Sailing on the Glory October 11. Would love any suggestions on what to look out for. Have read reviews and seems like ship is hard to navigate. We are getting cabin with balcony--Are they nice? Should we pre-book tours on ship first day, heard some fill up fast. Not much of a sun worshipper, is there plenty todo while just sailing? What kind of tv channels do we get in our cabin? Thanks for all your help in answering my questions, we are first time cruisers and need all the info/advice we can get.
I would suggest you sign up for the tours on the first day. I haven't been on the Glory, but have sailed w/Carnival numerous times and they do fill up fast! Attend the seminar that explains the shore tours and sign up as soon as possible.
There are a lot of activites to do during days at sea...if you like board games, I would suggest you bring a travel version of your own. My husband and I wanted to play checkers, but discovered that all of the games had mysteriously "disappeared" even tho there were signs posted not to remove the games from the library. I guess people were keeping them in their rooms.
Also, I would suggest taking Bonine each day, it's a non-drowsy seasickness pill. I figure, if you're spending all of that money, why risk any problems? You just take one in the morning and fergitaboutit!
We also purchase underwater cameras before we leave home to take pics while snorkeling or scuba diving, I bought some at Target for $7, while they charge $20 on board!!!
As for you question if the cabins with balconies are nice, well, how could they not be?? hee hee
Have a great first cruise! You'll be hooked!
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We were on the Glory last month- our first cruise. Great ship! Regarding your questions-
-Not hard to navigate at all- most public areas are on Decks 5 and 8.
-We loved our balcony cabin- very relaxing to just sit and watch the ocean go by. Definitely bring a bungee cord to hold the balcony door open.
-Book your tours on the TV in your cabin- very easy.
-I don't enjoy the sun much either, but found plenty to do without hanging on the Lido deck- although there are areas that are out of the sun where you can hang out and hear the band. We enjoyed the library for playing cards, the outside decks on 3 are great for a quiet and shady place to read, the casino was fun, and most of the shows were great.
-There were not a lot of organized events during the day even on "at sea" days, so be prepared to just relax.
-Usually 3 TV channels plus a daily free movie, a pay movie, and they replay most of the tour and shopping talks on the other channels- so don't worry about missing the "important" meetings in the Amber Palace- you can watch them anytime you want.
Plus, don't miss the Piano Bar at night- it is great fun! Get there early so you can get one of the coveted seats at the bar (only about 20) so you can be right in the middle of the fun. If you are on the Western sailing and you have any question about ports or activities, just send me an e-mail. Have fun!
Karen, we are sailing on the Glory 9/27 Western Carrib. and nobody can tell me what time (local time) we arrive in Belize. Ship's itinerary says 8a, but is this "ship time" (Eastern Daylight Time), Central Daylight Time (since Belize is in the Central Time zone), or local (Belize) time (which is 2 hours behind Eastern Daylight Time since Belize doesn't follow Daylight Saving Time).
You wouldn't believe how many times I've asked this question - to Carnival reps, my TA, local tour operator, other cruise message boards, and NOBODY can give me a definite answer!
You will be arriving in Belize at 6AM Belize time, but you will keep your watch on ship time (8AM Eastern Standard Time). This means you will need to be back on board at 3PM Belize time and 5PM by your watch. The last tender leaves Belize at 4:15 by your watch.
So basically nothing is open in Belize when you first tender which is another reason that they get the tours out first. We took a private tour and the ship's tour director was nice enough to get us out on the first tender. We actually got to Sea Sports Belize earlier than they opened. The first tender arrived at the dock at about 7AM Belize time.
All of the times listed on the itinerary are ship times. So again in Cozumel and Progreso the local time will be an hour earlier than your watch.