We had a lot of fun
Carnival Glory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: August 18, 2007
Ship: Carnival Glory
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 10 years ago
Review SummaryWe 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.
Food and Dining
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.
Service and Staff
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.
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Ports of Call
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