Sail Date: May 16, 2010 Ship: Carnival Glory Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
This cruiseline seems mostly geared toward those traveling with very young children (there were lots of babysitting and children's clubs on board) and those who are 18-20 and want to get drunk and be unruly. There was a huge group of high school seniors who got drunk at every port-of-call. I was appalled that Carnival allows unaccompanied 18-20 year-olds to cruise with them. Other cruiselines require you to be 21, or with a parent/guardian if under 21.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food was okay, but as a diabetic, I was disappointed in the sugar-free deserts offered on board. Royal Caribbean is blowing carnival out-of-the-water in this category. Also, the wait staff never got to know us or our drink preferences despite eating dinner at our assigned table every night.
1 out of 5
As stated above, the activities were almost non-existent. We literally spent huge chunks of time just sitting around, waiting for the next activity. If this had been our first cruise, we would NEVER cruise again. Thank goodness we've cruised before. We learned to never take Carnival again.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
The staff we interacted with were friendly. The cruise director was annoying.
1 out of 5
The ship was clean, but incredibly small compared to other cruises we've taken. We were incredibly disappointed by the lack on things to do on the ship. Aside from sitting by the very small pools, playing bingo, or watching karaoke, the daily schedule of things to do was virtually empty. (Unless you consider endless sales pitches about art auctions and port shopping to be enjoyable activities.)
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Our room was the best part of the ship. The housekeeping staff did an incredible job of keeping the room neat, bringing fresh towels, and slipping in and out of the room while we were not there. The room was nice enough, but the air conditioning hardly blew any air and we had to sleep on top of the sheets a couple of nights, and we still sweat in our sleep.
A lot of upscale shopping, if you're a diamond or Rolex shopper, you'll love it. If you're more down-to-earth, like us, you'll wish you'd booked an excursion. The town is pretty boring, so make sure you plan an activity for this port.
Belize City is a dump. Avoid it, if possible. We went on a cultural city tour, and it was like driving through a third world. It was dirty and depressing, and a total waste of time.
Don't Miss: The black market shops, where you can get designer handbags for $40.
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