83 Miami to Caribbean - Eastern Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

This was my 3rd cruise on Carnival and while we had fun it just wasn't their best effort. The ship is tattered and torn, the entertainment was disappointing with the exception of the comedians they were pretty good but the other shows ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise on Carnival and while we had fun it just wasn't their best effort. The ship is tattered and torn, the entertainment was disappointing with the exception of the comedians they were pretty good but the other shows were pretty lame. The food started out pretty good but Guy's Burgers was a let down from my previous cruise, the dining room was tasty at first as well but the last 2 nights they dropped the ball I was disappointed with everything except the desserts they were good. The ship in general must be due for dry dock there was just a lot that seemed to be in need of repair, soft spots in the floor, uneven floors and quite a bit of rust. They seemed to be working on the ship at every port with crazy amounts of noise coming from unknown areas. This was my first time in a balcony room we were in 8381 which was under the dining area of the lido deck, it was noisy but not from the people something sounded like it was it was big and heavy rolling on the deck above at night, it was quite annoying at night which was the only time that it was heard. The room was ok, the TV remote worked randomly but then they offer nothing to watch. I get it they want you out spending money but really the TV sucked. The cabin Stewart only cleaned out room once a day which was quite a change from the past when they were in the room as much as I was. The ports were ok except for St. Thomas, 10 ships at the same time was just to many people we went to Megan's bay and I wasn't impressed we has 10 times the fun on the beach in Grand Turk right off the ship on the beach with a lot less people. In general I love cruises this was my 5th and I'm sorry to say it was probably the least fun of all of the others cruises. I'll probably go on Carnival again but I will put a lot more time into researching the age of the ship and as to how many ships will be in port at the same time. I do have to give them credit the embarkation and disembarkation was the best that I have ever witnessed, it was quick on and off. The Miami airport that is a nightmare I'll probably go with Canaveral or New Orleans next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We are platinum members with the Carnival Cruise line. We have been loyal to them because we enjoy the fun on the fun ship. We did a B2B January 2- 19...eastern/western Caribbean. The quality of the food, especially on the buffet, and ... Read More
We are platinum members with the Carnival Cruise line. We have been loyal to them because we enjoy the fun on the fun ship. We did a B2B January 2- 19...eastern/western Caribbean. The quality of the food, especially on the buffet, and the temperature of the ship were our main complaints. We didn't go on a Caribbean cruise to freeze in our room, the dining room and all lounges. We didn't go to one comedy show because it was just too cold. We tried to go - we bundled up in sweaters, jackets and blankets. Embarkation and disembarkation went well with no complaints, we didn't really enjoy the entertainment because unfortunately we saw most of the evening shows and it was just too cold to use the Ebony lounge where the comedy shows are held. We did enjoy the Blue Bar where karaoke is held. We went to the cruise critic meeting where we spoke with our cruise director about the temperature and he attributed it to the ship being cooled by zones that they can't control individual rooms. We didn't enjoy these two cruises at all. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The food was not great, in fact as a foodie, I would describe it as mediocre. Dinner was best, but still not stellar, desserts were the best part of every meal. Even the kids thought it was gross. One of a small list of reasons we chose a ... Read More
The food was not great, in fact as a foodie, I would describe it as mediocre. Dinner was best, but still not stellar, desserts were the best part of every meal. Even the kids thought it was gross. One of a small list of reasons we chose a cruise over a resort vacation was for the food. I've been on 5 cruises (my 2nd Carnival) and this was by far the worst food I'd ever had on a cruise, unless you went to the steakhouse and paid (approx $50 per person with the required gratuity). Which was frustrating because it proved that Carnival had the ability to make delicious food, but chose not to. This made me believe that they did this intentionally to get patrons to pay for the steakhouse. The steakhouse was amazing, the best steak I have ever had in my life. I was so full from all the yummy food that I couldn’t even think about dessert. If you had large groups for dinner, you usually had to wait more than an hour for a table and there weren’t any snacks nearby to hold people over. You couldn’t make a reservation for the regular dining, so we had to wait every night or break up our group to eat dinner. It would have been great if Carnival would have allowed all groups over 6 or 9 to make reservations. I learned to get a small snack prior to dinner to keep from feeling sick from hunger. The only 24 hour food is pizza (mediocre at best) and usually had long lines after bars let out...which makes sense. My husband has a gluten sensitivity and so for a late night snack he had to order pizza and only eat the toppings (not a lot of food and a waste). They did pretty good at getting pizza out quickly, but you couldn't really special order because of this. Usually there was pepperoni available and if you wanted anything else, you'd have to wait a while. It would have been great if Carnival offered other 24 hour options, but considering how poor the food was to begin with, I suppose this would not have made a big difference. Breakfast buffet lines were long (we did not try it during lunch, but I would assume the same). We waited 20+ minutes for breakfast because they had to serve us our bacon, yet we were able to serve ourselves everything else. The layout of the buffet didn't make any sense. They had cereal, small milk, yogurt and fruit at the very beginning (this should have all been placed in the "continental breakfast " area). Then there was the exact same items every single day (eggs Benedict that was not very good at all, scrambled eggs that seems like some kind of egg substitute, sausage, grits, oatmeal, baked beans, some kind of potato and bacon that had to be served to you, and pancakes and french toast. The compote was placed before the grits and pancakes, so you had to have it running all over your plate). Then there was a rope which made it difficult to leave the line, and caused congestion. Directly past the rope was an omelette station, which added to the congestion and the line. Previous cruises I have been on have had a theme for their meals, so that you weren’t stuck eating the same thing daily. They may have done this for the sit down breakfast, but we only had the buffet for breakfast, so I am not sure. The taco place had Huevos Rancheros which were decent. There was limited lounging in shade near the pool and other areas on the ship and workers did not remove peoples towels from seats that were "saved" even though this is supposed to be against ship guidelines. I enjoy the heat, but am not a fan on being in direct sunlight, so I did find this disappointing. It would be helpful if Carnival invested in umbrellas for the patio for guests whom would just like to lounge. If you are a drinker, buy the drink package. If not, bring soda and water for your room or you'll regret it. We were not allowed to purchase the drink package for just a single day like we had wanted to do for our way home, which was disappointing. We didn’t have the extra $900 for a drink package for 2 people (which is absurdly priced, if you ask me). I would have liked to have just been able to have a beer and wine package, since my husband is a beer drinker and I am a wine drinker but this was not an option without paying the $900 for the full drink package. We did purchase 2 bottles of booze for our room prior to the cruise, only 1 showed up the first night and we had to run around the ship trying to track down the other….they weren’t not planning on bringing it. 2 bottles was the max allowed for the whole trip (which we thought was silly since the drink package is 15 drinks per person per day), but we didn’t end up using it all because it was such a pain to walk back to the room every time we wanted a drink. I wouldn’t recommend doing this. The drinks that we purchased from the bar were always super weak and expensive (at least $10 each, plus gratuity). Please keep in mind that I have cruised with other cruise lines and this was never the case with them. Other cruise lines also offer a beer and wine package too. Our cruise consultant had told us prior to the cruise that if we precorked our own wine that we brought to dinner that we wouldn't be charged the $15 corkage fee, but we were. Just something else for Carnival to nickel and dime us on. The adult area was good, but had limited shaded seating and VERY few cabanas. There was also no food options in the adult area. They could easily provide hotdogs or pretzels or other things. My 13 and 14 year old said the club area was awful, but that the next club up had tons more amenities. Which is disappointing because one of the main reasons we chose the Glory was based off of reviews for kids. She and her friend never went to the club and while they enjoyed our vacation, they were super disappointed in the Glory. The $5 messaging app is pretty cool to keep in touch with your group. I would highly recommend you get this. You connect to the ships wifi (not the one that you pay for) and keep your phone in airplane mode. We had a group of 18 people, so it made it very handy to meet up. One of our friends purchased the wifi and said it was super slow. I would not recommend purchasing it. I loved the piano bar. It was super fun. It did close at 1am and the service was pretty slow usually. I know how hard the employees are worked, so I wouldn't complain about that too much. Comedy was also pretty good, but only lasted about half an hour, so wasn't really worth our time to do. Our stewardess and all the employees were amazing and super friendly. I would recommend bringing a lot of $1 bills to tip employees with. I know there is a required gratuity, but I do not know how much of that actually makes it into the lower employees pockets. If you’ve ever read reviews from cruise line employees, you’ll see why I say this. The sports bar was poorly designed. The tables behind the bar were lower than the seats at the bar. Therefore, patrons sitting at the tables couldn't see a single full screen due to the patrons sitting at the bar. It made it very difficult to enjoy the game. Be aware of Ship time versus the time on your phone. They are not always the same and the ship goes off of ship time. The Carnival Hub app, always displayed ship time, so that was helpful. The Check in process was super quick and easy. If you check in early, which was easy, your room will not be ready. So, you will have to hang by the pool until it’s your designated time to arrive. And you will not have your room key yet, so if you want a beverage, it will be out of your own pocket. I would recommend you not take your own bags upon check out. The elevators are always super slow and I am fairly certain they were not working at all on the day of check out. I had to carry a 50 pound bag down flights of stairs (I weigh 105 pounds)....this was not easy for me. The only downfall to having them move your bags is that they have to be left out the night before. So, you have to know what you plan on wearing and have everything packed up the night prior. I did receive a birthday gift card from Carnival, which was nice, but it was only good on certain services and I couldn’t use it the first day at sea. So, I did not use mine. Our port at St Thomas seemed way too early. I know that there are plenty of early birds out there, but we were staying up late most nights and to arrive at port at 8am was difficult, especially when going on an excursion. Luckily the weather was very nice, but snorkeling at 8am is generally not my idea of fun. Do your research ahead of time when booking excursions and also regarding the ports. We got off at Grand Turk and were hustled into paying for lounge chairs that apparently were free and provided by Carnival. While I do take responsibility for this, Carnival could have made an announcement to let their guests know that the chairs were free and not to pay the locals for them. There were also drug deals in plain sight and a fight among the locals in Grand Turk. It's not a place I need to go to again, even though the water was wonderful. One of our friends also had issues in Dominican Republic with a cab driver taking them to places they said they didn't want to go and other friends had issues with the excursion people trying to guilt them into tipping. This has nothing to do with Carnival (other then the Grand Turk port), but felt it was important to note for others traveling in those places. Usually you can get the same excursions or better for way less if you don't book through Carnival. Booking through Carnival is convenient though. We LOVED the excursion that we did in DR and given how dirty and not safe DR is, we were very glad we chose this. It was an excursion to a big home with shuttle and beach with open bar and a super yummy lunch. There were 2 offered but based off of reviews (1 mentions dirty water with a condom floating), we went with the other and it was amazing. Mama was our host and if I went to DR again via a cruise, this would be the only excursion I would want to do. All in all, I have to say that the cruise was ok, but I'm going with a different cruise line next time. If the food had been better and if they offered a lower price beer/wine package I'd give Carnival another try, but it wasn't worth the money in the long run. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our first cruise, so you know we were excited! There were a few issues, but over all I had a nice time. That doesn't mean I'm not shopping for a different cruise line for the future. As I was reading the others posts ... Read More
This was our first cruise, so you know we were excited! There were a few issues, but over all I had a nice time. That doesn't mean I'm not shopping for a different cruise line for the future. As I was reading the others posts about Glory November 2018, I was agreeing with everything that was said. The amount of children under 12 running around unsupervised was ridiculous. The last night, there were a hot tub filled with kids being loud and obnoxious. We even witnessed arms swinging as kids were shouting at each other. That went on for about 10 minutes before a worker stepped in. Other times, you had to watch out that a child didn't run by you as you were carrying your plate of food. I agree the casino was generous in the beginning, the food was ok, I wish there were other options for after 6pm to eat at. We even were asked to move out of our assigned seats on the 3rd night in the dining room so another family could sit there. Room service was extremely slow and when they come, there is a slight tap on the door. We missed them a few times. I would recommend they add a smoking area in the adult area, so that adults could just stay up there secluded from most of the kids. There are 2 outside smoking areas, but so crowded Our room was comfy, clean , and our steward was so friendly. We had an Interior and I didn't hvae any issues with motion sickness as I assumed I would. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Have been on worse ships, this was outdated but we found it clean, funky smells in certain areas - (like in most ships) Lido deck, food selection not inviting. Day after day the same selections. Guys Burger and BBQ refreshing. Known for ... Read More
Have been on worse ships, this was outdated but we found it clean, funky smells in certain areas - (like in most ships) Lido deck, food selection not inviting. Day after day the same selections. Guys Burger and BBQ refreshing. Known for a younger crowd with families as it is affordable. Overall, we don't have complaints. Definately needs better elevator service and deportation was very disorganized. We enjoyed our time and relaxed. We are older so we dictated what and when we wanted to do things! I am in a wheelchair and getting on and off the ship from beginning to end was difficult. The ramps are too short and everything and everyone has to stop and wait on you. I did not like this, embarrassing and everyone is in a hurry and I got a lot of dirty looks and sighs! Until you have to be in a wheelchair you don't understand its inconvenience. I assume parents with strollers had the same issues! You just have to smile and apologize for inconviencing them! Would go again Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
1. Name of ship-Carnival Glory 2. Room #1298 3. date-November 2018 If you find anything in all the time and effort to putting this review together, please let me know with a helpful vote! 4. Pros-Servers, Phoebe and ... Read More
1. Name of ship-Carnival Glory 2. Room #1298 3. date-November 2018 If you find anything in all the time and effort to putting this review together, please let me know with a helpful vote! 4. Pros-Servers, Phoebe and Conrad, fast internet, Ship tour and meeting the captain, nice shows, good dining room food. 5. Cons- Poor Maitre d’ service, no maps provided for our ports (this was a first for us), No info that there was a Christmas theme day, Grand Turk, crowded Lido deck, smallest Atrium, left stateroom keys at your room. 6. Room- 7. Bed=A The main beds have the comfort mattresses but not the Pullmans, they are uncomfortable 8. Pillows=Our pillows were comfortable 9. Heating and air= We were kept comfortable, sometimes units don’t work well enough but this was fine. 10. Metal walls= Doors were and some walls. We always bring magnetized items like a grease board for the door, pen holders, kid magnets for the walls, magnet hooks, etc. 11. shower size= Well, it’s a cruise ship so small… it is a curtain style (see pic). 12. noise= There was some kind of electric machine near our room that we could hear run 10-30 seconds then shut off. It wasn’t obtrusive and never woke us up but something you noticed and wondered what’s that noise. The room location was actually pretty quiet other than our neighbors not know how to catch a door and letting them slam. 13. Bathroom- we REALLY like all shelves and large counter with 6 shelves attached to the mirror. It looked older but who cares, we care about storage for our stuff (see pic). 14. smooth= Not sure if it was the ship or the weather but we didn’t have much yaw or pitch (rocking). 15. weather= I’d say we got very lucky on this cruise because it rained and sea days and not on port days. The Dominican Republic didn’t start raining until after we boarded the ship. 16. Ship GPS= I’m glad that it appears that all the ships now have the on board tracking with ship info… Not sure if this the geek in me or what but I hated older ships not having that information on my TV. 17. internet=The internet (social package anyway) was pretty good on this ship even in my cabin allowing several pictures to be uploaded in just a minute or two, which by ship internet standards is pretty good. 18. Dining=We were a party of 5 and to our surprise we were seated at a 4 top table. We know it wasn’t our waiters’ fault and notified the Maître d’ assistant. The next day we went to her first and was informed that the tables are full and suggested to go to anytime dining (if we wanted anytime that is what we would have booked). We asked if anything opened to let us know as this should have never happened in the first place. Well, we were never moved to a proper table and in all the cruises we’ve been on with a party of 5 did they ever pull something like this. Apparently, they thought since we have a 5-year-old that you can just stick him on the end and not take up much room but anyone with kids knows how wrong this is. Of all the cruises we have always met the Maitre d’ and since he never came around, this person is an obvious fail for the Carnival Glory. Our lead server Phoebe was good when she was there but was out sick several days and the assistants English was poor and service was lacking I guess due to being shorthanded. 19. The table was in a high traffic area, but we were not cramped. 20. laundry=I don’t believe there is laundry facilities on this ship for the public, we did tour the laundry facility for dry cleaning and the ship’s hotel and crew. I was particularly impressed with the automatic sheet folder and how many sheets it can fold in a minute. PUBLIC AREAS 21. Atrium= The smallest I’ve ever seen so all the events were super crowded (see pic of me with the Billy Jean by Michael Jackson tile) 22. Smoking= Other than going by the casino (which they always put in an open high traffic area) Carnival has gotten better about restricting smoking in low traffic areas away from our kids which is much appreciated. 23. Lido deck/pool=A unique tiered setup (see pic) that made for getting around very difficult/crowded at the pool area as well as the many levels around the pool area. Would have been near impossible for a stroller or wheelchair to be used with all the stairs. Once you got a seat, it was fine for the outdoor screen with pretty good views. Per Cruise Critic 24. Personal Background Information=This was my 11th cruise and we often travel with my family of 2 young boys currently 5 and almost 2. We went with our good friends and this was their first cruise, 25. Travel To Port of Embarkation=Flew to FLL 26. Hotel Info (if any)= Stayed at the La Quinta Inn with free airport shuttle and arranged cruise port shuttle (see my review on Trip Advisory). 27. Embarkation=They assigned you a boarding number dependent on your arrival time and you took a seat in the meantime (appeared to be plenty of seating). We arrived an hour or more before our time and I think we were zone 6. Once ship boarding started, we were on board pretty quick. 28. Stateroom=1298 (inside) It seems unsafe to leave your room key at your room… what if someone goes in your room at takes a robe, who get charged for that? I understand it moves things faster but this doesn’t seem to be a good idea from a security standpoint. 29. Ship Info=Carnival Glory 30. Dining=early assigned, we always prefer so we get to know our servers and they know us. 31. Activities= - Children's Clubs 32. Staff & Service=Not much to say other than my 5 year usually loves going but he went once and never wanted to go back. We made him try again and the staff seemed friendly and tried to get him to engaged but he didn’t want to stay. This was odd for him. 33. Entertainment=Motown show with Motown music was enjoyable (I’m from Michigan so some bias there) but the shows quality on Carnival has really improved over past few years. Their ‘new’ LED screen really helped the effects of the shows. 34. Shore Excursions= Grand Turk: Not much to see here… was quoted a price and my 5 year old would be free (this is typical) but the driver tried to scam us saying I would have to pay full price for my kid. When I told him forget it and went to the tour operator, she told him that kids are free to take us or she would get another driver to do it. He then tried to get me to pay half for my kid and I told him no, then he begrudgingly agreed but I looking back wished I told him to get lost and go with another more honorable driver. Island is small, not much to see but an old lighthouse that wants $5 just to go into the yard (not climb it) and wild donkeys. Beautiful waters though we didn’t swim here. St Thomas: Sky ride has spectacular views and well worth the money to get awesome pictures of your ship and port. Cheap souvenirs up here too, just shop around a little bit. Puerto Rico: We took a taxi to Castillo San Filipe del Morro (the big fort) and walked back to the ship and stopped at the smaller Castillo de San Cristobal fort. I really enjoyed the big fort, I’ve been to several and the size of this one was impressive. My wife thought the walk back to the ship was much longer than the taxi driver led us to believe, but it was downhill and not too bad for the rest of us. Dominican Republic: Have to admit it was my favorite but we never went outside of the cruise theme park type of port. We all enjoyed the monstrous swim park very much, they even have a kids water splash pad. Everything was very close, a lot to do in the port but as far as getting any knowledge of the island, it’s people or life on the island I got none. Maybe next time we will, maybe not since we enjoyed it so much. 35. Disembarkation=We always pick last to get off, go to the dining room as late as possible and just hang out until the crowd clears. Our waiter Conrad encouraged us to stay, he was a hoot and we immediately liked him. We complimented him on how well he treated us and he shared that he is a Christian and in over 15 years of service is what he lives to do personally and professional. We would have loved to have always had him as our sever with his magnetic personality. 36. Summary=Other than the dining debacle that was never resolved, we had a very good time and look forward to sailing again on the Carnival Glory. If you found anything helpful in all the time and effort putting this review together, please let me know with a helpful vote! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Positive....the crew and staff......Negative, everything else, interior fabrics such as curtains, chair covers on their last leg, entertainment is high school level, food is hit and miss, no where to eat after 11pm except pizza or room ... Read More
Positive....the crew and staff......Negative, everything else, interior fabrics such as curtains, chair covers on their last leg, entertainment is high school level, food is hit and miss, no where to eat after 11pm except pizza or room service. Im not a party person however I don't sleep well and often just want something to drink or snack on and there is no place to go for that. I was on this ship Nov 2017 and than again Nov 2018 and nothing and I mean absolutely nothing has changed in the way of onboard games, activities and shows (only the singers and dancers). I was so disappointed. Its like paying to see the same movie over and over and over, nothing to new to look forward to. The Hasbro, Clue, Lip Sync are so lame (Im 67) and to play Bingo is $20 a game!! Unless your a casino player theres not much to do on sea days. The pools and hot tubs were taken over by kids under 12 except for the Serenity Deck and that pool is REALLY small and one hot tub was even open on that deck. All in all Im rethinking about doing a Carnival ever again, I think it might be worth an extra $100 each to try a different cruiseline. I will state again that the crew folks were wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The Good Embarkation & debarkation were smooth and efficient in Miami, and perhaps as quick as we’ve seen it. The cabin (Grand Suite 7315) was clean, and the stewards attentive without being intrusive. Our evening waiter staff ... Read More
The Good Embarkation & debarkation were smooth and efficient in Miami, and perhaps as quick as we’ve seen it. The cabin (Grand Suite 7315) was clean, and the stewards attentive without being intrusive. Our evening waiter staff were friendly and prompt most nights (the first night dragged a bit), even while having to deal with some difficult guests (see The Awful below). We had many nice conversations with a variety of Carnival employees from buffet waiters and other service staff to performers, fun ambassadors, and an HR manager. Very good experiences at the ports, with San Juan, St Thomas, and Amber Cove in excellent shape despite last year’s hurricanes (Grand Turk is still in rough condition across much of the island). Especially in St Thomas and St John, locals we encountered were grateful for the cruise ships bringing guests, given that the resort hotels will be offline for another year or more. Food was better than expected at both the evening dinner and at the Lido buffet, and not at all unpleasant. Overall, the Carnival staff seemed to be on their game the whole trip with some minor exceptions you might honestly experience anywhere. Camp Ocean kept the children very entertained, though it is a bit smaller on Glory than the larger or more recently renovated ships. Two very serious medical emergencies, one requiring the ship to backtrack 3 hours to Amber Cover, were handled professionally and with enough information given to guests as it related to our debarkation day instructions, which were updated the last morning efficiently as we came into port 3 hours late. The Meh Glory is definitely showing her age, which is well-worn, but not broken-down. Many exterior steps leading off the Lido deck are starting to delaminate due to rust, and there are many dings, scratches, and dents on wall surfaces in hallways, restaurants, and other public spaces. Even our suite had some superficial damage indicative of a life well-lived. Some areas seemed to be in better shape than others, as if the Glory is receiving periodic interior repairs here and there, but the ship does feel a bit dated in some places and in need of a serious refresh in the near future. From an entertainment standpoint, the cruise director, Brittney, was a bit two-dimensional, almost as if she were reading from a script (not a lot of spontaneity and off-the-cuff humor that other directors can have), but she was pleasant. Evening shows in the Amber Lounge were also fine, but they were stock Carnival productions seen across the fleet for the past couple of years and in need of a little refresh. For the first several days, a variety of up-sell service providers were really pushing their sales packages aggressively, but that seems to be the nature of cruising these days anywhere you go. And for whatever reason, there was a consistent discrepancy on the printed Fun Times for movies and a few other events. The Awful If you look at the key cards of guests, you’ll see blue ones for first time cruisers, red for those with several trips under their belts, and then going on up into the gold, platinum and diamond realms. This cruise had a large contingent of first time cruisers with blue cards, often in large family clans (one over 60 people strong) that behaved in a rude, impatient, and at times ugly manner that dominated the atmosphere of the ship most nights. Typical behavior included yelling and screaming down hallways well into the night, discourteous interactions with some of the Carnival staff (who went over and beyond with their own patience), and vocal dissatisfaction expressed when an unrealistic request couldn’t be accommodated (yes, one family made quite a scene when waiters couldn’t put tables together for all 40 members of the group in the Platinum restaurant). Other incidents observed during the trips include several fights amongst large groups of tween-aged children in the hot tubs, food thrown on the hallway floors (including someone eating chicken wings and discarding the bones on the carpet as they walked Hansel & Gretel style), the central staircase coated with popcorn and other foods between two decks one evening, and discarding of trash on floors rather than being left on tables to be collected. Drunkenness on the Lido was in full force the first day, where one first time cruiser vomited in the pool profusely, causing it to be drained and cleaned over the first 24 hours of the trip. At times, it was difficult to walk between decks as large cadres of tweens and young teenagers squatted on main staircases. Large families also brought their grudges from home onboard, and there were numerous yelling matches between members who probably don't normally get along in the first place. As one Carnival staffer carefully articulated to us towards the end the cruise, “I’ve never seen the ship quite this loud before.” However, these terrible cruisers were also not likely to be up prior to 11am, so during at-sea days the ship was fairly quiet in the mornings, and by and large they did not disembark at ports of call. We experienced a similar situation on the Carnival Sunshine in March, and several other cruisers we spoke to who had previously cruised exclusively with Carnival for many, many previous trips observed that behavior has steadily gotten worse over the past two years, particularly on the older, smaller ships. Anecdotally, the fun, party atmosphere Carnival promotes seems to be sliding towards something uglier and more classless. The Verdict Overall, the Glory and her staff can offer an enjoyable experience for cruisers, but there is nothing they can do with a ship dominated by rude, impatient, and obnoxious guests. We found the ship to be serviceable, if you don’t mind a little wear and tear, and the Carnival staff overall did a fine job. If you can schedule a cruise when these out of control families and their children are back in school, the Glory may be less obnoxious and have more of the fun, party atmosphere Carnival advertises and that many cruisers want to experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Given the limited selection at the time of my booking, I chose Carnival Glory because it has water slides (my kids definitely want them) and the price was within my budget. The moment I boarded the ship, I know I got what I paid for and ... Read More
Given the limited selection at the time of my booking, I chose Carnival Glory because it has water slides (my kids definitely want them) and the price was within my budget. The moment I boarded the ship, I know I got what I paid for and regretted that I didn't book my trip sooner so that I could have more options. 1. Ship Layout is poorly designed. - My first impression was the public areas are crowded. Given the capacity of the ship, the hallways should have been made wider. On one occasion, someone even fell off the stairs because the small lobby outside a restaurant was too crowded and the person had to stand at the stairs. - The decor is old-fashioned, like from the 80's. The ship shows its age with wear and tear in places. Possibly, poor daily maintenance is to be blamed. - What frustrated us more was the floor to floor access. On certain levels, there was no through access from one end to the other, meaning you need to go up one or two levels, go to the other end, and then come down. It was a pain especially in the first two days. 2. Cabin is adequately spacious but the bathroom is a bit disgusting. - We had an oceanview room and the size was decent, yet the furniture showed its age. - What disappointed me the most was there was an odor from the toilet, which smelled like pee. I had the janitor clean the toilet a couple times the first day and he also cleaned it everyday. The odor never went away. I believe it was because the flushing system is meant to be water-efficient such that it primarily relies on sucking the waste from the bottom; as a result, the wall of the toilet bowl was barely flushed. 3. Dining at the dining hall was good, with many options to choose from each day. Our experience with the buffet was just so-so. - They assigned you to a specific table in a specific restaurant for the entire cruise, which was both good and bad. It's good that your server knows your preference, e.g., we prefer water w/o ice and we had water w/o ice every time without having to tell the server again. It's bad if you don't like the location of your table. By the way, anytime dining does not mean it is open to anyone anytime during the time frame; it's only for those who selected anytime dining. - The menu in the dining hall offered many appetizers and some items are uncommon elsewhere, which we enjoyed. - The freshness of food in the dining hall can be improved. There is a difference between fresh steak and frozen steak. I understand this may be hard to address for a 7-day cruise where you can't get fresh food from the port everyday, but at a minimum, the salad should not be that stale. - The food in the buffet was generic, so not much to write about, except one thing. On more than one occasion, I found small flies hovering over the green salad and the fruit salad. - The wait staff was friendly and attentive. They remembered our names. Would I go back to Carnival Glory? I don't think so, at least not until they remodel the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Our son and his wife selected the dates/location/&cruise line to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. They had never been on a cruise OR to the Caribbean! This ship is VERY old! Carnival advertises that it was renovated in 2017, but we ... Read More
Our son and his wife selected the dates/location/&cruise line to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. They had never been on a cruise OR to the Caribbean! This ship is VERY old! Carnival advertises that it was renovated in 2017, but we only saw cosmetic renos. My husband and I were on this ship 16 years ago, and unfortunately not much has changed. We opted for an Aft-Balcony Cabin – EXTREMELY disappointed in the limited view thru the glass panels – we were told they were stained and could not be cleaned, however using a napkin & water we removed dirt in a small area ourselves! The ports were lovely, the food was delicious and plentiful, and the comedians were great! Negatives: Premium Internet was a joke – we cancelled half way thru the cruise to hopefully get a refund. Our cabin steward was not the usual happy and welcoming; thank goodness our son and his wife had a great steward who even knew our names!!! Don't waste your time on Faster to the Fun - we've done this several times, however this time the man at the terminal wouldn't allow us on when priority was called, said we weren't in that seating area - there wasn't room when we arrived and we were directed, along with a bunch of others to a location a little further down. We had all our documentation, tags, ID, etc., but he refused to let any of us on! Then the rooms weren't ready as promised. Just a waste of $$ and Carnival doesn't care!! I think the best part of the cruise while on board was our great waiter, Armon (a.k.a. Tiger) in the Golden Restaurant. We’ve been on 12+ cruises and he was the best we’ve ever had!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The overall cruise was the typical Carnival experience. Nothing negative to note. Yes, the construction was still going on, with all the previous complaints Carnival made sure to give us ample opportunities to get a full refund. Each ... Read More
The overall cruise was the typical Carnival experience. Nothing negative to note. Yes, the construction was still going on, with all the previous complaints Carnival made sure to give us ample opportunities to get a full refund. Each cabin was giving a $200 credit and kids under 17 were given a free excursion. That was a generous offer for which I am grateful. The dining was good. I especially liked the Blue Iguana Cantina, really wish it were open longer. Although my son thoroughly enjoyed Guys' burger joint, I couldn't partake since I don't eat beef. Alternative patty options would've been nice (turkey or veggie). I enjoyed the steakhouse, enough to say, I've been there, done that and I won't be back. The Your time Dining room option needs work. There were major lines most nights for dinner. Perhaps using the app to take reservations could help with the congestion. Over the ocean Ziplining in Amber Cove was an awesome excursion. I wouldn't have done it without the kids being free and I won't do it again. The smoke at or near the Casino was unbearable at times. An upgrade to the filtration system is needed. Read Less
Sail Date March 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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