Nice, but only fair food: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by SSFlorida

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Nice, but only fair food

Sail Date: March 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We drove from our Florida home to the port and breezed through a very easy embarkation process to the Lido deck , with drink-of-the-day in hand, by 11:30 AM. We were in our room by 2:00. The room was nice, clean and in good condition although the mattress was worn with body shaped depressions on both sides. This was the only maintenance issue we saw on the entire ship. We are used to frequently talking with our steward on past cruises but on the Glory our cabin stewardess was strangely nearly invisible. In spite of this she did a great job keeping things clean and made-up.

The on board food is important to us and we felt that this was the weak area for the Carnival Glory. We ate all but one of our dinners in the dining room where the food was mostly good but not great. The best entrees were the prime rib and a jerk pork loin meal. Dining room service was excellent. We ate all of our breakfast and lunch meals in the buffet. We felt the buffet food was at best fair and More sometimes not that good. The descriptions of the lunch fare sounded good but the actual food was often uninviting and sometimes overcooked. It was, of course, all-you-can-eat. Breakfast was better but still didn't compare in variety to breakfast buffet food on Princess Cruise Line ships. Hidden away on the 10th deck above the main buffet line is the fish and chips bar. Here you can get some good fried-to-order oysters and other seafood. Seating in this area is less crowded than on the main buffet deck. After reading other positive reviews we ate one meal in the extra cost Emerald Room. The atmosphere was nice and the service was very good. The "prime" steaks were large but mine was a bit tough and overall we did not think that the experience was worth the extra cost. There were other places to eat (pizza, burgers, sandwiches, etc) including a decent sushi bar on deck 5. Unfortunately the sushi is only available two hours each day.

We thought that the entertainment was good. I would have enjoyed at least one additional comedy show but that is just a personal preference.

We are not smokers and we thought that there were too many smoking areas on board. The casino is so choked with smoke that no non-smoker could stay more than a few minutes.

The crew was professional and friendly. Nearly everybody spoke with a smile on their face. Less

Published 03/16/09

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Roomy ocean view cabin was about 10' X 21" at the widest point. We had a king size bed and a sofa with a dressing table/television area in the cabin. The room was clean, comfortable and brightly lit. The bed mattress was past it's peak. The bath was reasonably big by ship standards. An anemic hair dryer was permanently located in a dresser drawer. We had three side-by-side small closets. The large window gave a good view of passing ships from our deck one location.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We took a tour of the Mayan ruin, Altun Ha and Belize City. The tour to the ruins was by air conditioned bus and we were given a running narration by a local guide. She did a good job and we really enjoyed the tour. There was plenty of time to see and (optional) climb on the ruins. The city tour consisted of driving through the city of about 70,000 people on the way to and from Altun Ha. I wouldn't feel safe walking in the city but it was interesting seeing the town from our bus.

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