August 2014 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Glory
Great 1st Anniversary Vacation
This was our first cruise together and we were celebrating an early 1st wedding anniversary. We are very happy with our experience! The ship was great, even though you could tell it was a little dated. Carnival did a great job with renovations a few years back. The food was awesome at each of the restaurants and buffets, and we really liked the fact that food was readily available at all different times of the day. Your Time Dining was the best option for us, so we didn't need to be on a schedule for days that we were on shore. We opted to buy the Cheers program, and were glad the drinks were strong and had such a wide variety (not like an all-inclusive resort which offers only a small menu). Putu the "Shots, Shots, Shots" waiter was awesome!! He was very attentive and fun both during the day on Lido deck, and at dinners. He is definitely a fan favorite, along with Juan and Juan Jr. who made omelets each morning. They are the best! We also really liked Eduardo and Craig, the cruise entertainment person and cruise director.
Entertainment (comedy club, game shows, Lido deck parties) were all fun and enjoyable. The islands were great, although Grand Turk was our least favorite (very poor, all activities were secluded to one spot on the island, lots of solicitation).
A few things we weren't super fond of were the sail away guitar player that played as we left Puerto Rico (put everyone to sleep instead of getting everyone pumped up), the fact that coffee at restaurants (not the buffet) had a cost, we got charged for 3 shots we ordered at dinner because we weren't told that they were an extra charge (just assumed it was part of Cheers), and that we were charged the standard rate for gratuities on the 2nd day of the cruise (instead of at the end after we could see how the staff performed).
We look forward to our next cruise!