6 San Juan to Caribbean - Southern Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews

We have cruised with Carnival about 8 times before, once with P&O and once with MSC. Glory is an older ship and this is reflected in her appearance, many areas are streaked with rust and our balcony was particularly bad! The ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival about 8 times before, once with P&O and once with MSC. Glory is an older ship and this is reflected in her appearance, many areas are streaked with rust and our balcony was particularly bad! The glass on the balcony door was streaked with marks and the surrounding frame was in very poor condition with what appeared paint streaks?? The booking in procedure in San Juan was efficient and fairly quick . All the shore staff were a delight to talk to! We were in cabin 7415 starboard balcony. Our cabin steward ,female, greeted us angreatd despite not seeing her, bar a couple of times , always remembered our names. However as we explored our cabin we found no bathrobes and one wardrobe was devoid of any coat hangers. We rang our steward and robes and hangers were supplied. Why I ask myself were these not there when the cabin was cleaned, who steals hangers off a cruise ship????!!! We dined in Golden upper the waiters their were exceptianal , evey evening they greeted us by name and generally entertained us. The table lacked table cloths, why all other Carnival ships had them? No butter knife, again all previous ships had a butter knife on the table. The waitrrs did not place our table napkins on our laps as we were seated. A small thing but on ALL other ships this was a normal ritual, why not on Glory. We also noted that there was a charge for tea and coffee, not so on previous ships. The menu in this restaurant did not vary much and some of the meals were below average in both taste and below par, and did not meet our expectations. The Omelette Bar never seemed to be open, why? Despite all this we visited 8 islands had great weather and enjoyed ourselves, meeting some great people both on and off the ship in the process. On the Thursday we booked and ate in the Emerald steak house at $35 a head. We had never done this before and had heard excellent reviews from fellow guests. The menu was quite extensive and despite the extremely low lighting level we ordered and ate a very good meal! Great steaks. The staff that waited on us were all female from Eastern Europe with extremely strong accents which made their English difficult to understand. All Carnival ships that we have sailed in have a couple of Fun Shops selling jewellery watches clothes etc.... my wife loves them and would visit them every day, however on Glory we commented how low stock was. After a few days we found out why, they closed both shops for the rest of the cruise to refurbished them. A real disappointment but a relief to my wallet! The live band has been done away with, it was on the last couple of ships too, prerecorded, another cost saving exercise? The balcony is generally cleaned once a week and a letter is circulated to warn you of this operation...........not on Glory they just hose and wash away without warning! We as past guest have always had a party in the theatre one afternoon with free drinks and canapés, not this time, very disappointing as it is another way of meeting fellow passengers and exchanging our experiences and views. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our third cruise and third with Carnival and we chose it because we hadn't been to most of the stops- only repeat stop was St Maarten. Our stops were St Croix, St Maarten, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba and Caracao. We ... Read More
This was our third cruise and third with Carnival and we chose it because we hadn't been to most of the stops- only repeat stop was St Maarten. Our stops were St Croix, St Maarten, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba and Caracao. We love all of what San Juan has to offer and we stayed 2 nights (before our cruise) at a hotel in the Condado area. We had a fast and easy embarkation and once booked in we left the ship to wander the city and then strolled back on board later in the afternoon. We liked the layout of the ship - it is the same as the Carnival Valor which was our first cruise and we had no issues with this. We treated ourselves to a balcony room on the 7th floor and the only issue we really had was neighbors who seemed unable to close the room and balcony doors without slamming them which was annoying at night. Any problems that we had with our room were dealt with in a timely and pleasant manner and our maid was very pleasant and did an excellent job of looking after our room. We enjoyed all of our meals whether at the lido restaurant or dining room. We had anytime dining which we've had for our other 2 cruises and had great visits and many laughs with a great bunch of people from all across North America. I am amazed at the selection and variety of food offered at the buffet restaurants and dining room. There was so many choices I had a hard time trying to decide what I wanted to try. I enjoyed trying the appetizers and main course related to the ports of call. Every night you had a choice of main dish of either beef, fish, pork, chicken, lamb- many different appetizers, side dishes and desserts. For me part of the fun is trying new dishes and since I cook all meals at home I really enjoyed the variety that was offered. My husband has two diet restrictions (sugar and wheat) and he was always able to find enough low carb and wheat free foods. We got off at every port and spent the morning walking around the towns visiting shops and museums and other local attractions. The only port we didn't find very favorable to tourists was Dominica. The streets are not made for safe walking, would be unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues because of narrow sidewalks if any sidewalk at all, deep open gutters between street and walking areas and very few wheelchair accessible areas. I was just about hit by a car that used a sidewalk portion to drive on. What the town should do is close off several streets to cars as they drove through very fast and didn't seem too concerned about the safety of the pedestrians. Disembarkation was fast and no problem. We aren't big on late night entertainment but enjoyed the shows we did see and there seemed a lot you could do if that is what you wanted. Any negatives for us were very insignificant, other than sea days when it is hard to find a chair in the shade. We enjoyed our holiday, would do the same ports again to do excursions and would recommend the Glory as a great ship to cruise on. We are very happy that we chose this cruise and looking forward to our next cruising holiday. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our first cruise with Carnival. We went on this one because of all the islands they stopped at. We have cruised with R.C., NCL, Holland, and Princess other years, and this was poor to all of them!! Embarkation was quick and ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Carnival. We went on this one because of all the islands they stopped at. We have cruised with R.C., NCL, Holland, and Princess other years, and this was poor to all of them!! Embarkation was quick and easy. Our balcony room on the 8th deck was great. On most ships when you eat at the main dining room, you have a hard time to decide what to eat, but not this ship!! The food was so-so, and not good choices at all. We ate at the buffet one night, and it was half filled with food. The shows were also not that great. One day we ate at the seafood restaurant for lunch, and the fish was very greasy, but the fries were good and crispy. We couldn't believe that every morning the buffet had the same food, no change what so ever!!! No band at the pool, just a boring D.J. Shame on Carnival!!! The best part of the trip were the islands, which we had been to before. The days at sea it was hard to find a person to get a drink while sitting on a pool chair. Whenever we left the ship or coming back on the ship from an island they only had 2 workers so some days it took a long time to get back on the ship!! The workers there never smiled, or said good morning, very unfriendly!!! Getting off the ship back at Miami was unorganized, as we were waiting in line to walk off with our luggage, and soon it was swamped with people coming off of an elevator. They should have been directed to go where the line ended!!! This will probably be our first and last cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our 6th cruise, 4th with Carnival. We booked this cruise because of the value and the ports of call and for the most part the cruise exceeded our expectations. However... The boutique hotel on Calle Fortaleza in OSJ was small ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise, 4th with Carnival. We booked this cruise because of the value and the ports of call and for the most part the cruise exceeded our expectations. However... The boutique hotel on Calle Fortaleza in OSJ was small but wonderful. We enjoy San Juan so much we wonder why anyone would choose to embark in Miami. Embarkation the next day was quick and painless. There was a HAL ship docked next to Glory chartered as an alternative lifestyles cruise. The music from her Lido deck was much louder and better than ours. The cabin stewards were efficient and friendly, as always. The evening wait staff was also great; daytime staff, not so much. The food, however, was never great. Guy's is good, but the sodium and fat content likely keeps the medical staff hopping. "Britestar, Lido starboard" is probably not an unheard of announcement. Fish tacos were tasty, pizza always ready. The food in the MDR was hit or miss. The evening wait staff always sensed if we were not pleased and offered an alternate entrée. The Emerald steakhouse was very good. The biggest issue, and the reason we're looking to spend a bit more to cruise with a different, more upscale line, is our fellow passengers. Okay I get it, you're on vacation! But your rude behavior, attitude to the staff, slovenly dress in the MDR, complaints to the waiters / waitresses - "I didn't like any of my 3 entrées and only 1 of my 4 desserts, oh, go get me another chocolate melting cake to take to the room", etc. is affecting MY vacation. A trivial but common example: there are 2 condiment stations on the fish and chips level, with 1 large bottle of malt vinegar per station. How hard is it to sprinkle vinegar on your fries and leave the bottle for others so they don't have to search all of the tables? Do you put cream in your coffee then take the carafe with you? Do I need to smuggle my own bottle of malt vinegar on the ship in place of rum? C'mon! Rant over. The 2 ports we enjoyed the most were St. Croix & Bonaire. These happened to also be the 2 ports with the most relaxed attitudes by the locals. Curacao was also right up there. Debarkation was a cluster with people stacked by the elevators, but we did get off the ship and thru customs quickly. MIA, however, was a disaster and good luck to anyone with an early flight Saturdays. Did the cruse meet 80% of my expectations? Yes, hence the 4 stars out of 5. But, I think we'll try Celebrity or Princess next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The main reason for choosing this cruise was the length and itinerary. What we ended up finding were some nice upgrades to the Glory and fresh activities which included the long lost midnight buffet. If your vacation experience must ... Read More
The main reason for choosing this cruise was the length and itinerary. What we ended up finding were some nice upgrades to the Glory and fresh activities which included the long lost midnight buffet. If your vacation experience must include tablecloths and decorative pats of butter in the main. Dining hall, you may find yourself disappointed. We are more relaxed with this sort of stuff. This isn't what will mar our vacations, and for this reason, we scored it a 5. Our room was located on deck 8 close to the forward elevators. I was concerned this. Any be a noisy spot, but turned out to be perfect. The food was really excellent every night with a 'port of call' menu which highlights the foods from the port of call we had previously been at. St croix - rainbow beach. Too small. Beach was just ok. Hubby later went for a beach walk and he said just south of this beach was a spectacular stretch of beach which he would have preferred to be at. Next time!! Dominica-tour with Nature Ilse tours. Amazing amazing. Really worth the price, highlights were the champagne reef snorkel (bring water shoes)!!! And it tou gorge. Wow.... St Maarten. Beach at great bay. We had been here a few times already and with 8 ships in port, didn't want to venture too far out and get stuck in traffic. It was a lovely day of beach and shopping. Grenada. Grand Anse beach via water taxi. Big lovely beach. Highly recommended Curaçao - Porto Mari beach. Really lovely spot. Expensive cabs and totally worth it Bonaire. Private snorkelling with Renee snorkel trips. Ok folks, this was soooo cool. We were only 4 people and she explained what were seeing as we went. Awesome. We also went to sobibor beach which was really not nice at all. Find another beach. There was no sand. We were all on top of each other on the little patch that was there. Really not good Aruba. Took the city bus to eagle beach. $2 will get u there one way. We paid for 2 return passes. The bus never came back for the return back to the ship, so we ended up paying for a cab back. Now for the beach, despite being a really gorgeous spot, the wind made it quite unpleasant. The wind picked up sand when it blew and we were constantly getting whipped with it. Note that once we had paid the $40 for chairs and umbrella, we decided to make the best of it, but it really wasn't ideal...no amenities. Despite have no read there were some. Debarkation was in Miami and really fast. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I considered myself a somewhat seasoned cruiser having been cruising since 2001, logging 20 cruises in that time; and in the process achieving Platinum status on RCL, Princess and Carnival. I say somewhat seasoned because I know many ... Read More
I considered myself a somewhat seasoned cruiser having been cruising since 2001, logging 20 cruises in that time; and in the process achieving Platinum status on RCL, Princess and Carnival. I say somewhat seasoned because I know many cruisers that consider me a beginner. That being said here is my impressions of the 11 night Journey cruise on the Glory out of San Juan. Ship: While having never sailed the Glory before; I have sailed several of her sister ships and because of familiarity with the class, I had no problems finding my way around. I thought the ship was tastefully decorated and I did not feel crowded anywhere on board, except for the Serenity area. I went to the Serenity area a few times but it was usually crowded so I didn’t send much time there. Large seagoing ships by the nature of where they live; always need scraping and painting somewhere and she appears to be well taken care of. The casino appeared large enough to accommodate everyone interested in gambling. While I did not partake of any of the shows because of back and hip issues; I heard many people commenting on how good they were. The one thing that did seem strange after being on Carnival ships at Halloween, Thanksgiving and around Christmas time was the absence of Marti Gras decorations on the ship; especially since our cruise included the last week of the Marti Gras season or ‘Carnival’ as it is referred to it in the Caribbean. The only thing associated with Marti Gras I saw; was a girl in a Marti Gras costume and a photographer running around taking pictures for the guests to buy. The ‘Throwback Sea Day’ was pretty much a joke as well. We had a couple heavy showers come through after breakfast that morning and I think all the Throwback Day activities on the Lido deck for the day were canceled; but the photographers putting guests in 80’s costumes long enough to take their pictures was still being going strong. Also some of the shops on the ship closed on day 5 or 6 of the cruise and all but the candy shop closed on night 7 of our 11 night cruise. We heard that the merchandise sales contractor had changed and they had to pack everything up and remove it from the ship when we reached Miami so the new contractor could bring their merchandise onboard. Crew: The crew was the best I have seen on a ship in several years now. In general, all crew members I interacted with were congenial and helpful to the individual. My cabin steward and his helper were among the best I have encountered in the 20 cruises I have taken. In the time it took me to get breakfast at the buffet and return to my cabin the morning service was completed and they were working elsewhere. In the evening, after a busy day ashore or onboard, I would come in with them nowhere in sight, get cleaned up and go to dinner. When I returned from dinner, the bed had been turned down and a new animal was in the room. However, if I wanted to talk to one of them about something or had a question; they seemed to appear out of nowhere as if they knew I wanted to see them. I spent most of my bar time at the Red Frog Rum Bar, primarily because they were the only bar on board that has a rather obscure Dominican rum that is my favorite sipping rum. They always knew what I was drinking and addressed me by name when I approached the bar; and when I encountered them elsewhere on the ship or ashore they always spoke calling me by name and were very cordial. Food: Not having sailed with Carnival in almost a year and a half I saw a further noticeable degradation in the exoticness, variety, quality and quantity of the foods offered in the Main Dining Room. While the food I did eat onboard was ok to good, it was less than I expected and was no better than what I can get at a good restaurant at home; and nowhere near what Carnival was providing 3-5 years ago. The extra quantity I can do without these days, it just doesn’t come off as easy as it goes on any more; but I do miss the exoticness, variety and quality of what we used to get. I did not bother visiting the dining room on either of the elegant nights. After reviewing the menus on those nights; I did not think the offerings were worth the cost of cleaning my dress clothes. Specific disappointments were what was once delicious Alligator Fritters has turned into something barely edible and the apparent replacement of the Black Forrest Cake with a Black Forrest Cheesecake. The deserts also leave a lot to be desired. Not everyone is a chocoholic or addicted to Chocolate Melting Cake. I also noted that normally the buffet had a much better selection of deserts than the main dining room and many nights I had my desert in the buffet after dinner. I had a few late night slices of pizza and the peperoni has stayed pretty much the same on every Carnival cruise I have taken since I first sailed on the Celebration back in 2001, good but not really great. I remember they also had some other offerings besides salads on a couple nights. I believe they may have had lasagna one night and something else on another night. I ate all my breakfasts in the buffet, usually because I either got up too late to make it to the dining room or was in a hurry so I wouldn’t miss an excursion. While the buffet had a good selection of items I did think the scrambled eggs were a little lacking both in flavor and occasionally in cooking; and usually hit the omelet station after the second morning. I also did Guy’s for lunch if I was on the ship, there is just something about those Piggy Patties. I even ate one of their Vegie Burgers which wasn’t bad either. They are not on the published menu and you have to ask for them. They usually take about 5 minutes to fix. I did not eat at Fish and Chips or the Blue Iguana or the extra $$ venues either. While others may rave about them, I have found, that for me; the extra $$ venues, industry wide, generally do not live up to their hype and are not worth my time or money. Then the Red Frog snacks for the Super Bowl were not even up on the Lido deck by the Frog and big screen, they were being served somewhere else on the ship. Excursions: I did ship sponsored excursions at St Croix, St Maarten, Dominica and Grenada; plus an independent snorkeling excursion in Bonaire. At Aruba & Curacao, I just went ashore, did some shopping got lunch and went back to the ship. The ship sponsored excursions were basically all island tours as I had never been to any of those islands before and all were reasonably good informative tours. However, I was expecting the St Maarten tour to go by the airport for a photo op; but it didn’t. I don’t know if I told the excursions desk person the wrong tour or he put me on the wrong tour, but by the time I found out it was too late to do anything about it, maybe next time I am there. I booked the Bonaire excursion with a company I had snorkeled with in the past. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
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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