Great time on the Glory: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by jeffreyj64

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Great time on the Glory

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Pre-cruise--We stayed at the Intercontinental right at the bay. This hotel is beautiful, and convenient. We walked to the bay-side marketplace Saturday night and had a fun dinner at the Hard Rock.

Embarkation--Since this was our 10th cruise with Carnival, we enjoyed VIP embarkation. One of the other couples traveling with us used the same credit card, so they could check in with us (they changed credit card info at the purser's office once on board). We were on the ship before noon. Overall, I thought the ship was very clean, easy to navigate, and the service was great.

Food--For breakfast during the days at sea we ate from the outdoor buffet on the Lido deck. The lines are shorter outside and you can still get cooked-to-order eggs or omelets. In the dining room, service was very fast 3 days, and quite slow 1 morning. I am not a gourmet eater, so I loved the standard eggs, bacon, and pancakes. For lunch, the standard burgers, dogs, and pizza were enjoyable, mixed in More with an occasional salad or deli sandwich. On afternoon we tried the fish and chips. The long line was well worth it. Dinner in the dining room was pretty much like every other cruise. They are trying something different with 1 head waiter and 2 team waiters. I don't think it saves any time and you don't get as close with the servers as you do with just two. We ate at the steakhouse twice. It was fantastic.

Entertainment--3 of the 4 comedians were very funny, 1 was not at all. We enjoyed 1 production show, but mostly bounced around the bars at night. The biggest negative on the ships is that most of the bars are smoking. It kept us out of the disco, the piano bar, and the casino for most of the cruise. The Cruise Director, Gary, was the funniest MC I have ever seen during the newlywed/not-so-newlywed game (and I have seen 9 others)

Accommodations--Like I said, the service was very good. We had no issues. Our cabins were all Aft Balcony. It is worth the extra to see the sunset behind the wake.

Ports--Cozumel and Grand Caymans were fun as usual. Belize and Roatan were not as great, but still interesting (see port reviews)

Debarkation--We choose to carry our own luggage off, so we don't have to wait for our group number to be called. This gives you time to pack in the morning, and enjoy a stress-free breakfast before getting off the ship.

Overall, the experience was excellent. The ship was in great shape, and those serving us were very attentive. Less

Published 05/14/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

We were going to take a water taxi to Caye Caulker, but didn't calculate the time change correctly. We walked outside of the gated area to the water taxi place, only to find out we were 90 minutes early. By the time we would have reached the Caye, it would have been time to turn back around. The vendors barking at us outside the gate was also a turn off. We just did a little shopping and had a couple of beers inside the protection of the gated area. I definitely would have scheduled and excursion, but there was still some doubt if we would even stop there.

Cozumel was sunny and great. We took the bar hop tour through an outside vendor. I was expecting more of a booze tour, but was delightfully surprised. The air conditioned van/bus was roomy and the rides were brief between stops. Maria, our guide, was super. She was informative and fun. The tour takes you to bar/restaurants on the other side of the island. Most of the stops allow you to sit outside on the beach and relax with a cold cocktail. The views were phenomenal. This was one of the highlights of our cruise.
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We took a jet ski adventure to the stingrays and rum point from an outside vendor. It was exhilerating. The PWCs were loaded with power and the ride was great. I had been to stingray island before so that was just fine. We did not get to spend enough time at rum point. It would have been nice to relax there longer before our strenuous ride back. Overall this excursion was fun. We paid about $95 per person and each had our own watercraft for 2 hours.

We went to Mahogany Bay and got what we expected. The flying beach chairs were kind of fun. The beach was packed and service from the bar was pretty slow. We went back on the flying beach chairs and had a blast at Fat Tuesdays.
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