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Carnival Glory Review

2019 Best for Shore Excursions
2019 Best for Families
2015 Best for Shore Excursions
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Carnival Glory
4.5 / 5.0
1959 reviews
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Pros
Quality dining and great service
Cons
Despite updates, shows its age in places
Bottom Line
Carnival Glory showcases Carnival's "Fun For All" philosophy in a smaller space

About

Passengers
2,980

Crew
1,150

Passenger to Crew
2.59:1

Launched
2003

Shore Excursions
347
Sails To
Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Panama Canal & Central America
Sails From
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Karon Warren
Cruise Critic Contributor

Carnival Glory Overview

Carnival Glory is the epitome of what Carnival aims to provide on all its cruise ships: fun for all. But it does so in a smaller ship, without a feeling of being cramped. While there are some areas that attract large crowds, overall, there is ample space throughout the ship to move about and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Carnival Glory is outfitted with many of Carnival's newest and most popular attractions with regard to dining, entertainment and activities, so there's plenty to do day and night. It's also exceptionally family-friendly, and you're likely to see many multigenerational families, some in groups of 15 or more members. Anyone seeking a child-free cruise will likely be disappointed by Glory, but if you're a people person, you'll fit right in among the gregarious groups, all looking to have a good time.

Service on Carnival Glory is similarly friendly and is excellent. Whether passing in the hallways, sharing an elevator or walking by on an outside deck, crew members always greet passengers with a smile.

Despite keeping up-to-date in terms of attractions onboard, Carnival Glory is a somewhat older ship and you will likely notice signs of wear and tear onboard, mostly outside (railings, wooden decking), but don't let this distract from your enjoyment of the cruise. Carnival Glory is more about having a good time than anything else.

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Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Two main dining rooms, the buffet, select specialty venues and some room service items
  • All theater shows and the comedy club
  • Use of the Carnival WaterWorks water park
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes
  • Kids club use until 10 p.m. for kids ages 2 to 17

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($13.99 per person, per day or $15.99 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage (18 percent) and spa tips (15 percent)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Spa and salon treatments, personal training, group fitness classes
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi (three packages to choose from)
  • Activities such as bingo, arcade games and Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Photos and artwork
  • Late-night group babysitting

Top Carnival Glory Itineraries

Carnival Glory
7 day western caribbean itiner

New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman (Georgetown), Cozumel, New Orleans

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Fellow Passengers

Carnival Glory attracts many families, including several multigenerational families, so passengers range in age from infants to seniors. There didn't appear to be one primary age group, but rather a mix of all ages. Because the ship sails from U.S. ports, the majority of passengers are American.


Carnival Glory Dress Code

Daytime: Carnival ships are as casual as they come during the daytime, with people dressed appropriately for the weather.

Evening: For most nights on Carnival Glory, the dress code remains casual. Most passengers wore sundresses, khaki pants, collared shirts or blouses. On elegant nights -- of which there are two in a one-week cruise -- most men and women wore nice dresses, pants suits and suits. There were the occasional passengers in cocktail attire, but not many.

Not Permitted: When eating dinner in the main dining room, the following attire is not permitted: men's sleeveless shirts, cutoff jeans, gym or basketball shorts, bathing suits, baseball hats or flip-flops. On elegant nights, in addition to the aforementioned list, jeans, shorts, T-shirts and sportswear are also not permitted.

For more information, visit What Should I Wear on a Cruise? A Guide to Cruise Line Dress Codes.


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Carnival Glory Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.3
Dining4.53.9
Entertainment5.03.7
Public Rooms5.04.2
Fitness Recreation5.03.9
Family5.03.8
Enrichment5.03.5
Service5.04.2
Value For Money5.04.1

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Where does Carnival Glory sail from?

Carnival Glory departs from New Orleans

How much does it cost to go on Carnival Glory?

Cruises on Carnival Glory start from $329 per person.

Is Carnival Glory a good ship to cruise on?

Carnival Glory won 4 awards over the years, including Best for Shore Excursions and Best for Families in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Families
  • 2015 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2015 Best for Families

Carnival Glory Member Reviews

Carnival Glory
wolft927
Sail Date: Jan 2020
For adults the best thing about the Glory is the Rear Adults only pool with a retractable roof. We never went to the main pool and loved it. Wish the newer Carnival Ships had it.... Read More
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Cruisin G-Mom
Sail Date: Dec 2019
I immediately called Carnival, they stated Glory will be sailing or they will find us a cruise sailing and make the substitution.... Read More
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photosbydebi
Sail Date: Oct 2019
This was my 6th cruise with Carnival first time on the Glory. I do not think I will ever go back on the Glory ship. I traveled with a friend. She feels the same way. To many problems.... Read More
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byrdbrain55
Sail Date: Mar 2020
We traveled on the Carnival Glory March 1-8, 2020. We flew in the night before and used Uber to get to the port in the morning.... Read More

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