Glory in the Caribbean!!!: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Vicki_RN

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Glory in the Caribbean!!!

Sail Date: May 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Once again we had a wonderful vacation going on our cruise with Carnival. Our original itinerary was Costa Maya, Belize, Cozymel, and Nassau Bahama's. However, to to the Swine Flu pandemic we had a change in our itinerary and went to three ports instead..Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, and Grand Caymen. Carnvial gave each person on the ship an automatic $20 credit that will show up on the second day of your cruise. Fortunately, this change in itinerary did not bother us us too much and the $20 credit was ok. We could have also rescheduled our cruise for some other time this year but we were ready for vacation! This is our third cruise, all with Carnival and it still seems to be the best vacation we can take for the money, entertainment, and food choices for our family. Port Canaveral was a wonderful port being that it was right at Cocoa Beach with alot of nice hotels very close to the cruise terminal. We stayed at Country Inn's & Suites. It was an excellent hotel, More especially for the price we paid. Our first cruise we chose a bad hotel through expedia, which ended up being in the ghetto. The second time in Tampa I made sure we had a nice hotel, therefore we stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn which was wonderful but a bit pricey for our moderate income. The third cruise we finally got it right as far as hotels go! The Country Inn's & Suites was within five minutes to the terminal in which they provided a shuttle service for a small fee (cheaper than leaving car at terminal if you drive.  Our first two cruises were out of Tampa on the Legend. I am not sure I am biased to the Legend because it was the first ship we were on and we were more familiar with it being on it two times in a row, but I still prefer the Legend.

The Glory was prettier than the Legend due to all of the immaculate colors and architecture of the ship, however the Lido deck seemed smaller and more crowded. The pools were small but refreshing at the same time. There was alot of activites going on around the pools, and if you wanted a quieter space you could head up to the sun deck where you could catch a nice breeze where you couldn't on the Lido. The downside to the sundeck was that you had to travel lots of stairs to go to and from the pools (this is good to burn the chocolate melting cake off!). The Camel Club Casino was a nice  open space to gamble in, we noticed that people seemed to win more money in the beginning of the cruise than the latter. Who knows if there is any truth to that, we had fun regardless in the casino. The White Heat Dance Club was interesting. It was a great place to people watch, which most clubs are good for anyway. The good and bad thing is that they play a variety of music, so if your used to dancing to just hip hop you may want to brush up on your 70's and 80's. 

My 18 year old spent alot of time hanging on the Lido deck with her friend who went with us as well. My 12 year old hung out with the Circle C clubbers. She thought it was a little boring, but to their credit she didn't participate in all of the activities. The two shows we attended which was the show something like the Newlywed Game and the magic show were really good. Service in the Golden Restaraunt was amazing thanks to our headwaitress Rosanna and her assistant Victorino. They made our cruise so much more enjoyable. On the downside, we only had Lobster and Prime Rib one night verses the two nights they were offered on previous cruises. Our room steward was great as well! The only bad thing we can say about the service is that if you don't drink alcohol the bartenders have no time for you when you present your coke card to them for a coke (which is the only place to get a coke unless you want to pay for it with roomservice). There are only two shops on the ship, wish they had more! FYI: the Roman Glass Jewelry is beautiful, but it damages the glass if it gets wet....they didn't tell me this when I bought it, but did include it in the written material that they gave me. Fortunatley there were no hassels when I returned it undamaged. Luckily I read the information before I washed my hands and got the ring wet! Less

Published 06/08/09

Cabin review: 8212

Overall nice cabin. Very clean, ample closet space, needs more hangers. Beds were hard but bedding was very nice with amazing pillows. TV's need updating to flatscreens. Balcony was nice for the price we got if for, however I would not have paid full price because we didn't use it that much. I had room service every morning and ate on the balconly which was wonderful, however my plan to sit and read at night on the balcony did not work due to the fact that the bridge controls whether you can turn your balcony light on. It was great for my husband who smokes, but he said if he didn't smoke it wouldn't have been worth the extra $. It was nice to be able to see the weather, but a window room would have served that purpose just as well!

Port and Shore Excursions

Beautiful! Third time we have been here and the water is so beautiful. Once again we did not do any excursions, just some T-Shirt shopping.....oh and I did hold a $2000.00 vase.....You have to tender in at this port and it was sooooo busy this day. There were four other Carnival Ships and a Royal Carribean. This may have had something to do with the change of itenaries due to the swine flu.

We do not typically do excursions so Grand Turk was great. The clean beach where you are not harassed is right there off the pier. The FREE lounge chairs are there, don't wait too late to get off the ship though or you may not get a chair. The beach is beautiful, we took our snorkles with us and actually saw some pretty cool fish at the drop off when you swim out a bit. They also rent floats too, which is nice! But if you miss the beach, don't worry there is an amazing pool right behind the beach that is also FREE! Beware though, there is no age limit as to alcohol purchases. Luckily, I didn't find out the hard way, I was just stupid in assuming everyone had to be twenty-one to drink. Not so! The new Flow Rider excursion is also at Grand Turk right in Margaritaville. We didn't do that excursion either, too bad it's not free like Royal Carribean! Everyone in Margaritaville was super friendly. They are still working on the shops so  not a whole lot to choose from, but enough to pick up a little something to say you have been there.

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Royal Carribean beat us to the good pier,so we docked at some sort of industrial looking pier. We did not do an excursion here either, instead just walked about a mile into town. Alot of harassment here from the locals, not so bad once you get into Margaritaville though. Wanted to do Dunn's River Falls, but it takes a certain amount of physical stamina and coordination which some of the others in the family may have had trouble with (We traveled with mother and father, aunt and uncle.

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