Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Glory
Sailing Date: July 21st, 2007
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Glory Cruise Review
perfect vacation. My wife and I and our two sons (15 and 18) had a wonderful
time both on the ship and at the ports of call.
We booked five days before the departure and managed to get the last two rooms that were next to each other. To our surprise and delight they were "handicap" rooms. It seems you give up the sofa in the room for the HUGE bathroom... I'll trade that anyday! The shower was easily big enough for two people...Hmm! The cabin was always clean and the cabin steward took great pains to explain the handicap features for us, assuming we had booked the rooms for that reason. Well, a couple of days into the cruise, my son accidentally pulled the emergency cord in the shower and their phone rang within 15 seconds to see if he needed medical assistance... A real comfort if you are a physically challenged cruiser. We were on the Lido Deck where much of the "Action" is but never were bothered by noise or crowds. It was only steps away from the pool and buffet dining.
In a word, WONDERFUL! We have used Royal Caribbean in the past and thought the food would be below that standard...WRONG! The buffet breakfast and lunches were excellent with plenty of variety and healthy choices if you wanted to not kill your waistline. The Lido hamburgers and hotdogs were fantastic also. The 24 hour pizza was far superior the RCC pizza experience. We were seated at table for four in the Platinum Dining room ( one of two dining rooms). We had excellent service each night including our bar waitress brought our favorite beverages to us within seconds of being seated. The food was superb. Every entree was cooked to perfection. We had lobster one evening and our waiter said "why don't ya'll get some more"?, so we ordered two more lobsters to share among us. Ten minutes later not two, but three more steaming lobsters were delivered to our table. We all had our fill that night!
We went to the shows in the Amber Theater every night. I like the way they usually do two shows to accommodate the early and late diners. All the shows were entertaining, the costumes were new looking and nicely done. I particularly liked the comedian, Happy Cole. He did a "G" rated show and then later an "R" rated one. Both were great! The music and dancing were also professional. Carnival also does an amateur night on its 7 day cruises. That was loads of fun, watching fellow cruisers sing and dance with costumes and a backup band. We are not BINGO players, but they had plenty of it if you wanted to play. I'd rather waste my money in the Casino! The casino was well staffed and never too crowded to play.
There are 22 bars on this ship, so if you want to listen to music and drink, you are bound to find the right spot! Personally I am not a drinker, and would have rather had some of that space be devoted to other forms of diversion. But there was still plenty to us busy.
PORTS OF CALL:
Nassau was fine, not my favorite stop. I'd suggest skipping the shopping and take a cab to the Atlantis Resort. See the free part of the aquarium and rest of the resort. It is pretty spectacular.
St. Thomas: SHOP HERE!! We also took a 2 1/2 hour tour of the island. Took some great pictures and got a feel for how people live there.
St. Maarten: We took a tour of the Dutch and French sides and then went to Orient Beach for the afternoon. That was the highlight of the trip! They served us a wonderful lunch with complimentary rum punch and then we had 4 padded lounge chairs on the beach with umbrellas to bask in the sun and surf. There was also parasailing and jet skis to rent. ONE NOTE: this is a topless beach so know that before you go. My boys LOVED IT!!! However, some folks needed to keep it covered... if you know what I mean!
DISEMBARKING: We opted to "self disembark" the ship, which means we took care of our own luggage. After the VIP and early flight folks get off, you are free to anytime you want to. We got up and ate a good breakfast and were at our car in the parking deck at 9AM. It was the easiest disembark we have ever had. The whole thing took less than 40 minutes from the time we got off the elevator on the ship, then through customs and then to our car.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: This was the
best of the 4 cruises we have taken. The ship is very clean and the staff were
great. I always leaned to RCC, but I have to say the Carnival Glory is hard to
beat in every way. Carnival is not stuffy and yet you get a first class feel.