Not what we expected.
Carnival Glory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Ship: Carnival Glory
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 12 years ago
This large ship was not what we expected. We paid the same as we did for a balcony cabin on Celebrity Millenium and Holland America Oosterdam. It took over 3 hours to embark the ship, after standing in several different lines (even though we completed our Fun Pass prior to leaving). The cabin was mostly clean and very basic - a little tacky in the decor, only a few hangers in the closet (bring your own). Our balcony was filthy dirty (grime on the glass, cigarette butts on the ground), only had two plastic chairs (no loungers, no table), and a hose was coiled up in the corner. Balcony access was also only through a door, no sliding glass windows. The bathroom amenities included packets of shampoo, lotion, etc. Not refilled ever. The mini-bar was restocked only on last day. Even though there was a "no saving chairs" policy on deck, by 7:00 am, most chairs were already reserved. The pools were crowded and there were several drunks staggering around on most days at sea. Whirlpools had a policy - "No one under 13 years of age permitted". Policy was NEVER observed. We even saw an infant in a diaper in the hot tub. There were 1,100 kids on our cruise. Many teenagers were out until after 2:00 am, unsupervised. Many ran down the halls, banging on cabin doors in the wee hours of the morning. Our balcony cabin was on the back of the ship (for which we paid extra). Every morning we woke to "ice cream cone bombs" which were thrown off the top deck into the balconies on the back of the ship (along with cigarette butts). Beware if your cabin is aft on deck 6. You are right above the disco and piano bar. We felt so sorry for those guests who did not sleep the entire cruise, and the response from Carnival was to offer ear plugs. Room service was very basic (basically nothing cooked - continental breakfast, sandwiches, etc.) The process for getting off the ship in port was o.k. We enjoyed each port and had great experiences at each destination. Disembarkation was a mess. Don't "self assist (self carry)" your luggage off. This was offered as an advantage to get off sooner, but our deck was called at the same time the "self assist" group was called which meant we lugged our bags and got off at the same time, in the same line as those that put their bags out the night before.
This ship is for teenagers and families. We will NEVER go on another Carnival Cruise.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Private dining in Emerald Supper Club
Cons: 1,100 kids (out of 3,000 passengers) - largely unsupervised