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Old July 30th, 2007, 12:57 PM
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Carnival Glory Cruise Review July 21, 2007 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Itinerary


There are some readers that might recall that I was the one who argued Land based vacations against Cruise vacations. More to follow on that topic…..

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This was our first Cruise and of course we had no idea what to expect. Our party consisted of 4, Mom and Dad and two daughters 18 and 16. We opted for separate cabins and Mom and Dad had an outside balcony cabin and the girls were inside located 2 doors down across the hall. This is where my first warning to new cruisers will come in. Cabin location is EVERYTHING. We were on the Upper deck forward and the balcony cabin was directly in the same hallway that accesses the elevators. The girls cabin was more forward than ours and located directly over the Amber Palace. With the location of each cabin, both were extremely noisy throughout the night and into the early mornings. Very unpleasant. Even though ours was a balcony cabin the noise from the hallway, elevators, room attendants and worker with their carts up and down the hallway all night long was most annoying. The Upper deck itself was nice and we had no complaints about the deck location.

Excursions –
Second warning… try and avoid very early morning excursion departures. Just kind of a pain in the butt is all. Because 3 in our group are certified scuba divers and the other not, we elected to split up into 2 groups of 2 at each island to do out excursions and tours. 2 of us had a 0830 departure for a 2 tank dive in Nassau while the other 2 did the Garden and City tour that departed at 0945. In St. Thomas we all did the Kayak, Hike and Snorkel tour, it was very nice leaving the ship at 0900. The last stop was in St, Marrten which we found by far to be our favorite island. 2 of us did the Golden Eagle Catamaran tour departing at 0900 and the other 2 did the easy wreck dive departing not until 145 in the afternoon. The time differences were nice and allowed each group a little extra shopping time in the downtown areas of each island.

Food –
Very good but also very average at times. It was nice to be able to get something to eat anytime you wanted it and of course the unlimited room service was a big hit with the girls. Our dining room was the “Golden? dining room and it was nice. We unexpectedly ended up with just a table for the 4 of us and our servers were very nice. Again the food was good just not great. I was a bit disappointed with the Lobster. It was just not very good at all. The much-talked about Chocolate melting cake was also just good not great.

The Ship –
Very nice, very well kept and fairly easy to get around. Pools WAY to small and over crowed. Lounge chairs, I read many many times before we left that you were not suppose to “reserve? or “hold? chairs if your not going to immediately use them. Sorry folks I found out the hard way the early bird gets the worm. Sorry if that upsets people but when in Rome do as the Romans do. That’s all I can say.

Overall Experience –
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, we’d rate the whole trip as a 7+. The noisy rooms really had a lot to do with the rating. Now the big answer everyone has been waiting for…..Land based vs. Cruise. We had a really great time on the Cruise. However, we didn’t have $6000 dollars worth of fun. The shows nor the casinos or even the unlimited food really didn’t mean that much to us. We were there for the different islands, excursions, sun and people watching.

Will be posting pictures soon......

Feel free to e-mail me with any further questions……. dhornick@kc.rr.com
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dhornick,

I'm glad you and your family had a great time. If your daughters are like mine (20 & 22), this is something they loved and will have great memories of the rest of their lives. We have started taking a yearly cruise with them around Christmas time. They understand, now, why their Dad and I love to cruise so much.

I know everyone is different, but I rate cruising MUCH higher than a road trip.

Thanks for the review!!

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First cruises can be overwhelming and/or disappointing because it is so not like a land vacation.

You didn't mention other passengers or any of the activities on the ship. If the shows, ship activities and interacting with other passengers is not part of your idea of a great vacation, then no, cruising may not be for you.

Remember however, the reason why your cruise was $6,000 total was that you did ship excursions on each island for 4 people. I think for what you got for your money in this cruise was a a better deal than what a land vacation would offer. I would think an all-inclusive resort for 7 nights for 4 people plus scuba diving, etc. would have been several more thousand dollars. I have looked at land resorts on several islands for this time of year. A 7 night stay at an all-inclusive resort comparable to the Glory is right in the neighborhood of $2,000, no excursions and very little entertainment. Multiple that by 4 and add excursions and you are well over $10,000. However, I could be wrong.

As for cabin location, if you are not a night owl or a very heavy sleeper, the safe bet is a cabin that is sandwiched between two other cabin decks. If noise may be an issue, location, location, location is the most important thing.

Maybe you will try another cruise with a better sense of what to expect and perhaps land vacations are the way you will go from now on. Either way, thanks for the review.
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I was on the Glory in January, I would agree the shows were not that great, the food was good at times and average at other times.

The one thing I am having trouble with is the chocolate melting cake not being good. Could this be?? Its the one thing I think Carnival does extremely well. Did you get the Vanilla ice cream with it? How could this be?? ;-)

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I was on the Glory in January, I would agree the shows were not that great, the food was good at times and average at other times.

The one thing I am having trouble with is the chocolate melting cake not being good. Could this be?? Its the one thing I think Carnival does extremely well. Did you get the Vanilla ice cream with it? How could this be?? ;-)

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I am happy you had a 7+ time on your cruise.

It is true what you say about the hallways, and I don't want anyone who reads this to believe that anyone can guarantee a quiet room, but it depends on how your neighbors act. If they don't remind the kids not to run up and down the halls, or if you have neighbors who don't use there inside voices, then you will have a noisy room.

I would hate to compare cruising to land vacations. Anyone could come up with the pros and cons for both. Some people are lucky enough to do both, and some decide that cruising is simply not there thing.

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I was on the Glory in January, I would agree the shows were not that great, the food was good at times and average at other times.

The one thing I am having trouble with is the chocolate melting cake not being good. Could this be?? Its the one thing I think Carnival does extremely well. Did you get the Vanilla ice cream with it? How could this be?? ;-)

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Oh, we definitely tried it on several occasions but it was just never what we expected. Yes we had the vanilla ice cream with it but the cake part was never really cake it was like cake badder warmed up. We had hoped it would have been close to the melting cake Chili's has.
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Will be posting pictures soon......
Goody! Let me know when you do...I'm going on Glory @ the end of Sept...would love to see recent pix. Thanks!
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