Carnival Glory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

We had a lot of fun

Sail Date: August 18, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

We had a lot of fun on this cruise. In general there was a younger crowd on the ship that had a lot of energy. We were disappointed in the organized events on the ship. They seemed to be generally lacking with organized things to do and left the entertainment up to the layout of the ship itself. The theater on the ship was nice and the shows were decent. The mix of entertainment was nice but limited to Comedy and Vegas Style Cabaret's. This particular cruise visited two of our favorite ports in the Caribbean - St Thomas and St. Maarten - both of these ports were amazing as always and offer so many different things to do. The ship also visited the Bahamas which if you've never been to Atlantis is a must see. From the pier it is only a short 10 - 15 minute boat ferry ride to Paradise Island and the absolutely amazing Atlantis hotel. We definitely recommend making that trip if you've never seen the hotel before. The cruise also offered 3 days at sea which is nice but we felt an extra port would have been nicer than the 3rd day at sea even if it was a short day. Overall this was better than most cruises we've been on but not the best.

If you have a family especially with teens this is a great cruise for the teenagers, although beware that the bar staff will be rude to the kids when they try to order soft drinks. This seemed to come down to the soda cards that are offered for a flat rate for the week (about $5 a day) won't generate any extra gratuity for the wait staff, so the kids were almost always completely ignored and if they did speak up would get spoken down to by the staff to wait their turns or they'd get to them when they had time. Outside of the rudeness of the bar staff to the kids the rest of the ship does a great job of giving the kids great places to meet other kids and things to do together. Hopefully enough complaints come in about the rudeness to the kids that the staff will fix that - this and the poor service in the buffet area cost our rating a full point - we would have rated this cruse excellent otherwise.

Pros: This was a very fun cruise, younger crowd, lots of kids and teens

Cons: Some of the staff - Bartenders to the kids and Buffet area staff to everyone in general were rude

Recommends Carnival Glory? Yes!

Ship Quality
Overall we generally liked the ship. The boat itself has an awkard flow to it but offers a lot of ammenities. You will get used to the layout of the boat but navigating to the aft dining area requires walking across 3 different floors which is odd. The entertainment in most of the bars and lounges was sub par so don't expect a lot from there. The ship does have a lot of lounges and a decent gym and spa.

We were on a completely full ship (100% booked) and most of the time traffic flow was not a problem. There were a couple of shows during the week that were 1 seating only and those didn't offer enough seating for everyone that wanted to attend. Also the buffet restaurant always seemed congested.
Food and Dining
We loved our dining staff. We've been on a lot cruises and had one of the best times of any cruise with our dining staff on this boat. The dining room itself was not one of the better dining rooms we've seen. The food was good, not spectacular but good. The melting chocolate cake is probably the best desert we've ever had.

The buffet dining area on the other hand was generally a lackluster experience. The buffet area staff seemed as if they were just going through the motions, but they could be rude at times. The drink machines frequently ran out of ice and concentrate for the drinks and would go long periods of time before being refilled. Also the staff had a bad habit of just walking in front of people already in line and putting a closed sign up making them move to the back of a line in another part of the restaurant as they wanted to start closing down to clean up.

There are several other options like the 24hr pizzeria, oriental cafe, new york deli and fish & chips.
Cabin / Stateroom
We liked our stateroom. We had balcony cabins that had a nice couch and plenty of storage space for clothing. The balcony was nice but not a lot of privacy from neighboring balconies but there is only so much that can be done in that regard. The doors don't offer a lot of noise protection from the hallway though so we recommend that you stay away from stair wells, elevators or the main traffic flow areas (center part of the boat).
Service and Staff
There was some great staff and some really bad staff. Overall they were mostly pleasant. Wee Jimmy our cruise director was extremely entertaining and hopefully you will be lucky to get him as well.
Entertainment
Children's Programs
In general this was good, there are a lot of activities for the kids and a great program for older teens (15 - 17) the only negative was that activities stopped at 10pm for the 13 - 15 teens. Try putting them to bed at 10 - this lead to lots of 13 & 14 year old kids wandering the boat till 1 or 2 am when the shows wrapped up and parents started to retire. They could do a better a job for this age range.


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