Noticed cut backs, but the excursions were excellent!

Carnival Glory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 18, 2014
Ship: Carnival Glory
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The service on board the Glory was impeccable. When I say we noticed cut backs, it was in the food and entertainment categories.  The food was excellent, but smaller portions were very noticeable at dinner (I regularly eat smaller portions, so someone with a bigger appetite may not be satisfied with the serving sizes, albeit you can have as much as you want).  The entertainment was a huge disappointment. There were only 2 shows (one I missed, and apparently that was the only good one for the whole week).  It was very boring in the evenings with nothing to do if you don't do the casino scene.  The comedians were just ok and the magician was horrible. People left in droves throughout the magician's entire show. 

 

The good news...the excursions were beyond excellent.  My family all did the Extreme Zip Lining through the rainforest in St. Thomas.  If you're a fanatic zip liner, then this may seem like an easy course for you. But 3 out of 4 of us were first timers and loved it. The 4th one is more experienced but still enjoyed it very much.  The guides were the best and we all felt very safe. I highly recommend using Extreme Zip Lining for a fun, and most scenic view of St. Thomas from the tree canopies.  Then, in Grand Turk, we did ATV'ing.  Another grand day of fun. We could drive our own ATV at a fast speed throughout the 2 hour tour of Grand Turk. We stopped briefly along the way to see special highlights of the tour including the ocean beach. Many places to see and a fun way of seeing them.  I highly recommend this tour while visiting Grand Turk.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The Platinum Dining Room is very stark and would benefit from linens used on tables every evening along with some dimmed lighting. It had no ambiance.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Could improve.

Entertainment

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
It wasn't as pretty as other Carnival ships we've been on, but still very nice.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
This cabin had some very strange sounds going on throughout the day/night. It would be interesting to know what exactly caused that irritating noise.
3 out of 5
Beautiful city to visit.
5 out of 5
The BEST clear blue water with the whitest sand. Absolutely gorgeous!!
5 out of 5
St. Thomas is one of my favorite Caribbean places to visit. The island is beautiful (go zip lining or take a tour of the island). Be sure to shop at Majestic Jewelers (walking distance from port) for GREAT DEALS on quality diamonds, tanzanite, etc. They make very good deals and duty free!
3 out of 5
Not a favorite stopping place, but maybe if we had done an excursion it would have made a big difference.
5 out of 5
Very fun island to tour on ATV's. We traveled far and wide to see all it has to offer. Highly recommend doing this excursion.
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