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The Carnival Glory fit perfectly into our groups' schedule by giving us an opportunity to cruise around the holiday season while we were on break from college classes and could easily take some time off work and would be back before Christmas Eve. We are avid cruisers and go multiple times year (currently booked to go on our first cruise as platinum members) so we knew we wanted a boat that had Guy's Burgers, Sports Bar, serenity deck, and Blue Iguana Cantina, we also liked the idea of the BBQ place. The Glory was the perfect boat for what we needed. I highly recommend if you have not sailed over the holiday season you book a trip! We had incredible weather, amazing ports, Christmas celebrations, Hanukkah celebrations, and so much more on board. Not only was the ship decorated with Christmas themed activities, but the islands themselves were too. Our group took Santa hats and took pics on the beach with them on and our bathing suits and took formal pics on board with them on which was a lot of fun. Boarding the ship was a breeze with their system of giving sail and sign cards once you get on board. The ship itself is not one of the newest or biggest boats, but it has plenty of entertainment. It was interesting to see how much of a decline in attendance the main shows had each night compared to comedy or other entertainment opportunities on board. Our dinner table was one of the biggest tables on the ship, our group itself had 7 then they added a family of 3 to our table as well making it a big round table of 10. Being in the very back of the dining room at the dining room in the very back of the ship was a cause of some seasick problems for a few at our table. We had a table mate unable to make it through all of dinner 4 or the 7 nights. Overall our dining room experience was good, staff was attentive and kind, food was decent, but it was incredibly slow with how big our table was causing us to be late to everything since our dinner was still not out by 10:00 pm. We made the best of it though and always found ways to stay entertained after dinner. Ports and shore excursions were awesome we had actually just done the same itinerary on the Conquest (sister ship to the Glory) 7 months earlier so knew we loved these ports and chose the cruise based on the itinerary. Honduras and Belize are probably 2 of our family's favorite places. We ventured out in Belize and did the cave tubing and zipline excursion through carnival which although it requires a long ride out into the rainforest, it is definitely something worth doing once. We were able to get good GoPro footage in the caves and during the zipline and truly had a blast. In Honduras we did our own excursion and went to a beach resort that is one of our favorite places to go in the world. It has drinks and food included, incredibly clear water, animal encounters, paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling, jumping off a platform, and so much more. This was probably our favorite stop of the entire trip. We also stopped in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Grand Cayman is just a beautiful island and half our group did one activity and half did the other. First half of us prearranged a boat rental and captain and went to starfish point to see the beautiful clear waters, white sand beach, and multitude of different types of starfish. We also saw stingrays while we were there too. We then went to a snorkel spot and dove for conch which our guide let us clean and take out then keep the shells. In Cozumel, we went through Carnival excursions and did the Xel-Ha adventure park which is an awesome place. This is another one that requires a lot of travel time including a 45 minute boat ferry and then a bus ride for only 2-3 hours at the park. The park had everything imaginable though. Including unlimited drinks, food, alcohol, snorkeling, zip lining, cave adventuring, cliff jumping, tubing, waterslides, additional cost animal encounters, and so much more. We had a blast running around trying to get everything in that we wanted to do. Overall the trip was a great time with family and friends. We are excited about our upcoming trips on other boats and will definitely be considering taking another trip at the same time December of 2018! Our cruise director C-Love was very young and energetic making it a great time for all. Crowds were a wide range of ages, with a little less young kids than summertime, but still a good amount of them. Lines were never really too long for anything. We were able to waterslide multiple times and although deck chairs are always hard to find we would always eventually find some. Debarkation went pretty smoothy and we were off the boat before 8am.

Awesome Christmas Trip!

Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Mt10

Trip Details
The Carnival Glory fit perfectly into our groups' schedule by giving us an opportunity to cruise around the holiday season while we were on break from college classes and could easily take some time off work and would be back before Christmas Eve. We are avid cruisers and go multiple times year (currently booked to go on our first cruise as platinum members) so we knew we wanted a boat that had Guy's Burgers, Sports Bar, serenity deck, and Blue Iguana Cantina, we also liked the idea of the BBQ place. The Glory was the perfect boat for what we needed. I highly recommend if you have not sailed over the holiday season you book a trip! We had incredible weather, amazing ports, Christmas celebrations, Hanukkah celebrations, and so much more on board. Not only was the ship decorated with Christmas themed activities, but the islands themselves were too. Our group took Santa hats and took pics on the beach with them on and our bathing suits and took formal pics on board with them on which was a lot of fun.

Boarding the ship was a breeze with their system of giving sail and sign cards once you get on board. The ship itself is not one of the newest or biggest boats, but it has plenty of entertainment. It was interesting to see how much of a decline in attendance the main shows had each night compared to comedy or other entertainment opportunities on board. Our dinner table was one of the biggest tables on the ship, our group itself had 7 then they added a family of 3 to our table as well making it a big round table of 10. Being in the very back of the dining room at the dining room in the very back of the ship was a cause of some seasick problems for a few at our table. We had a table mate unable to make it through all of dinner 4 or the 7 nights. Overall our dining room experience was good, staff was attentive and kind, food was decent, but it was incredibly slow with how big our table was causing us to be late to everything since our dinner was still not out by 10:00 pm. We made the best of it though and always found ways to stay entertained after dinner.

Ports and shore excursions were awesome we had actually just done the same itinerary on the Conquest (sister ship to the Glory) 7 months earlier so knew we loved these ports and chose the cruise based on the itinerary. Honduras and Belize are probably 2 of our family's favorite places.

We ventured out in Belize and did the cave tubing and zipline excursion through carnival which although it requires a long ride out into the rainforest, it is definitely something worth doing once. We were able to get good GoPro footage in the caves and during the zipline and truly had a blast.

In Honduras we did our own excursion and went to a beach resort that is one of our favorite places to go in the world. It has drinks and food included, incredibly clear water, animal encounters, paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling, jumping off a platform, and so much more. This was probably our favorite stop of the entire trip.

We also stopped in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Grand Cayman is just a beautiful island and half our group did one activity and half did the other. First half of us prearranged a boat rental and captain and went to starfish point to see the beautiful clear waters, white sand beach, and multitude of different types of starfish. We also saw stingrays while we were there too. We then went to a snorkel spot and dove for conch which our guide let us clean and take out then keep the shells.

In Cozumel, we went through Carnival excursions and did the Xel-Ha adventure park which is an awesome place. This is another one that requires a lot of travel time including a 45 minute boat ferry and then a bus ride for only 2-3 hours at the park. The park had everything imaginable though. Including unlimited drinks, food, alcohol, snorkeling, zip lining, cave adventuring, cliff jumping, tubing, waterslides, additional cost animal encounters, and so much more. We had a blast running around trying to get everything in that we wanted to do.

Overall the trip was a great time with family and friends. We are excited about our upcoming trips on other boats and will definitely be considering taking another trip at the same time December of 2018! Our cruise director C-Love was very young and energetic making it a great time for all. Crowds were a wide range of ages, with a little less young kids than summertime, but still a good amount of them. Lines were never really too long for anything. We were able to waterslide multiple times and although deck chairs are always hard to find we would always eventually find some. Debarkation went pretty smoothy and we were off the boat before 8am.
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Cabin 8D
This was the first time my brother and I had a balcony cabin on a cruise. We are typically ocean view guests, but with the promotions going on when we booked we got a better deal if we chose the balcony. We thoroughly enjoyed the room it had plenty of closet space for the two of us, hair dryer, refrigerator, and we were nicely located on the 9th floor making it easy to get to all the things we enjoyed. The balcony itself was a great addition as we were able to watch the sunset and even set up some time lapse GoPro video of it.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Cave-Tubing
    Very long drive out on a school bus and a quick tube through the river, but truly something you should do once. It was beautiful seeing the cave formations and hiking through the rain forest. We also saw a few bats. Our guides were great and made us feel safe the whole time.
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  • Ziplining
    This was a very fun, but short experience. Thankfully we were able to GoPro video our memories as it was truly a blast, but flew through it. We had 5 ziplines since we bundled it with the cave tubing and everyone we worked with was great getting us across the forest.
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  • Snorkeling
    Again, Captain C took us on this adventure and it was a great time. The waves were very choppy and rough for snorkel so he helped us all get back in the boat and then dove down to get conch to clean it and give us the shells.
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  • Star Fish Point
    Captain C was an incredible captain who took us to starfish point in his boat, let us snorkel, and dove down and got conch for us. We really enjoyed having a private boat that let us go and do what we wanted to do. We have swam with stingrays multiple times so we knew we wanted to try something different and starfish point was just what we were hoping for! Captain C's boat was not very big, but it was perfect for our group of 5.
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  • Miami
    This port is very far from our home, but the itinerary and cruise we wanted was leaving from this port so we made the drive the night before and stayed about an hour away from port and then drove the rest of the way in the morning of the cruise. Parking was very confusing at this port much more than others and was more expensive.
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  • Little French Key
    One of our favorite places in the Caribbean. We were able to swim with jaguars, jump off platforms, paddle board, kayak, swim, eat, and drink. Our perfect excursion day.
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