Another great week in the Caribbean: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by bigtimmy22

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Another great week in the Caribbean

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This was our sixth cruise. Our first cruise was on Carnival Imagination, we then went on the Grandeur of the Seas. The next was our first week long cruise on the Carnival Freedom. Our last two cruises were on NCL ships. Ager experiencing three different cruise lines, everyone in our family wanted to come back to Carnival. We were glad that we did. It didn't take us long to remember why we wanted to come back to Carnival: it was for the fun. There is an attitude and spirit on the Carnival ships that makes their cruises not only relaxing but highly enjoyable.

While Carnival ships are notorious for their gaudy and outlandish decorations, the Glory's decoration scheme is a bit more subdued. Our favorite area on the ship was the Ebony Lounge. While the Glory is the same class of ship as the Freedom, it had a more open and comfortable feel. The Serenity area was a very nice touch, and several members of our group utilized this area frequently. The ship was clean and the staff was More very pleasant and hardworking. The food on the ship was very good. We ate in the Platinum dining room each evening, and most of the meals and desserts were very good. Our wait staff and cabin steward were absolutely outstanding and made our trip very pleasurable. We enjoyed the juggling comedian and the magician acts very much. The comedy clubs are a new feature that are extremely popular, and were a lot of fun.

Our ports of call were wonderful. Upon arrival at the dock, we were informed that the ship may not be able to stop in Belize and may be re-routed to Costa Maya. Having been to both places, we were not disappointed in the change. The only thing was that we were planning to go out on our big excursion at Belize. Having that canceled, we were forced to scramble to find another excursion.

Even though, we were still glad to be going to Costa Maya. All of the stops were wonderful, but we especially liked Mahogany Bay in Roatan. What a beautiful stop!

There were only a few aspects of this trip that were not up to our expectations or Carnival's usual standards:

1. The cruise director and his staff. The cruise director was a fifty-something wanna-be comedian who was married to a twenty-something member of his staff. For the most part, he was conspicuous by his absence. Even his introductions of some of the shows were pre-recorded. During the cruise, the cruised director notified the passengers that he and his wife were soon to be leaving the ship and moving to New Zealand. It was as if he was already gone.

2. The big production shows were not up to Carnival's usual standards. The shows were older and outdated. What was especially strange is that they changed both the singers and dance troop in the cruise. The second show was not only out-dated, but with a cast that had never performed together, it was very disappointing.

3. Our cabin was located in the aft of the ship on one of the lower decks. There were nights when the noise level and the vibrations in our room made it difficult to sleep. We have learned to never book a room in that portion of the ship.

Other than these few issues, we thought that the Carnival Glory cruise experience was tremendous. We can't wait to get back to the Caribbean next year. Less

Published 02/06/11

Cabin review: 4A1454 Interior

The cabin was clean and neat. However, being aft on the Riviera deck made for a noisy trip. We complained several times at the guest relations desk received all sorts of lame excuses. Finally, we were able to talk to a supervisor. While she refused to provide us with any type of solution or compensation, at least we felt we were heard. On our next trip, we will definitely not book a room in that part of the ship.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We have been to Costa Maya before and really enjoyed it. We weren't supposed to visit it this trip, yet somehow, we were the only ship in port. It was very pleasant. My son and I decided to replace our Belize fishing trip with one in Costa Maya. When we went down to book the trip, there was only one spot left. I sent my son. The fishing trip was very disappointing. The captain didn't really make much of an effort to find fish. One of our group members signed up to swim with the dolphins. This was her first cruise, and this is a memory that she will never forget.

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We researched this port prior to our sailing. While there were many interesting choices for excursions, we decided to go to Paradise Beach. This was a trip that met everyone's needs. Paradise Beach is a beautiful place with a fabulous new pool area. We spent a lot of time in the water using all of the floating toys that were available to us for our $12 fun pass fee. We also had a few drinks and snacks and enjoyed the pool facilities. It was a great day!

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Grand Cayman is an absolutely beautiful island, but logistically it is one of the most difficult ports to enjoy in the western Caribbean. Especially because our schedule was changed and we arrived in Cayman on a different day than first expected, it was difficult and slow getting a tender boat off to the island. Because of this, we weren't able to go to swim with the stingrays as we had planned. We spent our time walking around Georgetown. We did spend a little time in Margaritaville. That was a lot of fun.

We absolutely loved our trip to Mahogany Bay. It was a beautiful place and Carnival did a great job designing this port. We have been to Roatan before and decided to stay at Mahogany Bay. It was a great decision.

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