Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Cruisin'Col
- Sail Date: February 2012
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Junior Suite
We arrived at the port around 11:15, checked in with VIP services and walked right onto the ship. They had allowed embarkation about 30 minutes earlier. The Glory is a pretty ship and people always cleaning. We started eating and got into our room about 1:00 p.m. Our room 9205 which was a Junior Suite, was huge. The biggest room we'd ever been in. My hubbie and I usually share w/ my brother. The room has so much space, it is really amazing. I love the separate dressing/vanity area and the jacuzzi bathtub, as well as the extra drawers and closets. Our steward, Johnson, was very good.
The negatives: the balcony was no larger than any other regular balcony room. Two other things were big drawbacks. #1 to the left of our balcony is a balcony open to any others who felt like accessing it. Our side window actually faced an open balcony that anyone could access. People were there and looking into our room, window or our balcony all the time. Poor and kind of stupid design flaw since it appeared that there was no reason to not have included part of that accessible balcony in the Junior Suite balcony. I walked out in my nightgown once to find people looking at me. Also, tons of people felt this was an extra place they could smoke cigars or cigarettes. I stepped out once to find men smoking their cigars right next to my balcony #2 the people on the other side of us smoked on their balcony constantly making the use of our balcony almost impossible. If we just opened our door there was tons of smoke coming from their balcony. We had to close our door or risk the smoke coming into our room. I have no problem with people smoking, but they have no right to impede on my right to breathe fresh air, either. Having asthma, it made our balcony pretty worthless, especially with it coming from both sides. Carnival really needs to reconsider its smoking policies. Maybe they could only allow smoking on the starboard balconies, then we others could be assured of being able to breathe on our balconies and would book on the port side.
I booked four shore tour excursions for our four ports of call. Three with people off the ship and one ship tour. The first was a tour of the Tulum ruins. A beautiful and informative tour with Mosiah Tours. What a beautiful place Tulum is. The second was at Costa Maya. This was a change as we were originally going to Belize and they changed to Costa Maya just a week or two before. I read about Steve at Tropicante resort. We took a $2 cab ride to his place and had the most wonderful time. They reserved us lounge chairs, tables, etc. Steve (an American) let us use his cell phone to call family back home to the US (no cost). My husband and I both had an hour massage at the beach for $25 pp. We got several sodas, guacamole and chips and a huge plate of delicious chicken enchiladas...so much we couldn't eat it all. We paid $70 for all of that. My neices and nephews were impressed with the bucket of beers for $10, when it cost them $21 on the ship for one less beer. They were friendly, effecient, helpful, and constantly there to assist us. We had a marvelous time. I contacted Steve before and he reserved us a place.
The next day, I planned a tour with Island Marketing...a zipline and snorkel adventure. What an awesome time. They drove us to the top of a mountain and we ziplined down...it was amazing! Then, they drove us down to a small city and we got on a boat. We met an awesome woman who locked our stuff in her office, so we didn't worry about it while we snorkeled. It was beautiful and we had such a wonderful time. Quincy and Dave Bryce and their mom were too incredible and so friendly. Then they took us to a small town where there was a little store with all kinds of hand carved mahogany items. So beautiful.
The last day in Port, we were going to Grand Cayman. I'd been there before and had gone with Moby Dick tours, who did a wonderful job. But this time, we had several people with sprained ankles, knee problems, elderly, etc. So I saw a ship tour "Deluxe Stingray Tour" that had a new boat with stairs instead of a ladder. The platform went right into the water making it very easy to get down into and out of the water. That part was great, but there were many problems. First, the tour ticket said to meet at 10:15 a.m. in the Ebony Cabaret Lounge. Before when I have been on a ship tour, we met in a place and they took the entire group off the ship together and to the tour. We had a group of 13, who were going to meet at my room, but we decided to meet up at the Ebony lounge as stated on the ticket. WEll, the tour operators from Carnival decided last minute that they would not meet there, but did not tell anyone on the tour until we were going to the lounge. There were employees saying, just go on shore and find them. So our group got totally separated by different elevators, different tenders, etc. Many of our group had no idea where to go. We arrived first, but were told by the tour operators (Marineland) that they were leaving at 11:00 and it was too bad if our entire group wasn't there, they would get left if they were late. As it turned out, some were as much as ten minutes late because of the tendering problems. But "Marineland" tours was not very helpful or accommodating. And the cruise ship shore excursion would just say, "sorry" without any other explanation. Most of the problem was because of the Shore Excursion desk and their last minute change of plans. But when we asked (the tour guides) how much time we would have in the water with the stingrays, they said, "45 minutes". As it turned out, we had 35 minutes (we timed them). So the tour group wasn't very helpful and rushed us there and back to make time for another group to be rushed there and back to make more money. After the rushed, but wonderful tour with the stingrays, we went to a place called "Casanova's" Italian Restaurant. It is right on the water, there at Grand Cayman, with a beautiful ambiance and incredible food. Prices were reasonable with large servings (hubby and I shared lasagna) great bread and salad.
All in all, it was a good trip. Some of our party got sick and one was quarantined for a few days. Several got sick the day they got off the ship.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Beach BreakTook a $2 taxi ride to Tropicante where we had reserved tables, chairs and lounge chairs, $25 hour massages, great food and very reasonable alcohol. They were extremely friendly and helpful and accommodating. Steve let people use his phone to make free calls back to family back home. A bucket of beer was $10 vs. $21 on the ship. The food was excellent, the weather perfect and all was reasaonble. This was a highlight of our trip. It was such a peaceful and incredible and relaxing day. Would totally recommend Steve and Tropicante.View All 224 Beach Break Reviews
Mayan RuinsMosiah was amazing and Tulum was beautiful. We really enjoyed this tour and he had so much information regarding the solstices and how the Mayans built their temples, etc. It was an amazing tour.View All 298 Mayan Ruins Reviews
Stingray SwimBooked the "Deluxe Stingray Tour" with Carnival. All kinds of problems. Carnival tickets said to meet at Ebony Lounge, but they decided last minute that they wouldn't be there, but did not tell any of us. Thirteen of us went there to meet at different times, and got separated in elevators, tenders, etc. The tenders were a mess and there was no communication by the cruise ship. When I talked to "Marineland" tours after arriving at Grand Cayman, they said, "if they are late...too bad". This was a "Carnival" tour yet these people did not care at all. Neither did the Shore Excursion desk. It was basically, "sorry, we changed our mind, sorry your people all got separated, sorry we were late getting you to port,....blah blah blah". We all did finally meet up and get on the tour, but were a few minutes late because of the disorganized tendering. Then, the tour guide said we would have 45 minutes, but cut the time to 35 minutes. It was rush, rush, rush. See the beautiful stingrays, hold them, get out and let us take you back so we can get more money and take more people. We only went on this tour because we had several badly sprained ankles, elderly, and knee injuries and needed the boat that had a stairway that went down into the water rather than a ladder. But, I was not impressed with either Carnival or Marineland's attitude.View All 540 Stingray Swim Reviews
We did eat at a most incredible Italian place (Casanova's) on the water, there. Wonderful food and great ambiance and service.
After the tour, I complained to guest services, and they said they would pass on my concerns to the Shore Excursion desk. Well, either they didn't or the Shore Excursion desk blew it off. I never heard one word from them again. They had our money, why would they care!? NEVER AGAIN. I have learned my lesson, no more Carnival tours!
RoatanBooked a Zipline/snorkel tour with Island Marketing.View All 2,529 Roatan Cruise Port Reviews
Quincy and Dave Bryce took us to the top of a mountain where we Ziplined down. It was very fun and they were all about safety with two cables, gloves, etc. The group loved it! 13 ziplines...! Then they drove us down the hill to the beach. We got our snorkel gear, changed inside and office, met Quincy's mom, who stored our things inside her locked office. We went snorkeling for a long time and had an absolutely wonderful time. They were super friendly, professional and seemed to let us snorkel as long as we wanted. It was a great trip.
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