Carnival Glory - Western Caribbean: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Jim & Liz

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Carnival Glory - Western Caribbean

Sail Date: January 2006
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This was our second time on Carnival Glory. My sixth visit to Carnival ships and my wifes eighth.

Embarkation at Port Canaveral was very easy. We dropped off the baggage, parked ($84 for a 7 night cruise), then got in line for check-in. Everything went very smoothly and we got onboard in a very timely manner. A very efficient operation. Disembarkation was also easy. We got off the ship around 9:00AM and were on our way!

The Western Caribbean ports were limited this trip. Besides Key West, we only visited Belize and Costa Maya. Getting off the ship in Key West was a nightmare. A lot of people decided to stay on the ship. Some major improvements need to be made here. We loved Costa Maya, but could care less if we ever returned to Belize. It is the poorest country that we have ever visited. It didnt have much to offer. In Costa Maya, we went on an excursion to Uvero to do the speedboats and snorkel. Very enjoyable and very beautiful. A lot of people think it is More difficult to navigate on this class of ship, but we found it to be very easy. With the mid ship restaurant interrupting all the decks except the Promenade, you have to navigate wisely. Our cabin was on the Lido deck. Whenever we wanted to go to a show in the Amber Palace at the front of the ship, we would simply go down to the Promenade deck, then walk to the show lounge. All of the lounges, as well as the staterooms, were excellent (we had a balcony and really enjoyed it!). The last time we sailed on the Glory, we were uncomfortable with the Promenade area outside the casino. It was always excessively smoky! However, this trip the Promenade area was made non-smoking. A vast improvement. The cruise lines need to have designated smoking lounges!! Something similar to the airports! We did not spend the time we usually spend in the casino because it was too smoky!

The food was very good. We have cruised numerous times and the choices were that of what we have come to expect. The desserts were not very good at all. This ship needs to make some vast improvements in this area. The desserts are very bland  taste like there is never any sugar used! We had late dining and a table for eight in the Platinum dining room. It turned out that we ended up sitting by ourselves, but that was OK. We enjoyed dinner every night. Our wait staff was excellent. Service in general was outstandingmuch better than our last visit. We decided to have dinner one evening in the Emerald room. This is the restaurant in which you must pay extra for dinner. The food and the service were superb! A very enjoyable experience. By the time you pay for your dinner, wine, and gratuities  it can be quite expensive for a meal. We would only do this again for a very special occasion! There was ample Deck space for sunning and the loungers were comfortable. The shows and the other entertainment were fantastic. The ship was extremely clean. Mark Price was the cruise director and did a superb job. His assistant, Wee Jimmy, and the other staff members were very energetic. They were always there! Of course, the Carnival dancers were great, as usual. The comedians were good too.

The drinks were good and compared to other cruise lines  fair in price!

A wonderful cruise! Our only reservations about going again on the Glory this time was the food, dining room service, and excessive smoking in the Promenade area. However, all of these areas definitely got improved marks from the last time. Go Carnival!! Less

Published 03/21/06

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