3 Charleston to Bahamas Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

This was a much needed, relaxing vacation. I have cruised both with family and friends and alone in the past. This time I was by myself and it was really nice. I flew from Chicago to Charleston the day before and stayed at the ... Read More
This was a much needed, relaxing vacation. I have cruised both with family and friends and alone in the past. This time I was by myself and it was really nice. I flew from Chicago to Charleston the day before and stayed at the Homewood Suites in Mount Pleasant. The hotel provided transportation from the airport and to the port the next day. There was a Target, restaurants and some little shops in the same plaza. This was very convenient. The ship was scheduled to depart at 10:00 pm. Boarding was to start at 5:30. Of course I was very anxious so I ended up getting there about 3:00. They had just started boarding so it worked out really well. The whole process was smooth and easy. I was checking out my cabin at 3:15. I was in cabin 6343, standard balcony cabin. This is my only complaint of the whole cruise - the other passengers yelling in the hallway. Not kids, adults. It's the same thing that happens in hotels. I will never understand the rudeness of that. The food was, as usual, wonderful. I had dinner one night in the steakhouse. That was very, very good. The food was great and they made me feel like I was the most important person on the ship. The main dining room was great as well. Other than the one night in the steakhouse, I had dinner there every night. I had breakfast there a couple of times as well. Breakfast I was not overly thrilled with but it was ok. I decided to try out the spa on the last sea day. It was nice and relaxing. I was warned about high pressure sales of the products but I only had to say no thank you once and that was it. I had read some other reviews that commented on the crew not being friendly. My experience was just the opposite. Everyone smiled and said hi. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Embarkation: Smooth. Although our parking lot was much farther away than last year (due to an impending arrival of another ship), the shuttle service worked out well. Check in was prompt. Public Rooms: The rooms themselves were ... Read More
Embarkation: Smooth. Although our parking lot was much farther away than last year (due to an impending arrival of another ship), the shuttle service worked out well. Check in was prompt. Public Rooms: The rooms themselves were beautiful. My problem was that on vacation, my relaxation includes a good cigar now and then. On my last Carnival cruise (The Triumph), they provided the dimly lit, light music Oxford Bar for all smokers. On the Glory, they had a similar bar (Ivory), which used to function as a cigar bar, but has since banned cigars apparently due to the complaint of some customer who apparently couldn't enjoy one of the other 22 bars available for non-cigar smokers. The Ivory bar was a large room suitable to smokers and non-smokers alike. On the Glory, cigar smokers are now relegated to the "Sports Bar", a closet-sized bar with noisy television screens and overly-enthusiastic patrons. Interestingly, the waiter at the Ivory bar commented that since cigar smoking had been banned, no one seems to come to the bar any more. (I passed through the bar on several occasions during the cruise and he was right. It was a desert). My wife is asthmatic and extremely allergic to most perfumes. I wonder if Carnival would agree to banning perfumes on the ship to accommodate those who find them offensive, particularly when clustering each night outside the formal dining rooms waiting for the staff to open the doors. Dining: On the whole, the food is great. My wife has insomnia at times and really enjoyed being able to have a slice of pizza and visit the nearby bar at any hour. Our seating in the main dining room was somewhat disappointing. On our last cruise, we were seated on the second level in the main dining area. This time, we were off on the side on the lower level and felt too far-removed from the singing waiters activity. The waiters in the main area also seemed to be more friendly and communicative. One other comment, the lobster plate was delicious, but kind of skimpy. I could have eaten six of them. Oh well. Entertainment: Top notch as before. We love the Vegas-style shows that the Glory Dancers provide in the Amber Palace. And to those griping about feathers and g-strings being too much for the children, send the children to the kids sections where they belong. Unfortunately, their last show was cancelled due to the difficulty of performing in high heels during rough seas. I would have been pleased to see their performance barefoot. Oh well. Justin Illusion was well done, and the comedians did a good job as well. Service: Superb as always on Carnival. Excursions: Been here before. Stayed on board this trip. Value: Carnival provides the best bang for the buck in the cruise industry. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
We had never been on a cruise. We didn't know what to expect. This trip turned out to be great! The staff were always very polite, helpful and smiling. Our rooms were cleaned daily, trash emptied, beds made and pulled down, fresh ... Read More
We had never been on a cruise. We didn't know what to expect. This trip turned out to be great! The staff were always very polite, helpful and smiling. Our rooms were cleaned daily, trash emptied, beds made and pulled down, fresh towels put in, and those neat towel animals awaited us, nightly! The food was wonderful, on every level. We ate at many buffets, we went to the main dining room a couple of nights and we even decided to try the "pay" Emerald Club/steakhouse. It was the best food I have ever had in my life! Five stars! It was also, well worth the $30.00 per person. Absolutely! The food and dessert, looked like something that would belong in the pages of "Restaurants & Institutions." That is no stretch or exaggeration! Our experience with the room service, wasn't really that good. I'm not a coffee drinker, but my husband is. He said the coffee was luke warm, at best and they did not bring any sugar or cups! Not being "kid friendly" we were a little concerned that we might be surrounded by little brats, running around. That was not the case. We may have seen at the MOST, 5 kids, the entire time! It was wonderful! Turns out, there were about 700 children on board but the good thing is, they were not only not seen, but not heard! They have something called "Camp Carnival" where the little rug rats go, and let me tell you, I was relieved! I also loved the fact they have an "adult only" deck. It's called Serenity. We are not smokers and I was also concerned we might get polluted but again, I was wrong. There is smoking, but it's certain areas and certainly not the entire ship. I had no problem with the smokers. I would highly recommend this ship. What a great time we had. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
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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