First time cruise disapointing but....: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by snakedoctor2011

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First time cruise disapointing but....

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This is my first time on a cruise ship, but i have heard quite a lot about it because my in laws have been doing it for years, so here's my story. We decided to try a cruise because of what we heard from it and also because we wanted to try something different from the regular all inclusive resort. So with some friends we decided to search for a cruise well fitting our budget and so we did.

First i must say our embarkation was quite spectacular cause our flight was 3 and half hours late because of mechanical problems, the Glory was to set sail at 4 o'clock we made it on board at 4:05 pm wow what a start.

So here we go, the cruise starts with no direction, orientation of any kind, we make our way to our room witch was OK all was in place and clean, that was till we got in the bathroom, a used razor had been forgotten in the shower and some old bills from the prior clients.

The week went by with no major worries but we were both disappointed when it came to More a few MAJOR points. Hygiene, people come and go around the ship but everybody picks and takes their food in the buffet but at least 90% of the clients don't wash their hands after you know what and then comes the buffet. Not really appetising.

The food was alright, nothing made us go wow that was really great, and that was a downer for us, likely our evening waiter made it all worth while, he remembered what we liked, our capucchino after dinner and all, but again there we had to slow them down cause our first dinner was at 8:15pm and was done by 8:50pm i really felt we were in a race. Oh by the way, the dining room looks more like a cafeteria with the lighting, and noise, not what you expect with a well dressed evening.

Lots of the food was bland, to give you an examples there was a chocolate serving on one after noon we are 4 people in our group and took a couple dessert of each for the taste and all 4 of us came to the conclusion that on a scale of one to 10 the chocolate bar got a 3 for effort presentation and taste.

Now lets come to the service, like i said our evening waiter was excellent, and so was our Stewart on our deck, i cannot say the staff was very helpful and smiling lot of them looked like they were bored or fatigued by their work.

the Clients, there was a lot , not all, but a lot of loud obnoxious people getting drunk and all, i think at some point they should intervene especially in a place called the serenity retreat witch is supposed to be a nice and quite place. By catering to all you really get all...

one positive note, the port of calls all were amazing except for grand Turks that we enjoyed but there was nothing really to do there if you are not a diver or do not like snorkeling but if you do you will enjoy it. St-Thomas and San Juan were absolutely amazing.

And now lets come to the last point the disembarkation process, it was chaos they were suppose to call us by deck cause we had and early flight, they made us gather in the amber palace where they said they would call us by deck and confirmed it while we went in, we waited and then chaos, they let everyone rush to the door without calling decks or anything, so it left us on a bitter note yet once again.

However, event thought Carnival was not to our liking, we will yet try it again some time, but maybe on something a little more appropriate to our liking and taste.

Even tough this review seems to be really negative it is really not just that first timers should really think and choose their cruise before booking sometimes it may be worth the extra dollars you will spend to really enjoy your vacation, cheap doesn't necessarily means fun. Less

Published 01/26/11

Cabin review: 8F1109 Balcony

Everything about our room was OK size was fine not a suite but fairly fine balcony a little tiny but ok, we were on spa deck and total rooms was 18 so very quiet floor

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Port and Shore Excursions

the port of calls all were amazing except for grand Turks that we enjoyed but there was nothing really to do there if you are not a diver or do not like snorkeling but if you do you will enjoy it.

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We walek around the city and learned alot and spent some time in one of the hotels for drinks it was fun

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We went shopping again in old san juan was great, but we had booked a tour witch was not available on the boat, a 2h ride visiting old san juan and the fort Castillo San Felipe del morro. The segway place is called segway tours of puerto rico.

This segway tour is outstanding and the ease of handling a segway surprises tourists. The lesson is easy and prepares riders for turns, stops and starts, and inclines in a realistic but mostly private setting. The tour guide was very personable and stopped just enough and for just the right amount of time. Riders can easily maneuver the segway and take photos at the same time. Riders have been heard to say that this was the most fun tour that they had experienced in considerable cruising experience.

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St-Thomas was more then great, we saw one of of the top 10 beaches in the world in Magen's Bay, then we went to see Black beard castle and some shopping witch St-Thomas is known for. Then we stoped at this little place called callico jack for Pizza, boy they make great pizza, we spent a great day in St-Thomas

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