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MaryAnne

Age: 44

Occupation:n/a

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Glory

Sailing Date: April 14th, 2007

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Glory Cruise Review
Eastern Caribbean

MaryAnne

My family and I just returned yesterday from our cruise and I thought I should immediately write while everything is still fresh in my mind.

First you should complete your Fun pass information online before you even step out your door. It makes checking in easier for everyone. Also you will be able to book excursions and see what each excursion costs.

Our cruise left on April 14th, and for us it was even more wonderful because our state and most of the east coast was hit with a terrible rain storm and we got out just in time.

The ship is large and sometimes confusing to get around. Once we got the hang of it we loved it. I suggest picking up a Carnival Glory Deck Plan card. It shows each deck and where all the restaurants, staterooms, clubs, etc.

My children did not want to get off this ship! My 11 year old LOVED the Camp Carnival. Every night after dinner she was there until 12:00PM. I know it is late but all the kids were there. She met a wonderful little girl from Australia and they exchanged emails. My 16 year old brought a friend with her and they felt independent and loved every minute of this cruise.

I think the food was very good. I tried 2 different fish dishes. Mahi Mahi and Grouper. They were fabulous and beautiful to look at. Pasta dishes were also delicious. My husband and I went to The Emerald Club one evening and it was lovely. It does cost $30 a person and then with drinks it does add up but the food is delicious, very special. Beautiful cuts of filet, veal and lamb chops to die for!

Our first stop was Nassau. I did not book an excursion for this stop thinking we would be too tired. I was right! We took a cab ride to a local beach on Paradise Island. I still can't get over the color of the water and how crystal clear it was. The ship was leaving at 2:00PM so we only had a few hours but it was enough for our first day. In St. Thomas I booked the barefoot beach and snorkel. We took a catamaran out to a secluded cove that was picture perfect. After the crew instructed everyone how to wear the gear we all jumped in and they took us on a guided tour. We saw the most beautiful sea turtles eating sea grass, spotted stingrays rare) and schools of purple, blue and striped fish. The water temperature was perfect. The crew on this excursion were allot of fun.

On the ride back there was rum punch, beer or sodas. It was a perfect excursion.

In St. Maarten we booked the resort beach break. A van took us to this beach - about a 15 minute ride. We arrived at 9:00AM and were picked up at 1:00PM. Plenty of time to enjoy the beach. It was very relaxing and very hot! I was glad that I booked the morning beach break because by 1:00 it was steamy! Lunch was also included and was very good. Barbecue chicken, ribs, pasta salad, bean salad, fruit. Also two beverages. Again a wonderful excursion and St. Maarten is just so beautiful.

Our fun days at sea were just that. Plenty to do or not to do. Just find a chair and stare out at that big, beautiful sea. It was a bit rough a few nights but not too bad. We did not have a problem with it but our next door neighbors did. I brought some motion sickness pills and gave them a few and then they were fine.

The comedians on this ship were great. They are on late and for good reason. Their shows are rated R and are hysterical. I thought the dancers in the shows were great, the singers were not. I only went to one show and that was enough. Our cruise director Wee Jimmy was very entertaining and cute. I know that every cruise ship does there version of the match game but the one on this ship was fabulous. Laugh out loud funny.

My husband went to the gym every day and I went once. Ha ha. It is a very nice facility and has more then enough equipment. The spa looked wonderful but I did want to spend more money than I had already.

My husband bought me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings in the ship store. We spoke to someone who was experienced shopper and she said the prices were great. 45% plus another 25% on the second to last day of cruise. My husband got a good deal on a watch that he found at the beach resort shop. It was $20 less than the ships price so he was happy.

The negative part of this cruise for me was the dismemberment. It was painful. We stood in line for 1 1/2 hours. Part of the problem I think is that the people who were taking the luggage off by themselves were suppose to get off first. Then the people who had checked their luggage would get off. When they called us (checked luggage people) there were all these people dragging their big suitcases with them. I have been on cruises out of Port Everglades and I have never had this experience before so I don't think we will take a cruise out of Port Canaveral again.

Overall a great cruise. When we sailed out of St. Maarten at 6:00PM there were two other ships ahead of us. After the sun set the three ships were all lit up, the stars were out and the moon was shining. It was breathtaking and my family and I knew that we were very lucky to be where we were that night.

 








 

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