3 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
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: 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
So my hubby and I got married a week and a half ago and decided to celebrate while on the cruise. BIG MISTAKE! This is not our first cruise so we were excited to be embarking but not prepared for the day to day disappointment. We were sad ... Read More
So my hubby and I got married a week and a half ago and decided to celebrate while on the cruise. BIG MISTAKE! This is not our first cruise so we were excited to be embarking but not prepared for the day to day disappointment. We were sad to miss the formal dining due to getting our laundry back late. We requested for it to be pressed but when we finally received it it was crumpled in a bag all wrinkled. But of course they charged us for it. When we called to ask if they could iron it they told my husband, and I quote, "iron it yourself!" Since we missed the formal dining we decided to go see what they had in the buffet and literally everything was closed except the places that charged for food. We tried not to let that encounter sour our mood so we changed in to bathing suits and went up to the serenity deck where it's 21 and older, or so we thought. There were kids running all around the deck, laying in the hammocks, sitting in the hot tubs... it was ridiculous. We asked a crew member if they could tell the kids to go downstairs and the crew member just shrugged, laughed and walked away. We asked another crew member if they could get us a waiter so we could order drinks and they told us to go get it ourselves, they were busy. I understand it being Thanksgiving holiday week and children being on the ship but this was crazy. Kids running at full speed into people with canes. You couldn't walk anywhere without a child running into you or hitting you. You couldn't be in the casino without a child running around pressing everyone's buttons on the machines while you were literally playing. It was chaotic. All the while the employees just turned away and didn't do anything. We had various charges added to our account that we had to keep a watchful eye on every day. It all added up to over $300 of excursions that were for 3 people when it was only 2 of us in our cabin room. Why do they even bother to schedule anything if they are never on time???? Ugh I lost count of how many things we had to rearrange due to their lack of keeping time. There were only a handful of employees that were actually nice to people . Jess, Coco, JJ, and Milan were the ONLY ONES that were respectful. The rest of the crew needs retraining! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This was our first cruise, and our last. It was our honeymoon and we wanted everything to be perfect, but the last day left such a sour taste in our mouths. When we disembarked we had to go through different immigration channels as my ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and our last. It was our honeymoon and we wanted everything to be perfect, but the last day left such a sour taste in our mouths. When we disembarked we had to go through different immigration channels as my wife is American and I am British. I am going through some green-card processing at the moment and I always get selected for secondary immigration which can take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours. I was prepared for this, but not what happened to my wife. She got through immigration and left the cruise terminal building to wait outside for me. it was mid-day and very hot and humid - approx 85F. She texted me to check on progress and I was still in line. She was getting hot so she, and a few other people, moved into the shade by the terminal. A Carnival employee came over and told the group that they couldn't stay there, going as far as to say "you've had your cruise, now leave" For over an hour my wife had to sit in full sun with no access to water; when I finally got out she was in tears and clearly suffering from the heat. When I complained to Carnival their customer service rep gave a trite apology and said it wan't their policy to issue any kind of compensation in such cases. I asked for a copy of the policy and she refused. I asked for a transcript of our conversation, and she refused. I asked for a copy of my client incident notes, and she refused. When I escalated the call to a supervisor I advised him that I was recording the call. He said that it was against company policy to let clients record calls and if I didn't stop the recording he would terminate the call. I stopped recording but later learned that I was within my federal rights to record the conversation as long as I informed him. Strange that they are allowed to record calls but we aren't. When I asked him for a copy of Carnival's policy that states this, he refused. The cruise itself? Not that great. Too short a time on-shore; just enough time to have a quick look around, maybe an excursion, and then back on board. On a cruise lasting a week, subtracting time at sea and time spent in buses or taxis, I estimate we spent no more than 8 hours actually doing what we wanted to do, and 4 of those were at a beach club in Cozumel. We upgraded to the Steak House one night which was fine but not spectacular. We also did the Chef's Table which was entertaining but again the food wasn't worth the extra money. And don't get me started on $2.50 for a room service Coke even though we had bought the Cheers package! Cheers Package? Not worth it. I am a heavy drinker and never once reached the 15 drink daily limit. By the time you have queued to get on and off the ship and spent time in a port there aren't enough hours left to get value from the program, especially as we both had to pay for it (almost $900) and my wife didn't drink that much. A very expensive mistake compounded by terrible customer service; next year we will fly somewhere and enjoy the destination. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We just got off the Glory and I wanted to mention a few things. We had a good time and the trip was fun as a whole. I will be looking into a new cruise line for our next trip as this was our 9th with Carnival. First and foremost for me ... Read More
We just got off the Glory and I wanted to mention a few things. We had a good time and the trip was fun as a whole. I will be looking into a new cruise line for our next trip as this was our 9th with Carnival. First and foremost for me was that the A/C in our balcony stateroom 7221 didn’t work. A technician came but he could only adjust it by 2* cooler. Secondly was the food. The Lido buffets were not very good and the desserts were disappointing. The dining room food was slightly better but still average overall. Room service just could not get our orders right either! The ship was very crowded with long lines to do everything. Our stateroom steward had a hard time getting our room cleaned up and each time we returned from dinner, a shore excursion etc. it was hit or miss wether our room was cleaned. Finally- the Stingray experience in Grand Cayman was a waste of money. There were 3 Carnival shops in port that day, with 60 people packed on a boat for a 40 minute ride to the sand bar where you got 2 seconds with a stingray while a crew member took a picture for $40 per person! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
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: June 2018
Fifth cruise and 3rd cruise line. Second cruise on Carnival. We took our kids on their first cruise on Carnival Victory last year. Despite what we had negatively heard about Carnival, the cruise on Victory was above our expectations on all ... Read More
Fifth cruise and 3rd cruise line. Second cruise on Carnival. We took our kids on their first cruise on Carnival Victory last year. Despite what we had negatively heard about Carnival, the cruise on Victory was above our expectations on all fronts. So my wife and I booked a 7-day for this Summer on Glory. Never again on Glory, and possibly never again with Carnival. The good - easy and fast embarkation, common areas of ship in pretty good shape for age, ALL staff we encountered practiced great customer service, excursions were all top-notch The Bad Food: Guy’s Burgers, Mexican, Deli, and Pizza all good, but limited availability for Burgers and Mexican - long lines for the other two. Buffet just not very good at all (and I’m not picky). Room: AC never got cold, we never kept covers on the bed and were still hot at night. Nearly everyone we spoke with had the same issue. Plus, rooms were so dated. Victory last year had renovated, and they were nice. These looked like 1982. Entertainment: Very poor. Comedians had a laugh or two in 30-minute shows. Theater shows were tragic. Again, Victory had a band in the orchestra pit, only tracks played on this. We left both early because we were bouncing in our seats laughing at how bad it was, and didn’t want to be disruptive. Overheard two performers at lunch one day discussing how they hate being on the ship and wondering how they can get out of their contracts. Finally, Fellow Passengers: Many we encountered were very nice and we got to know quite a few. We also understand with 3,000 people, you’re gonna find a jerk or two. But, the level of rudeness and disrespect from more passengers than we were comfortable with made for a not great time. We apologized to two separate tour guides on land for other people’s remarks regarding poverty in their countries. The level of ignorance these passengers displayed was embarrassing to us as fellow Americans. We had several experiences with passengers on board being mean to us or each other as well. Kids and adults ran down our hall late at night yelling and slamming doors...every night! Overall, we had fun because we are positive and fun people, but won’t step foot on Glory again. We may book with Carnival again on a newer ship that maybe is more expensive to weed out the riff-raff, but seriously doubting that right now. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Music was always way too loud wherever it was played. Could not see the musicals due to extremely loud . Have cut way back on food offered and quality. Don't get hungry at night!!! Meat in dining room poor quality. Tough, grissle ... Read More
Music was always way too loud wherever it was played. Could not see the musicals due to extremely loud . Have cut way back on food offered and quality. Don't get hungry at night!!! Meat in dining room poor quality. Tough, grissle and found hair and an herb branch In food. Will take another cruise line next time. Staff was wonderful to us though. The bed was so comfortable. Wish I had one at home our dining room servers were extremely nice. Just very disappointed that music was so loud that you could be almost deaf and it would still be loud. Unable to talk to the person next too me. Also so disappointed in quality and availability of food on off hours. Was so much better on our last Carnival cruise. Brandon and Yulena the shopping experts were awsome.Also Rositsa from Bulgaria was extremely nice. Not a cruise for 60's and up though. Caters to younger people Read Less
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
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
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
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
Sail Date: December 2017
This was an anniversary celebration for me and my hubby, booked it on the cheap due to cash constraints, but overall we were happy and satisfied with our vacation. Our ship left Miami port Dec 2nd and we visited Grand Cayman, Mahogany ... Read More
This was an anniversary celebration for me and my hubby, booked it on the cheap due to cash constraints, but overall we were happy and satisfied with our vacation. Our ship left Miami port Dec 2nd and we visited Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel. We had sunshine everyday (except about 30 min of rain in Cozumel). The Glory is nicely kept and clean throughout. We had an inside cabin, it was decent, nothing special. Only issue with our cabin was a stinky toilet, but when we brought this to the attention of the customer service desk they went out of their way to make it right! We expressed our gratitude and they sent champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to our room! Superb staff!!! I must admit I was not impressed with the muster call. I've cruised before, and the muster calls were much more organized. This time it was crowded, not done in a safe manner. Everyone on the ship (over 3000 guests!) were called to Deck 3 where we had to wait behind a yellow line, but there were so many people that it was crowded, stuffy, noisy. In our section we couldn't even hear the announcer, everyone was looking around wondering what we were doing there. I understand the instructions are also posted on TV in your room, but who has the time or willpower to sit through that when there is so much to do on board? As far as entertainment there was always something going on at the Lido pool and it sounded like a lot of fun! To be honest, we preferred the quieter side and adult pool and sitting in the sun, so we did not attend events during the day. As far as evening entertainment, we enjoyed the comedy club and the evening movies with popcorn under a blanket. We tried attending the big show in the Atrium, but it was cheesy and we walked out about 1/2 way through. We did book an excursion with Carnival and it was awesome, maybe a bit too short though. In Belize we were picked up by a tender boat and taken about 40 minutes away to Rendevous Island where we snorkeled and sat in the sun for a bit to dry. The island is uninhabited and quaint, quite peaceful, white sand, clear water...just heavenly! Our time on this island was short, but it was one of the best experiences. Beats going into town in Belize where you get hounded by street vendors the second you try to exit the port doors! We booked our other excursions via Trip Advisor: 1) Grand Cayman - we had booked Sting Ray City but it was cancelled due to the high tides on the north-east side of the island. We received a credit for this. The company we booked with took us to 7-mile Beach for $5 each, we walked to a more secluded area and spent the day in clear blue water and white sand...it was paradise! 2) Mahogany Bay - we booked a zip lining + beach excursion. Zip lining was fun, but where they dropped us off at the beach was not so much. The second we stepped on the sand we were hounded by vendors who would not leave us alone. The port in Cozumel was nice, but as soon as you exit the port again you are hounded by taxi drivers and vendors. We went into the information kiosk across from the port and inquired about where we were and how long to get to the city centre. They said 4 miles, so we decided to walk the 4 miles there, take pics, shop around mainly souvenir shops (nothing special, in fact we bought nothing...but we should have bought VANILLA!!!) and then walked back. It felt so good to get some exercise! Just a tidbit of advise, to use their bathrooms you pay 50 cents US. Toilet paper and paper towel is rationed and the bathroom is not what you are used to! With regards to the food, Guy's burger joint and the Blue Iguana Cantina were our go-to for lunches! Although the fries at Guy's were inconsistent (sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, sometimes spicy, sometimes not) we were happy with the taste. Even the BBQ upstairs was delish. As for evening dining, this too was a little off. Although my husband had steak every night, I experimented a bit. At the late Dinner the first night our waiter didn't even wait for my husband to finish his appetizer, didn't even ask if he could take his plate away, when my husband said he wasn't finished the waiter said "your entrée is ready". That was rude. We switched dining times and section after that night. Also, I had asked for my steak Med-Rare, received Med-Well and did not enjoy it. For remainder of our cruise the food at the Platinum restaurant was not the best. It was inconsistent, and many times arrived cold when it was supposed to be hot. Overall the food was "ok". We dined with friends and at times ordered the same dishes, but they looked very different...again, inconsistent. Our waiters were pleasant and had riddles for us to solve each night. Overall, we had a great time, just my hubby and I on what felt like our second honeymoon! So much fun in fact we just booked a cruise for next year! Can't wait!!! Read Less
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
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were included-especially Turks and Caicos. Due to hurricane Irma - 3 out of our 4 ports were changed. We totally understand the reason for the port changes. We decided to make the best of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were included-especially Turks and Caicos. Due to hurricane Irma - 3 out of our 4 ports were changed. We totally understand the reason for the port changes. We decided to make the best of this cruise and go and explore the new ports. We loved the beach in the Bahamas and had a pretty good excursion in Grand Caymen aside from the poor little boy who got stung on the Stingray trip and the age of the boat that took us out.....YIKES!!! We decided not to do a beach excursion in Montego Bay and did the "hop on hop off" bus and did not like that at all......and....we have been to Cozumel before (one of the reasons we chose this cruise - it was not supposed to go to Mexico) so the stop in Cozumel was just a port shopping/lunch day for us. The ship itself really needs work-and they did work on it during the cruise which was annoying. The pool staircases from the Lido deck to the upper deck were often closed during the day while a crew worked on them - electrical work, sanding and painting, etc....I do not understand why they did not do this work during the night or even during dinner hours as the pool was hardly being used then? The carpet in the hallway from the elevator area was constantly wet and fans were blowing - probably to help dry the carpet but also to help with the mold/mildew smell......I am disappointed that some kind of token gesture was not offered to the passengers - maybe a complimentary cocktail/drink with dinner each night???? A gesture of some kind would have been appreciated.... I wanted to go to Guest Services to talk to someone but the line at the desk was always sooo long I didn't want to waste my precious vacation time. My husband and I had a good time despite the issues because we just decided to make sure to have a good time. (The poor people that were devastated by hurricane Irma were always on our minds-even making us feel a little guilty about how fortunate we are). Our cabin was lovely and our room steward was amazing so that kind of made up for some of the other issues. We always had clean towels, ice in our ice bucket and the room was kept clean and smelling fresh even thought the hallway was stinky. Our dinner staff was pretty good but the food was not always great. I sent a steak back 3 times and finally just gave up. Ordered it medium and it kept coming back very well done and actually charred.....AND the maitre d' never once came to our table......oh and also the shrimp cocktails were "rubbery"......eeeeekkkk.....I will stop rambling now and say we were glad to be able to still go on a cruise but needless to say I probably will not sail on the Glory ever again...... Read Less
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
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
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
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
Carnival Glory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 5.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates N/A 4.3

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