Carnival Glory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

Family Experience on Carnival Glory

Sail Date: June 27, 2015

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

I went on this cruise with my wife and 2 granddaughters who are both 12 years old.  My wife and granddaughters had not been on a cruise before.  Opinions in our group were divided - my wife and granddaughters liked the cruise but I was not so impressed.  The Glory is a very large ship and carries more than a thousand passengers, which means that you spend a lot of time standing in lines.  In spite of the large staff, the dining room service was very slooow.  We were not so impressed with the evening entertainment.  Also, on the last sea day they painted a stairway near our room and we were driven out of the room by the paint fumes.  Carnival adds a lot of extras on your tab that you don't find out about until after you book.  They charge extra for WiFi access on the ship, but it is free at some of the restaurants near the dock in St. Thomas and San Juan.  Liquor charges on the ship are generally comparable to what you would pay in a restaurant in Miami.  For a family, the Carnival's airport transfer changes may be higher than what you would pay if you just hired a taxi to take you from the airport to the dock.  Many of the shore excursions are a doubtful value.  There is a shopping area near the dock at St. Thomas and the merchants offer a free shuttle from the dock to it.  If all you want to do is shop, then you don't need a shore excursion.  In San Juan, the dock is next to the old part of town, where the shops and the historic forts are.  Unless you are disabled or in very poor physical condition, you can easily walk there.  For excursions involving water sports you are basically gambling on the weather.  Read the fine print.  If the activity gets cancelled because of bad weather, they do not refund your money. 

Cabin / Stateroom
We were happy with our cabin - comfortable beds. Good views from the balcony.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
We arrived at the dock early so we got on the ship early, but our room wasn't ready yet. We waited on the upper deck for 2 hours. Our luggage didn't arrive until 3 hours after the ship left port. Disembarkation went fairly smoothly.
Ship Quality
The Glory is very big - they give you a plan to help you find your way around. They do a lot of cleaning - we have no complaints about that.
Destinations and Excursions
Nice beaches at Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk. San Juan and St. Thomas are interesting places. Easy to arrange activities with the local folk. No need to buy in advance.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Mostly for you children.
Most entertainment was geared to adults.
Service and Staff
Housekeeping service was very good. Dining room service was slow.
Food and Dining
Food was good - buffets as well as dining room
Miami, Florida
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We took an excursion to Magens Bay - very nice spot.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wish we had more time here.
Grand Turk Island
Nice beach near the cruise ship dock.


Usually there were more people around pool at the center of the Lido Deck. If you want to avoid crowd, go to the rear of the deck. There is an "adults only" area on the Sun Deck and the Sky Deck.

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