7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Sail Date: December 02, 2006 Ship: Carnival Glory Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 11 years ago
Overall, we had a great time.
We enjoyed a lot of time on the Lido deck - fun water slide, lots of whirlpools and couple of nice pools.
Loved having 4 ports of call - Cozumel, Belize, Nassau and Costa Maya. We booked all our shore excursions on line - take the leap of faith and do this. We saved lots of money and had so much fun. The groups were smaller and the tour guides were excellent. Got to know the other people in the group as well as the guides. On the cruise lines' shore excursions you are hearded around like a herd of cows!
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Food was not as good as the Royal Carribean, but preferred the wait staff and the atmosphere.
3 out of 5
Bingo was not fun - had to reuse the flimsy paper cards for all 5 games. We didn't bother with Bingo a second time.
One comedian was hilarious, the other one made me embarassed for him. The other "Broadway" and variety shows were fun.
Pilates instructor - I should have asked for my money back or it should have been free. She ran it like a Jane Fonda, from the 70's, exercise class - not even remotely how Pilates is supposed to be taught.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Every staff person we encountered was great! The staff of the Carnival Glory was very friendly and efficient.
5 out of 5
No negative thoughts until the last 24 hours - things seemed to just look dirtier - paper towels, toilet paper on the floors of the ladies room, stuff (dirty dishes, trash) on and off in our hallway.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Stateroom with a window - excellent and it had lots of storage space. Interior room, next to the engine room - about like a college dorm with motion - poor. The kids (all in their 20's) had an interior room - great low price and you get what you pay for. They were one room away from the engine and it was the smallest room I've ever seen. They were literally knocked into the walls on our last nite at sea when we hit rough waters. Good thing they were happy to be out and about on the ship the rest of the week.
The beds were actually very comfortable. The stateroom's hair dryer was terrible - had to hold the on button down the whole time (evidently a safety feature). Would definately recommend that any women with hair that needs styling - bring your own dryer!!
So.. .Average this out to "good." Great for the room with the window, not at all good for the interior.
We did this on our own. Visit the website cozumelmycozumel.com and you will have the best info on what to do and what to avoid at your fingertips. This site is by an American couple, retire, who know live right by where the ships dock. We went - on our own to Zhul Ha for snorkeling and paid minimal. Met wonderful people. Then shopped and ate about 2 miles away from the cruise ships. Saw lots of shops recommended by the website. Avoid the cruise ship recommendations (they give kick backs to the lines). The cruise ship will have you belive you must stay with their recommendations, etc, to be safe. Such nonsense. The people were wonderful, friendly. I never felt the least bit uncomfortable.
Check out the Mayn Pearl for gorgeous jewelery and clothes.
Don't Miss: Zhul Ha and shops (see above)
Again - do your research and do it on your own. We took a water taxi to Atlantis ($3.00). Our previous cruise we just took a cab and asked him to take us to a public beach. The public beach was gorgeous and practically no one was their. We spent the cost of the cab.
Don't Miss: Atlantis was cool. We ran out of time - allow yourself 2 hours for this. Also, it's not cheap $28 a person, but I'd still recommend it..
The cruise ship cancelled all their snorkelling excursions due to "weather." Thankfully we booked with coralbreezetours.com and our combo scub/snorkelling group went out to the Caye Caulker coral reef and next to a pet the rays area. We had lunch at a restaurant on Caye Caulker and time to walk around that island. Again, just awesome and loved the small group and individual attention. This was run by Hammerhead tours. By the way, it did rain and drizzle all day, but your snorkelling. You're going to get wet! I am not a strong swimmer but had absolutely no problem with the itty bitty waves. Never felt unsafe.
Don't Miss: Take the "leap of faith" and go with Hammerhead. We all had a blast and their were tons of unhappy cruisers heading back to the ship since their excursion was cancelled.
Went to Mahauel (little town) and had lunch and beer at the restaurant their. Went to Chachoben ruins with a private tour (again). Think I fouond this one by going to costamaya.com. The tour group was with Ivan and David Cohue (Spelling?). Anyway, again, they were so informative, professional and made it an experience to remember.
Don't Miss: Mahauel and Chachoben ruins.
Pros: Loved that the whole family of 5 - 3 in their 20's and 2 in their 50's - could enjoy so much together. Comedy and variety shows, food, shore excursions, gambling. Fellow passengers and crew - very friendly, happy people on the cruise.
Cons: The food seemed pretty mediocre and we're not picky eaters. Also, just ridiculous that a glass of bar brand wine should cost twice as much as a mixed drink.
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