2 Miami to Europe - Western Mediterranean Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

My father-in-law (83) and I (61) took our second "old fart" cruise to the Western Carib in early November 2014. We flew into Miami the day before and wandered around S Beach the evening before. The beach was having a 24 hour ... Read More
My father-in-law (83) and I (61) took our second "old fart" cruise to the Western Carib in early November 2014. We flew into Miami the day before and wandered around S Beach the evening before. The beach was having a 24 hour fashion show that Friday night so the strip was hopping-we had a ball wandering and mingling! We had a room overnight in S Beach one block off the strip in a funky old hotel that was trying its best to hang in there...Perfectly adequate for us. Cabbed over to Glory next day about noon and we were thru the boarding process in 25 minutes-amazing! Every single spot at their check-in counter was manned and they had us on board lickity-split. A+ grade to Carnival! Rooms weren't ready until 100-ish so we had tea and chilled out and visited with the other early birds. Carnival put our cruise on sale a few months before, allowing us to upgrade to an outside cabin with balcony for about 20 bucks a head from our original inside cabin price! Watch those e-mails after you book!! Having a balcony was perfect for a cocktail before and after dinner-We are spoiled now, big time! The ship is showing signs of age-painted over rust on balcony, constant maintenance crew drilling and cutting the canopy cantilever over the aft pool area-a little noisy, but no show stopper by any means. The walls are constantly shedding their small tiles in this area also, but, again, no big deal. note: the bar aft, by the pool and hot tubs has single malt Scotches of very fine provenance-18 yr old Macallan, for one. The cost is identical to any garden variety scotch or american whisky so be sure and head back there if you have a discerning booze pallet-like my bagpipe playing father-in-law Malcolm. He was purring like a kitten when he found this spot! FYI, doubles are an extra 3.00 in the restaurants and at the comedy club, not at the bars! Also, this was the only bar we found with the high end selection, including The Alchemy Bar. Note to Carnival-Bourbons go a lot deeper than Makers Mark for top shelf choices. We are from KY, so we shared a lot of label names with the staff there and they were genuinely interested in the info. The Eurocentric staff and buyers appear to be well behind the curve on the Bourbon revolution sweeping the US! The food was very nice and we did not have any issues with any staff anywhere on board. Carnival staff do very well in this regard in our two experiances in the last year-here and Sunshine. The Gym is very nice, but I did miss the newer cardio machines (with live displays of scenes around the world) on the Sunshine! Alway get a charge out of how crowded it is day 1 and 2-by the third it's the staff, the dancers and a few fellow gym rats! We attended two comedy shows and one stage show-we had a blast and were very happy with the quality (and those doubles for an extra 3.00)! Food alert: the fish and chips above the aft general eating area was a very, very nice find. Great fish and chips and a very good bouillabaisse I could have bathed in-very, very good (but don't call it cioppino unless you want the stink-eye from the chef!). Never was crowded but appeared just open through lunch. The Pizza aft was very good as well, but much busier! We did no sanctioned excursions, just got off and walked or took van transports around to sight see and shop. Bought the wives bamboo/cotton sheets in Caymen and had them shipped. we both had the sheets at out doors within 1 week of coming home. The ladies love them! Excursion alert: Roatan has an amazing little beach you can walk to from the ship-we spent an afternoon there and were pleased with the people watching! The water was terrific and you can spend the day there for free if you don't take the tram or rent a cabana. Get there early if you want a chair and bring your own towel! Cold beer and good food choices if you don't want to walk back to eat/drink! We paid up one night and had dinner in the steakhouse-I highly recommend this. Clearly these are the very best waitstaff and the food was amazing. I had a terrific rib-eye and Malcolm ordered a filet and we were shocked at how big it was-had to be 12 oz... I had the cheese tray for desert and they brought a wheel of each variety out to display the choices and cut rather large volumes of my choices-almost overwhelming. The waitstaff was there when we needed them and invisible the rest of the time-to me, that defines professional service. Do it, you will be very glad you did!! All in all we had an absolutely wonderful time on Glory, age spots and all (we can relate!). Cant wait to get out to the Caribbean with Carnival again. Remember, Carnival is not just for hard partying young adults-It is pretty darn appropriate for a couple of old farts looking for some sunshine and relaxation away from the cold on the midwest> Thank you Carnival for a great time again!! Thomas and Malcolm Lexington, KY Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We have cruised Carnival since the early 70's and have never had a bad cruise. We were very unhappy with the service on this ship. We discussed the problems we were haviang with other guests, who we had met on Cruise Critic before we ... Read More
We have cruised Carnival since the early 70's and have never had a bad cruise. We were very unhappy with the service on this ship. We discussed the problems we were haviang with other guests, who we had met on Cruise Critic before we left on this cruise. The general consensus was the same, the service was not up to par. The dining room service was very poor. We feel that the people who worked the tables had not been properly trained, which really surprised us. Also, they were very short staffed in that dining room. Service was slow and not friendly. We will continue to cruise with Carnival, we have never had anything bad to report on with them in the past, but will never cruise on the Glory again. The Maitre d did not ask people not to enter dressed shabby, in shorts and ballcap on. If people want to dress like that, it is their business, but they should eat on top deck. Not in the dining room, as it is not Mc Donalds fast food restaurant. I have never understood people who get a kick out of breaking rules, and I think that the rules should be enforced. The entertainment was fair, we were disappointed as we feel thata Carnival is usually tops on our list for great shows. We really enjoyed the Comedy Club. I think that maybe some faults were due to the Cruise Director. On two weeks of cruising on Glory we only saw him out 3 times. We were surprised, as usually we have seen and talked with the Cruise Directors on ships constantly. Carnival did not have a comment card for us to fill out at the end of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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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