5 Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Bahamas from Norfolk

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
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 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
I have cruised with Carnival one other time for my Senior class trip back in '92. This was my wife's first cruise. We really enjoyed the cruise, mostly good, a little bad. Let me get the bad out of the way first. We had the ... Read More
I have cruised with Carnival one other time for my Senior class trip back in '92. This was my wife's first cruise. We really enjoyed the cruise, mostly good, a little bad. Let me get the bad out of the way first. We had the worst day on the way to Norfolk. We were traveling from upstate New York to Norfolk, VA on train. Let me point out our bad travel experience had NOTHING to do with Carnival. We were supposed to take a train to Penn station in NYC then switch trains to Newport News, VA. We could not take our first train to New York because of a bridge fire in upper Manhattan. So we had to drive to another town, catch the train to Grand Central Station. We took a "cab" to Penn Station where we got ripped off by the cab driver. Here's a word of warning if you have to take a taxi in New York City. Please make sure it says taxi on the car. The driver asked us how many of us there were and where we where going. He put our bags in the trunk. The car was a plain blue car with no writing on it, no meter running, no taxi driver's licence displayed. He charged us $120.00 to go from Grand Central to Penn station! I know it doesn't cost that much. We missed our connecting train at 1:05 PM and had to catch the next train at 3:00 AM. Again, this was not Carnival's fault. The only thing bad about our cruise was the Steakhouse. We don't really have any complaints about it, we just didn't enjoy it as much as eating at the Golden Restaurant. The service was good in the Steakhouse. The presentation was excellent. The taste of the food was just ok. We will not do the steakhouse again, however we do recommend that everyone should try the steakhouse at least once. Your experience might be different from ours. The rest of the cruise was great! I think every one should cruise at least once in their lifetime. We ate dinner at the Golden dinning room. We had the BEST wait staff. Our waiters were Alfredo, Agus, and Dickson. They were very friendly and always remembered our names. On the last night of the cruise they brought out an ice cream pie with 2 candles on it and sang Happy anniversary to us. Saijai, who took our drink orders, always had our sodas waiting for us. Every night the wait staff would either sing or dance or both. The comedy shows were hilarious. We enjoyed all the shows we went to, especially the legends show, where the guests would dress up and sing like famous singers such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Elton John, etc. If you missed any of the shows, their were about 3 carnival channels on your TV in your stateroom that played the shows, talks from Gary the cruise director, etc over and over again. They have a restaurant where the serve pizza 24 hours a day. The pizza was really good, but I felt they need more wait staff as sometimes you had to wait a while to get your pizza. They had had 24 hour self serve ice cream that was hit or miss. Sometimes the ice cream was too soft and runny and sometimes the ice cream was just right. We always ate breakfast at the Red Sail restaurant. We loved it. Lots of variety, food was good and always hot. Finding a place to sit was a bit of a challenge as it was always crowded and for some reason, I had a very hard time finding straws. Some days I would only find 2 or 3 straws and other days I didn't find any. I wanted to try the Mongolian Wok, but the only time I found it open, I wasn't hungary. We did the mini golf one day, had a good time even though we didn't know how to keep score as neither one of us ever played mini golf before. We swam in the pool and sat in the hot tub for a while. it was very relaxing. We will definitely cruise with Carnival again tn the Future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Traveled on the Carnival Glory May 16'th out of Norfolk, VA. It was a very easy drive for us, being about 45 minutes east of Richmond. We arrived early, parked the car right across the street from the port ( much cheaper than the ... Read More
Traveled on the Carnival Glory May 16'th out of Norfolk, VA. It was a very easy drive for us, being about 45 minutes east of Richmond. We arrived early, parked the car right across the street from the port ( much cheaper than the Carnival parking option) and got something to eat. The ship was late getting into port ( we didn't board till 3:00 pm!)I was a little irritated that we didn't get a full day in port since we were technically paying for this day, but once we got on the ship, we forgot all about that! From the minute we got on, to when we got off, we had fun! Service was excellent in the dining room,guest services and our steward in the stateroom. Only OK at the bars, but that's to be expected when you have thousands of people trying to drink at once. We went to the steakhouse our 2nd night and would definitely recommend. The steaks and service here was excellent! Our ports were Nassau and Freeport. They're good ports, but just like anything, you get out of them what you put in. We went to the Fish Fry and Senor Frogs the first afternoon in Nassau. I would definitely recommend Goldie's at the Fish Fry to get a feel for the local flavor. The conch fritters there are the best. Since it was raining, we pretty much stayed at Frogs all evening.We got their signature "green yard drink" ( can't remember what its called!) and enjoyed the party atmosphere ( we are in our 20's with no kids!). We went to Cabbage Beach the second day and had a lot of fun relaxing on the beach. If you don't like people or crowded beaches, this is not the place for you. Its beautiful, but definitely crowded. We went fishing out of Freeport on Thursday and had a pretty good time. My only complaint here is that we basically only fished for a couple hours and had to get back to the boat. Carnival should really extend the time in this port. Other than that, we had a blast. The food was excellent. 6 pounds excellent when I got home, haha! I like that the pizza bar was open 24 hours. We had goat cheese and mushroom pizza a couple times at 2 am and it was always fresh and good. The dining room had great food as well. I enjoyed trying many different entrees ant the waiter would bring us little or much as we wanted. There were plenty of activities on the ship ( comedian was funny, my husband participated in a hairy chest contest on the deck) and I really liked the live reggae band on the ship while laying out and swimming. We even had fun on the waterslide. This was definitely a "party ship." We met lots of friends at the bars and liked the fact that we could stay up late at the casino. From what I hear, Carnival is the best ship for "partying" and we had a great, fun experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 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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