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