March 2014 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Western
Having been on 50+ cruises over the past 40 years, the cruise we just completed on the Glory rated good enough that we would do it again. However, the anytime dining service was somewhat slower than anticipated, but the food that was available was excellent and very well presented. The selections were not as extensive as Princess or Holland America, but was very tasty and we had no complaints regarding quality, etc. Cabin was always taken care of in a timely manner. However, even though we traveled in a suite, there were absolutely NO amenities in the bathroom except a small tube of toothpaste! This is no comparison to the other suites we have traveled in. When we inquired about this with the cabin steward, we were told we could buy whatever we needed in the gift shop. Also, tips were suggested for room service delivery, even though the cruise line was already deducting quite a large amount for tips for the waiters. It seemed like this cruise was "nickle and dimeing" for services that we had not noticed on the other cruise lines.
The most outrageous event was the Captain's night, which took place in the casino. We traditionally have been introduced to the captain at a party in one of the entertainment rooms, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvers. On this evening, the Captain and the ships officers were lined up at the bar, and were pimping drinks at a $1 discount. How embarassing for these men who have worked hard to gain a position, only to be lined up like a rogues gallery with people wandering around them, not knowing what was really going on. Doesn't Carnivale have a hostess, or someone who could have orgainized the event so the the passengers could be introducted properly, rather than than just wandering around trying to figure out who was who. I don't think the evening was a financial success, as I didn't notice a rush to the bar for the $1 off drinks.