Carnival Glory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Review SummaryWe are just back from a family Glory cruise from Port Canaveral 12/13 to 12/20. This is my third cruise, the second on carnival and, less for others in our party of eight. Divided between two rooms a forward Riviera porthole stateroom, 220 sqft, and a deck six forward balcony room, 180 sgft, things were a little tight. I would opt for the pothole stateroom or an inside room since, one is only there to sleep and get ready for experiences of the day. But, if your able to swing a deal for a balcony then by all means do it. Thumbs up to our room steward Joseph as he kept our room clean and replaced towels when needed.
Embarkation with Steve Sharkevich was friendly and quick. Disembarking was just as well with the older gentleman that helped us. My oldest brother was in a wheelchair and everyone was very helpful expiditing us through.
Butch the cruise director is an energetic guy. He could be found annoying by some but the ladies seemed to like him. His job is to make you have a good, fun experience and give you any info you need.
The four course gourmet dinners were wonderful in the Upper Amber Room. Our friendly and personable table waitress Ni was the best! I expected the food would be great from past experience but, for its presentation to be gourmet as well was unexpected.
Buffets, deli, sushi bar, pizza bar were all good. Wide variety for anyone on the buffets. One can always find something to eat or have complimentary room service, a great option for breakfast! Sushi bar hours are not good, 5-8 which clashes with the dinner hours. I suggest picking it and saving it in your room refrigerator for later.
Ports of call were not the best if you just plan on walking around as some of us did. If you want to go to beaches, jump a cab in Cozumel for $13 total each way to the nearest beach and Carlos and Charlies bar. It is right next to Carnival's $60 a head beach excursion! Know for its dolphin excursion, push pull swim, my brother liked this one the most.
Belize is a scary port with a fenced in area they tell you not to leave. Tourist trap with a plethora of shops and a few restuarant/bars. Forth in the world for it's reef if you like to snorkel or scuba dive though!
Costa Maya is actually 14 miles North of the Carnival port. I don't know what the town it is near the port but it is not advised to go there, like Belize. There is a beach but is lined with coral so you may not go into the water. The area is also surrounded by a high wall with military police in full gear and guns to protect you. It's another shopping and restuarant/bar stop. It also offers two pools and a sandy beach area to sun on. They have a dolphin excursion here that my brother also went on which is in open water. He thought the adventure in Cozumel was best of the two.
Nassau is nice with it's areas to walk arouund or taxi. For $4 a head one can go to the seven mile beach next to the Atlantis resort. Prepare to rent a beach chair or just lay on your towel. There you can get in the ocean and or sip rum drinks all day for $20. Tell them you will not be there long and you can get a small coconut rum drink for $10 for the day!
That being said it was a great trip for all of us. It is a huge and well kept ship with a friendly staff. The worst I can say is that a few guests on board were rude.
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Pros: Good food, entertainment...
Cons: Ports to walk around, rude guests..