room was bland, but the burgers, tacos and pizzas were quite good. The staff put on a good face, but their body language betrayed exhaustion and defeat (or else a lot of energy drinks!). Sad. The nightclub was pathetic, and the vibe was more like your cousin's wedding than a modern dance club (don't let the Carnival website fool you on that one!). But hey, lot's of people like that, so if that's your thing, enjoy. Engine noise permeates all ship life, and I often found it hard to hear the person sitting next to me during dinner in the main dining room. My favorite spot was the Alchemy bar. Those bartenders are true geniuses, and if you don't like what's on the menu, they'll make something up just for you. Best ever! The bed, pillows and blankets in my room were also some of the best I've slept on in any hotel, anywhere the the world. Really appreciated that. And the cabin steward recognized me in the hallways and greeted me by name. That was a nice touch. Thank you for that. But those damn ship announcements! ARGH!!! Shut! Up!! If I hear "What's going on?" one more time I'm going to throttle someone. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Checking in and boarding the Glory was a breeze in Miami with FTTF. Met our cabin steward, Samidi, who took awesome care of us all week long, dropped off our carry on bags and headed to the Lido for a drink, relaxing in the sun and ... Read More
Checking in and boarding the Glory was a breeze in Miami with FTTF. Met our cabin steward, Samidi, who took awesome care of us all week long, dropped off our carry on bags and headed to the Lido for a drink, relaxing in the sun and watching the ship fill up. It was a nice start to the week to attend the Meet & Greet at the aft Lido bar. Met some really fun people! Special thanks to Dave for organizing a slot pull where the luckiest of us won $110 and a small trophy. We actually got ahead enough that we all could have gotten our $20 entry back (after paying the $110 prize) but we decided to let it ride. It was the best bang for a buck I've ever gotten in the casino, we cheered one another on for an hour until we were broke, but is was a blast. We had anytime dining and there was nothing at all wrong with our waiter the first night BUT on the second night we were seated in Leilanie's section and she was absolutely amazing! We asked for her every night thereafter and Leilanie and her entire crew were the highlight of our cruise. I'm not much for the elegant night experience, we've often just passed and had dinner at the buffet but not wanting to miss Leilanie's service I sacked it up and complied with the dress code, so glad I did. Those elegant night dinners are extra special. Missed the first stop, Grand Cayman, due to high winds and rough seas beyond Carnival's control. Some were bummed out but I appreciate the captain's concern for our safety. The sun was out and we had a really nice sea day. Mahogany Bay, Roatan came next . . . it was a rainy day but Coconut Tree Divers took us on a Discover Scuba dive. The took all the time we needed to learn the safe way to experience scuba and their beautiful reefs. We chose a Carnival excursion to the Lamanai Ruins in Belize. It was a long day but well worth it. Fun, educational and got some great pics. The port area had some nice shops. Our latest stop was Cozumel, all I can say is Mr. Sanchos was everything I had read about. Not awesomely classy or trashy, just a beautiful beach day with good food and drink. We sprung for the Romantic Package, well worth the few extra bucks. Our last day, a sea day, was the perfect end to another fantastic Carnival vacation. Can't wait to cruise again! Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was our honeymoon cruise and a bucket list cruise for me. I am loosing my battle with stage 4 cancer and only have 6 months to a year. The Carnival Glory team made this cruise the best for us. Thank you Eric and the entire crew. Our ... Read More
This was our honeymoon cruise and a bucket list cruise for me. I am loosing my battle with stage 4 cancer and only have 6 months to a year. The Carnival Glory team made this cruise the best for us. Thank you Eric and the entire crew. Our cabin was awesome we were in the back corner cabin 2475. Thanks to the rumbling of the engines I had the best sleep in over a year. There were 28 of us traveling together and the show cast loved us. They do have theme deck parties, like 80's night our group were the only ones that had costumes, I encourage you to dress for the theme nights it really adds to the fun. Check out inch of the ship to find your favorite spot. The adult pool and hot tubs in the back are salt water and were my favorite spot. the soft served ice cream is a hit. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary. The price was affordable, and it was the time of year that we wanted to go. We decided to book some excursions with Carnival. We chose the horse and carriage ride in Belize and the ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary. The price was affordable, and it was the time of year that we wanted to go. We decided to book some excursions with Carnival. We chose the horse and carriage ride in Belize and the catamaran to Pasion Island in Cozumel. We enjoyed both and felt that they were a good value. In Grand Cayman and Roatan, we were on our own and enjoyed that as well. We were lucky that we were able to make it to all the ports. The Glory cruise the week before was not that lucky. It honestly was nothing that I had considered, so I am glad that it worked for us. We did anytime dining, and we would not do that again. We do not feel that the service is on the same level as when you do the scheduled dining times. We wondered if that serves as the training room for new wait staff. The biggest complaint is trying to find a lounge chair on sea days, but that is a problem on any cruise. We will definitely said with Carnival again. Read Less
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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