Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Glory
Sailing Date: October 22nd, 2005
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
The Camp Carnival program for children 2-5 years was wonderful! The staff was friendly. The safety and security of the children was great (sign-in and sign out was strict). Activities were scheduled every 15-30 minutes on sea time days and times. My child loved it and I was very comfortable enjoying my time knowing he was in a clean, caring environment (he is not potty trained). When I called or stopped by to check on him staff was friendly and all was well every time.
Our cabin was spacious and clean. We opted for a ocean window, as we did not want the stress of a toddler and a balcony. I was pleased with the first floor cabin; the porthole is deep and my toddler could climb up and relax and watch the ocean action with a pillow. I would not get higher than floor two (floor one more ideal) with a small child, as they can identify better with the water closer.
Room service was prompt and a thrill for my youngster.
Food was average; the early seating folks had less quality issues than late seating (who complained of overdone and long done food). Service was excellent from those assigned to you in all aspects, but staff in general was not as friendly if they were not assigned to you.
The spa is located under Camp Carnival, so noise from the children is an issue with relaxing during overpriced treatments. Check out the closed times and dinner times for the Camp before booking for a more quiet experience.
Fitness staff was great, always friendly and adjusting level of class pace to those in the class.
The entertainment (shows) were great when featuring the Glory dancers and singers, but poor when magic or juggling was involved. The Glory Idol was cute. For toddlers, my son only sat through the Glory dancer shows with interest.
The supper club (Emerald) is overrated. While the service is great, the food is average for those fine dining out a lot.
POrt time arrivals are off, and staff confirmed with me that they are often up to 30-45 minutes later in disembarking than posted. Keep this in mind if booking any private activities or a rental car.
Customers on the cruise were a little ruder crowd than we experienced on Princess line; but there was a mixture of all types so we did not let the rude ones get us down. We mainly saw the rudeness come out in the buffet lines and during elevator etiquette. We also noticed a very relaxed dinner dress code, with jeans and T-shirts sneaking into the dining rooms nightly (although most dressed appropriate).
The captain is visible and on the intercom regularly. Our itenerary was changed significantly due to the Hurricane Wilma and it was apparent the operations crew worked hard to make it a nice cruise. They did.