Mostly relaxing week on the Glory: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by pitbulLover

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Mostly relaxing week on the Glory

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
My husband and I cruised on the Glory from December 4-11. It was my husband's first cruise and my second. I had previously sailed on Carnival, but it has been almost 8 years since I last cruised so I was basically starting out fresh. I am 25 and he is 28.

Embarkation: seemed easy and quick. We waited in line to check in since we didnt check in beforehand and it went smoothly. We were in Zone 21 boarding but got on in no time.

Ship: The ship was apparently refurbished in 2010, but it really doesnt seem like it. All the decor looks like it's from 1984. It's bright and tacky. The ship seemed relatively clean, except for our stateroom. The carpet looked like it had soaked in stains and the sheets were never actually clean - always hairs on them even after the sheets were supposedly changed. There were lots of different bars/lounges and places to hang out. Our favorite places were the Ivory bar (for reading/playing cards/quiet hang out)and the Colors Lobby. We also loved More laying out on the top deck on the adult pool side. It's much quieter on that side and we never had any problem finding chairs.

Stateroom: We had an interior room on deck 7 towards the back of the ship. I loved where we were because the Lido deck (with all the food and the pools) was really close. It was also close to Kaleidescope Blvd which is the walkway to lots of other areas of the ship (on deck 5). The room was small but we did not spend much time in it anyway so it was fine for us.

Ports: The ports we docked at were Nassau, St Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos). I really enjoyed these ports. We did not book any excursions.Please see port reviews.

Entertainment: There was one musician that we really enjoyed. The acoustic guitarist named Paul. He was a pleasure to listen to. All the others were just so so. The comedy club was great. Saw Will Marfori, Mark Simmons, Hal Spears and Joe Yannetty. 2 were hilarious, 1 was pretty funny and 1 was EH. The cruise shows were SOO lame. We went to one the first night and had to leave after about 10 minutes. It was too cheesy and awful.

Dining: The food is average and some things are above average. The pizza was practically inedible as was the sushi. Dont even bother with the sushi!! The buffet at Red Sail was good for breakfast, but thats it. The lunch options were gross. The best things for lunch are the deli (always had tuna on rye which was great) and the Mongolian Wok. I ate at both places several times and was always happy when I did. Ordered room service for breakfast one morning, wasnt worth it. The food for dinner in the main dining room (Golden restaurant) was fairly good. The soups were fantastic. My favorites were the Yukon Gold Potato and the french onion. The bread was the best. Ordered the warm chocolate melting cake every night for dessert - it's a must!! We did anytime dining and really liked that. Never waited more than 10 minutes for a table.

Complaints: Carnival is constantly trying to sell you STUFF. They are always on the loudspeaker (even at 7:30 AM!) telling you about their deals in the gift shop or the duty free shop. It was annoying. The photographers were the WORST. They littered the hallways and common areas and were very pushy. The photos are SO BAD too. So posed, cheesy, poor quality pictures. Just awful. And they literally asked every time we walked by if we wanted our photo. Their was always loud and obnoxious music being played throughout the ship. It was bad music too. Anywhere you went, they had it blasting. The only place that would turn the music down for us was the Ivory bar. The Colors Lobby usually had live music so it wasnt bad there either.

TIPS: Buy soda beforehand. Or while you are in port. The soda card is $50pp which means you have to drink 5 sodas per day for it to pay out. Who drinks that much soda?! We bought two 8 packs while in San Juan and that was way too much. Dont brother bringing duct tape, surge protector, over the door shoe hanger and all the other crap people tell you is necessary. Its not necessary. Pack exactly how you would if you were going to the beach for a week but bring an extra sweatshirt, pair of jeans and sweatpants as the ship can be cold. The dining rooms are very cold and the upper decks get cold/windy at night. There is enough room in the bathroom for your stuff, I promise you! If you come back from a port earlier than most, you will be able to enjoy the ship in its prime. It will be quiet, not crowded, no lines for food, privacy, etc. We stayed on the ship for most of the day while we were docked in Nassau and it was great. SNEAK ALCOHOL ON BOARD. It is so freakin easy. Buy a box of joe from Starbucks or Dunkin donuts (we just asked STarbucks for one and they gave it to us for free, without the coffee of course) then rip out the bag from the box and pour inside your liquor. Then wrap the bladder in a sweatshirt and place it in your suitcase. Voila! You have just snuck alcohol (a whole handle) on
the ship. Also, bring 2 bottles of wine in your carry on and drink it in your stateroom so you arent charged a corkage fee. Dont forget your corkscrew!

Favorite things: warm chocolate melting cake, sailing away from each port, mini golf on the top deck, Punchliner Comedy Club, popcorn on the Lido deck during movie time, newlywed show at the end of the cruise, Ivory Club, watching karaoke

Debarkation: We did self-assist even though we had a large bag and it was a great option. Instead of putting your bags outside of your room the night before you get back, you just keep them in your state room. The decks get called earlier than those doing the relaxed option so you get off the boat sooner and don't have to wait for your luggage at the baggage claim.

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Published 12/18/11

Cabin review: 7421

Small, but enough space. 3 closets which was plenty. Several drawers as well. I liked that there was a safe and a vanity. The bed was very uncomfortable though. The bathroom was small but there was more than enough counter space for all our toiletries. It was a good location since it was close to everything.

Port and Shore Excursions

The boat docks right next to the beach which makes this port so easy. You can walk down the beach to Jacks Shack where it was a little less crowded. The water is perfect, clear/blue, white sand. It is unbelievable. Jacks Shack had food and drinks but their beers were more expensive and they only offered grill fare, no local food. There was a dog at the beach here who was so cute and friendly. We rented an umbrella for $10 but it was broken and didnt stay up very well. After laying out for a while, we walked down to the Local Village Bar and restaurant. You will see their huge sign from the ship. They had cheaper beer and local food. We ate conch fritters (12 for $6) and I drank a Turks Head beer (delicious) and a coconut that had coconut rum in it ($4 for the plain coconut to drink and $5 extra for the alcohol) Local Village had a great atmosphere and the guys there were really nice. We were originally going to rent a golf cart from Nathan, but decided to save our money instead. It would have been great to see more of the island but I cannot complain about the day that I had!
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We didnt do anything except walk a little since we didnt realize the Atlantis is a cab ride away. We could see it from the ship and didnt want to pay the money to go there. We walked down the street, but there wasn't much to see, not even the beach. After about 20 minutes we walked back to the ship and enjoyed a day on the ship while we were in the port. It was nice to have the boat be quiet and less crowded!
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When you get off the ship, you will turn left out of the port. You will walk along the water and should see a CVS on your right. Keep walking for a while until you get to a large map. The map wont be helpful as its all faded out, but if you keep walking you should see a large reddish steel "gate". Keep walking past that until you see a fountain/statue. Its called the Raices Fountain. You will then keep walking along the water until you get to a large door surrounded by a red gate. This is the gate to Old San Juan. If you want to go to El Morro, it will seem like you should continue along the water, but this is a dead end. Make sure you go through the red gate, then turn left. You will then walk up hill and will see El Morro in the distance. There is a $3pp entrance fee to El Morro (or you can pay $5pp to see both El Morro and La Fortaleza, but I've heard if you dont have much time El Morro is better to see). El Morro is huge with beautiful views. Make sure you bring a water bottle and good walking shoes as it was HOT and youll do a lot of walking. Once we finished at El Morro we walked to Old San Juan. We turned left out of El Morro and saw a shanty town to the left down by the water, with beautifully colored houses on our right. We kept walking and just turned down a side street, until we found our way into the square. We ate at Cafe Puerto Rico, which I would highly recommend.
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When you get off the boat, you will go right into a little town center. To the left there is a Nova Scotia bank (which has an ATM) and that's where all the buses/cabs are. You can just ask the bus drivers where they are going or if the bus is empty, tell them where you want to go and they will take you. We went to Magen's Bay Beach. It cost $8pp for the bus ride ($32 total roundtrip) and there was a $4 entrance fee to the beach itself. The drive to the beach is absolutely breathtaking. Make sure you have your camera out and ready! The beach itself was stunning. It was very crowded because there were 3 other ships in port that day, but still beautiful. The beach is lined with trees and we just laid our towels underneath one and laid on the beach. It was so relaxing. The bus ride back to the port took a little longer because of traffic, so you may want to factor this into your time.
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