1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
My wife and I took this 7 night Caribbean cruise in February / 2019. Our boarding process was very fast compared to other cruises The ship has several attractions and places to have fun: table tennis, two water slides, swimming ... Read More
My wife and I took this 7 night Caribbean cruise in February / 2019. Our boarding process was very fast compared to other cruises The ship has several attractions and places to have fun: table tennis, two water slides, swimming pools, plenty of deck chairs to sunbathe on the decks. The theater was never crowded at nightly shows. In two of the 7 nights, there was no show, but only entertainment by the Cruise Director, including situations in my view embarrassing, exposing the intimate life of couples. I'd rather have shows in place of these competitions. In the first morning I decided to order hot milk, but it was so hard to get it that the other days I gave up. Two employees serving on the deck 9 buffet told me they had no hot milk at all. Another employee who was collecting dishes told me that I could ask to warm up in the coffe shop. Then I went back to one of those who had denied the existence of hot milk and he took my cup with cold milk and brought hot and sparkling. Poor training and customer service In relation to food, in general it is varied and of great quality. The problem is the opening hours of the buffet for lunch (Deck 9). Each day it has a different time, if you are not aware of the brochure delivered in the cabin, you may miss the main meal. This also occurs during the stops, where you end up coming back later. After 2:30 pm depending on the day you only find pizza, sandwiches or cheeseburger to eat until dinner time (in my case it was 8:15 pm). They could leave at least some healthy and light food choices in this period, such as fruits and cookies. On other ships the buffet does not close all day, only decreasing the amount of food offerings. Information on stops, activities and excursions could be much better. I went to the excursion office to ask for hints and the attendant simply gave me a huge book, with hundreds of options for me to turn around, showing no interest in helping us choose. I did all the rides on my own, which was a lot cheaper than hiring in the ship. In regards to maps and information on the places the note is ZERO. They distribute a small map of each port, just to advertise for jewelry stores, without informing NOTHING about the place. An example: on Roatan Island, Honduras they distributed this useless map. At the end of the afternoon, almost at the time of our return we discovered that next to the port there is an excellent beach (Mahogany Beach), with all infrastructure (chairs, restaurants, shades) totally free. None of this was informed in the ship, so you have to pay the expensive excursions to go to other beaches. The constant warnings by the ship's sound system by the cruise director are very annoying and are often early in the morning, disrupting anyone who wants to sleep. Although it is a cruise leaving Miami, visiting Spanish-speaking countries, everything is in English, notices, leaflets etc. They could make versions of the most important instructions at least in other languages (as Disney parks do) TV works fine. Two channel with new movies, two for kids, one with CBSN and one with old B movies (this last always with a delay between image and sound). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Carnival Glory's Room service they are the happiest people always saying hello knew our names.Our rooms were clean old decorating style.The Punchliner Comedy shows are hilarious.They have them every night but 1. I was disappointed ... Read More
Carnival Glory's Room service they are the happiest people always saying hello knew our names.Our rooms were clean old decorating style.The Punchliner Comedy shows are hilarious.They have them every night but 1. I was disappointed that it was too crowed and couldn't find a seat one time. The piano bar is fun. Putt putt golf was ok. Steam room is good. Guys burgers are the best burgers. I enjoy the Mexican bar.The deli and pizza is good. The buffet can be over crowed and hard to find seats.On sailing days for breakfast you can eat eggs and steak in dinning room.The dinning room food has a nice selection.I wish there was more mango,papaya and star fruit.In Cozumel I highly recommend San Gervasco ruins Edward tour guide is Mayan and very knowledgeable and funny. You go to the same Ports on all of cruise lines and they have the same excursions.The Balcony is more affordable on Glory. The musical shows are good the first time you see them but they have the same exact shows 2 years latter. In Belize the boat ride I wish there were life jackets.I highly recommend river boat excursion seeing monkeys, iguanas, bats manatee noses and nice size Lauranal Mayan ruins was impressive. In the spa I paid in advance they recharged my credit card after service and added gratitude,this was a hassle because I had to stand in a long line for a long time to pay off balance carnival should fix this. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
My biggest disappointment was that the entire casino area (located in a main walk-through floor) allowed for smoking. As an asthmatic this was very upsetting and problematic for me. Several of the photography back drops were located in ... Read More
My biggest disappointment was that the entire casino area (located in a main walk-through floor) allowed for smoking. As an asthmatic this was very upsetting and problematic for me. Several of the photography back drops were located in that area, and I had to walk through there to go my assigned dinner location. There was no way to avoid it. I also was not a fan of the assigned seating for dinner. It just felt antiquated and stiff. I was anticipating more late night food options, too, but there was only pizza. The sandwich shop should have been open late too - that would have been great. In the buffet area there's an upper level that I discovered on the last day had a bbq food station. I was pretty irked that I missed that for the majority of the cruise. The Guy Fieri Burger station is SO GOOD! That and the sandwich station were my go-to places for food. I enjoyed the outdoor movie theater on the deck. What an experience to watch a movie under the stars and in a jacuzzi! Also the entertainment was exceptional - and was free! Gym was well stocked and had a lovely view of the ocean (many windows). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
While I can venture to say that I have been on better ships, it doesn't mean that this ship didn't serve the purpose of what was needed! First and foremost, I prefer a Guys Burger Joint Burger over a regular Lido deck burger! ... Read More
While I can venture to say that I have been on better ships, it doesn't mean that this ship didn't serve the purpose of what was needed! First and foremost, I prefer a Guys Burger Joint Burger over a regular Lido deck burger! This is included in your price which is great. Additionally, the Blue Iguana bar that serves "Chipotle Style" taco bowels and burritos are great! The Captain's Suite needs it's own review, which I will give, but for the most part I am happy with the investment we made to treat ourselves with this suite for our milestone. We are Gold members, but received a lot of Diamond and Platinum benefits as a result of the Port Side suite we stayed in! The islands were wonderful! The time of year we went and the porting times made the weather perfection to walk around and tour! I have been to San Juan, Puerto Rico a few times and really didn't think I'd appreciate any more the island had to offer and was surprised that I bypassed a BOATLOAD of fun with Senor Frogs! The ONLY thing I will say is I thought the Cruise Director wasn't as visible and a bit dry for my taste, however that is a totally subjective remark! Different Strokes for Different Folks and according to DISC Assessment, I'm an "I" personality, so Dustin needed a few more gestures, exclamation points, and overall extraness to win my affection! I didn't mind those things too much because of the nature of our trip and our desire to take in our Captain's Suite as much as possible! I didn't love the pastries or cookies, they are always seriously dry, but the other foods on the Lido and in the restaurants were amazing! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This was my 4th cruise, my 2nd on carnival and the first for all of my party. We chose carnival because we like the exciting atmosphere of the carnival cruises. We were not disappointed! From the start of the cruise to the finish ... Read More
This was my 4th cruise, my 2nd on carnival and the first for all of my party. We chose carnival because we like the exciting atmosphere of the carnival cruises. We were not disappointed! From the start of the cruise to the finish there is always so many things going on that you could never possibly be bored. There is a new cruise director as of three weeks ago. Her name is Britnney and she is super energetic and so much fun. My boyfriend and I were chosen to play the sticky ball game on the beginning night of the cruise which landed us an incredible package of free wine, champagne, bingo, chocolate covered strawberries and reserved second row seats to all the shows . This was an added perk which we loved. Our room steward, Astika, was super great. We gave him a $10 tip upon meeting him with an envelope of our needs daily and he accommodated every single one. We left him an additional tip at the end of the cruise . Brought on our allocated amount of wine which was really nice to have before dinner. We also purchased a 12 pack of water before the cruise which came in very handy and I would recommend doing this . We Did not pay for Internet service as I heard it is spotty rather choosing to pay the five dollar chat option for two out of four of our phones. It worked great . As we are couples in our 50s, we found the serenity deck to be an awesome option. Quiet and so, so nice . In Cozumel Mexico we hired a private driver to take us around. We enjoyed the chocolate tasting and dropped books we brought at the children’s library. In Roatan we had hired a company to take us to jungle line zip lining. They did not show up to pick us up so it was a bit of a hassle to find somebody to find out where they were but eventually a private driver got us to our destination which was lovely. I would recommend this excursion without a doubt. They also had animals and monkeys to visit afterwords and it was close to town. This is a very poor city so there’s not a lot to do in town. The trip was about 15 minutes from the carnival port which is not where other cruise lines port. Grand Cayman was by far my favorite but I have been there before. We swim with the stingrays and snorkeled. On this quarter day excursion they also took us to the turtle center for about 30 minutes which I found to be quite enough time. It included a chicken and fish lunch on the go. The chicken was OK but the fish was amazing. The last place we visited was Belize. We had booked an excursion to take a boat to a private island. I absolutely loved this excursion. We got to snorkel around the island and the instructor picked up different things like conch etc. to show us along the way. Lunch was not included but their lobster lunch on the island was amazing and very reasonably priced. Did include unlimited rum punch. Yum! The shows on the ship were quite good. the comedy shows were also very good. We did not go to piano bar as I had read it was not that exciting. Now to the food. I felt the food was just mediocre. The side dishes were mostly a disappointment. Some of their entrées were amazing like the lobster and shrimp and the filet minion but others were sorely lacking. I do remember this from my last cruise. Although the food was better this time than before. The chocolate molten cake is unbelievably good. Most other desserts I thought were just OK. Or last night we did splurge for the steakhouse because somebody had said to. This was by far one of the best experiences of the cruise. From start to finish that meal was incredible. You would pay hundreds for that meal in other restaurant around the cities. Highly recommend this. We also did the chefs dinner. This had good points and bad points in my opinion we felt that some of the food was weird and not that good and I’m a foodie. Some of the food was just absolutely unbelievably good and it was paired with wine the whole night. That made it worth the 75 dollars All buy itself. We were treated like kings and queens that night. Would I do another carnival cruise? Absolutely. It was by far the best vacation I’ve ever had and I felt like I got the most out of my vacation. By the way, the pizza place is really good, guys burgers is really good too. Cantina was good as well. BBQ place was just ok. Some good, some not as good. The second to last day we found the sandwich shop and I wish we’d found it earlier because it was amazing. Didn’t think much of the buffet so we pretty much stayed away from that for the most part. Overall, I would recommend. Others on boat said there’s other carnival boats that are a must! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This was our 2nd time on the Glory and 3 time at these stops. But this was one of the best if not the best cruise we have had on Carnival (7 Carnival Cruises). Spent the night before in Miami at Holiday Inn, right across from Bayside ... Read More
This was our 2nd time on the Glory and 3 time at these stops. But this was one of the best if not the best cruise we have had on Carnival (7 Carnival Cruises). Spent the night before in Miami at Holiday Inn, right across from Bayside Market Place, nice hotel, great location. Boarding the ship was the fastest we had ever had. Checking time was 12, got there about 11:45 and walked right on to the ship. Rooms were not ready until 1:30pm. Went to spa and worked out, nice fitness center. Room was a balcony 1057. Our steward was Bagus...just awesome man. Always polite and friendly. Spent most of the time on ship reading on Serenity Deck, then in afternoon would head to adult only pool on Aft. Met some very nice people there, our server Bene was always attentive. Filled our bucket up with ice when it would melt without asking. Everyone on the ship was polite and friendly, the kind of services we expect from Carnival. We did have a bad experience last year with a bartender on the Sunshine but nothing this year. Totally awesome. Ports, we knew what to expect. Grand Cayman, did bar hopping and beach break. Would never do that again. Enjoyed the brewery but not the rest of the tour. Next time will just get a cab and head to the beach. Royal Palms beach Resort was nice there. Mahogany Bay, just enjoyed the beach right off the ship. Belize, just tendered in and stay around the shopping area, had lunch and some drinks. Cozumel, did Passion Isle, which would have been great if we would have had more time on the beach. Our guides were the best, Raphael and Miguel. Would defiantly do that again if the boat ride was shorter and the stay was longer. Getting off ship was easy, always a wait at Customs but no big deal. Definitely will be taking a cruise again next year, either 8 days of Sunshine or the Dream out of NOLA. Never had gone out of NOLA and advice? Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This is the my second cruise on Carnival Glory and it was as fantastic as my first cruise 6 years ago. I did the exact same ports of call and enjoyed it as much now as I did then. The only difference was I had my boyfriend and not my ... Read More
This is the my second cruise on Carnival Glory and it was as fantastic as my first cruise 6 years ago. I did the exact same ports of call and enjoyed it as much now as I did then. The only difference was I had my boyfriend and not my sisters this time. We had priority boarding and a balcony room and everything was the same as I remembered it, except for different wait staff at dining room and housekeeping, but service was as awesome as before. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The bed was so comfy I had a hard time leaving it in the morning lol. Housekeeping staff was #1 and so was our wait staff at dinner. Would have loved to have a choice of medium rare and well done meats at buffet on Lido Deck but Guy's Burgers were a pretty awesome choice too. Can't wait to do cruise #3 Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We took advantage of an offer for half price on our next cruise, due to a mishap with Carnival Splendor in 2017. Fortunately, we got the same type of stateroom that we had on Splendor, corner on the aft, L-shape balcony. We had ... Read More
We took advantage of an offer for half price on our next cruise, due to a mishap with Carnival Splendor in 2017. Fortunately, we got the same type of stateroom that we had on Splendor, corner on the aft, L-shape balcony. We had stateroom 7440, nice, clean room and best of all the balcony! The balcony was so spacious, 2 loungers, 3 chairs and 2 tables. We had a great steward, Conrad. He made us feel special and welcomed. He made sure we had everything we needed. He was out one day due to an injury and we noticed. Although the room was clean and comfortable, we noticed that Conrad wasn't there! We went to most of the musical shows and they were awesome! Great themes, singers, and light shows. Each day was a different show. Motown was awesome, enjoyed the Caribbean show and the Latin show was fantastic. Justin the Cruise Director was so funny and entertained everyone. We enjoyed the Military Tribute presented by Justin and the fact that Carnival supports our active and retired military personnel. We purchased jewelry and a watch on board and the staff was great in Effy and the watch store. They were considerate and worked with us on pricing! We went to the Steak House the first night. They provided great service and the best food on the ship! Try the raw beef, so tender and tasted so good! We were given a free bottle of wine and we purchased another bottle at half price. This opportunity is only offered the first night of the cruise. As for the main dining room and buffet the food needs to be changed and provide a better quality. It's the same thing year over year and disappointing. One night we had terrible service in the Golden Restaurant. We were seated, given bread and water. It took a while to get the waiters to take our order, when there were not many people there. Others around us were seated much later and they got their food well before we got ours. Some even commented about the poor service we received. However, Guy's Burgers and the Pizza restaurant were delicious! My wife and I highly recommend Faster to the Fun! It was so convenient to get onboard early and all of the other advantages that come with it. One interesting mishap occurred, someone released an anchor as we were leaving Puerto Rico. Because we were moving, it caused all of the chain to drop. They took over 2 hours trying to pull up the anchor and were blocking the port entrance. Eventually they torched off the chain and left it to be picked up later. We did the ATV excursion on Puerto Rico and it was great fun! Well worth money, given the time length we time length we drove. Trails provided various experiences. The staff were great! The Caribbean has come back with all it's Glory! It is clean, the green is coming back and people are positive and smiling! So glad to see all of the recovery taking place! We would book again on Glory! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Chose this cruise for the ports- we had never been to any of them. First time on Carnival, and I haven't been on a cruise in 8 years. We had a Oceanview cabin on deck 2 (Main)- which was okay for the most part since it was close to ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the ports- we had never been to any of them. First time on Carnival, and I haven't been on a cruise in 8 years. We had a Oceanview cabin on deck 2 (Main)- which was okay for the most part since it was close to the dining room and the lobby bar/Guest Services desk. Our room was clean, we barely saw our steward but he was polite enough. I thought the food was great- we had early dining in the Platinum upper section almost every night, and our service was always prompt and attentive. Buffet food was okay- wasn't expecting much there anyway. My only other gripe was communication- it took two trips to Guest Services to make sure our $150 in "Gestures" were properly applied to our account. The Spa overcharged us $30 for a service, but after two calls to them we had that fixed too. Finally, our excursion in Cozumel was cancelled (we heard most water-based excursions were cancelled the night before we arrived due to high winds and waves). Unfortunately, we didn't find out until after we got to the end of the pier. They still had all the tour signs up- you had to find yours and then find out in person that yours was cancelled. Oh well, it turned into a shopping day for us and we got our excursion refunded. Overall, despite a few issues we still had an enjoyable vacation. Food and dining service were better than expected- also we loved the Piano Bar and Comedy Club performances. Would sail on the Glory again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
My BF and I planned this trip for a year so it was Awesome to finally be able to woo-sah after a busy year, was needed. Our hearts go out to all of the hurricane victims, but we were still very disappointed about our new itinerary. Instead ... Read More
My BF and I planned this trip for a year so it was Awesome to finally be able to woo-sah after a busy year, was needed. Our hearts go out to all of the hurricane victims, but we were still very disappointed about our new itinerary. Instead of Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, we ended up going to the following places: First, Embarkation and Debarkation was quick and easy. Half Moon Cay Bahamas--Overcast day but the beach was still fun to hang out for a few hours. Another one of CCL's "created" places to visit. Not much to do except bask on the beach or drink. The water as fantastic and clear. Nassau Bahamas-- I always love coming to Nassau. It has a certain charm to it. Visited the Straw Market and took a 3-hour city tour, that was informative and FUN! Grand Turk--I love GT because it has some of the most beautiful turquoise water I've ever seen. The island is only 7 miles long so there ain't much happening, except escaping on an excursion or partying it up at Margaritaville. It cost $21 for Nachos with no meat there so watch your wallet. Could turn out to be a costly party session. The entertainment/DJ was off the chain and kept everyone in a great mood. We also went on the ECO Kayaking excursion which was a 3-hour tour and we had the best time!! Wish we could have seen more sea life but Ronald from Oasis Divers was the tour guide and was Phenom!!! Not only was he a cutie, but he was extremely knowledgeable about marine life and creatures. Amber Cove Puerta Plata DR--Looks like CCL has carved out another niche location set in a gorgeous island cove. It literally looked like Heaven on earth, with the lush green foliage to the rolling hills and mountains. You can zip line, lounge by the pool or swim up to the pool bar while listening to live music and of course lots of shopping. The cabins were modern with very nice artwork and they were extremely clean. We had issues with hot water the first day and our shower flooding the bathroom. Guest Services handled our issues by providing us with dinner credits so we enjoyed plenty of lobster and steak. Our steward, affectionately known as "Super Duper" was Stellar and on top of his game. He never stopped smiling. We were on Deck 2 and sometimes it was very noisy because of the choppy waves the first few days. The overall beauty of the ship was enhanced by the lovely Christmas decorations throughout the main Atrium. The Cruise Director Chris Loveland or aka C. Love was Outstanding and was literally everywhere. The shows and other entertainment was stellar!!! We really enjoyed the Casino Bar, the White Hot Bar, the Alchemy Bar (Yacob was awesome). It was difficult to get to the Platinum dining room as there are no direct routes to it, however, the food was Fantastic and the service very good. Loved the Burrito and Taco Bar and Guy Fieri's Burger Bar. One of the best burgers I've had in a long time. Also loved the Deli, which was typically the only place open for food after a certain time. The need to re-look that because more variety of food, at least up to midnight would be helpful. The food on the lido deck was average and the Sushi Bar was Great too. It was nice to be able to sit under the stars watching movies. I did have an issue at the casino bar when there was a very loud, obnoxious woman who not only berated the bartenders but surrounding customers. Vice, one of the bartenders made a comment to her about treating people nicely and I hi-fived him. Well, she didn't like that and decided to get belligerent with me, calling me very derogatory names and wanting to fight. I let her know that I was not addressing her and to mind her own business which fueled her tirade. After a little while, another bartender named George admonished me and another guest and threatened to have us banned from the bar. I handled myself like a lady but if you sling derogatory words my way, I may slingback. He NEVER admonished the fire starter at all. We later found her face down and so inebriated, it took 2 people to walk her back to her cabin. Shame on you Bar keeps continuing to serve her. Not sure why George did not say anything to her and her foul mouther mama, but we are African American and she was Caucasian. The Atrium Bar was very nice and most of the bartenders were nice, except a very short black guy who was not nice at all and frowned most of the time. The had several shows in this area and it really brought the entire ship together. Again, all of the entertainment was Stellar!!! As always, there are a ton of kids on CCL and large groups tired to monopolize one of the big jacuzzi's and I actually got attitude and side eye when I tried getting in. Side eye from a 5-year-old...really??? Where the hell are your parents?? There were kids running around the Casino Bar area at 2 a.m. and sneaking into the adult clubs. CCL needs to instill stricter guidelines for parents to control their crumb snatchers!!! Overall, it was a very outstanding cruise and we are already booked for our next one on CCL Vista. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
I traveled a few of the Carnival ships this was just another, or I thought, till I spent a week with her. Great time, great crew. It was an easy embarkation- went from signing in at the check in to the Lido deck for a quick bite. Then ... Read More
I traveled a few of the Carnival ships this was just another, or I thought, till I spent a week with her. Great time, great crew. It was an easy embarkation- went from signing in at the check in to the Lido deck for a quick bite. Then to our cabin to unpack. Followed by a quick muster. From there we met with our meet and great group had a few drinks, followed by a return to our cabin to change for dinner at the Golden Restaurant. Then to the Amber Palace theater for a spectacular show, The Welcome Aboard Show which featured the three shows that were to be presented on our cruise. Followed by Ewart at the piano in the Cinn A Bar and a sing along by the rest of us. Then topped the evening off at the casino. We finally got back to the cabin after a wonderful first day, not a sea day yet, tomorrow begins all the fun at sea. More to follow. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We booked this cruise for our honeymoon because we loved our last cruise with Carnival on the Elation. Overall this was a great experience, we booked an ocean suite so we could get the priority boarding, and found that we love the ... Read More
We booked this cruise for our honeymoon because we loved our last cruise with Carnival on the Elation. Overall this was a great experience, we booked an ocean suite so we could get the priority boarding, and found that we love the priority boarding and the extra space the room provided for the 7 day trip. I have to say that most of the staff was excellent, we of course had our favorite bartenders and waitstaff ( we asked for the same waiter every night with your time dining). However, some of the staff was not as friendly as they could have been and the staff handling the excursions need a refresher course on customer service. We don't do a lot of shows, we like to listen to music and have to say the music in the bars seemed to be on replay every night. Again, overall this was a great trip. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Chose this itinerary (Half Moon Cay-St. Thomas-San Juan-Grand Turk) because these were all new destinations for us and it left out of our hometown: Miami, FL. PROS: Service was outstanding; ship was spotless all week; cabin ... Read More
Chose this itinerary (Half Moon Cay-St. Thomas-San Juan-Grand Turk) because these were all new destinations for us and it left out of our hometown: Miami, FL. PROS: Service was outstanding; ship was spotless all week; cabin stewards kept room clean and ice bucket filled daily; hilarious late-night adult-content comedians in the Punchliner; Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana menu and staff were outstanding: great flavors and service with a smile despite the heavy workload. Lunch and dinner buffets offered lots of choices. 24 hr soft serve/fro-yogurt and pizza were our snacks of choice and were delicious. As a mostly (non-vegan) vegetarian, I found plenty of menu choices. Were surprised with a delicious pure chocolate Anniversary cake at our first formal dinner. Nice touch! Great service in the formal dining area. Many choices of excursions = something for everyone's tastes. Prices competitive - never felt ripped off. Adult pool and Serenity section allowed us to get away from the children and non-stop loud music and bustle. CONS: Number One complaint: Really irritated that my $35 for Social Media Internet access only allowed me to connect 3 times to Facebook in a week because of the lack of bandwidth. Comedians and cruise staff joked about this but it was NOT FUNNY! We felt robbed. Suggestion to other cruisers on this ship: don't waste your money (paying more only give you access to more sites that you won't be able to actually visit) accept the fact that you'll be Internet-disabled for a week. That's not a bad thing if you know what to expect. Dining Room dinners lacked flavor so we only did three dinners there - menu shopping each day to plan our dining. No tartar sauce on fried shrimp/fried oyster nights. C'mon man! Alchemy bar quality of drinks excellent but adult pool bar drinks (Rum Runner was rum-light) were crappy. Mass chaos at departure day so don't arrive until the published "rooms open at ____pm" time or you're be juggling your carryons and lunch trays in a packed dining room with 3000 others. By 7pm I still did not have my bag. After waiting in the Guest Services' line for 45 min, I learned from other guests that there was an unattended room nearby with unclaimed bags. I went there and found my bag with its baggage tag missing. No announcements from Guest Services about this, so I told 4 other people waiting in that same line to follow me to the bag room. Suggestion: use mailing tape to securely wrap your paper baggage tags to each handle on your suitcase (or purchase plastic pouches sold on Amazon for this purpose). Desserts consistently lacked flavor (with almost no exceptions) Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
FANTASTIC SERVICE! Our cabin steward was awesome always bringing us fresh towels, ice, and making our birthday cruise special. Check-in was a breeze. The ship is definitely looking older but still kept up. The best part of the cruise was ... Read More
FANTASTIC SERVICE! Our cabin steward was awesome always bringing us fresh towels, ice, and making our birthday cruise special. Check-in was a breeze. The ship is definitely looking older but still kept up. The best part of the cruise was the ports of call. St. Thoms and Half moon cay being the highlights. I highly suggest renting an ATV (as long as your comfortable driving on the left hand side of the road!) in Grand Turk. We enjoyed Guys burger and blue iguana cantina. The main dining room food was OK but left more to be desired. 7 days was the perfect amount of time. The new slides seemed to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Dustin was a great CD and seemed to keep things interesting on the cruise. Go to the comedy shows and if your into it, bingo. Ocean view cabin was plenty of space for two people. I have previously done an inside cabin and probably would never go back. I would recommend going on this cruise. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We've been on 15 cruises -12 on CCL. For reference, we'll be platinum on our Vista cruise in July, so we purchased FTTF for this last one. We also had cheers (yes, worth it for us). Just got off the Glory - here's my ... Read More
We've been on 15 cruises -12 on CCL. For reference, we'll be platinum on our Vista cruise in July, so we purchased FTTF for this last one. We also had cheers (yes, worth it for us). Just got off the Glory - here's my impression. First time on this particular ship. We were married during a cruise on the Liberty, a sister ship, several years ago. Food: MDR was short of disappointing. We went to the steakhouse the first night (amazing as always and exceptional service). Night 2 went to MDR. Don't even remember what we ate but it was blah and tasteless. Quantity and quality of the caesar salad has declined. Chocolate lava cake was overcooked, it was literally a 'cake' throughout. We skipped the MDR the rest of the cruise with the exception of the night they serve escargot (YUM!!!) That night I had the short ribs (amazing). Husband had the lasagna which was mostly good but did not have much sauce. In total we had only those two nights in MDR, by choice. We had sushi (spicy tuna is soo good) 3 nights sitting in the lounge by Alchemy (with Martini's of course) and the steakhouse twice. We enjoyed the BBQ twice as well during lunch hours. Very good. The pulled pork was our favorite, and interestingly enough, is not listed on the menu. Guys is very good as always, and we love the Blue Iguana Cantina for the breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros when it's not a sea day. We typically really enjoy the prosciutto pizza (has the arugula on it), but for some reason found other things to enjoy until the last day. When we finally ordered it, the ship was "out of arugula". Pizza wasn't the same. We had originally reserved Chef's Table which we have done many times before, but learned the Glory is still on the same menu from the last 2 years so we canceled. Service: Pretty consistent overall. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Called by our first names throughout. Particular shout out to the service in Alchemy, the steakhouse and the sushi counter. We sat in Serenity exclusively and saw a bar server only one time walking through - very disappointing. There is a bar window (not a full blown bar) in the Serenity area with one long table and some stools - located in the area where the couches and chairs are. Cabin steward was pretty good - we had a few minor maintenance issues that he resolved promptly. Biggest issue seemed to be with towels, the lack thereof. We were short a bath towel, had to request it a few times and he took our yellow Serenity towels and did not replace them. Cabin: We were in aft 7447. Love the aft cabins. Usually. The cabin was mostly quiet, only a small creaky noise every time the AC turned off. AC worked great, we had to adjust it warmer many times as it got too cold. There is no couch in this cabin, just a table and one chair. Made the room slightly bigger, but may be bothersome for some with the lack of couch. There were plenty of hangers but no pant hangers? Biggest complaint was the massively bright spotlight shining on the balcony ALL NIGHT LONG, EVERY NIGHT. This is one of several lights mounted on Lido and they all shine directly down on balconies on 7 and 8 aft. For this reason if I ever do this class ship again, I will not book aft. We were not able to sit on the balcony after dark, at all. Way too bright. Complained to Guest Services and they told me there was nothing that could be done as it was "part of the architecture" whatever that means. Ship: Overall the ship is in good condition. Typical rusty spots on some of the exterior areas. Serenity is on 2 levels, with no pool. There are some Serenity type chairs/loungers on the other side of the ship by the water slide stairs, but that is not considered Serenity. May be a good spot for those with kids going to the water slide. Only way to get from one side to the other is to go through the building. All the 'pods' are in the very front where there is little to no breeze. CD: I'm not one who cares about the CD. As long as they are not obnoxious, they don't really affect my experience. This CD, don't even know his name, seemed to have an issue speaking without stammering over his words. Several times he had to correct himself or stumbled over what he was saying which I have not experienced before. Excursions: We don't usually book them through CCL, but a cabana in Half Moon Cay is mandatory. As a reminder, they do have towels for you on the island, you do not need to bring your own. That said, seems things were slightly different this time around. Service started on the island around 11 when they started stocking the cabana, and they came by a little after 2 and starting taking everything away. Seemed very early and we were surprised by that. Footnotes: One thing we found to be an annoyance was the lack of 'open' hours of a few place - namely the BBQ and the Serenity bar. There were some days the Serenity bar did not open until early afternoon and then was only open 3 hours. WHAT? Also some of the 'open' times listed for the bars in the Fun Times are misleading. The Red Frog bar and the Atrium bar state a 7am open time, but that's for pop and water only. If you wanted, say, a mimosa, you had to wait until 8am. (First world problem I know). We also found many smokers onboard who had a complete disregard for non smoking areas. We found zero staff policing chair hogs in Serenity but this seems to be a mostly common theme across all ships. In all, this was a nice cruise and we would not hesitate to recommend the Glory, as long as you're not going dependant on stellar MDR food. Our complaints are minor. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
Like a prior post being from Maine a nice warm late March Caribbean cruise is an awesome thing. Remember there's no such thing as a perfect cruise, learn to roll with minor issues and you will have a great time. The Carnival Glory is ... Read More
Like a prior post being from Maine a nice warm late March Caribbean cruise is an awesome thing. Remember there's no such thing as a perfect cruise, learn to roll with minor issues and you will have a great time. The Carnival Glory is a beautiful ship, the entertainment was great and our dining room server Romiel was a shining star, and may our cruise even more enjoyable, remember to give these folks a small break they work 6 to 9 months without time off. The gratuities may seem expensive to you, but I figure its only 10% and they earn every penny, I have been on four cruises and have never received bad service. We cruised to Grand Cayman, Roatan Honduras, Belize City Belize, Cozumel Mexico. This is the first cruise where I would definitely do the same ports again, but for us Mexico was the best. Remember to relax, don't expect perfection and you will have a great cruise. Thank you Carnival!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary. The price was affordable, and it was the time of year that we wanted to go. We decided to book some excursions with Carnival. We chose the horse and carriage ride in Belize and the ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary. The price was affordable, and it was the time of year that we wanted to go. We decided to book some excursions with Carnival. We chose the horse and carriage ride in Belize and the catamaran to Pasion Island in Cozumel. We enjoyed both and felt that they were a good value. In Grand Cayman and Roatan, we were on our own and enjoyed that as well. We were lucky that we were able to make it to all the ports. The Glory cruise the week before was not that lucky. It honestly was nothing that I had considered, so I am glad that it worked for us. We did anytime dining, and we would not do that again. We do not feel that the service is on the same level as when you do the scheduled dining times. We wondered if that serves as the training room for new wait staff. The biggest complaint is trying to find a lounge chair on sea days, but that is a problem on any cruise. We will definitely said with Carnival again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The ship was clean and the cabins were nicer than we expected. We wish there would have been more shows during at-sea days, and that someone would do something about the chair hoggers. Every time we went up to the pool areas, the ... Read More
The ship was clean and the cabins were nicer than we expected. We wish there would have been more shows during at-sea days, and that someone would do something about the chair hoggers. Every time we went up to the pool areas, the chairs were covered with peoples belongings or towels, yet no one ever sat in them. I guess they saved them "just in case" they might want to sit there, or watch the movie. We were confused with the open eatery schedules. We would go up to eat and things would be closed when we were told they were open. I also didn't understand why we were required to be back on the ship at X time, yet we were still in port for several hours at some places. The food on the Lido was sub-par and bland. Breakfast was definitely the best meal they had. Their "chocolate bar" was NOT real chocolate. It was that fake crap that they make Christmas candy with. Guys Burgers, the deli, the sushi bar, and room service was great. The BBQ place has promise, but needs longer hours and bigger portions. The food in the dining room was superb but wish there were more choices to drink, other than water, that was included. The ship shore excursions were way overpriced, and I am thankful that I had been advised to look at trip advisor to book through local businesses. I paid $100 for an excursion that would have cost $250 through the ship. Actually, everything on board was overpriced. On board entertainment was kind of sparse, with only one show in the evenings, that they played twice. They had a LGBT meeting every night, but nothing for other interests. We will do more research next time. For the amount of money we paid, we were very disappointed. One thing for sure, we will definitely get the Faster to the Fun, whenever we cruise, just for the embarkation process. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our 8th cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines and we enjoy the "Fun Ships" approach to vacationing. Overall the cruise was well worth the money and we did have a lot of fun. Embarkment was delayed due to customs taking ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines and we enjoy the "Fun Ships" approach to vacationing. Overall the cruise was well worth the money and we did have a lot of fun. Embarkment was delayed due to customs taking their sweet time and people were getting angry with the workers. Thought that was very unfair. Being handicapped I was in the room with the rest of the wheelchair folks and we made the most of it. I personally tried to keep things light with the staff. The young lady, Haug, who pushed my wheelchair on board was a really nice young lady. We ran into a number or times on the Lido Deck. There were a few issues that we had to address on the ship and further once we got home. Our Agent had booked our room and we hadn't checked it location out. Turned out to be right above the Casino Band stage. That meant for me, a light sleeper, that every noise in the Casino woke me up or kept me from getting to sleep. My credit card was refused, and when shown to Guest Services then said it was fine. Had a ships office be rude and condescending towards me, which I did not tolerate. Also, a minor issue, but one that really bugged me is that they did away with being able to get the "Drink of the Day" anywhere on the ship. Turns out you have to go to the Blue Iguana or Red Frog to get those anymore. Took a little of the fun out of it. Guest Service gave me the line "we will monitor the situation" on the room/lack of sleep issue, which I took as a tough luck buddy you booked it approach. However, while re booking our excursions, they somehow didn't make it through their system, the young lady, Kitti, asked us how things were going and I told her the issues. She was very apologetic and said she would look into things. Two hours later we had a call from Guest Services that they had found a new room for us. Peace and Quiet.. YAY We don't care of the layout of this class of ship. It takes a while to figure out how to get to different places. However, the cabins were nice and the stewarts did a great job of keeping them clean and tidy. Dinning was great as usual. We also choose to dine with other and we were seated with two wonderful couple and enjoyed the food and company. The Chef's Table was well worth it and we dressed up for Halloween that night. Made it even more fun. The Steak House was also great. Our Server, Oysonya, was friendly and prompt and had the best smile. It lit up the room. Entertainment was what you normally get. Which is some good music, fun shows, funny comedians and entertaining quizzes. Seffie the cruise director was fun and silly. Lido food was okay and we tend to avoid the buffet on cruises and only went after excursions or for Sushi (which was very good). My wife enjoyed the late night movies while I battled the Smoke Filled Casino. The "non smoking" are was tiny and people walked through it smoking. As an ex smoker it was sad to not have more space or supervision. Also, saw children in the Casino and drink service was very slow. The best part of the Cruise was the destination. We loved Half Moon Cay, even though our excursion booking somehow didn't make it. The food was great, the beaches clean and beautiful. The water was wonderful and warm. All around a great day. On St. Thomas we booked the Mountain Top and Garden House. Right away there was a problem, my one knee doesn't bend past 108 degrees and the seat on the tour vehicle required a 125 degree bend. Once again Kitti came to the rescue and got the guide to allow me to ride up front with her. Eleanor was a fun, entertaining, and informative guide and just a really pleasant person. The Mountain Top was rained in so my photography was limited. However, the people were wonderful and I enjoyed it. The Garden House offered a tasting of different foods from their island and a sampling of 20 different Rums. Also, they showed us how to make a Banana Daiquiri and gave us samples. I was last in line so she offered me and extra helping. Then instead gave me a full regular sized glass. She won my heart. The food and the rum were great. On Puerto Rico we did the Fortresses tour and Frank was our guide. The history and architecture were fascinating and Frank kept it fun. The only problem we had was one couple went on their own and didn't tell Frank or the driver. They hunted for them for over 20 minutes. Finally we moved on to the other Fortress. Grant Turk we went on a cultural tour of some of the older parts of the island that had been hit hard by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Still rebuilding a number of the older Historical buildings. We stopped and walked one of the old areas and had lunch at Sunshine's. The food was absolutely wonderful and Miss Sunshine was a sweet a lady as you'll ever meet. Made the whole excursion well worth it. Finally we did an excursion in Miami since our flight wasn't supposed to leave until 7:52pm. Our tour guide took us to South Beach, Little Havana, and Wynwood Doors. It was very pleasant the the Art on the Walls at Wynwood was amazing.. Just what this old photographer needed. All of the excursions were well worth what we spent and the most enjoyable part of your time. We would do the Eastern Caribbean again, however, on a different class of ship in Carnival's fleet. Second trip on this class and really don't like the layout of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose kind of last minute, less than 60 days. Our first choice for our 25th anniversary trip was not working out price wise or for the activities and entertainment we wanted. So we went for our tried and true fall back a cruise. I hated ... Read More
We chose kind of last minute, less than 60 days. Our first choice for our 25th anniversary trip was not working out price wise or for the activities and entertainment we wanted. So we went for our tried and true fall back a cruise. I hated sailing out of Miami 30 years ago so I was not that happy to find the itinerary we wanted along with the few ships that still had handicapped cabins available was either out of Ft Lauderdale on an older Conquest class without the newer upgrades or out of Miami on a recently refurbished Conquest class. We normally sail the Spirit or Fantasy class due to easy of getting around on the ship for my husband. We also had to settle for an inside cabin, a first for us, but we thought the central location of the cabin would be a benefit, it was not. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Was looking forward to taking my adult family on a vacation. We have all cruised multiple times before and thought it would be a nice treat for our anniversary and as a precursor to my wife having knee surgery. With so many negative ... Read More
Was looking forward to taking my adult family on a vacation. We have all cruised multiple times before and thought it would be a nice treat for our anniversary and as a precursor to my wife having knee surgery. With so many negative reviews of Carnival and Glory specifically, we looked around for other lines, but based on interests of all involved and some dislikes for other aspects of some other lines, we came back to Carnival. It was a solid decision. The ship has a very easy to follow deck plan and we chose some starboard, aft balcony cabins. Good call as that was the dock side for all islands. We also chose Your Time Dining and were pleasantly surprised that for 5 of the 7 nights, there was at most a 3 minute wait in the line before we were seated. The 2 elegant nights we had a 30-35 minute wait which necessitated pagers/buzzers. We were also able to ask for the same wait staff when we wanted the familiarity of known servers. This was the first time ever that the host/maitre d' was of any real help to us, which was a plus. Excursions were well explained and those that took part in them were greatly pleased (Grand Turk - Snuba). The entertainment staff was good. They tried real hard and succeeded in providing a good time, although I didn't care for the Bingo caller when he was doing shtick, but when not doing Bingo he was very charismatic. The comedy club was quite well attended and the comedians I saw were quite good. The solo guitar players were just okay, and had no real charisma. The piano bar player was lackluster and was never well attended (when I went by - which was often). The main stage shows although had great production qualities, had very limited singing range and were not great. The ensemble "Resting Beach Face" was quite good and it was a pleasure to catch them all the time. I never made it to the water slide, or the mini golf - just too much to do and too many places to see. I wish that there was any kind of enrichment program on board that was worthwhile. The cooking demonstration had great samples but there was no way to actually see how or what they were doing while they made things. The Dive-in movies and midnight movie were a real cute idea and the deck parties were fun as well. I enjoyed the serenity deck and it was always quiet and easy to find someplace to sit and relax. The buffet - was at times crowded but there were plenty of choices. Burritos and Burgers and Pizza places were a very nice touch and the food there was good. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was my fourth cruise on Carnival but it has been a few years since my last. Everything was as awesome as I recalled except some of the changes in the VIFP perks. Some of the cost cutting measures seemed overly cheap like not ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise on Carnival but it has been a few years since my last. Everything was as awesome as I recalled except some of the changes in the VIFP perks. Some of the cost cutting measures seemed overly cheap like not delivering your purchased alcohol the last night of the cruise. I understand people were abusing the perks though... Overall it was still a great cruise with great service. The dine-in movies were especially memorable and our dining room staff was super helpful getting us food to go so we could finally see Avengers Age of Ultron! One issue we had which was totally my fault was the cabin location. I've never booked this late and we wound up in a room right over the propellers so every night the room sounded like it was trying to shake itself apart. If you like sleep stay away from the aft part of the lower decks! :) For excursions we only did one. The St. Thomas Champange Catamaran Sail Away. It was a little more expensive but the snorkeling location was great and even with a fairly bad current it was easy enough to check out the shallow portions of the reef at Honeymoon Beach. The other ports were nice with Grand Turk being a real stand out. The dock is located right next to the beach and the water and swimming areas were incredible. I've never seen a stingray that close but one was just gliding through the middle of all the swimmers mid afternoon. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our 6th cruise, 4th with Carnival. We booked this cruise because of the value and the ports of call and for the most part the cruise exceeded our expectations. However... The boutique hotel on Calle Fortaleza in OSJ was small ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise, 4th with Carnival. We booked this cruise because of the value and the ports of call and for the most part the cruise exceeded our expectations. However... The boutique hotel on Calle Fortaleza in OSJ was small but wonderful. We enjoy San Juan so much we wonder why anyone would choose to embark in Miami. Embarkation the next day was quick and painless. There was a HAL ship docked next to Glory chartered as an alternative lifestyles cruise. The music from her Lido deck was much louder and better than ours. The cabin stewards were efficient and friendly, as always. The evening wait staff was also great; daytime staff, not so much. The food, however, was never great. Guy's is good, but the sodium and fat content likely keeps the medical staff hopping. "Britestar, Lido starboard" is probably not an unheard of announcement. Fish tacos were tasty, pizza always ready. The food in the MDR was hit or miss. The evening wait staff always sensed if we were not pleased and offered an alternate entrée. The Emerald steakhouse was very good. The biggest issue, and the reason we're looking to spend a bit more to cruise with a different, more upscale line, is our fellow passengers. Okay I get it, you're on vacation! But your rude behavior, attitude to the staff, slovenly dress in the MDR, complaints to the waiters / waitresses - "I didn't like any of my 3 entrées and only 1 of my 4 desserts, oh, go get me another chocolate melting cake to take to the room", etc. is affecting MY vacation. A trivial but common example: there are 2 condiment stations on the fish and chips level, with 1 large bottle of malt vinegar per station. How hard is it to sprinkle vinegar on your fries and leave the bottle for others so they don't have to search all of the tables? Do you put cream in your coffee then take the carafe with you? Do I need to smuggle my own bottle of malt vinegar on the ship in place of rum? C'mon! Rant over. The 2 ports we enjoyed the most were St. Croix & Bonaire. These happened to also be the 2 ports with the most relaxed attitudes by the locals. Curacao was also right up there. Debarkation was a cluster with people stacked by the elevators, but we did get off the ship and thru customs quickly. MIA, however, was a disaster and good luck to anyone with an early flight Saturdays. Did the cruse meet 80% of my expectations? Yes, hence the 4 stars out of 5. But, I think we'll try Celebrity or Princess next time. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
My husband and I went on our first cruise. My friends kept saying that you should leave a day ahead of time just to make sure you get to your right port on time. We didn't do that and got there with time to spare. The ship was big ... Read More
My husband and I went on our first cruise. My friends kept saying that you should leave a day ahead of time just to make sure you get to your right port on time. We didn't do that and got there with time to spare. The ship was big and the glass elevators were cool to see. You had your drill for an emergency shortly after you got on the ship. That could have been a bit shorter--it was warm that day and standing close to so many people and being on a plane all day--I just wanted a hot shower!! We went to Half Moon Cay. The sand here was like flour! The water was warm. You had to take a tender boat but that wasn't bad at all. We meet people from all over the world--we always met somebody new and that was great! Bring sunscreen and don't forget about the SALT WATER! Take pics and have fun!! Our second port was St. Thomas. We did an excursion of the island. It is a quik way to see and learn about where you are. Stopped at Magen's Bay, which was very beautiful. Lots of people though. Took a tram and the view up there was beautiful. Try the specialty drink after you get off the tram called the Bushwacker. Had a cold beer (CARIB--$2) at port!! The price was right and tasted great!! Another tip: TAKE A NOTEBOOK TO WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU DID!! I did for the first day and now I have to look at pics to remind me what we did. Well, next was San Juan. Took tour of island and visited El Yunke National Rain Forest. Finally Grand Turk--took the segway tour!! the guides were great and they own their own business--their parents started it. While excursions cost something but when are you ever going to be here again. Watch what you spend on the ship and keep it paid in full every day so at the end of your cruise you are not swamped with a big bill. We decided not to do the "all you can drink package". Glad we didn't. Couldn't see drinking that much to pay for it. I wanted to remember my cruise. We would go again and take our kids and some friends with. Tip the stewards well because they are on this boat for about 7 months and then couple weeks with their family. Our steward, MADE, was real nice and always had a smile on his face. All the help worked hard. It was hard at time to get answers out of them because of the language barrier. They are only told to say so much I guess. The cabin was nice--inside, but next time we are doing a balcony room. The entertainment was very well done and the food was good, but after about 5 days you wanted your own cooking. You were given an itinerary every day and there was always something to do--even on sea days. Disembarking was ok. We set our bags outside our door the night before but i think next time we will take our own. You get off the ship faster. I did not at all see an AED. I did email the cruise line but haven't heard back yet. What would someone do if someone went into cardiac arrest!!! the workers don't know what to do!! That was what i noticed and think they should have for sure. GUYS BURGERS WERE GREAT!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Carnival glory review Thanks CC forum/community for providing so much valuable information. Now it is time for me to return the favor! ;) A bit of background on us: Both early 30s, happily married for nine years and we've adopted ... Read More
Carnival glory review Thanks CC forum/community for providing so much valuable information. Now it is time for me to return the favor! ;) A bit of background on us: Both early 30s, happily married for nine years and we've adopted four cats and one dog together (not all at once, but over time!) I have been an avid backpacker in the last decade and got my hubby into backpacking with me as well. I knew nothing about cruises until this past June when my parents came to visit from China. Due to our hectic workload, cruising at that time seemed to be the best way for us to see more in short period. While my parents ate and lounged blissfully, I could catch up with my work knowing they were nearby and safe. Long story short, I got hooked on cruising! (My first was Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda) When I returned from my first cruise, I booked carnival Glory immediately for me and hubby - his very first. Food: Carnival Glory offered a ton of food, from main dining rooms, Guy's burgers, freshly made pizza, burrito and tacos, to self serve 24 hour ice cream. The food presentation and service were not on par with Norwegian Breakaway, we were still very content with the food and ate a lot. We were scheduled at 8:15pm late dining, which was tough for us since we usually eat around 6:00. I asked about the possibilities to switch but never heard back. For days 2 & 3, they let us use the 6:00pm early dining and 5:45pm your time dining upon our request. It was a bit awkward sitting with strangers and we wonder how seating was arranged, since we didn't see much variation of people sitting together. Since Carnival glory covers a long distance at a fast speed, we felt constant shaking and even saw a few cracked Windows. Did feel stable and safe, though. We loved the Showtime by the dining staff. You have to see it to believe it! Entertainment: Comedy Club: my first cruise with my parents at Norwegian, I did not check out any comedy club shows because my parents don't speak English. So at Carnival, I made up for it and hit at least six or seven shows with hubby. Loved all of them, especially the first three nights by Doug Williams! Hilarious!! On day 4, there was no comedy, I was craving for it! Amber Palace shows: loved all of them! Hubby was absolutely impressed! Although the shows themselves were not as fancy as the ones at Norwegian, they were more interactive and including the audience!! I think the seating with a table in front was a lot more comfortable than Norwegian. Don't miss the Divas and Epic Rock shows. Also we loved the Love and Marriage show! The very popular cruise director Mike is truly an amazing entertainer. His high energy, friendliness, humor left a strong impression on everyone. Julie, the cruise director from Norwegian was amazing, but didn't offer free drinks to participating passengers during fun games the same way as Mike. Every time he spotted an active participating passenger, or his chosen volunteer, he let the waiters and staff bring them prizes and drinks. It made everyone feel special. Many staff gave away fun gifts and perks for passengers throughout the cruise. It felt like we're were on Oprah! Spa: my favorite place on the whole ship! At Norwegian, I only used the gym (which falls under Spa umbrella) a couple of times. At Carnival Glory, we both used the gym. I enjoyed the jacuzzi, steamer and sauna room very much. I love how the steamer and sauna rooms have the floor to ceiling Windows with fantastic open views. Great meditation spots and always just me by myself. Peaceful and relaxing! There were lemon, citrus water and various tea there as well. I did the pedi, facial, hair cut, wash, blow dry and had wonderful conversations with the ladies, two from South Africa, one from Jamaica. I will definitely use the Spa more in future cruises. I also attended the ladies pamper party and won a beautiful tanzanite necklace. Art Auction: we attended two Art Auctions, not because we collected art pieces, simply because we never went to any auction and were curious, plus they offered free champagne and raffles. Both were long, but we picked up some knowledge on artists, how auction worked, etc. Pool and Jacuzzi: we did not use the pool, because it was always crowded and didn't look too clean. We did use the jacuzzi several times. We loved the ones all the way up on serenity deck. However, during sea day, it got really windy and not pleasant. We enjoyed it during one port day. We purposely got back earlier to use it before all passengers got back. Big screen theater: the screen itself isn't as big as the one at Norwegian, but the location is better and it offered several blockbuster movies. We got to watch the Furious 7, Avengers, Perfect Pitch 2 and loved watching dive-in movies under the starry night :) windy though. Excursions: As an avid backpacker, I loved to explore independently instead of purchasing packaged trips so I took advantage of non-Carnival organized excursions. Cozumel: we stayed at this lovely cafe at the port for over an hour so we could use the wifi to check on our dog and cat with friends. we took our time to get a $15 taxi to paradise beach around 10:30am, which was almost empty! We found they had wifi too later on. $3 entrance per person to use any chair and umbrella. Amazing deal! We enjoyed a few drinks, walked along the beach, and their giant pool. By noon, more people showed up and we headed back to the ship for some Guy's burgers. The beach was a bit rocky and not very pleasant for swimming. But we saw their huge water toys for people to climb and play. Seemed lots fun. We just rested on the lounge chair. Belize: we did the cave tubing with a company called 'Butts Up' (you'll know why as you approach some of Belize's shallow waterways!) They have a great team with hard working staff. We were so shocked to see these guides actually walked on the rocky lake to direct the tubes. I tipped them well and felt sad when seeing other folks just tipped a buck or two. $35 included the transportation, a yummy lunch, and all the gears, let alone the history and Q&A on the way over. Amazing deal! Roatan, Honduras : we went straight to the beach, five minutes walk from the ship. Again. Early birds got an almost empty ocean, we swam and swam. So much fun! Got back to the ship early and got more Guy' s burgers! Grand Cayman: we love this port. So much to do, so little time! Originally, we planned to visit the stingray city, but hubby got sick the night before. So we changed to the seven mile beach. We took the public bus, $2.5, not the ones at $5 right outside the terminal, but walked around a few blocks. The $5 one would wait for it to be full to go, while the public bus would go right away at half a price. We rented two chairs and one umbrella for $20 right in front of the ocean. We swam, we rested, and we ate the delicious jerk chicken with rice and bean and string beans for $8 from the grill vendor. Truly fun day!!! Miami: we have both visited Miami before, so after disembarkation, we took a cab to Bayside marketplace. I enjoyed the shopping while hubby enjoyed drinks and watched the luggage. One hiccup : we totally forgot our black back pack at the luggage pick up from carnival. The staff called us by noon, and luckily we were just ten minutes away, so hopped into a cab and grabbed it. Overall, we had an amazing cruise! We were chosen to be on stage at the Divas show and I got the chance to go backstage to be transformed into the Diva and walked out at the show finale with the fabulous singing and dancing team! One of the most memorable moments in my life! Even hubby got emotional and choked seeing me walking out fully made up:) I am already checking other Carnival lines and look forward to the next vacay;) Read Less
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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