July 31, 2004
I returned Saturday from Carnival Glory. We had a great time. I will give you the high as well as low points. Just keep in mind that none of the negative things were bad enough to change our opinion that the Glory cruise was fantastic!
Embarkation was quick and very easy. They are very organized. We went right to our room and then to the buffet lunch on the lido deck. After the muster drill(evacuation procedures) the ship began to sail.
Our first day was at sea. There were plenty of deck chairs available, live music by the main pool, and lots of activities if you chose to participate.
1st Port was Costa Maya. Our excursion was terrible. Do not take the Beach/Snorkel one. We had to swim about 1/4 mile in high waves just to get to the snorkel sight. My husband couldn't get the hang of it and missed out on everything. I got out about 1/2 way and was so out of breath that I had to turn back. I got very scraped up on the coral reefs in the shallow water. My son swallowed a huge gulp of salt water and began having problems too. If you snorkel, go on one of the excursions where they take you out to the sight on a boat, and all you have to do is jump off to see fish.
2nd Port was Belize. We went cave tubing and loved it. This is an excursion for everyone. No bugs like some people say. It was wonderful!
3rd Port was Cozumel. We went to Playa Mia beach and had a great time. The water is like bath water and very clear. Make sure you get to a beach in Cozumel.
4th Port was Progresso. We went to Dzbiltoon (spelled wrong) Mayan ruins. It was a great tour but it was about 100 degrees and that took away from the enjoyment.
Food was not bad. I expected more gourmet type food, but everything was definitely OK. Pizza and ice cream are available 24 hours. The grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, etc.) was open quite a bit. They also had a deli and oriental area. The food in the dining room was very good. We had lobster one night. Other items were salmon, steak, shrimp, pasta,pork chops, etc. Lots of variety. Service in the dining room was out of this world. They tend to every need and are right there with your food when you are ready. We tipped all of our dining room staff extra.
Entertainment was good. We only went to 2 of the Las Vegas type shows and the guest talent show. We enjoyed all three. If you attend the Rock on Broadway show and have kids, please be aware there is a very R rated portion during this show. We didn't catch the magic show or comedians, but heard they were very good.
Our cruise director was Stuart Dunn. Others have written negative posts about him, but I thought he was just fine.
There is so much to do on the ship...you will never get bored.
Our cabin was on the lowest deck with an oceanview. There was plenty of room. Lots of shelves in bathroom to put toiletries. No need for one of those over the door shoe caddies to hold items.
We used sunscreen and got very burned. Reapply it often. We did not reapply, and I think this was our mistake.
Disembarkation took about 2 hours. This was only because we did not carry off our own bags and were on the lowest deck. They call the higher decks first. It was very organized, it just took awhile.
The boat is clean, the staff is fantastic everywhere, and we would definitely recommend this ship to others.