Don’t book a cabin below the pizzeria!!: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by mojomorris

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Don’t book a cabin below the pizzeria!!

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Norfolk
BACKGROUND: We drove to Norfolk, VA from upstate New York State to spend some time in Norfolk before the cruise. After calculating gas prices, airline rates, and hotel rates etc, it seemed we could drive down and spend 5 nights in motels at a slightly lower cost than taking a plane and renting a car. The scheduled itinerary was 2 sea days, Half Moon Cay, Freeport and then 1 sea day.

Intro: We're always on the lookout for the best deal so we booked an aft balcony cabin a deck below Lido (and the casual buffet eateries). That way we're close to the food but always use the stairs so we do get some exercise. Normally that works out well BUT on this cruise, our cabin was right below the pizzeria where they have a 24 hour a day contest called "Let's move as many tables and deck chairs as possible and tick off the cabin dwellers below". OMG- scrrrrrrrrrapes and squeeeeeeeeeals all hours of the day & night. If you consume alcohol continuously 24/7 or can remove your hearing aid, More it's not bad but for normal people its gets very grating on the nerves. Next time I'll look at the deck plan a bit closer before I make a final decision for a cabin - LOL {*_*}.

ARRIVAL: We parked at the Cedar Grove site (run by the Port Authority). The cost was $15 (cash or credit card) per day BUT that includes the shuttle to AND from the ship. Considering transfers or a taxi would be probably $5-$15 anyway, that comes out to $10-$12 a day. To me that was a good deal and it was a smooth easy process. We arrived at the pier a bit after noon and the process seemed mostly orderly. NOTE: make sure you have all your paperwork ready (ID, boarding passes etc) to make things easier. You can fill out your CDC health form while in line so have a pen ready. We were on the Lido deck ready to eat by 1:45 (after dropping off our carry on bags in the cabin). By 4:00 our "big" bags were delivered. Relatively smooth - in my opinion.

THE CABIN: We were on Verandah deck aft (one deck below Lido) with a regular balcony. The room had a Queen bed and a convertible sofa. Because of the sofa, the closets are perpendicular to the cabin door and if you weren't careful, you could clobber the open closet door with the cabin door or the bathroom door. Took a little getting used to but it was OK. Plenty of storage space was nice. Bed was comfortable and I brought my own pillow so I was sleeping well. The TV is a flat panel but not a huge one - we were able to watch ABC, NBC, and CBS along with some cable and paid movie channels so there were enough choices. Bathroom was adequate as was the shower so no complaints there. Since this was the Verandah deck, there were no people above us to look down. Except for the Pizzeria area chair/table moving above us, there was hardly any noisy foot traffic down the corridor. A few cabins had really young children but luckily there were few crying episodes.

THE FOOD: We had late dining 1st floor and only went to the dining room for the one formal night. Our waiter (Ms. Dilyana ) was very good and there was enough time to make the meal feel enjoyable and not rushed. The offerings were many and we especially enjoyed the lobster tails and prawns on that formal night. The Lido offered most of the same food as the Dining Room so you can eat according to your own schedule.

OTHER EATERIES: The sandwiches from the Deli were very good - it was open quite a few hours during the day but be sure to check the schedule before you work up your appetite. The Wokery section was a great alternative as were the Burrito, Pizza, Fish + Chips and Grill areas - just be sure to find out when these are open since it might be just 2-3 hours a day. We dined at the specialty Steakhouse restaurant (Emerald Room) for an extra $60 (plus drinks) and I enjoyed the surf + turf while the wife was under impressed with the lobster ravioli. We never used room service so I can't comment on it.

There are so-o-o-o many places to eat and so much to eat that it would be hard to go hungry unless you're very picky.

PORTS OF CALL/SHORE EXCURSIONS: Freeport - Nautical Catamaran Sail and Snorkel. It was a 48' catamaran but not overcrowded. We sailed out to "Treasure Reef" - a snorkel spot that was good for novices but passable for more advanced snorkelers. On the trip back to port you could buy beer and soda while water and lemonade were complimentary. It was enjoyable but the crew could have been more helpful in giving snorkeling instructions beforehand and assisting snorkelers out of the water & back on board when snorkeling was over. Rating = 3.5 out of 5.

Half Moon Cay: - We planned no excursion or activity. This is a beautiful island that is also used by Holland American Lines. Carnival now sends many of its cruises here and it's easy to see why. Prior to departure for Half Moon Cay, the passengers meet in the theater and are assigned to groups. When the tenders are available, passengers (by groups) are brought ashore by double deck boats rather than by the lifeboats. You can rent floating toys, snorkel, parasail, or just sit on the beach that is composed of sand so fine that it feels like powered sugar. We found a semi shady spot under a scrub pine and later had the BBQ lunch. There are "real" restrooms here and you can buy souvenirs as well as alcoholic drinks. I'd go there again just for the chance to sit in a beach lounger in the shallow water and let the small waves wash over me. Rating = 5 out of 5.

OTHER SERVICES/MISC: The ship may have thousands of people but it's big enough that we never felt crowded. Just don't wait until "rush hour" to eat or go to the shows. It was easy to get from "here to there" and hardly had any contact with cigarette smoke except for the area of the casino, the Ivory Bar (where the internet terminals are located) and the occasional inconsiderate person on the Lido deck.

We didn't use the Spa although I used the gym in the late mornings, afternoons and early evenings so I had no issues with finding an open machine. The machines/equipment are top notch.

Internet Cafe is on deck 4 in the Ivory Bar (cigar and cigarette smoking allowed) BUT there is a door to keep out most of the cigar/cigarette smoke. There aren't a lot of computer terminals but I never had to wait for access.

The Passengers' Service desk was helpful and I detected no "attitude" from the people there. There were some really outrageous/dumb requests from passengers and the staff kept their cool.

We did attend one show in the Amber Palace Theater (Justin Illusion) - it was a combo magic and dance show which we enjoyed quite a bit. Didn't go to any of the clubs (not enough time) but we listened to music in the Atrium which was a nice touch.

Our room steward (Mr. Joel) was very pleasant and helpful and spoke English well so there were no communication issues.

DEBARKATION: We had general debarkation and our zone # to leave the ship was called approx 10:15 and so by 10:45 we were out the door, down the gangway, thru customs and on our way to the shuttle. No muss, no fuss - easiest debarkation in a long time.

OVERALL: The ship is 8 year old and showing a bit of wear and tear but it's well kept and clean. Maybe we're too easy going to notice the picky-picky stuff but if we leave out the deck chair scraping above us, it was a GREAT time and a GREAT value. Carnival may be cutting back a bit (no more free Carnival pens in the cabins) but times are tough for everybody, cruise lines included. I can't say enough good things about the parking/shuttle service in Norfolk - it made the embarkation process so much easier. We're happy with our experience so we'll be back on Carnival next April headed to Bermuda! Less

Published 06/17/11

Cabin review: 8C8430 Balcony

Closets are perpendicular to the cabin door and you could clobber the open closet door with the cabin door or the bathroom door. Plenty of storage space. Bed was comfortable. TV is a flat panel but not a huge one - ABC, NBC, and CBS along with some cable and paid movie channels. Bathroom was adequate as was the shower. Right under the food on Lido - gotta love it.

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