Overall, a nice cruise
Carnival Glory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Ship: Carnival Glory
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryAll cruise ships are basically the same and I'd say the Glory is actually a bit easier than others I've cruised before to find, access and remember public areas. One minor gripe is I found the Glory to be a bit limited in outdoor choices. There's open decks on either side of deck 3 (it was mostly roped of and being painted when I spent time there) and the wide-open deck 9 Lido. Above Lido all decks are open but small like the sports deck 10 around the stack for walking and small decks above it for basketball, volleyball and miniature gulf.
That said, there's no shortage of places on Lido to lay out in the sun and there's rarely a problem finding a place on deck to lay out in the shade.
My party found parts of the Glory to be very noisy relative to other ships we've sailed. Mostly I'm referring to engine noise and vibration. Our cabin was on the 2nd (Main) deck almost all the way aft. Cruising to the Bahamas wasn't too bad because the ship was cruising slowly, 12 knots or less. The 1st night returning to Norfolk we were going roughly 23 knots. The walls in our stateroom shook - there was nothing subtle about it - and the noise kept my companion up all night. We dined in the Platinum dining room on 3rd deck aft. At dinner you could feel and hear the engines though it wasn't as bad and I won't say it ruined dinner.
However, the noisiness didn't end there. The Platinum dining room magnified sounds like conversations at nearby tables. We had a loud table next to us which ruined meals when they were present because we couldn't carry on conversations at our table. One table nearby moved away from them mid-way through the cruise it was so bad.
This is a critical problem for my party because the highlight of cruising the Glory is the dining experience in the Platinum (or Golden) restaurants for dinner. My preference for dining was the casual buffets when I boarded the Glory; however, I ate breakfast at the buffet in the Red Sail (Lido deck) my first morning on-board and suffered a miserable meal. All my breakfasts after that and dinners were in the dining room.
Lunch is more flexible because the Glory offers a wide selection of places on the Lido deck to get good meals outside of the buffet line: a burrito bar, deli, pizza place (open 24 hours), Mongolian barbecue, fish and chips bar, and 2 grills (hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers).
If you are going to cruise on the Glory I HIGHLY recommend getting a cabin forward of the aft elevators. I'd also recommend to berth higher than at least deck 4 though I think the key here is being forward of the engines.
This is my 2nd Carnival cruise and, like my 1st, the Glory's decor is loud and tacky. The Glory must feature the world's largest bad art collection. Granted, this is a minor complaint and a subject of some laughter from my group so I guess you could say it adds to the fun.
Some of the 'noise' I enjoyed. Most days a reggae played on Lido deck. A lot of people danced to the music and picked deck chairs nearby to listen to it. Elderly folks in my group found that 'noise' annoying so your experience may vary. There's a lot of similar small acts playing music throughout the ship like in the main lobby or near the casino. Most were very good and many in my group would seek out their favorite acts, particularly after dinner.
One feature I enjoyed was the huge 'jumbo-tron' TV on the Lido deck. We enjoyed movie nights.
More than any other cruise I've been on the maintenance crew were visible. Members of my party had trouble enjoying laying out on the 3rd deck because it was roped off for painting. 3 days in a row our cabins stank of some sort of paint or solvent that gave members of my party a headache. The smells gratefully disappeared at night.
Our Bahamas luded a day at Freeport. I HIGHLY recommend paying for a tour there. Nothing much to do on your own.
Food and Dining
In the evenings hours rotate/vary on these bars (except the 24-hour pizza bar) so they may not be open a particular night.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Dinner in the Platinum dining room
Cons: Ship noise, smells