399 Miami to Caribbean - Eastern Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

My wife and i are platinum Carnival cruisers and this time had 4 family members along, including our 2 year old grandson. He was a bit overwhelmed by all the sites and sounds, but had a great time. The crew gave him special attention ... Read More
My wife and i are platinum Carnival cruisers and this time had 4 family members along, including our 2 year old grandson. He was a bit overwhelmed by all the sites and sounds, but had a great time. The crew gave him special attention throughout the ship and always stopped to talk to him. The overall cruise was very good and there were some positive changes that are easily noticed. The crew seemed even more friendly than past cruises and were constantly asking if things were good. At one point my son, had an issue with noise outside his cabin from workers doing maintenance. He commented to staff that he just got his son down for a nap and they moved the workers temporarily. We've never seen that before. In addition, the big shows are back. For the last few years, shows were more cabaret-like with minimal cast and very little live music. Frankly, they were boring and we mostly avoided them or left early. This cruise had 3 great shows, with singers, dancers, and a large latin-style band. The Cruise director (Cookie) was fun and really took the time to talk with guests. Since we were traveling with others, we took advantage of the Carnival Hub app for the first time. If you have never used this app before, give it a try. It is a fantastic way to keep in touch with each other, make plans for the day, book excursions, and keep track of expenses. The biggest negative for us was that our grandson has allergies and required a special diet. We were assured pre-cruise, that this would be no problem. We understand cooking for a 2 year old can be difficult, especially one with allergies, however each night it was a challenge to get items meeting his needs. The wait staff was great and tried very hard to work with the chef, but choices were limited. Over the years, we have always tried to rate the entire cruise and not just the 1 or 2 things that don't go quite right. We definitely see Carnival making some changes. Some are obvious cost savers, but overall they seem to be getting back to the guest first strategy that has always worked in the past. I would continue to recommend Carnival and we are looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was my 3rd cruise on Carnival and while we had fun it just wasn't their best effort. The ship is tattered and torn, the entertainment was disappointing with the exception of the comedians they were pretty good but the other shows ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise on Carnival and while we had fun it just wasn't their best effort. The ship is tattered and torn, the entertainment was disappointing with the exception of the comedians they were pretty good but the other shows were pretty lame. The food started out pretty good but Guy's Burgers was a let down from my previous cruise, the dining room was tasty at first as well but the last 2 nights they dropped the ball I was disappointed with everything except the desserts they were good. The ship in general must be due for dry dock there was just a lot that seemed to be in need of repair, soft spots in the floor, uneven floors and quite a bit of rust. They seemed to be working on the ship at every port with crazy amounts of noise coming from unknown areas. This was my first time in a balcony room we were in 8381 which was under the dining area of the lido deck, it was noisy but not from the people something sounded like it was it was big and heavy rolling on the deck above at night, it was quite annoying at night which was the only time that it was heard. The room was ok, the TV remote worked randomly but then they offer nothing to watch. I get it they want you out spending money but really the TV sucked. The cabin Stewart only cleaned out room once a day which was quite a change from the past when they were in the room as much as I was. The ports were ok except for St. Thomas, 10 ships at the same time was just to many people we went to Megan's bay and I wasn't impressed we has 10 times the fun on the beach in Grand Turk right off the ship on the beach with a lot less people. In general I love cruises this was my 5th and I'm sorry to say it was probably the least fun of all of the others cruises. I'll probably go on Carnival again but I will put a lot more time into researching the age of the ship and as to how many ships will be in port at the same time. I do have to give them credit the embarkation and disembarkation was the best that I have ever witnessed, it was quick on and off. The Miami airport that is a nightmare I'll probably go with Canaveral or New Orleans next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Love Carnival, love all the hard working staff. Food quality was not up to what we have experienced in past cruises on other ships. Couple spa treatment room was right under the waterworks, was not the relaxing experience expected. Sounded ... Read More
Love Carnival, love all the hard working staff. Food quality was not up to what we have experienced in past cruises on other ships. Couple spa treatment room was right under the waterworks, was not the relaxing experience expected. Sounded like the ceiling was coming down on our head!! Ship was clean. Found most staff courteous and hard working. Our balcony room was great, stewards kept it very clean and we never had to ask for anything additional. We got the social wifi, it was ok but didnt function as well as we had hoped. Cookie was the CD and he was amazing, I would go on any ship he was on. He made up for the fee negatives we experienced. I would probably not book the Glory again if another ship could meet our needs. Just didnt leave with the normal sense of satisfaction as we have on other ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our second time on the Glory. While she is one of their older ships but we still love her charm. The crew was amazing as before. The food was great. Our cruise director Cookie was a blast. He did a great job interacting with ... Read More
This was our second time on the Glory. While she is one of their older ships but we still love her charm. The crew was amazing as before. The food was great. Our cruise director Cookie was a blast. He did a great job interacting with the passengers and genuinely enjoyed hanging out with us and welcoming with questions we may would have had. We had a nice conversation with him and it felt like we were hanging out with a friend. We got a couples massage in the spa that was great. I attended a ladies pampering seminar where we were given a fantastic deal that was extended to my husband and well. The only thing we were disappointed in were the shows. We were on her a year before and they were the same exact shows. The group of folks that performed last year we're so talented. This year not so much. Our meals in the main dining room were very good. The only complaint I have there is that I was only able to get the Creme brulee once and they didn't have escargot this time on the menu. We highly recommend the behind the scenes tour. It was well worth the money and suggest booking it as soon as the excursions desk opens when you embark because it is limited to 16 people and sells out fast. Embarking and disembarking was a breeze. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We had twenty people (14 adults/6 children) on this cruise for a family getaway and a grandaughter's birthday. The trip was arranged by my daughter; and let me explain that I had not been a big fan of cruises but love my daughter. ... Read More
We had twenty people (14 adults/6 children) on this cruise for a family getaway and a grandaughter's birthday. The trip was arranged by my daughter; and let me explain that I had not been a big fan of cruises but love my daughter. The entire cruise was great; from the comedy shows, to the musical entertainment, to the bars, Guy's Burgers, Rum Bar, Lobby Bar, Bar BQ, shore excursions and our ship cabin. Three things made this an exceptional cruise: 1) Chef Chang and Staff (I apologize for not remebering the staff names). We signed up for the Chef's Dinner (additional charge but was the best money we spent). All twenty of us were the guests of Chef Chang and her staff. Normally this is only provided to a maximum of fourteen people but they agreed to accomodate our group of twenty. The tour of the galley was very interesting with incredible organization. The twenty of us had a private dining room for the entire evening (approximately three hours) for incredible appetizers and many excellent food courses (ranging from Sea Bass to Wagyu Beef). Chef Chang and her staff were totally focused on our needs, with the younger children who were not as adventurous with food, they provided chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese andf french fries. The entire group continued to talk about this experience for the entire cruise; the younger kids requesting to see Chef Chang later during the cruise (three times) and she responded every time to come see us during our dining time. Chef Chang and staff truly understand meeting client needs. We are thankful to this entire group. 2) Adam and I Nyomen our service staff in the Platinum Dining room-early table 609. This is where we ate the majority of our meals and these individuals did an exceptinal job. Regardless of what was requested (crazy or not), and we requested some crazy things, they always met our requests with a smile and great service. These two individuals made our dining experience very memorable from the food ordered to the dancing in which our grandchildren participated. 3) Gemma and Mae, our cabin attendants. Gemma always greeted us pleasantly every day and kept our cabin with everything we requested. From ice, towels, soap and questons about the ship she accomodated all our needs. She and Mae made up incredible towel animals each morning and also surprised us one evening with what I thought was a man on our bed (Just Gemma and crew working with bath towels). While all aspects of our cruise were great; these are the individuals on the cruise that insured our experience was exceptional and memorable. Many thanks! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
It was my first cruise in over 10 years, and the first ever for my husband and parents. We all loved it and can’t wait to go back. Cousin Cookie was an excellent cruise director and the entire ship staff went above and beyond. We felt ... Read More
It was my first cruise in over 10 years, and the first ever for my husband and parents. We all loved it and can’t wait to go back. Cousin Cookie was an excellent cruise director and the entire ship staff went above and beyond. We felt like royalty. She isn’t one of the newer ships, but still has plenty of fun to offer everyone. My only negative, all be it small, was that the talent of the stage show singers wasn’t as good as I remember, but that could just be the casts we saw. Also, the breakfast buffet was the same thing every day, a bit of variety in that arena would have been nice. With that said, I’m not much of a breakfast person in general, so my opinion may be skewed. They did manage to get the playoff football games streamed to the deck as well so the football fans ever in Heaven. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this ship because of the ports and price. Everything was perfect from the crew, entertainment and food. Cruise director “Cookie” was amazing!! St. Thomas and Amber Cove were our favourite ports but we enjoyed San Juan and ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the ports and price. Everything was perfect from the crew, entertainment and food. Cruise director “Cookie” was amazing!! St. Thomas and Amber Cove were our favourite ports but we enjoyed San Juan and Grand Turk were good as well. Cabin was good and didn’t hear the galley above us hardly at all. We were on deck 2 and the noise wasn’t bad in the hall at all. My 12 year old daughter joined the kids club for a lot of activities and Terry who ran it was wonderful with the kids. The Glory is moving to New Orleans or we would love to sail on her again. It was the perfect size. I’m not into those massive ships so I found the Glory just right! We had the best wait staff and ate at the dining room every night. Always had the chocolate melting cake. Yummy! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Want to cruise the Eastern Caribbean, get on board the Glory. The Crew has one mission, to ensure you have the time of your life. They execute this mission perfectly. From our Stateroom Steward Youok to our Guest Services Associate Mohamed ... Read More
Want to cruise the Eastern Caribbean, get on board the Glory. The Crew has one mission, to ensure you have the time of your life. They execute this mission perfectly. From our Stateroom Steward Youok to our Guest Services Associate Mohamed Ali Mahrsi, our wish was their command. After breakfast, we started the day on Deck 9 with our favorite Mixologist Vasily who always crafted us a fine morning brunch beverage. We totaled 37 in our Family Group which you'd think would be hard to simultaneously seat. The Hostesses that we had Maja, Kelia, Bernadett, and Jin always git the job done. The food was fantastic as the on board Chef and his Team had it down. For lunch, I highly recommend that you get the Ringer @ GUY'S BURGER JOINT. That's right In 2011, Guy partnered with Carnival Cruise lines, to create Guy's Burger Joint to feature Guy's signature burger creations fleet-wide. Guy's Burger Joint offers fresh made to order burgers and fresh cut fries to cruisers all over the world. Guy's Burger Joint Can ONLY Be Found Onboard Carnival Cruise Ships. Since I was on vacation I thought I should treat myself to a Bamboo Massage and Christine Christobal was my masseuse and does she do a great job. Great Ship, Excellent Crew, cruising in the Caribbean, who could ask for anything more. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We are platinum members with the Carnival Cruise line. We have been loyal to them because we enjoy the fun on the fun ship. We did a B2B January 2- 19...eastern/western Caribbean. The quality of the food, especially on the buffet, and ... Read More
We are platinum members with the Carnival Cruise line. We have been loyal to them because we enjoy the fun on the fun ship. We did a B2B January 2- 19...eastern/western Caribbean. The quality of the food, especially on the buffet, and the temperature of the ship were our main complaints. We didn't go on a Caribbean cruise to freeze in our room, the dining room and all lounges. We didn't go to one comedy show because it was just too cold. We tried to go - we bundled up in sweaters, jackets and blankets. Embarkation and disembarkation went well with no complaints, we didn't really enjoy the entertainment because unfortunately we saw most of the evening shows and it was just too cold to use the Ebony lounge where the comedy shows are held. We did enjoy the Blue Bar where karaoke is held. We went to the cruise critic meeting where we spoke with our cruise director about the temperature and he attributed it to the ship being cooled by zones that they can't control individual rooms. We didn't enjoy these two cruises at all. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Our room steward and the entertainment crew really made the cruise a great experience. I have been on the Glory three times as well as pretty much every other Carnival ship class from the Fantasy to the Horizon. Yes the brand new ships ... Read More
Our room steward and the entertainment crew really made the cruise a great experience. I have been on the Glory three times as well as pretty much every other Carnival ship class from the Fantasy to the Horizon. Yes the brand new ships are beautiful and super clean but for me my cruise is really based on the entire experience. I found the food to be on par with most of my other Carnival cruises - good, not outstanding but as I expected. Embarkation was too easy! We arrived just before 11 and Platinums were already boarding. We walked directly on to the ship and to our cabin. Cabin and balcony clean and similar to all the others I have had. AC worked fine although I heard others complain too cold and too hot in cabins and other spaces. Although 25 people signed up for our Cruise Critic Meet and Greet only 7 showed up which was really unfortunate as Carnival/CC had a nice spread of snacks and beverages for us. The cruise director and entertainment director came by and spent the entire time with us answering all of our random cruise life questions. That was a nice touch. Platinum benefits - I heard comments across the board - I never received the strawberries but I did have all the other benefits. The gift was a blanket so save room in your suitcase! One of my friends I traveled with never got any Platinum perks including the invite to the VIP party. The ports were awesome on this cruise, Half Moon Cay, San Juan, St. Thomas and Amber Cove. Although not a huge fan of the Dominican we did Outbacks Adventure and loved it! It was a great way to experience the island from visiting a local home, school and private beach. Overall we really had a nice time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We were very disappointed in the room we had while on board. I booked this trip in July of 2018. The room we received did not match the description of what the Carnival agent told us it would be. We spoke to customer care and they acted ... Read More
We were very disappointed in the room we had while on board. I booked this trip in July of 2018. The room we received did not match the description of what the Carnival agent told us it would be. We spoke to customer care and they acted like it wasn't a big deal. They emailed corporate, no response back until the 7th day of the trip. The food selection on buffet was not good. Everyday you found less and less to eat that was worth eating. The housekeeping staff and Chef Chaing from Singapore were the only friendly individuals that we got to know. The cruise director was fun and awesome,but everyone else sucked. We always wait until on board to purchase shore excursions so to get a little bit more information and feedback from shore excursions staff. We got none of that just basically what you want to do? Plus the shore excursions in Amber Cove was not as they advertised it to be. Also our air conditioning in our room didn't stay cool....again a nonchalant attitude by customer care. Plus when they finally called me back about the room we got the gentleman customer service person was excuse my French an asshole. He was argumentative, kept saying we have recording of your booking....but that can't be so as I did not book it with a female agent that he kept referring too. The internet service was a waste of money. It will be a long long time before we book with Carnival again. It's all about money to them and less about customer service. The ports we great. The entertainment was good. We didn't care for the comedian Jeff Shaw as he wasn't funny Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We cruise with Carnival because we love Carnival. This is my 2nd Christmas cruise the first was on Vista. While on this cruise my mom became sick and their medical department (Michael) was amazing and took such great care of her. My mom ... Read More
We cruise with Carnival because we love Carnival. This is my 2nd Christmas cruise the first was on Vista. While on this cruise my mom became sick and their medical department (Michael) was amazing and took such great care of her. My mom travels with oxygen, c pap, and walking is hard, but she had a great time we rented a scooter and it was perfect. We had a room with a balcony, so she had a great view if she didn't get off the ship. Embark and debark went smoothly until the transfer bus dropped us off st the wrong terminal. Frontier changed terminals so check. Loved Coco, one of the fun squad, she has so much energy and really makes everyone around her have a great time. We loved the entertainment and of course Bingo! The ports were great and I liked how at Grand Turk you could just walk off the ship and the beach was right there. We definitely will cruise again with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The food was not great, in fact as a foodie, I would describe it as mediocre. Dinner was best, but still not stellar, desserts were the best part of every meal. Even the kids thought it was gross. One of a small list of reasons we chose a ... Read More
The food was not great, in fact as a foodie, I would describe it as mediocre. Dinner was best, but still not stellar, desserts were the best part of every meal. Even the kids thought it was gross. One of a small list of reasons we chose a cruise over a resort vacation was for the food. I've been on 5 cruises (my 2nd Carnival) and this was by far the worst food I'd ever had on a cruise, unless you went to the steakhouse and paid (approx $50 per person with the required gratuity). Which was frustrating because it proved that Carnival had the ability to make delicious food, but chose not to. This made me believe that they did this intentionally to get patrons to pay for the steakhouse. The steakhouse was amazing, the best steak I have ever had in my life. I was so full from all the yummy food that I couldn’t even think about dessert. If you had large groups for dinner, you usually had to wait more than an hour for a table and there weren’t any snacks nearby to hold people over. You couldn’t make a reservation for the regular dining, so we had to wait every night or break up our group to eat dinner. It would have been great if Carnival would have allowed all groups over 6 or 9 to make reservations. I learned to get a small snack prior to dinner to keep from feeling sick from hunger. The only 24 hour food is pizza (mediocre at best) and usually had long lines after bars let out...which makes sense. My husband has a gluten sensitivity and so for a late night snack he had to order pizza and only eat the toppings (not a lot of food and a waste). They did pretty good at getting pizza out quickly, but you couldn't really special order because of this. Usually there was pepperoni available and if you wanted anything else, you'd have to wait a while. It would have been great if Carnival offered other 24 hour options, but considering how poor the food was to begin with, I suppose this would not have made a big difference. Breakfast buffet lines were long (we did not try it during lunch, but I would assume the same). We waited 20+ minutes for breakfast because they had to serve us our bacon, yet we were able to serve ourselves everything else. The layout of the buffet didn't make any sense. They had cereal, small milk, yogurt and fruit at the very beginning (this should have all been placed in the "continental breakfast " area). Then there was the exact same items every single day (eggs Benedict that was not very good at all, scrambled eggs that seems like some kind of egg substitute, sausage, grits, oatmeal, baked beans, some kind of potato and bacon that had to be served to you, and pancakes and french toast. The compote was placed before the grits and pancakes, so you had to have it running all over your plate). Then there was a rope which made it difficult to leave the line, and caused congestion. Directly past the rope was an omelette station, which added to the congestion and the line. Previous cruises I have been on have had a theme for their meals, so that you weren’t stuck eating the same thing daily. They may have done this for the sit down breakfast, but we only had the buffet for breakfast, so I am not sure. The taco place had Huevos Rancheros which were decent. There was limited lounging in shade near the pool and other areas on the ship and workers did not remove peoples towels from seats that were "saved" even though this is supposed to be against ship guidelines. I enjoy the heat, but am not a fan on being in direct sunlight, so I did find this disappointing. It would be helpful if Carnival invested in umbrellas for the patio for guests whom would just like to lounge. If you are a drinker, buy the drink package. If not, bring soda and water for your room or you'll regret it. We were not allowed to purchase the drink package for just a single day like we had wanted to do for our way home, which was disappointing. We didn’t have the extra $900 for a drink package for 2 people (which is absurdly priced, if you ask me). I would have liked to have just been able to have a beer and wine package, since my husband is a beer drinker and I am a wine drinker but this was not an option without paying the $900 for the full drink package. We did purchase 2 bottles of booze for our room prior to the cruise, only 1 showed up the first night and we had to run around the ship trying to track down the other….they weren’t not planning on bringing it. 2 bottles was the max allowed for the whole trip (which we thought was silly since the drink package is 15 drinks per person per day), but we didn’t end up using it all because it was such a pain to walk back to the room every time we wanted a drink. I wouldn’t recommend doing this. The drinks that we purchased from the bar were always super weak and expensive (at least $10 each, plus gratuity). Please keep in mind that I have cruised with other cruise lines and this was never the case with them. Other cruise lines also offer a beer and wine package too. Our cruise consultant had told us prior to the cruise that if we precorked our own wine that we brought to dinner that we wouldn't be charged the $15 corkage fee, but we were. Just something else for Carnival to nickel and dime us on. The adult area was good, but had limited shaded seating and VERY few cabanas. There was also no food options in the adult area. They could easily provide hotdogs or pretzels or other things. My 13 and 14 year old said the club area was awful, but that the next club up had tons more amenities. Which is disappointing because one of the main reasons we chose the Glory was based off of reviews for kids. She and her friend never went to the club and while they enjoyed our vacation, they were super disappointed in the Glory. The $5 messaging app is pretty cool to keep in touch with your group. I would highly recommend you get this. You connect to the ships wifi (not the one that you pay for) and keep your phone in airplane mode. We had a group of 18 people, so it made it very handy to meet up. One of our friends purchased the wifi and said it was super slow. I would not recommend purchasing it. I loved the piano bar. It was super fun. It did close at 1am and the service was pretty slow usually. I know how hard the employees are worked, so I wouldn't complain about that too much. Comedy was also pretty good, but only lasted about half an hour, so wasn't really worth our time to do. Our stewardess and all the employees were amazing and super friendly. I would recommend bringing a lot of $1 bills to tip employees with. I know there is a required gratuity, but I do not know how much of that actually makes it into the lower employees pockets. If you’ve ever read reviews from cruise line employees, you’ll see why I say this. The sports bar was poorly designed. The tables behind the bar were lower than the seats at the bar. Therefore, patrons sitting at the tables couldn't see a single full screen due to the patrons sitting at the bar. It made it very difficult to enjoy the game. Be aware of Ship time versus the time on your phone. They are not always the same and the ship goes off of ship time. The Carnival Hub app, always displayed ship time, so that was helpful. The Check in process was super quick and easy. If you check in early, which was easy, your room will not be ready. So, you will have to hang by the pool until it’s your designated time to arrive. And you will not have your room key yet, so if you want a beverage, it will be out of your own pocket. I would recommend you not take your own bags upon check out. The elevators are always super slow and I am fairly certain they were not working at all on the day of check out. I had to carry a 50 pound bag down flights of stairs (I weigh 105 pounds)....this was not easy for me. The only downfall to having them move your bags is that they have to be left out the night before. So, you have to know what you plan on wearing and have everything packed up the night prior. I did receive a birthday gift card from Carnival, which was nice, but it was only good on certain services and I couldn’t use it the first day at sea. So, I did not use mine. Our port at St Thomas seemed way too early. I know that there are plenty of early birds out there, but we were staying up late most nights and to arrive at port at 8am was difficult, especially when going on an excursion. Luckily the weather was very nice, but snorkeling at 8am is generally not my idea of fun. Do your research ahead of time when booking excursions and also regarding the ports. We got off at Grand Turk and were hustled into paying for lounge chairs that apparently were free and provided by Carnival. While I do take responsibility for this, Carnival could have made an announcement to let their guests know that the chairs were free and not to pay the locals for them. There were also drug deals in plain sight and a fight among the locals in Grand Turk. It's not a place I need to go to again, even though the water was wonderful. One of our friends also had issues in Dominican Republic with a cab driver taking them to places they said they didn't want to go and other friends had issues with the excursion people trying to guilt them into tipping. This has nothing to do with Carnival (other then the Grand Turk port), but felt it was important to note for others traveling in those places. Usually you can get the same excursions or better for way less if you don't book through Carnival. Booking through Carnival is convenient though. We LOVED the excursion that we did in DR and given how dirty and not safe DR is, we were very glad we chose this. It was an excursion to a big home with shuttle and beach with open bar and a super yummy lunch. There were 2 offered but based off of reviews (1 mentions dirty water with a condom floating), we went with the other and it was amazing. Mama was our host and if I went to DR again via a cruise, this would be the only excursion I would want to do. All in all, I have to say that the cruise was ok, but I'm going with a different cruise line next time. If the food had been better and if they offered a lower price beer/wine package I'd give Carnival another try, but it wasn't worth the money in the long run. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Itinary. Grand Turk, St Thomas, Amber Cove, SanJuan, all great places to visit. Eight adults and three kids in our party. As always Carnival crew did a great job. Grand kids had fun. Kids had fun. And my wife and I had great fun being ... Read More
Itinary. Grand Turk, St Thomas, Amber Cove, SanJuan, all great places to visit. Eight adults and three kids in our party. As always Carnival crew did a great job. Grand kids had fun. Kids had fun. And my wife and I had great fun being with all the kids. I asked for a round table for eleven In the MDR. Disappointed they added a chair to a ten place table. A bit crowded at the table. Main dinning room waiters did a great job. Deck chairs not hard to get this cruise. Great weather entire cruise. Enjoyed a couple movies under the stars with the grand kids. Lunch options all great. Guys burgers, Deli, Buritos, tacos and taco salads. BBQ. Pizza and fresh fish market all great. Overall a great time was had by all on this cruise. If able to do this cruise with whole family again we would jump at the chance. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
One thing that works on this ship is the a/c! We love the Punchliner comedy but it was so cold in the Ebony Cabaret you could hang meat in there, we could not bear to stay in there for the comedians. Room service was very late or ... Read More
One thing that works on this ship is the a/c! We love the Punchliner comedy but it was so cold in the Ebony Cabaret you could hang meat in there, we could not bear to stay in there for the comedians. Room service was very late or non-existant! Saw our room steward, Antonio, on first day and never for the rest of the cruise. MDR menus seem to be scaled way down with fewer options. Buffet seemed to be the same things repeatedly. Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly since we are Platinum members. Cabin smelled like sewage when we came in. Although it was an "accessible" cabin, it was very crowded and inadequate storage. The beds could not be separated without blocking the mini-fridge. The ports and excursions were great however there was alot more walking than we bargained for. The piers alone are very very long! We enjoyed the Hasbro game show and the trivia games. General decor on this ship is not impressive and left us non-plussed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I chose the Carnival Glory because it was sailing to St. Thomas, Puerto Rico & Amber Cove for my birthday. Im a little disappointed in myself because I took a map and did not wake up for the greet & mingle party on Sunday. Sorry ... Read More
I chose the Carnival Glory because it was sailing to St. Thomas, Puerto Rico & Amber Cove for my birthday. Im a little disappointed in myself because I took a map and did not wake up for the greet & mingle party on Sunday. Sorry guys next time. While on board of course Guys burger was fantastic. However, I was disappointed in the seafood shack.....the fish was to greasy with to much batter, a big let down. I tried for two days to get to the pool but as expected no room & the kids was jumping in and splashing (unsupervised). At dinner time our table was non approachable and did not chat even after I told jokes ( I guess it wasn't funny) so we switched tables the next night. The comedy club was floored ( literally) standing room only & sitting on the steps. I really enjoyed John Dicrosta ( purchase his CD). All the comedians were good. I really didn't care for the self centered cruise director Dustin. Everything was about him & not enough about the fun as Carnival say. Could have been more shows and of course I lost at CLUE....but had fun looking for clues. My steward was great (Sang) and the dining room serves and I forget the Spa... The ports were beautiful especially St. Thomas were I found a great tour guide and explored the island and Beach. Puerto Plata was great ...the food....just great and I brought jewelry and Mamajuna...very tasty. Puerto Rico I visited the Barcardi factory were I had my first Mojito and poured my own bottle of liquor. Grand Turk didn't do much for me but fun in the sun is always good when you leaving 32 degree weather. Overall I had a great time in spite of the fish & Dustin. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
WHY THIS CRUISE: We chose this ship/cruise primarily for the varied itinerary and number of stops in interesting places. My husband and I (in our 60's) had visited all the ports; my daughter and son-in-law had the fun of some new ... Read More
WHY THIS CRUISE: We chose this ship/cruise primarily for the varied itinerary and number of stops in interesting places. My husband and I (in our 60's) had visited all the ports; my daughter and son-in-law had the fun of some new ports on this trip. OUR TRIP TO MIAMI: We drove down from North Carolina on Friday and stayed in the Sleep Inn, Airport. We've been there before and the hotel offers a sweet deal if you are driving-- they participate in the "park and cruise" program where you can leave the car there for the duration of the cruise. The rooms are older, but clean and it's a nice facility with a good breakfast bar. They don't offer free shuttle to the cruise port, but contract with a third-party who charges a reasonable $10, driving straight to the port. On the morning we left for the cruise, someone came back from a cruise to find her car had been broken into, but our car was safe and sound when we returned (I did put everything in the trunk -- GPS, travel clothes, etc., to get anything of interest out of sight). EMBARKATION: We opted for Faster to the Fun, but were disappointed that our cabins were not ready when we boarded the ship (at our 11:30am appointment). I have looked back on the website which continues to mention that Faster to the Fun includes this feature, so I'm a little puzzled about why it wasn't honored this time. We roll our luggage on, so we had to keep it in tow for a couple of hours. ::shrug:: not the end of the world, but just a little surprised. Embarkation itself was quick and uneventful. We did get priority embarkation and it was a breeze. OUR CABIN: We had upgraded from an inside cabin at the front of the ship to a mid-ship balcony cabin, thanks to a special offer. Our cabin was 6375 (on the "Upper Deck," deck 6). It never occurred to me that things happening BELOW the cabin would affect the noise level, but as this cabin was directly over the little stage outside the casino oon the promenade deck (deck 5), we "enjoyed" music until the wee hours every night, whether we wanted to or not. Again, I'm a pretty easy grader and after a couple of nights, I was able to mostly disregard it, but that might be a deal-breaker for someone very sensitive to extra noise. The cabin itself was lovely, kept in tip-top shape by our room steward, Komang. THE SHIP: the ship is looking a little shopworn, although staff keep it very clean. I noticed some peeling varnish, chipped bar in the bathroom, and other small signs of age. To me, this just added a little character. I noticed that it's due for a refurb next year and I'll be interested to see what happens there. DINING: We enjoyed breakfast at the buffet and at the sit-down restaurant along with one of the two brunches offered. I felt the food was entirely acceptable, always tasty, served in a reasonable portion-size. Last year, I complained about the so-so desserts offered. This year, Carnival offered absolutely scrumptious cakes, individually served. That was a welcome improvement. I'm still yearning for more of that carrot cake! We ate dinner in the main dining room where Rodah, Ida and CrisJay were excellent and attentive servers. The food in the dining room was lovely, always served in an appetizing way and well-seasoned. I was surprised to get an extra lobster on that special night! Whoa! Unexpected, but very welcome! CHEF'S TABLE: We participated in the Chef's Table -- first time for my daughter and son-in-law -- and it was delicious and beautiful. We especially enjoyed Chiang from Singapore, who gave a clear and most interesting explanation of the exotic foods presented. She also answered questions with honesty, grace, and humor. Whatever Carnival is paying this young woman needs to be increased because she is a fantastic ambassador for Carnival. ENTERTAINMENT: We enjoyed the "welcome aboard" show in the Amber Palace, but did not make another show. We didn't go to comedy shows or participate in the on-deck events. When we have a balcony room, we tend to spend a lot of time out there. Because of the room acoustics, we did hear all of the bands in the Casino location. There was a horn ensemble that was especially good and a latin band that was terrific. A fellow playing steel drum was amazing. Others were not as skilled, but not completely awful. My cruise expectations for music are pretty low -- something pleasant in the background, or possibly to dance to is about all I'm looking for. PORTS: • Grand Turk -- we planned no excursion this time, just shopped in the cruise port and enjoyed the pool at Margaritaville (where we also enjoyed touching base back home with some free internet access). • San Juan, PR -- we walked to one of the forts and got in FREE thanks to my national senior pass which I actually remembered to bring. We were in PR late, but we came back fairly early and just enjoyed the ship. • St. Thomas, VI -- this was a great day! We booked a wonderful cultural walk and food tour and it did not disappoint. Gerard, the guide, was wry and well-spoken and took us to some amazing spots for some great local and traditional food. • Amber Cove, DR -- a beautiful day made our time by the pool very enjoyable. We also shopped port stores, but had no excursion planned here. There are several places offering free internet and an earthcache if you enjoy geocaching. CRUISING DUCKS: I have only recently learned about the cute game of hiding little rubber ducks for children (and others) to find while cruising. I brought a few to hide and posted the photos on FB along with a hint -- they were all found and it added a little something extra to the trip this year. I hope that Carnival will continue to permit this bit of innocent fun. CARNIVAL HUB: This app has made great strides since I used it last year (or maybe I just learned to use it better). I never opened the highlighters I brought to make note of special events because you can do that on the Hub app. You can also check your account balance, chat with friends on the ship (for an extra $5 for the whole cruise), see what's on the menu, etc. INTERNET: I usually just pay for a day or two of internet while on a sea day so that I can check in back home. This time, I opted for the less expensive "social plan" and found it entirely adequate. I couldn't check email, but could chat via Messenger, which was useful and fun. SPA "PAMPER PARTY" -- I attended one of these on a sea day. I expected some hard-selling, but actually found it to be entertaining. I was astonished to find a medical doctor on board who provides more advanced procedures like botox and the like. I was not tempted, but very intrigued by the concept. Using a coupon from the Pamper Party, I enjoyed a 75 minute massage which was relaxing and skillfully done. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Took a family cruise on the Carnival Glory. We loved the ship, the service and happy to see some healthy food options. Sometimes we want a break from the burgers and fries and want healthier foods. The food in the dining room was very ... Read More
Took a family cruise on the Carnival Glory. We loved the ship, the service and happy to see some healthy food options. Sometimes we want a break from the burgers and fries and want healthier foods. The food in the dining room was very good. Our cabin was on Deck 8 and we loved being close to the pool and LIdo buffet. The Punchliner Comedy Club was our favorite. The comedians were very funny. We really enjoyed the Rainforest excursion in Puerto Rico. Our guide was very informative. We didn’t do an excursion on Grand Turk but chose to stay at the port and take advantage of the free chairs and umbrellas. We rented a Jeep on Saint Thomas and drove around the island. I would definitely not recommend doing that. The roads were very narrow, had sharp turns and dangerous cliffs. I would definitely cruise on the Glory again and visit those ports again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
For me, this cruise was all about being on the cruise on my 50th birthday. That being said, it was an amazing cruise and also just happened to be on the Glory, which is the first cruise ship I ever cruised on. Being my 50th cruise, I ... Read More
For me, this cruise was all about being on the cruise on my 50th birthday. That being said, it was an amazing cruise and also just happened to be on the Glory, which is the first cruise ship I ever cruised on. Being my 50th cruise, I definitely splurged on my cabin. We had the Captain’s Suite, and had two different cocktail parties on the huge balcony. Our cabin steward, Sang, was great. He went above and beyond getting the different glasses and ice bucket’s and what not for my cocktail parties. The ship itself is seeming a little older. It doesn’t seem like Carnaval is keeping up their ships the way they used to. That is a little disheartening, since I really only cruise on Carnival and would like them to quit cutting corners. It seems like they just cut a lot of corners now to save money on different things. I was shocked to learn that my Stewart had 33 cabins to deal with. I guess that’s why now they ask you if you want to service once or twice a day. I realize carnival is probably the least expensive cruise line, but it would be nice if they had the same standard they had 10 years ago when I started cruising. That being said, overall, my cruise was amazing. The dinners were great in the dining room, and the night we had in the steakhouse was absolutely amazing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our first cruise, so you know we were excited! There were a few issues, but over all I had a nice time. That doesn't mean I'm not shopping for a different cruise line for the future. As I was reading the others posts ... Read More
This was our first cruise, so you know we were excited! There were a few issues, but over all I had a nice time. That doesn't mean I'm not shopping for a different cruise line for the future. As I was reading the others posts about Glory November 2018, I was agreeing with everything that was said. The amount of children under 12 running around unsupervised was ridiculous. The last night, there were a hot tub filled with kids being loud and obnoxious. We even witnessed arms swinging as kids were shouting at each other. That went on for about 10 minutes before a worker stepped in. Other times, you had to watch out that a child didn't run by you as you were carrying your plate of food. I agree the casino was generous in the beginning, the food was ok, I wish there were other options for after 6pm to eat at. We even were asked to move out of our assigned seats on the 3rd night in the dining room so another family could sit there. Room service was extremely slow and when they come, there is a slight tap on the door. We missed them a few times. I would recommend they add a smoking area in the adult area, so that adults could just stay up there secluded from most of the kids. There are 2 outside smoking areas, but so crowded Our room was comfy, clean , and our steward was so friendly. We had an Interior and I didn't hvae any issues with motion sickness as I assumed I would. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I thought the cruise was amazing! I’ll agree Carnival could improve the buffet. Dining room was great, Guys burgers are amazing. The staff work there tails off and keep a smile on their faces and always willing to go the extra ... Read More
I thought the cruise was amazing! I’ll agree Carnival could improve the buffet. Dining room was great, Guys burgers are amazing. The staff work there tails off and keep a smile on their faces and always willing to go the extra mile. Our wait staff was amazing Walter was fantastic! The cruise director is fun and keeps the party going day and night! The ports were so fun! I believe you make your own fun and do the things you enjoy and if you stick to that your trip will be amazing too. The ship is immaculate, there constantly cleaning. My only complaint would be the deli where the sandwiches are superb, the problem is the line is long and never movers by no fault of the poor guy behind the counter since there’s only one guy back there you need 3 - 4 people working back there. Also maybe keep the deli, Guys and the barbecue place open longer. But for the most part.we were 9 people on the cruise and we all had an amazing time!!!! We can’t wait to cruise Carnival again! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Have been on worse ships, this was outdated but we found it clean, funky smells in certain areas - (like in most ships) Lido deck, food selection not inviting. Day after day the same selections. Guys Burger and BBQ refreshing. Known for ... Read More
Have been on worse ships, this was outdated but we found it clean, funky smells in certain areas - (like in most ships) Lido deck, food selection not inviting. Day after day the same selections. Guys Burger and BBQ refreshing. Known for a younger crowd with families as it is affordable. Overall, we don't have complaints. Definately needs better elevator service and deportation was very disorganized. We enjoyed our time and relaxed. We are older so we dictated what and when we wanted to do things! I am in a wheelchair and getting on and off the ship from beginning to end was difficult. The ramps are too short and everything and everyone has to stop and wait on you. I did not like this, embarrassing and everyone is in a hurry and I got a lot of dirty looks and sighs! Until you have to be in a wheelchair you don't understand its inconvenience. I assume parents with strollers had the same issues! You just have to smile and apologize for inconviencing them! Would go again Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
1. Name of ship-Carnival Glory 2. Room #1298 3. date-November 2018 If you find anything in all the time and effort to putting this review together, please let me know with a helpful vote! 4. Pros-Servers, Phoebe and ... Read More
1. Name of ship-Carnival Glory 2. Room #1298 3. date-November 2018 If you find anything in all the time and effort to putting this review together, please let me know with a helpful vote! 4. Pros-Servers, Phoebe and Conrad, fast internet, Ship tour and meeting the captain, nice shows, good dining room food. 5. Cons- Poor Maitre d’ service, no maps provided for our ports (this was a first for us), No info that there was a Christmas theme day, Grand Turk, crowded Lido deck, smallest Atrium, left stateroom keys at your room. 6. Room- 7. Bed=A The main beds have the comfort mattresses but not the Pullmans, they are uncomfortable 8. Pillows=Our pillows were comfortable 9. Heating and air= We were kept comfortable, sometimes units don’t work well enough but this was fine. 10. Metal walls= Doors were and some walls. We always bring magnetized items like a grease board for the door, pen holders, kid magnets for the walls, magnet hooks, etc. 11. shower size= Well, it’s a cruise ship so small… it is a curtain style (see pic). 12. noise= There was some kind of electric machine near our room that we could hear run 10-30 seconds then shut off. It wasn’t obtrusive and never woke us up but something you noticed and wondered what’s that noise. The room location was actually pretty quiet other than our neighbors not know how to catch a door and letting them slam. 13. Bathroom- we REALLY like all shelves and large counter with 6 shelves attached to the mirror. It looked older but who cares, we care about storage for our stuff (see pic). 14. smooth= Not sure if it was the ship or the weather but we didn’t have much yaw or pitch (rocking). 15. weather= I’d say we got very lucky on this cruise because it rained and sea days and not on port days. The Dominican Republic didn’t start raining until after we boarded the ship. 16. Ship GPS= I’m glad that it appears that all the ships now have the on board tracking with ship info… Not sure if this the geek in me or what but I hated older ships not having that information on my TV. 17. internet=The internet (social package anyway) was pretty good on this ship even in my cabin allowing several pictures to be uploaded in just a minute or two, which by ship internet standards is pretty good. 18. Dining=We were a party of 5 and to our surprise we were seated at a 4 top table. We know it wasn’t our waiters’ fault and notified the Maître d’ assistant. The next day we went to her first and was informed that the tables are full and suggested to go to anytime dining (if we wanted anytime that is what we would have booked). We asked if anything opened to let us know as this should have never happened in the first place. Well, we were never moved to a proper table and in all the cruises we’ve been on with a party of 5 did they ever pull something like this. Apparently, they thought since we have a 5-year-old that you can just stick him on the end and not take up much room but anyone with kids knows how wrong this is. Of all the cruises we have always met the Maitre d’ and since he never came around, this person is an obvious fail for the Carnival Glory. Our lead server Phoebe was good when she was there but was out sick several days and the assistants English was poor and service was lacking I guess due to being shorthanded. 19. The table was in a high traffic area, but we were not cramped. 20. laundry=I don’t believe there is laundry facilities on this ship for the public, we did tour the laundry facility for dry cleaning and the ship’s hotel and crew. I was particularly impressed with the automatic sheet folder and how many sheets it can fold in a minute. PUBLIC AREAS 21. Atrium= The smallest I’ve ever seen so all the events were super crowded (see pic of me with the Billy Jean by Michael Jackson tile) 22. Smoking= Other than going by the casino (which they always put in an open high traffic area) Carnival has gotten better about restricting smoking in low traffic areas away from our kids which is much appreciated. 23. Lido deck/pool=A unique tiered setup (see pic) that made for getting around very difficult/crowded at the pool area as well as the many levels around the pool area. Would have been near impossible for a stroller or wheelchair to be used with all the stairs. Once you got a seat, it was fine for the outdoor screen with pretty good views. Per Cruise Critic 24. Personal Background Information=This was my 11th cruise and we often travel with my family of 2 young boys currently 5 and almost 2. We went with our good friends and this was their first cruise, 25. Travel To Port of Embarkation=Flew to FLL 26. Hotel Info (if any)= Stayed at the La Quinta Inn with free airport shuttle and arranged cruise port shuttle (see my review on Trip Advisory). 27. Embarkation=They assigned you a boarding number dependent on your arrival time and you took a seat in the meantime (appeared to be plenty of seating). We arrived an hour or more before our time and I think we were zone 6. Once ship boarding started, we were on board pretty quick. 28. Stateroom=1298 (inside) It seems unsafe to leave your room key at your room… what if someone goes in your room at takes a robe, who get charged for that? I understand it moves things faster but this doesn’t seem to be a good idea from a security standpoint. 29. Ship Info=Carnival Glory 30. Dining=early assigned, we always prefer so we get to know our servers and they know us. 31. Activities= - Children's Clubs 32. Staff & Service=Not much to say other than my 5 year usually loves going but he went once and never wanted to go back. We made him try again and the staff seemed friendly and tried to get him to engaged but he didn’t want to stay. This was odd for him. 33. Entertainment=Motown show with Motown music was enjoyable (I’m from Michigan so some bias there) but the shows quality on Carnival has really improved over past few years. Their ‘new’ LED screen really helped the effects of the shows. 34. Shore Excursions= Grand Turk: Not much to see here… was quoted a price and my 5 year old would be free (this is typical) but the driver tried to scam us saying I would have to pay full price for my kid. When I told him forget it and went to the tour operator, she told him that kids are free to take us or she would get another driver to do it. He then tried to get me to pay half for my kid and I told him no, then he begrudgingly agreed but I looking back wished I told him to get lost and go with another more honorable driver. Island is small, not much to see but an old lighthouse that wants $5 just to go into the yard (not climb it) and wild donkeys. Beautiful waters though we didn’t swim here. St Thomas: Sky ride has spectacular views and well worth the money to get awesome pictures of your ship and port. Cheap souvenirs up here too, just shop around a little bit. Puerto Rico: We took a taxi to Castillo San Filipe del Morro (the big fort) and walked back to the ship and stopped at the smaller Castillo de San Cristobal fort. I really enjoyed the big fort, I’ve been to several and the size of this one was impressive. My wife thought the walk back to the ship was much longer than the taxi driver led us to believe, but it was downhill and not too bad for the rest of us. Dominican Republic: Have to admit it was my favorite but we never went outside of the cruise theme park type of port. We all enjoyed the monstrous swim park very much, they even have a kids water splash pad. Everything was very close, a lot to do in the port but as far as getting any knowledge of the island, it’s people or life on the island I got none. Maybe next time we will, maybe not since we enjoyed it so much. 35. Disembarkation=We always pick last to get off, go to the dining room as late as possible and just hang out until the crowd clears. Our waiter Conrad encouraged us to stay, he was a hoot and we immediately liked him. We complimented him on how well he treated us and he shared that he is a Christian and in over 15 years of service is what he lives to do personally and professional. We would have loved to have always had him as our sever with his magnetic personality. 36. Summary=Other than the dining debacle that was never resolved, we had a very good time and look forward to sailing again on the Carnival Glory. If you found anything helpful in all the time and effort putting this review together, please let me know with a helpful vote! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Positive....the crew and staff......Negative, everything else, interior fabrics such as curtains, chair covers on their last leg, entertainment is high school level, food is hit and miss, no where to eat after 11pm except pizza or room ... Read More
Positive....the crew and staff......Negative, everything else, interior fabrics such as curtains, chair covers on their last leg, entertainment is high school level, food is hit and miss, no where to eat after 11pm except pizza or room service. Im not a party person however I don't sleep well and often just want something to drink or snack on and there is no place to go for that. I was on this ship Nov 2017 and than again Nov 2018 and nothing and I mean absolutely nothing has changed in the way of onboard games, activities and shows (only the singers and dancers). I was so disappointed. Its like paying to see the same movie over and over and over, nothing to new to look forward to. The Hasbro, Clue, Lip Sync are so lame (Im 67) and to play Bingo is $20 a game!! Unless your a casino player theres not much to do on sea days. The pools and hot tubs were taken over by kids under 12 except for the Serenity Deck and that pool is REALLY small and one hot tub was even open on that deck. All in all Im rethinking about doing a Carnival ever again, I think it might be worth an extra $100 each to try a different cruiseline. I will state again that the crew folks were wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We enjoyed the Glory. Crew members were very friendly & helpful. This is a "Conquest" class ship, which means you are unable to go from forward to aft on a few of the decks, which is a bit confusing & inconvenient. ... Read More
We enjoyed the Glory. Crew members were very friendly & helpful. This is a "Conquest" class ship, which means you are unable to go from forward to aft on a few of the decks, which is a bit confusing & inconvenient. Food service & quality were excellent. Entertainment was a bit sparse. I was disappointed that CCL has decided to charge $ for cranberry juice at breakfast, also disappointed that CCL no longer had a future cruise agent on board. We are Platinum guests, which means we should have gotten 3 bags of laundry each on a 7 day, done for free. But no laundry bags were in our cabin & when I requested bags, I only received one, having to ask for the 2nd one. I was never offered anymore, this was a bit disappointing. Perhaps part of CCL's cutbacks. We had rain for 2 out of our 4 ports, a bit disappointing, but of course not the fault of CCL This was a premier cruise, so the casino was always packed. Machines were generous on the 1st couple of days, very tight the last couple of days. Casino was even open on a couple of port days, which was surprising to me. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Carnival Glory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 5.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates N/A 4.3

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