Sail Date: February 2019
This was my 3rd cruise on Carnival and while we had fun it just wasn't their best effort. The ship is tattered and torn, the entertainment was disappointing with the exception of the comedians they were pretty good but the other shows ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise on Carnival and while we had fun it just wasn't their best effort. The ship is tattered and torn, the entertainment was disappointing with the exception of the comedians they were pretty good but the other shows were pretty lame. The food started out pretty good but Guy's Burgers was a let down from my previous cruise, the dining room was tasty at first as well but the last 2 nights they dropped the ball I was disappointed with everything except the desserts they were good. The ship in general must be due for dry dock there was just a lot that seemed to be in need of repair, soft spots in the floor, uneven floors and quite a bit of rust. They seemed to be working on the ship at every port with crazy amounts of noise coming from unknown areas. This was my first time in a balcony room we were in 8381 which was under the dining area of the lido deck, it was noisy but not from the people something sounded like it was it was big and heavy rolling on the deck above at night, it was quite annoying at night which was the only time that it was heard. The room was ok, the TV remote worked randomly but then they offer nothing to watch. I get it they want you out spending money but really the TV sucked. The cabin Stewart only cleaned out room once a day which was quite a change from the past when they were in the room as much as I was. The ports were ok except for St. Thomas, 10 ships at the same time was just to many people we went to Megan's bay and I wasn't impressed we has 10 times the fun on the beach in Grand Turk right off the ship on the beach with a lot less people. In general I love cruises this was my 5th and I'm sorry to say it was probably the least fun of all of the others cruises. I'll probably go on Carnival again but I will put a lot more time into researching the age of the ship and as to how many ships will be in port at the same time. I do have to give them credit the embarkation and disembarkation was the best that I have ever witnessed, it was quick on and off. The Miami airport that is a nightmare I'll probably go with Canaveral or New Orleans next time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We just got off the Glory and I wanted to mention a few things. We had a good time and the trip was fun as a whole. I will be looking into a new cruise line for our next trip as this was our 9th with Carnival. First and foremost for me ... Read More
We just got off the Glory and I wanted to mention a few things. We had a good time and the trip was fun as a whole. I will be looking into a new cruise line for our next trip as this was our 9th with Carnival. First and foremost for me was that the A/C in our balcony stateroom 7221 didn’t work. A technician came but he could only adjust it by 2* cooler. Secondly was the food. The Lido buffets were not very good and the desserts were disappointing. The dining room food was slightly better but still average overall. Room service just could not get our orders right either! The ship was very crowded with long lines to do everything. Our stateroom steward had a hard time getting our room cleaned up and each time we returned from dinner, a shore excursion etc. it was hit or miss wether our room was cleaned. Finally- the Stingray experience in Grand Cayman was a waste of money. There were 3 Carnival shops in port that day, with 60 people packed on a boat for a 40 minute ride to the sand bar where you got 2 seconds with a stingray while a crew member took a picture for $40 per person! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Fifth cruise and 3rd cruise line. Second cruise on Carnival. We took our kids on their first cruise on Carnival Victory last year. Despite what we had negatively heard about Carnival, the cruise on Victory was above our expectations on all ... Read More
Fifth cruise and 3rd cruise line. Second cruise on Carnival. We took our kids on their first cruise on Carnival Victory last year. Despite what we had negatively heard about Carnival, the cruise on Victory was above our expectations on all fronts. So my wife and I booked a 7-day for this Summer on Glory. Never again on Glory, and possibly never again with Carnival. The good - easy and fast embarkation, common areas of ship in pretty good shape for age, ALL staff we encountered practiced great customer service, excursions were all top-notch The Bad Food: Guy’s Burgers, Mexican, Deli, and Pizza all good, but limited availability for Burgers and Mexican - long lines for the other two. Buffet just not very good at all (and I’m not picky). Room: AC never got cold, we never kept covers on the bed and were still hot at night. Nearly everyone we spoke with had the same issue. Plus, rooms were so dated. Victory last year had renovated, and they were nice. These looked like 1982. Entertainment: Very poor. Comedians had a laugh or two in 30-minute shows. Theater shows were tragic. Again, Victory had a band in the orchestra pit, only tracks played on this. We left both early because we were bouncing in our seats laughing at how bad it was, and didn’t want to be disruptive. Overheard two performers at lunch one day discussing how they hate being on the ship and wondering how they can get out of their contracts. Finally, Fellow Passengers: Many we encountered were very nice and we got to know quite a few. We also understand with 3,000 people, you’re gonna find a jerk or two. But, the level of rudeness and disrespect from more passengers than we were comfortable with made for a not great time. We apologized to two separate tour guides on land for other people’s remarks regarding poverty in their countries. The level of ignorance these passengers displayed was embarrassing to us as fellow Americans. We had several experiences with passengers on board being mean to us or each other as well. Kids and adults ran down our hall late at night yelling and slamming doors...every night! Overall, we had fun because we are positive and fun people, but won’t step foot on Glory again. We may book with Carnival again on a newer ship that maybe is more expensive to weed out the riff-raff, but seriously doubting that right now. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Music was always way too loud wherever it was played. Could not see the musicals due to extremely loud . Have cut way back on food offered and quality. Don't get hungry at night!!! Meat in dining room poor quality. Tough, grissle ... Read More
Music was always way too loud wherever it was played. Could not see the musicals due to extremely loud . Have cut way back on food offered and quality. Don't get hungry at night!!! Meat in dining room poor quality. Tough, grissle and found hair and an herb branch In food. Will take another cruise line next time. Staff was wonderful to us though. The bed was so comfortable. Wish I had one at home our dining room servers were extremely nice. Just very disappointed that music was so loud that you could be almost deaf and it would still be loud. Unable to talk to the person next too me. Also so disappointed in quality and availability of food on off hours. Was so much better on our last Carnival cruise. Brandon and Yulena the shopping experts were awsome.Also Rositsa from Bulgaria was extremely nice. Not a cruise for 60's and up though. Caters to younger people Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
It was my 65th birthday and we invited cousins/friends to come with us. They were virgin cruisers. This was our 5th cruise and the rockiest ship we have ever been on. Everyone walked like they were drunk for days, bouncing off the walls in ... Read More
It was my 65th birthday and we invited cousins/friends to come with us. They were virgin cruisers. This was our 5th cruise and the rockiest ship we have ever been on. Everyone walked like they were drunk for days, bouncing off the walls in the corridors from morning to night. One night was so bad, the set was removed from the stage in the Amber Palace and the performers sat on stools. It has been 5 years since we were on a Carnival ship. I had raved to our travelling companions about how good the entertainment would be and we were disappointed. We generally found the entertainment O.K. - but not as spectacular as we remembered. One night we felt some of the singers were off key. The first two male comedians were terrible! Thankfully Valerie Storm came on board and gave us some good laughs. Food was generally good - some nights too many wonderful choices and other nights nothing special. Only place that had great coffee was the Lido. Our first trip to the Steakhouse to celebrate my birthday will be our last - as we didn't find it any better than the dining room. Our cabin was aft 1411 - and the worst we have ever had. I heard engine noises for the entire week - and it did disturb my sleep. Hubby wears hearing aids so wasn't bothered. We'll never take one of those again - it was oceanview - but windows were filthy so couldn't see out much; too low in the ship and too close to the engine room Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This was an anniversary celebration for me and my hubby, booked it on the cheap due to cash constraints, but overall we were happy and satisfied with our vacation. Our ship left Miami port Dec 2nd and we visited Grand Cayman, Mahogany ... Read More
This was an anniversary celebration for me and my hubby, booked it on the cheap due to cash constraints, but overall we were happy and satisfied with our vacation. Our ship left Miami port Dec 2nd and we visited Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel. We had sunshine everyday (except about 30 min of rain in Cozumel). The Glory is nicely kept and clean throughout. We had an inside cabin, it was decent, nothing special. Only issue with our cabin was a stinky toilet, but when we brought this to the attention of the customer service desk they went out of their way to make it right! We expressed our gratitude and they sent champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to our room! Superb staff!!! I must admit I was not impressed with the muster call. I've cruised before, and the muster calls were much more organized. This time it was crowded, not done in a safe manner. Everyone on the ship (over 3000 guests!) were called to Deck 3 where we had to wait behind a yellow line, but there were so many people that it was crowded, stuffy, noisy. In our section we couldn't even hear the announcer, everyone was looking around wondering what we were doing there. I understand the instructions are also posted on TV in your room, but who has the time or willpower to sit through that when there is so much to do on board? As far as entertainment there was always something going on at the Lido pool and it sounded like a lot of fun! To be honest, we preferred the quieter side and adult pool and sitting in the sun, so we did not attend events during the day. As far as evening entertainment, we enjoyed the comedy club and the evening movies with popcorn under a blanket. We tried attending the big show in the Atrium, but it was cheesy and we walked out about 1/2 way through. We did book an excursion with Carnival and it was awesome, maybe a bit too short though. In Belize we were picked up by a tender boat and taken about 40 minutes away to Rendevous Island where we snorkeled and sat in the sun for a bit to dry. The island is uninhabited and quaint, quite peaceful, white sand, clear water...just heavenly! Our time on this island was short, but it was one of the best experiences. Beats going into town in Belize where you get hounded by street vendors the second you try to exit the port doors! We booked our other excursions via Trip Advisor: 1) Grand Cayman - we had booked Sting Ray City but it was cancelled due to the high tides on the north-east side of the island. We received a credit for this. The company we booked with took us to 7-mile Beach for $5 each, we walked to a more secluded area and spent the day in clear blue water and white sand...it was paradise! 2) Mahogany Bay - we booked a zip lining + beach excursion. Zip lining was fun, but where they dropped us off at the beach was not so much. The second we stepped on the sand we were hounded by vendors who would not leave us alone. The port in Cozumel was nice, but as soon as you exit the port again you are hounded by taxi drivers and vendors. We went into the information kiosk across from the port and inquired about where we were and how long to get to the city centre. They said 4 miles, so we decided to walk the 4 miles there, take pics, shop around mainly souvenir shops (nothing special, in fact we bought nothing...but we should have bought VANILLA!!!) and then walked back. It felt so good to get some exercise! Just a tidbit of advise, to use their bathrooms you pay 50 cents US. Toilet paper and paper towel is rationed and the bathroom is not what you are used to! With regards to the food, Guy's burger joint and the Blue Iguana Cantina were our go-to for lunches! Although the fries at Guy's were inconsistent (sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, sometimes spicy, sometimes not) we were happy with the taste. Even the BBQ upstairs was delish. As for evening dining, this too was a little off. Although my husband had steak every night, I experimented a bit. At the late Dinner the first night our waiter didn't even wait for my husband to finish his appetizer, didn't even ask if he could take his plate away, when my husband said he wasn't finished the waiter said "your entrée is ready". That was rude. We switched dining times and section after that night. Also, I had asked for my steak Med-Rare, received Med-Well and did not enjoy it. For remainder of our cruise the food at the Platinum restaurant was not the best. It was inconsistent, and many times arrived cold when it was supposed to be hot. Overall the food was "ok". We dined with friends and at times ordered the same dishes, but they looked very different...again, inconsistent. Our waiters were pleasant and had riddles for us to solve each night. Overall, we had a great time, just my hubby and I on what felt like our second honeymoon! So much fun in fact we just booked a cruise for next year! Can't wait!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were included-especially Turks and Caicos. Due to hurricane Irma - 3 out of our 4 ports were changed. We totally understand the reason for the port changes. We decided to make the best of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were included-especially Turks and Caicos. Due to hurricane Irma - 3 out of our 4 ports were changed. We totally understand the reason for the port changes. We decided to make the best of this cruise and go and explore the new ports. We loved the beach in the Bahamas and had a pretty good excursion in Grand Caymen aside from the poor little boy who got stung on the Stingray trip and the age of the boat that took us out.....YIKES!!! We decided not to do a beach excursion in Montego Bay and did the "hop on hop off" bus and did not like that at all......and....we have been to Cozumel before (one of the reasons we chose this cruise - it was not supposed to go to Mexico) so the stop in Cozumel was just a port shopping/lunch day for us. The ship itself really needs work-and they did work on it during the cruise which was annoying. The pool staircases from the Lido deck to the upper deck were often closed during the day while a crew worked on them - electrical work, sanding and painting, etc....I do not understand why they did not do this work during the night or even during dinner hours as the pool was hardly being used then? The carpet in the hallway from the elevator area was constantly wet and fans were blowing - probably to help dry the carpet but also to help with the mold/mildew smell......I am disappointed that some kind of token gesture was not offered to the passengers - maybe a complimentary cocktail/drink with dinner each night???? A gesture of some kind would have been appreciated.... I wanted to go to Guest Services to talk to someone but the line at the desk was always sooo long I didn't want to waste my precious vacation time. My husband and I had a good time despite the issues because we just decided to make sure to have a good time. (The poor people that were devastated by hurricane Irma were always on our minds-even making us feel a little guilty about how fortunate we are). Our cabin was lovely and our room steward was amazing so that kind of made up for some of the other issues. We always had clean towels, ice in our ice bucket and the room was kept clean and smelling fresh even thought the hallway was stinky. Our dinner staff was pretty good but the food was not always great. I sent a steak back 3 times and finally just gave up. Ordered it medium and it kept coming back very well done and actually charred.....AND the maitre d' never once came to our table......oh and also the shrimp cocktails were "rubbery"......eeeeekkkk.....I will stop rambling now and say we were glad to be able to still go on a cruise but needless to say I probably will not sail on the Glory ever again...... Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our 3rd cruise with Carnival. Our first in 2010 was awesome. The last two have seen a steady decline in food and service. The dining room menu is uninspired, with good service, but warm to cold servings. The food tasted ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise with Carnival. Our first in 2010 was awesome. The last two have seen a steady decline in food and service. The dining room menu is uninspired, with good service, but warm to cold servings. The food tasted bland and the selection was poor. I cannot believe the decline in menu offerings. Most menu items were offered everynight throughout the week. The buffet suffers from a similar decline in selection and preparation. The room was dated, but cleaned regularly. Half Moon Cay is beautiful. The best powdery beach in the Caribbean. The bbq food leaves much to be desired. Guy's Burgers on the ship were far superior. St Thomas is a joke. 100 stores around the terminal, and all selling jewellry, booze and junk. Returned to boat after 1 hour. Old San Juan was beautiful. Saved megabucks by taking the local ferry (50 cents each way) across the bay to get a cab to Casa Bacardi for a tour. The $12 tour "historical" tour is a waste of time & money. Grand Turk has incredibly clear water. Awesome snorkelling. Embarkation and debarkation were quick and orderly. Tip: at Miami International Airport, you can do your ship check-in, as Carnival has a booth. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
First off, the cruise itself was brilliant. Good service, good rooms (which by the way, only have ONE electrical output) and great entertainment. There was always some type of event going and the servers were great, especially Rio, Thomas ... Read More
First off, the cruise itself was brilliant. Good service, good rooms (which by the way, only have ONE electrical output) and great entertainment. There was always some type of event going and the servers were great, especially Rio, Thomas and Jerald from the Platinum Restaurant. They were exceptional. I loved 3 of the 4 destinations we stopped in which were, Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman. -Grand Cayman: Great place, sunny but mostly industrial (at least the site we stopped in). We did a tour around the place and it was interesting and cultural; great stop. -Belize: HORRIBLE. Probably the worst experience I've ever had. We booked an excursion for cave-tubing and zip-lining and we only got to do the cave-tubing. So not only did we get ripped off ($68) but our tour bus on the way back broke down 9 times. We had to hop on an unknown vehicle (which by the way, thank you) and drive down to the boat. Got stopped by the Belize police and gladly they escorted us to the boat. We were AN HOUR late. Luckily we had some family members on the boat but when those members when to go speak to the captain, the captain paid no mind to it. He wasn't the least bit worried and that is what shocked me the most. Not happy with this at all. -Roatan, Honduras: I loved it! The climate was perfect, the beach was beautiful and clear, it was just amazing! -Cozumel, Mexico: My favorite! We did the dolphin excursion in Dolphinaris and it was lovely. There was snorkeling, kayaking and more. The only issue was that we waited 2 hours to get on the kayaking and paddle-boards and when we were told it was our turn, the supervisor said there was no space. He also lied about us saying we booked it after we went to certain workers to explain the problem. Not a good experience being told we lied as to not signing up. The only thing that made this trip to Dolphinaris was the snorkeling and the dolphins. The supervisor was just plain rude. Overall, I liked the experience. There were some mishaps (Belize especially, and Dolphinaris in Cozumel, Mexico) but, it was a good trip. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
The best part of cruising on the Carnival Glory was the cabin steward, she was wonderful. The room was very nice and clean. She gave exceptional service. The room service menu is limited and more times than not the coffee was lukewarm. The ... Read More
The best part of cruising on the Carnival Glory was the cabin steward, she was wonderful. The room was very nice and clean. She gave exceptional service. The room service menu is limited and more times than not the coffee was lukewarm. The food and entertainment were okay not exceptional by any means. Almost everything the cruise director talked about he referred to sexually. The best excursion was the one we booked on our own on Grand Cayman with Epic Divers, wonderful. The island excursion we booked through Carnival was very nice. The snorkeling was wonderful. The problem with going on a private island excursion is that you do not see any of the port. We took an excursion to the Maya ruins, but to get there you had to travel one hour by bus and 45 minutes by boat each way. The ship was clean and the employees were very helpful and kind, but overworked. Would we go on Carnival Glory again? Probably not. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Just got back from a week on Glory. Have cruised many times and at least 6 times with Carnival. This was my second voyage on Glory. Cabin was fine, crew was friendly and helpful. I am not a foodie, do not have high ... Read More
Just got back from a week on Glory. Have cruised many times and at least 6 times with Carnival. This was my second voyage on Glory. Cabin was fine, crew was friendly and helpful. I am not a foodie, do not have high expectations about food. The food was really not very good. The steakhouse meal was good. The pizza and Guy Fieri's hamburgers were great. The deli was okay too. I did not try the Blie Iguana for Mexican. The food in the dining room was really not up to par, meat was tough, no matter what meat was ordered. Each night, I would hope for a more enjoyable meal, never happened. But the absolute worst was the buffet. It was very limited and most of the selections were strange, gravy laden and odd. The daily carved meat was rubbery and dry. If this had been my first trip on Carnival, it would be my last simply because of the food quality. Embarkation was a bit congested, no big problems. Disembarking in Mahogany Bay was quite backed up as only one person was checking sign & sail cards. It took much too long to disembark. I would definitely not recommend this ship strictly because of the really awful dining room and buffet experience. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We have cruised with Carnival about 8 times before, once with P&O and once with MSC. Glory is an older ship and this is reflected in her appearance, many areas are streaked with rust and our balcony was particularly bad! The ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival about 8 times before, once with P&O and once with MSC. Glory is an older ship and this is reflected in her appearance, many areas are streaked with rust and our balcony was particularly bad! The glass on the balcony door was streaked with marks and the surrounding frame was in very poor condition with what appeared paint streaks?? The booking in procedure in San Juan was efficient and fairly quick . All the shore staff were a delight to talk to! We were in cabin 7415 starboard balcony. Our cabin steward ,female, greeted us angreatd despite not seeing her, bar a couple of times , always remembered our names. However as we explored our cabin we found no bathrobes and one wardrobe was devoid of any coat hangers. We rang our steward and robes and hangers were supplied. Why I ask myself were these not there when the cabin was cleaned, who steals hangers off a cruise ship????!!! We dined in Golden upper the waiters their were exceptianal , evey evening they greeted us by name and generally entertained us. The table lacked table cloths, why all other Carnival ships had them? No butter knife, again all previous ships had a butter knife on the table. The waitrrs did not place our table napkins on our laps as we were seated. A small thing but on ALL other ships this was a normal ritual, why not on Glory. We also noted that there was a charge for tea and coffee, not so on previous ships. The menu in this restaurant did not vary much and some of the meals were below average in both taste and below par, and did not meet our expectations. The Omelette Bar never seemed to be open, why? Despite all this we visited 8 islands had great weather and enjoyed ourselves, meeting some great people both on and off the ship in the process. On the Thursday we booked and ate in the Emerald steak house at $35 a head. We had never done this before and had heard excellent reviews from fellow guests. The menu was quite extensive and despite the extremely low lighting level we ordered and ate a very good meal! Great steaks. The staff that waited on us were all female from Eastern Europe with extremely strong accents which made their English difficult to understand. All Carnival ships that we have sailed in have a couple of Fun Shops selling jewellery watches clothes etc.... my wife loves them and would visit them every day, however on Glory we commented how low stock was. After a few days we found out why, they closed both shops for the rest of the cruise to refurbished them. A real disappointment but a relief to my wallet! The live band has been done away with, it was on the last couple of ships too, prerecorded, another cost saving exercise? The balcony is generally cleaned once a week and a letter is circulated to warn you of this operation...........not on Glory they just hose and wash away without warning! We as past guest have always had a party in the theatre one afternoon with free drinks and canapés, not this time, very disappointing as it is another way of meeting fellow passengers and exchanging our experiences and views. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2015
On our trip, December 12-19, we hoped for the best. We had a wonderful time on our honeymoon cruise in 2011, but had a horrible time on a shorter cruise in 2012. We thought we would give Carnival another try. We had an ocean view room ... Read More
On our trip, December 12-19, we hoped for the best. We had a wonderful time on our honeymoon cruise in 2011, but had a horrible time on a shorter cruise in 2012. We thought we would give Carnival another try. We had an ocean view room and it was nicely decorated for my husband's birthday. The room was clean and the steward was very attentive. However, the first night on the ship, there was no hot water in the sink or the shower. We called and they sent someone to fix it. They claimed no one had the room on the previous journey and it needed to be flushed. Fine. The next morning, the shower was only scalding. You could not get it warm. It took multiple calls to get someone to fix it. Finally, about 11 at night, they replaced the thermostat. They offered us a free night in the steakhouse (but then later made it for the wrong night and we had to discuss it with the steakhouse hostess). We had one excursion to Sapphire Beach. Carnival did not provide enough transportation to this location and we waited for 30 minutes in the parking lot. The woman who owned the transportation group didn't get us a bus and argued with us that it was Carnival's fault. Okay, so we had enough time at Sapphire Beach. The accommodations were a little lacking, but it wasn't terribly expensive as an excursion and we made the best of it. On the return from Sapphire Beach, the transportation never arrived. The man who took us would not answer his phone. We waited 45 minutes in another parking lot and were bitten by biting gnats. We had welts the next day. The dive shop operator was very helpful, but there was not much he could do. We did receive 1/2 off the excursion price. The dining room we were assigned to was over the engine and was like sitting on a washing machine. We switched dining rooms after speaking to the manager. The steakhouse was outstanding, having dined there twice (once for my husband's birthday, once for the trouble with the shower). The food in the buffet was disappointing. The burritos we ate had tiny chicken bones in it. It was either cold or soggy tasting. The burger joint was okay, but how many burgers can you eat? All in all, we would not repeat the experience. We did not want to complain and we don't, but with no hot water and a crappy experience with the excursions, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Read Less
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: 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
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
Meh
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: 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: July 2013
Traveling: 2 ladies in mid 50's. This was my 37th cruise, it was my friends 3rd cruise. My 2nd on Carnival, her first. My last Carnival Cruise was 30 years ago. I am elite on Princess and diamond on Royal Caribbean. I also enjoy ... Read More
Traveling: 2 ladies in mid 50's. This was my 37th cruise, it was my friends 3rd cruise. My 2nd on Carnival, her first. My last Carnival Cruise was 30 years ago. I am elite on Princess and diamond on Royal Caribbean. I also enjoy Celebrity. I live in CT, so I drove to the pier in Boston. I picked up my friend at the airport. The airport is less than 10 minutes from the pier and is very convenient. When we got to the pier, there were plenty of signs and guides to direct us to the cell phone lot, where we parked for the week. The cost was $60 and it is paid when you get there. It was easy to park. Note: it is easiest to first drive up to the pier and drop off the luggage. Many people did not do that and had to struggle with their luggage on the shuttle bus. the shuttle was waiting there for us and we made it to the pier in a few minutes. We were there about 2 and embarkation was smooth and quick. We boarded and our cabin was ready (6378) It was an inside cabin. At first our toilet didn't flush but that was quickly rectified. There was plenty of room for our needs, although there is very little drawer space (lots of closet room though)We didn't meet our room stewards until the next day but they were very pleasant when we did meet them. And, they made adorable towel animals! I am used to the elegance of a Princess or Royal Caribbean ship. This ship was GAUDY. There were flashing lights and completing colors everywhere. Spaces were small and there weren't a lot of cozy corners to get away from the crowds. There were a lot of lights that changed colors and they fought with each other for your attention. The Boulevard was narrow. Two shops, one with jewelry and cosmetics and the other with everything else. Also Cherry on top, a candy store. A lot of people cruise Carnival with the main purpose of drinking and getting rowdy. This is not everyone, of course, but I did see more than usual amounts of rude, drunk passengers and kids running all over the ship. Our cabin was right above the kids disco. First night was ok, but the second night it was so loud that our floor vibrated! We were moved to 2345 the next morning. The food was decent mass market cruise food. It was arranged on the plate very nicely and everything I ate was good. Nothing to rave about though. I do not eat meat or poultry. I can recommend the Caesar salad and spring rolls in the appetizers. Gazpacho was good and I liked the way it was served: a tiny bit of "salsa" in the middle of an empty plate and then the soup is poured over it. Fried Tiger shrimp the first night. On elegant night I had the lobster and shrimp. Typical tasteless cruise ship lobster (although that didn't stop me from having 2) I had the Indian vegetarian entree twice from the everyday side of the menu. The other night I had the vegetarian pasta entree and the shrimp entree and mixed them together. For dessert: the chocolate melting cake was good, but it is no Love Boat Dream dessert! The almond souffle was tasty as was the apple tower. Our server, Eveline, was excellent ans she remembered our names immediately. Her staff Ketut and Faigu (I think) were very attentive. We ate early seating in Platinum lower. We sat at a long table for 8 with friends of my travel companion. two adults in their 40s with 4 children: 22 months, 10 years, 13 years and 18 years old. Baby was on a special diet and was accommodated. I was not impressed with the dining room. Paintings of Japanese style flowers on a silver background and lots of gaudy lights. The ceiling on the side wings was very low and even the center section was not sweeping and elegant. Breakfast was open seating. On sea days, it was open until 1 and was called Brunch. The menu was a bit bigger and the food came out hot. I enjoyed the french toast. The comedians from the Punchliner entertained for 10 minute stints on the hour. The buffet served lunch when we boarded. There are lots of little areas to get food. Two sets of buffet areas, a deli, Guys burgers, burritos (excellent!) and pizza (also excellent) There was also a fish and chips area. Drink stations and ice cream stations were open 24 hours. There is no lunch served in the MDR, except for "brunch " on the port days.The food was good and plentiful. There was a chocolate buffet at lunch on the last sea day. It was good, but not all that impressive. We had breakfast in the buffet only once.On the first sea day I went to the cooking demo in the steakhouse. I highly recommend this but get there early because the seating is limited. We were treated to demos and samples of some very yummy dishes including mushroom cappuccino soup served in an espresso cup, spinach salad, grilled chicken over 5 cheese mac and cheese and tiramisu. small portions but it was enough for lunch for me. Other than that, I did not eat in the steakhouse ($35 upcharge) Elegant night? It was more of what the cruise veterans used to call semi formal night, but maybe not even! Very few ties on the men. A lot of aloha and guayabera shirts. Ladies in sundresses. No one even remotely formal or elegant. I felt out of place in my cocktail dress so I changed. And, everyone was back in shorts for the show. The ship was clean and the personnel were friendly. There were the typical pool activities of hairy chest competition, etc. Bingo, trivia, karaoke. I would have liked a port lecturer and maybe some craft type classes. Wasn't all that much for us to do activity wise so we found shady spots on the deck and sat and napped. Which is a great idea for vacation activities! The dj at the pool played very loud music and we had to go far to find a quiet spot. There is an adult only area called Serenity which is free of charge and had nicer seating but it was always crowded and noisy. Not serene at all. It was as if all the noise and music on the ship was cranked up to the loudest it could be. I participated in the drawing in the gift shop where we had to choose the phony diamond. I had the correct answer and my name was drawn. I won a Perlina bracelet. We did not go to the comedy club. The shows: on our ship they performed Divas, Latin Night and Motor City. We did not see Latin Nights. The decor of the Amber Palace was in a word: TACKY! The use of multimedia in the shows is too strong and harsh. It completely overpowers the entertainers. The strobes and blinking lights were way overdone and the music was way too loud. I did not care for divas because of that. Motor City was a little calmer, but not much. I had to keep my eyes closed for most of it because of the flashing screens. A nice touch though was the dancers coming out to the lobby right after the show to dance with the audience for 10 minutes. We saw the movies at the Seaside Theater. We saw Skyfall one night and Quantum of Solace the next (I know, they should have been switched) We also saw Chicago and Mamma Mia. The last night the theater was dark because we hit a lot of fog and the screen was shining right onto the navigation bridge. They had cozy blankets but didn't put cushions on the chairs (like Princess)There was popcorn though! We were lucky weather wise. The 3 cruises before ours were very rainy. We had very hot but clear weather. The last sea day was foggy and humid though. I would have liked a kitchen tour,but Carnival no longer does that. The waiters also don't parade with the baked alaska either. Although they were forced to do some embarrassing singing and dancing. We enjoyed the towel animal folding class on the 2nd sea day. Disembarkation was easy an seamless. We were off the ship quickly and shuttled over to the car. Overall: we had fun and it was an enjoyable time. But, next time I will go back to Princess or Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
This is a very long yet detailed review of my experience in both Boston and on aboard Carnival Glory. It's my husband and I one year anniversary and we decided to take a cruise on Carnival Glory departing out of Boston on July 14th. ... Read More
This is a very long yet detailed review of my experience in both Boston and on aboard Carnival Glory. It's my husband and I one year anniversary and we decided to take a cruise on Carnival Glory departing out of Boston on July 14th. Getting there: In celebration of our anniversary we headed up to Boston on the 12th. My dad was so gracious enough to drive us into NYC from Long Island to catch Amtrak at Penn Station. Being from NY traffic is a normal way of life but boy did we cut it close to our departure time of 11am, only to find out that the train had been delayed by 45minutes. The train ride to Boston was pleasant and uneventful. I love the fact that Amtrak offers free wifi on that particular train. (Train #172) Hotel: We decided to try our luck and figure out the subway system or shall I say bus/tram. We took the silver line to the airport where we hopped on the free Hyatt shuttle to the Hyatt Boston Harbor hotel. We booked this hotel via Priceline name your own price. This option is a must do of traveling to Boston during the summer it can save you a few bucks. We won a bid of $125night normal prices start at $189 a night. Quick and easy check-in. We had a king suite 3rd floor city view. Hotel room is pleasantly appointed and they offer a bunch of free extras available on request. The hotel offers one free hour of internet service or $12.95 for 24hours. Mom always said "you won't know till you ask" so we asked for complimentary 24 hours of service and the front desk agent (Elaine) gave us the password. We were starving and tired from our travels we decided to eat at the hotel restaurant. In my opinion next time ill muster up the energy to find better food and at a pocket friendly price elsewhere. A coffee, 2 tiny cups of chowder, burger, and wings appetizer cost a staggering $60. We ate outside on the patio. We enjoyed the view of the city and boats in the harbor. Being an airport hotel (literally across the street) the patio area and room was really quite. If it wasn't for the other guest talking on patio it would have been a very serene atmosphere. Day2: Got an early start took the hotel shuttle to the blue line. Walk around the city found a little hole in the wall for breakfast Pauline's. It was delicious. I asked the girl at the counter for their wifi password and she gave it to me. Next we walked over to Quincy Market. There we took in a few street performances and did some souvineer shopping. From there we walked over to a dunkin donuts to rehydrate over selves. We asked a few sanitation workers how to get to Boston Common. After a 5minute walk we found the park and to our excitement a festival was going on. We spent hours in the park gazing at the sights, walking and holding hands. We hopped on the red line and took that to the JFK museum and library. In my opinion having been to Reagan's and Roosevelt library JFK didn't seem to have an extensive collection nor did the grounds if the property impress me like the others. For dinner we went to the Chart House. I highly recommend this restaurant. Be prepared to climb stairs as the restaurant is spread out over 3 floors. We had a lovely little table for two next to the window overlooking the ferry dock. The food was pricey but excellent. Day3: Sunday the 14 we boarded the water taxi right outside our hotel which took us to the cruise terminal, or shall I say it dropped us off a good NYC block away. They need to fix up the taxi dock its shabby and rusty and the the ramp up to the street is super steep. I had a hard time pulling my luggage up I felt like one miss step my luggage and I would go tumbling backwards. After the hike on a lonely road and then through a parking lot we finally made it to the cruise terminal at 10:45am. We dropped off our luggage, flew through security, checked in at the counter and was on board the ship by 11am. I must say I was impressed....that was the fastest boarding time EVER! First impressions: I don't know how many cruises you've been on or what type of ships, however, in the past when I first walk on my usual feeling is one of WOW. Not this time....I thought the atrium is dark and cramped. Felt like an after thought. Next we headed up to the buffet. The buffet food left a lot to be desired. I was wondering where the rest of the food was. So we skipped the buffet and went straight to Guys Burger and the Burrito Bar. Hands down delicious. My husband loved his burger and I enjoyed my chicken and shrimp burrito. At noon we decided to relieve ourselves of our carry-on luggage so we went straight to our room. We had a porthole on deck 1 forward stateroom 1217. It was very spacious had two little portholes to let in light. Being that it was our anniversary I had the stateroom decorated with the anniversary package $42 included garlands, streamers happy anniversary poster and a 6inch cake. The room had ample closet space, a pullout sofa and coffee table, chair and a little stool under the vanity. The room is lacking on drawer space to store all those clothing items that don't require a hanger. We all know the bathrooms are small so I'm not going to even address it, however there was enough shelving to fit both my husbands and I toiletries. My only gripe with the room is that there is only one 120 volt outlet in the entire stateroom. In today's technological advance society having only one outlet is absurd. I found myself waking up in the middle of the night to switch electronics, so that our cameras, phones, iPads, shavers can all have power for the next day. I have to look into to see if power strips are allowed to be brought on board. Being at the front of the ship and away from the elevators the stateroom is mostly quite depending on your neighbors. However, in anything but fair seas you will hear and feel the waves crashing into the hull of the ship. One night it vibrated the entire room and the pounding of the waves was relentless. Also when the ship is pulled into or out of port you will feel vibration in the room. I used it to my advantage as an alarm clock on port days as 8am exact the vibration will begin which signal to me it was time to wake up. Our stateroom attendant, Harry, is simply wonderful. The Ship: Usually by day 7 you get the hang of the ship and can figure out forward from aft, and find the shortest ways to a particular place. However, Carnival Glory gets the award for being the HARDEST SHIP EVER TO NAVIGATE! Like seriously, someone must have been drunk when they designed this ship. There are way to many dead ends. So many levels that you have to go up 3 floors and the down 4 just to get to your destination. The outdoor promenade is well...plain disappointing. Most ships you can walk all the way around the ship. Not on Glory. There should be signs warning you that's its a dead end so that you wouldn't take the pointless walk only to find no outlet. Muster drill: Beware if you are assigned muster station A. You are cramped into this narrow outdoor crew only deck. Where we stood around for what seemed like forever waiting for the drill. There was gail forced winds coming from the vent on the boat constantly blowing and just beating down on you. Ladies you can forget that pretty hairdo. If you are height challenged forget about seeing the drill as you are cramped into a small space if you are stuck in the middle or back you will not see anything. Hopefully you remember what to do from past muster drills. On the outer upper decks there is a lot of empty space that in my opinion could be filled with more whirlpools, another water slide and a kiddie water play area. Also if you are planning on playing shuffle board. Forget about it. For starters there's only one that I could find. And it wasn't suitable for playing. It was the wrong surface and the lines were raised which can hinder the puck from sliding freely. We gave up and decided to go to the theater early to get seats for the super late (10:15pm) Welcome Aboard show. The theater is small and for them to only have one show the first night is ridiculous. However, the seating is lounge style which I liked with ample leg room and mini tables to hold your drinks. Let me tell you every man in that audience (mine included) enjoyed that first portion of that show with the ladies singing "Lady Marmalade". As the singers wore skin tight leotards and needless to say there butt cheeks were alllllllll out. I looked over at my husband and he had the biggest smile on his face. Punchliner Comedy: After the welcome show we headed to the adult only comedy show featuring Darren Sanders. He was hilarious that night. Only one show that Sunday night at it was a late one at 11:30pm. On Monday night we saw the 9:30pm show featuring Sheila Kay, it was alright a few chuckles here and there. Tuesday No Show Scheduled. Wednesday saw the 9:30pm show featuring Darren Sanders which he called the "dirty dirty show" it was ok .... Just because you can get on stage and say a bunch of cuss words in one sentence doesn't make it funny..more like annoying. Thursday: missed the show. Friday: Saw Just June at 9:30pm and oh my god was she terrible....no seriously terrible she didn't even perform her whole set of 30 minutes it was about 15 to 20minutes max and the entire time she complained she was sick and that she had to get off stage because she had another show after this....ummm cricket cricket....then she busted out a Tina Turner wig and started singing "Proud Mary" it was terrible and people started to leave. Saturday saw Happy Cole at 9:30pm he was pretty funny...then again anyone would have been funny after seeing Just June the night before. The show Motor City was the best production out of the 3. Latin nights was ok....the best part was seeing the people in the front rows get wet. And the Divas show plain out right SUCKED. In fact I saw a bunch if people walk out. On some nights there was No Show scheduled...instead they had Hasbro the Game Show which is NOT for adults unless you have little kids...which was a bummer...which left my husband and I itching for activities. Copy of show itinerary below: Sunday: 10:15pm Welcome Aboard Show Monday: 8:15pm &10:25pm Motor City Tuesday: 7pm Hasbro, The Game Show 10:15pm The Game of Love Wednesday: 8:15pm $ 10:15pm Divas Thursday: 7:30pm Hasbro, The Game Show Friday: 8:15pm $ 10:15pm Latin Nights Saturday: 4:15pm Hasbro, The Game Show. 10:00pm Variety Shos Portland: A quaint little town filled with restaurants, bars and gift shops. It's a very walkable city. Great for if you don't have a pre planned shore excursion. It was a very hot day the sun was burning and there was not much shade on the main street outside of the terminal. Upon re-entry to the ship you usually only need your "sign and sail card" however, you need to have a valid picture ID and your card. They (Portland police)verify that the names match up. I always carry my passport because...hey you never know...but Carnival needs to make announcement to bring both....I wonder how many people had issues with re-entry? On past cruises I enjoyed going to get some pizza for a late night snack. The pizza has changed. For starters I thought the pizzeria was closed there was not a sole in sight and no pizza to be seen. Finally someone came out from the back and asked me what type of pizza I wanted and he began to make it. I do like the idea of fresh pizza but at the same time I didn't want to wait the 8 minutes that it took. The crust is super thin and the pizza was extremely oily. I wish they would go back to the old way of making the pizza with the thicker crust and you pick ya slice and they plop it down on a plate for you. Ice cream: We are huge soft served fans and this ship had a whopping 4 ice cream machines. That's more than any ship I've ever been on. Vanilla, chocolate, swirl, strawberry in either a cone or bowl. No toppings available. Free beverages. A+ to Carnival on there included in the fare beverages. At breakfast a wide selection was offered, orange, apple, cranberry and passion fruit. All delicious not watered down, the orange juice even had some pulp. Lunch and dinner offered a delicious lemonade sweet enough with lemon pulp and unsweetened ice tea. Coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate also available at all times. St. John: Bring your walking shoes. St. John is filled with hills, it's a mini version of San Francisco. We walked from the cruise terminal in search of free wifi. On the way we stopped at a few local vendors and picked up a magnet. Went into the police museum. If you work in law enforcement bring a patch they will hang it on their wall. We noticed a big sign for free wifi at the mall. Mall and free Internet what more can a girl ask for. However, to my dismay, I couldn't connect with my iPad and the mall workers weren't so helpful. So we walked backed to the ship and I noticed a bunch of teens all on there mobile devices and low and behold at the terminal there is free wifi. Oh how excited I was to be able to use my free phone app and check in on the family back at home. Back on the ship we spent the rest of the day in the whirlpools. My problem with them is that it's not hot enough. Luke warm at best. Also all of the whirlpools are in full sun. Not one of them are covered. Not everyone wants to burn, fry and become extra crispy in the sun. So here I am looking like a complete fool sitting in the hot tub with a pool towel over my head and shoulders to block the sun. Hey at least my shoulders are burnt and peeling. Fun day at sea was a complete bore. Not enough activities and if there was something going on it took place in the casino where all you can smell is cigarette smoke. The activities are very limited on the boat especially at night. One night it was so boring I had to ask one of the crew members if its always like this and he said yes. The night club would have music pumping but only 2 uncoordinated people on the dance floor dancing. One night my husband and I was so disappointed that there was nothing to do we thought we'll sit in the atrium to people watch only to find that there were no people out and about at 10:30pm we decided to call it a night and head to bed. Halifax: in my opinion the best city visited on this cruise. It's a bustling mid size city. It has a nice harbor front with shops and restaurants. You can find free wifi right outside the terminal. We walked a long the entire boardwalk taking in the sights. Sydney. Don't let carnival cruise lines fool you. They told us that Sydney was like "Scotland" that there was nothing around so to book a shore excursion in order to see the city. WHAT A LIE! Don't believe it Sydney yes it's small but it has a terminal with an exhibition center, restaurants museums and free wifi. We walked all of 2 blocks to there business district and there was tons if shops, restaurants, YMCA, library, pharmacy, etc. my husband stopped into Tim Hortons coffee and enjoy a cup while I used their free wifi. On the way back to the boat we stopped in the military museum (free), ton if stuff crammed into a small room but it was cool to see some of the Canadian military items and artifacts and not to mention the solders all of whom are very friendly. Do your self a favor and don't buy carnival cruise cash online, it's nothing but a headache and serval trips to guest services. For starters the system don't recognize that as on board credit (OBC) and and any purchases made shows up as what you owe instead of it subtracting from the OBC. Make sure you bring your receipt from your cruise cash purchase because every time you go you'll going to have to show it to prove that you have it and for them to say they make a notation and they don't. It was annoying to have to keep a running balance in my head. Also note the game room games double charge you. I say skip it alllllll together unless your up for a another trip to guest services. Fun Times Brochure: who cares what time the sun rises or sets. Tell me what the weather is going to be like the next day. I inquired at guest services to see why they don't have the weather information in the Fun Times and she said because they have that information on the Carnival channel on TV. The Carnival weather channel was pretty useless as it gave me the weather in Singapore, Columbia and LA and not the ports in Canada. The Captain on this boat is disconnected from us cruisers. He only got over the loud speaker to speak only twice. All the other cruises I've been on we've heard from the Captain daily giving us updates on location, weather, sea conditions and other general information. Some even try to crack a few jokes. For past guest of carnival, carnival gives you a free drink coupon which can ONLY be used in the main dining room during breakfast, brunch or lunch. Umm thanks but no thanks Carnival if your going to say welcome back say it and let me choose when and where ill enjoy a glass of bubbly. Breakfast is just way to early and lunch (until 1pm)is usually missed because your still at the port exploring the city. Hands down the best part of the cruise was debarkation. No not because I was dying o get off the boat (that too) but because it was so quick and simple. We choose to take our own baggage off (self assist) I was all ready and geared up mentally to stand in line and be herded through Customs like cattle. But to my surprise as soon as they open up the gangway we walked down the ramp, was greeted by two agents who took our forms as we walked by....no questions....no stopping...no issues. Walked outside where there was a line of taxis waiting. $15 taxi ride to South Station. Will I ever do another Carnival cruise? Probably not as my primary vacation or one to celebrate a special occasion. If its last minute very cheap and close to home...yes. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Just got out of shuttle and was going to the ship and porter came to us and said hi and held his hand out for a tip and said we take tips. He hasn't even touched our luggage yet and already asking for a tip. I was going to tip them ... Read More
Just got out of shuttle and was going to the ship and porter came to us and said hi and held his hand out for a tip and said we take tips. He hasn't even touched our luggage yet and already asking for a tip. I was going to tip them anyways so I gave him a few dollars. I was going to tip him a lot more but found it rude to ask for a tip before even touching our luggage. Took about a hour to get onto the ship which was okay with us. Once on ship we tried guys burgers which was delicious. I Highly recommend you try them. I ate them 4 times out of 7 days. Pizza was not good you couldn't get a cheese and pepperoni pizza. It was buffalo cheese and other ingredients that I don't normally get on a pizza. It's not a traditional crust pizza they make it on flat bread. The steak house was amazing perfectly cooked steak and amazing deserts. The buffet had a large selection but quality was not that great as well as temp of food was just Luke warm. Mdr was for the most part good. Some nights were better then others. They handled my shellfish allergies very well. I always knew what was for supper they day before as my meals were cooked seperatly. Room service is very limited you were not able to have a hot meal from room service. It was pastries some sandwiches and fruit. Would of love to had a hot lunch on the balcony with the wife. Entertainment for the most part was really good. The only exception is at the end of the trip they started repeating the same shows and same games. We went to every show and they were all very good. Just wish they didn't repeat them selves and had a few more different shows. All the comedians were great except for one. I found the comedy shows too short in length. They were about 15 min in length. With about 20 to 30 min wait between comedians. My main complaint was the service. There times we had long wait time for drinks mainly during shows or comedians. We would order drinks and the first comedian would be finished by the time we would get our drink. Again 20 to 30 min to get a drink during the shows. A couple of times we would get attitude because we didn't tip but sorry if I'm waiting 20 to 30 min to get a drink your not getting a tip. The only time I seen our room attendant was at the end if cruise wanting a tip. Which we did tip because room was always clean and had fresh towls everyday. Would of been nice to have seen him once before the last day just to introduce himself. Another time they were arguing on which table to sit my wife and I at. They tables they were arguing about were like 4 feet apart and both tables were were empty. Don't understand why they were arguing for so my wife and I sat at a table and it took about 30 seconds before they realized I made the choice for them. On a different occasion a person at our table was trying to explain to the waitress how he wanted his egg cooked which was flipped over and cooked well. She said over easy. He said not really he wanted flipped over and cooked a little longer so the yolk is fully cooked. She said over easy. He tried to explain again but the waitress cut him off and put her hand out and her exact words were ya ya I get it over easy and then went to next person and said what about you what would you like. I thought for the most part that customer service was lacking and a lot of tge other people that had cruised carnival before said that this cruise was well below what the normally get on there other carnival cruises. Cabin was great no complaints about the cabin itself. Getting off the ship was a breeze we did self debarktion and with in 20 to 30 min we are off to the airport. What we leaned from this cruise is we love cruising but we more customer service for our money so for our next cruise we will try another company. We have book a cruise on royal carrbean on harmony of the seas for 2017 and looking for one the winter of 2016. Odds are we won't be cruising carnival we will try another company for comparisons. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We are married couple, without children. We have cruised various cruises lines over the last 10 years. We choose our cruises primarily based on the itinerary. We had read the cautionary tales of Carnival and the Glory before booking. But ... Read More
We are married couple, without children. We have cruised various cruises lines over the last 10 years. We choose our cruises primarily based on the itinerary. We had read the cautionary tales of Carnival and the Glory before booking. But we wanted to escape the heat of the south and wanted to visit the Candian Maritimes. Embarkation: we were surprised by the lack of attentiveness from the porters-none of whom wanted to take our bags-to the womam who checked us in who couldn't even talk to us. That is not Carnival's fault; but will make us think twice about leaving from Boston. The cabby from the airport even gave us a little attitude when I told him where we needed to go. We didn't let this bother us. We were on the ship and in our room within 15 minutes of arriving at the pier. Dining: 8:15 assigned seating which is what we had wanted. We had fabulous table mates; Thank goodness. If we hadn't, it would have felt like an eternity before we got our food. The head team waiter was great-his staff was terrible. This was the first time that all of our appetizers or entrees were delivered at the same time. The table was very crowded. Water was not always filled. The assistant waiter didn't always understand what was ordered and brought the wrong food. Carnival used to excel at their dining service. We didn't eat at the Red Sail buffet too much. It was too crowded. The food was cold. (A comment I kept reading in previous reviews.) The lunch/ breakfast in the dining room was fine. We ate at the Emerald Room Steakhouse one night. We have eaten at Carnival's steakhouse on the Carnival Spirit 2x. Both of those were excellent-food and service. This time, we were actually rushed through dinner-really! out in UNDER 2 hours. Very disappointing. Watch out-the description of the food on the menu is not always what you think you are getting. Weird. Shore tours-we didn't book any through Carnival. In Saint John, we did the Reversing Falls Thrill Ride-highly recommend it. In Halifax we shared a cab with another couple to Peggy's Cove. Beautiful. Then walked around Halifax and had a snack at the Lower Deck Pub. The Glory's layout is very poor. Yes, the ship was full; but to have the photographers in the path of the dining room changeover was really poor! I felt very crowded on this ship. We enjoyed the aft balcony; the adult only pool in the aft was delightful; and the movies on deck are great-even showed the olympics all day on that large screen. So, in all, Carnival can get some things right. Just disappointed in the things that USED to be good are really poor now. Overall it seemed as though the staff was going through the motions. Sad for them-and sad for the passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Unlike many people who you will see review this ship I try not to stay mad and look forward because as they say, a bad day on a ship is better then a good day at work! This was the first cruise of the year out of Boston and they ... Read More
Unlike many people who you will see review this ship I try not to stay mad and look forward because as they say, a bad day on a ship is better then a good day at work! This was the first cruise of the year out of Boston and they definitely did not have their stuff together at embarkation but I am going to back up a bit. We booked during the whole time change for getting on the ship due to the whale migration. It is understandable....I mean we can not control mother nature and anyone who cruises needs to remember that things can change at anytime and it is in the cruise contract. Well our ship was delayed again on the day of embarkation due to heavy fog. Some of the ship staff said they could not even see their hands when they were extended in front of them because of the fog coming in. We did not have a problem with the delay because they emailed us about it and we had a car and so we took the opportunity to see even more of MA oh and carnival said they were giving each person $50 on board credit so go and have a nice dinner : ) . Embarkation was dreadful because the ground staff/security was new and seemed to lack organization. Embarkation started at 10:30 and we got on the ship at 11:30. I know people were taken to the Westin so that they did not have to wait in the cold and sprinkling weather which I thought was nice. Honestly, I think some of the people should have rented a car or done something instead of sitting for the ship all day. I mean come on some people were waiting since noon and originally we were set for embarkation at 6:30 so come on it is your fault if you waited forever. Oh and another thing when your cruise and take a plane never back your meds in your suitcase. They should always be in a carry on. There were people of course complaining that they could not take their meds because they were in their come on people keep that stuff on you that is your own fault not Carnivals. After we got on they had the buffets open and I got a burrito made to order like Chipotle and it was goooood! We also explored the ship a bit and then went to bed. Now because they came in late and the winds were horrible we stayed in port for the night and did not leave till 11am. So they changed our port dates but that was no problem we just had one of our days at sea the first day. I had a great bamboo massage that morning and was ready to have a great day but people were so grumpy. Passengers not staff. I even went to the cruise critic meet up to meet others and it was on our daily schedule so other people came to check it out and one of the other passengers who organized the meet up started out by saying "cruise critic is for people who want to complain about stuff!" No kidding, this lady just had a bad attitude so I walked out. Come on there is more to cruise critic then complaining and we kept seeing this lady around the cruise and she just looked like a bitter person in general never smiling. Things happen people try to make the best out of it. We even changed tables that night because someone was complaining once again about the time change for embarkation. I think changing our table was one of the best decisions we ever made on a cruise ship. We got a great table with the best waiter ever. Our food was always perfect and delish. I mean cruise food can go either way and the key to getting good hot food that is cooked to your liking is a great waiter and wait staff and Jose was excellent. I like to swim and go in the hot tubs and they were very nice. All of the pools were heated so if you wanted to go into one of the pools mid lido deck you would enjoy it. The kids were primarily there since the covered indoor aft lido pool is adults only which is nice by the way. the serenity deck is wonderful and snuggling up to your honey under a clam shell is so nice! I wish the weather would have been a bit more sunny and less rainy but that is the weather up there this time of year and like I said before you can not control mother nature. I do think there could have been better entertainment the shows are kind of cheesy but I think that on all the ships. Love the adult comedy shows so I am at all of them. One thing that would have been nice was to have drinks that were themed for our destination instead of fruity drinks from the Caribbean. One person told me in NS that they drink dark and stormys because that is what it is like up there most of the year. I think because it was chilly the could have served hot chocolate with creme Bailey's or something. Or a Hot Toddy. Many people would have bought I betcha. The crew was a bit off the whole time but I think it was because of the weather change from Caribbean to Canada. I think they needed to prepare them more and as staff they need to suck it up and still make it good for us and not whimper. The Captain seemed nice when I saw him but he could have gotten to the ports on time. We were late to all of them. So it was quite frustrating to those who had excursions. This cruise may have seemed like a great price when I booked but beware that when you are not cruising in the Caribbean the money you spend during the day is a lot more. Plan on $100 per person per day for excursions or whatever when at port on average. Overall I had a great time. I was with my husband and once I ignored all the grumps who complain all the day and can not get over anything I had a good time. I am giving this ship an overall of a 3 due to they just did not have all there stuff together but hopefully that has changed since they have had a few more under their belt since we were on. Sydney, NS. We rented a car and did a little of the Cabot Trail. It was amazing!!! My husband and I have said that we would go back to NS and go to Halifax and drive up to the trail and enjoy ourselves. You can only see about 1/3 of the trail because of your limited time. We got in an hour late so that is what we got to do. BEAUTIFUL! The rental car agency had a van to pick people up but only the driver could go and would have to come back and pick up the rest of their clan. Kind of annoying for some but my husband and I were both driving so it did not make a difference. People who walked the little town of Sydney had to walk up a hill and it could be long for some. Plan on $100 per person if renting a car doing the trail. Which I recommend totally. There is a ship excursion which did some of the the trail as well and if you do not want to mess with the rental car I would do that as well. They stopped for pictures and seemed to have a great time. The 4 is because we had a blast but the rental car thing was a pain but there is nothing in the port and if we did not plan anything it would have been a 2. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
Before embarking, my husband and I, both in our early 60's, enjoyed our first trip together to NYC. Traffic from the Hilton was heavy, and it took our taxi over a half hour to reach the pier, so allow for that. Embarkation was ... Read More
Before embarking, my husband and I, both in our early 60's, enjoyed our first trip together to NYC. Traffic from the Hilton was heavy, and it took our taxi over a half hour to reach the pier, so allow for that. Embarkation was crowded, organized ok, but took about an hour. We went straight to our cabin which was spacious enough, but rather gaudy. Since I have arthritic hips, we needed a foam pad (requested prior to cruise but not provided) for the bed. The steward was able to find one which we doubled up allowing me to sleep. The mattresses are too firm and the space between beds is obvious. My husband warned me not to look at the pad provided, so I assume it wasn't really clean. The room was spacious and we liked the aft location. We could walk easily up or down for activities, but did have to walk to the front of the ship most of the time, but that, I believe eliminated my usual weight gain. Ship- one would think a ship named Glory would be decorated in red, white, and blue. The decor was garish, many Asian themes, and coral seemed to predominate. There were enough deck chairs for our two sunny days, drinks weren't pushed, but we couldn't find good quiet spots to read on days that were too cool to be outside. Food- our meals in the main dining room (own time dining) were good, not great. Some of the choices were rather strange. Our service was excellent. We chose to eat in the same area most of the time, sitting at a table for two, and got to know some of the other people who also sat near. The first night, we arrived late due to a late lunch, and learned that eating early was smarter, so we wouldn't have to wait in line. The molten chocolate cake was delicious and the highlight of our trip! The buffet, however, was terrible. Every time we ate there, our food was cold. We did complain to guest services. I had a queasy stomach after our first buffet upon arrival which lingered the entire cruise. We ate their several other times for lunch or breakfast (cold oatmeal) and were never pleased. The stir-fry food looked good, but we didn't get a chance to try that. Entertainment- for being named a "fun ship" I didn't think there was a great variety in the entertainment, and like the food it was OK. Ports- First, we didn't factor that the ports were near the ocean, and that the towns didn't have many trees, so we didn't get to see many fall leaves. Our timing in Boston was strange. Since we had been there before, we didn't sign up for a tour and found there was little to do as city tours all had embarked before we got to town. Also, Boston was the only port where you had to have a "ticket" to leave ship at a designated time if you weren't taking a tour. The walk from the pier to downtown was longer than I expected; after eating dinner, we took a cab back to the ship as some of the places we had traveled were rather desolate. Portland- we had been to the lighthouse and Kennebunkport before,so we didn't take an excursion. There really wasn't much to do, but we had great lobster rolls at an outdoor place on the pier adjacent. St. John- tides weren't cooperating, so we didn't see the famous high tide. We took the ship's photography tour which was great, even extending the tour time since no one had conflicts! Halifax- booked a private tour to Peggy's Cove (Great Earth Expeditions with Ryan) which was excellent, except that I fell on the slippery granite on our hike of the barrens by Peggy's Cove. Although I my Merrill's, I should have packed my hiking boots. The granite has left permanent little indentation marks in my knee! Ryan served a delicious lunch at Peggy's Cove & it was nice to see the adjacent area, not just stop for a few minutes at the lighthouse. We also went through the Public Gardens, around the fort, to the cemetery, and got dropped off, by choice, at the museum. All in all, it was a nice trip, not one of my tops, and one that I wouldn't repeat or recommend to anyone who has been to any of the ports, wants to see the famous tides, or thinks you'll enjoy fall color. Our debarkation was smooth- except for the wild taxi ride back to LaGuardia. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
A review of the Carnival Glory sailing from New York City on August 22 to St. John and Halifax, Canada. This was our tenth cruise on Carnival and the start of our status a Platinum Members. Embarkation: We arrived at 11:30 a.m. and ... Read More
A review of the Carnival Glory sailing from New York City on August 22 to St. John and Halifax, Canada. This was our tenth cruise on Carnival and the start of our status a Platinum Members. Embarkation: We arrived at 11:30 a.m. and already found that a line had formed for check-in even though that did not officially open until noon. Plenty of porters were on hand to handle the luggage. We quickly passed through security and found the VIP line for Platinum members. Because of that, we were checked-in very quickly. We were then taken to the VIP lounge where other Platinum members were waiting. We were told we would be taken on board first and that a representative would come get us very shortly. Half an hour later, we were still there. After hearing three groups being called to board, a fellow passenger pointed out that the VIP room was still waiting to board. Apparently, someone forgot about us in there. Carnival's customer relations supervisor showed up and took us on board after apologizing for the slip up. I noticed huge general check-in lines that did not seem to move very fast. Thank God we have Platinum status now. Grade: B- Stateroom/Steward Service: We had a balcony stateroom on deck 8 Verandah. Our cabin was very clean and in excellent shape. The bathroom was showing a little wear and tear but was very clean. Our steward was excellent and always asked us if we needed anything especially since we were Platinum guests. The daily laundry service for Platinum guests was great and clothes given to them in the morning was returned to us washed and folded by 6:00 that evening. Our steward asked our dining time on embarkation day so he could service our room after we left for dinner so we were not disturbed. We got the usual towel animals every evening which are always fun to look at. As Platinum guests, we received a gift and occasional treats left in our room. Grade: A Food Service: Sadly, one of the most important areas of a cruise ship was the biggest disappointment. My apologies in advance to Carnival and its fans who may be reading this as I will get rather critical here. Let's start with the dinner service in the main dining room. Dinner here can be described in one word: S-L-O-W. Not once did we have our main course before the wait staff either sang or danced for us at show time. On all of my previous cruises with this line, I had either finished or was finishing desert at that time. On formal night, our main courses of lobster and shrimp arrived cold. The maitre d' was nearby and was called over for assistance. He apologized and told our wait staff to remove the plates and get us new dishes. When they arrived, the plates and the food were red hot. We suspected right away that the food was placed in a microwave or an oven and reheated. Unfortunately, this dried out the lobster tail and the shrimp. I ordered the warm chocolate melting cake for desert. However, it had so much chocolate in it that it resembled soup. We left dinner very disappointed after having what was, without a doubt, our worst dinner service ever on ten cruises with Carnival. Our head waiter apologized for the slow food service and said that there were issues with getting the food from the kitchen. His assistant, who would get the food, said that the pick-up area resembled a war zone with wait staff yelling for their food orders from cooks who were way too slow to meet the demand. Other passengers we met had similar complaints about the slow service. On the final night, we had dinner in the buffet as we were fed up with waiting for main courses. I now wish I had gone to the steak house as everyone who went told me it was wonderful. Sometimes the food at dinner was good and sometimes just fair. We did find it ridiculous that our appetizer and salad plates sat in front of us for nearly 20 minutes every night until someone finally showed up to take them. We could tell that the wait staff was very frustrated with the kitchen delays. Breakfast and lunch visits here were a bit better but the dining room was not nearly as busy either. At one breakfast visit, we were seated at a larger table and the waitress seemed overwhelmed. The dining room is a good choice for those wanting a relaxing a peaceful breakfast or lunch as compared to the sometimes chaotic Lido deck. The buffet lines were your standard breakfast fare and lunch foods varied by day. The quality of the food was generally good. The buffet was kept well stocked and was exceptionally clean. Be prepared for long lines during peak times. The deli and burrito stations were fine as was the grill and the 24 hour pizza. These also can have long wait lines as the staffs in these areas are small. We found that the table service in Lido was a bit slow when it came to removing trays and cleaning up tables. It seemed to me that there was less staff than usual. The Mongolian Grill was outstanding. The problem was the one hour wait to get through the line. We discovered when reaching the front that there were two cooks at this station to stir fry the food. No wonder! Previous Carnival cruises had four or five cooks on this station so the line moved. It's also curiously stationed at a smaller food service area by the pool area on Lido deck. This led to a line that was right by one of the swimming pools. The fish and chips station was very good. It's located upstairs from the Lido buffet but there was never a line when I went there. Perhaps its location has something to do with that. Room service had quality food but slow service. It took them two hours one day to deliver cold sandwiches and coffee. I usually ordered a pot of coffee from them each morning and that was delivered within an hour. Clearly, there were some staffing issues that caused issues with the normally good food service. I don't know if it was just too many passengers and not enough staff. Hard to say but clearly, the crew was overwhelmed at times. Hopefully, this problem was limited to this ship and is not a fleet wide issue. Grade: C Crew Members/Officers/Cruise Director: Most crew members we encountered were professional, polite and helpful. All said hello or good morning to us when we saw them. Our wait staff in the dining room was not very personable and said little to us other then when apologizing for delays with the food. This sort of compounded the dining room issues for us. The cruise director, Josh, we had before and enjoyed having him again. He is genuinely funny and enjoys his job. Guest services were very helpful with a few minor questions. The separate line for Platinum guests was great as there were sometimes huge lines there. Grade: B Ports of Call/Excursions: Ports of call were in St. John and in Halifax. Carnival provided a wide variety of excursions to choose from. St. John: We took the day trip to the Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy. This is great trip that will show you a lot of unusual scenery as well as great view of the tides of the Bay of Fundy. The trip will take up most of the time in port but is well worth it. Halifax: We took the trip to Peggy's Cove. This is a beautiful fishing village that has some very scenic views. The weather was perfect making this trip even better. It's only three hours and allows you time to walk around Halifax on your own after you get back. Thanks to two people who apparently ignored numerous requests to see Canadian immigration, disembarking was delayed in St. John. The excursions desk did a very smart thing. Anyone with a long excursion, as we did, was literally seated near the ship's exit so we could get off first once the ship was cleared. This turned out to be a very smart move. Grade: A Entertainment/Shows: The two musical shows put on were very good but we had seen them before on previous cruises. It would be nice to see some newer and different productions. The show "Just an Illusion" was the best we had ever seen on Carnival. The comedians were very funny but get there early as the comedy clubs fill up fast. We didn't and had to stand in the back. The disco was fine but was not too crowded and was rather empty. The piano bar was pretty full on a nightly basis and the pianist was great. Grade: A- Shopping: The duty free shop had their usual sales of watches, watch sets and jewelry. My wife found some good jewelry buys as she always does on Carnival. The other store had duty free liquor, cigarettes and general souvenirs were basically the same old stuff. It would be nice to see Carnival add a few more shops to its ships at some port instead of the usual two. The staff in the stores was friendly and knowledgeable. The photo shop was fine but, personally, I think way too many pictures get taken of the passengers and we declined to have our picture taken most of the time when they asked. We have enough of them already! I did manage a great deal on a digital camera I had been looking at prior to this vacation so that was a nice find. Grade: B+ Ship's Condition: The Glory is starting to show some wear and tear but is still a fine ship. Crew members were always cleaning, shining and polishing to keep her in good shape. No noticeable damage in the common areas was ever seen and the ship as a whole was well maintained. Grade: A Debarkation: As we headed south back to New York, Hurricane Irene headed north for the same city. As a result, Carnival moved up the arrival time by two hours so all passengers could get off the ship early. This was an outstanding move as New York was preparing to be hit by the hurricane and had announced shut downs of mass transit and the airports as of that afternoon. Kudos to Carnival for allowing passengers to use their cabin phones to call home without charge so as to make or confirm their pick-up arrangements. The captain also kept us posted as to the storm's progress. We were off the ship early and home in New Jersey with time to spare to prepare for the impending storm. Grade: A. Summary: Our first time as Carnival Platinum guests was a bit disappointing mostly due to the issues with the food service which is normally one of Carnival's strengths. However, we did not let that ruin what was otherwise a good vacation. Many passengers thought that five days was too short of a cruise and I would tend to agree. Carnival runs seven day cruises to Canada and New England in the fall but not during the summer months. Perhaps they should consider doing it. For example, stops in Maine and Boston after Canada would have been nice. This was not the best cruise we have ever been on but it wasn't our worst either. However, Carnival is capable of better. We sail on Carnival in January and April of 2012 so we will be hoping that our experiences are better than this one. Final Overall Grade: B. Read Less
Carnival Glory Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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