2 Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Bahamas from Charleston

To start I would like to extend gratitude to Cruise Critic for all of the very helpful information in planning this trip. I just wish I would have found this site sooner. I am going to try to summarize this review based on our thoughts ... Read More
To start I would like to extend gratitude to Cruise Critic for all of the very helpful information in planning this trip. I just wish I would have found this site sooner. I am going to try to summarize this review based on our thoughts throughout the week and not give a point by point detail. Sailing on this trip was myself(23) and husband(25).This was out first cruise. As a whole we enjoyed it very much. ARRIVING: We had a slight flight scare as we realized very late that our flight was arriving much too close to the ships departure time but we were able to take an earlier flight and the timing was perfect. We wandered around the port of Charleston slightly confused about the best place to be as they weren't boarding yet. There didn't appear to be a general waiting area or signs with instructions. A member of the port security nabbed us(very kind man) and got us on a shuttle that took us up to the terminal.Once through security and check in there was a slight wait to board where too many passengers were all crammed in a too small space. Heading towards the ship our pictures were takin for our sail and sign cards and boom we were on the ship. ROOMS: Staff was eager to help and point out our rooms. We had a room with a window. The room in general was much larger than I thought it was going to be. Plenty of plug ins(Plug in for More outlets NOT needed) and counter space and cabinets even in the bathroom.(Hanger for storage on door NOT Needed)Beds very comfortable. Very clean. We did not hear our neighbors but One time when something was obviously very funny.And it is true that housekeeping was like Ninjas. Everytime we left the room and came back bed was made, fresh towels. ONBOARD: They want you to drink..ALOT. and they are very expensive. And if you weren't in one of the 50 bars or lounges on board drinking there wasn't a whole lot to do.(They wasted alot of space for all the bars)We did a couple of activities. One being the "magic show"....Smut. The "Glory Dancers"...It was the closest thing to a strip club I have seen. We were really uncomfortable.And the magic was fake and cheesy! The comedy shows were great-Roman and Kim Harrison. The Love Game was cute too. Our cruise director was Gary. Very funny guy.And I won a prize on the call in show so that was a highlight. FOOD: ah...so so. There was ALOT of it but the quality was a little slow. Best place to eat was teh Steakhouse. You pay 30 extra a piece but the food was just..art :) And the staff very professional. was not at all impressed with the main dining room. We only ate there twice all cruise. The only good thing with that was the Melting chocolate Cake, and the dancing wait staff.Oh and the chocolate Buffet. Shew..Awsome. EXCURSIONS: In Freeport we did the 6 hour kayaking tour. VERY AWSOME. It is very personal it was just us and 3 other couples. You kayak down a slow river that opens to the ocean, then had a beach day, then did some walking through Lucaya national Park. Great. In Nassau did the Blue lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter. HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP. I booked directly through dolphin encounters to save some money. Finding a taxi was easy yet a little scary. The island is Gorgeous! My husband filmed while I did the dolphin Enco. Worth the money. We then rented snorkling gear and found a private cove and snorkled for hours. Very very neat and so beautiful. We also did lunch there. *All in all the ship was just so so. We had the most fun on our excursions. Definetly woudl recommend booking through the ship since they take care of the tranportation ect. (The roads down there are crazy and I would think be hard to navigate alone) If you have any other questions or comments feel free to message me. 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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