399 Miami to Caribbean - Eastern Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

Carnival Glory Cruise Director and Entertainment were terrible!!!! Have been on several cruises - this was a big disappointment. Cruise acted like a Mama’s Constantine referring to his Mother pretending to receive calls from her while ... Read More
Carnival Glory Cruise Director and Entertainment were terrible!!!! Have been on several cruises - this was a big disappointment. Cruise acted like a Mama’s Constantine referring to his Mother pretending to receive calls from her while on stage. Not funny!!! Drove it into ground. The entertainers were great dancers but terrible singers. At our evening dinner table we all agreed that this was the worst entertainment we had experienced on any of our cruises. The disembarking process was a total disaster - changed the rules constantly. No one knew what was going on or where you were suppose to be. Food was very good. Servers were great being very polite. Our room was very nice and well maintained. Enjoyed the ports. If Cruise Director and entertainiers were replaced this would have been a great cruise. Could only tolerate so much of the Cruise Durectirs Mama’s bit routine and the terrible singing of the entertainers. It was like they were hollering instead of singing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Everything with carnival cruise was perfect and smooth from the start of getting on. It was really easy to check in and the ship was very well kept. My cabin was just enough space for both me and my boyfriend. I really enjoyed the ... Read More
Everything with carnival cruise was perfect and smooth from the start of getting on. It was really easy to check in and the ship was very well kept. My cabin was just enough space for both me and my boyfriend. I really enjoyed the activities Dustin and all the fun squad did an amazing job, also I thought all the performers were great too. You could never say there was nothing to do because there was always an activity. I loved my dining room server WEBERT! He’s amazing and would have him again any day. He’s always in such a good spirit. All the ports were great i think i would change San Juan though. Oh and I loved the lip sync battle idea it was so much fun to watch. I will definitely travel with carnival cruise line again easily. Amazing staff everyone was so kind and cruise ship! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was a good cruise at a decent price. But since this was our twentieth cruise, we have high expectations. Some were met, others were not. We opted for carnivals transportation from fll to miami. Big mistake. Stop and go thru the ... Read More
This was a good cruise at a decent price. But since this was our twentieth cruise, we have high expectations. Some were met, others were not. We opted for carnivals transportation from fll to miami. Big mistake. Stop and go thru the airport after being on a plane for three hours is not a great way to start a vacation. But the driver did get us there. Because we arrived fairly late, embarkation was a breeze. Got on the ship and ran to the buffet. Muster drill long and hot. Wife almost fainted. Don't they realize people are traveling all day and are exhausted. They need to be more efficient here. Dinner. One of the highlights for us on a cruise is dinner. But on the first night, we were at a table for ten and the only one's there. (Or so we thought.) A couple came over to the table near by and saw that it was full. The waiter realized that one of the couple's was at the wrong table. So he had them move to our table. They were not happy! They sat at the far end and ignored us. The next night I changed tables. Since I have been on ten cruises with carnival, I expected a better experience the first night. Why was I put at a table for ten? Anyway, the dinner experience was good, not great, for the rest of the cruise. Food was good, but they seemed to rush us. And we had a late seating! Other food venues were all good. But the steakhouse was great! Great service and food, and we weren't rushed. Coffee was terrible. So most of the time, we bought the good stuff at Cream's. What a racket! With the exception of the Alchemy bar, bar service was not good. Bartenders in the pool areas were indifferent at best, same deal in the lobby bar. Got one drink at the casino bar, but no bar service in the promenade! Luckily, the three bartenders at Alchemy were attentive and fun! But what is the problem at the other bars? They need an attitude adjustment. Room steward was great. Attentive and friendly. Perhaps they should make him a bartender. FYI. Cutting corners, Carnival doesn't have a repeaters party anymore. They give you a voucher for one free 9$ drink that only can be used after 5 pm! They are banking that by that time, you won't use it. Ports of call were good. Entertainment boring, with exception of Australian singer. No problems getting a deck chair if you don't mind being away from main pool area. Aft pool nice area for adults, but too many drunks. Serenity area in the front of the ship. High winds when at sea. Casino was Smokey, unimpressive and not paying out. Overall, a good time, but the last Carnival cruise for me. Next time, Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I traveled with 4 families with kids between the ages of 10-16. We had a great time and loved the ports. We flew in the night before and stayed at the Springhill medical center. Not the nicest springhill we have stayed in but did the ... Read More
I traveled with 4 families with kids between the ages of 10-16. We had a great time and loved the ports. We flew in the night before and stayed at the Springhill medical center. Not the nicest springhill we have stayed in but did the job since we were only there 12 hours. Everyone in our group had Faster to Fun or a Suite so we arrived at 10:25 and walked to the front of the line. At 11:00 or so they allowed us to board. We were able to go straight to the rooms and get our keys and unpack our carry ons. Very easy. We went to lido and found some chairs while the rest of the group ate and explored. Guys burgers is awesome but wait for another day to try. Crazy line on the first day but never on other days. We met our steward, Setti, and he did a great job. We had a Ocean Suite for my husband and I and an interior across the hall for the kids(12 and 15). I think we could have all fit in the Ocean Suite but would have been tight for 7 days. Only $300 extra to book this way. My friends did a balcony and an interior and it was cheaper than all in an ocean suite. We ate at dining room several nights and the food was okay. We also ate at the steakhouse but I don’t think it is worth the up charge. You could get steakhouse steaks for a lower fee in the main dining room. We loved Guys and the pizza. My husband enjoyed the breakfast burritos and I stuck to croissants and coffee from room service. I recommend sending kids to kids clubs right away. My son, didn’t start going until the end of the trip. He met most of his new friends playing basketball on the 1st sea day. I don’t recommend the premium WiFi. My husbands emails barely loaded and usually finished overnight while no one was on it. Not worth the up charge. The social worked fine for the rest of us since we had the What’s App. Made it easy to stay in touch with the group. Make sure you download the carnival hub app before you set sail. You will need that to log into your WiFi plan. One of the people in our group forgot and had to go to guest services to figure out how to log in. The ports made this trip. Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay were heaven. We enjoyed our excursion on St Thomas wasn’t impressed with the island. In San Juan, we just went to the forts and the restaurant that created the pina colada. Still a fun day. We did not do a lot of the shows. We all went to the Hasbro Show and daughter did the Rock Show and loved it. We did try bingo, Trivia and Karaoke. The adults spent a lot of time in the casino. Loved the dealers and pit bosses even though I lost. We had a 12:15 flight and chose self debark. Should have been easy but they wouldn’t let us go down the escalator with our bags. Had to wait for an elevator. Things kinda of bottlenecked. Since we were Faster to Fun, it didn’t hold us up too much. We were still at our airport gate by 8:30am. I think I will sleep in and not self debark next time! Overall, a good trip. Boat and activities were okay but ports were amazing. I am glad we only had 2 sea days. I liked the glory but might try newer boat next time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We came from South Carolina, and the drive down 95 to Miami was horrendous. Unless you're within much closer driving distance, you might think about flying in to MIA. We passed eight pretty serious accidents and a lot of ... Read More
We came from South Carolina, and the drive down 95 to Miami was horrendous. Unless you're within much closer driving distance, you might think about flying in to MIA. We passed eight pretty serious accidents and a lot of construction along the way that really slowed things down. Embarkation: This was pretty smooth for us. We are Platinum, so we were ushered into a little lounge and started boarding just after 10:30am. We were through the boarding process and walking onto the ship right around 11:00am. Our staterooms were also ready immediately, which was very nice. The Ship: I cruised on the Glory in 2009, and I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the Glory in March 2018, almost ten years later. There are signs of wear and age around the ship, but not in any areas that would detract from the quality of our trip. You could tell that exterior areas had been painted many times throughout the years, there were some places with rust and weather-related deterioration, there were areas on the interior of the ship with dings or scratches that you could tell were just signs of age, but not the kind of thing you'd really care about or that would affect your vacation. The layout of the ship is pretty standard for Carnival, and if you've sailed on a couple of Carnival cruises you're probably used to it now. I just sailed on the Magic in December 2017, and I must say that while I liked some features of the Magic better, the Glory seemed to be less crowded and felt like a much more comfortable number of people. It did seem to be a little more challenging to find nicely-located deck chairs than on the Magic, but aside from this, the layout and size of the ship (to us) was much preferable to the Dream class of ships. The Activities: Activities on the ship were good, nothing to really write home about. The Lip Sync Battle and Love and Marriage shows seem to be the most well attended. To us, the production shows weren't much to write home about, but some of that is just our subjective viewpoint that the singing/dancing at sea aren't super entertaining to us. There were lots of trivia games and live singers in the lounges, which were fun and enjoyable. The singers in the casino area each night were pretty darn good. The Trip: Our itinerary was Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Half Moon Cay: This was georgous, really nice to be right off the ship, had plenty of space on the beach, and (in our opinion) was an ideal cruise port to really soak up the beach. There were some issues with tendering, leaving some guests not able to get over to the island until about Noon, but we had priority tendering and were on the first tender over, so we didn't really even notice until we heard reports from other folks later in the day. Advice here: Get up early and get on the first tenders out so you have best pick of the chairs/beach locations. St. Thomas: We went to Trunk Bay. If you're reasonably confident in your time-keeping abilities, skip the Carnival-sponsored Trunk Bay excursion and take the public ferries. We took a cab to Red Hook (20 minutes) and took the ferry over to St. John (15 minutes) and then a cab to Trunk Bay (5 minutes). This cost us about $32/person, as opposed to the Carnival-sponsored trip which was significantly more expensive. Trunk Bay was mostly up and running - no bar or food, but there were equipment rentals and fairly nice restrooms/showers. The snorkeling here is amazing and the beach was awesome. We had a really great time. San Juan: We just walked around the city and did some shopping. Nothing major to report here. Aside from some minor remaining property damage, you can't tell much of the effect the storms had, as most everything is back up and running in San Juan. They had some great deals on knockoff bags and purses, but as you would expect, pretty cheap quality knock offs. Otherwise, we just walked around and shopped and took pictures. Grand Turk: Although there is a nice beach right off the pier, we took a cab to Pillory beach. It was billed as the "nicest" beach on the island. It was indeed very beautiful. Contrary to what we saw in San Juan, during our cab ride, we noticed that damage from the storms was very evident in Grand Turk and it appeared that a lot of areas were still recovering/rebuilding. The cab driver took us to Bohio Dive Resort and we walked right onto the beach there. The resort has a nice bar and food available right next to the beach. The resort also had chairs just for guests, but it seemed like a slow day and we used a couple chairs without issue. The Rum Punch drink at the Bohio resort is delicious, but it will get you -- be careful! Food: Food was pretty good, but lacked in some areas here. We ate at the steakhouse the first night and were pleased with some of the meal, but not really with the entrees. I got the filet, and it was very mediocre. I work in hospitality with a large catering company and many chefs. I don't consider myself to be a chef, but I can make a pretty delicious filet in my cast iron pan at home. Unfortunately, what I got in the steak house was not nearly as good as I can make at home and when I go out to a steakhouse, I want something better than what I can make at home. I was surprised. Past experiences at the Carnival steak houses have been very good. The other folks in my group got the filet/lobster entrees, and were similarly underwhelmed. The steaks were bland, and lobster tails were pretty small. No major complaint about the quality of the lobster, just nothing special about it. Appetizers and soups were great, but the entrees really left something to be desired. The Lido food was pretty good, but we did have a couple of frustrating experiences with long lines. We didn't arrive in Grand Turk until 11:15 and by 10:30 or so they were shutting the one remaining "late" breakfast line, despite a long line of people waiting for food. I went through the line just before closing and after waiting 25 minutes to make it to the real food (past the cereal and yogurt) it was extremely disappointing -- the eggs benedict were welded to the pan, eggs hard as a rock, the sausages were petrified, and the omelet stations were reduced to one person, making it impossible to get. It was okay, becuase I waited five minutes or so and then just got some lunch foods, but on those late port days, they should either commit to the late breakfast line or don't have it at all and move to lunch after 10:30 as usual. Other than these couple of frustrating experiences, Lido buffet food was pretty decent quality and waiting times were reasonable. We were, for the most part, pretty pleased with this. Again, I felt like I spent more time in lines on the Lido when I sailed on the Magic, versus this cruise on the Glory. Guy's Burgers, Deli, Seafood Shack, and Sushi were awesome. Despite sometimes longer lines, the Guy's burgers moved fast, and again, I never waited on the Glory as long as I did some days on the Magic. The deli sandwiches were really good and the Seafood Shack was great -- we only tried the lobster rolls, but got them twice because they were great! MDR food was pretty good most nights, with the exception of one night where we felt like the quality was not as good. Filet in the MDR was as good or better than the one in the steakhouse and sea-day brunches were really good in the MDR. Regular dining food was nothing super special to write about, but we didn't have any major complaints either. Room Service: This has really changed since the old days. The included (free) room service is pretty basic quality, often times with a 45-minute to 1-hour wait, even at off times. It's obvious that the days of room service being included are soon to be over, as the experience is one you'll try once and brush off after the long wait and very mediocre results. The a la carte room service was decent quality, but again, we often waited 45 minutes or more to receive anything. Some cruises we never order room service, and others (like this one) we ordered several times. Sort of like the Lido buffets, I wish they would just commit to what they can do well, charge for it if they have to, and be done with it. Casino: The casino was a great time, and like other areas of the cruise experience, seemed less crowded and was more appealing than our experience on the Magic. There were plenty of table games (lots of blackjack) and ample machines. We never felt like it got really crowded, even on the bigger nights. Maybe this was because of the demographic (more kids on spring break cruises this time versus an early December cruise we took on the Magic), but nonetheless, we had a great time in the Casino and were pleased with the service, pit bosses, dealers, and other staff. Shoutouts: Our room steward Yosefina and her staff were great. They were very attentive to our needs, brought us an abundance of ice, robes, and towels, and whatever we needed. She was there when we needed her, and not when we didn't We really appreciated her. We also met Kuda (bartender from Zimbabwe) on our first day heading to the muster drill. We continued to see Kuda throughout the cruise in the casino and at the Platinum party. He was always smiling, quick with the drinks, and was extremely pleasant. Thanks for your hospitality Kuda! OVERALL: Overall, while there were not-so-positive aspects of our experience, we really enjoyed our cruise on the Glory and would return in a heartbeat. I take into account, when evaluating the negative aspects, the price I'm paying for what I'm getting and despite those criticisms, I still feel like we got a very good value for our money. In fact, we're already looking at options for the next cruise. I think the biggest takeaway that we had is that bigger is not always better. We had a blast on the Magic, but I don't think I'd sail on the Dream class again. I hope Carnival will consider building a new ship that's of a similar size and layout to those of the Conquest class. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this cruise because it was a gift and 10 family members were going. My sister and I were in Cabin 8453 - in the back. We liked the interior cabin because it was quiet, well away from foot traffic. Our cabin steward was extremely ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was a gift and 10 family members were going. My sister and I were in Cabin 8453 - in the back. We liked the interior cabin because it was quiet, well away from foot traffic. Our cabin steward was extremely nice and polite. The cabin air conditioner was always on the highest setting and the room never seemed to cool down, especially after opening the front door. I have been on Carnival cruises in the past (and older ships, too) and the food on this ship was not to the standards set before - a disappointment. Dinning service was lacking, very slow. We had 6 pm seating and the last table to be served. As a result, most of the time, we were the last to leave - sometimes chased out! Embarkation was fast and easy. Activities were lacking. For me, good activities were scheduled while in port; then the unusual stuff while at sea - no surprises. Interesting activities were scheduled during dinning time. Entertainment was lacking, too. At least two nights, there was nothing scheduled in the theater - bingo was scheduled. I personally did not take a massage, but I was told by two people that it sounded like people were playing basketball above, lot of balls bouncing and jumping/running feet. On-board experience was the usual. Public restrooms were hard to find (not marked well); however, clean. The sea ray shore excursion was wonderful and would do again. Amber Cove had free zip lining and the large pool was roomy enough for lots of people. As for value of money, this was a gift, but I will not be on the Glory again. I will give Carnival one more try, but on a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My husband and I are in are 50's. We have cruised for 17 years. Mainly with carnival. We love carnival. We got to the port at noon and we were in are cabin at 12:30. We are platium members. The carnival Glory is an older ship. You ... Read More
My husband and I are in are 50's. We have cruised for 17 years. Mainly with carnival. We love carnival. We got to the port at noon and we were in are cabin at 12:30. We are platium members. The carnival Glory is an older ship. You couldn't tell. The service was out standing. We had some issues with are Stateroom and they were addressed right away. The dining room staff in the main dining was outstanding. The first night we asked for leamonade to drink and the rest of the cruise it was brought to us with out asking. Our room sterward was great to. He kept our room clean. The entertainment was good. The comedians on the ship were the best. The ports of call were beauitful. Disembarkation was smooth. We did self disembarkation. We were let off the ship at 7:15 and had a taxi and was at my sister house in florida at 8:15. I would go on the Glory again. We already have are next one booked. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Overall, I would NOT recommend Carnival Cruise Lines. The entertainment was less than average. The level of entertainment should be very high. This entertainment was cheesy. It was a lower level, like a dance recital level. We ... Read More
Overall, I would NOT recommend Carnival Cruise Lines. The entertainment was less than average. The level of entertainment should be very high. This entertainment was cheesy. It was a lower level, like a dance recital level. We had a balcony state room near the spa. The room itself was small, and the bathroom was very small. The toilet smelled like urine. I asked for room service to clean the bathroom but the urine smell persisted. The baggage transfers were very inefficient. We waited for a very long time to get our bags after we boarded. I would recommend walking your own bags on board to avoid the wait. The customer service at Miami corporate is poor. We had an issue with an excursion being not as described - a one hour helicopter ride over the rain forest in San Juan is ACTUALLY a 9 minute ride over the city. Carnival would not refund us the $520 we paid even after they verified we were telling the truth. I would never go on another Carnival trip again. Instead, I would recommend MSC ships. They have Vegas level entertainment, the state rooms are much nicer, baggage transfers and excursions went off without any issues and great customer service. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We always choose Carnival and will continue to do so. We really enjoy at Conquest class of ship especially the Glory and being spring it was time for our annual back to back cruises. The service in the dinning room was outstanding and our ... Read More
We always choose Carnival and will continue to do so. We really enjoy at Conquest class of ship especially the Glory and being spring it was time for our annual back to back cruises. The service in the dinning room was outstanding and our room steward was also outstanding. We enjoy spending time on the lido deck on days at sea and had enough to keep us busy. Nights consisted of theater shows, comedy, & casino. Port days were mostly spent at the beaches. The only negative was the cruise director, he was never around. He would delegate his duties to his assistant or the entertainment director. Also it is my belief that he was responsible for everything running behind schedule. Everything from embark to disembark to activities to arriving at ports...everything was behind schedule (and I'm sure the captain had a little to do with that) The negatives only affected my rating by one point since I don't allow things like this to ruin my cruise. We have been on the Glory 8 times and it never lets us down. Keep up the good work Carnival, we will see you again in October. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embankment: Quick and easy. we did not have FTTF. We had a 12:30 check in time. We were on the ship and in our room by 01:15pm Review: My Wife and I have been on 8 cruises and we did the glory about 8yrs ago. First time back on ... Read More
Embankment: Quick and easy. we did not have FTTF. We had a 12:30 check in time. We were on the ship and in our room by 01:15pm Review: My Wife and I have been on 8 cruises and we did the glory about 8yrs ago. First time back on Carnival We choose this cruise simply for the ports and timing. We’ve heard all the rumors and stories about Carnival and we hoped that it was just a few disgruntled people. Sadly, all the stories are true. On this cruise, we had a lot of issue. The Main issue we had was the AC unit was out in our room. We had to go back and forth with guest services for 3 days before it was fixed. Then they gave us a pathetic apology. The MDA was ok, nothing outstanding. Don’t bother with the dress code. You will see people in tank tops and flip flops. Jeans and T-shirts on the captain’s dinner. Food was very bland and not warm. Entertainment was ok. The buffet always had a line. No matter what time of day it was. Guys burgers and the deli were good. The internet is a total waste of money. We got it one day and it NEVER worked. The Glory shouldn't have offered it at all. Cam, the member of the fun squad was OUTSTANDING. That guy was great at everything he did. Our Room Steward was very good and seemed like he cared about our concerns. The ports and excursions were great. We were sad when the excursions ended simply because we had to go back on the ship and deal with another issue. I can go on and on about this cruise, but I’ll save the time. First time cruises will probably enjoy this kind of cruise. For us, we will not cruise with Carnival again. Disembarking: It was a MESS. Tons of people walking around looking lost and confused. The staff had no answers and appeared lost as well. It took us about an hour to get off the ship Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Well, my employees told me I needed a vacation and my wife's birthday was coming up. So I booked this only about a month out. Found a good deal on a Porthole cabin, and then contacted my travel agent. He was able to save me a couple ... Read More
Well, my employees told me I needed a vacation and my wife's birthday was coming up. So I booked this only about a month out. Found a good deal on a Porthole cabin, and then contacted my travel agent. He was able to save me a couple of bucks on the fare (really, just $2 per person, but cheaper is always better.) Also this made our Platinum Cruise and also gave us a chance to visit with Mother-In-Law in South Florida both before and after the cruise AND celebrate the wife's birthday on board) On boarding day, St. Patrick's Day, we arrived at the port about 12:30 and breezed through security and on board in less than 10 minutes after arriving at the port. Lot of people dressed in Green. (our internet groups said to dress in green so we could be recognized by others in the group. Doesn't work when 2500 people are all wearing green because of St. Patrick's Day) On board, we dropped the bags at our room (signs were still up saying access was limited, but that is a perk--for now-- of Platinum Status) Then to the Lido for food. Typical food for the Lido. But we piled it on anyway. Since we had sailed the Glory before we did a little exploring, but most things were the same. Saturday night dinner met our tablemates. For booking late I was surprised that we got a large table in the middle of the dining room. But it was probably because Late Dining was less booked than earlier or ATD. Table mates were comparable in age and friendly. Next morning was the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet. Over 200 people registered so Carnival had a half dozen Coffee Carafes and Juice, Tea, and water and some of the yummy pastries. But the Meet and Greet was just after breakfast so most went untouched. About 20 people drifted in. Met the Cruise Director Dustin and the Entertainment Director, didn't catch his name. And a few of my fellow cruisers. Then it ended. Later on Sunday was the FB Group Meet and Greet at Red Frog Bar. Not much organization but we were able to put a few faces to names. Monday was Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. Since we were doing this on the cheap, we booked no excursions and just wandered around the port. Made a couple of small purchases (including Chocal Chocolate. Sold at the port for $10 for 5 bars or better $35 for 35 bars.) Back on ship. Next day was St. Thomas. We have been here about a dozen times and know where most things are. This time we visited the Synagogue at the top of the hill. If you are Jewish or just enjoy visiting Historic Churches and Temples, this is the best we have found in the Caribbean. Better than the Cathedral in San Juan. The Docent was knowledgeable and the video of the history was interesting. The floor is sand to honor the Crypto-Jews from the Spanish Diaspora. But it is a peaceful place above the hubbub of the St. Thomas Market. Donations accepted buy not mandatory. Saw some Hurricane Damage, but the larger businesses (DI, Little Switzerland, etc) were all back and bustling. One change to note. All of the public Restrooms are now attended and suggested tips are $1. Found a neat Turkish Store with Turkish Souveniers? in St. Thomas. Back on board, Tomorrow our favorite town San Juan. San Juan has had some hurricane Damage but is open for business. Noticeable damage is the substrata for the streets appeared to have washed out leaving the Blue paving stones in potholes. But since we were not driving, we had no problem navigating the streets. Back on board at 3PM (too early for San Juan.) Last port day was Grand Turk. We always consider Grand Turk as a beach day since it is right there. This time we had a little confusion. There are a lot of 'private vendors' hustling chairs and umbrellas for $25 for the day. But the Green umbrellas are FREE. And the chairs under them are free. Snorkeling is normal for Grand Turk. Saw a lot of different fish including one puffer. But the bottom of the water is kinda dull and dead looking. Water is still crystal clear. So we got our sunning, swimming, and snorkeling for our beach day. Then a sea day and back to Miami on the 24th. Normal chaos in debarkation. They closed one of the Customs lines just as the main group of passengers debarked because the Agents needed a break. Ticked off the porters big time. But we got out with minor delay. Then got the rental and made it to Mother in Laws place. Good overall cruise. Didn't do the shows but did a couple of Comedy shows. Percy Crews II was good. Just Jane was fantastic. Russ was so so. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This cruise was basically chosen in a spur-of-the-moment, "ohmygosh, it's HOW inexpensive?!" conversation between my wife and I; if I recall, the interaction was basically as follows: "Honey, I found a cruise over ... Read More
This cruise was basically chosen in a spur-of-the-moment, "ohmygosh, it's HOW inexpensive?!" conversation between my wife and I; if I recall, the interaction was basically as follows: "Honey, I found a cruise over Spring Break that costs $[smallnumber] per person for a week, for a window cabin, out of Miami." "OK, sign us up." "But... don't you want to know where it's going?" "Doesn't matter. For $[smallnumber], I'd be perfectly happy circling in the Atlantic for 7 days." Suffice to say, it was booked based on price and the fact that we both needed a vacation. But, we wouldn't be circling in the ocean -- the itenirary was embark Miami, sea day, Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, sea day, disembark Miami. Four ports that we, with 7 cruise iteniraries between us, have never been to. Awesome, new stuff to discover! First off, the cabin. We booked a 6B outside cabin, 1-297. Sleeps 3 (2 beds -- we had it in king bed configuration -- and a sofa/bed), halfway between the mid and fore elevator banks. It was well-suited to our family; our six year old daughter fit perfectly on the sofa. There was plenty of room for our clothing in the closets and drawers, we didn't need to keep stuff in the suitcases. Now, for the food. On the Glory, the MDR food was excellent, as was Guy's Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana. I found the barbecue to be a little disappointing (the sides were great, but the meat was a little tough), but I always wound up there just before closing, so I figure I just got the leftovers. We ate in the steakhouse one night, and though the food and service was great, honestly the atomosphere was kinda blah. It's a small steakhouse (seats about 100 people I'd say), with low ceilings and no real pizazz. Honestly, next time, I think we'll just order the steakhouse food in the MDR and save a couple bucks. Entertainment was plentiful. My daughter wanted to be in Camp Ocean pretty much any time that we weren't either in port or at the pool, which we generally obliged her with. We went to all the production shows, which all 3 of us enjoyed. There was also a lip synch battle, where the Camp Ocean kids 6 and older played a part (with the help and training of the performers from the production shows). We also enjoyed the live bands, especially before dinner. And, finally, the ports. I can say this -- I'd happily go on the same cruise again and hit all the same ports. For one.... no tenders this cruise. Walk off, walk on. And even though the ports still showed signs of the damage from last year's hurricanes, they were certainly open for business -- there were plenty of excursions, both booked through the ship and off-ship, available. We chose to go catamaran sailing and snorkeling in Amber Cove (booked through Carnival), to Megan's Bay and the skyride (also with Carnival) in St Thomas, took a city tour (privately booked) in San Juan, and just rented snorkeling gear in Gran Turk (protip: the lounge chairs with the green umbrellas in Gran Turk are part of the cruise port, and therefore are free). There's plenty more to see and do in each port, though. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
It was my 65th birthday and we invited cousins/friends to come with us. They were virgin cruisers. This was our 5th cruise and the rockiest ship we have ever been on. Everyone walked like they were drunk for days, bouncing off the walls in ... Read More
It was my 65th birthday and we invited cousins/friends to come with us. They were virgin cruisers. This was our 5th cruise and the rockiest ship we have ever been on. Everyone walked like they were drunk for days, bouncing off the walls in the corridors from morning to night. One night was so bad, the set was removed from the stage in the Amber Palace and the performers sat on stools. It has been 5 years since we were on a Carnival ship. I had raved to our travelling companions about how good the entertainment would be and we were disappointed. We generally found the entertainment O.K. - but not as spectacular as we remembered. One night we felt some of the singers were off key. The first two male comedians were terrible! Thankfully Valerie Storm came on board and gave us some good laughs. Food was generally good - some nights too many wonderful choices and other nights nothing special. Only place that had great coffee was the Lido. Our first trip to the Steakhouse to celebrate my birthday will be our last - as we didn't find it any better than the dining room. Our cabin was aft 1411 - and the worst we have ever had. I heard engine noises for the entire week - and it did disturb my sleep. Hubby wears hearing aids so wasn't bothered. We'll never take one of those again - it was oceanview - but windows were filthy so couldn't see out much; too low in the ship and too close to the engine room Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was the smoothest embarkation and disembarkation I have ever experienced. The staff on the ship truly enjoy their jobs. They always have a warm smile and a Hello each day. The entertainment is first class and the activities ... Read More
This was the smoothest embarkation and disembarkation I have ever experienced. The staff on the ship truly enjoy their jobs. They always have a warm smile and a Hello each day. The entertainment is first class and the activities department keeps you as busy as you could ever want. The bands and solo players are all very talented. The piano bar was my favorite hangout. The gym has lots of work out equipment and free weights. The cabins are some of the largest in the industry and well maintained. I’ve been to all of the ports in the Eastern Caribbean, so this trip was more about relaxing and being waited on. I travel alone, so I get to keep my own schedule. I will definitely be sailing on the Glory again. The cruise director and the cruise directors staff keep the party going from sail away to disembarkation. The officers are all approachable and happy to answer any questions about the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We took advantage of an offer for half price on our next cruise, due to a mishap with Carnival Splendor in 2017. Fortunately, we got the same type of stateroom that we had on Splendor, corner on the aft, L-shape balcony. We had ... Read More
We took advantage of an offer for half price on our next cruise, due to a mishap with Carnival Splendor in 2017. Fortunately, we got the same type of stateroom that we had on Splendor, corner on the aft, L-shape balcony. We had stateroom 7440, nice, clean room and best of all the balcony! The balcony was so spacious, 2 loungers, 3 chairs and 2 tables. We had a great steward, Conrad. He made us feel special and welcomed. He made sure we had everything we needed. He was out one day due to an injury and we noticed. Although the room was clean and comfortable, we noticed that Conrad wasn't there! We went to most of the musical shows and they were awesome! Great themes, singers, and light shows. Each day was a different show. Motown was awesome, enjoyed the Caribbean show and the Latin show was fantastic. Justin the Cruise Director was so funny and entertained everyone. We enjoyed the Military Tribute presented by Justin and the fact that Carnival supports our active and retired military personnel. We purchased jewelry and a watch on board and the staff was great in Effy and the watch store. They were considerate and worked with us on pricing! We went to the Steak House the first night. They provided great service and the best food on the ship! Try the raw beef, so tender and tasted so good! We were given a free bottle of wine and we purchased another bottle at half price. This opportunity is only offered the first night of the cruise. As for the main dining room and buffet the food needs to be changed and provide a better quality. It's the same thing year over year and disappointing. One night we had terrible service in the Golden Restaurant. We were seated, given bread and water. It took a while to get the waiters to take our order, when there were not many people there. Others around us were seated much later and they got their food well before we got ours. Some even commented about the poor service we received. However, Guy's Burgers and the Pizza restaurant were delicious! My wife and I highly recommend Faster to the Fun! It was so convenient to get onboard early and all of the other advantages that come with it. One interesting mishap occurred, someone released an anchor as we were leaving Puerto Rico. Because we were moving, it caused all of the chain to drop. They took over 2 hours trying to pull up the anchor and were blocking the port entrance. Eventually they torched off the chain and left it to be picked up later. We did the ATV excursion on Puerto Rico and it was great fun! Well worth money, given the time length we time length we drove. Trails provided various experiences. The staff were great! The Caribbean has come back with all it's Glory! It is clean, the green is coming back and people are positive and smiling! So glad to see all of the recovery taking place! We would book again on Glory! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was a casino offer. They gave me a free balcony for 2. Carlos and Jelina the casino hosts were amazing. The bar staff raymund and Milian and Tasha were very attentive and kind. Our cabin was 8416 balcony. Near elavtor which made ... Read More
This was a casino offer. They gave me a free balcony for 2. Carlos and Jelina the casino hosts were amazing. The bar staff raymund and Milian and Tasha were very attentive and kind. Our cabin was 8416 balcony. Near elavtor which made it noisy. Cabin steward leave his car out in the hallway near our door in the morning and you would always hear it and people talking to him. Also there's a rattle you hear which is from the Lido deck when they roll a cart over he passed away that the floor has metal on it. So I don't recommend the room location Agus the cabin Stewart was amazing probably the best Stewart I've ever had in all my years of cruising. The cabins are very nice very roomy water pressure was amazing. If you use a hair dryer bring your own the one in the room is really bad. We had early seating for dinner and dinner was always very nice. I recommend the sushi at the sushi bar. Cost about $7.50 for a roll you get a lot and it's so good. We also ate at the Sea Shack had crabs and shrimp it did cost us $30 but it was amazing. We did eat in the steakhouse $35 per person I do not recommend it. Save your money. I have never been on the glory but I do feel the ship was immaculate they were always cleaning you never saw dishes laying around I was very impressed. Of course Guys Burgers and the Pizza Pirate are always great! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was a girls cruise. I’ve been on Freedom and Liberty so I’m familiar with the conquest class ship. This cruise made me realize that Carnival is no longer for me. Personally I feel Carnival needs to evolve on all levels ... Read More
This was a girls cruise. I’ve been on Freedom and Liberty so I’m familiar with the conquest class ship. This cruise made me realize that Carnival is no longer for me. Personally I feel Carnival needs to evolve on all levels especially entertainment. I’ve since cancelled Breeze . Embarking was easy where as disembarkment was terrible, Carnival blamed imagination but it wasn’t , it was Carnival. Service as always was good, these people are such hard workers and alway pleasant. Entertainment was very low level compared to other lines and simply boring. Activities outside of trivia were very limited and the same old same old. Ship it self is a typical old school Carnival ship with neon everywhere...it’s to be expected on the older ships. Lido food was average , Guys not as good as remembered, all and all food was average and what we expected. We did do the Emerald steakhouse and it wasn’t anything too special, wouldn’t wast my money again. Most parts of the ship constantly smelled of sewer , this isn’t the first time we have had this problem on Carnival . Ports were good as well as the two excursions we booked via Carnival. Ports were Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. In St Thomas we took a tour of St John As mentioned above, I would cruise with Carnival again. This was my sixth Carnival cruise and I kind of felt this way on my last but I now know I’m moving on. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Embarkation and Disembarkation - very smooth and efficient Ship - Dated and needs upgrades but okay VERY SMALL pools, and loaded with kids - we spent ALL of our time on board, when sunning on the Serenity Deck - very crowded and ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation - very smooth and efficient Ship - Dated and needs upgrades but okay VERY SMALL pools, and loaded with kids - we spent ALL of our time on board, when sunning on the Serenity Deck - very crowded and people DO save all the hammocks and rounds loungers - and then leave for hours - not enforced The main pool was so crowded you could not move - so if you are going to relax and enjoy, NOT the cruise for you. Dining Room - Our wait staff were incredible and the Dining Room food was amazing. Our Head waiter (Vivek) and his team - Memel, and Sidi were fun, attentive and a pleasure. Kudos to them for making s laugh and our service impeccable * If you do NOT request a private table, you most likely will be put in a booth or table with another couple for the whole cruise. We requested to have a private table after the first night as we would like to choose who we associate with on the cruise and not be placed for a private daily dinner with folks.Same for the dining room brunches, they place you at tables for 8 and 12 with alot of folks you do not know and day 1, they were coughing and sneezing etc, so we left the table and asked for a private seating. Entertainment- If not for the comedians and the cruise director ( Dustin who was incredible), there is NOTHING to do on the ship, the entertainment is very lull and not so great. Service- Our wait staff in the Dining Room were incredible, as was our statement room attendant. (INNA) Some of the bartenders on the pool deck in the red frog bar and tequila bar were very grumpy and not very smiley if you just wanted a soft drink, no thank yous etc and remember you are tipping on EVERY DRINK, regardless of your drink plan, so it would be nice to get a smile. Alot of the servers in the other bars were lovely- we just found the 2 bars on the pookl deck did not have folks who were very nice. So after day 2 we stayed away from them and got our drinks elsewhere. Cabin - 1448 We were in a cabin at the very back of the AFT deck, VERY LOUD machine noise and if you get seasick, (we don't) you WILL feel the waves tenfold. We did not get alot of sleep in that cabin due to the engine noises and screeching etc. DO NOT STAY THERE. it is a very long walk as well, was fine for us, but if you are not mobile or easy to walk alot, try mid ship to get to the places on the deck you want to get to easier. Our Ports Half Moon Cay Horseback riding - AMAZING - horses are very well taken care of and the place is very lovely - would book again St Thomas - Take the Tram ride up to Paradise Point, The MOST BEAUTIFUL views and folks up there ( have a Bushwaker beverage( or 2) if you like Baileys!! Best drink ever. We also took the Magens Beach excursion ( beach is beautiful - but you can take a quick cab there - spend an hour or less, and then leave for downtown for same price as excursion) , was lovely but too much time spent at that beach - so we opted out and took a cab back early so we could see some of the town and the tram before boarding San Juan - Historic, recovering nicely after hurricane DO NOT TAKE HISTORIC walking tour, Just take a walk yourself and you can see what we saw. Far too much talking and time wasted waiting for people, we left the tour and ventured out on our own after 2 and 1/2 wasted hours. - We could have seen what we saw in a better time frame and added a few extra minutes to the places we did want to see. We then stopped at Senor Frogs for a beverage and some nachos, ( nachos werent great but service and drinks were fun! Grand Turk We ventured off, and made our way straight to Margaritaville, got 2 great loungers directly by the pool ( before all the thousands of folks got there) , spent 2 and half hours there, had a few drinks, spent time in the pool and had a fantastic time. After that we shopped a little and walked the beach and then headed back. ( the stop is just a cruise stop- shopping and pool/beach) and so the best time is just your own time relaxing. We had a great time, but will definitely go back to Royal Caribbean A HUGE difference in the service, food and quality and the ships are MUCH better as well as things to do. It is what you make, so have a great time, but if you are a RC or NCL customer, you will be let down on this ship. You can get great deals as well on RC so we are already booked for December on RC for the Western Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We took 35 relatives on a 7 day cruise in the Bahamas. Overall Carnival is a good value for the money. the staff in general is very polite considerate and helpful - helpful only if it falls within there area of allowable assistance - i.e. ... Read More
We took 35 relatives on a 7 day cruise in the Bahamas. Overall Carnival is a good value for the money. the staff in general is very polite considerate and helpful - helpful only if it falls within there area of allowable assistance - i.e. the cabin attendant can bring you extra towels. Worst thing is the wifi is very poor - only works 50% of the time - resets 5 times an hour, and is so slow you can't download a simple web page. I was so dissatisfied I purchased the upgraded wifi package - what a waist it worked no better - i went to customer service to see if there was something i was doing wrong or if there was a way to get it working - i was told we would have to get IT to look into it - i said well go get your IT guy and we can discuss - they don't have an IT guy on the boat - so nothing can be done - nor did they give me a refund for the service not working. We purchased the alcohol package - they still make you sign for everything - you have to drink a lot to make it worthwhile - in general for 90% of the passengers its overpriced and not worth it. The days at sea are so crowded and the bars so understaffed that many times i went and got a cup of water because i didn't want to wait 20 min for a drink. Very poor staffing of bars on the entire ship - and at any given time 1/2 the bars are closed. Food was good but not great - buffet was ok - on average takes 15 min to get through lines - lacks variety - dinner was nice and generally better then buffet. Pizza was very good. omelet station is a stand alone - if you wait in line to get sausage and toast, by the time you get an omelet they are cold and if you get omelet first its cold after waiting in line. a very poor system. Entertainment was good not great Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I sailed on Carnival for the first time in 2017 on the Carnival Vista. Great ship, but some of the other cruisers were not that considerate. I think that there were just too many people on the ship. We enjoyed the cruise however and are ... Read More
I sailed on Carnival for the first time in 2017 on the Carnival Vista. Great ship, but some of the other cruisers were not that considerate. I think that there were just too many people on the ship. We enjoyed the cruise however and are now hooked! We sailed in January on the Glory. I was a little concerned because the Vista was Carnival's newest ship and the Glory is an older ship. I have to say that Carnival does an excellent job of maintaining their fleet. The ship did not show its age, and everything that we saw was in excellent working condition. (Only one outlet in the room, but it wasn't an issue for us-I enjoy cruises because I'm "off-the-grid".) I did note a "must" smell in the hallway on the eighth floor, but it wasn't overly strong, and somewhat expected for being on a ship. We purchased the Cheers package and had no issues with its use. Although we never met our "limit" of 15 drinks, there were many other options included (specialty coffee, pop, water). It was nice, not having to worry about any additional costs. My time dining worked very well for us, and we were always seated in the same area, so our wait team was always the same. (The service was excellent) The entertainment was very good, but we thought that Matt Mitchem was a better cruise director. Announcements were harder to hear on the Glory, and it seemed that Matt was better connected to the guests. The assistant cruise director seemed more into his job, and will hopefully get an opportunity to take over in a cruise director position. Food was good and always available. We enjoyed all of the ports we visited (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk). We experienced zero issues withembarktion and debarkation and had zero issues while on the ship. There was a small fire in the incinerator. The captain remained calm and kept all of the passengers informed, and it really was a non-issue. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Some background. We are a married couple for Wisconsin. She is a retail manage for a major national company and I work in the hospitality division for a big golf resort. This is my 4th cruise and my wife’s 3rd, all with Carnival. ... Read More
Some background. We are a married couple for Wisconsin. She is a retail manage for a major national company and I work in the hospitality division for a big golf resort. This is my 4th cruise and my wife’s 3rd, all with Carnival. This was our second cruise on Glory. We flew down to Fort Lauderdale, the day before our cruise and stayed at the Cambia Hotel & Suites Fort Lauderdale, Airport South & Cruise Port (review at TripAdvisor). We used QLS Transportation to get from the hotel to the port and back to the airport at the end of the cruise. We used them before and will use them again. They picked us up around 10 am and we were at the dock by 11. We had Faster to the Fun (FTTF) and the dock porter notice this and put on the FTTF sticker, we tipped him and entered the terminal. After we entered, a staff member stationed at a podium, looked at our passports/boarding passes and then we went through security. After security we were told to go up the escalator and follow the signs to the FTTF sitting area. We did not have to go to the check in desk. Don’t know why. We did online check-in, but we also did this on our previous cruise and at that time, we still had to check in at the priority desk. Maybe this was something new, if so, it is a nice improvement. At 11:45, we were called to board the ship. As soon as we boarded, went to the excursion desk and reserved our cabana at Half Moon Cay and then lobby bar for our first drink. You use your boarding pass to get your drink, since your sail and sign cards are in your mailbox, outside your cabin. Since we had FTTF, our cabin was ready, so up to Deck 7 (Empress) to drop off our carryon luggage and grab our sail & sign cards. If you are not Diamond, Platinum, Priority, or have FTTF, don’t go to your cabin until they are ready, which is around 1:30. We did see a lot of guests going into their cabins and the room stewards were still cleaning them. And your sail & sign card will not be in the mailbox until after 1:30, so don’t use that as an excuse. We always book a balcony cabin, and this was the first time that we stayed in this type of cabin. The other two times, we received a call for an upgrade to a grand suite, and took that option. Our luggage hadn’t arrived yet, so we went up to Lido deck, for some lunch and refreshments. The lines to Guy’s burgers and The BlueIguana Cantina were over an hour wait, so off to the Deli and Red Sail Restaurant buffet lines. We sat at the aft pool area, got another drink at that bar, and ate our lunch. After lunch, went back to the main pool area, waited over a half an hour at both the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar for our drinks. Only two bartenders working at both of these places. When the muster drill was announced, around 3:30, went to our muster station, and stood for about 30 minutes. After the drill, back to the cabin to see if our luggage had arrived, 2 pieces did, and back up to Lido for the sail away party. Went back to the cabin around 6 to get ready for dinner and the final 2 pieces of luggage were there. FTTF states “While we process thousands of bags, FTTF luggage will receive priority delivery”. That was not the case this time. We saw luggage, outside other cabins that did not have the FTTF sticker, that were delivered well before ours. And no, our luggage was not locked and did not have any contraband. Not a big deal, but thought I would share this. I am not going to bore you with our ports of call, just some of the highlights. With FTTF, you get to be on the first tender to Half Moon Cay. We had Cabana No. 9, which is located by one of the bathrooms and was a short walk to both the Captain Morgan Pirate bar and lunch area. By the way, the Captain Morgan Pirate bar does not serve Captain Morgan. Go figure. The cabana came with floating mats, snorkel gear, a couple of loungers, a refrigerator, an air conditioner, a misting fan, a fruit plate, chips and salsa, 4 cans of soda, and 2 big bottles of water. This was for two people, so I think if you have more people in your cabana, you might get more snacks, soda, and water. We went swimming, ate some of our snacks, got our lunch and brought it back to the cabana. We did end up bringing the large water bottles back to the ship. In St. Thomas, we booked the Turtle Cove Sail & Snorkel with open bar, which is located at Buck Island. We were on the Castaway Cat (see review at TripAdvisor and Carnival’s webpage) and had a fantastic time. Will go with them again. San Juan, we stayed on the ship and made it another “sea day”. Grand Turk, we did some shopping and had lunch at the Beached Whale Bar & Grill. Debarkation day went smooth. Since we had FTTF, we had zone number 2, but on Friday, I changed that to zone number 18. You can do this at 10am, across from the coffee bar, on Deck 5. That way, you can still kind of sleep in and go up and have breakfast before getting off of the ship. We arrived back in Miami around 5:30am and the ship cleared customs by 7am. They called self-assist at 7:15 and started calling zone numbers around 8. Zone 18 was called around 8:40. We were off the ship and had our luggage by 9 and through customs by 9:10. Called QLS, and they picked us up at 9:30 and we were at Fort Lauderdale airport at 10:30. We had outstanding service from both our cabin stewards and our servers in the dining room, and a couple of bartenders at the aft pool and lobby bar. The day before debarkation, we handed each of these extraordinary staff members an extra cash tip and we also tipped the bartenders during the week. We had the Cheers package, and for us, it was worth it. We never did get to the 15 drink limit, but on some days, we did have 10-11 drinks. We usually started around 9am, starting off with a couple of bloody marys and finishing with one or two amarettos around 11pm. That comes out to less than one drink per hour. When we ordered a drink, we made sure to order it with premium liquor and when we drank wine, we made sure it was one of their higher priced wines. If you like vodka/lemonade, the “lemonade” they use is a sour mix mixed with a splash of Sprite. What I did was order a shot of Grey Goose, walk to the buffet area and pour the lemonade offered in there, and then go back to the bar for another shot. At the end of the cruise, I tallied the cost of our “drink purchases”, and it would have been over $1200. Since we paid $804 for the cheers package, we saved almost $400. This cost also included the coffees/lattes from the coffee bars and the bottles of water we would get every time we ordered a drink. We used guest services a couple of time, and had no wait since we had FTTF and sometimes the other line was a long wait. The food in the main dining room and Steakhouse were much better than the last time we sailed, especially in the Steakhouse. Guy’s was ok, same goes for the deli and seafood shack. Since they started charging for late night room service on this cruise, we would get a sandwich from the deli and store it in the refrigerator in our cabin. They don’t have any plastic wrap or bags to store these, so bring something from home. The pizza was some of the best slices we have had in a long time, so it was well worth the wait. There was staff walking around the aft pool area and when they saw food in the pool area they politely ask that person to either take it to a table or one of the lounge chairs. If they saw kids in the hot tubs/pool, they had them leave, since this was an adult only area, on this cruise. Yes, there were chair hogs, especially on sea days, and they were kind of keeping tabs on them. The next items are what we saw and I just wanted to share them with you. By no means did these ruin our cruise vacation. Even though embarkation day went smooth, would be nice if Carnival could look into adding more staff at the RedFrog and BlueIguana Tequila Bars. Two bartenders cannot keep up with the demand, on this day. A half hour wait is not good service. We understand that everyone wants a Guy’s burger, but wait until after the muster drill or go the next day. The lines were a lot shorter. In the dining room, we had late seating and almost all of the women and kids were dressed to what was suggested on Carnival’s website. It was some of the men, that were showing up in t-shirts, flip flops, baseball caps (none of which were military), and gym shorts. On elegant nights, about 98% were dressed accordingly, which was awesome. The time for late seating was at 8:15pm, but there were people showing up 30 minutes late, even one couple that would show up over an hour late, every night. Maybe Carnival should start closing and locking the doors at 8:30pm. A table next to ours had a couple that the maître d and the wait staff would grovel over. They must have been really big vip’s. It didn’t affect our service, but they sure were busting their a@#$ over them. As for the ship, the common areas were clean and kept, but we did notice that most of the outside windows have not been cleaned for a while. On our balcony, we noticed some rust spots and cracks. When we got off the ship at the ports of call, we also saw rust areas on the side of the ship. A lot of you are complaining about the new tv channels offered in the cabins. They do have TNT, TBS, CNN, TCM, but all of these are the Spanish version of satellite tv. Although, all of the movies are in English, the commercials are in Spanish. And it is not the same programming as you would see on your cable/satellite system at home. CNN is a joke, period. We didn’t go on vacation to watch tv in our cabin, we just used it late at night to fall asleep too. This is just information that I thought some people would want. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Wanted to go crusing again after 15 yrs.If this is the way Carnival offers a 7night vacation I'm out.I do have to say first of all,the 4 islands we visited made the difference for our vacation, and Carnivals private Island was a good ... Read More
Wanted to go crusing again after 15 yrs.If this is the way Carnival offers a 7night vacation I'm out.I do have to say first of all,the 4 islands we visited made the difference for our vacation, and Carnivals private Island was a good start,but the overall Ship experience was not what we expected at all.To start the staff for the most part are over worked across the board, entertainment especially on ship days on the Lido deck was skimpy, The food was so-so,the main dining room, I meals but wow things have changed.Now one last but important thing for our group,if your having any cocktails be forwarned we would have faired better being robed by the James Gang.Oh ya because Carnival don't seem to take financial care of there workers at least it seamed to me, in the middle of the next to last night they took $90 per person out of my sign and sail account,for workers grutiaty,yes they did$180. Everyone has a different experience,but this is your hard earned money and we expected an overall great cruse vacation,for us it fell short on the carnival Glory.I hope your trip is better,Happy Crusin. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We were a party of 12 adults for the January 20th eastern Caribbean sailing. Embarkation at the Miami cruise port was fairly effortless, with only a minor congestion at the bag drop off area and at the entry/x-ray point. Otherwise we ... Read More
We were a party of 12 adults for the January 20th eastern Caribbean sailing. Embarkation at the Miami cruise port was fairly effortless, with only a minor congestion at the bag drop off area and at the entry/x-ray point. Otherwise we walked right onto the ship. Most of us were first time cruisers and we were pleasantly surprised at the size and cleanliness of the ship overall. We boarded the ship around 12:30 and our rooms were ready by 1:30. Elevators were quick and the wait was minimal most of the time. We had 3 inside cabins, an Aft-extended balcony cabin and a regular balcony cabin in our group, all on deck 7 Empress. Most rooms were near the aft end of the ship and the aft elevators. Each cabin was spotless and comfortable in size. Our room attendants were collectively wonderful, with a special mention for "Putu" who went above and beyond for us. The food choices overall were excellent, particularly Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana, Pizza Pirate and the seafood shack (which was an extra cost but extremely reasonable for such fresh and delicious food. $4 for a large chowder bread bowl for instance.) Where the Glory fell short was with the Red Sail and Comfort Kitchen buffet food, which we collectively felt was just ok. Nothing terrible, but nothing exciting and very little variation from day to day. We had my time dining in the Golden dining room which we experienced twice and both times the food was very good. Service however was fairly slow both times. We only saw one show "Epic Rock" and sadly, it was of poor quality. Akin to a college production. We were not motivated to see more after that. We participated in Bingo, which was surprisingly entertaining and funny. Alex and his fun squad did a great job with that and one of the young adults in our group won $500! We also participated in an 80's "trivia" night in the Colors Lobby with cruise director "C-Love" who did an amazing job. He was very entertaining and made this very fun. It ended up being more of a fun sing-a-long and got very crowded. My teen daughter got picked to be a team leader and even got a trophy. Karaoke was also a hoot. God bless the staff that drew the short straw to host that every night. Lol. My group had a ball with it. Many dollars were lost and won by my group of young adults in the casino as well. It's just a shame that it's so smokey in there, as we never felt like staying for long because of it. The Serenity Deck was very crowded during the day, but quickly became a quiet and secluded gathering place at night for my group. We could easily see and hear the goings on from the Lido pool area (live bands, DJ's, etc) but usually had the place to ourselves for card games and ping pong, etc. No one in our group used the pools, but the aft pool was usually fairly empty during our trip and was a great place to have coffee in the morning. Service in most of the food areas was quick and polite. Table clearers were fast and it never seemed difficult to find a place to sit, especially as you got near the aft end of the ship. It was always crowded by the main pool area, of course. The seas were very rough on this trip, and a few in our group got sick at one time or another. Guest services gave out free medication for that, which was a nice touch. Our aft-extended balcony cabin bounced and shifted and vibrated like crazy most days and nights. The deck itself was great, with minimal wind. Privacy was not as good on the aft balcony because of the sloping of the ship, but the regular balcony room had nice privacy. All cabins had good sized restrooms and great water pressure in the showers. Lots of storage shelves in the bathrooms too. We never needed an over-the-door shoe rack to hold anything (as many cruisers have suggested) and there were three women in my cabin. Half Moon Cay was beautiful, well maintained and organized. Our group rented a villa and we thought it was worth the price for our own private space, comfortable cushioned lounge chairs, a private bathroom and both an indoor and outdoor shower. They provided each of us with a beach towel and snorkeling gear. We were also provided transportation directly to the villa. The food brought to the villa was very simple, just some tortilla chips, some fruit and a few dips. It was enough to tide us over until the BBQ buffet, which was very good. The also brought us a cooler of bottled waters and sodas. The hot tub was a nice perk that many of us used as well, since the January temps were not hot. We rented Villa D, which you select at the excursion desk when you get on the ship. On a map the villas look very spread apart, but in reality none of them are very far away from one another. It was a short walk to the pirate ship bar and a bit longer to the buffet, although the beach was less crowded the further down the beach you went. The water was spectacular and we really had a wonderful day. Well worth it. St. Thomas certainly showed the effects of the two recent hurricanes. So much devastation once you got away from the port. We booked an independent excursion to do a little shopping, some sight seeing and had a couple of hours at Magen's Bay, which was gorgeous but barren as compared to pictures from before the hurricane. They have cleaned up the beach very well and have replanted many types of vegetation. It was still a delight to be there. We had a wonderful time. Look at TripAdvisor for independent excursion reviews. San Juan was beautiful, especially old San Juan and the fort. None of the areas that we toured showed any signs of devastation from the hurricanes, but we never went beyond those areas. The fort is well worth seeing and is nicely visible from the cruise port. It's about a 10-15 minute walk from the ship, but bear in mind that much of the walk is up hill, especially as you get close to the port. If I had it to do over, I would have taken a taxi. The fort and the views from there are stunning. We then walked through the cobblestone neighborhoods of Old San Juan, which was fantastic. Some in our group took a two hour tour that was offered just outside the port and raved about it. The price was very reasonable. Grand Turk was crowded with two ships in port, but visually stunning. I've never seen water that color and the white sand was so soft. Once you leave the ship you walk down a long dock, then through the shops before you reach the beach. It's more crowded the closer you are to the ships, but if you walk further down the beach, or take a $4 taxi like some in our group did, it's well worth it to move away from the crowds. We went down to the far end to the "Jack's Shack" area and found free lounge chairs, small crowds, great food and beverage and really good snorkeling near an industrial pier. None in our group did an excursion here and we had a wonderful day. Overall, we had a really great time and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Glory or this itinerary. We never once felt like it was a "party" ship. You could seek out lively entertainment when you wanted it and also find many quiet places to relax. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
First I think the Captain did an excellent job and our dinner services was also excellent. Sunny and Christian were awesome. The lunch type food was ok. I didn't care for Guy burgers or the pizza parlor. I didn't care for the ... Read More
First I think the Captain did an excellent job and our dinner services was also excellent. Sunny and Christian were awesome. The lunch type food was ok. I didn't care for Guy burgers or the pizza parlor. I didn't care for the comedians onboard, very crude and nasty. All and all the entertainment onboard wasn't at all what I expected. They take a lot of pictures, however, the cost of the pictures were outrageous. I would have bought more pictures if they lowered the cost, and I wasn't the only one saying this. The places we went to were excellent. I didn't get to enjoy the hot tubs either, as they were always filled with drunk idiots or with children, which by the way parents, hot tubs are not good for young children. They can cook their insides and make them sick. The cruise wasn't bad for the cost, except again for the cost of pictures but I could do without the all the drinking onboard. Oh and the fact that they charge a 15% tip on any food or drink purchased. So each time you got a drink, alcohol or nonalcoholic drinks had a tip included in the price. Tips are supposed to be optional not forced onto you. I usually give a tip with my service, I just don't like it to be forced on me. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My wife and I had sailed on Glory once before and enjoyed our time aboard, along with the fact that we got a great deal for a 7 day cruise. All the destinations we had visited several times before but we needed a break away and this was ... Read More
My wife and I had sailed on Glory once before and enjoyed our time aboard, along with the fact that we got a great deal for a 7 day cruise. All the destinations we had visited several times before but we needed a break away and this was our choice. Glory is not too big or small and there seems to be something for just about anyone. We stayed at Red Roof Plus in Miami, an older Inn but with polite staff and only about half hour from port. Shuttle service was provided to port and breakfast, along with up to 10 days of parking there at Inn. We booked stay through Stay123.com, an easy website to use. The new embarkation plan Carnival has begun was swift and easy as well. We hardly stopped moving until we were on the ship. Room keys are now waiting in your mailbox at your room door. Our room steward was efficient and kept everything clean. This was our 20th cruise, the 17th with Carnival so we feel that we have seen a little bit of it all, but we were surprised on this cruise! Half Moon Cay was our first stop and it was a beautiful as ever. The weather was over cast, but still a nice day for walking around and taking pics. There were a few in the water but it was a little to cool for us. But it did feel good to our feet. 2nd stop was St. Thomas, we were sadden to see that the Butterfly Attraction had been destroyed by Hurricane. Took a city tour on one of the many open air trucks for $25 each. Note, if anyone gets on your tour and begins to apologize for what may happen, get off the vehicle and choose another. The individual along with 11 more friends boarded our vehicle and began using some of the worst language you have heard. They had no respect for others or children on tour. I approached driver to inform him of language, since he could not hear due to him inside truck cab. His solution was to send us back via another truck. Not a very good day in St Thomas. Next stop was San Juan, we were looking forward to a new day and better excursion. Prior to arriving in San Juan, we had received a phone call from our son concerning my brother who was fighting cancer. Carnival immediately made the call for us without any charge and allowed me to talk some time with my son. I was informed my brother was being moved to hospice but all looked ok. I was asked by the young lady at the customer service desk if all was well, when I told her what was going on, she expressed her concern and informed me that she would put notes on our account and that if we needed to call anytime that we could do so without charge. She let me know Carnival was there for us. She proved that statement to be so true. She also asked if we had the internet service. I explained that was one reason we took cruises, to stay away from such things. But due to circumstances surrounding my brother's sickness she thought it was a good idea to purchase internet service and then I could keep closer contact with family. I agreed and then she told me how to purchase internet. She then went on to tell me to purchase premium plan and as soon as I was done to bring her back proof of purchase and she would reimburse it back to our account. I was blown away to say the least. They had already done so much through just the phone calls and now this? I thanked her and wished I had written her name down, I think it was something like Lona, not really sure. She was a blessing that day and a very helpful friend. The next morning when we arrived in SanJuan, I received text telling me my brother had passed away. We were devastated and unsure of what we could or what was possible for us to do. But I knew we had to get back home. I went back to service desk and spoke with Bracka, a very professional and compassionate employee of Carnival. She expressed her sympathy of my brother's passing, and asked what we would like to do. I told her what we needed and she began putting it all together. She gave me directions on airline tickets and began putting necessary documents together for our departure. Never have we seen the care and support of a group of people who only knew us as passengers on a ship that they were working on. You would have though we were the most important people in the world. Each person we had to deal with showed the utmost respect and courtesy that anyone could ask for and more. From the room steward, to customs agent each one did all they could to make what was a sad loss for us as easy and painless as possible. We owe them a debt of gratitude and thanks. Each did more than what was expected and went beyond anything we could have asked. Once flight was booked and set, they moved us quickly to a waiting taxi, through customs which was also arranged without hassle. Even the customs officer expressed to us his sorrow for our loss. In our opinion, Carnival and it's employees are the best in the world. We have sailed with others, but Carnival has prove itself to be the best. We have learned it's the employees that make the ship. It is not the other passengers, because you will find good and bad on any of them. Just because you pay more does not mean you are with a better class of people. We have seen that for ourselves. The staff of Glory proved their heart is for the passengers. They are a Class Act and will always be remembered by us as the cruise staff that was there for us in our time of need. May God Bless the staff and employees of Carnival! From our booking agent Sheena at Carnival to the last person who says goodbye at the Terminal. They put the customer first and deserve an applause and recognition for doing so. We highly recommend Carnival 1st above all others. Not just for this cruise and these particular circumstance, but for all our travels with them. They are The Class Act above all others. Before I forget, we loved the new musical show Getaway Island!! Comedians were great! Food was wonderful, lobster delicious! Loved the new Bar-B-Q spot as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 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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