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James kingwell

Age: 56


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Glory

Sailing Date: 2012-05-15

Itinerary: Bahama's

Wife and I sailed Carnival before, but it was the first cruise for our daughters. Now I understand how Carnival has kept their prices down since I last sailed with them in 2005. You get what you pay for so don't expect any extraordinary service or a smooth sailing. We were lucky enough to pull an experienced wait staff with cheerful personalities and a flare for performance. We looked forward to the dining room experience each night. There seemed to be no shortage of photography staff that were strategically spaced every six feet, however there was a serious shortage of caring staff and the oversight to provide some service on deck. The ship's stabilizers were not working well during the entire trip so we endured constant rocking.

The selection, presentation and taste was wonderful, There was a lack of open food stations between main dining times which resulted in long lines. When I am on vacation, I don't rise early just to make a breakfast setting, I am more interested in a brunch arrangement. Buffet stations in the Red Sail would close earlier than advertised and no notice would be posted to let you know where the last open station was and the last open station location changed daily. The "free" coffee always tasted burnt so the Creamery did a booming business. Sushi bar plus Fish and Chips was our favorite stations outside of the Golden Dining room.

Our stateroom was on the main deck with a window and the girls had an interior cabin. Both rooms were well laid out and comfortable. The stateroom was well maintained and we got our towel art fix each night that even though was predictable with same frog, seal, elephant, crab and hanging monkey, was still amusing and fun.

The comedy was funny and the dancing and singing was great. The talent was only lacking in the piano bar. The piano man was straight out of a Bill Murray sketch from Saturday Night Live! The casino was a smoke factory. I recommend Carnival invest in some big smoke eaters. The dealers were very friendly and patient while I taught my clan how to gamble with "Dad's" money. The miniature golf course was fun but unlocking the access gate off the volleyball court would have been less disruptive to all.

Nassau is overcrowded and filthy and should be avoided unless you can afford to drop your wallet at Atlantis. Freeport turned out to be a pleasant surprise, a much better port and I would consider going back if I could stay for 2 or more days and cut out Nassau altogether. Went bottom fishing in Freeport and the 17 of 20 of us caught multiple fish. Wife did the bike tour and was very pleased with the tour and lunch that was provided. Girls went on their own shopping and got some great bargains.

This was a family vacation with Mom, Dad and two adult daughters celebrating a new phase in Dad's life after his loss of a leg and a daughter's 30th birthday. The most disappointing part was the constant rocking and the lack of service on deck. The Captain never acknowledged the fact that something was wrong with the stabilizers. That omission leads me to believe it is a cost saving measure rather than a mechanical malfunction.

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