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Susan R

Age: 65


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Glory

Sailing Date: 2009-06-13

Itinerary: Western

This was a very special experience which met and exceeded our expectations. If I had to make one negative comment it would be that only one person on the ship (a waiter who brought us room service) addressed me by my name, although passengers' names must have been easily available to all the crew. This is a minor criticism - if you go on a cruise in a relaxed frame of mind, prepared to enjoy new experiences, you can't fail to enjoy a Carnival cruise. See you on board!

We had all of our meals in the main dining room which was the Platinum (1st seating). Our table was 539 and we liked our waiters Zaldy and Gerardo very much. The dishes were all very good and one of the high points was when the waiters sang and danced for us which happened about five times during the cruise. The open seating arrangements for breakfast and lunch work very well as there was no waiting and the service was just as good as in the evening. We only used the Red Sail Restaurant for snacks and refreshments but the food offered there was very good and nicely presented.

Our stateroom was number 1242 on the Riviera Deck, well toward the front of the ship. Rambert, our cabin steward, was very efficient and always tidied our room several times a day. The bathroom was a very good size and the water was hot all the time. I did not like the shampoo which was rather watery, but I liked the body wash and we were given bars of facial soap as well. The beds were very comfortable and there was plenty of space in the closets for our clothes - unlike a previous cruise on the Carnival Fantasy where we only had about five hangers for two people. In the future, I would take my own hair dryer as the one in the cabin was slow to dry my hair and you had to hold a button in all the time which was a nuisance.

We loved the onboard activities because there was always something to do. Each night we planned the following day’s activities using the program left in our cabin so we never missed anything that we wanted to do. We liked the trivia quizzes and other games organized by Island Girl and the Carnival trivia game in the Amber Palace. I read another passenger's comment about “after-cruise depression” and I can identify with the feeling as being on a cruise is a time where we forget our daily cares and just relax and enjoy ourselves. Thank you, Carnival, we will cruise with you again.

Our first stop was Grand Turk and quite frankly, there was not much to do there unless you were on an excursion to snorkel or do something else. We walked around the little group of souvenir shops for an hour or so and then went back on to the ship. In Ocho Rios we went on the canopy tour. A bus took us from the dock up into the Mystic Mountains where we were fitted with helmets, gloves and harnesses. We then began a long walk down the mountainside which took a very long time, it seemed to me to take about an hour but maybe it wasn't that long. Steps had been cut into the mountain and we had to walk down hundreds of steps to get to the first ziplining platform. From then on, we swung on ropes between platforms, gliding through the forest at a fast rate until we got to the next platform. We did this about nine times. This was the shore excursion that I had been hoping to do in Belize but I am sure that the Ocho Rios version was just as good. In Grand Cayman we went on the Discover Cayman excursion to the turtle farm, a place called Hall, and the trip out to the stingray lagoon. What an experience! We stood in shallow water with the stingrays all around us, they were not at all shy and let us hold them. The men from the boat were very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about stingrays. I can recommend these two excursions.

This cruise was a very fulfilling experience as it was a treat I planned for my 11-year-old granddaughter who I do not see very often. She had never been on a cruise before and I wanted it to be a memorable experience for her. We loved the ship and our cabin and the shore excursions were well worth the money. Our itinerary was changed because of the swine flu outbreak but in the end this did not matter at all because we enjoyed the ports of call just as much.

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