6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This is a review of Carnival Glory's January 27, 2018 trip to the Western Caribbean. The itinerary was Miami, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, Miami over a period of seven days. This seems to be a regular itinerary for this ... Read More
This is a review of Carnival Glory's January 27, 2018 trip to the Western Caribbean. The itinerary was Miami, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, Miami over a period of seven days. This seems to be a regular itinerary for this ship, which sometimes visits the same ports in reverse order. I am going to write about only things I have not seen covered in other reviews. From the outset, I need to say that our trip was a very good one. In fact, from the standpoint of value received for money paid, it was very, very good--hundreds of dollars less than the prices of other cruise lines for similar trips to many of the same ports. So, while certain points discussed below are negative, they do not reflect my overall impression of the trip. Instead, they are meant to alert the reader to things that may help him or her to avoid problems. Other points are positive and may lead the reader to increased enjoyment of the trip. The first point concerns the main entertainment area at the midship pool on deck 9. Chaise lounges encircle the pool. From that central point, three or four staggered levels of additional lounge seating rise all the way up to deck 10. The whole configuration forms something like an amphitheater, or in this case, since an amphitheater is meant for hearing and not hearing loss, a pit. Huge metal speakers installed on deck 10 point down toward the pool. Live entertainment on level 10 aft above the pool performs for the pit just below a jumbo theater screen. The result of this setup is an extremely concentrated sound level focused on the pit with no place for the sound to dissipate. Our entertainer, a steel drummer who played along with recorded island music, apparently likes music at a decibel level approximating that of a jackhammer. You may value your hearing more than he does We saw numerous children, some below the age of five, held in their parents' arms without any muffs or earplugs, sitting in the pit hour after hour. Sustained exposure to these sound levels just might produce significant hearing loss. The ship needs to turn down these speakers. Meanwhile, consider lounging on deck 10 out of direct focus of the speakers. Alternatively, you can go to the stern pool, which has no similar set-up. But if the pit is your thing, do your ears a favor and bring silicone ear plugs. The second point is the water temperature of the showers in the staterooms. We had several friends cruising with us on this trip and they all noted that even at the coolest setting, the shower water was near scalding. I tried turning down the temperature control as far as possible and probably came close to breaking the selector valve. I don't know if this is a problem with some kind of master thermostat, or need for really hot water for some other ship function, or something else. If this problem persists, one way to beat it is to soap and rinse off as soon as possible, before the water in the pipes can heat up, although they heat up quickly . One time I had to take cooler water from the sink and use it to rinse off (I don't know why the sink water was cooler, but it was). Carnival must know about this problem, since there is a sign posted in the shower warning guests about scalding water. You will probably notice the sign just as the shower water begins to pour over you. Be ready to jump. Aside from the shower problem, by the way, our stateroom was spacious and the bed was comfortable. There is only one electric plug, though, so bring a multi-outlet plug along if you have lots of electronics. The third point concerns the ship's layout. Just be aware that there is no bow- to- stern passage for decks three, four, and five. This point isn't good or bad. It's just the design of the ship. The fourth point is the ship's food. It is very, very good. We ate tender lobster and excellent steak in the dining room. The menu was varied and we never once found a dish we did not like. Service was beyond reproach. The food on this ship easily rivals the food we have found on pricier cruise lines. In the buffet, I highly recommend the sandwich line. Just forward of the buffet, Guy's hamburgers, a feature of Carnival ships, runs all day and never disappointed when we came on board hungry after a shore excursion. Be advised that the buffet lunch lines stop serving around 2:30 and that the only hot food available really late at night is pizza. The fifth point is our balcony. Since this ship was built about 15 years ago, the balcony is roomy. Some newer ships cite marketing research showing that guests are not interested in balconies, so they make balconies as big as bathtubs. We find balconies to be great getaways both day and night. It is mesmerizing to watch the ship's constant bow wave breach the water, or to marvel at the maneuvering as the ship docks. Once you have a cabin with a balcony, it is doubtful that you will ever go back to an inside stateroom. And in the unlikely event that a norovirus spreads through the ship, at least you will have a source of fresh air. The sixth point is Mahogany Beach at Roatan. We think that Carnival purchased 30 acres and is developing the port and facilities around it in the same way that cruise lines buy islands and use them as a stop. At least we did not see any ships other than Carnival ships at the docks. We opted for a day the beach rather than a trip outside this compound. There is a chairlift from the shops directly past the docks that goes over to the beach. The ride is only about 5 minutes long, but it is delightful to get to the beach this way, and you can ride the chairlift all day for just five dollars. Our friends, who did take an excursion out of the compound, said that much of Roatan is indeed third world. I wish it were otherwise. On a side note re destinations, please be aware of the following at Cozumel. We grabbed a taxi to Ocean Resort at Cozumel on the recommendation of the taxi dispatcher. We were driven to a beach jammed with lounge chairs to within two feet of the water. Beyond the waterline, the water was full of rocks. People walked in, slipped on slimy rock pockets like prairie dog holes, and promptly fell over. One of the best things you can bring along for your feet anywhere on coral-laden Caribbean beaches is water sneakers--serious ones with a sole as thick as running shoes. They are pricey but worth every penny. You can wear them as sneakers at home. Also, be careful of shop owners off the beaten path. On a side street in the town we agreed on a price for several bottles of vanilla extract and the owner tried to charge an additional fee at the last second, even though he had already written the agreed-on lower price on the receipt and initialed it. We objected, he backed down, and we thought everything was OK, but we got an email when we returned to the ship; our credit card company had flagged the transaction as suspicious. It was. Despite the receipt, the shop owner had again charged the extra amount on our card. The credit card company quickly removed the additional charge. Incidents like this aren't going to reverse the view that Mexico is currently a watch-your-back venue. The last point is entertainment. Carnival has a song-and-dance troupe that sings and dances to well-known songs grouped in themes. It's not Broadway but it's okay. There is also an inside stage at the bottom of the midship elevator well, and there the entertainment consisted of music trivia and singalongs as the trivia answers are given. People gathered here every night to watch the cruise director, his band, and other crew members egg the the crowd into participating. All the performers aboard have high energy levels. Carnival also has comedians, bingo, a piano bar, musicians at various points around the ship, and a casino. Take your pick. What you think of the entertainment depends on your taste, but you cannot claim there is nothing to do. That's it. Cruising is just about the best bang for your buck you can find. It's nice to look up in the middle of an ocean and see lots of radar and GPS antennas above the pilot house and know that experienced people in that pilot house are using that technology to take care of you, day and night, so that you can enjoy your adventure in complete safety. So enjoy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our second time on the Glory and to almost the same places. We picked it as a Christmas gift to ourselves and mostly just to relax and enjoy the ocean. In our 30 years of cruising this was the first time we had rain days. ... Read More
This was our second time on the Glory and to almost the same places. We picked it as a Christmas gift to ourselves and mostly just to relax and enjoy the ocean. In our 30 years of cruising this was the first time we had rain days. Embarkation was easy, and we were onboard by 11:30 and eating lunch after dropping our carry on in the cabin and getting our key card from the mailbox. Met our stewardess Gemma in the hall and told her she only needed to do the evening service and to get us ice. Although the cabin was across the hall from the room with the ice machine so anytime we needed it someone was there. We had cabin 9267, a balcony room. It was what we expected and although there is some noise from atrium, it usually stopped by 11:30 and wasn't that bad. We had stops at Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. It rained while in Roatan but we had no excursion planned there and it stopped long enough for me to go shopping. In Cayman we did a Nautilus Undersea Adventure and it was cool. It's a boat with glass windows all around and you could see fish, wrecks and coral reefs, we enjoyed it. In Belize we did a sight seeing tour that was okay, Belize is a very poor country but full of proud people. We have been to Cozumel many times but did the Discover Mexico tour and it was very interesting and well worth the 20.00 it cost. Disembarkation was a little long, about a half hour delayed due to customs but we had a great porter take our luggage out and were home by 10:00. Lovely trip. The ship was in good shape, food was good, you won't starve. water in our cabin was too hot but would go again in a flash. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This is our 5th Carnival cruise. We have sailed RCCL (8x's), Princess (2x's), Celebrity (1) and Norwegien (1x). Needless we are definitely dedicated Carnival cruisers. We chose this cruise because of Guys Burgers and Cantina, BUT the ... Read More
This is our 5th Carnival cruise. We have sailed RCCL (8x's), Princess (2x's), Celebrity (1) and Norwegien (1x). Needless we are definitely dedicated Carnival cruisers. We chose this cruise because of Guys Burgers and Cantina, BUT the food was amazing everywhere on the ship. We did the fine dining, steakhouse. FANTASTIC. Our room steward was so accommodating. ENTERTAINMENT was A++++. Anytime dining is the way to go. Our cruise director was the BEST ever. Very energetic. (Dustin) One issue I did have was the Debarkation. I do not like the way they have you retrieve your luggage. Our luggage was tagged "3". One piece of our luggage was on a table. Another was on conveyer belt "C" and the final luggage, which I could not find and had to have a manger locate for us, 30 minutes later, was on conveyer belt "A" which was at the far end of "C". Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We were a party of 12 adults for the January 20th eastern Caribbean sailing. Embarkation at the Miami cruise port was fairly effortless, with only a minor congestion at the bag drop off area and at the entry/x-ray point. Otherwise we ... Read More
We were a party of 12 adults for the January 20th eastern Caribbean sailing. Embarkation at the Miami cruise port was fairly effortless, with only a minor congestion at the bag drop off area and at the entry/x-ray point. Otherwise we walked right onto the ship. Most of us were first time cruisers and we were pleasantly surprised at the size and cleanliness of the ship overall. We boarded the ship around 12:30 and our rooms were ready by 1:30. Elevators were quick and the wait was minimal most of the time. We had 3 inside cabins, an Aft-extended balcony cabin and a regular balcony cabin in our group, all on deck 7 Empress. Most rooms were near the aft end of the ship and the aft elevators. Each cabin was spotless and comfortable in size. Our room attendants were collectively wonderful, with a special mention for "Putu" who went above and beyond for us. The food choices overall were excellent, particularly Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana, Pizza Pirate and the seafood shack (which was an extra cost but extremely reasonable for such fresh and delicious food. $4 for a large chowder bread bowl for instance.) Where the Glory fell short was with the Red Sail and Comfort Kitchen buffet food, which we collectively felt was just ok. Nothing terrible, but nothing exciting and very little variation from day to day. We had my time dining in the Golden dining room which we experienced twice and both times the food was very good. Service however was fairly slow both times. We only saw one show "Epic Rock" and sadly, it was of poor quality. Akin to a college production. We were not motivated to see more after that. We participated in Bingo, which was surprisingly entertaining and funny. Alex and his fun squad did a great job with that and one of the young adults in our group won $500! We also participated in an 80's "trivia" night in the Colors Lobby with cruise director "C-Love" who did an amazing job. He was very entertaining and made this very fun. It ended up being more of a fun sing-a-long and got very crowded. My teen daughter got picked to be a team leader and even got a trophy. Karaoke was also a hoot. God bless the staff that drew the short straw to host that every night. Lol. My group had a ball with it. Many dollars were lost and won by my group of young adults in the casino as well. It's just a shame that it's so smokey in there, as we never felt like staying for long because of it. The Serenity Deck was very crowded during the day, but quickly became a quiet and secluded gathering place at night for my group. We could easily see and hear the goings on from the Lido pool area (live bands, DJ's, etc) but usually had the place to ourselves for card games and ping pong, etc. No one in our group used the pools, but the aft pool was usually fairly empty during our trip and was a great place to have coffee in the morning. Service in most of the food areas was quick and polite. Table clearers were fast and it never seemed difficult to find a place to sit, especially as you got near the aft end of the ship. It was always crowded by the main pool area, of course. The seas were very rough on this trip, and a few in our group got sick at one time or another. Guest services gave out free medication for that, which was a nice touch. Our aft-extended balcony cabin bounced and shifted and vibrated like crazy most days and nights. The deck itself was great, with minimal wind. Privacy was not as good on the aft balcony because of the sloping of the ship, but the regular balcony room had nice privacy. All cabins had good sized restrooms and great water pressure in the showers. Lots of storage shelves in the bathrooms too. We never needed an over-the-door shoe rack to hold anything (as many cruisers have suggested) and there were three women in my cabin. Half Moon Cay was beautiful, well maintained and organized. Our group rented a villa and we thought it was worth the price for our own private space, comfortable cushioned lounge chairs, a private bathroom and both an indoor and outdoor shower. They provided each of us with a beach towel and snorkeling gear. We were also provided transportation directly to the villa. The food brought to the villa was very simple, just some tortilla chips, some fruit and a few dips. It was enough to tide us over until the BBQ buffet, which was very good. The also brought us a cooler of bottled waters and sodas. The hot tub was a nice perk that many of us used as well, since the January temps were not hot. We rented Villa D, which you select at the excursion desk when you get on the ship. On a map the villas look very spread apart, but in reality none of them are very far away from one another. It was a short walk to the pirate ship bar and a bit longer to the buffet, although the beach was less crowded the further down the beach you went. The water was spectacular and we really had a wonderful day. Well worth it. St. Thomas certainly showed the effects of the two recent hurricanes. So much devastation once you got away from the port. We booked an independent excursion to do a little shopping, some sight seeing and had a couple of hours at Magen's Bay, which was gorgeous but barren as compared to pictures from before the hurricane. They have cleaned up the beach very well and have replanted many types of vegetation. It was still a delight to be there. We had a wonderful time. Look at TripAdvisor for independent excursion reviews. San Juan was beautiful, especially old San Juan and the fort. None of the areas that we toured showed any signs of devastation from the hurricanes, but we never went beyond those areas. The fort is well worth seeing and is nicely visible from the cruise port. It's about a 10-15 minute walk from the ship, but bear in mind that much of the walk is up hill, especially as you get close to the port. If I had it to do over, I would have taken a taxi. The fort and the views from there are stunning. We then walked through the cobblestone neighborhoods of Old San Juan, which was fantastic. Some in our group took a two hour tour that was offered just outside the port and raved about it. The price was very reasonable. Grand Turk was crowded with two ships in port, but visually stunning. I've never seen water that color and the white sand was so soft. Once you leave the ship you walk down a long dock, then through the shops before you reach the beach. It's more crowded the closer you are to the ships, but if you walk further down the beach, or take a $4 taxi like some in our group did, it's well worth it to move away from the crowds. We went down to the far end to the "Jack's Shack" area and found free lounge chairs, small crowds, great food and beverage and really good snorkeling near an industrial pier. None in our group did an excursion here and we had a wonderful day. Overall, we had a really great time and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Glory or this itinerary. We never once felt like it was a "party" ship. You could seek out lively entertainment when you wanted it and also find many quiet places to relax. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I sailed on Carnival for the first time in 2017 on the Carnival Vista. Great ship, but some of the other cruisers were not that considerate. I think that there were just too many people on the ship. We enjoyed the cruise however and are ... Read More
I sailed on Carnival for the first time in 2017 on the Carnival Vista. Great ship, but some of the other cruisers were not that considerate. I think that there were just too many people on the ship. We enjoyed the cruise however and are now hooked! We sailed in January on the Glory. I was a little concerned because the Vista was Carnival's newest ship and the Glory is an older ship. I have to say that Carnival does an excellent job of maintaining their fleet. The ship did not show its age, and everything that we saw was in excellent working condition. (Only one outlet in the room, but it wasn't an issue for us-I enjoy cruises because I'm "off-the-grid".) I did note a "must" smell in the hallway on the eighth floor, but it wasn't overly strong, and somewhat expected for being on a ship. We purchased the Cheers package and had no issues with its use. Although we never met our "limit" of 15 drinks, there were many other options included (specialty coffee, pop, water). It was nice, not having to worry about any additional costs. My time dining worked very well for us, and we were always seated in the same area, so our wait team was always the same. (The service was excellent) The entertainment was very good, but we thought that Matt Mitchem was a better cruise director. Announcements were harder to hear on the Glory, and it seemed that Matt was better connected to the guests. The assistant cruise director seemed more into his job, and will hopefully get an opportunity to take over in a cruise director position. Food was good and always available. We enjoyed all of the ports we visited (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk). We experienced zero issues withembarktion and debarkation and had zero issues while on the ship. There was a small fire in the incinerator. The captain remained calm and kept all of the passengers informed, and it really was a non-issue. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
As neither my fiance or I have any experience cruising we made the decision to take this particular cruise for the price point and the sale date being one that worked for us. As we had no previous cruising experience we have no baseline to ... Read More
As neither my fiance or I have any experience cruising we made the decision to take this particular cruise for the price point and the sale date being one that worked for us. As we had no previous cruising experience we have no baseline to judge off of but I can say that we had an incredible trip. I'll cover the awesomeness first before mentioning a few things that left a slightly sour taste in our mouths (and perhaps these issues are an industry wide thing, not a ship issue, I just don't know). The food was great in whichever venue we dined in, Guys burger joint was an absolute favourite! We ate there 3 times and I'd be tempted to pick another Carnival cruise just for the sole purpose of getting my hands on another one of those burgers. We did the main dinging room 5 nights and on the others we stuck to the buffet as we were just not hungry yet at our seating time of 6pm. We found that often what was listed on the main dining room features could also be found in the Red Sail restaurant only without the loveliness of a plated meal served in a lovely setting. Our room stewards were friendly and thorough and I delighted in seeing which towel animal they would leave for us each day. It seemed as though they were specters in the night, swooping in sight unseen and making everything neat and tidy again while we were off for breakfast or adventures. If we needed anything at all, it was a quick phone call and they attended to our needs right away. The ship overall was clean and I loved the art deco style that can be found throughout, friends of ours who are avid cruisers called it "dated" but I felt it carried a beauty to it that also created a very lovely homey feeling. Now to our cruise director Chris AKA C-Love!!! I would follow him ship to ship to have him again as a cruise director, he was energetic, funny, involved and most of all, made everyone feel relaxed and welcome. I am a very shy person who normally wouldn't partake of group activities like sing alongs and dances but Chris made you feel like it was ok to sing your heart out, no one was judging. On the last day of the cruise he did a Q & A in the Amber Palace where you could ask him any questions about working on a cruise ship or about him specifically, it was really neat insight into a very intense lifestyle. No that it could be controlled by the ship, but the weather was not quite what we'd spent months dreaming of after booking our Caribbean vacation. Most days were overcast, some were rainy and many were windy. This caused some issues to arise such as not being able to call on Georgetown Grand Cayman, but having to move further down the coast to Spotts Bays, which leads me to my first issue...communication. Although an announcement was made that we had to move down the coast (which also delayed when we were able to get off the ship) that was all we got. Even when I went to guest services to ask if/what there was to do around Spotts Bay I was told by the lady behind the counter "I don't know, I've never been here before." Not really what one wants to hear when arriving in a Country they've never been to. When we got off the tender boat there was a fenced in area with vendors and a small information booth where we were informed that there's nothing really around here and the shuttles are $5pp each way. So 20 unexpected dollars later we left Grand Cayman having only had about 2 hours to wander around Georgetown before having to catch a shuttle back to the tender. This lack of communication occurred a few times on our trip and left us feeling in the dark. I also highly recommend avoiding stateroom 1-363, that was our room and I do believe it must have been directly above the workshop for the ship. At anytime between 8am and 7-8 pm we would be subjected to the sounds of Drills and hammering and all manner of what else. Although we didn't spend all of our time in our room, there were days when we wanted to go rest for a bit and felt we couldn't get any peace. Now both those things to me are fairly minor, but there was one very VERY big issue I had and that was the complacency of staff when witnessing violations of basic hygenic standards. Twice, not once but twice, I was witness to a person changing a babies dirty diaper in a public area. Once was on a lounge chair in the adults only pool section and the other was in the buffet restaurant. Both time they were within metres of staff who can not have missed what was happening but yet stayed silent on the issue. Where is the enforcement?? With the threat of norovirus outbreaks a constant worry for cruise lines, why on earth would these crew members not stop this from happening? In no World does it make sense to change diapers out in the open in a pool or restaurant or anywhere else on a ship except a washroom or stateroom. I don't care if it's an inconvenience for that person, or they don't want to give up their lounge chair, it is not right to allow that behaviour. So as you can see, there were good and bad, but mainly good. I would for sure cruise with Carnival again and even though she's an older ship with not all the bells and whistles of the newer giants on the water I would love to cruise again on the Glory. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Chose this cruise for the ports- we had never been to any of them. First time on Carnival, and I haven't been on a cruise in 8 years. We had a Oceanview cabin on deck 2 (Main)- which was okay for the most part since it was close to the ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the ports- we had never been to any of them. First time on Carnival, and I haven't been on a cruise in 8 years. We had a Oceanview cabin on deck 2 (Main)- which was okay for the most part since it was close to the dining room and the lobby bar/Guest Services desk. Our room was clean, we barely saw our steward but he was polite enough. I thought the food was great- we had early dining in the Platinum upper section almost every night, and our service was always prompt and attentive. Buffet food was okay- wasn't expecting much there anyway. My only other gripe was communication- it took two trips to Guest Services to make sure our $150 in "Gestures" were properly applied to our account. The Spa overcharged us $30 for a service, but after two calls to them we had that fixed too. Finally, our excursion in Cozumel was cancelled (we heard most water-based excursions were cancelled the night before we arrived due to high winds and waves). Unfortunately, we didn't find out until after we got to the end of the pier. They still had all the tour signs up- you had to find yours and then find out in person that yours was cancelled. Oh well, it turned into a shopping day for us and we got our excursion refunded. Overall, despite a few issues we still had an enjoyable vacation. Food and dining service were better than expected- also we loved the Piano Bar and Comedy Club performances. Would sail on the Glory again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose Carnival for this cruise for three reasons: the price, the itinerary, and the more laid back atmosphere, as our traveling companions were first time cruisers and more apt to be intimidated by a stuffy vibe. The Glory is a ... Read More
We chose Carnival for this cruise for three reasons: the price, the itinerary, and the more laid back atmosphere, as our traveling companions were first time cruisers and more apt to be intimidated by a stuffy vibe. The Glory is a lovely ship, and well maintained. Having pre-purchased FTTF (Faster To The Fun, a ridiculously inexpensive add-on when you consider the perks), we’ve never experienced a smoother embarkation or debarkation. Normally I want to down a handful of Valiums every time I get anywhere near a cruise terminal. Honestly, I wouldn’t even have had time to choke them all down. And it was nice to have access to our cabins right away. Speaking of the cabins - I’m not sure if they’re actually larger than those on other cruise lines, or if the space is just more ergonometrically used. In any case, we had more closet, shelf, and drawer space than we even needed, which is definitely a first. Having pump containers of shampoo and body wash in the shower was definitely cool. And if I could have figured out a way to stuff it in my luggage, I probably would have stolen the bedding. Never slept better. Can’t speak highly enough of the crew. Alison, our cabin steward, was Johnny on the spot. We asked for ice the first day, and we had a full, fresh bucket of it in our room every day thereafter. And Masowan, our head server in the Main Dining Room, was a genuine sweetheart. I also liked being called by my name rather than the industry standard MA-DAHM. I’m a granny from Minnesota, for God’s sake, not a blue-blooder with a mile long pedigree. And I’ve never liked the unspoken class standards insinuated by the honorifics. Those kids work harder than most of us ever did in our lives. The weather was less than ideal, but the captain took advantage of all available alternatives to prevent us from missing out on port time, to include anchoring off the other side of Grand Cayman. I’m sure that took some negotiating, as the harbor master’s word is law. There were really only a few negatives. The internet blows. We paid for access that we didn’t get, which was irritating. I don’t mind the more casual American Table layout of the MDR; like I said, I’m not a Rothschild. But sliding into a booth was tough on my knees and hips. That’s on me; I could have spoken up to the maitre d’, and accommodations would surely have been made. And the buffet selection on Lido was limited and disappointing, especially for breakfast. Again, however, I understand that, given the fares, cost containment is an issue. All things considered, yes, I would indeed sail with Carnival again. Whatever misperceptions exist about CC members being down on Carnival, no one speaks for me. I liked the vibe. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We loved this ship. With it being 15 years old, Carnival has done a great job of keeping the vessel in good condition. Staff worked tirelessly to keep cabins and public areas clean. We had a balcony cabin, #7367, right in the middle ... Read More
We loved this ship. With it being 15 years old, Carnival has done a great job of keeping the vessel in good condition. Staff worked tirelessly to keep cabins and public areas clean. We had a balcony cabin, #7367, right in the middle of the ship. There was ample storage space. After unpacking, we put our suitcases under the bed which allowed for even more room. Thank you to Marichil, our cabin steward, for keeping our cabin spotless!! Breakfast every morning was at the Red Sail buffet. Lunch was at Guy's Burger Joint or Blue Iguana (mexican). We chose "Your Time Dining" and ate all our dinner meals at the Golden Restaurant. Thank you to Dusko, Fuad and Gabor, our waiter staff for making our trip so enjoyable. They always greeted us by name and anticipated our every need. The main entree portions were a good size, so I ended up selecting 3-4 appetizers as my entree. They were just the right size portions for me. That way I could save some room for dessert! We watched two Playlist Productions which were very good and also played some mini golf. I hit the jogging track several times and my husband tried the casino. I couldn't stand going in there as the smoke was so bad, but that is one of the areas where you can smoke. Our Ports of call were Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. Unfortunately, the weather was very uncooperative. Due to 3 ft swells in Grand Cayman, all water excursions were cancelled. In Honduras, it spit rain off and on all day. The sun came out in Belize which was a welcome sight. In Cozumel, we were dealing with 40 mile an hour winds so again all water excursions were cancelled. Some people were pissed, but my husband and I just switched our cancelled excursions to ones on land. We just went with the flow. You can't control Mother Nature. We would absolutely go on the Glory again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
it was a group cruise. embarkation and disbark was a breeze even with a child. we had plans for the ports so that was the focus of the cruise. Cosumel at the Chankanaabe (sp) park was fantastic even though it was too windy for ... Read More
it was a group cruise. embarkation and disbark was a breeze even with a child. we had plans for the ports so that was the focus of the cruise. Cosumel at the Chankanaabe (sp) park was fantastic even though it was too windy for snorkeling. Mayan replicas were extensive with a tour. sea lion show, great mexican buffet, we could see the dolphin experience through windows while eating the buffet. Awesome beach area. Dining on the ship: The evening meal was really good but you either have something fantastic like the seafood pasta dish, escargot and of course the chocolate melting cake (absolutely to die for) or you have something like basa (look it up, its a fish from vietnam that is cheaper on the market than cod and probably full of chemicals) its a fish that is on the don't eat list on youtube. we had the flat iron steak which was good, no complaints with that. Lobster one night only. prime rib 2 nights and fillet minion also. Ribs were some of the best I have ever had. Soups were good. Dining service was excellent, we saw the same people serving at the breakfast buffet as the evening dinner, they work very hard, other sites say the gratuities paid with the cost of the cruise is a surcharge and doesn't get reflected in the salary of the servers or the stewards so please plan on tipping. The buffet (deck 9) is like old country buffet. Some things were terrible (don't eat any fruit pies, my friend said its like cardboard with fruit on it). They need more coffee machines! coffee was out about half the time. But, the key lime pie was to die for. rum balls on the chocolate extravaganza were heavenly. we did the sit down breakfast in the dining room 2x and that was really good. Guy Furrers burgers and fries were good. deli sandwiches were good. Heres the low down on the bottomless bubbles. the only way to get soda is to stand in line at the bars. bar tenders don't want to serve you, it can take 20 minutes to get a soda with half the glass ice. They expect to be tipped. This cruise line needs a touch screen machine for soda! Even if it was only on the lido deck it would be better than the set up now. we barely got our moneys worth on that because we finally gave up on it. entertainment: not enough to do at all with my teen. shows were poor compared to my other cruise (I don't remember what line we were on then, it was years ago). very little for family friendly shows, some entertainment was in bar areas. movie night on the pool deck was fun 1x while in the hot tub. miniature golf was fun. one small pool for families and 5000 passengers. we stayed in the cabin after dinner most nights. Suggestion for carnival: at least have servers get drinks, coffee for people eating at the buffet, that would at least feel like we are being treated better than a free breakfast at a hotel. Shows need something like broadway reviews or performers, magic shows, something! I didn't get wifi but heard people complaining throughout the trip how slow, no service etc no matter what level you buy. I have seen the profit that carnival makes (reported on the internet) and this is shameful that lobster is served once, poor shows and the possibility that they are using the gratuities collected to pay the staff their base salary as opposed to a "tip" I hate to say this because of the hardworking staff but all in all this was an economy cruise. I would hate to see one with less amenities than this. I did not shop around for cruises because we were with a group so maybe this was the economy level. This cruise gets you where you want to go. Read Less
Carnival Glory Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.3

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