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Old 04-19-2007, 07:22 PM
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Carnival doesn't allow celebrations to be noted at the time of the booking. You'll want to let the Maitre'd know it's your anniversary. They'll do a little something special for you onboard.

Congrats, Neil
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:00 PM
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:22 PM
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I went on a cruise onboard the Carnival Glory.

It was the 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise and it was back in November.

I was expecting to have an inside cabin, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I got room 10-04, which is an oceanview cabin all the way forward. The cabin was really nice. Unfortunately, on the two cruises I have been on, where my cabin was in the front (near the bow) of the ship, I suffered from dizziness for a week after the cruise. On my second cruise, my cabin was in the middle of the ship lengthwise (or "Midship", as they call it). After the second cruise, I was not dizzy at all. So, maybe from now on; I will always book a cabin which is located midship. Also, having a cabin on one end of the ship, or the other, really makes for long walks to the elevator or stairs.

I really had a good time on the Carnival Glory. Let me see if I can remember what I liked best.

The food was really good. Every night I always ate in the dinning room for dinner. Some of the entrées I had were: NY strip steak, Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, I could have had Lobster tail (if only I wasn't allergic to it ) And I never had a chance to make a reservation in the Emerald Room. This was the 5-star premium restaurant onboard. They charge about $30 extra p/p to dine there. Those that ate in the Emerald Room said it was incredible. But, considering the entrées I had, I wonder how the Emerald Room's food could have been better.

The food in the Red Sail Restaurant (the big buffet cafeteria on the Lido deck) was also really good. Or at least it looked good. I never ate anything there since I saved my appetite for the main dinning room. Make sure to attend the Midnight Dessert Gala they held in the Red Sail. On my cruise they had the Gala on the night before the last one. If you attend the gala, make sure to bring your camera to take pictures of the exquisit art work the crew members created with ice, sugar, chocolate, and let's not forget the presentation of the desserts themselves.

They are places all around the ship that have good food. I really liked the Sushi bar on the Promenade deck behind the casino. I talked to some expierienced Sushi eaters who said it was the best they had (or close to it). I heard the deli-sandwich bar was really good (it's on the opposite side of the ship from the Sushi bar). I really liked "The Grille" which is located in back near the adult pool. The Grille had cheeseburgers/hamburgers, hotdogs, a few hot sandwiches, fries and other sides. "The Pizzeria" had really good pizza and it was opposite "The Grille". Just make sure your pizza is hot and fresh from the oven. They had an oriental grille and a seafood place onboard, which I did not go to (either place). So, you will encounter allot of opporitunities to eat on the GLory. So pace yourself; try not to gain allot of weight.

The bars seemed to outnumber the eating places onboard the Glory. Unfortunately, I can't help you with them; I don't drink.

I always watched the featured evening entertainment in the main auditorium after dinner. They were always really good. I remember one night they had a featured singer. During the last few minutes of his show, he dressed up like Stevie Wonder and fooled allot of the audience. He really did look and act just like Stevie. The only bad moment happened during a stand-up comedian's act. There were some disruptive audience members, and he became fed-up, and let them know about it. This was, by coincidence, just a week or two before Michael Richard's infamous melt-down on stage.

They had two regular Carnival singers: this young blonde lady and young Vietnamese-American guy. They sang pretty good. The female Carnival dancers were REALLY attractive Especially during one night when they wore those Vegas-stlye (or Rio stlye) show costumes which left very little to the imagination

On another night, they had this incredible stand-up comedian. He was this young African-American man from Tampa. His act was one of the "R" rated shows that took place after 11PM. At times, his matierial was so dirty, it should have been rated "NC-17". But [b]he was Sooooooo incredibly funny!{/B] My voice almost became hoarse from the laughing. I laughed so much I had a headache and my ribs hurt. Some of the audience members almost fell out of there seats laughing. After the show was over, some of them were staggering back to there rooms laughing. I wish I could remember his name. I wouldn't surprise me if he becomes the next Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, or D.L. Hughley.

The design and layout of the ship looked nice. What I remember most was the backround music they played in the passageways(outside the rooms) and in elevators. It was 70s rock! I could never imagine I would ever hear music by Kiss, AC-DC, Rush, Aerosmith, and similar others, being played in elevators and public places.

I would tell you how nice the port of calls were, but I don't want this reply to rival "Gone with the Wind" in terms of length.

Anyway, I am sure you will have a great time on the Glory. Enjoy your cruise!
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Rhonda,
We are going on the Westrern Carribean trip. My earlier cruises were to the Eastern, so I figured this would be a way for us to experience something different. Did you go to the Eastern or Western? I have asked this question a few times but know one seems to know, but in your on board experience, did you notice one club that might play a little more slow music for us to go slow dancing?
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We went on the Eastern. The next cruise we go on will be either a Western or Southern.
The one place I noticed alot of slow dancing was in the main lobby where they had a piano playing and a "lounge" type singer. Each night tried to convince hubby to go down there and slow dance, but we usually ended up hanging out with our group we went with. The lobby I am referring to is the one you will enter when you board the ship, it is very colorful and houses the main elevators. It is also near the purser's desk.
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:31 PM
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Thanks everyone for your answers and the plethera of information. I am soooooo excited, dont know how I will make it to September!!!!
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Howdy neighbor! We live in Leland and are going on the Glory June 2, 2007 on the Western itinerary. Oringinally had it planned for early May (our anniversary), but brother and nephew wanted to go and had to change the date until school got out. I am trying to plan our excursions as we only have 33 days until our cruise. Have you planned any yet?
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:10 PM
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Hello! to you too!! I am jealous that you are going so soon. THe only thing that we have planned is in Cozumel. We are going to go to Paradise Beach. You dont have to pay to go to the beach, they have dressing rooms and lockers. You can pay $9.00 for an armband to use their non motorized equipment, such as snorkel equipment. They also offer para sailing (which I plan on doing while hubby lounges on land), bananna boats, etc.. From what I can tell you take a cab from the pier. This is their website: www.paradise-beach-cozumel.com We have even picked out what we plan to eat for lunch. Some of my husbands friends told him to rent a scooter in COzumel and ride around...I am not sure about this. In Costa Maya we may go to the Chacchoen Mayan Ruins. In Belize we are looking at the Sergeant's Cay Snorkeling or the GOff's Caye Snorkeling. In Nassau I dont have a clue. Alot of people say check out Atlantis...Sounds too commerialized for my tastes. We want to lay low and be off key and up for a little local flavor. Let me know what you decide on and definately let me know when you get back what you thought of your trip!
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