399 Miami to Caribbean - Eastern Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

We specifically chose this cruise -- before the hurricanes -- because we wanted to visit Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. We were worried about the people after hearing the news of the devastation: Would our visit be a burden or a blessing? I ... Read More
We specifically chose this cruise -- before the hurricanes -- because we wanted to visit Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. We were worried about the people after hearing the news of the devastation: Would our visit be a burden or a blessing? I can tell you that for these islands, the cruise visitors are a blessing. The people are very appreciative and express their thanks many times for our visits. The shops and restaurants that are in old San Juan are open and operating well, and that much is true for much of St. Thomas. Go, enjoy yourself and spend money! You may not have access to all the island areas, but you will still experience a beautiful area and beautiful people. Probably our least favorite stop was Half Moon Cay. Bad excursion experience, dirty bathrooms and some unhelpful staff on the island could be improved. The area, however, is beautiful. As for the ship, the staff was great. I hate to say it, however, but Carnival is letting the "casual" go a bit too far in the dining room. I have no problem with casual -- but to me that doesn't include ragged, denim capris and t-shirts I'd wear to mow the lawn. Now we have a guy running through the dining room yelling "shots, shots, shots!" like it's the bar on the lido deck It seems that the more "casual" Carnival lets its guests become, the more uncivil the behavior. We met some really terrific people, but with every Carnival cruise, we've seen ruder behavior. I'm talking basic manners, not trying to channel Ms. Manners. For example, more people putting their dirty, bare feet on the tables in the bars and performance hall (ewww, that's where people put their drinks!) and being so loud and "this is my party" attitude that they end up driving other people away. Perhaps restoring a bit stricter standards would help remind people that they are indeed around other people and not sitting in their own homes. I want everyone to have a good time, but more civility and basic manners would be welcome. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We had sailed on the Carnival Glory back in 2004 and it is still a good option for cruising. After being at sea for nearly 15 years, Carnival has done a great job of keeping the vessel in good condition. The public areas were all well ... Read More
We had sailed on the Carnival Glory back in 2004 and it is still a good option for cruising. After being at sea for nearly 15 years, Carnival has done a great job of keeping the vessel in good condition. The public areas were all well maintained and the staff worked tirelessly to keep it clean. We still enjoyed the convenience of the deck 5 promenade which allows you to reach both ends of the ship with several venues to chose while walking to your destination. You can shop, gamble, sit and take a break, have coffee, sing, dance, drink and even visit the video arcade (which the kids thought was AWESOME), all on deck 5. Dining options were good and the quality of food and service was also very good too. I generally don't complain about the food or service. As long as I didn't have to cook it or clean up after it, it's great. The waitstaff provided entertainment every other night. Most of the entertainment was on the lower level so if you had a table in certain sections on the upper floor, a lot of diners could only hear the event and not see it. The Maitre D' was this mysterious voice that could only be heard and not seen if you were in certain sections on the upper level. The Waterworks was somewhat limited for smaller kids that didn't want to play on the bigger slides. There was just a splash-pad and a small slide for them. There is a 9 hole mini gold course and basketball court located near the top of the ship, but high winds can make them challenging to play. You can manage to visit all of the islands fairly easily.. Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk are good locations if you just want to hang out at the beach. Simply catch the boat tender at Half Moon Cay to enjoy Carnival's private island which was great. In Grand Turk, you can literally walk off the boat and you're on the beach, although the local vendors trying to sell you stuff/tours while your trying to relax on the beach can be distracting; (had I wanted a tour, I would have booked it from the shore excursion desk). In St. Thomas, you can hop on a taxi for $4 per person and shop the downtown area. We were the only ship in port for the day and we had the entire downtown area to ourselves. The majority of the shops are open and the folks are happy to have the visitors back. Havensight Mall is another option for shopping in St. Thomas that is located immediately adjacent to the dock which has many of the same shops that downtown has to offer. In San Juan, it's a short walk (15-20 minutes) to Castillo San Cristóbal for a great $7 self guided walking tour of one of San Juan's national historic sites. Then stroll past the shops in old San Juan before heading back to the ship. The return back to the ship can be a little hectic in San Juan if multiple ships are in port at the same time so just be prepared to wait in line for several minutes to get through the port entry back to the ship. As always, make sure you manage your time wisely so you don't miss the boat! Would I book another cruise on the Glory? Yes Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Overall I think the cruise was amazing. I had a problem with the motion. In talking to another guest, I was able to purchase some wristbands in the gift shop that helped a lot with the issue. What I found disappointing was when my ... Read More
Overall I think the cruise was amazing. I had a problem with the motion. In talking to another guest, I was able to purchase some wristbands in the gift shop that helped a lot with the issue. What I found disappointing was when my sister made the reservations there were 4 ports. After hurricane season Carnival took one of our ports, St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands away and gave us another day at sea. I think another port should have been added. If you book 4 ports, you should get 4 ports. My steward, Bagus did an awesome job. I looked forward to my folded animal towel everyday. I was amazed at all the nationalities on board that make it all happen. Most were pretty good with their English also. I thoroughly enjoyed the Dr. Seuss parade, storytime, and the green eggs and ham breakfast. The Filet Migon was delicious. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We have cruised on Carnival ships for years. I am sad to say, we are very disappointed in our last cruising experience on the Glory. First, after checking in at airport, we were told our room keys would be available next to stateroom. We ... Read More
We have cruised on Carnival ships for years. I am sad to say, we are very disappointed in our last cruising experience on the Glory. First, after checking in at airport, we were told our room keys would be available next to stateroom. We get to room, and no key was there. I was told I had to go to customer service and at this point, the wait was over an hour just to speak with someone to get a room key. Next, at the muster drill, I was told our room keys were not working after they scanned them. I was told I had to go back to customer service to get this resolved. Again, another long and slow line. If anyone had cared, I would have moved on, but the lack of customer service and care was obvious. The cruise staff was not overly friendly on this cruise, even to the point of being rude. We did one excursion in Grand Turks. The sailing and snorkeling tour. The 30 minutes of snorkeling with too many people in a small area is not worth the money. Having sailed on over 5 cruises with Carnival in last few years- this is most likely our last. For the money we paid, the food and entertainment were just average. Very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My BF and I planned this trip for a year so it was Awesome to finally be able to woo-sah after a busy year, was needed. Our hearts go out to all of the hurricane victims, but we were still very disappointed about our new itinerary. Instead ... Read More
My BF and I planned this trip for a year so it was Awesome to finally be able to woo-sah after a busy year, was needed. Our hearts go out to all of the hurricane victims, but we were still very disappointed about our new itinerary. Instead of Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, we ended up going to the following places: First, Embarkation and Debarkation was quick and easy. Half Moon Cay Bahamas--Overcast day but the beach was still fun to hang out for a few hours. Another one of CCL's "created" places to visit. Not much to do except bask on the beach or drink. The water as fantastic and clear. Nassau Bahamas-- I always love coming to Nassau. It has a certain charm to it. Visited the Straw Market and took a 3-hour city tour, that was informative and FUN! Grand Turk--I love GT because it has some of the most beautiful turquoise water I've ever seen. The island is only 7 miles long so there ain't much happening, except escaping on an excursion or partying it up at Margaritaville. It cost $21 for Nachos with no meat there so watch your wallet. Could turn out to be a costly party session. The entertainment/DJ was off the chain and kept everyone in a great mood. We also went on the ECO Kayaking excursion which was a 3-hour tour and we had the best time!! Wish we could have seen more sea life but Ronald from Oasis Divers was the tour guide and was Phenom!!! Not only was he a cutie, but he was extremely knowledgeable about marine life and creatures. Amber Cove Puerta Plata DR--Looks like CCL has carved out another niche location set in a gorgeous island cove. It literally looked like Heaven on earth, with the lush green foliage to the rolling hills and mountains. You can zip line, lounge by the pool or swim up to the pool bar while listening to live music and of course lots of shopping. The cabins were modern with very nice artwork and they were extremely clean. We had issues with hot water the first day and our shower flooding the bathroom. Guest Services handled our issues by providing us with dinner credits so we enjoyed plenty of lobster and steak. Our steward, affectionately known as "Super Duper" was Stellar and on top of his game. He never stopped smiling. We were on Deck 2 and sometimes it was very noisy because of the choppy waves the first few days. The overall beauty of the ship was enhanced by the lovely Christmas decorations throughout the main Atrium. The Cruise Director Chris Loveland or aka C. Love was Outstanding and was literally everywhere. The shows and other entertainment was stellar!!! We really enjoyed the Casino Bar, the White Hot Bar, the Alchemy Bar (Yacob was awesome). It was difficult to get to the Platinum dining room as there are no direct routes to it, however, the food was Fantastic and the service very good. Loved the Burrito and Taco Bar and Guy Fieri's Burger Bar. One of the best burgers I've had in a long time. Also loved the Deli, which was typically the only place open for food after a certain time. The need to re-look that because more variety of food, at least up to midnight would be helpful. The food on the lido deck was average and the Sushi Bar was Great too. It was nice to be able to sit under the stars watching movies. I did have an issue at the casino bar when there was a very loud, obnoxious woman who not only berated the bartenders but surrounding customers. Vice, one of the bartenders made a comment to her about treating people nicely and I hi-fived him. Well, she didn't like that and decided to get belligerent with me, calling me very derogatory names and wanting to fight. I let her know that I was not addressing her and to mind her own business which fueled her tirade. After a little while, another bartender named George admonished me and another guest and threatened to have us banned from the bar. I handled myself like a lady but if you sling derogatory words my way, I may slingback. He NEVER admonished the fire starter at all. We later found her face down and so inebriated, it took 2 people to walk her back to her cabin. Shame on you Bar keeps continuing to serve her. Not sure why George did not say anything to her and her foul mouther mama, but we are African American and she was Caucasian. The Atrium Bar was very nice and most of the bartenders were nice, except a very short black guy who was not nice at all and frowned most of the time. The had several shows in this area and it really brought the entire ship together. Again, all of the entertainment was Stellar!!! As always, there are a ton of kids on CCL and large groups tired to monopolize one of the big jacuzzi's and I actually got attitude and side eye when I tried getting in. Side eye from a 5-year-old...really??? Where the hell are your parents?? There were kids running around the Casino Bar area at 2 a.m. and sneaking into the adult clubs. CCL needs to instill stricter guidelines for parents to control their crumb snatchers!!! Overall, it was a very outstanding cruise and we are already booked for our next one on CCL Vista. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This cruise enjoyed good weather with a high temperature of 80-83 every day. The water slides were up and running. The buffet just adequate. I think Golden Corral does better on the buffet, so we ended up with Guys burgers for ... Read More
This cruise enjoyed good weather with a high temperature of 80-83 every day. The water slides were up and running. The buffet just adequate. I think Golden Corral does better on the buffet, so we ended up with Guys burgers for lunch more often than we would have liked. Early dining was full when we booked the cruise, so we had to get it after the cruise started. Maybe if they moved both dining times a half hour earlier more people would want late. Food quality in the main dining room was ok, but I think it is gradually sliding down hill. Definitely no Chateaubriand there. Entertainment in the Amber Palace was good, but lacked the variety of the past when they would have shows with say a magician or unicycle, or gymnastic couples. Cruise director C love was energetic, but too often reserved too many seats in the palace for the crew. The casino was always smelled of cigarette smoke. Debarkation for those who carried off their luggage was great, there were plenty of customs agents and lines were short. Overall the crew did everything they could to make this a good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was my girlfriend and I 5th cruise. For the first time we brought our just turned two year old daughter along for a vacation. We had a balcony on the 10th floor. The room was just ok. Nothing great..nothing horrible Like every other ... Read More
This was my girlfriend and I 5th cruise. For the first time we brought our just turned two year old daughter along for a vacation. We had a balcony on the 10th floor. The room was just ok. Nothing great..nothing horrible Like every other cruise we have done we arrived in Miami a day or two before the cr nightuise.. Embarking was about as expected. The ship is just ok..its clearly showing its age. The decor was pretty dull and boring. But with a a 2 yr old with us.. we werent looking for 5 star...The shows were pretty good lost of kid shows for our daughter. She really like Sam I am..green eggs and ham breakfest with the characters. They have a good day care for toddlers and the team of girls do a great job. Our daughter was new to day care..so we had mixed results with her staying there...she was only there a few hours the first day of the cruise. They also had a very cool splash pad for the little ones..that our daughter really loved. The food was...well carnival food. Carnival has middle of the road food on ships. If your looking for a splendid dining experience Carnival is the wrong cruise lines. As usual the late night pizza and ice cream was very nice. Room service was a mixed bag... some days its was fresh and tasty.other days..cold and a bit soggy...We had a great time on Captains taking pictures with our daughter. We ended up with way more pictures then we paid for as the staff let us have alot of extras. The ports were fine and I will write a review of them here on CC. But Belize, Grand cayman, Roatan and cozumel were all alot of fun. This was a fun cruise on just a OK ship. Our next cruise will be centered on a better ship as well... Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Booked this cruise for a family vacation while celebrating a birthday, from cruising in the past this is by far the worst we have been on. Carnival says that it is updated when it is clearly not, rust all over rooms and old beds and ... Read More
Booked this cruise for a family vacation while celebrating a birthday, from cruising in the past this is by far the worst we have been on. Carnival says that it is updated when it is clearly not, rust all over rooms and old beds and sheets. Service was the worst part about the ship, the stewards don't even change the sheets we had old blood stains that were not even ours!! soap was never changed, washrooms were never even touched at all. They automatically charge your tip at the end of the trip which explains why the service was so bad...little do they know , you can go and withdraw from that easily. Attitude was bad from bartenders, because we bought cheers, they make u wait 5 minutes for additional drinks, they don't want you to wait at the bar they yell at you. I was also given an unpleasant attitude when I ordered a budlight for someone and then right after I ordered a corona for my self. the bartender was upset that I didn’t order two budlights he didn’t want to give me the corona, which I had to argue for. Another issue we had was ordering coffee at the creams bar, from having cheers, coffee is included but they treat it as alcohol which is ridiculous. we were told we cant order two coffees we have to wait 5 minutes or go a the back of the line and order again, after waiting 10 minutes for the first one. they do this with alcohol but for coffee this is by far the most upsetting, after paying all that money for cheers the least they can do is give us the two coffees we ordered, the only way your getting the second coffee is if you charge that one to the room then they have no problem making you the coffee. The only positive part of the cruise was the entertainment during the day and at night. Dustin the cruise director saved our trip, he was amazing and kept us laughing and entertained, the comedy shows were funny which also helped. Overall, this cruise needs updating, not what i expected for the money paid. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was my 3rd cruise with Carnival. Hubby and I went with a group of friends to celebrate life, an anniversary and birthdays. All Adults (ages 27-31) /No Kids Unfortunately, we were supposed to go to the Eastern Car. but the hurricane ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise with Carnival. Hubby and I went with a group of friends to celebrate life, an anniversary and birthdays. All Adults (ages 27-31) /No Kids Unfortunately, we were supposed to go to the Eastern Car. but the hurricane rerouted us and alter some of the cruises plans. Obviously this was out of anyone's control. Even though I was hoping we'd go somewhere different we ended up on the Western Car. which unfortunately we (the hubby and I) have already been on in 2015 (Magic).The only reason why we kept the arrangements is because we had a party with us. In the end Carnival let us know about 2 weeks prior of the the change and for the most part they handled letting us know that very well. Pro's / Highlights: - We spent 2 days in MIA prior to leaving recommend travelers taking a day to cite see and adventure out. Always a Great city to visit even after a Hurricane! :) - Booking: Enjoyed my booking agent with Carnival, always a pleasure working with them on the best deals -Ports: even though we had been to these places before We overall enjoyed going to Jamaica, Cozumel, and Bahamas again. - Guests Review: Overall our friends had a good time and that makes me happy. They were first time cruisers and want to go on another one soon - We did like that there were a couple bars and restaurants on this ship that we hadn't been to that gave us some different food to eat during the hours provided Cons: 1.,The cruise ship was not as nice as their other larger ships, if you like Magic you wont like this ship design. For example there are not decks on most levels to walk around on each floor. That was annoying because sometimes I just wanted to go outside but I had to go to the upper decks or deck 3. The adult only section closed earlier on this ship (no explanation) and the bar was on never on a schedule. That's usually my favorite part to be able to get away and we couldnt most nights 2. Staff for this particular cruise were just not as friendly nor did they look like the wanted to be there. It was actually irritating and sad.Furthermore, our room staff never even introduces himself. I only know it was a male because I never so a woman cleaning our floor. We never knew who was in our room that was weird and out of character. 3. Entertainment/Activities: The entertainment was just ok as well. We went to most shows and again we felt like the entertainers were not as good. I wish they had more activities and different entertainment especially since we were re-routed. It also seemed like the rooms were available for events however the staff never used some of them and some of the open dining was closed when it advertised open hours. For example. Im a trivia fan, the trivia was held in the casino (mind you that my least part of the cruise; i don't smoke nor gamble) that crazy thing is you'd make people sit near that, kids, elderly and inhale smoke and try to have a good time. On top of that the games were right in the middle of the walkway so we were continuously in the way and annoying each other. We didn't understand why they were held in that room when there were other rooms with ample seating/space available. Once we were in the middle of a game and the photographers (another least fav thing on the cruise, there's to many of them and there annoying) literally took 4 couches/chairs away to set up because again were in the middle of that main walkway to the bar, comedy show, and club. 4. Service/Food: In house dining service was not as great; our guest got separated from us at the table, they moved our nice table from a window to behind the kitchen ???. We heard everything. The dancing after meals was the best part but this was the first time I didn't leave extra tips like I said above we were celebrating several occasions and it just was subpar. On top of that the food, which is usually well executed was not great. I'd say 4/7 nights. Furthermore, Twice my order was wrong or cold. 5. Ports: Since we had been to these ports before but my friends hadn't we made the best of it. We booked one excursion for a bike/hike ride with Carnival for Half Moon Cay and it was my least favorite one. The island beach which is beautiful, and the hike part was the best part. We also quickly realized that the drinks were more money and had less alcohol (it is a private island) but mostly disappointing because our excursion was late. Overall, not my favorite cruise ship with Carnival, I went off reviews and researched but this ship in particular is just not for me for multiple reasons. It's still Carnival so some things remain the same but overall unfortunately this ship and staff for this week missed the mark for us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Embarkation and Disembarkation was the smoothest of any of the 11 cruises I have been on. Carnival is finally getting it right. Check in was quick because we picked up our Ship cards in our mailbox. . All the food was awesome. ... Read More
Embarkation and Disembarkation was the smoothest of any of the 11 cruises I have been on. Carnival is finally getting it right. Check in was quick because we picked up our Ship cards in our mailbox. . All the food was awesome. Did not go to any shows except comedians and some where better than others. Our ports were changed because of the Hurricane and all were enjoyable. Though Montego Bay Jamaica was a little scary everyone offering us "smokes".Our Room was 6274 right behind the elevators mid ship the problem with the room is Carnival has decided to play LOUD LOUD Music every night in the Lobby bar until 11:45 every night. First there is no reason for the Music to be so Loud and while we did not go to bed early every night but we did go early a couple of nights and the music sounded like it was right in our stateroom. The second night and every night after that we closed the doors and it helped but still could be heard in our room. The room and location was awesome and it was the first time we had to turn the AC back our room was so cold Overall a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Carnival did a great job of replacing our ports that had been damaged by hurricanes. We felt safe and enjoyed great weather and peaceful sailing. This was our 54th cruise and we rated it in the top five. The ship has been recently ... Read More
Carnival did a great job of replacing our ports that had been damaged by hurricanes. We felt safe and enjoyed great weather and peaceful sailing. This was our 54th cruise and we rated it in the top five. The ship has been recently updated and was clean and well maintained. Our cabin steward, Carol, was pleasant and always willing to chat and go the extra mile to make sure we were happy. My only concern with dining occurred in the Steak House. I asked our server about the difference between the smaller lobster tails we had had in the regular dining room and the larger lobster tail she had on display along with all the meat options for dinner. I pointed to the large lobster tail and requested it for my meal. Imagine my surprise when I was served two smaller tails. I felt like a bait and switch, pun intended. The next table over sent their silverware back twice. I expect much more when paying the extra money for dinner. I was also disappointed that the Seafood Shack did not have raw oysters even though they were on the menu. The performers were wonderful. We enjoyed every show we attended. Jogi was a great maître d and looked after us every night. Dustin was full of energy as our cruise director. Charlotte was wonderful in the comedy club. We will be back in three weeks and look forward to repeating everything except for the steakhouse. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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1st cruise and loved it food facilities and entertainment 1st class staff work very hard and do everything to please you shame had to change where we were going but enjoy most islands visited. Loved nearly everything and would have given ... Read More
1st cruise and loved it food facilities and entertainment 1st class staff work very hard and do everything to please you shame had to change where we were going but enjoy most islands visited. Loved nearly everything and would have given it a 100% except 1 thing spoiled it for us and that was being treated like the poor cousin by the cruise director Dustin who worked very hard and did a brill job but.....if you were not from America he didnt want to know even mentioned it too him but didnt seem to care even thought the european clintele would have paid more to get there. Ash was the opposite and included us in everything he did lovely man even knew our names Polina guest services Alex lobby bar really did a great job. We had a fab time and didnt let Dustin spoil it for us and will cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Booked a 7 night itinerary on the Glory as a last minute summer hurrah...glad we did. The Glory, although an older ship, was very nice. Clean attractive interior & fixtures, service was very accommodating. We enjoyed the Green Eggs ... Read More
Booked a 7 night itinerary on the Glory as a last minute summer hurrah...glad we did. The Glory, although an older ship, was very nice. Clean attractive interior & fixtures, service was very accommodating. We enjoyed the Green Eggs & Ham/Dr. Seuss Breakfast offered to kids, pool decks were kept clean & dry. Dining room was great (late seating is the best); George & Wayan were our servers & both were awesome! Stateroom was well appointed but very small shower. We liked being on the spa deck with very few staterooms, not far from the access door to the pool deck. The casino was a lot of fun, as well. Went to Half Moon Cay (private island), St. Thomas (LOVED IT), San Juan & Amber Cove in the DR. Great ports of call & overall a great cruise experience. We enjoyed it so much we even booked a couples massage in the spa, little did I know how much this was needed! I felt like a new woman when I left! Many Carnival features are similar on all ships, but overall we really enjoyed the Glory. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
It has been quite a few years since we have been on a cruise and things have definitely changed. We chose to have our room taken care of in the evening which used to be twice a day, but it was ok. We would spend the day out, come back ... Read More
It has been quite a few years since we have been on a cruise and things have definitely changed. We chose to have our room taken care of in the evening which used to be twice a day, but it was ok. We would spend the day out, come back and shower, go out for the evening and when we came back, the room was cleaned and turned down... we could leave a note and a tip and items were in the frige or beer on ice. The ship was clean and everyone was friendly. Dining staff was AWESOME! Great folks! The excursions were great, we didn't do one on Half Moon Cay but it was super relaxing anyway... get the Fast to the Fun if you can, you get the tenders sooner! The St. John Catamaran on the Adventuress was great, the snorkeling was ok but the waters were beautiful and the beach clean! The crew was wonderful! San Juan was hot and steamy but folks were friendly! La Casa En La Playa was fantastic, a secluded beach, with Mama Gelen was great, friendly, fun, and even a marriage proposal while we were there! I can't say enough! Now for the downers... First, the airport check in is confusing. Second, the embarkation was frustrating and no one seemed to know what was going on, found out later that the ship got in late because the previous cruise was delayed due to one of the Islands being a bit of a pain. I had made up my mind prior to getting on the ship that I would NEVER sail on Carnival again...BUT, they did so much to make everything better... I spoke to Jason the Director of Hotels who was on the ship, and because of him and the wonderful staff on the ship, I will definitely go back on Carnival again! They have redeemed themselves in my eyes. Thank you dining staff: Joseph, I Wayan, and Nyaman (I think that was the spelling), I Mande our Steward, Jason from Hotel regulations, and all of the others... you were more than I could have hoped for! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was my husband and kids 1st cruise experience and overall it was very good. The crew on the ship were very nice, respectful, helpful and informative. Our room was clean and seemed newly updated. I was very happy with our cabin. ... Read More
This was my husband and kids 1st cruise experience and overall it was very good. The crew on the ship were very nice, respectful, helpful and informative. Our room was clean and seemed newly updated. I was very happy with our cabin. Dustin was our cruise director and he was very informative and he definitely knew how to do his job and he always tried to get the crowd going. which he succeeded. The pictures on the cruise were very professionally done and i liked the fact that you had lots of choices of backgrounds. Our waiters at dinner and breakfast were wonderful Horacio and Nicart and their was also one more that i did not get his name. They were very very helpful and funny and i liked the fact that they took a break in the middle of dinner and put on a show for us and also got us up to dance at dinner that was super nice and fun for them and for us. Guy Burgers was one of the restaurants on the ship and it was delicious and everything seemed fresh and hot. The Blue Iguana was also very good. I believe that the pizza place needs some improvement and the ships desserts needs some improvement. I am a critic when it comes to desserts and even though the desserts are good in some peoples eyes. In my eyes they need to be more sweet the icing on the cakes did not have very much sweetness to them. I did like the Tiramisu, but the carrot cake tasted stale and the icing was not very sweet. I think the chocolate cake with the chocolate icing is too rich when you are full. I also had a white chocolate cup with strawberry's on top at the coffee cafe and i believe it was filled with whipped Cream and that was also disappointing it did not have very much sweetness to it. May i suggest maybe a Key Lime pie or a Chocolate Ganache Cake or maybe a chocolate cake with some sweet butter cream icing. The cheese cake tasted okay but it was warm and not cold . Our dinners over all were very good and they were hot and seemed fresh and no one got sick. We went on 3 excursions during the week and they were super fun. we had never been scuba diving before and we had a great time even though the weather was crumby but our instructors were very patient with me and I appreciated that. We had a great time scuba diving and i can not wait to do it again. Hopefully with better weather next time. We also tried surfing and that was alot of fun also but it was hard to do. The instructors were also very patient and informative and very strong. we had a lot of fun doing that too and i would also try that again because i never give up. I could not surf very well but i would try it again. The flow rider we also tried we had a little mishap and i did not get to try it but i will try it sometime. Because i do not give up. But my one Daughter tried the flow rider and my husband and they both said they really liked it and they had fun doing it. Entertainment on the cruise was very nice they had wonderful Dancing Shows and Funny comedians. They also had fun shows you could be involved in which was very cool. The piano Guy in the Piano bar was excellent we enjoyed his music and he would play what you wanted to hear. Thank you so much for a very nice Cruise and we would go again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My wife and I celebrated our 50th anniversary by taking our family on the Carnival Glory from Miami to San Juan, St Thomas, Grand Turk, and Half Moon Cay. We chose the cruise because of the itinerary. The food, entertainment, and service ... Read More
My wife and I celebrated our 50th anniversary by taking our family on the Carnival Glory from Miami to San Juan, St Thomas, Grand Turk, and Half Moon Cay. We chose the cruise because of the itinerary. The food, entertainment, and service was excellent! The ship has just been refurbished so everything inside is new. We had 10 in our group including 5 Grandchildren from 4 years old to 15. The biggest surprise to us was the children loved dressing for dinner and loved the food. This was mainly due to the interaction of our wait staff which included Jimmy, Miguel, and Amiel. My four year old Grandson said the favorite part of our trip was dinner with Jimmy. As I mentioned earlier the service was excellent. The entertainment was terrific and was of interest to all ages and my children had the opportunity to interact with the singers and dancers. We saw four wonderful shows during the week. Thank you Carnival for making our 50th anniversary celebration memorable!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Carnival is known as a budget friendly cruise line catering to young people and families. We spent a week aboard the Carnival Glory as a multi-generational group of 7 which included 2 older adults, myself and my husband and our three ... Read More
Carnival is known as a budget friendly cruise line catering to young people and families. We spent a week aboard the Carnival Glory as a multi-generational group of 7 which included 2 older adults, myself and my husband and our three kids, 22, 17 and 10. Overall, it was a good experience but there are several things worth mentioning. PROS AND CONS PROS Passengers—The people on a Carnival cruise tend to fall in a couple of categories: young folks looking for an affordable party cruise and multi-generational families. You would think that these two groups could not coexist well, but they do! Carnival has offerings for every age group and taste—many varieties of food, price levels and entertainment/activities which includes water slides, adult and family pools, and music ranging from Top 40 and hip hop to rock to Latin to Mowtown. Staff—The housekeeping and restaurant staff was wonderful—patient, good-natured and helpful. Staterooms—We had three staterooms with ocean views. The state rooms are larger than the ocean views we’ve had on Royal Caribbean. There was room for a King bed and a seating area and there was plenty of storage. The port holes were large and at a good height so we could really appreciate the view. Laundry—The ship has self serve laundry on each deck which is very convenient. It costs about $8 for detergent, wash and dry. Food—The food was very good. We had dinner in the Platinum dining room every night. The menu had variety and always offered some basic dishes such as steak, chicken and salmon in case one did not care for that night’s special menu. It also offered some rarities such as rabbit, escargot and frog legs. On the first elegant night, they offered lobster and prime rib. Good eats could also be found throughout the ship at Guy Fiori’s burger joint and at Pizza Pirate. There was a sushi station and a Mexican cantina. The 9th floor Lido buffet was standard cafeteria food which was average but practical when one was in a hurry. Ocean Club—The kids camp was wonderful. My 10-year old loved going there and did not complain at all. She made friends on the ship and had company when we went to the pool. The Night Owl service allowed us to enjoy our evenings until 1 am. The care givers were excellent and always madeit fun for the kids. My daughter was happy to be there. Entertainment—In the evenings we had choices between a piano bar sing along (Louis is great!), dance club, Carnival Players (Broadway type shows with a different musical theme every night), dive-in movies, casino, comedy club and on some nights, deck parties by the pool. None of it was spectacular (except for Louis who has mad piano skills), but it was generally good and made for some fun evenings. Carnival Hub—this is an app you can download on your phone for $5 and it allows you to communicate with your friends and family on the cruise and contains the schedule of activities and deck maps. Very handy! CONS No frills--Carnival is a budget friendly cruise line and throughout the trip you are reminded of that. The Glory is about 14 years old and it looks dated—paint is chipping in certain places, the decor, signage and lighting scream 1990s. There are no fancy shampoos, bath gels and lotions, only wall dispenser in the shower containing shampoo and bath gel. No conditioner! The room service trays sit outside the room for hours and look quite disgusting as you are walking to your cabin. Room service menu—Again with the no frills theme…the room service menu is designed to discourage you from ordering. The menu offers salads and sandwiches such as grilled cheese, rueben and ham and cheese but if you want the kinds of things people love to eat at 2 am after partying or at 5 pm in between lunch and dinner, there are few free options. That 2 am pizza or wing platter will have you paying extra. There is no cheese and crackers platter at all and only a small veggie platter if you want a snack. Maintenance—With an older ship, there will be maintenance issues. The AC in our room was not blowing, so the maintenance staff spent a good part of the week fixing the unit which provided AC to our line of cabins. They were able to get us cool air by removing the vent cover. We had another issue in which we were woken up by a strong chemical odor in our room (made stronger by the fact there was no vent cover on our AC). Several others on our deck complained and were told that the maintenance crew was painting. However, the fumes were very strong and not like paint fumes, more like adhesive or fuel fumes. The kind of stuff that I am sure would have called for significant ventilation which we had none. For about 2 hours we were breathing this in and guest services had no answers or even any concessions for us. That was unacceptable. WiFi—The WiFi available to passengers on the ship is very week. I had business to do and I paid for the premium WiFi which costs $25/day. I was unable to handle any business, banking or even upload pictures to facebook. I complained to Guest Services and they refunded 75% of the fee Port—Half Moon Cay This is Carnival’s island. It offers very little aside from a pretty beach. The ship can’t dock there so you get there via tender. Once on the island, you discover a plaza with a couple of stalls selling cheap touristy things and a small bar. THERE IS NO SHADE ON THE ISLAND. The only people that had some relief from the sweltering heat were those who paid $500 to use the beach-side cabanas for the few hours we were in port. The cabanas were booked weeks in advance of the cruise. There were hundreds of lounge chairs around, but no umbrellas. We went, we saw and we left as soon as we possibly could. Carnival can do better than this. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My 3rd time on the Glory. We had a good time but felt like we had such short times in port, we loved Grand Turk, the ship was nice enough, the crew was fantastic very friendly and accommodating, the food in the dining room was outstanding ... Read More
My 3rd time on the Glory. We had a good time but felt like we had such short times in port, we loved Grand Turk, the ship was nice enough, the crew was fantastic very friendly and accommodating, the food in the dining room was outstanding every night, buffet was just meh...Guys Burgers and the Blue Iguana awesome! We had very very very boring sea days there were no good activities no wine tasting, no dance lessons, bingo was the big event other than them trying to sell you stuff. There were no seats available on deck anywhere to be found, must have had the worst cruise director ever He certainly had nothing for you to do on a sea day than art auction or bingo...but he did have question and answer with himself he was so egotistical how about a real activity instead? Half the events were scheduled in the lobby which can accommodate 60 people ugh... Carnival has really cut corners now the steel band is just one guy with a key board, they don't have a band with the shows, not even a table cloth at dinner unless it was formal night, buy your own drink for a capt toast, no loyalty party for gold members. The shows were very limited it was just the same singers and dancers no outside acts (don't know if that was carnival or the crappy cruise director). It was an okay cruise nothing special and we were bored with nothing to do which should never happen on a Fun Ship, if you are looking for total veg time this is the ship. I will go on a different cruise line next time I want more activities. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I gave this cruise 1 star, but only because there was no option to give ZERO stars. This is not our first cruise and not our first stay in a suite. We had a total of 39 people in our group that we gathered together for this particular ... Read More
I gave this cruise 1 star, but only because there was no option to give ZERO stars. This is not our first cruise and not our first stay in a suite. We had a total of 39 people in our group that we gathered together for this particular cruise. That is 39 people that I personally asked to join us on the cruise. I worked on this vacation from January to June with Carnival. I linked everyone together and called several times to make sure. The first night we quickly realized there was a serious mistake. We had 2 families including someone that was with me that was sitting at tables very far away. Families were divided up and spouses and children couldn't eat together. We complained. 2 hours for dinner every night. Last ones to eat and then pushed out at the end in a hurry for the next seating. Finally the 6th night the wait staff manager came to me but it was too little too late. Dinner on day 6 was the best at 1 hour and 29 minutes only because I complained every day. We know because it became a joke to time the dinner and servers every night. Drink packages are not allowed to be used at Half Moon Cay which I felt was nickel and diming people. We rented a cabana and were given 2 cans each of pop. There was no one at the buffet to take drink orders so we would have to get our drinks from the pool bar which caused our food to get cold. There has to be a better way. The dining room staff charged me for pop when I had the bottomless bubbles. To have it removed I was made to stand in regular line for a 2.59 charge? That's ridiculous. It seemed like it was on purpose because I had expressed my concerns about the service and the seating on the first night. Faster to fun guests got on the ship before suite guests and they had the priority line? I was told to get out of the priority line and stand in the longer line with all of the other guests. That doesn’t seem fair at all. No benefits to suites on Carnival. They offer you a complimentary bag of laundry however the bag is the size of a lunch bag. It's a joke. Why offer it? People were smoking cigarettes and weed off balcony in room 7307 to the left of our room making it impossible to enjoy our balcony - no one stopped it. No one ever answered the phone when we tried to call from the suite to discuss my concerns. Mismanagement on carnival especially by the guest services manager. She was extremely dismissive and unhelpful. Acting as if we were bothering her. She rolled her eyes. She refused to assist so I asked for someone else. She refused that as well. I asked her to have some else reach out to me and that never happened. I was offered an upgrade of $742 to go from an Ocean Suite to a Grand Suite, stateroom 7315. I figured I would try it and I was so disappointed. Sea pass cards were not in the mailbox when we boarded. We had to stand in line for them. We were told that our suite may not be ready yet and we should wait until 1:30pm for access even though we were told the room would be ready immediately. We saw our room steward twice the entire cruise. That is very unusual for suite guests. Normally we see our room steward every day. All he did was make the bed, close the drapes and add towels. He barely cleaned up. Soap dispenser leaked and we had blue shampoo for days all over the bathtub. Caulk on the bathtub was disgusting. There was a severe scent of urine coming from the floor of the bathroom so I got down and took pics of the URINE caked up in the grout. It was absolutely foul. Garbage sat in our room for days without being taken out. It got so bad that I ended up putting out the dirty dish in the hallway hoping someone would take it. There was a disgusting tissue in the grate above the dressing room for days. We asked for it to be removed and found out why it was there. The grate vibrated constantly and made it impossible to sleep. The furniture in our room was falling apart. The front of the couch was falling forward and almost not attached. The chairs in our room had stuffing coming out of them. Terrible condition. Holes in the drapes. It looked like moths got a hold of them. There was a hole in the edge of the bed. I have pictures of all of it. The ship was dry docked recently. They should have done more to update it. Unfortunately they didn't really do much. The buffet assist wait staff was great!!! He was the first person to ask if we want a drink at breakfast on the last day. He cleared our plates and came back with orange juice quickly. Great customer service skills. The food was less than average. The choices were not appetizing. We were extremely disappointed with the entire cruise. It seemed like Carnival had a reduction in force and left half of their service staff go. Especially the management. There was no concern for customer service whatsoever. There were several people who had Diamond and Platinum status that had similar complaints regarding service and the condition of their staterooms. We decided as a group that we would never do Carnival again if this was the way we would be treated in the future. It's a shame that you save all year and spend so much to find out your staff could care less. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This cruise was sold through a travel agent - we expected this cruise to be exotic dressy and fun after reading the dress code review - we expected it to be cosmopolitan - we had high standards of the cruise ship and decor -! We were so ... Read More
This cruise was sold through a travel agent - we expected this cruise to be exotic dressy and fun after reading the dress code review - we expected it to be cosmopolitan - we had high standards of the cruise ship and decor -! We were so disappointed the first time cruising and it has put me off - there was o dress code - it was a tired ship - it stunk of tobacco in the casino and a bar area where unfortunately people were allowed to smoke - i think there should have bee a small designated area - we did not go in the casino because of this- there seemed to be no dress code people were scruffy and even on elegant night some made the effort some did not - there was a guy at the bar with no shirt - he should have been told and not served-baseball caps - caps in general and hats worn within the ship and at the dinner table even in platinum dining - trainers worn in to the dining room - very skimpy wear people in same clothes from day in evening - very casual cruise - i wasted money buying clothes for this ship - carnival is what is it - anything goes - tacky hairy chest competition which i would have expected at a holiday camp - but that some the cruise up it was a glorified holiday camp with no expectations - the deck area loud with huge television screen blasting out and the pools to small to do anything other than cool off - thank heavens for the over 21 area which actually was a god send - there was maintenance going on evidently with the amount of workmen that kept appearing and walking past. The lobby bar was like a cheap night club - there needed to be more bar staff - the platinum dining was the only decent place to eat the rest of the eating areas were like a glorified school dining area and if there hadn't been platinum dining i would have got off i think - there was nothing to make you feel nice about yourself - there needs to be dress code - it was very American not geared up for other travellers at all Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Had a great time on our cruise but don't waste your time, money or sanity at the spa. They are only there to hard sell way overpriced stuff you don't really need. The staff seems well-trained but the actual sessions were ... Read More
Had a great time on our cruise but don't waste your time, money or sanity at the spa. They are only there to hard sell way overpriced stuff you don't really need. The staff seems well-trained but the actual sessions were mediocre and ended with at least 20 minutes left for hard sales. The cruise staff was outstanding. Our cabin steward was a gem. The cruise director was hilarious - we hope to get him again. The entertainment staff was outstanding. We won an excursion and it did not disappoint. Private beach with snorkeling on Grand Turk was amazing. The food in the dining room was outstanding and the buffet was good. Our only disappointment was the chocolate buffet - hardly anything actually chocolate. Drinks are still a bit expensive. The ship itself was well-maintained, clean and well-run. We love the Serenity area as it is more quiet. We were charged for towels but when I called to complain that we had been very diligent in our towel count they were more than happy to refund me that money. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because we did the exact same cruise last year, same ship, same week, same itinerary and we absolutely had an amazing cruise, not one single negative at all, in fact it was 100% the best cruise we had ever taken. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we did the exact same cruise last year, same ship, same week, same itinerary and we absolutely had an amazing cruise, not one single negative at all, in fact it was 100% the best cruise we had ever taken. With that being said, my expectations for this cruise this time around were very high and unfortunately we did not have the same experience. Don't get me wrong, we cruise frequently and are Platinum with Carnival and we definitely do not expect perfection as it doesn't exist; but there are just a lot of LITTLE nagging changes that we noticed and would like to share; Just in case someone reading this hasn't cruised in a while. 1)Embarkation: Very smooth, on the ship very quickly, in Miami Platinum cruisers no longer go to a Captains Lounge to wait their turn, instead it's straight to the ship and your sail & sign card is in the mail box outside your cabin door. 2)Got to Cabin immediately upon boarding: NO ice bucket, which we've run into before. Did get one that evening. NO BATH ROBES!! Used to be hanging in cabins for balcony rooms & suites. NOW you have to ASK FOR THEM. which we did. The balcony was filthy and we could not sit on any of the chairs or lounger until we cleaned it all ourselves first, YUK. Would have ruined our clothes if we had sat without thinking. Balcony glass was impossible to see through and we were paying for an Extended Aft Balcony, a lot of Aft Cabin cruisers were complaining about this. In fact my husband tried to clean it himself with hot water and a hand towel, helped a little, but we definitely should not have to do this ourselves. 3)Went to Dining room like we always do when we board to check where our table was. Spoke to Maitre D & he showed us on his screen that we were at a table for 6 which was right yippee. Until we went to dinner that night and discovered we were actually at a table for 11 which consisted of our 3, our friends 3, and another family of 5 who had requested their OWN table. We were all furious. 4)Dinner in main dining room: WOW, no more table cloths except on Formal night. You can wear anything to dinner except a swim suit. Service not as good as it used to be. Seemed to be a lot less wait staff. The food was GOOD. but I had someone elses food placed in front of me four consequetive times in a row in one sitting, not good. Dinner took almost 2 hours every night, only made it to one 8pm show. Never had that happen before. 5)Steak house, AMAZING 6)Ports of call, AMAZING 7)Cabin Steward did a great job. 8)Stand In Cruise Director was ok, didn't ever bump into him around ship unless he was scheduled to host something. 9)Crew; very flat & disinterested, didn't seem to be happy at all. Just getting through their day. It takes a special person to do what they do and I appreciate that. 10)Would I book it again, YES absolutely still had a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I chose Carnival because I have cruised with them A LOT! I chose Glory because of the BEAUTIFUL destinations and they absolutely were breathtaking! There were 3 adult females in my party. We flew into Miami the night before and stayed ... Read More
I chose Carnival because I have cruised with them A LOT! I chose Glory because of the BEAUTIFUL destinations and they absolutely were breathtaking! There were 3 adult females in my party. We flew into Miami the night before and stayed at La Quinta Airport East because of free shuttles (airport & cruise port, breakfast, and wifi). I was a bit leary about their security and you can't really walk to restaurants from there. I wrote a review on them as well if you want to look it up. Check in to the Glory was a breeze. We had an oceanview on the first floor, midship. For 3, it was plenty of space. We felt no motion but our neighbors were very noisy until I called security. Although cruises are what you make of them, I noticed that this ship had MUCH LESS fun and activity than others I've been on. Housekeeping in the cabin was also subpar at best. In general, they no longer put chocolates on pillows and if you want a bathrobe, ask for it. Cabins are made up once as opposed to twice before and room service is no longer free. The food was good but don't miss the schedule or you'll end up with limited options. Breakfast and dinner in the dining room are better than at the buffet. Can't decide between two meals or several desserts? Order it all, I did. I LOVED the salsa band that played nightly and question why the nightclub (in a different lounge) was closed one night yet the teen nightclub open?? Some things just didn't make sense. I've traveled with Princess and Royal Caribbean as well. Unless everyone is cutting back, I may be back to Royal Caribbean. Either way, it's a vacay... you'll have a blast! I happened to notice these things because I have lots of Carnival cruises to compare this with. Worst boat, best destinations... Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was my first cruise I enjoyed it. The most amazing dinning room staff. We had an exceptional waiter. The cabin steward was extremely helpful and nice. Clean rooms, clean ship and most of the staff were friendly, but as always there ... Read More
This was my first cruise I enjoyed it. The most amazing dinning room staff. We had an exceptional waiter. The cabin steward was extremely helpful and nice. Clean rooms, clean ship and most of the staff were friendly, but as always there are bad apples. The staff at the funshops were rude, not all but many of them during special sales. The sales staff in jewelry shop during a sale were rude about people coming in the shop yelling they were closed at anyone coming in. The signs clearly stated the hours (if these hours changed) they should have posted it and kept door locked. Another time on last day shirt sale one staff member was extremely rude to another co-worker that was very helpful. He was pushy and rude, he shoved not only co-worker but also my daughter and she almost fell into the pool. He was unacceptable and needed some serious anger management. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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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