Great Ship! Great Time!: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by suzie763

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Great Ship! Great Time!

Sail Date: February 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We really enjoyed our second Carnival Cruise (went last year on the Destiny to the Southern Caribbean) much more than our first. Although the ports were much better on the Southern Caribbean itinerary, the boat and embarkation port were far superior on the Glory.

We went a day earlier to Orlando and it was nice to not have to rush from the airport. We did a little shopping and relaxed. We booked a hotel through Hotwire and we liked it. Keep in mind the port is about an hour drive from the airport. Best to rent a car at the airport and drop it off at a rental location in Cocoa Beach and they drive you to the port. Post-cruise our flight was later and we went for an excursion to NASA. It was great, we highly recommend it. It's well worth the price.

The boat was in good shape and always very clean. If you want a deck chair on a "day at sea" go right before breakfast or you won't find a good one. Pools and Whirlpools are pretty accessible and not crowded. Both ports in More Mexico (Cozumel & Costa Maya) we were late leaving so the captain had to go faster so the boat was really rocky. The captain was really down to earth and approachable. Not something you see often. The crew was good, helpful. Not great though. But speaking to some of them, they were at the end of their rotation and were going on their leave home soon, so maybe that was the problem.

The dining room was nice and the food was good. Because we had booked our cruise later, they gave us a late seating dining time. I didn't enjoy eating late, but on the plus side at our table we met a great couple that we are keeping in touch with. The buffet was an average buffet. One day they had a chocolate themed buffet ... enough chocolate to keep you going a long time! We ate at the Supper Club one night (for an extra charge) and I can honestly say it wasn't really worth it. The food was ok, nothing that much greater than what you eat in the dining room. They kept playing the same Celine Dion CD over and over and over until we couldn't take it anymore! In my opinion, save your money and eat in the dining room. We like our specialized coffees, so the coffee card was a great deal.

The entertainment was average, we participated in most things. The cruise director, Butch, was top notch. He was very energetic and engaging. The shows were not bad, the magic show was the best one. We went to the dance club one night for dancing and it was good. Those under age had their own location, so they were out of the way usually. They had a special cocktail party for those who were "past guests" which was nice.

Overall, we really enjoyed our cruise and are planning our next one! Less

Published 04/22/09

Cabin review: 4D7234 Interior

Our cabin was very small and a bit crowded. It felt a little clausterphobic. But the Empress Deck was a great location with its own public balcony. I wouldn't do an inside cabin again.

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Port and Shore Excursions

I didn't like this port at all. First of all it was a tendered port, so we had to take ferries from the ship to the port, which was ok, but the actual port was nothing special and we were warned not to wander out of it because it was very dangerous. So we just walked around a bit and returned to the ship. This is a good port to do an excursion if you don't want to stay on the boat.

This port was recently reconstructed after being destroyed a couple years ago. There is a man-made beach and pool area where you can go for free. We took an excursion to the Mayan Ruins of Chacchoben. The price includes a lunch (it was a ham and cheese sandwich and some other snacks) and a drink. The ruins were great as was the tour. I recommend it too because it's not far from the port like the other ruins, so you have time to enjoy the port. We found the souvenirs at the Costa Maya port the most reasonably priced.

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Great place just to stay in and have a margarita (BIG) and some good food (best guacamole I ever had!). No need to go anywhere. Those who took the ferry to Playa del Carmen and to the main land for excursions were very sea sick and said it wasn't worth it. Great port to debark and stay at the port.

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There are many excursions being sold to go to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island and they are all very expensive. We opted to go to the beach attached to the resort on our own - I believe it was called Cabbage Beach if I'm not mistaken. We got a cab from the port which cost a fraction of the price. The beach was free. It's a very nice beach and lots of waves. After we were done, we walked through the grounds of the Atlantis Resort which is beautiful and went through it to catch a cab. The actual port is nothing special, but you can walk through the town if you like.

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