37 Norfolk to Bahamas Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

This was my 4th time taking pretty much this same cruise on the Carnival Glory. They finally upgraded the ship, which was really great. I had gotten bored with the ship and had kept hoping they would dock a different one at the Norfolk ... Read More
This was my 4th time taking pretty much this same cruise on the Carnival Glory. They finally upgraded the ship, which was really great. I had gotten bored with the ship and had kept hoping they would dock a different one at the Norfolk port because of that. But, though I ended up on the same ship I've been on multiple times before, the upgrades made it much better this time around. Before I go into that though, I want to voice a major complaint in hopes that Carnival reads these reviews. We are very, very unhappy about Carnival pulling out of the port of Norfolk, Virginia. We've been cruising Carnival out of this port about once every year and a half and Carnival leaving this port means that we will probably take very few cruises in the future. The airfare cost to other ports makes them too expensive - expensive enough that I'd rather do something else instead of cruise, or end up cruising on another line, which I know Carnival doesn't want. That said, Carnival, please, please, please come back to the Norfolk port!!! Okay, now back to the rest of the review. On the upgrades: First, they put in Guy's Burger Joint. The burgers on the ship used to be so-so at best. These are significantly better. They're a little more along the lines of 5 Guys Burgers and Fries. Yummy. They also upgraded/changed/added a few bars. The most memorable for us were the Red Frog Rum Bar and the Alchemy Bar. They also had a new tequila bar. I just don't drink tequila, so that wasn't my thing, but the menu did look good. Going back to the others though: The Red Frog Rum bar had some great choices. One of my favorites was the Caribbean Colada. It was the best colada I've ever had and great for days out on the deck. The Alchemy Bar is right next to the piano bar and, during previous cruises, that bar had very little business. Now, with this upgrade and becoming the Alchemy Bar, it was really busy every night. The drink concoctions were great. This bar had the best drink menu I've ever seen and we tried almost everything on the menu. We weren't the only ones either. The bar also turned out to be a great place to meet people, a lot because there were so many conversations that started out with, "Ooh, what's that you're drinking? Really, mine's a ???" and so on. The 3 girls that worked behind the bar every night were fantastic as well. Speaking of drinking, we splurged for the Cheers program. It's Carnival's new program where you pay roughly $50 per day per person and can drink up to 15 drinks a day, both alcoholic and non. If we didn't get the program, we would have had a lot less to drink because we would have been far more cognizant of the money we were spending. The program allowed us to not think about that and just enjoy what we wanted, so it worked out for us. I'd do it again just for that care-free feeling. But, at $100 a day for 2 people, it really would depend how long the trip was. I don't think I'd spend that much per day for a much longer cruise as I wouldn't want to drink a lot on a daily basis for much more than a few days anyway. The thing that convinced us to go with the program this time though was the fact that we didn't have to get it until the second day on the ship. That was huge because I felt like it would have been a waste for the first day on the ship since you're only really able to enjoy yourself from about 5:30 p.m. onward. We had great service pretty much every night in the dining hall (we had my-time dining in the Golden). After the first night, we asked for Yudi's (or Yuli?) section every night. We got him as a waiter the first night and he and his team were so good to us that they were actually part of the reason we ate at the dining hall as many nights as we did. The entertainment and shows changed since the last time we were on board... thankfully. I can't stand it when I take the same cruise ship a year or year and a half apart and the shows are the same. I was really happy to see the change this time. They had 3 new big shows in the Amber Palace; a Latin show, a Diva show, and a Motown show. All were great. All of the performers were really good, but one stood out for rme; Aaron, who has the most amazing vocal range and ability. With ability like his, I'm honestly surprised he's not a famous Broadway performer or something. The cruise director and his side kick (don't remember his name), were a blast. Those two really work together well to get people going and having a good time. They're both just the right amount of crazy and both know how to flirt and schmooze with the ladies as well. I'd say, whatshisname (good looking cruise director dude with the English accent) was probably the best cruise director I've had over the course of several cruises. My apologies for not remembering his name or most others only 2 weeks later. As had been the case in the past, the piano bar was one of our favorite places on the ship. Dave was the piano player this time and I think he ended up being our all time favorite, and we've seen several over several cruises. He got to know people's names throughout the course of the cruise. He also had instruments (maracas, tambourines, etc) for people to play, and he played some games with the audience too. One night, he had slips of paper with 20 lines. He'd play the first bar or two of a song, and we had to guess the song. We liked that game a lot because we won it! :) But seriously, what a great time this bar is when there is a great entertainer behind that piano. My only complaint to Carnival would be to set up the piano bar a little differently because you don't really feel like you're part of the action if you don't get a seat directly around the piano itself, which was a challenge this time because the bar was so busy. The other seats in the lounge should all be higher up so you can still see the entertainment. It's the only flaw of this bar and has been that way for years. Still a great bar despite that flaw though. As usual, we enjoyed some time on the Serenity deck this time. It's one of the only places you can get away from constant loud noise on this ship and the loungers are very comfortable there. It is, however, exceptionally windy quite often on this deck, which is not great if it's October and you're too far north. We also enjoyed the adults-only hot tub this time. In general, we like the adults-only pool/hot tub area in back of the ship and the adults-only Serenity deck in the front. We just wish that they would change things up a bit so that those weren't the only two adults only areas and so that the only two adults only areas were not at complete opposite ends of the ship. What else? Service: Consistently great from our room steward to our wait staff and everyone else throughout the whole cruise this time. Food: About the same as it has been in the past (which was always pretty good, and very good in the main dining rooms). Guy's Burger Joint improves things. Pizza Bar was good. Burrito Bar was a nice improvement as well. Still like the Red Sail - not the the greatest food in the universe, but some pretty good stuff, and convenient. Cabin: Bed seemed more uncomfortable than it ever has on a Carnival ship. I don't know if we just had an old bed or what, but it's usually more comfortable. There are never enough pillows and the pillows they do provide are way too small. I brought a couple of my own this time, which helped. Other than that, the cabins haven't changed; compact, but efficient, and had enough place to store our stuff. Always like having the safe for my photography equipment when it's not in use. Disappointing: We only had one formal night. That's because they cut this cruise down from 6 nights to 5. That is disappointing as well. In the past, they sailed out of Norfolk 4 times in October, I believe with two 4 night cruises and two 6 night cruises. I'd like it if they sailed out of Norfolk 4 times with one of each, a 4, 5, 6, and 7 night cruise, each with different ports. Give us some variety to choose from, Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I had a great time. Pros: Great Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director. They worked well together and really created a "fun" atmosphere. Room with balcony. The room had outdated decor, but I loved the balcony. The ... Read More
I had a great time. Pros: Great Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director. They worked well together and really created a "fun" atmosphere. Room with balcony. The room had outdated decor, but I loved the balcony. The shower had great water pressure. I wear earplugs at night, so I did not notice any noise issues. Variety of activities. It is impossible to be bored on this ship. There is always something to do if you are willing to try it. Loved the water slide. Even grandmothers were using it. Loved the putt-putt (free) and the jogging track. I enjoyed the ports. Nassau is very easy to get around, so I did not book an excursion. Instead, I took a carriage ride, then walked to the Queen's Stairs and Fort. Then, I took a taxi to Cabbage Beach. I walked a loooong way to the "cove" on Cabbage Beach and snorkeled. Then, I took a taxi back to the port and had dinner. In Freeport, I did the Western Heritage & Snorkel Tour. That was awesome. Disembarkment was easy and orderly. Cons: The water is rough outside of Virginia and the Carolinas. I had to take Dramamine. The food in the dining room was iffy, so-so. I actually like the food on the deck (like the pizza and burrito bar) better. I'm not sure if it is a pro or con that there were a lot of drunk people on this cruise. (I'm not a drinker.) But I was pleased that I never saw puke, trash, or disorderly conduct. The cruise was able to keep a nice balance of "fun" without it turning into chaos. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Since this was the last trip out of Norfolk, for reasons known only to the four cruise lines who have pulled out ( despite a well paid cruise director who resigned last month; I heard it was the high price of fuel..I guess fuel is much ... Read More
Since this was the last trip out of Norfolk, for reasons known only to the four cruise lines who have pulled out ( despite a well paid cruise director who resigned last month; I heard it was the high price of fuel..I guess fuel is much cheaper in Miami... and environmental regulations.), we decided to take the Carnival Glory and took our two teens. We sailed on a Carnival ship ten years ago. Some things were the same and others different. On the positive side: the room was surprisingly comfortable. We feared four in a room would be cramped, but this was not so. Our room was an outside room with a large window, but I heard inside berths also are just as roomy. The bathroom was very functional and designed well. The showers worked and were roomy compared to Royal Caribbean. The rooms were cleaned and well maintained. The steward did an excellent job. Fears that the food had deteriorated were unfounded. The dining room set up was differently. I remember on the prior cruise, that we were seated at a large round table. This forced us to make friends at our table. I missed conversing with my fellow diners about what they had done, advice, and the usual social interaction. On the other hand, this being a family vacation, it was nice to have a table to ourselves. The waiters were friendly and made an effort to remember our names and our preferences. I especially liked the Mango soup and the other cold soups. I ate mostly vegetarian dishes. My daughter is a big meat eater and liked her steaks and beef. The molten lava chocolate cake was excellent as other reviewers mentioned. One day October 27th it seemed every table was singing Happy Birthday. On the 28th the waiters sang Happy Birthday to me, since Bill Gates was not aboard. One thing which was quite a bit different was the overall decorum. Many passengers dressed like inappropriately, wearing T shirts and shorts ( to dinner) even on formal night. I feel they should be stopped at the door and asked to return in better attire. Since even jeans are allowed, I do not feel that is asking too much. In other ways the food is different. The only place that remains open at night is the pizza stop. The pizza is not bad. Better than Pizza Hut but not as good as the other chains. Guy's Burgers is excellent. I had two of the specialty burgers and a cheeseburger. One day there were a number of flies. We did not try the deli or the burrito bar but I heard that they were good. No midnight meal. We ate in the buffets at lunch and found the lines to move quickly and the food to be reasonably good. The one area that was definitely lacking and different than ten years ago was in the area of musical entertainment. Ten years ago, there were three bars, that featured classical music, a good jazz band and a couple who sang and played dance music ( the latter was pretty empty I must admit). None of that was present on this cruise. There is a room called the Blues Bar but for whatever reason there was no jazz emanating. My favorite pastime on the cruise ten years ago was to burrow myself in a corner with a good book and listen to some excellent music. This is something you cannot do in normal life. I missed that. The smoke pervading the casino is a problem, but I remember this as being much worse. Probably Carnival has improved that problem. I liked the EA bar, and was glad there were so many fellow Red Sox fans cheering the team on. Got a bit crowded because the bar is small. As far as the production shows, Carnival has really budgeted these down. There is no band and the production numbers are shorter. Missing are the magicians, acrobats, singers, and variety acts. Instead of four dedicated singers there are two male and two females who are required to dance too. I would rather have dedicated singers and dedicated dancers. It also shows when there are only 8 dancers instead of 10-12. They are energetic and perform well, and the backgrounds are lively and clever, still I missed the more extravagant Las Vegas type revues that Carnival once put on. We saw all three, which are repeated: Divas, Latin NIghts, and Motown. The group of eight are friendly and social. After each show they would go to the Atrium, once to take photos if you wanted them. The final night's show we were barely able to sit through. Our teenage son felt the same way so it was not just a generational thing. ( Also it was music of the 70's and80's!!). The volume was up way TOO LOUD. The sound engineer, is probably hearing impaired. If you attend, bring ear plugs. I am serious. Besides the singers were typical in that they shouted through a song rather than sing it. I have found that the volume is cranked up usually to masquerade poor vocals. Further, how can you play music from this era without any Beatles, Stones, or disco? They had one night with game shows, but we did not bother to attend. The cruise director Matt is funny, and has a great personality. He is supposed to do Letterman on November 21st and we wish him well. We took two excursions. I strongly recommend the Kayak and Nature Excursion. The kayaking is fun and goes through a mangrove creek. It winds down to the Ocean, where we come to a very interesting and gorgeous beach. Look for big ( but harmless) spiders. When we got to the ocean we saw a big raw swimming below our kayak and there was one in the area where the creek met the Ocean. Look on the sides of the creek where there are rocks. I way some beautiful fish there. The nature walk is short, and we passed a lot of medicinal trees. Since, the trip is located in the Lucayan National Park, there is not hawking of goods. At the end of the Nature Walk is Gold Rock Beach. Bring your bathing suit and sunscreen . We spent an hour there. A gorgeous beach. You can go out a half mile and the water comes only up to your knees....at low tide. The water is warm and waves gentle. The beach is long but not wide. Pirates of the Caribbean and other movies were filmed there or near there. We also took out children to Atlantis for the Dolphin encounter during the stop in Nassau. They liked it but we waited around a very long time. This cut down on the time to go down the water rides. The Aquarium is wonderful so do not miss that. My wife and son sat down for a $56 a plate buffet in the Marketplace, but fortunately for my wallet they did not have time. The comedy club, the Punchliner, is a good innovation . We heard both the clean and dirty offerings of Christine Stedman. She is funnier at the dirty ( adult) shows, though I usually do not like my comedy blue. Probably the most endearing thing is she laughs a bit at her own jokes like Edith Prickly. Embarkation and debarkation are irrelevant since Norfolk is now bereft of a cruise line. So much for being the World's Greatest Harbor ( WGH radio). The fitness center was very good. Plenty of equipment. Nice steam room. Incidentally, my reading material was Man Overboard and San Miquel. Do watch yourselves on any cruise. Bad things can happen. All in all we had a very good time and I would recommend this cruise to others. It makes a great family vacation.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We sailed on the Carnival Glory out of Norfolk 10/20/13 - 10/25/13. The weather was gorgeous on embarkation as well as in the Bahamas and debarkation too which is always nice!! We previously cruised on The Glory in 2012 before the 2.0 ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Glory out of Norfolk 10/20/13 - 10/25/13. The weather was gorgeous on embarkation as well as in the Bahamas and debarkation too which is always nice!! We previously cruised on The Glory in 2012 before the 2.0 upgrade. We were very impressed with the 2.0 upgrades. My husband Joe and our good friend Ed enjoyed Guys Burgers and the fires more than they "needed" too..........we all loved the burrito bar for breakfast and lunch. We thought the new type pizza was even better than on past cruises. Salads were delicious and plentiful and so was the fruit. The ship in general was spotless clean all the time. Tables were usually cleared off quickly on the Lido deck. Never really noticed tons of crowds or anything. Staff was very, very pleasant and helpful. Cruise Director Matt and Assistant Emerson were truly the best cruise director and assistant we have ever experienced and we are very seasoned cruisers. They were amazing - we looked forward to seeing them - they were extremely visible all around the ship. We ate all evening meals except one in the main dining room. We had YOUR TIME DINING. I don't know why, but we NEVER felt rushed in the dining room on this ship. Our waiter IGusti and Assistant Martin were fabulous. Meals were delicious - no complaints. Chocolate melting cake was a little to "dry" for us, so Martin was sure to request WCMC that were a bit more liquidy for us. Our cabin steward IGusti (same name as our waiter) was very accommodating and pleasant and did a fantastic job. His assistant was great too. We were on Deck one - inside cabin which had plenty of space. Nassau was great. We walked to John Watling's distillery - we had a free tour which was fun and free tastings too...........delicious!!! Then we went over to Atlantis for a couple of hours. Went through the aquarium which was free (we learned) after 6:00pm. Then, lucky for us, came out just about even in the casino. While in Freeport we just walked around in the souvenir shops. There were a few new shops which was nice - didn't really even buy anything this time - weather was good there too. My husband and I enjoy dancing and enjoyed listening to a husband and wife band named SUMMER BREEZE They played a variety of music. They played many requests, etc. We liked dancing to them in the atrium as the floor was easy to dance on. When they played close to the casino we couldn't dance because the floor is not made for dancing. There was a Latin Band and a band called the B-Squad - didn't dance much to either of them but they were good too.............we didn't go in the DISCO...... Very, very few children on this cruise..............we love children but we do try to cruise when we think there will be more adults on the ship than children............. We are Platinum cruisers on Carnival and I must say, Carnival definitely makes a point to make us feel "special". The staff on the Glory seemed to do an exceptional job in this area. We enjoy all the extra benefits, especially the Tervis glasses and free laundry. Our laundry was returned beautifully on this ship. Unfortunately on the Pride recently our clothes were returned very wrinkled so we were very happy when our clothes looked as good as they did on the Glory. I mostly send nightgowns, underwear, socks, exercise shorts and tops, etc., to be laundered. We are very sad that the Glory and Carnival in general will no longer cruise out of Norfolk. Norfolk is a beautiful terminal and port and can host very large ships. We certainly hope someday Carnival will return to us here in Norfolk... We had an amazing cruise and enjoyed every minute!!!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Traveled with my husband, father, and step mother! Embarkation was a breeze. Lines moved quickly! Our room was clean and our steward, Rudy, was GREAT! Our wait staff in the dining room was also GREAT: Vane, Alex and Gavin!!!! We had a ... Read More
Traveled with my husband, father, and step mother! Embarkation was a breeze. Lines moved quickly! Our room was clean and our steward, Rudy, was GREAT! Our wait staff in the dining room was also GREAT: Vane, Alex and Gavin!!!! We had a booth just for our party of 4. We could order as many starters, entrees, desserts as we wanted. The food was ok most nights but formal night it was GREAT! The breakfast buffet was so-so but we avoided lines by getting there early. We loved the Serenity Deck. Never got in a pool or hot tub but there was always one available. Guy's Burgers was great! Our room was on Deck 9 - Lido where the food was! That is the way to go. Elevators were hard to catch on the ship. Took quite a while at times. Shows were great, costumes, performers, etc. Matt, our cruise director was hilarious! Wished they had more roulette tables in the casino, only 2 and they got full quickly. Ship was always clean. Didn't look old or worn down. Bed was comfy. Always cleaning all over the ship. Nassau was a bit sketchy for us. The pushy-ness of the people and the driving was scary. But we walked to the British Colonial Hilton were I had pre-paid for a Day Pass. It was AWESOME. Highly recommend! Took the Glass bottom boat excursion thru Carnival in Freeport. Our guide on the boat was GREAT! The small boat was a bit rocky and 2 women did suffer sea sickness. Being 2 feet from a shark they were feeding was awesome! All the people in Freeport were so friendly! Night and Day from Nassau! So sad they are closing Norfolk and will be trying Fort Lauderdale for our next embarkation point. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We just returned from a five day cruise on the Carnival Glory. Norfolk (last Carnival cruise for Norfolk...such a shame!) to the Bahamas. We have cruised a few times before on another line. Friends invited us to come along, and you just ... Read More
We just returned from a five day cruise on the Carnival Glory. Norfolk (last Carnival cruise for Norfolk...such a shame!) to the Bahamas. We have cruised a few times before on another line. Friends invited us to come along, and you just can't beat these Carnival prices. We wanted to see what Carnival was like compared to Holland America line. If you are a frequent cruiser, you are probably laughing at our attempt to compare the two (VASTLY different!). Let me start with what is good about Carnival Glory. Carnival does an outstanding job with organization. From embarkation to debarkation and everything in between, I marveled at how smooth everything was despite such large amounts of people. I also thought service was outstanding throughout the cruise. Every single employee was helpful and eager to serve with a smile. We got such a great deal on the price, I feel there was definitely value in this cruise. Food was very good in some areas, just so-so in others. The buffet style restaurant on the Lido is not very good. However, the burgers, fish and chips and Mexican available was very, very good. The burgers on the Lido in particular...WOW!! Everybody in my party agreed...they were the best burgers we have ever eaten! The food in the dining room was very good as well. The spa was tops, and the gym was spacious. The only minus I would say about the Carnival Glory is actually a minus specific to a certain population. Carnival really is the "Fun Ship," but lives up to it's other name....the "Booze Cruise." WHOA. I am a sober person and did not fully realize what I was getting into. This cruise is ALL about the drinking. Lots and lots of people letting loose and drinking copious amounts of alcohol 24/7. The Lido deck is some kind of crazy!! Please understand I am not being critical of folks letting their hair down and having a good time, but if you don't drink, this is not the cruise line for you. I absolutely could not escape it. I bought a very expensive spa treatment just because it was the only place to escape from the boozing folks for awhile! LOL. Obviously Carnival can offer amazing deals on fares because they more than make up for it in alcohol sales. So if you like to party, I highly recommend this ship. If you want a more quiet and relaxing experience, I do not recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We only had a few complaints on this cruise, so I will mention them first. The room service is VERY slow! We never waited less than an hour- usually closer to an hour and a half. The first night, when I was a little sea sick, I ordered ... Read More
We only had a few complaints on this cruise, so I will mention them first. The room service is VERY slow! We never waited less than an hour- usually closer to an hour and a half. The first night, when I was a little sea sick, I ordered room service for my kids for dinner. It took almost 2 hours to get to us. Also, our refrigerator was locked the entire 5 days. I'm glad we didn't need it. We had to ask for ice the first day, but after that it was refilled daily for us. This was our first cruise, so now I know for the future, but they had the kids club info session during the sail away party. I was under the impression that the kids club info session was required (now I know it's not), so we missed one of the things we were really looking forward to. One thing I emailed carnival about, was that the adult entertainment was so late in the evening, when you have to pay extra for the kids club. I am a single parent, so I didn't have a lot of extra money to pay for child care, but I would have liked to see some of the adult entertainment on board. Unfortunately, I had to miss out on that. Our room steward was really good. He made towel animals for each of my kids every day. He even took the time to ask what their favorite animals were, and he made them! The entertainment was excellent during the day. I was there with my 2 kids, and we enjoyed several programs and activities together. Our wait staff, especially Henry, was outstanding!! On our last night, Henry even danced with my daughter, while serenading her. It was the perfect ending to our cruise. The food was really good. There were lots of choices, and we all enjoyed everything we ate. That's saying something- my kids are picky eaters.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Went down to Norfolk to give another Carnival ship a try. Cruised on the Pride twice out of Baltimore. I really didn't like the Glory...even with all of the upgrades. Rooms were old and not quiet. Crew in halls very loud. Couple in ... Read More
Went down to Norfolk to give another Carnival ship a try. Cruised on the Pride twice out of Baltimore. I really didn't like the Glory...even with all of the upgrades. Rooms were old and not quiet. Crew in halls very loud. Couple in next room having loud, screaming sex every night. I was not sure what to tell my son about that. Hated how the 3rd and 4th floors were broken up with no way to get to the other end. We were always forced to go from 2nd floor where our room was up to 5th and then back down to 3rd to eat. It was laid out very confusingly. And don't get me started on the elevators!! Skipped our floor so many times. I don't know why - button was pressed. Staff blocked them out a lot too. Food in the lido buffets were always cold. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tried different times. The Pride had so much of a better crew and food was great compared to the Glory. On the positive side - loved the cruise director and his asst. They were very good. Casino was good too...except for when I was sitting there playing slots and some woman puked all over my side! Carnival does a bad job at controlling drunks. Just the next morning, some elderly man stumbled on the Lido deck and fell into the hot tub in the middle of the hairy chest contest and everyone watched it happen and just laughed and made it part of the show. Nobody tried to help him. Why don't they cut people off like that??? Nassau is getting bad. Crime is up big time. It's really getting dirty there and reeks of urine. Tourism is their number one commodity/income. You would think they would take care of the port area at least! Getting off the ship was very easy because we didn't go right away. We waited 39 minutes after they called our floor and did self assist. Won't ever go on the Glory again. Just wasn't the best layout, food or crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
My wife and i went with her graduating class to celebrate a high school reunion from the 80's and we had a really good time. Pleasantly surprised with the cabin space although i tried to upgrade my stateroom (willing to pay), but at ... Read More
My wife and i went with her graduating class to celebrate a high school reunion from the 80's and we had a really good time. Pleasantly surprised with the cabin space although i tried to upgrade my stateroom (willing to pay), but at the mere mention of an upgrade, the customer service counter rep enthusiastically shouted "the ship is completely booked". Mind you that at the security check in i was told there were some possibilities to upgrade, and i later found out that 95 staterooms were not occupied. The food choices were fun for day 1-3, but got old quickly after that. Guy Fieri's burger bar needs some improvements(cheese burger/hamburger/ fries, or hamburger/fries/cheeseburger, or fries/cheesburger....i think you get what i mean. The comfort food station was filled with foods that were not consumable....yuk! The Cruise Director Matt and his sidekick Evanson made the cruise a HIT. Professional when they needed to be, and complete cutups the rest of the time. Kept everyone engaged, and having a ball around the clock. I wasn't impressed with the Bahamas (nassau) but i did spend a lot of money with the locals,as did my wife. Which brings me to my major issue...I purchased Rum from Tortuga and was required to check it in when i returned to the boat. i was given a receipt from security for the goods and was told that it would be returned to my stateroom the night before we returned to Norfolk. Long story short, Thursday night, the cabin stuart stole our receipt and i never got the rum back. I called customer service multiple times, and they seemed so "not interested" in returning this gift to me that i purchased. I know this isn't the first time this has happened, and it really pissed me off that they didn't take an interest in finding it! In the End, they gave me a credit for what i spent for the Rum, but it is not the same thing. Is it just me, or has customer service taken a turn for the worst. I feel that Carnival should compensate me further, and i'm sure i will bad mouth them to everyone i see from now on until i feel like they have made an effort to satisfy me. Any person or business can make a mistake or create a bad experience. i judge them by what they do to rectify the problem. I WILL FOREVER EQUATE CARNIVAL CRUISE AS THIEVES AND POOR SERVICE.!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was my fourth cruise (2nd with Carnival), and my wife's 11th (1st with Carnival). Embarkation out of Norfolk was a cut above any port we've ever left from. The Half Moone Cruise Terminal is beautiful, and right downtown, ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise (2nd with Carnival), and my wife's 11th (1st with Carnival). Embarkation out of Norfolk was a cut above any port we've ever left from. The Half Moone Cruise Terminal is beautiful, and right downtown, surrounded by restaurants, museums, and local sights. The ship was wonderful. One of our favorite things about it was that, even when there were huge deck parties or loud events, we could always find a quiet corner to sit and enjoy some peace and a sea view. One of our favorite spots was above the Lido Deck, by Fish & Chips. We were very impressed by the dining options. We were at the late seating in the Golden Restaurant for dinner. Waitstaff was excellent, especially Peter, our head waiter. Food quality in MDR was very good. The Lido was a cut above what we are used to on a cruise; we especially enjoyed the variety of options, including Blue Iguana Cantina, Guy's Burgers, and Fish & Chips. The Ceviche is excellent! And for breakfast, get something at the Blue Iguana. Short lines and great food. We had dinner one night in the steakhouse. I ordered the lamb, but it was so tough as to be inedible. Before I even asked, the waitress noted that I didn't seem to be enjoying it, and offered me an alternative (Surf & Turf). They also refunded our dinner there, again without being asked. Very impressed by the service! Lastly, the Taste Bar is a nice snack stop to get some tapas before dinner; however, I prefer Sushi, which we had on the Pride. The entertainment options were varied and well done, but mostly not our cup of tea. The Serenity area was spectacular and large; the gigantic hammocks were awesome! And the two hot-tubs at the very front of the ship were a great place to go on a sea day. The water slide is surprisingly good. Once we discovered it, we rode it many times. If you give yourself a good launch, and then straighten your body, you can practically fly through it. Pools were good, but often crowded. The aft pool was heated, and quite enjoyable in the evening. The different colored lights in the pools at night were also a nice touch. We did find the decorations, overall, to be a bit garish and over-the-top. But it didn't detract much from the experience, and architecturally it's a beautiful ship. Our one complaint about the layout is that on the Conquest-Class ships, the midship restaurant forces you to go up or down a deck to get around it. Overall, we were both very impressed and plan to cruise with Carnival out of Norfolk again in 2015, when the line returns with the Splendor. Can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I cruised on the Glory in January 2012 and was under-whelmed. It was okay but not sensational. So, I boarded her for the short cruise from Norfolk to the Bahamas not really expecting much. I did expect it to be my very last Carnival ... Read More
I cruised on the Glory in January 2012 and was under-whelmed. It was okay but not sensational. So, I boarded her for the short cruise from Norfolk to the Bahamas not really expecting much. I did expect it to be my very last Carnival cruise.Things got off to a great beginning! We met our room steward, Arnold, and were immediately impressed with his gracious good manner. We expressed our pretty simple needs to him and tipped him a little up-front as we always do. We settled into our very clean balcony cabin and set out to explore the ship since we had not seen her 2.0 upgrades. Sure enough, there were Guy's Burgers, the Blue Iguana Bar and Cantina, and the Red Frog Bar ensconced in the Main Pool area on the Lido Deck. Nicely done. We immediately tried Guy's Burgers and really, the raving is deserved -- completely yummy! (Try the pig patty!) Later we got around to the shrimp burritos and fish tacos at the Cantina. Those were also delicious with add-ons like cilantro-lime rice, pico de gallo, guacamole, and black beans to name a few, plus a completely crazy selection of condiments.We visited the Platinum Dining Room to see where our table was and, just by chance, met our waiter - the remarkable Tiger. He escorted us to the table so we could check out the location and know where it was for later. What a delight he was! We continued to roam the ship noting the new Alchemy Bar, the Taste Bar, and the Cherry on Top candy store. All were nice additions AND the ship seemed remarkably clean. Dinners in the Platinum were good to excellent. The selections were appealling and the food was very good - from the appetizers to the desserts. The service from Tiger and his Team (Riomar and Raymond) was the best - seriously, it could not have been better. My cruisemate's grandchildren (ages 19 and 20) were with us and her granddaughter said 'I feel like royalty.' Even the maitre'd was a delight - strolling the dining room singing Frank Sinatra songs every night - thanks Konstatyne. And the waiter's cabaret entertainment brought the house down - gangman style! What fun! Lido deck dining was good also - the addition of several extra omelet stations was a really good move. Even changing the procedure so that bacon is served by the staff rather than selected by the passenger was a good idea - it speeds the line up. Contrary to someone's inaccurate report - the Fish & Chips is not gone - it is alive and well and turning out delicious seafood in the upstairs section of the Red Sail.So here are the biggest changes that I noticed. In January, there were lots of tabes in the Red Sail and around the Lido pools with dirty dishes and a wait staff that seemed too thin to do all that needed to be done. In the Dining Room - we barely saw our waiter as he seemed to have more tables than he and his team could handle - service was spotty, at best. Our room steward seemed completely overwhelmed by the volume of work to be performed. I think that they - Carnival - had cut back too far and the quality of the product and the morale of the employees showed up in small but significant ways. Not so, this trip. The service was the bomb and the staff seemed happy. The female workers even had new, tailored, becoming tunics. There were sufficient bar and service staff to keep everyone happy. We spoke with Christian - a food service employee - one early morning on the Lido Deck and he talked about how good the morale was on this ship and how all of the management was good - how Carnival employees tried to get on the Glory because of it. It is obvious. It makes it a very good ship and a very pleasant cruise for the guests.The shows are new in the Amber Palace - very slick and tech-y and fun. There are 8 singers and dancers and they seem to give it their all. Lots of music, some audience participation, really fantastic electronic scenery and a ton of energy. The 3 shows we saw were Latin Nights, Divas, and Mo-Town. Really a lot of fun and then at the end of the show - it spills out into the Old Glory Atrium and the singing and dancing with everyone joining in continues. It is quite a party! We went to tthe Piano Bar and found it boring and still so horribly red. That place just hurts my head. Can't say that I found the 'talent' in there very entertaining. Also, went to the Adult Comedy - it was okay. I wouldn't stand in line for it again. We avoid the Karaoke bar like the plague but I'm sure some like it. It's a nice room. The grandchildren had a super time at the White Heat Dance Club. Our favorite spot is the Adults only pool. The music is not nearly so loud as it used to be. You can actually hear yourself talk - that's an improvement, too, in my book. The Main Pool has lots of noise and lots of activity and music and contests and games etc. Super! One loud pool and one quiet pool. That works for me. And now let's talk about Matt, the new Cruise Director. He's the funniest guy on the ship. Seriously, the comedians can't hold a candle to this guy. How he has so much energy is beyond me but you cannot help but laugh and have a good time when he is around! Catch the 'name that tune' contest in the casino between the early and late stage shows if you want to laugh til you cry. Thanks to Carnival for a nice 'welcome back' party for past cruisers. That was worth doing for the delectable hors doevres and free drinks. Got to meet that staff that the crew is raving about - that was nice. The new Comedy Brunch is a very nice addition, too. It's held in the Platinum MDR and has its own special menu which includes some pretty fancy French Toast, Filet Mignon, Huevos Rancheros, etc. - not the standard Lido Deck fare. The comedy was only a 10 minute spot by one of the late night comedians. The one we heard was not great but the meal was fantastic.So - this will not be my last Carnival Cruise, after all. I am so impressed with the level of service and quality of product on this cruise that I've already booked another cruise on the Glory. She convinced me to 'go for Platinum' Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Carnival is our last choice for a cruise but we (and when I say "we" I mean "I") were so desperate to get away for a few days and since Norfolk is 20 minutes away we decided to go for it. I sweetened the pot by getting ... Read More
Carnival is our last choice for a cruise but we (and when I say "we" I mean "I") were so desperate to get away for a few days and since Norfolk is 20 minutes away we decided to go for it. I sweetened the pot by getting an aft vista view cabin #7440. The Good: THE CABIN: The cabin was great. It was probably the second best we had next to the handicapped one we had after my wife broke her foot.. It was laid out a little different and did not have a sofa but we didn't miss it.. The great thing about it was that there were two loungers and 4 chairs and a small table and still plenty of room. If you wanted sun or shade you simply just moved to the other side of the balcony because it wrapped around. There was some vibration but not enough to bother us and it really was quite lulling when going to sleep. THE FOOD: I had referred to the food on our two previous Carnival cruises as "slop" and on a scale of 1 to 5 gave it a 1 but when I was looking at this cruise one of the deciding factors was the fact that the ship had been refurbished and additional food kiosks had been added like Guy Fieri's burger bar and the burrito bar. Yes and No. I now give it. 2.5. The burgers were great, the burritos were great, the pizza and deli was very good and the buffet had many new and upgraded items. Desserts were still lacking for the most part and the dining room food was marginal. THE eNTERTAINMENT: Just ok. Didn't make it to the comedy club that was also new. THE SPA : they haven't done a thing to it and it really needs to be repaired and renovated. The staff at the spa was poor unless you were getting an outrageously priced package, then they paid attention to you. Nothing in the men's locker room but towels and you had to keep hitting the button to turn on the steam and sauna, a fact that wasn't shared until I had to walk out to the desk in a towel to ask about it! THE CASINO: Not very generous. Not enough slots or table games and the minimums were a bit high. Because there is a big bar and bandstand at the entrance to the casino, everyone is SMOKING and drinking and consequently even the few areas (and I do mean "few") were smoke filled. THE CREW: Amazingly friendly and accommodating even with putting up with rude and demanding passengers THE PORTS: Nassau was nice.. Been there before. Atlantis is worth the trip and excursion but know that unless you purchase the pass you can't get on any of the grounds except the casino and the marina (a Johnny Rockets cheeseburger cost $16.95). Avoid Freeport u less you go on a snorkeling trip. THE SHIP: Very clean and the updates were pretty but hard to notice a big difference if you had been on the ship before which we had. FELLOW PASSENGERS: I don't know if Carnival just attracts this type of passenger but they don't dress at all.. Same clothes they would wear at home, and by at home I mean in the back yard where nobody should see them. There were a few dressed up for "formal" night.......if you could even use the word "formal". They were rude, obnoxious, loud, crude etc. etc.. M y wife made me promise to stop there!! ( but we WON'T EVER BE SAILING ON CARNIVAL AGAIN) EXTRA: On the next to the last night there was a general announcement that a passenger was ill and the coast guard was sending a helicopter to pick them up. We were told not to go out on any open deck . There were no other details given and none of the crew seemed to know a thing. When we got back to our cabin off the back of the ship all the balcony furniture had been blown around from the rotors on the chopper , piled in a heap, and the adjoining balcony door was blown open. It banged all night and there was nobody to call to fix it!In closing I don't mean to sound critical I just want to make sure you know what type of cruise you are getting into. If you like to smoke, drink, and party, then it might be for you.. If not, then find another cruise line like Royal Caribbean. If you like an even higher class and experience in service and food, then choose Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We arrived at the Norfolk, VA port and the first thing you need to do is make sure your luggage has tags on it (you should have received an email from the cruise line giving your printable luggage tags). Our luggage arrived at our cabin ... Read More
We arrived at the Norfolk, VA port and the first thing you need to do is make sure your luggage has tags on it (you should have received an email from the cruise line giving your printable luggage tags). Our luggage arrived at our cabin about an hour after departure. We felt secure entering ship. All officers did their job well checking bags etc. There were plenty of activities for everyone; however if you are a person that doesn't drink, gamble or smoke (like myself) then I suggest finding fun in enjoying the view of the ocean, singing karaoke, eating till your heart's content; reading; going to the shows, walking the decks. Keep a positive frame of mind. Unfortunately, it rained in Nassau and in Freeport so we didn't get a chance to enjoy the beaches. We paid for an excursion in Freeport to a botanical garden and even though it rained like cats and dogs we were offered to purchase ponchos for $2 each and go on the tour anyhow. I felt so sorry for the senior citizens that had to walk in the torrential rain. We were told we weren't getting our money back due to inclement weather. The food on the Lido Deck is the best (9th floor- food court). It's so much better than what's served in the Golden Restaurant (anytime dining). However the service in the restaurant is 1st class (wow). A Big Shout out to Nevin who is a humble man; and had the best disposition. Blessings to you. My only complaint was that we were in the cabin next to the "frat boys from hell" . For two days straight, they were purposely making crazy loud noises -, drunk and especially rude to a woman who was cleaning their rooms. Since we were on vacation...my husband convinced me to let it go; they came close to getting their @#x## whipped by me.(I was imagining all of this lol) Despite bad weather and loud neighbors the cruise itself is wonderful; lot's to do and had a ball. I would cruise again with Carnival. Oh, and the captain was awesome. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
First time on a Carnival cruise line. Usually cruise with RCI but thought we would try Carnival to compare the differences and since Carnival is cheaper, saving some money wouldn't hurt. We booked an inside cabin on the 7th level ... Read More
First time on a Carnival cruise line. Usually cruise with RCI but thought we would try Carnival to compare the differences and since Carnival is cheaper, saving some money wouldn't hurt. We booked an inside cabin on the 7th level and it was small but comfortable and cheerfully decorated. Beds were comfortable but shower head was broken and had to be repaired. Fairly quiet most of the time but occasionally could hear people talking in the hallway around 2 or 3 am. I liked that there was always ice in the ice bucket after turn down service and towel animals were fun! The rest of the ship was very tacky. Main dining room was also very tacky and food was similar to cafeteria food! My husband ordered the "sweet and sour shrimp" for his main course and was given 3 breaded shrimp similar to what you would find in a box of Gordon's fish fillets with a tiny bowl of store bought sweet and sour sauce! The ships private steak house is to die for! Emerald's steak house is incredible and well worth the $35! Why can't they have that on the main dining room menu! The over all layout of the ship was confusing and annoying. The basketball court was located directly above the steak house! The kiddie playground was right next to the adult serenity relaxation area! The only way you can get from one end of the ship to the other is by using one hallway on one level which created a crowd of people constantly! They had a medical emergency which required a helicopter and there wasn't even a helicopter landing area on ship! The helicopter had to hover and drop a basket! Think I'll stick with RCI! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Embarkation: First want to say that Parking and drop off was very confusing. Very small terminal and parking was 75 dollars for 5 days. NO secure parking. Second the check in was easy and fast. Got to desk and was handed keys to room in ... Read More
Embarkation: First want to say that Parking and drop off was very confusing. Very small terminal and parking was 75 dollars for 5 days. NO secure parking. Second the check in was easy and fast. Got to desk and was handed keys to room in about 10 min. Then boarded the ship. Customs was quick and easy. Ship and Sea days. Well how should I begin. The ship is laid out weird. You have to go up and down different floors to get from one end of ship to other. The deco was ok. Nice art work everywhere. The kid zone was right next to the adult only area. The Basket ball court was above the Steak House. Casino was very very very smokey. They let guests smoke everywhere. Room: Was nice, good size. This was the first time we stayed in a Window view no balcony. Was very nice. Sound was no so good. Walls were thin.You can hear everything from rooms beside you and hall way. Food: was great cant complain at all about food in dinning room. Lido deck food was ok. The Burgers were very good from Guys the new upgrade. Buffett food was warm and ok not nothing to brag about. Ports of Call: were Nassau and Freeport They are great. Deparkation was easy and fast. Was off boat in about 20 min. I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
My wife and I sailed for the first time on Glory on the first cruise out of Norfolk in May of 2013. So this is a review with no pre-conceived notions and nothing to compare against.We're a couple of 60-somethings and cruised with my ... Read More
My wife and I sailed for the first time on Glory on the first cruise out of Norfolk in May of 2013. So this is a review with no pre-conceived notions and nothing to compare against.We're a couple of 60-somethings and cruised with my wife's sister and her husband, and their son and his wife. I read many of the reviews here and am a bit taken back by some of the negativity. GETTING ON BOARD: Since we live in the area, the 6 of us took a taxi to the port. After checking in around 11:15, we were getting ready to sit down and wait for our boarding group to be called when one of the Carnival employees noticed my wife was walking with a cane. We hadn't registered her as having a mobility problem, yet the lady insisted on moving us to the head of the line and getting us on board with no waiting. After the obligatory getting on board photo, we worked our way onto the ship, had our sail-and-sign ID photo taken and we were ready to go. We were having lunch in the buffet by noon for a 5 p.m. sailing. Check-in was easy: Drop bags with porters outside, take the elevator up and go through airplane-style screening, then check in with one of what seemed to be 35 or 40 agents. STATEROOM: Because the ship had repositioned from Miami the night before, there were no passengers getting off. So as we were checking in, the announcement was made that staterooms were already ready. We were in 7304, an inside cabin. For any first-timers, there is plenty of closet space and our suitcases fit under the bed. Even though the rooms were small, we had enough space (not that we were spending much time in the room). OUr room stewards were on the ball. When we left in the morning for breakfast and any morning activities, we hung the Cruisin' sign on the door and our room was taken care quickly. The only problem was one day when the card got shifted around and the Snoozin' sign on the other side was displayed. But when we told our steward, he insisted on taking care of the room immediately.FOOD: We ate from the buffet for breakfast, either from the buffet or the burrito bar for lunch, and in the dining room at night. I've read reviews where people complained about the buffet lines. We didn't experience anything like that, not that there were no lines, but we never felt they were too long. After all, there are 3,000 people on board. Perhaps the highlight was the wait staff in the Platinum dining room. Our three-man team (Ricardo, Sami and Markus) were personable and attentive. With three of them to cover five tables, we never waited for anything. As for the food, it's not gourmet, but it's darn good. I never liked cold soups until this cruise, but I'm sold on them, especially the cucumber, strawberry and pumpkin soups. For first-time cruisers: one side of the menu includes the every-night appetizers and entrees, while the other side has the same for that night only. Then the deserts .... bottom line, if you go hungry on this ship, it is your problem. And I want one of those soft-serve machines in my house.THINGS TO DO: One thing is obvious, you can be as social as you want or you can keep to yourself as much as you want. We balanced the on-board activities with quiet time, and came away from the cruise totally relaxed. For us, the majority of the activities were trivia contests, the casino, sitting in the sun, watching the two young ones in karaoke and exploring the various nighttime activities. We did see one show, the Motown-themed show. The complaint there is the shortness of the show. It started at 8:15 and was over before 9. I realize now how the show sort of continued down in the Atrium Lobby, but by the time we got to the railing overlooking the lobby, it was full. Some people have complained about not having a live band ... not a big deal. The video board behind the show was fascinating. One tip: After breakfast the first morning, I went up to the Serenity deck to read, but that area filled up fairly quickly. So did the deck chairs on the Lido Deck. But on our last sea day, I happend to be in the Atrium Lobby and went outside out onto the deck there (Deck 3). There was a long row of deck chairs out there, with nobody in any of them. I read and watched the sea for at least a half-hour before anyone else came out there.SHORE EXCURSIONS: In Nassau, the six of us signed up to ride Segways. Easily that was the most fun thing on the whole cruise. We were taken to a beachfront area, given about a half-hour of instructions on riding the things, then we rode down the beach and around the area for an hour and a half. Cost was $80 per person plus tip. In Freeport, we hired a taxi driver to give us a tour of the area. This was totally unscripted because when we drove past a brewery that offered tours, we changed course on the spot and got a tour. Total cost: $30 per person for the taxi tour plus tip, then $5 per person for the tour plus tip.PICTURES: Yep, photographers are all over the place. We had decided before we left that the only pictures we were interested in were from the Cruise Elegant night. So we had photos taken other times, but only paid attention to the formal photos. CRUISE ELEGANT NIGHT: It was the second night, the night before our shore day in Nassau. By my rough count, most of the guys did dress up in some ways, from the father/10-year-old son in matching tuxedos to guys wearing slacks and a collard dress shirt. I would prefer to go casual 24/7, but in deference to the boss, I dressed up, too, and the pictures turned out very well. THE STAFF: Unfailingly attentive. We dealt mostly with our dining room servers and the room staff, but the others we can in contact with had smiles on their faces. On the first morning out, I was at an elevator trying to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B. One of the staff saw me studying the ship diagram and stopped what he was doing to show me how to get where I needed to go.DISEMBARKATION: We were in group 15, so we knew we would have a bit of a wait. We ate breakfast for the first time in the Platinum dining room, then found a lounge that was open and waited for our number to be called. It didn't take long to get our luggage and go through customs, and we were home shortly afternoon.CONCLUSION: We're ready to go again. I drove past the terminal a couple of week later when the Glory was getting ready to go out on its last cruise from Norfolk in May. It took all of my willpower not to walk up to the ship, knock on a door and ask if I could come along! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
This is my second cruise on the Carnival Glory. This ship sails out of Norfolk Va. twice a year so it is convenient to not have to worry about a flight to get to a cruise. I chose Glory again because it was visiting a different port in ... Read More
This is my second cruise on the Carnival Glory. This ship sails out of Norfolk Va. twice a year so it is convenient to not have to worry about a flight to get to a cruise. I chose Glory again because it was visiting a different port in the Bahamas. I had high expectations for this cruise but was disappointed. Embarkation was long and stressful, they claimed problems with their computers slowed the process. The Norfolk port setup is partially to blame for this as there is some confusion as to whether people should wait in line with everyone else and use the elevator or cut in line and use the stairs. Room cleanliness was just ok, bathroom showed its age and had some cleanliness issues. I chose a room 9202 on the front of the ship since there are doors adjacent to the rooms that go out to a balcony on the front of the ship typically only used by a handful of passengers. For some reason the doors were locked prohibiting access on this floor only. Room steward was not as friendly or helpful as I expected. Food was the major disappointment on this cruise. Roast beef was passed off as filet mignon, prime rib was served over cooked. Breakfast in the main dining room was good, however we stayed up late and slept in most days and the breakfast buffet was average at best. One day they had french toast and eggs benedict on the buffet that were good. The next day they did not have either. My GF did love the 24 hour ice cream machine! I enjoyed it too, the mix is not watery as I expected. The entertainment schedule was almost identical as my previous cruise. The comedy show was horrible the comedian appeared to be drunk and was more vulgar than humorous. It was also a very short show. The activities on the Lido deck were identical, hairy chest contest, gender challenge, mixologist, etc. The new cruise director is hilarious though, much improved over previous guy. In conclusion, this cruise was not as enjoyable as my first cruise partially because I have been here and done that on the Glory and much of it was the same. However, the food and service was not as good as my first cruise on the Glory. Maybe they will ge it together after the ship gets renovated this Nov 2012. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We sailed on the Glory from 10/14 - 10/20/12. We just completed our 16th Carnival cruise (we have completed 10 Royal Caribbean cruises as well) Our daughter dropped us off at the Port of Norfolk. Couldn't have been easier since ... Read More
We sailed on the Glory from 10/14 - 10/20/12. We just completed our 16th Carnival cruise (we have completed 10 Royal Caribbean cruises as well) Our daughter dropped us off at the Port of Norfolk. Couldn't have been easier since we live in VA Beach! Embarkation was fast and easy considering we have priority boarding!!! Debarkation was a breeze as well. We did self-assist and were off the ship by 7:30am the latest and home by 8:00am!! The ship is gorgeous! We love the layout of the interior as well as the outside decks, etc. I don't have a single complaint except that Carnival and other lines need to sail from NORFOLK year round. Our ship was full. The guests were super friendly and seem to have a wonderful time! We have never, and I truly mean never experienced such a genuine and happy crew. This was noticeable every single day. Even Aiden a Customer Service Rep recognized me and called me by name. He was super helpful and had an adorable smile!! Our steward and assistant couldn't have been more friendly or caring!!!! The Cruise Director Matt was also one of the best Cruise Directors we have ever had. Our waiter and his assistant in the Golden dining room was professional and friendly at the same time! Food was delicious and lots of variety. The warm chocolate melting cake is not to be missed.......along with many, many other wonderful entrees, etc. The Glory was one of our most favorite ships that we have ever cruised on. We understand she is going into dry dock on 11/2/12........she looks new now.....I can't imagine how she will look after dry-dock. More restaurants going in, etc. We went to Nassau and Freeport - weather was gorgeous in both ports and throughout our cruise. We were very fortunate - smooth sailing as well. This cruise we decided to try the Chef's Table. It was a wonderful experience and glad we decided to finally give it a try. Looking forward to our next cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
This was my first cruise and I plan on calling my travel agent to book this cruise again and this time bring friends and family. The ship is beautiful, clean, enormous and fun. The ambassador of fun Big Sexy along with his sidekick are ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I plan on calling my travel agent to book this cruise again and this time bring friends and family. The ship is beautiful, clean, enormous and fun. The ambassador of fun Big Sexy along with his sidekick are fun, warm and work hard to guarantee you have a wonderful experience. The ship is clean. My stateroom was wonderful. I had a window view. The room was quiet and cozy. The location of my stateroom gave me and my husband easy access to the elevators. There should have been a better selection of food at the buffet. I preferred eating in the restaurants. The lines for the food at the buffet could get long and by the time your got there some of the dishes were cold. Use the dinning rooms your food will be hot and you are served by a wonderful staff. The entertainment was wonderful there was something to do all day and well into the night. Here is some advice I can give first time cruisers. It is important to pace yourself. Do not try to do everything. Use your fun ship news letter to map out your day. Try to make it to the shows they are wonderful. Be careful with drinks they add up. Make sure you have comfortable shoes to wear while exploring the ship. This ship is a small city and if you have on uncomfortable shoes you will not be getting to far. Be prepared to take tons of pictures. They have photographers all over the place taking pictures. I advice you to take as many pictures as possible so that you will have a large collections to choice from when you go t purchase your photos. I really enjoyed my cruise. I wish I knew how wonderful it could be, I would have been cruising sooner. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
When we got in line, the cruise did not start boarding until 1:30 PM on Sunday. The line was long and it was a hot day but the excitement seemed to make the time go by fast. It took about an hour and a half and we were dropping our bags ... Read More
When we got in line, the cruise did not start boarding until 1:30 PM on Sunday. The line was long and it was a hot day but the excitement seemed to make the time go by fast. It took about an hour and a half and we were dropping our bags off in our room. The muster drill was long and drawn out. We were packed 5 deep and at least 3 people around us passed out due to the cluttered mess. The Muster drill took about 30 min. The first night we went to the steakhouse (FREE BOTTLE OF WINE) and paid $30 a person. The food was one of the best meals I can remember. Would have easily paid twice the amount. Ship was very nice, and room steward was friendly (only for the first few days, even after we tipped her everyday). Food for lunch was great all around. Smoking on one half of the ship was ok (we are smokers) and never really had a problem finding a table to smoke at. There were two downfalls for this trip. First the itinerary changed and we were only in Freeport for 6 hours (7am-1pm). We loved what we saw just wished we were there longer. The second problem we had will probably make us choose a new line. The food in the Main dining room was HORRIBLE! We went twice and could not take it anymore. I ordered Bow Ties with Alfredo sauce and roasted turkey breast. The noodles were not cooked and the "Roasted turkey breast" was a slice of deli meat. The second night we went was elegant night (had a guy with flip flops and a hat on sideways next to us) and we ordered the lobster and prime rib. Lobster was over cooked and couldn't even cut through it with my knife, and my medium rare prime rib was well done, tough, and they put gravy on it. Now I am not snobby and being a veteran of two wars I know bad food, but if I was anywhere else I would have sent the food back and refused to pay. Everything else on the ship was great. Very friendly staff, movie under the stars was great, and the rest of the foods were very good. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
This was my 23rd cruise and my husbands 1st, I am 33 he is 38, we have no children and this was a do-over honeymoon, since we were just married 6 months ago in a destination wedding in Jamaica, I was itching to cruise after being ... Read More
This was my 23rd cruise and my husbands 1st, I am 33 he is 38, we have no children and this was a do-over honeymoon, since we were just married 6 months ago in a destination wedding in Jamaica, I was itching to cruise after being landlocked for 12 days on one island! LOL Embarkation was about 30 minutes and we were onboard, loading up the sign and sail with cash in a kiosk located on Deck 5, dropping our luggage in our cabin, and off to the Lido for a DOD, and food. All our CELEBRATORY beverages made it on board with out a problem. Sail away was great, prior I had heard that there were no bands on the lido, but we had one, and they were great. Seas were slightly rough from Virginia until we were closer to Nassau, but we were catching the tail end of TS Beryl, so that was to be expected. The interior of the ship looks great, she shows some minor signs of wear and tear but nothing that impacted our cruise. We had an inside cabin on deck 8 right near the main elevators, great spot to be one deck below LIDO... easy access to food, and open decks for having a smoke. Our cabin steward was Excellent, and our room was more than adequate for being on board 6 days, but at port for 3, I always prefer a balcony, but i really didnt miss it because we were off the ship so much. Day 2 At sea, seas and sun, took some time exploring the ship, my husband was in awe of the size once your on it. Lido buffet for breakfast, i was sad they got rid of the hasbrown patties, and only use cut up potatoes now... it wasnt as good as before, but it served its purpose. Lunch was Fish and Chips.. dear god bring a folding chair with you, the line for this is ABSURD and there is only 1 person working the station.. this proved to be the same the entire week, tho I will tell you, my husband who has backpacjed thru Europe, and been in London actually said they were QUITE good. I never wanted to wait in line like that for food, I dont care how good it is. The wait was 52 minutes by the way.. 38 the next day, and 47 the following... Day 3 Nassau, we booked a private snorkel excursion with the British Colonial Hilton, which was fantastic, 6 people and the driver of the boat, 2 reefs for 55pp. Excellent to be away from all the crowded snorkel boats. We had lunch at Sharkeez, Over priced and the food is blah... save your money eat elsewhere. Day 4 Nassau, we spent the entire day as I always do at the Atlantis on the day pass for 120.00 from 8:30-6pm, we had an amazing amazing day. Relaxing using the pools, and the slides was just the best way to spend the day. The resort is cashless so bring a credit card and beware to be gouged to eat there. I already knew this, but others may not, we had breakfast, 2 bagels, a water and an orange juice $23... then lunch, 3 orders of conch fritters and fries with a soda $33... I dont mind spending it, i absolutely love the property, and do a pass everytime i go. Senior frogs that evening, was as it always is, packed with 18 year olds, its still a fun time for one drink... Day 5 Freeport.. I have NEVER been to freeport, so i wanted to do SOMETHING to see the island. I wish we hadnt.. this is my least favorite port of all. we did a culinary experience booked thru the ship because our time at port was cut short, and I didnt want to chance it. Junkanoo Beach club was where it was held, the beach itself is VERY pretty, and they do state you can use credit cards.. however be aware there is a $20 min to charge, and if you are dying of thirst a $2 water needs to be ordered 10 times in order to purcahse it. The excursion itseld would have been fine had it not been at 7:15am, by the time you finish cooking in the heat being eaten by mosquitos, and savaged by flies, its 9 am and a bit to early to be eating FRIED conch for my taste... jet skis can be rented for $75 for a 30 min ride, and thats cash only. Next time we will just stay on the ship. Nor will i ever book an excursion that early ever again. Day 6 at sea- chair hogs were out in full force this cruise. We stayed aft end starboard side deck ten half way between the aft and lido pools and always got a spot. The comedy was ok, the shows were highschool talent at best, I do feel Royal Carib offers much better shows, but I wont be back to Royal, Im sticking with Carnival All in all this was a great cruise, the food was excellent, We did the steakhouse the last night, soley because i wanted escargot... which def is NOT as good as when they did it in the dining room in those dishes covered with butter and garlic. now they sit on little breads and provide a creamy sauce to dip them in. i wasnt a fan, the filet was no better in the steakhouse than it was in the dining room on elegant night, the AHI TUNA was HUGE and to die for, we didnt order salads so we were able to order two apps, the onion soup was gross. we both ordered surf and turf, and again for the 3rd trip to the steakhouse i was unimpressed, we wont be returning, especially now that theyve raised the fee to $35... my husband is addicted to the WCMC, as he should be :) Any questions feel free to ask Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We sailed the Carnival Glory out of Norfolk, VA from May 15-20 (6 nights), 2012. We live in Richmond, VA, so found it very convenient to drive to Norfolk (1.5 hours) and park the car. 1st Note: don't use the recommended cruise ... Read More
We sailed the Carnival Glory out of Norfolk, VA from May 15-20 (6 nights), 2012. We live in Richmond, VA, so found it very convenient to drive to Norfolk (1.5 hours) and park the car. 1st Note: don't use the recommended cruise parking lot - it's a long ways off and expensive, while there are parking ramps right nearby! If you do use the cruiseport parking, the shuttle is a long haul (they wait until they are loaded up before they leave and return). We wound up taking a cab to the lot after disembarking. Also note that the majority of cruise passengers live close by, so upon disembarkation, the port is crowded with people trying to get to the parking lot! If you use cruise parking lot, best bet is to drop your luggage off first and then go to the lot before embarkation. Embarkation was fairly smooth and we were on the ship by 1 PM, but debarkation was a nightmare. Most everyone (because they are from close by) chooses to take their luggage with them off the ship, and they are called first, but by deck number. For some reason, Customs took a long time to clear the ship, and they didn't even start disembarking until 9 AM - and then they were so SLOW. It was a very cumbersome process - not as smooth as most cruises we've been on. Ports were great - super shopping in Nassau and we took a bottom fishing excursion in Freeport (fun fun fun)! BUT be advised that May is the start of the rainy season in the Bahamas. We were lucky to have only one rainy day in Nassau (unfortunately had to miss our Safari Jeep Excursion, so we shopped instead). But the cruise right after ours was not so fortunate. They hit a tropical storm and rain the whole trip. Always bring umbrellas and rain ponchos! Notes on the cabin choice: We wanted to try an aft extended balcony cabin (specifically #7446), and the large balcony was very nice to have. BUT we were two decks below the Lido buffet and 3 decks above the restaurant, so around 11 PM - 12 AM we got an awful oily, greasy, smell in our cabin coming through the A/C ducts. They responded very quickly to our complaint, however (sent crew up to verify and ultimately gave us some cabin credit). Other folks in cabins close to ours experienced the same problem, but did not complain; therefore, they suffered through it with no compensation. Our advice: if you are unhappy with something, complain about it! It took a bit of work/time on our part, but once we spoke to the Manager of Operations, something was done for us! Make sure your cabin is not directly above or below food sources. The cabin itself was roomy, with lots of storage space, especially in the bathroom, which is imperative! We just asked for extra hangers and our steward brought them right away. This ship offers "anytime dining", and because we love this type of casual cruising (our favorite line of the ones we've sailed is Norwegian, for that reason), we signed up for it. We didn't really have to wait too long for our meals, but there were times when the lines were long. Of 2 large dining rooms, 2 floors each, only one floor of one dining room (25% of space) is set aside for anytime dining passengers. This is really not enough. On Celebrity, they have this option, but you can eat in any dining room you choose. ALSO, on the subject of dining: this ship appears to schedule its dining room hours at their convenience (make sure you always check the daily bulletin for the next day's dining room hours - they CHANGE, especially on port days)! Restaurants: This ship has the most unbelievable Delicatessen; we ate there a number of times! We loved it, as well as the sushi bar and burrito bar (ALL FREE)! We had made a reservation at the Steakhouse, but after looking at the menu, we cancelled it. It cost $30 per person, and it just wasn't worth it. They have HUGE steaks (18 oz., you've got to be kidding), lobster tail, lamb chops, etc. (but we got lobster and prime rib in the dining room). They appear to favor Quantity over Quality choices! A note to Carnival: Add the in-room TV movie times to the bulletin. We had to call the Front Desk to find out when they played. Not a big deal, but a minor annoyance. We would do this cruise again, just to get away for a week without any major travel hassle (so nice not to have to check baggage and be at the whim of an airline)! We are just very sorry that the other cruise lines left Norfolk to go up to Baltimore. But we'll try one out of there soon! Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
This was our second cruise, and it was GREAT! Truly an enjoyable experience. I've read a few reviews from past cruisers on the Carnival Glory, so I had a pretty good idea what to expect. To anyone who has ever rated this ship a BAD ... Read More
This was our second cruise, and it was GREAT! Truly an enjoyable experience. I've read a few reviews from past cruisers on the Carnival Glory, so I had a pretty good idea what to expect. To anyone who has ever rated this ship a BAD experience, all I have to say is- What were YOU doing WRONG??? The Carnival Glory crew from room stewards, to dining staff, to anyone else on the ship are very friendly, and go out of their way to please you. In my humble opinion, anyone who doesn't enjoy themselves on the Glory have lofty expectations. OK so now onto the various different areas: Embarkation Day: This could not have been a smoother process. We arrived at the port of Norfolk early (Having read some prior cruise critic reviews that recommended arriving before the posted embarkation time) this paid off HUGE! We arrived around 11:15 AM dropped our bags off at the port, dropped the car off at the Cedar Grove parking facility and on the ship by 11:45. In contrast our previous cruise in Baltimore we arrived at the published time, and sat in the terminal for nearly an hour and a half. Sunny day, we enjoyed the Lido Deck and explored the ship a bit before our room was ready promptly at 1:30. Through our carry-on bags in the room and proceeded to continue to explore the ship. Lots of stuff to see when arriving on a new ship! We discovered the Serenity Deck, which was where my fiance and her sister set up camp to tan the remainder of the week. I have to say, the addition of the Serenity Deck's on Carnival cruise ships is a welcome addition, it's sometimes nice to get away from rowdy crowds and children! Food: I am not much of a "foodie" though my travelling companions are, so for me any food that I don't have to pay for is AWESOME. The truth is I'd eat hot dogs and hamburgers all week as long as I can be on a cruise, but since that isn't the case I will comment on some of the great items I've had this week: FIRST and foremost was my favorite meal: Lobster and Shrimp on the first formal night. I had two plates! Next was the Braised Brisket, this was the most tender meat I've ever tasted and it was truly a delight! I also had the opportunity to try Shark meat... this was actually pretty good too. The lido deck offered standard fare and as always met my expectations, though again I know some cruisers fancy finer food, but to them I say: take a luxury cruise! Nothing I ate on this cruise was a disappointment, nothing was cold, and everything was simply great! A shout out for the 24 hour Pizza station! That pizza is excellent! Ports of Call: On this particular cruise we sailed straight from Norfolk to Nassau where we stayed for two days. This was the number one reason we'd picked this particular cruise, as we had been in Nassau the previous year but could only stay till dinner one day. We are fans of Atlantis so we made that our excursion both days! Cruise Critic Top Tip: DO NOT PAY FOR ATLANTIS THROUGH CARNIVAL!!! I know most people reading this are far more experienced at this than I, but having spent much of the past year researching aspects of cruising and discovering this site, I learned some stuff myself. For instance: Through Carnival you can book ONE Aquaventure at Atlantis for $195 per person per day. This allows you access to the pools and water park. This would have cost the three of us $1,170 (pretty much HALF the cost of our cruise!) HOWEVER with a little research we learned that you can book a room at the Comfort Suites ACROSS the street from Atlantis and the three of us rec'd wrist bands to access the pools and water park for TWO days all for $240- a savings over $900! And if you're so inclined you have a place to shower up before returning to the ship! Love spending time in Nassau! Also got to see quite a collection of Carnival Cruise ships while in Nassau... I think we saw the Fantasy, the Elation, the Destiny, the Conquest, the Fascination, and the Pride (which we'd previously sailed on a year ago). I've become something of a ship-nerd! Our second port of call was Freeport, we elected not to get off the ship, so not much to report on this port. Cabin: Our cabin was a balcony cabin on the Aft of the ship. Tried this as it was a little cheaper than the full aft extended balcony we had previously sailed on the Pride with. Cabin dimensions were the same as the previous cruise, a king bed and converted sofa. However we discovered that having a cabin on the side of the ship was more appealing than the back of the ship as we could see more things around us. Highly recommend side-balcony cabins! Other items of note as always are the fun towel animals to come home to every evening! In summary, this was our second cruise, but we are already eagerly anticipating planning our third! I know I'm new to this world compared to many of the more seasoned travelers, and I have missed out on some of the 'finer points' of travelling such as food and such, but I'm not a celebrity I don't need super luxury to enjoy a cruise. I need a ship, great food, fun atmosphere, and great travelling companions and I'm happy. Carnival supplied this in spades! Quick note on the great debate this year over Carnival's new "Comfort Selections" meals (ie: cheaper food to serve) I had both Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail a cruise classic, but I also had Comfort Selection Beef Brisket- IT WAS EXCELLENT! So before you turn your nose up, I suggest you give it a chance! And THEN we came home to snow! From 90 degree days in Nassau to 35 degrees in PA! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Embarkation: We stepped onto the ship on deck three, in the Colors bar, where there were many servers touting the drink of the day. Because of our prior experience, we knew the drinks would be costly and avoided them. It seemed like ... Read More
Embarkation: We stepped onto the ship on deck three, in the Colors bar, where there were many servers touting the drink of the day. Because of our prior experience, we knew the drinks would be costly and avoided them. It seemed like others there were shocked when they took one from the server's tray and were charged the $10 immediately. The bar was loud and disorienting as well. We made it through the crowd and up to Lido for lunch, then to the "secret" deck ten aft area near the fish and chips that was almost always empty. Sanctuary! Public rooms: The public areas of the ship, each named and decorated a different color, made it easy to see where you were. Other than the Golden Restaurant taking up the entire width of the ship on decks 3 and 4, it was easy to get around, and to the front or rear as needed. Cabin: Our cabin at the front of the ship directly under the bridge was nice and out of the way... most of the time. More on that later. The cabin was kept clean by a wonderful pair of room stewards. Fitness and Recreation: The spa/fitness room music was provided by a CD player that was skipping quite a bit. My wife mentioned it to the spa staff, and they said all of the CDs were scratched. I was riding an exercise bike at the time, and for over 10 minutes, I got to listen to the same half-second of music over and over. Staff in the gym didn't seem interested in fixing it, or asking how I was doing, or anything. Rates: We got decent rates for the cruise, but the spa service was about $30 more than it would cost in the "real world" (even with the "special" rates), and of course drinks were more expensive, and there was always something else to spend money on. Obviously getting you aboard is a loss leader. Dining: Breakfast and lunch were decent buffets on the lido deck. Lunch never started until noon, which was odd to me. There were many times when there was very little to eat other than the extremely busy pizza and hamburger windows. Dinner in the Golden dining room (early dining, upstairs) was an experience. Our waiter team were good, the Maitre'd responsive to requests and knew our names from the first night. The food was mixed... some was very good, some was bland and not worth the cost (ha ha). I liked the experimental menu choices (from frog legs to escargot), but twinged at the "Didja" title. There was never any problem getting multiple appetizers or main courses, and the service was usually quick. Entertainment: Other than one of the comedy club stand-ups (which was pretty funny), we didn't do much of the entertainment things on board. Many of our conversations and games were interrupted by the cruise director piping up with all of the events going on, hawking bingo, casino tournaments, the shops, the photography area, going for more and more upcharges. By the middle of the cruise, our group was quoting along with him more often than not. Service: The only people who gave any service at all were the ones included in the customary tips, and one amazing bartender at the Burgundy wine bar, Serakit. The lido waitstaff was mixed, some were attentive, while some let trays sit around for far too long, not cleaning tables, and one of them even seemed stoned most of the times we saw him. There was no evidence of a manager around when we wanted one. The lido staff had no problem when we camped out on deck ten to play board games for hours at a time. Shore Excursions: We didn't do any shore excursions, but in Nassau we took a bus (for $1.25!) to the south end of the island to go shopping away from the tourist traps... That was an experience. Once you get outside of the cruise zones, you see the conditions that people in the Bahamas live in, and it just brings the excess and luxury that even the poorest of Americans have. Sobering sight. Value for money: You get what you pay for. It was a cheap cruise, and with most of the entertainment requiring extra costs, we didn't do too much. I think the worst part of the cruise was the fact that it left out of Norfolk, and not Florida. Many of the guests on board were really the "People of Wal-Mart" crowd, and not the normal cruising demographic we were used to seeing, and excepted from Cruise Critic reviews. Many of them were loud, obnoxious, and dragging along their loud and obnoxious kids, even to the elegant dinners. They cut in lines, blocked stairwells, and were generally unruly to the staff and other guests. We felt sorry for our team of waiters and room stewards who had to put up with some of their guests. The last night of the cruise was a stormy night, with choppy seas, high winds, and rolling decks. It would have been fine if not for the storage bench outside our cabin being unlatched and slamming shut every few seconds after being opened by a wind gust. I complained to Guest Service at about 9:00pm, and was assured that the noise was the anchor lifting and dropping, there was nothing they could do, but they'd make a note of it. A while later, my wife looked outside the cabin and saw the bench seat raising and dropping. She called back down to guest service, explained what she saw, and they sent someone down to fix the problem. 45 minutes later, it was still banging around. She got dressed, went down to speak to guest service in person, and was assured it was secured. It turns out she had the one on deck six latched, not on deck seven. So they sent someone to get the one on seven... Problem is, there were two of them out there, and they only closed one of them! The second one was still making a huge racket. All told, we got maybe three hours of sleep on the last night, and were offered a whopping $28 refund for our troubles. Thankfully, they said they would address the root problem, and get the bench boxes on the bow of the ship added to the foul weather checklists. Hopefully nobody else will have to deal with them in the future! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Although it was convenient to cruise out of Norfolk(only 3 hr ride from our house), this port has some problems moving people on & off the ship. It really surprised me because the other ports I've sailed out usually have smoother ... Read More
Although it was convenient to cruise out of Norfolk(only 3 hr ride from our house), this port has some problems moving people on & off the ship. It really surprised me because the other ports I've sailed out usually have smoother embarkation & disembarkation procedures! Ship was clean for the most part, although some more upkeep was needed. especially in the Red Sail Buffet areas. I'm so used to seeing staff clean up the buffet areas more promptly when food is dropped or refills of trays are needed. Service in Golden Dining Room was wonderful. The menu has been cut down but selections and quality of food remain excellent! The Emerald Steakhouse was great& well worth the price that we had to go there twice! Room Service was great too!Wait staff was wonderful in general.Deli & Burrito bar was good. Upgrading to a suite was great! We enjoyed extra room & extended balcony & the staff was wonderful! Plus getting on & off the ship was far easier to do with the VIP service. We did not see the shows or attend many activities,as I went cruising to the Bahamas in January & saw the shows, then. The past cruiser cocktail party was great& the Halloween Costume party was fun. I love to go to the casino & play the slots! it's just too bad that the ventilation for smoking is horrible & there are too many areas to smoke! seems like all the good slot machines were in the Smoking area. Overall, it was a very good cruise. I would improve the layout of the ship. There are too many steps to climb for the Serenity area & the Water slide.It would have been nice if there had been a pool in the Serenity area instead of just hot tubs. I would consider the Glory again but would like another itinerary as I prefer other ports over the Bahamas, especially those easier to get in & out of! All in all it was a good first cruise for my hubby and we would recommend this cruise to others! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
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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