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Sail Date: January 2018
We were part of a group reunion. Had done 2 Carnival cruises in 95-96 so was rather curious about today's Carnival ships especially since this is a newer ship. Overall, the ship is satisfactory, but doubt if I would sail again with them ... Read More
We were part of a group reunion. Had done 2 Carnival cruises in 95-96 so was rather curious about today's Carnival ships especially since this is a newer ship. Overall, the ship is satisfactory, but doubt if I would sail again with them as they did not have the WOW factor for me. Overall decoration of the ship was ordinary. Food was okay, but portions were generous -- French onion soup and melting chocolate cake were excellent. The Lido buffet did not have a great deal of variety, vegetables were limited. The layout is spread out and makes it initially confusing and inconvenient. First day of Anytime Dining was confusing and hectic. Much improved the next night. In fact, kind of nice in that you register for a table on deck 5, are given a unit that glows when a table is ready. In the interim, there is a lounge near by for cocktails or just comfortably waiting. Guy's Burgers were excellent and not long lines on off-peak times. The soft serve and frozen yogurt machine areas were constantly busy. Did not really participate in any of the main showroom or lounge entertainment, but did not hear any great reviews. A great big plus for Carnival with their Military Appreciation. The Cruise Director Matt did a great job in recognizing all service branches. The showroom was almost full with active, retired military, their families and cruisers who were just there for support. Indeed a highlight and heartwarming. Overall, the staff was accommodating, courteous and friendly. The Hub app was great when it worked. It was $5 for each phone for the week. The tv access to the activities, account, etc were easy to navigate. The Serendity area for adults only was disappointing. It was small, limited number of chaise, cabanas, umbrellas, etc. Handrails to one of the whirlpools were loose and posed a safety concern which I reported to Guest Services. Yellow towels were generously large and thick which you have to sign in/out. Onboard shopping is typical cruise availability with 'sales' thorughout the week. Embarkation was relatively quick and easy although hectic. The Lido was open for lunch while the cabins were being prepared. Disembarkation was delayed due to the recent government shutdown in which there were limited TSA agents available. Luggage tags are provided the day before to facilitate staggered disembarkation. Previous other cruise lines offer priority disembarkation for their excursions, but I did not hear any announcement for this if it was available. Ship scooters for anyone needing special assitance are available, but must be reserved in advance. Wheelchairs were available. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
A few years back I sailed on Carnival from Charleston and was very disappointed by the overall lack of quality on board, especially in dinning options. But three friends and I needed a break after the holidays so we booked 5days on ... Read More
A few years back I sailed on Carnival from Charleston and was very disappointed by the overall lack of quality on board, especially in dinning options. But three friends and I needed a break after the holidays so we booked 5days on Elation. I was so surprised by the changes Carnival has made. The ship was newly out of dry dock last October and in perfect condition. The cabin was fresh and clean and comfy. The food choices were all excellent from self serve to seated dinning room. Loved the Blue Iguana Grill, and the deli sandwiches. And the staff, all kind friendly and hardworking. Now, this is a more boisterous clientele, and Carnival does a good job attracting a younger group, but there were plenty of places to find quiet if that is your choice. My only small complaint was the professional entertainment was not as good as I’ve seen on other cruises, but I don’t cruise for that. And if you choose late dinning you miss out on most of it as 9:00pm was the spot that had the most offering. Also in cabin tv had little to offer as most movie were for kids. Other than that it was terrific for the price we paid and I’d do it again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Both my 91 year old Mom & I are avid cruisers (33 for her, 45 for me). She has never been on Carnival, and was worried about being a young, party ship. That's why I like it (I'm only 65!) But we thought a 3 day cruise would be all ... Read More
Both my 91 year old Mom & I are avid cruisers (33 for her, 45 for me). She has never been on Carnival, and was worried about being a young, party ship. That's why I like it (I'm only 65!) But we thought a 3 day cruise would be all she should handle. Wrong! I had trouble keeping up with her. She was very surprised with the ship and the cabin- it was just as good in her opinion as other,more expensive lines. The Service was exceptional- everyone took great care of us. The food was exceptional for a 3 day cruise- better than longer cruises on higher lines: escargot, prime rib, beef tenderloin she could ut with a fork, salmon to die for, etc. She had a very limited diet, but always gave her excellent food. I loved the production shows (2 in 3 days!) but thought they my be too loud or not of her music type (hard rock). 'she so enjoyed the staging and dancing she was rocking along with everyone.. We did the ensenada shopping & wine excursion. We had a great guide, Leslie, who was very easy to understand. The winery I had been to before, but it was fun. We wanted Tequila, so she took us to the local supermarket and we got a steal on a high end tequila, rather than pay tourist prices in the tourist traps.. She met so many multigenerational families (parents, grandparents, grandkids) there was always nice people to talk to. I think she is already planing her next cruise on carnival ! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We were hesitant about carnival but it suited for a quick trip after 5 days in sydney we did the same cruise 11yrs ago on a P&O ship but spirit was much better, we weren't planning on doing shore excursions due to the cost and we ... Read More
We were hesitant about carnival but it suited for a quick trip after 5 days in sydney we did the same cruise 11yrs ago on a P&O ship but spirit was much better, we weren't planning on doing shore excursions due to the cost and we had previously been there. Only got off in noumea to get free WiFi it is very expensive on ship. We had a minor issue with seating at emerald dining room as we wanted a table for 2 but it was quickly sorted out. For my husband's birthday we booked nouveau Restaurants it was the most amazing meal best steak hubby has ever had side dishes, dessert and service was top class it was worth alot more than $45 each. All other times we ate at emerald dining room we could not fault the food, service or atmosphere, we were very very blessed to have a private tour and tasting in galley for emerald it was amazing something l had always wanted to see CYRIL the chef was lovely and explained all the ins/outs of the kitchen, produce and training we loved the opportunity and really made it special many thanks to isabella from dining room for selecting us.. The shows were great and always little activities if you wish to do them, oncecagain many thanjs to all for a wonderful job. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We had taken the carnival dream out of new orleans on this same itinerary...we thought. this cruise on this old boat out of mobile, al is a "whole 'nuther thang." don't plan on having your beverage package delivered or get ... Read More
We had taken the carnival dream out of new orleans on this same itinerary...we thought. this cruise on this old boat out of mobile, al is a "whole 'nuther thang." don't plan on having your beverage package delivered or get anything but a soft drink or watered down "boat drink" until you are in international waters...this is alabama, after all. "junior suite" was about same size as simple balcony stateroom on larger boats like dream. v-cabins are on deck 11, which has only two elevators working (kinda)...the glass ones to the atrium that don't go to the gangplank or to medical! so, while there are two other full elevator banks forward which traverse all decks, carnival locks them out for the entire cruise including debarkation!!! think about that if you are in a wheelchair or have a sprained ankle or are trying to get you and your luggage to the debarkation deck when all 4 elevators on the floor are locked out! ...and the elevators in the atrium were a running joke from all aboard! they would just stop (not overloaded,) or doors would close, then open up for no reason whatsover, and do it over and over again, often catching people in the 'elevator jaws of death!" ---that line never failed to get a tired laugh from those poor souls just trying to get somewhere on the boat. Now...here is the real rub: we were supposed to have two shore days. but, when we received our 'updated' itinerary, we ended up arriving at the first stop at costa maya at one o'clock in the afternoon, leaving at 8 that night! we said, "ok, at least we have a whole day in cozumel..." but nooooooooooo. turns out we could get to cozumel by 8 am, but, we had to be back on boat no later than 3:30!!! this itinerary used to go out of new orleans using dream-class ships, and it was a very good trip (we took one last year,) with a good boat, and lots of time on shore days. fantasy is not that way! in fact, it seemed like they need to retire that old girl...it is just worn and unable to provide the product that people think they are buying. ...and if carnival can't live up to their "2 shore day" promise coming out of moblie, well...then they shouldn't advertise it. i may never cruise with carnival again...darn sure not out of mobile. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose carnival vista, and was overjoyed with the amenities. we don't know what we would have done without rodney. our steward. he was so kind and since this was our first cruise, he never led us wrong. disappointed that he will be ... Read More
We chose carnival vista, and was overjoyed with the amenities. we don't know what we would have done without rodney. our steward. he was so kind and since this was our first cruise, he never led us wrong. disappointed that he will be retiring feb 2018 to be able to spend more time with his own sons. good luck to him. thank you, over and over. i would not take an on shore excursion again in ocho rios. very depressing, did not feel safe. was taken to a "shack" that reaked of marijuana. they have no money, but they did have enough money to have 2 flat screen tv's on the wall. everyone had their hand out, and expected $. all other stops were very nice and clean. ice cream, awesome. Guys burgers were to die for. best burgers in years. i had trouble trying to get to the taco area to get food, but thats ok. much more food on bioard. if you went to bed hungry or thirsty. that would be your own fault. We will be back Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
The port of Baltimore is a real sleeper. Small, but easy and very friendly. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. Although there were a lot of wheel chairs and scooters, the cruise was great. The weather was great and the ports ... Read More
The port of Baltimore is a real sleeper. Small, but easy and very friendly. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. Although there were a lot of wheel chairs and scooters, the cruise was great. The weather was great and the ports were what they are especially after the hurricane damages. Ken in the main dining room is something special. You need to get to know him because he is very responsive. We had a great time with the wait staff there. Marko is an up and coming head waiter and I Noyman is wonderful. Davor needs to shave his head (just kidding). But that's how much fun we had every night at dinner. The Serenity deck need less "thump, thump" music but it's the place to be. The Captain (Galatto) is very personable and accessible. It's fun to chat and have a drink with him. All in all, we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose the Carnival Vista for our first cruise in almost 10 years because it was the newest, had lots of options to choose from & a new design. I was celebrating my birthday that week which is why we chose 01/07/18. Miami was 60 ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Vista for our first cruise in almost 10 years because it was the newest, had lots of options to choose from & a new design. I was celebrating my birthday that week which is why we chose 01/07/18. Miami was 60 degrees when we arrived the day before. Cold for them but wonderful to us as our wind chill was 30 below when we left. Embarkation on Sunday was ok- a long line to get inside but everyone was in such a good mood that you didn't mind. Once inside we moved quickly & were on the ship.we are among those that love the new "atrium" the funnel's constantly changing design & colors are beautiful. We had a deluxe ocean view cabin. Usually go balcony but being Jan felt OV would work & it did. Very large window you can sit in, a coach,desk,large tv, 2 baths, one with a tub. My only complaint is if you have 2 baths, give me 2 toilets. We used the one with tub for hanging laundry! Our room Stewart was wonderful, we chose morning service instead of twice daily. We chose our time dining. It's a bit of a pain going to 5th floor to register then going down to either 3 or 4 to dining room but never more than 3 parties ahead of us or more than a 1 minute wait at MDR once there. The service in all dining rooms was excellent 99% of time. Nothing worth complaining about the couple times it was slow. Food went from great to mediocre.not going to join the bandwagon about small portions , if you want a second lobster tail, order it! I feel that the selections were not always great, my entre went uneaten on several occasions. The seafood shack is amazing, a must! Don't order crab sliders though.shows were well done, comedy show was enjoyed. Matt of course was the most talked about by everyone. He is excellent at his job & keeps you smiling . We didn't go to the iMax, never found time but spent hours at serenity my favorite hangout. Another place we found ourselves was near lobby bar listening to music. Can't remember the name of the trio- 2 young women & a man on electronic violins. Couldn't walk away from them! Shore excursions got messed up in Cayman. Seas were rough, water sports canceled, no stingrays & snorkel so we stayed on board. Cozumel was so much fun! We did a land & sea tour. I was worried it might be boring but the guides were informative, friendly & truly love their country. We visited the Mayan chocolate company, learned about culture, went on a submersible boat & was amazed at the coral & fish & finished at a tequila place. Learned why what I've been drinking forever is garbage, how it's made, difference in variety & best of all free shots as well as a mango margarita! We counted 6 free 1/2 shots, all on empty stomach. Smooth & happy. Leaving, we all bought $2 street tacos that tasted like heaven! All in all- a wonderful cruise, lots of fun, can't wait for the next one. Get out there & have fun! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife and I had sailed on Glory once before and enjoyed our time aboard, along with the fact that we got a great deal for a 7 day cruise. All the destinations we had visited several times before but we needed a break away and this was ... Read More
My wife and I had sailed on Glory once before and enjoyed our time aboard, along with the fact that we got a great deal for a 7 day cruise. All the destinations we had visited several times before but we needed a break away and this was our choice. Glory is not too big or small and there seems to be something for just about anyone. We stayed at Red Roof Plus in Miami, an older Inn but with polite staff and only about half hour from port. Shuttle service was provided to port and breakfast, along with up to 10 days of parking there at Inn. We booked stay through Stay123.com, an easy website to use. The new embarkation plan Carnival has begun was swift and easy as well. We hardly stopped moving until we were on the ship. Room keys are now waiting in your mailbox at your room door. Our room steward was efficient and kept everything clean. This was our 20th cruise, the 17th with Carnival so we feel that we have seen a little bit of it all, but we were surprised on this cruise! Half Moon Cay was our first stop and it was a beautiful as ever. The weather was over cast, but still a nice day for walking around and taking pics. There were a few in the water but it was a little to cool for us. But it did feel good to our feet. 2nd stop was St. Thomas, we were sadden to see that the Butterfly Attraction had been destroyed by Hurricane. Took a city tour on one of the many open air trucks for $25 each. Note, if anyone gets on your tour and begins to apologize for what may happen, get off the vehicle and choose another. The individual along with 11 more friends boarded our vehicle and began using some of the worst language you have heard. They had no respect for others or children on tour. I approached driver to inform him of language, since he could not hear due to him inside truck cab. His solution was to send us back via another truck. Not a very good day in St Thomas. Next stop was San Juan, we were looking forward to a new day and better excursion. Prior to arriving in San Juan, we had received a phone call from our son concerning my brother who was fighting cancer. Carnival immediately made the call for us without any charge and allowed me to talk some time with my son. I was informed my brother was being moved to hospice but all looked ok. I was asked by the young lady at the customer service desk if all was well, when I told her what was going on, she expressed her concern and informed me that she would put notes on our account and that if we needed to call anytime that we could do so without charge. She let me know Carnival was there for us. She proved that statement to be so true. She also asked if we had the internet service. I explained that was one reason we took cruises, to stay away from such things. But due to circumstances surrounding my brother's sickness she thought it was a good idea to purchase internet service and then I could keep closer contact with family. I agreed and then she told me how to purchase internet. She then went on to tell me to purchase premium plan and as soon as I was done to bring her back proof of purchase and she would reimburse it back to our account. I was blown away to say the least. They had already done so much through just the phone calls and now this? I thanked her and wished I had written her name down, I think it was something like Lona, not really sure. She was a blessing that day and a very helpful friend. The next morning when we arrived in SanJuan, I received text telling me my brother had passed away. We were devastated and unsure of what we could or what was possible for us to do. But I knew we had to get back home. I went back to service desk and spoke with Bracka, a very professional and compassionate employee of Carnival. She expressed her sympathy of my brother's passing, and asked what we would like to do. I told her what we needed and she began putting it all together. She gave me directions on airline tickets and began putting necessary documents together for our departure. Never have we seen the care and support of a group of people who only knew us as passengers on a ship that they were working on. You would have though we were the most important people in the world. Each person we had to deal with showed the utmost respect and courtesy that anyone could ask for and more. From the room steward, to customs agent each one did all they could to make what was a sad loss for us as easy and painless as possible. We owe them a debt of gratitude and thanks. Each did more than what was expected and went beyond anything we could have asked. Once flight was booked and set, they moved us quickly to a waiting taxi, through customs which was also arranged without hassle. Even the customs officer expressed to us his sorrow for our loss. In our opinion, Carnival and it's employees are the best in the world. We have sailed with others, but Carnival has prove itself to be the best. We have learned it's the employees that make the ship. It is not the other passengers, because you will find good and bad on any of them. Just because you pay more does not mean you are with a better class of people. We have seen that for ourselves. The staff of Glory proved their heart is for the passengers. They are a Class Act and will always be remembered by us as the cruise staff that was there for us in our time of need. May God Bless the staff and employees of Carnival! From our booking agent Sheena at Carnival to the last person who says goodbye at the Terminal. They put the customer first and deserve an applause and recognition for doing so. We highly recommend Carnival 1st above all others. Not just for this cruise and these particular circumstance, but for all our travels with them. They are The Class Act above all others. Before I forget, we loved the new musical show Getaway Island!! Comedians were great! Food was wonderful, lobster delicious! Loved the new Bar-B-Q spot as well. Read Less
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