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When is Carnival Glory slated to resume operations?

Carnival Glory resumed sailing from New Orleans on September 19, 2021. The ship’s first Western Caribbean itineraries include stops in Roatan (Honduras), Cozumel (Mexico), and Belize City (Belize). 

For all sailings through February 2022, Carnival Cruise Line will require 95 percent of guests to have had their final COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before sailing, and all will be required to present proof of vaccination at the time of check-in. In addition, vaccinated guests will not be required to wear masks or maintain physical distancing. 

Carnival has an exemption process to accommodate a small number of guests who are unable or ineligible to be vaccinated (which includes children under 12 and other exceptions as required by federal law). The guest’s birth certificate or passport (for children), or a letter from a medical provider stating that the individual cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, must be presented at check-in, along with an exemption approval letter from Carnival. 

Carnival is currently following the CDC’s new protocol, which requires pre-cruise COVID-19 PCR testing for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, to be taken at the guest’s expense within two days before the sailing date.

Cruising on Carnival Glory? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board. 

About the Ship: Carnival Glory is a large-sized, family-friendly ship. Staying true to Carnival’s laid-back approach to cruising, Glory’s attractions include casual dining spots, and activities like comedy shows, lip-sync contests and dance parties. Glory launched in 2003 and refurbished in 2017 when it received a WaterWorks aqua park featuring the Twister slide, AquaTunnel, and kids area. At full capacity (before any COVID restrictions), Carnival Glory can hold up to 3,756 passengers and offers 1,492 total cabins. 

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Activities + Entertainment: As most have found when sailing on Carnival Glory, finding something to do during your days at sea will not be a problem for travelers of any age! Onboard highlights include a WaterWorks Aqua Park, kids and teens clubs, a video arcade, an adults-only Solarium, onboard shopping, a casino, an art gallery, and three pools. 

Entertainment options on Carnival Glory include the family-friendly ‘Hasbro Game Show’ and the Punchliner Comedy Club. There are also Playlist Productions shows in the main theater and the ‘Towel Animal Theater’ experience where passengers of all ages can learn how to make the same towel creatures they find in their cabins. At night, adults can sample cocktails and dance the night away at Glory’s many bars such as SkyBox Sports, Alchemy Bar, and Azure. 

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Dining: Travelers looking for a variety of casual fare will appreciate Carnival Glory's eclectic selection of restaurants. You will find many of Carnival’s staple eateries as well as a selection of unique dining options. Included restaurants are two Dining Rooms, the Red Sail Restaurant, Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Swirls, Carnival Deli, and Pizza Pirate. Specialty options are Steakhouse, Seafood Shack, The Chef’s Table, and the Coffee Bar.

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Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with the return of Carnival in the Caribbean, and prices seem to be changing daily. Right now, you can expect to pay about $40 per person per night for entry-level accommodations on Carnival Glory. We recommend booking NOW if you find a price you like - chances are it won’t last long! 

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What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Procols 

Every guest cruising with Carnival will undergo enhanced pre-embarkation health screenings. The line will refer anyone with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or identified at-risk for additional medical screening before allowing them to board. Secondary screenings (and health checks throughout the cruise) will be performed when necessary. In addition, contact tracing is planned for every cruise. 

Carnival Cruise Line will require passengers on all voyages, regardless of vaccination status, to produce a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within two days of their embarkation date. Additionally, effective August 7, 2021, Carnival instituted an onboard mask policy that includes the following: 

  • The line strongly encourages all guests to wear face masks when indoors, particularly unvaccinated guests, including children under the age of 12 who should wear masks in public areas, except when eating or drinking.
  • All guests aged two and older will be required to wear face masks in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino, except when eating or drinking.
  • Guests will be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in the main dining rooms,  in the Lido Buffet area and occasionally in other designated areas where a larger number of guests may congregate.  
  • Masks are required during embarkation and debarkation in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.

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Tips from Our Community Members:

We had a blast on both the ship and the excursions. There is something for everyone. - dcjsmj

Awesome to relax and still have tons of fun! There is always things to do so you're never bored and meet great people from all around the world! - MachellandDavid

We were sailing with a large group of friends, about 30! The wonderful part about this cruise was everyone found plenty to do to keep them happy and busy! Or just found a place to read and relax. - conquest1

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Shore Excursions

With so much to see and do in the Caribbean ports which Carnival Glory will stop in, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. The top-rated excursions and suggested activities by port are:

Belize City, Belize - Cave Tube and Zip Line, Altun-Ha Mayan Excursion, Barrier Reef Snorkel

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Cozumel, Mexico - Reef Snorkeling Adventure, Catamaran Sail, Mayan Ruin Excursion, Salsa Tour

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Rotan, Honduras - Zip Line Tour, Chocolate and Rum Factory Visit, Glass Bottom Boat Tour, and the West End Island Beach Tour

See All Roatan Excursions

Check out our guide on the Best Things to do in Roatan

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