7 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Caribbean - Western Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

Port of Miami boarding was fine. Luggage arrive in timely fashion. Everyone we encountered was very nice. Ship is a bit dated but was clean. The process to eat at the buffet was very slow. Lines were very long every day. Especially ... Read More
Port of Miami boarding was fine. Luggage arrive in timely fashion. Everyone we encountered was very nice. Ship is a bit dated but was clean. The process to eat at the buffet was very slow. Lines were very long every day. Especially long waits on island days. The dinning room food was not flavorful and mostly luke warm . We lived on mostly Guys Burger Joint and salads. And were very disappointed in the dinning options. We looked forward to try new fun meals and thats not what we got on this ship. Some rooms complained of bed bugs. And had mechanical issues with the sewer systems and the ships stabilizers. The staff being top notch is what saved our cruise. Our room was maintained very well. Dining staff were spectacular. Every bathroom you went to was clean and stocked. Tried to have fun activities on board. Debarking was organized and we moved through just fine. If part of cruising is high expectations of dining for you - this is not the ship to board. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
The Glory is on the medium/large size level now, in this mega ship era we are in, but if the airports had half the effencicy Carnival has, they would be ahead. Embarking and debarkation was smooth and short. Tender waits were very ... Read More
The Glory is on the medium/large size level now, in this mega ship era we are in, but if the airports had half the effencicy Carnival has, they would be ahead. Embarking and debarkation was smooth and short. Tender waits were very bearable, and not an issue at all. The shore excursions were all the top rated places on the ports, and were even cheaper than if you had done it on your own. The Glory has a large lido deck that has most of the crowd dancing in the sun. They played lots of carribean music and modern twists of it, like the Cha cha slide, the wobble, all the main dance hip-songs. Carnival is known for fun, so you expect it, and they deliver consistently. The energy on the ship is higher than many, (even some other Carnival ships) and the food offerings do have choices for everyone. Some of the really choicest food will be found in the adult areas, or the deli, such as cold cured salmon/lox, and we all know that is not cheap! I have read many reviews about negative food, and they have had to cut back obviously over the past ten years in some areas to be able to even offer these cruises at the rates they do. I would have liked more puddings than cakes, but frankly could do without either! If you eat normally, and do not expect five course $100 dinners every night, or a buffet open 24/7 you will be fine. Pizza is always available, and burgers most human times of eating. Ordering the steaks from the prime steakhouse, off the regular dining menus will let you have a great steak dinner if one of you maybe does not want steak a certain night, and you dont have to do it every night, but the reservation restaurants like the steakhouse rival anything on land. The staff of Carnival is wonderful, effecient, and very pleasant and helpful. It is truly incredible, on a miracle level, how genuinely friendly these people are, considering the amount of people they deal with all the time. The shows are great fun, top notch singers and dancers. You will love Carnival Glory if you like to people watch, and enjoy an energetic time. If you want some quiet times, you can find it too, but if that is all you want, then the fun times won't be why you're cruising. I wish the port times were longer, but other than that, I will always love Carnival, and while we were in a lower price cabin, the beds were clean and soft with quality linens, and more than adequate, as we don't hang out in a room on a cruise. Carnival gives you exceedingly more than your moneys worth in todays dollar. That is the bottom line. Thank you Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We were so looking forward to this cruise (for over six months), and we were not disappointed. We were anxious to see the ship because we knew it had recently been in drydock. We were thrilled to see that she had been given a new Seaside ... Read More
We were so looking forward to this cruise (for over six months), and we were not disappointed. We were anxious to see the ship because we knew it had recently been in drydock. We were thrilled to see that she had been given a new Seaside Theatre, which we thoroughly enjoyed. New flatpanel TVs had also been added to all cabins. Overall, the ship looked great. As always, Carnival works hard to keep the ship clean. The only complaint was that the linens on the beds were looking worn, but when you consider that they wash everything frequently and probably with hot water and bleach, you have to expect that the linens will wear faster. We primarily ate our dinners in the dining room. The food quality was hit or miss. For example, I had the beef short ribs one night, and they were fantastic. Another night, I tried the grilled tillapia and that was pretty bland. The service in the dining room was terrific. The wait staff works very hard. The food in the buffet area (Red Sail restaurant) was about what you would expect. Some of the food was good and some of it just tasted like regular buffet food. The fish and chips were terrific, and of course, the food at the grill (hamburgers, chicken tenders, french fies) were mighty fine. The pizza was also very good. We ate sushi almost everyday. It was sooooo good. We did quite a few activities offered by the Glory, including watching a late movie on the Lido deck, attending some of the art auctions, playing bingo, etc. We also caught some of the comedy acts, which were pretty good. The illusion show was really good (Justin Illusion). Our bar bill overall was pretty manageable, but we also took advantage of the Bon Voyage program and purchased some liquor to be delivered to our cabin on embarkation day. It's more expensive than the bargains you get by purchasing liquor on the ship and having it delivered to your cabin the day before you disembark. However, we loved the convenience of being able to make a drink in our cabin without having to find a bar. We also took advantage of Carnival's policy to bring wine and sodas on the ship at embarkation. Again, you can't beat the convenience of this policy, and I hope Carnival never changes this policy. Believe me, we still spent money on the ship. Our cabin was located on the Lido deck. We love this deck (at least for this class of ship) because there aren't many cabins on the Lido deck, and it is so convenient to the Red Sail Restaurant, grill and pools. We also had a balcony, which we also loved because it's just so relaxing to sit on your balcony in the morning with a cup of coffee or before dinner with a glass of wine. Loved it! This will seem like a petty complaint, and I apologize for that, but I did get a little irritated that they wanted to charge for popcorn served at the Seaside Theatre. I kind of felt like I was being nickel and dimed. Like I said though, this was a very enjoyable cruise. I have cruised Carnival many times before, and I still believe that you can't beat the value. The service is great, the ship is clean, and they work very hard to make sure you have a memorable experience. I will probably always be loyal to Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Ok. This was my very first cruise. I spent countless times reading critics, reading the "to bring list"..everything you could possibly do, I done it. Now, for the experience: I arrived at the Glory ship with cash. I heard ... Read More
Ok. This was my very first cruise. I spent countless times reading critics, reading the "to bring list"..everything you could possibly do, I done it. Now, for the experience: I arrived at the Glory ship with cash. I heard through reviews that it is better to have cash. There were no separate lines for cash and credit. There was one line. When I got to the counter to get my sail card, since I didn't have cash, I had to wait to board the ship to go to the purser desk to load my cash. My friend had credit, so she loaded hers there. We got on the ship, and found our room. We had the balcony suite, so we were all good. I recommend the balcony suites, for those moments you want to sit in your room for a little while. I packed my dinner outfit in my carry on, just in case we didn't get our luggage in time. Ok, fast forward. At 4:00, there was an announcement that the boat was leaving and everyone should come on deck. We did, and once we got to the top and stood for about 5 minutes, I realized, everyone would be on deck, so it would be a good time for me to put my money on the card. This was a good time. If you are with a group, have someone stay on deck while you run and do unfinished business. I ended up setting up my excursions and putting my cash on my card. The advantage of cash is having money control. My other advice is to get a pre-paid card, that way, after you are off the trip, you don't worry about unwanted expenses. Dinner was great. Although I loved the boat, I was disappointed in the activities. I am 31 years old and I felt like the activities were geared towards people 40 and up. I enjoyed the nightclub, and the comedy club, and the casino. Room service only served sandwiches and a few desserts. This was ok. If you missed dinner, at least you could enjoy a great sandwich. Speaking of missing dinner, I never did, even showing up 2 hours late, they kept smiling and allowed me to order. After that I didn't do it anymore, because it just felt plain rude. The staff was great. I felt bad when I heard how many hours they work, it kinda made me feel a little sad on how hard they worked. PICTURING TAKING: when you get on and off they take your pictures. At dinner they take your pictures..i bought the first pictures and promised myself that I wouldn't buy anymore. In order to not buy pictures, you have to make a goofy faces, but even those turned out beautiful.. they have amazing photographers.. SPA: This is the place to be. They give the best service when it comes to the spa. I am a flat footed woman so my feet were killing me the first day - BRING TENNIS SHOES..not the white canvas kind, something with arch support. I thought it would be too hot to wear tennis shoes, but it wasn't. COZUMEL: nice place. I did the helmet dive. It was very nice. After being 20 minutes underwater, I had to come up..made me feel sick, but it was fun. HONDURAS: I did the tour. It was nice to see the botanical garden..a lot of healing plants, very interesting. BELIZE: bring a poncho, just in case. It was only a few of us with one, and had I known, I would've bought me some from dollar tree and sold them for $5.00 (lol). The Ruin Tour was great because of the tour guide - Rudiebird. If it hadn't been for him, I would say, it's not worth it. The drive was too long, 1 hour, and the tour was 25 minutes, and then 1 hour back in the rain.. just not worth it. BAHAMAS: This needs to be an all day or two day trip. Don't even book an excursion, unless you just have to..take the taxi for $5 to the beach, and enjoy the water. It was beautiful. Overall, the glory was a better ship. I have heard so many people say royal Caribbean is better, so I will try that for my next cruise. Going home was great. We were the last number called, but we just chilled out and waited. We booked our return flight at 5:00 p.m. just to be safe. We ended up at the airport at 11:00 a.m., so I will suggest booking a flight around 2:00 p.m. Or just keep an extra $50 so you can move to a sooner flight. I read and packed everything that people suggested to pack, except the comfortable shoes. I recommend that. We packed a small iron but make sure you pack it up everytime you leave your room, or it will be confiscated. If you are a pepsi drinker, pack yourself some soda or whatever you like to drink. The lemonade and juice is free. I did use my cell phone, and I am still awaiting the bill, but I recommend, taking the cell phone battery completely out if you are not using it. I kept forgetting and found a few voice messages, which still charges $2.49. Remember to take pictures. I thought I took a lot, but now that I am home, I don't really have a whole lot. Stop people and have them take pictures of you. I have so many pictures of scenic but none of me. Don't be afraid to try the food on the different excursions. I packed a little medic bag just in case, and didn't even use it. On Thursday, they had a laundry deal to wash clothes for $15.00. It was a great deal, until I gave them everything and forgot to take out my dinner clothes. So I showed up for the dressy night in flip flops, but it was Thursday so nobody really cared by then. Dressing up is overrating, if you wear a casual outfit that you wear to work, you will look fine. A lot of people did go all the way and did the full gowns, and it was still beautiful. MAKE BUSINESS CARDS!! I have handed out my information to so many people. It comes in handy. Even when you are on the island. I made cards that say: "keep in touch" and then it has my myspace information. It was great. Read Less
Sail Date October 2008
Cruisers were myself and my husband (both 27, and 5th cruise for us, others were Celebrity and Princess), my parents (2nd cruise, other was the Legend), and my brother/sister-in-law, niece and nephew (their first cruise). Embarkation I ... Read More
Cruisers were myself and my husband (both 27, and 5th cruise for us, others were Celebrity and Princess), my parents (2nd cruise, other was the Legend), and my brother/sister-in-law, niece and nephew (their first cruise). Embarkation I found quick and simple, one hour from when we pulled in to when we were at the buffet (about 1:30 pm). Itinerary was Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Freeport. No shore excursions planned at any, as it was more about the relaxation of going, hanging out, not having a set schedule. Shopping in Cozumel, where we have been before. Bought some lovely glasses to add to my collection, had a few drinks (not Carlos and Charlie's, etc- too pricey). Belize we just shopped around at the port for an hour, had a drink, and back on the ship, would like to do the cave tubing next time. Roatan we took a cab to the beach (10 each round trip), had a nice day, though a little overcast. Freeport- cab to the beach, little too windy for us, did some shopping near the beach, had lunch at Zorba's, which was good, and back to the ship. Overall, I can't say I was horribly impressed with this cruise. 1) Our room was dirty from the get go (items left in drawers, under bed, very dusty behind things, etc). My brothers room had dirty socks, chop sticks, and a sticky counter where a spill hadn't been cleaned. My parents found two new robes in their closet (to be expected) along with too used ones bunched up along with a pair of bathing shorts. 2) Lost count of the number of things not cleaned. I am not overly picky, its a big ship, takes a moment to notice things amiss, etc- but this was beyond that. Went to bed at 1, someone had spilled an entire bowl of ice cream in the hall a few rooms down, I assumed it would be cleaned up. Woke at 7, it was still there. Spilled cups of juice in the elevators and stairwells still there hours later. Someone vomited near one of the stores, which had a wet sign near it, that was all, so it was fun walking right into that one. I mentioned the spilled juice in the elevator to two staff, who looked at me as if I had grown a second head and said "yes maam, its a big ship we will get to it as soon as we get a chance". Hours passed and it was still there. 3) I am a big one on the idea that staff do not have to bow down to the cruisers in order for a good experience. Basic human decency was kind of assumed, though not always granted. Went with my brother to settle a matter on his account, staff at pursers office didn't even get up (she was reading a book), we were told it wasn't open yet. Asked what time they would be open, she didn't even look up when she answered. Asked for a Coke at bars and several times had to ask another bartender after one would take our cup, then go help someone else and forget about it (3 times). USually the second bartender would then grudgingly go get it when we pointed to it, say nothing, fill it and slide it to us (which at one point spilled a full bottle of pop on the nice gentleman unlucky enough to be standing next to me). 4) A few staff I wanted to THROTTLE. "Accidents happen" and a child playing with a stroller in a busy hallway pushed it infront of my 60 year old father, who LEAPED over it to avoid knocking the child over, fell, rolled, and slammed into a wall. Delightful...we have been home for 11 hours and we now know he has a cracked rib, not to mention some very serious bruising on his hips and shoulder. Not one, but TWO staff members walked by WITHOUT A WORD. I hunted down someone to ask for a bandaid, or a napkin when we noticed a few small cuts on his hands, and the EXACT words I got in response were "that's what the infirmary is for ma'am, would you like directions?". didn't ask why I needed them, not a "gee ma'am, I don't know about that, you might have to check the infirmary". I was livid. 5) Disembarkation hell. Yes, I am Canadian. Yes, I finally heard "through the grape-vine" that there was some kind of an issue with customs, the computers, etc, and only US citizens were being processed. That's fine, stuff happens. Try SAYING that, as opposed to telling a theatre full of people nothing as they continue to announce that only Americans can get off the ship. Also, I get it, people were very very very testy and frustrated about waiting, luggage in tow, in the crowded theatre- its frustrating to deal with frustrated passengers I am sure. BUT, responding in kind, definitely not a big help. I actually heard staff yelling BACK at the passengers who were upset, being quite rude in response. When a woman got frustrated and said "well maybe if they would ANNOUNCE that, this would run a bit smoother", a staff member replied, with quite the tone, "this isn't my first cruise, we HAVE done this before you know". They then told us if we didn't settle down it would "only be harder on you, because customs will get really really nasty with you". My father finally lost his temper and shouted out asking if we could return to our room. Exact reply "you can give it a shot if you want". That's when I was done- I went for a walk, returned, very unhappily told the gentleman he could speak however he wanted to whomever he wanted, but my father was not going to be on that list of people again, and perhaps he should go calm down until he was able to respond with even an insincere attempt at rational answers. We pretty well RAN off the ship (aside from my hobbling father). Not super interested in doing another carnival cruise, that's for sure. Food was average at best (which doesn't say much because the food is always a very subjective area on any cruise). Heard lots of good things about the pizza and fish and chips- thought the pizza was pretty bad, and the fish and chips were standard cheap fish and chips. Dining room service was ok, nothing special. Had a baked potato 3 nights, wasn't hot a single one...was told meat could only be medium rare or medium well, nothing else. Three people at our table ordered medium well- I got WELL, one got rare, and one got medium well. Shows were standard. The male singer (can't recall his name) was horrible, dance numbers were so-so, again- standard cruise fare, nothing great but nothing horrible. Comedians were ok, juggler was good, illusionist show was...well, it was something. Didn't know whether to laugh or cry for the guy, it was horrible. Generally, we now get where the idea of "the Wal-Mart of cruises" comes from, and will likely stick with Celebrity. Also, lost count of the number of times couples were getting "intimate" late night on several of the decks. Became a bit of a joke as I often didn't want to go for a walk too late in case we walked past another obscene sex act in progress. My parents said their Carnival Legend cruise was much much better, and I will take their word for it. Good points (there were some in there!!): My niece and nephew had a wonderful time in the activities (9 year old boy and 14 year old girl). They were both always on the go, always something to do, and they both had a wonderful wonderful time. He loved the Arcade, she loved the dances (I believe there was a bit of an onboard teen romance for her...). Seemed to be a good cruise for families looking for activities in that age group. Overall, I was happy happy happy to drive home, even if it IS snowing and freezing here! I would recommend Regal Palms Orlando to anyone looking to tack on a few days before or after the cruise. An hour to the port, but we have stayed there 2 or 3 times and loved it. We paid 119 a night for a 4 bedroom, 3 bath private pool house with a spa. Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
This was our 2nd cruise (1st with Carnival), Grand Princess being the 1st. After 5 years of being a travel agent I was hesitant to book a Carnival Cruise because of what I'd previously heard about it being a party ship. My husband and ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise (1st with Carnival), Grand Princess being the 1st. After 5 years of being a travel agent I was hesitant to book a Carnival Cruise because of what I'd previously heard about it being a party ship. My husband and I were celebrating our 5th anniversary and my little sister was graduating high school so we took her and my mom along to celebrate both occasions. We were paying for part of my sisters way price which was a huge part of why we booked this particular itinerary and ship. *NOTE We left the night before on the red eye from Seattle on Alaska Airlines. Dreadful! I'm generally an Alaska fan but the small 737 was packed and there were no pillows or blankets left by the time we boarded. Our exit row seats didn't recline and the temperature of the flight was cold. The steward/stewardesses were not very pleasant either which made for an all around uncomfortable flight. Since we were on a budget I found that the cheapest way to get from the airport to Port Canaveral was to rent a car with Avis. We drove the 45 minute distance to the Cape Canaveral Avis location for drop off. They had a shuttle to the port which was very convenient. Embarkation -- We were told by Carnival that we wouldn't be able to board until 1:30. When we arrived there was a huge line which told me people had come much earlier. We stood in line roughly 45 minutes to an hour. We spent about an hour and a half exploring the ship and when we got to our room our luggage was already there. We were pleasantly surprised with our rooms as they were very spacious clean and nicely decorated. Our steward was wonderful and did a wonderful job keeping our room clean and making us feel welcome. The only issue we had was that there is only one plug in in the whole room. This was a huge problem for my mom who brought her own hair dryer and wanted to us it and heat her curling iron at the same time. (There is an in room hair dryer but it's a hair eater if you know what I mean.) While Onboard The ship in general wasn't as glamorous as Princess. It looked more like Vegas hotel which is what I expected being Carnival. The dining rooms to me looked like glorified Denny's/Shari's restaurants and it never seemed like people really dressed up even on formal nights. Many people I talked to said they preferred this since it made for a less stuffy environment. I prefer a little more of a classy environment. The food was best in the dining rooms but I would still only give it a 3.5 out of 5. Of course I was comparing it to Princess and my mom was comparing it to Holland America. Our wait staff Anelia and Ray were outstanding and very accommodating. A couple of the pools were surprisingly saltwater and were drained and refilled each day. They were very crowded with splashing children which was very unappealing to our group. They were cloudy by the end of the day. We did however enjoy the waterslide which never really had a long line. There was plenty of chair saving so it made it very difficult to find seating where the music and activities were. Plan on getting to the pool Deck by 10AM on Sea Days if you want lounge chairs in a good location. Unattended rowdy children were everywhere and we were disappointed at the type of music being played via CD where most of the children were playing. -very sexually explicit- The live music was good but always way too loud throughout the ship. We loved the self serve ice cream makers but not as much as the unattended rowdy children. The 24 hour pizza was great and the sandwich bar was great too. The buffet was good but not great. Aside from the shows in the theater there wasn't a whole lot for a group with an 18 year old to do. Especially if your a nonsmoker/nondrinker. We did catch Karaoke one night and really enjoyed it but the Blue Bar that it's typically held in was very small, crowded and smokey. We really enjoyed the shows but had to get to the theatre at least 45 minutes early. One night we got there about 25 minutes early and literally had to fight for a seat. Again the live music in the theatre was extremely loud to the point it almost hurt your eardrums. I along with others plugged our ears at time and I watched an elderly couple leave because of it. Too bad since the shows were pretty good. Disembarking WAS A MESS and extremely unorganized. Apparently if you book an excursion through the cruise line you can walk to the front of the line and if you booked an excursion aside from the cruise line you could be 2nd. A lot of people were late getting to their excursions because they couldn't get to the front of the line. A lot of people weren't aware of this and the people who were had a hard time making it to the front of line in the midst of all of the impatient people who had been waiting in line for hours in the stairwell. I found it completely disturbing to see people jump on the elevators to bypass waiting in line and merge in on a lower level. Very BAD system and really needs to get more organized. I would say on average it took over an hour once we were docked and cleared to get off of the ship. On the last day it took more like 2 hours and there were again a lot of angry impatient people. *Note on excursions We booked Cave Tubing in Belize through cavetubing.com-it was awesome and way cheaper and better than booking it through the cruise line. I can't emphasize the WAY BETTER enough. However, for a person who is not used to being in a 3rd world country be forewarned. The city is surrounded by barbed wire and fencing, there is a lot of crime and there are armed guards at check points when leaving the city. My mom had a really hard time with this and was very scared on the bus ride out to the river. We had a small group on our bus which made my mom even more worried and she wished we would have booked through the cruise line. BUT by the end of the trip she was very glad that we went with cavetubing.com and not the cruise line AND would recommend it to anyone. The food afterward at Cheers was terrific! Buy all your souvenirs in Cozumel and not Costa Maya where everything is marked up 150% and it's hard to barter there. In summery for the price and for our group this cruise was a good selection. we had a good time but I probably won't cruise Carnival again because I like just a tad more elegance and better food. As a former travel agent I would recommend this cruise to either people with children ages 5-12 who want to let there kids loose and kick back and have some drinks or patient people who want a more laid back, non stuffy, casino like environment and don't mind the loud children, and smokey areas. I would not recommend this cruise for nonsmokers, nondrinkers, 18-21 year olds, and people expecting the traditional glamorous fancy cruise with lots of ice sculptures and fancy food decorations(aside from the midnight Gala Buffet) I didn't see much of that. Princess ad RCL are better alternatives. Read Less
Sail Date June 2006
This was my 3rd Carnival cruise. I was by myself and went to celebrate my birthday. I arrived in the dining room on my birthday and told the server that I was there to celebrate my birthday. She completely ignored this. I had concerns ... Read More
This was my 3rd Carnival cruise. I was by myself and went to celebrate my birthday. I arrived in the dining room on my birthday and told the server that I was there to celebrate my birthday. She completely ignored this. I had concerns about the service previously with things like charger plates being cleared from the table and then stacked up and reused again, the server reaching across the table and dropping rolls on plates, etc. After the birthday or non birthday dinner I requested another table. The head of the other dining room was unable to determine where a vacancy was and when he thought he found a table with a seat he was not able to find it in the dining room and had to ask a waiter. It took 2 days to get a light fixed in my cabin and a burned out light was never replaced during the trip. The ship was dirty, service was extremely poor. This is not a family friendly ship. All shows were either PG or R rated. I encountered 3 passengers on different occasions who were falling down drunk and passing out. If you are looking to get drunk and gamble this is the ship for you. My encounters with carnival are consistent. It is worth the money to go on another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2006
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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