Carnival Cruise Lines
April 21, 2007
My DH and I took our second cruise together on the Carnival Glory last spring. We drove from NC to Port Canaveral. It was a nice drive actually, a little over 10 hours. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites by the port. I recommend that hotel to anyone who is cruising out of PC. The hotel is new, clean and beautiful, as well as affordable. I believe it was around $130 for the night before and parking for the entire week, as well as a roundtrip shuttle to the port, as well as free breakfast.
The boarding process is something I wish we could do away with entirely (or hurry up and get to VIP status). But honestly it was not that horrible. We were checked in and onboard within 2 hours. I do have to say that the atrium on the Glory was not as stunning as the Sensation had been, but that was also back when the Sensation had the beautiful statue in the atrium.
Our room was R1343, on the Rivera deck. We love oceanview staterooms and found this one on the Glory to be perfect. The room itself is larger than it's overview counterparts on the Fantasy class ships, but has the same amenities. We also love the Rivera deck on the Conquest class as it is close to the action, but not in the middle of all of it.
The Glory was definitely a beautiful ship, but we were not all that fond of the design flow. On the Fantasy class ships it is very easy to walk from one end of the ship to the other. On the Conquest class the ship is divided by several rooms, including the main dining rooms. This can make the first few days tricky.
We did not try the alternative restaurant as my DH did not want to "waste" the money, but I promise we are trying it on our next cruise as we heard it was amazing. The food in the main dining room was ok. We thought the Inspiration had better food in the main dining room. It could also be because we were the last of 3 seatings as well. You could definitely tell the food had been sitting on heaters. The Lido restaurant was great as always, however, the midnight buffet was not advertised at all on this sailing, so we missed it.
We sailed the Western Caribbean. We had been to Cozumel before so we did not do a tour, however, when they tell you to take a taxi from the port, DO IT. We thought this information was just a marketing scheme, but honestly you are docked about 4 miles from Cozumel, and unless you are wanting to get your workout in, I would suggest getting a taxi.
Belieze was amazing. We did the river tube excrusion and it was a blast. Just don't forget, bottoms up!
Costa Maya was great. We took a cab to the private beach and spent all day at this amazing beach bar with hammocks and drinks. Really a picture perfect time.
I had been to the Bahamas numerous times before, but my DH had never been. We rented a scooter ($30 for the day) and headed to Atlantis. We toured the hotel and then made our way to the shops and other various things to see in town.
Overall the trip was a great one. We are currently looking into our next cruise, and will hopefully have another review soon.