3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Late booking before a holiday week, four ports of call and weather were determining factors for this cruise selection. Initial embarkation at the terminal was horrible. Our driver dropped us off at the wrong terminal which wouldn't ... Read More
Late booking before a holiday week, four ports of call and weather were determining factors for this cruise selection. Initial embarkation at the terminal was horrible. Our driver dropped us off at the wrong terminal which wouldn't have been so bad if the luggage attendants at the terminal had not been arguing and fighting for the next passenger to exploit for tips. All their arguing and impatience made them overlook our luggage tags that clearly read Carnival Glory, not Vista. We tipped our luggage handler very well there initially thinking he just jumped in and handled our bags for efficiency purposes. Bags were loaded up and we were pushed into the Vista line where we made it through several lines all the way to the top where we were told someone was already in our cabin. Not one person at the embarkation area figured this out and it was all over our boarding paperwork. We, the passengers figured it out. Had to go back down and dig our own luggage out of the luggage racks and wheel them to the next terminal (not tough, just annoying) because we got there and another luggage handler let us know tips are appreciated. At the very least, I would say there are also some security concerns with the check in agents at terminal D. The ship service however, was phenomenal. Our cabin stewards, waiters, waitresses, and deck servers were always on their game,smiling, knew us by first name and our favorite drinks. This ship was very clean, I never went anywhere without seeing the stairs being vacuumed, hand rails being wiped, light deck rust being painted, windows being washed, bathrooms being cleaned, and cups and dishes were always cleared up quickly by deck hands to open up seating and tables. Do not buy the wifi onboard. It's horrible. We plan on asking for a refund. We tried to load up the Carnival website at on one point, left for dinner to let it load, came back and the blue wheel was still turning. Come on Carnival! $25.00 a day for wifi better be wifi that works! The food on this ship was far better with the great dinner mates we were paired with and the exceptional service we received from our waiters and waitresses. There were plenty of food choices around the ship from daybreak to dining hours and beyond. Pizza pirate was okay...thin crust and average sauce made for a one time dining location during our cruise. Guys burger joint had excellent burgers and was by far one of the most popular restaurants for a quick, heavy, meal on lido deck. Blue Iguana taco bar had limited hours and the serving process wasn't as fast as the burgers. The breakfast burritos were okay. They did serve open face eggs ( huevos rancheros) which in my opinion were better than the burritos and more popular with other passengers because crew couldn't seem to keep up with demand for this breakfast option. Room service was fast, but room service food was clearly made en-masse before arrival. It served its purpose of a light snack before late dining at 8:15 though and fairly tasty. Overall ship entertainment was plentiful and the major shows were very well executed, with very nice sets and props. Every entertainer was in their element which made the shows more fun to watch. The clubs and bars are cold in the evening, be sure to bring a light sweater for evening entertainment. I really wanted to like the piano bar. The entertainer on our ship had a lot of potential, but preferred passengers buy him shots instead of giving tips. An hour- two hours into the piano bar evening, proved to be more talking by the pianist who encouraged cruise goers to get up and sing songs they didn't know while he played, turning the piano bar into annoyingly, boring karaoke. The Alchemy bar, right next door to the piano bar, is far more worth your money for an eclectic cocktail than wasting it at the piano bar. The drink menu here is very diverse and the people watching in this spot is prime. The excursions overall were okay and very expensive for long waits on other passengers, local guides, and issues like old busses with flat tires (we had to unload 60 people from our Belize excursion bus, onto another to get back to the ship after an already long day to get to the excursion). Be prepared for "tip fatigue" and the same speech from every tour guide requesting you to "share something". Plan a tip budget. If you are tip generous, be prepared to give tips to at least three-six people for every excursion you book through Carnival. If you go to Honduras, and have safety fears in third world countries,stay in the confines of Mahogany Bay. Roatan is packed with "tourism safety" according to our cabbie. Every western union, gas station and major tourist point were flanked with at least two armed guards carrying M-4's. Clearly, there are good reasons only cruise passengers are allowed in Mahogany Bay, where Carnival branding and influence dominate. Any chance you get to book excursions without Carnival (especially in Grand Cayman) is well worth the time and effort to avoid long lines, waiting on other passengers, tip-fatigue, unnecessary expense and to avoid sub-par guides expecting a quick hand out. My fiancé and I travelled together for this cruise. I really enjoyed Carnival service and entertainment. There were lots of kids on this cruise and the prices were budget friendly for a diverse passenger clientele. I will definitely recommend and cruise Carnival again, but will avoid cruises that include Belize and Honduras as ports of call. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Us= Middle income couple, both 40-somethings, early "empty nesters" of 3 young adult chilren, deff not the stuffy type. Wife has cruised several times but this is my 2nd. We got a cabin with a window, which was just fine, we ... Read More
Us= Middle income couple, both 40-somethings, early "empty nesters" of 3 young adult chilren, deff not the stuffy type. Wife has cruised several times but this is my 2nd. We got a cabin with a window, which was just fine, we only go to the cabin to sleep anyways. Last cruise we had a balcony and really only used it to open the door and listen to the ocean at night, but that's not worth the price diff unless it's a sweet deal IMHO. The staff were simply amazing. From Brian the head Mixologist at the Alchemy Bar, to "Mo" our head waiter in the dinning room all week. We did not have an unpleasant or in any way difficult interaction with a single staff member the entire time, so many smiles from people that work to make us happy. If you expect to get everything available to eat 24 hrs a day, you will be disappointed, if you can figure out what is open and where the good stuff is, there is GREAT FOOD. Guys Burgers has hand made 80/20 burgers, the Blue Iguana Grill, Fish House, and of course "The Steak House Experience" (we and our group decided this may have been the best meal of our lives) are all worth trying out at least once and then decide where you want to go back to. The only thing avail to eat after midnight is pizza and frozen yogurt/ice cream but the pizza is what I would consider "gourmet" and are hand made with high quality toppings, as in cubes of real mozzarella piles on hand tossed crust. Remember you can also hit the dinning room for a more restaurant style breakfast/brunch if you don't want to deal with the buffet every morning. Shows were very entertaining and fun, lots of 70s-80s high production stuff. The digital effects designer/producer for these shows is AWESOME. Seeing giant black wings burst out from behind a male singer at the right time was killer. Main lobby had live music and a party atmosphere almost every night and "Glory Days" the duet group was very entertaining and kept people dancing and laughing. The comedy club was a nightly staple but the lines form early so get there before or be ready to sit way back, not that it effects your appreciation of the comedians. Piano bar was where we went after the comedy club and Scott the singer was great and got better the more the "appreciative shots" poured in. Biggest tip I could pass on was to be patient and your trip will be much better, there are lines and lots of people but there are plenty of spots to get away from people and have some peace. Remember that other cultures value our ideas of "polite"... differently, people disregard and cut lines, barge in front of you, etc, just chill and smile and enjoy your trip. Shore excursions are fun, but I would recommend picking the shorter length excursions as there are too many "OMG we have to rush back, the ship leaves in 20 mins" moments. For some it would be a negative that most shore hours are like 8AM-4PM, once day it was a deadline of 2pm. I hear the longer cruises (7+ day?) give you more time in port but I don't know. There really aren't a lot of signs and instructions on how exactly you get to the tenders (The shuttle boats that take you to shore when the ship can't get to a dock because of the coral reefs and such) in the morning when you have to take them to port, or maybe I just needed more coffee because the "tender" days we got really confused. They really hustle you off the ship in the morning of disembarkation though so get your stuff ready and just accept the luggage service, they get them off plenty fast for you and dealing with stacks of bags in long lines trying to get off first, really sucks. We let them take our bags and then went and drank coffee and relaxed on desk till they called our number and we waited no more than 15 mins for our luggage to come out. I really can't say a single negative thing about the cruise or the staff, or food, or the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2014
Traveled to Miami - fun place, great weather and restaurants! Boarded the Carnival Glory with no problems. Settled into our room - problems begin... our bathroom light was not working. Searched for our room steward thinking we would let ... Read More
Traveled to Miami - fun place, great weather and restaurants! Boarded the Carnival Glory with no problems. Settled into our room - problems begin... our bathroom light was not working. Searched for our room steward thinking we would let him know... he comes in, without even a smile, flicks the switch, the light flickered and went on and he says ...you just have to flick the switch on, rolls his eyes, rude to the extreme ...and leaves without even a backward glance! we were shocked at his rude behavior considering our previous cruises had such wonderful room stewards. Wow, so we're thinking at least the light works now. Everyone else on board the ship was very nice. That evening we went to our assigned seats in the Platinum Dining room - thought we must have gone to the wrong place because it looked like a big cafeteria with florescent lights, uncovered picnic style tables and only a fork and knife with a napkin on the table besides the water and wine glass. HUGE downgrade from our previous cruises with their lovely white tablecloths, full place settings and larger square or round tables. We were also placed along the wall and could not see any of the things going on in the main room...which wasn't much as they had taken away the dancing waiters (except on the two formal nights) and all the fun the dining room traditionally has offered. So as we sat at our slippery, picnic style table without a tablecloth or proper place settings for a dining experience; our waiter tells us Carnival has implemented a new menu called "American Table" - after dinner we nicknamed it "American Hospital"!!! Seriously under seasoned food, cheap quality, gosh, the crab soup on the menu said Chunks of Crab - between the 6 of us we couldn't even find one chunk and the potatoes were black and disgusting and the soup lacked any seasoning that could have made it taste better - on to the steak - it tasted like the meat had been boiled - no flavor what so ever. We even had our waiter call the chef over, he said it was the new American Table menu. Not impressed at all. Every night we dreaded going to the dining room. The lobster was okay, the other offerings were mostly bland, and not at all up to our previous cruise ship experiences out of Galveston. Our room steward kept our room clean, even if he was unfriendly and unwelcoming. we were glad to leave. Our excursions were excellent and top notch off the boat! We did the Champagne Catamaran Sail and Snorkel, the Stingray Beach Encounter, The Honeymoon Beach Day and The Segway Tour - although we had expected more of an island tour, we mostly zoomed around on a grassy slope behind the fort. But the Segways were fun and so was the staff. The ship seemed very full of cigarette smoke, smoking seemed to be permitted all over the place. We couldn't stay to dance in the disco because people were smoking so heavily. On the fifth floor you had to walk through the casino to get form the elevators to the bars and it was full of smoke which spilled out into the rest of that floor. The people in the room beside us chain smoked on their balcony and we were downwind from them - gag! The adult area at the back of the boat was a nice escape though, although we found that the waiters never seemed to come around to clear the tables or offer drinks. But it was a nice quiet place to sit with a beautiful view out the back of the boat. It would be nice if people considered that they are not in their own homes but on a ship with other passengers and keep their voices in the halls after midnight on the lower side. A little respect for people who are relaxing in their rooms would be nice - we had one lady and her kids across the hall who used the most foul language the whole time we were on board cursing at her boys. It was awful to hear as the doors are thin and you can hear everything that goes on in the hallway! The comedy club was a riot - the acts were funny and had us laughing. The drinks were watered down to almost no alcohol content at all and at $8.95 a glass it was a rip off - like they thought we wouldn't notice??? Rum punch with no rum is no fun at all - seriously! The photographers were like those annoying people on the beach trying to sell you stuff all the time - blocking the halls, asking if you if you wanted your photos taken every two feet! Yes, I see you there with your cameras - if I want a photo I will let you know - you don't have to stand in my way the entire way down the ship! They cost $21.95 per 8 by 10. In the teen club, our friends daughter had her cruise card information copied by another teen and in general conversation managed to give away details that enabled this other girl to somehow gain access to her account and bill hundreds of dollars of internet to our friends credit card - this was far too easy to do and shows an extreme lack of security exposing people to fraudulent use of their cruise account. Be careful not to lay your cruise card down where someone can take a photo of it with their phone and gain access to your account! 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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