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Sail Date: May 2015
When Sally and I decided to take a cruise we looked at destinations and work schedules. We had someone who recommended we look at Carnival as our cruise line based on ports we wanted to visit combined with work schedules. This would be ... Read More
When Sally and I decided to take a cruise we looked at destinations and work schedules. We had someone who recommended we look at Carnival as our cruise line based on ports we wanted to visit combined with work schedules. This would be our first cruise with Carnival. Both of us previously cruised with Norwegian, and were a bit hesitant to book with Carnival based on some of the negative reviews we’ve read. A personal comment about how we feel about cruising. Unless the ship sinks, has a major malfunction, or outbreak of Norovirus it’s difficult not to have a good time on your cruise. Someone cleans your cabin daily, brings fresh towels twice a day, and turns down your bed leaving towel animals nightly. You don’t have to cook. Entertainment is provided from morning well into the evening. It seems one would almost want to have a bad time not to enjoy the cruise. We flew from St Louis into Ft Lauderdale the morning of the cruise. Everything went seamlessly. Other than a small issue getting the correct sign and sail card with Carnival's Faster To The Fun, we were on board within 20 minutes after arriving at port thanks to Michelle and Guillerimo, the head stevedore/porter. Also, Christina in Guest Services was a huge help once on board. We highly recommend purchasing the Faster To The Fun. Well worth the extra cost when you find yourself bypassing the long lines to board the tender boats. The Glory is not a brand new ship. We did notice some signs of wear, but all in all we found her to be a beauty. It does take a little time to figure out how to navigate from front to back as the galley is mid ship. But after a day or so we pretty much had it down. We had someone suggest we consider an Aft Extended Rear Balcony cabin # 6489. Are we glad they made that suggestion! I'm probably the wrong person to comment on cabin decor, but everything looked great to me. Much to our surprise, we also felt the room and bathroom was more spacious than expected. The bed was also very comfortable. But oh that balcony. It had 2 chairs plus a lounge chair and table. We enjoyed many early mornings and evenings listening to the sounds of the wake, watching the beautiful Caribbean as the sun rose or set. In my opinion well worth the choice. Our cabin steward Louis on deck 6 aft is fantastic. He made us feel as if we were staying in his home. Always smiling, always calling us by name as he asked what we had planned for the day. Then later he asked how our day went. Hardest working man on Carnival. If anyone sails the Glory with a cabin in his area please tell Louis that Ron and Sally from St Louis said hello. Luis bent over backwards to accommodate us. Reading Carnival Fun Times there is always something going on for just about every taste. Frankly we did not take advantage of all that was available as much as we could have. We chose this cruise for the itinerary so we were on the go a lot. We did take in a couple of the reviews and comedy shows and thoroughly enjoyed them. Adam the CD did a great job especially with the Love and Marriage game. I've read the same reviews criticizing the food. Is the food what you would find in a 5 star restaurant? No. But it's a cruise ship trying to accommodate almost 3000 people with varied tastes. We ate in the Golden Dining Room every night except one when I was over served with tequila in Cozumel. Had breakfast at the buffet before going on excursions. The 2 sea day brunches were great. We found the choices to be adequate and the food good. What made the dining room so much fun for us was the staff. We had anytime dining. Usually ate a bit later with never waiting more than 20 minutes and that was only once. Upon arriving for dinner Mia the head hostess and her staff made us feel they were happy to see us. The best part was Ni, Walter, and Alfred. My vocabulary isn't large enough to explain how graciously they treated us and how hard they worked. If anyone sails the Glory, eats in the Golden Dining Room, and has this team, please tell them that Ron and Sally send their best and I'm working on getting a new GoPro camera. We wanted to try the Emerald Steak House. Everyone we spoke with highly recommended it. The Alchemy Bar...Vera and Brian are artists. They will make you some of the most unusual and great tasting drinks you've ever had. Please tell Vera that "Bond, James Bond" said hello. Guy's Burgers are awesome. All in all we had a great cruise. Looking forward to going on another. Please feel free to contact me directly with any particular questions at ron_weisguth@yahoo.com Ports: Used www. shoreexcursioneer.com for 3 of our 4 excursions. Highly recommend them. Cozumel...Went with Sail and Snorkel on catamaran with a 2 stop snorkel trip. Great time even though I ruined my GoPro camera. Fernando the tour guide loves his country and job. He refers to the Caribbean as "his office". Extremely professional in his instruction along with pointing out the sights. Belize....We took a plane to San Pedro to snorkel Hol Chan Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Fantastic time. Beautiful water, beautiful marine life, beautiful sights, and beautiful people. We were fortunate to meet Shellon as our cab driver. He and his sister have a tour company also :oliverashellon@yahoo.com. We had an issue getting back to the ship on time and Shellon was waiting for us as promised. We will most likely contact him directly to arrange a tour when we return to San Pedro. Grand Cayman....Stingray City with Moby Dick Tours was awesome. Mark Burton and his crew are fantastic! I was there 15 years ago. This tour far exceeded past experience. Had such a great time interacting, feeding the stingrays. Can't wait to go back. Also thanks for the recommendation of Rackam's restaurant. Good food and drinks and what a view! Roatan....Booked the Dolphin Swim and Snorkel through Carnival at Anthony's Key Resort. Maybe the best excursion we experienced. Please read the review on their website along with the ones on Carnival's site. . They are all so positive that you might think it can't be this good. The reviews do not do justice to the experience of interacting with these fantastic, beautiful, friendly, and intelligent mammals. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
I had pretty high expectations, and they were all met or exceeded. Cabin-First of all, our cabin (a balcony - 6407) was great, way more than I expected. Bed was comfy, balcony was great, and the room was bigger than I expected. The ... Read More
I had pretty high expectations, and they were all met or exceeded. Cabin-First of all, our cabin (a balcony - 6407) was great, way more than I expected. Bed was comfy, balcony was great, and the room was bigger than I expected. The noise wasn't bad, we bright ear plugs and a white noise machine in anticipation of corridor noise, and both were helpful. I'm a very light sleeper and with ear plugs I was able to sleep great. Food - I must say the food was just meh. Nothing spectacular, but I didn't expect great things from what I had heard. The taco/burrito place was probably the best, and the pizza was good, too. The service was provided always with a smile and the entire wait staff is great, weather dining formally or grabbing a snack. Desserts in the dining room were probably my favorite. The entertainment staff is fantastic - A++! We went to several shows - the Motown show was probably my favorite, but Epic Rock was great as well. This is no Six Flags show, this is Broadway quality shows! The singing and dancing is really top notch. We went to a couple of trivia events, and they were really fun too. The casino is REALLY smoky and we found ourselves walking through there quite a bit as a shortcut to the other end of the boat, so if you need to avoid that smell, beware of this area. Tendering to ports is kind of a pain, but well organized and a necessary evil. The photographers are great, although the photos are really pricey, we bought quite a few and are glad we did. I HIGHLY recommend the Faster to the fun passes, well worth the $. I'll review our excursions separately. All in all, a fantastic first experience, and can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
As I am not an experienced cruiser, I can only feel this can be marked as average, the cabin staff were superb, everything else for us distinctly average, we felt the rest, shops, spa, gallery's, excursions were clearly for up grading ... Read More
As I am not an experienced cruiser, I can only feel this can be marked as average, the cabin staff were superb, everything else for us distinctly average, we felt the rest, shops, spa, gallery's, excursions were clearly for up grading or selling. The excursions felt rushed with little time allowed, one had been running late allegedly to the previous ship being slow to move their people, then being told late arrivals from our ship (poor communication). Formal night, although some what relaxed (not a DJ Event) but smart casual expected found one couple being dressed in shorts & a hoody, how this can be seen as smart casual is beyond me. The introduction by the fitness team of good feet insoles had been incorrectly carried out, we found the correct fitting of these by a store on land in Florida, the TV add showed a greatly reduced price to those showed on board, however this too was incorrect and ran out at approx $199.00 same as onboard. It is horses for courses and this was not our horse, this time, destinations were good but could have been handled better. The first night of sailing that you are not advised of is the meal in the steak restaurant, now this a chargeable meal however you do get a bottle of wine thrown in and this had been a good bottle comparable with the price paid. The steaks were second to none, and left us disalugioned with the steaks in the normal restaurants their after. Beware of being carried away with the party atmosfere as drinks (cocktails) on arrival onboard are NOT complimentary. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
My fiance, myself and 9 other friends just returned from a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Glory. It was the best vacation I ever had. When we arrived on board we were greeted by Richard, our cabin Steward. He was such a ... Read More
My fiance, myself and 9 other friends just returned from a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Glory. It was the best vacation I ever had. When we arrived on board we were greeted by Richard, our cabin Steward. He was such a nice guy. He made sure every day that our room was clean and that all of our needs were met. He always had a smile on his face and made sure our refrigerator was stocked with our favorite beverages. The highlight of our trip was the excursion we took in Belize to the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. Unbeknownst to me and our friends, my boyfriend had planned on asking me to marry him on the top of the ruins. Standing on the top of Xunantunich is like standing on top of the world and to have him get on one knee and ask me to marry him was amazing! I highly recommend any man wanting to propose marriage to his girlfriend, to go here and do it. Professing your love to someone on the top of the ruins seems magical. There was plenty to do on the ship. The comedy club was fantastic, the casino was fun and the shows were really good. Even though we loved the cruise, there were a few things that could be improved. The Park West art gallery and auction: Every piece of art being auctioned off looked used and banged up and way overpriced. Way too much importance was placed on Peter Max. His art is not something that I like looking at. There are many other artists out there that should be featured. There is also too much focus on Thomas Kinkade. His art is for sale all over the internet and it’s nothing special anymore. The Fun Shops: Too much importance on Gucci, Bella Perlina, watches and Swarovski. Gucci is ugly and overpriced and I don’t even know anyone that wears watches anymore. They use their cell phones to get the time. I did buy a Bella Perlina bracelet. It was priced at $125.00 but there was a one hour sale where you could get it for $39.99. After I got home I went on their web site and it’s that price every day online. No real savings but at least I don’t feel like I was ripped off. I feel bad for anyone buying it at the $125.00. The Swarovski was also way overpriced. When I got home I went to Walmart and got a pair of Swarovski crystal earrings for $15.00. The buffet was okay…just regular buffet type food. Guys Burger joint was great! The burgers were excellent. The Taco and Burrito place was really good too. We had dining every night in the Platinum Dining room. The food was very good. Our Headwaitress Lemsem was absolutely fantastic!!! She was always smiling, remembered our names every night and she even made our engagement special. When we told her we got engaged on top of Xunantunich, she brought us a piece of cake with a candle in it and had the other waiters with her sing “Happy Engagement to you”. Then she took pictures of us with our cameras. She is definitely an asset to Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
We have been on many cruises on various lines (20-25+? / we've lost track) including quite a few on Carnival. We are usually skeptical of ‘bad reviews’ and often ignore some of the complaints as ‘unreasonable expectations’. ... Read More
We have been on many cruises on various lines (20-25+? / we've lost track) including quite a few on Carnival. We are usually skeptical of ‘bad reviews’ and often ignore some of the complaints as ‘unreasonable expectations’. That said; we were very disappointed about much of this cruise and especially so with the lack of hygiene and staff training. We try to make the best of every situation and expect that some things will go wrong but we can no longer ignore how much has gone downhill at Carnival in the past few years. If you haven't booked this yet...you should think twice about choosing another line and/or ship. In the past 3-4 years, we have noticed a decline in the overall quality. Too many things to discuss them all and of course, some things are subjective. So in this review, my focus is on the lack of hygiene and staff training for which there is no acceptable excuse. Our stateroom was a ‘connecting’ cabin (which we did not request) and DH didn’t like that we could hear every conversation next door so he tried to change cabins but none were available. Guest Services assured him that there was a method to ‘seal’ the door to block sound and we should ask the cabin steward. Our cabin steward had no clue about this and Housekeeping had no clue so we suggested that they should inform Guest Services so they wouldn’t continue to give out incorrect information. Eventually, Guest Services contacted us and they ‘informed’ housekeeping which in turn put masking tape around the door. Although we did appreciate the effort, masking tape isn’t really effective soundproofing and the entire issue was frustrating and a waste of everyone’s time. Clearly, a lack training and communication between departments is in effect. In the meantime, while DH was at Guest Services, the cabin steward walked into our cabin without knocking!! First time this has EVER happened! And he was not apologetic either – I told him sternly to never enter again without knocking first! This shouldn’t even have to be said or taught!! It’s a good thing I was dressed at the time or I would have made a much bigger issue of this. When we began unpacking, we found that much of the storage space was already in use. There were various curtains, bedspreads, blankets, towels and bedskirts stuffed into the closets. When I removed them, they took up the entire sofa. When I asked the cabin steward to take them away, he was a bit annoyed and tried to convince me to leave them in the cabin! Why is Carnival using cabins for storage? We were in perfect health when we boarded the ship on Saturday and looking forward to a fun week. The next morning, Sunday, my husband started to not feel well and got worse each day. By Tuesday morning, he was so uncomfortable that he visited the doctor onboard who gave him antibiotics for an infection in his throat. By Thursday, I also had to visit the doctor with laryngitis, swollen glands, sore throat and some bronchitis. We are convinced that our cabin – and from the looks of it, perhaps the entire ship – was a huge, nasty Petri dish. While we understand that cabins/ship interiors are not ‘disinfected’, we DO expect that cabins and ship interiors be thoroughly cleaned – regularly! This was not the case. We found less than clean conditions throughout our cabin and other interior spaces. For example; halfway through the week, I pulled out the vanity chair only to find half of a plastic Easter egg under the vanity. Easter was on April 5th so it’s evident that a month later; this area had still not been cleaned or vacuumed!!!! We came across other ‘nasty stuff’ throughout the cabin and public spaces but I’ll spare you the gross details. Suffice it to say that it is now May 21, 2015 and I am still sick but finally recovering after the latest treatment with steroids. Overall, the lack of cleanliness on the Glory goes beyond the ‘ick’ factor and falls into the ‘contaminated’ category. From the nastiness in our cabin, to food and ‘slop’ in the hallways, to unidentifiable messes on the floors of elevators, to allowing passengers to fill their personal ice/water/juice containers from dispensers in the buffet restaurants, the opportunity to spread disease is rampant, disgusting and totally overlooked and/or accepted by Carnival staff. In addition to hygiene, the Glory is in serious need of maintenance and updating. The curtains hanging at the picture window in our stateroom were threadbare and several times, the cabin towels had holes in them - and yes, I have pictures to prove it. Some sheets had stains – nail polish and other ‘unidentified’ stains. One elevator refused to go down - it would go down 1 floor and then simply go back up to the top floor. Various times during the week, coffee or juice/tea/water dispensers broke down and if you alerted someone, the typical response was ‘Use the one in the back’. Worse still, this response was delivered in an annoyed or rude tone – on more than one instance. Same thing when we asked for directions. It's almost as if they were telling you ‘don’t bother me’! Honestly, we were taken aback by some of the responses we received since most cruise staff has always been polite. Has staff training been cut back? Are they paying the staff less so that they feel it’s standard procedure to treat passengers poorly? Were they having a bad day? I don’t know the answer to this – and yes, there were plenty of others that were more courteous but in all our years of cruising, we have never before come across so many that were absolutely rude. We also found a larger number of staff that either could not understand English very well or where the accents were so pronounced that you could not understand them! Is this a new trend with Carnival? The food was okay for the most part – just okay, not great. However, a couple of nights had limited choices in the dining room. The buffets were heavy on various salads but short on meat choices. The desserts are not sweet so we mostly didn’t bother – is sugar being rationed? The coffee is VERY bitter, even from room service – perhaps it’s time to replace the brewers/dispensers? The one bright spot in the week was the Motown show in the Amber Palace. It was upbeat, fun and well performed. To sum up…the ship is FILTHY and needs a lot of maintenance. The staff should be of higher quality and better trained. The food needs some improvement – both in taste and in the choices provided. In the past, I have recommended Carnival to friends and family – sadly, I can no longer do so and will most likely go elsewhere for future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Lets start with the good news . . . and there was much of that! Check in was great and timely, ship left a few minutes late 2nd to an inspection of some kind. Staff was wonderfull. We stayed on the Panorama deck directly below the Spa. ... Read More
Lets start with the good news . . . and there was much of that! Check in was great and timely, ship left a few minutes late 2nd to an inspection of some kind. Staff was wonderfull. We stayed on the Panorama deck directly below the Spa. Punchliner comedy is as good as it gets! Laughed with teary eyes and liquid coming out of my nose. Laughed so much, our sides hurt! We ate at the buffett most nights as the weather was god and we were being enterained on the Lido Deck. We ate in the dining room 3 out of 7 days and it was good. However, the Emerald Steakhouse was Spactular. At $35 dollars a plate, 5 courses total, we felt it was well worth it. My wife had 9-oz filet I had 18-oz Rib Eye which was great, . The meal was comparable to the finest steak houses in NY, Chicago and the Ruth Chris and 3 Forks in FL. Staff on board ship were great. Anna at the Lido deck makes a killer Long Island Ice Tea. We would appreciate spending $1 or $2 less / drink that would have been nice. Dance Club served up 70s thru 90s music for us old folks till 11:30 and then they turned up the heat with booty shaken eye candy everywhere for everyone. Not realy anything to do for the very little kids except the slide - but Carnival has Vista coming soon, as well as Sunshine which is here now. Cigarette smoking is permitted in the night club - and the ventillation systems does a poor job - it's too smokey in there for non-smokers. We did take a Rum Mixology and Salsa Lesson excursion in San Juan. Our tour guide and mixologist, Danny, was wonderful. We were given a tour along the route to our destinations - the first stop was a restaurant that served us delicious homemade pina coladas made with fresh coconut cream and fresh pineapple and Don Q rum. We then walked a little farther to another fine restaurant where we occupied the upper level and were taught how to make delicious rum cocktails including a mojito with all fresh ingredients. All the drinks were yummy and we made them all ourselves! We were served an authentic PR snack of barbecued chicken on a stick which was delicious - then we had a lovely young lady teach us basic salsa dance steps. She was awesome. We enjoyed this excursion very much. Margaritaville at Grand Turk was a great place to hang out - the DJ was excellent - music was great - he held contests and just made it a fun atmosphere; no need for shore excursions in Grand Turk unless you was to swim with sea creatures. We took "The Top 10 Best of Grand Turk" . . . biggest waste of money we spent this cruise . . . unless you like donkey poop and the smell of donkey urine - they were every where - they are wild donkeys and have the run of the island. The tour was in an "open air safari vehicle" which means no a/c and including such exciting (being facetious) sights as a REPLICA of the capsule John Glenn landed in off the shore of Grand Turk; the elementary school and HS principal's homes, the utility workers home, and an abandoned US Military Base. Almost forgot to mention the road was sand - and not graded very well - it had 7-10 inch potholes so it was a terrible ride, especially if you have back issues. Again - no need for excursions - save your money and hang out at the beach - the money would have been better spent on cocktails at Margaritaville. And make sure you read the fine print on every excursion and not just the title or brief summary of what it's about . . . like the "ALL INCLUSIVE PRIVATE BEACH BREAK" which we almost took - until we did see the last line where it said "Local Beer and rum punch only." So it was not inclusive of frozen drinks or any other drinks. BAD NEWS. The LIDO deck had too much down time, the cruise director said that they needed to have quiet time on Lido - that's why you have serinity on the 12th floor. CASINO: Way too much smoke. I believe that smokers do have the right to smoke, and that's no problem. The ship needs to have better ventilitaion in the Casino, so it can be enjoyed by non-smokers as well. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
My wife and I have cruised with Carnival before but this was the first time on the Glory. Check in at the Miami airport was easy and we were on the ship about an hour after departing the airport. We were in a stern balcony 6487 and were ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised with Carnival before but this was the first time on the Glory. Check in at the Miami airport was easy and we were on the ship about an hour after departing the airport. We were in a stern balcony 6487 and were familiar with the cabin having been on the same type on other Carnival ships. Our cabin steward Luis did a good job of keeping our cabin clean and we had no issues with the cabin at all, the AC worked great and it was very hot outside. We didn't do much of the night life on ship so couldn't say much about that although my wife won about 200 dollars on the penny slots. The food overall was good, main dining room service in our case was prompt and served hot. We ate at the steakhouse and it was excellent I recommend doing that at least one night on the cruise. Guys burgers were really good and despite the lines there on sea days they were fast. Half Moon Cay was alright not much there unless you simply want to soak up some beach time. San Juan was very hot, go prepared, we took our own walking tour using the shuttles (free if you can get on) and toured the forts, El Morro is worth the walking and heat. St Thomas we went downtown and visited some stores and got some good bargains but you need to negotiate or you will pay way too much. Grand Turk is mostly beach activities again and very hot. Overall probably one of the best Carnival cruises we have had we plan on returning. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
This was one of best cruises. From start to finish we had really great service. It was a very relaxing cruise for my husband and I. he food was exceptional. My brother and his girlfriend got engaged while we were in St. Thomas. we did ... Read More
This was one of best cruises. From start to finish we had really great service. It was a very relaxing cruise for my husband and I. he food was exceptional. My brother and his girlfriend got engaged while we were in St. Thomas. we did a Catamaran tour over to St. John and it was totally beautiful. This was a fantastic cruise overall. The entertainment was great. Our waiter Gorge was so great. Went out of his way for us always. After the first cpl of nights -he already knew what we were drinking and had them on order so when we got to the table - we just gave our card and signed. Our room steward was Mary. She was in training still and was wonderful. The martini bar was a frequent spot for us. Get out on deck early if you want to get a chair. Workers were removing towels after 45 minutes of no activity. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We sailed out of Miami and our embarkation was normal, no issues and friendly helpful staff. Our cabin was on 6 th floor close to elevators but above the Alchemy bar, so if booking cabin 6441 can have nightly noise. The cabin was clean ... Read More
We sailed out of Miami and our embarkation was normal, no issues and friendly helpful staff. Our cabin was on 6 th floor close to elevators but above the Alchemy bar, so if booking cabin 6441 can have nightly noise. The cabin was clean with a nice balcony and larger than most I have been in, but in the age of technology it was strange to have only one electrical outlet, so with two phones and a laptop it was a problem. Sadly the computer issues on board are awful, it is expensive and slow. We enjoyed the staff, everyone was efficient and friendly throughout the ship.... It was a big plus. The biggest issues we had were with the new "American Dining" menu ... There were a few highlights but night after night of the same re- invented food, it was awful. The first night vegetable lasagna stood out, but dry fish, raw meat, cold vegetables and tasteless desserts leave room for a major dining improvement. The saving grace was Guys burgers, the taco/ burrito spot and the seafood spot ..... But the seafood and taco place close early and the burger spot is only open till 6:30 pm. The buffet has more salad/ pasta and veg choices and I found that the food there was much more flavorful and appealing than the dining room. This has never been my experience on a cruise EVER. After hours you have a pizza parlor that stays open and a pay dessert counter for special coffee etc. Breakfast was always good though. I can only review the comedy which was good. The pool area was never too crowded and the adult area is nice. The ship seems dated and small, during the formal nights you can hardly walk through the ship due to a massive amount of photographers ... More than I have ever seen. All in all would I cruise Carnival again probably not. If it wasn't for a private musical Jamboree at Sea that we stumbled upon I was tearfully bored. Grand Turk is a wastes of time .. Simply "Margaritaville" a Jimmy Buffet restaurant with a pool ::: period. Nothing else on the island so don't go looking..... It is the other side of the island that the ship does not go to which is beautiful. So sorry bout the negative post but a heads up might help to plan for you Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
I have to say my husband and I will never be cruising with Carnival Cruises ever again. It was the worst experience I have ever had. I have a hernia from having my 2 kids. I had Dr clearance to come on the ship but the crew repeatedly ... Read More
I have to say my husband and I will never be cruising with Carnival Cruises ever again. It was the worst experience I have ever had. I have a hernia from having my 2 kids. I had Dr clearance to come on the ship but the crew repeatedly asked me if I was pregnant and told me I could not sail. Even after complaining to guest service regarding it they just continued to ask if I was pregnant. After the second day on the cruise my husband was in the bathroom on the main floor and was washing his hands and placed his wedding ring on the sink turned to dry them off and when he turned back around the ring was gone. Went to the guest service to report lost/stolen and was treated terrible. The woman at the front desk absolutely refused to file a report or call security or even take a description of the ring. She then shows us a ring that was turned in that was very extremely expensive and was ready to hand it over. We declined the ring that was not ours and continued to ask her to at least take a description. She reluctantly took a description on a piece of reciept paper which she politely threw away as we were walking away. When my husband went back the next day to check on the ring they explained to my husband's that a report souls have been filed the night before. Security came and took 2 hours of our cruise interrogating him on his lost/stolen ring. They did not notify the rest of security, or house keeping. They did not search or even give a notice to it missing. After all this we tried our best to enjoy ourselves. I went down to guest service to get my room charges and discovered that our housekeeper had been taking mini bottles out of our mini fridge and we were being charged for them. Also they had been using my folio number and my husband's folio to charge other passengers drinks on. We were charged and had to fight to get removed from our statement. The food was ok. The alcohol package is ridiculous. We were told that everyone in the cabin had to purchase the package which is $400 for the week. I do not drink but my husband does. We were told it is mandatory for both to purchase the full $400 each to get the alcohol package the last day of the cruise we were informed that was not the case abs my husband could have purchased it daily at $50 a day without me having to do the same. We contributed to check with guest service daily regarding the ring abs was always told it had not been found. Truth be told they never looked. I was informed to contact carnival customer service when I got back so they could compensate for our disappointments and when I called when we ported back I was told it was going to be handled internally so in other words they are going to do nothing and compensate nothing. We will never cruise with Carnival again. Not to mention the last day of the cruise the day we ported we were told that we had until 4pm to get off the ship which was changed to 11:30am the night before. The morning of we received a bang on our door at 8:30am stating to "Get out of the room." We then had to wait with all our stuff on a deck till our number was called. They shut down all the food and drink and we're forced to sit in the heat for over 2 hrs. I am absolutely appalled at how we were treated thru out our trip and we will never be taking this or any of carnivals cruises ever again. Oh and to top it off they were informed it was our honeymoon and did nothing. I understand they don't have much special ribs they do but the other honeymooners that were there explained how the crew put roses on their bed, had special dinners where the crew came and sang to then, had special animals on their bed. We had to specifically ask for animals on our bed. We ended up getting them starting the 4th day of the cruise. Also was informed that we were on a gay cruise. We have no problem with that but it would have been nice to know beforehand. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Pros: Great ship, large cabins, friendly staff. Cons: Guys Burgers the best, food in buffet, average, by the time you got it to your table it was barely warm. We had "your time dining" so we could only eat dinner in the lower ... Read More
Pros: Great ship, large cabins, friendly staff. Cons: Guys Burgers the best, food in buffet, average, by the time you got it to your table it was barely warm. We had "your time dining" so we could only eat dinner in the lower level of the Golden restaurant. If you asked for a table for two, you indeed received one for two, but we always had another table beside ours and only about six inches apart, so you were indeed sitting with others, once it was six people at three tables, only inches apart. With your time dining this was the only place for us to eat other than the buffet, room service, or specailty restaurant. We had our "anniversary dinner" in the Steak House, which was very nice and the wait staff were excellent. Getting off the ship was an exercise in hurry up and wait. Out of the cabins by 08:30, and there were about a half dozen places we could wait and wait and wait. They announced that self assist persons could leave first, which is normal, you have to carry your own luggage, but the brochure stated no oversized bags. Most persons didn't heed that information and took off several bags including oversize suitcases. I think Carnival had issues with persons coming down to the gangway when they were not suppose to, as they made a few announcements to stay in the designated areas until their number was called. So three hours later our number was called only to wait another hour in the line-up for Customs. I guess we are too use to Norwegian and their Free Style Cruising, something that Carnival can't hold a candle to. This was our first cruise with Carnival. As I said before, the ship was beautiful and well maintained, with friendly staff. Back to Norwegian Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our second cruise on the Glory. The first was on the Freedom. Being familiar with the class of ship was a great benefit. We had a great over all cruise. the only down side was the entertainment and late delivery of our luggage. It ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Glory. The first was on the Freedom. Being familiar with the class of ship was a great benefit. We had a great over all cruise. the only down side was the entertainment and late delivery of our luggage. It did not arrive before our early dining sitting. We were not alone in this. We even had a mis-delivered piece of luggage, which we informed our room steward of. At least one cabin never received their luggage. The quality of the singing and dancing was definitely not as good as the first to cruises. That said we still enjoyed most of the shows. The Comedy club needs a larger venue! We really liked Guy's and the Blue Iguana. We had no complaints with the American Table menu. The service was a bit slow, but our table companions made up for it with lively conversation. We had emailed the Maître De with our request for a ten top ahead of our departure and received confirmation granting it. Next time we will ask for a aft facing table by the windows (we had that on our first cruise). The staff at Alchemy were wonderful, engaging and friendly. If you cruise the Glory I hope Michael, Vera and Natalia are still there to entertain you. A side note, don't get the drink package if both of you will not meet the minimum of 6-7 drinks per day. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
This is the second of 3-4 cruises (booked on Carnival Pride 26 Jul 15) and it was great! This is the wife and my 10th cruise. The embarkation to service was nothing but the best. From Imade Cabin Stewart to Dennis our dining room server ... Read More
This is the second of 3-4 cruises (booked on Carnival Pride 26 Jul 15) and it was great! This is the wife and my 10th cruise. The embarkation to service was nothing but the best. From Imade Cabin Stewart to Dennis our dining room server and staff were always staying a step ahead of us. Richard (our previous Cabin Stewart) from the Glory last year (Jul 14) remembered and always spoke and had conversations with us as well. Andre and Carlos (EA Sports Bar) were just the best! I never drank anywhere but there. It was a great place to meet people and I now have friends from different parts of the world and U.S. The American Table menu was excellent and the wait staff for table 525 were the best and the food as stated above was very tasty and presented well. The Mexican Food was great from the Blue Iguana and don't forget Fish and Chips because of the great seafood (Fried Oysters, Calamari, Seafood soup, fish and other items). Guys burgers were excellent and addicting. We hardly ate lunch in the buffet due to being in port four days, but when we did, it was pretty good. The entertainment was pretty good, but I wish they had a live band playing with the shows, but it is not a deal-breaker. The adult comedy was excellent! *Everyone must do the stingray excursion at least once! It was one of the coolest things that I have ever did and I will do it again and again. Carnival is making great strides and they are for the best. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was the worst cruise for dining service that we have experienced on a ship. It did get a bit better after the first few nights but the team didn't click. This was one of the best for the special nights of entertainment. The ... Read More
This was the worst cruise for dining service that we have experienced on a ship. It did get a bit better after the first few nights but the team didn't click. This was one of the best for the special nights of entertainment. The troop was fantastic!!! Everything else was pretty much above average except the room attendants were very personable and outgoing. That was very refreshing. It was worth it. We stayed at the Element Miami Airport. This is a new hotel with great value. If you are looking to rent a vehicle, you can use Fox rent a car only four blocks away. They have an airport shuttle. We have cruised with Carnival the most. And other than going to Roatan again, not sure if we would do this one again. We really enjoyed the beach break at Paradise beach in Cozumel and Roatan at the West End. We simply landed and took a taxi on our own. You don't have to pay for the pool, just simply walk in when you feel like it later. Our cabin was clean and just the right size. The only problem we had were the smokers next door who smoked on the balcony. We couldn't use the balcony that much because of it. Embarkation was good and disembarkation went well since we set up for the self service and got confirmation from the desk to go early. We enjoyed the courts for volleyball and played mini putt a couple of times. Not all ships give you the opportunity to play volleyball. In short, it was worth it! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2015
My wife and I are in are early 40's. This was our 7th carnival cruise. We have been on RCL, Celebrity, NCL, Costa and Princess. If you want boring go on Celebrity and Princess, everyone is in bed after dinner. If you want the worst ... Read More
My wife and I are in are early 40's. This was our 7th carnival cruise. We have been on RCL, Celebrity, NCL, Costa and Princess. If you want boring go on Celebrity and Princess, everyone is in bed after dinner. If you want the worst food, service and have to pay for nearly everything on board go with NCL. If you want to go cruising in a mall (Oasis) almost everyone in bed after dinner go with RCL. Ok, about our cruise on the Glory. We live in SW Florida so after a 3hr drive we arrived in Miami at 1130am. Onboard in 30mins. Had lunch at guys, relaxed in the jacuzzi which were open by the way. Only one on the serenity deck out of service for a short time for cleaning during the entire cruise. You read some of these posts and you would there were no jacuzzi's open .There were 2 on the serenity , so no big deal. People just like to complain about everything! Oh the aft pool was closed just for couple of hrs on seaday 2 for a broken pump. You would think again by reading some posts in was out of action the whole week. For those people complaining about the amount of students....IT IS SPRING BREAK. What were you expecting???? Book a cruise NOT during spring break! I don't know what muster drill those complainers were on but I seen no drunk people on the muster drill I attended. We took anytime dinning , I wanted late but my wife insisted on anytime. For the most part wait times were ok, just the last night we had to wait way too long. Food was good, hot, my steak cooked perfectly, yes pink in the middle! Shows were surprisingly good especially 'legends of Rock'. We got pictures with the cast! Overall a very relaxing cruise. Will absolutely sail with Carnival again. Sailing with Celebrity to the med in the summer. Let's hope not everyone is in bed after dinner!! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
This was my first cruise and my wife's 7th (first while being of age to drink). From the start, systems were down, so they couldn't process any transactions (we wanted to get the Cheers! program and had gift cards to put toward ... Read More
This was my first cruise and my wife's 7th (first while being of age to drink). From the start, systems were down, so they couldn't process any transactions (we wanted to get the Cheers! program and had gift cards to put toward our S&S card). We went to the casino as they tried to fix the computer system, and found that we didn't need to wait in line downstairs to get the beverage package, and instead buy it from the deserted casino bar, so that was a nice find. The food was uneventful, nothing was hot enough, the buffet was always the same, and due to limited food options we ended up either ordering room service (very limited selection) or going to the buffet. When we did sit down at the standardized meal, the service was slow and the food was not worth the time. In my opinion, the ship doesn't have enough to do. We ended up in the casino often, to smoke, drink and to play the random trivia. Also, the piano bar smelled terrible (like feces) and the piano player was awful, could barely sing and only talked to the drunk people yelling at him, final annoyance was how much enjoyment he got from a girl getting trashed and having to be dragged out from the bar - just not fun (my wife and I joked that Carnival must have hired him as just a lobby piano player, then on his first day they told him he had to sing). After the 18+ comedy show ends (around 11:45), you have two options, either the dance club (not our idea of fun) or the casino, that is all. Very disappointing as people ended up just sitting around and talking. The Fun Times didn't give enough detail, we often walked into some of the bars, and found that they were closed, with the lights on - and no bartender. Overall as my first cruise, I didn't set expectations very high, and carnival was able to prove that they could disappoint those. We did like the idea of a cruise, and have actually booked our next one already (NCL). Carnival Glory is an older ship, meant for an older crowd, all while trying to seem hip and cool. The final entertaining thing that occurs on this ship is that you can see the reactions from 60+ year olds when some of the staff starts performing dub step music.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
This was our 7th cruise, 6th on Carnival, but first cruise in 10 years. The entire Carnival cruise experience is light years better than 10 years ago. My wife really wanted to go RCL again, but after this cruise she said she will always ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise, 6th on Carnival, but first cruise in 10 years. The entire Carnival cruise experience is light years better than 10 years ago. My wife really wanted to go RCL again, but after this cruise she said she will always choose Carnival. The Glory has been well maintained through the years and is still beautiful. The refurbishment from a couple of years ago added Guy's burgers, Blue Laguna Cantina, poolside rum and tequila bars, fish and chips, etc.. The food was exceptional, and this is coming from a south Louisiana resident who knows good food. Main dining room choice ranged from the standard lobster, prime rib, grilled tenderloin, filet mignon, baked fish etc.. to specialty dishes themed from the days port of call. Everything was delicious, and of course you can always order multiple appetizers and entrees, so why choose. Buffets always had varied choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Guys burgers are fantastic, Blue Laguna Cantina burritos and tacos were always delicious, fish and chips were a treat, and with so many options spread about, never any lines to speak of. Anytime dining is a must, no deadlines to show up at the main dining room. Never had to wait more than 5 minutes to be seated. The ship itself offers something for everybody. DJ's and live music on the main pool deck was always a good time. The adults only Serenity deck is a great place to enjoy a more peaceful deck experience. The adults only aft pool area is also an oasis away from any kids if so desired. The big surprise to us was the entertainment. So much better than 10 years ago. The comedians in the George Lopez Punchliner club were always funny. There were as many as 5 comedy shows per night PG and 18+. The live music was incredible. The house band The Regulators was the best cover band I've ever heard. The lead singers were not only great singers, they were true performers. Interacting with the crowd during each set, so much fun! Bi-Lateral played great background lobby music. Acoustic guitar singer Angie was also fun to spend time listening to. Cruise director Dr. E redefines the roll of cruise director. He is a true comedian! Does impersonations, dresses up in multiple costumes during his trivia games and name that song games. Great personality, makes an effort to meet and interact with all the passengers. The cruise staff was always friendly and helpful. Cabin steward, waiters, bus boys, all called us by our first names. I firmly believe Carnival provides the best cruise experience, and value for your hard earned money. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
My wife and I sailed on the Glory as the first half of a back-to-back cruise, with the Breeze (Southern Caribbean) as the second half. Our teenage children joined us for the second cruise. The total cost of the two cruises was $16,000, ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Glory as the first half of a back-to-back cruise, with the Breeze (Southern Caribbean) as the second half. Our teenage children joined us for the second cruise. The total cost of the two cruises was $16,000, consisting of $9,500 in cabin fare and related costs, $3,600 in air fare, $1,500 in activities, $500 in meals & beverages and $900 in “other” (including pre-cruise accommodation, souvenirs, telecom, photos and miscellaneous). Those figures reinforce my view that a cruise is not the inexpensive vacation that Carnival and others try to make it out to be. We arrived at the port around 1:00 after staying overnight at the Miami International Airport Hotel. We got our cab driver to stop at a grocery store along the way so we could pick up soda and champagne. Check-in was pretty quick. From the time we entered the terminal building to the time we boarded took about 30 minutes. Our luggage, which we had checked with the porters arrived within a couple hours. This was our sixth cruise in total and 5th on Carnival. The first was 1991. We always have a fun time, although I have to say having now also completed our 7th cruise, the novelty has somewhat worn off. I always think a vacation should be, as much as possible, a combination of relaxation and adventure. After five Carnival cruises in five years, the simple act of being on a cruise no longer contributes much to the “adventure” component. Throughout, the cruise the staff were friendly and the service was excellent. I don’t really want to be continuously waited on and I thought the service staff did a good job of being around when necessary and getting things done efficiently. I rarely felt pestered by the bar service staff on deck. We generally ate breakfast and lunch at the Lido buffet and dinner in the Main Dining Room. The food was always very good, although I was somewhat put off by the “extra charge” items on the dining room menu. It is one thing to have a premium charge steakhouse, but another to put items on the menu in front of you at dinner that you can’t have without paying an additional fee. I was also a little annoyed by the fellow walking around with a tray full of shooters. This is supposed to be a dining room, not a bar, and he usually looked annoyed when I politely declined. I'd love to see Carnival move away from the formal dining room by converting it into more of a "family steakhouse" setting. But until they do that, they should hold off on the shooters guy. We signed up for “Your Time Dining”, which had perfectly met our needs a couple years ago on the Inspiration. However, the waits were bad and got progressively worse: 25 minutes the first night, 45 minutes the second and 55 minutes the third night. Clearly they were not prepared to accommodate the number of passengers assigned to the YTD option. The waits decreased after that, but I imagine that many just gave up rather than enduring such substantial waits. What was billed as “your time” actually translated to “your time” plus another half hour or so, on average. The other problem with YTD appeared to be the difficulty they had keeping track of my purchased wine. I bought a bottle the first night and again about half way through the cruise. Every night after the first we would arrive, have to tell them that we had an unfinished wine bottle being held for us, and then wait for them to struggle to find it. More than once it took them more than half-way through our meal to find it. It appeared that there was no system other than manually writing the cabin or folio number on the bottle and then trying to find it the next night. Part of the problem seemed to be a lack of certainty whether they were recording the room number or the folio number. We noticed that other passengers around us had exactly the same problem. We made a point of observing how passengers were complying with the dress code on the first cruise elegant night. This is always a popular topic of debate (what people wear, not just what should they wear). Approximately 10% of men wore a suit. Another 10% or so wore a jacket and tie. The numbers were similar for “jacket with no tie” and “shirt and tie but no jacket”. That left 55-60% who were wearing neither a jacket nor a tie. We did not see anyone wearing a tuxedo in our end of the dining room. We did see a couple tuxes around the ship, but none from the vantage point of our table. We also didn’t see anyone whose attire didn’t meet Carnival’s minimum standards. Still, in total the passengers were far less “dressed up” than you would expect based on many of the postings you see here about this topic. On the second “cruise elegant” night, we didn’t even realize it was elegant night until we looked it up after dinner. There couldn’t have been more than 25% of the men who were wearing either a jacket or a tie. I really liked the fact that when we boarded the ship on embarkation day, they had the FIFA World Cup (of soccer) showing on the Lido deck big screen. I have no idea why they chose not to play the audio along with it, but even without the sound, it was fun to watch. Unfortunately, I later found out that Carnival only has access to a limited number of channels at sea and ESPN isn’t one of them. They only got it in Miami because we were in port. The only other time we would get it was in port in St. Thomas. I don’t come on a cruise to watch TV, but if I’m already going to be sitting on the lido deck in a lounge chair, it is a little disappointing not to be able to watch a world-class sporting event because Carnival doesn’t get that channel. Our balcony cabin was mid-ship on the LIdo deck, as close as you could be to the main pool area. That location was excellent because we spent more time around the main Lido pool than anywhere else on the ship, so it was very convenient. I’ve never cared too much where our cabin was located and have enjoyed being on different parts of the ship, but I would definitely seek out a similar location if we were to go on another cruise. As usual, we struggled with the limited number of electrical outlets available in the cabin. There is only one set of outlets (one standard North American and one standard European). There are no bed-side outlets. We considered unplugging one of the bed-side lights from the European outlet under the bed, and then using a European adapter and an extension cord, but it seemed like too much of a hassle. Ultimately we just ran an extension cord across the room and taped it to the floor with duct tape. We used the universal socket adapter in the European outlet. As always, we posted a map on the cabin wall and plotted our route. At first I took position readings manually off our balcony (using the GPS in my phone), but ultimately I just ended up relying on the readings from the map channel on the TV. I found the map channel very handy and would be disappointed to find a more “modern” but much less useful map channel the following week on the Breeze. Other random thoughts I had about the ship and its amenities, include: Lido pool – I found I liked the layout of the lido area on the Glory much more than the layout on the Breeze. It is a little hard to explain, but the Glory has what I would consider more of a typical “tiered” configuration. As you move away from the pool, you move up a couple steps at a time to various levels containing lounge chairs. By contrast, the Breeze’s pool area is more like a hole cut into the middle of the ship. If you’re not down on “floor level” on a lounge chair, you are sitting one or two decks up, overlooking the lido deck from a chair at a table. There is really no in-between. The Glory’s layout allowed you to be at the Lido pool area, but away from the center of the noise and the action. The Breeze required you to be on the “dance floor”, or on a completely different deck. I would have like to have had more opportunities for shade at the Lido pool. With few exceptions, the pool area is fully exposed. There is no way to be near the pool, lying on a lounge chair, out of the sun. We did find some shade in the serenity area. Adult serenity area – This was our first cruise without our kids and we did go to the Serenity area a few times, but it was primarily to find shade or a table that we could play games at, but still be outside. I always like the mood set by children having fun on a cruise ship, so I don’t go out of my way to avoid them. But it was nice to be able to find a shaded outdoor area. Buffet line-ups. I did find the buffet line-ups a little frustrating. It wasn’t that they were unbearably long, it was just that they didn’t seem well organized. There were long stretches of the buffet that consisted of primarily “filler” with all the main items at the very end. As a result, because of the “no cutting” etiquette, it meant that you had to wait through the entire line to get the one item at the end that you really wanted. This got worse when the person at the front of the line decided he wanted, say, the egg muffin when the buffet was out of egg muffins. That meant the entire line was stopped until the servers realized that the egg muffin tray was empty, the new egg muffins had been prepared and they returned with a full tray. There was a similar issue with the ice machines. Almost everyone wants ice. Not everyone wants water or lemonade or ice tea. But in order to get ice (say for the cokes I brought with me), I had to stand in line with everyone waiting in line for the lemonade. Photos – we took full advantage of the free photo shoots. Usually we don’t bother and end up buying one of the photos done in the dining room or on the gangway. I still find the pricing of the photos a mystery. At $25 per large photo, we buy maybe one or two per cruise. Were they more reasonable, say $8 or $10, I would probably spend much closer to $100 per cruise. Since they print them all out (sold or not), we know there would be no additional cost if they were to lower the price. So what they lose in revenue is purely lost profit. I presume they’ve studied the numbers and must think that they generate more revenue at fewer sales for higher prices. That’s just not the case for me. The only other really annoying thing with photos is how they sometimes insist on taking “port” shots as passengers disembark for the day on the gangway. The lines to disembark are notoriously slow and it is frustrating to realize that the reason you spent 15 minutes just to get off the ship is because they are making the entire line stop so one group can have its picture taken. If they want to do those photos, just set up a sign off to the side, or have two gangways. Don’t make everyone stop for the people doing the photos. Laundry – I always commend Carnival for their self-serve laundry, including the ironing stations. The prices are reasonable and the facilities are relatively convenient. Itinerary Half Moon Cay is a perfect beach for a beach day. We just found a couple lounge chairs well down the beach, put them in the shade of a tree and hung out. Later on, I went for a longer walk down to the west point. I appreciate that Carnival can call the island whatever it wants. Still, I didn’t find anything that referred to it by its actual name, Little San Salvador Island, until I was going through various papers after we had returned home. It seemed almost disrespectful to the people of the Bahamas that Carnival only refers to it by its made-up name. After a day at sea, our second port was St. Thomas, USVI. We had previously booked a rental car with Budget and had a great time driving all over the island and stopping for souvenirs and then for lunch at the very busy Magens Bay Beach. If we were to go back, I think we would try to see less of the island, but pick out one or two beach areas and spend more time there. Our next day was in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We had previously downloaded and printed a self-guided walking tour, compiled by Michael Scott of Salisbury University, which was excellent. After spending at least an hour at Fort del Morro, we had to cut the tour a little short on the way back, and we just made our way back through the old part of town, stopping in a few shops along the way. Our last port was Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos. We had pre-arranged a scooter rental and spent most of the day bombing around the island, hiding clues to a “treasure hunt” for our teenage children to find when we returned to Grand Turk four days later on the second half of our back-to-back. There were a lot of highlights to our 15-day cruise(s), but this treasure hunt must be on the top of the list. It is certainly the story we tell the most. After our last sea day, we returned to Miami and disembarked. My least favourite thing about cruise vacations is the early disembarkation. I have no idea why they do it this way. Who wants to end a vacation on such a sour note of having to wake up and really be pushed out of your cabin? I appreciate that there is a lot of work to do to turn the ship around for the next sailing. But there is no reason they have to do it as early as they do. I assume there real reason is that no one is sitting on deck spending money on the last day of a cruise. If the check-in, check-out times were more like a hotel, the cruise line would lose the valuable 2-3 hours of the next group of excited passengers happily buying drinks on the Lido deck. They don’t get any additional money from me if I get to sleep in until, say, 9:00, rather than 7:30 or so. Still, who doesn’t think of that jarring wake-up when considering how to spend their next vacation? Ultimately, as we were in no rush and were just going to board the ship “next door”, we waited as long as we could and left when we had to. Overall, the cruise was a success and was followed immediately by the second half of our back-to-back cruises. After that, though, I can see it being a while before our next cruise, at least of the standard mass-market fare.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My girlfriend, Summer, and I work hard and when it is time to take a vacation we both like to really take a vacation. For this last time off we put our sights on a cruise to the eastern Caribbean: lots to see, a little pampering, food, ... Read More
My girlfriend, Summer, and I work hard and when it is time to take a vacation we both like to really take a vacation. For this last time off we put our sights on a cruise to the eastern Caribbean: lots to see, a little pampering, food, shopping, new shows on the cruise ships, and much much more. We probably should have done a bit more research on the ship we were getting on, but, the sights were wonderful, the people were friendly, the ocean magnificent, and shopping was to be found everywhere. Leaving San Diego we boarded our jet and headed to Fort Lauderdale where we stayed our first night. While there we walked on the beach and enjoyed a small time soaking in the Florida heat. Then, we boarded a taxi which took us both into Miami where we bribed the taxi driver with his own coffee to take us into Little Cuba to get some real cuban coffee. After that he dropped us off at the pier in front of the cruise ship Glory. The cruise started out bad with a problem with our stateroom door. After getting in the first time to drop off our carry-ons our door malfunctioned. We couldn't get back in for almost 4 or 5 hours(almost the late dining time.) We talked to housekeeping almost immediately they said that security would be down right away to help us. We waited by our cabin for about an hour until we decided to go up to the deck and watch as we left Miami. Then, once Miami was at our aft, we went back to the stateroom still unable to get back in. We talked again to housekeeping they could not tell us what the delay was. We waited by our door for another half hour watching as others accessed their cabins and were delivered their luggage. That is when we noticed that our luggage had not been delivered yet. We wanted to get into our cabin and also shower and change into our dinner attire. We could not do either. We had neither. We watched as others luggage came and went and while looking for the source we found our luggage with the room tags that came with the boarding passes still attached were laying on a cart by the elevators. Almost, as if, they had been added to the lost and found. We claimed them and we put them by our door since nobody else would move them and we could still not access our cabin. I decided to talk to guest services. This had gone past annoying. Once at guest services, calls were placed to both maintenance and security to find out what the delay was. Apparently, the two could not get coordinated enough to be at the cabin door at the same time to figure out what the problem might be. It turned out to be the batteries in the keycard reader.A simple solution right? Wrong, it took them another hour to fix the door. They said it may have been a mechanism within the door handle itself. Still, another hour to fix the door once we have access to the room? This fix should not have taken that long. Anyways, once the door got fixed we had barely enough time to get showered and dressed for our first night of dining on the ship--which was good. Our waiter was friendly and team leader was very pleasant. The entire staff was eager to help and they made the dining experience extremely enjoyable. However, on that first night we noticed that our ship started to close down right after dinner. There was a comedy show or two and a midnight snack bar with the usual pizza bar but the entertainment went dead after that. We also noticed that all of the pools were fenced off closed even the adult area pools and Jacuzzi were closed down. The only thing that was open was the casino; as if we were all being funneled into an area for some clandestined purpose, were they only after our money? hmmm..... We retired into our stateroom and tried to enjoy our first night aboard our cruise. Woke with breakfast in bed (which became a routine) in the Bahamas. Our excursion, with the exception of a little rain, went without a hitch: a catamaran ride with snorkeling along a beautiful reef teeming with life. Then, we returned to our cruise for some more dining and entertainment. One might think that the first night would set the trend or pace for the rest of the cruise and you would be right. Once on board, again, we noticed that services were starting to shut down. The food was starting to be shutting down in preparation for dinner. I understand that we have 24 hour room service but it would be nice to be able to get something other than a burger or a piece of pizza as a snack before dinner once back aboard the ship. During dinner our serving team Jose, Reynaldo, and Ninson were as per the rest of the trip were friendly, courteous, and efficient. For the job they had to perform, serving that amount of people in that amount of time, they were nothing short of extraordinary. But then, once again after the comedy shows we noticed that the ship was shutting down...early. It was only midnight and we could not Jacuzzi swim or anything else. There was only two places to go to either get food or go to the casino. So, we retired into the stateroom. As we were settling in for the night we noticed a small commotion in the hallway out side of the cabin. Children from different families had started to gather and become friends. They proceeded to run a game of tag which spanned the length and height of the ship. They were heard all over the ship running the halls and yelling at each other. In this case, one could place the blame of the ruckus they caused on either the lack of entertainment for the children to participate in after hours or the lack of good parenting--your choice. We awoke the next day with breakfast in bed, which by the way, is a wonderful way of starting out your day on any vacation. Since this was our first sea day, I had arranged for Summer to go to the spa and get a massage package while I worked off some of my fat reserves in the gym on the forward deck right next to the spa, afterwards, soaking in the sauna to sweat out a few more ounces. My experience was very relaxing nothing short of wonderful. On the other hand, my girlfriend did not have such an experience. She was rushed, nervous, asked about her recent surgery/ breast augmentation numerous times by the massuse of which she has had none done whatsoever--just rude. At one point, after the massage was over, she had gone to the sauna to relax when the massuse came in and pulled her out to sell her some product and to settle her bill. First of all, the bill should have already have been added to the account for the room. Secondly, I had arranged for my girlfriend to not have signing privileges on our account which the massuse bypassed by calling guest services . A way of us making sure all purchases were agreed upon by both parties. This massuse ended up manipulating my girlfriend who was attempting to relax into buying another $120.00 worth of product, of which she did not want in the first place. Had she wanted the product this would not have been an issue. After a hour or so talking with guest services and getting the product returned and monies returned to my account we relaxed in the stateroom and decided to go up to the top deck to enjoy some Jacuzzi time before they closed. The jacuzzi was nice and relaxing something that would be really nice under the night sky. Once well pruned and ready for seasoning we agreed that we ready for something else and we walked by the water-slide. After trying the water-slide we noticed the pool just at the bottom of the slide. My girlfriend was already in it before I could even ask. While playing in the pool, much to our dismay, she sliced her foot on something on the bottom filter cover. After getting out and inspecting her foot the cut turning out to be quite sizable and was bleeding. We went back to the stateroom and proceeded to use the small travel sized first aid kit she had packed for just such an occasion. The rudimentary kit was not enough. We informed medical and proceeded down to deck 0 to have her seen. Our visits to the other islands were fun. We discovered that if we arranged for our own transportation and fun we could get more done and find more to special places on the islands as we went out and explored on our own. On St Thomas was our first venture on our own to Blackbeard's Castle, shopping in the the downtown area, and then snorkeling on the beach. We got a lot done in a very short period of time. Then, in Puerto Rico while in San Juan we boarded the busses for the Fortresses tour. The Fortresses were beautiful and the tour guide was very knowledgeable, funny, and personable. We did enjoy that tour; however, afterwards we had some time to ourselves and found a magnificent barista on the corner of Calle O'Donnell and Calle San Fransisco called Caficultra. Great atmosphere and great cuban coffee. After getting some shopping in we headed out of the heat and back into the ship for some more cruising. We were hoping to catch some more shows and life on the ship but most were done by the time we got back aboard. We readied for dinner and caught some comedy shows before the ship closed down for the night (with the exception of the casino.) It seemed as though the casino was the only thing going 24/7. While sleeping though we would be woken occasionally by the children running up and down the halls in an attempt to find something to do because of the lack of entertainment after hours. Our last stop was Grande Turk. A beautiful stretch of sand surrounded by reef and ocean. I was hoping to rent a jet ski and explore the ocean a bit and then maybe have a spot of fun with my girlfriends arms wrapped tightly around me, but, to my dismay, the previous spring break all of the jet skis had been broken by some rambunctious 21 year olds having a bit to much fun. We end up basking in the sun, we snorkeled in the ocean, did some shopping, and then enjoyed a meal and drinks at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville. Afterwards, boarding the just in time to steam off for another day at sea. Our day at sea mirrored the previous with the two exceptions of staying away from the pools and Summer joining me in the gym for a workout. We also changed things up with getting brunch in the main dinning hall. This was different and welcomed detour from our usual routine of getting breakfast in bed. We disembarked from the ship once back in Miami and bid the crew and sea good bye. The cruise was a fun and enlightening adventure; one that we will hopefully repeat soon. We will probably be going on another cruise, however, we will probably be doing some more research and finding a cruise ship with more after hours activities, food, and where we might be able to enjoy a some swimming privileges under the stars.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My fiancé and I are getting married on a Carnival ship in September. Neither one of us had sailed with Carnival before, so we figured we would give them a try and take a relaxing cruise before the stress of the wedding hit. We had a week ... Read More
My fiancé and I are getting married on a Carnival ship in September. Neither one of us had sailed with Carnival before, so we figured we would give them a try and take a relaxing cruise before the stress of the wedding hit. We had a week off, airline credits from a previously-cancelled trip, and the last minutes for this cruise were very reasonable, so we went for it. We booked an inside guarantee and were assigned an inside cabin on deck 6. We were happy. The day before we left, Carnival called and offered us a balcony cabin on the Lido deck for a great price. We took it and absolutely loved our Lido balcony. Carnival earned major cool points with us early on. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale and took SAS Transportation to the port. We highly recommend SAS; they are half the price of Carnival's bus and excellent. Even though we were notified that there was a Coast Guard inspection and not to arrive at the port until 1, they were checking people in. Although while I was pulling my passport out to show the security guard, I was practically knocked over by a "lady" who thought she was God's gift because she had FTTF, we quickly checked in were on the ship by 12:30 (not much longer after her. HA HA). I get the whole FTTF thing, but there is no need to push and shove over it, or you might find yourself eating your lobster with a straw. Just sayin' Anyway, the cabins weren't accessible until 1:30. The buffet and Guy's Burgers were open. I had a burger, which was good but not awe inspiring as I had read. We then took a nap and had the buffet for dinner because we were exhausted. The food on the buffet was delicious (the ribs really stood out). The itinerary was a day at sea, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya, another sea day, then back to Miami. We did private excursions for all but Roatan, where we booked Carnival's Tabayana Beach Break (excellent!) More on the ports below. We ate in the dining room 3-4 nights. The food was good, especially the lobster on the first formal night, the steaks, and count me in as a lover of the warm chocolate melting cake. The other nights we hit the buffet or got room service, just because we were tired or "sleeping it off" after our excursions. Our only real complaint was the layout of the ship. The décor was a little glitzy for my taste, but whatever, but as for the layout, we got lost a few times trying to find our dining room on deck 3 because to access it, we had to go upstairs to deck 5, through the casino, and back down to deck 3. Very strange. We eventually figured out we could go all the way aft on deck 9 and take the elevator down to deck 3 to get there, but it still makes no sense to put a dining room in such a strange place. My other complaint was the size of the swimming pools. There were only 3 that I could find that were very small and always packed. We swim and do water aerobics for exercise, and those pools were worthless for anything but a quick dip or PDA. We didn't try the hot tubs, but they were always full. My disappointment with the pools was always soothed with a, always-available strawberry frozen yogurt from one of the machines by the pools or buffet. I ate entirely too much of that, but it was so worth it :) We didn't go to shows or see comedians or anything like that because that isn't our thing. We did enjoy the movies and basketball games shown on the big screen by the main pool, with plenty of free popcorn and (of course) ice cream/frozen yogurt. We never had a problem finding a deck chair or anything like that. We didn't try the Steakhouse or Chef's Table. I did try to get my fiancé a coffee at Creams on deck 5. The lady was very rude. First she said the advertised special was no longer available, then the stuff she handed me was NOT expresso. I'd recommend avoiding that place! All in all, we had a wonderful time. A few hiccups here and there, but nothing is perfect. We'll happily said on Carnival again if the price and itinerary are right! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This is the 9th cruise that my husband and I have taken together. I have now been on 12. We have cruised with several different companies, and really, it seems to come down to the ship. This ship was refurbished a couple of years ago, and ... Read More
This is the 9th cruise that my husband and I have taken together. I have now been on 12. We have cruised with several different companies, and really, it seems to come down to the ship. This ship was refurbished a couple of years ago, and still seems pretty fresh to me. It isn't the glitzy, gaudy Carnival cruise ship of days gone by; they seem to be changing that look, and I liked it. The ship was very clean and I often saw people tidying things up around the ship, and sterilizing general areas that people might touch with their hands. If you want to avoid kids, the serenity deck is pretty quiet. I have kids, so I only spent 30 minutes there reading a book one day when everyone else was busy. By the end of the trip, I knew which way to go. It's a nice sized ship, but not a behemoth, so you can eventually get around the ship. They have a nice selection of activities. There are all types of trivia, which I tried; it was fun and I even won the "food trivia!" Karaoke is very entertaining. I'm a music teacher and was a voice major, but I'll tell you, no matter how well or badly people sing, it's a great bonding experience on the ship. They have all kinds of healthy activities; I didn't participate, I just walked a lot. There's a small but nicely stocked library. There are several shelves of new books you can choose to read, and also quite a few board games. I saw different people in there at various times enjoying the games. The gym is very, very nice, although I didn't bother actually using it. You have to remember that these are the "fun ships," so they have a lot of silly games and competitions. You don't have to participate, but be ready to pass some silliness at times. All in all, in this regard, if you complain of being bored, it's because you are boring or because you may prefer something a bit more high class. I found the service, overall, to be very good. Our room steward consistently cleaned our room and bathroom like clockwork. He did an excellent job. We are not very messy and tried to keep things fairly tidy, but wow, do I love having someone tidy up my room twice a day! He always made sure we had fresh towels and plenty of paper products (tp and kleenex). A word to the wise...the guest services desk was quite slow. I don't really know why. It was a good bit slower than other cruises I have been on. The people working there were nice, it was just slooooow. Service in the shops was good. There is a Brazilian guy in the store that does the "watch and bracelet sales" and he was HILARIOUS! I think that he enjoys watching the craziness of all of those people cramming in to grab the items on sale. It's worth going just to listen to and watch him. But, seriously, the watch sale is BANANAS. It's like people trying to get bread from a UN food truck...ridiculous! The four ports were visited were excellent. We actually booked nothing through the cruise line. We met up with friends in one port, took a taxi to a state park in another, booked a snorkel boat trip in the tourism office of the third, and walked to the FREE beach on the last port. Each port was a great visit, and that's why this is probably one of our favorite cruises EVER. I know that they offer some really interesting excursions, but they are just a bit too expensive for us, especially when we were able to research on our own and find nice things to do. Our travel to the embarkation port (Miami) was smooth. We live in Palm Beach County, just an hour north of Miami. There wasn't much traffic until we got into town. This past week was Palm Beach County Schools spring break, so our kids actually saw other kids (and even district staff) that they know from school related activities. Lots of families from the area were here on break. Anyhow, if there is a Miami Heat game happening (which there was) be prepared for some extra traffic. It's really easy to get to the port, though. It's well marked, and you can see the ships as you drive over. It gets a little crazy when you drop your things off, with all of the porters and other people around. However, it worked okay. My husband dropped us off, drove over the bridge to our reserved parking (about one mile). He actually walked back in about 10 minutes (he was a runner in college, so it was no big deal). Normally, we book an inside cabin. We have gotten an outside cabin a few times, and decided to upgrade for an extra amount, but it was a small additional amount of money. Let me tell you, it was WORTH it. There were four in our cabin, and you have much more room. The two extra beds are out of the way of the double bed my husband and I used (queen or king sized, I'm not sure). In an inside cabin, they are right above your bed, and I worry about it falling on me (yes, I am paranoid). In this cabin, the sofa becomes a bed, and the other bed is just above it. The room had a nice amount of space and was very comfortable and clean. The bathroom wasn't huge, but it was very adequate. The water in the shower seems a bit hard, but I'm not going to complain. There's a hair dryer...I think it was on its last leg, but it worked. They have plenty of body wash and shampoo in the shower, along with complimentary toothpaste in the bathroom. No lotion though. The beds were very comfortable, but the room was sometimes very chilly, so we adjusted the temperature. The window in the room is nice and big, and there's a shelf inside the window, so you can put extra stuff there if you wish. The food on this cruise was very good. We had breakfast in the main dining room on the first morning because it was a seaday (those are the only days you can eat in there for breakfast and lunch). They have a good amount of offerings for breakfast, and offer a few brunch offerings, but not a lot. It was very good, but not spectacular. My husband was thrilled, however, to get lox and cream cheese. The other mornings, we had breakfast in the lido buffet. It was good, with a nice assortment of choices. Most of the sweet breakfast breads were average, but there was a lot of fruit offered, and were lots of cereals and other things. They have an omelette station. The buffet does not have an enormous variety of food. We are wondering if they are trying to avoid wasting so much food as we have seen on previous cruises. For lunch, you have a lot of nice options. We always had a "special table" that we used to meet. If you go to the top of the steps above the buffet, there's a nice big table and few people used them up there. We would just say, "Meet you at lunch at 12:30 (or whatever time)" and knew where to go. If you like super fancy lunches, this cruise is not for you. We ate at the lido buffet for lunch on all but the seadays. Each day, the buffet features different types of food (Italian, American, Caribbean, etc). They had a nice but not huge offering of foods on the buffet. I didn't get much from the lunch buffet. What I had was good, nothing that I really remember as being outstanding. The desserts on the lido buffet tended to be a bit dry. For lunch, you can go to the Blue Iguana and they will make soft tacos or burritos for you. The burritos are huge and amazing! However, they are so filling I could hardly eat it all. The tacos are delicious. Guy's Burger Joint is great if you enjoy good burgers. I had a bite and they remind me a little of "butterburgers." My kids really enjoyed them. The fries are quite tasty. They have pizza available at the Pizza Pirate for 24 hours. The pizza is actually some of the best I've had on a cruise ship. It's a very thin crust with good sauce and the cheese is very tasty. My children loved that too, and I had a couple of pieces on the trip. There are a few ice cream places where you get soft serve yogurt or ice cream. I don't care for soft serve, but my husband and children enjoyed it. Oh, and there's a fish and chips place on floor 10. My husband especially enjoyed that. I think that the batter was a little different from what he said, but he really liked it. We had dinner in the main dining room (Golden) each night. The dining room service at dinnertime was excellent. As I have come to expect, our servers quickly learned what we like (i.e.-a cup of coffee with sugar and cream, hot tea, or the children's menu versus the adult menu for the in-between child, etc.). In addition, they did a great job of keeping our water glasses full. I never had to ask for a drink, ever! Sometimes the silverware would disappear between courses and they would replace them. A few times, they didn't notice, and we just asked. My husband realized that we were never offered any drinks like lemonade or tea. I think if we had asked, then we could have gotten complimentary ones, although we don't really need the sugar. I found the food to be very good to excellent in there. They call their dining room experience "The American Table." It reminded me of an upscale bistro style. Each night, they had a few different appetizer selections, always including one soup and one salad, a cold appetizer and a hot appetizer. The spring rolls are delicious! They also always offer fried calamari, Caesar salad and flatbread that was very good. There are always one or two nice seafood offerings on the menu. One night they had lobster tail, which my husband loved. No extra charge for that, like they've started to do on some ships. You can always get some type of chicken and beef or pork. The quality of the food at dinner was really good. The desserts were consistently delicious. The chocolate melting cake is amazing, but SO rich! They have a few nice things on the children's menu, and my girls appreciated that. I have really enjoyed the food on the last two Carnival cruises we have taken. They do the dancing nights where the waitstaff dances around and encourages the kids to dance along. They also dance on small tables on the first floor. It's a bit crazy, but is really fun. People dress somewhat casually. Some really dress up, but others are quite casual. The dining experience there is very, very nice, but the setting of the tables is not as fancy as I've seen on some ships. Tablecloths are only used on the formal nights (the tables are highly polished sturdy woods tables) and they give you the basic silverware, not a setting with 12 different pieces. Again, if you like the uber fancy dining experience, it may be a bit too casual, but the food is really wonderful. The children's clubs are excellent on this ship. They have lots of fun activities for the two girls, who are 8 and 11. They only participated some, because we were very busy in port. My son had a blast with the Club O2 activities. He is 13 and met lots of nice kids, and they do all kinds of fun stuff. He played basketball for hours, as well. On one of the port days, he stayed on the ship and played basketball. The captain and his first mate came up to play and let him play with them. He thought it was awesome. The entertainment was okay. The shows they had were average. There were two performers who were excellent singers. One singer not so good. The others were good. The music was really loud. The dancing was pretty good. They had so much in the way of lighting and lasers and huge colorful videos that were distracting and would probably give someone a seizure. There was a band that played in the casino that was actually pretty good. The guitarist/solo singer who plays in the atrium was fairly good, but had a bit of a nasal voice. There was a lady who sang with a keyboard guy. She had a nice voice and sang a variety of songs. Disembarkation was VERY slow. There was a fight in the line on the way out because some ladies tried to cut in front of someone. We all had to wait, so those women were just being selfish. Anyhow, it takes a long time to get off. We waited up on floor nine in the lido buffet dining area and it was nice and quiet there. My mother-in-law said that there was a massive crowd waiting to get off the ship. They allow "self disembarkation" and I think that is the holdup, really. All of those people with all of their stuff take up a bunch of space. It was the longest wait I've ever had to get off of a ship. Overall, this was a wonderful cruise vacation. It's a great time spent with family. Carnival helped us to have a really great time together.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Excellent Carnival Glory trip in early March, 2014. Demographics: 50ish, have cruised about ten times on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL and Dolphin (now defunct I hope!). Wife and I had had a wonderful cruise on the Carnival Glory out of ... Read More
Excellent Carnival Glory trip in early March, 2014. Demographics: 50ish, have cruised about ten times on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL and Dolphin (now defunct I hope!). Wife and I had had a wonderful cruise on the Carnival Glory out of Miami to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. Ship and crew were excellent. Free style dining worked out very well with us eating alone the first night and then with different group tables thereafter. Meals were always hot and pretty good. Free style dining is slower (breakfast can be 1.5 hours long and dinner is 2-2.5 hours long if you are having a good time talking with other table guests. Not “five star” restaurant quality but no complaints. Severs never had a problem if you wanted to order two appetizers, two entrées and two deserts. Loved that! There is no longer a Midnight buffet but the thin crust pizza in various flavors met our tastes quite well. Soft serve ice cream is also available. Never dined at the specialty restaurants. We were one week early from the Spring Break crowd and passengers were excellent. Few children seen on the ship and from what I was told but there are great play areas that probably keep them mostly out of sight and entertained. Did not use the spa so cannot comment on this area as well. We had a lower level cabin (number 1300) with a window (“ocean view) on the Riviera level near the middle of the ship. Probably the best location we have had on any cruise as there was no noticeable ship movement (even though we were usually travelling at over 20 knots) or noise from engine, waves or other decks. Frankly, we do not spend time in our cabin but for sleeping or getting ready to go out. That said, the cabin was spacious for two people and we never had a problem with storage space. Cabin was spotlessly clean and thoughtfully well laid out. Cabin Steward was always pleasant and never interfered with unexpected cabin visits. Wife never complained about the mattress so guess it was "just right". There are two main buffet areas with four entry points open during typical meal times and there are other eating establishments when the buffets are closed. You do have to plan a little as you have to hit the buffets and restaurants during meal time. We missed them on multiple visits due to other activities we were doing. The water, ice, tea, lemonade and coffee dispensing areas are always open. I got the unlimited pop card (I think $60 for the week) and used that for the trip. Most bartenders did not mind filling your pop container, some did. Guessing it may impact their tips. The ship's layout is pretty good. If you did not want to take the elevator, there are two large staircases strategically located. If you are looking for a quiet spot you can find it. If you are looking for total silence, bring Bose ear plugs. Sometimes we forget that we are on a ship with 3,000 passengers plus crew, not a deserted island. We did shore excursions to Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman and swam with dolphins in Roatan. The Carnival organized trips were well planned and executed. We rented a car in Cozumel and walked in Belize as we have visited before. Note that crime is up in Belize so stay sharp and be aware. The island stops are too short. We would have loved to spend more time at each island but know that the ship covered over 2,000 miles in the week we cruised! Nightly entertainment for us was dinner and then the Comedy Shows. There are three one-half hour long shows and they were very good. We did not make it to any stage shows so cannot comment. We found outstanding value in this Carnival cruise. While the ship was near capacity we had to wait for an elevator only once, and there were very few lines at the buffets or anywhere else for that matter. I do wish that folks who are not using their pool deck lounge chairs would remove their towels but that is a problem no matter where you go. Carnival has a posted policy of removing the towels if the lounge chair is not occupied for 40+ minutes but do not know if this is enforced. I would be interested to see other's comments in the Cruisecritic.com comments area. In summary, we found the ship to be in excellent condition, the employees…every single one of them to be very professional, energetic, happy and hard working. We will definitely be going on many more Carnival cruises based upon our experience.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Recently sailed on the Carnival Glory. Review is in sections so you do not have to read everything as it has turned out a little longer than expected!The ship was very clean and the crew was excellent and made the extra effort to call you ... Read More
Recently sailed on the Carnival Glory. Review is in sections so you do not have to read everything as it has turned out a little longer than expected!The ship was very clean and the crew was excellent and made the extra effort to call you by your first name. Ports of call were Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Embarkation was a breeze, no line and was on the ship in about 15-20 mins. The 2.0 additions enhanced the ship and our cruising experience as we really enjoyed Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana, Red Frogs, and the Alchemy bar. Staff was very friendly. There was a lot ongoing on the ship but we spent a lot of time on our balcony. I cannot comment on the shows because we did not attend them but from what i saw, the shows looked and sounded pretty fun. There were a variety of bands playing throughout the evenings mainly on deck 5 and in atrium. If i was on lido deck i was either at Red Frogs or back in the adult swimming pool area were it was much quieter. Carnival has been making many subtle changes in many areas but i really dont want to add anymore to this review. FOOD: I thought the breakfast buffet was sub par, no changes from day to day. Ugh. The omelets were great the first three days. The fish and chips area was exceptional. Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana, and Fish and chips were fantastic! Thank god they added them to the ship! I also really enjoyed Red Frogs Beer, its made by Anheuser Busch. It has slight berry ale flavors with the carbination of a pilsner and the color of an amber beer. All food from these additions was above average. I did not eat lunch on the lido buffet so i cannot comment nor did i eat the dinner on lido. The MDR was a pleasant experience. We had anytime dining. I ended up liking the tables without table cloths! A cleaner look and they had it decorated nicely. The servers typically turned dinner around in about 1hr 15mins. About an hour with no desert. I mainly ate seafood dishes, salads, rare finds, and dishes from port. I would say about 3 out of 5 dishes i ordered i thought were above average. I also have to send compliments to matre D' as he was always present and involved and very nice and approachable. The steakhouse was an above average experience but i thought the steaks lacked flavor and were pretty bland and the lobster tails were way too small from what i had on the Carnival Legend's Golden Fleece Steakhouse in 2011(Which was an awesome experience I will never forget, nor the 20 oz porterhouse I had or the crew making your salad right at your table). PORTS OF CALL: We did our own thing in Nassau, St. Thomas, and San Juan(which im glad we did) except in Grand Turk. Briefly, in Nassau we took taxi's around to places we have not been to yet, one was visiting the Cloisters and the garden, the other was the zoo with the pink flamingos. Taxi cab fair was a killer, i think i spent $45 bucks on taxi's. St. Thomas, again we traveled on our own and saw Fort Christian, walked around Charlaute Amalie, walked up the 99 stairs, saw the governors mansion, experienced the views from Blackbeard's Castle(the workers at Blackbeards Castle were very nice!), visited a Jewish synagogue, one of 4 in the caribbean and finished the day, a couple hours at Maghen's Bay. San Juan, we again visited places we did not see our last time there and it included the Governors mansion and tour, a few more churches, ate at the brewery, and visited all the booths at the time because San Juan's annual festival was going on, lots of art and crafts everywhere. Grand Turk, we did the Ultimate Snorkel Experience thru Carnival with Captain Dan and his crew who did a fabulous job. We snorkeled horseshoe point and then visited the wall. The crew fed the fish at both stops as well as attracting nurse sharks to photo and even pet. Finished the day at Jacks Shack. What a day. ROOM: I really liked the balcony room, same as on the other Carnival ships I have cruised EXCEPT the mattresses where hard and i always woke up with a stiff lower back. I don't remember having issues with the mattresses on prior Carnival cruises. We ended up putting a comforter under the sheet and using the blanket on top of the bed sheet. The room steward was ok. did a great job cleaning the room but his personality was a little lacking and we got off to a bad start as i took the door off over the fridge to keep it cooler and allow easier access and they didnt like to much. Carnival has been making many subtle changes in many areas but i really dont want to add anymore to this review. BEHIND THE FUN: I wanted to finally take the plunge and do the behind the scenes tour of the ship. I only had one excursion booked anyway. The tour guide was wonderful. She did a great job. There is a lot of walking on this tour. The engineer of the Glory was awesome, he was like a mad scientist working the control room and I learned alot about mechanics of the cruise ship from him. This tour also included trips to the bridge, laundry room, galley, food storage areas, behind the main stage, the front deck where the crew hangs out, and toured the different dining rooms the crew has as well as their game room, weight room etc. I could not believe how clean the ship was through and through! Even the galley! OMG, there wasnt any scrap or staines on the floors whatsoever. It was a great tour i just felt some of the details Carnival was being a little cheap on but what can you do when an accountant is CEO of a company? Details you may ask? It just seemed throughout the tour when refreshments were presented it was done on the cheap and for example at the end i think a full glass of champaigne would have been more appropriate than a glass 25% full. I appreciate everything but details like that make me cringe. If you offer a glass of champaigne, provide a glass of champaigne! On a positive note, i am glad our tour guide pointed out the classes that are available to crew to advance themselves as she did. Many people bring up conditions of the workers but at the same time, it may be better than what is available at home and the crew have the opportunity to take classes and advance themselves. THE SHIP: After getting past many of the loud color themes,I really liked the size of this ship and the space, room people had to move around and enjoy. I cannot imagine being on a larger one(As i have and it was too much walking and too many floors) but this felt the same as the 100k GT Victory i was on and walking around the lower floors felt like i was on a spirit class ship. It was two floors up to lido deck from my room and two floors down to panoramic deck. It was smooth running as the captain piloted it very well. There were times when the captain had it maxed out around 21.8 knots or so between San Juan and Grand Turk and other times on the cruise. So for me it added a little excitement to know that to make the ports of call work, the Glory was pushed to make it happen. The ship was very clean and the public restrooms were very clean. All in all it was a great cruise that went by very quickly. Despite subtle changes and deletions Carnival has been making, i have to thank Carnival for trying to keep their cruises at their current price point. The Carnival Glory was the smoothest ship i have been on. (Legend, Victory, and EPIC). Before this cruise i thought I really liked the Spirit class but the Conquest class (with 2.0) IMHO is making me second guess my preference and once again the crew where wonderful!   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
The Glory is an older ship that's been refurbished. Its now one of there 2.0 ships. The entertainment and the activities were great. For the price you can not beat it, however if you want something more upscale you will have to pay a ... Read More
The Glory is an older ship that's been refurbished. Its now one of there 2.0 ships. The entertainment and the activities were great. For the price you can not beat it, however if you want something more upscale you will have to pay a little more and get on a newer ship. The food was fair to good at best,. The service was above and beyond, they treat you well, out of 7 days I never saw a staff member with out a smile! Playlist productions and the Punchliner Comedy Club both were great. Matt and Dr.E were the Cruise Directors at the time and the were a ton of Fun. Interacting with the cruisers non stop. The spa was average, nothing spectacular there. Cabins are updated but we must remember that this is an older ship that has some updates. If you cant have fun on a cruise you cant have fun anywhere! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
This was my 4th time taking pretty much this same cruise on the Carnival Glory. They finally upgraded the ship, which was really great. I had gotten bored with the ship and had kept hoping they would dock a different one at the Norfolk ... Read More
This was my 4th time taking pretty much this same cruise on the Carnival Glory. They finally upgraded the ship, which was really great. I had gotten bored with the ship and had kept hoping they would dock a different one at the Norfolk port because of that. But, though I ended up on the same ship I've been on multiple times before, the upgrades made it much better this time around. Before I go into that though, I want to voice a major complaint in hopes that Carnival reads these reviews. We are very, very unhappy about Carnival pulling out of the port of Norfolk, Virginia. We've been cruising Carnival out of this port about once every year and a half and Carnival leaving this port means that we will probably take very few cruises in the future. The airfare cost to other ports makes them too expensive - expensive enough that I'd rather do something else instead of cruise, or end up cruising on another line, which I know Carnival doesn't want. That said, Carnival, please, please, please come back to the Norfolk port!!! Okay, now back to the rest of the review. On the upgrades: First, they put in Guy's Burger Joint. The burgers on the ship used to be so-so at best. These are significantly better. They're a little more along the lines of 5 Guys Burgers and Fries. Yummy. They also upgraded/changed/added a few bars. The most memorable for us were the Red Frog Rum Bar and the Alchemy Bar. They also had a new tequila bar. I just don't drink tequila, so that wasn't my thing, but the menu did look good. Going back to the others though: The Red Frog Rum bar had some great choices. One of my favorites was the Caribbean Colada. It was the best colada I've ever had and great for days out on the deck. The Alchemy Bar is right next to the piano bar and, during previous cruises, that bar had very little business. Now, with this upgrade and becoming the Alchemy Bar, it was really busy every night. The drink concoctions were great. This bar had the best drink menu I've ever seen and we tried almost everything on the menu. We weren't the only ones either. The bar also turned out to be a great place to meet people, a lot because there were so many conversations that started out with, "Ooh, what's that you're drinking? Really, mine's a ???" and so on. The 3 girls that worked behind the bar every night were fantastic as well. Speaking of drinking, we splurged for the Cheers program. It's Carnival's new program where you pay roughly $50 per day per person and can drink up to 15 drinks a day, both alcoholic and non. If we didn't get the program, we would have had a lot less to drink because we would have been far more cognizant of the money we were spending. The program allowed us to not think about that and just enjoy what we wanted, so it worked out for us. I'd do it again just for that care-free feeling. But, at $100 a day for 2 people, it really would depend how long the trip was. I don't think I'd spend that much per day for a much longer cruise as I wouldn't want to drink a lot on a daily basis for much more than a few days anyway. The thing that convinced us to go with the program this time though was the fact that we didn't have to get it until the second day on the ship. That was huge because I felt like it would have been a waste for the first day on the ship since you're only really able to enjoy yourself from about 5:30 p.m. onward. We had great service pretty much every night in the dining hall (we had my-time dining in the Golden). After the first night, we asked for Yudi's (or Yuli?) section every night. We got him as a waiter the first night and he and his team were so good to us that they were actually part of the reason we ate at the dining hall as many nights as we did. The entertainment and shows changed since the last time we were on board... thankfully. I can't stand it when I take the same cruise ship a year or year and a half apart and the shows are the same. I was really happy to see the change this time. They had 3 new big shows in the Amber Palace; a Latin show, a Diva show, and a Motown show. All were great. All of the performers were really good, but one stood out for rme; Aaron, who has the most amazing vocal range and ability. With ability like his, I'm honestly surprised he's not a famous Broadway performer or something. The cruise director and his side kick (don't remember his name), were a blast. Those two really work together well to get people going and having a good time. They're both just the right amount of crazy and both know how to flirt and schmooze with the ladies as well. I'd say, whatshisname (good looking cruise director dude with the English accent) was probably the best cruise director I've had over the course of several cruises. My apologies for not remembering his name or most others only 2 weeks later. As had been the case in the past, the piano bar was one of our favorite places on the ship. Dave was the piano player this time and I think he ended up being our all time favorite, and we've seen several over several cruises. He got to know people's names throughout the course of the cruise. He also had instruments (maracas, tambourines, etc) for people to play, and he played some games with the audience too. One night, he had slips of paper with 20 lines. He'd play the first bar or two of a song, and we had to guess the song. We liked that game a lot because we won it! :) But seriously, what a great time this bar is when there is a great entertainer behind that piano. My only complaint to Carnival would be to set up the piano bar a little differently because you don't really feel like you're part of the action if you don't get a seat directly around the piano itself, which was a challenge this time because the bar was so busy. The other seats in the lounge should all be higher up so you can still see the entertainment. It's the only flaw of this bar and has been that way for years. Still a great bar despite that flaw though. As usual, we enjoyed some time on the Serenity deck this time. It's one of the only places you can get away from constant loud noise on this ship and the loungers are very comfortable there. It is, however, exceptionally windy quite often on this deck, which is not great if it's October and you're too far north. We also enjoyed the adults-only hot tub this time. In general, we like the adults-only pool/hot tub area in back of the ship and the adults-only Serenity deck in the front. We just wish that they would change things up a bit so that those weren't the only two adults only areas and so that the only two adults only areas were not at complete opposite ends of the ship. What else? Service: Consistently great from our room steward to our wait staff and everyone else throughout the whole cruise this time. Food: About the same as it has been in the past (which was always pretty good, and very good in the main dining rooms). Guy's Burger Joint improves things. Pizza Bar was good. Burrito Bar was a nice improvement as well. Still like the Red Sail - not the the greatest food in the universe, but some pretty good stuff, and convenient. Cabin: Bed seemed more uncomfortable than it ever has on a Carnival ship. I don't know if we just had an old bed or what, but it's usually more comfortable. There are never enough pillows and the pillows they do provide are way too small. I brought a couple of my own this time, which helped. Other than that, the cabins haven't changed; compact, but efficient, and had enough place to store our stuff. Always like having the safe for my photography equipment when it's not in use. Disappointing: We only had one formal night. That's because they cut this cruise down from 6 nights to 5. That is disappointing as well. In the past, they sailed out of Norfolk 4 times in October, I believe with two 4 night cruises and two 6 night cruises. I'd like it if they sailed out of Norfolk 4 times with one of each, a 4, 5, 6, and 7 night cruise, each with different ports. Give us some variety to choose from, Carnival! Read Less
Carnival Glory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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