399 Miami to Caribbean - Eastern Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

They didn't seem to keep us well informed of ships happenings,wasn't even aware we set sail. We had assigned dining in the lower Platinum restaurant.One crewmember stands out as exceptional above all others: Elizabeth our head ... Read More
They didn't seem to keep us well informed of ships happenings,wasn't even aware we set sail. We had assigned dining in the lower Platinum restaurant.One crewmember stands out as exceptional above all others: Elizabeth our head waitress was the best ever.She was very pleasant & approachable,making you feel at home. Other crewmembers in the buffet area seemed to be avoiding contact with the guests.Dining food was excellent every day,with several nice choices.Guys Burgers & Pizza grill were excellent fast food places.Entertainment was very good.Disembarkation was confusing,again not enough communication.Had nice tours in Half moon cay(glass bottom boat eco tour),San Juan (Historical & shopping),St.thomas (Beach & shopping) However the historical tour in Grand Turk was the worst ever.The bus a/c didn't work & the whole tour all the driver did was put down the U.S. We have a unused military base there that we lease from them,several times he stated that it was under siege by the U.S. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We sailed out of Miami and our embarkation was normal, no issues and friendly helpful staff. Our cabin was on 6 th floor close to elevators but above the Alchemy bar, so if booking cabin 6441 can have nightly noise. The cabin was clean ... Read More
We sailed out of Miami and our embarkation was normal, no issues and friendly helpful staff. Our cabin was on 6 th floor close to elevators but above the Alchemy bar, so if booking cabin 6441 can have nightly noise. The cabin was clean with a nice balcony and larger than most I have been in, but in the age of technology it was strange to have only one electrical outlet, so with two phones and a laptop it was a problem. Sadly the computer issues on board are awful, it is expensive and slow. We enjoyed the staff, everyone was efficient and friendly throughout the ship.... It was a big plus. The biggest issues we had were with the new "American Dining" menu ... There were a few highlights but night after night of the same re- invented food, it was awful. The first night vegetable lasagna stood out, but dry fish, raw meat, cold vegetables and tasteless desserts leave room for a major dining improvement. The saving grace was Guys burgers, the taco/ burrito spot and the seafood spot ..... But the seafood and taco place close early and the burger spot is only open till 6:30 pm. The buffet has more salad/ pasta and veg choices and I found that the food there was much more flavorful and appealing than the dining room. This has never been my experience on a cruise EVER. After hours you have a pizza parlor that stays open and a pay dessert counter for special coffee etc. Breakfast was always good though. I can only review the comedy which was good. The pool area was never too crowded and the adult area is nice. The ship seems dated and small, during the formal nights you can hardly walk through the ship due to a massive amount of photographers ... More than I have ever seen. All in all would I cruise Carnival again probably not. If it wasn't for a private musical Jamboree at Sea that we stumbled upon I was tearfully bored. Grand Turk is a wastes of time .. Simply "Margaritaville" a Jimmy Buffet restaurant with a pool ::: period. Nothing else on the island so don't go looking..... It is the other side of the island that the ship does not go to which is beautiful. So sorry bout the negative post but a heads up might help to plan for you Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This being my first cruise, I don't have anything to compare to other than all inclusive resorts. My sisters and I had a great time. We though the food was excellent, but a few days the service in dining was lacking to say the ... Read More
This being my first cruise, I don't have anything to compare to other than all inclusive resorts. My sisters and I had a great time. We though the food was excellent, but a few days the service in dining was lacking to say the least. All staff were very polite and always seemed happy and willing to help with anything you needed/wanted. The entertainment was very good especially the comic shows. ' Our room was actually very comfortable and there was 3 of us in it. We loved all the ports. We always felt relaxed an not too rushed on board or off. So overall we had a great trip and the ship was what we expected. I would gladly go on another cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had a good time on our trip, ports were great and fun. We took a different shore excursion at every port. The main issues are that we have taken 3 trips over 3 yrs. with Carnival and they are now just a repeat of everything on the ... Read More
We had a good time on our trip, ports were great and fun. We took a different shore excursion at every port. The main issues are that we have taken 3 trips over 3 yrs. with Carnival and they are now just a repeat of everything on the ship. We have taken the Dream, The Fascination and now The Glory. The ships very in age and size but the core programs are all the same. We have watched virtually all the same shows with only different performers for all ships. The ships no longer give you a free drink at the bars for return visit, now its a bottle of water, They no longer put chocolates on pillows at night. And seems that they put the better food at back of buffets so you cant reach them without asking for something. The food was average and after 3 yrs. of it I can pick out what's going to be on the menu about every night. Again I enjoyed the cruise, just thinking its time for a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our second cruise, but it had been 10 years since our last one. We weren't sure what to expect as some of the most recent reviews were somewhat negative regarding food and experience. We however had an absolutely amazing ... Read More
This was our second cruise, but it had been 10 years since our last one. We weren't sure what to expect as some of the most recent reviews were somewhat negative regarding food and experience. We however had an absolutely amazing time. I really have nothing negative to say about the experience. My husband and are in our low 30's and we have a 3 year old. We were also cruising with another young couple that had two children ages 4 and 7. I read a lot of complaints about the dress code on cruise elegant nights and honestly I'm not quite sure what the big deal is. Yes there were some people that didn't really follow the dress code but why is that going to ruin your time. We dressed up nice for every dinner and it did not bother us one bit that some people chose not too. We dressed up because we wanted to look nice, not to impress anyone. The food was pretty good as was service. We ate in the dining room 5 out of 7 nights and I thought they had lots of different choices to please everyone and i never had a bad meal. We had anytime dining and most nights we were in and seated within 5 minutes. I think one night we had to wait 10-15 minutes max. We ate at different times every night as we had small children with us and it all depended on what went on that day. If you are traveling with small children, I highly recommend anytime dining. It makes things so much easier. Some days our little one needed a nap after a long day in the sun and having a set time for dinner just would not have worked. I recommend either going right at 5:45 or waiting and going after 7. It seems as though a lot of people go right at 5:45 and once the dining room is filled up you will have to wait. We ate in the steakhouse 1 night for the extra fee and it was definitely well worth It!!!! The food was excellent!!!! Guys burgers and the burritos are also great. Pizza pirate also makes great pizza and is open 24 hours. We utilized Camp Carnival quite a bit for the little One. She loved going to all the themed activities and had so much fun. The teachers are super sweet and my daughter loved them. This was again another huge bonus if traveling with kids to give a break a few hours a day so you can go and enjoy a show or just have some time to yourself. I also saw some negative reviews about the pools and hot tubs not being open during their trip. We didn't have that problem at all. The pools and hot tubs were never closed except for after their closing time and early morning when they would be drained and cleaned, but they were always opened back up by 8-9 am. On sea days if you want to get a chair on the lido deck, you need to be up there by 6:30 am. You will need to stay there or take turns with someone because if you leave your stuff unattended for more than 40 minutes, the staff will take your things and remove them as it is policy to not be "saving deck chairs" when you are not using them. We never had a problem, but we saw several people who would come down at 6:30 and put towels down and then disappear for a few hours and come back at 8:00 or after only to find that their stuff had been removed which to me is completely fair. We went to St.THOMAS, San Juan, and Grand Turk. We did a private tour on St. Thomas that we booked through Diedrick Tours. You can find them on Trip Advisor. Highly recommened. They took us all around the island. The kids got to hold live sea urchins, and feed trained lizards. We went to Juliana Airport to see the airplanes fly over head, did a bit of shopping, had a amazing lunch and spend a few hours at the beach. At San Juan, the men did a rainforest tour that they booked privately where they hiked up a waterfall and zip lined down. They had a blast. The women did some shopping while the kids spent the day playing in camp carnival. At Grand Turk we were the first boat so we had no problem getting beach chairs. The beach was gorgeous with palm trees for shade. Margaritaville is also there with pools if you don't like the beach. Overall we had a fabulous time and will definitely cruise carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our second cruise, but it had been 10 years since our last one. We weren't sure what to expect as some of the most recent reviews were somewhat negative regarding food and experience. We however had an absolutely amazing ... Read More
This was our second cruise, but it had been 10 years since our last one. We weren't sure what to expect as some of the most recent reviews were somewhat negative regarding food and experience. We however had an absolutely amazing time. I really have nothing negative to say about the experience. My husband and are in our low 30's and we have a 3 year old. We were also cruising with another young couple that had two children ages 4 and 7. I read a lot of complaints about the dress code on cruise elegant nights and honestly I'm not quite sure what the big deal is. Yes there were some people that didn't really follow the dress code but why is that going to ruin your time. We dressed up nice for every dinner and it did not bother us one bit that some people chose not too. We dressed up because we wanted to look nice, not to impress anyone. The food was pretty good as was service. We ate in the dining room 5 out of 7 nights and I thought they had lots of different choices to please everyone and i never had a bad meal. We had anytime dining and most nights we were in and seated within 5 minutes. I think one night we had to wait 10-15 minutes max. We ate at different times every night as we had small children with us and it all depended on what went on that day. If you are traveling with small children, I highly recommend anytime dining. It makes things so much easier. Some days our little one needed a nap after a long day in the sun and having a set time for dinner just would not have worked. I recommend either going right at 5:45 or waiting and going after 7. It seems as though a lot of people go right at 5:45 and once the dining room is filled up you will have to wait. We ate in the steakhouse 1 night for the extra fee and it was definitely well worth It!!!! The food was excellent!!!! Guys burgers and the burritos are also great. Pizza pirate also makes great pizza and is open 24 hours. We utilized Camp Carnival quite a bit for the little One. She loved going to all the themed activities and had so much fun. The teachers are super sweet and my daughter loved them. This was again another huge bonus if traveling with kids to give a break a few hours a day so you can go and enjoy a show or just have some time to yourself. I also saw some negative reviews about the pools and hot tubs not being open during their trip. We didn't have that problem at all. The pools and hot tubs were never closed except for after their closing time and early morning when they would be drained and cleaned, but they were always opened back up by 8-9 am. On sea days if you want to get a chair on the lido deck, you need to be up there by 6:30 am. You will need to stay there or take turns with someone because if you leave your stuff unattended for more than 40 minutes, the staff will take your things and remove them as it is policy to not be "saving deck chairs" when you are not using them. We never had a problem, but we saw several people who would come down at 6:30 and put towels down and then disappear for a few hours and come back at 8:00 or after only to find that their stuff had been removed which to me is completely fair. We went to St Maarten, San Juan, and Grand Turk. We did a private tour on St. Thomas that we booked through Diedrick Tours. You can find them on Trip Advisor. Highly recommened. They took us all around the island. The kids got to hold live sea urchins, and feed trained lizards. We went to Juliana Airport to see the airplanes fly over head, did a bit of shopping, had a amazing lunch and spend a few hours at the beach. At San Juan, the men did a rainforest tour that they booked privately where they hiked up a waterfall and zip lined down. They had a blast. The women did some shopping while the kids spent the day playing in camp carnival. At Grand Turk we were the first boat so we had no problem getting beach chairs. The beach was gorgeous with palm trees for shade. Margaritaville is also there with pools if you don't like the beach. Overall we had a fabulous time and will definitely cruise carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I really struggled with booking this cruise because of the negative reviews - I'm so glad I went with my gut! We had a great time from the moment we boarded the ship at 11:30 am. Embarkation was a breeze and before we knew it we were ... Read More
I really struggled with booking this cruise because of the negative reviews - I'm so glad I went with my gut! We had a great time from the moment we boarded the ship at 11:30 am. Embarkation was a breeze and before we knew it we were eating burgers on the Lido Deck. There were 8 of us, 4 adults and 4 teenagers - we had three rooms - 2 ocean view and one interior on the Main Deck (2nd floor). Our rooms were ready by 1:30 and our luggage arrived by 3:00 pm. We had a great room steward (imagine putting up with 4 teenagers - 3 of them boys), always with a smile! We were in room 2429 aft - it was a very busy area but was a great location to get to our dining room and the Lido deck. We had Great servers in the Platinum dining room - Aye, Emmanuel, Marlon and Youman (Youngman to us). Their hard work and friendliness went above and beyond every night! I thought the food choices were great every night and the food was very good. They didn't care if we ordered one of everything on the menu, they just wrote it down and brought it to us with a smile. Of course we also ate at the buffet for breakfast (which was excellent), fresh eggs cooked to your liking, fresh omeletes and fruit, ate burgers at Guys for lunch and we snacked on pizza most nights - all very good! The crew were always friendly and courteous - they went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. We went to st. Marten, San Juan, and Grand Turk - each stop was wonderful and easy. I honestly cannot think of one negative thing to say except it was over too quickly! I loved every minute of it; all 8 of us did! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our 3rd carnival cruise and second time out of miami. two families (early 40's) including 15, 13 and 7 year old. We are canadian and went out of buffalo. cheaper flights than toronto. it's was cheaper to fly into ... Read More
This was our 3rd carnival cruise and second time out of miami. two families (early 40's) including 15, 13 and 7 year old. We are canadian and went out of buffalo. cheaper flights than toronto. it's was cheaper to fly into fort lauderdale than miami and booked candlewood suites. we concentrated on this area because last cruise we stayed at the holiday inn and knew across the street was a liquor and grocery store to stock up on our wine and pop/water. they provided a shuttle from the airport. the next day we were picked up by sas transportation to shuttle us to the port of miami. fort lauderdale hotels don't shuttle to the miami port so you have to arrange your own. a google search or message boards will provide you with many options. We purchased the faster to fun which was great because as soon as we boarded we could drop off our carry-on's in our room and head to eat without having to watch out or manage our stuff. especially cases of water! Our room 1452 - last room at the very end of the hall. we booked where carnival gets to pick our room. first and last time i ever do that! but it did save us $700 all together! at the time...well worth it! on the ship....no hallroom noise which is a bonus but the ropes that tether to the port...right beside us. extremely noisy! hum of whatever is just beyond there was actually nice as white noise. however...it was always a journey to get anywhere on the other side of the ship! room is ocean view and a nice size! Once were on board we noticed that our friends were scheduled to dine in another restaurant. we immediately went to the restaurant at the designated time to work out the issue. we booked with an agent and heard him say to link our reservations. we were put on a waiting list and were told to dine in our scheduled seats that night. we would be notified if things can be changed. while in line the families behind us had the same issue!! dinner...my family of 3 were seated with another family of 3. nice people but not our friends. the idea of vacationing with another family is going off and doing things you enjoy during the day but coming together for a meal to talk about your awesome day. by night 2, all was resolved and we were dining together. I would say 90% of the meals were to everyone's liking! a few complaints of it being a little too cold or prepared with not enough spices, etc. but i can get that at restaurants at home as well. if dinner wasn't the greatest, i know i can get a slice of pizza later!! i would not go hungry! :) guy's burgers, the fish and chip and taco place were great! brunch in the restaurant last sea day was great as well! ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT: Hasbro game show was fantastic! fun time playing trivia but it being just outside the casino, it was smoky and crowded. this is mine and my hubbies favourite area to hang out and not so on this cruise. karaoke was scheduled in the comedy club and then moved to another location to only be moved again to the comedy club. very disorganized! Comedy club was great! comedians, except one that grabbed the manager and was extremely obscene were great. we are pretty laid back and love the comedy club, we heard and agreed with the many negative comments about this comedian. we just didn't go back to see him. maybe someone liked him? lido deck...didn't hang out here as much as other ships. spring breakers were partying and the music wasn't to our liking but there was always somewhere else to go! Movie nights...we enjoyed just one because of rain and wind. Shows were good! dancing and entertaining. singing was ok! kudo's for how many shows they have to perform! hard working group! Tip - if you don't want the action and just want a quiet place to read....head to deck 3 and head out the doors at guest services. the other side...door at shore excursions is where there's smoking but further down the deck, couldn't smell it. i never had an issue finding a chair on sea days when everything up above were taken! Staff - dr e and comedy club manager, gentry were awesome! all staff were great! Kid's club - well this is a long story. before i booked, i called the online 1-800 number to confirm that my daughter whom has a cognitive delay could be in the group just belong in age. i was told absolutely not. i asked to and was ultimately transferred to two managers. i explained that she has an exceptionality in school (iprc and iep) and has had testing and a doctor's diagnosis which i could bring but shouldn't have to and over and over was told there would be absolutely no exception. i was beyond frustration and ready to take further action even if that meant going to every support groups available to me to express that frustration and let other parents know that carnival does not accommodate special needs children with cognitive delays. once off the phone, my first google search actually brought me to carnival's special needs page where they plainly said that an accommodation would be made! how is it that the people responsible for helping customers doesn't even know the policies. they were willing for me to provide bad publicity by upholding a policy that they don't even have! it's beyond believe to be honest! so though we were ready to book elsewhere, we printed off the policy and booked with carnival. the first night we met with the leaders, hoping there was no issue when i explained that my daughter would be with the 12-14 year olds, and thankfully there were none! this is my daughter's 3rd cruise as well and felt they really lacked activities. though things to do were on the agenda, there was just a lot of sitting around. i guess it depends on the kids as well! Ports - we missed half moon cay because a young adult fell overboard. i don't know anything about the circumstances nor will i speculate. the ship turned around to aid in the search with the coast guard and i'm sorry to say they didn't find him. the staff were amazing by keeping spirits up and planning last minute activities. thoughts and prayers were felt amoungst the ship guests and everyone we encountered were respectful of what the family and friends must be going through! San juan - we walked up the fort and then caught the free trolley to the other fort. explored and walked to old san juan and explored the shops! great to see! St thomas - we caught a taxi and went to magic ice. "cool" place! smaller than expected but still neat to see! Grand turk - off the peer we went to the right. lots of chairs available on that side because its away from everything. we did some snorkelling and seen lots of fish. we were the first ship but the second ship guests had a hard time finding chairs. if you are the second ship in...try to get off as early as possible in hopes of finding a chair on the beach or around the pool! Disembarkation was easy for us because we had the faster to fun. no issues at all. we got a cab to our car rental. our friends used sas to transfer them back to fort lauderdale airport. we decided to spend the day in fort lauderdale and take a later flight. we planned to do a few things in miami first but found out on board there was some car race through the streets so we got out of town and went straight to sawgrass mills outlet. got there just after opening so got a great parking spot. largest mall i've ever been to! spent a great day shopping but didn't find the amazing deals i expected. but so many stores!! dropped car rental off at the airport. bu flying out early evening, we saved $300 so even with car rental (we would have had transfer costs anyway) gave us the extra spending money. the downside is we didn't get home until 3am sunday!! We will definitely cruise carnival again. the price is right and overall, always provides us with a good time! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My wife and I are in are early 40's. This was our 7th carnival cruise. We have been on RCL, Celebrity, NCL, Costa and Princess. If you want boring go on Celebrity and Princess, everyone is in bed after dinner. If you want the worst ... Read More
My wife and I are in are early 40's. This was our 7th carnival cruise. We have been on RCL, Celebrity, NCL, Costa and Princess. If you want boring go on Celebrity and Princess, everyone is in bed after dinner. If you want the worst food, service and have to pay for nearly everything on board go with NCL. If you want to go cruising in a mall (Oasis) almost everyone in bed after dinner go with RCL. Ok, about our cruise on the Glory. We live in SW Florida so after a 3hr drive we arrived in Miami at 1130am. Onboard in 30mins. Had lunch at guys, relaxed in the jacuzzi which were open by the way. Only one on the serenity deck out of service for a short time for cleaning during the entire cruise. You read some of these posts and you would there were no jacuzzi's open .There were 2 on the serenity , so no big deal. People just like to complain about everything! Oh the aft pool was closed just for couple of hrs on seaday 2 for a broken pump. You would think again by reading some posts in was out of action the whole week. For those people complaining about the amount of students....IT IS SPRING BREAK. What were you expecting???? Book a cruise NOT during spring break! I don't know what muster drill those complainers were on but I seen no drunk people on the muster drill I attended. We took anytime dinning , I wanted late but my wife insisted on anytime. For the most part wait times were ok, just the last night we had to wait way too long. Food was good, hot, my steak cooked perfectly, yes pink in the middle! Shows were surprisingly good especially 'legends of Rock'. We got pictures with the cast! Overall a very relaxing cruise. Will absolutely sail with Carnival again. Sailing with Celebrity to the med in the summer. Let's hope not everyone is in bed after dinner!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I had been on 4 Carnival cruise before this one but to be fair, the last one was 15 years ago. So my expectations were set against a distant past. That being said, in some ways this cruise surpassed my expectations, in some ways it fell ... Read More
I had been on 4 Carnival cruise before this one but to be fair, the last one was 15 years ago. So my expectations were set against a distant past. That being said, in some ways this cruise surpassed my expectations, in some ways it fell way short. The Good: The entertainment was top notch. Getting on and off the ship in ports was very organized and very quick. There was plenty to do, the room was much more roomy than I remembered and even staying on the bottom floor gave us a window so big and grown man could sit in it (which I did). The staff were incredibly friendly and made sure to learn our names quickly. The Green Eggs and Ham breakfast was an awesome experience for the kids. The Bad: I was disappointed in the dining. Not only was the food just good (not the spectacular that I remembered) but there was no enforcement of the dress code and the meals did not seem as fancy as I remembered. That was something I had actually looked forward to my kids experiencing. The Ugly: It seems like these days they took a lot of the "inclusive" things out and want to charge you for it. I guess the days of paying for a cruise and then only having to worry about high ends drinks and excursions are a thing of the past. Don't get me wrong, we had fun, a lot of fun. My kids can't wait to do it again, and I will book Carnival again when I take them in two years. But next year when it is just the wife and I, I am going to book something higher end, pay more and get the experience I remember for 15 years ago. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I want to start by saying that I love carnival,but I didn't love this cruise. But we still had fun, still had some amazing cruise moments, and I'm sure we will sail carnival again. Just not for a while, and never at spring break. ... Read More
I want to start by saying that I love carnival,but I didn't love this cruise. But we still had fun, still had some amazing cruise moments, and I'm sure we will sail carnival again. Just not for a while, and never at spring break. The first day there were many drunk people by the time of the life boat drill. We saw college kids and a few older people stumbling around at dinner. I do not blame carnival for this but I do think there were too many passengers on board, and not enough staff. This was most noticeable in the dining room for Anytime dining. The wait was generally 45 minutes to an hour, and dinner took 2 hours each night. The staff was stressed and rushed, and we were in different sections each night. One poor waiter was actually wiping the sweat from his brow while he was talking to us. Twice we asked very nicely when we sat down if there was any way we could go quickly as we had a baby with us with limited "happy time" and both times the waiter acted as though he didn't hear us or didn't understand us. We figured out that everyone was on the same schedule and there was no "speeding things up" so we avoided the dining room a few times after particularly bad nights. Our adult son came with us, mostly for the food in the dining room which he loved when he was on the pride a few years ago and was very disappointed. I'm not sure if we will get him back on a carnival cruise. We frequently apologized to our guests saying "it's not usually like this." We have had Anytime dining on the Breeze and it was perfect so I know it can be done, but will think twice about getting it again. I promise I am really not picky but really didn't like the new menu. I never paid that much attention to the food before but always found things I really liked and not so this time. Seems like there is less pasta and chicken, and I don't eat pork or red meat so my choices seemed very limited. Also didn't like the desserts. The popcorn thing was not good. The best thing we ate all cruise was the room service chocolate cake and anything from the cantina. The meat eaters loved guys burgers. On a positive note the room stewards were amazing as usual.We had Youdha and Antonio who were fantastic and stealthily swooped into our rooms whenever we were gone. Dr. E. Was a lively cruise director. We were not fans of the singing but I will say that we laughed about it a lot and the good morning song will be a family joke for years to come, which in retrospect was probably his goal. Mission accomplished, Dr. E! The ship is showing it's age, especially by the aft pool where little tiles are falling off (we were picking them up off the floor) and is missing some metal moldings. The music at the main pool was way too loud and at times we couldn't walk through there. It is the only pool that allows children, so they need to turn it down. Overall not our favorite cruise but still a cruise, and I believe that you must be a miserable person not to enjoy a cruise. The staff worked very hard and I don't blame them for anything. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Okay so Im a 25 year old female who just cruised for the first time in my life because I was always nervous about becoming motion sick & that I would be miserable for the whole vacation....I'm very happy to say that I did not ... Read More
Okay so Im a 25 year old female who just cruised for the first time in my life because I was always nervous about becoming motion sick & that I would be miserable for the whole vacation....I'm very happy to say that I did not experience any discomfort even with all the days/nights being in extremely choppy water. (If for any reason you do experience motion sickness Bonine works the best, I took that the night before as a preventative measure and did not experience any discomfort/ side effects whatsoever...even with drinking all day). I sailed from the port of miami with my boyfriend and another couple our age. We flew in the night before which I totally suggest considering that we live in New york and winters here are completely unpredictable ( you can find a reasonably priced hotel on hotels.com). We got to the POM around 1130 and embarkation was a breeze. Really happy we didn't spend the extra cash on 'Faster to the Fun' Pass....The whole process took maybe around 45 mins. Got on the boat and went straight up to the lido deck where we purchased the drink package which was an additional $410 dollars per person for the whole 7 day vacation, this package allows you to drink 15 drinks per day, each drink having to be below 10$ which was easy because that covered anything except pitchers of mixed drinks, buckets of beers or very expensive top shelf liquor. I really think that this package was worth it and that we got our moneys worth throughout the cruise. without this package one could easily rack up a $1200 tab just in alcohol. Our room was ready to go into around 130. we got an Ocean view Cabin on the first floor towards the Aft of the ship. Our room had a square window which was awesome because I love seeing whats going on and having natural light in the room. If you can't afford a balcony and want the same size room I would go with the kind of room we had. The interior room is a little small for my liking and even though people said we would never be in our rooms I did find myself going back some days for a middle of the day snooze and being very comfortable with this option. The room was ALWAYS clean and taken care of and our room steward Gusti was amazing in every way. As far as being next to the engines I am a pretty light sleeper and was very concerned with this prior to cruising but we did not experience any problems except when we were pulling into ports and there was a lot of rattling but that ended in a few minutes and it was back to smooth sailing. We were supposed to visit 4 ports on this cruise which were half moon cay, st thomas, puerto rico, and grand turk but there was a tragic accident that happened the first night where someone actually fell off our cruise and we had to take a detour back to the original spot where they last saw the person which prevented us from visiting the first island. In St thomas we did a beach excursion to sapphire beach which was $40 pp and gave u 3.5 hours at a beach that was absolutely breath taking (very worth it), Puerto Rico we did Señor Frogs which was expensive but fun, and in grand turk you walk off the ship and there is a beach, shopping, margaritaville, a pool with a swim up bar....excursions for that island is not necessary (to avoid over priced drinks walk down the beach by the water sports, thats where they have $2 beers and $3 rum punch) margaritavile got a little pricey after a while and we had to cut the day short. This ship had 2.0 upgrades done a couple years ago and we definitely enjoyed the guys burger joint, deli, and the blue iguana burrito place. The 24 room service, pizza, and ice cream was another added bonus for us. We had the 'Anytime dining' which I actually liked a lot better because it gave u the option of going to dinner whenever u wanted without any extra pressure to get there on time. I liked the rotating servers we had every night and that we were able to sit and have dinner with the couple we came with. I have no complaints about the food whatsoever and I found everything to be very good, always. I found that the later you woke up in the morning the longer you would be waiting on line in the morning to be served for breakfast. The day we missed Half moon cay because of the accident I found that the staff was very unprepared and not equipped to feed the amount of people they had on board that day, which is completely understandable because it wasn't supposed to be a 'day at sea'. we waited on line for breakfast for 1.5 hours that day but the rest of the week went smoothly and only took about 10. definitely would suggest getting up early though like I said earlier for breakfast and a chair to lay out on if you enjoy spending your day in the sun. If we weren't outside securing our lounge chairs by 730AM on sea days we weren't able to lay out which I didn't like so much because we would always get back to the room so late at night. Definitely think they should increase the amount of chairs they put out. As far as bars and night clubs went I would 150% suggest going to the Alchemy bar. The workers VERA & BRIAN are amazing, The drinks are AMAZING, their hospitality is AMAZING and it was probably the place we spent the most amount of time and had the most amount of fun. They had one night club called 'white heat' which was pretty cool but the crowd was young considering we went for spring break. As far as entertainment I didn't find there to be to much during the day unless maybe I really wasn't looking because I was always by the pool. The night definitely had more to offer and I found there was always something to do. I would highly suggest the 'love and marriage' comedy show, it was hilarious and we all really enjoyed it. Overall the cruise was nice and we had a good time, we always found the staff members to be really nice and friendly. Our friends who have done many other cruises with other cruise lines like norwegian & Royal Caribbean said that carnival was the worst for them and they probably wouldn't sail it ever again. Im not the type of person that has extremely high standards, just a middle class young female looking for a good time and carnival definitely met MOST of my low STANDARDS. I think for my second cruise my boyfriend and I are going to try a cruise with a little older crowd on a different cruise line. The 'fun ship' was a little much for us with all the crazy spring breakers being around. If you are a 'seasoned' cruiser I would definitely not suggest sailing with them because I think you would be disappointed. This cruise is great for a young crowd 18-21 & families on a budget. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Being a first time cruiser, I would have to say this ship was not at all what I was expecting when I signed up for a "relaxing" vacation, and it will probably be my first and last cruise. Positives of this cruise: The crew are ... Read More
Being a first time cruiser, I would have to say this ship was not at all what I was expecting when I signed up for a "relaxing" vacation, and it will probably be my first and last cruise. Positives of this cruise: The crew are very welcoming and were super nice. Got to see 3 out of the 4 islands for this trip - Turks and Caicos was absolutely stunning. Guy's burger joint was my go-to on this ship, burgers were phenomenal. Definitely spend the extra money for a balcony room, my friends all decided to do interior and were complaining all week. Did the catamaran (with Chukka) excursion at Turks and Caicos, water was beautiful and saw lots of fish. Negatives: Had to wake up extremely early in order to get seats on days at sea, which was a huge annoyance due to people tying their towels around chairs to save seats and then just walking away (this happened all week and the crew on the lido deck really did nothing to stop this from happening). Pools were a 50% chance of being open whenever you wanted to use them, which sucked because it was extremely hot out. Half of the hot tubs were under maintenance or were completely closed for unknown reasons. The boat in general is just small, and it's extremely evident on days at sea, be very prepared to be surrounded by people constantly. Being stuck waiting in lines was the theme of the week for this cruise. Whether it was waiting line for the buffet, getting off the boat (extremely unorganized) or getting back onto the boat (even more unorganized) it was a constant pain and really ate up precious time of the vacation. Rooms were clean but definitely seemed outdated (reminded me of a cheap NJ shore motel) and in serious need of a revamp. Food was a it could be good or completely horrible situation. Be prepared to send back steaks if you do not like them pink at all. Dress code was not taken seriously during all dinners whether casual or formal, I watched multiple people wear bathing suits or even jeans, when the carnival claimed it wouldn't allow people in if they were not dressed up to par. Drink package was overpriced. Be prepared to spend an arm and a leg on excursions through carnival, places like the Bacardi factory in Puerto Rico through the cruise was $55 when in reality (from being their this past may) if you take the Ferry across to Catano (which is extremely close to the docking area) its a 50 cent ride (one way) and the taxi service to Bacardi factory is $3.00 (one way), as well as tickets into the factory itself was $10-12.00. It's a huge rip off to go through the cruise line, and they will claim they have the cheapest and best price, but it is absolutely not true. (Same applies to the Fort in Puerto Rico, ridiculous inflated prices online but in person are ten times cheaper) Don't buy into it and do your research before booking one because you will save yourself spending money. Overall the negatives outweigh the positives, I would definitely recommend trying a different cruise line. My boyfriend and his family have sailed Royal Caribbean before and he claimed it surpassed this cruise on so many levels, so perhaps my first experience was just a bad luck of the draw. However, I will stick to traveling to islands and exploring them over going on another cruise, especially this cruise line in the future. ** If you are a first time cruiser be very weary about land sickness upon coming back post-cruise. I have never had motion sickness or sea sickness problems all my life (had not one single issue with seasickness during the cruise), but due to the serious choppiness of the water, it has left me with the sensation of being on the boat still and makes it extremely difficult to readjust to land. (If I had known this prior I would've never step foot on this ship) Definitely talk to your doctor before cruising to settle out any issues, definitely recommend dramamine or the patches. I don't want to discourage people from trying this cruise line or cruising in general, just figured I would give my honest opinion, especially considering it was my first time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Lets talk about the positive aspects of the cruise first. The dining room staff was attentive, friendly ,helpful. and very hard working.The workout area was quite adequate, clean and well equipped. The stateroom was clean and nicely ... Read More
Lets talk about the positive aspects of the cruise first. The dining room staff was attentive, friendly ,helpful. and very hard working.The workout area was quite adequate, clean and well equipped. The stateroom was clean and nicely appointed and the cabin stewards took care to keep in in good order. Now for the rest of the story.....With the exception of the two "elegant" dining evenings the food was of "diner" quality and the presentation was unimaginative. The first days of the cruise the side dishes arrived from the galley, after the entrée was eaten. The dinners on the two "elegant" dining nights were nicely presented and excellent. Funny that they called the nights "elegant" as there were numerous guests in the dining room in tee shirts,,baseball caps, on backwards and shorts. The dining room was crowded and noisy. One could upgrade the dinner experience for an additional $20.00 per dinner guest per night The cruise director "Dr. E" spoke so fast and with his "cute" interjections that he was difficult to understand. Why would the cruise line hire a DOCTOR for a Cruise Director???? We could NOT hear the instructions given at the Muster session prior to our sailing. The entertainment was mediocre with the exception of one comedian and a four piece group. There were lines for EVERYTHING!!!! The ship is a floating INFORMERCIAL with most of the days events revolving around selling something or activities that had a fee attached. Drink were expensive as was the bottle of water in the stateroom which was $4.95. Did I mention that a tour of the inner workings of the ship was $95.00 ? The area near the casino smelled of stale cigarette smoke. Cruise photos, if you choose to buy them were 14.99 each and there were more cruise pics photographers than street beggars in a third world country. At one port of call, I counted 7 photographers at the gangplank hounding the passengers to have their pics taken. Seats and tables were at a premium in every venue and there were people EVERYWHERE!!! All in all, a completely different experience than I had in my previous cruise some twenty years ago. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Getting there: We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before just in case there was a Buffalo storm and our flight wouldn't make it. We used JR Shuttle from the airport to hotel, hotel to Miami cruise terminal and cruise terminal back ... Read More
Getting there: We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before just in case there was a Buffalo storm and our flight wouldn't make it. We used JR Shuttle from the airport to hotel, hotel to Miami cruise terminal and cruise terminal back to Ft. Lauderdale. They were excellent, always within their 5 minute stated timeframe. We had private vehicles which most shuttle companies do not offer. Our flight home was at 11:30am so we were worried we wouldn't make the airport in time. We walked off the ship with our luggage, called them and they arrived within 5 minutes and had us at the airport in plenty of time. Check in: The terminal was very crowded with long lines. We still got through and on to the ship within a half hour. Rooms were not supposed to be ready until 1:30pm. We went up to our room and checked and it was almost ready so we dropped off our carry-ons and went up to the buffet for lunch. My husband always says that the best food is served at that lunch. Dining: I see a lot of complaining about the food, especially the buffet. We have been on a lot of cruises and I thought the food was excellent - in the dining room, the buffet and all the specialty restaurants. My brother in law could not wait for the next day to have another Guy Fieri's burger. Menu items that I thought were great: Guy Fieri's burger (per my brother in law) - And they do have a veggie burger, you just have to ask. Fish and Chips (located upstairs above the dessert kiosk in the buffet) Tuna sandwich in the deli (I would never order a sandwich on a cruise because I can have that anytime, but ordered one this time - it was the best tuna I have ever had) Dinner - I am a vegetarian and this is the first cruise that offered two vegetarian entrees each night. An Indian entrée, which was offered every night, and a second entrée that was different each night. These options were wonderful. A lot different than a few years ago. Maybe there are less meat eaters now. Chick Pea Biscuit was my favorite. Didn't sound too great but I tried it and was surprised. Steak and Lobster: For $20 you can order the Beef Tenderloin or Lobster that you would get in their Steak House Restaurant that cost $35. A few of our party did this and said it was good. I didn't get an overwhelming response that is was wonderful and they only ordered this on the first night. Desserts: Need some help here. They were adequate but my favorite was hanging around the frozen yogurt machine! Eggs and Omelets: They make them to order, any kind you want so skip the scrambled in the buffet and let them make them fresh for you. Muffins were great. Anytime Dining: Worked great. We never had a wait. Were seated within 5 minutes. All the wait staff was excellent no matter which table we were at. I like the new style of dining too. I really didn't see too much difference from the old style except there were no table cloths and there is so much on the table we didn't even notice. Dress up nights: On this ship very few dressed up. No shorts or tank tops but no gowns or suits either. Men wore button down shirts and nice pants. Women looked nice , pants and blouses, but not overly dressed up. Photographers: They are everywhere. You can either get into it or get annoyed. At first we were annoyed and our husbands don't love getting pictures taken. Then, my sister and I decided to get into it. We had so much fun. You know how you just hate your pictures, well out of about 100 we did manage to find a few to purchase. They are so overly expensive. I think they would do better to lower the prices and sell on quantity. The film, paper etc. that is wasted everyday. It is fun to go up every night and try to find your pictures that were taken the day before. Pools etc. - they were all crowded all the time, even the adult only area. So we had to just order a drink and sit on the side and watch which can be fun too Entertainment: The big review shows were not very good. We watched for about 5 minutes and left. Comedy shows were great but in smaller venues so you had to wait in line for the next show or you wouldn't get a seat. The Casino seems to be the place that is the busiest (big money draw). They have a band playing right in the Casino. This was one of our favorite cruises so far. I would not hesitate to repeat this one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
If you are looking for quality cuisine, choose another cruise company. Ship is old and looked like something out of the 70's. We were waiting for the disco ball to fall from our ceiling. If you enjoy raunchy entertainment, you will ... Read More
If you are looking for quality cuisine, choose another cruise company. Ship is old and looked like something out of the 70's. We were waiting for the disco ball to fall from our ceiling. If you enjoy raunchy entertainment, you will enjoy this cruise. One good thing was the wait staff at each dinner was efficient, kind and entertaining. Internet does not work. Be prepared for a sale job in your face all the time - photo ops, shot drinks peddled at dinner, jewelry sale announcements and fliers, booze sales, art sales, etc. Did not enjoy the Disney-like/Casino atmosphere and if they said "FUN" one more time, I was going to get sick. We could not wait to get off the boat at each port. That was the only saving grace to the trip. Amazing beaches and sites. Half Moon Cay was beautiful and as we went south, the temps rose. Grand Turk was small and we took a tour of the island by taxi. Puerto Rico was a metropolis. We took a rain forest tour. That was nice. Our favorite port was St. Thomas. Lots of trash on the roadways, but nice snorkeling and beaches. Two days on the ship almost drove us crazy. Not much to do on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
What part of.."I was on a cruise" is confusing?? :-) A great cruise.. with a relatively affordable, rate. Ship was clean & crew fell all over themselves to be polite and helpful. Food was, for the most part, excellent. Some ... Read More
What part of.."I was on a cruise" is confusing?? :-) A great cruise.. with a relatively affordable, rate. Ship was clean & crew fell all over themselves to be polite and helpful. Food was, for the most part, excellent. Some of the deserts failed to impress.. seems to have become more bland and 'factory' like. NOT a complaint! Tastes differ and I understand the need to cater to all.. but did seem to be less impressive than on other cruises. Drinks were well made and plentiful.. Alchemy Bar had premium brands mixed expertly (and impressively) by personable bartenders. (Brian was a stand out) One personal VERY MINOR disappointment was only having ONE bar indoors to smoke a cigar.. and they booked private functions there, so it was not always available. If they are going to severely limit smoking area's at LEAST have them always available. To be completely honest I have ONLY sailed with Carnival.. (7 to date) Until they disappoint I'm going to 'dance with the one that brung me!' While I am sure there are other lines that do some things better, they will undoubtedly do some worse... I LIKE Carnival.. and DEFINITELY appreciate that, after booking I have more money left over for excursions, drinks, souvenirs , etc. Glory is a beautiful ship, with a great crew... would LOVE to sail her again. (All that being said... buying bottles of liquor for 'in room' consumption is STUPID expensive and if I had my way would drop to more reasonable levels.. I understand a premium.. but $$$ were ridiculous.. OK, I vented) :-) Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I can't say enough good things about this vacation, it was our first cruise and we didn't know what to expect, wasn't sure about the room, looked small in pics, as a very nice size ( we got the smallest room on the lowest ... Read More
I can't say enough good things about this vacation, it was our first cruise and we didn't know what to expect, wasn't sure about the room, looked small in pics, as a very nice size ( we got the smallest room on the lowest deck, interior) we were told, all you need is a room to sleep in, so true, there was so much to do and see, food was great and so much Mexican, Italian,sea food, full 4 course dinners anything you could want for breakfast,hamburgers, on and on and on 24 hour room service, then there was the entertainment, comic club with family friendly jokes until 9:30 then wow, don't take the kids but so funny, there was great music, dancing,on every floor a movie on the top deck at night where you watched it under the stars with the ocean all around you it Was so great, I didn't want to leave the crew was so great not one person on that ship that didn't do everything in their power to make you happy, don't hesitate to try a cruise, I was worried I would get sea sick look on the Internet and found taking ginger pills (like ginger ale) was helpful, found them at Walmart, started taking them 4 days before the cruise(4 a day) and was find the entire cruise, if not being able swims worries you just don't get in the pool, LOL, because you are so safe on the ship, can't wait to go again.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Background: My husband and I met on the Carnival Mardi Gras in 1993 and married in 1994. I can't remember the exact number of cruses we've taken but most of them have been on Carnival. We took this cruise with my parents and as ... Read More
Background: My husband and I met on the Carnival Mardi Gras in 1993 and married in 1994. I can't remember the exact number of cruses we've taken but most of them have been on Carnival. We took this cruise with my parents and as usual had a wonderful time! The Ship: Pretty much your typical Carnival Ship. We always find our way around just fine and enjoy the crazy decor. Activities: Always a lot going on or nothing if that's what we felt like. We really liked the Trivia located at the Casino Stage area! It was a lot of fun and the location was perfect because most of the time we didn't realize it was going on until we were walking by. We didn't hit any of the shows as we enjoy gambling after dinner. The Casino was a lot of fun! No big wins but enough to keep us entertained and having fun. Service: Service was good. Not overly attentive but not lacking either. The crew was friendly. Always a hello and a smile when we passed by someone. The only complaint we had was on disembarkation day. We booked an excursion because we had a later flight and were told to meet in the Amber Palace. The staff down there was very cranky and unapproachable. We received very little direction and when anyone asked a question the answers were curt and impatient. That's never an easy day for anyone but I think the crew could have tried to be more pleasant. Port and Shore Excursions: Half Moon Cay: Paradise! This place is so beautiful and so much fun! The island is so well maintained and just the perfect place to enjoy the sea, sun and sand! Grand Turk: My husband and Dad took the Deep Sea Fishing Tour through Carnival. One fish was caught so not a productive day for them but hey, that's no one's fault. This was the first time they tried this type of fishing. They wanted to see what it was all about and now that they have, probably won't try it again. They prefer to be more involved in casting and reeling in the fish. This was mainly the crew doing all of the work. They would love to see more of a variety of fishing excursions in all of the ports. San Juan: We didn't love our arrival time. By the time we were able to get off of the ship at 1:00, we almost didn't feel like it. The full morning was enough time for us to get settled in on the ship just relaxing and reading by the pool. We walked around and did some shopping but that was about it. We'd been there before and had already visited the Forts and weren't interested in the other excursions offered. We definitely didn't like being in port in the evening because the casino and shops were closed on the ship. We'll keep this in mind when booking future cruises. St. Thomas: This was a FABULOUS day! We took the snorkeling excursion to Trunk Bay on St. John. We loved every minute of it! The ferry ride over was scenic and fun. The island of St. John and Trunk Bay are just amazingly beautiful! This was the perfect way to spend our day and I highly recommend this tour! Even if you aren't interested in snorkeling, book it and just enjoy the beach! Cabin: We had an Ocean Suite on Empress Deck. The location was a bit forward which was a great location for us. The cabin itself was plenty roomy. My husband is a smoker and while we usually spend tons of time on our balcony, we were of course unable to this time because of his horrible habit and the new smoking rules. We spent more time out on Decks 3 and 10. There was always plenty of seating far away enough from the smokers that we could enjoy the outdoors without being too close but still be near enough to be together. Unfortunately this will affect our decision to book balconies since we weren't able to use it much. Unless(please God) he quits smoking someday. Dining: Our servers were lovely! They were hard working, super friendly and really cute! :-) We loved the new atmosphere in the dining room. We had early seating in the Platinum. We really liked having bread, butter, and water already on the table. And the casual look was much more in keeping with the way passengers dress for dinner. Our last few years of cruising we've noticed a huge shift in the way people dress for dinner. Even on elegant nights people show up in casual clothes, shorts, and bathing suit cover ups. It makes sense to keep the dining room casual and relaxed. If people want to get fancy, they can always go to the specialty restaurant. We loved it and felt much less pressure to bring fancy clothes and dress up. We also liked that there was so much less clutter of silverware and dishes on the table. Seriously, I'm on vacation. I don't want to worry about which fork I should eat my salad with. (This is funny, we overheard a passenger at dinner complaining about how the dining room looked cheap and had no class and how Carnival was going down hill and being tacky to have taken away the tablecloths. The part of this that's funny is that he was in the dining room, on elegant night, wearing shorts and flip flops.) A side note and my opinion on tablecloths: This seemed to be a big deal in a lot of the reviews I've read on the new dining setup so I thought I'd add my 2 cents. I never use them myself as I feel they are dangerous. They get tugged accidentally and that's how things break. On the first elegant night my husband got up to use the restroom and brushed/dragged the tablecloth a bit. He stopped in time and nothing fell or broke but still, no tablecloth, nothing to drag. Also, cloth holds germs. With that many people dining and eating each night it's much cleaner to keep the tables clear for washing down. Just my opinion. The food and actual service were not all that great though. Our poor serving team never stopped running around. We never could count how many tables they had to serve and it took an unusually long time to get each course. Most nights it took a full two hours to complete our meal and we always arrived promptly at 6:00pm. When you're just waiting for your food you have a lot of time to observe what's happening. It seemed to us that the guys were just spread too thin to be attentive to anyone. And, getting the food into the dining room from the galley seemed to take forever. It's not like they brought it out and didn't serve it right away. It's that they didn't have it to serve us in a timely fashion. The new menu was just OK. We didn't find much of it to be very flavorful. Since we cruise Carnival repeatedly, we were looking forward to a diversion from the same old menus. I think it's a great idea to change things often enough to keep it interesting for repeat cruisers. We just didn't love this food. The dining room shows were AWESOME! This is always a highlight and all of the dining staff really got into it and made it a lot of fun! Disembarkation: We booked the South Beach post cruise excursion through the ship. BEST IDEA EVER! I highly recommend this tour. Not only is it informative and a lot of fun but it sure beat sitting at the airport waiting for our flight! Our tour guide was Jerry and he was super warm and friendly and really taught us a lot about the South Beach area and old Miami. Getting of of the ship was less organized than it has been in the past. Somehow they had the 3rd floor set up to have lines leaving the ship from two directions yet, only one person set up to check us out. This is a great way to split up families as people are forced to push their way in front of one another. Not a smooth departure and as I said before, some cranky crew members on this day. Summary: All in all another great cruise for us! Carnival is a fun and comfy place for us and we'll definitely return!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I was part of a group of 15. I cruise twice a year and this is my 4th cruise with Carnival. The food, both in the dining room and buffet, was mediocre, at best. Two of us got sick on the oysters on different nights. The buffet closed early ... Read More
I was part of a group of 15. I cruise twice a year and this is my 4th cruise with Carnival. The food, both in the dining room and buffet, was mediocre, at best. Two of us got sick on the oysters on different nights. The buffet closed early and often, only half the buffet was open, making for very long lines. Guy's Burgers were delicious, but that, too, closed early in the evening. The only food available for late night eating was the pizza bar or self serve soft ice cream. But it often was a 2 hour wait for a slice of pizza. Room service took forever...that is, if you could even get them to answer the phone. The room service overload was probably due to not having food available anywhere else. I have never been on a cruise line with such a limited selection and availability of food. We did not meet our cabin steward until the 3rd day of the cruise, and that was only because I called housekeeping about something. We have always had our steward come knock on our door the afternoon we sail, and introduce himself/herself and inquire as to any special needs we might have. He was very cordial, but we were not demanding guests, so we seldom saw him, even to say good morning. The entertainment was not too impressive. I never saw the cruise director, who on other cruises was always very visible and interacted with the guests all the time. The shops opened late in the morning, making it necessary to buy sundries on shore. At times the shops on board even closed at 6:30 pm. The ports of call were wonderful. Half Moon Cay is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever visited, and I have traveled extensively, especially in the Caribbean. Even though we were pleased with our previous Carnival ships, our Carnival Glory experience was a disappointment, and there was not one of our group of 15 seasoned cruisers, who is likely to cruise with Carnival again.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was my first cruise in ten years, and my first with my boyfriend. We are 23, and 26 so we were generally younger than most of the crowd traveling this time of the year. We purchased the cruise to celebrate my graduating college. We ... Read More
This was my first cruise in ten years, and my first with my boyfriend. We are 23, and 26 so we were generally younger than most of the crowd traveling this time of the year. We purchased the cruise to celebrate my graduating college. We definitely think that the price of the cruise definitely reflects the experience; all and all we had a fantastic time. We flew into Miami via American Airlines (next time we know to just pay more for the transfers and go southwest in and out of Ft. Lauderdale.) We stayed at the Ramada near the hotel, the rooms are nice the rest of the hotel is a little off, very outdated in many areas and the staff is less than professional, however their bar area serves pretty good food. There is nothing around this hotel, so if you are looking to dine or shop this is not a hotel for you. The ship itself definitely could use some modern decor, however all in all we were very satisfied with our room and the ship as a whole. I see where people say that the ship can be confusing at times, however after the second night you can get around pretty easily, you just need to know which elevators to go on to get to certain locations, such as your dining hall. Our room was near the main glass elevator, which made our travels very convenient. There was just as much noise as anywhere else on a ship; we got lucky with our location, as we did not select a specific room. Activities on the ship most days seemed more for the older crowd, or the family crowd. However the last day held a ton of activities that we enjoyed. I actually won Miss Carnival Glory, which included a $100 dollar bracelet, I also competed in the Hasbro games show (a must go!), My boyfriend and I also were able to do some walking dead and star wars trivia. The cruise director Dr.E is awesome, and kept all activities interesting for everyone. We really enjoyed the dive in movies, and actually wish that they would have made even more use with the screen. Service on this ship was above par, our cabin steward remembered our names, was very helpful and having the room cleaned twice a day was fantastic. Our head server Reagan and all of our other servers were great, even though we were probably always the first ones in and out in their sections they were very nice and helpful in explaining our food choices. The cruise director was great, and so was the whole entertainment team. The excursions were by far the best part of this vacation. At Half Moon Cay we did the stingray adventure which was my favorite of the whole trip, even though it was late January and the water was pretty cold, once you got in you had a blast. I love stingrays and the directors of the excursion were so knowledgeable. For the price of 30 dollars a person, and it only takes an hour of your beach day it is a must do! My only complaint is that I wish I could have swam and fed them even more! In San Juan we did the Hidden zip line tour, after reading reviews we were worried that it would be to beginner level for us since we have zipped multiple times, but if anything it just allowed us to fully enjoy the zip lining! They even let us tandem zip, which was completely awesome, and were insanely friendly and helpful. We saw massive iguanas while zipping, and even had it rain which was an incredible feeling. This excursion definitely has some hiking aspects and really gets you into the forest, and it was fantastic. The driver to this excursion (though kinda hard to understand) was very funny and informative, and even gave us the option of getting off in the deeper part of old San Juan, which allowed us to see the fortress, which is a must see! Our last excursion, which was, hands down my boyfriend’s favorite was the kayak, hike, and snorkel in St. Thomas. This excursion was great, and you were moving and learning the whole time. The guides take the time to tell you about the ecological history and information of the area. Being a geologist my boyfriend absolutely loved the blowhole and all the volcanic rock that there was to explore. The hermit crab cove and the snorkeling is great, even though it is shallow. The only downside to this tour is the drive there (kinda scary) and that we wish the snorkeling could have been slightly longer. Our cabin was great, we really enjoyed being near the elevators, and I think floor 7 is just where you would want to be mid ship. The only complaint I have is that the decor is definitely a little outdated. The interior room was the perfect size for two people. My only beef with the room is that the bed was pretty firm and I had a difficult time sleeping the first few nights. Dining is where I take of points for the cruise, the dinning room was pretty hit or miss, and the emerald steakhouse wasn't really worth the extra in our opinion. Though it was good, I don't know if it was worth an additional $35 a person. Guys burgers was our favorite dining on the ship, the burgers are awesome! The cantina was also great, and we took serious advantage of the 24/7 soft serve! The ship could definitely use more work on their pastry and dessert aspect. The only dessert besides the soft serve we truly enjoyed was the melting chocolate cake, you cannot go wrong there! Also we got stuck in the late dinning section, which we will not be doing again, I recommend that if you get waitlisted for anytime dinning to switch to early dinning. We were starving and spent a lot of time planning around getting to the dining room at 8:15, we did get lucky and our dinning mates never showed up! Another issue we have as nonsmokers was the amount of smoking on deck, and on floor five. Which really kind of stinks (literally) because the promenade deck has alchemy bar, which was really cool, and they host most of the trivia on that floor as well. Though this is not completely preventable by the ship, I would like to see if there are ships that are completely smoke free. Leaving the ship was incredibly easy! Just make sure you are out of your room by 8:15, we chose to do the self assist, which if you are physically able I would recommend, why deal with baggage claim when you can just roll your stuff off yourself. There was slight confusion when finding our transfer to the airport; however once we got connected it was a nice ride to the airport. Though Miami airport is superior to Ft. Lauderdale. You can't beat southwest, and the money you pay for the transfer is equivalent to paying for your bag with American Airlines to fly into Miami (southwest does not fly into Miami, at least from BWI). All in all we had an incredible trip that we will remember for the rest of our lives, we had a pretty permanent smile on our faces at all time. We will continue to travel carnival, however we would definitely like to test out some other ships within their fleet.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
My family and I have been cruising Carnival for years. This is my 2nd time on the Glory. Our group had 16 people. Embarkation was quick and easy no problem at all. Went directly to our cabin to drop off some things and it was already ... Read More
My family and I have been cruising Carnival for years. This is my 2nd time on the Glory. Our group had 16 people. Embarkation was quick and easy no problem at all. Went directly to our cabin to drop off some things and it was already ready. Lunch is good at the lido. We met up with some cruise critic friends before sail away at the fish and chips. The ship was rocking a little more than usual the 1st 3 days or so but it did not bother me. The only complaint I had was the change in the main dining room for dinner they do something called American grill or something like that. No table cloths on the tables. To me it was not as elegant feeling as before. I liked the old way better. Debarkation was a breeze all in all a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Very disappointed in this ship. It was smelly - former smoking areas have not been cleaned of smoke smell - several areas smelled musty. The cruise director acted very unprofessional; he was loud, obnoxious, spoke unclearly, and there was ... Read More
Very disappointed in this ship. It was smelly - former smoking areas have not been cleaned of smoke smell - several areas smelled musty. The cruise director acted very unprofessional; he was loud, obnoxious, spoke unclearly, and there was huge gaps in entertainment times. The Christmas show was put on very, very late (10:00) which included young children in the show, and the so-called Christmas story read by the entertainment director was terrible and not something that the children seemed to enjoy. Entertainment on this ship was not very good and we were somewhat bored. The ports were wonderful, as were the staff in the Platinum (lower) dining room (Ioan and Vlad - two thumps up). Our cabin steward was very friendly and accommodating. Overall, we did not find the staff very friendly. I will definitely never cruise on this ship again and am not overly thrilled with Carnival. One of the pieces of our luggage arrived with a broken wheel to which the staff sent us a letter saying that if we have it fixed within 30 days they will CONSIDER repayment. Also, getting off the ship in Costa Maya was horrendous - elevators letting people off into a crowd where the hallway and staircases emptied into one stairway was disastrous with pushing, shoving, yelling and stepping on toes! Also, I was upset over 4 things that I wanted to do that were listed in the Fun Times daily and were actually held on different days (one was for a Scotch tasting.) Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our fourth Carnival cruise. Very disappointed in the cafeteria type food. The first night I had mahi mahi. It looked like it had just come out of a boiling bag. Tasted like nothing. I was apprehensive every night after that. Other ... Read More
This was our fourth Carnival cruise. Very disappointed in the cafeteria type food. The first night I had mahi mahi. It looked like it had just come out of a boiling bag. Tasted like nothing. I was apprehensive every night after that. Other meals were better, but in the past we couldn't wait for dinner and were very satisfied. Fresh fruit consisted of oranges (good), red delicious (nobody likes those) and green pairs. We like to exercise and eat well when cruising. We were spoiled by Norwegian Sky last year. Excellent! food. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We cruised on the Carnival Glory from December 13 -20 I found for me that the time on the ship was very boring. I guess if you were interested in Art auctions or gambling it would have been fine. The breakfast well you could skip it and ... Read More
We cruised on the Carnival Glory from December 13 -20 I found for me that the time on the ship was very boring. I guess if you were interested in Art auctions or gambling it would have been fine. The breakfast well you could skip it and not miss anything. It was far from awesome. The people that worked in the buffet area were not happy people. The best part of this cruise was the ports. For a Christmas cruise it was sad. The shows at night in the Punchline lounge was good but very late at night 11:45 is quite late at night. Would I sail this ship again not likely. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
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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