863 Carnival Glory Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

This is a review of Carnival Glory's January 27, 2018 trip to the Western Caribbean. The itinerary was Miami, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, Miami over a period of seven days. This seems to be a regular itinerary for ... Read More
This is a review of Carnival Glory's January 27, 2018 trip to the Western Caribbean. The itinerary was Miami, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, Miami over a period of seven days. This seems to be a regular itinerary for this ship, which sometimes visits the same ports in reverse order. I am going to write about only things I have not seen covered in other reviews. From the outset, I need to say that our trip was a very good one. In fact, from the standpoint of value received for money paid, it was very, very good--hundreds of dollars less than the prices of other cruise lines for similar trips to many of the same ports. So, while certain points discussed below are negative, they do not reflect my overall impression of the trip. Instead, they are meant to alert the reader to things that may help him or her to avoid problems. Other points are positive and may lead the reader to increased enjoyment of the trip. The first point concerns the main entertainment area at the midship pool on deck 9. Chaise lounges encircle the pool. From that central point, three or four staggered levels of additional lounge seating rise all the way up to deck 10. The whole configuration forms something like an amphitheater, or in this case, since an amphitheater is meant for hearing and not hearing loss, a pit. Huge metal speakers installed on deck 10 point down toward the pool. Live entertainment on level 10 aft above the pool performs for the pit just below a jumbo theater screen. The result of this setup is an extremely concentrated sound level focused on the pit with no place for the sound to dissipate. Our entertainer, a steel drummer who played along with recorded island music, apparently likes music at a decibel level approximating that of a jackhammer. You may value your hearing more than he does We saw numerous children, some below the age of five, held in their parents' arms without any muffs or earplugs, sitting in the pit hour after hour. Sustained exposure to these sound levels just might produce significant hearing loss. The ship needs to turn down these speakers. Meanwhile, consider lounging on deck 10 out of direct focus of the speakers. Alternatively, you can go to the stern pool, which has no similar set-up. But if the pit is your thing, do your ears a favor and bring silicone ear plugs. The second point is the water temperature of the showers in the staterooms. We had several friends cruising with us on this trip and they all noted that even at the coolest setting, the shower water was near scalding. I tried turning down the temperature control as far as possible and probably came close to breaking the selector valve. I don't know if this is a problem with some kind of master thermostat, or need for really hot water for some other ship function, or something else. If this problem persists, one way to beat it is to soap and rinse off as soon as possible, before the water in the pipes can heat up, although they heat up quickly . One time I had to take cooler water from the sink and use it to rinse off (I don't know why the sink water was cooler, but it was). Carnival must know about this problem, since there is a sign posted in the shower warning guests about scalding water. You will probably notice the sign just as the shower water begins to pour over you. Be ready to jump. Aside from the shower problem, by the way, our stateroom was spacious and the bed was comfortable. There is only one electric plug, though, so bring a multi-outlet plug along if you have lots of electronics. The third point concerns the ship's layout. Just be aware that there is no bow- to- stern passage for decks three, four, and five. This point isn't good or bad. It's just the design of the ship. The fourth point is the ship's food. It is very, very good. We ate tender lobster and excellent steak in the dining room. The menu was varied and we never once found a dish we did not like. Service was beyond reproach. The food on this ship easily rivals the food we have found on pricier cruise lines. In the buffet, I highly recommend the sandwich line. Just forward of the buffet, Guy's hamburgers, a feature of Carnival ships, runs all day and never disappointed when we came on board hungry after a shore excursion. Be advised that the buffet lunch lines stop serving around 2:30 and that the only hot food available really late at night is pizza. The fifth point is our balcony. Since this ship was built about 15 years ago, the balcony is roomy. Some newer ships cite marketing research showing that guests are not interested in balconies, so they make balconies as big as bathtubs. We find balconies to be great getaways both day and night. It is mesmerizing to watch the ship's constant bow wave breach the water, or to marvel at the maneuvering as the ship docks. Once you have a cabin with a balcony, it is doubtful that you will ever go back to an inside stateroom. And in the unlikely event that a norovirus spreads through the ship, at least you will have a source of fresh air. The sixth point is Mahogany Beach at Roatan. We think that Carnival purchased 30 acres and is developing the port and facilities around it in the same way that cruise lines buy islands and use them as a stop. At least we did not see any ships other than Carnival ships at the docks. We opted for a day the beach rather than a trip outside this compound. There is a chairlift from the shops directly past the docks that goes over to the beach. The ride is only about 5 minutes long, but it is delightful to get to the beach this way, and you can ride the chairlift all day for just five dollars. Our friends, who did take an excursion out of the compound, said that much of Roatan is indeed third world. I wish it were otherwise. On a side note re destinations, please be aware of the following at Cozumel. We grabbed a taxi to Ocean Resort at Cozumel on the recommendation of the taxi dispatcher. We were driven to a beach jammed with lounge chairs to within two feet of the water. Beyond the waterline, the water was full of rocks. People walked in, slipped on slimy rock pockets like prairie dog holes, and promptly fell over. One of the best things you can bring along for your feet anywhere on coral-laden Caribbean beaches is water sneakers--serious ones with a sole as thick as running shoes. They are pricey but worth every penny. You can wear them as sneakers at home. Also, be careful of shop owners off the beaten path. On a side street in the town we agreed on a price for several bottles of vanilla extract and the owner tried to charge an additional fee at the last second, even though he had already written the agreed-on lower price on the receipt and initialed it. We objected, he backed down, and we thought everything was OK, but we got an email when we returned to the ship; our credit card company had flagged the transaction as suspicious. It was. Despite the receipt, the shop owner had again charged the extra amount on our card. The credit card company quickly removed the additional charge. Incidents like this aren't going to reverse the view that Mexico is currently a watch-your-back venue. The last point is entertainment. Carnival has a song-and-dance troupe that sings and dances to well-known songs grouped in themes. It's not Broadway but it's okay. There is also an inside stage at the bottom of the midship elevator well, and there the entertainment consisted of music trivia and singalongs as the trivia answers are given. People gathered here every night to watch the cruise director, his band, and other crew members egg the the crowd into participating. All the performers aboard have high energy levels. Carnival also has comedians, bingo, a piano bar, musicians at various points around the ship, and a casino. Take your pick. What you think of the entertainment depends on your taste, but you cannot claim there is nothing to do. That's it. Cruising is just about the best bang for your buck you can find. It's nice to look up in the middle of an ocean and see lots of radar and GPS antennas above the pilot house and know that experienced people in that pilot house are using that technology to take care of you, day and night, so that you can enjoy your adventure in complete safety. So enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This is our 5th Carnival cruise. We have sailed RCCL (8x's), Princess (2x's), Celebrity (1) and Norwegien (1x). Needless we are definitely dedicated Carnival cruisers. We chose this cruise because of Guys Burgers and ... Read More
This is our 5th Carnival cruise. We have sailed RCCL (8x's), Princess (2x's), Celebrity (1) and Norwegien (1x). Needless we are definitely dedicated Carnival cruisers. We chose this cruise because of Guys Burgers and Cantina, BUT the food was amazing everywhere on the ship. We did the fine dining, steakhouse. FANTASTIC. Our room steward was so accommodating. ENTERTAINMENT was A++++. Anytime dining is the way to go. Our cruise director was the BEST ever. Very energetic. (Dustin) One issue I did have was the Debarkation. I do not like the way they have you retrieve your luggage. Our luggage was tagged "3". One piece of our luggage was on a table. Another was on conveyer belt "C" and the final luggage, which I could not find and had to have a manger locate for us, 30 minutes later, was on conveyer belt "A" which was at the far end of "C". Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our second time on the Glory and to almost the same places. We picked it as a Christmas gift to ourselves and mostly just to relax and enjoy the ocean. In our 30 years of cruising this was the first time we had rain days. ... Read More
This was our second time on the Glory and to almost the same places. We picked it as a Christmas gift to ourselves and mostly just to relax and enjoy the ocean. In our 30 years of cruising this was the first time we had rain days. Embarkation was easy, and we were onboard by 11:30 and eating lunch after dropping our carry on in the cabin and getting our key card from the mailbox. Met our stewardess Gemma in the hall and told her she only needed to do the evening service and to get us ice. Although the cabin was across the hall from the room with the ice machine so anytime we needed it someone was there. We had cabin 9267, a balcony room. It was what we expected and although there is some noise from atrium, it usually stopped by 11:30 and wasn't that bad. We had stops at Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. It rained while in Roatan but we had no excursion planned there and it stopped long enough for me to go shopping. In Cayman we did a Nautilus Undersea Adventure and it was cool. It's a boat with glass windows all around and you could see fish, wrecks and coral reefs, we enjoyed it. In Belize we did a sight seeing tour that was okay, Belize is a very poor country but full of proud people. We have been to Cozumel many times but did the Discover Mexico tour and it was very interesting and well worth the 20.00 it cost. Disembarkation was a little long, about a half hour delayed due to customs but we had a great porter take our luggage out and were home by 10:00. Lovely trip. The ship was in good shape, food was good, you won't starve. water in our cabin was too hot but would go again in a flash. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
As neither my fiance or I have any experience cruising we made the decision to take this particular cruise for the price point and the sale date being one that worked for us. As we had no previous cruising experience we have no baseline to ... Read More
As neither my fiance or I have any experience cruising we made the decision to take this particular cruise for the price point and the sale date being one that worked for us. As we had no previous cruising experience we have no baseline to judge off of but I can say that we had an incredible trip. I'll cover the awesomeness first before mentioning a few things that left a slightly sour taste in our mouths (and perhaps these issues are an industry wide thing, not a ship issue, I just don't know). The food was great in whichever venue we dined in, Guys burger joint was an absolute favourite! We ate there 3 times and I'd be tempted to pick another Carnival cruise just for the sole purpose of getting my hands on another one of those burgers. We did the main dinging room 5 nights and on the others we stuck to the buffet as we were just not hungry yet at our seating time of 6pm. We found that often what was listed on the main dining room features could also be found in the Red Sail restaurant only without the loveliness of a plated meal served in a lovely setting. Our room stewards were friendly and thorough and I delighted in seeing which towel animal they would leave for us each day. It seemed as though they were specters in the night, swooping in sight unseen and making everything neat and tidy again while we were off for breakfast or adventures. If we needed anything at all, it was a quick phone call and they attended to our needs right away. The ship overall was clean and I loved the art deco style that can be found throughout, friends of ours who are avid cruisers called it "dated" but I felt it carried a beauty to it that also created a very lovely homey feeling. Now to our cruise director Chris AKA C-Love!!! I would follow him ship to ship to have him again as a cruise director, he was energetic, funny, involved and most of all, made everyone feel relaxed and welcome. I am a very shy person who normally wouldn't partake of group activities like sing alongs and dances but Chris made you feel like it was ok to sing your heart out, no one was judging. On the last day of the cruise he did a Q & A in the Amber Palace where you could ask him any questions about working on a cruise ship or about him specifically, it was really neat insight into a very intense lifestyle. No that it could be controlled by the ship, but the weather was not quite what we'd spent months dreaming of after booking our Caribbean vacation. Most days were overcast, some were rainy and many were windy. This caused some issues to arise such as not being able to call on Georgetown Grand Cayman, but having to move further down the coast to Spotts Bays, which leads me to my first issue...communication. Although an announcement was made that we had to move down the coast (which also delayed when we were able to get off the ship) that was all we got. Even when I went to guest services to ask if/what there was to do around Spotts Bay I was told by the lady behind the counter "I don't know, I've never been here before." Not really what one wants to hear when arriving in a Country they've never been to. When we got off the tender boat there was a fenced in area with vendors and a small information booth where we were informed that there's nothing really around here and the shuttles are $5pp each way. So 20 unexpected dollars later we left Grand Cayman having only had about 2 hours to wander around Georgetown before having to catch a shuttle back to the tender. This lack of communication occurred a few times on our trip and left us feeling in the dark. I also highly recommend avoiding stateroom 1-363, that was our room and I do believe it must have been directly above the workshop for the ship. At anytime between 8am and 7-8 pm we would be subjected to the sounds of Drills and hammering and all manner of what else. Although we didn't spend all of our time in our room, there were days when we wanted to go rest for a bit and felt we couldn't get any peace. Now both those things to me are fairly minor, but there was one very VERY big issue I had and that was the complacency of staff when witnessing violations of basic hygenic standards. Twice, not once but twice, I was witness to a person changing a babies dirty diaper in a public area. Once was on a lounge chair in the adults only pool section and the other was in the buffet restaurant. Both time they were within metres of staff who can not have missed what was happening but yet stayed silent on the issue. Where is the enforcement?? With the threat of norovirus outbreaks a constant worry for cruise lines, why on earth would these crew members not stop this from happening? In no World does it make sense to change diapers out in the open in a pool or restaurant or anywhere else on a ship except a washroom or stateroom. I don't care if it's an inconvenience for that person, or they don't want to give up their lounge chair, it is not right to allow that behaviour. So as you can see, there were good and bad, but mainly good. I would for sure cruise with Carnival again and even though she's an older ship with not all the bells and whistles of the newer giants on the water I would love to cruise again on the Glory. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose Carnival for this cruise for three reasons: the price, the itinerary, and the more laid back atmosphere, as our traveling companions were first time cruisers and more apt to be intimidated by a stuffy vibe. The Glory is a ... Read More
We chose Carnival for this cruise for three reasons: the price, the itinerary, and the more laid back atmosphere, as our traveling companions were first time cruisers and more apt to be intimidated by a stuffy vibe. The Glory is a lovely ship, and well maintained. Having pre-purchased FTTF (Faster To The Fun, a ridiculously inexpensive add-on when you consider the perks), we’ve never experienced a smoother embarkation or debarkation. Normally I want to down a handful of Valiums every time I get anywhere near a cruise terminal. Honestly, I wouldn’t even have had time to choke them all down. And it was nice to have access to our cabins right away. Speaking of the cabins - I’m not sure if they’re actually larger than those on other cruise lines, or if the space is just more ergonometrically used. In any case, we had more closet, shelf, and drawer space than we even needed, which is definitely a first. Having pump containers of shampoo and body wash in the shower was definitely cool. And if I could have figured out a way to stuff it in my luggage, I probably would have stolen the bedding. Never slept better. Can’t speak highly enough of the crew. Alison, our cabin steward, was Johnny on the spot. We asked for ice the first day, and we had a full, fresh bucket of it in our room every day thereafter. And Masowan, our head server in the Main Dining Room, was a genuine sweetheart. I also liked being called by my name rather than the industry standard MA-DAHM. I’m a granny from Minnesota, for God’s sake, not a blue-blooder with a mile long pedigree. And I’ve never liked the unspoken class standards insinuated by the honorifics. Those kids work harder than most of us ever did in our lives. The weather was less than ideal, but the captain took advantage of all available alternatives to prevent us from missing out on port time, to include anchoring off the other side of Grand Cayman. I’m sure that took some negotiating, as the harbor master’s word is law. There were really only a few negatives. The internet blows. We paid for access that we didn’t get, which was irritating. I don’t mind the more casual American Table layout of the MDR; like I said, I’m not a Rothschild. But sliding into a booth was tough on my knees and hips. That’s on me; I could have spoken up to the maitre d’, and accommodations would surely have been made. And the buffet selection on Lido was limited and disappointing, especially for breakfast. Again, however, I understand that, given the fares, cost containment is an issue. All things considered, yes, I would indeed sail with Carnival again. Whatever misperceptions exist about CC members being down on Carnival, no one speaks for me. I liked the vibe. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
it was a group cruise. embarkation and disbark was a breeze even with a child. we had plans for the ports so that was the focus of the cruise. Cosumel at the Chankanaabe (sp) park was fantastic even though it was too windy for ... Read More
it was a group cruise. embarkation and disbark was a breeze even with a child. we had plans for the ports so that was the focus of the cruise. Cosumel at the Chankanaabe (sp) park was fantastic even though it was too windy for snorkeling. Mayan replicas were extensive with a tour. sea lion show, great mexican buffet, we could see the dolphin experience through windows while eating the buffet. Awesome beach area. Dining on the ship: The evening meal was really good but you either have something fantastic like the seafood pasta dish, escargot and of course the chocolate melting cake (absolutely to die for) or you have something like basa (look it up, its a fish from vietnam that is cheaper on the market than cod and probably full of chemicals) its a fish that is on the don't eat list on youtube. we had the flat iron steak which was good, no complaints with that. Lobster one night only. prime rib 2 nights and fillet minion also. Ribs were some of the best I have ever had. Soups were good. Dining service was excellent, we saw the same people serving at the breakfast buffet as the evening dinner, they work very hard, other sites say the gratuities paid with the cost of the cruise is a surcharge and doesn't get reflected in the salary of the servers or the stewards so please plan on tipping. The buffet (deck 9) is like old country buffet. Some things were terrible (don't eat any fruit pies, my friend said its like cardboard with fruit on it). They need more coffee machines! coffee was out about half the time. But, the key lime pie was to die for. rum balls on the chocolate extravaganza were heavenly. we did the sit down breakfast in the dining room 2x and that was really good. Guy Furrers burgers and fries were good. deli sandwiches were good. Heres the low down on the bottomless bubbles. the only way to get soda is to stand in line at the bars. bar tenders don't want to serve you, it can take 20 minutes to get a soda with half the glass ice. They expect to be tipped. This cruise line needs a touch screen machine for soda! Even if it was only on the lido deck it would be better than the set up now. we barely got our moneys worth on that because we finally gave up on it. entertainment: not enough to do at all with my teen. shows were poor compared to my other cruise (I don't remember what line we were on then, it was years ago). very little for family friendly shows, some entertainment was in bar areas. movie night on the pool deck was fun 1x while in the hot tub. miniature golf was fun. one small pool for families and 5000 passengers. we stayed in the cabin after dinner most nights. Suggestion for carnival: at least have servers get drinks, coffee for people eating at the buffet, that would at least feel like we are being treated better than a free breakfast at a hotel. Shows need something like broadway reviews or performers, magic shows, something! I didn't get wifi but heard people complaining throughout the trip how slow, no service etc no matter what level you buy. I have seen the profit that carnival makes (reported on the internet) and this is shameful that lobster is served once, poor shows and the possibility that they are using the gratuities collected to pay the staff their base salary as opposed to a "tip" I hate to say this because of the hardworking staff but all in all this was an economy cruise. I would hate to see one with less amenities than this. I did not shop around for cruises because we were with a group so maybe this was the economy level. This cruise gets you where you want to go. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Chose this cruise for the ports- we had never been to any of them. First time on Carnival, and I haven't been on a cruise in 8 years. We had a Oceanview cabin on deck 2 (Main)- which was okay for the most part since it was close to ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the ports- we had never been to any of them. First time on Carnival, and I haven't been on a cruise in 8 years. We had a Oceanview cabin on deck 2 (Main)- which was okay for the most part since it was close to the dining room and the lobby bar/Guest Services desk. Our room was clean, we barely saw our steward but he was polite enough. I thought the food was great- we had early dining in the Platinum upper section almost every night, and our service was always prompt and attentive. Buffet food was okay- wasn't expecting much there anyway. My only other gripe was communication- it took two trips to Guest Services to make sure our $150 in "Gestures" were properly applied to our account. The Spa overcharged us $30 for a service, but after two calls to them we had that fixed too. Finally, our excursion in Cozumel was cancelled (we heard most water-based excursions were cancelled the night before we arrived due to high winds and waves). Unfortunately, we didn't find out until after we got to the end of the pier. They still had all the tour signs up- you had to find yours and then find out in person that yours was cancelled. Oh well, it turned into a shopping day for us and we got our excursion refunded. Overall, despite a few issues we still had an enjoyable vacation. Food and dining service were better than expected- also we loved the Piano Bar and Comedy Club performances. Would sail on the Glory again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We loved this ship. With it being 15 years old, Carnival has done a great job of keeping the vessel in good condition. Staff worked tirelessly to keep cabins and public areas clean. We had a balcony cabin, #7367, right in the middle ... Read More
We loved this ship. With it being 15 years old, Carnival has done a great job of keeping the vessel in good condition. Staff worked tirelessly to keep cabins and public areas clean. We had a balcony cabin, #7367, right in the middle of the ship. There was ample storage space. After unpacking, we put our suitcases under the bed which allowed for even more room. Thank you to Marichil, our cabin steward, for keeping our cabin spotless!! Breakfast every morning was at the Red Sail buffet. Lunch was at Guy's Burger Joint or Blue Iguana (mexican). We chose "Your Time Dining" and ate all our dinner meals at the Golden Restaurant. Thank you to Dusko, Fuad and Gabor, our waiter staff for making our trip so enjoyable. They always greeted us by name and anticipated our every need. The main entree portions were a good size, so I ended up selecting 3-4 appetizers as my entree. They were just the right size portions for me. That way I could save some room for dessert! We watched two Playlist Productions which were very good and also played some mini golf. I hit the jogging track several times and my husband tried the casino. I couldn't stand going in there as the smoke was so bad, but that is one of the areas where you can smoke. Our Ports of call were Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. Unfortunately, the weather was very uncooperative. Due to 3 ft swells in Grand Cayman, all water excursions were cancelled. In Honduras, it spit rain off and on all day. The sun came out in Belize which was a welcome sight. In Cozumel, we were dealing with 40 mile an hour winds so again all water excursions were cancelled. Some people were pissed, but my husband and I just switched our cancelled excursions to ones on land. We just went with the flow. You can't control Mother Nature. We would absolutely go on the Glory again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We sailed the Carnival Glory over the January 2018 New Year with two other couples and had a wonderful time. We want to take a moment and thank the following crewmembers for making this cruise truly memorable. We stayed in a ... Read More
We sailed the Carnival Glory over the January 2018 New Year with two other couples and had a wonderful time. We want to take a moment and thank the following crewmembers for making this cruise truly memorable. We stayed in a roomier-than-average sized stateroom 6450 on Deck 6. This is a very nice stateroom with balcony at the back of the ship, and shares a private hallway with room 6452. Our steward was Juan. He and his assistant were so kind, so thoughtful, super considerate of our needs and did a fantastic job of taking care of our room each day. A huge thank you to Juan and his assistant!! You guys are the best!! Andy used the $50 Spa gift certificate you blessed us with for our wedding anniversary to get a new haircut. Thank you! We absolutely loved the dining and kitchen staff manager Omur, our head server Eduardo Jr., his assistants Jumali and Berli, and our hostess Medalika and one of the other hostesses that I didn’t catch her name in the Golden Dining Room. This is the best cruise dining staff ever and our dining experiences each night were so much fun, and the food very tasty. They all gave such great attention to our needs, especially since one of the friends we were cruising with has a gluten allergy. My husband Andy began to ask Eduardo Jr. to just surprise him with the various courses, rather than ordering off the nightly menu. Everything Eduardo Jr. brought to Andy was perfect and absolutely delicious. Thank you Eduardo Jr.!! I want to mention that Eduardo Jr. is quite a dancer… the nights the staff danced were so much fun! Eduardo Jr. definitely knows how to bust a move! A special thank you to Allan (“Shot, Shot, Shot!”) who came by our dining table each evening to offer a specially blended shot cocktail in a keepsake Carnival shot glass, which of course we couldn’t resist!! We loved Allan. He’s so awesome! We looked forward to his coming to our table every night!! Another special mention and thank you to Ondre who made the most delicious cocktails in the Alchemy lounge each night for all of us before we headed to dinner. My favorite selection was the Martini Seduction where Ondre lit an orange peel on fire, burning off a smidge of alcohol from the martini, and rimming the glass with the orange juice from the peel. What a delight. Ondre, you are amazing! Andy’s fave drink of the evening was the SideCar. Another very special thank you to Guest Services Supervisor Nolwazi Mashiyane who blessed us with a huge basket of champagne, fruit, cheeses and crackers mid-week!!! What a doll! It was fun to share our treats with our friends. Thank you Nolwazi; you were such a good sport about Andy’s kidding around. We cannot forget to mention Jonathan in the Piano Bar. Jonathan, you are a very gifted pianist, you have a terrific sense of humor, and you allow everyone to be your friend, and you’re so good at the business of making connections between strangers. Going to the Piano Bar nightly was always a highlight of the day. We know your parents must be very proud of you. Finally, the ship’s gymnasium was remarkable. We were extremely impressed with the facility and the equipment. Very clean, and state of the art equipment. Really, really nice. We used the gym several times, plus the walking/jogging track. Every staff member we met was super friendly, super fun, super helpful. This was a truly FUN-filled cruise. Thank you so much for a wonderful 7-day adventure on the Carnival Glory. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I chose this cruise because of the dates and the itinerary. This was my first time with the new embarkation process. We basically went through security then walked to the ship only having our passes scanned along the way. Once on the ship ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the dates and the itinerary. This was my first time with the new embarkation process. We basically went through security then walked to the ship only having our passes scanned along the way. Once on the ship we were able to get food till our room was ready. We then picked up our keys from the mailbox in front of our door. For those who have traveled on the Glory before you should know that the hot tub in the gym was removed and turned into a workout space. There was sometimes a line for Your Time Dinning but the hosts were out before opening pre-assigning seats till the dinning hall opened. I enjoyed the new shows Carnival has added like Lip Sync Battle and Hasbro the Game Show. I noticed for the first time this cruise that the casino had some nonsmoking tables. I liked this because even though you couldn't escape all the smoke it wasn't in your face. Another new thing to me was the cabin steward came around and asked what time you want your room cleaned. You had the option of morning cleaning, turn down service or both. My favorite port was Cozumel. We did the VIP Exclusive Tulum & Cenote Swim With Mayan Lunch. I think we saw the perfect amount of history and everything was well timed. The guide however did warn us that things could have varied depending on the day. I will do a similar itinerary this coming Christmas on the Carnival Horizon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this for a family vacation, and unfortunately did not have a good experience. When we arrived our cabin that was "ready" had a pile of dirty sheets on the sofa, the sheets on the bed were stained, and the crib we ... Read More
We chose this for a family vacation, and unfortunately did not have a good experience. When we arrived our cabin that was "ready" had a pile of dirty sheets on the sofa, the sheets on the bed were stained, and the crib we arranged to be in the cabin was collapsed on the side of the wall. We needed to call housekeeping twice for new sheets for the bed, and a sheet for the crib. My husband ended up setting the crib up himself. I felt as if the ship was short staffed, as any bar you would go to would take at least 5-10 minutes to order a drink/soda. The dining experience was also poor, one evening my husband ordered a beer, we had to ask the server for it twice, we finally saw them bring it to the side counter where it sat for 10 minutes. No sign of our server so i eventually just went up and grabbed it for him. Also, we did travel with our 1 year old son. Lesson learned, Carnival Cruise does not have accommodations for a little one of his age. No changing stations in the public/community restrooms on the ship. Before our room was ready I needed to change my son's diaper, and ended up doing so on the bathroom sink/counter. The family play time in the kids room was very limited, and he wasn't allowed in the pools/or put his feet in the water as he wasn't potty trained. So there was nothing for him to do on the ship. I called the Carnival customer service once we arrived back at home, because we felt so disappointed with our experience. Again another lesson learned, notify guest service when you are actually on the ship if you are experiencing issues. There was nothing they could do, and I felt as if they just shoved us under a rug. They offered a $100 voucher for my husband and I to use for a future cruise. Which we have no plans on doing so again with Carnival. A waste of a couple thousand dollars. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We are one cruise away from being Platinum Members on Carnival, plus we've sailed on NCL, Royal Caribbean, and Disney, so we're pretty versed in cruising. The embarkation and debarkation process was easy, fast and appreciated. ... Read More
We are one cruise away from being Platinum Members on Carnival, plus we've sailed on NCL, Royal Caribbean, and Disney, so we're pretty versed in cruising. The embarkation and debarkation process was easy, fast and appreciated. We sailed for a New Year's Eve cruise with some family friends (which was the best part of the cruise). The onboard shows were very good. The onboard trivia coordinator (I think his name was Lars or Lark) was really fun. That's about it for the good parts. We were VERY disappointed by the fact our room steward only came to the room in the morning (and did turn down service at the same time). This was really an issue when we went on an excursion and needed to shower when we returned (towels were used for our morning showers) and we had to call room service, who waited for a tip. Getting in touch with our room steward was next to impossible. I don't know if they were short-handed or cutting back, but this was not acceptable, or appreciated. We enjoy going to the casino while sailing, but the smoke was over whelming and we couldn't stay in the room for longer than about 5 minutes. They really need to fix the exhaust system to get the smoke out of there, or even better - have no smoking inside the ship at all. I smelled people smoking inside their cabins as well and the staff acted like they didn't smell it.... right. We bought wine onboard and had it in our room. Not once did the room steward bring an ice bucket, or ask if we wanted one. The dining staff and the food were also way below standards. The dining staff, other than asking what we wanted off the menu, didn't talk to us the entire cruise - until the last night when they were looking for their tips - surprise - you would think they were our best friends. The New Years Eve event onboard was fun too, the Cruise Director did a pretty good job getting this organized. The band for the event was kind of lame - it seemed like the theme of the cruise was 70's blues/jazz, and the music wasn't upbeat (or good) like the majority of Carnival Cruises. The best part of the cruise (other than seeing our friends) were the excursion. We decided to try something different. We did the Private Island with snorkeling in Honduras, we did the air boat trip in Belize, and we did the sail boat (actually onboard the Stars and Strips) team challenge in Cozumel. Being a little on the older side (and a large guy), I wasn't sure how this would go, turned out to be a blast. The cruise - not so good, the excursion, pretty good. Having to fly to Miami from Jacksonville was a nightmare in itself - American Airlines just crams their seats closer and closer together, and they pulled one of those gate changes at the last minute to see if we could sprint from one side of the airport to the other - they were holding the plane for us to get there. What a disaster. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We are 3 members of a family who sailed on the Glory from Miami to western Caribbean on December 30, 2017. We have been on many cruise ships over the years and had sail Carnival several times before. The Glory is an old ship. The ... Read More
We are 3 members of a family who sailed on the Glory from Miami to western Caribbean on December 30, 2017. We have been on many cruise ships over the years and had sail Carnival several times before. The Glory is an old ship. The staterooms and public areas are dated and in desperate need of remodeling. Our cabin number was 8384. Dated, and noisy at nights because the Lido deck with pools and restaurants is just above. The ship’s layout is certainly awkward, and sometimes you feel as if you are on a labyrinth when moving around. The food quality and variety are certainly average. On the first two nights of our cruise the main dinning room service was substandard. The wait lines were up to 45 minutes to 1 hour. The waiters service was rude, lacking the most elemental table manners. They acted as if they were stressed-out and couldn’t care less for guest satisfaction. This situation improved after the 3rd night. Maybe they added more staff. They apologized by sending a few chocolates to our room. We had a terrible experience when my wife became seriously ill due to food poisoning at the Lido deck buffet. On December 30 and 31 she only had food at the ship because we were at sea. She became ill from diarrhea and vomiting starting on New Year’s Eve and continued through the New Year. The food poisoning resulted in a gastric disorder which caused chest pain and she had to be taken to the medical facility. They charged a $255 medical bill and refused to assume any responsibility or to waive the charge. Not even an apology was given. Certainly, Carnival could be one of the largest cruise companies, but their attention to customers has decreased to unacceptable levels. CARNIVAL… NEVER AGAIN!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My family and I chose this cruise because it was over New Years and we had only been on a cruise in March. New Years Eve was done very well by the crew. Free Champaign on the first and second day (New Years Eve) of the cruise. It was the ... Read More
My family and I chose this cruise because it was over New Years and we had only been on a cruise in March. New Years Eve was done very well by the crew. Free Champaign on the first and second day (New Years Eve) of the cruise. It was the best New Years party at sea. We had 4 people in a Cabin so it was a little tight, but our cabin steward was outstanding. Towels were changed twice a day, room was cleaned twice a day, he was very thorough in his job. Dining started off ok. We had the late dinner because the cruise was booked late. The service on New Years Eve was brutal. We were there from 8:15 - 10:15. I have never had that long a wait on Carnival before. After that the service was a lot better, the food was great as always. I went to my first show ever on a ship this time around. It was the 80's Epic Rock Show. And i was very impressed by the performers and the choice of songs they used.I will be returning to see that show again on my future cruise coming up this year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary get away. We had a wonderful experience aboard and could not have asked for more. Unfortunately on January the 2nd I suffered a near death experience, which could have been avoided. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary get away. We had a wonderful experience aboard and could not have asked for more. Unfortunately on January the 2nd I suffered a near death experience, which could have been avoided. The kayaking/snorkeling instructor failed to address all related safety measures and consequently some of us had minor and major problems with our gear. Out of the 7 participants, only 1 person had some experience with snorkeling. At that time the instructor could have done the following: 1: Extensively address all safety measures. 2: Inspect the gear to see if everyone knew how to use it. 3: Ask for additional help, since he was responsible for people's lives on open water. Just to give you a couple of examples of malfunctioning gear. My mouth piece was up-site-down, causing me to inhale dirty sea water. The air pipe was not in the proper position and consequently allowed water to flow freely in while trying to breathe. The life vest was completely deflated which I inflated according to instructions that I remembered from traveling by air. One member drifted away, unaware that she was about to step on a reef.(the instructor should have warned her ahead of time to stay away from that area) After swallowing and inhaling a lot of sea water, I became short of breath and while being brought on shore, I lost consciousness. I have to commend the ER doctor, who with his calmness and professionalism helped me to get back on my feet within 6 hours. To Carnival Glory all the praise for delaying the departure, so my wife and I could continue the trip without further difficulty. Once again, I want to give my heartfelt thanks to Carnival Glory captain and his crew. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose the cruise for the itinerary. The ship itself is getting dated and is in dire need of an update. Not as clean as I would have liked - had to ask to have beds cleaned, found old bread underneath my bed. Cabin really worn out. Holes ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the itinerary. The ship itself is getting dated and is in dire need of an update. Not as clean as I would have liked - had to ask to have beds cleaned, found old bread underneath my bed. Cabin really worn out. Holes in curtains, lampshades. Two ports with tenders. Really long waits in Belize to get onto a tender, and the ride to Belize itself is long. Roatan was a blast. Dining good but disappointed in food choices. We did zero excursions with Carnival, did them all ourselves and happier with that choice. Bar service poor - often we would stand at the bar ignored. We were billed for others' purchases. You cannot call anyone to have this corrected - you have to go down to guest services. Fewer deals at the shops. Cruise director annoying - Justin Timberlake wannabe. Activities typical. Entertainment good. Enjoyed the shows. Comedy mediocre. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were a group of 8. 4 adults and 4 children ages 11 8 4 and 2. This was my 2nd time on Carnival and the first time for all others. I felt like this cruise was extremely crowded. There was no space to walk around the ship without ... Read More
We were a group of 8. 4 adults and 4 children ages 11 8 4 and 2. This was my 2nd time on Carnival and the first time for all others. I felt like this cruise was extremely crowded. There was no space to walk around the ship without worrying about losing a kid or getting separated from your group. Crowds every where. Deck chairs on sea days were never to be found and Chair hogs were out in full force. The food was very good but the choices were just not interesting. The wait staff worked very hard to make everything nice until Friday night when they never cleared away dirty dishes, handed us the next course even if we were still eating the previous one, and if there was no room on the table they just put the plate in our hands! We waited through half of the meal for a high chair which made dinner very hard with a 2 year old! Coffee was nonexistent that night. Room steward was very nice and did a very nice job. Cleaned the room 2 times per day without ever asking. 11 and 8 year old had fun at the kids club but 2 and 4 year old had anxiety of being left alone. We asked if one of us could just stay there with them for a while and we were asked to leave after 5 min. They said other parents would want to stay too. Lame excuse . Shore excursions were with the ship and all were good. I have been on Royal Caribbean and Princess before Carnival and s short comparison to royal Serenade of the Seas: GLORY 110,000 TONS SERENADE 90,090 GLORY 952 FT SERENADE 965 FT GLORY 2980 GUESTS 1150 CREW SERENADE 2490 GUESTS 891 CREW TOTALS GLORY 4130 PEOPLE SERENADE 3381 PEOPLE. Overall the ships are approximately the same size and Royal does a much better job of dispersing the crowds so it doesn't feel crowded! I did a new years eve cruise on serenade a few years ago and never felt like I did on this cruise! Way too many people on a smaller ship. I didn't feel like I would be safe if there were an emergency and we needed to get off quick. This will be my last CARNIVAL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
It has been 3 years since my last cruise so we were excited to go back to the Carribean islands on Carnival. Overall, we had a good enough time and enjoyed ourselves but we could not help but notice the decline in quality and several ... Read More
It has been 3 years since my last cruise so we were excited to go back to the Carribean islands on Carnival. Overall, we had a good enough time and enjoyed ourselves but we could not help but notice the decline in quality and several "small things" that had changed for the worse since our last cruise. To start with the positive frame, here are the things that we loved about this particular cruise: - Length: this was the longest cruise we've been on and felt that 7-day was absolutely perfect for the right mixture of relaxation and activities. We didn't feel rushed to check out every single event that was happening on the ship. This may be also due to the fact that we've cruised several times before. - Itinerary: loved the 4 ports and the excursion activities we chose. We stopped at Grand Cayman island (we did stingray city & snorkel), Mahagony bay (we did a beach day), Belize (We swam with sharks & rays & did an island visit), and Cozumel (standup paddleboard & snorkel). We also loved that these 4 port days were flanked by sea days so that we could relax and lounge around. - Food: still good, plentiful and good quality in the buffet & in the dining room. The burger & BBQ stations were not that good though - super dry meats & not so good BBQ sauce. - Water: it's such a hassle to have to lug in bottled waters if you don't want to drink yucky tab water on board. This time, we ordered a few cases of bottled water through the fun shop - it was more ($4.50/12 bottles) than if we had bought from a grocery store & lugging it in but not outrageous either. Extra cost was worth the convenience of having them delievered to our cabin the first day. - Wine & soft beverages: you can still bring a 750ml bottle of wine per person & canned sodas. The staff was very nice to accomodate us brining a glass of wine or coke to the dinner. - Price matching policy for excursions: We found 2 non-carnival excursions that matched Carnivals and getting the price match was pretty simple and easy. We got enough money refunded back to our account that we had little balance left to cover the tips. - Embarkation & disembarkation: Super fast & easy! Just show up at your appointment time then there will be very little waiting in line business. The smoothest experience ever. - Service: The crew members (from cabin steward, to cleaners & wait staff) were all great. We did note how unhappy or exhausted many of them looked throughout our trip and did experience some shortcomings which I'll elaborate later, but for the most part, everyone did their job. Ok, now to the negatives & shortcomings: - Service: while the crew & staff all did their job, it was apparent to us that the ship seemed understaffed. In dining rooms (for sea day brunches & dinners), we often had to wait much longer than we ever did on our previous cruises (up to 30 min) to either order food or to receive. The 24-hr pizza place often had just 1 poor, exhausted guy working the ovens, pizzas & everything else which resulted in long lines & despite 5 or so different pizza varieties on the menu, the only pizzas you could get without even longer wait were the cheese & pepperoni. - Small but several cost-cutting things that were noticeable & overall reduced our enjoyment on board: 1) No chocolates with turndown service (come on!), 2) no turndown service on our last day (not sure if it was just our cabin or all over the ship), 3) at-cost seafood & sushi stations (I remember there being free sushi stations and afternoon tea on sea days in previous cruises, this one did not have them), 4) no afternoon tea on sea days, 5) no chocolate or midnight buffet on last sea day, 6) no bathrobes in the cabin unless you ask, 7) no ice via room steward (you have to call room service), 8) cabin steward asking you to fill out a form to see if we'd really want turndown service. There were small other things that I can't remember now.. but you get the idea... minor but noticeable & add up in the end. - Carnival excursions: we (for the first time) signed up for all excursions through Carnival and it was nice in that you get priority tender as a group & if somehow the excursion runs long, the ship will wait for you (this happened at Grand Cayman), so peace of mind was great. A huge negative, however, was how crowded & packed it was! Especially the Caymen & Belize excursions that requried boat rides, we were all packed in small boats like sardines; if I had any kind of claustrophobia, I would've had a panick attack. The beach excursions at Mahagony bay & Cozumel were very nice. - Ship: Glory seemed run down in general & our room did not seem very tidy or well kept. For example, the mirrors, door knobs & faucets were all kind of smudgy, so I had to wipe them down myself the first day. The carpet was kinda gross from day one and never improved. The sofa had a part that it was out of alignment. - Entertainment: We went to 3 or so shows and while the dancers and singers were decent for the most part, we did not enjoy the shows themselves... some were actually quite boring. There was an 80's rock band (bandsters or something) that was exceptionally good though, so we just sort of followed them around the ship. - Ventilation: OMG, the smoke on the casino floor was absolutely unbarable. So gross. Overall, we had a good enough & relaxing time but I think that we may be ready to checkout other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The Carnival Glory fit perfectly into our groups' schedule by giving us an opportunity to cruise around the holiday season while we were on break from college classes and could easily take some time off work and would be back before ... Read More
The Carnival Glory fit perfectly into our groups' schedule by giving us an opportunity to cruise around the holiday season while we were on break from college classes and could easily take some time off work and would be back before Christmas Eve. We are avid cruisers and go multiple times year (currently booked to go on our first cruise as platinum members) so we knew we wanted a boat that had Guy's Burgers, Sports Bar, serenity deck, and Blue Iguana Cantina, we also liked the idea of the BBQ place. The Glory was the perfect boat for what we needed. I highly recommend if you have not sailed over the holiday season you book a trip! We had incredible weather, amazing ports, Christmas celebrations, Hanukkah celebrations, and so much more on board. Not only was the ship decorated with Christmas themed activities, but the islands themselves were too. Our group took Santa hats and took pics on the beach with them on and our bathing suits and took formal pics on board with them on which was a lot of fun. Boarding the ship was a breeze with their system of giving sail and sign cards once you get on board. The ship itself is not one of the newest or biggest boats, but it has plenty of entertainment. It was interesting to see how much of a decline in attendance the main shows had each night compared to comedy or other entertainment opportunities on board. Our dinner table was one of the biggest tables on the ship, our group itself had 7 then they added a family of 3 to our table as well making it a big round table of 10. Being in the very back of the dining room at the dining room in the very back of the ship was a cause of some seasick problems for a few at our table. We had a table mate unable to make it through all of dinner 4 or the 7 nights. Overall our dining room experience was good, staff was attentive and kind, food was decent, but it was incredibly slow with how big our table was causing us to be late to everything since our dinner was still not out by 10:00 pm. We made the best of it though and always found ways to stay entertained after dinner. Ports and shore excursions were awesome we had actually just done the same itinerary on the Conquest (sister ship to the Glory) 7 months earlier so knew we loved these ports and chose the cruise based on the itinerary. Honduras and Belize are probably 2 of our family's favorite places. We ventured out in Belize and did the cave tubing and zipline excursion through carnival which although it requires a long ride out into the rainforest, it is definitely something worth doing once. We were able to get good GoPro footage in the caves and during the zipline and truly had a blast. In Honduras we did our own excursion and went to a beach resort that is one of our favorite places to go in the world. It has drinks and food included, incredibly clear water, animal encounters, paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling, jumping off a platform, and so much more. This was probably our favorite stop of the entire trip. We also stopped in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Grand Cayman is just a beautiful island and half our group did one activity and half did the other. First half of us prearranged a boat rental and captain and went to starfish point to see the beautiful clear waters, white sand beach, and multitude of different types of starfish. We also saw stingrays while we were there too. We then went to a snorkel spot and dove for conch which our guide let us clean and take out then keep the shells. In Cozumel, we went through Carnival excursions and did the Xel-Ha adventure park which is an awesome place. This is another one that requires a lot of travel time including a 45 minute boat ferry and then a bus ride for only 2-3 hours at the park. The park had everything imaginable though. Including unlimited drinks, food, alcohol, snorkeling, zip lining, cave adventuring, cliff jumping, tubing, waterslides, additional cost animal encounters, and so much more. We had a blast running around trying to get everything in that we wanted to do. Overall the trip was a great time with family and friends. We are excited about our upcoming trips on other boats and will definitely be considering taking another trip at the same time December of 2018! Our cruise director C-Love was very young and energetic making it a great time for all. Crowds were a wide range of ages, with a little less young kids than summertime, but still a good amount of them. Lines were never really too long for anything. We were able to waterslide multiple times and although deck chairs are always hard to find we would always eventually find some. Debarkation went pretty smoothy and we were off the boat before 8am. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was my 3rd Carnival cruise, and it will unfortunately be my last. We did the same itinerary on the Glory in May of 2016 and had a great time, so we were excited to travel with Carnival again until we looked at our sail and sign bill. ... Read More
This was my 3rd Carnival cruise, and it will unfortunately be my last. We did the same itinerary on the Glory in May of 2016 and had a great time, so we were excited to travel with Carnival again until we looked at our sail and sign bill. I like to play the quarter pusher game when I'm in the casino (even though I know I'll never profit) so I was really disappointed when I figured out that Carnival's new machine is designed to rip-off players. The first day that I played, I kept swiping my card for $10, and I thought that the amount of quarters the machine dispensed didn't look like $10 worth but I kept playing anyway. The next day, I finally decided to count, and I realized that the machine was only dispensing $5 worth of quarters instead of $10. From that point on, I only swiped my card for $5 since I knew that's all the machine paid out. When I got home and reviewed my sail and sign statement, I noticed that not only did Carnival rip me off by cheating me on the amount of quarters, but they also charged me double ($20 each time I swiped my card for $10, $10 when I swiped my card for $5) which meant that I ended up paying $10-$20 for $5 worth of quarters. I emailed their customer service department about this, and no one has gotten back to me, and it's been over 2 weeks. I don't expect to win money in a game like that since they're designed for the "house" to win, but there's a difference in losing money and being scammed. Aside from the casino, we had a pretty great time. I booked a suite since we had 3 adults in our party, and the quick embarkation process was great. We usually stay in an ocean view room, and I actually feel like we had more room in our ocean view room than we did in the suite because a good bit of the suite is taken up by the separate dressing area and closet space. We still had plenty of room though, and the room is great for anyone who needs a lot of closet space. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food on board, so no complaints there. We ate at the steakhouse the first night and enjoyed the half off a bottle of wine promotion. The food in the main dining room is never quite what you expect, but it was still good, and the wait staff is always so friendly. Guy's Burgers and Fries is our favorite thing to grab on Lido, but some of the other food is good as well. This is the first time I've had the opportunity to go to the sea day brunch, and the menu actually had more choices than I expected. The room service menu is limited, but it's a good choice if you don't feel like making the trek up to Lido for a late night snack. The evening shows never disappoint, the cast is always fantastic. Our favorite show is the love and marriage show, but I've never seen a show that I didn't like. During the day, there's plenty of stuff to do on the ship even if it's a port day, and we really enjoyed the trivia competitions this time. Overall, the cruise was pretty good, but I'd prefer to travel with a cruise line that doesn't rip me off. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The pros: - Best Cruise Food I've Ever Had - Good Choice of Activities (except for the last day/sea day which was mostly sales promotions for "activities") - Excellent Selection of Food: The $5 California has real ... Read More
The pros: - Best Cruise Food I've Ever Had - Good Choice of Activities (except for the last day/sea day which was mostly sales promotions for "activities") - Excellent Selection of Food: The $5 California has real crab meat, the Steak House is worth the $35 (except they might now get your food right) - Excellent Ports on the 4 day - Easy On Boarding - Superior Experienced Staff - Wonderful Movie Watching Experience on Lido (including blankets and occasional popcorn). Incredible movie selection with the exception of the last eve which were both animated kid's movies (adults sail too!) - Excellent library selection of free books to read/borrow while on cruise - Cruise Director maybe best in industry (and I'm a Platinum member with multiple cruise lines). Spreading his "love" can be a little annoying but his nonstop energy is infectious Cons - I don't think they drain the pool at night - they should for sanitary reasons - Not enough seats in the shade on the Serenity Deck (or perhaps any deck!) - Shows are worst in industry - bad themes - eyesore chorography - horrible clothes, etc. (we want Las Vegas style shows with gorgeous dresses and dancing please) - In room TV is bad deplorable awful - often doesn't work (bad satellite) with 1 movie channel that rarely plays any movies at all - and if they do play a movie it's the same thing over and over - A couple of the fun activities were ridiculously short (10 minute TCM class & 15 minute dance class) - There's not enough seating, bartenders, waiters, satellite reception for Sunday NFL game in sports bar - The spa staff will place an open tube of skin care product on your finger, and then the next passengers finger, and the next, and the next (after we've all been rubbing our faces) at the "Pamper Party" (GROSS & UNSANITARY!!!) - My time dining should be renamed "Take a Pager and Wait" - although it was regularly a brief and painless wait :) Just surprising it's called "My Time" LOL Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was an anniversary celebration for me and my hubby, booked it on the cheap due to cash constraints, but overall we were happy and satisfied with our vacation. Our ship left Miami port Dec 2nd and we visited Grand Cayman, Mahogany ... Read More
This was an anniversary celebration for me and my hubby, booked it on the cheap due to cash constraints, but overall we were happy and satisfied with our vacation. Our ship left Miami port Dec 2nd and we visited Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel. We had sunshine everyday (except about 30 min of rain in Cozumel). The Glory is nicely kept and clean throughout. We had an inside cabin, it was decent, nothing special. Only issue with our cabin was a stinky toilet, but when we brought this to the attention of the customer service desk they went out of their way to make it right! We expressed our gratitude and they sent champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to our room! Superb staff!!! I must admit I was not impressed with the muster call. I've cruised before, and the muster calls were much more organized. This time it was crowded, not done in a safe manner. Everyone on the ship (over 3000 guests!) were called to Deck 3 where we had to wait behind a yellow line, but there were so many people that it was crowded, stuffy, noisy. In our section we couldn't even hear the announcer, everyone was looking around wondering what we were doing there. I understand the instructions are also posted on TV in your room, but who has the time or willpower to sit through that when there is so much to do on board? As far as entertainment there was always something going on at the Lido pool and it sounded like a lot of fun! To be honest, we preferred the quieter side and adult pool and sitting in the sun, so we did not attend events during the day. As far as evening entertainment, we enjoyed the comedy club and the evening movies with popcorn under a blanket. We tried attending the big show in the Atrium, but it was cheesy and we walked out about 1/2 way through. We did book an excursion with Carnival and it was awesome, maybe a bit too short though. In Belize we were picked up by a tender boat and taken about 40 minutes away to Rendevous Island where we snorkeled and sat in the sun for a bit to dry. The island is uninhabited and quaint, quite peaceful, white sand, clear water...just heavenly! Our time on this island was short, but it was one of the best experiences. Beats going into town in Belize where you get hounded by street vendors the second you try to exit the port doors! We booked our other excursions via Trip Advisor: 1) Grand Cayman - we had booked Sting Ray City but it was cancelled due to the high tides on the north-east side of the island. We received a credit for this. The company we booked with took us to 7-mile Beach for $5 each, we walked to a more secluded area and spent the day in clear blue water and white sand...it was paradise! 2) Mahogany Bay - we booked a zip lining + beach excursion. Zip lining was fun, but where they dropped us off at the beach was not so much. The second we stepped on the sand we were hounded by vendors who would not leave us alone. The port in Cozumel was nice, but as soon as you exit the port again you are hounded by taxi drivers and vendors. We went into the information kiosk across from the port and inquired about where we were and how long to get to the city centre. They said 4 miles, so we decided to walk the 4 miles there, take pics, shop around mainly souvenir shops (nothing special, in fact we bought nothing...but we should have bought VANILLA!!!) and then walked back. It felt so good to get some exercise! Just a tidbit of advise, to use their bathrooms you pay 50 cents US. Toilet paper and paper towel is rationed and the bathroom is not what you are used to! With regards to the food, Guy's burger joint and the Blue Iguana Cantina were our go-to for lunches! Although the fries at Guy's were inconsistent (sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, sometimes spicy, sometimes not) we were happy with the taste. Even the BBQ upstairs was delish. As for evening dining, this too was a little off. Although my husband had steak every night, I experimented a bit. At the late Dinner the first night our waiter didn't even wait for my husband to finish his appetizer, didn't even ask if he could take his plate away, when my husband said he wasn't finished the waiter said "your entrée is ready". That was rude. We switched dining times and section after that night. Also, I had asked for my steak Med-Rare, received Med-Well and did not enjoy it. For remainder of our cruise the food at the Platinum restaurant was not the best. It was inconsistent, and many times arrived cold when it was supposed to be hot. Overall the food was "ok". We dined with friends and at times ordered the same dishes, but they looked very different...again, inconsistent. Our waiters were pleasant and had riddles for us to solve each night. Overall, we had a great time, just my hubby and I on what felt like our second honeymoon! So much fun in fact we just booked a cruise for next year! Can't wait!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because of the cost - hoping to get good value for the money. What we got was a "cheap" cruise in pretty much every sense of the word. First of all, the positives - embarkation was smooth and efficient. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the cost - hoping to get good value for the money. What we got was a "cheap" cruise in pretty much every sense of the word. First of all, the positives - embarkation was smooth and efficient. Our bags were at our stateroom by 1:30pm. One of the onboard bands was incredible. They played 50's - 80's rock, and were among the most talented musicians we've seen. The key lime pie and Guy's hamburgers were the best we've had at sea. The waterslides were enjoyable. We appreciated that there was no additional charge for the adults-only Serenity area. Some cruise lines charge extra for this. Now the negatives - Other than the band mentioned, entertainment was pathetic. The individual artists in various spots on the ship were amateurish. For us, the nightly shows in the main theater were un-watchable. They had the same (8, I think) people performing every night, and the costuming, musical selections and choreography were lewd and vulgar. We walked out during the "welcome aboard" show. A few days later we poked our heads in during another show and left within 2 minutes. The Hasbro show was crude, with the cruise director selecting participants with the most vulgar "moves," or those who ripped their shirts or other clothing off. This was supposed to be a "family" show. Similar comments apply to the lip sync contest, the "Clue - Whodunnit" show, etc. We couldn't walk by the piano bar without being offended and embarrassed. This is a crude, vulgar ship environment. Now, the food. For the most part, it was pretty mediocre, although the key lime pie and Guy's Burgers were the best we've had at sea. But it was the "closures" that surprised us. The main buffet closed at 3pm? What's that about? There were several periods of time (we're not talking "middle of the night") that the only food available were - ice cream and burnt, crusty pizza. A similar, irregular schedule applied to the pools and hot tubs. We were asked to leave a hot tub at 11pm one night, as it was closing. We asked where else we could go, and they said everything was closing. I could understand closing because of bad weather. This was a calm evening - they closed for a raucous deck party, even though the hot tube we were using were far from that party. They handled tender boarding in Belize quite poorly. We waited on the tender for over 30 minutes before they let us head off for Belize. We nearly missed our tour. We frequently had to remind our "first-time cruising" friends (with whom we traveled) that this was the first time we had cruised Carnival, so that they would realize we had recommended this cruise in ignorance. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I was originally supposed to cruise on the Fascination on December 10th but Carnival called me 30 days before my cruise and said they were repurposing the ship for the San Juan disaster. I ended up spending double the money on this cruise ... Read More
I was originally supposed to cruise on the Fascination on December 10th but Carnival called me 30 days before my cruise and said they were repurposing the ship for the San Juan disaster. I ended up spending double the money on this cruise because psychologically I was ready for my vacation/cruise. I ended up going on this cruise by myself due to a relationship ending. I don't think I will ever cruise by myself again as it was uncomfortable. The ship was okay. I toured it after embarkation and found everyone trying to sell me something and was saved by the mandatory muster drill. Cabin - It was the perfect size since it was just me. A bit dated though. My steward was great! It was clean and AC/heat worked great. The only two issues were the TV size and the noise. Way too close to the elevators and could hear people at all hours. The TV was far too small to view from the sofa or the bed. Dining - Maybe I am turning into a food snob, but if I am on a cruise, I am hoping to eat lots of GOOD food that is going to make me gain a few pounds. I actually lost 2 pounds on this cruise. The buffet was TERRIBLE! I ended up eating and Guy's burgers, the Blue Iguana and Ol' Fashioned BBQ. The dining was much better on this ship compared to the Vista as far as seating and wait times, and I loved the little show they put on, but the food was disappointing. Entertainment/Activities - A bit disorganized and boring. Some activities even the staff weren't aware they were supposed to be having. Example, used the Carnival app and would show the staff and say "Isn't this Alchemy? Is this happening here?" They said they would find out and let me know, but that didn't happen. Nowhere near the number of kids that were on the Vista, so you could actually swim or go into a hot tub! One of the pools was not in service due to being repaired for a couple of days after embarkation. I had a fabulous incredibly overpriced massage and got my hair done (she was fantastic), but both services ended up with someone trying to sell me overpriced eye or body cream or something. I ended up witnessing some lady having a breakdown until crew members escorted away. I also learned that an 8-year-old girl had fallen to her death in the Atrium only 2 months prior. I thought that was inappropriate for a crew member to share that with me. Service - Bartenders and cocktail servers were attentive. My steward was great. Restaurant servers, not so great. Ports - Mahogany Bay - a little island in Honduras was my favorite even with all of the vendors on the beach. I took a guided tour to the other side of the island and then hungout at the most gorgeous beach drinking at the little tiki hut. It was like the mountains went right to the beach, very beautiful. I would have been on the actual beach longer reading my book, but even with earphones in my ears, sunglasses on, laying on my belly reading a book in front of me, I was interrupted every 30 seconds with someone trying to sell me a massage, pay to pet their monkey, sell me beads, bead my hair, etc., etc. It was unreal. They weren't allowed in the bar area so I ended up staying at the tiki bar. I am going to try some other cruise lines to see if I have a better experience as I think twice on Carnival with bad food is enough since I am in love with cruising. I don't shop at Walmart because I hate the environment. To me, Carnival has that Walmart feel. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I went on a cruise with my best friend November 11-18 on Carnival Cruise ship "Glory". I hadn't been on a cruise in 20 years so I thought I would give it a try again. I can now say I will never go on another cruise ever ... Read More
I went on a cruise with my best friend November 11-18 on Carnival Cruise ship "Glory". I hadn't been on a cruise in 20 years so I thought I would give it a try again. I can now say I will never go on another cruise ever again. It is simply because I have been on all-inclusive land vacations at least 6 times to various locations in Mexico and Jamaica and those vacations are far superior to the cruise I experienced. Besides the cruise itself, I paid for a $400 drink package because every drink with the exception of tap water or iced tea and coffee are $4 plus. But even with the drink package I ended up with another bill for $290 which included the dollar tips, the two games of bingo, one room service and $90 in gratuity fees and one upgraded dinner. I chose not to go on any excursions as they were very expensive and I have done those excursions before. The food was not very good, definitely not high quality. The upgraded meal which was excellent but heard from other cruise goers that the upgraded meal would have been a typical meal on a more expensive cruise so I guess you get what you pay for even though the cruise was $950 each. Entertainment was limited. Getting off the ship at the ports was like a cattle call. My friend got bronchitis and was sick enough to see the ship doctor so her medical bill was $500 for 4 nebulizer treatments, two scripts and an x-ray. One little seminar after a bingo game featured a promotional speaker pushing the purchase of a "Fun Finds" coupon book with "$2000 worth of coupons" for $25. Unfortunately I fell for it. The coupons were mostly for other ports that we were not traveling to and expired at the end of the month, a complete waste of money and just added to the feeling of being ripped off. On an all-inclusive land vacation, all drinks are included, activities are well planned and not for an extra cost, the rooms are large and luxurious and there are no long lines, plenty of restaurant choices and all the beach you can ask for. Maybe other ships do a better job but I won't wait to find out. My next vacation will be an all inclusive lad vacation, no more cruises for me. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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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