Carnival Glory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Our 1st Family Cruise

Sail Date: April 01, 2006

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Thought the ship (Glory) was very nice. We stayed on the Lido deck and had a balcony so we could sit out there and read, look out at the ocean and watch the stars. The ship sailed as smooth as silk and I was very impressed with the stress-free ease of embarkation and debarkation. The food was good, not great. Our assigned dining room waitstaff was fabulous - very accomodating and friendly. Other staff on the ship (gift shops, purser's office) were not as warm and friendly and were more abrupt, but not rude. Our ports were ok - Key West was fun but typical tourist stuff, Belize was beautiful and our tour guides there were fabulous - my only complaint was there was no time to shop before taking the tender back to the ship. Costa Maya had the most beautiful color water and we went to a nice beach. However, I felt the shore excursions were a bit overpriced. Next time we'll pass on the excursions and do our own thing. The activities for my teens (14+) were pretty much non-existent. Besides the teen "club" which was pretty lame, and the ports of call, there was not much else for them to do. I noticed some other teens around the same age just hanging out doing nothing, especially at night.

Pros: The dining room waitstaff, the slide by the pool, the chocolate buffet, the sushi bar, and all-night cheeseburgers and pizza for the kids.

Cons: Not enough activities for teens, shore excursions are overpriced

Ship Quality
Ship is very nice.
Food and Dining
Food was good, not great. Tip: buy bottles of wine from your waitstaff to drink during dinner. It will be less expensive than paying for single glasses. A glass of pinot grigio on this cruise was more expensive at $9.25 than an ultra-premium vodka martini - go figure.
Service and Staff
Dining room waitstaff was excellent - other ship's staff were average/good.
Have multiple activities to fill up your days and don't forget about the "spa".
Children's Programs
Not nearly enough activities for the "teen" crowd - 14 and older. Teen club was lame. Besides the games in the arcade not much else interesting for the teens to do. My kids brought a portable DVD player and watched movies in their stateroom.
Cabin / Stateroom
The staterooms rock (at least on the Lido Deck). They have the most comfortable bedding and the shower was unreal - loved it.

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