Carnival Glory Review

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Panama Canal Disappointment on Carnival Glory

Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Carnival Glory
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2021

We are frequent cruisers with over twenty five trips in as many years. This was typical of the passengers on this trip - retired people. Many of the passengers take multiple cruises per year, often back-to-back on the same ship. Only a couple of children on this trip. A lot of scooters and walkers on the ship, but fewer than on a Princess cruise. A lot of brand loyal Carnival people talked knowledgeably about what ships were going to what home ports. And a lot of casino gamblers got huge discounts for their gambling habits. Not us - we prefer Carnival but like to try lots of different lines; l had to ask how people pay for the slot machines (ship card.)

My thought always is - how can you complain when somebody else cooks your food, makes your bed, and brings you drinks. The Glory succeeded admirably on these three things. But other than them and the hot tubs on the Serenity deck, the onboard part of the cruise was poor.

The main draw was the Panama Canal. Most passengers were on their first trip to the canal. My wife and I had been through the locks on the Atlantic side once before, and had taken a wonderful excursion on a smaller boat to the Pacific Ocean. Very disappointed to find that there were no canal excursions on Carnival. The Glory spent hours in Lake Gatun waiting to butt-in to the line of freighters waiting to exit to the Atlantic.

Cabin Review

We had a balcony cabin with cabins below and above us. Very quiet except for the noise made by balcony doors being shut. It was smallish - not enough closet and shelf space for a 14 day cruise; we had to keep a lot of clothes in suitcases under the bed, which ruins one of the advantages of a cruise vacation which is to unpack only once. The biggest problem was the single 110v electric outlet; rumor was that lamps with USB plugs had been put in some cabins, and that would have really helped.

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