Sail Date: June 2014
Just arrived today from the Carnival Glory Cruise which was not planned but with the help of our vacation planner, Joshua Wade it became a huge surprise for my Aunt from UK who has never been on a cruise. Joshua Wade has always gone out of ... Read More
Just arrived today from the Carnival Glory Cruise which was not planned but with the help of our vacation planner, Joshua Wade it became a huge surprise for my Aunt from UK who has never been on a cruise. Joshua Wade has always gone out of his way to give us good deals and this was our fourth trip with Carnival. Overall, the trip was a great, services were excellent, port excursions were interesting and the people on board entertainment was a bonus for all of us. Firstly, I must thank Jojo in the Medical Center for reason being that my wife forgot her medication and was very sick and Jojo and his associates went out of their way to help her out. So, a very big THANK YOU to all the Medical Center Staff at Carnival Glory and God Bless you all for being a Great Saviour. Secondly, the serving group at Platinum Dinning Hall, late time 8.15pm with Matridee Suresh, Libarto, Siegfredo and Raymond who served us with warmth and excellent service. This also touched my Aunt and she was sad leaving them today. They went out of their way to make everyone happy, content with their excellent services with smiles and laughter also provided us with menus with lovely deserts. We were also served with special menus by Chef Senthil Kumar upon request and for the Royal Service, we also say a Big THANK YOU to all of them as a Great Team and the Team work and will miss them a lot! Room service by Gede and his associates were great and also gave us excellent service with a smile on their faces every morning and evening which made our day happy and cheerful. As this was our last minute booking, the cabin 9198 was an excellent one and very spacious for 4 of us together and Gede made sure that every towel and napkins were fully staked in the room, Jay was very helpful in shopping at the ports and he has been a great guide. The programmes in the evenings at the theater was entertaining and enjoyed a lot with the dance and music. Since my mother needed special assistance with the wheel chair, she was taken care of immediately by the Guest Services Staff and made sure that she was comfortable. Once again, our appreciation for the lovely trip and keep up the Team work and Excellent Service Carnival Cruise.....THANK YOU VERY MUCH   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We are a late 50's couple travelling with two friends of same age and sailed on the Glory for the second time in 3 years. We booked back to back eastern and western Carribean cruises, with the east being the first week. We are 10 time ... Read More
We are a late 50's couple travelling with two friends of same age and sailed on the Glory for the second time in 3 years. We booked back to back eastern and western Carribean cruises, with the east being the first week. We are 10 time cruisers with the majority being with Carnival. Embarkation on this cruise was the WORST EVER!!!!!!! From arrival at port to getting onto the ship was over 90 minutes in duration. Our balcony cabin was situated portside forward on deck 11. It was a great location for us because of the quiet setting close to the serenity deck, fitness center, and spa. Once aboard, we found the entire staff to be beyond spectacular. They are cleaning, wiping, sanitizing, and working 24/7. All were very friendly and professional, and I would like to acknowledge two in particular. The maitre' D, Cbasa (Chubby) is without question the most competent and charasmatic person I have ever met at sea. Our room steward named "Super Duper" was fantastic. He exceeded expectations in every way. We did not use ship excursions as the ports have been visited by us numerous times in the past. We have to agree with many other reviewers that the quality of the dining experience in the Platinum and Golden dining rooms has deteriorated significantly from years gone by. Not that it was bad, but just not as impressive as it once was. The wait staff were as phenomanal as they ever were, but the food selection and quality has regressed. Guy's burgers was a plus, and the Lido deck buffet was okay for breakfast and lunches.. The Blue Iguana Cantina and Fish and Chip Place were not visited. We ate at the Emerald Room steakhouse twice and really enjoyed the food quality there. The entertainment in the theatre was the usual cruise edition quality which would be more suited to 1st time cruisers. The juggler comedian used exactly the same jokes and in the same order as he did 3 years ago. The singers and dancers in the showroom and the atrium and lounges were below average in my opinion, but some may disagree. Our main concern or complaint is the general layout of the ship itself. The intended quiet areas are oddly interspaced with party and noisy areas that conflict with each other throughout the ship. The serenity deck at the bow is located right beside the camp carnival area for infants. It is difficult to enjoy a stress free environment when kids are playing and crying within arms length. The spa is located right beside the fitness center. The couples massage that we had on Valentines day was marred by the clanging noises of the various workout machines and treadmills. The library is situated right above and beside the atrium and photo areas which are extremely loud whenever someone enters or leaves. Our table at the Emerald Steakhouse was located beside a window where people congregate to smoke on deck. The ambiance is less than stellar while dining beside a group of obese shirtless men. You cannot access the dining rooms from the front (bow) of the ship on floors three and four because the galley interrupts the traffic flow. The travel must be made through the gauntlet of photographers and the heavy stench of cigarette smoke from the adjacent casino and then elevator (which were extremely slow do to high patron usage) or down two flights of stairs. On our first cruise on the Glory our balcony cabin was located at the aft (rear) so these issues were not that apparent at the time. Not deal breakers by themselves but certainly inconvenient. Since our flight out of Miami was not until the day following disembarkation, we waited until the last moment to self disembark which went much more smoothly than the embarkation did. Much of the Carnival experience was very enjoyable, but our next cruise will very likely be with a competitor because of the numerous cutbacks and cost saving measures that have occurred. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Our cruise was a 2 night cruise to nowhere out of Norfolk, Virginia. Travelers were my 12 year old daughter and I. It took us just about 2 hours from the time we arrived at the port until we were actually on the ship. We arrived at ... Read More
Our cruise was a 2 night cruise to nowhere out of Norfolk, Virginia. Travelers were my 12 year old daughter and I. It took us just about 2 hours from the time we arrived at the port until we were actually on the ship. We arrived at the port, and were directed to parking- which was a drive away (close to 2 miles away), and parking was $15/day. We finally found it, following the instructions we had been given, then we took our bag, and walked over to the bus (we got the back of the parking lot, so it was a pretty decent haul to the bus). Bags were loaded, and we hopped onto a motor coach to head over the cruise ship. So far so good- honeymooners on the bus, lots of happy people. We got off the bus, then they showed us where to go- we had to go get in line with everyone else- up the stairs, and across a bridge, (there were elevators available), and wait to get through security. We waited on the bridge about an hour and 30 minutes. Wind whipping through us, and cold. We got up to security, finally, and there were exactly 4 sets of metal detectors and scanners going. Since we all carried our bags onto the ship, this was the cause of the bottleneck. There was space for several more scanners, and frankly had they changed their setup a little bit, they could have gotten as many as 15-20 scanners in there, to eliminate the security line. I'm not sure what the "ideal" waiting time is, but frankly 1.5 hours is too much. They need to work some operations management, and get this fixed. Telling me that those people don't work for the cruise line, is a cop out I'm not likely to accept. Note to Carnival- Fix your embarkation process. I got up to the scanner, and they saw that I had a hole punch in my bag (which I carry to put a hole into my room key so I can wear it on a lanyard around my neck, and I can do the same for the kids with me).. They searched through every bit of my bags, and eventually took the hole punch. Apparently they take away all tools, since they could somehow be a hazard on duty. Uh- frankly, I could have done more damage with other things they already give me on board- can you say steak knife? Or broken glass? Or any of dozens of other items, so this just seemed, asinine, and petty. And frankly stupid. They kept it in safe keeping until the morning of embarkation until we were getting ready to get off, but still on board the ship. Uh- okay.. If it's so dangerous, do you think I should have this "dangerous" thing on me at any point during the cruise? And guys- it's a _hole_punch_. Color me really confused. So, note to self, next time I get on a carnival ship (which will be with a party of 15 people), take them all by guest services to get our key cards punched, because we need them punched to keep from losing them.. Yeah. That'll be swell. Lines- There were lines, especially for the breakfast buffet on Saturday morning. We didn't actually attempt to get into line, since it wrapped half way around the deck, and made do with rolls, cold cut meats, and cheese. Frankly they NEED to fix the lines at the buffets. Make the actual buffet lines shorter, and separate sections. Don't put every single thing on one buffet line, just the "basic" stuff. If I want an omelette, i'll go to a separate station. This is another area where they need to get their acts in gear and work with some operations management folks. The ship felt crowded, probably due to the fact that the weather was chilly and no-one was up at the pool deck. The stores were a mess. There was jumbled merchandise, pinch points in the flow of the stores, counters where there was no merchandise, just stuff stacked in the corner. The cabin- was very nice. I like that the bathrooms are fairly spacious. and that the door opens out into the room, so I don't have to play a game of twister to get into the bathroom area. The area is a single module, which contains shower, next to toilet, next to sink. It is very economical in space, but very usable, and doesn't feel cramped. I like the lay-out of the balcony stateroom we were in. The room is a peach/white/beige color scheme with peach/dark red in the carpet on the floor. There is a couch, chair, stool, and table. The bed was on the firm side. The couch was cushier. The beds are on the back half of the room, with the "living area" in the front half, next to the bathrooms. Closet space is ample, and closet doors are open-close, and very functional. I had enough space to set my bag on the desk for the 2 night cruise. our cabin steward was AMAZING. We'd go to breakfast, or to dinner, and come back to the room being made up 100% of the time. Food- overall was quite good. We had dinner in the Platinum dining room at 6:00 PM both nights. Aside from the buffet lines, all of the food was quite good. We ordered room service a couple of times (once for a snack, and once for breakfast on debarkation morning), and that came promptly both times. The first night I couldn't get through on the phone due to being on hold the entire time, despite repeated attempts. We were unable to dine at the steak house, as reservations were not available for anything before 9 PM once we got onboard. The spa was good. They layout is unusual in that the treatment rooms are directly off the salon, and there can be noise from the salon or other locations coming into the staterooms. I had a manicure, pedicure, facial, and massage done at a couple of different trips up there. They were all quite good. Circle C- My daughter found the program for the 12-14 year olds to be wanting, both in terms of the quality of programming, and the amount of programming available. It was better than Royal Caribbean's Oasis (from December), but worse than Disney's Wonder (in April). Debarkation- was very smooth. Since it was a closed loop cruise to nowhere, we didn't have to go through immigration, or customs. They were calling cabins by floor, but fairly quickly, people were just getting off the ship. The line never did get very long, and just kept moving quickly. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
This is the second time I've cruised on the Carnival Glory. In October 2010 I was on the Glory to New England and Canada from Manhattan. So glad that I researched and read reviews. We decided to book the least expensive cabin on ... Read More
This is the second time I've cruised on the Carnival Glory. In October 2010 I was on the Glory to New England and Canada from Manhattan. So glad that I researched and read reviews. We decided to book the least expensive cabin on the ship, listed technically as an inside cabin, but comes with two portholes. We were in Cabin 1211, almost to the front of the ship on deck one. It was surprisingly easy to get to the Lido deck for snacks and also getting an elevator for the dining room, etc. was never really a problem. And, for excursions we were just one deck up from the disembarking area, so it was really convenient for boarding and getting off the ship in port. This cabin is also unusually large for such an inexpensive category. There is a bunk bed that actually disappears into the ceiling and a daybed that can be used as a bed. We had a very nice seating area, plenty of mirrors and areas to do makeup and hair. For those times that we did not eat in the formal dining room, there were many choices that were no-fee, including a burrito bar, deli, pizza and calzone station, hamburger and hot dog station (best burgers!) and a lesser known area upstairs from the buffet area that serves fish and chips. The upstairs dining area was a great place to relax and look out the floor to ceiling windows. This was the first time that I had cruised since needing to be on a special diet. I wasn't planning to say anything, but on the first night our waiter asked me if I had any special needs. After that the Hostess (Ifo) would come by every evening and show me the next day's menu for lunch and for dinner so that I could choose ahead. The meals were made according to my needs and served with my companion's meals each day. The Glory is a large ship, but never feels that way. Also, the entertainment on board is exceptional. The singers and dancers put on such a professional show. There is a lot of attention to detail, and Carnival spares no expense on music, costumes, sets, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
This was only our second cruise, having gone to the Western Caribbean before on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2001 on the Nordic Empress. We found the Carnival Glory cruise to be very good and slightly better than our experience with Royal ... Read More
This was only our second cruise, having gone to the Western Caribbean before on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2001 on the Nordic Empress. We found the Carnival Glory cruise to be very good and slightly better than our experience with Royal Caribbean. We are Midwestern, professional, no kids, and in our late 30s. I eat a pescatarian diet, meaning I eat no meat, eggs, or dairy, but I'll eat seafood. My husband will eat anything. Fortunately, the cruise dining staff was eager to accommodate my diet. I told our main waiter the first night and he had someone come over every night to help me pre-order my meal for the next night, making adjustments like using soymilk in a mushroom soup, making lasagna without the cheese, etc. She was very nice and helpful in suggesting options in preparing the food listed in their menu. Also, per her suggestion, I asked the buffet staff on the lido deck at breakfast for a cup of soymilk. It's not sitting out, but they will get it for you. I did wish there were a few more bean options without cheese or more soy-based faux meats and more whole grains, but all in all, I was pleased with the food selections. I would suggest bringing a few protein bars and whole grain crackers if you are vegetarian/vegan. The Emerald Room Supper Club had wonderful food and service, among the best we've ever had, so consider paying the $30 upcharge per person to treat yourself and that quiet, romantic restaurant. I got the sole and it was a work of art and a delicious blend of flavors. Let me tell you -- there is no end to the temptation to eat more than you are actually hungry for (like dessert every night) so you want to find active things to do. Their gym was quite decent, and what's better than looking at the ocean as you run on the treadmill or lift weights! They have Life Fitness equipment, ellipticals, bikes, steps, mats, and free weights. They offered Spinning, Yoga or Pilates classes for $12/each or $10 in a 3-pack. I passed on those, wondering how you'd hold a tree pose on the swaying ship. They also offered free fun half-hour classes in hip hop, disco, line dancing and the Thriller Dance. Those were fun and easy, not a workout, though. They do have a jogging track on the open upper deck, but it was too windy when the ship is moving. There are plenty of places to walk on the ship and taking the stairs is a good option. I actually found it fun to do some cardio, core and strength exercises in the small pool (all are saltwater). Bring your webbed gloves for resistance! It was quite awesome to workout in the pool in that setting. It was also fun to dance in the White Heat Disco Club, in which the DJ played cool, modern, dance club music. Even after all that eating and activity, there's still plenty of time for rest and relaxation. The shows were great, particularly the Illusion one (even if you think it will be dumb, go, you'll like it.) A cruise, particularly the Carnival Glory cruise, is a delight for all the senses! Read Less
Carnival Glory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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