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Carnival Cruise Lines: Carnival Glory

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Carnival Glory Review

The second Conquest-class ship, Carnival Glory entered service in 2003 and captured passengers’ imagination with its use of color in interior spaces—her theme song could be "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." In a 2012 refurbishment, the ship received Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades with new casual dining options and bars. A variety of port cities are home to Carnival Glory on a seasonal basis, including Boston, Miami, New York City, and Norfolk, as she visits ports in Canada and New England, the Bahamas and Caribbean, and sails an occasional cruise to nowhere.

Taking Fun Ships to new lengths and widths, Conquest-class ships are among the largest in the Carnival fleet. They're basically larger and more feature-filled versions of earlier Destiny-class vessels. More space translates into additional decks, an upscale steak house, and even more bars and lounges; however, well-proportioned public areas belie the ships' massive size. You'll hardly notice that there's slightly less space per passenger after you take a thrilling trip down the spiral waterslide.

Public rooms flow forward and aft from stunning central atriums. Just off each ship's main boulevard is an array of specialty bars, dance lounges, discos, piano bars, and show lounges, plus seating areas along the indoor promenades. The promenade can get crowded between dinner seatings and show-lounge performances, but with so many different places to spend time, you're sure to find one with plenty of room and an atmosphere to suit your taste.

The world's largest cruise line originated the Fun Ship concept in 1972 with the relaunch of an aging ocean liner, which got stuck on a sandbar during its maiden voyage. In true entrepreneurial spirit, founder Ted Arison shrugged off an inauspicious beginning to introduce superliners a decade later. Sporting red-white-and-blue flared funnels, which are easily recognized from afar, new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern. If you find something you like on one vessel, you're likely to find something similar on another.

Each vessel features themed public rooms, ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic motifs, although many of those elements are being replaced with a more tropical decor as older ships are upgraded. Carnival is also introducing features either branded by the line itself, such as the poolside Blue Iguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina and the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, or in partnership with well known brands, such as EA SPORTS to create EA SPORTS Bars at sea and Guy’s Burger Joint, in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri. Implementation of the new features is scheduled for completion in 2015.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • The lounge chairs on the deck above the aft Lido pool are almost always quiet
  • Steak houses on these ships are some of the best restaurants—and dining bargains—at sea
  • The ships have been retrofitted with Carnival’s Seaside Theatres—the jumbo-size poolside LED screens

Cons

  • Cabins and balconies on deck 8 from mid-ship to aft are beneath the Lido and suffer from pool-deck noise overhead
  • Seating at the casino bar can be noisy with sound from the slot machines dueling with nearby musicians
  • Likewise, sound from the Seaside Theatre can be annoyingly loud
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,160
  • Entered Service 2003
  • Gross Tons 110,000
  • Length 952 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,487
  • Passenger Capacity 2,974 (3,700 max)
  • Width 116 feet
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Mar 5, 2017

Review of Carnival Glory

Marybeth Przygocki Age: 33 Occupation:General Manager Number of Cruises: 6 Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Carnival Glory Sailing Date: 2016-11-19 Itinerary: Western carribean Carnival has lost me and my family as a customer. They had a septic issue the entire cruise that stunk up the staterooms, hallways, and even the outside areas. The food was mediocre at best. The shows and activities were lacking to say the least. This cruiseline has gone so far

downhill in the last 4 years. The food was either over cooked or bland, Most of the food that should have been hot was luke warm at best. Especially at the buffets, the food was not close to hot. The lack of food knowledge, experience, and inspiration shined thru in what was served. The only decent food was the Guy Fieri burgers, yet they were so invonsistent. It came half burnt alot of times. Our stateroom stunk of raw sewage. We propped our blacony door open when we were in the room to try and alleviate the smell. We informed the guests services. The solution was spraying the room with frebreeze. The rooms in general were rundown including the balconies. The balconied were dirty and sticky when we first arrived. The onboard activities were lacking. There were large gaps of time with nothing going on besides some sale they were having. When there was an activity none of the staff knew where it was happening and were sending guests all different places. Excursions for the most part were great. If you like caves check out the Amazing secret River. That was amazing. As far as the riverboat adventure and mayan ruins..... see the mayan once, then be done. Its a long ride to the ruins no matter where you go from. The majority of time is spent traveling. Also our boat broke down and then we got a flat tire... long day of sitting and waiting. The trip was underwhelming. Carnival will no longer be my cruiseline of choice. They have spiraled downhill in the last 4 years from food quality, cleanliness, and entertainment. The septic issue they were having was unbearable. Their response was,"we're looking into it." It continued the entire trip. They told us so many stories of where it was coming from or there was an issue they were attending to on floors 7-11. A maintenance worker informed a guest it was a septic leak. That is disgusting. Unhealthy. Unsanitary. The lack luster shows were excrutiating to try and sit thru. The main star were the bleachers they used in every show. There was no story line. The entire ship just about stunk from the stateroom to the open air pool areas. The septic issue they were having was unbearable. The lines for the buffets were very lenghthy due to them only opening one side. Also no food besides pizza or ice cream after 10pm Unless you ordered room service which cost money. If you didn't like what was for dinner in the main dining, the buffet on lifo offered the same thing. Everything was rundown and dirty. Paint was chipping and peeling, everything was dinged, bent, broken. From the ceiling tiles to the walls, Farewell Carnival. We can no longer waste our money on your line.

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Jan 9, 2017

Review of Carnival Victory

Lori Age: 41 Occupation:administrative assistant Number of Cruises: 6 Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Carnival Victory Sailing Date: 2014-03-29 Itinerary: Caribbean This was our 6th Carnival cruise and unfortunately, our least favorite. Unfortunately, I believe it is the passengers' fault rather than Carnival's. My husband & I are very social, go-with-the-flow kind of people. We realize every one is on vacation & keep that in mind at all times. Wow...this

trip...there were a lot of people who did not have that mindset. Our stateroom was located in a hall with some of the rudest, foulest mouthed people ever. Kids screaming at each other in one stateroom, couples cursing each other, teens hanging in the hallway screaming, families bickering loudly...you name it. It was all around our stateroom. We had to call & complain at 2:30am on the morning we were to debark after being kept awake for hours by yelling, screaming, & laughter by a family just down the hall. They were so wrapped up in themselves they forgot there were other people who occupied the other staterooms. There was definitely a general rudeness on this cruise I have not previously seen on our other cruises.. People with zero regard for the staff or other guests. Cutting in line, leaving trash wherever they wished, etc. Not everyone was this way but more than I have seen on previous cruises. We met some wonderful people on the ship & on our excursions but unfortunately, the rudeness we experienced really dampened the overall vacation. :-( 24 hour ice cream & frozen yogurt...YUM! The buffet was OK. The pizza a wee bit greasy. The grill...Super! Dinner in the Pacific Dining Room...wonderful! Some nights more fantastic than others but still wonderful! Coffee Shop desserts...Holy Moly! One slice is toooo much for one person but OMG...heavenly! Our staterooms were comfortable as we have come to expect. But...our steward took our used deck towels & forgot to replace them with fresh towels once and neglected to remove dirty glassware from our stateroom 3 times. Not a big deal but...this is the first time we've ever had less than excellent service by a steward. Our daughter & niece were in a room across the hall. When we checked in I noticed they only had 1 deck towel & mentioned it to him. His reply was "I know...I'll get another in here for them." He didn't. The evening after our day in Jamaica (the 3rd morning of the cruise)...the girls told me they had not received the 2nd deck towel & now had none at all. When we saw him in the hall I politely mentioned that their deck towels were not replaced and his reply to the girls was "You can't leave them on deck. Bring them back to your room." Of course, I knew the girls had brought their ONE towel back to their room and I gently told that I had seen them return the towel to their room. He immediately gave them replacement deck towels. Again...not a big deal but in the past we have never had a complaint about a steward. Some of the Lido Deck activities were a little eyebrow raising. A couple of contestants got out of hand during the "Last woman standing"...an innocent bystander had her bikini top torn off without her permission & another female took hers off to help the contestants. Ummm...there are children on the boat too people!!! The 11-14yr old club...DISAPPOINTING! Every time our girls went down there it was either closed, empty, or just a couple kids were playing video games. Past cruises...there was ALWAYS something happening in the kids' clubs. The shows...enjoyed them! The female lead singer was beyond talented. She brought something new to each of the songs & stayed true to the song. If it was a Madonna song...she did it Madonna style. If it was Shania Twain...she did it Shania style. The male lead...not so much. Every song he sounded exactly the same. If it was soft...you couldn't understand what he was singing. He had some pipes but again...every song he sang was sang the same way. River tubing in Ocho Rios was good. Great guides. Nothing scary. Just a nice float down the White River. We were fortunate in having a great group of people on this excursion (except the parents who didn't stay with their little one & someone else took it upon themselves to hang on to his tube & reassure him). Coral Garden & Stingray sandbar...was also great. But...we made it back in time for the LAST tender. The excursion started at 12 & was supposed to be only 3 hours long. The last tender was scheduled for 3:45pm. Yikes! We made it! We got a little shopping in before the excursion but would've liked a little more time. We felt very hurried & stressed after our excursion. Watch out for the guy behind the fence at the Ocho Rios cruise shopping area...creepy! Stands behind fence trying to sell stuff!

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Nov 19, 2016

Western carribean

Carnival has lost me and my family as a customer. They had a septic issue the entire cruise that stunk up the staterooms, hallways, and even the outside areas. The food was mediocre at best. The shows and activities were lacking to say the least. This cruiseline has gone so far downhill in the last 4 years. The food was either over cooked or bland, Most of the food that should have been hot was luke warm at best. Especially at the

buffets, the food was not close to hot. The lack of food knowledge, experience, and inspiration shined thru in what was served. The only decent food was the Guy Fieri burgers, yet they were so invonsistent. It came half burnt alot of times. Our stateroom stunk of raw sewage. We propped our blacony door open when we were in the room to try and alleviate the smell. We informed the guests services. The solution was spraying the room with frebreeze. The rooms in general were rundown including the balconies. The balconied were dirty and sticky when we first arrived. The onboard activities were lacking. There were large gaps of time with nothing going on besides some sale they were having. When there was an activity none of the staff knew where it was happening and were sending guests all different places. Excursions for the most part were great. If you like caves check out the Amazing secret River. That was amazing. As far as the riverboat adventure and mayan ruins..... see the mayan once, then be done. Its a long ride to the ruins no matter where you go from. The majority of time is spent traveling. Also our boat broke down and then we got a flat tire... long day of sitting and waiting. The trip was underwhelming. Carnival will no longer be my cruiseline of choice. They have spiraled downhill in the last 4 years from food quality, cleanliness, and entertainment. The septic issue they were having was unbearable. Their response was,"we're looking into it." It continued the entire trip. They told us so many stories of where it was coming from or there was an issue they were attending to on floors 7-11. A maintenance worker informed a guest it was a septic leak. That is disgusting. Unhealthy. Unsanitary. The lack luster shows were excrutiating to try and sit thru. The main star were the bleachers they used in every show. There was no story line. The entire ship just about stunk from the stateroom to the open air pool areas. The septic issue they were having was unbearable. The lines for the buffets were very lenghthy due to them only opening one side. Also no food besides pizza or ice cream after 10pm Unless you ordered room service which cost money. If you didn't like what was for dinner in the main dining, the buffet on lifo offered the same thing. Everything was rundown and dirty. Paint was chipping and peeling, everything was dinged, bent, broken. From the ceiling tiles to the walls, Farewell Carnival. We can no longer waste our money on your line.

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Feb 5, 2016

carribean

The cruise 8 destinations were all amazing with the exception of Martinique. I have never felt so belittled & shunned for being an american or from visiting from a cruise line. Not sure why the "french" population & their retail shops were so rude & unwelcoming. We were refused service from taxi drivers & a shop keeper. We were unable to leave the port with insufficient taxis available or so it seemed - as we walked around the port there were many

taxis sitting curbside and not willing to even engage in conversation let alone take us somewhere. Martinique is a perfect example of the "french" intolerant reputation. I will never return there and from this experience have considered removing France from my travel "bucket list". So very pompous! if you must stop here - definitely book an excursion, or plan to stay in port or on the ship! As for the rest of the 10 day trip - the ship and service personnel were nice. The entertainment in a nutshell, a bit corny, but entertaining never the less. My travel companion slipped on the deck after a rain. It took almost an hour before medical team came, but after the wait, they were competent & thorough with treatment. Our cabin was adequate, with the exception of plumbing issues on several mornings which forced travel to poolside restrooms and a vibration picture or something in the wall that would randomly tick tick tick the night away - bring earplugs for sure! Also review your location in proximity to other potential noise factors on the ship. And as always the food was good & plentiful - although after 10 days everything starts to taste the same! Maybe it's just me....

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Oct 27, 2015

Eastern Caribbean

The ship was clean, the crew was friendly and the Dining staff in the platinum dining room, Mark, Toki, and Gabriel were wonderful. Also Serhii in the buffet was friendly and always smiling and very efficient. Thanks Carnival for another GREAT vacation. the food was perfect!!! Clean and inviting every day a new towel animal from Danny. He was an angel. :) On board activities were always available and lots to do. The excursions

are always available, but for Grand Turk, the beach is close so no need for excursions. We went to Half Moon Cay, an island owned by Carnival and had a free BBQ...yummy, then to St Thomas where we took a ferry to St John to Trunk Bay beach, one of the most beautiful in the world, soooo pretty, crystal clear water and white powdery sand, then on to San Juan Puerto Rico, took a tour off the ship, from a local vendor for $20 a person, he took us all over the island. perfect. then on to Grand Turk to the beach. LOVED this trip and especially Carnival Glory.

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