June 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Glory
I went on this cruise with my wife and 2 granddaughters who are both 12 years old. My wife and granddaughters had not been on a cruise before. Opinions in our group were divided - my wife and granddaughters liked the cruise but I was not so impressed. The Glory is a very large ship and carries more than a thousand passengers, which means that you spend a lot of time standing in lines. In spite of the large staff, the dining room service was very slooow. We were not so impressed with the evening entertainment. Also, on the last sea day they painted a stairway near our room and we were driven out of the room by the paint fumes. Carnival adds a lot of extras on your tab that you don't find out about until after you book. They charge extra for WiFi access on the ship, but it is free at some of the restaurants near the dock in St. Thomas and San Juan. Liquor charges on the ship are generally comparable to what you would pay in a restaurant in Miami. For a family, the Carnival's airport transfer changes may be higher than what you would pay if you just hired a taxi to take you from the airport to the dock. Many of the shore excursions are a doubtful value. There is a shopping area near the dock at St. Thomas and the merchants offer a free shuttle from the dock to it. If all you want to do is shop, then you don't need a shore excursion. In San Juan, the dock is next to the old part of town, where the shops and the historic forts are. Unless you are disabled or in very poor physical condition, you can easily walk there. For excursions involving water sports you are basically gambling on the weather. Read the fine print. If the activity gets cancelled because of bad weather, they do not refund your money.