24 Carnival Glory Caribbean - Southern Cruise Reviews

We were excited to cruise to the ports on the extended cruise for 25th Anniversary. Little did we know it would be a 80s themed cruise both entertainment and passengers. If we did ...we never would have booked it. Be aware when we got back ... Read More
We were excited to cruise to the ports on the extended cruise for 25th Anniversary. Little did we know it would be a 80s themed cruise both entertainment and passengers. If we did ...we never would have booked it. Be aware when we got back and I called Carnival told me that the older age group is common for the Journey Cruises. (Didn’t see that in the description)Other than that I can’t say enough about the crew, they were awesome. The cabin we had was nice for an older ship. We did love all of the ports and excursions. We snorkeled at all. But the repetition of entertainment was hard. For 12 days you need a bigger variety. We got bored. We have been on other cruises and will cruise again. Just not on a “Senior Cruise” lol. We are in our 50s not wild but do like to have fun! I’ve never been on a cruise that there was no dancing by the pool on sea days. The repetitive music was killing us if I never hear Hotel California on a steel drum I will die a happy woman. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Started my journey by driving to Ft Lauderdale on Friday before the cruise. Stayed at the Hampton Inn Cruise Port North. Great hotel for cruising out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale.They have a shuttle to Miami now and parking at hotel.. Left ... Read More
Started my journey by driving to Ft Lauderdale on Friday before the cruise. Stayed at the Hampton Inn Cruise Port North. Great hotel for cruising out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale.They have a shuttle to Miami now and parking at hotel.. Left on Satuarday morning for parking in Miami. It took about thirty minutes to get to Safe cruise Parking lot. Easy to find and good shuttle service.Took about fifteen minutes from the lot to the ship. Arrived at ship about 1100 am for an 1130 check in time. Went thru the line more quickly than ever before. By 1130 I was already on the ship and in the Lido eating. Looked like half the ship was already there. As priority I had left my bag in the room.My key was not there yet , but room was open. Key was put in box around noon. Around 4 pm we has muster drill. The might have been the worst part of the trip. It was outside and took around thirty minutes. First night was a normal first night. Had dinner in main dining room. As then just roamed the ship Next two full days were sea days and the normal activities took place, Shows , Bingo. Karouke, comedy club. Second Night was the first formal night and normal lobster feast for those desiring . Tuesday was first shore day in St Crouix. Friends have a villa there we rented a car and visited there. Afterwards did a tour of Captain Morgan distillery. Then returned to boat for departure.. Wed was Shore day at Guadeloupe. The main currency here was the Euro. There were places to exchange money or you could use exchange that people would take. Took a taxi to beach where we found a Club Med and stayed on the each there. You could pay for chair and use of facility or use beach for nothing. Thursday Barbados was next port. I just took walk around town of Bridgetown and then took a rest. Friday Martinique took a ferry to the beach and spent the morning at the beach , rented a beach chair and umbrella for ten dollars. Afternoon returned to town and just did some site seeing.They also used Euros but more friendly to dollars Sat was Antiqua. My whole group took an tour pf the Island. Was supposed to be tow hours, turned into three and a half hours. Was a very good tour and great driver, and was a great price. After this took tour of shopping areas. Really is a beautiful Island Sunday was St Martin We all did out normal beach day , get a chair and umbrella and sit on the beach with a bucket of beers. and shopping. Monday was Tortola. had planned on ferry to Virgin Gorda but got off boat to late for early ferry, so took another two hour bus tour around entire Island from Carribbean side to Atlantic side. Really was a beautiful Island recovering still from Hurricane Irma. Next two and a half days were sea days with regular activities.for cruises. This was a journeys cruise so there were special activities going on during the cruise , such as ice sculpture feast on Tuesday night. There was also a second formal night on which lobster was again served. The Lido dining room was average, usual types of food was served, Best food on Lido was the grill where sandwiches were served usually the most popular place. Also had the greasy hamburger stand, Seafood shack was extra, Sushi was extra. Pizza was good as usual. Main dining room food was good to average. Service was good but some times the food was cold or luke warm. The desserts have become a joke in the dining room and the lido deck. Not a great variety. Used the banana split option several times. The ship was kept clean and when things did break they were usually quickly fixed. Older ship is stating to show rust , but they were painting at most ports. The entertainment in the ship lounges and common areas was some of the best i have seen on Carnival. I did not usually attend more than ten minutes of shows as i have seen mos if i recognized it i left. Had a hyptomist one night was really good. The cruise staff did a good job of leading activities during the cruise and usually had good attendance. The service was excellent i my room, dining area and quest services. Had no problems when i tried to get help. Cabin was good condition and steward was excellent. Had a safe needing a swipe card to open. Had a fridge that worked. Television was awful. Only news was CBSN . Kept running the same thing over and over and then had old news shows. Arrived home in Miami before 7 on thursday. Had several hundred people in priority debarkation and only too about 15 minutes to get off boat and thru customs. One of the best i have had in 25 cruises. My shuttle was waiting and by 730 i was on I 95. I would do this cruise again, great ports. Only down pat was it took to many days to get home, which i knew before hand Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was an awesome cruise overall!! The service and staff were amazing. The ports were very interesting and the Carnival excursion were a great value for what we paid. The food was very good as was the entertainment and activities. We ... Read More
This was an awesome cruise overall!! The service and staff were amazing. The ports were very interesting and the Carnival excursion were a great value for what we paid. The food was very good as was the entertainment and activities. We really enjoyed the Serenity Deck and spent a lot of time there. Our room stewards were awesome very friendly and helpful with all of our requests. We did not go to the dining room only because we like to eat when and what we want. We never found line ups at the buffet and enjoyed the varied food choices. The ports are very beautiful and three were new to us which is one of the reasons we chose this cruise. We also enjoyed the Journey's cruise 12 days was awesome. We would definitely do another cruise on the Glory as well as another Journeys cruise. Cruise director Cookie was awesome. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This cruise was picked for the length of the cruise. We also loved the different islands in the Caribbean that we got to travel to. Everyone was so friendly staff. We had a great time meeting a lot the passengers. We got eat breakfast in ... Read More
This cruise was picked for the length of the cruise. We also loved the different islands in the Caribbean that we got to travel to. Everyone was so friendly staff. We had a great time meeting a lot the passengers. We got eat breakfast in the dinning room a few times. It was great food and conversations. We enjoyed lunch on Lido many variety of foods. The food at dinner was delicious. We had great servers .Great entertainment from dancers(fantastic shows), comedians, singers and band. The band GROUP THERAPY was amazing. I really enjoyed the embarkation this time. We did not wait. We used self serve disembarkation because we had early flights. It went well. We did not wait. We received our cards when we got to our room. Good job! We had a great time. I would go again. We had a fabulous weather. Very sunny and hot. Loved it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have travelled on Many Cruises(25+) over the years and was quite disappointed with the Glory, very out dated and the staff had great difficulty with English, this is the only cruise I had ever been on where It was so difficult to ... Read More
We have travelled on Many Cruises(25+) over the years and was quite disappointed with the Glory, very out dated and the staff had great difficulty with English, this is the only cruise I had ever been on where It was so difficult to communicate with the staff, our cabin Steward (Dana) she was a pleasure to see each day, very pleasant, cheerful and very efficient, the dining room staff were pleasant, when it was possible to communicate with them, the food in the Dining Room was a bit repetitive and quite institutional compared with our experiences with the Conquest and the Breeze, where the food and service was exceptional, the Buffett on the Glory for Lunch and Dinner was extremely limited you can see the cut backs on food costs, it is ok to be concern with food costs but at least make the items appealing to your guests, it look cheap and tasted cheap. The overall hand sanitizing policy was not enforced on the Entrances to the various food venues, on other ships the staff are quick to tell you make sure you clean your hands before entering and there are usually hand Washing and Sanitizing stations available, there was not much emphasis on this important issue of hand washing to minimize the spread of Disease, the ship clearly needed better management for their Hotel Services, We will definitely think twice before booking with Carnival and never with the Carnival Casino Players Club a huge disappointment they use the Bait and Switch, they will offer promotions and perks with their program and once you board the ship, they have no knowledge of the offers, not a good way to do business. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
First of all, we love carnival. We are platinum. I have about 35 cruises with them and am loyal.. but this boat was hot! I was sweating like crazy everywhere and our cabin was even hotter. I did not have them come to check it out, my ... Read More
First of all, we love carnival. We are platinum. I have about 35 cruises with them and am loyal.. but this boat was hot! I was sweating like crazy everywhere and our cabin was even hotter. I did not have them come to check it out, my fault.. I wish I had. I just didnt want the interruption/inconvenience. This was the first time we did not fall in love with our dining staff. They are always so great and friendly and quick. I wonder if they changed the head waiter/ team waiter thing and they all now just don't give a ...... . Even when we went for brunch, it was the same thing. Like we were a distraction and inconvenience. That was a tad disheartening. Wish that experience had been better. Loved the casino staff.. they were great, as usual. Our room steward was awesome as well. Arnold was great! We will continue to travel with carnival, but some things need to be improved on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
December 03, 2016 started my second cruise in six years having completed my degree. I was invited by my two work colleagues to take the cruise.. did not regret. From the inception of boarding the Carnival Glory, we had a fantastic time ... Read More
December 03, 2016 started my second cruise in six years having completed my degree. I was invited by my two work colleagues to take the cruise.. did not regret. From the inception of boarding the Carnival Glory, we had a fantastic time touring the different countries. Our stewards were of excellent service. the ports visited were unforgettable and still linger on my mind. (Cayman Island, Belize, Rotan Honduras a favourite, Cosumel Mexico ) the many smiles from guests and workers made our week worth every cent. Our cabin was always well serviced. Every night we did fine dining - excellent stewards not to forget the entertainment Oh so lovely. The availability of the sauna, steam room, gym were my relaxing moments. It was definitely home away from home. I can't be over - I will definitely do it again and encourage others to do the same. Missing you Carnival Glory But looking forward to my next adventure. Cheryl Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I chose this cruise for the great destinations. We stopped at Half Moon Cay Bahamas, St Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk. The Bahamas and Grand Turk were the best two locations with plenty to do as soon as you walk off the ship. This ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the great destinations. We stopped at Half Moon Cay Bahamas, St Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk. The Bahamas and Grand Turk were the best two locations with plenty to do as soon as you walk off the ship. This part of the cruise was outstanding but other factors bring me to an overall average rating. First, I have never seen maintenance used on a cruise ship like it was used on the Carnival Glory. I was in the buffet line waiting for my omelete when I see a maintenance worker walking through the dinning room in dirty blue coveralls with a volt better hanging out of his pocket. I thought this was a poor display of consideration for customer satisfaction and not very appetizing for me at breakfast. On another occasion at dinner in the Lido Deck buffet, as I was sitting and eating dinner I notice a few feet away from me two maintenance workers repairing tiles inside the dinning room. They were wearing dirty coveralls and mixing grout. I witnessed them pour the grout in a dirty bucket and saw grout dust fly into the air way too close tower I was eating. They were also cutting tile at the time. I feel these type maintenance repairs should have been conducted when the dinning room was closed and shows absolutely no safety and hygiene regard for passengers eating their dinner. All throughout the ship I noticed maintenance workers with vacuum cleaners and extension cords near stairwells at times of high traffic. These functions should be done in the late hours of the evening when passengers are sleeping and during low levels of traffic. As far as entertainment, the Caribbean Boyz were outstanding and i found myself following them everywhere they performed on the ship. Derrick Eason was the only comedian that was outstanding. He had a great message and was very entertaining. As far as other areas in the ship such as the Gym, an attendant named Indra basically saved the cruise from being a disaster by finding a lost cell phone and promptly turning it into the front desk on deck 3. During this trip we only booked one shore excursion in Grand Turk. The Hummer Wildlife Tour was one of the best shore excursions I have ever had in ten years of cruising. The tour incorporated wildlife and history tours and was very enjoyable. The ship itself is a nice design. The only caveat to that assessment is the placement of the casino in the middle of deck 5 where you must walk through to get to other areas of the ship. The casino is a smoking zone so if you are a non smoker you will not enjoy having to navigate through this area on sea days. Most other ships I have been on place the casino in an area that as separate from the main common areas. So many things were outstanding and many things were poor on this cruise. That is why I come to an overall average rating. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
Sail Date September 2016
We have cruised with Carnival about 8 times before, once with P&O and once with MSC. Glory is an older ship and this is reflected in her appearance, many areas are streaked with rust and our balcony was particularly bad! The ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival about 8 times before, once with P&O and once with MSC. Glory is an older ship and this is reflected in her appearance, many areas are streaked with rust and our balcony was particularly bad! The glass on the balcony door was streaked with marks and the surrounding frame was in very poor condition with what appeared paint streaks?? The booking in procedure in San Juan was efficient and fairly quick . All the shore staff were a delight to talk to! We were in cabin 7415 starboard balcony. Our cabin steward ,female, greeted us angreatd despite not seeing her, bar a couple of times , always remembered our names. However as we explored our cabin we found no bathrobes and one wardrobe was devoid of any coat hangers. We rang our steward and robes and hangers were supplied. Why I ask myself were these not there when the cabin was cleaned, who steals hangers off a cruise ship????!!! We dined in Golden upper the waiters their were exceptianal , evey evening they greeted us by name and generally entertained us. The table lacked table cloths, why all other Carnival ships had them? No butter knife, again all previous ships had a butter knife on the table. The waitrrs did not place our table napkins on our laps as we were seated. A small thing but on ALL other ships this was a normal ritual, why not on Glory. We also noted that there was a charge for tea and coffee, not so on previous ships. The menu in this restaurant did not vary much and some of the meals were below average in both taste and below par, and did not meet our expectations. The Omelette Bar never seemed to be open, why? Despite all this we visited 8 islands had great weather and enjoyed ourselves, meeting some great people both on and off the ship in the process. On the Thursday we booked and ate in the Emerald steak house at $35 a head. We had never done this before and had heard excellent reviews from fellow guests. The menu was quite extensive and despite the extremely low lighting level we ordered and ate a very good meal! Great steaks. The staff that waited on us were all female from Eastern Europe with extremely strong accents which made their English difficult to understand. All Carnival ships that we have sailed in have a couple of Fun Shops selling jewellery watches clothes etc.... my wife loves them and would visit them every day, however on Glory we commented how low stock was. After a few days we found out why, they closed both shops for the rest of the cruise to refurbished them. A real disappointment but a relief to my wallet! The live band has been done away with, it was on the last couple of ships too, prerecorded, another cost saving exercise? The balcony is generally cleaned once a week and a letter is circulated to warn you of this operation...........not on Glory they just hose and wash away without warning! We as past guest have always had a party in the theatre one afternoon with free drinks and canapés, not this time, very disappointing as it is another way of meeting fellow passengers and exchanging our experiences and views. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our third cruise and third with Carnival and we chose it because we hadn't been to most of the stops- only repeat stop was St Maarten. Our stops were St Croix, St Maarten, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba and Caracao. We ... Read More
This was our third cruise and third with Carnival and we chose it because we hadn't been to most of the stops- only repeat stop was St Maarten. Our stops were St Croix, St Maarten, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba and Caracao. We love all of what San Juan has to offer and we stayed 2 nights (before our cruise) at a hotel in the Condado area. We had a fast and easy embarkation and once booked in we left the ship to wander the city and then strolled back on board later in the afternoon. We liked the layout of the ship - it is the same as the Carnival Valor which was our first cruise and we had no issues with this. We treated ourselves to a balcony room on the 7th floor and the only issue we really had was neighbors who seemed unable to close the room and balcony doors without slamming them which was annoying at night. Any problems that we had with our room were dealt with in a timely and pleasant manner and our maid was very pleasant and did an excellent job of looking after our room. We enjoyed all of our meals whether at the lido restaurant or dining room. We had anytime dining which we've had for our other 2 cruises and had great visits and many laughs with a great bunch of people from all across North America. I am amazed at the selection and variety of food offered at the buffet restaurants and dining room. There was so many choices I had a hard time trying to decide what I wanted to try. I enjoyed trying the appetizers and main course related to the ports of call. Every night you had a choice of main dish of either beef, fish, pork, chicken, lamb- many different appetizers, side dishes and desserts. For me part of the fun is trying new dishes and since I cook all meals at home I really enjoyed the variety that was offered. My husband has two diet restrictions (sugar and wheat) and he was always able to find enough low carb and wheat free foods. We got off at every port and spent the morning walking around the towns visiting shops and museums and other local attractions. The only port we didn't find very favorable to tourists was Dominica. The streets are not made for safe walking, would be unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues because of narrow sidewalks if any sidewalk at all, deep open gutters between street and walking areas and very few wheelchair accessible areas. I was just about hit by a car that used a sidewalk portion to drive on. What the town should do is close off several streets to cars as they drove through very fast and didn't seem too concerned about the safety of the pedestrians. Disembarkation was fast and no problem. We aren't big on late night entertainment but enjoyed the shows we did see and there seemed a lot you could do if that is what you wanted. Any negatives for us were very insignificant, other than sea days when it is hard to find a chair in the shade. We enjoyed our holiday, would do the same ports again to do excursions and would recommend the Glory as a great ship to cruise on. We are very happy that we chose this cruise and looking forward to our next cruising holiday. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our first cruise with Carnival. We went on this one because of all the islands they stopped at. We have cruised with R.C., NCL, Holland, and Princess other years, and this was poor to all of them!! Embarkation was quick and ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Carnival. We went on this one because of all the islands they stopped at. We have cruised with R.C., NCL, Holland, and Princess other years, and this was poor to all of them!! Embarkation was quick and easy. Our balcony room on the 8th deck was great. On most ships when you eat at the main dining room, you have a hard time to decide what to eat, but not this ship!! The food was so-so, and not good choices at all. We ate at the buffet one night, and it was half filled with food. The shows were also not that great. One day we ate at the seafood restaurant for lunch, and the fish was very greasy, but the fries were good and crispy. We couldn't believe that every morning the buffet had the same food, no change what so ever!!! No band at the pool, just a boring D.J. Shame on Carnival!!! The best part of the trip were the islands, which we had been to before. The days at sea it was hard to find a person to get a drink while sitting on a pool chair. Whenever we left the ship or coming back on the ship from an island they only had 2 workers so some days it took a long time to get back on the ship!! The workers there never smiled, or said good morning, very unfriendly!!! Getting off the ship back at Miami was unorganized, as we were waiting in line to walk off with our luggage, and soon it was swamped with people coming off of an elevator. They should have been directed to go where the line ended!!! This will probably be our first and last cruise with Carnival. Read Less
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
Sail Date February 2016
The main reason for choosing this cruise was the length and itinerary. What we ended up finding were some nice upgrades to the Glory and fresh activities which included the long lost midnight buffet. If your vacation experience must ... Read More
The main reason for choosing this cruise was the length and itinerary. What we ended up finding were some nice upgrades to the Glory and fresh activities which included the long lost midnight buffet. If your vacation experience must include tablecloths and decorative pats of butter in the main. Dining hall, you may find yourself disappointed. We are more relaxed with this sort of stuff. This isn't what will mar our vacations, and for this reason, we scored it a 5. Our room was located on deck 8 close to the forward elevators. I was concerned this. Any be a noisy spot, but turned out to be perfect. The food was really excellent every night with a 'port of call' menu which highlights the foods from the port of call we had previously been at. St croix - rainbow beach. Too small. Beach was just ok. Hubby later went for a beach walk and he said just south of this beach was a spectacular stretch of beach which he would have preferred to be at. Next time!! Dominica-tour with Nature Ilse tours. Amazing amazing. Really worth the price, highlights were the champagne reef snorkel (bring water shoes)!!! And it tou gorge. Wow.... St Maarten. Beach at great bay. We had been here a few times already and with 8 ships in port, didn't want to venture too far out and get stuck in traffic. It was a lovely day of beach and shopping. Grenada. Grand Anse beach via water taxi. Big lovely beach. Highly recommended Curaçao - Porto Mari beach. Really lovely spot. Expensive cabs and totally worth it Bonaire. Private snorkelling with Renee snorkel trips. Ok folks, this was soooo cool. We were only 4 people and she explained what were seeing as we went. Awesome. We also went to sobibor beach which was really not nice at all. Find another beach. There was no sand. We were all on top of each other on the little patch that was there. Really not good Aruba. Took the city bus to eagle beach. $2 will get u there one way. We paid for 2 return passes. The bus never came back for the return back to the ship, so we ended up paying for a cab back. Now for the beach, despite being a really gorgeous spot, the wind made it quite unpleasant. The wind picked up sand when it blew and we were constantly getting whipped with it. Note that once we had paid the $40 for chairs and umbrella, we decided to make the best of it, but it really wasn't ideal...no amenities. Despite have no read there were some. Debarkation was in Miami and really fast. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I considered myself a somewhat seasoned cruiser having been cruising since 2001, logging 20 cruises in that time; and in the process achieving Platinum status on RCL, Princess and Carnival. I say somewhat seasoned because I know many ... Read More
I considered myself a somewhat seasoned cruiser having been cruising since 2001, logging 20 cruises in that time; and in the process achieving Platinum status on RCL, Princess and Carnival. I say somewhat seasoned because I know many cruisers that consider me a beginner. That being said here is my impressions of the 11 night Journey cruise on the Glory out of San Juan. Ship: While having never sailed the Glory before; I have sailed several of her sister ships and because of familiarity with the class, I had no problems finding my way around. I thought the ship was tastefully decorated and I did not feel crowded anywhere on board, except for the Serenity area. I went to the Serenity area a few times but it was usually crowded so I didn’t send much time there. Large seagoing ships by the nature of where they live; always need scraping and painting somewhere and she appears to be well taken care of. The casino appeared large enough to accommodate everyone interested in gambling. While I did not partake of any of the shows because of back and hip issues; I heard many people commenting on how good they were. The one thing that did seem strange after being on Carnival ships at Halloween, Thanksgiving and around Christmas time was the absence of Marti Gras decorations on the ship; especially since our cruise included the last week of the Marti Gras season or ‘Carnival’ as it is referred to it in the Caribbean. The only thing associated with Marti Gras I saw; was a girl in a Marti Gras costume and a photographer running around taking pictures for the guests to buy. The ‘Throwback Sea Day’ was pretty much a joke as well. We had a couple heavy showers come through after breakfast that morning and I think all the Throwback Day activities on the Lido deck for the day were canceled; but the photographers putting guests in 80’s costumes long enough to take their pictures was still being going strong. Also some of the shops on the ship closed on day 5 or 6 of the cruise and all but the candy shop closed on night 7 of our 11 night cruise. We heard that the merchandise sales contractor had changed and they had to pack everything up and remove it from the ship when we reached Miami so the new contractor could bring their merchandise onboard. Crew: The crew was the best I have seen on a ship in several years now. In general, all crew members I interacted with were congenial and helpful to the individual. My cabin steward and his helper were among the best I have encountered in the 20 cruises I have taken. In the time it took me to get breakfast at the buffet and return to my cabin the morning service was completed and they were working elsewhere. In the evening, after a busy day ashore or onboard, I would come in with them nowhere in sight, get cleaned up and go to dinner. When I returned from dinner, the bed had been turned down and a new animal was in the room. However, if I wanted to talk to one of them about something or had a question; they seemed to appear out of nowhere as if they knew I wanted to see them. I spent most of my bar time at the Red Frog Rum Bar, primarily because they were the only bar on board that has a rather obscure Dominican rum that is my favorite sipping rum. They always knew what I was drinking and addressed me by name when I approached the bar; and when I encountered them elsewhere on the ship or ashore they always spoke calling me by name and were very cordial. Food: Not having sailed with Carnival in almost a year and a half I saw a further noticeable degradation in the exoticness, variety, quality and quantity of the foods offered in the Main Dining Room. While the food I did eat onboard was ok to good, it was less than I expected and was no better than what I can get at a good restaurant at home; and nowhere near what Carnival was providing 3-5 years ago. The extra quantity I can do without these days, it just doesn’t come off as easy as it goes on any more; but I do miss the exoticness, variety and quality of what we used to get. I did not bother visiting the dining room on either of the elegant nights. After reviewing the menus on those nights; I did not think the offerings were worth the cost of cleaning my dress clothes. Specific disappointments were what was once delicious Alligator Fritters has turned into something barely edible and the apparent replacement of the Black Forrest Cake with a Black Forrest Cheesecake. The deserts also leave a lot to be desired. Not everyone is a chocoholic or addicted to Chocolate Melting Cake. I also noted that normally the buffet had a much better selection of deserts than the main dining room and many nights I had my desert in the buffet after dinner. I had a few late night slices of pizza and the peperoni has stayed pretty much the same on every Carnival cruise I have taken since I first sailed on the Celebration back in 2001, good but not really great. I remember they also had some other offerings besides salads on a couple nights. I believe they may have had lasagna one night and something else on another night. I ate all my breakfasts in the buffet, usually because I either got up too late to make it to the dining room or was in a hurry so I wouldn’t miss an excursion. While the buffet had a good selection of items I did think the scrambled eggs were a little lacking both in flavor and occasionally in cooking; and usually hit the omelet station after the second morning. I also did Guy’s for lunch if I was on the ship, there is just something about those Piggy Patties. I even ate one of their Vegie Burgers which wasn’t bad either. They are not on the published menu and you have to ask for them. They usually take about 5 minutes to fix. I did not eat at Fish and Chips or the Blue Iguana or the extra $$ venues either. While others may rave about them, I have found, that for me; the extra $$ venues, industry wide, generally do not live up to their hype and are not worth my time or money. Then the Red Frog snacks for the Super Bowl were not even up on the Lido deck by the Frog and big screen, they were being served somewhere else on the ship. Excursions: I did ship sponsored excursions at St Croix, St Maarten, Dominica and Grenada; plus an independent snorkeling excursion in Bonaire. At Aruba & Curacao, I just went ashore, did some shopping got lunch and went back to the ship. The ship sponsored excursions were basically all island tours as I had never been to any of those islands before and all were reasonably good informative tours. However, I was expecting the St Maarten tour to go by the airport for a photo op; but it didn’t. I don’t know if I told the excursions desk person the wrong tour or he put me on the wrong tour, but by the time I found out it was too late to do anything about it, maybe next time I am there. I booked the Bonaire excursion with a company I had snorkeled with in the past. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I rated poor due to the toilet did not work for 5 days, drain in shower didn't drain, found 4 inch toothpick in chicken, tv didn't work and the refrig they had to swap. I was down at guest services more times than I can count ... Read More
I rated poor due to the toilet did not work for 5 days, drain in shower didn't drain, found 4 inch toothpick in chicken, tv didn't work and the refrig they had to swap. I was down at guest services more times than I can count And they used one excuse after another and only gave US a free drink one that is. The only reason our toilet got fixed is friends complained to the top then something was done he had no idea there was issue. When I got home I complained to corporate. I had fun anyway but this was not glorious in anyway Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our family's third cruise with Carnival. The web sight said this was an updated ship, that was completely untrue. The outside of the boat was missing paint in spots, rust everywhere, and was visibly dirty. The carpet thought ... Read More
This was our family's third cruise with Carnival. The web sight said this was an updated ship, that was completely untrue. The outside of the boat was missing paint in spots, rust everywhere, and was visibly dirty. The carpet thought out the ship was so old it was faded everywhere except the edges. The Dining room furniture looked like something goodwill would of thrown out, most of the lighting was out and the service was poor to say the least. Our room smelled of stale cigarettes, the drapes where so old the backing was falling off. We had an Ocean view room however we where unable to see out because of the build up on the glass, either that or the steam building up from the extremely hot room. Which we was told as long as it was 74*or less that was their standards. However when they checked the temp. it said 76*, which it remained the entirety of our cruise. The Lido deck tiles were loose and people where constantly tripping over them. The 21 and older area was a joke the fountain was not working and to boot it was disgusting. Tiles where falling off the wall and the speakers was rusted solid . The serenity deck was equally bad the glass was never cleaned thought out the cruise and the outdoor shower looked almost like it had calcium build up. The service on this boat was what really upset us the most. Several times in the dinning room I felt like getting up and serving myself. If we wanted a drink we had to get it. For the first time we bought the Cheers program costing us 804.00 so we could try and drink all these problems away. However that is a sham to because if you want a drink and it happens to be 10.00 your going to pay for it anyway. In "short " THIS BOAT THE SERVICE AND CLEAN UP CREW SUCK!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Embarkment.....2hours from getting there via taxi from Miami where we live till walking into our cabin. Friendly helpful people in all the stops before we boarded the ship, not know what to expect seeing it was our 1st cruise. Left house ... Read More
Embarkment.....2hours from getting there via taxi from Miami where we live till walking into our cabin. Friendly helpful people in all the stops before we boarded the ship, not know what to expect seeing it was our 1st cruise. Left house at 1130 was in our room by 130. Five starts for that. Cabin....we had a balcony. Highly recommend this feature. Worth the extra money. Large room with king sized bed. Shower head was awesome!!! Balcony was big. When I say big I mean two chairs,one is s lounge chair,and a table. Enough room for two people to eat at. fget the middle of the ship if you can,that was very good. Only complaint, we were underneath the red sail restaurant and from both inside cabin and on balcony you could here chairs being shifted. Little unnerving at 1am and then again at 7am. Room service was almost to good. Knocking on . your door at 9am to clean and make the bed. Beware hang your sleeping card outside your door before bed. Also did not like them coming to our door again at 5pm to see if we were going to dinner or not so they could turn down your bed,put a mint on your pillow and make a towel animals for you. Twice in one day? We were at port four times in seven days. Seems like they wanted to push us out so they would get their 11.50 per person tipping fee....I love a clean room but it was a little annoying toward the end when all you wanted ti do was sleep in or just stay in your cabin and order room service. The steward would look at us strangely when the last day we opened the door and told him to leave our room alone as we were just stepping out for a quick bite. We got back 20 minutes later to a half made heart on our bed and one mint...with the bed not turned down.... Food.....it was very good in the golden restaurant. We chose the open seating and casual dress. We waited five minutes at the most the tout nights we ate there. Not knowing you could order more than one thing off the menu and not pay for regular water,we found out by asking a lot of questions of our dining mates that sat next to us the first night. Water is free as long as you do not drink it out of a bottle. And no extra charge for ordering more than one main course,salad,soup,or dessert. Now the alcohol on the other hand...4.95 for the drink of the day if not in the glass of the day....beware. buckets if beer20-30 dollars fir four beers....imports are cheaper....wine is very pricey beware. The buffett at the red sail was hit or miss and could be crowed. Try the deli,taco and burritto bars very good!!!! Very filling!!!!! Orange juice,ice tea,coffee and lemonade are free. Yes you can take your food plates where ever you want even to your room,to another deck or eat in the food areas. Food is everywhere you just need to find it. The emerald steakhouse....30.00 extra a person .....I was not to impressed. Dressing io also to go in there is hit or miss. So ppl were really dressed up others had jeans and flip flops on. Steak was great had the cowboy 18oz....cook prefect. But everything else not so much. Dry snails, tasteless salad and our server really did not want to be there. Very drape gentalmen. Plates sat for ever dirty.....it took two hours for four courses and they push the wine and other drinks on you. Dessert for me was good,I had the cheese plate my husband ordered small cups of moose which he did not enjoy. We saw of server twice...would not spend money to go back there next trip. Good one time for the experience. Golden restaurant was much better!!!! The ports were awesome...getting off and back on a breeze!!!! Always double check when your getting off and back on. Start headed back one hour before departure. Nassau was beautiful Omg!!!!! Did not want to leave. St. Thomas beautiful.....San Jaun was dirty!!! The Spanish forts were awesome. Grand Turk was pretty just not much to see. There was a Jimmy buffets but we live in keys so been to key west one. We took a cab to town. Been to third world countries before but there was nothing in down town but small street vendors. Very poor country. People were wonderful. Just if you go there expecting a city like the other three ports you wont find one. So book an adventure that day. We walked the whole island in three hours and still had time to shop in port. I was do happy with the ports we saw!!!! Ship is big. Well kept up. Staff is friendly if you can understand their broken English. We had no problems with communication as we live in Miami. Some employees on the ship exspressed that that disliked working on the ship but only because I asked how they liked it. The pools were busy, so were the hot tubs. The serenity deck always had chairs,hot tubs with openings,its own bar,and not a lot of children. The children that were up there behaved them selves. No issues up there. Windy yes,cold at times yes,but nice because it was just adults. Getting off the ship and through customs easy and fast. Got off at 9am home at 11am. Overall five out of five stars. I would do it again!!!! Same ship if I had no other options but I like change. I will recommend carnival to all my friends and family and to other army families. 2000.00 for all food,drinks,cab ride and gifts for ppl heck yes!!! Happy cruising everyone!!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
First, I've heard negative reviews about Carnival, that the crowd is "too young" the food is mediocre, etc. I did not have great expectations for this trip. The food, with the exception of some overcooked linguine at our ... Read More
First, I've heard negative reviews about Carnival, that the crowd is "too young" the food is mediocre, etc. I did not have great expectations for this trip. The food, with the exception of some overcooked linguine at our first dinner, the food was quite good. The Emerald Steakhouse was well worth the $30 upcharge. It was so fabulous we dined there twice. The waitstaff at the Emerald was good, but the sommelier, a dark haired young woman whose name I can't recall was WONDERFUL. Get the surf and turf, it's delicious, beautifully presented and perfectly prepared. My husband raved about the cheese plate he had for dessert. Cheese cake was just OK. Caesar salads are done table side. Lovely! In the main dining room we were not able to dine with the rest of our group and were able to eat as a family of 8 (six adults 2 kids) only on Christmas night. We had to wait and beg and cajole to do even that. Most nights my husband and I ate with our 5 year old and the other 4 adults ate in a completely different dining room. Food was very good and the wine packages are a good value. Hobsi was our room steward and he was the best steward we've had in four cruises. We almost never saw him and the room was spotless. Just what you want in a room steward! We had a balcony room with a queen bed and both pullouts in use and while it was snug, it was fine. I wish we'd had a bathtub, which I've had on Princess in a balcony room and on Holland America in a balcony room. This was also the tiniest little balcony. Barely room for the four of us. In the Fun Shop our daughter met Candylee on the first day and Candylee remembered us and asked about our daughter each time we saw her. She was also extremely knowledgeable about spirits and generally a pleasure to talk with. Onboard. The sushi bar was just OK, nice that the option was available. The lines for Mongolian Wok were CRAZY and we didn't try it. The deli was quite good, fresh sandwiches made to order. Ditto the pizza bar behind Red Sail. While Red Sail was often busy, I thought it was well laid out and we never felt crowded. Our son loved the chocolate buffet. Christmas morning there was alcohol spiked egg nog available and it was delicious (and complimentary!) I did not attend any of the shows except for the Christmas day show that our 5 year old participated in, but the other members of our group raved about the high quality entertainment. From the dancers to the comedians and illusionists, they were very pleased. The dislikes. Josh, the tour director. It seemed like our relaxing mornings and evenings were shattered by his long winded (2-3 minutes) sales pitch for bingo, shopping and shows. By the third day we were thoroughly sick of his voice, sorry Josh, you made a good Santa, but every time you got on the PA our group couldn't wait for you to shut up. Also, when you're traveling with small children, having noisy, long winded PA announcements at 9:30 or later wake them up. : / Speaking of unpleasant noise, the music on the pool deck was deafening. When the movies were shown in the evening it was quieter than the blaring, blasting headache inducing music on deck during the day. The kid's programs were good. Our daughter enjoyed the crafts and play area. My biggest frustration with the kids programs is that they close from 1-2 and again from 5-6, which makes it impossible to get any relaxation or complete any activities in the afternoon. Once you've had lunch there is only 90 minutes left before they can go back, which isn't enough time to swim then freshen up afterward. When we picked up our daughter at 5p she always wanted a snack and the only food available at that time was pizza, burgers and hot dogs which she doesn't care for, a small salad bar would have been nice and a lighter option. Camp Carnival did serve dinner to the kids at 6p each evening and then back to Under the Rainbow for more activities which was very nice. Embarkation was OK, very crowded, lots and lots of standing around. Disembarking was a challenge, particularly for older members of our group, they were expected to take their luggage through the Amber Palace Theatre, navigate between the seats and exit the other side. Why? It's a mystery! Aside from that it was quite simple to exit the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Let me begin be saying that I am not using the VIFP card but started cruising with Carnival in the 80's onboard the Mardi Gras out of Boston. Our 4pm departure took place at 7:30pm. No problem. We were excited for a 14 night ... Read More
Let me begin be saying that I am not using the VIFP card but started cruising with Carnival in the 80's onboard the Mardi Gras out of Boston. Our 4pm departure took place at 7:30pm. No problem. We were excited for a 14 night "Journey" cruise. Dinner the first night and all but 3 of the 14 nights was at an unclothed table. No spoons at our settings and no butter knives available. A carafe of ice water was on the table for us to help ourselves to and every time we took a drink the condensation dripped onto our laps. Our shopping "expert" gave us all very good tips on what to buy in St. Martin but forget to mention that not one shop would be open because of a National Holiday. We purchased alcohol from the fun shops and have our receipt showing what bottles we put on the counter and paid for but....when we got home we found that they had decided what to put in our box. Not our order. Back to Miami- notice for number 1 luggage tags was announced at 7:15 am as well as self assist. We finally got our luggage at 9:30am. The entertainment, if you want to call it that, was very loud with constant flashing lights that could easily have induced an epileptic seizure. Will look at other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
One thing - beware of Cabin 6375 if you want to watch a show on prime time tv. Between 9 pm and midnight we could hear the band playing in the casino below us. Odd that it was very loud in our room but muffled in the hallway. Considering I ... Read More
One thing - beware of Cabin 6375 if you want to watch a show on prime time tv. Between 9 pm and midnight we could hear the band playing in the casino below us. Odd that it was very loud in our room but muffled in the hallway. Considering I wanted to be near the casino and that I picked this cabin - oh well. We had friends in 6404 and they could hear it too. We just turned up the tv, watched our show, and then left. Can you believe this is my only complaint! Everything else was just fabulous. Our cabin steward was top notch. Staff was so friendly wherever we went. Our waiter went out of his way to serve us. We went to the steakhouse one evening and it was well worth it. I won over $350 in the casino (hint - only on the quarter machines) and spent it all back on the pennies. But it was fun and a great vacation. So what if the weather did not cooperate - I am from NY so any weather was better. I was traveling with a group of 14 and some of us caught a cold because we got drenched by the rain in San Juan and then spotted the air conditioned casino (and went in) for about an hour. Such is life. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
My wife and I have been on 5 cruises, this being our 3rd Carnival cruise. We chose the Glory because we were looking for a southern Caribbean itinerary and needed to cruise in September. We flew into Orlando the day before our cruise and ... Read More
My wife and I have been on 5 cruises, this being our 3rd Carnival cruise. We chose the Glory because we were looking for a southern Caribbean itinerary and needed to cruise in September. We flew into Orlando the day before our cruise and rented a car (Thrifty) to get us to Port Canaveral(PC). It was less expensive than any ground transportation transfers and it gave us the flexibility once at PC to eat dinner, go the the grocery store, etc. We had made reservations at La Quinta and checked in...after seeing two rooms (both rooms smelled like mold) we checked out and stayed at the Marriott. It was a good thing we had a car! The morning of our cruise, we drove over to Thrifty and returned our car. They quickly bussed us over to Carnival's terminal. We arrive around 11:00am. Embarkation took around 20 minutes...it went very smoothly. I recommend showing up early as we did! THE SHIP: The Glory is a very clean ship but it is showing its age. If you're looking for a flashy ship that's jaw dropping, the Glory isn't your ship. The fitness center is small but functional. The spa (hot tub) in the fitness area was also small and wasn't very functional. The 2 pools were also small. The pool areas weren't overly crowded, there was always loungers available. Although we didn't gamble, the casino seemed smaller than other ships I've been on. THE ROOM: We stayed in room 8269. The room was clean and centrally located. The only negative to the location was, you were able to hear the below average "lounge singers" until around 10:30 pm. Although they were singing on Level 4, we were close to the open foyer area. The balcony was a little small, but functional. We spent a lot of time out there in the morning drinking our coffee. Breakfast: The food served on the Lido deck was terrible. I'll leave it at that. We ate our breakfast in the dining room which was much better. We only used room service for our early morning coffee, which was nice. Lunch: The Lido food was "adequate", I guess. I chose to eat food from the sandwich deli which was great and the pizza was also good. We ate in the dining room a few times. The food was much better than the Lido. Dinner: The food was very good. I'm not a vegetarian, but the vegetarian dishes were excellent. I had a veggie dish just about every night. ENTERTAINMENT: I was impressed with the nightly shows. The cast seemed to be having a great time and were entertaining. The "Illusionist" show was excellent. The live singers on the ship were sub-par. I'll leave it at that. I didn't see the comedians at the comedy club, but I heard from others they were good. Itinerary: We didn't spend much time in the Bahamas. We only had time to see Atlantis. St. Thomas is a phenomenal island. We went to Megan's Bay which is beautiful. St. Marteen was also a very nice island. We went to a small beach (I can't remember the name). It was awesome and hardly no one was there. We chose not to do any excursions offered by Carnival. Here are a few TIPS if you plan on doing what we did. BE AWARE: If you plan on taking a taxi in the Bahamas to go see Atlantis, don't get caught up with the driver's who try "herding" a bunch of cruisers into a large van. Those driver's try to keep you together as a group and wind up taking you other places as well. Those poor cruisers who got "caught up" with these driver's didn't have any flexibility at all. Find a driver with a small car or van and it should cost around $5.00 p/p one way. In St Thomas, a taxi ride to Megan's Bay cost $17.00 for both of us one way. No issues with the driver's, in fact they were very good. In St Marteen, the taxi ride cost us around $8.00 p/p one way to the beach we went to. BE AWARE: When we were at the taxi stand, they tried putting us into a van that was packed with other cruisers. The van was going to another location first BEFORE taking us to our beach (we were the only ones going to that beach at that time). We said "NO", and they got us another van for ourselves. We went straight to the beach! Disembarkation was seamless and efficient. We purchased transportation transfers back to Orlando airport vise renting a car. It was more convenient on our return. Overall, the cruise was fine...it's what you make of it. I'll cruise CCL again, but probably not on the Glory. I'm sticking to the newer ships. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
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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