Ship: Carnival Glory 12/15/2007 -- 12/22/2007 from Port
Canaveral. Party of 5.
Previous Cruise History: Carnival-Fantasy, Carnival-Celebration
(3 Cruises), Celebrity-Constellation
Reason for Choosing Carnival Glory: Port Canaveral 3 hours drive
from home, 7 day cruise, visited ports that we had not been to
before, departed and arrived on a Saturday which allowed a day of
rest before going back to work on Monday.
Embarkation Arrived around 12 noon. Good crowd already present
but moving ok. Once we made it through the initial security check
in, we were met by a Carnival representative due to one person in
our party using a wheel chair. Representative took us to an area
away from the crowds and personally handled checking in all members
of our party. After we had received our Sign/Sail cards the
representative led us on-board the ship, even actually taking over
pushing the wheel chair on board for us. Whole check-in took around
45 minutes due to number of persons in our party and one person
forgetting to bring their birth certificate with them. They
accepted his driver's license and SSN card.
Cabins Had 2 inside rooms. Only complaint
was during the cruise there was a slight, almost unnoticeable,
rocking of the ship and this I was told caused a sort of
clicking/popping noise coming from the ceiling which was only
really noticeable when trying to get to sleep.
Ship's Staff Room steward, dining room personnel were all great.
Bruno the Maitre-D was great. Most of the staff greeted you when
you passed them walking on the ship, although a few did not
acknowledge any greetings we made.
Onboard Facilities Wish they would have had a better adults-only
area that included a pool/whirlpools. The small area we found in
the gym away from most of the crowds was very small with a small
pool with water jets that you could use to swim against. The
whirlpool attached only held 3 persons comfortably.
Part of my problem was the large amount of UNSUPERVISED
teenagers on board. The last night of the cruise we were coming
back from a show and met 3 teenagers racing down the hall pushing
one of their friends in a wheelchair. They had run into and snagged
some luggage that had been placed in the hall and were trying their
best to get past the luggage. We told them they were going to tear
a hole in the luggage. Their response what to just get out of the
chair and run down the hall.
We were told we had a fully occupied cruise of around 3500
Entertainment The shows were OK. One night they had a comedian
we really liked. I thought they could have had better lead singers,
especially the male vocalist. Voice ok but no stage presence or
personality. Dancers were fair.
NOTE: I was really spoiled on a past cruise on the Celebrity
Constellation. Hey can't be bad when they hand you a glass of
champagne when you board the ship.
Food Food was good. Had a chocolate buffet one day and was in
Excursions Cozumel: We all just got off the ship and walked
around down town as we had arrived at a pier right in the center of
town. Went to a few shops and then returned to the ship.
Belize: Couple of us went on a cave tubing excursion. Made
reservations on our own with Maj. Tom. Price was half of what
Carnival was charging for same excursion. Nice excursion. Highly
Rotan: Did take Carnival's general tour of Rotan. Was a nice
tour of the island. Tour included a boat ride that was said to
include 2 wrecks. The boat ride was disappointing as was just in a
small area and the wrecks were rusted out hulls of two cargo ships,
one that had run had aground years ago and the other which was
carrying lumber, and had caught fire and was abandoned.
Debarkation Wish we had been able to take advantage of the
Self-Assist Disembarkation as two people in our party did take
advantage of it and were off the ship by around 8:30. Since we had
the luggage and having to push a wheel chair, we had to wait our
turn. Our luggage tags had numbers on them and you were instructed
to wait until your number was called. Our number was 24. We could
have gotten off sooner as they really don't check which number you
have, but if you get off earlier you will have to wait on your
luggage as we were told the luggage is off loaded in order of the
numbers being called. During our wait, Carnival representatives
were checking on us to see which number we had. When the numbers
called got to 20, a representative came and got us since we had one
person in a wheel chair and helped us off the ship. They helped us
skip most of the long lines waiting to disembark, assisted in
retrieving our luggage, and stayed with us until we were able to
start loading our car.
We were really impressed with the service they provide to the
handicapped and commend Carnival for their support to the
We were off the ship by 10 a.m.
Overall Impression Sort of/kind of disappointed with the ship
itself. Nothing really stands out except the service they provided
to the member of our party that was in a wheelchair. Being a
newer/large ship (2003) I had expected more. Maybe it's just me. I
was spoiled by Celebrity's Constellation ship. Would we sail again
on the Glory? Never say never if the price is right.
Going to check out a Royal Caribbean cruise in March 08 on the
Mariner of the Seas. From what I've read, this is a very nice
Happy Cruising in 2008!!