April 2015 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Western
Overall, it was a decent cruise. However, besides the shore excursions, there isn't much to do on the boat but drink and sunbathe on the deck. That would be fine for most but my wife doesn't drink so we were expecting a wide variety of activities and shows inside the ship. The few stage shows they did have were subpar but the comedy shows were great. Other than that, you could expect karaoke and plenty of action in the casino but that was about it. The food selection for both the assigned dining in the restaurant and the buffet option was terrible. Having a burger and taco joint on the ship helped but they were always closed in the evening when you needed them the most. Pizza was served 24 hours which helped as well. There was really no reason to have a cruise elegant night since most of the Captain's crew only shook hands for a few minutes in the casino. Royal Caribbean cruise line puts on a show centered around introducing the crew to the cruisers, which made it way more fun. And not to blame Carnival but I may think twice about getting a balcony in the future. You can't smoke on the balcony (well, blame Carnival for this) and the doors close pretty heavily so all you hear are the balcony doors slamming during the night. I will say that the crew kept the ship spotless and well sanitized which made living there for a week more comfortable. My wife and I will most likely look at other cruise lines for our next cruise and/or go back to Royal Caribbean.