230 Carnival Glory Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

This cruise was booked to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We first cruised last year and we fell in love with cruising. We sailed out of New Orleans. We are from Louisiana so New Orleans was close. Previously we have sailed out of ... Read More
This cruise was booked to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We first cruised last year and we fell in love with cruising. We sailed out of New Orleans. We are from Louisiana so New Orleans was close. Previously we have sailed out of Galveston which we were not too fond of so we wanted to try something new. Overall I feel like it was a success. Embarkation was very seamless because we had faster to the fun. I highly recommend faster to the fun! We were arrived at the port at about 1030, And we were on the ship in our room at about 1115. We were told that the glory was a smaller ship but it is still a quite large ship. I believe for our sailing we had a little over 3000 guests with a little over 1000 crew. The lobby area and the our time dining area was congested for most of the cruise but everyone was so friendly we didn’t find it difficult. We spent the majority of our time in the casino which is part of our vacation fun. The casino staff were amazing, the dealers were the best that I’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with. The waiters in the casino area could be very attentive or they could also be very invisible, it was hit or miss most of the cruise. Our cruise was a premier cruise,As was the last cruise that we took. But we did not find at the casino was overly crowded. The dining room food was very good for most of the nights. Breakfast or Sea day brunch was hit or miss. We had one waiter that we requested for two or three nights and he and his team were absolutely amazing. The buffet food was above average which was better than what our experience was on the Vista. We also ate at guys burger and obviously that was wonderful. We also dined in the steakhouse on the first evening. We did receive our complimentary bottle of wine which was lovely and we also received a special dessert because we were celebrating our anniversary. Those were the highlights of the dinner. It took Approximately three hours from beginning to the end of the meal with lots of time in between courses. Everything was moving so slow in the dinner service area for the steakhouse. The servers were nice but overworked and probably stressed out. They had a small bar that we sat at waiting for our table and the bartender there was nice but seemed frazzled. She also had negative views on the United States that she was freely sharing with us even though knowing that we were from the United States. It wasn’t the most pleasant conversation. On the third or fourth night we visited the alchemy bar. And we recognized the bartender from our previous cruise on the Vista. We received very good drinks and wonderful service. I would highly recommend the alchemy bar. Our cabin steward was thorough but very invisible. She was hardly around to ask for anything extra. We only saw one playlist production which was good. And then we attended the love and marriage show which was very funny. Our cruise director was cookie, and we were told he was an excellent cruise director. He was very funny but I believe he got sick during our cruise because there were a couple of days that his voice was noticeably absent. We did not go to the comedy shows or the piano bar but heard from several other cruisers that they were wonderful. All in all our cruise was a success. We so much enjoyed our vacation. And we were very grateful for the service we received on board would highly recommend sailing on the glory, It is an older ship but the staff are very friendly and attentive. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this ship because we live close to port and it was a gift from our in-laws. I was trying to book from Miami on an MSC ship, but my in-laws wanted us to be closer to port. Everyone else was flying in, so we made the short drive. ... Read More
We chose this ship because we live close to port and it was a gift from our in-laws. I was trying to book from Miami on an MSC ship, but my in-laws wanted us to be closer to port. Everyone else was flying in, so we made the short drive. Two days before embarkation, I get a message from a facebook friend with a video of the Glory getting into an accident. Oh crap! We're not going to sail! By the next day, we get the information that we are going to sail, just we should board two hours later and we will have our ports re-arranged, as we will be leaving later (at midnight), in order to fix the hole in the Platinum restaurant. We arrive at port at 1:30 instead of 11:30 as we were scheduled. People are already on board. Great! We're missing vacation time. HOWEVER, within 10 minutes of walking into the terminal, we were on the ship. Single fastest embarkation ever. We immediately go to our in-laws room. They have a grand suite. It's HUGE. Tons of space. Then Red Sail for lunch and exploring. Red Sail is very good as is Blue Iguana. But we are very surprised by the BBQ restaurant. Outstanding. I love Guys (and heard dozens of people ask how they could have such good burgers consistently). We explore the ship and it's nice, but not very well stated. It's not garish, but it's not exciting either. It's incredibly clean throughout the ship, but it's also showing ares in needs improvements throughout. It's got paint chipping everywhere and the exterior isn't in great shape. Back to the voyage. We're supposed to leave at 5 p.m., obviously, but it's been rescheduled for midnight. They are working diligently to fix the ship. Dinner the first night was chaotic. Everyone is supposed to eat in the Golden Restaurant with anytime dining or in the buffet. We have a 30 minute wait for our party of 11. The dinner is rushed. It's fine, but it's not great or spectacular. We're supposed to be back to normal on night 2, so we'll reserve judgement until then. We retire to our room for the night. It's a very large oceanview stateroom. Plenty of room for us. We have three of these and have had more room in this stateroom than ever before on any of our 24 previous cruises, so that is nice. At 12:07 a.m., we haven't left, so I go to bed for the night figuring we're not leaving anytime soon. I wake at 7 a.m., and we're still docked in what is a very chilly, rainy New Orleans. We end up leaving at 10:15 a.m., which actually is nice. We can see the whole six hours of the Mississippi River as we get to open waters. Usually, you can't see all of it ever. After lunch, we get back to the room and we find a pleasant note. We are being given a $100 per stateroom OBC for our inconvenience AND a 1/7 refund on our cruise fare. I was not expecting this. Carnival really stepped up here. I don't know if they refunded anyone on the sailing that actually had the accident. As for the duration of the cruise, the food was very good, occasionally great, but mostly very good. The entertainment was lacking. We had a late dining time. Shows (the few that there were and those that were weren't all that great) were scheduled at 7:30 p.m., which was impossible for anyone with a scheduled dining time. We went to a couple, but had to leave before they finished for our 8:15 dining time. CD Cookie was enjoyable, but he repeated himself a lot. I think he did a great job coordinating activities and was generally enjoyable. We were able to go to the Platinum Restaurant on night 2. They did a great job getting it ready. It wasn't even noticeable that it was damaged and it looked like they lost about four tables. We went to the area on day one and it smelled awful there, a welding smell. By dinner on night two, it was all clean and smelled great. The dining team did great. We made our first stop on day 3 instead of day 2. It was Costa Maya instead of Cozumel. We were last in Costa Maya about 8 years ago. It's more built up than I remember. We hung out at the communal pool, ate nachos from a restaurant, did some shopping and went on the chocolate factory tour (my kid won a competition poolside and the "prize" was a 2-for-1 coupon to one of three places). Second stop was Mahogany Bay. It was a great day. We spent several hours at the beach. It's such a great stop compared to the town of Roatan itself. Third stop was Cozumel. It was our eighth time in Cozumel. If we stopped there first, we were going to go to Playa Mia, but since it was our last stop, we chose just to hang out in port and save some money. We shopped and went to Margaritaville (our inl-aws weren't up to doing much while we were in port ... they paid for the vacation, so we do what they want to). We were docked next to the Liberty, which looked like it barely had a scratch. Other things ... slot machines very tight ... very little on the television channels ... the carnival app was buggy ... my room had some extra charges we did not make (for a grand total of like $15, but since we had nearly $500 on OBC, we didn't worry about it much) ... lots of little problems (one of our rooms was unbearably hot, our TV just shut off after five minutes two of the seven nights, light switches didn't work in one of our rooms, we heard other things from other passengers that didn't work well around the ship or in their rooms). All in all, it was a great seven days. Not that you can have a bad day on a cruise ship. The refund was a great surprise. The ship looks old, but it was very clean. Probably wouldn't do the Glory again, but if I had to, I wouldn't turn it down. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My bucket list contained cave tubing in Belize and this cruise was perfect for that. This was my third cruise and for my fiancé her first. We flew into New Orleans, spent the day before there and arrived at the cruise port early the next ... Read More
My bucket list contained cave tubing in Belize and this cruise was perfect for that. This was my third cruise and for my fiancé her first. We flew into New Orleans, spent the day before there and arrived at the cruise port early the next day due to our excitement. First off, the Cruise Director Cookie was so interactive the entire cruise. More than I ever saw in my other cruises. He will go far with his future. Our cabin steward Mohammad checked in with us everyday, kept our room clean and entertained us with his towel animals. Our wait staff was amazing. Randall, Jorge, and the little girl whose name we can’t pronounce (she went home after the cruise for a few months). They took excellent care of us. We left dinner each night full and happy. The farewell song sung by the wait staff was very touching. Two bartenders, Winston at the Red Frog on the Lido Deck and the girl with braces (a real sweetheart but her name escapes me) at the lobby bar took really great care of us. The entertainers were phenomenal, the shows in the Amber Palace simply fantastic. The girl at guest services even helped my fiancé with issues with her cell phone. Food was very good. But all reviews has to have negatives and there were a few. Obviously from our experience and what we have read in reviews the ship does have sewage issues. A few cabins down from ours must have had a sewage backup because the smell was horrible. The crew worked hard to rip up the carpet and it got better by day five. We were on Deck one. On the morning of the Belize port of call we had to meet in the Amber Palace to get boat shuttle passes. Very unorganized. A lot of confusion. The motion the night before the last day at sea and the last day at sea was horrible. I don’t get seasickness but I did. Swimming pool looked like a wave pool. With the exception of not being able to grab the pack of money in the claw machine in the casino, it was a fantastic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We're Carnival Cruise regulars - gold status - and just returned from a fabulous cruise to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel on Sunday, after first spending a week in New Orleans. The ship is definitely showing signs of age and ... Read More
We're Carnival Cruise regulars - gold status - and just returned from a fabulous cruise to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel on Sunday, after first spending a week in New Orleans. The ship is definitely showing signs of age and wear, but who cares when the crew members are amazing, helpful, and downright friendly. From Made, our cabin steward (Deck 8, forward), to the staff at Guest Services, EVERYONE, bar none, was delightful, courteous, and seemed genuinely interested in assisting their passengers. We usually plan our own excursions, but went with Carnivals top-rated ones for each post on this cruise, and I'm so glad we did. The jeep tour in Montego Bay (with crazy man Kasha driving) was informative, scenic, and better than the "Indiana Jones" ride at Disneyland!!! We saw beautiful scenery, stunning hidden waterfalls, and experienced a monsoonal downpour - and Kasha kept the jeep up on all four wheels for the duration! The kayak tour and swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman was a blast too - stingrays really are just "sea puppies" and thrive on love and attention. And Cozumel, one of my favorite ports, was amazing as usual - started the day with a taxi ride into town for some much-needed shopping (spent two hours in Los Cincos Soles (The Five Suns)) and made it back to the ship just in time for our scheduled Champagne Elite Catamaran tour, which was THE best snorkeling excursion I've ever been on - including those experienced on the Hawaiian islands. You can't have a bad snorkeling experience in Cozumel, but the boat's crew had us feeling like family after four hours - they fed us (way too much) the most delicious and home-made food (don't even get me started on the guacamole!) and plied us with alcohol - as much as you could drink - and other tasty beverages. Just typing this has me yearning for more - time to plan my return trip to New Orleans and another cruise on the Glory ASAP! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The cruise began by parking at Fulton Place in New Orleans. The shuttle service was very easy and convenient. Embarkation was quick and we passed through security without any problems. Our cabin was clean and ready by 1:30. Our cabin ... Read More
The cruise began by parking at Fulton Place in New Orleans. The shuttle service was very easy and convenient. Embarkation was quick and we passed through security without any problems. Our cabin was clean and ready by 1:30. Our cabin steward kept our cabin clean throughout the cruise but there was very little interaction with the steward. We had anytime dining and we ate most evenings at 5:45. Our waiter and team were excellent (Sucipto, Leeroy and Bedja). We enjoyed the seaday brunch. It was much better than eating on the Lido Deck. The evening meals were good. We tried the picked shrimp appetizer and it was excellent. We asked for a second. We do not watch the musical shows. The comedians were all good. Just June/Mom's Manley was very funny. My wife likes to play the quarter machine in the casino. It has a bonus game with tokens and letters. If you spell the word "bonus", you win $100. The ship put only one "s" in the machines the whole cruise. We have been to each of the ports several times. We did excursions in Belize and Cozumel. The beach and lunch in Belize was OK. There is not much to do on the island and we were ready to leave. We went to Playa Uvas beach and lunch in Cozumel. Again, it was OK. The food was good. Disembarkation was great. We were off the ship before 7:00. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I chose this cruise to go to different ports than the ones I had already visited. Port wise, I was not disappointed. However, ship wise, it had it’s ups and downs. First off, it needs to be dry docked. There were men scraping and ... Read More
I chose this cruise to go to different ports than the ones I had already visited. Port wise, I was not disappointed. However, ship wise, it had it’s ups and downs. First off, it needs to be dry docked. There were men scraping and painting it while we were in port! One day we had to endure the cleaning of our balcony , and another day we had to exit our cabin so they could shampoo the carpet. Let’s talk about the muster drill. We were standing on the deck, lined up against the wall. Then they lined up four more rows of passengers in front of us. It was hot! I thought I would melt! Babies and small children were crying and finally most of them fell asleep on their miserable, hot mommas. All while they called out cabin numbers of passengers that were not there. In the past we were seated in one of the dining rooms while this was done. The staff: our room steward was good. I can’t say great, because I never saw him! There was a waitress at the first High Tea who decided to educate us on where the tips/gratuity go. I had chosen one of the ‘premium’ teas and she brought me a receipt to sign. I know that gratuity is added to every ticket, so I drew a line through the ‘extra tip’ section, and handed it to her. She was not happy. She told us that only the room steward and our regular waiter get the gratuity and extra tips would go the staff waiting on us. I was stunned. I look at her and just said Really? I then turn back to the table and ignored her. I wanted to tell her that maybe she should find another job! However, on the second to last night we were seated way in the back of the dining room. Our waiter was Elder. He was fantastic! He has been with Carnival for 33 years! He is from Honduras and we chatted a bit. The last night you bet I requested to be seated in his area! All in all the cruise was good. It wasn’t great. The CD, Dustin Gabriel, was ok. He was fun during the events, other than that, I never saw him. He sort of had an ‘I’m important’ attitude. I will sail Carnival again. Maybe not on Glory for a while. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We like to cruise every year my family Husband and two teenage boys. This was our 5th cruise and our second on Carnival. We flew to New Orleans and stayed at the Four Points Sharaton located in the French Quarter ( not recomemended ... Read More
We like to cruise every year my family Husband and two teenage boys. This was our 5th cruise and our second on Carnival. We flew to New Orleans and stayed at the Four Points Sharaton located in the French Quarter ( not recomemended for families as it is located on Bourbon St in the middle of the French Quarter and the Kids will not enjoy the experience. Young Adults who love to party will love it. The cruise from New Orleans was a nice change from other cruises as the first part of the cruise we were able to sit on the Balcony and watched the river it was nice to not be out to sea until well after sunset. Again on the return trip watching the lights along the river was relaxing well worth the balcony. The Embarkation was quick and pain less from the hotel check out to the Lido deck was approx. 30 minutes total. We checked out at 1055 and we were on board at the Buffett by 1130. Dining we were assigned the Upper Golden dining room First off our servers in the dinning room were excellent. Sunu, Myat and Tangkas were friendly and quite fun we enjoyed conversations and had a great time with them. The dancing during table service was fun. However, I do not like the set dining times. I tried to get My time dining and was on a wait list and had the late dining. This is my biggest complaint for Carnival. They seem to try to co-ordinate shows for the various dining times however, I feel I miss something when I have the late dinning times and there is one show. You really have to look at the Fun Times to get the best of everything. I did not have very many hot meals warm but not Hot. The meals were delicious. Soups were usually hot but not the main courses. When you are feeding 1500 people between two dining rooms at one time that can be challenging. The Sea day Brunch was well used on this particular cruise. Line ups when ever we attended. The service was slower but I didn't have to fight the crowds at the buffett. (TIP) Check the Fun Times for the days the dining room is open on Port days there are far fewer people these days in the dining room as most don't realize it is open. The Kids programs My kids were engaged and I rarely saw them one was with the Circle C group and the other was with the O2 and both were gone off to the activites and did not come looking for me what so ever. I was usually in bed before they were. They both loved the cruise. On the first day a parent needs to check them in we did not realize that you could sign them in earlier in the day, and the sign in was at 830 and our dining was at 815 in the middle of our dining time. Our kids rarely ate with us other then the one manditory dinner I make them have with me. The clubs break for dinner if you have an early dining time it works out for you, me not so much. Entertainment We were able to get to one show the Motown it was excellent I have seen this production on another ship and it was still a good show. If you like Motown you will enjoy the show. The Comedy club This seemed to be a hit. It was a packed room every night for the late show at 10:00. We made the 11:15 show once and we made the pg show with our kids at 7:00 a few times. There were four different Comedians and we saw all four they were great. The Sing along with Cassidy-Rae She will be leaving the ship in a couple weeks so If you have the chance go into the Cinn-o-bar and sing along. Cassidy-Rae will try to full fill your requests. She downloaded the song Beth by Kiss listened for a short amount of time and was able to play the song and did an awesome job. Impressive how she is able to figure out the cords and play as quickly as she did. The Art Auctions I enjoy the Art auctions it is entertaing during the day. If anything go for the Champagne. Jade the Auctioneer and his team were excellent he did try to put everyone's request up for bidding. He spent a few minutes describing different pieces and moved along quickly as possibe. He did not completly focus on one artist which was nice. I did not attend the presentations as I had seen the Peter Max and Thomas Kinkade presentations on previous cruises and I was not interested. The Team were quite attentative during a discusion Kayla had picked up that I liked a certain artist and dug deep into the vault to pull out a picture that would not normally have come out on the floor. Which was nice to see they appreciate the cruisers and don't put what they want out on the floor. If you are looking for an artist be sure to ask this team they will find what you are looking for. Ports Montego bay; Grand Cayman; Cozumel Montego Bay there is nothing immediately off the ship. It is quite a walk to the downtown and the beach with the Markets. We decided to do an excursion through the ship as I wasn't sure if I would be left behind with the relaxed Jamaican attitude. Carnival will not leave you if you if you book through them there was a tour who came back late and the ship waited. River rafting and Beach Adventure. The River rafting was excellent had a great time not too physical. be sure to bring along some money to purchase drinks along the way. The Beach portion of the tour, I could have done without. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe Beach it was small and you had to pay extra for the use of chairs and umbrellas on the beach. It was a very small beach and a lot of Jelly fish were in that day. Good thing the beach visit was only an hour. Grand Cayman Lots of shopping right off the ship. We shopped till we dropped and enjoyed the day. Cozumel Again shops right off the ship. I have been to Cozumel before and should have done an exucursion here this time, to enjoy myself. And since this is a popular port with 6 ships in port. Excursions will book up. If you like the markets in Mexico then it wasn't a bad day. Other then it was soooo hot. but, you can't control Mother Nature. Carnival Hub App This is a great way to quickly look up where to eat and the activites of the day. You can track your spending and book excursions. There is also a chat between cruisers for $5 per device. I do recommend downloading the App. (TIP) Read the Fun Times as well. As not all activities are on the App. For example The App stated check in to the Camp Ocean was at various times however, this was also for the older groups as well and I would not have had to go during dinner. I didn't know it referred to all the Kids Clubs. And some repetitive activites are not always on the App. They are getting better with the App and I suspect Carnival will go paperless soon however, it still needs some work. I avoided the Casino and activies near the casino as much as possible since it is the primary smoking area and I don't not enjoy the smell of smoke. Which is hard to do since it is in the middle of the ship. I found there were some ignorant smokers who were smoking practically everywhere. If you can believe one guy was smoking in the elevator. Another on the balcony. The ventilation on the 5th floor is not great and you do smell smoke around the Casino. Most portraits are in this area and I did not wish to be in Elegant dress and walk through smoke. Disembarking We had a late flight and wanted the latest possible time off. We enjoyed breakfast in the dinning room and waited up on the Lido deck until they called our number. The line moved with little wait and the whole process was less than 15 minutes. TIP: Pack a sweater/jacket as the air conditioning works very well on this ship. I often went outside to warm up. All and all my family and I enjoyed our vacation and will cruise again. 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Sail Date August 2019
The Carnival Glory is a grand ship that is pleasing to the the eye. Every detail of this ship has been carifully and magically created by the designers. The staff was friendly and informative about the activities that were happening aboard ... Read More
The Carnival Glory is a grand ship that is pleasing to the the eye. Every detail of this ship has been carifully and magically created by the designers. The staff was friendly and informative about the activities that were happening aboard the Carnival Glory. The cleaning team under Aurelio care did a fantastic job of keeping the rooms clean and I enjoyed that they folded the towels into animal shapes. The food aboard was creative and pleasing to taste. The cooking staff and the servers were always ready to make your dinner special.The cruise director kept the spirt alive making every day grand.The islands were beautiful but my favorite was Belize. I saw temples that had been constructed along time ago that had held the test of time. The wild life was vast , Monkies swinging from the tree tops , a real adventure. Good job Carnival looking forward to setting sail again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this particular cruise because of the date and itinerary. First cruise for me and fourth for my wife. Problems with Carnival's transportation from the airport but great accommodation at embarkation! First ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because of the date and itinerary. First cruise for me and fourth for my wife. Problems with Carnival's transportation from the airport but great accommodation at embarkation! First impression: The Glory is a GORGEOUS SHIP! We had a fabulous balcony stateroom with excellent service. Food was fabulous at the main dining room (Platinum) and plenty of options for lunch every day. No excuse not to be happy with SOMETHING that was there! Lots of beautiful desserts and fruit too! We loved the couple that was assigned to sit with us every night in the dining room. 98% of our fellow cruisers were so much fun and wanted to be friendly and enjoy. The wait staff was superb and talented! We loved Adam (our main dining waiter) and the rest of the staff. Food quality and presentation was mostly superb. The buffets were of lesser quality but wide variety that can easily satisfy your appetite. We loved their lemonade!! There is so much to do on the ship. Now that I reflect back on the cruise, we could have spent the entire time on the ship and explore all the activities rather than go onshore and do excursions. We were going to get off the ship and do the tourist thing and support the local economies! We are disappointed that we never went down the tubes or went in any of the pools. We really liked how the Glory had a separate "Adults Only" section that we enjoyed to lay on the loungers and enjoy the beautiful views. Actually, the few children we saw on board were well behaved and a credit to their families. Quite a few infants and toddlers that were so cute. I personally did not like how the ship pushes alcohol especially in the form of shots during dinner times. They do not tell you it is an additional expense (I should know that by now) but you do get to keep the souvenir shot glass for $10. We had a fabulous excursion in Roatan Honduras! We did the snorkeling/beach excursion which included the skyrides - highly recommended! Not much to see as far as snorkeling but the water was gorgeous and staff friendly. We had a poor excursion in Belize. We bought the snorkeling excursion which required a long tender boat ride to the coral reefs. To our dismay, we already had a large group from the Glory and we picked up even more people from another ship! All in a boat too small for choppy water but I also understand it had to be small enough to let us get off and on from the excursion. Just way too many people on the excursion as a couple of people kept on running into me as I was snorkeling. Those people in back of the large group did not get the benefit on the one guide's statements. So we had about 20 minutes of actual snorkeling over the beautiful coral reefs with gorgeous fish and other sea life. Then we were brought back on the boat to the cove (island) for a break. Come to find out that was it and I was mad as I thought we got ripped off with such a short snorkeling experience! I wanted to go out by myself but I knew it was pretty far out from the island. It was windy but I still thought we should have had at least two passes through the coral and cut back on the number of people for one group. The de-embarkation was confusing as we had an excursion to the Everglades. Very long walk through customs and to the excursion which was very interesting and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My wife and I took this 7 night Caribbean cruise in February / 2019. Our boarding process was very fast compared to other cruises The ship has several attractions and places to have fun: table tennis, two water slides, swimming ... Read More
My wife and I took this 7 night Caribbean cruise in February / 2019. Our boarding process was very fast compared to other cruises The ship has several attractions and places to have fun: table tennis, two water slides, swimming pools, plenty of deck chairs to sunbathe on the decks. The theater was never crowded at nightly shows. In two of the 7 nights, there was no show, but only entertainment by the Cruise Director, including situations in my view embarrassing, exposing the intimate life of couples. I'd rather have shows in place of these competitions. In the first morning I decided to order hot milk, but it was so hard to get it that the other days I gave up. Two employees serving on the deck 9 buffet told me they had no hot milk at all. Another employee who was collecting dishes told me that I could ask to warm up in the coffe shop. Then I went back to one of those who had denied the existence of hot milk and he took my cup with cold milk and brought hot and sparkling. Poor training and customer service In relation to food, in general it is varied and of great quality. The problem is the opening hours of the buffet for lunch (Deck 9). Each day it has a different time, if you are not aware of the brochure delivered in the cabin, you may miss the main meal. This also occurs during the stops, where you end up coming back later. After 2:30 pm depending on the day you only find pizza, sandwiches or cheeseburger to eat until dinner time (in my case it was 8:15 pm). They could leave at least some healthy and light food choices in this period, such as fruits and cookies. On other ships the buffet does not close all day, only decreasing the amount of food offerings. Information on stops, activities and excursions could be much better. I went to the excursion office to ask for hints and the attendant simply gave me a huge book, with hundreds of options for me to turn around, showing no interest in helping us choose. I did all the rides on my own, which was a lot cheaper than hiring in the ship. In regards to maps and information on the places the note is ZERO. They distribute a small map of each port, just to advertise for jewelry stores, without informing NOTHING about the place. An example: on Roatan Island, Honduras they distributed this useless map. At the end of the afternoon, almost at the time of our return we discovered that next to the port there is an excellent beach (Mahogany Beach), with all infrastructure (chairs, restaurants, shades) totally free. None of this was informed in the ship, so you have to pay the expensive excursions to go to other beaches. The constant warnings by the ship's sound system by the cruise director are very annoying and are often early in the morning, disrupting anyone who wants to sleep. Although it is a cruise leaving Miami, visiting Spanish-speaking countries, everything is in English, notices, leaflets etc. They could make versions of the most important instructions at least in other languages (as Disney parks do) TV works fine. Two channel with new movies, two for kids, one with CBSN and one with old B movies (this last always with a delay between image and sound). Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our second Carnival Cruise. We have sailed on most lines but primarily Celebrity and Princess. We did a back to back sailing on the next February 16th Journeys cruise. I chose Carnival because of the ports of call on this cruise ... Read More
This was our second Carnival Cruise. We have sailed on most lines but primarily Celebrity and Princess. We did a back to back sailing on the next February 16th Journeys cruise. I chose Carnival because of the ports of call on this cruise and the Journeys cruise. Quickest, easliest embarkation I have had in 30 plus crusies Main dining room food was good. Variety, good choices, great breakfasts overall I cannot complain about the Main Dining room food, The Lido buffet for breakfast, not many choices, and the same food every day. Lunch at the buffet was better, more daily changes and the highlight were the desserts for lunch the best I have ever seen but the Mexican, burgers, deli and Barbecue do help ad to the variety. Cabin, balcony, was fine. Enough storage. Only service the room 1 time a day unless you request 2 times. Once a day was fine for us. The ship takes getting use to finding you was around. You cannot get there from here, especially on deck 3 and 4. Seems to be enough deck space though not always around the pool. The pools are small. Not happy at all about photography stations. I counted 10 stations on deck 5 and another 4 on deck 3,deck 5 is the main thorofare, taking up chairs and space where we could sit before and after dinner. I guess we know where the profit is. That is why I rated Public Rooms as poor, they aren't public when they are taken up by Carnival selling something. Entertainment was good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Our cruise was a romantic getaway for 2 40-something first time cruisers. PROs: The selection of ports (Grand Cayman/Roatan/Belize City/Cozumel), all the food options on the Glory, dive-in movies, omelette station, elegant dinner menu, ... Read More
Our cruise was a romantic getaway for 2 40-something first time cruisers. PROs: The selection of ports (Grand Cayman/Roatan/Belize City/Cozumel), all the food options on the Glory, dive-in movies, omelette station, elegant dinner menu, functionality of the stateroom CONs: One of our ports was cancelled, ambiguity of excursion tickets, breakfast options besides the omelette station SHIP: I didn't see the rust others have written about, I thought the outside areas were fine. The interior of the ship looks like it was decorated in the 80's instead of 20 years ago. Just go in knowing the decor is not your primary reason for booking. ENTERTAINMENT: The sea was so choppy that the Motown show was just an hour of the singers sitting in chairs singing medleys. I would hope that it's much better with the dancing. But based off the rock show and another show we caught... the dancing didn't add much. I'd give them one star. We were happier watching movies on the Lido deck. The comedians were pretty good. Better get there early, the place gets packed for the late shows. I enjoy piano bars, so I made it there twice. I wouldn't recommend the singer we had, but he said it was his last cruise with Carnival so hopefully they bring on someone much better. We only attended the finale of the lip sync battle because we met one of the contestants during the week. We were pleasantly surprised, it was actually the best show we caught all week. The Cruise Director and fun squad get involved and it is very entertaining. The hairy chest contest was hilarious, but I don't recommend bringing kids to it. FOOD: Great selection of specialty venues, and most of them were free. I just wish those were open more often. The breakfast buffet is not good. We ended up with omelettes almost every day, which takes a bit longer standing in line. The desserts, even at the buffet, were delicious. We only ate in the main dining room twice. The food at the first elegant dinner was decent, but the second elegant dinner was one of my top 10 meals ever. IMPORTANT TO KNOW: We booked 2 excursions through Carnival - one in Grand Cayman and one in Belize. We weren't able to visit Grand Cayman due to the weather. You have to take a smaller boat called a tender to get on the island. The sea was too rough to throw a plank between the 2 boats, so we had another "fun day at sea" instead of what I was looking forward to most, swimming with stingrays. When they announced the news, the staff was not surprised. Someone asked how often this happens, and a staffer said 50%. I'm not sure if that's overall, or 50% of the time the water is choppy. But be warned if you plan on a Grand Cayman port - you might not get to see it. Thankfully Carnival automatically refunded our excursion fares. There is no communication on your Carnival excursions other than tickets delivered to your room the day prior. Out Belize excursion tickets read "Departs from: 7:45 am" and also "Depart time: 8:30 am". In my mind, we have to be at the location stated on board between 7:45-8:30 AM. We checked in to the meeting location before 8:30 AM and showed them our tickets. They advised us to have a seat until we're called. After we were called we waited on the steps for debarking about a half hour before our tender arrived. When we arrived in Belize City, we were told that we missed our tour! Cruise vets, please keep in mind we were first time cruisers. You need to go by the earliest time on your tickets. By the time they could find someone to help us, the other major tours were gone as well. So we went 0 for 2 on our Carnival-booked excursions. At least they credited us for this missed excursion as well, and we made the most out of the day with shopping and bars. The drinks are about $12 after gratuity and some occasional additional tips, so consider that when deciding on the drink package. We didn't get the package, but came within about $20 of it, so it actually is priced about right. Get the package if you're committed to drinking every day. Overall we were very happy with the experience despite some setbacks. I look forward to cruising again, possibly with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Basic balcony room, with ocean view and chairs to kick back in. Housekeeping team were very efficient in maintaining our rooms. Dining was always on par, quick friendly service, all dining request were accomodated. Entertainment was a ... Read More
Basic balcony room, with ocean view and chairs to kick back in. Housekeeping team were very efficient in maintaining our rooms. Dining was always on par, quick friendly service, all dining request were accomodated. Entertainment was a new group of performers that "WOW'ED" all of there shows. Those were the Pros; Cons; The ship's photographers were aggressive in getting photo's at every opportunity they see you. AVOID THE EFFY JEWELRY STORE! It is truly buyer beware at this place. I found a nice ring only later to find it was nothing more than costume jewelry grade piece at fine jewelry prices. Don't be dubbed as I was. Duty Free Store; If any of your have learn to price shop, then it should be obivous that there prices (even with rebates) are above the prices at your local CVS, Rite-Aid, etc. For the most part, the cruise forfilling there hospitalitly was Very Good to Excellent. Just know where the traps are. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Carnival Glory's Room service they are the happiest people always saying hello knew our names.Our rooms were clean old decorating style.The Punchliner Comedy shows are hilarious.They have them every night but 1. I was disappointed ... Read More
Carnival Glory's Room service they are the happiest people always saying hello knew our names.Our rooms were clean old decorating style.The Punchliner Comedy shows are hilarious.They have them every night but 1. I was disappointed that it was too crowed and couldn't find a seat one time. The piano bar is fun. Putt putt golf was ok. Steam room is good. Guys burgers are the best burgers. I enjoy the Mexican bar.The deli and pizza is good. The buffet can be over crowed and hard to find seats.On sailing days for breakfast you can eat eggs and steak in dinning room.The dinning room food has a nice selection.I wish there was more mango,papaya and star fruit.In Cozumel I highly recommend San Gervasco ruins Edward tour guide is Mayan and very knowledgeable and funny. You go to the same Ports on all of cruise lines and they have the same excursions.The Balcony is more affordable on Glory. The musical shows are good the first time you see them but they have the same exact shows 2 years latter. In Belize the boat ride I wish there were life jackets.I highly recommend river boat excursion seeing monkeys, iguanas, bats manatee noses and nice size Lauranal Mayan ruins was impressive. In the spa I paid in advance they recharged my credit card after service and added gratitude,this was a hassle because I had to stand in a long line for a long time to pay off balance carnival should fix this. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
A Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami which left Miami on its coldest day in 5 years - it should have been an indicator. We started with two days of cold, rainy and windy weather but that didn't stop us being entertained and having ... Read More
A Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami which left Miami on its coldest day in 5 years - it should have been an indicator. We started with two days of cold, rainy and windy weather but that didn't stop us being entertained and having fun. We were unable to make our scheduled stop at Grand Cayman as it was unsafe for the tenders to take us to port - this was disappointing as we were really looking forward to visiting Hell. Unfortunately for Carnival, 20 sun loungers were lost over the edge of the ship. Once we'd passed through our bad weather things improved. Our stops at Roatan, Belize and Cozumel were lovely and the weather was gorgeous. It was certainly a cruise for Carnival to grab back some of our winnings - the coldest craps table on record must have been the award that week. Still, between Maria, Sushi, Ignatius, Brian and Simon and casino supervisor Errol, our dealers still provided great entertainment and service. I'll certainly be looking to re-run at least part of this itinerary so that I can go to Hell - and back again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The Glory is a great ship! She's a perfect size and rides the water smoothly. Embarkation was quick as was disembarkation. Expect some elevator delays during embarkation/debarkation day as the crew use them for luggage ... Read More
The Glory is a great ship! She's a perfect size and rides the water smoothly. Embarkation was quick as was disembarkation. Expect some elevator delays during embarkation/debarkation day as the crew use them for luggage simultaneously. We opted for the Everglades/FLL airport excursion and it worked out well for return to the airport. Dining was a bit of a problem this time, therefore, we will opt for anytime dining next cruise. Sometimes it is nice to mix up your table mates! Food was generally good. Buffet has a difficult time keeping selections hot. Burrito bowl at Blue Iguana is great, as is a burger from Guy's! This particular group of performers for the live shows were very good! The best I've seen/heard in the past 4 years..good job! Comedians were great, as usual. Must say that Mahogany Bay was a delightful port. The beach is lovely and proximity to shopping & restaurants is a plus. All in all, we would cruise on the Glory again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Chose this cruise mostly for the date it set sail. This was my first cruise. Carnivals staff were all very friendly and helpful. Was pleasantly surprised with the amount of activities to do on board .. Ship was very clean ,Hotels should ... Read More
Chose this cruise mostly for the date it set sail. This was my first cruise. Carnivals staff were all very friendly and helpful. Was pleasantly surprised with the amount of activities to do on board .. Ship was very clean ,Hotels should be as clean . Food was great I liked that there was a variety of food to choose from.The chef and his team did an amazing job. Really enjoyed the activities in the lobby . trivia games seemed to be enjoyed by all . Liked that they played movies on the Lido deck ,only thing I would suggest for that is maybe more recent movies . Liked the adult only deck . we had somewhere to go if we chose . Hot tubs could have been warmer . that is just my personal preference..as with anything else in life cruising is a choice .i believe you choose to have a good time .Or you set on the side lines Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We wanted a relatively affordable cruise with a Caribbean itinerary to places we have not visited before. Carnival Glory delivered! For experienced Carnival travelers, you know what to expect: a medium sized ship (3000 passengers), jam ... Read More
We wanted a relatively affordable cruise with a Caribbean itinerary to places we have not visited before. Carnival Glory delivered! For experienced Carnival travelers, you know what to expect: a medium sized ship (3000 passengers), jam packed activities, staff who will pamper you, the usual cruise fare to eat. The Glory is an older ship and, like many older ships, needs some refurbishments, but it was clean and familiar. Crew and staff goes out of its way to please you (shout out to Rolando in the Platinum Dining Room and his staff and Yuli and his assistant as our room steward). Food was okay - loved the Ports of Call menus at dinner. Deli and pizza are pretty good but service was slow, even at off peak times. Did not like the Old Fashioned Barbecue fare or desserts offered other than at dinner. Stage shows were entertaining; the comedians were so-so; Jorge was the best of the lot. Shopping is not a big deal on the ship compared to other cruise lines. Our balcony cabin (8336 mid ship) was spacious and comfy enough for 2 - had a mini fridge which was a pleasant surprise as not all Carnival ships include one. Some upholstery is looking its age but we were satisfied. Have not been to Caymans, Belize or Roatan before, so this cruise filled one of our goals. Pools are crowded and you have to contend with chair hogs although the Serenity Decks were surprisingly open and available, compared to other Carnival cruises. Room service was on time 4/5 days we ordered it in the morning. (the only time it was late was when we ordered it for 730-800am window,) We did not like the smoke belching from the Casino onto Deck 5 or elevators. Despite complaints, Carnival will not do anything about it. All in all, a lovely trip that we would like to do again. We booked our own excursions indepedent of the ship. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO SHIP TIME AND LOCAL PORT TIME. This was very frustrating for us.and other cruisers, especially when cell phones did not register time changes properly. getting on and off the ship was a snap. Watch out for passengers disembarking before their assigned timeas this caused a bit of delay in Miami Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Been on the Glory previously. It's an older ship, but still a favorite of ours. EMBARKATION: Don't understand why VIP members are boarded only 2 minutes before general boarding begins. Not much of a perk , if you have to ... Read More
Been on the Glory previously. It's an older ship, but still a favorite of ours. EMBARKATION: Don't understand why VIP members are boarded only 2 minutes before general boarding begins. Not much of a perk , if you have to greet a mob on embarkation. CABIN: Balcony cabin on port side. Nice view of ports and the ocean. DINING: Lido generally good, don't expect 5 stars, let's call it APPLEBEE's PLUS. Still pretty good on lido, although the selections get fewer and fewer with each cruise. We really enjoyed the SEAFOOD SHACK, make sure you check it out...costs a few $$ but quality was good. GUYS BURGERS...always packed, and best burger around. TACO/BURRITO place also good, but crowded. PIZZA: always a favorite, not that crowded but good pizza. The DELI was really good, and had daily special sandwiches....pretty good crowd here..but worth the line. NOTE: Always annoyed at cruisers who INSIST on eating their way through the Lido Buffet line....seriously, can't you wait to sit down?.....eating food with fingers while moving through the grazing line is not only unsanitary but bad mannered. DO NOT take food with fingers off the serving trays....Saw one person take a roll, inspect it, then placed back in the tray....Oh my. DINING ROOM: Whew...where to start....Generally good. Not sure why I have to look at a cruiser in T shirt on Formal Night...Carnival seems to allow anyone in with any attire? Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Yes, it’s true and in an ironic twist, this was the first time ever, after taking thousands of trips, the FIRST TIME I BOUGHT INSURANCE! Can you believe it? I couldn’t, even though my duffel bag had my second camcorder (Sony action cam ... Read More
Yes, it’s true and in an ironic twist, this was the first time ever, after taking thousands of trips, the FIRST TIME I BOUGHT INSURANCE! Can you believe it? I couldn’t, even though my duffel bag had my second camcorder (Sony action cam with underwater housing) and four microphones (including my Rode shotgun), headphones, not to mention my unmentionables. Today, after two-and-a-half days (disembarked Aug. 18) I came home and found my duffel bag parked next to my front door. All secured with those thick cable ties and everything intact. Bless you, Carnival Guest Services for following up on my tortured emails and postings on your Facebook page. (Not really bad, trust me.) Now that I’m in a better mood, here goes with my criticism of my cruise. As usual, Carnival delivered what they promise at a value. This was my daughter’s Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration. She chose to go on a cruise with her two BFFs (and her ancient old mariner dad) instead of a Sweet Sixteen party for 50 with a DJ, caterer, banquet hall, dance floor, the whole shebang. Personally I think she’s crazy, but that’s another story. Most of it is being told in the videos I’m in the middle of editing, due to be released on my YouTube channel TeachinTV. I’d been on two other ships of this class, Destiny (now Sunshine) and Victory. I like the way-out interior design and once you get used to going up to go down to eat in the aft MDR, getting around it is easy. I wish they had more obvious signs indicating which way is aft and forward, sort of like the way the fish swim in Norwegian’s ships’ carpets. I’d been on two other ships of this class, Destiny (now Sunshine) and Victory. I like the way-out interior design and once you get used to going up to go down to eat in the aft MDR, getting around it is easy. I wish they had more obvious signs indicating which way is aft and forward, sort of like the way the fish swim in Norwegian’s ships’ carpets. Cabin: Was terrific, actually we had two of them, interior, forward (near the bow) separated by a stewards’ closet. Up on the Lido, it was near enough to things vertically. On the other hand, I am absolutely sure that one of the reasons that I didn’t put on ANY weight on this 7-night cruise was because of the distance I covered going aft, for damned near EVERYTHING. I wore out the tread in my sandals. I loved the proximity to the “secret decks” that I’m SURE no one reading this knows about. Right. We had a problem with flooding in the bathroom caused by a crack in the shower pan. They fixed it by the end of day two. Other little problems: a flashing overhead light fixture, a balky bedside lamp switch that I didn’t report, but were fixed. I rigged my walls with magnets, including a couple for my electrical cord that connected to the CPAP across the room. I also brought my power strip to charge all my devices, including battery chargers galore. I liked the “new” re-design, with ample storage, brightened blue and off-white bathrooms and a decent TV. My neighbors were perfectly…neighborly. Shore Excursions: One out of three was bought through Carnival, two arranged by TripAdvisor consultants. Cozumel, we felt confident getting off of the ship and locating a beach place on our own, which we did. Ocean VIP proved to be a reasonable deal, guaranteed to get you back to the ship without forcing you to become a pier runner. (See my video! Soon come.) Unless…you take advantage of their all-inclusive beverage deal. The food was surprisingly good and plentiful. Typical offerings including a decent fish taco and guac. The beach itself is relatively narrow, sandwiched between other beachfront condo/restaurant/tourist traps. I was surprised at how these boats and jet-skis picked their way between the snorkelers. Miracle, no one got propped! Mahogany Bay, Roatan was the most fun. Another one we booked outside of the cruise line. After climbing and then riding ballistically on the back of a little pickup truck and then climbing even higher, we rode a series of like, six or seven zip-lines that encourage to scream your bloody face off, which I did. Hell of a way to descend from a jungle-covered mountaintop down to street level. It scared me witless. Seriously. After zip-lines, we went to the wildlife area where we got to play with the monkeys, hamsters and pet a three-toed sloth. (Face reminded me of Yoda.) For lunch we got ripped off at the restaurant at the zip-line place, but we let it go for six bucks. The food featured the “iguana platter” which we had to try. It tasted like…chicken with small bones. The skin was a little bit off-putting. The beer with the steamship on the label was a very tasty pilsner. On the way to the pier they stopped at a hilltop “shopping center” (row of market stalls) with a wonderful view of the ships. The girls and I had a great time all in all on that day. Belize made me wonder why I got off the ship. Of course we booked the cave and tubing tour through Carnival—and freakin’ missed it! They did put my girls onto another excursion that put them on a boat, then on a beach. And I got a semi-refund. They had a great time although complained about overpaying for scanty chicken and rice. As for me, I booked the Rum Distillery and City Tour. What a fool. It was a total scam; I should have figured it was, after all, Belize. Impossible to shoot video from a moving school bus on THOSE barely paved roads with sleeping policemen every fifty yards or so. The best place to grab photos, the main church, was closed, off-limits. Their colonial architecture is interesting but hardly distinctive. It’s hodgepodge, some of it is well-kept, some of it is rundown beyond belief. The town itself lacks character and a true center. The shopping area where the tenders unload is completely artificial. The highlight of the city tour was the drive-in cemetery. Then came the rum distillery visit, which promised “A FREE SAMPLE.” The museum was small, lots of small stuff like bottles, wood tools and broken glass, mainly photos enlarged. Boring. No real “treasures,” not much to see. Then behind the plate glass wall you get to watch the ladies slap labels on bottles while some guys in the back stand around with clipboards and some others pour stuff in a hopper. By the time I was ready for my “FREE SAMPLE” I needed a stiff shot of rum. Instead, my “FREE SAMPLE” was fruit juice with a drop of rum. It was so bad my tongue and taste buds revolted, I put the full cup down and bought a bottle of water--I needed to wash out my mouth. The entire “presentation” was a prolonged sales pitch for their rum. I found a guy outside selling these outrageously delicious fresh-roasted locally picked cashews and I gorged myself on them. It made my day. George Town, Grand Cayman is a lovely place to park your money, and visit it once a year. If you’re a diver, you’re in heaven. If you’re not, you’re in Boredom Borough. I advise that once you’ve gone to Stingray City, Turtle Kraals (used to be known as…), Hell and back, you’ve done it all. Notable for gracious and polite hospitality in clean, featureless places. The cuisine is…the usual island stuff, nothing distinctive as found in Haiti, Martinique, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica but borrows from all of them. Seven Mile Beach isn’t even seven miles. Typical Caribbean exaggeration, but it is a pretty beach. Nice if you can afford it. Entertainment: Of course, to a professional curmudgeon such as myself, I found the MOST entertainment was people-watching. I loved the elderly couple with the lady in the wheelchair who dressed in alike tropical gear; I loved all of the groups celebrating reunions, weddings, wakes, you name it; I loved the barflies smoking their brains out in the casino; the guy shaking his cocktail contest entry poolside; the older couple playing the Marriage Game… I could continue, but onto the PROFESSIONALS. To my mind, Carnival has settled into a formula that is all about reducing costs. How? They hire second-rate comedians, no one breaking new territory, sticking to throwing in the “F” word often enough to be “funny.” Sebastian Whatisname was completely forgettable. At least he didn’t rip off George Carlin, which probably would have helped his act. Another way they scrimp is in the music: they hire solo acts that are accompanied by their electronic gear. It’s expensive to pay bands! That’s another reason why you’re hearing recorded music in the “really big shows” in the theater. Another way they save money is in set design, construction and stagehands. They throw a few sticks and pipes together, call it a set and wheel it around the stage. The main “set” is provided by a giant rear-projection screen. The dancing is more gymnastics and cheerleading, although the vocal delivery by the singer/dancers was was pretty good. I loved the way they all presented their version of Motown, without one black performer. The piano guy singer was adequate in the piano bar, delivering dependable covers of Elton John, Barry Manilow and Billy Joel. The rock band poolside did a decent job delivering dependable covers of Aerosmith, The Police, Van Halen. The Caribbean guy on steel drum delivered dependable covers of Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley and Harry Belafonte. The girl guitar players singers delivered dependable covers of Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, kd laing. The best music came from the jazz band, complete with horn section and a real live drummer! Caught their act in the atrium bar. Damn good version of Coltrane! I have to give credit where it’s due: that adorable Cruise Director Julie OOPS, I mean Brittney put on a helluva show! Without revealing one square inch of skin (other than lower legs) she projected her personality without forcing it, with a vocal delivery that is smooth, professionally perky coupled with a set of facial expressions that are totally practiced, with her lips outlined in bright red, clown-like. She was GREAT! Service: Once again, the “Jack Factor” played well. That’s what I call being recognized and called by my name by crew/staff/officers/masseuses, named after my friend Jack who ONLY sails on Carnival because he loves hearing his name spoken aloud. From Santiago the waiter, a smart guy with a quick wit; from A-a-RON, the Maitre D (Aaron) in the Golden Restaurant who handled my problem with my original table assignment with aplomb; Larisa who welcomed me personally to the Platinum Restaurant warmly each subsequent evening; last to Gemma, our cabin stewardess, who adopted ALL of us—as my “next ex-wife.” (I hope she read that and laughed out loud.) She dubbed my daughter and cohorts as her “Little Angels” and took care of them, and saw that my ice bucket was always full and equipped with clean glasses. To drink out of, not to see through. Teen Club: It was policed by Carnival Security, which I can tell you for certain. For a moment they prevented me from entering it to check on my daughter and her friends. They kept their their eyes on me as I walked around the place with my hands in my pockets, trying to discern their faces in the romantic, dark light. Teens were dancing on the floor, some wherever they were, drinking countless virgin pina coladas and acting very sophisticated. I loved it, but was asked to leave them to their fun. Activities: As a videographer, I’m not a participant, I’m a witness. I loved watching the video I shot of that “Love and Marriage Game” thing they have; saw people going crazy shaking their cocktail creations at the poolside contest; watched a mile-long conga line snake its way around the ship at the late-night deck party; I watched a not very hairy guy win the “Hairy Chest” contest; of course I signed up to sing karaoke until this older guy got up and killed his version of some country song. That guy could freakin’ sing, damn if I was going to follow THAT guy. Dining: I’ve become accustomed to the ways that Carnival is producing more with less. Anything more costs. I coughed up for two meals for four at the Emerald Room Steakhouse. I coughed up for the Seafood Shack. I don’t stand in line for food EVER, but I did wait for a couple of minutes behind two other people at Guy’s Burger Joint. I completely missed out at the Deli. Too damned busy! I missed out on the tacos for lunch, but I did have a burrito for breakfast. Forget the buffet now at this point. They have completely shifted their focus away from variety to producing a few staples. The fact is that they refuse to feature the best damned food produced in that galley is the INDIAN FOOD! Their way of saving costs is to siphon away people who LOVE a variety of cuisines toward the Mexican place and the burger joint, both of which produce satisfying food at low cost. Meanwhile they’ve upped their game in the MDR by slimming down the choices and producing higher quality food with better, more creative recipes and presentations. I did see the requisite carving station at the buffet. I loved the lobster salad, but didn’t like the way they make it look like more by placing it carefully on a shallow trench in the roll. In general, the entrees were good to excellent (braised beef short ribs). The side dishes were mediocre (mashed potatoes?) to good (ratatouille). The steaks in the MDR (striploin) were every bit as good as the fatty, sinewy steaks (Cowboy, NY Strip) served in the Steakhouse. Lobster is my favorite thing, prefer it broiled which was fine. As far as my inner foodie’s opinion is concerned, the one thing that ALL Carnival ships do well is chocolate. They start by purchasing a high-quality European chocolate that is the foundation for EVERY scrumptious dessert they produce, with a couple of exceptions. WAY better than NCL or RCCL's chocolate desserts with a discernible depth of flavor. I’m not going to review individual dishes here. Too long to go into. Watch my video, coming soon. As I said to our dining companions, an older quartet NOT my 16 year olds, who watched me leave piles of leftovers on plates in front of me, horrified: "I’m sorry I’m not an eater, I’m a taster." (You don’t have to clean your plate. Your leftovers are processed onboard into fish food. I’m doing my part to help the fish live well.) Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was a good, solid cruise experience. Getting on and off the ship was well orchestrated. Our cabin was clean and the steward was very attentive. The food was good with many options each night. The cabin location was excellent! Being ... Read More
This was a good, solid cruise experience. Getting on and off the ship was well orchestrated. Our cabin was clean and the steward was very attentive. The food was good with many options each night. The cabin location was excellent! Being on the back of the ship allowed for wonderful views. We took an excursion, Sharks, Rays, Barrier Reef Snorkel & Island Escape, with Exotic Tours in Belize. This was booked through Carnival. The excursion really should have been cancelled due to the very strong current that day. The snorkeling was impossible and the conditions were not safe. I love to snorkel, but this day was not a good day to do it. The time in Caye Caulker was lovely and the boat ride to and from the snorkel site was enjoyable. We booked other excursions through independent services and taxis once we were onshore at the different ports. We would highly recommend Bryan Williams Tours in Roatan, Honduras. We met him outside the compound gate of Mahogany Bay. He and his cousin, Kymane, drove us around the island all day. It was so interesting to see something other than the Mahogany Bay area that Carnival provides. Bryan took us to West Bay where we snorkeled right off the beach! He was very prompt and reliable. My sister and I felt well taken care of throughout the day. He was knowledgable and responsive to our questions about his home. Bryan provided a day that we will always remember! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This is our first cruise so we don’t have any point of reference. We really did enjoyed it and looking forward to another cruise next year. I find their staff friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We purchased their most ... Read More
This is our first cruise so we don’t have any point of reference. We really did enjoyed it and looking forward to another cruise next year. I find their staff friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We purchased their most expensive wifi plan and still could not connect to anything. It was a waste of money so we do not recommened this. We couldnt even load united.com to checkin for our flight. We had to ask a family member to check us in. Conclusion: Waste of money We purchased Faster to the fun program. At first we were having a great time skipping lines during checkin but all these changed. It was pretty much useless during island tour. We only used it for Grand Cayman tender. Getting back to the ship would mean long lines even if you paid already. At least open a priority line! For Guest Services, we were ignored at one point and the agent decided to help a non-faster to the fun person instead of helping us first even though we were on the line earlier. Conclusion: Waste of money We left our wallets, ipads and wedding rings inside the vault that you can find in your room. We neglected to lock the vault assuming it was safe since we are the only ones and the housekeeping team who have access to our room. The theft took $200 in our wallet but left my expensive ring and ipad untouched - sign of being a professional theft! Sure, we left the vault unlock but how did the third party entered our room? Glory lacks certain security level that you expect. A thirf person could have entered when the housekeepers left our room with the door open or one of their associates stole our money. No one would know as they do not offer finger printing analysis for the wallet & no security camera installed on the hallways! It would have been easy if we have a video to watch - another person entering our room, = third party theft. No other person entered our room = one of carnival’s associates. To make the matter worse, during the cabin search (which we didn’t mind) the VP of security calculated the approximate money we lost by substracting our pocket money - expenses. At his calculations, the missing money is $188, he was trying to manipulate my husband to write that the approximate lost amount was $188 and not $200. Good thing I was there and I told my husband not to write this as we firmly believe and certain we lost $200. It didn’t added up as we were uncertain of our total pocket money prior withdrawing for our carnival glory money. Conclusion: Rooms that are supposed to be safe are not safe. Carnival glory lacks security. Put your money & valuables inside your dirty laundry cause no one wants to touch a dirty and soiled panties! Seminars: Sure they are educational but mostly about sales talk Conclusion: You’d spend money on consultations Food: So, so. Lido buffet opens at different times of the day - sometimes at 7am when we have to leave the ship at 7:30am Conclusion: Friendly stafff, decent and clean food & room Staff: Friendly & professional. I love them! Cabin: Inside Stateroom MEH - you only get a soap & not very secured Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was my 4th cruise, my 2nd on carnival and the first for all of my party. We chose carnival because we like the exciting atmosphere of the carnival cruises. We were not disappointed! From the start of the cruise to the finish ... Read More
This was my 4th cruise, my 2nd on carnival and the first for all of my party. We chose carnival because we like the exciting atmosphere of the carnival cruises. We were not disappointed! From the start of the cruise to the finish there is always so many things going on that you could never possibly be bored. There is a new cruise director as of three weeks ago. Her name is Britnney and she is super energetic and so much fun. My boyfriend and I were chosen to play the sticky ball game on the beginning night of the cruise which landed us an incredible package of free wine, champagne, bingo, chocolate covered strawberries and reserved second row seats to all the shows . This was an added perk which we loved. Our room steward, Astika, was super great. We gave him a $10 tip upon meeting him with an envelope of our needs daily and he accommodated every single one. We left him an additional tip at the end of the cruise . Brought on our allocated amount of wine which was really nice to have before dinner. We also purchased a 12 pack of water before the cruise which came in very handy and I would recommend doing this . We Did not pay for Internet service as I heard it is spotty rather choosing to pay the five dollar chat option for two out of four of our phones. It worked great . As we are couples in our 50s, we found the serenity deck to be an awesome option. Quiet and so, so nice . In Cozumel Mexico we hired a private driver to take us around. We enjoyed the chocolate tasting and dropped books we brought at the children’s library. In Roatan we had hired a company to take us to jungle line zip lining. They did not show up to pick us up so it was a bit of a hassle to find somebody to find out where they were but eventually a private driver got us to our destination which was lovely. I would recommend this excursion without a doubt. They also had animals and monkeys to visit afterwords and it was close to town. This is a very poor city so there’s not a lot to do in town. The trip was about 15 minutes from the carnival port which is not where other cruise lines port. Grand Cayman was by far my favorite but I have been there before. We swim with the stingrays and snorkeled. On this quarter day excursion they also took us to the turtle center for about 30 minutes which I found to be quite enough time. It included a chicken and fish lunch on the go. The chicken was OK but the fish was amazing. The last place we visited was Belize. We had booked an excursion to take a boat to a private island. I absolutely loved this excursion. We got to snorkel around the island and the instructor picked up different things like conch etc. to show us along the way. Lunch was not included but their lobster lunch on the island was amazing and very reasonably priced. Did include unlimited rum punch. Yum! The shows on the ship were quite good. the comedy shows were also very good. We did not go to piano bar as I had read it was not that exciting. Now to the food. I felt the food was just mediocre. The side dishes were mostly a disappointment. Some of their entrées were amazing like the lobster and shrimp and the filet minion but others were sorely lacking. I do remember this from my last cruise. Although the food was better this time than before. The chocolate molten cake is unbelievably good. Most other desserts I thought were just OK. Or last night we did splurge for the steakhouse because somebody had said to. This was by far one of the best experiences of the cruise. From start to finish that meal was incredible. You would pay hundreds for that meal in other restaurant around the cities. Highly recommend this. We also did the chefs dinner. This had good points and bad points in my opinion we felt that some of the food was weird and not that good and I’m a foodie. Some of the food was just absolutely unbelievably good and it was paired with wine the whole night. That made it worth the 75 dollars All buy itself. We were treated like kings and queens that night. Would I do another carnival cruise? Absolutely. It was by far the best vacation I’ve ever had and I felt like I got the most out of my vacation. By the way, the pizza place is really good, guys burgers is really good too. Cantina was good as well. BBQ place was just ok. Some good, some not as good. The second to last day we found the sandwich shop and I wish we’d found it earlier because it was amazing. Didn’t think much of the buffet so we pretty much stayed away from that for the most part. Overall, I would recommend. Others on boat said there’s other carnival boats that are a must! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because it fit in with the general locations we wanted to go to, along with the only week we could get everyone to agree on and be available for. We've cruise before, but never on a Carnival ship, and honestly we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit in with the general locations we wanted to go to, along with the only week we could get everyone to agree on and be available for. We've cruise before, but never on a Carnival ship, and honestly we were a little worried. We're not sticks in the mud, and we were also traveling with three kids, ages ranging from 19-23, so we weren't concerned with the "Fun/Party Ship" reputation the Carnival has. However, as we mentioned to people what line we were cruising on, we did get quite a few funny looks, with one friend actually saying "not sure how YOU are going to handle Carnival"... Made for a little bit of anxiety. Honestly, your cruise is what you make of it, so we had a fantastic time. We're not into the pool antics on any line, so we just didn't hang out in the main pool area (unless we chose to hang out with a drink and take it in, which actually made for some fun people watching). The ship itself was great... My husband and I were on one of the of the ship, and our kids ended up on the complete opposite end, which worked out fine...Same floor, just different ends. Our cabin was spacious, clean and comfortable, as was our kids' cabin at the beginning of the cruise... Only ventured down there once, so I can't comment on how it was at the end of the cruise. My only complaint was that their cabin did smell a little musty, but they didn't have a problem with it... Keeping in mind that they are used to dorm rooms at college, so let's just say we're happy they were in that cabin and not us. The crew was fantastic and everyone was wonderfully friendly. Our cabin steward, Ruby, was a sweetheart, as were our three Main Dining Room Servers (Antonio, Rowell and Agnes). I enjoy greeting and talking to everyone on the ship as I pass by, and the crew was always right in step with a "good morning", "enjoy your day", etc. Our kids all enjoyed the entertainment, and went to quite a few of the shows. My husband and I only made it to one of the comedy shows, and it was pretty good. We all enjoyed the casino just about every night, and our 19 year old son even won $100 from the crane machine the first night, on his first try... Of course we probably all spent that and more trying to duplicate his win, but we had fun trying. We ate in the dining room every night and enjoyed what we had. Portions on some items were a bit skimpy, but considering you could order another one if you chose to, it really didn't matter. Again, as I mentioned above, the staff was incredibly friendly and attentive, making sure we enjoyed our experience. The ports were all fantastic, as were the excursions we chose... Note, we did not book any excursions through Carnival. In the Caymans we did a two stop snorkeling trip starting with Stingray City through Captain Marvin, and had a fantastic time. In Mahogany Bay we went to Little French Key (not to be confused with Big French Key) and it was superb... Hoping to return there on another trip. In Belize we did Cave Tubing through CaveTubing.bz and it was also fantastic with amazing Guides! And finally in Cozumel we went to Mr. Sanchos' All Inclusive, and it was another amazing day spent having a great time. You can read my reviews on each on TripAdvisor. As for taking another Carnival Cruise, yes we probably would. Again, your cruise experience is what you make of it. If you choose to find fault with everything around you, you will find fault no matter what cruise line/ship you sail on. Enjoy the experience and go with the flow, and you'll have a great time. Note: Re the fire and loss of power on the ship the first day at sea. We've read a number of people saying how horrible it was and how scary.... It... was... a... non... issue. Most passengers wouldn't have known anything was even going on if the Captain hadn't made the announcement, and if the power hadn't gone out. We were never in danger, we were never at risk. The worst that might have happened with the passengers was possibly having to take the life boats ashore to Cuba... Again, another adventure... It's all in how you look at it. Now, I do understand that a crew member was injured (and was ok), and that's a different story as I don't want to make light of that... However from the passengers perspective, again, it was a non issue. We continued with our plans and walked on the track then went to brunch... The entire incident was over in about 45 minutes, with lights back on in about 30. Great cruise overall!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our second cruise, but our first with our teenager. Everything was wonderful from start to finish. We flew into Miami a day early in order to avoid any delays and to explore the area. I highly recommend doing this if at all ... Read More
This was our second cruise, but our first with our teenager. Everything was wonderful from start to finish. We flew into Miami a day early in order to avoid any delays and to explore the area. I highly recommend doing this if at all possible. The hotel provided a stay and sail package that included shuttle service to/from the hotel and the port. Embarkation was a breeze, much easier than our first cruise, the line was short and the staff was friendly and helpful. We checked our luggage with a porter, went through the check in process and were up on the Lido deck for lunch in no time at all. The ship was fantastic!! Our cabin was clean and well kept. Our cabin stewardess Monthana, was kind and helpful. The rest of the staff we encountered were great as well. We have no complaints about the service we received. Our son went to the teen club every day and enjoyed every moment of it. He made some new friends and even got to celebrate his birthday with some of them. The only problem we had with Club O2 is its proximity to some of the smoking areas. (casino and bars). The meals were delicious!! Our dining room server Julius and his helpers remembered our names and entertained us with jokes and tricks each evening. The buffets were tasty as well. Our son loved the burgers, as well as the 24 hour pizza and ice cream. My husband and I didn't attend any shows, but we did enjoy spending time on the decks and around the pools. The Serenity Spa area is wonderful for quiet time. We went on three excursions and were not disappointed. The day at Mahogony Bay was a beach day for us and it didn't disappoint. We have only been home a few days, but we are already planning more cruises. We would go on the Glory again!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
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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