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Carnival Glory Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Back to back to the same ports

Review for Carnival Glory to the Western Caribbean
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c15benson
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jan 2022
Cabin: Aft-View Extended Balcony
sitting on the balcony next to the lounge chair

This was our 3rd and 4th cruises on the Glory out of New Orleans. The first cruise was supposed to be to Grand Cayman and Jamaica, but a week or two before the cruise it was changed to Belize and Roatan. So we did back to back cruises to the same ports, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. The second cruise was just in reverse, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. This was our first time to Belize and Roatan. We were booked in the same aft, extended balcony cabin on deck 8.

We did the Chef's Table for the first time. As soon as we got on the ship, we went to the steakhouse to get put on the list. It is done in a room attached to the MDR in the middle on the 3rd floor off the atrium. There were 8 couples at it. There were quite a few different dishes presented. The chef described what it was and how it was cooked. It lasted around 3 hours. We enjoyed it.

The shows were the same as they were in October 2021 and 2019 so we didn't go to them. We did try the Punchliner comedy club once. We arrived quite early to get a seat. The place was full twenty minutes before showtime. The comic was good but it only lasted about 30 minutes. The wait for the next comic was over an hour so we didn't wait.

Cabin Review

Aft-View Extended Balcony

Aft extended balcony cabins are a little narrower than normal cabins. They are also a little shorter (chair instead of a little couch). However, you get a deeper balcony that you can recline on without blocking the door. This is the 4th and 5th time we've gotten an extended aft balcony and we like it.

The closet closest to the hall isn't as deep as the other two which allows the door into the cabin to open enough to get in and out. My clothes hang diagonally to close the closet door. Other than that, it's a normal, non-suite room and bathroom as far as amenities go.

The aft pool pump room is across the hall but you can't hear anything unless a crew member opens the door and that is infrequent. I've smelled chlorine a couple times but it doesn't make it into our cabin, just the hall, and not for long.

The aft cabins are great for accessing the places in the back of the ship. It's a couple minute hike to the atrium elevators however. Being on deck 8 is easy access to the Lido where we spend most of our time. You can hear dragging chairs in the room from people around the aft pool every once in a while.

Port Reviews

Belize City

Currently have to tender to the port from the ship. Port isn't very big and can clog up with cruisers if there is more than one ship in port at a time.

Did the trolley tour and it was good, although a little hard to hear the tour guide sometimes. By the end of the hour tour, my rear end of numb from the wood bench seat.

Did Lamanai ruins and boat ride tour. It was very good. They used full size tour buses to get us out and back. The boat held around 80 people and was pushed by four outboard motors. The river ride was about 10 miles to the ruins and 10 miles back according to google maps. The ruins are in the jungle with small clearings at each pyramid. There are three pyramids and we were allowed to climb the last one, since it wasn't raining. The tour guide was knowledgeable and good.

Roatan

There is a private (to the two cruise ships that can dock in Mahogany Bay) beach a short walk/ski lift ride away from the shopping area at the dock. Reminds me a little of the Cozumel shopping area set up.

January is part of the rainy season. Temperatures were low 80's and the rain was intermittent the two times we ported there, a week apart.

The ski lift ride/beach stay is great. Not really a snorkle spot, but great beach. Sand bottom not rocks in sand like Grand Cayman. If you book an excursion with the beach chairs and clamshell, be one of the first half dozen people off the ship or you won't get a front row spot.

The Turquoise Bay private bungalow excursion is excellent. The drive from the port is in 15 person van size taxis with almost no aisle. The drive is 30-45 minutes over mostly well paved roads that are very curvy and hilly. The bay is still not a great snorkle spot, but the beach and water are excellent. The bungalows are over about 8-10' deep water with a grass bottom. The beach is sand so not sure how far out you have to go to get to the grass. Dive boats left from the beach regularly but I don't know what is required to book a scuba visit to the reef half a mile off the beach.

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