2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We went with 3 dear close friends on a 5 day from New Orleans. We had an excellent time. Tony our Steward was excellent and took great care of us !! Food outlets and restaurants as well steak house were great, We loved Café Denis ... Read More
We went with 3 dear close friends on a 5 day from New Orleans. We had an excellent time. Tony our Steward was excellent and took great care of us !! Food outlets and restaurants as well steak house were great, We loved Café Denis in Cozumel but stayed on ship in Progresso as its too far to go anywhere in our opinion. The folks at The Alchemy Bar especially EDUARDO were fabulous !! Great service and great fun !! Didn't care for the comedian but that's a personal taste. Many enjoyed the show. We would sail it again. The Love and Marriage show was fun but not LGBTQ friendly in terms of having a same sex couple up there. There were numerous gay couples on board, and a diverse crowd. Everyone got along and there were no issues on board except a late fire alarm that I didn't hear about thanks to a few too many XO Martinis. I love the glory and would sail it again. Its an easy ship to navigate and not too large. Its starting to show its age a touch but Im sure Carnival will refurbish it within a few years. We loved it and I recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I have sailed with carnival Previously on the Triumph for a 4 day cruise. This ship was extremely similar and I enjoyed it just as much if not more. I did love the serenity deck, but it also being the deck of camp ocean ( for kids) was ... Read More
I have sailed with carnival Previously on the Triumph for a 4 day cruise. This ship was extremely similar and I enjoyed it just as much if not more. I did love the serenity deck, but it also being the deck of camp ocean ( for kids) was a little confusing. Really enjoyed speciality meal and the steak house and of course, Guys burger. Main restaurant food was iffy . Cruise director was great and fun. Casino was good and never too crowded. Placed third in the slot tournament so that was fun. Our balcony room was fun and nice to have an outside area to sit and watch the ocean. So much to do and never enough time to do it. We loved our cabin steward. We had a great cruise , a great ship and all staff we encountered were very accommodating! Will definitely Sail again with carnival Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We went on this cruise with friends. We had great meals at the steakhouse, platinum dining room for breakfast, and golden dining room for dinner. Our servers, Ronaldo, Wayan and Pira were awesome, making dinner fun and comfortable. We ... Read More
We went on this cruise with friends. We had great meals at the steakhouse, platinum dining room for breakfast, and golden dining room for dinner. Our servers, Ronaldo, Wayan and Pira were awesome, making dinner fun and comfortable. We loved their song and dance shows. We went to many events on board including nightly shows in the amber room, they were all amazing! Singing, dancing, and comedy too. We ventured to the casino, comedy club and lido deck for movies. Staff were always helpful and friendly. The ports were nice and we loved our excursion in Cozumel with Sylvia taking us to the beach club and shopping. Tequila tasting and Fish pedicures! We returned to the ship early at each port to enjoy quiet time by the pool and in the hot tub. Jose was our server throughout the week, always having a drink ready to replace our empty glass, whether at the pool or in the comedy club. He always had recommendations and was a smiling face we enjoyed seeing each day. The Fun Squad was great, including Frankie the cruise director, CoCo, and JJ. We enjoyed trivia on several days with Milan. Always good for laughs. All and all, we had a great cruise and can't wait to do it again soon. Our only downfall was literally falling down. Three of the four in our party fell on the wet deck/floor after the rain. When the slippery when wet signs are out, be careful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
It was my first cruise in over 10 years, and the first ever for my husband and parents. We all loved it and can’t wait to go back. Cousin Cookie was an excellent cruise director and the entire ship staff went above and beyond. We felt ... Read More
It was my first cruise in over 10 years, and the first ever for my husband and parents. We all loved it and can’t wait to go back. Cousin Cookie was an excellent cruise director and the entire ship staff went above and beyond. We felt like royalty. She isn’t one of the newer ships, but still has plenty of fun to offer everyone. My only negative, all be it small, was that the talent of the stage show singers wasn’t as good as I remember, but that could just be the casts we saw. Also, the breakfast buffet was the same thing every day, a bit of variety in that arena would have been nice. With that said, I’m not much of a breakfast person in general, so my opinion may be skewed. They did manage to get the playoff football games streamed to the deck as well so the football fans ever in Heaven. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I chose the Carnival Glory because it was sailing to St. Thomas, Puerto Rico & Amber Cove for my birthday. Im a little disappointed in myself because I took a map and did not wake up for the greet & mingle party on Sunday. Sorry ... Read More
I chose the Carnival Glory because it was sailing to St. Thomas, Puerto Rico & Amber Cove for my birthday. Im a little disappointed in myself because I took a map and did not wake up for the greet & mingle party on Sunday. Sorry guys next time. While on board of course Guys burger was fantastic. However, I was disappointed in the seafood shack.....the fish was to greasy with to much batter, a big let down. I tried for two days to get to the pool but as expected no room & the kids was jumping in and splashing (unsupervised). At dinner time our table was non approachable and did not chat even after I told jokes ( I guess it wasn't funny) so we switched tables the next night. The comedy club was floored ( literally) standing room only & sitting on the steps. I really enjoyed John Dicrosta ( purchase his CD). All the comedians were good. I really didn't care for the self centered cruise director Dustin. Everything was about him & not enough about the fun as Carnival say. Could have been more shows and of course I lost at CLUE....but had fun looking for clues. My steward was great (Sang) and the dining room serves and I forget the Spa... The ports were beautiful especially St. Thomas were I found a great tour guide and explored the island and Beach. Puerto Plata was great ...the food....just great and I brought jewelry and Mamajuna...very tasty. Puerto Rico I visited the Barcardi factory were I had my first Mojito and poured my own bottle of liquor. Grand Turk didn't do much for me but fun in the sun is always good when you leaving 32 degree weather. Overall I had a great time in spite of the fish & Dustin. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
The employees we encountered on this trip were excellent. The recently refitted ship was gorgeous and the new restaurants were amazing. One breakfast burrito from the Blue Iguana will make you come back for more. The destinations we went ... Read More
The employees we encountered on this trip were excellent. The recently refitted ship was gorgeous and the new restaurants were amazing. One breakfast burrito from the Blue Iguana will make you come back for more. The destinations we went to were gorgeous! Just note that Grand Turk really doesn’t have much besides a lighthouse outside of the little Carnival built town. My advice is go to Cockburn Town and find the little beach nearby. No one went there and it was gorgeous. San Juan was excellent. Make sure you check out the forts in Old San Juan and then head to New San Juan and go to Candado beach. The Virgin Islands were absolutely gorgeous! Our favorite spot. Get in touch with Brenda and Franko’s fun tours and do not book an excursion through the ship. They are a husband and wife who grew up on the islands there and were absolutely amazing with our family. The Dominican Republic was equally beautiful and the exchange rate was great! Make sure you check out the Macorix Rum Factory tour. Only $4 USD per adult and you get ample tastings of their rum. The store has full size 750ml bottles around $10 USD! We traveled with two children and a total family of four. Would definitely do it again. The value is really there over other cruise lines. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
I would sail with any other cruise line have tried it and Carnival is the best cruise line. The staff were very pleasant. Dustin and Michelle from Amber Palace were very entertaining. The shows were awesome. My head waiter Bebe and Roma ... Read More
I would sail with any other cruise line have tried it and Carnival is the best cruise line. The staff were very pleasant. Dustin and Michelle from Amber Palace were very entertaining. The shows were awesome. My head waiter Bebe and Roma from the Platinum Dining Room was very nice and always helped with making great meal choices. My girls 14 & 7 had a amazing time. My 7 year old loved the slides. The ports had great shopping areas. The lido is a little small not quite enough room for the deck parties. The movie notes were great on the deck. My cabin 1301 on Rivera Deck was really hot the next time I'm on this ship that is one room I prefer not to be in. I couldn't get any sleep because it was so hot. Everything else in the cabin was great. Thanks Carnival for always making our vacation fun. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Everything with carnival cruise was perfect and smooth from the start of getting on. It was really easy to check in and the ship was very well kept. My cabin was just enough space for both me and my boyfriend. I really enjoyed the ... Read More
Everything with carnival cruise was perfect and smooth from the start of getting on. It was really easy to check in and the ship was very well kept. My cabin was just enough space for both me and my boyfriend. I really enjoyed the activities Dustin and all the fun squad did an amazing job, also I thought all the performers were great too. You could never say there was nothing to do because there was always an activity. I loved my dining room server WEBERT! He’s amazing and would have him again any day. He’s always in such a good spirit. All the ports were great i think i would change San Juan though. Oh and I loved the lip sync battle idea it was so much fun to watch. I will definitely travel with carnival cruise line again easily. Amazing staff everyone was so kind and cruise ship! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This is our 5th Carnival cruise. We have sailed RCCL (8x's), Princess (2x's), Celebrity (1) and Norwegien (1x). Needless we are definitely dedicated Carnival cruisers. We chose this cruise because of Guys Burgers and ... Read More
This is our 5th Carnival cruise. We have sailed RCCL (8x's), Princess (2x's), Celebrity (1) and Norwegien (1x). Needless we are definitely dedicated Carnival cruisers. We chose this cruise because of Guys Burgers and Cantina, BUT the food was amazing everywhere on the ship. We did the fine dining, steakhouse. FANTASTIC. Our room steward was so accommodating. ENTERTAINMENT was A++++. Anytime dining is the way to go. Our cruise director was the BEST ever. Very energetic. (Dustin) One issue I did have was the Debarkation. I do not like the way they have you retrieve your luggage. Our luggage was tagged "3". One piece of our luggage was on a table. Another was on conveyer belt "C" and the final luggage, which I could not find and had to have a manger locate for us, 30 minutes later, was on conveyer belt "A" which was at the far end of "C". Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife and I had sailed on Glory once before and enjoyed our time aboard, along with the fact that we got a great deal for a 7 day cruise. All the destinations we had visited several times before but we needed a break away and this was ... Read More
My wife and I had sailed on Glory once before and enjoyed our time aboard, along with the fact that we got a great deal for a 7 day cruise. All the destinations we had visited several times before but we needed a break away and this was our choice. Glory is not too big or small and there seems to be something for just about anyone. We stayed at Red Roof Plus in Miami, an older Inn but with polite staff and only about half hour from port. Shuttle service was provided to port and breakfast, along with up to 10 days of parking there at Inn. We booked stay through Stay123.com, an easy website to use. The new embarkation plan Carnival has begun was swift and easy as well. We hardly stopped moving until we were on the ship. Room keys are now waiting in your mailbox at your room door. Our room steward was efficient and kept everything clean. This was our 20th cruise, the 17th with Carnival so we feel that we have seen a little bit of it all, but we were surprised on this cruise! Half Moon Cay was our first stop and it was a beautiful as ever. The weather was over cast, but still a nice day for walking around and taking pics. There were a few in the water but it was a little to cool for us. But it did feel good to our feet. 2nd stop was St. Thomas, we were sadden to see that the Butterfly Attraction had been destroyed by Hurricane. Took a city tour on one of the many open air trucks for $25 each. Note, if anyone gets on your tour and begins to apologize for what may happen, get off the vehicle and choose another. The individual along with 11 more friends boarded our vehicle and began using some of the worst language you have heard. They had no respect for others or children on tour. I approached driver to inform him of language, since he could not hear due to him inside truck cab. His solution was to send us back via another truck. Not a very good day in St Thomas. Next stop was San Juan, we were looking forward to a new day and better excursion. Prior to arriving in San Juan, we had received a phone call from our son concerning my brother who was fighting cancer. Carnival immediately made the call for us without any charge and allowed me to talk some time with my son. I was informed my brother was being moved to hospice but all looked ok. I was asked by the young lady at the customer service desk if all was well, when I told her what was going on, she expressed her concern and informed me that she would put notes on our account and that if we needed to call anytime that we could do so without charge. She let me know Carnival was there for us. She proved that statement to be so true. She also asked if we had the internet service. I explained that was one reason we took cruises, to stay away from such things. But due to circumstances surrounding my brother's sickness she thought it was a good idea to purchase internet service and then I could keep closer contact with family. I agreed and then she told me how to purchase internet. She then went on to tell me to purchase premium plan and as soon as I was done to bring her back proof of purchase and she would reimburse it back to our account. I was blown away to say the least. They had already done so much through just the phone calls and now this? I thanked her and wished I had written her name down, I think it was something like Lona, not really sure. She was a blessing that day and a very helpful friend. The next morning when we arrived in SanJuan, I received text telling me my brother had passed away. We were devastated and unsure of what we could or what was possible for us to do. But I knew we had to get back home. I went back to service desk and spoke with Bracka, a very professional and compassionate employee of Carnival. She expressed her sympathy of my brother's passing, and asked what we would like to do. I told her what we needed and she began putting it all together. She gave me directions on airline tickets and began putting necessary documents together for our departure. Never have we seen the care and support of a group of people who only knew us as passengers on a ship that they were working on. You would have though we were the most important people in the world. Each person we had to deal with showed the utmost respect and courtesy that anyone could ask for and more. From the room steward, to customs agent each one did all they could to make what was a sad loss for us as easy and painless as possible. We owe them a debt of gratitude and thanks. Each did more than what was expected and went beyond anything we could have asked. Once flight was booked and set, they moved us quickly to a waiting taxi, through customs which was also arranged without hassle. Even the customs officer expressed to us his sorrow for our loss. In our opinion, Carnival and it's employees are the best in the world. We have sailed with others, but Carnival has prove itself to be the best. We have learned it's the employees that make the ship. It is not the other passengers, because you will find good and bad on any of them. Just because you pay more does not mean you are with a better class of people. We have seen that for ourselves. The staff of Glory proved their heart is for the passengers. They are a Class Act and will always be remembered by us as the cruise staff that was there for us in our time of need. May God Bless the staff and employees of Carnival! From our booking agent Sheena at Carnival to the last person who says goodbye at the Terminal. They put the customer first and deserve an applause and recognition for doing so. We highly recommend Carnival 1st above all others. Not just for this cruise and these particular circumstance, but for all our travels with them. They are The Class Act above all others. Before I forget, we loved the new musical show Getaway Island!! Comedians were great! Food was wonderful, lobster delicious! Loved the new Bar-B-Q spot as well. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary get away. We had a wonderful experience aboard and could not have asked for more. Unfortunately on January the 2nd I suffered a near death experience, which could have been avoided. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary get away. We had a wonderful experience aboard and could not have asked for more. Unfortunately on January the 2nd I suffered a near death experience, which could have been avoided. The kayaking/snorkeling instructor failed to address all related safety measures and consequently some of us had minor and major problems with our gear. Out of the 7 participants, only 1 person had some experience with snorkeling. At that time the instructor could have done the following: 1: Extensively address all safety measures. 2: Inspect the gear to see if everyone knew how to use it. 3: Ask for additional help, since he was responsible for people's lives on open water. Just to give you a couple of examples of malfunctioning gear. My mouth piece was up-site-down, causing me to inhale dirty sea water. The air pipe was not in the proper position and consequently allowed water to flow freely in while trying to breathe. The life vest was completely deflated which I inflated according to instructions that I remembered from traveling by air. One member drifted away, unaware that she was about to step on a reef.(the instructor should have warned her ahead of time to stay away from that area) After swallowing and inhaling a lot of sea water, I became short of breath and while being brought on shore, I lost consciousness. I have to commend the ER doctor, who with his calmness and professionalism helped me to get back on my feet within 6 hours. To Carnival Glory all the praise for delaying the departure, so my wife and I could continue the trip without further difficulty. Once again, I want to give my heartfelt thanks to Carnival Glory captain and his crew. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
For what it is worth here is my review of the Glory beginning 11/18/17 and ending 11/25/17. If you want a Cliff’s notes version we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in August and this ... Read More
For what it is worth here is my review of the Glory beginning 11/18/17 and ending 11/25/17. If you want a Cliff’s notes version we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in August and this cruise was a continuation of that celebration. Myself, 59, and DW, 51, were the only ones in our party (yay!) and we definitely needed this cruise since the weather in Vermont was turning more toward winter. This was our 7th cruise overall and third with Carnival. We booked a premium balcony cabin, 8442, which is located on deck 8 aft on the port side. We liked the cabin location as it was one deck down from the aft pool and the lido. We also left home in time to arrive a day before the cruise, but I will stick to reviewing the cruise itself. So without further ado, let’s go on a review! 11/18/17- grabbed a free shuttle from the airport to the cruise port thanks to our car rental and we left the airport at 5 minutes to 11. I think we pulled into the cruise port at around 11:25 or so, which was early since our reserved check in time was 12 to 12:30. We gave the bags to the porter and proceeded to walk down to the entrance to find that they had a separate line for early or late arrivals for check in. There was very little line so we were checked in quickly by scanning our passports and since we’d set up our onboard account during online check in we had a seat until they called our zone. By noon we were sitting in the Atrium bar with a couple of cold drinks of the day in our hands and the ship was already decorated for Christmas. I know that lot of posts have been made about the new check in procedure with the sail and sign cards being at the cabin door but I have to say that this was a big efficiency that only helps make the check in process go smoother. We had no trouble using our boarding pass to pay for drinks before getting the S&S cards. We got to our cabin around 2 (they were ready earlier but we were enjoying the conversation in the Atrium) and it is a very nice cabin. It is super huge with a 75 square foot balcony that had two chairs, a lounger and a table on it. Our Funshops orders were in the cabin, but our shore excursion tickets were not. Gerald was our steward and he gave us the infamous “choice” card and it offered three options and had check boxes for extra services needed. We checked “both” and asked for ice and received great service throughout the cruise. Muster drill was uneventful and didn’t take too long. They do scan an S&S card for someone in each cabin. We walked around a bit then decided to try the martini tasting at the Alchemy bar. It is normally $20.50 but was $19.50 today. You select 4 of 7 martinis from a menu and we liked them a lot (you can share if you purchase it but we didn’t have Cheers so didn’t ask about that aspect). We had early seating in the Platinum MDR at table 666, a 4 top with booths. Our head waiter was Earl who was assisted by Randolf and Mark. I started off with calamari and shrimp cocktail and DW had the tomato soup. I had the honey glazed pork loin and she had the veggie lasagna. For desert I had tiramisu and DW had the WCMC. The food was nicely prepared and very tasty, as it would remain for the rest of the cruise. Dinner tonight took about an hour. We caught part of the Battle of the Genders in the main theater and caught the R rated show for Tony Esposito, who turned out to be my second favorite comedian of the cruise. We decided to skip the Welcome Aboard show and turned in early. 11/19- since we’re in an aft cabin the vibration from the propellers helped me to sleep. I got up early as I usually do and went up to lido at 5:50a.m. The magical lifer juice machine (aka coffee machine) was ready so I had coffee and caught up on my notes. Woke DW at 9 and once she was ready we went to brunch which took about an hour to complete. Our group from the site that shall not be named had set up a Dirty Santa gift exchange so we went to that. We were the only ones to show up for the exchange but a nice couple from Massachusetts showed up just to meet everyone and we chatted for an hour. Went up and spent some time in the aft pool and hot tub. It was adults only and this was observed/enforced through the week. After that we headed to Guy’s to try our first ever Guy’s burger. WOW, that’s a very darn good burger. After lounging around for a bit we showered and got ready for Elegant Night. Since we’re celebrating a milestone anniversary I brought my tux to wear and we went to all of the picture stations to have our photos taken. A word about the dress of our fellow passengers- most passengers at least met the minimum for Elegant Night and I actually saw a good number of tuxes being worn. On other nights most passengers were presentable. Of course there were exceptions and of course it didn’t interfere with our dining enjoyment. Arrived at the MDR on time and for starters I had the oysters and DW had the mushroom soup. I selected the shrimp and lobster and DW had the carbonara. Earl brought me a second plate of lobster even though I hadn’t asked for it and let me know more was available should I want it. I had room for two but no more since I didn’t want to skip desert, which for me was WCMC with some peanut butter on the side (which I learned about on CC) and DW had the crème bruelle. Swung by the shore excursion desk as our tickets hadn’t been delivered yet and they re-printed them for us. Went to the comedy shows for Johnny Millwether and Tony. The Punchliner host (Ashley) said that the Glory was trying a new procedure where they didn’t empty the lounge after each act, instead spacing the shows further apart. So if you wanted to sit in the lounge for an hour you were free to do so. After the show we turned in after filling out the room service hanger for breakfast. 11/20- I was up at 5:50 again and grabbed some coffee from Lido. Room service delivered at 6:45 and the coffee pot they use holds 4 cups. We had paid for the Grand Cayman island tour with beach break. Met in the theater for the excursion and the tender ride was about 5 minutes. We went to 7 mile beach first for about 3 hours and enjoyed swimming in the ocean. Two mojitos set us back $26 and after swimming some more had some nacho fires with a couple of Coronas which was $38. Got back on the bus and made a quick stop at a Tortuga Rum Cake store and of course the obligatory stop in Hell. We were back at the pier by 1:30p.m. and were back onboard by 2. Grabbed a couple more Guy’s burgers then lounged around on Serenity until it was time to get ready for dinner. Our tablemates joined us for the first time, a nice couple from Grand Rapids. They had been enjoying the Steakhouse and had one more visit scheduled for Thanksgiving evening since it was her birthday. DW started off with the spring rolls and I had shrimp cocktail. We both decided on veal parm and we both agreed that it was better than what we’d had on Fascination last year. Desert was praline cake for me and apple pie for DW. Went to the comedy shows and to the Getaway Island production show before turning in around midnight. The announcement for our Meet and Mingle was in our mail box and it was scheduled for 5:30p.m. tomorrow in the piano bar. 11/21- I slept in until 7 and grabbed a bite on Lido before walking around a bit. Woke DW at 10 by bringing her breakfast in bed. Stuffed a laundry bag with enough clothes to equal $98 in single piece prices. Today is Mahogany Bay and we are doing the Pirates, Birds and Moneys of the Caribbean tour. It was raining when we disembarked so we bought two CCL ponchos at the gangway for $3 each. The bus ride to Gumbalimba park was about 45 minutes. They have lockers available for rent ($3) and food is available, but cash only. The gift shop does take cards with a $10 minimum purchase. The walking tour was about an hour and a half. Park photographers take your pictures with the birds and the monkeys although you are free to take your own. The photographers take multiple shots of each person and you can purchase a CD with all of the photos of one person for $14 and they only take cash. The monkeys will use humans as stepping stones to get from one side of the clearing to the other and will jump on you without notice. Returned to the pier and did a little shopping before getting back on the ship at 4:30p.m. Went to the Meet and Mingle and 11 people showed up which was about 10 percent of those that had signed up. Cruise Director Dustin Gabriel showed up and chatted with us. He said there were just over 3600 passengers onboard for the week. He also said he is leaving at the end of the cruise for vacation and Chris Loveland would be taking over for him. After having some drinks picked out the photo that we wanted turned into a 16x20 canvas print ($59.95 and you get the 8x10 photo included). Dinner started with prosciutto with melon for me and broccoli soup for DW. She had the linguine with sausage and I had the local fish dish with plantains and beans and corn (can’t remember the name but it’s on the right hand side of the menu). Finished off with Bitter N Blanc for me and DW had the S’mores Parfait. Went to the Love and Marriage show before heading back to the cabin for a nightcap and bed. 11/22- got up at 6a.m. this morning and went to Guest Services to get envelopes and comment cards for later. Doing the Altun Ha Mayan site and River Wallace tour so met up at 8:15a.m. in the theater. Got ashore around 10a.m. and the tender ride was 15 minutes. Got on the tour boat and rode up the coast to the river, seeing several dolphins along the way that played in the boat’s wake. Saw a manatee, crocodile, orange iguanas, birds of all kinds and howler monkeys on the river tour. Docked after 2 hours and grabbed some lunch at the restaurant at the dock. $18 for two burgers with small fries and salad and two sodas. Filling enough but not Guy’s burgers. Bus ride to the Mayan site was about 45 minutes and we spent about an hour walking around after the guide briefed us about the site. Many chose to walk to the top of one of the ruins but we skipped that part. We shopped some at the market on site and grabbed a couple local beers (2 for $5) before getting on the bus for the hour long ride back to the port. Got in the tender line and it took about 10 minutes to board a tender and the line was pretty long. Once back onboard we grabbed a quick snack (pizza from the Pizza Pirate) and hung out until it was time to prepare for dinner. Escargot was on the menu tonight so I snagged two orders while DW had the pumpkin soup. Her choice for dinner was beef lasagna and I had the braised short ribs (tender enough to fall apart at the touch of a fork). For desert I tried the popcorn crème de pot and DW had cheesecake. We found out that our tablemates have the premium balcony cabin on the other side of the ship from us. After changing we caught half of the dive in movie which was pretty cool. New comedians onboard and we went to the R rated show for Marvin Todd who turned out to be my favorite of the four. We received our laundry back earlier this day. 11/23- Happy Thanksgiving! Up at 6:30 a.m. and up to Lido for my date with the magic lifer juice machine. Had Eggs Benedict from the buffet and the yolk was runny, not quite sure how they do that. Got DW with breakfast in bed again and we went ashore at 8:30 a.m. for our Swim with the Dolphins excursion. Dolphinaris is a 15 minute ride from the port. Locker rentals are $14 and you get a tote bag as a gift with the rental. Our dolphin was Aphrodite who is 38 years only. Only did a belly swim but it was still worth it. Got a CD with all the pictures taken of one person for $87, which included a 5x7 photo. The buffet lunch and bar drinks are included as part of the excursion so we grabbed lunch and a couple of drinks. Grabbed a ride back to the ship and did some shopping in the port area for a bit. Once back onboard we went up to the aft pool and enjoyed our time almost by ourselves in both the pool and hot tub. After changing for dinner we went to the Atrium for a before dinner drink and another passenger was kind enough to take our picture in front of the tree. We kept running into the couple that was in the cabin in front of ours and they said that security was outside of a cabin on our deck because the passenger had been fighting. Security stayed outside of that cabin until we left the ship. Went to dinner and it was the second Elegant Night because of Thanksgiving. Most people were dressed up but a few weren’t. C’est la vie. My starters tonight were Maryland Crab Cake and New England clam chowder and while I’ve had both dishes prepared in their points of origin CCL did a nice job with both. DW had the pasta fagioli soup. We both opted for the turkey dinner with fixin’s and pumpkin/ginger pie for desert. All nicely prepared and very tasty. After changing went to the Punchliner and watched all 4 shows, catching Tim Young’s act in addition to Marvin’s. 11/24- up at 6:30 and of course coffee on Lido to write my notes. Woke DW up around 10 and we decided to wait to eat in order to try the BBQ place on Deck 10. Glad we did because it was very good. Lazed around a bit, attended the debark briefing (no Customs forms unless you have to declare something) followed by the Military Appreciation gathering. There were about 50 people in the theater and Dustin called each branch of the service up on stage where we were given the opportunity to introduce ourselves and say whatever we wanted. Each vet received a glass of champagne and they took a group photo at the end. Something new CCL does is they have every vet fill out a form that is sent to Miami and once a month they pick from all of the entries and award a free cruise to a vet. Donated money to St Jude and got a Build a Bear for the donation. Did some packing and then went to dinner where I had mussels to start and DW had French onion soup. She had the ravioli and I had the prime rib, which turned out to be my least favorite meal because it was tough and if I had waited to eat it then it would have been cold. She finished off with carrot cake and I had cherry pie. Did some more packing then we went to the comedy shows. I put our luggage out in between the shows. 11/25- up at 6 and grabbed some coffee as I went over the bill. Went to guest services for some charges I didn’t recognize that turned out to be the gift shop and our St Jude donation (hardly any line at this point). Got DW up and we finished packing before heading for breakfast in the Platinum MDR which wasn’t very busy at all (and much better than the Lido). Sat on Promenade deck by Cherry on Top and waited for our number to be called. Numbers up to 20 had been called by 8:35a.m. and our number (24) was called at 9. Disembarked and retrieved our luggage and were in the Customs line by 9:15. It took about 20 minutes to clear Customs even though the line looked really long. Final thoughts- the crew was super friendly as always and no matter what time we were walking around there was always somebody cleaning something. The passengers were friendly also and we met some nice people throughout the cruise. Saw no fighting, no one that had been obviously overserved, etc. Thinking back on our previous Carnival cruises (2012 and 2016) I have to say that I’ve notice an overall improvement in the service and the food. I noted no serious material deficiencies and every now and then on Lido one of the juice machines wouldn’t be working. We didn’t participate in any of the trivia since it was usually held outside of the casino bar and the smoking would have caused DW problems. We also didn’t walk around the ship too much because of DW’s knee (she went in for surgery on it yesterday). The service in the MDR was not perfect but it was certainly adequate enough for a solid 3 star experience and any lapses were so minor that I can’t even remember them. Dinner always took between an hour and an hour and a half, usually longer when our tablemates joined us. The waiters danced three nights and this interfered with our meal once as it delayed desert, which wasn’t a bad thing because it gave us time for our food to settle a bit. I did see one waiter doing stripper moves the first time they danced but that act was not repeated. The passengers and crew seemed to enjoy the event and it was entertaining. Not sure when they have time to practice but it was well choreographed. All in all Carnival gave us a great experience and one that we will fondly remember. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This cruise was given to us as a gift, and we had never been on one before. We were both a bit nervous--but I can say everything went so smoothly and was an amazing trip. It was just my husband and I, and it was fabulous to get away and ... Read More
This cruise was given to us as a gift, and we had never been on one before. We were both a bit nervous--but I can say everything went so smoothly and was an amazing trip. It was just my husband and I, and it was fabulous to get away and relax and forget real life for a week! We arrived in Miami the day of the cruise, which made me nervous, but the check in Carnival has at the airport is definitely the way to go--when we got to the port we got right on. However, I also purchased the Faster to the Fun package (FTTF), and it was well worth the $70 that we paid. (because we flew in the day of and flew out the day back-we didn't get to tour Miami). Cabin: When we boarded the ship we went right to our cabin and it was all ready for us, and we met our Steward, Bagus--he was fabulous. I asked for ice when we met him and had fresh ice in our cabin every morning and evening. I asked for clean up service in morning and just fresh towels in the evening. Our cabin was on 10th level interior and we had plenty of room for just the two of us, had enough closet/drawer space, the bed was very comfortable. I slept each night like a baby, probably due to the rocking of the ship! It was nice to have the refrigerator in the room, and it is very smart to order ahead of time any waters/cokes/beer etc---as it's much cheaper to do it that way and it was in the cabin already when we arrived. After we boarded and checked out our room, we went to eat. Naturally it was crowded and a bit chaotic, but not horrible. We ate Guys Burgers and they were fabulous--ate there several times. Before we set sail, the embarkation celebration on the Lido deck was fun to watch. Our first day at sea was very relaxing and we enjoyed lounging on the serenity deck. Honestly during the cruise we didn't see a lot of kids--but probably due to it being October. The kids we did see didn't cause problems and were not screaming and making noise. We didn't use the pools but they both looked very nice and inviting. We did excursions every day. Excursions: Grand Caymans-- We did the swim with the sting rays and barrier reef excursion. A short boat trip took us to the sandbar and our guides Steve and Esteban were very informative. there were maybe 3 other boats there when we arrived. I'd read many reviews of the excursions before hand and was worried about the experience being bad on them....but unless you give it a try you won't know. Swimming with the sting rays was AMAZING! There were so many of them swimming around and it was neat to have them swim by and you could feel them brush your leg. Getting to touch/hold one was something I will never forget. The snorkel at the barrier reef, honestly it was a bit choppy and since I swallowed more sea water than anything, I just went back to the boat and enjoyed the scenery. Mahogany Bay/Roatan: Our next excursion in Honduras or Roatan was zip-lining. I was very nervous about doing this, and to top it of it was raining. There was a large group and two different options the extreme or express. We opted to do the express, since we'd never done it before. When they split us up, our express group was only 4 of us and two guides--so it was super hands on and the guides were very patient. It was a blast! my complaint is that for some reason I kept getting turned backwards! One of the guides even zip lined on the line next to my husband so he could video. They were wonderful! we did 11 or 12 zip lines and the longest was 900 ft. from what I understand in the extreme group, they were higher/longer zip lines....afterwards my husband said we could have done the extreme...not sure I'd have wanted to try that my first time! Belize: We weren't sure what to do so we decided to do the top 10 of Belize. I think we were a bit late getting started, but in the end we had plenty of time to get back to the boat even due to the delay. Our tour guide was Anthony, and he had a female co-guide with him...don't remember her name...and we can't forget our bus drivers Leroy! Anthony was very entertaining and knowledgeable and informative. He made the tour fun. I was surprised and somewhat sad to see the conditions of some of the houses, looked run down and incomplete....as well as the many many dogs just roaming around. However, Anthony said that everyone in Belize was always happy and content, they didn't have all the stress we here in America do. The Mexican President was visiting, and normally they close off some of the streets. However, because two cruise ships were coming in that day, and the tourism business is a huge business for the country, the roads were open. We did see on many corners, military guards armed with guns--glad we knew why before we saw them. After the tour we grabbed a lunch to eat on the bus and went to visit a beach area. We didn't walk around there long, but it was neat to see the older mahogany tree( which is their source of most wood) there, and be able to stand in the trunk. Cozumel: Our final excursion was the Save a Sea turtle experience. All I can say is FABULOUS. Mario and Panda were our guides and they were so funny and interacted well with us. I think the drive to the beach took maybe 30 minutes, but they chatted and gave us information the whole way. Tourism is the biggest source of income for them--that's it. So they appreciate recommendations/good reviews. When we got to the beach we were split up into groups of four (after we were instructed on how to begin) and we started digging. They said about 150 babies can be in the nest, and some didn't make it out...so we were to see if there were any in there. We had to dig till we reached the empty shells---probably 3 or more feet down. I would say at about 2 feet I was digging and suddenly see this little fin (?) moving around and pulled out a baby sea turtle. It was the most amazing feeling to rescue that little guy and not to mention it was adorable. IN the end we only had one in our nest, as did most groups. I think another may have had 2 or 3. We were there near the end of the season, so I'm just thankful we found ours. We had about 130 shells that we took out--you have to count them all. Then they lined everyone up and did a countdown to release them to the water. It was the most amazing sight to see these little turtles scampering to the water and then swimming off. The water was crystal clear so you could see them for a while. After that we went to a Mayan Village for a small show, and they had a tequila tasting....small small sample cups, but had about 4-5 different flavors. Once that was over we roamed around the port and ate at Three Amigos. I'm sorry to say I didn't care much for it, but there were a lot of onions and I don't do onions. Overall an amazing day and one I would do again in a heartbeat. Actually I would do all of the excursions again, except in Belize do something different since I'd been on the tour. We did give a tip to the guides on each excursion--or did it as a group if they were splitting it up. They all worked hard to be sure we had a good experience. Dining: we were at a large table, and the first night only one other couple was there. Funny enough they were from Owensboro, KY--about 2 hours from where we lived. WE enjoyed their company and the next night a couple from Oregon joined. we had room for 2 or 3 more couples, but the 6 of us were all that showed up. It was wonderful getting to talk with them over the week. The food was always good, and seemed to be never ending. We had reservations at the Steakhouse one night, but cancelled because we enjoyed our dining mates. We found out that you could order the same menu from the steakhouse in the dining room and it was $15 cheaper per person. Our wait staff was fabulous---Menzi, Dexter and Christopher. Very attentive to our needs and on the ball keeping our glasses full of water or tea, and getting us what we needed. The entire wait staff did some singing/entertaining a few nights and that was a lot of fun. Entertainment/Activities: Several nights during the week we went to the Showtime show in the Amber Palace and they were all amazing! The singers/dancers were fabulous! Extremely talented. If were weren't watching the show, we were in the Atrium watching the Glorious Bandsters perform. They were very good and we really enjoyed watching them. If they weren't singing there was a trivia night going on. The cruise director Dustin did a wonderful job and we enjoyed going to trivia at nights that he hosted in the atrium all through the week. He was super energetic and was fabulous at his job. I think he was in charge of the activities during the day so he was always busy---don't know how he kept straight what he was doing and where he was supposed to be. One day they even had a complete Build a Bear set up on the Atrium for the kids and had some exclusive to Carnival build a bears! Ship: Everyone we talked to on the ship was friendly and helpful. The ship was very clean and organized. We always saw staff cleaning at all times of the day in all areas of the ship. It was amazing because we never really felt like we were on a ship. We didn't get sea-sick, there were times you could feel some movement, but it wasn't anything that made us sick--which I was very concerned about due to some ear problems. In some other reviews I read I saw mention of bad smells and dirtiness, but I NEVER experienced any of this on the Carnival Glory! I know it's not the newest ship--but everyone on there appeared to take pride in the job and ship and they all were very hard workers. Debarkation went smoothly too. Because we had purchased the FTTF option, we could debark at anytime. Since we hadn't done this before, we went down at 8 to get off...we were a bit late to meet all the 'early flight' people in the amber palace--so we weaseled around to get near to the front and then just stood and waited until I got bold enough to ask if we could jump in front of someone. Going through customs was a breeze, the flight home was a breeze. For a first cruise it couldn't have gone smoother. I would do it again in a heartbeat and have already been trying to figure out the next one we can go on. I think you get great value for the money you spend! I can't recommend it enough. Thanks Carnival Glory and all the staff for a truly memorable experience! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We arrived in Miama a day prior to our cruise and stayed at Comfort Suites, Miama Airport North. They provide free transportation to (and from) the port however we have not taken their transportation for disembarkation. This is our third ... Read More
We arrived in Miama a day prior to our cruise and stayed at Comfort Suites, Miama Airport North. They provide free transportation to (and from) the port however we have not taken their transportation for disembarkation. This is our third time at this hotel and would recommend it. We chose this cruise for it's destinations however Maria had other ideas so we went to the Western Caribbean instead of the Eastern Caribbean. This was our eleventh cruise with Carnival; we've always had a great experience with Carnival and we have no complaints. Our only excursion on this cruise was the Maya Key Private Island Retreat with Lunch. The private island, in Roatan Island, was beautiful with their beaches, lush gardens and tropical atmosphere. Lunch consisted of Talapia, Chicken, Coconut Rice, Salad and Banana chips. They had a huge animal rehabilitation and rescue facility. Mathew, our guide was very knowledgeable. We would definitely do this excursion again. Embarkation and Disembarkation have greatly improved over the past twenty years. It's definitely worth it to get help with your luggage at Disembarkation, the Porter gets you through the line faster and is very efficient. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our 6th cruise and probably the best ever. Every staff member bent over backwards to make our trip great! Even if we where just passing them in the hallway. The Chef's table was easily the best meal we've ever had. ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise and probably the best ever. Every staff member bent over backwards to make our trip great! Even if we where just passing them in the hallway. The Chef's table was easily the best meal we've ever had. When the Chef decides to show off just sit back and enjoy it. Yaunita and Thomas in the Platinum dining room were welcoming every night and could anticipate our every request. Im not sure how they did it. Thomas is a great dancer. Martin in the Effy store was a great help for us. Jamuel was the best photographer we've ever had. He was giving my husband pointers on how to take better pictures when we got home. The band they had playing "Deep Blue Groove" was very good. We sent one whole evening just listening to them. I cant wait to go back again. The only problem we had was that it took too long to get off the ship. There was some problems with customs but that is not the ships fault. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
My husband and I went on the Western Carribean Cruise May 6 through May 13. This is the first time we had been on Carnival. It was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING !! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I can't say ENOUGH about the ... Read More
My husband and I went on the Western Carribean Cruise May 6 through May 13. This is the first time we had been on Carnival. It was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING !! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I can't say ENOUGH about the food......unbelievable. There is SO much food and it's wonderful. Best thing it's free!! We loved ALL of the food! We especially liked Guys Burgers, Pirate Pizza and the Blue Iguana Burrito place. There is a self serve soft ice cream station....open 24 hours! You can get a fresh made pizza at Pirate Pizza....24 hours! The breakfast at the Blue Iguana is fantastic. Room service is free! A lot of choices. The food buffets were also awesome. Also on top of all the buffets and restaurants, you have a set dining time for dinner in the Platinum restaurant. There you have your own servers. You can choose from a varity of appetizers, entrees and desserts. You can also order as much as you want. Remember this is also free. For example, my husband and I would order two or three appetizers (they're small), salads, an entree, maybe even two entrees a piece and then dessert. One of the activities we enjoyed was called Dive in Movies. They show two movies a night on a theatre size screen outside over the main pool on the Lido deck. You chill outside on the deck chair/loungers and enjoy the movie as your sailing. They have popcorn and blankets....again free! You'll want to bring a thermal cup for endless refills of coffee, tea, water, lemonade and ice tea. Otherwise the cups are small. Also, if you are a smoker....DO NOT BUY YOUR CIGARETTES before you go!! You can get smokes at the duty free shop on board for $30 a carton!!! We pay $9 a pack in MN so we were ecstatic ! Note: If you buy one carton or several cartons take them out of the carton and scatter them in your suitcases when you leave. You do not have to claim them on the custom form. The other thing I loved about this cruise was they gave you an itinerary everyday listing all the activities and believe me you will NEVER be bored. However, you don't have to do any of it if you don't want. I highly recommend this cruise line and this ship. We are taking our kids next time. GREAT MEMORIES! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
My husband and I sailed on Glory. We do not care for a lot of partying or adult themed atmosphere but once we realized we didn't have to be around all of that we really had a great time. There is so much to do beyond these ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on Glory. We do not care for a lot of partying or adult themed atmosphere but once we realized we didn't have to be around all of that we really had a great time. There is so much to do beyond these activities that we really had a nice time. We did see a couple of the shows where the acting and singing and dancing really was excellent. We were sat at a table with a very sweet couple that on the ship we became friends. The people that served in so many ways were all so nice and helpful. We were really thankful for just everything. The ports we went to and the excursions we took were really nice. Everything overall seemed very clean and we were very glad. Our room was near the main lobby so a night or 2 it got a little loud but again it really was ok. And most of the time they quieted down early. The food was really good. There was a great variety. I am vegan and at first again I wasn't sure if there would be enough but there was always plenty. Very nice trip. The spa was nice. I did go to a facial party and I did buy some of the products. I had a little experience with them on our last trip with the fantasy, so I knew they were good. I got different things this time and am very pleased. I also tried the good feet and the Elemis detox. Now, at this point I am sure some are saying I fell for crazy things, but first of all I have used shoe inserts in the past and various one. They have definitely helped my feet over the years so to buy one pair that will last a good long time even at the price, it was worth it to me. As far as the detox program, they weren't telling me a lot of new information. The program which includes their herbs and so forth are taking a little to get used to. They said I needed to cut out coffee and that has been hard. Drinking coffee with the herbs gets me light headed but to stay totally away from coffee I get bad headaches and I feel very sluggish. So I am working with this. Obviously I do need some detoxing. As far as the foods, I'm vegan so I really am having to learn portion control and not to eat so many fruits plus to eat more regularly. So For me I think it will all work out. I don't feel I wasted money. Well, all in all, this trip was really one of the best trips me and my husband have ever been on anywhere. It was really great and I look forward to our next cruise somewhere. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Checking in and boarding the Glory was a breeze in Miami with FTTF. Met our cabin steward, Samidi, who took awesome care of us all week long, dropped off our carry on bags and headed to the Lido for a drink, relaxing in the sun and ... Read More
Checking in and boarding the Glory was a breeze in Miami with FTTF. Met our cabin steward, Samidi, who took awesome care of us all week long, dropped off our carry on bags and headed to the Lido for a drink, relaxing in the sun and watching the ship fill up. It was a nice start to the week to attend the Meet & Greet at the aft Lido bar. Met some really fun people! Special thanks to Dave for organizing a slot pull where the luckiest of us won $110 and a small trophy. We actually got ahead enough that we all could have gotten our $20 entry back (after paying the $110 prize) but we decided to let it ride. It was the best bang for a buck I've ever gotten in the casino, we cheered one another on for an hour until we were broke, but is was a blast. We had anytime dining and there was nothing at all wrong with our waiter the first night BUT on the second night we were seated in Leilanie's section and she was absolutely amazing! We asked for her every night thereafter and Leilanie and her entire crew were the highlight of our cruise. I'm not much for the elegant night experience, we've often just passed and had dinner at the buffet but not wanting to miss Leilanie's service I sacked it up and complied with the dress code, so glad I did. Those elegant night dinners are extra special. Missed the first stop, Grand Cayman, due to high winds and rough seas beyond Carnival's control. Some were bummed out but I appreciate the captain's concern for our safety. The sun was out and we had a really nice sea day. Mahogany Bay, Roatan came next . . . it was a rainy day but Coconut Tree Divers took us on a Discover Scuba dive. The took all the time we needed to learn the safe way to experience scuba and their beautiful reefs. We chose a Carnival excursion to the Lamanai Ruins in Belize. It was a long day but well worth it. Fun, educational and got some great pics. The port area had some nice shops. Our latest stop was Cozumel, all I can say is Mr. Sanchos was everything I had read about. Not awesomely classy or trashy, just a beautiful beach day with good food and drink. We sprung for the Romantic Package, well worth the few extra bucks. Our last day, a sea day, was the perfect end to another fantastic Carnival vacation. Can't wait to cruise again! Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was our honeymoon cruise and a bucket list cruise for me. I am loosing my battle with stage 4 cancer and only have 6 months to a year. The Carnival Glory team made this cruise the best for us. Thank you Eric and the entire crew. Our ... Read More
This was our honeymoon cruise and a bucket list cruise for me. I am loosing my battle with stage 4 cancer and only have 6 months to a year. The Carnival Glory team made this cruise the best for us. Thank you Eric and the entire crew. Our cabin was awesome we were in the back corner cabin 2475. Thanks to the rumbling of the engines I had the best sleep in over a year. There were 28 of us traveling together and the show cast loved us. They do have theme deck parties, like 80's night our group were the only ones that had costumes, I encourage you to dress for the theme nights it really adds to the fun. Check out inch of the ship to find your favorite spot. The adult pool and hot tubs in the back are salt water and were my favorite spot. the soft served ice cream is a hit. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon because it was a cost friendly alternative to a destination but it allowed us to visit many awesome places. It was fabulous in every way. Our room was always clean and the steward was awesome. Every ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon because it was a cost friendly alternative to a destination but it allowed us to visit many awesome places. It was fabulous in every way. Our room was always clean and the steward was awesome. Every staff member was always so kind and fun. We went to many of the comedy shows and amber palace shows and they were all fantastic. We had anytime dining and ate at the sit down dining every night and the food was great and there was a variety of selections. The ship is a bit dated as our room was orange/pink but it is well maintained and clean. Embarkation and disembarkation was pretty smooth considering we went at the most popular times. We visited grand cayman, mahogany bay, belize, and cozumel and each port was fantastic and there were a variety of shore excursions to choose from. We would definitely travel on the Glory again. The cruise director Eric and comedy club manager Shae were absolutely fantastic and always made sure everyone was having a good time. This cruise is perfect for all ages, there was definitely a variety between small children and retirees. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
My mother and aunt took this exact cruise a few years ago. They recommended it to us. The staff was wonderful. Danny Boy was our room steward and Jeffrie was our head waiter. Both were funny and friendly and helpful. The food was very ... Read More
My mother and aunt took this exact cruise a few years ago. They recommended it to us. The staff was wonderful. Danny Boy was our room steward and Jeffrie was our head waiter. Both were funny and friendly and helpful. The food was very good. We tried the steakhouse and really enjoyed it. Eric Brouman, the cruise director, was hilarious and friendly. The ship was decorated for the holidays. It was beautiful. There was a tree lighting ceremony and even snow in the atrium. We really enjoyed the Military Appreciation event. Veterans from all branches of the military were honored. My father served 23 years in the Air Force, so this event meant a lot to me. It's nice that Carnival does this. I would definitely recommend the Western Caribbean itinerary on the Glory. We loved Grand Cayman. Stingray City is very exciting. Cozumel and Roatan were beautiful. Great shopping at both ports. We weren't too thrilled with Belize. There were warnings about crime, so we didn't venture out of the port. The shop owners in Belize were very pushy. We found this on all the ports, but the pushiness was much worse on Belize. I would happily skip that port in the future though I've heard they have great underwater activities. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Balcony, drink package ,faster to the fun... Food was very good, gained 10 lbs drinks were very good worth getting the drinking package Service was very good, cabin,dining, bars ect all good cabin very good ... Read More
Balcony, drink package ,faster to the fun... Food was very good, gained 10 lbs drinks were very good worth getting the drinking package Service was very good, cabin,dining, bars ect all good cabin very good shows were fair ... pools were fair,very small. only one small adult pool adult hot tubs were over crowed most of the time. used room service 3 times coffee was cold, order was mixed up. clubs for dancing poor for our age group we like rock and roll off shore excursions from carnival were excellent,,Zip line was super fun Faster to the fun was a waste of money Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle was a failure on there part. I do think people should dress for formal night better, and the ship should keep there rules about dress code,,, for the price we paid it was a good deal, so we would go again,if the price was right. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
The boarding and debarkation was super smooth. The Carnival rep called me a few weeks prior to the cruise to upgrade at a super discount, so I got a Grand Suite for a steal and was it ever worth the few extra dollars. The staff were ... Read More
The boarding and debarkation was super smooth. The Carnival rep called me a few weeks prior to the cruise to upgrade at a super discount, so I got a Grand Suite for a steal and was it ever worth the few extra dollars. The staff were always courteous and helpful. The food was fabulous, especially Guy's Burgers!! Absolutely no complaints on the cabin or amenities. Will definitely go back to Carnival. There was wifi throughout the boat. The Serenity Lounge was a nice quiet place for Adults Only to relax. The only criticism I have would be the Spa, seems a bit pricey, but the service is extremely good. Comparable to other lines though. The last cruise, not Carnival, shall we call it Morwegian so we don't discriminate. The debarkation left us with such a frustrated feeling, it drowned out the good feelings of the cruise. Took us 1.5 hours just to get off the bloomin boat and almost made us late for our flight home. No organization. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Over the public school Spring Break my boyfriend and I went on the Carnival Glory. We had an amazing time on our week long cruise to the Western Caribbean. We are in our mid-twenties. I will pick out some of the downfalls of our trip ... Read More
Over the public school Spring Break my boyfriend and I went on the Carnival Glory. We had an amazing time on our week long cruise to the Western Caribbean. We are in our mid-twenties. I will pick out some of the downfalls of our trip just for the purposes of the review, but none of these things stopped us from having a good time. About a week before we go on board Carnival called to ask us if we would like to upgrade to a balcony room. We had booked interior, so this was a big upgrade and it was an affordable one. We decided to do it and I am glad we did. The balcony room was very spacious- compared to the interior rooms I have stayed in previously (this is my 8th cruise). Overall the room was nice. There was enough storage space and hangers. I did bring a power-cord with extra outlet plugs so I could charge my phone and curl my hair at the same time. I am not sure if this is against the rules, but no one said anything. The balcony chairs were quite dirty- as was the balcony glass, so you could not see well out if it. We learned that they can only clean this class in Roatan, and once we left that port it was very clean. Embarkation was relatively easy. We did not do "Faster to the Fun". We had our boarding time set for 11. We quickly checked in and then had to wait for about an hour until boarding started. Due to this, I recommend getting there for around 12PM. You might have less wait time overall. The food was good overall. There are a lot of lunch options. Guy's Burgers was great- just greasy. The Blue Iguana had tacos, burritos, bowls, etc. and that was also quite good. There was also the deli, pizza (which has improved since my last cruise) and the fish and chips place which I did not try. The buffet food was okay, but I honestly did not eat much of it. The great thing about this cruise was that this quick service places stay open a lot later than the buffet, so when you get back on the ship you have more options than just pizza and ice cream. The dining room food was good every night, as was our wait staff. We had the 8:15 dinner seating and enjoyed that dining time due to a few late days in the ports. I particularly enjoyed the filet, ribs, and the orange souffle for dessert. They have lobster and filet on the menu for an additional cost, but on the formal nights these are free. As far an entertainment goes, the comedy shows were pretty funny. Dwight was great. Something came up on the last night and he was unable to do his shows, which was disappointing. Another comedian missed the boat. We really enjoy comedy shows, so we do feel that we missed out. I did not go see the musical shows. The marriage show was okay, but the format was a little different than other ships I have been on. Dustin was generally a good cruise director. He is filling in for someone who is on vacation. He is a little over the top cheesy, but I guess you have to be to do that job. Almost every night on the ship we went to the Alchemy Bar on deck 5. This bar has really creative martinis and there are mixologist bartenders, who can make all kinds of drinks that are on of off the menu. Miro, Miroslav, and Alex were all amazing. They worked so hard and made us innovative drinks all week. These drinks are somewhat pricey (10.50 a drink), but worth every penny. Going to this bar and watching them make unique drinks every night really made our trip. The bartenders always remembered us and were so friendly. One of them is actually world-ranked. Ports: Cozumel: In Cozumel we went to Paradise Beach Club. This was nice. It was a fifteen dollar cab ride each way per car load of 4. So it winds up being less than five dollars a person with tip. We paid two dollars to get in. They do have a ten dollar food/drink minimum per person, but they do not really enforce this. At this beach club you can pay extra to get snorkel equipment or play on the floating slides in the ocean. There are pools, hammocks, beach chairs, a nice dock to walk out on, etc. You can even bring your beach chairs into the pool because they have a ledge. Belize: We did Butt's Up Cave Tubing and Ziplining. This was amazing. We paid 60 dollars each and we were gone all day. You can make a reservation for this online in advance and it is well worth it. Speedy and Jerry were our guides. They did a great job. They even give you an authentic Belize lunch. Belize City is very poor and I would not suggest venturing out of the port area without an excursion. The tender ride is also pretty long, so be prepared for that. Roatan: When you get off the ship, they have a nice shopping area and a beach right near by. A lot of people chose to walk or ski lift to this beach (14 dollars for the ski lift, but I imagine the scenery is nice). We walked there and checked it out. It was like the other beaches we had been to so we decided to venture out in a cab. It cost us 60 dollars to go to West Bay Beach there and back and it was a 35 minute drive. We do think there is a cheaper way to do this though. We wanted to snorkel and we heard the snorkeling was great. The beach was nice. The beach chairs were not the cleanest at the resort we were at. I don't know the name of the resort, but it seems like they bring cruisers there. We did an hour snorkeling tour for 20 dollars each and it was fine. There was a drop off, lots of coral, and some fish. I would recommend straying away from this though because you can rent equipment for 15 dollars or bring your own and there is amazing snorkeling right near the beach. If you walk down to the rock formation jetting out into the water, you will see plenty of coral and fish and even better snorkeling than the boat tour. Grand Cayman: We went to 7 Mile beach. It was crowded, but beautiful. We took a cab there for 10 dollars each way with tip. The resort we went to was five dollars each and had a pool with a swim-up bar. It was the Princess Beach Club. If you want something more secluded, pay the extra cab fair and go a couple resorts down. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2015
Us= Middle income couple, both 40-somethings, early "empty nesters" of 3 young adult chilren, deff not the stuffy type. Wife has cruised several times but this is my 2nd. We got a cabin with a window, which was just fine, we ... Read More
Us= Middle income couple, both 40-somethings, early "empty nesters" of 3 young adult chilren, deff not the stuffy type. Wife has cruised several times but this is my 2nd. We got a cabin with a window, which was just fine, we only go to the cabin to sleep anyways. Last cruise we had a balcony and really only used it to open the door and listen to the ocean at night, but that's not worth the price diff unless it's a sweet deal IMHO. The staff were simply amazing. From Brian the head Mixologist at the Alchemy Bar, to "Mo" our head waiter in the dinning room all week. We did not have an unpleasant or in any way difficult interaction with a single staff member the entire time, so many smiles from people that work to make us happy. If you expect to get everything available to eat 24 hrs a day, you will be disappointed, if you can figure out what is open and where the good stuff is, there is GREAT FOOD. Guys Burgers has hand made 80/20 burgers, the Blue Iguana Grill, Fish House, and of course "The Steak House Experience" (we and our group decided this may have been the best meal of our lives) are all worth trying out at least once and then decide where you want to go back to. The only thing avail to eat after midnight is pizza and frozen yogurt/ice cream but the pizza is what I would consider "gourmet" and are hand made with high quality toppings, as in cubes of real mozzarella piles on hand tossed crust. Remember you can also hit the dinning room for a more restaurant style breakfast/brunch if you don't want to deal with the buffet every morning. Shows were very entertaining and fun, lots of 70s-80s high production stuff. The digital effects designer/producer for these shows is AWESOME. Seeing giant black wings burst out from behind a male singer at the right time was killer. Main lobby had live music and a party atmosphere almost every night and "Glory Days" the duet group was very entertaining and kept people dancing and laughing. The comedy club was a nightly staple but the lines form early so get there before or be ready to sit way back, not that it effects your appreciation of the comedians. Piano bar was where we went after the comedy club and Scott the singer was great and got better the more the "appreciative shots" poured in. Biggest tip I could pass on was to be patient and your trip will be much better, there are lines and lots of people but there are plenty of spots to get away from people and have some peace. Remember that other cultures value our ideas of "polite"... differently, people disregard and cut lines, barge in front of you, etc, just chill and smile and enjoy your trip. Shore excursions are fun, but I would recommend picking the shorter length excursions as there are too many "OMG we have to rush back, the ship leaves in 20 mins" moments. For some it would be a negative that most shore hours are like 8AM-4PM, once day it was a deadline of 2pm. I hear the longer cruises (7+ day?) give you more time in port but I don't know. There really aren't a lot of signs and instructions on how exactly you get to the tenders (The shuttle boats that take you to shore when the ship can't get to a dock because of the coral reefs and such) in the morning when you have to take them to port, or maybe I just needed more coffee because the "tender" days we got really confused. They really hustle you off the ship in the morning of disembarkation though so get your stuff ready and just accept the luggage service, they get them off plenty fast for you and dealing with stacks of bags in long lines trying to get off first, really sucks. We let them take our bags and then went and drank coffee and relaxed on desk till they called our number and we waited no more than 15 mins for our luggage to come out. I really can't say a single negative thing about the cruise or the staff, or food, or the ship. Read Less
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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