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Tara

Age: 30

Occupation:Goverment

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Glory

Sailing Date: 2009-08-3

Itinerary: Western Carribean

I just wanted to post a review for all of those people who haven't cruised before, and all you hear is how 'wonderful' a cruise is. I just wanted to offer up another perspective, one that we weren't fortunate enough to have heard before we went.

My husband and I were married in early July and took a cruise for our honeymoon. We won't ever do it again. It is very crowded...my husband compared it to a shopping mall at Christmas. The shopping mall comparison came up again over the course of the week, when we were bombarded with junk mail in our stateroom, calls to our stateroom from the spa asking us to make an appointment, and constant adverstising by the cruise director and cruise television channels about what we should be buying. For us, I think it was a wrong choice for a honeymoon, it didn't offer a romantic feel (except the stateroom itself, the suite was very nice).

The activities ranged from bingo to bridge, and hairy chest contests and towel folding demonstrations. Unless you are much older, or much younger, the activities aren't great. The entertainment was of course cheesy and really not worth bothering with. We typically stayed for 10-15 minutes until we were certain that it 'really was that bad'. The pools are very very small, and since the ship was so packed and full of children, we didn't even have an opportunity to get in it.

The food was hit or miss. There were some really good meals, but there were also some terrible ones. Generally the Ports were beautiful; we really enjoyed Belize and Nassau. However, be prepared to book some activity for your days at port, since the ship will be docked at a very touristy shopping compound full of people trying to hassel you to buy their things. There will likely be a "Diamonds International" everywhere you turn, which they make sure you are aware of. This store is promoted as if it is owned by Carnival...is it?? On top of all this, we felt as if we were being forced to have your picture taken by cruise staff, often with people dressed in costume (so they can later try to sell them to you); we asked to have dining for just two of us (since it was our honeymoon), but we were seated at a table of eight. Sorry Carnival...cruising isn't for everyone!

We had a suite that was nice. However, the 'king size' bed is actually two little beds pushed together and not very comfortable.

The activities were tailored for seniors or kids, they were terrible.

We really enjoyed the scuba diving in Belize. The dive shop was very good.

Unfortunately, this cruise turned us off from the whole cruising experience. It was a bad choice for a honeymoon, and bad time of year to try to get an intimate romantic atmosphere.

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