2,000 Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

Boarding the ship took forever, the food on board was mediocre, the Serenity area and all the other hot tubs would be shut down early right as we would start enjoying them (Serenity hot tubs should be open all night), The virtual reality ... Read More
Boarding the ship took forever, the food on board was mediocre, the Serenity area and all the other hot tubs would be shut down early right as we would start enjoying them (Serenity hot tubs should be open all night), The virtual reality arcade machine stole my money, Arcade games should be included with the cruise, too many "private" events, the wifi didn't work in our room and was extremely slow, music in the clubs was dated and lame, silent disco music was childish and included no actual disco, house music, dubstep, or anything fun, crew members would shut down all the clubs early so they could have their own private parties with better, louder music and when me and my friend entered the party unknowingly we were kicked out and called profane names which is extremely disrespectful and rude considering the amount of money we spent on this trip, excursion left late leaving us less time to enjoy Honduras, stops in each country were too short and made me feel anxious and rushed Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We traveled on the Carnival Glory March 1-8, 2020. We flew in the night before and used Uber to get to the port in the morning. We got to the port at around 11:30, dropped off our luggage and it took about an hour before we made it ... Read More
We traveled on the Carnival Glory March 1-8, 2020. We flew in the night before and used Uber to get to the port in the morning. We got to the port at around 11:30, dropped off our luggage and it took about an hour before we made it inside and through security for boarding. We went up to the Lido Deck for a Guys Burger and a drink before heading to our room to drop off our carry on luggage. The room key was in the mailbox outside the door. We had an interior room. It had plenty of space for everything and we stored our empty luggage under the bed. Aurelio was our cabin steward and did a great job keeping the cabin clean and stocked with fresh towels. We chose to have our room serviced in the mornings. Aurelio would also pop in and restock the ice bucket in the evening. We left late from New Orleans so we were unable to watch the sights as we sailed down the river. We had a great dining room team and head waiter Gavin was hysterical. We had anytime dining and occasionally had to wait (group of 8) but mainly because we wanted to be seated in Gavin’s area. Food was good and the service was even better. I am not an adventurous eater and I even ordered off the kids menu one night. We went to several port/shopping talks, bingo, trivia, etc. Francisco was an amazing bingo host. He was very funny and did a great job keeping everyone entertained. The Military Appreciation gathering was well done. Our Cruise Director was Deon and if I never hear, “hidey-ho, I gotta go” again, I will be happy. I booked all of excursions privately. In Roatan, we did a tour with Ronys Tours and went to West Bay to Paradise Beach resort for the day. The water was beautiful and warm. In Belize, we went to Altun Ha and the Baboon Sanctuary with King David. It was a great day and our friends got engaged on the top of the Sun Temple at Altun Ha. In Cozumel, we went to Playa Mia for the day. On our last sea day, we took a mixology class at the Alchemy Bar with our favorite bartender. Disembarkation was a long process. Overall, it was a great cruise. Deon was not our favorite cruise director but he didn’t make or break the cruise for us. The ship seemed to be in good shape. Yes, there is some wear and tear and odors on occasion but nothing out of the ordinary. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was a "girlfriend's" cruise for my wife. She turned platinum on this cruise. These are her comments. Glory looked and felt old and run-down. Food was not up to previous Carnival standards. General cleaning ... Read More
This was a "girlfriend's" cruise for my wife. She turned platinum on this cruise. These are her comments. Glory looked and felt old and run-down. Food was not up to previous Carnival standards. General cleaning was poor. Saw leftover coffee cups in the same spot for 2 days by the elevators. Elevator buttons were dirty the entire trip. I used my elbow to press them. Ship's windows were dirty and salt crusted. Louder shows do not make them better. I am a Carnival shareholder, and generally love the product. Although this cruise was very disappointing on many levels, we will enjoy more cruises with Carnival again. The crew all seemed ready to please at every turn. The ship's condition and cleanliness, especially in this time of coronavirus, was disappointing. We have taken one other cruise out of New Orleans. I must say that the disembarkation was much faster and easier than the last time (2010?). Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Carnival crew members are always polite and almost always happy and friendly. That’s a big plus, of course. The food wasn’t as good on this cruise, IMO. My husband used to really enjoy the filet and lobster on the elegant nights, ... Read More
Carnival crew members are always polite and almost always happy and friendly. That’s a big plus, of course. The food wasn’t as good on this cruise, IMO. My husband used to really enjoy the filet and lobster on the elegant nights, but they have moved those two entrees to separate nights now. We ate in the main dining room every night, but the only thing I had that was really good was the crab cake, the steak tacos, and the Carnival Melting Cake (on one of the 6 nights I ordered it. The other 5 times it was either 3/4s liquid, or too hard, because I asked for it to be cooked a little more.) The filet and the flat iron steak were not bad, but not great. In fact, that’s what I’d say for pretty much all the food. One night, the table of friends that was seated beside us and at the same time as us, got their desserts before we got our entrees. Then they were finished completely 45 minutes before us. I don’t know what that was about. The rest of the nights we had decent service. I checked out the buffets on the lido deck a few times and never saw anything there that was something I was interested in. I ate lunch at Guy’s Burgers and the Blue Iguana Cantina. The fries at Guy’s were very good. It seems like both on the lido deck and in the main restaurants, they try to make gourmet food or food specific to certain areas of the country, and then it doesn’t come out like it would in a gourmet restaurant or in the area of the country that created it. I think they would do better building most of their menu around American classics loved by everyone everywhere. The lady at the shore excursion desk was very helpful and accommodating as we booked a last minute scuba excursion that required some extra work on her part in order to make it possible. Kudos! Boarding and disembarkation went smoothly, including at ports and tendering. Elevators were all functioning throughout the cruise, a/c in cabin was good, lots and lots of choices for entertainment. Oh, one piece of advice, the days of arriving in port, walking off the ship into town and hailing a local taxi to take you to your desired activity are pretty much gone. Carnival has been working very hard for the last several years to ensure you book your shore excursions through them, and they have pretty much succeeded. It is more and more difficult to “escape” all the people stationed in various locations further and further from the ship who are ready to talk you into booking and excursion with them which you pay for with your sail and sign card. Also, if you do manage to get a local taxi directly to your desired location, you are likely to find that you can not participate because all tours are already full and booked through the cruise ship. In many areas Carnival or a conglomeration of cruise lines has actually bought out the attraction. And it now seems to actually be true that you can get the lowest price by booking through the ship. The cruise lines negotiate deals with the local business where they pay much less per individual, because they can promise such a large number of participants. It’s kinda like what happens with Groupon. So, unless you just want a ride to the closest beach or shopping area, you’re best best probably is to book through the cruise line. A possible exception would be if the attraction you are interested in has their own website where you can book before the cruise; you may be able to work out a better or more personalized deal that way, but make sure they will refund your money if the ship isn’t able to dock there for one reason or another. We scuba dived in Grand Cayman (2 tank dive Kittiwake and Oro Verde) and zip lines (Chukka) both were awesome! In Cozumel we generally prefer Chaakanab beach - the snorkeling there right off the shore is excellent, but this time the weather was rough and even a little chilly (for swimming),, so we just went to Paradise beach and hung out in the hammocks. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had a great time on our cruise. The staff was great, the accomodations were nice. They even brought us a fan because we felt our room was on the warm side. Our room steward and dining staff were great and friendly. The comedy was pretty ... Read More
We had a great time on our cruise. The staff was great, the accomodations were nice. They even brought us a fan because we felt our room was on the warm side. Our room steward and dining staff were great and friendly. The comedy was pretty good and the shows nice. Our Cruise Director, Lee was incredible and full of energy. He really went out of his way to make sure that everyone was having an amazing time. The steakhouse was amazing. The steak was cooked to perfection and all of the sides were delicious. The cheesecake for dessert was so yummy! My only complaint was that that the Spa workers seemed a little bit on the snooty side. It made me a little uncomfortable when I was getting my overpriced pedicure.The pedicure was $75.00 but I had a gift card from my room steward for $50.00 to use in the spa, so I only had to pay $25.00. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Wanted to see the Panama Canal Cruise was good. Had a few hiccups with getting off the ship. We arrived late in one port , and rather than let passengers off by excursion time, they let everybody off at once. People got on the busses ... Read More
Wanted to see the Panama Canal Cruise was good. Had a few hiccups with getting off the ship. We arrived late in one port , and rather than let passengers off by excursion time, they let everybody off at once. People got on the busses for the incorrect excursion time and had to be asked to get off so the correct people could get on. Could have been avoided with a little planning. Food was ok. Nothing special with the exception of a few special nights. The Sushi ( which was extra, but good pricing) was excellent. This was a Journeys Cruise. Staff mentioned several times that the cruisers were “older” - music was very loud! When we got to the canal, they had a step on guide that was very good explaining about the canal. We were on the Ludo deck watching. It took almost 30 minutes to find someone to turn the music off so we could hear the guide. Staff kept saying they didn’t know how to turn it down and folks were getting angry since this is what we came for! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The 14 day journey cruise on the Glory was overall memorable. Embarkation was great as soon as we got to the port and went thru security we were on the ship. We had some great stops, Montego Bay Jamaica, Aruba, Cartagena Columbia, Puerto ... Read More
The 14 day journey cruise on the Glory was overall memorable. Embarkation was great as soon as we got to the port and went thru security we were on the ship. We had some great stops, Montego Bay Jamaica, Aruba, Cartagena Columbia, Puerto Limon Costa Rica, the Panama canal and cozumel. the crew was great. Depending on where your room was on the ship there was a constant movement of the ship. I think the stabilizers are not working properly. Interior spaces were in good condition. The elevators were fast and smooth. The exterior needs some painting but you see the crew working on that. Food was on pair with carnival ships. Entertainment was good. There was plenty of activities to take part in.The cruise director " Lee " was informative but I don't think he will not be on the ship much longer. He's going to one of carnival's newest ship soon. Carnival's excursions are expensive.. independent operators are just as good for less money. Disembarking at the end of the cruise was a disaster because there were so many diamond and platinum members and a large number were getting off at the same time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My first cruise! Everything went well except for an excursion ( Isla Rotan) that was not clearly explained. I thought that snorkeling would be supervised and found out the hard way that it was not. Nor was it explained in the description. ... Read More
My first cruise! Everything went well except for an excursion ( Isla Rotan) that was not clearly explained. I thought that snorkeling would be supervised and found out the hard way that it was not. Nor was it explained in the description. I learned so much that I can rely on my travel clients. The entire staff was so nice and accommodating. it was my girlfriends' first cruise as well. We really enjoyed the experience and plan to go again.l plan to recommend this cruise to my travel clients as well. The food did not disappoint even though there were not any vegan/vegetarian choices. I will just have to cleanse when I return home. Any maintenance problems were addressed immediately. It was the perfect size ship for a first cruise, at least for me, Ports were very nice and kept up well. Approximately 1200 passengers, so it was not congested. I will go on another cruise with Carnival. Our room was just off the elevator, so we could hear all the noise. I would opt for a room away from the elevator on my next trip. embarkation and disembarkation went well and was smooth. to sum it up, read and ask questions about your excursions and what you are allowed to bring on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
So, Writing this review a few months late but better late then never lol....So my wife and I (38, 40) took our oldest son (18) on a cruise for his High school Graduation present. He graduated 5 months early so figured would be a great ... Read More
So, Writing this review a few months late but better late then never lol....So my wife and I (38, 40) took our oldest son (18) on a cruise for his High school Graduation present. He graduated 5 months early so figured would be a great time to get away from the cold. We booked the Glory out of New Orleans mainly because of the convenience of not having to fly. I have been on Many cruises with Princess,Carnival, RCCL and also worked onboard NCL as a Cruise Director for 5 years back in the early 2000's. So reviewing the Glory will be very honest: First Impression: So the Glory is getting up there in age but i will say that it looks very good. Obviously there is some rust around the outside but almost all ships have that now a days. Driving up to the Port you can still get excited with the size but it is by no means a massive ship. Embarkation: So we decided to get an ocean Suite because our son is 6'3 and about 240lbs and thought the extra room would be nice on the balcony and in the room. With that being said, embarkation was an absolute Breeze. We arrived at the Terminal at 10:00am and was escorted to the Priority Check in area, we were through security and check procedures in under 15 minutes. We arrived to the Captains lounge in the terminal and by the time i could grab a coffee they said they where ready for us to board. All in all i think it took us from arrival to stepping on board maybe 20 minutes. Cabin: So we had an ocean suite which was fantastic. First time I have actually spent the money for the suite and it was nice. Now would we do it again, maybe even if it was just for the priority boarding and much more room with 3 in the cabin. Balcony is not that deep but is very long, enough for 2 chairs a table and a full lounger. Once thing i did not like about the Balcony was it does not have a sliding glass door....but again not a big deal at all. Food: We had dinner in the Main dining room every night and as most people say the food is good but nothing to write home about. I was always able to find something that i wanted and always tried the local cuisine for the port of call we were in. Wait staff was fantastic as always on cruises. Really enjoyed Guys burger joint and the Pizza Place on board. We did not go to the Steakhouse this time around. Buffet i will say was not very good. Breakfast and lunch was fine but honestly i don't like to eat Buffets for dinner as i love the sit down dining experience. We did have coffea and danishes delivered to the room every morning at 7am to enjoy on the balcony, always on time and always good. Beverage Package : Now, I always purchase the Cheers Package for the simple piece of mind ( lets not lie, when on vacation drinks start flowing early lol) and because it includes all other non alcohol drinks including bottled water and specialty coffee. For my wife and I it was about $850 total. I promise you, between the drinks, water, soda and specialty coffees we made out. Now remember, when sailing down the Mississippi River, you will still be charged sales tax for the drink. I heard people complaining about it, all i thought was really $850 spent and your complaining about .26 cents. Entertainment: Shows where typical Cruise ship shows, I really wish they would go back to 3 Production shows and have 2 Guest Entertainers on board...Comedy shows where good but i promise get there at least 30 to 45 minutes early as they fill up fast Port of Call Montego Bay: So we all went ATV riding on a Plantation and was an absolute BLAST...If you are only going to do an organized excursion in one port do it here, as there is absolutely nothing around the cruise terminal. Grand Cayman: Tendering was easy enough in Grand Cayman, got off the ship had lunch at a locals place and walked around a bit. Grand Cayman is very expensive as the US dollar is worth about 3/4 of there local currency. Cozumel: So we did Paradise Beach. $15 cab ride, $3 each to get in and we ordered food and drinks and enjoyed the water. Rented 2 Jet Skis for $100 for an 45 minutes. Had a lot of fun. Almost forgot! For adults the best thing about the Glory is the Rear Adults only pool with a retractable roof. We never went to the main pool and loved it. Wish the newer Carnival Ships had it. All in all the Cruise was great, Ship was always clean or being cleaned and I am actually booked on the Glory again in September 2020 if she sails, fingers crossed Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was a cruise offered to us after a convention in New Orleans. The ship is a great size, needs some TLC but nothing that will interfere with your fun times. Our 1st stop was Mahogany Bay, it rained the 1st part of the morning, ... Read More
This was a cruise offered to us after a convention in New Orleans. The ship is a great size, needs some TLC but nothing that will interfere with your fun times. Our 1st stop was Mahogany Bay, it rained the 1st part of the morning, Beach is very pretty and water is so clear, I was able to see a sea horse just by looking down into the water!! Our 2nd stop was Belize, we did the Tiger Caves zip lining and cave tubing, way cool. A good bit of walking FYI Lunch was included and it was chicken , beans and rice, cole slaw, very good, had cilantro in it, and a bottle water. Our ride over was very informative, so it went quick Our 3 rd stop was Cozumel, we just got off and shopped.. The food was good, nothing special. Tried the BBQ , very tasty, Also tried the Deli, great sandwiches, huge, so share lol. Also loved Guys burgers and the burrito bar. You won't go hungry and if you do, your own fault lol One negative, there is an adult pool, great for those without kids!!, but why can't you have the hairy man contest back there? instead of the center pool? It is an adult activity. It can get very vulgar and no, I'm not a prude, I just don't think some of the sexual dancing needs to be seen by small children. Getting on the ship was very smooth, walked right on, if you arrive in your time slot you just walk on basically, if you are not in your time slot, they will ask you to go to a different line. Getting off was easy, til we got to customs, then there was long lines. After customs, we needed an Uber, well the Uber pickup is in the same place as drop off for new arrivals, VERY congested. And it wasn't even 10, we had a late departure. Leaving on a positive note, go enjoy the Glory and leave your troubles at home. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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
Starting off on a positive note, it is evident the culture on this ship is focused around excellent service. Somewhere between 95-99% of the staff is incredible at their job. The cabin I stayed in seemed very reasonable, although the walls ... Read More
Starting off on a positive note, it is evident the culture on this ship is focused around excellent service. Somewhere between 95-99% of the staff is incredible at their job. The cabin I stayed in seemed very reasonable, although the walls in(I think) all the cabins are very thin and a nightmare for light sleepers. The majority of the food I ate ranged from good to great quality. There’s a lot of tasty meals and snacks to be had. The on board entertainment was also a big highlight, there is plenty to do. Now one of my big cons comes in the form of organization. The ship was to leave at 3:30pm. We left at 6:30pm. It seemed the embarkation and debarkation was a you-know-what show. The onshore excursions were very unorganized. Our time would got cut every time and things listed to be on the package, weren’t. I was let down on all three locations. I’ll give you an example, we went to the Dolphinaris excursion in Cozumel (unlimited food and drink dolphin encounter or something of that nature), the gentlemen told us from the jump on the Pier that our excursion wasn’t ready, we waited, we waited, we signed a form, we handed in our ticket, we waited, we walked, and right before we got on the taxis they started to give us back our tickets to sign? Why didn’t we do that immediately? We lost so much time. Even if carnival has no control over this, they shouldn’t be handing us over to these clowns. Additionally, half the activities on this excursion got axed for slightly rough water. No kind of reimbursement. Onto me getting trapped in an elevator with a woman having a panic attack. On the night after leaving Cozumel, we were hitting some rough waves and I got stuck in an elevator on the NINTH floor, Carolina in guest services didn’t seem to care and suggested it wasn’t a big deal because I was only having 90 feet above the ground level for thirty minutes. Big ups to Carolina. Now with all this said, thanks to my loved ones and the convenience of the onboard activities/food, I had fun. But the Glory needs to address some of these problems going forward. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We had a great time. I am always trying to maintain a healthy weight. The cruise ship had all the foods that I like eating. I certainly did not want to gain 10 pounds from all the delicious food that was served on the ship. The ship ... Read More
We had a great time. I am always trying to maintain a healthy weight. The cruise ship had all the foods that I like eating. I certainly did not want to gain 10 pounds from all the delicious food that was served on the ship. The ship served delicious seafood and salads. In the dining room, I was able to get lower calorie deserts. So, I did not gain a lot of weight. And, I had a great time. The beds were so comfortable. The coffee was great. The service was wonderful everywhere we went. The man that cleaned our room did a wonderful job at cleaning and servicing us with extra towels. I believe his name was YoYo. I wish I could find the card with his name on it. Our cabin was 7337. We sailed from 01/12/19 to 01/19/19. I just want to give him an extra thanks for the great service. We also had a lot of fun in all the ports the ship sailed to. I highly recommend Carnival if you are thinking on going on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We just returned from the New Years cruise aboard the Glory. I admit, I was nervous after reading all the negative reviews. Thankfully I didn't let that change our mind. I was blown away, we had a marvelous trip. Carnival ... Read More
We just returned from the New Years cruise aboard the Glory. I admit, I was nervous after reading all the negative reviews. Thankfully I didn't let that change our mind. I was blown away, we had a marvelous trip. Carnival staff were kind, attentive and made us feel so welcome. Room was fantastic, food was good, Guys Burger Joint was our favorite! We did not do the Bubbles package as it was a lot of money and we are not huge drinkers. Our dining room staff were so sweet and attentive. Cookie was a fantastic as the cruise director. He was hilarious and so entertaining. We enjoyed trivia and the comedy club as well. Embarkation/debarkation was a breeze! We were on in less than 15 minutes, and off in about the same. I would book again on the Glory in a heartbeat! Most relaxing trip I have ever had. I miss sitting on that balcony feeling the warm sun on my face and breeze in my hair. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Food in the dining room was excellent as usual, but the buffet was not nearly as good as it usually is. Desserts on the buffet were tasteless and lacked variety. Cookies were hard as rocks. Breakfast at the buffet was delicious, but lunch ... Read More
Food in the dining room was excellent as usual, but the buffet was not nearly as good as it usually is. Desserts on the buffet were tasteless and lacked variety. Cookies were hard as rocks. Breakfast at the buffet was delicious, but lunch and dinner were awful. There were about 5 choices for each meal. Room stewards were friendly and the service was wonderful. They kept the room spotless. Wonderful team! The entertainment was not great. It mostly included loud dance parties and trivia. There was little variety. The one saving grace was Cee Jay Jones, one of the comedians. Very talented and professional! On embarkation day, we got into our room pretty quickly and got into the buffet right away for lunch. They told us we'd be leaving by midnight, but I was disappointed to wake up in port the next day. It was frustrating that the crew told us one thing yet didn't deliver. Disembarkation was unorganized and chaotic. Cruise director called the deck numbers way too quickly, not allowing time in between for the lines to shorten and elevators to clear. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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
This Christmas we had the best Carnival cruise on the Glory we had in twenty cruises. I have been on twenty cruises and I can only remember one cruise Director from the Liberty, Stitch was his name. The rest are a blur until this ... Read More
This Christmas we had the best Carnival cruise on the Glory we had in twenty cruises. I have been on twenty cruises and I can only remember one cruise Director from the Liberty, Stitch was his name. The rest are a blur until this Christmas we met Cousin Cookie (Jonathan Adams). OMG! He made this cruise the best Carnival cruise ever. Can you imagine eating lunch on Friday afternoon the day before you are scheduled to leave on your Christmas vacation and hearing your ship just collided with another ship Well that is exactly what happened to us this Christmas. I immediately called Carnival, they stated Glory will be sailing or they will find us a cruise sailing and make the substitution. Now I teach third grade and really didn’t care where I was going just as long as I WENT! We arrived in New Orleans around ten that morning. We brought the Carnival transport for 23.00 dollars from the airport. Very convenient! We waited about ten minutes for the shuttle. We took the shuttle back for 23.00 for two. There she was with a big hole in her back! The crew was working on her to make the needed repairs. We decided if she could sail back from Cozumel them she could take us to Cozumel. Cruising with Carnival as long as we have I was very surprised not to see any passengers leaving the ship. They had not started disembarkation. So that mean the rest of us had to wait. The Terminal Manager suggested we walk over to the Riverwalk Outlet Mall, which happened to be closed. So many of us stuck in the rain waiting for the mall to open or the terminal to open. So we called an Uber and made a morning run to Wal Mart. We asked the Uber driver to wait and paid the extra. The total came to about 15.00. Wal Mart is basically around the corner from the terminal. When we returned the terminal was open, however we missed our platinum terminal experience. We were scheduled to leave at midnight, however when we awaken the next morning. we were still in New Orleans. We actually left around ten that morning. As we cruised down the Mississippi to the Gulf, there were folks from New Orleans who gave us historical information about the towns and areas along the river path. We have been on at least twenty Carnival cruises, this is the first time we really enjoyed the Cruise Director. Welcome “Cousin” Cookie. He was the best cruise director we have ever had on Carnival Cruise. We usually just endure the life boat drills, however Cousin Cooke made us laugh, if we would have hit an iceberg, I actually would know what to do because he was so entertaining. Every event that he played a part in was just the best fun ever. His team was really prepared for a great cruise. It was evident the crew was going out of their way to make this a wonderful cruise considering the ship had a hole in her back. Our original dining room table was right in front of the hole. We were moved to a different table with 6 of the most interesting people. Every evening we would sit and solve the problems of world. The conversation was rich and lively each evening. The evening activities were the best on a Carnival ship. Usually after the late night comedy it was boring and we went to bed. All the evening activities were fun. DeeJay played music for all ages and all tastes, The Christmas costume parade was filled with families dressed as gift, trees, elves, and even a Dirty Santa. The Lip-sync games was too funny. The Motown night was way too much fun. We knew every song and the passengers sang every song very loud and somewhat on key. Cousin Cookie taught a new step dance every evening. The dining room staff danced every night. This really was an awesome cruise. I’m pretty sure the hole in back made a difference on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This is one of the worst ships I’ve been on! This was my 2nd Carnival Cruise. I will stick with NCL or RC from now on. This was a family cruise so we had 7 ppl with 2 staterooms. The activities were good and we especially liked ... Read More
This is one of the worst ships I’ve been on! This was my 2nd Carnival Cruise. I will stick with NCL or RC from now on. This was a family cruise so we had 7 ppl with 2 staterooms. The activities were good and we especially liked the Dr Seuss breakfast. Cookie the cruise director was hilarious and likable. The shows were good. The dining room staff were excellent and our cabin steward was wonderful as well. We just couldn’t get past all of the issues this boat has. Water leaking all over the place, Several blowers in hallway (deck 2) everyday. VERY LOUD noise from welding and whatever else they were doing EVERYDAY! Chemical/paint smell in our cabin that made some of us sick. Shower drain bubbling up with what smelled like sewage water. Sewage smell really bad in certain areas including lido deck. That sure affects the appetite!!! NO ONE MONITORING HAND WASHING OR SANTIZING OF HANDS AT BUFFET! Most of the time sanitize stations were completely out! The only positive was the exceptional crew! EVERYONE was super nice! 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
the ship needs sinking! Every cruise I have been on before you enter the restaurant your hands are sanitised -not on the Glory even if you wanted to the self-service sanitisers were empty. Te crew were very unhelpful and didn't know ... Read More
the ship needs sinking! Every cruise I have been on before you enter the restaurant your hands are sanitised -not on the Glory even if you wanted to the self-service sanitisers were empty. Te crew were very unhelpful and didn't know how to smile. The cruise director Cookie was really annoying. The self service restaurant on the lido deck was always tepid. The desserts was very poor -mostly cakes or frozen fruit. the small closet was pathetic and very few drawers so had to live out of our suitcases. There was no-where to store our cases and so we had to step round them every day. The stewards didn't clean well. In fact I lost an earring in my cabin which was found by me behind the bin 3 days later! No walk in showers only a step into bath with a flimsy curtain round it. the public toilets were few and far between and to get to one of the restaurants you had to go either up two decks or down 2 to avoid the kitchens. There were no shows in the theatre only singers to took their turn either in the theatre, in the auditorium or in one of the bars. One of the singers couldn't pronounce the letter 's' but insisted of singing loads of songs with the main works having an 's' in it. It was quite amusing - especially as he sang in the auditorium may times. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Parking cost was the first shock , 140 dollars ! But it was covered and very convenient. Getting on board was quick and easy , but we were confused as we were an hour early but we missed our group boarding time. was watching the game ... Read More
Parking cost was the first shock , 140 dollars ! But it was covered and very convenient. Getting on board was quick and easy , but we were confused as we were an hour early but we missed our group boarding time. was watching the game and yelling who dat . Nobody would stop talking . The crew kept trying to say no phones .... Nobody could hear or see a thing. My first cruise and I came away not knowing anything . Cookie the director was giving instructions that anybody who wanted to listen , could not because of all the noise . The crew member giving the life vest demonstration was so short bless him I couldn’t see him and people all around me were all saying the same thing . One of our suitcases went missing . We went to guest services multiple times and waited but the lines were so long we left . At one point a porter went past us with a trolley full of luggage ( including ours) I followed him and tried to retrieve it. He would not give it to me and told me to go to guest services . At almost 10 pm after a final wait in line of one and a half hours ( almost 5 hours in total wait time) I finally got to the counter and talked to girl ( who had to get permission from her manager) to take me to the room a few feet away to get the case. The lines were so long at mealtimes we never got to eat once at the restaurant. Buffet was great . Our only complaint was extremely small portions which meant respirated trips. Coffee stations were closed when buffets were. Only leaving one open 24 hours . It was really hard to find drink or food late at night . The pizza was open but the lines again were long and they could not keep up. Guys Burgers was great but the fries were burnt every time . Ice cream stations were continually empty, or not working. Eating areas were spotless and staff were all hard working and polite. The ships layout was extremely confusing and the elevators were a nightmare . The air conditioning at the shows was very cold . The cigarette smoke in the casino area was choking. The bunk beds were a little tight . Our shower flooded the entire bathroom every day and the cabin and our clothes smelt musty . Our cabin staff were friendly and the room was spotless . Several panels were out in the ceiling. We had a huge fan by our room trying to dry out the carpet for the last four days. The crew were working to repair something the first three but obviously they failed and gave up . Some people we met actually had their cabin flood from burst pipes. By mid week the sewerage smell was really bad over a lot of the ship. The shows were fabulous and the Veteran tribute was humbling and dignified. A few of the comedians were ok, but nothing to right home about . Only one was really funny. Young unattended children were on the stairs and sitting in the stairwells 24/7 . Many were running in the halls well past midnight . Huge groups of teenagers took up half the seating in certain areas all day and evening. We were not given wristbands on one excursion so hence we could not get onto the beach or pool. We had to fight to get back on the bus without them. The bus was overcrowded and small . One excursion was cancelled, during the night. The shore excursion office was closed the next morning so we could not rebook anything. We could not get into the hot tubs because they were always overcrowded. The spa was a rip off, the manager rude. Don’t waste your money but if you do don’t expect to pay what you were quoted . We booked something at night for the next day, tried to cancel but we were told we couldn’t because it was under 24 hours . We didn’t book it that long in advance and that was not explained to us. They tried to bill us 50% . I eventually got it cancelled because I went up there and vomited in the bathroom . I tried to tell them I was seasick but the manager didn’t believe me. A staff member actually cancelled it behind the managers back. But it was super clean and the staff were amazing. The hot stone massage was lovely but extremely overpriced . Gratuity was extremely high on all the drinks and spa services . Watch for hidden Chargers everywhere. I asked for the refill cup on Sunday and was told they have no such thing. I could not find anyone who knew anything about it until Wednesday. We waited in line for a long while to buy some earrings . When we got to the counter we were told to go to the other register. We went to the other register , waited for an even longer time then was told to go back to the first register . We walked out. This happened again at the photo booth. If you plan on buying internet or photos get the package before you sail. Carnival hub did not work unless we were docked. The behind the fun tour was well worth it . Lovely gifts. Informative tour. But again we were not even tickets or information when we booked and we almost missed it . We were on deck one , first to disembark off the ship supposedly. The elevators were not coming down . When deck two was called probably 75% of deck one was still trying to get off. It caused a lot of frustrations and tempers to flare. Summary:- the ship is old , small and needs repairs ,. The plumbing and sewerage have major issues . I was cold all the time . Expect long lines for absolutely everything.. Cigarette smoke is really bad in the casino. The sewage smell was horrific . Does roll a lot and several people who are long time cruisers said this was the first time for feeling sea sick . Dining room does not function well. Very limited 24 hour food (especially late evening) Lack of organisation causes problems. Not good at problem solving . Don’t expect it to be any different on Thanksgiving than any regular day. No real meal except turkey. No fun parades like other ships had . Would not say it is very easy to get around in a scooter or wheelchair. Staff are amazing, polite , friendly hardworking. The ship is super clean . Food was good..... when everything is working it’s great. We still had a lovely relaxing holiday. I would cruise again, just not on on the poor old Carnival Dodgy. Finally before you think I’m hard to please, this is not the case. I’m trying to give a honest review. The same complaints we had , everyone around us was saying too! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
As a big Carnival fan over the years, it pains me to write this review. The experience was not what it used to be! Most staff members were friendly and customer service-oriented, but not to the level of past cruises and I did encounter ... Read More
As a big Carnival fan over the years, it pains me to write this review. The experience was not what it used to be! Most staff members were friendly and customer service-oriented, but not to the level of past cruises and I did encounter exceptions to customer friendly service for the first time on this cruise. Getting drinks around the pool area was a challenge, something I've never encountered with Carnival. They used to have staff circling constantly to offer drinks. On this cruise, when I gave up in desperation waiting for a drink at my lounge chair, I walked to the bar to get my own drink and had a ridiculously long wait to get a drink from a surly bartender who never uttered a word or smiled! I'm guessing the apparent staff cuts are causing overworked and unhappy workers. Food was excellent as usual for Carnival, though the breads at dinner were not as fresh and warm as in the past and on this cruise we had to ask for breads and pastries when breakfast was ordered. It appears the days of waiters circulating at breakfast to offer fresh bread and pastries is over. On multiple occasions, the waits to get served in the dining room and at the Pizza place were totally unacceptable. Overall, still a fun vacation experience if we don't try to compare to ten past Carnival cruises - I admit they spoiled us in the past - but cuts everywhere were quite evident. It looks like they are trying to replace people (quantity and talent) with technology on the stage shows, but that isn't working. Also, the comedy talent was not the quality of past cruises. I do give Cookie credit for being an outstanding cruise director! I would honestly be willing to pay a bit more to get the old Carnival experience back! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I was invited by friends to take this cruise. I had never cruised Carnival before but have been on 2 NCL cruises and loved both of them. I just booked another cruise with NCL and will never cruise Carnival again. This ship Is ... Read More
I was invited by friends to take this cruise. I had never cruised Carnival before but have been on 2 NCL cruises and loved both of them. I just booked another cruise with NCL and will never cruise Carnival again. This ship Is absolutely disgusting. The food literally turned my stomach. We didn’t eat half the food we ordered because it was so gross. This is the first cruise I have ever actually lost weight on.The ship stunk and smelled like sewage. We literally held our breath at times walking down the halls. Everything was sticky and dirty. I brought Clorox wipes thank God and wiped my room down. Our shower did not drain properly and had a brown slimy film. I cleaned it myself several times. Even the balcony was filthy. There are several outlets in the ship that don’t even have covers just wires hanging out, tile falling off, broken and stained furniture. The very first morning at sea I ordered coffee to be brought to the room to enjoy with my husband on the balcony and they decided to come and treat the rust on all the balconies so they weren’t even usable for several hours at the beginning of the cruise.We needed a vacation so bad and this was such a disappointment. The only saving grace was we went with amazing friends! Don’t waste your money on this cruise!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
we flew from edinburgh to new orleans with delta ...first horrible experience,,stayed in nice hotel in new orleans,Boarded ship ..great ,quick and efficient no problems,cabin was a good size and was kept spotless by cabin crew no worries ... Read More
we flew from edinburgh to new orleans with delta ...first horrible experience,,stayed in nice hotel in new orleans,Boarded ship ..great ,quick and efficient no problems,cabin was a good size and was kept spotless by cabin crew no worries there but it was at front of ship and the engine noise on three nights was horrendous no sleep,never heard noises like it so make sure your cabin is towards the back.Some good entertainment on board friendly staff and entertainers,Plenty of dining options and good variety of food only complaint was it was cold,always cold dining service was slow food cold,pizza place and burger place were excellent.Drinks were horrendously expensive not worth it drinks package was ridiculous expensive and definately not worth the money they were asking for it a rip off but a captive audience so no choice, take it or leave it we left it.ALL in all it was my first time on this ship I have been on cruises before but wont be back on this one Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Our Steward was great. Kept our room clean and tidy. Our dinner waiters were great. The biggest complaint I have with the dinning was cross contamination from the kitchen. I am highly allergic to all seafood! Anything that comes from the ... Read More
Our Steward was great. Kept our room clean and tidy. Our dinner waiters were great. The biggest complaint I have with the dinning was cross contamination from the kitchen. I am highly allergic to all seafood! Anything that comes from the water! I informed the waiters from the start. I still have an allergic reaction every night. EVERY night I had to take Benadryl! So frustrating! This is a life or death situation! The Morning waiters were slow. They forgot to bring a spoon, sugar and milk when they brought coffee. By the time the spoon came the coffee was cold. There were many nights that sewage smell was horrible in the hallways of some of the floors. This was my 6th cruise with Carnival first time on the Glory. I do not think I will ever go back on the Glory ship. I traveled with a friend. She feels the same way. To many problems. One morning we woke up the our room feeling like a sauna. It took someone 3 hours to fix it! 3 hours!!! The entertainment wasn't like in the past. It was NOT good at all! The piano bar had the best entertainment on the whole ship! He was fantastic! The casino bar only catered to smokers. Us non smokers had to get a waiter attention to get a drink every time! The jamaica excursion was a joke! We went to Hard Rock . The beach was beautiful. But the food and service sucked. No one ever came to ask if we needed anything. We had to flag someone down or go get it ourselves. When you pay top dollar for an excursion you would think you get something better then Hotdogs and Hamburgers! Not even homemade Hamburgers!! The jerk chicken and rice was good. I'm very disappointed in this crew and the ship! Never again for the Glory! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Carnival Glory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 5.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.3
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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