2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The ship was clean and the cabins were nicer than we expected. We wish there would have been more shows during at-sea days, and that someone would do something about the chair hoggers. Every time we went up to the pool areas, the ... Read More
The ship was clean and the cabins were nicer than we expected. We wish there would have been more shows during at-sea days, and that someone would do something about the chair hoggers. Every time we went up to the pool areas, the chairs were covered with peoples belongings or towels, yet no one ever sat in them. I guess they saved them "just in case" they might want to sit there, or watch the movie. We were confused with the open eatery schedules. We would go up to eat and things would be closed when we were told they were open. I also didn't understand why we were required to be back on the ship at X time, yet we were still in port for several hours at some places. The food on the Lido was sub-par and bland. Breakfast was definitely the best meal they had. Their "chocolate bar" was NOT real chocolate. It was that fake crap that they make Christmas candy with. Guys Burgers, the deli, the sushi bar, and room service was great. The BBQ place has promise, but needs longer hours and bigger portions. The food in the dining room was superb but wish there were more choices to drink, other than water, that was included. The ship shore excursions were way overpriced, and I am thankful that I had been advised to look at trip advisor to book through local businesses. I paid $100 for an excursion that would have cost $250 through the ship. Actually, everything on board was overpriced. On board entertainment was kind of sparse, with only one show in the evenings, that they played twice. They had a LGBT meeting every night, but nothing for other interests. We will do more research next time. For the amount of money we paid, we were very disappointed. One thing for sure, we will definitely get the Faster to the Fun, whenever we cruise, just for the embarkation process. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon because it was a cost friendly alternative to a destination but it allowed us to visit many awesome places. It was fabulous in every way. Our room was always clean and the steward was awesome. Every ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon because it was a cost friendly alternative to a destination but it allowed us to visit many awesome places. It was fabulous in every way. Our room was always clean and the steward was awesome. Every staff member was always so kind and fun. We went to many of the comedy shows and amber palace shows and they were all fantastic. We had anytime dining and ate at the sit down dining every night and the food was great and there was a variety of selections. The ship is a bit dated as our room was orange/pink but it is well maintained and clean. Embarkation and disembarkation was pretty smooth considering we went at the most popular times. We visited grand cayman, mahogany bay, belize, and cozumel and each port was fantastic and there were a variety of shore excursions to choose from. We would definitely travel on the Glory again. The cruise director Eric and comedy club manager Shae were absolutely fantastic and always made sure everyone was having a good time. This cruise is perfect for all ages, there was definitely a variety between small children and retirees. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
My mother and aunt took this exact cruise a few years ago. They recommended it to us. The staff was wonderful. Danny Boy was our room steward and Jeffrie was our head waiter. Both were funny and friendly and helpful. The food was very ... Read More
My mother and aunt took this exact cruise a few years ago. They recommended it to us. The staff was wonderful. Danny Boy was our room steward and Jeffrie was our head waiter. Both were funny and friendly and helpful. The food was very good. We tried the steakhouse and really enjoyed it. Eric Brouman, the cruise director, was hilarious and friendly. The ship was decorated for the holidays. It was beautiful. There was a tree lighting ceremony and even snow in the atrium. We really enjoyed the Military Appreciation event. Veterans from all branches of the military were honored. My father served 23 years in the Air Force, so this event meant a lot to me. It's nice that Carnival does this. I would definitely recommend the Western Caribbean itinerary on the Glory. We loved Grand Cayman. Stingray City is very exciting. Cozumel and Roatan were beautiful. Great shopping at both ports. We weren't too thrilled with Belize. There were warnings about crime, so we didn't venture out of the port. The shop owners in Belize were very pushy. We found this on all the ports, but the pushiness was much worse on Belize. I would happily skip that port in the future though I've heard they have great underwater activities. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
First impressions are everything. I took this cruise to help complete a CLIA MCC requirement and to learn the Carinval brand from first hand experience. Checking in the rep Nicole with 21 years experience with Carnival could care less ... Read More
First impressions are everything. I took this cruise to help complete a CLIA MCC requirement and to learn the Carinval brand from first hand experience. Checking in the rep Nicole with 21 years experience with Carnival could care less that I was an agent from a major franchise traveling. I inquired about anything I could do to upgrade my experience on-board aside from the chef table I pre-booked. I was met with a quick no because the ship was over sold. In fact this sailing had over 990 children on it! Cabin: We were in balcony cabin 6263. When we walked into our cabin it looked like the steward had not finished cleaning it. The sofa was dirty with crumbs and stains. The sofa itself appeared in need of repair on the right side. The mirror was so dirty it look like a filter was on it. There was a sewer like smell that hit you upon entering the room. The smell decreased over the seven days. It was very obvious no one lifted up the items on the counter to dust under them. Pros - The bed was extremely comfortable which made it hard to get out of. The shower was the perfect temperature. The steward came in the cabin on day two and cleaned up the areas that were missed upon check in. Opportunity for improvement: Have a door hanger on the cabin doors if the rooms are not ready for clients. Maybe something like " We are still working to create a great impression. Check back soon." This will preserve that first impression clients get coming into their room. Ship: The ship has a lot of rust and various areas appear very outdated. The hours of operation of the stores on board aren't very late during the times at sea when you expect them to be open they are closed. This may have been a staffing issue. Opportunity for improvements: Touch up the rust on the ship especially on deck four and on the balconies. Medical care: My partner needed an anti-acid and the main store was closed. It was after 2 a.m. so I wasn't surprised. I went to Guest Services after not getting a response from the medical services telephone line. The Guest Services rep was able to reach a nurse on duty. I explained what I was seeking. The end result was they would sell me a (singular) Tums for $10 however in order for the person to go get the Tums it was going to cost an additional $50!! We had travel protection that covered medical needs so I wasn't overly concerned but the $50 fee was a bit much. Opportunity for improvement: Have a vending machine with basic wellness and personal items that uses using the key card for payment. This would allow people to get needed items after hours and avoid unnecessary fees, discomfort, and create a better client relationship. Dining: This is the first cruise I've been on and been disappointed with the food from the main dining room as well as the Lido deck. The taco bar served a fish taco that was fried to much. I expected a grilled a fish since it was a Caribbean cruise. The kale salad made three people sick. There was not enough fruit or food items that looked appealing. We were hard pressed to find Indian meals for a lunch option however they did offer them at dinner. Sailing on Thanksgiving you would expect some traditional items on the menu like mac and cheese, collards, sweet potatoes, sweet potato pie, etc. however the only traditional thing on Thanksgiving was turkey. The menu on Friday should have been the Thanksgiving menu. Pros: The Chef Table dining experience was OUTSTANDING and worth the $75 per person! I would recommend this to everyone who is looking to enhance their cruise or to celebrate a special occasion as I was celebrating an anniversary. Make the ship aware of ANY food allergies or intolerances in advance as I did and they will alter your meals for an enjoyable experience. Opportunity for improvement: Consider having more omelet stations and more food that reflects the region. Grill more fry less. Consider having chefs native to the sailing region. LGBT meetup: Nice that Carnival has LGBT meet-up like other cruise lines. Cons: This "event" is at 11:30 p.m. in the Alchemy bar which is an open space. Some of the people who were in the Alchemy bar area had no idea that it was dedicated to the LGBT community at 11:30 pm. My partner and I as well as other LGBT people we encountered on the ship felt we would have perferred a different setting and time. Opportunity for improvement: Consider having a host for the LGBT event. I would recommend changing it to a space that has a door and not let it be centered around alcohol. Consider times of 5 p.m. or 10 a.m. or even an LBGT brunch. Game themes or anything interactive would be a nice touch. Spa: In addition to owning a travel franchise I own a wellness spa. My partner and I went to the spa immediately after dropping our bags off in our cabin. Pros: They offered a demo of the various massages and a spa tour. I booked a hot stone massage and a pedicure for our last sea day. I wanted an appointment around 1pm however I was told they only had an 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. pedicure appointment available. I opted for the 9 a.m. dreading getting up early on a sea day. I was given a printed appointment receipt. My partner booked a bamboo massage, acupuncture and reflexology. Skye my massage therapist was fabulous!! She listened to what I expected from the service and delivered. Cons: When I arrived for my pedicure at 8:50 a.m. I was told I was not in the system for an appointment! Needless to say I was not happy. The hard sell by Dr. Cruz was a complete turn off during the tour. Opportunity for improvement: If someone has a receipt for an appointment try to honor it. Keep saunas in working order. Entertainment and Activites: The games that they play on board are family friendly. The setup for the Clue game was lacking suspense. Punchline comics were entertaining some more than others. Several people walked out of one comic show. The Epic show was the best even with them having to shorten the performance. The latin music was great wish there was more space for dancing. DJ Marshmallow, DJ Haynes and cruise director Staffie were entertaining. Cons: The Motown show had a clear lack of diversity causing people to walk out. Consider salsa lessons or other things to get the crowd involved. Service: Prior to sailing I made the Carnival aware I was celebrating an anniversary. Pros: Carnival provided a dessert at dinner, the steward decorated the newly cleaned mirror with a happy anniversary message and we received two gift cards. One gift card was for a 5x7 picture the other was for $50 towards a spa service. Cons: Because my pedicure was knocked out of the system I could not use the spa gift card. We took two pictures during the cruise. When I went to redeem the 5x7 picture I was told that we did not take the right type of pictures. Had we taken pictures with the various people at each port that would have served as our free picture. I offered to pay the $3 difference however the manager of the photo department would not allow it and recommended I take the right type of picture. This was not possible as it was the last night of the cruise. Later at dinner she came to our table to take a picture. I asked her if it will count as the 5x7 indicated for the gift card from Carnival she said no. The last night of the cruise the Guest Service had two people working and the line was long all day. The workers got pretty rude with the customers. Some of the customers mentioned the rudeness while at the Shore Excursion desk and more rudeness ensued. This happened to us and several others. The woman working at the Excursion Services desk pushed us aside because we were asking too many questions about a post cruise excursion. We eventually got an excursion booked from Guest Service desk after waiting over an hour in line. Opportunity for improvement: Whenever there are long lines have an employee walk the line to see if there are any quick questions or problems that could be solved. Ports of call: This cruise offers some great ports worth seeing of Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan and Cozumel. Our tour was late getting us back to the ship in Roatan and we were the last ones on the ship. I was prepared to arrange to meet the ship at the next port but to my surprise the ship did not leave!! Children: Because of the over 990 children onboard many of them were up past midnight. Several of them were unruly causing damage to the ship for sport. They came in the Serenity area and were not asked by the staff to leave. This is the adults only section which left no room for adult only time. Opportunity for improvement: Have a staff person escort the children out of the adult areas. Rescue at sea: On Friday our ship aided in the rescue of 17 people who were floating on a makeshift raft between Cuba and Miami. I was impressed with Carnival's commitment to stay until getting the all clear from the U.S. Coast Guard was given. This was the second most exciting thing of the cruise. Disembarkation went smoothly and we made our post cruise excursion without any problems. The post cruise excursion booked on board was a great over view of Miami and Little Havana. The tour company was very professional. I considered everything from this trip and weighed it against my experiences on NCL, RCCL, Disney, Holland America, and Princess. I asked over 30 people why Carnival for my brand research. The results were heavy on the price point with ports a close second. One person told me not to base my opinion of the Carnival brand off of the Glory because it is an older ship. I may be willing to try the Vista. I would hope my clients have better experiences. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Balcony, drink package ,faster to the fun... Food was very good, gained 10 lbs drinks were very good worth getting the drinking package Service was very good, cabin,dining, bars ect all good cabin very good ... Read More
Balcony, drink package ,faster to the fun... Food was very good, gained 10 lbs drinks were very good worth getting the drinking package Service was very good, cabin,dining, bars ect all good cabin very good shows were fair ... pools were fair,very small. only one small adult pool adult hot tubs were over crowed most of the time. used room service 3 times coffee was cold, order was mixed up. clubs for dancing poor for our age group we like rock and roll off shore excursions from carnival were excellent,,Zip line was super fun Faster to the fun was a waste of money Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle was a failure on there part. I do think people should dress for formal night better, and the ship should keep there rules about dress code,,, for the price we paid it was a good deal, so we would go again,if the price was right. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our 3rd cruise with Carnival. Our first in 2010 was awesome. The last two have seen a steady decline in food and service. The dining room menu is uninspired, with good service, but warm to cold servings. The food tasted ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise with Carnival. Our first in 2010 was awesome. The last two have seen a steady decline in food and service. The dining room menu is uninspired, with good service, but warm to cold servings. The food tasted bland and the selection was poor. I cannot believe the decline in menu offerings. Most menu items were offered everynight throughout the week. The buffet suffers from a similar decline in selection and preparation. The room was dated, but cleaned regularly. Half Moon Cay is beautiful. The best powdery beach in the Caribbean. The bbq food leaves much to be desired. Guy's Burgers on the ship were far superior. St Thomas is a joke. 100 stores around the terminal, and all selling jewellry, booze and junk. Returned to boat after 1 hour. Old San Juan was beautiful. Saved megabucks by taking the local ferry (50 cents each way) across the bay to get a cab to Casa Bacardi for a tour. The $12 tour "historical" tour is a waste of time & money. Grand Turk has incredibly clear water. Awesome snorkelling. Embarkation and debarkation were quick and orderly. Tip: at Miami International Airport, you can do your ship check-in, as Carnival has a booth. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our 8th cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines and we enjoy the "Fun Ships" approach to vacationing. Overall the cruise was well worth the money and we did have a lot of fun. Embarkment was delayed due to customs taking ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines and we enjoy the "Fun Ships" approach to vacationing. Overall the cruise was well worth the money and we did have a lot of fun. Embarkment was delayed due to customs taking their sweet time and people were getting angry with the workers. Thought that was very unfair. Being handicapped I was in the room with the rest of the wheelchair folks and we made the most of it. I personally tried to keep things light with the staff. The young lady, Haug, who pushed my wheelchair on board was a really nice young lady. We ran into a number or times on the Lido Deck. There were a few issues that we had to address on the ship and further once we got home. Our Agent had booked our room and we hadn't checked it location out. Turned out to be right above the Casino Band stage. That meant for me, a light sleeper, that every noise in the Casino woke me up or kept me from getting to sleep. My credit card was refused, and when shown to Guest Services then said it was fine. Had a ships office be rude and condescending towards me, which I did not tolerate. Also, a minor issue, but one that really bugged me is that they did away with being able to get the "Drink of the Day" anywhere on the ship. Turns out you have to go to the Blue Iguana or Red Frog to get those anymore. Took a little of the fun out of it. Guest Service gave me the line "we will monitor the situation" on the room/lack of sleep issue, which I took as a tough luck buddy you booked it approach. However, while re booking our excursions, they somehow didn't make it through their system, the young lady, Kitti, asked us how things were going and I told her the issues. She was very apologetic and said she would look into things. Two hours later we had a call from Guest Services that they had found a new room for us. Peace and Quiet.. YAY We don't care of the layout of this class of ship. It takes a while to figure out how to get to different places. However, the cabins were nice and the stewarts did a great job of keeping them clean and tidy. Dinning was great as usual. We also choose to dine with other and we were seated with two wonderful couple and enjoyed the food and company. The Chef's Table was well worth it and we dressed up for Halloween that night. Made it even more fun. The Steak House was also great. Our Server, Oysonya, was friendly and prompt and had the best smile. It lit up the room. Entertainment was what you normally get. Which is some good music, fun shows, funny comedians and entertaining quizzes. Seffie the cruise director was fun and silly. Lido food was okay and we tend to avoid the buffet on cruises and only went after excursions or for Sushi (which was very good). My wife enjoyed the late night movies while I battled the Smoke Filled Casino. The "non smoking" are was tiny and people walked through it smoking. As an ex smoker it was sad to not have more space or supervision. Also, saw children in the Casino and drink service was very slow. The best part of the Cruise was the destination. We loved Half Moon Cay, even though our excursion booking somehow didn't make it. The food was great, the beaches clean and beautiful. The water was wonderful and warm. All around a great day. On St. Thomas we booked the Mountain Top and Garden House. Right away there was a problem, my one knee doesn't bend past 108 degrees and the seat on the tour vehicle required a 125 degree bend. Once again Kitti came to the rescue and got the guide to allow me to ride up front with her. Eleanor was a fun, entertaining, and informative guide and just a really pleasant person. The Mountain Top was rained in so my photography was limited. However, the people were wonderful and I enjoyed it. The Garden House offered a tasting of different foods from their island and a sampling of 20 different Rums. Also, they showed us how to make a Banana Daiquiri and gave us samples. I was last in line so she offered me and extra helping. Then instead gave me a full regular sized glass. She won my heart. The food and the rum were great. On Puerto Rico we did the Fortresses tour and Frank was our guide. The history and architecture were fascinating and Frank kept it fun. The only problem we had was one couple went on their own and didn't tell Frank or the driver. They hunted for them for over 20 minutes. Finally we moved on to the other Fortress. Grant Turk we went on a cultural tour of some of the older parts of the island that had been hit hard by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Still rebuilding a number of the older Historical buildings. We stopped and walked one of the old areas and had lunch at Sunshine's. The food was absolutely wonderful and Miss Sunshine was a sweet a lady as you'll ever meet. Made the whole excursion well worth it. Finally we did an excursion in Miami since our flight wasn't supposed to leave until 7:52pm. Our tour guide took us to South Beach, Little Havana, and Wynwood Doors. It was very pleasant the the Art on the Walls at Wynwood was amazing.. Just what this old photographer needed. All of the excursions were well worth what we spent and the most enjoyable part of your time. We would do the Eastern Caribbean again, however, on a different class of ship in Carnival's fleet. Second trip on this class and really don't like the layout of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose kind of last minute, less than 60 days. Our first choice for our 25th anniversary trip was not working out price wise or for the activities and entertainment we wanted. So we went for our tried and true fall back a cruise. I hated ... Read More
We chose kind of last minute, less than 60 days. Our first choice for our 25th anniversary trip was not working out price wise or for the activities and entertainment we wanted. So we went for our tried and true fall back a cruise. I hated sailing out of Miami 30 years ago so I was not that happy to find the itinerary we wanted along with the few ships that still had handicapped cabins available was either out of Ft Lauderdale on an older Conquest class without the newer upgrades or out of Miami on a recently refurbished Conquest class. We normally sail the Spirit or Fantasy class due to easy of getting around on the ship for my husband. We also had to settle for an inside cabin, a first for us, but we thought the central location of the cabin would be a benefit, it was not. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
First off, the cruise itself was brilliant. Good service, good rooms (which by the way, only have ONE electrical output) and great entertainment. There was always some type of event going and the servers were great, especially Rio, Thomas ... Read More
First off, the cruise itself was brilliant. Good service, good rooms (which by the way, only have ONE electrical output) and great entertainment. There was always some type of event going and the servers were great, especially Rio, Thomas and Jerald from the Platinum Restaurant. They were exceptional. I loved 3 of the 4 destinations we stopped in which were, Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman. -Grand Cayman: Great place, sunny but mostly industrial (at least the site we stopped in). We did a tour around the place and it was interesting and cultural; great stop. -Belize: HORRIBLE. Probably the worst experience I've ever had. We booked an excursion for cave-tubing and zip-lining and we only got to do the cave-tubing. So not only did we get ripped off ($68) but our tour bus on the way back broke down 9 times. We had to hop on an unknown vehicle (which by the way, thank you) and drive down to the boat. Got stopped by the Belize police and gladly they escorted us to the boat. We were AN HOUR late. Luckily we had some family members on the boat but when those members when to go speak to the captain, the captain paid no mind to it. He wasn't the least bit worried and that is what shocked me the most. Not happy with this at all. -Roatan, Honduras: I loved it! The climate was perfect, the beach was beautiful and clear, it was just amazing! -Cozumel, Mexico: My favorite! We did the dolphin excursion in Dolphinaris and it was lovely. There was snorkeling, kayaking and more. The only issue was that we waited 2 hours to get on the kayaking and paddle-boards and when we were told it was our turn, the supervisor said there was no space. He also lied about us saying we booked it after we went to certain workers to explain the problem. Not a good experience being told we lied as to not signing up. The only thing that made this trip to Dolphinaris was the snorkeling and the dolphins. The supervisor was just plain rude. Overall, I liked the experience. There were some mishaps (Belize especially, and Dolphinaris in Cozumel, Mexico) but, it was a good trip. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Was looking forward to taking my adult family on a vacation. We have all cruised multiple times before and thought it would be a nice treat for our anniversary and as a precursor to my wife having knee surgery. With so many negative ... Read More
Was looking forward to taking my adult family on a vacation. We have all cruised multiple times before and thought it would be a nice treat for our anniversary and as a precursor to my wife having knee surgery. With so many negative reviews of Carnival and Glory specifically, we looked around for other lines, but based on interests of all involved and some dislikes for other aspects of some other lines, we came back to Carnival. It was a solid decision. The ship has a very easy to follow deck plan and we chose some starboard, aft balcony cabins. Good call as that was the dock side for all islands. We also chose Your Time Dining and were pleasantly surprised that for 5 of the 7 nights, there was at most a 3 minute wait in the line before we were seated. The 2 elegant nights we had a 30-35 minute wait which necessitated pagers/buzzers. We were also able to ask for the same wait staff when we wanted the familiarity of known servers. This was the first time ever that the host/maitre d' was of any real help to us, which was a plus. Excursions were well explained and those that took part in them were greatly pleased (Grand Turk - Snuba). The entertainment staff was good. They tried real hard and succeeded in providing a good time, although I didn't care for the Bingo caller when he was doing shtick, but when not doing Bingo he was very charismatic. The comedy club was quite well attended and the comedians I saw were quite good. The solo guitar players were just okay, and had no real charisma. The piano bar player was lackluster and was never well attended (when I went by - which was often). The main stage shows although had great production qualities, had very limited singing range and were not great. The ensemble "Resting Beach Face" was quite good and it was a pleasure to catch them all the time. I never made it to the water slide, or the mini golf - just too much to do and too many places to see. I wish that there was any kind of enrichment program on board that was worthwhile. The cooking demonstration had great samples but there was no way to actually see how or what they were doing while they made things. The Dive-in movies and midnight movie were a real cute idea and the deck parties were fun as well. I enjoyed the serenity deck and it was always quiet and easy to find someplace to sit and relax. The buffet - was at times crowded but there were plenty of choices. Burritos and Burgers and Pizza places were a very nice touch and the food there was good. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
The boarding and debarkation was super smooth. The Carnival rep called me a few weeks prior to the cruise to upgrade at a super discount, so I got a Grand Suite for a steal and was it ever worth the few extra dollars. The staff were ... Read More
The boarding and debarkation was super smooth. The Carnival rep called me a few weeks prior to the cruise to upgrade at a super discount, so I got a Grand Suite for a steal and was it ever worth the few extra dollars. The staff were always courteous and helpful. The food was fabulous, especially Guy's Burgers!! Absolutely no complaints on the cabin or amenities. Will definitely go back to Carnival. There was wifi throughout the boat. The Serenity Lounge was a nice quiet place for Adults Only to relax. The only criticism I have would be the Spa, seems a bit pricey, but the service is extremely good. Comparable to other lines though. The last cruise, not Carnival, shall we call it Morwegian so we don't discriminate. The debarkation left us with such a frustrated feeling, it drowned out the good feelings of the cruise. Took us 1.5 hours just to get off the bloomin boat and almost made us late for our flight home. No organization. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was my fourth cruise on Carnival but it has been a few years since my last. Everything was as awesome as I recalled except some of the changes in the VIFP perks. Some of the cost cutting measures seemed overly cheap like not ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise on Carnival but it has been a few years since my last. Everything was as awesome as I recalled except some of the changes in the VIFP perks. Some of the cost cutting measures seemed overly cheap like not delivering your purchased alcohol the last night of the cruise. I understand people were abusing the perks though... Overall it was still a great cruise with great service. The dine-in movies were especially memorable and our dining room staff was super helpful getting us food to go so we could finally see Avengers Age of Ultron! One issue we had which was totally my fault was the cabin location. I've never booked this late and we wound up in a room right over the propellers so every night the room sounded like it was trying to shake itself apart. If you like sleep stay away from the aft part of the lower decks! :) For excursions we only did one. The St. Thomas Champange Catamaran Sail Away. It was a little more expensive but the snorkeling location was great and even with a fairly bad current it was easy enough to check out the shallow portions of the reef at Honeymoon Beach. The other ports were nice with Grand Turk being a real stand out. The dock is located right next to the beach and the water and swimming areas were incredible. I've never seen a stingray that close but one was just gliding through the middle of all the swimmers mid afternoon. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
The best part of cruising on the Carnival Glory was the cabin steward, she was wonderful. The room was very nice and clean. She gave exceptional service. The room service menu is limited and more times than not the coffee was lukewarm. The ... Read More
The best part of cruising on the Carnival Glory was the cabin steward, she was wonderful. The room was very nice and clean. She gave exceptional service. The room service menu is limited and more times than not the coffee was lukewarm. The food and entertainment were okay not exceptional by any means. Almost everything the cruise director talked about he referred to sexually. The best excursion was the one we booked on our own on Grand Cayman with Epic Divers, wonderful. The island excursion we booked through Carnival was very nice. The snorkeling was wonderful. The problem with going on a private island excursion is that you do not see any of the port. We took an excursion to the Maya ruins, but to get there you had to travel one hour by bus and 45 minutes by boat each way. The ship was clean and the employees were very helpful and kind, but overworked. Would we go on Carnival Glory again? Probably not. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Over the public school Spring Break my boyfriend and I went on the Carnival Glory. We had an amazing time on our week long cruise to the Western Caribbean. We are in our mid-twenties. I will pick out some of the downfalls of our trip ... Read More
Over the public school Spring Break my boyfriend and I went on the Carnival Glory. We had an amazing time on our week long cruise to the Western Caribbean. We are in our mid-twenties. I will pick out some of the downfalls of our trip just for the purposes of the review, but none of these things stopped us from having a good time. About a week before we go on board Carnival called to ask us if we would like to upgrade to a balcony room. We had booked interior, so this was a big upgrade and it was an affordable one. We decided to do it and I am glad we did. The balcony room was very spacious- compared to the interior rooms I have stayed in previously (this is my 8th cruise). Overall the room was nice. There was enough storage space and hangers. I did bring a power-cord with extra outlet plugs so I could charge my phone and curl my hair at the same time. I am not sure if this is against the rules, but no one said anything. The balcony chairs were quite dirty- as was the balcony glass, so you could not see well out if it. We learned that they can only clean this class in Roatan, and once we left that port it was very clean. Embarkation was relatively easy. We did not do "Faster to the Fun". We had our boarding time set for 11. We quickly checked in and then had to wait for about an hour until boarding started. Due to this, I recommend getting there for around 12PM. You might have less wait time overall. The food was good overall. There are a lot of lunch options. Guy's Burgers was great- just greasy. The Blue Iguana had tacos, burritos, bowls, etc. and that was also quite good. There was also the deli, pizza (which has improved since my last cruise) and the fish and chips place which I did not try. The buffet food was okay, but I honestly did not eat much of it. The great thing about this cruise was that this quick service places stay open a lot later than the buffet, so when you get back on the ship you have more options than just pizza and ice cream. The dining room food was good every night, as was our wait staff. We had the 8:15 dinner seating and enjoyed that dining time due to a few late days in the ports. I particularly enjoyed the filet, ribs, and the orange souffle for dessert. They have lobster and filet on the menu for an additional cost, but on the formal nights these are free. As far an entertainment goes, the comedy shows were pretty funny. Dwight was great. Something came up on the last night and he was unable to do his shows, which was disappointing. Another comedian missed the boat. We really enjoy comedy shows, so we do feel that we missed out. I did not go see the musical shows. The marriage show was okay, but the format was a little different than other ships I have been on. Dustin was generally a good cruise director. He is filling in for someone who is on vacation. He is a little over the top cheesy, but I guess you have to be to do that job. Almost every night on the ship we went to the Alchemy Bar on deck 5. This bar has really creative martinis and there are mixologist bartenders, who can make all kinds of drinks that are on of off the menu. Miro, Miroslav, and Alex were all amazing. They worked so hard and made us innovative drinks all week. These drinks are somewhat pricey (10.50 a drink), but worth every penny. Going to this bar and watching them make unique drinks every night really made our trip. The bartenders always remembered us and were so friendly. One of them is actually world-ranked. Ports: Cozumel: In Cozumel we went to Paradise Beach Club. This was nice. It was a fifteen dollar cab ride each way per car load of 4. So it winds up being less than five dollars a person with tip. We paid two dollars to get in. They do have a ten dollar food/drink minimum per person, but they do not really enforce this. At this beach club you can pay extra to get snorkel equipment or play on the floating slides in the ocean. There are pools, hammocks, beach chairs, a nice dock to walk out on, etc. You can even bring your beach chairs into the pool because they have a ledge. Belize: We did Butt's Up Cave Tubing and Ziplining. This was amazing. We paid 60 dollars each and we were gone all day. You can make a reservation for this online in advance and it is well worth it. Speedy and Jerry were our guides. They did a great job. They even give you an authentic Belize lunch. Belize City is very poor and I would not suggest venturing out of the port area without an excursion. The tender ride is also pretty long, so be prepared for that. Roatan: When you get off the ship, they have a nice shopping area and a beach right near by. A lot of people chose to walk or ski lift to this beach (14 dollars for the ski lift, but I imagine the scenery is nice). We walked there and checked it out. It was like the other beaches we had been to so we decided to venture out in a cab. It cost us 60 dollars to go to West Bay Beach there and back and it was a 35 minute drive. We do think there is a cheaper way to do this though. We wanted to snorkel and we heard the snorkeling was great. The beach was nice. The beach chairs were not the cleanest at the resort we were at. I don't know the name of the resort, but it seems like they bring cruisers there. We did an hour snorkeling tour for 20 dollars each and it was fine. There was a drop off, lots of coral, and some fish. I would recommend straying away from this though because you can rent equipment for 15 dollars or bring your own and there is amazing snorkeling right near the beach. If you walk down to the rock formation jetting out into the water, you will see plenty of coral and fish and even better snorkeling than the boat tour. Grand Cayman: We went to 7 Mile beach. It was crowded, but beautiful. We took a cab there for 10 dollars each way with tip. The resort we went to was five dollars each and had a pool with a swim-up bar. It was the Princess Beach Club. If you want something more secluded, pay the extra cab fair and go a couple resorts down. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Just got back from a week on Glory. Have cruised many times and at least 6 times with Carnival. This was my second voyage on Glory. Cabin was fine, crew was friendly and helpful. I am not a foodie, do not have high ... Read More
Just got back from a week on Glory. Have cruised many times and at least 6 times with Carnival. This was my second voyage on Glory. Cabin was fine, crew was friendly and helpful. I am not a foodie, do not have high expectations about food. The food was really not very good. The steakhouse meal was good. The pizza and Guy Fieri's hamburgers were great. The deli was okay too. I did not try the Blie Iguana for Mexican. The food in the dining room was really not up to par, meat was tough, no matter what meat was ordered. Each night, I would hope for a more enjoyable meal, never happened. But the absolute worst was the buffet. It was very limited and most of the selections were strange, gravy laden and odd. The daily carved meat was rubbery and dry. If this had been my first trip on Carnival, it would be my last simply because of the food quality. Embarkation was a bit congested, no big problems. Disembarking in Mahogany Bay was quite backed up as only one person was checking sign & sail cards. It took much too long to disembark. I would definitely not recommend this ship strictly because of the really awful dining room and buffet experience. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We have cruised with Carnival about 8 times before, once with P&O and once with MSC. Glory is an older ship and this is reflected in her appearance, many areas are streaked with rust and our balcony was particularly bad! The ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival about 8 times before, once with P&O and once with MSC. Glory is an older ship and this is reflected in her appearance, many areas are streaked with rust and our balcony was particularly bad! The glass on the balcony door was streaked with marks and the surrounding frame was in very poor condition with what appeared paint streaks?? The booking in procedure in San Juan was efficient and fairly quick . All the shore staff were a delight to talk to! We were in cabin 7415 starboard balcony. Our cabin steward ,female, greeted us angreatd despite not seeing her, bar a couple of times , always remembered our names. However as we explored our cabin we found no bathrobes and one wardrobe was devoid of any coat hangers. We rang our steward and robes and hangers were supplied. Why I ask myself were these not there when the cabin was cleaned, who steals hangers off a cruise ship????!!! We dined in Golden upper the waiters their were exceptianal , evey evening they greeted us by name and generally entertained us. The table lacked table cloths, why all other Carnival ships had them? No butter knife, again all previous ships had a butter knife on the table. The waitrrs did not place our table napkins on our laps as we were seated. A small thing but on ALL other ships this was a normal ritual, why not on Glory. We also noted that there was a charge for tea and coffee, not so on previous ships. The menu in this restaurant did not vary much and some of the meals were below average in both taste and below par, and did not meet our expectations. The Omelette Bar never seemed to be open, why? Despite all this we visited 8 islands had great weather and enjoyed ourselves, meeting some great people both on and off the ship in the process. On the Thursday we booked and ate in the Emerald steak house at $35 a head. We had never done this before and had heard excellent reviews from fellow guests. The menu was quite extensive and despite the extremely low lighting level we ordered and ate a very good meal! Great steaks. The staff that waited on us were all female from Eastern Europe with extremely strong accents which made their English difficult to understand. All Carnival ships that we have sailed in have a couple of Fun Shops selling jewellery watches clothes etc.... my wife loves them and would visit them every day, however on Glory we commented how low stock was. After a few days we found out why, they closed both shops for the rest of the cruise to refurbished them. A real disappointment but a relief to my wallet! The live band has been done away with, it was on the last couple of ships too, prerecorded, another cost saving exercise? The balcony is generally cleaned once a week and a letter is circulated to warn you of this operation...........not on Glory they just hose and wash away without warning! We as past guest have always had a party in the theatre one afternoon with free drinks and canapés, not this time, very disappointing as it is another way of meeting fellow passengers and exchanging our experiences and views. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our 6th cruise, 4th with Carnival. We booked this cruise because of the value and the ports of call and for the most part the cruise exceeded our expectations. However... The boutique hotel on Calle Fortaleza in OSJ was small ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise, 4th with Carnival. We booked this cruise because of the value and the ports of call and for the most part the cruise exceeded our expectations. However... The boutique hotel on Calle Fortaleza in OSJ was small but wonderful. We enjoy San Juan so much we wonder why anyone would choose to embark in Miami. Embarkation the next day was quick and painless. There was a HAL ship docked next to Glory chartered as an alternative lifestyles cruise. The music from her Lido deck was much louder and better than ours. The cabin stewards were efficient and friendly, as always. The evening wait staff was also great; daytime staff, not so much. The food, however, was never great. Guy's is good, but the sodium and fat content likely keeps the medical staff hopping. "Britestar, Lido starboard" is probably not an unheard of announcement. Fish tacos were tasty, pizza always ready. The food in the MDR was hit or miss. The evening wait staff always sensed if we were not pleased and offered an alternate entrée. The Emerald steakhouse was very good. The biggest issue, and the reason we're looking to spend a bit more to cruise with a different, more upscale line, is our fellow passengers. Okay I get it, you're on vacation! But your rude behavior, attitude to the staff, slovenly dress in the MDR, complaints to the waiters / waitresses - "I didn't like any of my 3 entrées and only 1 of my 4 desserts, oh, go get me another chocolate melting cake to take to the room", etc. is affecting MY vacation. A trivial but common example: there are 2 condiment stations on the fish and chips level, with 1 large bottle of malt vinegar per station. How hard is it to sprinkle vinegar on your fries and leave the bottle for others so they don't have to search all of the tables? Do you put cream in your coffee then take the carafe with you? Do I need to smuggle my own bottle of malt vinegar on the ship in place of rum? C'mon! Rant over. The 2 ports we enjoyed the most were St. Croix & Bonaire. These happened to also be the 2 ports with the most relaxed attitudes by the locals. Curacao was also right up there. Debarkation was a cluster with people stacked by the elevators, but we did get off the ship and thru customs quickly. MIA, however, was a disaster and good luck to anyone with an early flight Saturdays. Did the cruse meet 80% of my expectations? Yes, hence the 4 stars out of 5. But, I think we'll try Celebrity or Princess next time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
On our trip, December 12-19, we hoped for the best. We had a wonderful time on our honeymoon cruise in 2011, but had a horrible time on a shorter cruise in 2012. We thought we would give Carnival another try. We had an ocean view room ... Read More
On our trip, December 12-19, we hoped for the best. We had a wonderful time on our honeymoon cruise in 2011, but had a horrible time on a shorter cruise in 2012. We thought we would give Carnival another try. We had an ocean view room and it was nicely decorated for my husband's birthday. The room was clean and the steward was very attentive. However, the first night on the ship, there was no hot water in the sink or the shower. We called and they sent someone to fix it. They claimed no one had the room on the previous journey and it needed to be flushed. Fine. The next morning, the shower was only scalding. You could not get it warm. It took multiple calls to get someone to fix it. Finally, about 11 at night, they replaced the thermostat. They offered us a free night in the steakhouse (but then later made it for the wrong night and we had to discuss it with the steakhouse hostess). We had one excursion to Sapphire Beach. Carnival did not provide enough transportation to this location and we waited for 30 minutes in the parking lot. The woman who owned the transportation group didn't get us a bus and argued with us that it was Carnival's fault. Okay, so we had enough time at Sapphire Beach. The accommodations were a little lacking, but it wasn't terribly expensive as an excursion and we made the best of it. On the return from Sapphire Beach, the transportation never arrived. The man who took us would not answer his phone. We waited 45 minutes in another parking lot and were bitten by biting gnats. We had welts the next day. The dive shop operator was very helpful, but there was not much he could do. We did receive 1/2 off the excursion price. The dining room we were assigned to was over the engine and was like sitting on a washing machine. We switched dining rooms after speaking to the manager. The steakhouse was outstanding, having dined there twice (once for my husband's birthday, once for the trouble with the shower). The food in the buffet was disappointing. The burritos we ate had tiny chicken bones in it. It was either cold or soggy tasting. The burger joint was okay, but how many burgers can you eat? All in all, we would not repeat the experience. We did not want to complain and we don't, but with no hot water and a crappy experience with the excursions, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Us= Middle income couple, both 40-somethings, early "empty nesters" of 3 young adult chilren, deff not the stuffy type. Wife has cruised several times but this is my 2nd. We got a cabin with a window, which was just fine, we ... Read More
Us= Middle income couple, both 40-somethings, early "empty nesters" of 3 young adult chilren, deff not the stuffy type. Wife has cruised several times but this is my 2nd. We got a cabin with a window, which was just fine, we only go to the cabin to sleep anyways. Last cruise we had a balcony and really only used it to open the door and listen to the ocean at night, but that's not worth the price diff unless it's a sweet deal IMHO. The staff were simply amazing. From Brian the head Mixologist at the Alchemy Bar, to "Mo" our head waiter in the dinning room all week. We did not have an unpleasant or in any way difficult interaction with a single staff member the entire time, so many smiles from people that work to make us happy. If you expect to get everything available to eat 24 hrs a day, you will be disappointed, if you can figure out what is open and where the good stuff is, there is GREAT FOOD. Guys Burgers has hand made 80/20 burgers, the Blue Iguana Grill, Fish House, and of course "The Steak House Experience" (we and our group decided this may have been the best meal of our lives) are all worth trying out at least once and then decide where you want to go back to. The only thing avail to eat after midnight is pizza and frozen yogurt/ice cream but the pizza is what I would consider "gourmet" and are hand made with high quality toppings, as in cubes of real mozzarella piles on hand tossed crust. Remember you can also hit the dinning room for a more restaurant style breakfast/brunch if you don't want to deal with the buffet every morning. Shows were very entertaining and fun, lots of 70s-80s high production stuff. The digital effects designer/producer for these shows is AWESOME. Seeing giant black wings burst out from behind a male singer at the right time was killer. Main lobby had live music and a party atmosphere almost every night and "Glory Days" the duet group was very entertaining and kept people dancing and laughing. The comedy club was a nightly staple but the lines form early so get there before or be ready to sit way back, not that it effects your appreciation of the comedians. Piano bar was where we went after the comedy club and Scott the singer was great and got better the more the "appreciative shots" poured in. Biggest tip I could pass on was to be patient and your trip will be much better, there are lines and lots of people but there are plenty of spots to get away from people and have some peace. Remember that other cultures value our ideas of "polite"... differently, people disregard and cut lines, barge in front of you, etc, just chill and smile and enjoy your trip. Shore excursions are fun, but I would recommend picking the shorter length excursions as there are too many "OMG we have to rush back, the ship leaves in 20 mins" moments. For some it would be a negative that most shore hours are like 8AM-4PM, once day it was a deadline of 2pm. I hear the longer cruises (7+ day?) give you more time in port but I don't know. There really aren't a lot of signs and instructions on how exactly you get to the tenders (The shuttle boats that take you to shore when the ship can't get to a dock because of the coral reefs and such) in the morning when you have to take them to port, or maybe I just needed more coffee because the "tender" days we got really confused. They really hustle you off the ship in the morning of disembarkation though so get your stuff ready and just accept the luggage service, they get them off plenty fast for you and dealing with stacks of bags in long lines trying to get off first, really sucks. We let them take our bags and then went and drank coffee and relaxed on desk till they called our number and we waited no more than 15 mins for our luggage to come out. I really can't say a single negative thing about the cruise or the staff, or food, or the ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
My husband and I went on our first cruise. My friends kept saying that you should leave a day ahead of time just to make sure you get to your right port on time. We didn't do that and got there with time to spare. The ship was big ... Read More
My husband and I went on our first cruise. My friends kept saying that you should leave a day ahead of time just to make sure you get to your right port on time. We didn't do that and got there with time to spare. The ship was big and the glass elevators were cool to see. You had your drill for an emergency shortly after you got on the ship. That could have been a bit shorter--it was warm that day and standing close to so many people and being on a plane all day--I just wanted a hot shower!! We went to Half Moon Cay. The sand here was like flour! The water was warm. You had to take a tender boat but that wasn't bad at all. We meet people from all over the world--we always met somebody new and that was great! Bring sunscreen and don't forget about the SALT WATER! Take pics and have fun!! Our second port was St. Thomas. We did an excursion of the island. It is a quik way to see and learn about where you are. Stopped at Magen's Bay, which was very beautiful. Lots of people though. Took a tram and the view up there was beautiful. Try the specialty drink after you get off the tram called the Bushwacker. Had a cold beer (CARIB--$2) at port!! The price was right and tasted great!! Another tip: TAKE A NOTEBOOK TO WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU DID!! I did for the first day and now I have to look at pics to remind me what we did. Well, next was San Juan. Took tour of island and visited El Yunke National Rain Forest. Finally Grand Turk--took the segway tour!! the guides were great and they own their own business--their parents started it. While excursions cost something but when are you ever going to be here again. Watch what you spend on the ship and keep it paid in full every day so at the end of your cruise you are not swamped with a big bill. We decided not to do the "all you can drink package". Glad we didn't. Couldn't see drinking that much to pay for it. I wanted to remember my cruise. We would go again and take our kids and some friends with. Tip the stewards well because they are on this boat for about 7 months and then couple weeks with their family. Our steward, MADE, was real nice and always had a smile on his face. All the help worked hard. It was hard at time to get answers out of them because of the language barrier. They are only told to say so much I guess. The cabin was nice--inside, but next time we are doing a balcony room. The entertainment was very well done and the food was good, but after about 5 days you wanted your own cooking. You were given an itinerary every day and there was always something to do--even on sea days. Disembarking was ok. We set our bags outside our door the night before but i think next time we will take our own. You get off the ship faster. I did not at all see an AED. I did email the cruise line but haven't heard back yet. What would someone do if someone went into cardiac arrest!!! the workers don't know what to do!! That was what i noticed and think they should have for sure. GUYS BURGERS WERE GREAT!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Carnival glory review Thanks CC forum/community for providing so much valuable information. Now it is time for me to return the favor! ;) A bit of background on us: Both early 30s, happily married for nine years and we've adopted ... Read More
Carnival glory review Thanks CC forum/community for providing so much valuable information. Now it is time for me to return the favor! ;) A bit of background on us: Both early 30s, happily married for nine years and we've adopted four cats and one dog together (not all at once, but over time!) I have been an avid backpacker in the last decade and got my hubby into backpacking with me as well. I knew nothing about cruises until this past June when my parents came to visit from China. Due to our hectic workload, cruising at that time seemed to be the best way for us to see more in short period. While my parents ate and lounged blissfully, I could catch up with my work knowing they were nearby and safe. Long story short, I got hooked on cruising! (My first was Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda) When I returned from my first cruise, I booked carnival Glory immediately for me and hubby - his very first. Food: Carnival Glory offered a ton of food, from main dining rooms, Guy's burgers, freshly made pizza, burrito and tacos, to self serve 24 hour ice cream. The food presentation and service were not on par with Norwegian Breakaway, we were still very content with the food and ate a lot. We were scheduled at 8:15pm late dining, which was tough for us since we usually eat around 6:00. I asked about the possibilities to switch but never heard back. For days 2 & 3, they let us use the 6:00pm early dining and 5:45pm your time dining upon our request. It was a bit awkward sitting with strangers and we wonder how seating was arranged, since we didn't see much variation of people sitting together. Since Carnival glory covers a long distance at a fast speed, we felt constant shaking and even saw a few cracked Windows. Did feel stable and safe, though. We loved the Showtime by the dining staff. You have to see it to believe it! Entertainment: Comedy Club: my first cruise with my parents at Norwegian, I did not check out any comedy club shows because my parents don't speak English. So at Carnival, I made up for it and hit at least six or seven shows with hubby. Loved all of them, especially the first three nights by Doug Williams! Hilarious!! On day 4, there was no comedy, I was craving for it! Amber Palace shows: loved all of them! Hubby was absolutely impressed! Although the shows themselves were not as fancy as the ones at Norwegian, they were more interactive and including the audience!! I think the seating with a table in front was a lot more comfortable than Norwegian. Don't miss the Divas and Epic Rock shows. Also we loved the Love and Marriage show! The very popular cruise director Mike is truly an amazing entertainer. His high energy, friendliness, humor left a strong impression on everyone. Julie, the cruise director from Norwegian was amazing, but didn't offer free drinks to participating passengers during fun games the same way as Mike. Every time he spotted an active participating passenger, or his chosen volunteer, he let the waiters and staff bring them prizes and drinks. It made everyone feel special. Many staff gave away fun gifts and perks for passengers throughout the cruise. It felt like we're were on Oprah! Spa: my favorite place on the whole ship! At Norwegian, I only used the gym (which falls under Spa umbrella) a couple of times. At Carnival Glory, we both used the gym. I enjoyed the jacuzzi, steamer and sauna room very much. I love how the steamer and sauna rooms have the floor to ceiling Windows with fantastic open views. Great meditation spots and always just me by myself. Peaceful and relaxing! There were lemon, citrus water and various tea there as well. I did the pedi, facial, hair cut, wash, blow dry and had wonderful conversations with the ladies, two from South Africa, one from Jamaica. I will definitely use the Spa more in future cruises. I also attended the ladies pamper party and won a beautiful tanzanite necklace. Art Auction: we attended two Art Auctions, not because we collected art pieces, simply because we never went to any auction and were curious, plus they offered free champagne and raffles. Both were long, but we picked up some knowledge on artists, how auction worked, etc. Pool and Jacuzzi: we did not use the pool, because it was always crowded and didn't look too clean. We did use the jacuzzi several times. We loved the ones all the way up on serenity deck. However, during sea day, it got really windy and not pleasant. We enjoyed it during one port day. We purposely got back earlier to use it before all passengers got back. Big screen theater: the screen itself isn't as big as the one at Norwegian, but the location is better and it offered several blockbuster movies. We got to watch the Furious 7, Avengers, Perfect Pitch 2 and loved watching dive-in movies under the starry night :) windy though. Excursions: As an avid backpacker, I loved to explore independently instead of purchasing packaged trips so I took advantage of non-Carnival organized excursions. Cozumel: we stayed at this lovely cafe at the port for over an hour so we could use the wifi to check on our dog and cat with friends. we took our time to get a $15 taxi to paradise beach around 10:30am, which was almost empty! We found they had wifi too later on. $3 entrance per person to use any chair and umbrella. Amazing deal! We enjoyed a few drinks, walked along the beach, and their giant pool. By noon, more people showed up and we headed back to the ship for some Guy's burgers. The beach was a bit rocky and not very pleasant for swimming. But we saw their huge water toys for people to climb and play. Seemed lots fun. We just rested on the lounge chair. Belize: we did the cave tubing with a company called 'Butts Up' (you'll know why as you approach some of Belize's shallow waterways!) They have a great team with hard working staff. We were so shocked to see these guides actually walked on the rocky lake to direct the tubes. I tipped them well and felt sad when seeing other folks just tipped a buck or two. $35 included the transportation, a yummy lunch, and all the gears, let alone the history and Q&A on the way over. Amazing deal! Roatan, Honduras : we went straight to the beach, five minutes walk from the ship. Again. Early birds got an almost empty ocean, we swam and swam. So much fun! Got back to the ship early and got more Guy' s burgers! Grand Cayman: we love this port. So much to do, so little time! Originally, we planned to visit the stingray city, but hubby got sick the night before. So we changed to the seven mile beach. We took the public bus, $2.5, not the ones at $5 right outside the terminal, but walked around a few blocks. The $5 one would wait for it to be full to go, while the public bus would go right away at half a price. We rented two chairs and one umbrella for $20 right in front of the ocean. We swam, we rested, and we ate the delicious jerk chicken with rice and bean and string beans for $8 from the grill vendor. Truly fun day!!! Miami: we have both visited Miami before, so after disembarkation, we took a cab to Bayside marketplace. I enjoyed the shopping while hubby enjoyed drinks and watched the luggage. One hiccup : we totally forgot our black back pack at the luggage pick up from carnival. The staff called us by noon, and luckily we were just ten minutes away, so hopped into a cab and grabbed it. Overall, we had an amazing cruise! We were chosen to be on stage at the Divas show and I got the chance to go backstage to be transformed into the Diva and walked out at the show finale with the fabulous singing and dancing team! One of the most memorable moments in my life! Even hubby got emotional and choked seeing me walking out fully made up:) I am already checking other Carnival lines and look forward to the next vacay;) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
This is the 6th cruise I have been on. Also sailed Royal Carribean and Princess. We choose this cruise because it was a bargain as we booked it 1 year in advance. Booked the Grand Scenic Ocean view room (1 of 2 on the entire ship) ... Read More
This is the 6th cruise I have been on. Also sailed Royal Carribean and Princess. We choose this cruise because it was a bargain as we booked it 1 year in advance. Booked the Grand Scenic Ocean view room (1 of 2 on the entire ship) Our room was amazing. Our entire cruise was great excluding dealing with the rudeness of the people in Miami. Carnival has a lot of hard working staff and they all made us feel soo welcome. Our room steward Armando went above and beyond to make us feel special as so did Alam in the dinning room. Carnival has had to make changes to a lot of things in the last decade to remain competitive and it was only slightly noticeable. The food in the dining rooms and specialty restaurants was excellent including the Blue Iguana and Burger Joint. But the Lido buffet was always crowded and a bit disappointing. All in all, we got a great bargain and met soo many nice people and had an amazing honeymoon. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
I've cruised on princess, royal Caribbean, and now carnival. I must say for the price of this carnival cruise I am very satisfied. People who are writing terrible reviews about this ship must have had ridiculous expectations. The ship ... Read More
I've cruised on princess, royal Caribbean, and now carnival. I must say for the price of this carnival cruise I am very satisfied. People who are writing terrible reviews about this ship must have had ridiculous expectations. The ship was clean and the staff was always cleaning different areas. Our balcony stateroom on the 6th floor was great. First time having a balcony and it was definitely worth it. The stateroom was cleaned twice a day and they did a pretty good job. It wasn't super clean but good enough. The entertainment was good too. Funny comedy shows and the Epic Rock show was by far the best from the amber palace. As far as crowds go it wasn't really bad. We only waited in a line for food a few times. Guys burgers was very good. It lived up to the hype I read about. The main dining room food was adequate. If you are expecting amazing, fine dining cuisine you will be disappointed. However there were some stand out dishes and we were never disappointed with our orders. Anytime dining is convenient but if you are looking for that personal experience with the waiters every night you will be better off with a chosen dining time, either 6:15 or 8:15. For us it was good to have anytime because my boyfriend loves to nap and I would have been rushing him around to make dinner each night if we had a specific time. I'd say half the nights we went to dinner we waited about 20 minutes for a table for two. The steakhouse was just ok. We ate there the first night and wished we didn't waste our money. If you're not really on a budget it's worth a try but otherwise I'd say skip it. All the ports were nice too, half moon cay being the nicest beach I've ever been too. In Puerto Rico there will be buses right outside the terminal with men advertising 20$ for a tour. It was a complete waste of money do not do it. They took us through new San Juan and there was nothing to see. You can just walk five minutes to Old San Juan on your own which is where you want to go anyway. Besides wasting 40$ it was so hot on the bus and I wanted to get off so bad but had no choice. It was very frustrating. We won nothing in the casino. If you don't like cigarette smoke you will hate it in there. Other than the casino, people smoking won't bother you on other places on the ship. The serenity deck was nice and not really crowded the times we went. Overall this cruise was a great value. However I think after cruising RC in 2012 and now Carnival, I prefer RC. On a final note, if you like the drinking party atmosphere carnival is great for it. It's true that RC is more low key than carnival. Both lines are good so choose based on your personal preferences and your budget. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Overall, very memorable experience. We would travel again with Carnival. Dining- There were so many varieties of food and the quality of food was good. We chose an assigned dining time and made some nice acquaintances. However, we ... Read More
Overall, very memorable experience. We would travel again with Carnival. Dining- There were so many varieties of food and the quality of food was good. We chose an assigned dining time and made some nice acquaintances. However, we wanted to switch to anytime dining because we were missing out on lots of evening activities due to dinner. It was not possible to switch to anytime dining. I really appreciated the servers remembering our names. We were also able to order as many plates as we wanted during the evening dinners. Service- The service was super fast! We called for a plumber and he was up to our cabin within 5 minutes! Most staff was friendly and smiled as we walked by. The room service cleaners were extremely prompt and cleaned our room at least 3 times daily. Entertainment- There were plenty of events to choose from. We missed a lot of evening events that looked interesting due to the assigned dinner dining time. We would rather have chosen the anytime dining option. The Mexican Fiesta party was really fun. We also enjoyed the Hasbro show and Dive In Movies. The art auction was also well done. I wish the Casino was a little more closed off due to the heavy smoke. We had to walk through the casino several times to get to other various events. Excursions- The tendering to and from the ports of Belize and Grand Cayman took far too long. We missed our entire day's excursion in Grand Cayman (which wasn't booked through Carnival) due to how slow the boats were moving. We also left from ports at least 30-60 minutes late most days. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
We know enough people that love cruising that we finally had to try it. Now we have, we don't need to try it again. Too bad we picked a Carnival ship for on only cruise - it seemed to have priorities different from ours. First - ... Read More
We know enough people that love cruising that we finally had to try it. Now we have, we don't need to try it again. Too bad we picked a Carnival ship for on only cruise - it seemed to have priorities different from ours. First - the embarkation. From the moment we stepped off the bus until two hours later, we stood in long, noisy lines. This is probably where I picked up the flu bug that exiled me to the cabin 3 days later. We had been advised to carry on our own suitcases - which was a plus - we were unpacked and ready to explore once we finally made it to our balcony (free upgrade!) cabin. There was pretzel salt and crumbs on the desk! And a sticky spot from a glass on one of the bedside tables. I guess the cleaning from the last passengers was not complete? And before I am shuttled off as a humbug - our cabin and dining crew were very friendly and wanted to make us happy. No complaints about the crew we were close to. Interesting tidbit though - every one of them we had a conversation with told us of their plans to get away from working for Carnival. Then - impressions of our time on the ship. "Carnival" seems apt, as like old-fashioned carnies, the primary goal seemed to be to separate passengers from money. Constant attempts to get us to do something not included in the price. Drink prices were higher than ANY OTHERS I had ever experienced, even airplanes and fancy restaurants. Noise - almost everywhere except the Serenity area, which never had an empty chair in the shade, unpleasant music most places - I have no idea what demographic likes that kind of music. Crowding - always a search for a table on the Lido deck, no room in the tiny pools, in the theater for the comedy shows (show up 15 minutes early to get a seat for a show that only lasts 45 minutes). Long Lines - to get off the boat, on the boat, to get food other than the dining room, to speak with guest services. Bland - all the food - we lost our appetites the last few days because everything (except chocolate frozen yogurt!) just seemed to lack herbs or spices (unless sugar counts as a spice). Between the bland food and the one day spent with the flu, I lost weight during this cruise. I was not expecting that! The motown show seemed pretty good. While not my favorite genre, and not a fan of "shows," the singing and dancing seemed very well done. The "rock epic" show frightened me - was this show supposed to be aimed at my demographic? Rock, 70's to current, is my genre. There were maybe three pieces that could be considered rock. The rest was pop. One of the 3 rock pieces was a reader's digest condensed version of Stairway to Heaven. The dancing and prancing was well choreographed and performed, but did not seem to have anything to do with the music (except Bohemian Rhapsody). Three of the songs in the short show were from Queen - go figure. The graphics in the background were kind of interesting, especially the eye. And lastly another positive - the medical staff were friendly, firm, and efficient. When I showed up there in the morning as the flu was hitting me, they slapped me into quarantine before I realized how sick I was. They handed me a barf bag in the 10 seconds between the time I first felt nauseous and when I vomited. They also quickly took me off quarantine the next morning when I showed up more pink than green. Read Less
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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