October 2014 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Eastern
The service on board the Glory was impeccable. When I say we noticed cut backs, it was in the food and entertainment categories. The food was excellent, but smaller portions were very noticeable at dinner (I regularly eat smaller portions, so someone with a bigger appetite may not be satisfied with the serving sizes, albeit you can have as much as you want). The entertainment was a huge disappointment. There were only 2 shows (one I missed, and apparently that was the only good one for the whole week). It was very boring in the evenings with nothing to do if you don't do the casino scene. The comedians were just ok and the magician was horrible. People left in droves throughout the magician's entire show.
The good news...the excursions were beyond excellent. My family all did the Extreme Zip Lining through the rainforest in St. Thomas. If you're a fanatic zip liner, then this may seem like an easy course for you. But 3 out of 4 of us were first timers and loved it. The 4th one is more experienced but still enjoyed it very much. The guides were the best and we all felt very safe. I highly recommend using Extreme Zip Lining for a fun, and most scenic view of St. Thomas from the tree canopies. Then, in Grand Turk, we did ATV'ing. Another grand day of fun. We could drive our own ATV at a fast speed throughout the 2 hour tour of Grand Turk. We stopped briefly along the way to see special highlights of the tour including the ocean beach. Many places to see and a fun way of seeing them. I highly recommend this tour while visiting Grand Turk.