39 Miami to Caribbean - Eastern Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

We were very disappointed in the room we had while on board. I booked this trip in July of 2018. The room we received did not match the description of what the Carnival agent told us it would be. We spoke to customer care and they acted ... Read More
We were very disappointed in the room we had while on board. I booked this trip in July of 2018. The room we received did not match the description of what the Carnival agent told us it would be. We spoke to customer care and they acted like it wasn't a big deal. They emailed corporate, no response back until the 7th day of the trip. The food selection on buffet was not good. Everyday you found less and less to eat that was worth eating. The housekeeping staff and Chef Chaing from Singapore were the only friendly individuals that we got to know. The cruise director was fun and awesome,but everyone else sucked. We always wait until on board to purchase shore excursions so to get a little bit more information and feedback from shore excursions staff. We got none of that just basically what you want to do? Plus the shore excursions in Amber Cove was not as they advertised it to be. Also our air conditioning in our room didn't stay cool....again a nonchalant attitude by customer care. Plus when they finally called me back about the room we got the gentleman customer service person was excuse my French an asshole. He was argumentative, kept saying we have recording of your booking....but that can't be so as I did not book it with a female agent that he kept referring too. The internet service was a waste of money. It will be a long long time before we book with Carnival again. It's all about money to them and less about customer service. The ports we great. The entertainment was good. We didn't care for the comedian Jeff Shaw as he wasn't funny Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
One thing that works on this ship is the a/c! We love the Punchliner comedy but it was so cold in the Ebony Cabaret you could hang meat in there, we could not bear to stay in there for the comedians. Room service was very late or ... Read More
One thing that works on this ship is the a/c! We love the Punchliner comedy but it was so cold in the Ebony Cabaret you could hang meat in there, we could not bear to stay in there for the comedians. Room service was very late or non-existant! Saw our room steward, Antonio, on first day and never for the rest of the cruise. MDR menus seem to be scaled way down with fewer options. Buffet seemed to be the same things repeatedly. Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly since we are Platinum members. Cabin smelled like sewage when we came in. Although it was an "accessible" cabin, it was very crowded and inadequate storage. The beds could not be separated without blocking the mini-fridge. The ports and excursions were great however there was alot more walking than we bargained for. The piers alone are very very long! We enjoyed the Hasbro game show and the trivia games. General decor on this ship is not impressive and left us non-plussed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Let me start by saying that it was my husband and I first experience on a cruise ship. However although it was our first we had very high expectations since we have been to exquisite hotels before and have received excellent customer ... Read More
Let me start by saying that it was my husband and I first experience on a cruise ship. However although it was our first we had very high expectations since we have been to exquisite hotels before and have received excellent customer service. Therefore we looked forward to being pampered the same way with the cruise. We want to commend those who have exhibited what true customer service really is employees such as Rosi,Alexsandra,Komang and Ivana. They have displayed passion and sincerity in their jobs. Regrettably to the end we had an extremely bitter experience which wiped out some of our memorable moments. Since my husband is in the hospitality industry and I am a well established person in customer service we were very disappointed with the mistreatment and humiliation we went through to the end of our trip. The least place you will expect poor customer service is Guest services however that was the case for us. After finally being attended to from a long wait in the line I kindly asked a guest service representative for tags for our luggages. She told me that they did not have and that I can check a particular place located two floors up to get them. I went up to the place as she said and waited a little while before being attended to only to get the response that they did not have any. I quietly went back to Guest services but there was a long queue so I find it was very unfair to me to rejoin the line since it could have been avoided by the guest service representative calling first to find out if the place had.The same representative was attending to a guest at the moment so I quietly stood on the side until she was finished with that person then I went over to tell her the situation. However some persons thought I cut the line and started to quarrel about it. I tried to explain that I was in the line before and at the same time I thought she will also explain to them I was there before but instead she agreed with the other guests and told me I need to join the line again and they do not have anymore tags. Now anybody will totally agree that this was horrible customer service and the guest was extremely embarrassed. My husband who was not with me at the time was very upset when I told him and went back to tell her Manager/supervisor who offered to give us a free drink which he bluntly refused. Can anything compensate for that painful experience? However the same Manager/ supervisor was able to get tags for our luggages after the representative said there wasn't anymore. We also had a similar experience with that same guest service representative prior to this incident. We took the WiFi plan however since it was not working we went back to her and made a complaint. She just told us that sometimes its like that but when we really find it was ridiculous that we paid for a plan and we were unable to use it we went back to Guest services. This time the customer service representative was another person and she gladly reimbursed us. This left us wondering why that former representative didn't do that in the first place when we complained about it. Another bad experience was in the Platinum restaurant. We waited a very long long time before being served and what made our experience even worst was the server made a rude comment when we said certain things based on our observations. When guests make constructive criticism and especially in a polite manner we know that the employee will apologise and try to make the experience better going forward. However his demeanor was quite the contrary and we felt that this matter could have handled better. Additionally we felt certain items and excursions were overly priced and need to be revised by the cruise line. As a result of these unfortunate happenings we will most likely not be returning to Carnival cruise lines in the near future although we deeply wanted to be loyal customers. As it stands for now we will bypass them and try other options. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We live near the port of Miam, and we decided to do a family cruise so price was important. The ship is old and looks it. It’s not taken care of. We saw ants in the buffet dining room our cabin smelled like sewage the first day. We asked ... Read More
We live near the port of Miam, and we decided to do a family cruise so price was important. The ship is old and looks it. It’s not taken care of. We saw ants in the buffet dining room our cabin smelled like sewage the first day. We asked the steward to see why he could do about it, it seemed like he just cleaned it because by the middle of the trip it smelled like sewage again. The cruise director Dustin was fantastic really energetic and entertaining. The pizza is delicious!! The food in the buffet and dining room is sub par, has no flavor, the eggs were always over cooked. The avocado was way too ripe and the fruit was wilted. The Dr Suess breakfast was really nice for the kids. I ordered the steak and eggs, the sauce was solid instead of liquid we it was brought to our table. On Tuesday morning we did sit down in the dining room for breakfast instead of doing the buffet and we were there for almost 2 hours. We waited for 30 minutes before we were approached to have coffee ordered. The tables around us were not cleared. People who were seated after us had their orders taken before us and had their food before we were served coffee. Something was going on because what looked like 2 managers showed up and finally we had our orders taken but it still took an inordinate amount of time to get our food. We traveled with kids and they’d enjoyed Camp Ocean. It looked clean and the staff was great. The Grand Turk port and Amber Cove port don’t look authentic, it’s basically created to look like an extension of the ships shops, very disappointed. We have done Disney and Royal Caribbean cruises in the past and those far better experiences. I would not do a Carnival Cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Carnival Glory Cruise Director and Entertainment were terrible!!!! Have been on several cruises - this was a big disappointment. Cruise acted like a Mama’s Constantine referring to his Mother pretending to receive calls from her while ... Read More
Carnival Glory Cruise Director and Entertainment were terrible!!!! Have been on several cruises - this was a big disappointment. Cruise acted like a Mama’s Constantine referring to his Mother pretending to receive calls from her while on stage. Not funny!!! Drove it into ground. The entertainers were great dancers but terrible singers. At our evening dinner table we all agreed that this was the worst entertainment we had experienced on any of our cruises. The disembarking process was a total disaster - changed the rules constantly. No one knew what was going on or where you were suppose to be. Food was very good. Servers were great being very polite. Our room was very nice and well maintained. Enjoyed the ports. If Cruise Director and entertainiers were replaced this would have been a great cruise. Could only tolerate so much of the Cruise Durectirs Mama’s bit routine and the terrible singing of the entertainers. It was like they were hollering instead of singing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because it was a gift and 10 family members were going. My sister and I were in Cabin 8453 - in the back. We liked the interior cabin because it was quiet, well away from foot traffic. Our cabin steward was extremely ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was a gift and 10 family members were going. My sister and I were in Cabin 8453 - in the back. We liked the interior cabin because it was quiet, well away from foot traffic. Our cabin steward was extremely nice and polite. The cabin air conditioner was always on the highest setting and the room never seemed to cool down, especially after opening the front door. I have been on Carnival cruises in the past (and older ships, too) and the food on this ship was not to the standards set before - a disappointment. Dinning service was lacking, very slow. We had 6 pm seating and the last table to be served. As a result, most of the time, we were the last to leave - sometimes chased out! Embarkation was fast and easy. Activities were lacking. For me, good activities were scheduled while in port; then the unusual stuff while at sea - no surprises. Interesting activities were scheduled during dinning time. Entertainment was lacking, too. At least two nights, there was nothing scheduled in the theater - bingo was scheduled. I personally did not take a massage, but I was told by two people that it sounded like people were playing basketball above, lot of balls bouncing and jumping/running feet. On-board experience was the usual. Public restrooms were hard to find (not marked well); however, clean. The sea ray shore excursion was wonderful and would do again. Amber Cove had free zip lining and the large pool was roomy enough for lots of people. As for value of money, this was a gift, but I will not be on the Glory again. I will give Carnival one more try, but on a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was a girls cruise. I’ve been on Freedom and Liberty so I’m familiar with the conquest class ship. This cruise made me realize that Carnival is no longer for me. Personally I feel Carnival needs to evolve on all levels ... Read More
This was a girls cruise. I’ve been on Freedom and Liberty so I’m familiar with the conquest class ship. This cruise made me realize that Carnival is no longer for me. Personally I feel Carnival needs to evolve on all levels especially entertainment. I’ve since cancelled Breeze . Embarking was easy where as disembarkment was terrible, Carnival blamed imagination but it wasn’t , it was Carnival. Service as always was good, these people are such hard workers and alway pleasant. Entertainment was very low level compared to other lines and simply boring. Activities outside of trivia were very limited and the same old same old. Ship it self is a typical old school Carnival ship with neon everywhere...it’s to be expected on the older ships. Lido food was average , Guys not as good as remembered, all and all food was average and what we expected. We did do the Emerald steakhouse and it wasn’t anything too special, wouldn’t wast my money again. Most parts of the ship constantly smelled of sewer , this isn’t the first time we have had this problem on Carnival . Ports were good as well as the two excursions we booked via Carnival. Ports were Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. In St Thomas we took a tour of St John As mentioned above, I would cruise with Carnival again. This was my sixth Carnival cruise and I kind of felt this way on my last but I now know I’m moving on. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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 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
after our TA Carnival Vista cruise which was so wonderful we though we would sail Carnival for all our upcoming cruises but after what we have seen on this cruise, I don't think so. During dinner we saw many times people getting ... Read More
after our TA Carnival Vista cruise which was so wonderful we though we would sail Carnival for all our upcoming cruises but after what we have seen on this cruise, I don't think so. During dinner we saw many times people getting food in their wet bikini / swim shirts staff stood there, looked and did not say anything. In the casino I saw one lady playing a slot machine with her child ( aprox 3 years old ) playing with toys under her chair, security asked her to leave when other guests started to complain. she said no and kept on playing she left when people started starring at her. I saw people smoking at places where it is not allowed to smoke and what upsets me the most was that a girl threw away her sigaret over board she stupidly said "what?" when I said she just killed a dolphin. I saw a bartender giving 2 gin-tonic drinks to a young boy nearly 7 / 8 years old. I saw/heard so many things that upset me so much, this holiday became no vacation anymore. We tried to relax but in this case it was hard not to get upset. we tried to figure out what was going wrong on this cruise, probably the lack of staff combined with the age of guests ( spring break ? ) anyhow the behavior of many guests was not acceptable and staff looked but turned the other way. Eric the CD was a little light in all the darkness of this Exotic Eastern Caribbean cruise. I do hope carnival reads this report as they really need to do something about their tolerance Fun ? this was not funny anymore ..... We will think more than twice when we search for another cruise Carnival what a shame after 8 cruises we probably say goodbye forever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our 3rd cruises with Carnival and it was nothing compare to the 2 first ones. I didn't give a one because the animation and the service in the formal dinner restaurant were good. Other than that, it has been a huge ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruises with Carnival and it was nothing compare to the 2 first ones. I didn't give a one because the animation and the service in the formal dinner restaurant were good. Other than that, it has been a huge disappointment. First of all, the boat was dirty and the stateroom wasn't clean at all. Lot of paper wraps/food on the lido, food and drinks left in the hallway all day long, stains on the sheets, hair left in the shower... second, the boat doesn't have a real pool! 2 little water holes were 5 kids can play. Other than than, there are only hot tubes. Adults couldn't just enjoy a pool. One female maid entered my stateroom without knocking on the door or checking if the room was empty. Unfortunately, I took my shower just 2 minutes before and wasn't dressed. She completely entered the room before she turned around and left like nothing happened. I complained about this incident and took advantage to also talk about the cleanliness of the room in general. The first lady recorded the complaint and called the manager. The manager just told me "sorry but there is nothing I can do". She didn't propose to send someone to clean the room or anything else. She kind of answered me that since I am a man, it is not as bad as if it would have been a woman and a man entered the room. I told her that I didn't want to pay the entire automatic tip as the room service was so bad. She answered that I have to call Carnival after the cruise as she can't do anything. The only response to the incident we received was that... no one ever came to clean the room until the end of the cruise! And when I called Carnival, the lady on the phone told me that they could only give me a voucher for the next cruise. I answered her that I wan't to reduce my tip instead but she told me I should have request it before the end of the trip. I informed her that I have been instructed differently but she started to be aggressive and I have to accept the voucher because she wanted to close my case. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have a lot of travel points with Carnival and there were no available cruise offers for me on my usual Mexican Riviera cruise. Therefore, my friend and I chose the Eastern Caribbean. The ship appeared worn and dirty. It looked like ... Read More
I have a lot of travel points with Carnival and there were no available cruise offers for me on my usual Mexican Riviera cruise. Therefore, my friend and I chose the Eastern Caribbean. The ship appeared worn and dirty. It looked like it needs a complete "makeover." Embarkation with "Faster to the Fun" helped the process. Our cabin needed a thorough cleaning; our cabin steward James was very nice and always available should we need anything. However, the carpet was stained and the linens had a very strong odor. The dining room staff were friendly and very hard working. However, the food was not good. In fact, the only food items I finished were the appetizers and dessert. As for entertainment, nothing looked interesting, so I played in the casino until the smoke became unbearable. I never saw casino staff in the casino. Most ships have casino staff who interact with players; however, this ship did not. Ports were a disappointment as well. I have been to the Eastern Caribbean two other times, the last time was 10 years or so ago. Now, with the exception of San Juan Puerto Rico, the ports are way too commercial. It is like shopping at home. Sad to see it get this way. I should add, we took an excursion in San Juan that cost one half of the Carnival excursion (same tour). Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We cruise about once a year and many of our cruises have been with Carnival. This cruise was a truly disappointing experience. We traveled with my parents so there were four of us in a Grand Suite. The room size and location was perfect ... Read More
We cruise about once a year and many of our cruises have been with Carnival. This cruise was a truly disappointing experience. We traveled with my parents so there were four of us in a Grand Suite. The room size and location was perfect for us. However the room itself was not up to the standard of a suite or even a regular cabin. There was dust/dirt covering the trim above the desk mirrors and on closet shelves. The couch was dirty. I used my own Lysol wipes to clean actual dirt and scuffs off of the couch. The carpet and bedspread were both threadbare, stained and generally gross. The Carnival Comfort Beds were anything but. They were lumpy and obviously way past needing to be replaced. The bidet (we never used it) had some kind of problem where it made a loud, gurgling noise...all day and all night. We told our cabin steward about it three times and three times he assured us he would have someone from maintenance fix it. It remained broken until the day we left. I understand the ship was getting ready to go into drydock. But, these are every day maintenance issues that should be ongoing. In fact, other than the new carpet on the stairs and elevator areas, it looked like the crew gave up on this poor ship a long time ago. Carnival should be ashamed of themselves for charging us what they did for this room. I have some minor health issues and have been eating gluten free for the past year and a half per doctor's orders. I called Carnival ahead and let them know of my dietary concerns. I was told to go to my dining room on the day we board and speak with the maitre d. So I did. There I was told that he was not available and that I could either walk up to the Lido Deck to 'look around for a host' or, to just speak with my waiter that night. I opted to speak to my waiter. I was told that they "do not make special orders on the first night". Excuse me? Special Orders? I'm asking questions that anyone who works at a restaurant should be able to answer about the food on their menu. Obviously I know what foods are naturally gluten free. But I don't know if that's changed in the preparation and needed these questions answered. I was told to just 'order the chicken' and they would bring me the following night's menu so that 'from now on' they could help me. This is absolutely unacceptable. And the buffet was no better. Nothing is labeled and when you ask a crew member they don't (or they pretend they don't so they don't have to be bothered) understand what you're asking for. The food in the dining room was often cold by the time we got it. Not just mine but all of ours. Carnival offers no special desserts for gluten free eaters accept for the melting cake. Which is very good but not so good that I want it every single night. They have no gluten free dessert offerings at the buffet either. A side note: our last cruise was not on Carnival. We were also in a suite on that ship, they were extremely helpful with gluten free eating, foods on the buffet were labeled accordingly, they had a different GF dessert on the buffet and in the dining room every day and, this cruise on the Glory cost us just as much as that one. Lots of people have food allergies or eat gluten free, vegan, paleo, etc these days. Carnival needs to start paying more attention to this. Construction was going on during our cruise as they have decided to add a water park to this ship. We aren't water slide people so the fact that it was already taken down didn't bother us. But, the construction noise was absolutely NOT the background music that we should have had to deal with. We're talking jackhammers and loud pounding while you're trying to 'escape' and enjoy the sunshine. Really a bad call on Carnival's part to have this going on while guests were on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This not being my first cruise I found it to be very disappointing. The service was minimal, I actually didn't know who my cabin steward was the entire trip. While trying to enjoy the deck with my 4 year old not once was I ever ... Read More
This not being my first cruise I found it to be very disappointing. The service was minimal, I actually didn't know who my cabin steward was the entire trip. While trying to enjoy the deck with my 4 year old not once was I ever approached for a drink, you had to go to the bar and get it yourself. The food the entire trip was that, just food. Nothing special or spectacular, it kept one nourished but the buffet had the identical items in the identical place every single day. A little dull. The dining room food was ok, the only thing I can say was delicious were the mashed potatoes. The food was nothing to write home about. The night of lobster I was unfortunately too sea sick to enjoy. And why was I sea sick? The boat rocked side to side viciously for 6 of the 7 days. I, nor many other seasoned cruisers had EVER experienced rocking like that. Never had I been that sea sick in my life. Thank goodness room service brought some wonderful motion sickness medication that was the ONLY thing affordable on the ship, 4 pills for $3.75. Due to the rocking of the boat the entertainment was significantly trimmed in the theater. We were greeted with a note while boarding the ship to state our first port, Half Moon Cay, would be cancelled before we left the docks. We did manage to see St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. As we were approaching beautiful Grand Turk I took photos of the shore, hoping and thinking we were going to dock the ship kept sailing by.... announcing that we were going to Miami. Apparently too windy....not according to my pics. Very disappointing. Due to the no stop everyone headed to the outside deck... there were not places to sit, no extra chairs out people just sitting on the floor. During the trip we did encounter some windy weather, the top outside decks were closed off for the majority of the trip. The one nice covered indoor pool (retractable roof) was not in use... when we wanted to enjoy some pool time with the kids staff wouldn't allow it stating the pool was only for 18 years and over. Too bad the staff wouldn't bend to allow parents to entertain our little ones in the closed pool area, patrons of the boat certainly didn't care as no persons were even in the water. Our room was clean, the shower was the only thing this cruise had going for it. It was the biggest shower stall I have ever seen on a ship. We had a balcony which was nice, as we ended up spending 70% of the cruise in the room. Drinks ended up costing about $10 American, too much for me to swallow. Overall, this was the worst cruise experience I have ever had, the only Carnival compensation we had were the refund of our port charges. Carnival knew they screwed up and on the last day presented a letter offering us 25% off the next cruise, unfortunately Carnival or any of it's affiliates will not be seeing us as guests again. After we left the cruise port on the way home my 4 year old even said "We should have gone to Cuba". Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have sailed on Glory three times over last 5 years and just returned from what I know will be the last. We love the itinerary as we are snorkelers and this is one of the best cruises for that. And the weather cooperated so all should ... Read More
We have sailed on Glory three times over last 5 years and just returned from what I know will be the last. We love the itinerary as we are snorkelers and this is one of the best cruises for that. And the weather cooperated so all should have been great and on the past 2 trips it was everything we hoped and paid for. This time it barely met expectations. Price was slightly higher than 2 years ago when food was fabulous and staff was very attentive; so we had high hopes but this trip was like a bad dream. On the plus side our cabin steward was great and the cabin clean. The Lido was a cross between Golden Choral and Piccadilly Cafeteria. They have added a burger bar with greasy overcooked burgers served cold; when I asked for a hot off the grill they said to come back later that it was an assembly line process and when the current batch were taken they would cook up some more. They also added something they call Comfort Food which is the equivalent of a quick run through the frozen entree section of a supper market! I don't cruise to eat frozen chicken fingers, mashed potato and mac & cheese every day. The Carvery side was slightly more interesting only it did not taste good! Dinner in the dinning room was not much more creative and also bland. A number of people were complaining about the food and the service was very slow. * PM dinner lasted until 10:00 and one night we did not get served until nearly 9 :00 and it was so cold when it came up we sent it back. The entertainment was seriously lacking and there was virtually no activities other than drinking on sea days. The ship is a bit run down and the guest services staff was rude; ineffective and lacked any interest in their job.Excursions were over price and oversold! The entire cruise experience was unfortunately very second rate! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Having cruised a number of times on Princess, Holland, and the Carnival Breeze, we were wide-eyed when we walked on the Glory. The decor is very club-ish, with lower ceilings, bold colors, and neon lights. With over 1000 more passengers ... Read More
Having cruised a number of times on Princess, Holland, and the Carnival Breeze, we were wide-eyed when we walked on the Glory. The decor is very club-ish, with lower ceilings, bold colors, and neon lights. With over 1000 more passengers than the Princess ship we'd just left, the ship often felt crowded, but that also upped the energy level. All 22 bars were hoppin'. Throughout the ship, it felt very understaffed, and while the crew wasn't rude, they seemed very stressed. The ship wasn't dirty, but not white-glove clean either, and it just felt a little tired. Ship: C (although if you're into clubbing, you might feel differently.) The food was a big let-down in comparison with other ships. We certainly didn't starve, but overall the quality, selection, and service just wasn't up to par. There were a number of times we cringed at the sanitation practices. The dining room was congested and understaffed. That said, the burgers and fries are really good, the pizza was popular, and on the formal nights they broke out the table cloths and improved the menu. Food: C- We booked three excursions with the ship. Snorkeling at Half Moon Cay was cancelled, but no notification was given until we tendered ashore and reported to the meeting spot. At St Thomas we were to do a certified scuba dive which met on the pier, two hours after the ship docked. When we reported to our meeting spot we were told it was cancelled due to rough weather. "Unsafe--6 foot waves" were their exact words. What? It was a stellar day with seas like glass, and all the other water activity excursions had gone. We returned to our room and there was a note under our door saying it had been cancelled due to lack of participants. Arrrgh. Both times, if we'd had even a little notification, we would have been able to better adjust our day. The third excursion was a transfer from Miami to Fort Lauderdale with a stop at an Everglades airboat park. It went fine and was an enjoyable way to spend the morning instead of sitting in the airport all day. Bring cash for tips and food. Shore Ex: D Like most Carnival Corporation cruises, most daytime activities centered around shopping and selling excursions. There were no enrichment at sea type presentations. It's just not that kind of ship. I can't speak to the kids' activities. The bars, pool areas, and casino were busy, and the vibe of the ship was just people kicking back and enjoying themselves. Daytime activities: C The saving grace on this ship was the evening entertainment. There were 4 playlist productions on our 7 night cruise (Motor City, Divas, Latin Nights, and Epic Rock). Each one was spectacular, probably the best we've seen on any ship. The Punchliner Comedy Club featured various comedians (although parents beware, we thought Manny's "family" show wasn't kid friendly.) The Hasbro shows were fun family shows and the cruise director did a great job. There was live music all over the ship, usually pretty good, and Carnival lived up to its "fun ship" mantra in the evenings. Entertainment: A Because we had a balcony, fabulous weather, beautiful ports, and great evening entertainment, we still enjoyed ourselves. If a great deal on a Carnival ship fell in my lap, I'd go again, with different expectations. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
13 years ago we opted to do our daughters 15 Bday with Carnival...amazing experience. Enjoyed so much we opted to hold her wedding with them too. Wedding Amazing (the mic & sound was not working but quickly handled.) Understand 189 ... Read More
13 years ago we opted to do our daughters 15 Bday with Carnival...amazing experience. Enjoyed so much we opted to hold her wedding with them too. Wedding Amazing (the mic & sound was not working but quickly handled.) Understand 189 guest. Reception going well until one of the servers insults my oldest daughter by calling her pregnant which she replied no mam I'm just fat. I guess no sensitive or cultural diversity training provided. 50 guest opted to join our cruise to included several MLB players. There is no doubt the quality of the food all over has diminished dramatically. Note room service includes chicken wings for a small additional $5 fee yet they must be grade 4 as they only bring the "flats" & the bones are crushed into hundreds of pieces. Useless when eating wings. Do not prepay your drinks as they make it seem that yes you can 15 drinks per person per day but really, why limit you to the list & no doubles? Count them as 2 for all we care. Bathrooms dirty can not describe them yes I'm referring to the public ones. Captains night NOTHING like before, what happened to the file mignon & lobster tail? Don't sit in the bar & offer drinks to others sailors... no, not drunk & even if you are offering to purchase that round the bartender is eager yet wait...security said they had receive complaints...why wouldnt the bartender cut you off or ask you to stop. Be aware if you complain to the right people they will refund you the drink package as they did for the 2 that made it a point to be persistent. Their private island in the Bahamas...well its the ship with sand...again the food, poor quality cold burgers & chicken. Where are the ribs? Folks I could go on & on but our minds are made up Carnival has changed & for the worst. Our next cruise next year...well definitely not Carnival. Again great wedding but wait!!!! They hire a company to handle that so in essence they don't handle that. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I have been taking cruises for over 10 years and have sailed on NCL, Celebrity, MSC, RCCL and Princess as well as one cruise on Carnival Breeze. To say I was disappointed would be a huge understatement. I was cruising with three other ... Read More
I have been taking cruises for over 10 years and have sailed on NCL, Celebrity, MSC, RCCL and Princess as well as one cruise on Carnival Breeze. To say I was disappointed would be a huge understatement. I was cruising with three other women and two of us are seniors. We had problems with our hotel shuttle and did not get to the port until 10:30 but luckily the lines were not too bad. Getting through the embarkation was easy and fairly fast. Naturally the waiting room was full and we had to stand against a wall unless we all wanted to sit in separate areas in chairs. Anyway, I expected to be on the ship by noon which has been normal on my other cruises. On this one we did not get aboard until after 1:30. We headed to the buffet which was not as crowded as I expected and I did like the layout of the tables. After eating we headed down to our cabins only to find out that one of them (an ocean view) was not yet ready. It was now after 2 PM and again this is late for having the cabins open. We dropped our luggage off in our balcony cabin on deck 6. So I will list some of the main problems I had with this ship. THE FOOD - No selection and mostly the same stuff. No sliced fruit at breakfast, only fruit cocktail. The ONLY bread/rolls that were at the buffet were small dinner rolls. If you wanted a hamburger or French fries you had to go out on the pool deck and get into a LONG line for Guy's Hamburgers. The deserts were terrible in my opinion. The other problem was the lighting in the buffet. At supper time it was so dim that you could hardly see your food. Activities - Every time we tried to go to the Library it was closed for some event. This is rather funny since there were only about three tables in there if you did want to play board games or cards. The casino was fine but the cigarette smoke was bad in some areas. This seems to be a problem on all cruise ships. Movies on the pool deck were good unless it started raining. The mini-golf is very nice but seems to have been an afterthought because you have to walk THROUGH the volleyball/basketball court to get to the mini-golf. Tricky when people are playing and probably annoying for them. The shuffle board court is a joke. It is on one of the sun deck (maybe 12 or 13) and the court is painted on the regular deck boards (which have grooves in-between them). I tried to play but could not get the marker any further than half way down the court. We gave up. The pools were very nice and naturally filled with people so you could not swim. One was for children and the other larger one was mixed so it was hard to use with kids jumping in all over the place. The serenity deck for adults looks very nice but it is at the opposite end of the ship from the adult pool and there is no full shade for any of the loungers. The cabin was very nice although it is showing its age. However there is lots of closet space and drawers for storage. SERVICE - This was not good in several areas. We did not get our luggage delivered to our room until 8 PM and in the buffet our dishes were never cleared off our table quickly so we had to move them to an empty table in order to have room for our tea and deserts. The service in one side of the MDR was excellent but when we were seated at the other side it was not nearly as good. Our room steward, Anak was very good and helpful when we needed something. MUSTER DRILL - This was a painful experience. Most muster drills have the passengers meeting in a lounge, restaurant or theater. This one was on deck 4. We got there on time and had to line up against the wall and stand there for 15 minutes waiting for all the other people to show up. One elderly lady near us had to switch places so she could lean up against the ship as she had a bad back. In the end there were FIVE rows of people so you could not see the person demonstrating how to put on a life jacket. The whole thing was a joke and a waste of time. Then we had to wait another 10 minutes to be allowed to leave the deck. Entertainment - I did not go to any of the shows but my friends went to one and really enjoyed it. However the other one they saw (Divas) was not so good. I did go to two of the comedy shows and neither of them were very funny. These were the PG ones so I don't know if the adult content ones were any better. The performers didn't seem to have very many jokes and just kept re-hashing them during the show. Ports and Excursions - We had to miss Half Moon Cay due to hurricane damage. We booked our own excursions on St. Thomas and San Juan and just went to the beach at Grand Turk. PARTY SHIP - I had heard this term but did not have any problems on the Carnival Breeze. This time it was different. I don't think it mattered where your cabin was, you could hear the music and partiers right up to midnight. I could even make out the words to the songs. Then on the fifth day of the cruise I was awakened at MIDNIGHT by some drunken woman across the hall beating on a cabin door and screeching at the top of her lungs along with a lot of cursing. This went on for 15 minutes before I called security and she seemed to go away. Don't plan on getting a good nights sleep. Disembarkation - The final insult. We were given luggage tags with the number 24 on them and our friends had number 32. We had NO idea what these numbers meant or what time our luggage would be off the ship and ready for pick up. We had to be at the airport by around 10:30 and knew that Customs and a taxi would take up at least 30 minutes. There was NO WAY to get any information about this. There is no phone number for Customer Service and the only option is to go to the desk. This is where there were THREE STAFF and a line up of about 30 people! On any other ship you are able to pick your own luggage tags according to the time you need to leave the ship. Then a staff person (in the Amber Palace Theater) told us that with # 24 and #32 our luggage would probably not be off the ship until after 11 AM. That's insane. We had to get up at 6 AM so we could have breakfast and then take all our luggage and do the "walk-off" option which is not easy if you are a senior citizen. So needless to say I won't be sailing with Carnival again. Perhaps their newer ships have dealt with the noise issue but it wouldn't matter. I will stick with NCL and Celebrity from now on. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I will start this review off by saying that I have done over 30 cruises with RCCL, Norwegian, Princess, Holland American and Celebrity. This was my first Carnival cruise. I was invited by a friend, who is a Premier member, and this was a ... Read More
I will start this review off by saying that I have done over 30 cruises with RCCL, Norwegian, Princess, Holland American and Celebrity. This was my first Carnival cruise. I was invited by a friend, who is a Premier member, and this was a Premier cruise. She might have been treated as Premier but I certainly wasn't. First, the good stuff: Roberto and Big Al, Main Dining Room head waiters, were probably the most knowledgeable, had the most ability to please the passengers at their tables and answer all questions and needs. Their mission was to make sure the passengers were pleased and happy, and they succeeded the two meals I had with each of them. The Camel Club Casino staff were wonderful, including Desi and Zee, Casino Managers. They were there to please and be helpful and they succeeded every time. The other staff, dealers, slot attendants, cleaning staff, were all knowledgeable and wonderful. The shows were unbelievable. I saw Divas, Epic Rock and in Punchliners, CeeJee Jones. Absolutely some of the best cruise shows I have ever seen. The dancing, singing, comedy was spot on. Just remember, that in Punchliners, some of the shows at rated Adult, so if you have children, beware. I had a terrible time with the smoke when I have cruised before but on the Glory it really wasn't an issue. Yes, smoking is allowed on Deck 10, and in the casino, but I found it to be somewhat controlled by smoke eaters that were placed around the casino. Unless you are ultra sensitive to smoke it is tolerable. Guy's Burger Joint was great. The burgers were done perfectly and you could pick different things the cooks could put on them and then there was a myriad of toppings to put on my cheeseburger. The home made fries were great and you could request cheese to be melted on top of them. I ate there 3 times because I knew it would be a good meal. Second, the bad stuff: Our stateroom, Deck 6, 6311, interior accessible stateroom, was about six doors down from the Amber Palace showroom. You could sing along with all of the songs, because you could hear all of the songs. You could laugh at the jokes because you could hear all of them. When there was a show at 11 p.m. that last until 11:45, I was glad I wasn't sleepy because there was no way I could have slept. There were food odors prevalent on every deck of the Glory. You could smell seafood, mexican food, fried foods, etc. It was not a pleasant odor. MDR service was very slow several times. I attended the SeaDay Brunch and was sat at the back by the window. 15 minutes before anyone appears at the table, another 15 minutes to get my orange juice and over 30 minutes to get my breakfast, which arrived wrong and cold. Most food was cool or just lukewarm when served. The Buffet on Lido Deck was just ok. Every buffet I have gone to has had many choices of salads, entrees, desserts and drinks. Carnival's had a potato salad, a green salad, a Caesar salad and cheese and deli meat. The entrees were 4 to 6 choices, not enough choices. The desserts were even less with about 4 or 5 choices, no cookies, usually one cake, jello, a pie of some kind and that was it. Drinks were iced tea, lemonade and water. I found this to be seriously lacking in choices. I have never had a buffet so sparse of the food choices. I was so disappointed in the buffet. Deck 3 is where the Atrium starts and goes up to Deck 9. Deck 3 is where shore excursions and guest services are located. Several times I tried to stop by to ask questions of guest services and there was something, music, cruise director staff holding shows, etc., and you could not hear what the guest services rep was saying. I was actually told to come back when the show was done so that I could hear and the rep could hear. There needs to be better planning. Also the line for guest services was always at least 20 people long and they didn't move very fast because there usually was a staff of two people, that is all. Third, the ugly stuff: Our stateroom was an accessible stateroom. I rented a mobility scooter that was waiting in the hallway. I tried to move it into the room and it wouldn't fit. I had asked for the beds to be made as two twins, when I arrived it was one queen. I went to see the steward and he said he would change it but it would be early evening. I explained that I couldn't get the scooter in but he said it would have to wait. Finally, after twisting and turning and pushing the scooter I finally got it into the shower, yes I said shower. If this is an accessible stateroom, Carnival is crazy. We could barely move. The Room Steward was non-existent. I saw him the first day, he never introduced himself to me. I asked to place the twin beds a certain way so that the scooter could be pulled into and backed out of the room. He told me no because he wouldn't be able to change and or make up the beds. I thought it was the cruise lines responsibility to make the passenger happy. I decided to move the beds myself the next morning. Remember, I am disabled. I dropped one of the beds on my foot and still have a large bruise to show for moving the beds, but it worked. I could get the scooter in and out of the room with only a small amount of difficulty. In the MDR, I had a head waiter who thought his job was to take the orders. The Team Waitress, Lemsem, did everything else, serving, cleaning, dessert orders, etc. When I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, I was moved to luggage pickup where I found the Carnival transfer members. I asked the young man what I needed to do and he rudely told me to go sit down and when he had time he would speak to me. I watched him and what I saw was him on his personal cell phone, texting and talking, not helping any passengers. I asked for assistance with my luggage and was told to get a porter, but there were none available. I had to push my luggage about a half block to where we waited in the heat and humidity for the bus. I was told by one of the Carnival staff that they didn't order enough buses for the three Carnival ships that were sailing so we had to wait for an extra bus. It took almost 1 hour and 30 minutes before I could get on the bus to go to the Port of Miami. When I arrive at the Port I was told to tell the first Carnival employee I saw I needed wheelchair assistance, which I did. I was told since I had Priority boarding I could either do Priority, which was walking on board the ship, which I couldn't do, or sit and wait for a wheelchair. I was told to wait outside, in the heat and humidity, which I did. Then a thunderstorm hit, all accessible passengers were left to sit in the rain, heat and thunderstorm. I waited over an hour to be taken on board the ship. I have never had a cruise line force a passenger to sit outside to wait for a wheelchair. I have always been placed in a room, inside the port building. Carnival seriously needs a complete overhaul of their policies regarding accessibility. This is not Carnival's fault but the transfer back to Ft. Lauderdale, the buses are not allowed to park by the entrance to the terminals. Passengers must be left off almost a block away from the entrance. Again, if you are physically challenged this is very hard to walk. Something needs to be done to make it easier. I watched individual cars park right by the entrance doors, but not buses. General Impressions: Glory is an old ship that could stand a complete refurbishment. Crew needs to have better training and learn the correct way to treat passengers. I found that the employees that had the most time on board ship were the nicest, the newer employees were the rudest. There were cracked tiles and torn carpeting throughout the ship, with mold and mildew present. The odors needs to be addressed. The food needs to have a larger selection. I had a problem with asking Guest Services a question and finding out that the answer was wrong. Example: I asked GS what time and where did I need to go for wheelchair disembarkation and was told the Amber Palace at 8:30 a.m., which is what I did. When I got there a member of the Cruise Director's staff asked where I had been. I had a luggage tag 1 and should have come when they called it at 7:30 and I was now an hour late for disembarkation. I feel if you want an inexpensive cruise without a lot of bells and whistles, then Carnival is the cruise for you. I will probably never go on another Carnival cruise because I want to be treated fairly, with my needs met and my questions answered correctly and at least enough decent tasting food so I wasn't hungry all the time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
First I want to say is that I am a very forgiving person when it comes to cruise lines. I understand that most ship (especially Carnival ships) are old and being replaced. I spent a week on Carnival Glory and it was the worst experience I ... Read More
First I want to say is that I am a very forgiving person when it comes to cruise lines. I understand that most ship (especially Carnival ships) are old and being replaced. I spent a week on Carnival Glory and it was the worst experience I have every had. The food and entertainment is not up to other cruise lines standards. The food was way to bland. It was the worst cruise food i have every had. I have been on two other Carnival cruises and food was much better. The entertainment was also not very good. The Carnival Breeze food and entertainment was fair superior. Even the food on the Carnival Sensation was superior. I do have to give a special thanks to the dining room staff. They were outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We have been on many cruises on various lines (20-25+? / we've lost track) including quite a few on Carnival. We are usually skeptical of ‘bad reviews’ and often ignore some of the complaints as ‘unreasonable expectations’. ... Read More
We have been on many cruises on various lines (20-25+? / we've lost track) including quite a few on Carnival. We are usually skeptical of ‘bad reviews’ and often ignore some of the complaints as ‘unreasonable expectations’. That said; we were very disappointed about much of this cruise and especially so with the lack of hygiene and staff training. We try to make the best of every situation and expect that some things will go wrong but we can no longer ignore how much has gone downhill at Carnival in the past few years. If you haven't booked this yet...you should think twice about choosing another line and/or ship. In the past 3-4 years, we have noticed a decline in the overall quality. Too many things to discuss them all and of course, some things are subjective. So in this review, my focus is on the lack of hygiene and staff training for which there is no acceptable excuse. Our stateroom was a ‘connecting’ cabin (which we did not request) and DH didn’t like that we could hear every conversation next door so he tried to change cabins but none were available. Guest Services assured him that there was a method to ‘seal’ the door to block sound and we should ask the cabin steward. Our cabin steward had no clue about this and Housekeeping had no clue so we suggested that they should inform Guest Services so they wouldn’t continue to give out incorrect information. Eventually, Guest Services contacted us and they ‘informed’ housekeeping which in turn put masking tape around the door. Although we did appreciate the effort, masking tape isn’t really effective soundproofing and the entire issue was frustrating and a waste of everyone’s time. Clearly, a lack training and communication between departments is in effect. In the meantime, while DH was at Guest Services, the cabin steward walked into our cabin without knocking!! First time this has EVER happened! And he was not apologetic either – I told him sternly to never enter again without knocking first! This shouldn’t even have to be said or taught!! It’s a good thing I was dressed at the time or I would have made a much bigger issue of this. When we began unpacking, we found that much of the storage space was already in use. There were various curtains, bedspreads, blankets, towels and bedskirts stuffed into the closets. When I removed them, they took up the entire sofa. When I asked the cabin steward to take them away, he was a bit annoyed and tried to convince me to leave them in the cabin! Why is Carnival using cabins for storage? We were in perfect health when we boarded the ship on Saturday and looking forward to a fun week. The next morning, Sunday, my husband started to not feel well and got worse each day. By Tuesday morning, he was so uncomfortable that he visited the doctor onboard who gave him antibiotics for an infection in his throat. By Thursday, I also had to visit the doctor with laryngitis, swollen glands, sore throat and some bronchitis. We are convinced that our cabin – and from the looks of it, perhaps the entire ship – was a huge, nasty Petri dish. While we understand that cabins/ship interiors are not ‘disinfected’, we DO expect that cabins and ship interiors be thoroughly cleaned – regularly! This was not the case. We found less than clean conditions throughout our cabin and other interior spaces. For example; halfway through the week, I pulled out the vanity chair only to find half of a plastic Easter egg under the vanity. Easter was on April 5th so it’s evident that a month later; this area had still not been cleaned or vacuumed!!!! We came across other ‘nasty stuff’ throughout the cabin and public spaces but I’ll spare you the gross details. Suffice it to say that it is now May 21, 2015 and I am still sick but finally recovering after the latest treatment with steroids. Overall, the lack of cleanliness on the Glory goes beyond the ‘ick’ factor and falls into the ‘contaminated’ category. From the nastiness in our cabin, to food and ‘slop’ in the hallways, to unidentifiable messes on the floors of elevators, to allowing passengers to fill their personal ice/water/juice containers from dispensers in the buffet restaurants, the opportunity to spread disease is rampant, disgusting and totally overlooked and/or accepted by Carnival staff. In addition to hygiene, the Glory is in serious need of maintenance and updating. The curtains hanging at the picture window in our stateroom were threadbare and several times, the cabin towels had holes in them - and yes, I have pictures to prove it. Some sheets had stains – nail polish and other ‘unidentified’ stains. One elevator refused to go down - it would go down 1 floor and then simply go back up to the top floor. Various times during the week, coffee or juice/tea/water dispensers broke down and if you alerted someone, the typical response was ‘Use the one in the back’. Worse still, this response was delivered in an annoyed or rude tone – on more than one instance. Same thing when we asked for directions. It's almost as if they were telling you ‘don’t bother me’! Honestly, we were taken aback by some of the responses we received since most cruise staff has always been polite. Has staff training been cut back? Are they paying the staff less so that they feel it’s standard procedure to treat passengers poorly? Were they having a bad day? I don’t know the answer to this – and yes, there were plenty of others that were more courteous but in all our years of cruising, we have never before come across so many that were absolutely rude. We also found a larger number of staff that either could not understand English very well or where the accents were so pronounced that you could not understand them! Is this a new trend with Carnival? The food was okay for the most part – just okay, not great. However, a couple of nights had limited choices in the dining room. The buffets were heavy on various salads but short on meat choices. The desserts are not sweet so we mostly didn’t bother – is sugar being rationed? The coffee is VERY bitter, even from room service – perhaps it’s time to replace the brewers/dispensers? The one bright spot in the week was the Motown show in the Amber Palace. It was upbeat, fun and well performed. To sum up…the ship is FILTHY and needs a lot of maintenance. The staff should be of higher quality and better trained. The food needs some improvement – both in taste and in the choices provided. In the past, I have recommended Carnival to friends and family – sadly, I can no longer do so and will most likely go elsewhere for future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Being a first time cruiser, I would have to say this ship was not at all what I was expecting when I signed up for a "relaxing" vacation, and it will probably be my first and last cruise. Positives of this cruise: The crew are ... Read More
Being a first time cruiser, I would have to say this ship was not at all what I was expecting when I signed up for a "relaxing" vacation, and it will probably be my first and last cruise. Positives of this cruise: The crew are very welcoming and were super nice. Got to see 3 out of the 4 islands for this trip - Turks and Caicos was absolutely stunning. Guy's burger joint was my go-to on this ship, burgers were phenomenal. Definitely spend the extra money for a balcony room, my friends all decided to do interior and were complaining all week. Did the catamaran (with Chukka) excursion at Turks and Caicos, water was beautiful and saw lots of fish. Negatives: Had to wake up extremely early in order to get seats on days at sea, which was a huge annoyance due to people tying their towels around chairs to save seats and then just walking away (this happened all week and the crew on the lido deck really did nothing to stop this from happening). Pools were a 50% chance of being open whenever you wanted to use them, which sucked because it was extremely hot out. Half of the hot tubs were under maintenance or were completely closed for unknown reasons. The boat in general is just small, and it's extremely evident on days at sea, be very prepared to be surrounded by people constantly. Being stuck waiting in lines was the theme of the week for this cruise. Whether it was waiting line for the buffet, getting off the boat (extremely unorganized) or getting back onto the boat (even more unorganized) it was a constant pain and really ate up precious time of the vacation. Rooms were clean but definitely seemed outdated (reminded me of a cheap NJ shore motel) and in serious need of a revamp. Food was a it could be good or completely horrible situation. Be prepared to send back steaks if you do not like them pink at all. Dress code was not taken seriously during all dinners whether casual or formal, I watched multiple people wear bathing suits or even jeans, when the carnival claimed it wouldn't allow people in if they were not dressed up to par. Drink package was overpriced. Be prepared to spend an arm and a leg on excursions through carnival, places like the Bacardi factory in Puerto Rico through the cruise was $55 when in reality (from being their this past may) if you take the Ferry across to Catano (which is extremely close to the docking area) its a 50 cent ride (one way) and the taxi service to Bacardi factory is $3.00 (one way), as well as tickets into the factory itself was $10-12.00. It's a huge rip off to go through the cruise line, and they will claim they have the cheapest and best price, but it is absolutely not true. (Same applies to the Fort in Puerto Rico, ridiculous inflated prices online but in person are ten times cheaper) Don't buy into it and do your research before booking one because you will save yourself spending money. Overall the negatives outweigh the positives, I would definitely recommend trying a different cruise line. My boyfriend and his family have sailed Royal Caribbean before and he claimed it surpassed this cruise on so many levels, so perhaps my first experience was just a bad luck of the draw. However, I will stick to traveling to islands and exploring them over going on another cruise, especially this cruise line in the future. ** If you are a first time cruiser be very weary about land sickness upon coming back post-cruise. I have never had motion sickness or sea sickness problems all my life (had not one single issue with seasickness during the cruise), but due to the serious choppiness of the water, it has left me with the sensation of being on the boat still and makes it extremely difficult to readjust to land. (If I had known this prior I would've never step foot on this ship) Definitely talk to your doctor before cruising to settle out any issues, definitely recommend dramamine or the patches. I don't want to discourage people from trying this cruise line or cruising in general, just figured I would give my honest opinion, especially considering it was my first time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Lets talk about the positive aspects of the cruise first. The dining room staff was attentive, friendly ,helpful. and very hard working.The workout area was quite adequate, clean and well equipped. The stateroom was clean and nicely ... Read More
Lets talk about the positive aspects of the cruise first. The dining room staff was attentive, friendly ,helpful. and very hard working.The workout area was quite adequate, clean and well equipped. The stateroom was clean and nicely appointed and the cabin stewards took care to keep in in good order. Now for the rest of the story.....With the exception of the two "elegant" dining evenings the food was of "diner" quality and the presentation was unimaginative. The first days of the cruise the side dishes arrived from the galley, after the entrée was eaten. The dinners on the two "elegant" dining nights were nicely presented and excellent. Funny that they called the nights "elegant" as there were numerous guests in the dining room in tee shirts,,baseball caps, on backwards and shorts. The dining room was crowded and noisy. One could upgrade the dinner experience for an additional $20.00 per dinner guest per night The cruise director "Dr. E" spoke so fast and with his "cute" interjections that he was difficult to understand. Why would the cruise line hire a DOCTOR for a Cruise Director???? We could NOT hear the instructions given at the Muster session prior to our sailing. The entertainment was mediocre with the exception of one comedian and a four piece group. There were lines for EVERYTHING!!!! The ship is a floating INFORMERCIAL with most of the days events revolving around selling something or activities that had a fee attached. Drink were expensive as was the bottle of water in the stateroom which was $4.95. Did I mention that a tour of the inner workings of the ship was $95.00 ? The area near the casino smelled of stale cigarette smoke. Cruise photos, if you choose to buy them were 14.99 each and there were more cruise pics photographers than street beggars in a third world country. At one port of call, I counted 7 photographers at the gangplank hounding the passengers to have their pics taken. Seats and tables were at a premium in every venue and there were people EVERYWHERE!!! All in all, a completely different experience than I had in my previous cruise some twenty years ago. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
If you are looking for quality cuisine, choose another cruise company. Ship is old and looked like something out of the 70's. We were waiting for the disco ball to fall from our ceiling. If you enjoy raunchy entertainment, you will ... Read More
If you are looking for quality cuisine, choose another cruise company. Ship is old and looked like something out of the 70's. We were waiting for the disco ball to fall from our ceiling. If you enjoy raunchy entertainment, you will enjoy this cruise. One good thing was the wait staff at each dinner was efficient, kind and entertaining. Internet does not work. Be prepared for a sale job in your face all the time - photo ops, shot drinks peddled at dinner, jewelry sale announcements and fliers, booze sales, art sales, etc. Did not enjoy the Disney-like/Casino atmosphere and if they said "FUN" one more time, I was going to get sick. We could not wait to get off the boat at each port. That was the only saving grace to the trip. Amazing beaches and sites. Half Moon Cay was beautiful and as we went south, the temps rose. Grand Turk was small and we took a tour of the island by taxi. Puerto Rico was a metropolis. We took a rain forest tour. That was nice. Our favorite port was St. Thomas. Lots of trash on the roadways, but nice snorkeling and beaches. Two days on the ship almost drove us crazy. Not much to do on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Very disappointed in this ship. It was smelly - former smoking areas have not been cleaned of smoke smell - several areas smelled musty. The cruise director acted very unprofessional; he was loud, obnoxious, spoke unclearly, and there was ... Read More
Very disappointed in this ship. It was smelly - former smoking areas have not been cleaned of smoke smell - several areas smelled musty. The cruise director acted very unprofessional; he was loud, obnoxious, spoke unclearly, and there was huge gaps in entertainment times. The Christmas show was put on very, very late (10:00) which included young children in the show, and the so-called Christmas story read by the entertainment director was terrible and not something that the children seemed to enjoy. Entertainment on this ship was not very good and we were somewhat bored. The ports were wonderful, as were the staff in the Platinum (lower) dining room (Ioan and Vlad - two thumps up). Our cabin steward was very friendly and accommodating. Overall, we did not find the staff very friendly. I will definitely never cruise on this ship again and am not overly thrilled with Carnival. One of the pieces of our luggage arrived with a broken wheel to which the staff sent us a letter saying that if we have it fixed within 30 days they will CONSIDER repayment. Also, getting off the ship in Costa Maya was horrendous - elevators letting people off into a crowd where the hallway and staircases emptied into one stairway was disastrous with pushing, shoving, yelling and stepping on toes! Also, I was upset over 4 things that I wanted to do that were listed in the Fun Times daily and were actually held on different days (one was for a Scotch tasting.) Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
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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