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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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May 25, 2014

West Caribbean

This was my first cruise ever and thanks to Carnival, it won't be my last, I had a ball! I was very pleased with the security and check in process in Miami. You print your bag tags at home and drop them attached to your bags at the curb. We were on board in less than an hour. We really enjoyed the cabin and this cruise turned out to be a fantastic value since we booked last minute. We were on time to all of our ports and except for

a few bumpy nights everything was very well done. We found the food to be consistently good and there was plenty of variety. This applied to the buffet, the burger and Mexican stations and the main dining rooms. There was a bit of a wait for eggs to be cooked to order, but you would not want to do this every day. I did do the pizza at 2am for the heck of it. We saved the steakhouse for the last night and it was as good as any I have ever tried. The best hint I can give is try to eat healthy. You will fell better went you are going off the ship and give the gym 20 minutes a day! The inside cabin exceeded our expectations. Because we got a good deal, I expected to tiniest, most boring cabin possible. Not! The cabin was a stateroom with a very comfortable queen bed. There was enough room to move around and the storage was more than adequate. The shower/bath/toilet was great. Not big, but suitable for use. The TV was good as we could see outside via the live video feeds. The room was cleaned very well everyday and the housekeeper left the list of activities every night (along with chocolates). The lighting was adequate but there was only one electrical socket. Hint: Bring a short extension cord. The entertainment was a bit weak but still up to our expectations. We enjoyed the two shows in the Amber Palace - it was never really full. The comedy club was good but overcrowded for the late shows. There was enough to do on-board on the 2 or 3 sea days but if this was a transatlantic voyage, you could get bored if you crave stage-style shows. The pools were always full and running over so we avoided them. I elected to go swimming in the ocean in Honduras and that was a better choice. We tried the hot tub at the stern and that was good enough. The bingo was pretty boring but I went as my wife enjoys that. Most passengers seem to avoid the excursions offered on board. I say this judging by the group we were seated with and observations at the dock. The excursions are never a bargain but there are some advantages. You know what you are going to get, you can arrange and pay on the ship and you have a faster start when you arrive. That is you don't have to go looking for something to do and take your chances with the locals. In Cozumel, we took the jeep tour with Maria and it was fun. They stop at at cultural center that I found interesting; others in the group wanted to get to the tequila without delay. The south shore was too rough for swimming but you got to see the Island in a few hours. I enjoyed this cruise very much. The cruise line was on target with schedules, food was good and entertainment was fine. Loved the cabin, Cozumel, Belize, Honduras and Cayman. We took a bus tour (self-arranged) in Belize and Cayman and stayed at the beach in Honduras. It is worth noting that the stop at Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) is a purpose built facility - dock, shops and beach for the arriving cruise ships. In order to save a few dollars for the Casino, we tried to take the train from our hotel to the Port of Miami. We were told the Freedom Tower is the closest stop - it is but TOO far to walk.You need a taxi to travel the last 2 miles to the port. On return, the taxi to the airport is a fixed rate of $24. Next time we will use the Carnival transport options. It was a sad return to the beautiful city of Miami on Sunday morning. We had a wonderful time and are planning a southern Caribbean trip for next May.

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May 25, 2014

West Caribbean

This was my first cruise ever and thanks to Carnival, it won't be my last, I had a ball! I was very pleased with the security and check in process in Miami. You print your bag tags at home and drop them attached to your bags at the curb. We were on board in less than an hour. We really enjoyed the cabin and this cruise turned out to be a fantastic value since we booked last minute. We were on time to all of our ports and except for

a few bumpy nights everything was very well done. We found the food to be consistently good and there was plenty of variety. This applied to the buffet, the burger and Mexican stations and the main dining rooms. There was a bit of a wait for eggs to be cooked to order, but you would not want to do this every day. I did do the pizza at 2am for the heck of it. We saved the steakhouse for the last night and it was as good as any I have ever tried. The best hint I can give is try to eat healthy. You will fell better went you are going off the ship and give the gym 20 minutes a day! The inside cabin exceeded our expectations. Because we got a good deal, I expected to tiniest, most boring cabin possible. Not! The cabin was a stateroom with a very comfortable queen bed. There was enough room to move around and the storage was more than adequate. The shower/bath/toilet was great. Not big, but suitable for use. The TV was good as we could see outside via the live video feeds. The room was cleaned very well everyday and the housekeeper left the list of activities every night (along with chocolates). The lighting was adequate but there was only one electrical socket. Hint: Bring a short extension cord. The entertainment was a bit weak but still up to our expectations. We enjoyed the two shows in the Amber Palace - it was never really full. The comedy club was good but overcrowded for the late shows. There was enough to do on-board on the 2 or 3 sea days but if this was a transatlantic voyage, you could get bored if you crave stage-style shows. The pools were always full and running over so we avoided them. I elected to go swimming in the ocean in Honduras and that was a better choice. We tried the hot tub at the stern and that was good enough. The bingo was pretty boring but I went as my wife enjoys that. Most passengers seem to avoid the excursions offered on board. I say this judging by the group we were seated with and observations at the dock. The excursions are never a bargain but there are some advantages. You know what you are going to get, you can arrange and pay on the ship and you have a faster start when you arrive. That is you don't have to go looking for something to do and take your chances with the locals. In Cozumel, we took the jeep tour with Maria and it was fun. They stop at at cultural center that I found interesting; others in the group wanted to get to the tequila without delay. The south shore was too rough for swimming but you got to see the Island in a few hours. I enjoyed this cruise very much. The cruise line was on target with schedules, food was good and entertainment was fine. Loved the cabin, Cozumel, Belize, Honduras and Cayman. We took a bus tour (self-arranged) in Belize and Cayman and stayed at the beach in Honduras. It is worth noting that the stop at Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) is a purpose built facility - dock, shops and beach for the arriving cruise ships. In order to save a few dollars for the Casino, we tried to take the train from our hotel to the Port of Miami. We were told the Freedom Tower is the closest stop - it is but TOO far to walk.You need a taxi to travel the last 2 miles to the port. On return, the taxi to the airport is a fixed rate of $24. Next time we will use the Carnival transport options. It was a sad return to the beautiful city of Miami on Sunday morning. We had a wonderful time and are planning a southern Caribbean trip for next May.

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Feb 25, 2014

Western Caribbean

The Carnival Glory is a wonderful experience for first time and seasoned travelers. The staff is amazing! Food was excellent. Not one bad experience. Stateroom was always very clean and well kept every time we left our room . Didn't really partake in many activities.

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Feb 24, 2014

Being my first cruise I really wasn't sure what to expect, but I had a great time and want to go on another cruise. Breakfast was pretty much the same every day. Wish I would have discovered the blue iguana earlier in the trip. Their breakfast burritos were awesome, very hot and fresh. I would have had that instead of the breakfast buffet. Guy's burgers were really good. We did the anytime dining so we could go from 5:45 on in the dining

room. Food was good and made me try things I normally wouldn't have eaten. Plus it keeps you from overeating at the buffet. We had a fantastic waiter named Agus one night, so we requested him every time we went. Ps please be kind to the people who work so hard on these ships and are away from their families for so long. Don't forget to tip where appropriate! Stateroom was fine. We had a balcony and spent most of our time out there. I am a light sleeper and was worried about being woken up in the night. Other than hearing the music by the pool once in a while, I never heard noise in the hall or from our neighbor’s rooms. I would recommend taking your own hair dryer. The cords on their dryers are so short you have to sit down to dry your hair and you still have trouble reaching the top of your head. Also, take cream rinse for your hair, the salt water really dries it out. Bed was comfortable and there were plenty of cabinets for storage. Every time we left our room and came back things had been cleaned. We had a fantastic cruise director (dr. E) that kept everything going and he was really funny. His mother was on board and she sure looked proud and she should be, he did a great job. There was another guy who did events by the pool and announcing on the stage that just was not funny and to the point of irritating. Comedy shows were just okay. The guy who played in the piano bar was just plain horrible. Even after several drinks I still couldn't stand listening to him. The two acoustic guitar players were fantastic whether they played out by the pool or in the lobby. Music stage shows were good, not something that would equal a big musical production, but entertaining. Probably the best one was Latin nights. We booked our own excursions. We went to Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel, which was an all inclusive beach resort. It was a great time and well worth the money. If you snorkel, don't book an excursion on Grand Cayman just take a taxi and go to smith's cove or cemetery beach. Or just walk from the ship and go to devil's grotto or Eden rock. It was a great trip and everyone on the ship was very nice and helpful. The worse part of the trip was the constant hounding of the carnival employees wanting to take your pictures. Come on carnival, I was worried about being accosted by people on the islands wanting me to buy their goods, but instead I was constantly harassed by your photographers wanting me to pose for your pics that you want to sell for $14.95 each. One whole hallway going to your clubs was devoted to photographers bugging you every time you walk by. You got to the point where you dreaded walking thru those areas. If you really want to sell your pictures why don't you sell them at a reasonable price or 4 or 5 for $20.00. Let's face it you are throwing most of them away anyway! You have a great ship with great things on it, quit making it tacky with all the glamour shots!

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Sep 14, 2013

canada

sailed on carnival glory out of new york. In order to get on the ship, you had to walk a long ways and wait in line (a lot). The information used on form at check in was never needed. Could have filed any of it out in cabin after boarding. room S: precious young lady, Katy and gentleman, Richard. They were so helpful and never seemed t o mind your asking quetion after question, if you needed information. (cabin 2289)

Waiter, Christopher, Asst. Cyril and Gerald, in dining room Golden, were top notch. They made the experience so entertaining and restful and the food taste better. It is amazing how they remember everyone's name and how they like certain foods. They were always willing to go the extra mile for anyone. Dining room experience was so much fun. We were disappointed in the entertaining. We would have liked a broadway, Las Vegas, style each evening. Also, we wished they had an old fashioned theater to so show some new film. Games and trivia are not a good evenings entertainment. We played lot of cards. Cabins were great, ship is beautiful, but hard to find your way around. Not enough public bathrooms in some areas. Cruise destination was a disappointment. Very little to see and enjoy. Would travel Carnival again, but not this same destination. Fair food. some was delicious, but some very sorry. Bacon had to be dippled by a worker. It was never cooked enough, so lots was wasted. Missed pork sausage patties and sausage gravy. Does no one on the ship know how to make gravy. It is one of the "cheapest" foods you could serve. Fruit was wonderful. Burgers top notch, pizza very good, but why can they not have some made up and just serve a slice of many types??? Wait was too long for a pizza. Ice cream was good. Beautiful, roomy, bed was just right. Needed another outlet, or two. Water was hard to get cool enough in shower. Making pictures everywhere you turn. They were too expensive. Was it better to sell higher and throw away so many or cut price and sell lots. This got to be a bore??????

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Oct 31, 2012

Bahamas

This cruise was awful. We rocked out at sea for 3 days in Hurricane Sandy. We only stayed in Nassau for 6 hours and did not see another port. A cruise to nowhere at full price. The decisions of the captain all pertained to profit for the company. Stabilizers were not used and we could have arrived back to Norfolk on Thursday morning versus Saturday morning. People were sick and there were barf bags everywhere. You felt like you were going to get thrown

out of bed and dont even ask about trying to shower or walk for that matter. The food is average. The steak house was excellent Stateroom and service were average. Staff was very nice but I was a VIP customer. Onboard activities were non existant after day 2 because of the rough seas. You either gambled or ate. We were supposed to overnight in Nassau but did not

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Jul 31, 2012

Boston to Halifax

Overall, this specific 5 day cruise from Boston to Halifax and back is at the bottom of the cruise lines. We did not have the good feeling of a cruise that was meant to support our vacation with that extra sense of being special. We felt it was a means of transportation to where we wanted to go. We ate every evening meal in the formal dining and not once did we ever see the maitre d. We have been on many cruises and the maitre d always came

around to say hello and check on people. In the formal Dining room the service less than stellar and the food was just ok. Every night but one, I think, the waiters would get on a table and Dance during the evening meal as some form of amateur entertainment. All the while I'm waiting for food. This is unacceptable. I go to the dining room to eat not see some amateurish show with loud music. I ran out of water in my water glass every night and had to ask for refills. We waited sometimes long periods for food. There were only 3 types of the same bread every night. They generally brought food slow and did not always bring everything we ordered. Our inside Room was of decent size and generous storage. When locking the Safe in the room you had to use a drivers license or credit card. Then you would have to carry the drivers license or credit card around all the time when you really wanted to safeguard it. There should be safes with combinations. There is a need to remind people with kids that they are not the only people on the cruise. Crying, shouting, and arguing in the halls where the rooms are, especially after 2200 is unacceptable. Soem people acted as if they were the only ones on the ship. Kids running in the formal dining rooms should be stopped by the waiters. Every night we endured this in the dining area. The Music was way to loud in all the shows. Had to wear ear plugs. The shows were fairly good but not the quality we expected and they did not have shows every night. On the off nights they threw in some musical with some dancers and loud music. Reference the stop at St. John's, Canada. We took the Ship Tour 10 Top Stop on St. Johns. This 10 top stop tour in St John is way over priced. We had a good tour guide but drove past the same places more than once. Could have done 80% in a walking tour. Going out to Peggy's Cove is worthless considering the hour drive only to see 2 very run down and very expensive places to eat. There is nowhere to just sit and relax while others walked and ate except in the eating places which were always crowded. The long bus ride to nowhere is not worth the trip. Reference the stop in Halifax, Canada This is a very good place to visit with a lot to see and do. The Ship Tour of 10 top tour stops in Halifax was worth the money. Our Guide (Ken) was great. There were bats on the ship and I believe they caught 15 when they were told about them. On deck 5 they set up the different photo arrays to have photos taken. They take up a lot of space and since this is a major walking area from one end of the ship to the other it gets very crowded. The running/walking track is short and outside and not covered and so there is no protection against the weather elements.

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Jul 31, 2012

Boston to Halifax

Overall, this specific 5 day cruise from Boston to Halifax and back is at the bottom of the cruise lines. We did not have the good feeling of a cruise that was meant to support our vacation with that extra sense of being special. We felt it was a means of transportation to where we wanted to go. We ate every evening meal in the formal dining and not once did we ever see the maitre d. We have been on many cruises and the maitre d always came

around to say hello and check on people. In the formal Dining room the service less than stellar and the food was just ok. Every night but one, I think, the waiters would get on a table and Dance during the evening meal as some form of amateur entertainment. All the while I'm waiting for food. This is unacceptable. I go to the dining room to eat not see some amateurish show with loud music. I ran out of water in my water glass every night and had to ask for refills. We waited sometimes long periods for food. There were only 3 types of the same bread every night. They generally brought food slow and did not always bring everything we ordered. Our inside Room was of decent size and generous storage. When locking the Safe in the room you had to use a drivers license or credit card. Then you would have to carry the drivers license or credit card around all the time when you really wanted to safeguard it. There should be safes with combinations. There is a need to remind people with kids that they are not the only people on the cruise. Crying, shouting, and arguing in the halls where the rooms are, especially after 2200 is unacceptable. Soem people acted as if they were the only ones on the ship. Kids running in the formal dining rooms should be stopped by the waiters. Every night we endured this in the dining area. The Music was way to loud in all the shows. Had to wear ear plugs. The shows were fairly good but not the quality we expected and they did not have shows every night. On the off nights they threw in some musical with some dancers and loud music. Reference the stop at St. John's, Canada. We took the Ship Tour 10 Top Stop on St. Johns. This 10 top stop tour in St John is way over priced. We had a good tour guide but drove past the same places more than once. Could have done 80% in a walking tour. Going out to Peggy's Cove is worthless considering the hour drive only to see 2 very run down and very expensive places to eat. There is nowhere to just sit and relax while others walked and ate except in the eating places which were always crowded. The long bus ride to nowhere is not worth the trip. Reference the stop in Halifax, Canada This is a very good place to visit with a lot to see and do. The Ship Tour of 10 top tour stops in Halifax was worth the money. Our Guide (Ken) was great. There were bats on the ship and I believe they caught 15 when they were told about them. On deck 5 they set up the different photo arrays to have photos taken. They take up a lot of space and since this is a major walking area from one end of the ship to the other it gets very crowded. The running/walking track is short and outside and not covered and so there is no protection against the weather elements.

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May 24, 2012

Bahama's

Wife and I sailed Carnival before, but it was the first cruise for our daughters. Now I understand how Carnival has kept their prices down since I last sailed with them in 2005. You get what you pay for so don't expect any extraordinary service or a smooth sailing. We were lucky enough to pull an experienced wait staff with cheerful personalities and a flare for performance. We looked forward to the dining room experience each night. There seemed

to be no shortage of photography staff that were strategically spaced every six feet, however there was a serious shortage of caring staff and the oversight to provide some service on deck. The ship's stabilizers were not working well during the entire trip so we endured constant rocking. The selection, presentation and taste was wonderful, There was a lack of open food stations between main dining times which resulted in long lines. When I am on vacation, I don't rise early just to make a breakfast setting, I am more interested in a brunch arrangement. Buffet stations in the Red Sail would close earlier than advertised and no notice would be posted to let you know where the last open station was and the last open station location changed daily. The "free" coffee always tasted burnt so the Creamery did a booming business. Sushi bar plus Fish and Chips was our favorite stations outside of the Golden Dining room. Our stateroom was on the main deck with a window and the girls had an interior cabin. Both rooms were well laid out and comfortable. The stateroom was well maintained and we got our towel art fix each night that even though was predictable with same frog, seal, elephant, crab and hanging monkey, was still amusing and fun. The comedy was funny and the dancing and singing was great. The talent was only lacking in the piano bar. The piano man was straight out of a Bill Murray sketch from Saturday Night Live! The casino was a smoke factory. I recommend Carnival invest in some big smoke eaters. The dealers were very friendly and patient while I taught my clan how to gamble with "Dad's" money. The miniature golf course was fun but unlocking the access gate off the volleyball court would have been less disruptive to all. Nassau is overcrowded and filthy and should be avoided unless you can afford to drop your wallet at Atlantis. Freeport turned out to be a pleasant surprise, a much better port and I would consider going back if I could stay for 2 or more days and cut out Nassau altogether. Went bottom fishing in Freeport and the 17 of 20 of us caught multiple fish. Wife did the bike tour and was very pleased with the tour and lunch that was provided. Girls went on their own shopping and got some great bargains. This was a family vacation with Mom, Dad and two adult daughters celebrating a new phase in Dad's life after his loss of a leg and a daughter's 30th birthday. The most disappointing part was the constant rocking and the lack of service on deck. The Captain never acknowledged the fact that something was wrong with the stabilizers. That omission leads me to believe it is a cost saving measure rather than a mechanical malfunction.

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Mar 19, 2012

Western Caribbean

We were very disappointed in our cruise. We really wanted to go to Belize and Roatan, but both ports were cancelled. They replaced Belize with Costa Maya - not a good switch as Costa Maya has absolutely nothing to do and looks like it is still recovering from a hurricane. They cancelled Belize because of "congestion." What do I care, I already had an excursion booked. They cancelled Roatan because it was too windy. What a lame excuse as we were there

at the port, docked early in the morning and the wind was no worse than the other ports. If you want to go on a cruise and actually get off the ship, don't go on Carnival. To make things worse, all they do is offer an apology. I felt like I got ripped off and should get a refund for not doing what they said they would. In most places, this is called fraud. They just like to protect themselves with the "right to cancel" blah blah. Bad customer service. The food was disappointing. I can get better food at Chili's. The room was the best part, it was nice and clean. The crew did an excellent job cleaning, accomodating, and making us feel welcome. The shows were good, but they tended to use the audience for "game shows" too much. Dancing was all too late. They only used half of the clubs at any time. During the day, we were actually quite bored. Grand Cayman is awesome. You have to go to stingray city. Gorgeous and fun. It was fair. Spent a lot of time and money getting to and from and would have rather just flown to one of the port cities so it wouldn't get cancelled on us.

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Nov 7, 2011

fun and relaxation

Our cruise went to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. After hearing alot of negatives about carnival, we decided to try carnival and make up our own minds. Our opinion - loved it. Our 1st cruise was Disney which was beautiful but, for us, Carnival was just as wonderful. Staff (Lino) fantastic. We are ready to go again on Carnival, sign us up! Our only negative was the Dining room server. He was beyond slow. Never really spoke to anyone except to take

our order and that was strictly business. We were there around 2.5 hours. We never went back. BUT..........the food was good, we ate at the buffet every meal. Not bad at all. We had a suite, which was beautiful. Balcony great, plenty of room. Again loved it. Activites I have to say alittle boring. More should be done on Lido deck. Sail off party, (I think there was one) not that great. But we were there to relax and enjoy the carribean so the activities (or lack of) did not bother us. Activities need improvement. Jamaica bob sled, zip line. I am not afraid of heights but...........I certainly was here. The chair lift ride up the mountain, OMG. I was SCARED. You are above the trees, way above the trees. I made the mistake of looking straight down. SO...if you are afraid of heights do not do this excursions. BUT.....the ride back down was not as bad it is about 40ft lower. Our trip started in miami and went to jamaica and grand cayman. I am summing it up in one sentence. We just got back last night and we are booking another cruise with carnival today. Must I say more :)

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By Fred_CR

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Aug 9, 2011

Bay Of Fundy

The cruise itself was great but the excursions was horrible. The tour to Hopewell Rocks was cancelled the afternoon before we where to go. We had planned the whole trip to visit the Hopewell Rocks even picked the date so we would arrive during low tide to see the rocks formations. Now they just cancelled. The excursion desk was no help and rude and said "You got your money back" We did not want our money back we wanted them to arrange a trip to

see the Hopewell Rocks! They couldn't care in the slightest! They did say we could sign onto another Bay Of Fundy tour that did not include the Hopewell Rocks but the tour during low tide was all booked up BECAUSE THEY HAD MADE THE RESERVATIONS EARLY!! We made ours months before but they cancelled!! I informed them I did not want the later cruise that would arrive during high tide because then you where just looking at high tide!! CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE REFUSED TO POST THIS REVIEW ON THEIR WEB SITE STATING IT DID NOT MEET THEIR GUIDELINES!! Only positive reviews allowed!! Book your tour to Hopewell Rocks from another vendor not Carnivals or you will end up with nothing to do!

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Jul 24, 2011

St John Canada

This was our first cruise with the kids. It was a great time for all. Kids loved the kids camp for part of the day and night. Time spent together between camp events was equally as fun for them. Pleasantly surprised by the food and service. In addition to the great service they also entertained the kids each night with napkin animals. Had ocean view balcony on empress deck. No problems. Deck location was great. A little lacking

probably due to the less than authentically enthusiastic cruise directors.

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By dale_CR

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Jul 8, 2011

Canada

A very pleasant trip.I was nervous as I had heard that the water was rough sailing from New York to Canada, but this was certainly not our experience. We have been on 9 cruises and this was by far the smoothest water. We traveled the first week of July 2011. I get seasick very easy, I did take Bonine to be on the safe side but really didn't need it. Now about the ship and service all the employees were outstanding! We traveled with my inlaws and my

fatherinlaw is wheel chaired and the staff went above and beyond to help and provide line assistance.Cabin Stewart outstanding, there with things provided before we even asked. I should mention we have been on both Royal and Princess paid a lot more and got much better service on this so called " walmart" cruise line then the other two combined and had more fun! Buffet food was ok, same as other lines. Dining room was very good. Pretty good need some more learning type things we enjoy those , like cooking classes, wine,dance, and new crafts classes,but that is really a personal thing. We saw alot of people enjoying the game type things. Great time would do again.

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Apr 2, 2011

Cozumel

I sailed on the Carnival Glory in June of 2009. It was first cruise and it definitely will not be my last! I have completely fell in love with Carnival! I went with my family of 4 and we all loved it! The staff was great, room service was awesome! Everything was amazing and I would definitely recommend the Carnival Glory! Non stop entertainment, clubs for the kids that last until 11 at night, and the night time shows were outstanding! I'm so glad

I didn't even take the negative reviews into consideration because I was so pleased with the ship, staff, service, entertainment, and definitely the food! The food was delicious! We had the 8pm dinner which was perfect timing because after we were done, we would have around 45 minutes until the night time entertainment! My FAVORITE desert was the Chocolate Melting Cake! It made my mouth water, and I got it every night. The Red Sail restaurant was also good. We usually ate there at lunch time on the Fun Days at Sea. My daughters favorite was the 24 hour ice cream bar located on the Lido deck. We got two Oceanveiw rooms on the second floor. The service was awesome and they never failed to disappoint! The rooms were very clean and spacious. And our rooms were cleaned multiple times A day! Every night, a new towel animal would be sitting on one the beds! It was great! The locations of the rooms were great. 2nd floor, very quiet and not far away from the elevators. The inboard activities never stopped! Live bands put on the Lido deck by the pool area, Club O2, Circle C, and Camp Carnival always kept the kids entertained! They lasted from early in the morning to 11 at night. The gameroom was always open which kept the kids entertained! Adult comedy clubs at night time on the Atlantic Deck. Cozumel- swimming with dolphins!! And snokling! Belize- Mexican Bay beaches! Absolutely breath taking! You get what you pay for, I promise!! Don't take those negative reviews to heart, bacause everyone ha they're own opinions! My family was pleased with Carnival and we are looking forward to our next cruise! This June on the Freedom! Carnival lives up to there name "Fun Ships". We had a great experience and I definitely recommend this cruise line!

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By Krys_CR

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Mar 20, 2011

western caribbean

We had a great time, the embarkation and the debarkation went very smooth. The ship was very clean, there was always someone cleaning something. We booked excursions through Carnival and they were all fantastic, I felt I got the value for what we paid for, especially swimming with the dolphins in Cozumel. We met alot of friendly people on this trip. The staff on the cruise were very nice, very impressed with one of our servers in the comedy lounge,

he remembered my husbands name, and we had only been there once before. The entertainment on the ship was excellent, we had comedian, a illusionist, a hypnotist and of course the dancers. It was all fantastic.... The food was just ok. The buffets were lined up but seemed to move smoothly. Suppers in the dining room were nice, the servers were good and funny...food was ok. We went to the Steakhouse one night, yes you have to pay extra, but was well worth it...nice atmosphere and great food. Room was fine, just long and narrow, we had a room with a balcony which even though we do not use it much, was very nice to have. Lots of room to hang clothes and lots of drawer space. Did not attend any of the activites other then the entertainment. Was nice to get the brief the night before of what activties were going on the next day though. We booked our excursions through Carnival, we were just more comfortable doing it that way. We swam with the dolphins in Cozumel, snorkeled in Roatan, Belize we did the Ruins and Wallace River boat tour, Cayman we were suppose to Parasail, but it was cancelled as it was to windy so we did a bus tour of the island which was great. All excursions were good, favorite was dolphins, Ruins were ok, is one for the history buff though... Was a excellent trip, ready to go again....

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Mar 16, 2011

WESTERN CARIBBEAN

Absolutely brilliant. This was our families first cruise together and we loved it. I was skeptical prior to our departure on the GLORY as the reviews were quite mixed, I am so glad I DID NOT take to heart any of the negative comments as we LOVED the entire experience. The nay sayers, need to stay home if they didn't enjoy themselves on The GLORY as they most definitely own their opinions and experience. Like all things in life, one's attitude

and appreciation for the opportunities before them can make any experience special and most definitely memorable. Our family loved the GLORY. From moment of arrival to departure, the staff were exceptional and our family would like to send a special thanks to ALDO (Stateroom) and PUTRA (Diningroom) for their incredible efforts to ensuring our vacation awesome. THANKS CARNIVAL for hiring the team that you do, they represent you well and we sincerely appreciated the efforts of all the incredible staff as represented by 69 Countries Worldwide. The food was awesome. Variety, quality and endless availability to please all tastes and palettes. The Steak House was absolutely brilliant. The quality was exceptional. The service was outstanding and we were so overwhelmed at the incredible value. We are a family of 5. There is no where that we can attend for the value and receive the portion size, quality of food and service...it was beyond our expectations and we were so impressed. Thanks to all who made our evening so special. We had two rooms, a interior room for my three teenage children and an exterior room with balcony. The accommodations were perfect. The service and assistance of ALDO, who took exceptional care of our rooms and needs during our stay was exceptional. Thanks Aldo. Absolutely brilliant...something for everyone. Well done Carnival. We disembarked at all ports. Thoroughly enjoyed Snorkling in Belize. A must do. Spectacular and the crew of the tour were awesome. The festivities upon the return trip to the ship were great fun too. Lots of music, lots of punch and an overall great experience. Absolutely...loved it.

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Feb 14, 2011

western caribbean

This was Walmart on the Water. Have you seen those email jokes about "people of Walmart?" I swear, this cruise was like being there! There is nothing elegant or first class about this cruise line. Even thought we were VIP and had one of the largest staterooms, this cruise is like a cattle call. Horrible. We were supposed to get VIP service, but we were basically dumped into the main line after giving our information to a woman (she wasn't

even nice) in another room. The rest of the cruise we were herded around with everyone else, so I am sorry to have paid that money. Our steward was nice, as were our table mates (I guess we were lucky). There was little information given (weather, information on the arrival times, forecasts), but lots of hawking of their photos, art auctions, hairy chest contests, and casino. The pool area was super crowded (there were crowds everywhere) and unappealing. Breakfast and lunch buffets were worse than a mall food court. People were reaching in with their hands to serve themselves. It is disgusting. Everything is crowded, mass produced and unappealing. Dinner was acceptable, but certainly not wonderful. Our waitstaff at dinner was great, but that didn't really make up for the mediocre food or for the fact that a guy at the next table wore a black baseball hat to dinner every night (yes, on formal nights), accompanied by his gang-looking bling and the t-shirt with the arms cut out of it. We went to the steakhouse three times (at an additional charge, of course) to get a little bit better food and a quieter experience. It was nice. This was the best thing about the cruise. We spent a lot of time there to avoid the crowds and the hairy chest contest. Smokers were everywhere. All of my clothes are soaked with smoke. This is a cruise for people interested in getting drunk, seeing overweight women in bikinis and showing off their tattoos. The fitness center was packed and machines were unavailable. There are photographers everywhere and they are very obnoxious in trying to get you to pose for cheesy prom-type photos. Belize City Tour is a joke, as are the Mayan Ruins. Drive around in a broken down cab and see their slums. Most of the ruins are not accessible, so what's the point? Scuba diving in Roatan was great, but having to be back on the ship so early that day made the money spent, not really worth it. It was basically a 2 hour scuba trip. Not what I thought we were paying for. Cayman was beautiful, but we weren't let off the ship until 11 and had to be back on board by 5. Getting on and off the ship is a nightmare! You sit and sit in the auditorium waiting for your number to be called and then are herded down the stairs to board your tender. The staff is borderline rude. Lots of people were late and the ship always waited, so that means you don't really have to be on time. You might as well stay in port and enjoy yourself. They always wait for people. Do not go on this cruise line, even paying the extra money for upgrades if you're expecting any luxury. This is a Motel 6 cruise line. If you are thinking of romance, quiet, and elegance....spend the money to go to a nice resort and stay for a week. There is absolutely NOTHING elegant or romantic or quiet about this cruise line. My husband and I will never go on Carnival again. I'd rather go on a more expensive trip and not have the best room than pay so much money for this and have the best room on board. This was a terrible disappointment.

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Feb 6, 2011

bahamas

My Carnival Glory cruise was great! Pleanty of entertainment and good food. One good thing I found out when after a day or so is that the food at the buffet is the same as the dining room. I was glad to be able to eat good without getting dressed up. Loved the live entertainment and the awesome big screen on the Lido deck. Had a wonderful time. Great Small but I wasn't in it verry much. Great

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Feb 6, 2011

bahamas

My Carnival Glory cruise was great! Pleanty of entertainment and good food. One good thing I found out when after a day or so is that the food at the buffet is the same as the dining room. I was glad to be able to eat good without getting dressed up. Loved the live entertainment and the awesome big screen on the Lido deck. Had a wonderful time. Great Small but I wasn't in it verry much. Great

By Mali_CR

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Jan 27, 2011

Carribean

This was my best cruise yet. It was just me and my mom. The ports were beautiful, better than expected. As was the food. This was my second cruise with Carnival and I do not remember the food being anywhere as good and I don't remember there being so much of it. The cruise was relaxing and fun-filled and well deserved. We were seated in the Golden dining room. The food was great. What can I say? We are on a VERY resricted diet; (vegetarian, no

eggs, no fish, gluten + lactose 'limited') and yet they still managed to overwhelm us with delicious food, and a wide variety at that. ;) Alina was the name of one of the hostesses and she was FANTASTIC. She was responsible for our wonderful dining experience. WOW. She even got them to make me eggless bread and pizza, gelatin-free + vegetarian soups... And she made sure that this bread was available at all times. GO TO THE BURRITO BAR! And the chocolate buffet, the Taste of Nations, and the fro-yo station! Whenever we wanted to order from the bar it was always about 20 minutes until a bar waiter showed up. (We had a prepaid soda card, so it wasn't like they had any more money to make.) We had Your Time Dining and I highly recommend this to people traveling with small groups or families. Who wants to worry about being 'on time' for dinner on vacation anyway?!?! We had Your Time Dining last year on the Carnival Conquest, too. We would definitely do this next time as well. Our stateroom was always clean and comfortable. Our stewardess, Asdika, was very polite. And helpful, most of the time. Not a big deal but he didn't replace our glasses. The beds were comfortable, the robes were not. Oh, and we left dishes and trays and cups on our windowsill, hoping Asdika would clear them away but they sat there for days blocking my favorite place to sit. If your looking for a fun cruise filled with interesting activities, I recommend the Carnival Conquest. The Glory just didn't have enough activities and I was not impressed with Marcelo, our cruise director. Last year, on the Conquest, our director, Chris, was fabulous. He was funny and fun and did not try to constantly sell you stuff. He was honest about where to shop at the Ports of Call while still squeezing in his humor. AND he did not come on the loudspeaker all the time, like Marcelo did (usually to try to sell you something.) First Port of Call- Nassau. This was my favorite port. We got off the ship kind of late so most of the tours had already left. try to find a small, not-so-advertised tour in a van, with a nice driver. Ours' name was Wellington. I am really nervous about that mind of stuff so make sure that he has an ID card/badge. We saw Atlantis, The Queen's Staircase, and a fort (I don't remember the name) and we just drove through the neighborhood (or as they call it- the 'hood) And don't go too far from the terminal when looking for a tour. Preferably look for a tour INSIDE the terminal, let them find you. And if it is not your first time in Nassau, SAY THAT. Otherwise, they think you are naive and will charge you ridiculous prices, etc. #2- St. Thomas, USVI- I didn't exactly look but i did not see such amazing shopping. I hear Magen's Bay is nice, but we went to Sapphire Beach and it was great. We even saw iguanas! Don't let them charge you any more than $10. (& try to find a van w/ AC; it is HOT) 3. San Juan, Puerto Rico- OK This one is a MUST! We did the segway tour and it is just an UNBELIEVABLE experience!!!! and last- Grand Turk. My mom insisted that we do a snorkeling tour, but it's not really my thing, so i said we compromise. We did the Reef & Ray tour. It was fun! But it's not a must. Miami- we had a late flight and we LOVED the segways so much that we decided to do them again in Miami. Also a MUST! Def do the segways either in Miami (South Beach) 10th + Collins or in San Juan. (It's cheaper in South Beach.) Great cruise and would recommend to anyone looking to relax while having fun!

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Jan 27, 2011

Eastern Caribbean

We were very disappointed in the food and the shore excusions. Waited in line to long to go to St. John while in St. Thomas and could only spend 45 minutes on the beach and Trunk bay is nothing but dead coral. Quality in this cruise line has drastically dropped. If you want economy, this is it. Staff were great and entertainment was excellent. Restaurants were on par with Denny's at the best and the buffets were terrible. You could never find a deck

chair because people put their towells on a chair early morning and block anyone from using it for the day and carnival staff do nothing to remedy this even though numerous guests complain. Great itenerary with 4 ports in 7 days, Grand Turk being everyones favorite. If you take this cruise book your own excursions and don't expect fine dining. very poor very clean but extremely noisey on riviera deck Great entertainment but the cruise director did not provide good deck activitied and you could not understand him due to his heavy accent. English as a first language should be a given. We are booking the same intenerary for this coming January out of ft. Lauderdale on the same class ship and hoping for better food. Great itenerary and great entertainment on stage. Fair at best. We enjoyed the land part of the cruise. Carnival better clean up their act or we are going to switch lines.

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Jan 2, 2011

western caribbean

all in all, it was an OK cruise. you shouldn't expect a lot though. We went in a group of 19, and we were spread out within 5 floors. The food was pretty bad. It was blah, you needed a lot of salt to give it flavor. The dining room is over-rated, and its always nice to be able to pick up something at the buffet. The buffet gets PACKED in the morning, the best thing to do is go up on the 2nd floor. My parents went to eat in the dining room for

lunch (we only went for dinner) and they said it was good food and fast service. For desert in the dining rooms, you should always get the melting cake. Late at night, my cousins and I would either get ice-cream (don't get the frozen yogurt) or get pizza. The pizza was really good, but the lines for it was long. I ordered room service for when I got in the room at 5 AM and was hungry and tired. Order the cheesecake and the sandwhiches, but not the steak. My brother and I got our own stateroom with a window, our parents were 5 floors up. The rooms pretty big, and theres a lot of storage space. The room doesn't really matter though, since you weren't in your room that often, but sometimes the hallways smelled SO BAD. Also, try to keep the room neat. The activities for kids were LAME. The first day is fun, since you can explore, but after that, you're on your own. For grown-ups, it was better, since they can drink, gamble, dance, go to shows, etc. For ALL kids, its a good idea to go to your "club" the first day. no one else knows each other, so you'll fit in right away. I also went to the towel folding thing. it was pretty fun. For excursions, DO NOT book any through carnival. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say don't even book anything! You can still find a place to go at a fraction of the cost. We went to Cozumel, Belize, Isla Rotan, and Cayman Islands. In Mexico we went to the beach by ourselves. Go to Mr. Sancho's beach. It doesn't cost anything to get in, and theres some music, food, and shopping near. Taxis are always there, and its close to the port. in Belize, I shopped. It's the BEST place to buy things, since its all booths. I bought 3 fake coach bags for 20 dollars each. My dad did a city tour and said it was great, since you got to see beyond the tourist point of view. Isla Rotan was my favorite. Theres a town square for shopping, and about a 5 minute walk away is the beach, with water things that you can rent. Also, theres a ziplining place right next to the town square. Its called clip n' zip. I didn't go, but heard it wasn't scary. The Cayman Islands was the worst though. Unless you booked something, don't bother getting off the boat, since it's more of a resident town. There are only a few stores within walking distance. We went to the 7 mile beach, and it was OK. We ate at the Marriot after, and it cost around $100 for four. Just go back to the boat for that.

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Nov 17, 2010

Eastern Canada

My overall experience was good but it was because of my company not Carnival The food in the dining room was great but the food in the buffet was not of cruise ship quality. The buffet was crowded and there wasn't enough seating. Every place on the ship to eat had long lines. They had too many guest on the ship for the food staff to serve. We had a party of eleven and they seated us at two tables, when we asked to be seated together thy turned us

down. We had booked the cruise seven months in advance it seems we could have eaten together. The stateroom was clean and large. The steward was great. We say a magic show that was awful. Most of the other entertainment we tried to watch was too crowded to get into. Again too many guest for the facilities to serve them. The shore excursions were on time and as advertised. I thought they were priced right and well done. We booked the entire trip through Carnival, when we got to New York city the carnival person put us on a bus that took us to the Princess dock. No one on the bus was going on princess. We got to the Glory just in time and the people that checked us in were rude. When it was time to leave Carnival had failed to get proper transportation back to the airport, some of missed our flight. It was like this was the first time they had ever done this, not like they did it weekly.

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By Enid_CR

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Oct 9, 2010

Canada

The reasons below will specify why if given the choice, I would not go on Carnival again. Our first night going to the dining room we arrived at 6:30pm, waited an hour for our table, and the waiting staff took so long that we didn't leave until 10:15pm, so we had missed all the shows and activities for that night. THEN the waiting staff didn't understand why were upset. It was only 6 of us, I could understand if it was a party of 12 or more.

Atleast, they left us a note apologizing for the delay when we got back to our cabins that night. The food over all was ok. They had some nice hot paninis available 24/7 and they had a good variety of foods in terms of a mongolian wok station, burger station, and a burrito bar station,and fish and chips. FULL OF BED BUGS My aunt who was staying in our cabin woke up the 2nd morning on our 7 day cruise with strange bites all over her body. Cabin personnel was notified and they just changed the sheets and vacuumed the floor. Day 3, the bites strike again, we show the bites to the ship clinic and they shrug it off as an allergy reaction, until day 4 of the cruise where my aunt wakes up at 5:00am and actually caught what was biting her... Yup, BED BUGS. We even showed it to our cabin cleaner, the one that always shrugged her off. His skin got ghostly white and he begged her to not say anything about it. They were fair and entertaining for the most part. We didn't do any excursions so I would be unable to say. If it hadn't been for the bedbugs, it probably would've been a better trip, but we have gone on other cruiselines before and this was the worst.

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Sep 26, 2010

New England

We just got back from cruising on the Carnival Glory from New York City to Halifax, Saint John, Portland and Boston. We loved the trip and found the ports beautiful! Our only problem was the dining room. We sat with one other couple and there was not much conversation. We just didn't have much in common, but otherwise it was a wonderful cruise. The food was just okay for the most part. We have cruised on Carnival 6-7 times and thought the food was

much better previously. The dinners were good but food on the Lido deck was lacking. We tried numerous deserts but none were any good. It's like they forgot to put the sugar in or something. The exception was the chocolate buffet on Friday. It was excellent. We upgraded to a suite and got VIP check-in and were also able to get off first. We loved the suite. We have had balcony rooms many times but this one had a larger balcony and much more room in the suite. I loved the second closet and drawers. For the first time, we didn't run out of storage space. If you like to bring plenty of clothes, I really recommend the suite. We will never cruise again without one. The only negative was that we were near the atrium elevators and the music from the evening show in the piano bar on Deck 3 was so loud it kept us awake until midnight. The other problem was the noise from the cabin steward. Our first morning on deck, they woke us up clanking glasses and other cleaning items at 6:30 a.m.! Their close was right outside our door and they were ready to clean early. We wanted to sleep in because we were on vacation. There weren't enough activities on board and unfortunately, most are designed to add money to your Sail and Sign account. Bingo is expensive ($20) and the casino was not lucky for anyone that I talked to. We did not feel like the shows were up to par on this trip. There was a majic show, Justin Illusion, that was so poorly done. You could see how the tricks were done. It was really bad. The dancers did routines between tricks but they were not appropriate to this age group. Our ship was mostly seniors but the dancers were in leather and chains and did very sexual type routines. Just not appropriate. Stay away from the Witches Museum in Salem. We didn't go, but heard from others that it was a joke. We loved the Peggy's Cove and Titanic Cemetary tour in Halifax. Our guide was Bruce and he was excellent. A well organized tour. All in all, we enjoyed the trip though the ship was not up to the level that we have come to expect from Carnival. The ports were the best part and I loved eating breakfast on the balcony. So peaceful!

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Sep 4, 2010

Western Carribean

My family and I had an amazing experience. The staff was very helpful. The room was suprisingly roomy. I brought my two children, aged 3 and 8. The children's program was amazing. We had a slightly bad incident with one staff member who made a racist remark to my 8 year old. However, that was quickly rectified and my 8 year thoroughly enjoyed his time at the children's program. The day trips offered were great---they varied in pricing. I would

sail again with Carnival in a heartbeat. There were 500+ children onboard and you would never know it. Service was prompt and courteous. There were no line-ups. It was a child friendly environment. The food at the main dining room was superb. The food at the buffets offered a variety of foods that attracted both young and old. The room was bigger than I thought it would be. It was clean and bright. We hardly had any time for onboard activities as we always jumped at the chance to visit the ports. The nightly shows were entertaining. My children especially loved the magician's show and has their picture taken with him. We enjoyed every excursion we participated in. Note, however, always check the fineprint. We are a sober family and didn't realize that one excursion to a beach was all you could drink. That was our fault though for not asking before we hopped on the trip. The beach was beautiful nonetheless. All in all, we had an amazing trip. Can't wait to sail again with Carnival. It truly is a family-friendly environment.

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Aug 21, 2010

Canada

The overall cruise experience far exceeded my expectations. I decided to treat my three Nephews to a surprise cruise Their ages are 11-19. I have been on 20 cruises ( Royal, Princess, Holland, etc.) I read cruise critic and received very good reviews about Carnival Glory and that the ship was very family friendly. However, I was concerned because of the lines past reputation of an animal house type atmosphere. This was not the case.

I found the ship to be very Family Friendly and safe. I also found the ship to be very clean with great service. In my opinion, the food and service was better then Royal Caribbean (I am a diamond member on Royal) I do not know how Carnivals other ships operate, however, I am very pleased with the Glory. My Nephews had a time of their life. My only problem is that I have to top this next year for my Nephews. Very good. Very clean Very good. Family friendly. I also like the big screen TV up on deck. We rented a car and did the excursions. A wonderful trip read summary above.

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Jun 21, 2010

Saint John

Ship: This is a very nice ship! Color schemes are appealing and the layout is easy to navigate for a short cruise. We don't have any trouble finding things. All new Deck chairs, carpet and many upgrades. There is a BIG SCREEN TV on the main poolside deck. CARNIVAL also added the Adult Serenity deck to the front with Hammocks, two hot tubs and it is very relaxing. The ship is decorated nicely and in a COLORS scheme. Ie: Burgundy bar, Ivory Lounge,

Black bar, etc. Sanitizing stations were all over the ship. The AMBER PALACE theatre was very nice. The shows were up par as on all my past ships. I never had to wait for an elevator more than like 2 minutes. Interior is little bit Flashy. Carnival Glory Food- Golden Dining Room, Red Sail. Actually I love Indian Spicy food. If I compared with good restaurant it was very good. The food was amazing. Food at Red Sail was all excellent at breakfast and lunchtime. Fruits were fresh. Omelet station was too good. I never tried so many pastries in my lifetime. If you have not good experience with food, there must be something terrible going on. In Golden Dining room Variety is less but whatever they provided for 4 days it was good. 24X7 Pizza was good and sometimes ok. Emerald Steak House: I eat only chicken as a non-veg dish so I never tried Steak House. PLEASE DON'T WASTE FOOD!!! If you are not sure about food taste please take less/ enough food in your dish and don't worry about food availability in next turn. I saw people were taking food in there dishes which will be enough for 3-4 peoples lunch and throwing as it is. Carnival Glory Cabins: Our room was 2321 a category which is an inside room. I think Carnival has biggest state room as compared to other cruises. Cleanliness was at par. We never heard any noise from side walls. Carnival Glory Entertainment: The show first night was living in America. It was ok kind of for me. 2nd Day night was an magic JUSTIN ILLUSION. Great show with rock music, lighting effects, and dancers. The sound system was awesome. Don't miss this show. Try to sit in front rows effect will be terrific. I don't have any knowledge about 50s Rock music which songs are 3rd Day night was Just Rock. It was good. Effects and dance steps were amazing. 4th Day Comedy and Adult comedy shows were good. Cruise director Jorge was very cool. Carnival Glory Fellow Passengers: Most of Carnival passengers were from NY, NJ and New England, and 20-30% was from different states. They follow the smoking zone policies. May be it depends on what type of people travelling with you. You can see lot of Kids on the ship and 50-60s people dancing on floor. Nobody can say Carnival made for young generation. Carnival Glory Dress Code: Dress Code was big surprise for me. When I saw online there was no code and at 2nd Day they kept formal dress. Everybody was following that. Good atmosphere and small event in dining. Debarkation: Debarkation was a breeze with the ability to just walk off the ship with your own luggage. We were out in 10 minutes. Carnival Glory Public Rooms: Main public areas are very clean, freshly decorated and in spanking new condition and toilets are not the exception. The casino was packed all the time especially at night. I never saw teens in the adults only area. Serenity Jacuzzi experience was very nice. Crew Members: The crew members are pretty nice and courteous, our room steward was good, and our waiter at the restaurant was also good. Our room was always cleaned, and very nicely presented; there were plenty of people around to take your drink orders when you needed it. Sometimes you will ask those guys one question and they will answer different things so take it lightly but they will help you anyhow. Overall, I enjoyed my cruising experience and one of the best vacations in my lifetime!!!

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Jun 20, 2010

Halifax and Saint Johns Canada

This was my first time cruising but not on a ship. I was going with a friend who had been on multiple cruises before. We booked a balcony room. Thinking that the fresh air would be nice. Before we left for the cruise I was called about upgrading to a suit. I was told that the suit was substantially larger then the balcony and it had a tub and larger balcony. It also included VIP check in. Well its not worth it. I just got off the phone with carnival

the VIP check is is complimentary and so if they don't want to do it they don't have to. I guess that was the case on our trip. The VIP check in was not VIP we did not have to wait in line for security for long but we then got brought to a hot room filled with people and we had to wait there for 45 min until we got checked in with keys. Then we were dumped back in the line to get on the ship. Our room was maybe 2 feet wider then the balcony room but it had a couch so that room was eaten up. The bathroom had a small tub. I am not big and I could not fit my shoulders in it so don't think you are going to take a relaxing tub. Plus it did not drain so by the end of a shower you were standing in 7 inches of water. I am not usually one to complain but I would like to get what I paid for and I did not get anything for the extra money. I could not even get a plumber. My Friend was just as disappointed and he said the food was not good to boot. I pictured us having a nice room and going on a great cruise. But the ship was not in good condition and I think the food was not any better then the food court at the mall. Try a different company or go for a cheap cruise and don't expect much. The food was not great. I was expecting to want to eat all the time from what I heard about cruises but we had lunch and dinner. They were both not great. Dinner was better then lunch. The burgers were like hockey pucks. The buffet was packed and did not have enough seating. The dinning room had great service 2 nights slow 2 night. Dark. The drawers were broken and the shower would not drain. The bed is 2 twins together so you have to sleep on one side or the other. You may fall in the crack in the middle. there were not many. Glad we had books because they has shows at night but not much going on during the day.

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May 1, 2010

Western Carribean

Our first cruise was awesome! Definitely won't be our last. We sailed on the carnival glory and loved every minute of it. The crew was really good, the cruise director James was charismatic and easy to warm up to right from the get go, the only exception in service was the dudes working the deli and the pizza place, they always acted like you were bothering them or something. There are plenty of activities to do all day everyday, the comedy shows

were pretty funny, obviously the adult shows are really vulgar, so if you're not into that, go to the pg rated ones, they use a lot of the same jokes, minus the swear words. The evening sh(ows were worth going to, at least to see if you'll like them, they did like 4 singing and dancing shows, which we got kind of tired of by the 3rd one, but they also had an illusionist and a comedic juggler (probably the best one). There was so much to do onboard that we had to force ourselves to go down the giant twisting slide and play minigolf on the last day when it was windier than a hurricane just so we could say we did those. We had planned to do those things before we even left, but just never got around to them because there was so much other stuff. The food was pretty dang good, not the best in the world, but for the amount of food they make every day for all those people, it's pretty impressive with 2 exceptions. We had an inside stateroom because it's the cheapest, but it turned out to be plenty, it didn't feel like we were cramped at all, which is saying a lot because my wife is semi claustrophobic (semi wuss). Our room steward was good and made little towel animals every day (one of my wife's favorite things about the cruise). The bed isn't the most comfortable, but the blankets and pillows weren't too bad, but I was still glad to sleep in my own bed when we got back. I believe I already mentioned the activities above, but if there was one thing I would change, it's that the ping pong tournament should be held indoors. I'm no Forrest Gump, but I play a mean ping pong game, but I lost to the first guy I played (who happened to be the eventual champion) because the wind was at my back, and it was fairly windy, so anytime I tapped the ball, BAM, it flew to the other side of the ship. But just for excuses sake, this guy had to have been from some country where ping pong is the national sport, he showed up way before anyone else just to practice with his coach/dad, I mean the guy was wearing those old 80s running shorts that barely cover your danger zone if ya know what I mean. I didn't stand a chance, I lost 11-6, which I think was the most anyone scored against this ping pong machine. Anyways, all I'm saying is that the ping pong tables should be inside. Did I mention this dude brought his own personalized ping pong paddle with him? Yeah, enjoy that 5 inch plastic ship trophy. We only did 2 actual excursions, cave tubing in belize, and stingray city waverunner tour in the cayman islands. Cave tubing was cool and interesting, but it took all day, so we didn't get to go to the beach or go snorkeling or anything, which I heard was amazing in belize. The hike to the river where you tube was my favorite part of that, very cool and awesome picture opportunites. It was the best vacation we ever had, and that includes our 10 hour drive through the barren wastelands of wyoming. J/k, I'd never go to wyoming. We just hung out at one of the free beaches in cozumel, nothing super special there, but it was our first stop, so it was just fun to get off the ship and go chill on a beach. We did the cave tubing thing in belize, pretty cool. Isla Roatan was the best place we went to though. You HAVE to go to Tabyana beach in the west bay or something. Some of the clearest water, softest, whitest sandy beach. And awesome snorkeling just 100 ft. from the shore. Tons of coral, and fish everywhere, we even spotted a 2 ft. long octopus crawling up the side of some coral, almost didn't see it because they can change their color and texture to blend in like chameleons( didn't know that did ya smart A?). Just be careful not to drop your camera on the beach right about the time a wave comes up and gets it all wet, I wish someone would've been so nice as to warn me. But the pics were alright, and the camera actually still works, just not the lcd screen. I'll sell it to ya for $80.

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Mar 23, 2010

Caribbean

I don't know what all of the complaints are about with Carnival. My husband and I have been on three Carnival cruises and one Royal Caribbean cruise. Our worst cruise was with Royal Caribbean. Granted, I've never been on the Carnival Destiny, and that was the one I was looking at and it seemed to have a lot of complaints. People, please remember, just because you had a bad experience does not mean that everyone will. You should not be telling

others to not take Carnival. Remember, that is just ONE of their ships. I have been on Carnival Ecstasy in 1997, Carnival Fantasy in 2004 and Carnival Glory in 2007. All were excellent and I am looking into another Carnival cruise for this summer. Great Don't remember Fun things to do for every age! The dolphin encounter was great and a lot of fun.

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Feb 19, 2010

Caribbean

This was our first carnival cruise and I really wasn't expecting much however I was very disappointed in the food especially in the main dining room. I had "very fishy" Mahimahi (obviously not fresh), gristle in the Stroganoff and dried out prime rib. I also was disappointed in the lack of variety on the menu. They changed a few things each night but overall it was the same thing each night. Please a little more variety!! We did have a balcony

room and we were very happy with it and enjoyed morning sunrises and just relaxing on the balcony during the cruise. Our room was located on deck 8 so it was very convenient to just about everything. After coming home I did some research on the internet about Diamonds International, a retailer at most of the ports, the shopping advisors were recommending. I was happy we decided not to buy anything b/c of all the bad reviews. It just seems very odd to me that quite a few cruise lines are behind this company. I wonder what's really going on???? Fair to poor in the main dinning. For breakfast in the main dinning room we were served small deep fried silver dollar sized potato cakes. I couldn't believe! Was I eating at McDonald's??? We ate at the steakhouse ($30 per person) and it was all very good so you know they can serve quality food. The buffets for lunch we good, nice variety and overall the quality was good but you could see it slipping as the cruise was nearing the end. Next cruise I'll be checking into the quality of food prior to booking! Very good. Loved our balcony. Adequate Didn't signup for anything just ventured off on our own.

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Jan 29, 2010

CARIBBEAN

The ports were great and the weather was beautiful. We really enjoyed Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk. The food was good, as there were a lot of options to choose from. I loved the chocolate melting cake, which is the signature dessert. The stateroom was spacious and our stateroom attendant was great. We never had to ask for anything. The entertainment and activities were generally boring. There was nothing creative. On the days that we were

at sea all day (which was two), there was nothing to do unless you wanted to play ping pong, bingo, bean bag toss, or trivia. These activities are okay, but after seven days of being on the cruise it got real boring. They need alternate activities. The activities crew needed to be more enthusiastic. There were 10 in our group and we all felt they were not excited about what they were doing. They need to keep the passengers excited. We booked a historic tour and did the Bacardi Rum Tour in San Juan from an independent tour guide, who was great. He was very informative and he enjoys what he does and it shows. We went to paradise in the sky in St. Thomas. It was okay but nothing great. If you want a bushwacker (an alcoholic drink), that's where you could buy one. We rented scooters in Grand Turk from Tony and we had a blast. We drove all over the island and saw some beautiful scenery. This was our 4th cruise. There are five couples that travel together every January and we usually cruise on Royal Caribbean. We were not impressed with Carnival Glory. It was lacking in many ways. On a scale of 1-10, we gave it a 4.

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Jan 26, 2010

eastern caribbean

This was my second cruise, first on Carnival. This was my husband's first cruise. He had an amazing time and so did I. We had formal dining initially in the Platinum Restaurant, but changed to Golden due to being seated in a booth with one of the five of us on a chair at the end of the booth and being bumped in to continually. The Maitre'D in the Golden, Terrance, was amazing and never failed to stop and speak with us each evening to ask about

our day. The food was great and we all enjoyed sampling each others meals. The weather wasn't the best during the cruise but that wasn't Carnival's fault. There was certainly plenty of entertainment to choose from and my husband participated twice in a Ping Pong Tournament and greatly enjoyed that. We enjoyed all of the food, except for the Chocolate Buffet which we didn't like at all. Most everything that I tried tasted like cardboard. The Fish and Chips bar was amazing and I ate there most lunches. The Guava-Papaya juice in the Red Sail Resturant at breakfast was amazing and I'm craving it and can't find it on land! We had a wonderful room. My husband was amazed at the amount of room we had. We filled it up pretty quick! Our attendant, Sombuty was great to us. We power snorkeled in Nassau and had a great time. My husband is still talking about it. We only took 2 excursions, power snorkeling in Nassau and my husband did a fly fishing trip in Grand Turk. We enjoyed both trips but I think we'll forgo planned trips the next time because we didn't get time to really explore each port. We landed in San Juan to a downpour, got off, walked to Senor Frogs and the Harley shop and got back on the boat. The weather was just not conducive to exploring. We did not let the weather spoil our trip, we certainly enjoyed every minute of it and would go again in a blink. I'm amazed to read some of the critiques from people that go on and on about the way "some company" ruined their trip because of, the class of people on the ship, they didn't have my kind of steak sauce, the weather was bad and I missed a port I really wanted to see, ad nausea um. Life is what you make it, if your a negative person any trip you take won't be much fun.

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Jan 19, 2010

western carribean

This was our 2nd cruise; and both were with Carnival. This was our 10 year anniversary and decided to get away. We loved every second of it. I was nice and relaxing. They had so much to do everyday: dancing, eating, bingo, eating again, and music all around the ship. It's called THE FUN SHIP for a reason. but instead of having fun, if you want to relax, there are so many places on the ship to have piece and quiet. The breakfast starts at 7AM

until 10:30AM; and then lunch runs from 11:15AM to 4PM, while dinner runs from 5PM to 11PM. That's in the RED ROOM (casual dining). The buffett includes everything that the formal dining has plus more. We went to the formal dining the first night and really didn't like it - but that was us. We liked that we didn't have to get all dressed up and sit down at 6PM or worry about being late. Plus, we could eat whatever we want. One big drawback was that alcohol was very expensive. For example, Corona was $6.50, mixed drinks $7.00; and that soda card was $6-7/day. For the 7 day cruise it was $42.00, not bad but you must buy it the first 2 days on ship. The soda card came in very handy Stateroom was top of the line; and in an upper room (since we were a return visitor we got an upgrade) always clean, smelt great, had a bed, a TV, and a bathroom (stand up shower) and a safe. We didn't really need anything more. On-board activities were fun but could have been more. They had the hairy chest contest and guys dressed as women and bingo ($20 a card). It was not bad, but I'm sure they made a lot of money from it. And the comedy shows were good, but late.

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By Leah_CR

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Nov 7, 2009

Western Carribean

Never again on Carnival Glory! Maybe never again on Carnival. Just got back today from 7 days aboard the Carnival Glory and unfortunately was highly disappointed. There are two words that come to mind that can precisely describe my experience on this ship. Floating Walmart. No offense to Walmart but those of you out there who know what I mean should stay far away from this ship. This is my second cruise ever, the first being three years ago on

the Holland America ship, the Westerdam. I enjoyed the ship and staff so much that I couldn't wait to cruise again. My boyfriend and I had been talking about a vacation for months and I finally broke down and talked with the AAA agent about our vacation options, cruise or resort. I was heavily leaning towards cruising as I had such a good time on my first that I wanted to repeat the experience. Time was short so coming up with the extra money for a cruise on HAL was going to be difficult so we opted for cheap. How bad could it be I asked myself? I assumed all cruise ships were relatively the same but tried hard not to have too many expectations since this was a different cruise line. Boy was I wrong! I should have spent the extra money. The food in the Red Sail restaurant was nothing special which was disappointing. It was all stuff that is usually served at buffet dinners you have at the local firehouse for some type of fund raiser. The entrees in the sit down dining rooms were a little better but not by much. There were usually enough exotic things to choose from so that you wouldn't get bored, however, be careful as things may sound exotic in print, but are nothing more than pasta and chicken with cream of mushroom soup added on top. Which is what I had one night and it tasted just like a dish I make at home that I make much better. If you don't care and are in it for the fact that you can eat yourself silly then this is the place for you. Besides, once you are liquored up sufficiently you won't care! The wait staff was very attentive and took care of all of our little requests with no complaint. I would pay close attention to times that food is available or else you might be eating pizza and hamburgers a couple of days in a row. Our stateroom was surprisingly bigger than expected. We had an ocean view stateroom that gave us plenty of storage and walk space. I was very pleased with the cleanliness of the room and the attentiveness of our cabin steward. He was very accommodating, patient, and took notice the minute we left our room so that he could take care of it right away. We spent a considerable amount of time in our cabin since there weren't too many places on the ship we could go for peace and quiet. The decor had a lot to be desired but beggars can't be choosers and for the price, I wasn't going to be picky. I did however find that at times the walls were very thin. Maybe it was because I was on a lower deck and the rooms are smaller, but if you are a light sleeper I would recommend ear plugs lest you over hear something you would rather not! I didn't really spend much time doing activities as I was interested in quiet and relaxation. For people with children and those who like "working vacations" this is your place to be. We checked out a few shows and a few of the activities, but don't have too much of an opinion. For the ones I happened across in my strolls around the ship trying not to get lost, they weren't half bad. Our stops were Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya. The ruins in Tulum, for our Cozumel stop, were awesome. HOT, HOT, HOT so bring a bathing suit and towel and a change of clothes for the rides back to the ship. The Barrier Reef snorkeling in Belize was awesome. I would highly recommend spending the time and money for that. The water was a bit choppy since it had been raining earlier in the day but still a ton of fun. Costa Maya was a fabricated tourist spot that looked like a brick and mortar version of the ship. Nothing exciting except solid ground. If you are tired of being on the ocean by that point, by all means, spend some time there. Overall the trip wasn't bad, but now I know I will never again book with Carnival. Half way through my trip I had to keep reminding myself that not all cruise lines are this way and that cheaper isn't always better! If you are a first time cruiser and looking for rest and relaxation, the "Fun Ships" of the Carnival fleet are not for you. If you are looking for more elegant cruising and less "flash" I would recommend Holland America and, from other cruisers I have talked to, Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines. I would also pay a lot more attention to deck detail when checking out cruise ships. One thing that drove me insane on this ship was the inability to get from point A to B without feeling like a rat in a maze. I hate to trash talk the entire fleet because of my one bad experience, but I am also afraid to try any more ships for the off chance they are all like this one. One bad vacation is enough for me. One of the things I really like about Holland America was the cabin size to passenger ratio. The bigger the cabins the less people to muck up your vacation. If you miss the glory days of college and want to enjoy that atmosphere again without all the studying to get in the way then Carnival is your cruise line. Otherwise, rethink the "great deal" you are getting. It might not be such a good deal after all.

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Sep 5, 2009

Eastern Caribbean

This was my second Carnival cruise, with my first being more than 10 years ago. I swore off Carnival after the first one, and then discovered Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Norwegian. With incredible bargains and an itinerary to St. Maarten, I decided to give Carnival another chance. Unfortunately, I should have stuck with my intuition. I was incredibly disappointed, even taking into consideration that it was a bargain fare. Adding to the disappointment

was the fact that we never made it to St. Maarten due to tropical weather. I will say that the clientele on the cruise did not add to the experience. I don't like being negative, but I struggle to find much good to say about this adventure. The food was bland in the Red Sail. They do not add salt or seasonings to anything. I understand the need to do that for dietary reasons, but some foods can't be "fixed" after they have been cooked. Some notable good foods at Red Sail were the hummus, corn salsa, eggplant lasagna and garlic potatoes; all excellent at lunchtime. Breakfast was not much better either. The eggs tasted powdery and were definitely not fresh. The pastries were dry and day old. The fruit was good, particularly the pears and peaches. We loved the warm melting cake, but it was inconsistent. The first night it was "melting" and the other nights it was cooked all the way through. Regardless, it was still very good. The seafood was blah and the shrimp cocktail appetizer had no taste whatsoever. The pasta dishes were really good. Other folks at our table sent back the beef strauganof and the sirloin. The chicken dishes were acceptable. The cold soups were also notably good. We were seated in the Platinum Dining room for evening service. The wait staff was rushed. Unlike other cruises I have taken, the staff did not spend much time chatting with guests and getting to know their customers. Language barriers may have been the reason at our table. Our stateroom was #8455, starboard and was a junior suite. It had a huge balcony due to its location, but was rather strangely shaped. I have no complaints other than the air conditioning was unpredictable. It would get cold and then hot in a short period of time. We kept the curtains drawn to keep the sun out. Our cabin attendant was exceptional! If you get Marrianne from the Phillippenes, you will love her! The bathroom was clean, the room smelled fresh and the linens were nice. The decor in the room was also good, just as it was on the rest of the ship. Enjoy the shopping at St. Thomas, but make sure you get away from the port shopping area. St. Thomas is a beautiful island, and the downtown area has good shopping to. We took a ferry over to St. John and spent most of the day at Trunk Bay. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. If you enjoy snorkeling and the beach, don't miss this opportunity. Don't book it through Carnival! Save money by taking a taxi to the ferry. The natives are nice and it was very easy. We missed St. Maarten due to the tropical storm, but have been there before. It is a fantastic stop. Even though I have been to Nassau 4 times before, and vow to never get off there again, I did it anyway and regretted it. DO NOT TAKE A WATER TAXI! Grab a cab both ways and make sure you don't pay more than $4 bucks. The water taxi is a rip off and they will leave you sitting on the boat for 30 minutes while they make sure every seat is filled. We sat on the boat 30 minutes, and then the captain had the audacity to pull back up to the dock to grab three more people! We flew into Orlando International and took the bus transfer to the port that was offered by Carnival. I highly recommend it! The transfer was easy and eliminated the hassle of arranging transportation, renting a car or dealing with parking at the port. Once at the port, we quickly realized that there was a lack of organization. There were no signs and people were not sure where to go. We stood in one line for over 10 minutes, and were then told by other passengers that there was a faster line further along the terminal. Once we got into the terminal, we made our way to an agent fairly quickly. To our disappointment, there was a "boarding issue" and we were given a number. We had to wait for them to call our number before we could board. It took about 20 minutes. The boarding was the longest boarding time I've ever experienced in cruising. We arrived on the ship at 12:30 and rooms were not available until 1:30. We took our initial tour of the ship and headed to the Red Sail for the lunch buffet. The ship is in remarkably good shape, and the art deco theme is quite nice. I actually think that the ship was nicer than many of the RCL, Holland America and NCL ships I've seen. The worst part, though, is the layout. It is horrendous! Even after a week, we still continued to get lost. You cannot access some decks from forward to aft, so you have to go up a deck to get back down. For example, if you are aft and want to get to the photo gallery on deck 4, you will have to take a different deck to the front of the ship and then come back to deck 4 to get there. The Golden Dining room breaks up the deck and you can't go around it. The tiny maps are of no help to those of us with aging eyes. We had an awful experience with the matre'd that we will be taking up with Carnival corporate. He was a total jerk to his employees right in front of us. As executives, we were appalled that anyone would ever reprimand another employee in the presence of customers. It is a major no-no and was uncalled for and unprofessional. Do go see Mary Rose in the wine and martini bar on deck 5. She is terrific and very friendly. We spent a lot of time with our friends there and she took exceptional care of us. You will not be disappointed in her drinks! Overall, the communication on board the ship is poor. They changed the elegant evening and half the guests did not get the message. They did not make announcements about where activities were being held. Debarkation was also a fiasco for some folks. We worked our way to the front and got off as quickly as possible. That was the best part of this cruise.

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By Tara_CR

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Aug 2, 2009

Western Carribean

I just wanted to post a review for all of those people who haven't cruised before, and all you hear is how 'wonderful' a cruise is. I just wanted to offer up another perspective, one that we weren't fortunate enough to have heard before we went. My husband and I were married in early July and took a cruise for our honeymoon. We won't ever do it again. It is very crowded...my husband compared it to a shopping mall at Christmas. The shopping mall

comparison came up again over the course of the week, when we were bombarded with junk mail in our stateroom, calls to our stateroom from the spa asking us to make an appointment, and constant adverstising by the cruise director and cruise television channels about what we should be buying. For us, I think it was a wrong choice for a honeymoon, it didn't offer a romantic feel (except the stateroom itself, the suite was very nice). The activities ranged from bingo to bridge, and hairy chest contests and towel folding demonstrations. Unless you are much older, or much younger, the activities aren't great. The entertainment was of course cheesy and really not worth bothering with. We typically stayed for 10-15 minutes until we were certain that it 'really was that bad'. The pools are very very small, and since the ship was so packed and full of children, we didn't even have an opportunity to get in it. The food was hit or miss. There were some really good meals, but there were also some terrible ones. Generally the Ports were beautiful; we really enjoyed Belize and Nassau. However, be prepared to book some activity for your days at port, since the ship will be docked at a very touristy shopping compound full of people trying to hassel you to buy their things. There will likely be a "Diamonds International" everywhere you turn, which they make sure you are aware of. This store is promoted as if it is owned by Carnival...is it?? On top of all this, we felt as if we were being forced to have your picture taken by cruise staff, often with people dressed in costume (so they can later try to sell them to you); we asked to have dining for just two of us (since it was our honeymoon), but we were seated at a table of eight. Sorry Carnival...cruising isn't for everyone! We had a suite that was nice. However, the 'king size' bed is actually two little beds pushed together and not very comfortable. The activities were tailored for seniors or kids, they were terrible. We really enjoyed the scuba diving in Belize. The dive shop was very good. Unfortunately, this cruise turned us off from the whole cruising experience. It was a bad choice for a honeymoon, and bad time of year to try to get an intimate romantic atmosphere.

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Aug 1, 2009

Western Carribean

This was the first cruise for myself, my fiancée and his two 12 yr old boys. We chose Carnival because the age separation was most appropriate (12-14). We took a risk by selecting an early flight from Chicago into Port Canaveral. I've heard about nightmares that people got delayed and missed thier cruise, but we had no problem. Port Canaveral is one hour away from Orlando airport so we had to arrange round trip transportation through ACE Luxury....100

bucks for a huge passenger van both ways. Well worth the money as they were on time. If you are a backseat driver don't look unless you like anxiety attacks. We arrived at the port where there where several other ships leaving that day, but we had no problem getting in. We attached our baggage tags that Carnival sent us, and dropped them off by the ships entrance where personnel took our stuff to our cabins. Then stood in a long, but fast moving line to go through security and check-in. This process was SO much easier then what I thought. I didn't have a passport, and neither did the kids but that was not a requirement. We showed our birth certificates and the lady who checked us in was very nice. She set up our "Sail and Sign" account...where myself and my fiancée had access to charge to my credit card for all on-board purchases. We arrived onboard and got something to eat until the rooms were ready. When we arrived at our rooms, our luggage was outside it, not inside so practically anyone could take your stuff which I did not like. Getting off the ship, on the other hand, was not so easy. They call you by decks and you have to stand in long lines like cattle with impatient families that seem to hate each other by the end of vacation. Customs took longer than anticipated which wasn't so fun. The food was great-considering how many meals are prepared and how many mouths need to be fed. We chose the early seating (6pm) for dinner. We only went twice for the elegant nights because we were busy doing other things. We ate at the buffet stations which were open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Only complaint from my fiancée is that the oriental section wasn't open long enough and there wasn't any fried rice. The pizza station was open 24hrs a day and so was ice cream, which was a huge bonus for kids. Keep in mind, SODA IS NOT INCLUDED. That was a very unpleasant surprise for me. You have to spend about 30 bucks on a seprate card that your kids can carry, so they have to carry two cards(room key and soda card). Drinks for adults were good but pricey: about 6.50 per cocktail and a a bucket of just 4 coronas cost 22 bucks! Room service was good and prompt. No complaints there especially since the kids ordered 1,000 cheesecakes. Good thing it's free. The rooms were nice and clean....I have issues with bathrooms so I brought lysol wipes. I was surprised that it was actually very neat which made that anxiety go away. The shower pressure was surprisingly strong and there was always good supply of hot water. We had a balcony room, and the kids slept across from us in a interior room. Both us, and the kids had plenty of storage room. My only complaint about the room was that our bed was actually two beds combined into one. That could have been OK, but each bed was caved in a bit and so there was a huge hump in between me and my fiancée. The balcony was well worth the money, get it if you can. There were great views and it was nice to see how close you are to land. There was a good amount of room to move around, we were not cramped at all. If you don't want to spend any time in your room, the interior room is a good value. It was perfect for the kids since they were barely in there. Every night, our attendant came in to tuck down our sheets and leave one of those towel animals on our bed with mints, we thought it was really cute. He also left a "Carnival Capers" on our bed which was a full schedule of the next day's activities, it was very helpful. The activities for adults were a little sparse. We participated in a wine tasting which was 10 dollars. It would have been nicer if the people who hosted it had been knowledgeable at all. The two pools were small and crowded, because all the kids congregate around them. Needless to say, we went elsewhere. I can't imagine the amount of young peeing children that go in there every day. At night we hung out in the piano bar. It was very fun to watch drunk people sing along. I would say we hung out at the Casino 90% of the time learning how to play at the tables and trying our luck at the slots. The attendants were courteous and willing to help us inexperienced out. As you play a drink goddess comes around and fetches what you want. The kids hung out at the game room (12 yr old boys) until they finally met some other young kids and walked around with them. There were activities provided by the cruise line but they thought they were too cool for that. There were lots of places for them to go, but lots of touble to cause if they get caught up in wrong crowd. We checked on them several times throughout the night to make sure that wasn't happening. We forced them to come to Bingo with us one night to have a chance at the 1000 jackpot; we didn't win but stayed for show after. We are not "show" people so that was the only one we went to. It was a magic show and it was sort of tacky with men running around in wierd clothes. We wished that there was some live music on deck at night. We wanted to go for romantic walk on deck with warm air blowing through our hair but it was really dead upstairs. It would have been nice if you wanted peace and quiet but some live jazz would have been the ultimate perfect touch. We also wished there were more family activities. There were a lot of separate things for adults and kids but the shows were the only thing to do together. We visited Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya and Nassau. We did a shore excursion in Cozumel and Nassau. Cozumel was beautiful...we should have stayed in local port area. We did a Mayan ruin tour. It took two hours to get there and tt was HHOOOTTT. Tulum was beautiful, but we got eaten up by bugs on the walk to the temple area so bring bug spray. Our guide was was super nice but way to talkative. He stayed at one spot forever....so we went and walked around on our own. There was a beautiful beach there. It would have been helpful to know that we could have gone swimming. It was so hot and I could have jumped in with all my clothes on. The water was beautiful and the natives consider swimming there a blessing. We went to Belize next and let me tell you it was HORRIBLE. It is a very poor country, no beach near port which happened to be a gated area. The tourist area was small, and shopping was shady and not reliable. The food was bad. My advice: do a shore excursion that involves water or just stay onboard. Next we went to Costa Maya. We stayed in tourist area which was very nice. They have a large pool there with swim-up bar and beaches. We did most of our shopping there. Make sure to by jewelry from reputable dealers. Next we went to Nassau were we did the swimming with dolphin excursion at Atlantis. What a beatiful resort! It made me instantly vacation-envious. We didn't have nearly enough time to enjoy ourselves at the resort after our excursion was over. The actual dophin thing was ok, but was it worth $132 bucks a person? Nope. I'll stay at home and watch flipper. Do the beach day at Atlantis excursion. The water is beautiful and tons of things to do with family. Overall the trip was a success. I've done an all-inclusive resort before and this was very different. I liked that it was "contained" for the kids and it was easy to find them, whereas the shore resorts are a bit more tricky. We will try another cruise line next year to compare as I've heard very positive things about Royal Carribean. Then again, we won't be taking the kids next time so we will need a more "adult" atmosphere. Carnival has a great program for kids of all ages. The boys weren't old enough for the teens program, but I did get to see it and I liked it. I thought this cruise was perfect for either really young kids or teenagers. The 12-14 group was tricky since they are "in-between" but they were easily coaxed.

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By BD_CR

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Jul 12, 2009

Eastern

Just returned from the 7 day Eastern on the Glory. I would have to say that if it was my first cruise I would probably have rated it better as I would have had no other comparison. That said, I have cruised on 7 different lines encompassing a total of 12 cruises. This being my second on Carnival and this one was slightly better than my first Carnival experience, but not by much. This was a free cruise for my husband and I as his parents were celebrating

their 50th anniversary and brought us along to celebrate. Therefore they chose the cruise line and destination. There were 6 of us total in the party between 45 and 75 years of age. Teenagers stayed home for this trip. The ship layout is one of the worst of my experience. This is the first cruise I have been on that I actually felt all the 3,000 people on board. Other ships I have been on (both smaller and same size) have a ship layout that disperses the guests better so a guest doesn't realize how many people are on board This ship bunches folks up onto several very small common areas. This was by far the worst ship with regards to smoking/non smoking areas. I never escaped the smell of cigarettes and cigars, it was awful. While most staff were courteous and friendly, many were not but that was primarily experienced in the Red Sail restaurant. I found in general, that unless English was the crew workers native language, it was extremely hard to understand and communicate with the mostly Eastern Indian and Philippine crew. Therefore there where numerous times when guests were frustrated. I saw this on numerous occasions. There were only two full shows. That was rather disappointing as with all other cruises I have experienced wonderful entertainment Broadway level. The two shows they did put on were very good with singing and dancing. One early show featured the singer Mark Anthony and he was very good. The other shows consisted of very poor quality comedian etc. and were not worth the time. I was incredibly disappointed with the lounge acts. Only 1 Robin was worth the time to listen to. The act two for you were pretty bad for a couple reasons. Both of them spoke very poor English. The female singer didn't know the words to the songs nor did she have a good singing voice. The male singer carried her. He had a very good singing voice, and copied the artists he was trying to imitate nicely. However, he butchered a couple songs too due to his lack of or his misunderstanding of the English language. The food on the ship was adequate, nothing overly exceptional. I will say the dining room food seemed a little better than the buffet Red Sail Restaurant. This ship had a fish and chips bar, but it was awful. Very greasy and fishy smelling and tasting. I think they were using very old oil to fry the food in and mixed the different type of seafood (calamari, oysters, fish) and fries all in the same oil. They also had a deli and an oriental bar, both of those were okay, but had to take back a sandwich that had hair in it. Hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken nuggets were also available but too many flies sitting on the food for my liking. I was actually pretty shocked at just how many flies were on this ship. There was never a food experience that there were not flies and this included the dining room. I did not try the Emerald Room dining room as I have a HUGE problem laying out an additional $30 per person to eat what should be already offered in the main dining rooms. I didn't personally use the ships shore excursions as we've been to the islands many times before so we arranged our own activities. I will have to say that Nassau is a complete waste of time. I can't believe ships still go there. Unless you do the Atlantis tour, there just is nothing there. Most shops were closed (due to the Sunday arrival) and what shops were not closed were out of business. Seems like Atlantis has taken much of the business away from the locals near the port. The straw market has unbelievably not been rebuilt since it burned down years ago. It is small, claustrophobic sitting under blue tarps and consists of pushy vendors all with the same junk that they bought from the Philippines or China. They could at least pull the "made in Philippines" tag off of it before re-selling. I remember not so long ago when many vendors had hand made items to sell. It would be nice if Carnival had their own or a shared "private" island for beach time. Normally I thoroughly enjoy the “at sea” days, but this ship was just too claustrophobic and people smoked everywhere. Even our room with the balcony was no relief as other guests around us smoked on both sides. So the 3 days at sea where not as enjoyable as they could have been. Bottom line¦Unless it's a free cruise (like this one was), I will never go on another Carnival cruise and even with that I'd have to think about it!

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Jun 23, 2009

Western

This was a very special experience which met and exceeded our expectations. If I had to make one negative comment it would be that only one person on the ship (a waiter who brought us room service) addressed me by my name, although passengers' names must have been easily available to all the crew. This is a minor criticism - if you go on a cruise in a relaxed frame of mind, prepared to enjoy new experiences, you can't fail to enjoy a Carnival cruise.

See you on board! We had all of our meals in the main dining room which was the Platinum (1st seating). Our table was 539 and we liked our waiters Zaldy and Gerardo very much. The dishes were all very good and one of the high points was when the waiters sang and danced for us which happened about five times during the cruise. The open seating arrangements for breakfast and lunch work very well as there was no waiting and the service was just as good as in the evening. We only used the Red Sail Restaurant for snacks and refreshments but the food offered there was very good and nicely presented. Our stateroom was number 1242 on the Riviera Deck, well toward the front of the ship. Rambert, our cabin steward, was very efficient and always tidied our room several times a day. The bathroom was a very good size and the water was hot all the time. I did not like the shampoo which was rather watery, but I liked the body wash and we were given bars of facial soap as well. The beds were very comfortable and there was plenty of space in the closets for our clothes - unlike a previous cruise on the Carnival Fantasy where we only had about five hangers for two people. In the future, I would take my own hair dryer as the one in the cabin was slow to dry my hair and you had to hold a button in all the time which was a nuisance. We loved the onboard activities because there was always something to do. Each night we planned the following day’s activities using the program left in our cabin so we never missed anything that we wanted to do. We liked the trivia quizzes and other games organized by Island Girl and the Carnival trivia game in the Amber Palace. I read another passenger's comment about “after-cruise depression” and I can identify with the feeling as being on a cruise is a time where we forget our daily cares and just relax and enjoy ourselves. Thank you, Carnival, we will cruise with you again. Our first stop was Grand Turk and quite frankly, there was not much to do there unless you were on an excursion to snorkel or do something else. We walked around the little group of souvenir shops for an hour or so and then went back on to the ship. In Ocho Rios we went on the canopy tour. A bus took us from the dock up into the Mystic Mountains where we were fitted with helmets, gloves and harnesses. We then began a long walk down the mountainside which took a very long time, it seemed to me to take about an hour but maybe it wasn't that long. Steps had been cut into the mountain and we had to walk down hundreds of steps to get to the first ziplining platform. From then on, we swung on ropes between platforms, gliding through the forest at a fast rate until we got to the next platform. We did this about nine times. This was the shore excursion that I had been hoping to do in Belize but I am sure that the Ocho Rios version was just as good. In Grand Cayman we went on the Discover Cayman excursion to the turtle farm, a place called Hall, and the trip out to the stingray lagoon. What an experience! We stood in shallow water with the stingrays all around us, they were not at all shy and let us hold them. The men from the boat were very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about stingrays. I can recommend these two excursions. This cruise was a very fulfilling experience as it was a treat I planned for my 11-year-old granddaughter who I do not see very often. She had never been on a cruise before and I wanted it to be a memorable experience for her. We loved the ship and our cabin and the shore excursions were well worth the money. Our itinerary was changed because of the swine flu outbreak but in the end this did not matter at all because we enjoyed the ports of call just as much.

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Apr 3, 2009

Eastern

The cruise was great except for the AC not working too good on the Lido deck cabins. We had cabin 9227 and was warm the entire cruise!! Everything other that that was great. The food was of good quaily and there was plenty of it. Other than the AC not working too good, it was good. The entire Lido deck was complaing about the AC in their cabins. There was plenty to do if you wanted to, or just lay back and relax. Get private tours from

tour guides online or at the port. They take you everywhere. We started by going down from Panama City, Fl. on Fri. to stay at the Radisson. The Radisson is a great place to stay pre cruise. The rooms were very comfortable and the room had plenty of space with a pleasant smell to it. My children had a blast playing tennis and swimming in the pool. We were scheduled for the 11:30 shuttle, but it was running 30 min behind, so we didn't board the shuttle until after noon. The ride over is only a couple of miles, so it wasn't no big deal. We were allowed to leave our car there for the week, so we saved the parking fees at the port plus they gave us 2 breakfast buffets. I highly recommend this hotel to stay in. Boarding was a breeze because I had joined the Carnival Vacation Club. We were escorted to the front of the line to check in and then escorted onto the ship. The whole process took only 15 min. Once on board we went to the Red Sail and had lunch. The food on the Lido deck was very good the whole week. After lunch we went to our room which was an interior on the Lido deck. This is the first and only problem we had the whole week. The temp in our room was warm and it didn't cool down much all week. Everybody on the Lido deck was complaining about the AC, but talking to people on other decks, they said their room was cool? We went up on the 11th deck after dropping our carry on luggage in our room to watch the space shuttle land. It was too windy the first time, but at 3:14 the sonic boom came and about 10 min later we saw the shuttle come out of the clouds and land safely. That was a bonus to our cruise. Our first port was Nassau. I was pleased that we didn't have to fill out the forms for the Bahamas like the last time. I'm not a big fan of Nassau, so we just walked around for about 1 hour and then went back to the boat to enjoy the ship. The second day was fun day at sea and we tried to make as many trivia, games and activities as possible. The day flew by and then it was time for the first Formal Night. I will say now that I was very pleased with the QUALITY of all the food we ate all week. The service on the Lido and Dining Room was super and I have gained weight this week. Day 3 we were at St. Thomas. I was again pleased that we didn't have to line up to go through customs like the last time we went there. We had a private tour booked, so we just got off the ship and our guide was waiting for us. We were able to tell him all the places we wanted to go, and he took us. We was only suppose to have the drive and van until 4:00, but He took us up to Paradise Point and then back down so it was after 5:00 before we got back to the ship. We tipped him for the extra he gave us. The trip up to the point would have been at least $12 per person that he saved us. Day 4 we arrived at St. Martin. We had a private tour at this port also. We went to 5 different beaches, shopping in 3 different places and ended up at Macho Beach where the planes land over your head. We ate at the sunset grill and the ribs were very good for $11 each plate. My 2 sons went and held onto the fence to get blown by the big jets taking off. We got back to the ship with only 1hr before sailing. It was a great tour. The last 2 days was sea days and there was as much as you wanted to do or as little as you wanted to do. The 2nd formal night is Thursday and again the food was very good. I want to close this review by saying people need to be patient with their room stewards because they have 25 rooms for 2 people to take care of plus they have other duties assigned to them. I asked one of the men how much time the got off and he told me around 10 hours a day, but not straight. He said they get a couple of hours to take a nap in the day and about 6-7 hours at night. This is to sleep, eat, and bathe!! I left all my servers from the room stewards, his asst., dining room waiters and asst.waiter, to the bar lady that brought my children their cokes, even though they had soda cards, an extra tip. I hate to see people be cheap when it comes to the tips they are giving the workers. Remember they do not control Carnival Policy!!

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Nov 10, 2008

Western Carribean

This was my first cruise ever and we went with my parents, my sister and her husband and 3 kids, my husband and I and our two children. Besides leaving port due a medical emergency 4 hours late it was a good departure. I was impressed with the Camp Carnival activities, check in system, and supervision. There were 5 kids between the ages of 6-11 and they asked some days to go to Camp Carnival! We loved our shore excursion to Cozumel to swim with

the dolphins. I highly recommend Chankahab (sp?) Park- beautiful beach, dolphin encounter and swim programs were great, nice clean pool, and beautiful, clean grounds. Staff was friendly throughout the ship! The shows were good - great family oriented. We loved Tuesday night's "Justin Ilusion" show! THe food was good. A good variety each day! Loved the chocolate fountain on Thursday along with all the rest of the chocolate foods presented. We ate in the Red Sail restaurant most nights with the kids. Service was slow in the formal dining room on the first formal night Very clean, comfortable, plenty of room to put things away in the cupboards. We had a balcony suite with adjoining rooms for our family since we had 3 different rooms to hold all 11 of us in our group! We were on the 7th deck! Our kids loved the waterslide, pools, mini golf, chess and Camp Carnival and all of its activities! We had some good laughs at the marriage show on Friday. We went to the rock and roll evening show one night and enjoyed the songs, dancing and special effects! We all loved the Justin Illusion show on Tuesday! wow! It seemed like there were activities for all age groups! OK if you want a great place to meet the dolphins go to Chanakahab Park in Cozumel. We found it cheaper to book thru the park than Carnival. Great place - see explanation above in overall cruise experience! We went to a local beach in Bahamas and it was beautiful. You could go parasailing, drive jet-skis or just walk the beaches! Kids went on the trampoline anchored close to shore for hours! In Belize we just went on the tender boats into the town and shopped inside the secured area. We had to leave the port of Roatan and couldn't get off the ship due to a local government protest! We had scheduled a Carnival excursion to see the spider monkeys but that didn't happen! Every family has to go on a cruise in their lifetime! Eventhough we had a rough start due to a medical emergency that could not of course be controlled Carnival handled it as best as possible. Also with the Honduras uprising it was handled as best as possible and we had an extra day at sea! Oh well! We will definitely go on another Carnival cruise again soon!

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By Lou_CR

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Oct 17, 2008

Western

Had a great time on the Glory. Ship was nice and clean. Crew were very friendly. It would have been nice to spend more time in Belize and Roatan and not gone to Freeport at all. All in all another great ship and trip on carnival. Food was very Good one night Prime Rib was over done. Cleaned often as normal. I think the staff hides under the bed and jumps out to clean when you leave. I have only found them cleaning once or twice out of all

5 cruises but the room is always clean. Plenty to do if you wanted to do it. Zip Line DONT MISS We wanted to do the Belize Cave Tubing and Zip Line Excursion in one trip, but it was not offered by Carnival so I went to an outside company. Belizecruiseexcursion.com is a great company. The tubing was canceled due to extreme rain before we arrived, the river was up 6 ft and was to dangerous to go in. They gave us a discount because of the cancellation. I've seen places that would claim weather was not in there control so no refund. It is my understanding that Carnival no longer offers the cave tubing because of the weather making it unpredictably dangerous. The zip line was great we had a wonderful tour guide. Had lunch at a local restaurant it was different but good. In Roatan we did the Pirates and Monkey tour. It was fun also.

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Oct 9, 2008

Eastern

We drove to Port Canaveral from Tallahassee on Saturday morning. This is the eighth cruise for my wife and I and third on the Glory. This was our first time on the Eastern run. We traveled with friends from Panama City who were on their third cruise. We arrived at 11:00 am and had to wait for about 15 min to start unloading. Parking was $105 dollars which really hurts those of us on a budget. The lines were already forming but we were on the ship

before 12. I have read many reviews that give the impression that the Glory is showing its age, I disagree. The ship was very clean and well maintained. The crew was friendly and in good spirits. We headed up to the lido deck for lunch. My wife loves the fish and chips. She had knee surgery a couple of months ago and has trouble climbing stairs so when she saw nothing on the buffet she liked it was my privilege to get her first fish and chips of the trip. We then walked the ship for a short tour before heading to our room. We had upgraded to an ocean view room a few weeks back when the price dropped and were very glad we did. We were in cabin 2446 which is in the port aft section of the ship. Our room was larger than the inside stateroom and we had a great view. This room was also close to the aft elevator which came in handy at times although it made for a long walk to the Amber Palace show lounge. The cruise director for this trip was Butch Begovich. He was a blast. He did a super job. We dined in the Golden Dining room for the 6pm seating. We were at table 229 upper. This table is in the upstairs area next to the rail overlooking the main floor. Our waiters were Mario from Guatemala and Eddie from the Philippines. These guys were great. It does appear that Carnival has given the wait staff more tables to serve but these guys were more than up to the task. They cheerfully filled every request and spoke to us every time we saw them on the ship. We have had some great wait staff on previous cruises but these guys were the best. Sunday - Nassau We arrived in Nassau at about 8am. It being Sunday, many of the stores were closed. We did not plan a shore excursion as we have been to Nassau several times. One of my medications was left at home by accident so we walked downtown to a pharmacy. It did not open until 10 am so we walked around and went in to the few shops that were open. When we retuned to the pharmacy I was able to get my medication at a great price. We then walked back to the ship for a round of hot tub and pool hop. The cover over the back pool was closed and we got a few showers. We pulled out at 2 pm and the word came later that two people hade missed the ship and would have to rejoin us in St, Thomas. It was formal night and captains cocktail party so we were dressed up early to have our pictures taken. At $20 each for 8 x 10 we take a bunch so that we can be picky. The show with the Glory dancers was great. Monday - Fun Day at sea It was a beautiful sunny day to layout by the pool. I also took part in Butch's disco line dancing class. It was super fun. It was then shown on the in house network about 500 times during the rest of the cruise. We also had dinner at the Emerald Room the upscale supper club. It is an additional $30 per person and there is a space for tipping. The prime rib, crab cake, Caesar salad and chocolate tart were scrumptious. Tuesday - St. Thomas We have been to St. Thomas before. We booked a tour through www.godfreytoursvi.com again. Godfrey loves his island and always gives a great tour. You have to wait and go through the immigration procedure when you arrive. You wait on your floor to be called then go through the line on the promenade deck. Our friends floor was never called so we lost an hour of shopping. Godfrey dropped us off at Coki beach for two hours. We had brought our snorkels and rented a chair and umbella for $15. It was great. Wednesday - St. Maarten This was our first time ever visiting this stop. It was beautiful there. This is a very mountainous island. We booked a tour with Exquisite Excursions through www.stmaartenexcursions.com were we could take a jeep ride through town and then ride Rhino Riders- small raft like boats with 25 horse power motors on them. This was so much fun. Then we went snorkeling off the boat for about 1 hour. My wife doesn't like small boats so the guide let her ride with her in the guide boat. After that we went got back in the jeeps and she took us to an area in town where we could get something to eat. This was an experience because they didn't speak a lot of English and their menus were in French. They also use euros as their currency. We found a place to eat and got a hamburger and fries. The cost was around $18.00. After lunch our tour guide took us to Orient Beach to take pictures and then took us back to the ship. If we would have booked this cruise on the ship it would have cost us $180.00 each but with them it was only $109.00 each. This trip was great. Thursday and Friday - Fun Days at Sea Thursday was a great day with lots of Sun. We spent time on the deck and then back to the water slide. I did get tired of the walk up but not the slide. This was also the evening of the second formal night and the past guest reception. It was fun to get dressed up and take a few more pictures. Friday was rainy but we took the opportunity to have some fun people watching in the casino. I am not a gambler but I am fascinated by those who spend so much time at the tables. I did put .50 in a slot machine and won $16. Walk away while you are ahead. This was also the night for my favorite desert - grand mariner souffle. This in my humble, but accurate opinion is one of the big three with warm chocolate melting cake and bitter and banc completing the big three. This is also the night we decided to self assist to get off the ship faster. Saturday - Debarkation One last trip to the dining room for eggs Benedict at 6:30 am and then wait. We were just getting to the pier so we had time. We went back to the room to wait for our floor to be called and at 8 am they called the second floor. My wife took the small bag and the carry ons which left me with the BIG suitcase and the bag for the hanging clothes. I was pushing the stuff out the door of our cabin when it got stuck on the lip of the door. I gave it one final push and over I went. I flew over the bags and landed in the hallway. I swear there had only been 12 people in that hallway all week – now there were hundreds including a cabin steward who was now eating a towel to keep from laughing out loud. I did not enjoy the self assist but we were on the road by 8:30. Closing comments - 1.There was a obvious outbreak of nor virus on the ship, but there were no announcements. The staff was serving at the buffets and people were missing. 2. The band did a super job. The Mardi Gras parade and dancing for older folks was great. This was a fantastic cruise and Carnival still has the magic. Please email me at tomythmin@hotmail.com for details on the shore excursions.

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Nov 15, 2007

NOT FOUND

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Jeff R. 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 our large party and one person forgetting to bring their birth certificate with them. They accepted his driver's license and SSN card. Rooms: 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 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. On Board Facilities. Wish they would have had a  better dults 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 might to get past the luggage. We told them they were going to tear a hole in the luggage. Their response was to just get out of the chair and run down the hall. 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 heaven. 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 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's was charging for same excursion. Nice excursion. Highly recommend. Roatan. Did take Carnival's general tour of Roatan. 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 run had aground years ok and the other which was carrying lumber had caught fire and was abandoned. Debarkation- Wish we had been able to take advantage of the self-assist as two people in our party did take advantage 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 #'s being called. During our wait, Carnival representatives were checking on us to see which # we had. When the #'s 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 handicapped. 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 ship. Happy Cruising in 2008!!    

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Sep 23, 2007

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Joe and Sue Phillips We flew into Orlando a day early and picked up a rental car and made our way to Cape Canaveral. Carnival charges $70.00 PP for transfers from the airport to the ship. Our Budget rental car was $24.00 per day plus gas and we had the ability to go where we wanted for the day. We also reserved a car for the day we returned from the cruise for our trip

back to Orlando at the same price. This is definitely the way to go. We got to Port Canaveral and we stayed at the Radisson the night before, and yes you could hear noises (as some reported here), but they were not a problem. After a good nights sleep we went to breakfast and then dropped off the rental car. Budget had a free shuttle to the port and we were putting our luggage into the bin for the ship by 10:30 AM. The ship looked good from the outside except for the funnel needing a good cleaning. We went into the terminal, through security, and then made our way to the upper level for processing. At the top of the escalator you first come into contact with the kiosk holding travel documentation you may have forgotten, or filled out incorrectly. In any case there is enough extra to take care of all passengers. Make sure that you have all your paperwork completed online before you get to the terminal. Everyone that did this before hand got processed, checked in, and a sail & sign card in hand in minutes. For those that didn’t process the information online before hand, they stood at the counter for up to 10 minutes or more. Also a big note, make sure you fill out your Bahamas immigration paperwork. All this said, we were directed to a seating area to wait to board the ship. The Carnival staff was going through the passengers waiting to get on the ship asking if anyone had questions. They even played some trivia games to pass the time. We waited for them to clear the ship, and when it was cleared they escorted groups of 50, to the main hallway where your picture is taken and we got onto the ship by 11:15 AM. We couldn’t go to the cabin until 1:30 so we went to the Red Sail to have brunch. Since we ate breakfast earlier we just got some fruit and then went up to the deck. We had our swimsuits on under our shorts so it was just a matter of seconds to get ourselves positioned under the blue Florida sky, a drink in hand and we started getting our tan. The Disney Magic was in port at the same time and we had some of the people staying in our hotel. I was ready for the kids acting like kids, however it was something else to watch the parents run around and crawl on the floor along with them. They got the kids so worked up that they were completely out of control. Oh well, I was glad they were on Disney and not the Glory. The ship was very clean, even having just allowed 2800 passengers off not more than 1 hour before. The Glory is in great shape and nothing was worn to a point that one could notice. I guess if you wanted to be a complainer you could pick on some of the burned out blue lights on the tiered levels the deck chairs were on, but really, who cares. We made our way to our cabin on the 10th deck, cabin 1034. The cabin was clean and everything was ready for our arrival. We went out onto the balcony and watched the others getting on the Disney Magic. We then went back up on deck to continue to get a tan. Time went quickly and we got the news that the lifeboat drill was going to start in 5 mins. We grabbed our life jackets and went to our muster station. The drill lasted about 15 minutes and we were back on our way to our stateroom to stow the life jackets. When we got there our luggage was also there and we put our clothes away and went onto the balcony to watch the ship leave the dock. People, please go to the lifeboat drill. The ships personnel check the ship and anyone who tries to hide just makes the process take that much longer while they wait for you to get to the drill. You will not hide, they will find you. We were escorted by the Coast Guard and 2 of their boats with 50 cal machine guns on the bow. When they saw us safely to sea, they turned around and went back to escort the Disney Magic out. We watched as the shoreline slipped quietly off into the distance. My wife and I went down to the casino and gambled a little before going to a few of the nightclubs on board. We did notice that the ship was moving quite a bit and were surprised as the sea was not rough at all. Anyway it was a great way to go to sleep and get ready for the next day, rocked like a baby. The first stop was in the Bahamas and Nassau. I am not sure why Carnival does not go to St Thomas first and then St Martin before stopping at Nassau on the way back. You have to clear customs in St Thomas because you stop in the Bahamas first. It is no big deal as Carnival has this process down pat. The biggest problem is that passengers don’t know how to listen. They ask that you stay off the 3rd level, as this is where the passengers are processed. However, being repeat cruisers you know that there are those that have no clue as how to act. It’s amazing! They call you by deck and you make your way to Club O2 where you clear customs. It is only a matter of showing your passport, or birth cert and photo ID. They just check to see if you have your paperwork, look at the picture to make sure it’s you and you’re done. It is a continually moving line that only takes 15 to 20 minutes if people do as they are instructed. We went back up to our room to put our passports into the safe. We grabbed our sail & sign cards and drivers licenses (photo ID) and made our way off the ship. We chose not to do any ship tours on this cruise, as we just wanted to relax. We got a taxi and went to the Atlantis. The Atlantis is absolutely beautiful. We went into the casino and gambled for and hour and then snapped pictures as we made our way to the beach. To get to the beach from the Atlantis you have to walk through the mall area and make your way to the Riu resort just next door. You walk out of the Riu front entrance and just to the side is where you find the beach access. The beach is wonderful. The sea was getting rough and not many were in the water, however it was very warm and you had to cool off. So you would see most people just walk into the surf a little way and just splash themselves. A guy was going up and down the beach selling drinks in a coconut for $10.00. He is from the Riu beach bar and the drinks were very good. The best part was that for $10.00 you could drink as long as you were on the beach. He came back very often and with in 2 hrs we had 7 drinks each, great deal. When leaving the beach you walk back up the beach access were you will find the taxi’s all lined up to take the passengers back to the ship. They are very pushy and almost get into fights to get your fare. We waited for a taxi to fill up, and after being asked over and over again if we wanted to go back by ourselves for $14.00 each we said we would wait for a full taxi so we only had to pay $4.00 each. We waited for 20 mins. and the taxi drivers would continually ask you to go so they could make more money for just 2 people. We got tired of the pressure so we went back into the Riu and made our way to the Atlantis where we got a taxi as soon as we walked out the door for $4.00 each. The driver was great as he gave everyone in the taxi a narrated tour of the island on the way back to the dock. When we got back to the ship we tipped him extra for providing great service. We got back onto the ship and went up to our room to clean up. We left at 4:00 PM and we got some great pictures of Nassau and the Atlantis as we sailed away. We went to the Red Sail for dinner and then back to the Camel Club Casino. The slots were tightened up and not many were winning anything from the machines. We always play the tables so this was not a big problem. The dealers and the pit team were great and treated everyone good. They would joke with you and had fun doing so. The casino was always a lot of fun even though you didn’t win. Hey you’re on vacation. We did end up winning back all we lost during the week on the last day. 3 card poker, Let-It-Ride, Craps, and 21. That night we went to see the show in the Amber Palace. I know that people have said the show was just OK, however you need to keep in mind that the ship rocks and every step may not be in sync. And believe me, that night the wind picked up and the sea’s went from calm to rough 12 to 14 foot waves and you better believe you could feel the ship rocking. But even with the rough conditions the show was very good. This was the last time this show was being done on the Glory and the group was getting off at the next port to go to another Carnival ship. We already had the new group on the ship when we left Nassau and they put on another show later in the week. My hats off to the Carnival dancers and the conditions they have to perform in. Great show!!!! We went down to the lower floor and got ready to watch the R rated comedian. As it was we had seen this guy on another ship 2 yrs earlier and the jokes hadn’t change. Oh well! The following day was a sea day as we made our way to St Thomas. The sea conditions got worse later that day, and by nighttime the seas went up to 16 to 18 feet. In the morning there were very few people in the dining room for breakfast, and not many in the Red Sail either. We sat in the Platinum Dining room and watched the horizon move up past the top of the windows, and then watched it as it went down below the bottom of the window. This ship was really rocking and rolling and my wife and I had a great time holding on to things as we walked. We walked up to the Kaleidoscope Boulevard, which is the main passage from the front of the ship to the back. It was funny to watch people walked and move from one side to the other. Some of the people had to sit down as they were having such a hard time, and some of the people fell. No one got hurt, just embarrassed. Back up to the cabin to change and up on deck to enjoy yet another perfect sun filled day. The drink stewards did a great job of making sure all who made it up on deck had all the drinks they wanted. We watched some of the pool games, and then went down to the pizzeria and burger grill areas at the back of the ship by the Azure pool. The pizza was great as were the burgers. I asked for a steak sandwich, and was surprised that a lot of people in line were not aware you could get a steak sandwich at the burger grill. We didn’t go to the dinning room until the 1st formal night. This was the captain’s dinner where they had lobster and steak. We got dressed and did the formal pictures and went to the Colors bar for a drink while we waited for the Golden dining room to open. The lobster was very good, not great, but very good. The steak was cooked to order and was also juicy. The appetizer had escargot and they were very tender and tasty and I ordered another that was just as good. For desert my wife and I had the Chocolate Melting Cake. WOW!!! I read the reviews on this board that talked about this desert and they were all wrong, it was better than they said. We got out of our formal attire and made our way to the Ebony Cabaret to watch the karaoke. We didn’t stay long as one can only take so much. And on our cruise there was not very much talent. We moved into the Blue Bar and listed to a band of Chinese musicians play top 40’s music, and they were very good. Everyone was having a good time, and it appeared that the older crowd preferred this bar as they filled it every night. We stayed at the Blue Bar for an hour or so and made our way to the White Heat dance club. When we first got in there, there were very few people. But within 30 minutes the place was packed and rocking and rolling just like the ship. The DJ had smoke going and the lights were moving all over the dance floor. This was where the younger crowd hung out. We saw some of the casino crew in there and they came over and started talking. Within 15 minutes we had the place going. What a bunch of partiers the casino crews are. We got out of there at 2:00 AM and went back to the cabin. The next morning we watched the ship pull into St Thomas from our balcony. We went out on our own after clearing customs as stated earlier. We got a taxi and we were off to Megan’s Bay. The beach was very crowded as there were 6 ships calling at St Thomas that day. We found a little patch of sand we could call our own and put our towels down. Some clouds came in and we had a quick burst of rain. It only lasted for 5 minutes tops, but the beach crowd ran for the taxis and left. The sun came back out and that was the only rain we saw the whole week. The rest of the week was wall-to-wall sun. We moved down to the beach to the bar area so we could get drinks easier. We could put our towel any place we wanted as there was now very few people left. The beach did get busy again, but not like it was when we first got there. We finished lying in the sun and made our way back to the ship. The taxi’s charged $8.00 PP each way. We went back to the ship and got cleaned up. We then got back off and went to Paradise Point. Because the ship was leaving at 8:00 PM we got to see the city of Charlotte Amalie all lit up at night along with the ships. At the top they have a bar and restaurant where you can get a drink or something to eat. They have drinks called bushwhackers that’s there signature drink and it’s great. We made our way down at 7:15 and walked back to the ship with time to spare. The next stop was St Martin and as we had done on the other islands we got a taxi and went to the beach. The taxi driver took us to Orient Beach on the French side. The roads are just the way we remembered them from before, pothole city. The island is still very poor as is very evident when you make you way from place to place. Philipsburg was built up from the last time we were there, as was the pier the ship was docked to. This pier was not even there the last time we saw St Martin. Orient Beach is clothing optional, and even though you are told that only a part of the beach is nude, be ready to see someone nude walking by at anytime anywhere on the beach. Also keep in mind that most beaches on St Martin are clothing optional be it the French side or the Dutch side. Orient Beach has all the necessary shops and bars anyone could want. This is a great beach for those that want to have a good time. The first time we went to St Martin some years back we went to Maho Beach and watched the planes take of and land, this is also a must see beach. St Martin has so many beaches to choose from you can go back time and time again and always find a beach that takes your breath away. The taxi’s charged $4.00 pp each way and there was always a taxi you could find if you needed to go back to the ship at anytime. We walked up and down the beach and went into some of the stores. The prices were not that bad and they did have some very nice items. The bar at the end of Club Orient by the rocks, had happy hour at 12:30 to 1:30 and you got 2 for one (this is a totally nude resort). You just stood in line with all the nude people and waited. This place was a blast, and everyone should go down and walk the beach. Back on the ship we went to the cabin and crashed until the next day. St Martin was a great stop. The next 2 days were sea days and we would hit the deck, the casino and the dining room, and then onto the bars and casino again if we were not tired. The ship is very nice and the crew work hard to please. Our cabin steward (Benni) was not exceptional, but took care of the cabin and we had no complaints. The waiter was very good and even though we didn’t eat in the dining room each night. His service was so good we tipped him extra. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do or try to get for you. You never had to ask for anything twice, and he remembered your dining preference and would suggest items that wet your palette. Even during breakfast in the Platinum dining room he would see us sitting at a table and he would come over to greet us and say good morning. The ship is sparkling clean and it was decorated for Christmas. The decorations were not over done and complimented the ship. The staff in the casino were over the top as well as the bar staff. We didn’t find anyone pushing drinks as some have said. If you didn’t want a drink you simply said “no thank you” and they moved on. They didn’t come back and hit up again and again. As a matter of fact, we only had to wave to get a drink when you were ready and that was that. Embarkation was a breeze and debarkation was just as well oiled. You just have to sit back and wait your turn; it’s not a big deal. Some people believe that they are above the rest and deserve to be first or they are better than anyone else. You’re on a cruise, relax and get off the high horse. It doesn’t make you better than anyone else; it just makes you look worse. One only has to watch the Royal Caribbean bunch to learn that. But then those RCCL people do like to pay more for their cruises, and tours. Even though they are going on the same tours as the Carnival guests that paid less and had a better time. Oh well, I’d rather pay less to go to the same places, same tours, and put that money into my pocket. The Carnival Glory is a great ship with a great crew. Go and enjoy, just leave the problems behind. Your on a cruise for goodness sake, why look for problems???    

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Aug 31, 2007

Caribbean

Carnival This was another great cruise that I recommend for almost anyone. There were some things that I missed from the older ships, but there were many more things that I liked. We all came away happy and full. We had great weather the entire week. I can’t say much for Nassau, but it’s nothing that Carnival can control. The other two stops were awesome, and everybody had a really good time. I liked the ship, and would definitely

recommend this cruise. There are some people who judge Carnival harshly for being the “Wal-Mart” of cruises. I prefer an analogy that I read in another cruiser’s review; that going on a Carnival cruise is like going to your friend’s house. The ships are nice, but not super fancy, so your kids can run around without you worrying that they will break something. The crew treats you very well, but not like royalty. The food is great, but tailored to the masses. I like that! I’m a blue collar kind of guy, and I don’t want to have to wear a suit on vacation, or worry about using the right fork at dinner. If you are looking for an ultra premium cruise, then Holland America or Celebrity Cruises can give you that. If you want a high value, reasonably priced, fun and relaxing vacation then Carnival is for you. I am a confirmed Carnival fan, and I plan on taking many more cruises with them. We are booked on the Paradise in February 2008 and the Carnival Freedom in December 2008, so I’m sure to have more positive reviews then.    

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Jul 20, 2007

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Darryl 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….. Cabins - 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 neck 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, Maarten 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 too 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. Feel free to e-mail me with any further questions…….   dhornick@kc.rr.com    

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Jul 20, 2007

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Haywood Poole A near perfect vacation.  My wife and I and our two sons (15 and 18) had a wonderful time both on the ship and at the ports of call. ACCOMMODATIONS: We booked five days before the departure and managed to get the last two rooms that were next to each other.  To our surprise and delight they were "handicap" rooms.  It seems you give up the sofa

in the room for the HUGE bathroom... I'll trade that anyday!  The shower was easily big enough for two people...Hmm! The cabin was always clean and the cabin steward took great pains to explain the handicap features for us, assuming we had booked the rooms for that reason.  Well, a couple of days into the cruise, my son accidentally pulled the emergency cord in the shower and their phone rang within 15 seconds to see if he needed medical assistance... A real comfort if you are a physically challenged cruiser.  We were on the Lido Deck where much of the "Action" is but never were bothered by noise or crowds.  It was only steps away from the pool and buffet dining. FOOD: In a word, WONDERFUL!  We have used Royal Caribbean in the past and thought the food would be below that standard...WRONG!  The buffet breakfast and lunches were excellent with plenty of variety and healthy choices if you wanted to not kill your waistline.  The Lido hamburgers and hotdogs were fantastic also.  The 24 hour pizza was far superior the RCC pizza experience.  We were seated at table for four in the Platinum Dining room ( one of two dining rooms).  We had excellent service each night including our bar waitress brought our favorite beverages to us within seconds of being seated.  The food was superb.  Every entree was cooked to perfection.  We had lobster one evening and our waiter said "why don't ya'll get some more"?, so we ordered two more lobsters to share among us.  Ten minutes later not two, but three more steaming lobsters were delivered to our table. We all had our fill that night! ENTERTAINMENT: We went to the shows in the Amber Theater every night.  I like the way they usually do two shows to accommodate the early and late diners.  All the shows were entertaining, the costumes were new looking and nicely done.  I particularly liked the comedian, Happy Cole.  He did a "G" rated show and then later an "R" rated one. Both were great!  The music and dancing were also professional. Carnival also does an amateur night on its 7 day cruises.  That was loads of fun, watching fellow cruisers sing and dance with costumes and a backup band. We are not BINGO players, but they had plenty of it if you wanted to play.  I'd rather waste my money in the Casino!  The casino was well staffed and never too crowded to play. BARS: There are 22 bars on this ship, so if you want to listen to music and drink, you are bound to find the right spot!  Personally I am not a drinker, and would have rather had some of that space be devoted to other forms of diversion.  But there was still plenty to us busy.   PORTS OF CALL: Nassau was fine, not my favorite stop. I'd suggest skipping the shopping and take a cab to the Atlantis Resort. See the free part of the aquarium and rest of the resort. It is pretty spectacular. St. Thomas: SHOP HERE!! We also took a 2 1/2 hour tour of the island. Took some great pictures and got a feel for how people live there. St. Maarten: We took a tour of the Dutch and French sides and then went to Orient Beach for the afternoon. That was the highlight of the trip!  They served us a wonderful lunch with complimentary rum punch and then we had 4 padded lounge chairs on the beach with umbrellas to bask in the sun and surf.  There was also parasailing and jet skis to rent. ONE NOTE: this is a topless beach so know that before you go.  My boys LOVED IT!!!  However, some folks needed to keep it covered... if you know what I mean! DISEMBARKING:  We opted to "self  disembark" the ship, which means we took care of our own luggage.  After the VIP and early flight folks get off, you are free to anytime you want to.  We got up and ate a good breakfast and were at our car in the parking deck at 9AM. It was the easiest disembark we have ever had. The whole thing took less than 40 minutes from the time we got off the elevator on the ship, then through customs and then to our car. OVERALL IMPRESSION: This was the best of the 4 cruises we have taken.  The ship is very clean and the staff were great. I always leaned to RCC, but I have to say the Carnival Glory is hard to beat in every way.  Carnival is not stuffy and yet you get a first class feel.    

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Jul 6, 2007

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Susan Maher This was our 8th cruise, all but one of which was on Royal Caribbean ships. It is very difficult not to compare ships, service, food to what you are accustomed to and Glory certainly did better than RCCL in some instances. On a seven day cruise we had 3 ports (Nassau, St Thomas & St Maarten) and 3 days at sea. One more port would have made a better itinerary;

too many sea days on this one. Embarkation: I would certainly advise everyone to fill out the online pre-boarding information as this definitely does speed up your boarding process. Before you get on the first long line you see, please DO stop by one of the boarding desks because you still need to check in! Debarkation: I have read many reviews which stated that this process was like “dismemberment” (LOL) and generally very bad.  (I guess!!!) To the contrary, I timed the process and from the time they called our floor to leave until the time we made it past US Customs, it was 45 minutes total. We did opt to take our own bags off (they call this “Self-Assist”) and we definitely will do this again as we saw many bags on the turnstile waiting for owners to pick them up. I believe we did very well taking our own baggage off. The longest part of the wait was when we were on line to take the 2 down escalators to get to the first floor where Customs is. With large pieces of luggage, Port Canaveral had only 2 women there trying to help people down the escalators and this slowed the process down. But 45 minutes…hey, I can’t complain! Bingo: We like Bingo. RCCL does a fantastic job with Bingo. Carnival needs to take a lesson from RCCL on this. The Bingo Boy “Mark” left the door open as the balls circulated all over the stage. He got a vacationer to help him pick up the balls but he never did a recount to make sure he had them all. At 2 other games, the power went out and they lost track of what numbers they had called in the middle of the games! In addition, Carnival set the games up to make some big bucks off of them by having very stingy pots ($100 per game and $1000 only on the last day plus they raffled off one cruise for 2 which they sold tickets for). RCCL pots were around $250-$500+ daily and $14,000.00 on the last day! AND they raffled off cruises daily. Kudos, RCCL. Carnival sees Bingo as a money-maker for them. RCCL puts the money back to the pot. Carnival should give up the game… Excursions: As we have been this Eastern way several times prior, we passed on excursions and just wanted to enjoy time off with no plans. Very nice! Room: We were upgraded to a balcony on the 8th floor (room 8255). We were in the front of the ship just below the Lido deck where the food was and three decks up from the “Meat Locker” the Amber Palace where shows and Bingo were held. We were NOT impressed with the room. Not only was the room small but the balcony was half the size of RCCL. Also, no flat screen TV BUT the station selection was far better than Royal’s Freedom, for example. But the room was well-positioned on the ship. Service/Tipping:  The service in general was good - we had no complaints except about our dining room waiter. Carnival automatically adds $70 per person to your room charges. We had this removed as we like to give tips to those who service us directly. Remove this at your friendly Purser’s desk. Here’s a thought: if 2 people stay in ONE room, why should they BOTH be charged? Entertainment: Generally good. Instead of having an Ice Palace they had us sitting in Carnival’s version of one in the Amber Palace which was so cold you could hang meat in there. Be advised, if you take this ship, bring sweatpants, sweatshirts, a jacket, mittens and earmuffs. IT IS COLD and three people in my party got sick from it. The second and third floors were a bit warmer. Not much. The Dancers were good but the male lead singer was off key a lot and they had a male comedian who was better than we expected. Gym: The gym was rather lacking; certainly not as well-rounded as RCCL. Also a lot smaller. Has a nice sized steam and sauna and was clean with plenty of towels. Get there early…No TVs on the equipment like RCCL has… Food: Very much to our surprise, the food was very good. We ate in the Platinum restaurant 3 times (our dining room waiter missed a few orders so we bypassed him) and upstairs on the Lido deck the rest of the time. The omelet station server and the pasta station servers were very good. With the exception of the numerous children scurrying around the dining area, the trays and plates and silverware were all clean, drink stations were well organized and the coffee was definitely better than RCCL’s “Seattle’s Best”. Supper Club: ** But the ULTIMATE food experience was at the Supper Club restaurant. For a mere $30.00 per person, we greatly enjoyed an incredibly well-done dining experience. It is by reservation only and had we known about it sooner, we would have dined there several more nights. The service by our head waitress Elena was superb. The entire staff was attentive to every detail of the meal; not once did we have to ask for anything. The food was the best I have had in a long while: the presentation of the food was like artwork; the most delicious lobster bisque, fork-tender filet mignon with grilled vegetables and a trio of deserts and specialties from the chef between each glorious course. And it was not “stuffy” at all; smart casual attire was more than acceptable. I would take another cruise on Glory just for this experience alone. It was that good. I could not close my review on a better note!    

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May 4, 2007

Western Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Western Caribbean Timothy Land We went on the cruise for my sister-n-law's wedding.  The wedding was on the ship, in port, before the cruise departed.  This allowed those who were not able to cruise to attend.  Several of the guests also cruised, including my wife and me.  The wedding went off without a hitch and the reception was fantastic!  The only negative was actually getting

to the terminal.  They advised us to be in the terminal at 10:30am and we were almost late because of the sea of departing guest from the previous cruise and the lack of consistent communication from the parking attendants.  Anyone doing this should plan to be there by 10:00am instead and ignore the middle attendant.  But we eventually were able to get everyone assembled.  This was the largest ship we have cruised on and the layout was a little difficult at first - sometimes we ran into the "can't get there from here" problem.  But after the first two days we had it licked.  The ship was plenty big enough to feel spacious and find a quiet spot even with 3000 passengers.  We have already scheduled a second cruise for June 2008 on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary.  We were lucky enough to be able to travel in a Category 11 suite and it was beautiful.  My mother-n-law also attended and is handicapped.  Her handicapped suite was twice as big as ours and she had plenty of room to maneuver in her scooter in the stateroom and bathroom - even onto the balcony.  We had the latest seating for dinner in the smaller Golden Dining Room.  The food was terrific every night - not a bad meal ever.  Our wait staff were the tops and entertained us nightly.  We also tried the Supper Club, The Emerald Room.  While the food and service were great, we were somewhat disappointed that they did not have a dance floor and live music like we had on The Spirit.  That was the only negative we found on the ship.  The shows and casino were terrific. We missed the late night comedy show but heard it was hilarious - we will make sure to do it next year.  We did a couples massage that was fantastic, but we did it on the formal night and then had to get dressed for dinner.  We will do that again, but earlier in the day and not on the formal night.  I fell asleep it was so relaxing - I think I may have snored, but my wife did too so that was okay.  We were able to relax and watch the sunset for a short while afterwards but then it was off to dinner. We only scheduled two shore excursions - one in Nassau and the deep sea fishing in Cozumel.  The fishing was fantastic - my wife and friend both caught big mahi-mahi.  They were thrilled.  I caught a bigger one last year so I wasn't too upset.  We chose the one in Nassau - the pirate and historic tour because it was handicapped accessible for my mother-n-law.  When we got there it wasn't really handicapped accessible (their idea of accessible was to sit her on the floor of a van).  That wasn't going to happen in this lifetime so we cancelled and were refunded our money by Carnival without a problem.  We looked around at the shops instead but the streets/sidewalks were too narrow and uneven to really accommodate the wheelchair so we took her back pretty quick.  We really enjoyed the Costa Maya port facility with the Lobster House and the pool/shop area.  We took Carnival's advice and did not leave the immediate vicinity in Belize.  I believe this is a newer port for Carnival and it should improve in time to where safety is not as much of an issue.  I can't say enough about the courteousness of the staff - particularly the stewards.  But really, everyone was great - always a smile and willing to help.  We always tip above the recommended amount they put on your sign and sail account.  In fact, my wife always gives some up front to the  room stewards and let's them know of our particular likes/dislikes and this sets the tone for the whole cruise. We never came back to our room when there was not fresh ice and a bottle of wine chilling and our flowers watered.  We also had the bon voyage decoration package and the fruit basket that Carnival sent us (I guess due to the amount we spent on the wedding and the cruises for everybody).  It really was a nice touch.     

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Apr 13, 2007

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean MaryAnne My family and I just returned yesterday from our cruise and I thought I should immediately write while everything is still fresh in my mind. First you should complete your Fun pass information online before you even step out your door. It makes checking in easier for everyone. Also you will be able to book excursions and see what each excursion costs.

Our cruise left on April 14th, and for us it was even more wonderful because our state and most of the east coast was hit with a terrible rain storm and we got out just in time. The ship is large and sometimes confusing to get around. Once we got the hang of it we loved it. I suggest picking up a Carnival Glory Deck Plan card. It shows each deck and where all the restaurants, staterooms, clubs, etc. My children did not want to get off this ship! My 11 year old LOVED the Camp Carnival. Every night after dinner she was there until 12:00PM. I know it is late but all the kids were there. She met a wonderful little girl from Australia and they exchanged emails. My 16 year old brought a friend with her and they felt independent and loved every minute of this cruise. I think the food was very good. I tried 2 different fish dishes. Mahi Mahi and Grouper. They were fabulous and beautiful to look at. Pasta dishes were also delicious. My husband and I went to The Emerald Club one evening and it was lovely. It does cost $30 a person and then with drinks it does add up but the food is delicious, very special. Beautiful cuts of filet, veal and lamb chops to die for! Our first stop was Nassau. I did not book an excursion for this stop thinking we would be too tired. I was right! We took a cab ride to a local beach on Paradise Island. I still can't get over the color of the water and how crystal clear it was. The ship was leaving at 2:00PM so we only had a few hours but it was enough for our first day. In St. Thomas I booked the barefoot beach and snorkel. We took a catamaran out to a secluded cove that was picture perfect. After the crew instructed everyone how to wear the gear we all jumped in and they took us on a guided tour. We saw the most beautiful sea turtles eating sea grass, spotted stingrays rare) and schools of purple, blue and striped fish. The water temperature was perfect. The crew on this excursion were allot of fun. On the ride back there was rum punch, beer or sodas. It was a perfect excursion. In St. Maarten we booked the resort beach break. A van took us to this beach - about a 15 minute ride. We arrived at 9:00AM and were picked up at 1:00PM. Plenty of time to enjoy the beach. It was very relaxing and very hot! I was glad that I booked the morning beach break because by 1:00 it was steamy! Lunch was also included and was very good. Barbecue chicken, ribs, pasta salad, bean salad, fruit. Also two beverages. Again a wonderful excursion and St. Maarten is just so beautiful. Our fun days at sea were just that. Plenty to do or not to do. Just find a chair and stare out at that big, beautiful sea. It was a bit rough a few nights but not too bad. We did not have a problem with it but our next door neighbors did. I brought some motion sickness pills and gave them a few and then they were fine. The comedians on this ship were great. They are on late and for good reason. Their shows are rated R and are hysterical. I thought the dancers in the shows were great, the singers were not. I only went to one show and that was enough. Our cruise director Wee Jimmy was very entertaining and cute. I know that every cruise ship does there version of the match game but the one on this ship was fabulous. Laugh out loud funny. My husband went to the gym every day and I went once. Ha ha. It is a very nice facility and has more then enough equipment. The spa looked wonderful but I did want to spend more money than I had already. My husband bought me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings in the ship store. We spoke to someone who was experienced shopper and she said the prices were great. 45% plus another 25% on the second to last day of cruise. My husband got a good deal on a watch that he found at the beach resort shop. It was $20 less than the ships price so he was happy. The negative part of this cruise for me was the dismemberment. It was painful. We stood in line for 1 1/2 hours. Part of the problem I think is that the people who were taking the luggage off by themselves were suppose to get off first. Then the people who had checked their luggage would get off. When they called us (checked luggage people) there were all these people dragging their big suitcases with them. I have been on cruises out of Port Everglades and I have never had this experience before so I don't think we will take a cruise out of Port Canaveral again. Overall a great cruise. When we sailed out of St. Maarten at 6:00PM there were two other ships ahead of us. After the sun set the three ships were all lit up, the stars were out and the moon was shining. It was breathtaking and my family and I knew that we were very lucky to be where we were that night.    

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Dec 2, 2006

Western Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Western Caribbean Patti Knight Just got off of the Glory yesterday and I have a feeling I'll be in with drawl for quite a few days!! Day 1 - Embarkation was an absolute BREEZE!!! We arrived at the port at 11:15 and we were onboard having lunch by noon. Port Canaveral has their act together when it comes to getting you onboard quickly. We headed directly to the Lido Deck for a drink

and to try an accustom ourselves to the layout of the ship. (I was still trying to do this yesterday!!). Thank GOD for the floor maps on every deck. The ship is beautiful and extremely clean. People are cleaning all the time!!! We had lunch on the Lido Deck - Red Sail Buffet - always a great selection and I thought the food was very good. (Ate at the Deli once and it was exceptionally good and didn't care for the Fish and Chips, even though many rave about it). We were in our stateroom shortly after the ship left port and had all of our luggage by 5:00. Our room was 7368 (Balcony Room on the Empress Deck). It's fun to be on deck as you sail out of Port Canaveral. There will be plenty of people lining the exit to wave you off to paradise. Our dinner seating was the Platinum Dining Room (lower level) - late seating. Our wait staff consisted of Julio from Panama and Tomas from Lithuania. I will just say that we "fell in love" with the two of them and shed a few tears last night as we posed for photos and kissed them goodbye. They were WONDERFUL!!!! As for the Dining Room food - I thought it was very good, but then again, I'm not extremely hard to please. The portions are small, but they will bring you as much as you want. I usually ordered two appetizers every night. If you end up hungry, it's your own fault! The ship is massive! We felt a little movement a couple of evenings and the most movement was actually last night between Nassau and Florida - lots of wind. I took a Bonine every morning at breakfast and felt not the slightest nausea on the entire trip. Day 2 - At Sea - Today was spent on deck in the sun. Lots of tropical drinks, and my favorite was the "KISS ON THE LIPS". Frozen drink with peach and mango and who knows what else, but it is AWESOME!! This was our first formal night. This is also a great night for the photo opps. Be prepared to spend a nice little chunk on those photos - they're hard to pass up. Day 3 - Cozumel - This was our shopping day. Our daughter had her hair braided for $20 and we spent a couple of hours at Senor Frogs. There was a group of 8 of us and the wait staff seemed drawn to us for some reason. They were dancing with us, posing for photos and we even had other tourists taking photos of US with the waiters. It was a fun time, but don't go there if you embarrass easily. They say this is the place where children will be embarrassed by their parents. Shop keepers are a little pushy, but nothing like what you'll see in Nassau. Tell them "no thanks" and keep walking and they'll leave you alone. Bartering will work here once you get away from the main area. My best friend bought an $1500 ring for $100. Day 4 - Belize - This was an overcast day with very choppy water. Carnival cancelled all Snorkeling Excursions. Luckily, we had scheduled ours through Coral Breeze. We went ahead and took the tender in and arrived at the Wet Lizard expecting them to tell us that our tour was cancelled, but it wasn't. We were told that Carnival often cancels, but ours went off without a hitch. We snorkeled for 45 minutes off of Caye Caulker - saw beautiful reef areas, colorful fish, a moray eel, conch shells (which our guide dove down and brought to the surface for us to photograph), and a barracuda. We then moved to another area called Shark/Ray Alley where we swam with the rays. Our guides fed them sardines and then lifted them for us to pet. At one point, I look under water and saw DOZENS of them swimming beneath my feet. We then had lunch on Caye Caulker and explored this quaint little island - no automobiles, only bicycles. Then, back to Belize City and our tender back out to the ship. Actually glad we did the tour, because my sister-in-law who stayed on board said that it was windy and rainy and she was BORED aboard ship!!! (She had planned to layout all day and couldn't). This was the night we did the Emerald Room (Supper Club). All I can say is - DON'T MISS THIS!!! It is so worth doing!!!! The staff, the presentation and the meal were just the best I've ever experienced. Wednesday - Costa Maya - This was the best day of the entire cruise. We scheduled the Jungle Beach Break through Carnival at $40 per person. We went into Costa Maya, visited the little shops and got a great buy on a tanzanite ring because I left my credit card on the ship. I told the shop keeper I'd go back and get my credit card, but he didn't want to let me leave. By the time I was done, I got my $800 ring for $80 cash. (Be ready to barter). We took a 1/2 drive by bus to Uvero Beach where we staked out our spot on the beach and enjoyed paradise for six hours. If you walk through the grassy area in the water, you'll find HUGE starfish - dark red in the water. My sister-in-law had six in her hands at one time, each one the size of a salad plate. We also enjoyed massages on the beach - $25 for 40 minutes - and the best I've ever had! I've spent well over $100 for a massage that was no better than this!! It was AWESOME!! Also, if you want a cute Jungle Beach Break t-shirt, buy it from Israel - a little local cutie selling them along the beach for $10. By 3:30, we were back on the bus and back to Costa Maya to get back aboard our "home". Thursday - Day at Sea - and for us, another day of sun and fun on the LIDO deck. My brother entered the SURVIVOR contest and finished 2nd, so we had lots of laughs over that. Thursday night was our 2nd formal night. We had our photos taken with our wait staff and also had formal black and white photos taken. These black and white photos were the best we had taken the entire week. After dinner, we changed into more comfy clothes and danced the night away at WHITE HEAT. Tonight's theme was 70's - 80's music. Fun place to be if you enjoy a good DJ and dancing. This was the one night that the family managed to keep me up past midnight. We finished the night with a drink under the stars on the LIDO deck before dragging ourselves back to our room. Friday - Nassau - This was my least favorite port. People were extremely pushy!!! We did make it to the Straw Market where I purchased 5 designer knock-off purses and then headed back to the ship. l If they won't bargain with you, move to the next booth and they will. I purchased 2 Kate Spade, 1 Coach and 2 Prada bags for a total of $140. Each bag STARTED at $60, but the more I bought, the more she willing to "negotiate". This was our last night with our friends in the Dining Room. Our waiters sang "Leaving On a Jet Plane" to us and had all of us women in tears. We had our luggage in the hallway by 11:00 p.m. and got a good nights sleep in the roughest seas of the week. Saturday - We woke this morning at 7:00 and sadly, we were sitting in port. We dressed, had one last breakfast in dining room and then left the ship when our tag color was called. Disembarking was just as simple as embarking. This was my first cruise and I have nothing to compare to, but I can say that I was extremely impressed with the ship, the staff and just about everything. I'm ready to plan another one NOW!!! If you have any questions, ask away and I'll do my best to answer.    

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Nov 18, 2006

Western Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Western Caribbean Paul This cruise review is based on the experiences of our entire group that consisted of my parents (ages 67 & 61), my wife and I (ages 43 & 41), my wife’s mother (age 60), and our two children (a daughter age 15 & a son age 12). My parents have cruised over a dozen times on all of the major lines including Carnival before. My wife and I have 5 previous cruises

on both Carnival and Royal Caribbean. My wife’s mother and our children have had 2 previous cruises, both on Carnival. At the conclusion of this cruise it was unanimous by all persons that this was the least enjoyable cruise we had taken. That doesn’t mean that it was terrible but that it didn’t stack up to previous trips. We all are avid cruisers but found this one lacking. We booked this cruise for its schedule, price and ports of call. None of us had ever been to Belize and most of us enjoy Cozumel, which made this a no brain-er to book. We drove to Cocoa Beach the day before and stayed at a local hotel that offered a special that allowed us to park our cars at the hotel for the week and they arranged a shuttle to and from the port. We attempted to book with the Hampton Inn (which had a couple of favorable reviews) but found it booked. We settled on the La Quinta Inn, which is a mile or two farther down the strip. The room for the night cost $89 + taxes and included the week of parking, shuttle rides for everyone to and from the port and a mini breakfast served in the morning. Parking at the port costs $12 per day, which adds up to $84 total. If you are planning to stay the night before, I recommend one of these packages as they save a bunch of money. The La Quinta was nothing special from a facility standpoint but the staff was excellent and very helpful. The staff had us park right in front of the registration window with our cars in sight, this made us feel good about leaving our cars here for a week. The breakfast is primarily continental with a couple of hot items that you can warm or make yourself (warm up pre-cooked egg patties and sausage and cook yourself waffles). The shuttle was scheduled for an 11:30 am pickup and was provided thru Cocoa Beach Shuttles. The shuttle arrived at exactly 11:30 and the driver loaded our luggage. With one other stop to pick up another couple, we arrived at the port at noon. It was already busy. We unloaded our luggage with the porters (this is an additional cost of $1.00 per bag in cash only). You can only take small bags thru the port yourself, the same size that will fit as carry on luggage at the airport as they have to go thru the x-ray scan at the port also. I recommend that you take at least one bag as a carry on. You may not get your luggage until after dinner, so pack this bag with things you might need in the first 12 hours (toiletries, swim suits, sun screen, dinner clothes, etc.). Embarkation: This was by far the worse embarkation we have had ever. The port building was simply overwhelmed. We usually arrive about noon and never have had a problem but this time there was a line to enter the port that moved very slowly and each stop in the port had a slow moving line. The line to get in was to have carry on luggage x-rayed; this was as slow as an airport security station. They only had one scanner at the entrance nearest to the porters. Later we found out that there are 2 scanners at the other end and they moved a bit faster. Then we entered the “main” line to check in. This lasted almost 50 min. We finally arrived on ship at 1:35 after over an hour and a half in lines. This cruise had over 800 children as it was over Thanksgiving and this added to the overall number of people. This cruise had a total of over 3400 cruisers and the normal number is about 2800. I imagine that Christmas cruises are also like this, you may want to plan accordingly. Cabins: Our group had 2 inside cabins and one balcony cabin. The two inside cabins are listed as the same size as the balconies but seem much smaller. They seemed smaller than other inside cabins that we have had in the past. The design seemed poor and didn’t maximize space. The balcony room had the same size bathroom but also had a sofa and more open space. My wife and I never pay the additional price for a balcony as we spend very little time in the room. The price is at least 50% higher per person for a balcony so don’t pay for one unless you plan to use it. The bathroom is closet sized with a shower, stool and a counter with a sink. The shower had shampoo and body wash dispensers filled with Dove shampoo and Lever 2000 body wash. We have seen these before but the products were always generic and of poor quality. The bathroom was also stocked with a male and female blade shaver and other travel toiletries that are not restocked during the cruise. The room has plenty (maybe too much?) closet and cabinet space. levels and they take up most of the 3rd and 4th deck. The rear dining room can only be accessed from the rear staircase/elevator area. If you are on the 3rd or 4th deck in the front and want to go to the rear dining room, you must go up to the 5th deck walk to the rear of the ship then descend to the 3rd or 4th deck (depending which deck your table is on). Of course we had the rear dining room and had to do this multiple time. Not a smart design in our minds. The ship is large and even with the large number of children, it didn’t seem over run. There were available deck chairs on sea days and the buffet lines were long but not excessively so. There are adult only hot tubes but we found children in them frequently, especially after 9pm as the hot tubs open to children closed at 9pm. Carnival has a “strict” no saving policy for deck chairs and lounge seating but we found saving going on all the time and Carnival did nothing about it. Go to the Captain's party, there is plenty of free drinks and finger food. The wait staff drop full glasses on your table when your current glass is less than half full as long as you want to drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available - you have to take what they serve, no orders). Previous cruisers also get invited to a similar party on another evening, take advantage of this if your invited. Camp Carnival & Club O2: These are the kid and teenage group’s setup by age. My son was in the 12-14 year old camp carnival which he didn’t enjoy much. He said the activities were “lame”. He did try the PS2 games which he said were old and boring. They had a foosball table but they couldn’t have access to it much as other ages were booked in the room that had the table but they didn’t use it. He spent a lot of time with the ping-pong table when it wasn’t too windy (tables are on an open deck with only partial covering and wind block). Club O2 is for teens age 15-17 and my daughter did many activities with them. They had contests with prizes and she won a number of these. She did say that some were boring but she could and did leave them if she didn’t enjoy them. They have both been in Camp Carnival before and enjoyed it a bunch. This time they didn’t but this may be because they are getting older or there were too many children for the staff. Entertainment: Here was a major disappointment. The shows and singers were at the best mediocre and at worst horrible. Our entire group usually enjoys most of the cruise entertainment but we found ourselves leaving early or sitting through a mildly entertaining show. The first “Broadway show” called Living in America was nothing special and the singing was mediocre if not poor. My kids and parents left early, my wife and I held out thinking it would improve. It didn’t. Another night featured an “illusionist” called Justin Illusion. His “illusions” didn’t fool many and my 12 year old son figured out how most tricks were done and in one we could all see a hidden door open behind a screen as a woman “disappeared” thru it. His show did feature loud music and some impressive dancing. If you came for the illusions, you will be disappointed but if you like music and dancing, you will enjoy. Again, my wife’s mother left early but the kids, wife and I held out. My parents didn’t even go. Another act featured a juggler/comic. My wife and I were the only ones who went as the previous experiences had discouraged the rest. This act was pretty good. The juggler was impressive as well as a decent comedian. His show should be rated PG-13 as he used some adult language but nothing too racy. Another show featured a comic named Greg Ray. His show was good and he came back the next night for a midnight adult’s only show. We usually skip the adult comedy as it typically is a string of 4 letter words and not very funny except to the intoxicated. His adult show was better than the family show and we found ourselves laughing frequently. He never used an expletive but the subject matter was very adult. The second “Broadway” show was called “Rock on Broadway” and this one was good but not great. The songs favored the singer’s talents better than the first. The dancers were good for both but that only carries one so far. The cruise director (Dana Hodgson) didn’t impress us either. He was only present for the major shows and frequently left things to his assistant (who was more animated and dynamic). He has a professional voice and sounds great as a presenter but didn’t have that infectious attitude that we were used to from previous cruise directors. He seemed to be just doing through the motions. Most cruises have frequent announcements that become annoying. This cruise went too far in the other direction. The most common announcement was calling people to contact the purser’s deck. We found a number of confused cruisers who didn’t know what was going on from a lack of information and this related to the lack of announcements. We came into ports late a number of times with no announcement that we were late or why. This was followed by the usual 30 minute delay before people could disembark with no announcement. As experienced cruisers we expected the delay but others didn’t and became frustrated. Food: The food was mediocre. Cooking for large numbers has its limitations but this was the poorest food over all that we have experienced. The dining room food looked impressive on the menu but usually failed to impress. It was generally tasteless or bland. The desserts, which have been good on previous cruises, were also bland and lacked imagination. My wife lives for the dining room desserts and she left disappointed most nights. The buffets were average but didn’t impress either. The most impressive food came from the pizzeria and the deli. We all would recommend either of these and we ended up eating at either or both of these for lunch and skipped the buffet lines. The deli serves a number of impressive sandwiches from hot turkey, pastrami on rye and Rubens to cold tuna and smoked salmon on a bagel. The desserts served at lunch were generally better and with more choices then at dinner. The last day featured a chocolate buffet at lunch and was very good. The dining room service was exceptional. This is a highlight for our group and our servers didn’t disappoint. Our headwaiter Vinod (from India) and waiter Carlito (from the Philippines) went above and beyond. As recommended in other reviews, we provided a tip on the first night ($20 to the head waiter and $10 to the waiter, from the entire table). We always received our service and food first (they had 3 other tables). The singing and dancing provided by the waiters always occurred in front of our table and my children got up and danced with them on a couple of nights. I don’t know if this was because of the first night tip but I will continue to employ this. We also tipped on the last night as they did an exceptional job as well as the tips included for each cruiser on our sign and sail account. Cozumel: This port was beat up last fall by a hurricane. The original port built a few years ago with a large shopping area was completely destroyed and is being rebuilt. We landed at the international port which still shows heavy damage. It has a number of shops but not as many or as nice as the destroyed port. The shop people seemed more aggressive than if the past. It was very windy which caused the majority of the excursions to be cancelled. All of the water, scuba and boating excursions were cancelled and Carnival refunded them without any action needed on the part of the cruiser. 4 from our group had the dolphin encounter scheduled and this wasn’t cancelled but they were given the option as the platform that the program used was moving a lot in the 4-6 foot swells and all 4 decided to cancel and Carnival refunded this without question. We applaud Carnival for this. My wife and I decided to walk from the pier to town (which was 2.5 miles). We like to walk and found this to be a wonderful walk. We saw up close the damage done by last year’s hurricane. We shopped down the entire strip and found the shops here to also be more aggressive than in the past (which we hate). We ended up not shopping as much as we had planned and only went in the major shops. Don’t miss Los Cinco Soles or Viva Mexico down at the end of the strip. Both have great quality and prices. We paid more than some of the little shops but found the quality of the merchandise to be far better. If shopping in a small shop, don’t forget to bargain. Usually the price will drop 2 or 3 times on your more expensive stuff. Jewelry and items priced over $50 can most often be talked down 25-50% especially if you start to walk away after appearing interested. Know your prices also, we found many stores overcharging by 200-300% on silver and gold chains. The prices came down quick but an uninformed shopper could over pay easily. The best prices and selection we found at Cozumel. Belize: This port is very shallow and requires a long tender ride (loading people onto smaller boats and riding into port). The ride was 10-12 minutes in rough seas, don’t port here if the seas are rough and you have a sensitive stomach to motion. We arrived late and again didn’t have any information ahead of time and we were left waiting for the ship to start unloading which was delayed further by Carnival unloading all of its excursions first. My mother and mother-in-law scheduled a Belize city tour (Sights and Sounds of Belize) and had to meet early in the Palace Lounge. They waited almost 2 hours as the ship was late and Carnival forgot their group and they missed their tender. Carnival did get them a tender and a tour once they recognized their error as well as refunding the cost of the entire tour for the inconvenience. They enjoyed the tour, especially for free. They did say it would have been worth the cost. We booked the Cave Tubing tour outside of Carnival as many of the cruise tours we have booked in the past failed to live up to the hype and/or cost. We booked with www.cave-tubing.com due to the positive reviews. We were not disappointed. We all agreed that this was the single best port excursion that we have ever done. The tour does require an hour bus ride to the site and a 40 min. walk thru the rain forest. The walk isn't difficult but it is over uneven ground and has a waist deep water crossing near the beginning. If you can't walk 1.5-2 miles carrying your own tube without a rest, this may not be the tour for you. We had a couple of people that had difficulty keeping up. The guides arranged us in groups of 5-10, linked us together on tubes with a guide for each group and off we went with lights on our heads. I would recommend a larger waterproof light as well as a waterproof camera. The water is cool but not cold and only fast running in a couple of spots. The guide points out things of interest as well as pulls you down stream in the slow spots. You will also learn the meaning of the term "butts up" very quickly. You exit the river after about 30 min at the same location as the waist deep water crossing and walk a couple of hundred yards back to the main area. There is a nice bathhouse and changing area but no lockers. After a 45 min stop for lunch ($5 for chicken stew on rice and beans) on the way back you arrive back at the Belize port. The guides were all very personable and had excellent stories to tell. Our group had Lionel and he was awesome, Thanks Lionel (and Keith, the main guide and Tigre, the very skilled bus driver). We saw a Carnival group at the caves and they had a group of about 50 people and no guides, just dumped in the water and left you to go by yourself with a few people pointing the way in the caves. The port area and shopping isn't very developed and not impressive. Don't think your going to spend the day shopping, book a tour here or you will be disappointed. The area is economically depressed and not cruiser friendly. Costa Maya: What a disappointment. This port is a pier and shopping port built in the middle of nowhere. The shopping area took us only a couple of hours to get through and we didn't find many good deals. Prices higher than Cozumel and only the flea market tent in the middle did any price bargaining. There were a couple of very talented painters; one with spray cans and the other with his fingers, selling paintings that were reasonable. I recommend booking a tour here or plan on lying on the beach. Nassau: This is our third visit to this port but found it to be much improved over earlier visits. We haven't been here in about 4 years and the place looks better and more visually appealing. The shops and people didn't try to pull us of the street as in years past and the prices were still good (not great). We spent most of the day taking a walking tour around downtown and stopping in any store that interested us. The locals were very friendly. I did talk to some people who went to the Atlantis and were very disappointed. After the taxi ride, they had to pay to get in and couldn't do anything but look at the lobby unless they paid more. Disembarkation: Another mess. I had purchased 2 liters of vodka from the ship gift shop during the cruise and was told that it would be delivered Friday night (they don't want you drinking the cheap stuff on board). Come Saturday at 6:30am, no Vodka. I called the pursers desk but was told no one from the gift shop would be available until 7am. By 7:30, still nothing. Another call but no help, "please wait" I was told. We had been told the night before that disembarkation would begin about 7:30. No word until 8:20 when they told everyone that there was a hold up (I think we figured that out already) and to leave your staterooms and wait in a public area. I called the purser again and was told to wait, still no response from the gift shop. Wait where, I am being kicked out of my room. At the purser's desk (if you have been on a cruise before you know that the purser's desk is a poorly controlled mob during disembarkation). Near 9am, with luggage in tow, I get a purser who informs me that my Vodka is waiting for me at the gift shop and to go pick it up (not very customer service oriented). I went up to the gift shop, doors locked and not one around. Waited and finally found someone in the clothing gift shop behind a locked door, guess what??? He has my Vodka, not in the shop I bought it in, but all the way on the other side of the ship. We arrive in the Amber Palace to wait for our luggage tag color to be called. Disembarkation began during my Vodka adventure but I don't know exactly when. At 9:30 our tag color is called with 2 others. We wait thru customs and finally arrive at the luggage terminal. The luggage is going around on an airport type baggage carousel but all the luggage in our group has a different color tag. I inquired about our luggage color and was told that when people take off the current luggage then more will be put on the belt and ours should come out then (huh?, why call our color if its not ready?). We waited about 20 min watching the luggage until ours started showing up. This seemed like a very unorganized system. We did like the luggage carousel rather than the old system of placing all the luggage in rows on the floor and let people paw thru it to find their own. At 10:30 we were out of the building an off to the shuttle loading area. Our shuttle was waiting for us and took us directly to the La Quinta where our cars where in perfect order and waiting. Overall: We found the crew to be very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the same can't be said of other cruisers. We found this cruise to contain a much larger number of rude and inconsiderate people than others in the past. People were rude to other cruisers, the staff and at port. At the elevators, people would walk up and get on an elevator if the door opened and not allow people who had been waiting longer to get on. My mother recently had both of her knees replaced and she can't do stairs and doesn't walk fast, a number of times she lost an elevator to an able body person/group that cut in front of her. Carnival has a motto to exceed your expectations and when adding everything up, they failed to do this. We have had much better cruises on Carnival and other lines than this one. It maybe that the cruise market is getting saturated and for them to compete on price they have to cut some corners. This was the cheapest costing cruise we have taken and we got what we paid for.  

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Nov 18, 2006

Western Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Western Caribbean Tom Westermeyer This was our second cruise on Glory and the ship continues to meet our expectations. We board in Port Canaveral but get ready for some long lines and were still on board within 40 minutes. We booked a wheelchair accessible balcony room for our adult paraplegic son and it was EXCELLENT. Someone has given Carnival guidance on what is actually needed

! My wife and I enjoyed another balcony room identical to our previous cruise. As usual the main dinning room was our favorite experience. I always get a kick out of everyone feeling they have the BEST wait staff. Our favorites are the sea foods (especially the lobster, order 2 tails) but I was also impressed with the steaks and prime rib. The desserts are always interesting and we liked the chocolate melting cake. The buffets offer a variety of nice choices but we like to take advantage of the sit down privileges for breakfast and lunch. The Fish n' Chips is also excellent. The seas were very rough and the ship was quite rocky but who cares we were on vacation. We always enjoy the singers and dancers but we skip any kind of magic or comedy act. The was an Elvis impersonator on board and he actually gave a matinee show that I was impressed with. We really felt like relaxing so skipped all shore excursions and just enjoyed some shopping. In regard to both of our cruises on Glory... we love it ! Our cabin stewards do their usual fine job. How nice it is to come back to a clean room and slip under that wonderful comforter. We are taking our second Glory Eastern Caribbean cruise with friends (first time cruisers) and are already counting the days. Just a final personal opinion... we enjoy the Eastern over Western.  

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Sep 22, 2006

Western Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Western Caribbean Sherry We just returned home from a wonderful cruise!! I used this site a lot when planning our cruise so I wanted to send a review. The Glory was beautiful! A grand ship. We selected this ship because of the itinerary. The western Caribbean is so beautiful especially Costa Maya. On the ship there is so much to do –activities for anyone no matter what you prefer

there are different types of live music all around the ship. Games galore. Spa & salon are awesome – Amy in the salon was very knowledgeable about my hair & skin and did a great job with my hair. The room steward was very attentive to our request (even tied my husband’s ties) Make sure you eat in the dining room the food is excellent & the service great. We met some wonderful people and had good conversations about the day’s activities. Open seating breakfast in the dining room is delicious. We did this the mornings at sea. Cozumel is good for shopping. We didn’t do a tour here just shopped. Costa Maya- the water was beautiful- We booked a tour thru costa-maya-tours.com and had an excellent experience. When we got off the ship we followed the blue butterflies to the taxis and we were taken to the Tequila Beach club( nice place to eat outside, lockers for your things and clean restrooms) We met Otto our tour agent – He introduced us to Reesa our tour guide of the Ranch ( horseback riding thru the jungle – it was so much fun –she taught us a lot about Mayan people and their village) , then back to the club- Otto had arranged for me to go to the school and talk to the kids about dental health and give out toothbrushes. This was great- I had read some reviews about taking supplies to the kids but in later reviews they stated that the ships would not let you anymore. I had no problems taking 100 toothbrushes & stickers in a backpack off the ship. I think that if you wanted to help you could. Back to the TBC for snorkeling- the water was so clear and the fish were so abundant. The reef was damaged in last year’ hurricane but the good weather this year is helping it flourish again. This is an awesome snorkeling site the reef is only ½ mile from the dock. Perfect for beginners like us. The snorkeling guides were great we even got some great pictures & movies of our adventure on DVD. I would highly recommend this tour. In Belize we booked a tour with Carnival- this is a tendered port and Carnival tours exit first. The tour was great- River Wallace & Altan Ha ruins. It is 6 ½ tour. The river was abundant with plants, trees and wildlife, the village stop was fun I bought 2 bottles of Belizean wine (free samples there) you can go thru customs with 1 bottle of wine & one bottle of other liquor. The ruins were well worth the trip. The tour guide Joyce was so knowledgeable about Mayan culture and the area. She made is educational & fun. Recommend if you want to see excavated & unexcavated ruins and the area. Must on the ship: the game newlywed not so newlywed we laughed so hard; the chocolate buffet watch the capers because it is not announced; the legends show on the last night; the deck parties at night; the sushi bar and the karaoke club The ship has lots of places to relax and enjoy the views and music (large plush sofas and chairs along in the lobby and along the boulevard. If you want to communicate with the outside world (i.e., kids use the internet café or your own laptop around the ship) Thanks for other reviews – this was an awesome ship and itinerary. Sherry & Mark  

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Sep 1, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Cathy Although we have not gone our cruise yet (Sept 2, 06) we were very interested in the spa prices so we could book our treatments prior to sailing and plan for the expense. I contacted Carnival Cruise Lines customer service and they sent the following price list. Hope it helps others as much as it did us. Spa Carnival: Hair and Nail Rituals The prices below

are subject to change and may vary slightly from ship to ship; services may not be available at all times on all ships. Shampoo and Style Dry Short hair $ 30.00 Medium length $ 35.00 Long hair $ 45.00 Shampoo, Trim or Restyle and Style Dry Short hair $ 52.00 Medium length $ 65.00 Long hair $ 70.00 Hair Up Styles w/o shampoo and style dry$ 30.00 w/ shampoo and style dry $ 45.00 Men's Wet Cut (only) $ 23.00 Beard Trim $ 10.00 Comb Out $ 15.00 Fringe Trim $ 10.00 Shampoo (no style dry) $ 15.00 Corn Braid (x 1) $ 3.00 Corn Braid with Bead (x 1) $ 5.00 Corn Braid Full Head (short)$ 90.00 Corn Braid Full Head (med) $180.00 Corn Braid Full Head (long) $270.00 Elemis Frangipani Hair and Scalp Treatment (add style dry) $ 26.00 Men's Trim or Restyle and Style Dry $ 29.00 Semi-Permanent Color and Style Dry short hair $ 49.00 med length $ 54.00 long hair $ 59.00 Permanent Color (roots only) and Style Dry short hair $ 64.00 med length $ 69.00 long hair $ 79.00 Permanent Color (full head) and Style Dry short hair $ 84.00 med length $ 94.00 long hair $104.00 Highlights and Style Dry short hair $ 79.00 med length $ 89.00 long hair $ 99.00 Partial Highlights (add style dry) per packet $ 3.00 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Tips and Toes Ritual ** Please check for availability of these services on your cruise. Repolish $ 15.00 Traditional Manicure $ 25.00 Elemis Exotic Hand Ritual (incl manicure)$ 40.00 French Spa Treatment for the Hands $ 28.00 Traditional Pedicure $ 40.00 Sole Delight Foot Ritual (incl pedicure) $ 55.00 Foot and Ankle Massage $ 35.00 Nail Fix $ 10.00 Acrylic Nails - Full Set (fills only) $ 40.00 Acrylic Nails - Full Set $ 75.00 Paraffin Wax (add) $ 15.00 Spa Carnival: Spa Rituals The prices below are subject to change and may vary slightly from ship to ship; services may not be available at all times on all ships. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Face Rituals ** Please check for availability of these services on your cruise. Conquest/Glory Elemis Aromapure Facial $ 99.00 $109.00 Elemis Aromapure Time for Men Facial $ 99.00 $109.00 La Therapie Back Treatment $ 99.00 $109.00 La Therapie Hydralift Facial $ 99.00 $109.00 La Therapie Intensif Vitamin Anti-Oxidant Treatment (add only to the Hydralift Facial)**$ 25.00 $ 30.00 La Therapie Intensif Age Zone Treatment ** $ 25.00 $ 30.00 Add any 2 treatments below to the Hydralift Facial .. Hydra Lip Intensif .. Intensif Eye Treatment .. Hydra Neck Intensif .. Hydra Peel Hand Treatment ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Body Rituals ** Please check for availability of these services on your cruise. Conquest/Glory Well Being Back Massage (25 minutes) $ 65.00 n/a Well Being Massage (50 minutes) $ 99.00 n/a Swedish Massage (25 minutes) n/a $ 72.00 Swedish Massage (50 minutes) $ 99.00 $109.00 Elemis Absolute Face & Body Treatment $160.00 $176.00 Couples Massage $220.00 $242.00 The Spa Taster $ 99.00 $109.00 Reflexology ** $ 99.00 $109.00 Japanese Shiatsu Body Massage ** $ 99.00 $109.00 Deep Tissue Sports Therapy Massage** $105.00 $116.00 Body Glisten Granule Rub w/ Back Massage$127.00 $141.00 Body Glisten Granule Rub w/ Well Being Massage$160.00 $178.00 Elemis Total Glow Tanning Treatment $127.00 $141.00 Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy ** $159.00 $175.00 Deck Massage in chair (15 minutes) $ 15.00 $ 15.00 Deck Massage on table (25 minutes) $ 65.00 $ 72.00 Sun Bed (x 1 treatment) ** $ 17.00 $ 21.00 Sun bed (x 3 treatments) ** $ 43.00 $ 52.00 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Exotics ** Please check for availability of these services on your cruise. Conquest/ Glory Aromaspa Ocean Wrap ** $115.00 $127.00 Aromaspa Ocean-Wrap&Well Being Massage $205.00 $228.00 Aromaspa Ocean-Wrap&Well Being Back Massage$158.00 $176.00 Ionithermie Algae Detox $119.00 $132.00 Ionithermie Algae Detox (course of 3) $297.00 $330.00 Float (add) ** $ 15.00 $ 15.00 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fitness ** Please check for availability of these services on your cruise. Conquest/Glory Personal Training (1 hour) $ 75.00 $ 75.00 Personal Training (course of 3)$191.00 $191.00 Pilate's Training (1 hour) ** $ 75.00 $ 75.00 Zone Diet Training (1 hour) ** $ 75.00 $ 75.00 Body Composition Analysis $ 30.00 $ 30.00 Pilate's Class $ 10.00 $ 10.00 Yoga Class $ 10.00 $ 10.00 Kick Boxing Class $ 10.00 $ 10.00 Cycling Class $ 10.00 $ 10.00 Chakra Balancing Capsule (25 min)** $ 45.00 $ 45.00 Chakra Balancing Capsule (50 min)** $ 60.00 $ 60.00 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Water Rituals ** Please check for availability of these services on your cruise. Conquest/Glory Bathing Ritual ** $ 29.00 $ 32.00 Thank you for choosing Carnival Cruise Lines and we look forward to welcoming you aboard. Cordially, Carnival Cruise Lines Online Community

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Aug 18, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Casey Let me first start by saying this was our first cruise. Our family of four sailed on the Carnival Glory and had a ball. (We sailed to Eastern Caribbean) The ship was awesome. We were able to board about 12:30 which was a surprise to us since we were told about 1:30. We booked two connecting ocean room staterooms and this was well worth the money. I have two

teenage sons. I found this website to be helpful about tips. Our luggage arrived in our cabins about 6:30 pm that night, so you definitely want to pack a small overnight bag to change for dinner. The first night everybody is in casual attire because luggage is still showing up in staterooms as late as 8:00pm. The 2 formal night are Sunday and Thursday. Most men were wearing suits and women were in pantsuits or dresses, I did not see many tuxedos or cocktails dresses. My 2 sons wore suits the 1st night, and shirt and ties on second formal night. We packed kind of heavy and I would not do this on my next cruise. After dinner we would change into casual clothes. For women, 3 pairs of dress pants would be plenty, just change the tops, same for men. I did bring a dress with a blazer that worked for both formal nights. We loved all the ports. We did one excursion on St. Thomas that we booked with Carnival. I did not care for it. We paid $200 to snorkel and found that it was not worth the money, plus it was not the 3 hours they promised. It was about 1 hour after they got you off the ship, on to the bus, to the dive shop, then to the public beach. We had a much better time on our own. we took a water taxi in Nassau over to Paradise Island. A family of four was $24 round trip. My boys loved the beach. In St. Marten we took the water taxi again, $20 round trip and you can go back and forth to the ship as many times as you like on this $20. My husband and boys rented jet skis for $45 each for 45 minutes. They had a ball and it was way better than the $200 I spent to snorkel. We found we were much better off doing our own thing. The food on the ship was good. I found dinner to be better than average. As far as the buffets, they are just that: Buffets: They have your standard fare. Plenty of food. Most mornings we ate in the Platinum dinning room instead of buffet. My boys used room service a lot, the only thing they charge you for are sodas and any alcoholic beverages, other than that it is free. If you drink anything out of the in room fridge, they do charge. Be prepare to have you photos taken a lot. Every time I turned around they are taking your pictures. You do not have to buy them, but I'm a sucker for photos since I take all of ours, it was nice to finally have me in some of the pictures. The pictures cost about $20 for 8x10. I bought both formal nights. Overall it was a great vacation. Both of my boys had a great time, but both said it would have been more fun if we were with other families. They did enjoy using the sail and sign card. (The older one went to the SPA and treated him self to a massage) You can keep an eye on your sail and sign card on your TV. It is a good way to see how much you are spending everyday since you do not used cash on the ship. Everything you purchase on the ship is done by using the sail and sign card. We did do laundry on the ship, and found that a lot of veteran cruisers take less clothes and do laundry, we would do the same next cruise. We stayed on the Rivera Deck. I will say in some places on the ship you can smell sewage. Not all the time, but more often than not. Other than that, we had a ball and we are looking to cruise again next August. Glory is a great ship and I would definitely cruise her again.  

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Jul 28, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Jessica Myers The Carnival cruises are great!! The first stop, Cozumel was my favorite. We rented a jeep and toured around the island and went to a few beaches. I would not recommend doing your excursions through Carnival. They are way over priced and very crowded. If you want to do an organized excursion, do it through another place, its a lot less crowded and not

as pricey. The days at sea weren't the best. The pools are small and crowded. There are a few contests to do. The one thing I would recommend were the dance classes, it was a fun way to spend the time. The food was excellent. The one dish that I wouldn't get would be the quail. It made me sick. The lobster was by far the best dish I had. The buffet was ok. The deli and the pizza were a lot better. The rooms were really nice. Me and my sister shared one. If you have more than 3 in your family than you should definitely get 2 adjoining rooms. It is definitely worth the extra money. The disembarkation was HORRIBLE. We were on the Riveria Deck 1 and it took 3 hours to get off the boat. The lines were TERRIBLE. Other than that the cruise was really enjoyable  

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Jul 21, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Evan We just returned from our Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Glory. This is our third cruise and second with Carnival. Our first Carnival cruise was on the Conquest and the layout of the ship appears to be identical. The ships have different themes, both very creative in our opinion. Overall we loved our trip, particularly the room steward, Sydia, and

or servers at dinner, Ana and Rey. We thought the decor was attractive and tasteful. So, without detailing all the good parts of the cruise, I will detail where I think the line needs improvement, with the understanding that the remainder was either very good or excellent. Booking the Cruise: I booked at the last minute (9 days before the sailing date) through Orbitz.com. They were easier to reach than the cruise line directly and seemed to have a slightly better price although it is always hard to tell because you don’t know until the very end of the booking process whether taxes, insurance, port fees, etc. are included in the price. I booked the air with the cruise which was a bit scary because you are at their mercy as to the airlines, routes, itineraries, etc. but they do guarantee to get you to the ship on time and that is really all that mattered to me. The price for the round trip airline and transfers to and from Port Canaveral was really great. Here is the problem. Once I booked through Orbitz, Carnival customer service was hands off. They wanted nothing to do with me. They said I had to have Orbitz call and get information for me. Predictably, Orbitz often referred me back to Carnival or the airline for my inquiries. Since the air was booked through Carnival, Orbitz had very little information about the flight and I was stuck in a vicious cycle. Nonetheless, I chalked this up to being my fault for the late booking. Hopefully you won’t have this problem. There seems to be pros and cons to working with an online travel agent. Embarkation: Surprisingly, this was very pleasant. We got there about 1 hour before sailing and there was practically no line. We would have liked a formal greeting once on board, but we were on our own to find the cabin etc. No big deal for us because we were fairly familiar with the layout, having cruised on the conquest two summers ago. Excursions/Ports of Call: We enjoyed all three ports of call. Both Carnival cruises I have been on have had extremely unhelpful excursion desks. Since the excursion can make or break your cruise experience, I do not understand why Carnival does not focus on more courteous excursion desk assistants and a better staffed desk: especially at the beginning when many people are booking their excursion. On both of our Carnival cruises, the lines were long at the excursion desk and when you got to the front of the line, the rep would spend as little time as possible with you. She circles suggestions on a piece of paper or gives you a little flyer for an excursion and calls “next.” For some reason Carnival is careful not to provide very much information about the excursion on its website, so I always hope to get more info from the excursion desk or the Cruise director’s excursion talk, but alas, you are essentially on your own. Also, the website is careful not to tell you the price of these excursions. They give you one to four dollar signs ($) as hints but that really does not tell the story. We went on one with one $ and it cost $53 each and another with 2 $s and that cost $58 each. One of the one-dollar-sign excursions was only $17. Quite a range. Why be so secretive? Even if the prices fluctuate, they could do a better job at giving a price range. On another note about the excursions, once you get off the boat, you are again on your own. Carnival reps are not there to tell you where to go to meet the tour. There are usually easy to find people from the excursion tour company holding a sign with the name of your tour on it, but if you can not find such a person (which happened to us one time) don’t expect Carnival to help you find him or her. Just ask other passengers and total strangers from the island and hope for the best. One time we even saw the not-so-nice lady from the excursion desk outside the ship so I asked her a question about where to meet the tour group and she said just look for the person with the sign (duh!) and she went back to socializing with a group of other Carnival employees. She appeared to be on duty as she was wearing her uniform and name tag. I almost felt badly about bugging her. She needs some additional training. One of our excursions left 45 minutes late because of some sort of mechanical problem with the tour bus. I doubt Carnival knows or even cares about this. They surely did not apologize or say anything to us about it. In the end we loved all of our shore trips (Harbor tour over to Atlantis in Nassau, Speed Blaster snorkeling in St. Thomas, also took the Gondola in St. Thomas and The Best of St. Maarten and beach time in St. Maarten), but that was mostly due to my own research on sites like this not due to the cruise line. Wee Jimmy, the cruise director, insisted everyone take the Gondola (“ride the view”) in St. Thomas and I think he is right about that. What a beautiful island! Meals/Bar: I felt that everything about the meals were great. You are going to get better meals at fine restaurants on the mainland but given the number of meals they are serving each day, I thought the quality, variety and portions was all really good. The server and the assistant server could not have been more hospitable. I mean that. However, there is a third server who gets the drinks for you from the bar. She could not have been any slower. I mean that too. You would think that for such a profit center for the ship (all beer, wine and alcohol is extra) they would be rushing the stuff out to you. This is not an exaggeration. If you wanted two beers or two glasses of wine with dinner, you had to order both at the same time or your second round would not come until the end of your meal. The same was true all over the ship. If you want a drink in the piano bar, pool deck or at the shows, grab the server when you are lucky enough to see him or her and order two at a time. Also, our particular drink server at dinner, never figured out who belonged to which family. There were three of us and 5 in the other family. Only 3 of the eight ever ordered from her. Yet she could never get it straight. She really needs additional training. By the way, we adored our new friends who we were placed with at dinner. We are thankful that Carnival gives families the choice of sitting alone or joining another family. On both Carnival trips we sat with another family and on both, we really loved getting to know them and spending time with them. On a different note, it is great that you can get room service 24-7 but I would like a larger selection, particularly for breakfast. No big surprise, our son loved the 24-7 pizza and ice cream. State Room and Room Steward: No complaints whatsoever. Roomy, comfortable, and always kept clean. A real pleasure. We had an ocean view on the Riviera/ lowest deck. Naturally, being that low, we heard some of the machinery and some of the ocean (splashing) noise, but I expected that and I assume we paid less being on the lowest deck. Bingo: Oh my Goodness. This ship is always pushing bingo. While I simply do not understand the draw, I am not criticizing those that love it. More power to them. However, I think one announcement a day should suffice. Worse yet, is the fact that they are always finishing up a bingo session when the evening shows are supposed to start. I assume that is intended for those of us who don’t see the allure, might be converted by seeing someone win $750 for simply forming a “giant X” or a “small diamond” or a “large L” on a bingo card. Well I was not converted but I was frustrated. We had the late seating for dinner so our show did not start until 10:30 p.m. You want to get there at least 15 minutes early to get a decent seat and that means you are forced to watch about 30 minutes of mind numbing bingo. I am still hearing the number caller say things like “reaching back in you G-string for G45" in my sleep. Play bingo somewhere else or finish before show time. Photographs: I assume all cruise ships are like Carnival in that they have professional photographers available with nice back drops every evening. You only pay if you buy the picture. If you are like me, it breaks your heart to allow them to shred a picture of you child, so I always want to buy all of them. These are not cheap photographs, so I tend to limit the photographs. They have to find a better way to locate yours and to view them. Even limiting the number of photos, I bet my family took 30 (the photographer politely offers to take several different poses.) Most of these are $20 each so you want to pick the best ones. The ship absolutely needs a place to spread them out at least a little so you are not constantly handling them and messing them up. These $20 photos often are bent and smudged with other people’s finger prints as they try to find their own. Surely there is a better way. Pool Deck: The pools were great and my son (11) loved the slide. The chairs are hard to come by on sea days so grab one early. They have a no chair saving policy, but everyone seems to do it. Deck plan: A bit complicated. “You can’t get there from here” was an oft quoted phrase. I would like to see a few more directional signs. One could say that learning your way around the ship is part of the fun, but I would have more fun getting there quicker. Activities for children: There are a lot of children on this cruise and they all seem to be having a blast. However, I really do feel the organized functions can be improved. My child’s age group was mostly directed to the very outdated arcade with many of the machines being out of order. My understanding is that there was a 45 minute dance each night for the 12-14 year olds. With the late seating, that gave some kids enough time to get a salad or appetizer and then rush to have 15 minutes left at the dance (i.e. missing the lobster or filet or dessert we have paid for.) I would like to see the organized function go on longer. Entertainment/Cruise director: The night time entertainment exceeded our expectations. We had a great time at the Vegas style shows and the comedians were great. The cruise director, Wee Jimmy, was very entertaining. You felt like he was your buddy at the end of the cruise. Marcus Anthony was thrilling, singing mostly Motown and old standards. However, I was disappointed that there was practically no live music during the day, particularly on the pool deck. There is a stage for it and I often saw some duet setting up, but never heard them sing. When we were on the Conquest two years ago, there was constantly live music around the pool on sea days. We spent a lot of time in the Cinnabar, piano bar, because it was close to the arcade and we could occasionally stick our head in to check on our son. The piano man was extraordinarily talented. Gift Shop: Everything was overpriced as expected. I assume the liquor and cigarettes were reasonably priced as I saw people buying boxes of the stuff, but I was looking for souvenirs from the ship such as T-shirts. There was a decent selection of Carnival Glory T-shirts for adults, but no youth sizes. I thought I had overlooked them so I asked the lady at the desk where I could find a Youth Large or Extra-large and she looked at me like I was nuts. She pointed to the adult sizes. She said no one had ever asked her for the smaller sizes and seemed incredulous that I would have the gall to be the first. Just trying to waste some more money, Mam. Sorry. Anyway, my suggestion is more focus on the children. They are the ones more likely to want stuff from the gift shop anyway. Debarkation: This went very smoothly. No complaints. Conclusion: The Carnival line calls itself the “Fun Ships.” I have to say that is a very good description. We had a wonderfully fun time. If you are looking for glamour on the other hand, I suppose there may be another line for you. I suppose you could book a suite, eat in the extra charge formal dining room and refrain from most of the common areas and it will seem glamorous to you, but I really don’t think you would get the most out of the cruise. This is a huge ship and I don’t think it is easy for elderly passengers to get around, although I ate lunch with a kind veteran who was bound to a wheel chair and he said that the ship was accommodating for him. I think the ship is great for families. All the children and young adults seemed to be having a wonderful time. As parents in our 40's we loved that the ship offered plenty for us and for our son. I have to say, that while we had the time of our lives on both Carnival cruises, we do not feel it is so outstanding to make us loyal to this cruise line. We would certainly take a Carnival cruise again (probably the Conquest class or newer) if the destinations and price were right but we would not hesitate to try another cruise line given comparable rates and ports of call. I hope this review was helpful. Happy sailing.    

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Jul 7, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Henry This was my third time on the Glory. I went with my son and eight other family members celebrating my parents 40th anniversary. This is by far my favorite ship and this was a first for me at St. Martin which is heaven. The ship is so big that you get plenty of exercise walking around to the activities. If you want a real workout the workout room is exceptional

with private steam, sauna, and Jacuzzi's. And to correct Cait, the White team won, which was announced at 4:30pm, after the win a cruise raffle. I highly recommend this cruise to all.    

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Jul 6, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Cait The Glory was a marvelous ship! It was so exciting and fun!!! My group was my husband, myself, our two children and our neighbors with their children. Our kids are between the ages of 12-17. A perfect age to go off by themselves! It was our second cruise and our neighbors first. This is what we did each day: Friday- we flew into Florida a day early so we could

relax and stay over night before we go on the cruise. We stayed at a very nice Marriott with complimentary breakfast. Saturday- After eating the complimentary breakfast we headed over to the dock. We got in line and waited for a good twenty minutes. However it was faster than expected and we got on the ship by 1:00. Once on the ship we were amazed. It was gorgeous and very large. Immediately we checked out every aspect of it. We looked at our rooms, which were beautifully spacious balcony rooms. We brought a bungee cord to keep the balcony room open and have a breeze!! After checking out the rooms we headed down to where the food was. We wanted to try food from the grill and all split fries, steak sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs! Soon enough it was time to sail away, we went to the sides of the deck and waved to everyone on port!! After that we went to do the lifeboat drill. All we did was stand in line with life jackets on! It was very funny because everyone was sweating on each other while we were in line. We were so happy to finally be done with the drill and go to dinner. We had early seating and it was the best! We sat down to meet our amazing waiter and helper, Martian and Tomaz. They were enjoyable and recommended the best food. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and soon after found out that we were the blue team! We had to get points for our team each day by participating in activities and winning. At the end of the cruise we would find out who wins, red team, white team or blue team. After our very tasty dinner we went to the welcome aboard show. It was entertaining and our cruise director, Mark Price was hilarious. Our kids were very stubborn and had more fun at the teen club. They were there the whole night! Sunday- we woke up early for our first excursion at the port of Bahamas. It was the Stingray excursion where we took a short tour to the island. It was very nice and we got 1 hour to relax on the beach and then 1 hour to see the stingrays. Since a guy in our group got bit by the stingray the kids preferred the beach side and we just stayed there for the most of the day. When we got back to the ship we got to hang out for a little bit. The kids went to the teen lounge and we had some drinks by the pool. Since it was the first formal night we got ready around five. Formal night dinner is the most fun! There are picture opportunities with professional photographers ready to take your picture! The dinner was excellent on formal night and the waiters danced for us!!! After that we went to a lounge and had some drinks and watched some bands perform. It was by far an excellent night! Monday- our first fun day at sea!! We slept in a little bit and then met our neighbors for breakfast at the buffet style restaurant. It had a wonderful selection of bacon, fruit, sausage, eggs, pancakes and everything else. After that we went and looked at the photo gallery of all the pictures from the previous days. You can buy them for around ten dollars. The whole day we just hung out by the pool, had the drinks of the day (the cheaper version of the drinks), shopped and hung out. We got ready for dinner which is fun because you get to sort of dress up, we all wore nice skirts or pants. The waiters danced and dinner and we became very good friends with them. They told us what was the best food and sometimes we didn’t listen to him (but he was always right!!). We did the usual thing after dinner! Tuesday- St. Thomas!! A beautiful port, our excursion here was Megan's Bay. It was the nicest beach. The water was very warm and we just lay in it all day!! Dinner was amazing that night and after dinner we had a blast at the clubs we hit! Wednesday-St. Maarten! Here there was only one excursion left, the shopping and boat tour. We went on a lovely boat ride to the French side of the island. The boat had free drinks and a wonderfully fun entertainer! We got off and shopped at the very fancy French shops! They had cute French cafes and everything! After dinner there was supposed to be a magician show, however the magician couldn’t make it so Mark Price had to think quick. He ended up making a Robin Hood play that incorporated the audience. We could not stop laughing and it was the best show we have ever seen!! Even the kids enjoyed this one!! Thursday- Fun Day at sea! We had our usual breakfast and then hung out by the pool. Thursday we discovered bingo! We lost so much money, but every cent was worth it. Out of the eight of us that went I think two of us won bingo! We only won fifty bucks at most though. Thursday was the last formal night. We all had fun at this dinner because the kids were invited to dance with the waiters!! They did a Macarena dance! They were very embarrassed but we had very good pictures of that! Friday- Fun Day at Sea! Another day like Thursday, except it was our last full day. All of us got very dressed up for dinner that night and had the most fun! We found out who won the color contest that night, to our surprise the BLUE TEAM won!! That was our team and we felt very proud of our accomplishment! The kids, after dinner rushed to the club to say goodbye to all of their newly met friends, and got their screen names to keep in touch. Also we saw the talent show put on by fellow members of the ship!! It was very cool to see all of the people we had become acquaintances with singing and dancing. Saturday- Last day was very sad but we took our time getting up and eating breakfast. They called us off the ship by floor and we were called of around 10, however we didn’t rush off and it wasn’t a problem. Overall this was the best vacation we had. Myself, my husband and our neighbors had fun doing our own thing separate from our kids. When we were together it was also very fun. According to the kids they had a blast and are begging us to go again. Here are some tips, go with another family so you have even more fun together, have the kids buy a soda card so they get unlimited soda all week! And make sure you go to all of the dinners in the main dinning room, they are more fun and the food is excellent.    

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May 26, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Pamela Franklin We returned from our fourth cruise on Carnival on June 3, 2006. We booked our cruise through CruisesOnly.com as a group cruise. We have previously sailed on: Fantasy July 25, 1999, Pride July 13, 2002, Conquest June 8, 2003 and this cruise Glory May 27, 2006. This was our worst cruise! First of all let me point out the good things from this cruise:

1. Check in at Port Canaveral was excellent. No long waiting lines. We arrived early, around 11:00 am. They started letting us on board around noon, which was very nice. We were asked not to go to our cabins until 1:30, but we were able to walk around the public areas of the ship and have lunch in the Red Sail Restaurant while we waited for our cabins to be ready. 2. A few weeks before our cruise I contacted the Casino Host via email to let them know of my arrival. When we went to our cabin we were surprised by a Bon Voyage decoration and two Carnival key rings. That was a nice surprise. 3. The photo areas were great. Plenty of places for you to pick. Lines are not too bad. 4. The food on the ship was excellent. The menu choices were great! We especially liked our waiter in the Platinum dining room. His name is Nivash. The adults in our group ate at one table and the four boys in our group, who were on their graduation cruise, ate at another table and their waiter was Michael. We were very pleased with both of our waiters. They made dinner each night something to look forward to. Two of the boys had sailed with us previously and hardly ever attended dinner in the main dining room. They attended every night this cruise because they really liked their waiter Michael as well. He made things fun for them and they couldn't wait for dinner each day. The same for the adults. Nivash was outstanding and a definite asset to your cruise line. 5. The Glory Treasure Hunt contest was a lot of fun. Also really enjoyed the Make a Deal or Don't Make a Deal Bingo. Now for the disappointing parts of the cruise: 1. When we asked to have our mini bar opened we were disappointed to find that the line no longer included snacks. We always appreciated the snacks that were in the mini bar after returning from somewhere and not feeling like going to the Lido deck for a snack when we would just like a candy bar or cashews to munch on. I don't understand the reason for this, you always charged for them when you replaced them so what is the problem with putting them there? 2. The "Las Vegas Style" show was laughable. The dancers were hardly ever together. There was always someone who was a count behind or just completely off. Even a simple kick line had one dancer off by a half a count. We have high school girls who can dance in unison together better than that. The show needed a lot of work. I was amazed to see so many errors in one show. The female vocalist, Charell Davis was horrible. Obviously, the songs were not suitable for her voice. She would have been laughed off American Idol. There has got to be more talent out there then that? I think one night of dancing on stage to the music played by the band would be great. Maybe on formal nights? You can go to the showroom and use the stage as the dance floor and let the band play. They were great! The stage is a much larger dance floor and after getting all dressed up that would be nice! I think a lot of the passengers really love to listen to the orchestra play and be able to dance along. It is just a suggestion. 3. Not a very good selection of activities to do while at sea. Bingo is something you could always count on but too much of good thing is bad! Got tired of doing just that after the first two days of it. There was bingo nearly everyday! 4. Need more late night parties on Lido deck! Everyone in our group really enjoyed the late night deck party. Unfortunately, it was planned on the day we had gone to St. Maarten. Everyone was really tired and thought that this would have been much better on the nights we didn't go onshore that day. 5. On the day we arrived in St. Thomas we were told that we would have to go through a mandatory US Immigration. No problem. But we were not told that it would take as long as it did. We had a shore excursion that afternoon at 1:30 pm. We thought we would be able to shop a little, grab some lunch and then go to our excursion. Unfortunately, we didn't get off the ship till nearly 12 noon! We arrived in St. Thomas around 9:30 am. I know that the folks who had early shore excursions were allowed to get off first. Which I understand. However, it should be said that ANYONE who has a shore excursion be allowed to get off the ship first. By the time we got off, all we could do was grab lunch right there at the port and then go on our excursion. By the time we got back from the excursion we were only able to shop about an hour at the port stores and then be back on board. Really disappointed with that! 6. The Newlywed Not So Newlywed show was something that we have always enjoyed on other ships. However, the way it was done here was no where near as funny. We were very disappointed with it. Of course we had told the people in our group all about it who had never traveled on Carnival before and they were wanting to know why we thought this was so great after they saw it. We had to explain to them that it was set up much different on the other ships. They need to do it the way it was done before. 7. This was also the same for the Gala Buffet. We had bragged about how incredible it was. We told them it was set up in the dining room, etc. Then we find out that it is in the Red Sail Restaurant! What a joke!!!! Only a quarter of the size of the one in the main dining room was, not really much to admire on it like there was on the ones in the dining room and if there was something you would like a photo of you really couldn't get a good shot because you are having to shoot under or over the buffet glass! I am sure that this makes it much easier for your crew but if this is all you want to do and call it a Gala Buffet you might as well not even do one at all! 8. The service on the cruise was nearly non-existent. I have had more personal service at a resort hotel than this ship! Is it because the gratuities are automatically taken out at the start of your cruise? I realize you are able to take them off if you would like, (which we did) and we give out our own tips on the last night. However, the crew seems to think that either they get it anyway or they don't get it at all so why go to the trouble. I feel like the crew was much more personal with the passengers when they got their tips from the guests on the last night of the cruise. Maybe that should be something to rethink for the future. I know that we hardly ever seen our cabin steward. The drink waitress at dinner was horrible. We waited forever on our drinks and she never did come back for refills until dinner was almost over! The bartenders at the bars were not friendly at all! I had a lot of problems at the Casino Bar in particular! I had a Fountain Card as did my husband, and every time we were there with our card it took us forever to get service. It was like they were only waiting on the people who were buying cocktails and only got to us after they were all taken care of! This happened on nearly every occasion that we were there. 9. I purchased post cards while we were in Nassau to mail to some friends back home. I didn’t get them mailed until we left St. Maarten. I purchased stamps for the post cards from the pursers desk and later I saw a sign on the mailbox in the main lobby that said to give mail to the pursers desk do not drop in box. So I went to the desk and tried to give it to someone at the pursers desk. They told me to go ahead and put it in the box and that it would be picked up later. I did as instructed. As of today, July 10, 2006, none of my three friends that I mailed those postcards to, received them. 10. My biggest complaint is this: I purchased two 1 Liter bottles of Crown Royal while we were in St. Maarten for $10.95 each. I also purchased two bottles of St. Maarten Rum at another location there and we brought them on board with us. (These were gifts for friends back home.) Of course when we got on board we were stopped by a crew member to hand over our liquor to be kept for us until the last day of the cruise. No problem. We gave both bags to him and I asked him was that all we needed to do? He said yes. I asked if we got a ticket or anything and he said no. He spoke very little English that I could understand but he just kept telling us that was all we had to do. So we left it with him. On the last day of the cruise we had the St. Maarten Rum delivered to our cabin but the Crown Royal never showed up. I called the Purser's Desk and he said that he would check with the Cabin Steward to see if he hadn't been delivered yet and he asked me if I had my receipt. I told him I didn't know but that I would look and call him back. I could not find the receipt in our cabin and we believed we left the receipt in the bag with the liquor. (Why that means anything is beyond me! We could have very easily just got a receipt from any one of our friends who purchased liquor and said it was ours. So why is a receipt going to help?) We went to the Purser's Desk and spoke with them again about it. They still didn't have any thing on our liquor. They acted like it was our fault that we didn't have it and that they really couldn't do anything about it. I asked them what were we supposed to do? They gave me a Carnival Cruise Line card and said to call them and tell them about the problem and they would consider sending me a check for the amount of the liquor. They handed me a card with a number on it and said to give them this reference number. I explained to them that I didn't want the money I wanted the two bottles of Crown Royal. I can't purchase two bottles of Crown Royal in the states for that amount, that was the whole reason we bought it here. They had bottles of Crown Royal on the ship in the gift shop but it was more expensive then what we paid for it in St. Maarten so we did not buy it on board the ship. The Captain Morgan's Special Reserve that we wanted to purchase on board was sold out! So we didn't get any liquor on board. I guess the crew had a party with the Crown Royal on the ship and I am just out! I didn't want the money I wanted the Crown Royal! Why could you not just replace what was lost? That was completely unacceptable. They ask that we leave liquor with the crew until the last day (in order for us to purchase their liquor to drink on board) and then they loose it and don't replace it! We had no way to prove that we gave it to the crew. They say that they have cameras on board, well I would think that they have them at the gangway so why don't they go back and search the camera and see that we did indeed give them two bags to hold for us when we got back on board the ship in St. Maarten. Their system of doing this needs a lot of work. Obviously the crew knows that it can't be proven so they just take what they want. 11. To top it off, the day we are getting ready to get off the ship we are standing on our balcony watching the crews unload luggage and load supplies for the next cruise. We are watching as a piece of luggage falls out of the cage and a tow truck operator pushes the bag across the dock with his fork lift! We then watched as several bags would fall off the top of the pile of luggage in the cages and they would just be thrown back on or pushed around by tow truck operators. It was horrible! Then we are finally called to disembark. Three of our family members have to go down one way to pick up their luggage and we have to go another. They are out nearly twenty minutes before we are! We still could not understand why it took us so much longer to get to our luggage. We finally get our luggage and find that one piece is damaged. A brand new American Tourister that we had just purchased the week before the cruise. The luggage looked as though it had been dropped from a high point and it landed on the bottom corner. The side of the luggage was caved in and the inside bar is bent in toward the inside of the luggage and the wheel on that side was broken and would not roll! Every time we tried to stop to check the damage and find out why it wouldn't roll we were told by security that we couldn't stop and must keep moving. When we tried to explain what was wrong they wouldn't listen to our explanation they only said keep moving, you can't stop here. We couldn't find anyone who could tell us where to go to report the damage. They repeated what everyone else said, Keep moving! This was the worst trip I have ever taken. So much for your 100% money back guarantee. They make sure that everyone is happy till you get to the first port and then it is over because according to the rules of the money back guarantee you must request to be allowed off the ship before the first port in order to receive a refund. That is a joke! How many people have actually used that refund? However, I am sure that those folks who were on Ecstasy when it caught on fire would have used it had it been offered at that time! I requested that I receive an apology for the inconvenience caused to me and my group for the damages caused to my luggage and for the misplacement of my liquor that we trusted with the crew to take care of as well as the REPLACEMENT of the two 1 liter bottles of Crown Royal that we purchased and the cost of our luggage that was damaged when it was taken off the ship in Port Canaveral. I felt that was the least that they could do for what we had to go through. A total cost of less than $100. A small amount considering we spent nearly $1700 just in onboard expenses while on the ship! Not counting the bingo cards and gambling that we paid for with cash! Also not counting the amount we paid for the cruise to begin with! I sent a letter explaining all of this to the Customer Guest Relations in Fort Lauderdale, FL as well as copies of the letters to: Mr. Mickey Arison - Chairman of the Board, CEO Mr. Bob Dickinson - President, CEO, CTC Mr. Michael Goldsmith - Group Account Executive Cruises Only.com I received a letter on August 5 from Carnival Cruise Lines Special Advisor, Office of the President, Aileeh Cortazar stating that they extend their apologizes for the problems that we encountered. They stated that my luggage would have to be reported prior to leaving the pier area as stated in their Terms and Conditions of Contract. (I guess it didn’t matter that we couldn’t get anyone to help us find where to report the problem.) They apologized for the post cards not being received by my friends but they cannot be held responsible for individual port’s postal service. As far as the alcohol was concerned they wrote: “Your additional comments regarding the delivery of your alcohol have been noted. We have taken the liberty of forwarding your comments to the respective department heads for their research and review. We apologize for any disappointment you experienced.” They further wrote: “Because we value your business, we would like to extend to you and your cabin guest an onboard credit in the amount of $50.00 per person ($100.00 total). The onboard credit is valid for eighteen months from the date of this letter and is non transferable. The credit does not have monetary value and must be used onboard a Carnival Cruise Line Vessel.” I don’t believe that they expect me to pay them more money to go on another cruise in order to get a $100 onboard credit for items that were lost or damaged while on a prior cruise with them!!!! My advice is to anyone who will be traveling on Carnival to be extremely careful with your property that they require you to hand over to them until you disembark. You need to make them give you something that shows what you gave them. But I still don’t know if they would do anything to replace it then or not. I never had any real problems on any of the prior cruises we had with Carnival and I was always an avid supporter of their cruise line. However, this was my last cruise with them! The problems that existed on this ship were the worst that I have encountered and ruined our vacation. In my honest opinion, I believe that the automatic gratuity that is added to all passengers accounts is a big cause of the lack of attention given to individual passengers from the crew and staff. They really seemed to be a lot more attentive when the tips were handed out at the end of the cruise individually. But that is only my opinion. I realize that each ship is different, each with different crews, but when the main office tries to rectify a bad situation with a “onboard credit” for a future cruise, that is my limit. How dare them suggest I give them more money! Sail another cruise line!    

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Apr 28, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Leasa Gurney This cruise was our 2nd on Carnival and we were celebrating our 20th anniversary. It was so awesome! We had wonderful service and lots of really nice fellow cruisers. We live in Florida and decided to stay the night before at the Radisson at the Port. We got a deal to stay over-night and leave our car there for the week. It was very convenient because

we planned to stay there after the cruise. They provide a shuttle to and from the port. Embarkation I really like the port. We arrived at 12:00 pm. And were aboard in about 30 minutes. We had a balcony suite so we had V.I.P. check-in. We couldn’t get to our cabin until 1:30pm so we had lunch at the Red Sail. The Ship This was my first time on a ship this big and I read that it was hard to navigate but we didn’t find it difficult at all. We thought the decor was very nice although I had read some kind of negative things about it. We had a wonderful cabin steward named Anthony. He kept our suite clean and made me lots of cute towel animals. My favorite was the elephant he made and left standing in my husband’s dress shoes. He took care of our every need. He always had a smile and greeted us warmly every time we saw him. The first couple of days the ship rocked a good deal but the Captain told us there was a storm in the Atlantic that was pushing some pretty big swells down to us. We found if you kept a little food in your stomach, there was no problem with sea sickness. All In all, we really loved the ship. Food Overall the food was very good. It wasn’t like a 5* restaurant but we felt the crew did a great job considering they were preparing food for about 3,000 people 24 hours a day. We did breakfast in the Red Sail every day except one. The food was standard buffet and was always hot and plentiful. We also ate there for lunch. My hubby loves their pizza and ice-cream. The deli made wonderful sandwiches. We mostly ate at the grill. The lines weren’t long and again the food was always hot. We had dinner in the dining room and had a table for 4. Danny and Debby were the best dinner companions. We had so much in common and hope to sail with them again. Our wait staff were kind of average. They did a good job but on our last cruise our waiters were really excellent. They were very nice and I think they did a good job with the amount of people they were serving. Room service was very prompt and they always had a smile for us. Entertainment Mark Price is the funniest guy. We thought he did a great job making sure all ran smoothly. While we were in St. Maarten it rained so he made sure there were extra things to do on board. We only went to the comic show and my hubby went to the Legends show. A word of warning about the comedy show, if you have children, you might want to avoid it. I thought it was a little much for that age group. We spent most of our time in the casino. What a fabulous group of people. I am visually impaired. I know what you’re thinking, how does she know the ship was pretty and clean? My husband is sighted and I do have some sight. I cannot say enough good things about the casino staff. I play a lot of Black Jack and all the dealers were just wonderful to me. My favorite was Tim. He’s from England and we had to teach him what the phrase Hot Diggety Dog meant. Every time the house won a hand he’d say that. We finally got him to understand that wasn’t such a great idea. He was so sweet. When he got done with his shift at night if I was playing, he’d come over to the table and help by telling me what cards had been dealt to me. Again all of the staff was helpful. Ports We did Nassau, St Thomas, and St Marten. We didn’t take any excursions in the ports because we just wanted to relax and look around on our own. Next time we’ll take a tour in St. Marten. I got a beautiful anniversary band in the Bahamas. I was going to wait for a different port but I found it at Diamonds International and I was able to get a great deal. This was a short day so we just walked around a little and went back to the ship. We bought tickets on the ship for the gondola ride in St. Thomas. I liked it but it was very hot that day and I got a little ill from the heat. We went up to the top, bought a couple of souvenirs, my hubby took some pictures, and then it was back to the ship so we could cool off. We got off the ship early in St. Marten and my advice is unless you have an early excursion planned, wait. The shops don’t open until about 9:00 am. Or later. We walked around a good bit waiting for things to open. Just as we were getting ready to do some serious shopping, it started to rain. I don’t mean just a little. It poured! There were people trying to get us to buy $5.00 umbrellas as the water was dripping off us. We finished up and went back to the ship intending to go back later in the day if the rain let up. It didn’t. I recommend the water taxi because it’s about $6.00 each way in a cab to downtown and you can get a $5.00 wristband for the water taxi and go back and forth as many times as you like. Those were some of the nicest people. They helped the ladies on and off and were just very kind. Spa Wow! This was probably my favorite thing we did! We had 2 couples massages. The first night and on Thursday. Katie and Estralia were terrific. I had a facial on Friday and Katie did a beautiful job. We were very pleased. Our table mates met with a little different experience however. When they tried to schedule a treatment, the person they dealt with was a little pushy and sort of rude when they wanted a different time. They said he tried to give them the time he wanted even though the time they wanted was available. Debarkation Again this was a breeze. Carnival does a wonderful job getting people off the ship. We didn’t do self assist so it took a couple of hours for our luggage tags to be called but we just sat on deck and read. Over all This was the perfect cruise for us. I did lots of research as I always do and I believe we got just what we wanted. I was very concerned after reading so many negative things about the ship’s stability. I don’t think the ship rocks anymore than any other ship in rough seas. The other thing I read so much about was the food and its quality and variety. Two things. I found it to be neither bad nor limited and if one can’t find something to eat on board, then you are just way too picky. We are looking forward to another cruise next year. We may try another line but we will definitely go on Carnival again.  

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Apr 7, 2006

Western Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Western Caribbean Guy Pumphrey This was my second cruise with Carnival, and I must say i enjoyed it very much. The ship was big and beautiful and very clean. I had a balcony stateroom which allowed me to have my own part of the ocean. I did have some lower moments on the cruise as well. The food was no where as good as on the The Inspiration ( my first Carnival ship ) The evening dining

was excellent, I'm talking about the daily buffets and the late night buffet. The pizza and hamburgers were always a good stop gap though. I also met the nicest family at dinner whom my family became friends with. The entertainment was VERY good. Mark the cruise director was the best. Overall I had a great time and would go again.

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Apr 7, 2006

Western Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Western Caribbean Torrin Treu All I can say about my trip on the Carnival Glory is WOW! I have been on only one other cruise, which was on the Carnival Victory and the Glory far outdid it. I would like to list a few things that made this wonderful cruise such a pleasure for me! Embarkation: This was quick and easy. We simply went through the spacious terminal and went through customs

and we were on the ship. We had to wait for our bags, so we took a nice look around the beautiful ship. Food: The food on the ship was magnificent. Every day, you could look forward to a nice dinner in one of the dining rooms, in our case the Platinum Dining Room, and to about 5 courses of delicious food. There were new choices every day on the menu and they were fantastic. There were also many buffets and free pizza and ice cream at all times. You will never go hungry on this ship! Service: We had THE BEST service I have ever seen or experienced while aboard the ship. Our waitresses were so friendly and we became friends with them over the course of the week. The room service would zip in and out of your room when you didn't even know it and you would come back to a fresh and clean room! This was great for my mother because she was burden free! Entertainment: This is the forte of this ship. Mark Price, the cruise director would have been enough entertainment on his own, but Carnival didn't stop there! Mark was a friendly, hilarious, smart and clever British man who could keep you smiling at all times. If you met him in a hallway he would always stop to talk. His personality and even singing voice were awesome. Aside from this amazing Cruise Director, there was a big show to look forward to every night. Two were Vegas-style shows with incredibly talented dancers and singers including Miss Veronica Swales. She had a great voice. On other nights, there were comedy acts that could get even the sourest of people to break out in laughter. The two magic acts were great. One was more of a comedy/magic show so that everyone would love it. The other was a more hard-core magic show by Justin Illusion, that I can, in no way, explain. You can watch and see for yourself. Out and about on the ship, there was music, there were art auctions, parties, clubs, and even karaoke auditions for the final show, Carnival Legends. This was where passengers on the ship auditioned for the parts of certain famous singers to perform in front of everyone in the Friday night show, and I must say it was phenomenal. Debarkation: This took us about 30 minutes or less. Our baggage tag color was called and we proceeded to the gangway in a short line, said goodbye to Mark Price, and went through a quick and efficient customs and immigration check. Overall, I can't say enough about the great time I had on this ship. I didn't even go to the teens group because there was just so much else to enjoy. I may be only fifteen, but I think that what I am saying is very accurate and will coincide with other peoples' reviews. Great job Carnival, keep up the good work and I hope to be on another one of their cruises very soon!

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Mar 18, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Brian Himert We took the 7 day East Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral (Saturday to Saturday). We arrived and got onboard at 1:30...very orderly process. We went with a group of 20+ neighbors and we all had a blast. It was a great time. We all had kids of different ages, they were busy from sun up to well past sundown. We aren't night owls by any stretch of the

imagination, so it speaks volumes when you are out having fun until almost 3AM every night. As we have 2 teenagers, age 16 and 14, my wife and I were able to participate in alot of activities by ourselves. We really enjoyed the karaoke bar, piano bar, and ivory lounge (cigar smoking allowed.) Also, the sports bar was pretty cool, very comfy and lots of tv's...it is attached to the casino so we could pop back and forth. The ship had photo studios with various backgrounds and themes which allowed us to get family portraits which we never seemed to have time for. The prices for purchase were reasonable, also. However, you must remove the sticker on the back of the pictures if you go to a photo lab for additional copies. We were hassled a bit at Walgreens in Valrico, Fl about copies...however, obviously, there is no way to send them back for copies so the mgr. showed us some mercy and allowed us to have copies made. The meals were about average. They put a lot of flair into the sit down dinners, ( we had ours in Platinum dining room) entertainment wise.. but food wasn't more than average...but, believe it or not, the red sail buffet type restaurant completely exceeded our expectations. 3 times a day they whipped up something new and different, and everyone was able to find something they could enjoy. In fact, another great thing was the 24 hr pizza/hotdog/cheeseburger stand on the rear of the ship. The red sail is right inside from the lido (party) deck...not far to walk. The room service was great, too...real quick service. The staff was attentive and polite, and did their best to accommodate us. We recommend buying the fountain drink cards for the kids...we could of saved $35. by buying one instead of 2, but didn't want to have either sibling have to track down the other. The prices on the boat for water and alcohol are steep. But, as you are in a sellers market, other than getting off the boat you have no recourse than to pay. The night time shows and comedians were great, too. The kids enjoyed the magic shows, PG comedy club, etc... We played slots, bingo, blackjack, etc...and the tables were pretty "giving"...except the last night, they seemed to tighten up and I heard a lot of complaining. But, they know you are taking your winnings off with you...so if you gamble, I recommend to do it early. The ports of call and excursions were below our expectations, however, with the exception of St. Martin. The Bahamas were the usual straw market stuff, the ride to Atlantis ran us $4./per person by cab (reasonable) and the folks are always so polite. The Virgin Islands were a let down, we took the champagne catamaran excursion and had to wait in the bus for about 45 minutes before leaving...the snorkeling was great...and we also went to the top of the mountain on the gondola....real fun....and great view. The people were not as friendly as advertised...the store clerks and cab drivers were rude and pushy. St. Martin will blow you way....clean, friendly, polite...not pushy.. we highly recommend the island tour into the French side...we stopped and loaded up on wine...and the drive back and forth was in an air conditioned tour bus unlike Virgin Islands. For $4. per person, you get unlimited boat rides to and from downtown Phillipsburg. Overall, we would do this again, although the cost for one cabin with 2 bunks and a double for 4 people for a week was 2100.00, plus carnival does alot of "add-ons" like $84. to park, $280. "tip" ($10.perday/per person) etc etc etc. The total sign and sail with excursions ran about another 2k. Keep in mind, we aren't big drinkers, gamblers, or souvenir fanatics. We blew off both the formal nights onboard, as we went to relax not get dressed up.. we did go to the emerald club, the upscale restaurant, it is $30. per person extra, and well worth it. The crowd for spring break was mostly teenagers and their parents, some college groups (well behaved) and then an even mix of littler ones and the retirees. Everyone mixed well and we met people from all over the US. Overall, the vacation exceeded our expectations. We arrived home after a 2 hr drive and slept until the next day!!! The language barriers with the staff can be challenging, but because we stayed out of each others way, it was kept to a minimum.

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Dec 31, 2005

Western Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Glory Cruise Review 7 Day Western Caribbean Michael Skinner We just got back from the Glory’s New Year cruise. It was fantastic. Would definitely recommend it to anyone. This is going to be a pretty extensive review, so if you’d like to know what to expect for this cruise, this is it. We stayed at the Radisson in Port Canaveral (brutal room – smelled like mold / musty) and took their free shuttle

at about 1:00 to the terminal. The guys at the dock put the bags directly into giant containers, which they forklift over to the ship to go through screening & then delivered to your room. Getting through the terminal wasn’t bad – about 45 minutes from drop off to sipping free champagne on the ship. First is security. DO NOT bring any alcohol though here. Wine & champagne, fine, you’re allowed to bring in a reasonable amount, but no straight alcohol – they WILL take it. Saw a number of confiscated bottles. Then to the line to check the ID, leave a credit card imprint, etc. Then another line to get your room keys. Why they don’t give you the room key at the previous counter, no idea. Then the line up to take your picture for your ID & then you get on the boat. As I said, about 45 minutes. Rooms were very nice. But don’t be fooled by the website pictures – they make them look bigger. We traveled with our 8 & 11 year old daughters, and we got them their own room right beside ours. If you can afford it, it’s well worth it. The cost was only an extra $400 or so for the week. It definitely would be a little tight with 4 in one room (and we had pretty nice rooms – 11th floor, spa deck, with floor to ceiling windows). Tipped the steward $20 the first night, left $5 every couple days, and received fantastic service. He always put my beer on ice every morning & night (yes, in addition to the wine & champagne noted above, I brought on 24 beer & a litre of Crown Royal. I split it between our 4 bags and it got through no problem – I think they’re more interested in larger amounts of alcohol & dangerous items, etc.) I’m not sure why some people complain about the food. Maybe different cooks? We’ve had the pleasure to eat at some of the nicest places in the world, and we thought the food was just fine. The buffets were OK – nothing great, but not bad. They changed the menu quite a bit, and it wasn’t bad. There were a lot of choices for food: the deli makes fantastic sandwiches, and the pizza place makes the best Caesar salads I’ve had in a long time, there was Chinese, fish & chips, pizza, burgers & fries, etc. We didn’t eat any of the ‘junky’ stuff, like burgers & fries, so not sure how they were. The sit down, served meals were just excellent. And service was fantastic. Gave our head waiter & assistant $40 on the first night, $20 on the last, and $10 every one in between, and they REALLY take care of you. Brought the kids a plate of giant shrimp one night, because he heard one of my daughters say she liked shrimp, but she hadn’t ordered it. Brought extra plates of seafood for my wife, when she commented how good it was, and got me some fantastic filet mignon steaks on a couple nights, even though steak wasn’t on the menu. Joseph & Anna, you guys rock! Shore excursions were great. I went golfing in Belize. If you’re a golfer, this is like the Holy Grail. Just amazing. They fly you out of Belize on a small airplane (about 10 minutes) & land on a small, private island with a gorgeous18 hole course. And there’s hardly anyone there – us 11 people were the only ones golfing. It’s like your own private Island, and own course. My wife & kids went to another private Island & had a great time. Didn’t go to Cozumel, as the piers are still gone from the hurricanes. Went to Costa Maya, instead. It’s like a small village made for tourists at the end of the pier. You walk off the ship & you’re right into shops, bars, etc. Don’t look for any great deals. It did have a nice beach right there, though, with full service from the bars. Alcoholic drinks were a little cheaper than the ships, and had a good kick to them. Be sure to check out the shows every night. They’re certainly not Cirque du Soleil, but they’re pretty good. Our daughters loved them and we thought they were pretty fun to go to. Avoid the casino. Not only does it stink to high heaven (it’s one of the few indoor places people can smoke on the ship), but I don’t think there were very many winners on the tables nor the slots. I played a bit of black jack and it was obvious most of the people didn’t play cards very well, and really shouldn’t have been there (unless they like donating money to the casino). There was quite a mix of ages and geographic diversity. We saw families with really young kids, singles, teens, seniors, etc. I would say that the majority were between 20 & 50. There were a lot of Canadians on the boat (including us) as the kids didn’t go back to school until Jan 9th. In the US, they went back the 2nd / 3rd. As far as the US goes, there were people from all across the country – a huge number of states & accents. And for the staff, I heard 50 countries were represented, and countless languages. A lot of English, Australian, Indonesian, Indian, and Eastern European. A lot of Eastern European (Estonia, Russian, Polish, etc). It was great to get a splattering of accents from around the world. There is just so much to do on this ship (and off, when in port), and so much relaxing things to do, if that’s what you want, that I don’t know how you can have a bad trip. As someone said, if you don’t have a good trip, it’s your own fault. But, having said that, I’m sure there’ll be the odd bad reviews. Anyway, bottom line is that the trip was fantastic and we would highly recommend it to anyone.

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Nov 26, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Cruise Review Tom Jensen, Jr.. We sailed from Port Canaveral and when I set this trip up I asked for a wheel chair for my wife (who has a medical condition) When we arrived, we were told they only had six wheel chairs in the entire Port, but Carnival did a great job in getting us on the ship. The first port was Nassau, but we never left the ship as we had both been here before. We just went exploring

which is the best thing to do when everyone is off the ship. St Thomas was second and we did the tourist thing and shopped. There are good deals on liquor. St Maarten was the third stop and we, along with some other people did some haggeling with the cab driver and went on a very beautiful ride around the island. If you can make the talks on the ship about the different ports of call, this is very helpful and will save you some money. They are well worth it. The two days at sea are very relaxing and go by quickly. The best way to do everything or nothing. The shows were fabulous and entertaining. The dislikes are this, the Red Sail Buffet is crowded not very well organized and at peak times no seats were to be found. Also I would like to see someone set aside tables for people who have to sit in wheel chairs. We had to wait for the elevators for what seemed like a long time they seemed to be running real slow on this ship. When we booked we asked for early sitting dinner when we arrived we found we were at late sitting with a request we did get moved back, also they had a lot of fish on the menu, for those of us with fish allergies this is a problem as we skipped dinner one night because of this menu. When we arrived back at Port Canaveral we had to leave the rented wheel chair in the room and walked down to the purser's desk and asked what to do to get a wheel chair to get off of the ship they said to wait by the lounge, we did and a person came by and assisted us off the ship and thru customs and out to the bus to take us to the airport. In conclusion it was a very nice trip with a few minor problems once again I can see why Carnival is so popular.

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Nov 12, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean Sharmeen This is our 3rd cruise – all with Carnival Carnival Glory is a fun ship. The cruise director, Shawn Bussey, is great. There’s always something to do. My husband and I tried to attend as many activities on aboard as we could…but there were too many. We definitely enjoyed our cruise. Only problem we had was that there is no clock in the cabins. The night before Debarkation,

we are told to place our luggage outside our door – by midnight- so that the porters can accumulate the luggage and have it ready to offload when we arrive in Port Canaveral. We were late in leaving our luggage outside the door by a few minutes (due to no clock in the cabin and time zone confusion between our home / Florida / and Caribbean). You can tell the ship time if you flip through the TV channels to find the Carnival TV guide.) When we informed the Pursers desk, they told us that they will not take our luggage and told us to carry it off the ship ourselves. We were able to fix this matter by persuasion and threatening to escalate this matter to their superiors. Word of Advice: Use Carnival’s customer support team for reservations / questions, etc. I booked through the Carnival customer support – representative was Sean Ryan. I was very specific as to what I wanted, ie: inside cabin, king bed, late dining, etc. and asked lots of questions. Everything was perfect (mainly because I went through Carnival to make reservations) We booked our last Carnival cruise via online (Expedia.com) and got bunk beds…not very pleasant. This time we had an inside cabin. Only problem is that you can’t tell when it’s morning or night. But since we didn’t plan on staying in the cabin much, we didn’t care. We were a group of 6 adults and Carnival did a great job of keeping us close with our cabins and we were together for dinner. The staff is wonderful. Everyone on board works very hard. Our room steward and dinner wait staff were extraordinary!! It was sad to leave them. The Food The food is ok. I got bored of it after the 3rd day. Same thing again and again during breakfast. Only good thing was the omelet station. The lines are long during peak breakfast (8:30-10am) and lunch hours (12:00-1:00pm). There are 2 types of buffets during lunch. On line always has a different ethnic food, like French, Italian, Indian, or Caribbean. The other buffet line is always American. Again, the food for breakfast and lunch is OK. For dinner, the food is better. The meats are more exotic like lamb and veal along with different types of steaks. The portions are perfect if you order an appetizer, salad and the entrée. I ordered 2 appetizers instead of a salad because I could not decide on 1 appetizer. People sometimes ordered 2 entrees. Since we love Indian food, we found out that there are many Indian chefs on board. So we asked our Maitre D to arrange Indian food for us for dinner. And they did a remarkable job of presenting the entrees. I will always remember how Carnival Glory’s staff went out of their way a to accommodate our likings. SUBERB!!!!!! The Ship I’ve been on the Carnival Conquest and Inspiration and think that the décor on those ships are much better than on the Glory. It’s an ok ship. Lots of color…bit too much with the neon greens and yellows. One good thing I liked about the ship was that there were lots or genuine art paintings all over the ship. These pieces are for sale, and are displayed all over the ship (they keep the expensive ones in the art gallery). There are 3 pools and they seemed empty most of the time. There were ample chairs for everyone. The Amber palace is very elegant, but it may have a sanitation problem. A few people (as well as myself) got rashes and bites from god-knows-what for a few days. Just remember to take antibacterial ointment. I signed up for Yoga classes. This was wonderful. I’ve never done Yoga and I think I will start. We did Yoga outside on the deck – what an experience!! I also did the Indian Scalp Massage. This is very soothing and relaxing. During the last 2 days of the cruise, the Spa has discounted massage prices. Ports of call NOTE: we’ve always done excursions with Carnival, except for this time since the excursions were very expensive through Carnival. Nassau: I second the motion to remove this port from the itinerary. Unless you do a shore excursion, there’s nothing to do but to go to Atlantis and visit the hotel grounds. We took a water taxi to Atlantis and toured the hotel by ourselves. A few of us used the casino and got bored real fast. We didn’t have to pay for the Atlantis tour if we took the tour by ourselves. St.Thomas: BEAUTIFUL island. A MUST SEE. Too bad we were late arriving to this island due to rough seas. I think I’m in love with this island. I love beaches and different sceneries and St.Thomas is something to see. We took a taxi to Meagans Bay and spent the evening there. We came after 5 pm so we didn’t pay for admission. It is a beautiful beach. We then took a scenic route back to the ship. The jewelry prices are ok. We waited till St.Maarten to purchase jewelry. Liquor is cheaper than in the US. We bought 2 bottles of liquor and were able to sneak them back into the ship (Carnival requires that you surrender alcohol purchased outside the ship when you embark from the islands and they will hold the alcohol for you until the last day of the cruise). I think they do this to control the amount of alcohol consumed and also to prevent under age drinking. St.Maarten: Again, very beautiful. St.Maarten seemed more of a party island. Jewelry is cheaper. Our group did some serious jewelry shopping. We bought a Nano Ipod and some speakers for the Ipod. I think we got a good deal. Definitely enjoyed this island. My husband and I are into art and attended the art auction onboard quite frequently. We also bought a nice piece of art from Marteros and also won an art piece. I really loved this experience. Please do attend, as the Carnival's art collection is superb. Overall, our experience was good. I would recommend this ship.

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Nov 12, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean Keith Harpham Plus Points: Beautiful spacious ship – 110,000 tons on 13 decks Interior décor far more restrained than usual for Carnival Fewer intrusive announcements than previous Carnival cruises Spacious comfortable cabin with plenty of closet space Good shows Good dinner menus offering lots of choices and the biggest lobster I have ever had on a cruise. Negative Points: Lido Buffet (Red Sail

Restaurant) badly organized creating long lines Apart from cereals all hot and cold items on the same counters. On our previous Carnival cruises the continental breakfast items were separate Lido Buffet choices at breakfast display lots of niggling cost cutting: Many items only available some days e.g. pancakes, french toast, porridge, and grits. Some items not available at all e.g. oatmeal, meusli and english muffins Jam only available from one big jar on the counter, no individual portions. The same for syrup for french toast. Very little fresh fruit at breakfast, only melon and grapefruit. Lido Buffet choices for evening meals was abysmal compared to the dining room menu. On the night our tour was back late the only starter was soup, there was only one salad, two entrees pork or fish and the deserts were the same as lunchtime. Dining Room dinner menus no longer mention that a grilled steak, chicken or salmon is available as an alternative to the listed entrees. Our Assistant Maitre D’ did however confirm that they are still available. They clearly don’t wish to encourage people asking for them. Lounge entertainment has no soft music options. Only for the previous guest reception did the band play music for ballroom dancing. Rear dining room on decks 3 and 4 can only be accessed from higher or lower decks as galley blocks the way. We had inside cabin 1298 on Riviera Deck, which proved very comfortable and was kept in tiptop shape by our Philippino steward Dexter. We were on the 5.45pm early sitting dinner on table 510 on the upper level of the Platinum dining room. We had requested a large table as we enjoy meeting people but had been assigned a table on our own. Our waiter Leila from Estonia and her assistant Noel from the Philippines looked after us well but seemed very rushed when 16 of their 20 assigned people were present. Some nights there were barely half that number and they were much more relaxed and chatty. We had been to all three ports before but we like them so it was no problem. We did our own thing in Nassau and went to find the beach just past the Hilton Hotel. We had a force 8 gale between Nassau and St Thomas, which made us three hours late docking at 1pm. Some tours were canceled but ours to St John went ahead normally, though it meant we returned on the ferry from St John in the dark and missed our dinner sitting, hence our comments about the second rate buffet dinner above. Lido dinner patrons really are second class guests on this ship. We also did our own thing in St Martin. We saw 7 shows, which were very good, though the sound was often too loud. The Welcome Aboard Show, comedian Percy Crews, Living in America, singer Marcus Anthony, British magician Justin Illusion, Rock Down Broadway and comedian/magician Greg Ray. The gale resulted in one show being delayed for the safety of the dancers. The female cruise director Shawn Bussey was outstanding. The biggest laugh was when she invited three newly weds on stage. She persuaded the bridegrooms to do something special for their brides. When they returned to the stage they were dressed as Chippendales and strutted their stuff. When she got around to asking the third one what he did it brought the house down when he said he was a minister. Not only that but a hundred of his congregation had come on the cruise with them! I have never seen a cruise director speechless before, but Shawn was so convulsed with laughter, as was the audience and the participants, that it was ages before she could compose herself and continue. The minister and his bride were good sports who seemed to take it in their stride. They say that laughter is good for the soul! Despite 3,200 passengers on the ship, which has a double berth capacity of 2,974, it rarely seemed crowded and there was no problem finding a sun lounger. We preferred the rear pool area with its opening glass roof as the background music tended to be more to our taste than the main pool area’s throbbing style. Embarkation at Port Canaveral had been very smooth and only took minutes. Disembarkation was another story. We finally got off two and half-hours after disembarkation started, the longest it has taken on any of our 14 cruises to date. It wasn’t practical for us to use the Self-Assist option of taking all our cases ashore ourselves, which would have been much quicker. We have taken two previous cruises on Carnival Fantasy and Inspiration. While we didn’t like the décor on Inspiration it had the best food we have ever experienced apart from Celebrity and both Fantasy and Inspiration had excellent buffets. Sadly Glory was far below that standard so while we still enjoyed the cruise we have decided that Carnival’s buffet cost cutting means that Carnival is now the bottom of our list for future cruises. Our next four cruises in 2006 are on Celebrity Summit, Saga Ruby, P&O Arcadia and Celebrity Zenith and we hope they have not succumbed to the same sort of niggling cost cutting.

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Oct 21, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean Leslie King The Camp Carnival program for children 2-5 years was wonderful! The staff was friendly. The safety and security of the children was great (sign-in and sign out was strict). Activities were scheduled every 15-30 minutes on sea time days and times. My child loved it and I was very comfortable enjoying my time knowing he was in a clean, caring environment (he is not potty trained). When I called

or stopped by to check on him staff was friendly and all was well every time. Our cabin was spacious and clean. We opted for a ocean window, as we did not want the stress of a toddler and a balcony. I was pleased with the first floor cabin; the porthole is deep and my toddler could climb up and relax and watch the ocean action with a pillow. I would not get higher than floor two (floor one more ideal) with a small child, as they can identify better with the water closer. Room service was prompt and a thrill for my youngster. Food was average; the early seating folks had less quality issues than late seating (who complained of overdone and long done food). Service was excellent from those assigned to you in all aspects, but staff in general was not as friendly if they were not assigned to you. The spa is located under Camp Carnival, so noise from the children is an issue with relaxing during overpriced treatments. Check out the closed times and dinner times for the Camp before booking for a more quiet experience. Fitness staff was great, always friendly and adjusting level of class pace to those in the class. The entertainment (shows) were great when featuring the Glory dancers and singers, but poor when magic or juggling was involved. The Glory Idol was cute. For toddlers, my son only sat through the Glory dancer shows with interest. The supper club (Emerald) is overrated. While the service is great, the food is average for those fine dining out a lot. POrt time arrivals are off, and staff confirmed with me that they are often up to 30-45 minutes later in disembarking than posted. Keep this in mind if booking any private activities or a rental car. Customers on the cruise were a little ruder crowd than we experienced on Princess line; but there was a mixture of all types so we did not let the rude ones get us down. We mainly saw the rudeness come out in the buffet lines and during elevator etiquette. We also noticed a very relaxed dinner dress code, with jeans and T-shirts sneaking into the dining rooms nightly (although most dressed appropriate). The captain is visible and on the intercom regularly. Our itenerary was changed significantly due to the Hurricane Wilma and it was apparent the operations crew worked hard to make it a nice cruise. They did.

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Sep 30, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Glory Cruise Review 7-Night Eastern .Caribbean Vincent & Mary Finelli We selected the Carnival Glory in order to sail on Carnival's Conquest Class which includes the following ships: Conquest, 2002; Glory, 2003; Valor, 2004; and the new 2005 Liberty. These are the largest Carnival vessels afloat to date. However, the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy is now planning to launch the Carnival Pinnacle

in 2007, which will take the honor of the world largest cruise ship, projected to be over 160,000 tons. We were favorably impressed by the Carnival Glory, she sits in port like a gigantic yacht --- larger than life. Captain Francesco La Fauci takes great pride in this beauty; with her sleek looks, she is most elegant. Her amazing maneuverability was displayed at each port we entered. Unlike most newer ships which utilize Azipods, the Glory is guided by six thrusters; three in the bow and three aft. Vincent can attest to her agility, since he was convinced she was employing Azipod, until the 1st Officer Andrea Catalani pointed the thrusters out. We came to know Capt. La Fauci and with each day we were more astonished by his competence and gentility. EMBARKATION Boarding time is 1:30 pm and Carnival adheres to its schedule. We arrived in Port Canaveral at 1:30 pm and we were assisted on board in less than 30 minutes (check-in, security and in our cabin). There were long lines of passengers, who had arrived in port hours before boarding time. Although some ships do allow early boarding, from noon on, we have found that access to staterooms is usually after 1:00 pm; thus, passengers have their carry on luggage with them at the Welcome Aboard Buffet. We checked our dining assignment and found it was a table for two, by a window, and near the entrance. Perfect. We were off to the buffet in the Red Sail Restaurant on Deck 9. With all our errands done, we returned to our stateroom just 15 minutes before the Life Boat Drill. Perhaps this drill could be pushed back a bit later. But, sailing was scheduled for 4:00 pm and with a 1:00 pm embarkation there is no possible way, since there are many logistical issues to consider. Embarkation was simple, fast and relatively painless. Our kudos to Hotel Director Brian Huppe. THE SHIP Carnival Cruise Lines has grown from just one old ship in 1972, the TSS Mardi Gras (27,250 tons) to a fleet of 22 mostly new ships of which the Glory is number 19. The Glory's statistics are as follows: weight 110,000 tons, length 952 feet, beam 116 feet, and a draft of only 27 feet. Passenger capacity is 3,700 with an average of 2,974 per cruise. Carnival CEO Bob Dickinson states that recently Carnival has added more ports in the US in an effort to deploy its ships "close to home:" Charleston, SC; Baltimore, MD; Norfolk, VA, etc.... Carnival places emphasis on the "Everyman" and has something for all generations. These "Fun Ships" aim to bring cruise vacations to everyone, not just the elite, and at a great value. The name Glory refers to our US flag (Old Glory) and the theme of presentation of colors is carried throughout the ship by Carnival Architect Joe Farcus. The lobby has a display of three framed US flags. All the public areas, restaurants, theatre and lounges are named in colors: i.e. the Amber Palace Theatre, the main promenade is the Kaleidoscope Boulevard (all paved in black marble with mosaic squares of bright colors reminiscent of the child's toy). There is also the Black and White Library, the Green Room, The Ivory Club, The Crimson Club, etc.... We feel that this ship is the first Farcus design which did not go over board on the decorations. We found it much to our liking: a simple concept of colors, with a simple execution. He also kept the flashing lights in the ceilings and under the dance floors. In the day time the ship's appearance is subdued. At night the colors make the whole ship radiant. Riviera Deck 1 is all staterooms. Main Deck 2 is again all staterooms. Lobby Deck 3 forward has the Amber Palace Theatre. Midship is the Information Desk (Purser and Excursion Offices). Midship, toward aft, is the Golden Restaurant. All the way aft is the Platinum Restaurant with its platinum walls decorated with huge stylized cherry blossoms. The carpeting repeated this theme which fits with the patriotic mode (i.e. the cherry blossoms of Washington). The placement of the restaurant was a problem for us, since our stateroom was all the way forward and this involved two separate elevator rides at opposite ends of the ship. When sailing the Conquest Class, we suggest reserving the central dining room, for those with wheel chairs. When dining, the colors game is played with passengers divided into Red, White and Blue teams, who basically try to out cheer each other. Atlantic Deck 4 forward has the Amber Palace. Midship is the Photo Gallery, the Black and White Library which has too few books (all locked up) and too short library hours (10 to 11 am and 3 to 4 pm); Wednesday, on this cruise, it did not offer any hours at all. The room is always open with nice tables and chairs etc. but does not truly function as a library. Midship is the Golden Restaurant balcony, and aft is the Platinum Restaurant balcony. Promenade Deck 5 forward has the Amber Palace balcony and the Boulevard Shops. Midship are the Kaleidoscope Boulevard, the Camel Club Casino, with life size Camel statues and a Sushi Bar (serving from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm daily --- Excellent!). Toward aft is the White Heat Disco decorated with six foot tall white candles and a sunken dance floor. The Mexican Fiesta was held here on Wednesday night and the free Margaritas and chips contributed to the fun immensely. Toward aft there is a sort of mezzanine with the video arcade Ultraviolet's (play with tokens or Sail & Sign card -- $20 per day for under 18 or $50 per day adults). Aft is the Burgundy Bar, Cinn-A-Bar, Bar Blue, and Ebony Cabaret. The Captain's Welcome Party was held in this area using all four venues. We were ushered into the Cinn-A-Bar (a piano bar), where the Champagne flowed freely and the canapés were abundant and delicious. Upper Deck 6 is mainly staterooms and the atrium. Our cabin was located all the way forward, where we could see the bridge overlook. We suggest that wheelchair users be aware that from here there is a long walk to the forward elevators; then there is another long walk to the aft elevators and the Platinum Dining room. However, Vincent likes a balcony and this is the only site where wheelchair accessible cabins with balcony are available on the Conquest Class ships. All other wheelchair accessible cabins are either no balcony or inside cabins. Since we travel often and see so many physically challenged passengers, we believe that more wheelchair accessible cabins should be made available in every category and placed near central elevators. The Empress Deck 7 and Verandah Deck 8 are all staterooms. On Deck 7 look for the "Evening Funnel" a gift from the ship's builders the Fincantieri Shipyard. It was designed by the Mosaic School of Friuli, Spilimbergo, Italy (June 2003). Lido Deck 9 has staterooms forward; midship is the outdoor pool, stage, and Turquoise Bar and Pool; aft is the Red Sail Restaurant (very simply decorated with red sails!) Oriental Deli, the Pizzeria and Grille (excellent pizza cooked on order of ten minutes). All the way aft is the Azure Lido Pool and Bar with a retractable cover --- a very nice area. Panorama Deck 10 forward has staterooms. Midship is the Cobalt Lido Pool and aft are the Emerald Room (fine upscale dining) and the Fish & Chips venue (serving fish soups and chowders along with fried fish and oysters). This is a very hard area to access for wheelchairs, since it means a long walk. Take the midship elevators and walk aft. Look on Deck 10 for the traditional bronze plaque which Fincantieri places on all it ships and the Carnival Glory is listed as their 6058th ship produced. Spa Deck 11 forward is the Beauty Salon, Health Spa and Carnival Gym. This is one of Vincent's favorite areas, since on most ships the hot tub is quiet; however, this trip it was being serviced almost every morning. Aft is the Sports Deck and jogging track. Sun Deck 12 is the Kid's Pool area with Camp Carnival. Sky Deck 14 has the entrance to the giant Water Slide. It is evident that this is a huge ship, so we suggest selecting your stateroom location according to your needs and its proximity to the venues you will enjoy the most. The ship is brightly decorated in bold colors, and it is lovely. CABIN Stateroom 6207 is wheelchair accessible. When entering straight ahead is the large bathroom with safety handrails all around. There is a single sink with a large shower all in aqua tiles. When entering, on the left there is a double maple armoire, fitted with both shelves and hangers. There is another single armoire with shelves and hangers. Next, there is a desk/vanity with lighted mirror, TV, personal safe, and refrigerator all in natural maple. When entering on the right, there is a king-size bed flanked by night stands with reading lamps. One upholstered stool, a chair, and a coffee table complete the stateroom. The carpeting and drapes are in gold, red and orange. These colors complement the maple wood. There is a white puff quilt on the bed and two bright paintings in enamel. The balcony is small with a recliner, table and a chair. The room is invitingly warm and Benjamin, our steward, was perfection. FOOD & SERVICE Service is always programmed from the top on down! Captain Francesco La Fauci is a very visible and accommodating gentleman and a credit to the Carnival Lines. He is hands on in the navigational aspects of the Glory, and he is also very caring about the safety and well being of the passengers. He is joined on the Bridge by Staff Captain Carlo Aquilone; 1st Officer Andrea Catalani and Deck Cadet Giuseppe Cozzella. Captain La Fauci was concerned that the sea was a bit choppy and two review shows were postponed in deference to the safety of the participants. Substitute performances were given by a hypnotist and a comedian. Hotel Director Brian Huppe has brought service to a very high level. Of course, it is the food which most interests many passengers. Carnival in an effort to appeal to "Everyman" has implemented new ideas which are improving the fare. Salads are brought to the main dining rooms in large serving bowls and are plated individually. Dressings are made fresh for each meal. Hot dessert is now on each menu: cakes, pies and soufflés. We were happy to sail again with Executive Chef Andrew D'Souza; he is superb! He has specific expertise in Italian Cuisine and his pasta sauces are exquisite: lightly seasoned, fresh ingredients and a joy to the taste. Plating is done with special care and the dishes and flatware are quite nice. We heard that Captain Francesco has culinary talents too! Breakfast is available in the Platinum Restaurant and the Red Sail Restaurant (Buffet) Deck 9, or by Room Service. We had ours in our stateroom every morning. Lunch is available in the Platinum Restaurant with a pared down menu, which is still more than ample (appetizers, soups, salads, several hot entrees and desserts to write home about). In the Red Sail Buffet, there are many venues which include a roast station (with tender rare roast beef or succulent roast pork), a pizzeria, a grille, a Deli for made-to-order sandwiches, salad bars, fresh fruit, desserts and ice cream. Dinner was a treat each evening. Among the appetizers were the following: tropical fruit plates with wild berries, smoked salmon with onions and capers, shrimp, prawns, escargots, prosciutto and melon, and artichokes etc. Soups were a medley of hot ones such as the following: Lobster bisque, Cream of tomato, Funghi Selvatici (wild mushrooms), etc. There were also the following cold ones: Gazpacho Andalouse, Strawberry bisque, Vichyssoise, cucumber and dill, and cream of lychee etc. Salads were super fresh and varied. Mary felt the Caesar Salad was the best she had had afloat. Chef Andrew is superb! Every night is featured a pasta course: Ziti with Italian Sausage, Bell peppers and mushrooms; Trennette Puttanesca; Penne Mariscos with shrimp and scallops; Farfalle with smoked turkey; Penne with vodka and caviar; Penne a la Siciliana with eggplant, zucchini and plum tomatoes, etc. All were exquisite! Entrees each evening included fish, fowl and meats in great variety. Seafood included the following: Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Honey basted Pacific Salmon; Broiled Lobster tail; Red Snapper on a Lentil cake, Black Tiger Shrimp etc. Fowl included Supreme Chicken Breast with herbs and garlic, Young Long Island duckling, Roasted Quail with herb stuffing, Tom Turkey, etc. Meats on the Menu were delicious and cooked to order. We especially enjoyed the following: New Zealand Spring Lamb, Beef Wellington, Veal Parmigiana, Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, and an excellent Wiener Schnitzel. Desserts were cheese cakes, creme brulee, Chestnut Napoleon, Prune tarts, Chocolate cakes, Grand Marnier Soufflé, and two new ones for us: Lemon custard with Basil ice cream and sloe gin, and an Almond Expresso cake with phyllo dough!!! Let's not forget the wonderful ice creams and sherbets made on board. They aim to please, Mary asked for a cup of just plain wild berries and out it came (black berries, blueberries and strawberries). How delicious! Our Compliments to Chef Andrew D'Souza --- his Carnival offerings are new and exciting. We met Maitre D' Bimal Bodaji and he should be proud of his staff. Platinum Dining Room Maitre D' Terence Roddy was exceptional and we were very pleased with Head Waiter Hector White and Asst. Romeo Tao-on. The Dining Room Hostess Kamila Krzak is sweet and elegant too. Room Service was punctual every morning and available 24 hrs a day, with the usual wait between 20 to 30 minutes. That is excellent for a large ship. Thanks Jolita! Dinner with Captain La Fauci was a night to remember. He is a very erudite man and his officers are a most competent group. Carnival has set its sights on elevating cruising to the best vacation value and we feel it is succeeding. The demographics of this cruise seemed to be much younger than many other lines. There were young families, teens, newly weds and retirees among the mix. ENTERTAINING Cruise Director Mark Price and his Asst. Director Carlo are a very active team. Carnival "fun ships" make every effort to provide many enjoyable options: Yoga, Aerobics, Card Games, Classical Concerts, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Casino fun, Teen Disco, Treasure Hunts, Bingo, Night Clubs, Internet Cafe ---- or if you prefer---- quiet relaxation in a deck chair on the Promenade, or on your own private balcony. The Amber Palace shows are billed as "Las Vegas Style"; however, this cruise had postponements due to adverse seas. The Carnival Glory has an upbeat ambiance with singing and dancing even in the dining rooms. There is fun for all ages. DEBARKATION Carnival does not rush passengers off. We had breakfast in our own stateroom even on the morning of debarkation. Passengers are asked to remain in their staterooms until their deck # and luggage tag colors are called. Green was called at 9:15 am. We had assistance with the wheelchair and the luggage all the way to the 4th floor of the Parking Garage. Bless them. Excellent! PORTS OF CALL Saturday Port Canaveral Depart 4:00 pm Sunday Nassau, Bahamas Arrive 8:30 am Depart 2:00 pm Monday At sea. Tuesday St. Thomas, USVI Arrive 10:00 am Depart 8:00 pm Wednesday St. Maarten Arrive 8:00 am Depart 6:00 pm Thursday At sea Friday At sea Saturday Port Canaveral Arrive 7:00 am CONCLUSION This was a great cruise, even though the weather was not at its best and our cabin location was all the way forward. The food and service were among the best we have had at sea. However, due to limited mobility, the location of the cabin is very important, especially on mega ships. Ironically, we have booked the same stateroom on two more cruise ships with identical deck plans to the Glory: the Costa Magica and the Carnival Liberty. We feel we should change our cabin on these coming cruises, which means either sacrificing the balcony or getting a regular cabin with balcony but closer to the central elevators. Fortunately, we don't have this problem on the next two cruises, on the Star Princess, Oct. 23rd and on the Navigator of the Seas, Dec. 3rd, where the wheelchair accessible cabins are close to the atrium elevators. We suggest the ship designers consider the hardship of those with limited mobility and make a better plan by positioning the wheelchair accessible cabins within short distances to the midship elevators. Nowadays, we see more physically challenged people on cruises, because this is a type of vacation best suited to them, where they can participate to whichever activity they are able or relax on deck or balcony enjoying the view or reading a book, etc.... Thus it is important to have sufficient number of specially adapted cabins in all categories and in appropriate locations. We suggest that ship designers should use a wheelchair for a day, in order for them to realize the effort required to get around a mega ship. This way they would be aware of the importance of the location of cabins for physically challenged people. Happy Cruising!

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Sep 30, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean S. B. All in all I had a wonderful time on the Glory’s 10/1/2005 Eastern Caribbean cruise. I thought that some of you would be interested in hearing a review. This was also my first cruise, so you will get some first-cruiser perspective as well. There were some goods and bads but overall it was a great time! Arrival in Port Canaveral I have read these boards quite a bit and felt like a veteran cruiser.

As per many suggestions, I arrived at 10AM, not the Carnival-recommended 1PM, expecting to be sitting in the Red Sail Restaurant at 11 watching all the suckers arriving “on-time”. My plan backfired, somewhat. I ended up checking in pretty quickly, but waiting for an hour or so for the rest of the previous passengers to debark. More on that later on. We then finally got our pictures taken for our Sail and Sign cards, then shuffled to ANOTHER line that formed when they took pictures of the passengers embarkation. Well, we drove into port from Pennsylvania and looked like crap. We politely declined the picture and boarded. They should have a no-picture-please line. I know why they do it ($$) but I wish they didn’t. By 1 or so, we were eating lunch. The muster drill took 30 minutes. We had already pushed off before the drill was finished. I’m sure someone was ticked off about that. I didn’t really feel like I missed anything. I was off to a cold drink and a little party on-deck. Very fun. Our luggage finally arrived around 5PM. I was glad my smuggled alcohol made it safely. Ports: Nassau This is a wasted stop, in my opinion. We arrive at 8am and pull away at 1:30pm. My wife went to the spa and I went to find a shirt with a collar in Nassau. (Yeah, it was a packing error on my part!) I was bothered left and right with people wanting me to buy this, rent that, etc. I was annoyed by beggars wanting a few bucks for their “operation” coming up. It was ridiculous. I went into the open market and was offered Cuban cigars (they were fake) and drugs. It was a nightmare. I was bothered all the way back to the ship by another wave of beggars and was glad when we left. St. Thomas Thanks to Tropical Storm Tammy, this was a rainy. Our snorkeling catamaran excursion was cancelled. We pent a lazy day on the ship which was great. We rebooked on a similar excursion in St. Maartin. St. Maartin We booked the Golden Eagle Catamaran excursion. It was fun. They had an open bar onboard and took us to an isolated island for snorkeling. It was 3 ½ hours of fun in the sun. These guys were old school. There was no safety briefing or anything. It was just hop-on and go. They had music and rum-punch flowing and were dancing with the ladies on-board. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a great time, though! The Ship Our room was wonderful (Room 8300 on the Verandah Deck). It was clean and the balcony was nice. The balcony door was able to prop itself open. No bungee necessary, although I brought one. The bathroom was clean and had shelving on both sides of the mirror for our toiletries. No need for an over-the-door shoe-holder. Another CC myth busted. The TV had ABC, CBS, and NBC feeds and a channel that played Animal Planet/TLC programming without commercials, which was neat. Every night when I dressed for dinner that Corbin guy was on chasing lions across Africa or something. Our phone never worked right. Luckily I didn’t have anyone to call, so we got past that. Everything looked well kept including the hallways, bathrooms, dining areas, etc. Food: Food was very good. We ate in the dining room every night and enjoyed the food. My mouth still waters when I think of the filet mignon, shrimp and salmon. The only disappointment was the lobstertail I ordered one evening. It didn’t have a lot of flavor to it. The Red Sail restaurant was breakfast for us. I am an early riser and would bring back a tray of omelets on toast, bacon, and juice to the room for breakfast in bed. It was so good! The 24 hour pizza counter was very good. My only complaint there was that every time I asked for a ceasar salad (which came recommended on CC) he told me it was too busy for him to make it. Strange. The buffet in the Red Sail Restaurant for lunch was just ok. Room Service was not very good. We ordered breakfast one morning and a couple sandwiches one evening and it wasn’t that great. It was always easier to walk to the Red Sail, grab some food and walk it bacmk to the room. Their food was better and I got it faster. Debarking: This didn’t go so well. They announced that they were going to allow cruisers that were willing to handle their own luggage off the ship first. We had a long drive back to Pennsylvania ahead of us so we were willing to take our luggage ourselves. The called self assisted cruisers by floor, but they couldn’t stop line-jumpers from other floors from making us wait longer and longer. It took two hours before they cleared the first floor they called through customs. It took forever. This explains why it took so long for us to board the boat a week earlier. Some Minor Disappointments: The boat rocked a lot. Trop. Storm Tammy caused a lot of motion for probably 4 of the 7 day cruise. It didn’t bother us, really. It was sort of fun. Unfortunately, Tammy also brought lots of wind and rain for several days. They had to reschedule a couple shows for the safety of the dancers, which I thought was weird. Our cruise director, Mark Price, got sick halfway through the cruise and the assistant cruise director took over. I think his name was Carlos (?). He wasn’t nearly as funny and his joke delivery was pretty bad. The TV channel that showed where we were, speed, wave size, etc. was broken. It would have been nice to know where we were. There was also a map next to the casino that was supposed to light up our location. That was broken too.  

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Sep 25, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Imagination Eastern Caribbean Paul Right off the bat I want to warn everyone when going to embark the ship, don’t worry about getting there early. I had to check out of my hotel at 11:00 and got a taxi ride to the Port of Miami to be greeted by very friendly porters who took my luggage but when going into the building to check in, was met with long, not moving lines. They have to get everyone off the cruise that docked

that morning along with some time to check up the returning cruise before letting anyone through. This causes long lines that you just stand in. My suggestion is get there early afternoon and you’ll be fine. Once the lines start moving, it’s not too bad. You have to go through the customary security screening and then through the check in. That’s followed by getting into another line to get your sail and sign card along with a separate room key card. Once on the ship, I had in the back of my mind what I’d read most about the Imagination, that is was an old ship. I was expecting less than I seen as the ship was in good ship and everything was clean and quite nice. One of the first things I noticed right off was that the cabin room was bigger than other cruises I have been on. That was a nice surprise. The room was clean and had lots of space. I began my trek around the ship to see what was all there. I soon found out that the Promenade and Lido decks were the main desks for things going on. It was a standing joke when someone got on the elevator and ask where they were going, they’d say “P for Party” (as the letters were listed large on the elevator buttons instead of the full names and the party places were on P). As customary, a party was held in the area around the swimming pool with things going on and a buffet at the Horizons Bar. There are actually 2 Horizon Bars, one outdoors by the pool and one inside just in back of it by going down a hallway on either side. The food was really good I thought. The first night, and actually most meals, I eat at the Horizons Bar and Grill. During lunch they always fixed hamburgers and hotdogs along with a variety of other tasty things in the outside buffet with a better variety of menu in the inside one where also the 24-hour pizzeria is. There were always people at the pizzeria at all times of the day along with at the 24-hour ice cream machines. Just to clarify my review, I didn’t ever take in the dining rooms during the scheduled seating. I was on vacation and didn’t want to change out of my very casual dress (jeans or shorts and polo shirts) just to sit down and eat. I was very content with eating at the other places that served a variety of foods based on an ethnic food menu that changed each night. If you haven’t been on a Carnival cruise before, you’ll like their special quark the cabin stewards do - make towel animals in your room at night when they go to turn your bed down and dim the lights. Yes, you’ll do like everyone else and take pictures of them and think that they’re too cute to actually take apart and use as actual towels. We had fairly calm seas and the ride was smooth. You could feel the wave action a little with you laid down in bed at night but it was minimal at best. The last cruise I went on had some not really rough seas, but some waves and I you felt it all the time and I had a couple days of “sea legs” after the cruise. For you first time cruisers, “sea legs” is when you are standing on firm, normal ground when you get off the ship but it still feels like you are moving like you were on the ship. When we got to Cayman Island, we were tendered to the dock. There were 3 other ships there and all have different areas where the tenders dock you. There are Carnival personnel there and point you where you need to go to stand for the shore excursions which is very helpful. You stand under a sign with the shore excursion you have and wait for them to come up to you and tell you to follow them. The sign has the time when you’ll leave so it’s real easy to just cross the street to the shops real quick to look around before heading out on your excursion. I took in the Sting Ray Sandbar. We were taking to our busses and loaded up and bused to the boat we were on. On the way out, about 35 minutes, they told us all about the sting rays and what to expect. We ran into some rain on the way. Here’s a tip. If you go on the sting ray excursion, bring a little carrying bag, like a cosmetic bag or something to put your valuables and sail and sign card, etc. into when you get off the boat to get in the water with the sting rays. It also helps if a rain shower comes up to help keep them dry. Don’t worry about stuff being taken as you’ll have 35 minutes on the way back to see if anything was taken because everyone comes back on the same boat. When you get there, you’ll have to take your shoes off before getting in the water. They also will give you some squid to hold in your fist for the sting rays to eat out of your hand. When we got to the sand bar there were many other boats there and lots of people in the water. That’s okay because the area is fairly big and you’ll have lots of room to move around. It’s kind of a scary sight when you first pull up there and you see these things swimming around the boat. The water isn’t very deep (you can stand up with the water about chest high in most places). The boat provided us snorkels to use if we wanted to but the water is so clear you can see everything without a snorkel if you don’t want to use one. I wasn’t off the boat and standing on the sandbar for more than a minute when one swam by my rubbing up against my leg. They are all over and swimming among everyone standing there. You can reach down and feel them and they don’t do anything but keep swimming by. For the 30 minutes or so we were there I couldn’t count how many of them I reached down and touched. The people who took us out on the boat found a couple of them that didn’t mind being held and gave everyone a chance to hold one from underneath while they took your picture. (You can buy the picture for $8 on a computer disk on the way back if you want, if you don’t want one, I’ll still suggest you hold one because it’s really an experience) The bottom line is if you want a great experience that’s fairly inexpensive for an excursion, do the Sting Ray Sandbar - it is well worth it and you won’t be disappointed! When we got back from the sting ray excursion I had plenty of time to take a tender back to the ship, change and take a tender back to do some looking around and shopping in the shops that are all around the dock area. They keep tenders running back and forth all the time they are docked. In fact there were only two of us on the tender going back to the dock when I went to go shopping but they didn’t hold it for more and got us right in to the dock. There are tons of shops right around the dock area and really easy to get to by foot and all reasonably priced items. (You will get a listing of the shops that Carnival suggest and tells you about the night before in your cabin). When we got to Jamaica we docked on the pier at Ocho Rio and you just walk down the pier into Ocho Rio. The biggest difference here in comparison to Cayman Island is that people really bug you outside of the pier about wanting to take you in their taxi somewhere and if you want a “special or better” cigarette. Carnival warns you about this but it was worse than I expected. A small shopping area there is just a few block from the pier that you can walk to but the locals also know you’re walking there and line up all along there and at the entrance to the shopping strip and bug and beg you. In the shopping strip it’s not as bad but there are still a few in there on the sidewalks in front of some of the stores trying to sell you things. They are mostly handcrafted things and you can get some good deals but you have to be careful none the less and Carnival recommends shops they’ve checked (again, you will get a list the night before in your cabin). I only went shopping there so really couldn’t tell much about the shore excursions. Just be prepared for the difference to no one bugging you at Cayman Island and the constant bugging at Jamaica. The shows were all really good with the “Vegas” style shows very impressive. The theatre filled up quick on all the shows and each one of them got lots of response with the Carnival entertainers being very entertaining in their non-stop shows. The shows are fast paced and exceptional so make sure you get to them early so you have a good seat and don’t miss anything. Most of the shows you can’t take flash pictures at and that’s a little disappointing because they’d make good pictures for your memory book. One more little tidbit is if you like desert, they have a wide selection of deserts in the Horizon Bar and Grill each night. But if you want really, really good deserts, pay the extra and go to the Coffee Shop on the Promenade Deck. I recommend the strawberry cheesecake. Between the strawberry cheesecake and the nice crew working there, it’s well worth stopping by when you leave the casino or dance club (it’s between those places). All in all, the cruise actually exceeded what I expected in reading the mixed reviews. The Imagination is an old ship but I found the only way to really notice is if you looked really hard and see some layers of paint in areas and a little rust on outside areas like around the rescue tenders harnesses. What I did find was that the crew were really nice and very much helpful in whatever you needed. They don’t bend way over backwards to make everything perfect like on some higher end cruises, but they were very friendly and glad to help when you ask. One of the deejays was a bit too cocky for my liking and when I mentioned it to another passenger they said the same thing when he was out doing some dance thing on the deck that I missed. But he was really the exception to all the crew members. One things I did notice was lots of people at the information desk where in other cruises I haven’t seen that many people at the information desks. I didn’t have any problems so I can’t really say if they had legitimate grips or not. Sometimes people want too much or think they deserved too much from what I’ve found out in getting to know some of the people that work at cruise information desks. The cruise was inexpensive in comparison to many of the cruises I looked at so I wasn’t expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Don’t let the old ship or the lower price fool you. The cruise was well worth it and I got more than my money’s worth. The passengers were varied from little children to senior citizens and all had a great time from what I seen. If you want to nice cruise for a good price, this is one you should consider by all mean as you won’t be disappointed. Some reviews aren’t so good, but I found if you go into a cruise with really high expectations, most lower priced cruises won’t satisfy you no matter what. You get what you pay for and in this cruise I feel I got more than a paid for. It wasn’t the best cruise I’ve been on, but I paid a lot more for the others.  

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Sep 16, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean Tom Nasworthy Embarkation – We arrived by car at 11am and was on the ship at 12:50pm. Almost 2 hours. The process could use some reorganization. For one, we had filled out everything online and had printed Fun Passes. This turned out to be a total waste of time. Everyone was sent through the same lines. There was NO “fast line” for folks with Fun Passes. You must go through 4 lines to get onboard:

1)Security/X-Ray 2)Information desk 3)Pick up Sign & Sail cards 4)line for embarkation photo and then you’re on the ship. On Board – The week we spent on board was very nice, and we would go again (probably will). There were 3300 guests and 1100 crew, but the lines were never terribly long. The longest lines were for breakfast in the Red Sail buffet restaurant, and even then I never waited more than 5 minutes in line. And if you look around there’s usually 3 to 4 lines open in other areas of the Red Sail. The dining room was nice, although the portions were very small as compared to our previous cruise with Carnival a few years ago. However, you can order more than one entrée or appetizer, or as many as you want. I found if I ordered 1 appetizer, 1 entrée, and 1 dessert I was amply full. The food everywhere on the ship was good to very good. My Soda card was honored in the dining room by the bar steward, and he kept my soda glass full every night that I ate in the dining room (for which I tipped him $10 extra on the last night). On the subject of the Fountain Soda card – I had read it was $38 a week before we sailed, but onboard it turned out to be $45. I bought 2, for myself and my wife since we aren’t big alcohol drinkers. In hindsight, I would not do so again. $90 for 2 soda cards is too much considering you’re not given the cans, the glasses (8 oz) as filled with ice, and the soda is poured from whatever open bar cans they have sitting there. For $45 each we should have been given fresh cans of soda with a glass of ice. Yes, you can go back as many times as you like for soda, but it’s a pain to have 3 swallows and need to go back. I did ask for a can and was told they would have to charge my sign & sail if I wanted the full can. Also, I learned quickly not to show my soda card until I was asked by the bartender what I wanted. Otherwise they will leave you standing there forever while they wait on customers purchasing alcohol. Our excursions were very nice and well executed by the tour guides. We had 1 excursion cancelled due to weather. We were told, not once, but twice, by the pursers desk that our sign & sail cards would be automatically credited for the cancelled excursion. By the last day of the cruise we still had not been credited so we went to the excursions desk and was told we would NOT have been credited unless we turned in our unused tickets at the excursion desk! We were credited within an hour of turning in the tickets. I hear you asking “why didn’t you just go to the excursion desk to begin with?”. Because the excursion desk was only open 2 hours per day! 12-2pm! And we were always doing things during those 2 hours. In my OPINION the excursion desk should be open at least 8 hours per day to give folks the chance to return unused tickets. I’m sure a number of folks found out the hard way that they were NOT automatically credited. The cruise director was Mark Price. He was a very talented, very funny guy! He kept us all well entertained while onboard. Also, the Vegas style shows were excellent. Get good seats at least a half hour in advance. An hour if you want front row. The casino was a waste of money for us since all we do are the slots and they are too tight. We only saw a few folks hit big pots during the entire week. We dropped about $400 between the 2 of us. The biggest win I had all week was 80 quarters. The biggest win my wife had was 72 quarters. The ship is beautiful and the numerous bars are all very nice with different types of entertainment in each (piano, blues, rock, comedy, etc). There were always chairs available if you wanted to sit outside on deck, and there was always something going on somewhere on the ship. We had a balcony room, so we spent time sitting on the balcony and enjoying the view. Someone suggested bringing a bungee cord to hold the balcony door open so we could hear the ocean at night. That didn’t work out for us. The Caribbean is too hot outside in September to keep the door open, even at night. And our rooms never seemed to cool down to a comfortable temperature until after the sun went down each night. And yes, we had the thermostat set at the lowest setting. I would recommend bringing along a small electric fan to help circulate air in the room. I will next time for sure. Excursions – We had 3 stops: 1)Nassau, Bahamas 2)St Thomas, V.I. 3)St Maarten, W.I. In Nassau we took a water taxi to the Atlantis Resort. Very nice. The casino was also very nice. In St Thomas we took a tour of the island that ended at the Blackbeard’s castle, where we then walked down to the shopping district and took a taxi back to the ship. Blackbeard’s castle was nice. The shopping district was mostly jewelry stores. We were shopping for a pink topaz bracelet for my wife and the prices were nothing great in St Thomas. We didn’t buy anything there. We did notice a lot of government housing everywhere on the island. We were surprised because St Thomas is a U.S. territory, so we expected it to look different than other poor islands we have visited in the past. And the dingy shopping mall at the port was 99% jewelry stores as well, and even higher prices than in town. St Maarten was very nice. The port terminal was very nice, with nicely decorated shops. The shops in downtown Philipsburg were also nice for the most part. And the jewelry prices were better here. We bought a nice pink topaz bracelet for my wife here at a much better price than the previous ports. We also bought some other nice items in St Maarten. And you can buy an ice cold Corona there for $1! Or soda, or bottled water, $1! FYI, when you’re getting off the ship in ports, Carnival has people selling large bottled waters for $3.50 at the gangway. If you wait until you’re off the ship you can buy it for $2, or small for $1. Debarkation – Debarkation went smoothly. We were off the ship and in our car by 10am. A word of advice – If you do the “self assist”, meaning you elect to carry all of your own luggage off the ship yourself, be prepared to cart it all down several decks of stairs, across the gangway, down 2 escalators in the terminal, and across the parking terminal. We elected to have Carnival take our luggage the previous night, and after going through immigration and customs our luggage was waiting on the carousel on the lower level of the terminal. It was much easier than trying to take it all off the ship ourselves. We really enjoyed the cruise, and we would do it again. In fact, my wife is already thinking about it for next year. There were a few minor problems, which I discussed above, but there’s always a few. Nothing ever goes perfectly, at least not in the real world! The few problems we encountered were nothing to lose sleep over. All-in-all, Carnival did a great job of feeding and entertaining 3300 guests for a week.

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Aug 19, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean Beth Caldwell On August 20, 2005, we boarded the Carnival Glory. Embarkation was many different lines they had one line to check in and turn in the immigration paperwork for the Bahamas. Then the second line to get you sign and sail card. Then a third line to activate your sign and sail card. Then you stand in line to get on board. The ship was very clean when boarding her. The luggage was delivered

to your cabin up till 7pm. If you did not get your luggage because either you did not fill out the tag correctly or if the tag was ripped off they put the luggage by the Pursers office and you were to come and get it. Many cases were never found. The tour desk was very helpful at all times. Including while people were waiting for their tours on the piers and wanting to change to a different tour. The ship went to the Bahamas as the first port. Second port was St. Thomas. I did not know this but for about the past year you have to go thru American immigration before you can go ashore. Count on this to take up to four hours after the ship docks before you can go ashore. The good news is if you have an early tour time you will be on of the first groups off the ship. Our tour was a early afternoon tour so by the time we got off of the ship we only had time to shop at some the of stores near the ship. Once we got back from the tour we went to the rest of the shops, we did not have time go into town or anything else. You will have to go thru immigration even if you do not get off the ship. St. Maarten was the last port. We had three days at sea; the ship had many different activities all the time. When the weather was bad they moved the activities from outside in and added new activities at the last minute. One of the nice things about the Glory is either you can do all the activities that you want or you can relax and do nothing and not be disturbed by the action. It is only a party ship if you want it to be. The Glory has many quiet areas inside and outside so that either you can read play games or just relax during the day. I love that they did the ice carving durning the day so the kids can enjoy it. We loved the art auctions besides the selling of the art the auctioneer would explain the differences between original and accurate reproductions. He also told us about different artist and their beginnings. At night they had very good shows everything from Las Vegas style to magic, comedians and of course the passenger talent show. They also had two midnight shows with the comedians for 18 and older, which were very good. The soda card is wonderful for kids and adults. My husband loved that they used soda in cans instead of fountains. The wait staff and room staff where wonderful at making sure every need was taken care of. We ordered from room service a couple of times the food arrived very fast and was what we ordered. The main complaint that I heard from other passenger was about the food. The juices and coffee’s seemed to be watered down. The food was small portions and sometimes very bland. Sometimes what you ordered off the menu description is not what was brought to you but it was close. I also so heard from other people that the food was wonderful. My husband and I did not feel the food was up to Carnival’s standards. I have been on Carnival about 15 times mainly in the 70’s and both of us on the Fantasy when she first came out. Debarkation seems to run very smooth. They offer if you can carry all of your bags with out help you can leave early. We did get off in the first group since we took the tour of Kennedy Space Center.

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Jul 22, 2005

NOT FOUND

Me (43) my husband (46) and one son (10) booked our cruise with Carnival because our first cruise 2 years ago was awesome. We sailed that time on the Carnival Conquest and the Carnival Glory is the sister ship to the Conquest. We wanted different ports to visit this time so we felt this would be the perfect cruise for us. We were very happy with the ports we visited this time. In St. Thomas we sailed by Catamaran to St. John and snorkeled

close to St. John Island. This was a perfect excursion for us. Great weather, clear water, beautiful scenery, and good food on board coming back. I would recommend this excursion. However, in St. Maarten we did the "Beach Break" and although the beach was beautiful and they had all-you-can-eat ribs, we got a little bored and were wishing we had something else to do. We had to wait for the return bus to the ship and wished we had at least brought some snorkel gear with us (they don't provide anything but the ride to the beach and ribs). I would not recommend this excursion. Now, for the ship. We realized that the ship was exactly the same as the Conquest and wished we had gone on a different ship because there was nothing new to discover. The ship is beautiful, of course, but extremely crowded everywhere you go. I had discovered a high deck on the Conquest where I could be alone to read on sea days. But on the Glory, that deck was even crowded. There was nowhere to read outdoors where you could find peace and quiet. The Pools are small and always full. Our son had a wonderful time. We brought along walkie-talkies (which they also have available on board to rent) and we kept in touch with him that way. He made lots of friends and enjoyed the freedom to run around with them on sea days on the ship. The only thing I would recommend to Carnival would be to find more fun activities for appropriate age groups. Our son decided against "Camp Carnival" activities because he thought they were designed more for younger people. He was in the 9-11 age group, but liked what the kids in the 12-15 age group were doing better. The food is pretty good, and there is plenty of it, but the lines everywhere are long. We found ourselves waiting much longer in lines to eat than we did on the Conquest. I recommend eating in your assigned dining room for dinner. The staff are wonderful and very accommodating. If you don't like what you order, they will bring you something else. I found myself ordering 2 or 3 desserts every night just to taste them. Find out what night they are serving "Bitter and Blanc" for dessert, and don't miss it. I'd pay for the recipe if I knew where to get it. The people in the gift shops were snobby, I felt. In fact, most of the staff on the Glory seem unhappy, unlike Carnival Conquest, where everyone seemed happy to be there. The ship is relatively clean, except the leftovers and dishes, etc. left outside cabin doors after people had eaten in their rooms. They were left for hours at a time before they were picked up and sometimes began smelling bad. Many times on the ship we noticed what smelled like sewage. We also noticed that there was way too much noise in the hallways at night. I had to buy some earplugs just get sleep. Don't stay on the Veranda Deck (Deck 8). The Lido deck is just above and there is noise up there all night long! Overall a good trip. But too crowded. We decided we would sail a different cruise line next time and maybe opt for a smaller ship.

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Jul 8, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

I have taken many cruises and thought that Carnival was really a poor line. Much to my surprise, Glory was a great ship....well laid out and very spacious. in spite of almost 2000 passengers, quite enough room..... Pools are small however. Staterooms are small....even the suite we had was not as spacious as others we have been on

Service...very good....they have a "pre tipping policy" they bill you 70 dollars each at the start. you can have this removed at the pursers desk...no problem Supper club...Very nice dinner, basically a morton style steakhouse....60 plus tip for couple....estra, but worth it far superior to dining rooms...ate there three times Ports - Nassau and St Thomas were great! St. Martins....BE AWARE; THERE ARE TIME SHARE OPERATORS...VERY HIGH PRESSURE CALLED "OYSTER BAY BEACH RESORTS"....STAY AWAY..PLACE IS A DUMP, FULL OF BUGS AND WHAT APPEARED TO BE LARGE ROACHES.... THEY PROMISE YOU A BEAUTIFUL DAY AT A PRIVATE BEACH.....JUST A PUBLIC BEACH....DON'T GO....

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May 27, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

No more Carnival cruises for my wife and I. Glory is a nice ship, but trash was left on deck everywhere, Red Sail restaurant tables not bused - had to do it ourselves, food was mediocre at best. Nassau visit too short to do much. St Thomas and St Martin were nice, but then 2 long days at sea, with Carnival constantly trying to get you to buy their merchandise.

I recommend Royal Caribbean Voyager class ship, based on previous cruise that had 4 port calls in 7 days.

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May 13, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Zila Douglas I now have sailed two times with Carnival. The first was a wonderful time and I wish I could say the same for the ship Glory. I had a party of fourteen traveling with me and they came from all of the US to do so. The Port at Cape Canaveral leaves a whole lot to be proud of being a Floridian . The people were short with the

customers and rude , unorganized and had trouble from the beginning due to the ship arriving in port late and I tell you they seemed to take it out on the people. A great deal of us flew in or drove 7 plus hours even coming from home in Fl and stayed in motels . Not once did Carnival contact I or any member of our group this was left up to my travel agent whom I commend for keeping me up to date on all the problems this cruise had before it even left port. There are many many things I could say about this and I want to write this to Carnivals president CEO directly . What I will say is what Carnival did to all of us a full ship was a slap in the face and has made me decide to cruise with another cruise liner from now on. I will say we missed our first port of call but St. Thomas is a magnificent port the beauty is worth the trip .The people friendly , informative and enjoyable .My group took a bus tour with Timothy he is located in central square there and he is so worth the twenty dollars to take a tour with him. Two people from my group purchased diamonds there at a very reasonable price. The views are just breath taking to see and the beaches great. St Marteen the people were all over us from the time we got off the boat the township unique but mainly jewelry stores your best bet to bargain is the alley ways but have a man with you or group of people and be able to say No over and over again. The nude beaches are real. My sisters had luck in the Casino's there. Now the ship my cabin boy was Roy you could not have asked for more . The rooms we had some were ocean view and some inside . The ocean view was large the bed comfortable to us and the comforters down and all the clean sheets bath towels and beach towels you needed . Loads of closet and drawer space. We were assigned to the Golden dining room first seating our head waiter was Magen she was outstanding. The food was good the portions small but from a dietary view what you needed and after all you could have all you wanted of anything you wanted from the starters to the main course and desserts, so if one did not get enough to eat the dining room was not to blame . The buffet dining room was to me amazing clean and staff efficient but breakfast was repeated same day in and out and I did not think the lunch's and dinners were all that but we always had Oriental , Deli, Pizza , and HB and hotdogs available but the wait and lines were long. We found the ship to be big but confusing and difficult to get around and you were not allowed on deck four the staff was allowed deck three had a lot chairs but most decks stayed roped off unavailable to us due to high winds. I was not impressed with the cruise director nor was I impressed with WEE Jimmy I found him to be loud and honestly quite annoying after you heard him twice. We never got on our ship the day of sailing until 8:30 PM never left port until 11:30 PM scheduled to leave four Pm so you can see with one entire day missed from the start none of my group and the echo's on board many people were unhappy but like I they tried to put that behind them and have a good time , in closing Carnival lost a good deal of repeat sailers from this and many more who had previous such problems with carnival and decided to give it another try , not me , this was my last . Hope all your cruises turn out to be great but research this ship closely it is a party boat and CROWDED Always.

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Apr 22, 2005

Western Caribbean

Still tanned from our cruise of the Western Caribbean, I wanted to share some of our experiences with other cruisers. I have a family of four with two teenage girls. We selected Carnival because of their child-friendly attitude and activities. The itinerary we chose was mostly because we didn’t want to spend too many days at sea without a port to stop at. The

Western Caribbean itinerary took us from Port Canaveral on Saturday and on Sunday we were in Key West. Monday was a day at sea and on Tuesday we arrived in Belize. We then set sail and arrived in Cozumel on Wednesday, Thursday was Progreso and then Friday was another day at sea. We arrived back at Port Canaveral Florida on Saturday morning. Other itineraries to the Eastern Caribbean would have left us with only 2 or 3 ports and several days at sea for a 7-day cruise, even though we are dying to see the “true” Caribbean islands. I have sailed on the Oceanic to Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas, and on the Pacific Princess to the Mexican Riviera, which includes Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Mazatlan. Having been on such fine vessels, I was a little hesitant to book on the Glory. From their website the ship looked gaudy with a very Las Vegas-style décor. The dining room appeared to have been spray painted in gold paint with a mixed array of non-matching fabrics. And in contrast, the cabins looked miserably dull and boring, devoid of any style. I also wasn’t sure that we would enjoy the ”fun” theme as we’re a bit laid back and stuffy. But with all that against sailing on the Carnival Glory, we put it aside and decided that the children needed the entertainment more than we needed the luxury and upscale living. I booked two cabins, one balcony cabin located on the 8th deck, Veranda, in the aft corner. For $100 per person more than a standard balcony cabin, the corner cabin afforded us a wrap around balcony where we had views of both aft and the port side. The cabin itself was a cabin and a half in size. There were three closets with plenty of room, two nice terrycloth robes, and adjustable shelves for folded clothes, two end tables with cabinets, and a vanity with four modest drawers, a large mirror with makeup lights, a mini bar, and a hair dryer. There were two cushioned chairs and a small oval table for sitting. On the balcony were two chaise lounges and two chairs with a small table. The bathroom was stocked with sample hair products, toothpaste and soap. The shower was roomy with shampoo and body wash dispensers. And plenty of towels, as well as two beach towels we could take to the pool or ashore for water excursions. The bed was two twin beds pushed together to make a very comfortable king with four pillows and a down comforter. There was room underneath the beds for our empty luggage. The second cabin we booked for the girls was an inside stateroom across the hall. This cabin was much smaller with a king bed and two end tables. The room did not have chairs, but did have a table. The vanity was much smaller with a ceiling-high cabinet which housed the television and drawers, and a cushioned stool. They also had the same three closets that we had in the larger cabin. The bathroom was the same size and stocked appropriately. The only thing the girls complained about is the extreme darkness in the room without windows and they had to sleep with the bathroom light on because they lost their bearings in the dark. As for the public areas, the Platinum dining room was actually very nice looking with impeccable service from our wait staff. There are 1400 crew members on this ship with only 4 of them being from the United States. They are all courteous, pleasant and well trained. The food in the main dining room was very good but the portions are quite small. We certainly didn’t gain any weight on this trip! We booked the late seating at 8:00 p.m. because we intended to be off the ship in port so we supplemented our appetites with crudites from room service. The only thing my family complained about was the lack of snack food. Pretzels were hard to come by and nuts, cheese, and crackers were non-existent. The pools were mostly crowded with 2900 guests on the ship, but most other areas we found to be spacious and relaxing. The only days we really felt the number of people on the ship were the days at sea around the pool and on embarkation. The check in process was awful. You stand on line outside the station for security checks. Then they have you stand on a long snaking line to present your tickets and identification. Then you stand on another long snaking line to get your Sail and Sign card, which is your ship’s identification. Then two feet later someone is stopping you to check your Sail and Sign card and identification again. Then you stand on line to board the ship, but they stop you half way to pose for a picture and there’s no way around the picture line. Then you’re onto the gangway where they check your Sign and Sail card again and you board the ship. And all this time you’re lugging your carry on luggage, which is getting heavier by the minute! Whew! The whole process could be streamlined by giving you your card when you present your tickets eliminating at least one line. Debarkation was also a nightmare. We arrived one hour late in Port Canaveral due to an engine problem we experienced in Progreso. The engineering crew had us under way in an hour and a half and we made up some time on the way. We were told to vacate our cabins by 9 am and congregate on the Lido deck. They called passengers first who were carrying their own luggage, and then started at the upper decks for debarkation. We were on the highest deck with cabins both aft and forward so when they called the forward cabins on our deck we thought we would be next. However, they called all the forward cabins on all the decks before they came back to our deck for the aft cabins. Subsequently we didn’t debark until 12 noon! Breakfast was over at 8 am so we were getting a bit hungry by then. In preparation for the next cruise the staff had put away all the food. Fortunately some crafty guests had found some fruit stashed away in the restaurant so we had something to nosh on while we waited, but we had to steal it! The ports were very nice for the most part. We walked around Key West, visited Sloppy Joes for lunch and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, which was a lot of fun. Key West is a beautiful town. We took a catamaran in Belize to Horseshoe Reef and Caulkin Cay to snorkel with the stingrays. We were picked up at the ship, which anchored way off shore and basically never saw the mainland. We were told by others that we didn’t miss anything and that Belize City is very run down, dirty and poverty ridden. We had the best time in Cozumel where we took the Beach Buggy excursion. We zipped around the island and stopped to see lava rock formations in the sea and had lunch on a beach on the east coast. Of course we had to stop at the Pee Pee Station for souvenirs and, you guessed it, a potty break! In Progresso we went to Dzibilchaltun Mayan Ruins and Rodeo Show. The ruins were wonderful, but it was a very hot day and we all pined for the sea. The rodeo show was quite fascinating and the lunch they served was very authentic and tasty. The guides on all the excursions were very entertaining and informative. We booked all our tours through Carnival and although we knew we were probably spending more than we should, we felt comfortable with taking an approved tour rather than going out on our own with two young ladies in tow. We had time in most ports for shopping. Carnival recommends that you buy diamonds in the Caribbean, but we found the silver to be the most affordable. Of course liquor, cigars and cigarettes are dirt cheap here too. The onboard shops were pricey, but if you waited for their sales you could pick things up at a reasonable price. We took in a few shows onboard and were most entertained by the cruise director, John Hale or Hill, I couldn’t be sure with all the different crew accents. He was hilarious with his side kick Wee Jimmy. They ran most of the games and evening entertainment and John with his dry English humor and Wee Jimmy with his Scottish wit were quite a pair! Unfortunately, John has been transferred to the Carnival cruise ship Liberty for its maiden voyage from Italy to the U.S. But if you have a chance to cruise with him you’re in for a great time. Overall, the fun ship was fun and the cruise was a success, but we’re thinking we’d like to try another cruise line that is a little more reserved and smaller. The whole idea of having activities for the girls was a bust! They ended up hanging with us the whole time! Unfortunately there weren’t many young teens onboard and they were having trouble meeting up with someone their own age. The pools were small and crowded and the arcades were overrun with boisterous younger kids. Otherwise, we all enjoyed our vacation. As a post script. If at all possible, do not book your flights through the cruise line. We found we overpaid for the flights and had to take a connecting flight back to New York from Orlando through Pittsburgh. The whole flight took us 5 hours to get home when it is only 2 and a half hours from NY to Orlando. Carnival assigned our seats and we ended up in the back row of the plane from Orlando to Pittsburgh in the most uncomfortable spot on the plane. And to top it off, the flight was overbooked in Pittsburgh and they had to ask people to give up their seats for us. When we checked in at Orlando the agent told us we would get our boarding passes in Pittsburgh for the second flight, whereas other passengers with the same itinerary had their boarding passes for both flights from the Orlando ticket agent. We ended up split up around the plane and with two young girls that was quite disturbing to us. I suspected there was a problem right from the beginning when Carnival forgot to send us our return flight tickets. We flew Spirit Air down to Orlando, but were booked on US Air for the return flights. Most itineraries have you flying the same airline round trip. That’s the most affordable way to go. We could have round trip nonstop flights for what we paid Carnival if we booked ourselves. I suspect that someone at Carnival forgot to book our return flight so we ended up with the leftovers and overbooked at that!

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Apr 8, 2005

Western Caribbean

I hope that this review will be as helpful to others as the reviews below were to me. We departed from Port Canaveral on Saturday April 9 for a seven day cruise to Key West, Belize, Cozumel, and Progresso on the Carnival Glory. Embarkation: Given the large size of the Glory, (110,000 tons, cap 2,900 passengers) one would expect a

lengthy and complicated boarding process. While the process wasn’t as simple as walking up to the gang plank and walking onto the ship, the process was efficiently managed, probably much of the efficiency owed to a large percentage of passengers completing the pre registration materials received in the mail. Overall the process went fairly smoothly with the time from arrival at the port to getting on the ship about one hour. Layout of As mentioned above the Glory is a large ship and at times difficult to navigate, particularly in the first day or two of the voyage. Once the location of all elevator banks are learned and a sense of what elevators reach which rooms and decks the ship becomes a lot easier to get around. One of the major tradeoffs of the Glory when compared to other cruise ships is that you are unable to walk around the outside of the ship at the top deck level. If you would like to walk around the entire ship on the outside you have to go down to Deck 4 and instead of a scenic sunset you will view the underside of the life boats. The absence of a deck that encircles the entire ship is made up for by the tiered decks around the center of the boat that provide for ample laying out space. In addition on the both the forward and aft sections of the ship there is plenty of room to lay out and with three main pools and one small kiddie pool finding a spot to cool off is no problem. There are plenty of bars and places to hang out on the boat. At times it feels that the boat is under utilized as many bars have nobody working in them. Some particular favorites included the On the Green bar on the promenade deck and the Cinn-A- Bar which is a piano bar and tons of fun. The White Heat dance club is a little cheesy but fun enough for a cruise ship dance club. Not once during the week did it feel like it was a struggle to get a drink or find something to do. Ports: Key West – A great start to the cruise. There is no need to waste your money on an excursion through the ship unless you really want to. Once you get off the ship and are shuttled into town there is plenty to do and see. Walking up and down Duval St. is entertainment enough and it’s nice to be able to grab any last minute items that you may have forgotten about including some soda for your room or that razor or toothpaste you forgot. Someone told me that Key West is similar to New Orleans and I agree with the exception that Key West is a lot cleaner and easier to get around. My advice for this port is to hope off the ship and go bar hoping. Belize – As one of the comedians on board noted, there’s a reason why they dock the ship a couple of miles off shore. The people of Belize seemed nice enough but the city and the entire country is still underdeveloped. The main issue with this port is the tender process. Belize City is not a place where you can get off the boat and find lots of things to do and see. It is a stop made for excursions and Carnival knows this. We booked a cave tubing excursion through an outside company and while we paid half of what carnival was charging, we and all others that did not book through Carnival had to wait to get off the ship until all excursion people had left the ship. Waiting for tender tickets and then waiting to get on the actual tenders proved to be the worst part of the trip. My advice is to book through a separate company and try and sneak onto a tender with the Carnival excursion people. The tender process is not efficiently run and nobody on the ship’s crew will be able to differentiate an excursion person from a non excursion person. We went cave tubing and it was a blast. Words can not adequately describe the experience, however please note that the hike to the entrance point is not as benign as the ship and others would have you believe. Any one in reasonable shape should have no difficultly; however hiking 40 minutes through a rain forest might be tough on those with trouble moving. Cozumel – It’s tough to explain Cozumel to people who have not been on cruises before but it is a typical port town built around the cruise ships. The ship docked right at a pier and so getting off was not a problem. Carnival owns all the shops right at the pier and so they make a big push to have their passengers purchase items there. In Cozumel if you want to go into town and find a bar and drink your face off you can do that; however I recommend doing a little research on beaches on the island, grabbing a cab and getting away from the cruise crowds for at least a few hours. We did exactly that and it was the best part of the trip. If you found this website and review you can certainly find information on the beaches. Some of the excursions run through the ship seemed interesting but given the transportation on the island it would probably make sense to try and book something outside of the ship. Don’t let Carnival scare you into thinking that you have to book trips through them. Many times these local tours will charge significantly less and you go in much smaller groups and since they know that they are dependent on getting you back to the ship, they go all out to make sure you get there. Progresso – Similar to Belize this is an excursion port. Progresso is a little beach town with very little to do. We went to the Mayan ruins at Chicen Itza and given how far it was from the boat we decided to book it through the ship. If you are worried about the trip to the ruins taking up the whole day don’t be. After talking to the other couples at our table who did other excursions, you won’t be missing too much. The ruins are spectacular and well worth the time invested. At the center of the ruins is a large temple that you can climb up on. It was one of those activities that you are surprised that they still let people do. Service As to be expected the service on board was great. The staff, while not all individuals were super outgoing were friendly enough and certainly very accommodating. Our waiter was great and the dinning experience was very enjoyable. The Glory also offers a separate diner club. For $25 extra you get dinner is a special dinning room with some of the best food you will ever have. It is very much worth the extra charge and I recommend going to dinner early in the week so that you can attend the club more than once. Guys don’t forget your jacket when you head to the club, but I can’t stress enough how great the experience in the club was. Amazing food and ridiculous service Disembarkation We sailed through a storm on our final night and as a result got into port 45 minutes late. Due to the delay all passengers who needed to get off the boat early and couldn’t wait for their luggage decided to pack the lobby at once. As a result the actual wait to get off the boat was pretty chaotic, however once actually off the boat the entire customs process went by pretty smoothly and the terminal was easy enough to navigate.

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Feb 19, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

While the Carnival Glory is a very pretty ship to view from a distance, closer inspection of the interior shows a ship that appears to be much older than its 18 months. There are many drinks left in the hallways along with food from the numerous buffets. These are left and get spilled by the passengers who frequent the hallways on the way to there cabins that

rarely get cleaned. While my family and I have taken at least 1 cruise a year for 20 years this was the dirtiest ship I had been on. The stairs, hallways and common areas where littered with drink and food while the ships' staff walked by. On this particular cruise the ship had trouble with one of the engines. The captain announced to the ship that the itinerary would be changed from St. Maarten and St. Thomas to Freeport and Key West. Individuals who did not like the change were welcome to depart the ship but would only received a credit of 80% even though we left Port Canaveral 22 hours earlier. Once they had packed and departed the ship they were informed that they had to return because there was no flight back to the states. The corporate heads at Carnival were making the decisions and we had no choice. Everyone was given a shipboard credit of 100 dollars that was to be spent on the Glory or lost. The day the credit was added, 70 dollars was removed for tipping. The television showed a credit of only 30 dollars! The complete incident was so poorly handled that the passengers were all upset with the cruise line. It was later learned that the engine was fixed and that we didn't have to forget St. Thomas but Carnival had already paid for Key West and they didn't want to lose their money. To top it all off while navigating the port in Key West they missed the channel and we were stuck on a sandbar for 5 hours. It was a very interesting cruise because I have never been on a ship that made the television or the newspaper before. Each year a cruise is taken with relatives from Rhode Island. This year I had 13 people fly down and this cruise was what they were waiting for 10 months. I was hoping the Carnival heads would do something to keep the passengers happy and wanting to cruise with them again. I am sorry I was wrong and that Carnivals comments were simply that another cruise line might be more suitable. The ship had additional problems when we reached Port Canaveral but the following weeks passengers were not informed before it left port. Hopefully they will be treated a little nicer. Unfortunately when they don't have to work for tips they tend to take a carefree attitude and not really care if the passengers are happy and the ship is clean. Next year we hope to have a better time and I'm sorry to say we will be paying more because we will have gone to a cruise line that is concerned about the satisfaction of its passengers.

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Feb 19, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Well this was my first cruise. I went with 16 friends and family members. I had saved every penny I could so that I could go on this cruise. There were two of my friends that are retired so they got part-time jobs so that they could go. We had been planning this trip for 8 months. The time was here and we were ready to set sail. There were eight

in my group that were first time cruisers. Carnival sure did all of the people wrong on this cruise. The ship caption was very unsure of himself on what time we were to be back on the ship. We get to our first port on Sunday and that was ok. When we left the ship all seemed well. I was at the Blue Lagoon, that was boring. Nothing but sand,water and beach. I was not at all impressed. While we were there we were told that we would be there an extra hour. On our way back to port Nassau the people on carnival Glory were told to hury back to ship that they were waiting on us leave. When we got back on the ship we were told that we would not be going to St Thomas or to St. Maarten, we would go to Freeport and Key West. We were given the option of getting off the ship and they would fly us back to Orlando but we would have to pay for our own way back to Port Canaveral to get our cars if we left then there. Well I didn't need to spend any more money then I had all ready on this trip. So we all stayed on board. But I could drive to Key West then fly over to Freeport and Nassau if I wanted to see these places. It would be whole lot cheaper then this cruise coast me. When we were at Key West the time to be back at the ship was all messed up. We were given three different times. Well the group I was with were back at 4:30 but there were people who didn't make it and were left behind. One group was brought out to the ship by a small boat but another group never did get back on the ship I am still very angrey with carnival that they did not offer us half off on another cruise or part of our money back. I am still working with my travel agent on this matter. I have contacted Carnival and written a letter to them. My next step is to talk to the T.V. station in my home town and then to my attorney. The other 16 people in my group all feel the same way that I do. I don't understand why Carnival has a guarantee, it sure did nothing for the people on the disaster cruise of 02/19/2005. The Carnival Glory. I think that they should change the name of this ship. Good luck to all of you that pursue this issue with Carnival Disappointed Cruiser I do admit that I did have fun while I was on-board the ship. The group of people I was with were a lot of fun.

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Feb 19, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Derelyn Kahler This cruise was the most disappointing one ever. The main talk aboard ship amongst the 3,000 passengers was about how Carnival could care less about it's customers. In addition to the poor treatment we received from Carnival on its botched cruise, we also had to endure dealing with its extremely rude customer service department. It is clear that

Carnival does not care whether or not they lost future business from the passengers aboard the ill-fated Glory cruise of February 19, 2005. It all began with a late departure from Port Canaveral. Our suspicions began at the early seating in the Platinum dining room. We immediately noticed the ship seemed to be vibrating excessively and bucking. We inquired about the noise level and the vibrating. Clearly, the dining staff were reluctant to tell us anything and they appeared to be uncomfortable about it. We arrived in Nassau and upon returning to the ship we were delivered the big bomb - the rest of the ports of call were cancelled! The excuse given was that the ships engines (propulsion system) were not working properly. No one aboard that ship could understand how Carnival could be so deceitful with its passengers. How could they depart Port Canaveral, possibly put the passengers at risk, and say that they didn't know there was a problem of this magnitude? Come on! Does this mean that Carnival does not properly maintain its ships and perform basic maintenance on its engines before and after each cruise? What bothers all of the passengers on that cruise the most is that Carnival made sure they got us all to Nassau so that they could use their loophole in the "vacation guarantee". Getting us to Nassau got them off the hook! At the very least, Carnival should have been honest and informed the passengers upon check-in that there was a major problem and offered the option to not take the cruise with a full refund. In our own case, why would we want to pay nearly $6,000 for a cruise that we have already taken in a long weekend cruise for less than half that amount? Carnival did not offer us any options at all - they merely threw us a bone of $100 ship credit (no loss to them). Also, another major problem happened when they decided to take us to Key West. We were given a printed revised itinerary that said we would have a full day in Key West until departure at 8PM. When we went to disembark at Key West, a sign next to the exit ramp informed us that we had to be back on ship by 4:30! Once again, we were being shortchanged on our cruise! Needless to say, everyone on board discussed at dinner, at the bars, at the pool, at the shows, at the casino and at disembarkation back at Port Canaveral how badly Carnival treats its passengers and how we had been ripped off. Carnival should right its wrongs by offering refunds or something substantial for all the disappointment and aggravation they caused their passengers on the Carnival Glory. To date, Carnival's attitude about this cruise disaster has been "too darn bad". They are not even willing to discuss this. We will continue to pursue this through our attorney, booking agent and credit card company.

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Feb 12, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Wow...what a great vacation! We had a wonderful time...so relaxing. The food was great. We had late dining in the Platinum dining room. Belize was fun...water taxis from the ship to shore...visited the Baboon Santuary and petted the monkeys..interesting bus ride there and back...a drink in a Lizard bar when we got back...FUN FUN FUN! Cozumel was fun...nothing

more romantic then going to Mexico with my sweet boyfriend, Harry. Progresso was great...went to Chichen Itza..fun bus ride there and back but not enough time in Chichen Itza and not enough time when we got back to wander through the shops...but still fun. Our cabin was always so clean...I love clean towels every time I return to my cabin..much better than a typical motel where you have to beg for extra towels. Seven days is wayyyyyyyyyyyyy better than just three days like our first cruise but seven days is still too short...course I could cruise forever! We were disappointed that the "drink of the day" didn't come in seven different color glasses...such fun souvenirs to drink out of...we have yellow, hot pink and clear from our first cruise but need blue, green, purple and other colors, too...well, it might not seem important to you but it's a nice touch and I like it. The litle things matter. My boyfriend finished winning my heart over by taking me on this nice cruise. There is nothing more relaxing than riding around the ocean, the sea and the Gulf in a hot tub listening to a great band with a great drink........ahhhhhhhh so romantic and so relaxing. WHEN can I do it again? I have a picture of the Glory at my work station..it "takes me away". GLORY IS GREAT!

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Feb 12, 2005

Western Caribbean

Overall I would have to rate the whole Cruising experience this time around on The Glory as a 4 out of 5. We sailed as a Family of 4 with our two teenage sons. Embarkation went smooth considering how many people need to board the ship. It took 45 minutes from the Bus stopping at the Port Canaveral to being in our cabin. Very smooth operation.

The Balcony cabin set-up for a family of four was very roomy with lots of closet and drawer space for all of our stuff. I recommend the Balcony cabin for the view but not Deck 6. You need to be careful as to what you are located over top of. We were over top of the Amber Lounge and being early to Bed (11:30 p.m.) were kept up most every night. Open spaces on a ship this size can still be found. Very few people seemed to use the very back of the Lido deck for eating Breakfast in the morning. Very nice view and not many people around. The Hot Tubs at the back of the Lido Deck will be empty in the evening and are Adults only. Thes hot tubs are not that hot so it makes for a pleasant evening at the back of the ship. If you go forward all the way on either deck 6 or 7 to the left or right there are doors leading to the outer decks. These are small forward decks but no one is out there. Great view at night out the front of the ship in the dark. The dining and food that we had in the Platinum Restaurant was all well done with very good service. The Serving Team led by Daniel provided top notch service with a smile every evening. We did not think there was any point in going to the pay restaurant. The Staff on the Glory were all generally cheery with few exceptions. Our Room Steward was a very bubbly kind of guy and attentive to his duties. The room was kept clean and we had the Towel figures done very night. Anything we asked for he took care of. Shore tours we only took at Key West and Belize. Key West we did the Bike Tour. That was interesting and a nice way to get around. The company had old bicycles that experienced a few break downs holding up the tour. They could use some new bikes. At Belize we did the Goff’s Caye Snorkel Tour and that was great. Well worth the money. They pick you up right from the ship and take you to Goff’s Caye a small island right on the Coral Reef about 12 miles form the Ship. The Boat ride is on about a 35 foot boat with 600 HP outboards, so it moves right along. They take you to the Island and you have the choice of snorkeling from the Beach or off the boat. The boat will take you off shore over top of the reef for about an hour of snorkeling. The snorkeling was great with lots of fish and coral structure. The water is warm and clear. The you go back to the island for about an hour and half. It is a beautiful island, right out of a Gilligan’s Island show, complete with drinks, snacks, barbecue and souvenirs for purchase. If you have someone in your party that odes not snorkel the trip to the island is worth the price. In Cozumel we walked off and took a cab into town in the morning. The afternoon we went to Mr. Sanchos by cab. This is a beautiful free beach with nice sand and OK snorkeling. They have different vendors for Beer, snorkeling and water toys etc. The snorkeling is better further out form the middle of the complex. This is our second cruise and both times we have ended up at Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel without being disappointed. Recommend this Beach for a nice afternoon. In Progresso we just took the Bus into town for shopping. Take the $2.00 per. Person 20 minute tour around town in the funny looking double Decker Bus. It was fun and informative. The stop was kind of interesting due to Progresso being more of an old Mexico town. If you buy a Beer in town, get a Beer strap to hold it around your neck as you walk. It was real hot the day we were there and you needed the Beer. On the way back if there is a line up for the Bus just take one of the Vans for $$, it is way more comfortable. There is shopping back right by the ship and a .99c store with lots of little Mexican souvenirs. Progresso was short stop but and interesting one. If you overnight in Orlando, before or after, be careful about water damage to Hotels. The Crown Plaza Orlando Airport still has damage, the rooms smell musty, pool is closed and numerous rooms closed. None of this was forthcoming at time of booking. Our previous experience with Carnival was on the Paradise when it was the Non Smoking ship. On the Glory, the smokers did not hesitate to throw Butts over the side to either end up on the ocean or on a lower deck ??? Also having Smokers on both side of your Balcony is unpleasant. Carnival could do a better job of splitting up the Non-smokers Cabins from the smoking crowd. I found the Second hand smoke along with the obvious danger of allowing smoking on a ship with 3,000 passengers enough to lower the Glory’s overall rating. Still a good value (4 star) for your dollar.

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Feb 5, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Last year our group of nine cruised the western Caribbean on NCL-the Majesty, which sailed out of Charleston, SC. This year we decided to try a larger ship and booked the Carnival Glory out of Port Canaveral, FL. Most members of our group are experienced cruisers, so those of us who aren't agreed to the suggestion. First of all, our group decided we will book

a smaller ship next year (more about that later); we will also not drive to any port which is longer than a 3 hour drive away. We had no problem finding Port Canaveral. The directions provided from AAA (who booked our cruise for us) were very exact. Drop-off and parking were easy and efficient. We were all amazed that the embarkation process for better than 3,000 people was so quick and easy. I don't think we stood in line for more than 30-45 minutes, of that long, and we moved continuously. We were also amazed that our "checked" luggage arrived at our cabin so quickly. Some of our group received their luggage within an hour of boarding. The muster drill (which took place as we departed) was a royal pain. We were tired from the embarkation process plus the last 5-6 hour drive to Port Canaveral. We also had two ladies in our group in their 70's and standing at our muster station for nearly 25-30 minutes was very hard on them and equally as uncomfortable for many other passengers. We also happened to be standing in front of a massive fan, and we were literally blown away for the entire time we stood. We had inside cabins, because we decided we only spent time in them to sleep and shower. Paying for cabin views seemed ridiculous when the decks offered much more extensive sights than a porthole could offer. Anyway, our cabin (for 2) felt much smaller and much more closed in than the Majesty offered last year. We heard Carnival's inside cabins were more spacious than most ships' cabins, but none of us felt this was true. The inside cabins feel and look very small. Our group was located on the Upper Deck, which was a perfect spot. We were very near the elevators. Our cabin steward was wonderful and extremely friendly and attentive to our needs. His assistant was equally as efficient, friendly, and helpful. Our rooms were clean, made-up and restocked with towels and drinks (hard and soft) regularly. We all agreed the cabin stewards were the best and most efficient crew members of all. We had second seating for dinner in the largest dining room....not the Platinum. I was personally very pleased with our dinner staff, but other members of our party didn't feel they were as friendly or as efficient. I strongly disagree with that. The food for dinner was only average; I was not impressed with the entrees; the appetizers were inventive and tasted very good. The desserts were so-so. The buffets and quick-serve areas on the Lido deck were like fast food restaurants. Again, I was not impressed with the quality of the food. Also, the service personnel on deck and in the bars were not very efficient at all. We believe this is because there were so many passengers and no enough help in these areas to take care of our needs. Tables on the Lido deck weren't cleared and it was impossible to get a lounge or table for the at-sea days because of the large crowds. It was also difficult to find waiters/waitresses for drinks. We often got our drinks ourselves. If you are a smoker, you will have to search for a place/bar to imbibe. There were many areas off-limits to smokers, including several bars and even areas of the outside decks. There were several smokers in our group and these restricted areas were an absolute nuisance. While we respect the rights of nonsmokers, we felt the restricted areas were far too numerous and that restrictions in open-air (outside) areas were unnecessary. There are non-smoking ships. At many times, it felt like this was one of them! Because of the general size of this ship, it was always a very long walk to specific places not located in close proximity. There are laundries on each floor, but it was a very long walk to get there from our area, if we wanted to iron clothes or wash. The laundry area was also so cramped that it was almost impossible to pass behind another person in the room. We were told this boat's size would eliminate almost all ship-rocking, but that wasn't the case at all. The boat rocked and the movement was apparent for the entire trip. There was some mention that a stabilizer was broken, but we were also told that Easter Caribbean trips this time of the year presented rougher seas. Whatever the case, the only times we were still were when we ported. Disembarkation was an extremely smooth process, by the way. It was every bit as easy as embarking, and we were all impressed with those parts of the trip. It gives a good first impression and a nice lasting one! We had a wonderful traveling group, so it truly didn't matter if we were traveling around a harbor, but the inconveniences I've mentioned were numerous enough to make the trip less than what we expected.  

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Jan 15, 2005

Western Caribbean

Overall, we were very satisfied with some things, and totally disappointed in others. For example, we were supposed to get a balcony-we did not, but our cabin was fairly big and the accommodations were more than adequate. We wisely enough brought 4 bottles of wine, and our steward gave us a corkscrew so we would just have a glass or two before dinner or we would

go up to the Lido after dinner it was my favorite, amazingly enough 3,000 people on board and we were alone-we did that every night after dinner -because the wine is way overpriced. The food was wonderful, a large variety in the platinum dining room (hated the seating though) Our waiter was both friendly and efficient, he was very accommodating-I have two teens and they can get fussy. He was great! The shows and the comedian were both fantastic. But get there early or a pole will block your view. The shopping on the ship was also good, some real bargains!! My kids were bored which was a major drawback, my son is 13 so too young for teen disco, and too old for camp carnival, my daughter didn't want to go alone. This was a problem!! Embarkation looked scary, but went ok total about 45 minutes, debarkation went much faster approx 15 minutes. I enjoyed the secret shopper talk-and I like the free charm bracelet very much. The ports: Key West-Great for my husband and I Again, Not a place for teens. Belize-I recommend you book the excursion with the ship Goff's Caye, It was worth every penny but bring some cash with you there are people there selling chicken kabobs, and beers, inexpensively- Also they braided my daughters whole head for $20. Cozumel- We took our chances, got off the boat, took a cab-they are right there, for $14 the driver took us to a place called Mr. Sancho's, were they had horseback riding for $20 an hour per person-AWESOME, the ship was $80 for that. We had a light lunch there is shade or lounge chairs for the sun lovers, drinks were great-but about the same price as the ship. I highly recommend this one. Progresso- We chose not to take a 3 hour tour to the ruins. We hung on the beach (Right next to the Corona Beach Party) they offer on the boat for %50 per person, on the shuttle its only $30 per person, If it were just my husband & I , we would have paid the $30 cause drinks and a lite buffet are included. The water was filthy and after a while the constant onslaught of people wanting you to buy things truly gets annoying. It was a quiet day. The Fun Days at Sea-Well the 1st one was fun, but I was sick on the second. I believe it was from the salsa in Progresso-tastes great, Don't eat it! It seems as if you are constantly being encouraged to buy, buy, buy. The even had what they called a gala buffet at midnight- I've seen better in Atlantic City, where they were selling cookbooks. I felt the ship was pretty clean, but little things were annoying-The bottle of water in your room-not free, you couldn't get a plain can of soda with the fountain card had to be in a cup with ice. Oh by the way, we got three fountain cards what a waste there is a color for kids and a color for adults, well my daughter who is 16 hers was the same color as my husbands, so for the small amount of soda he drank he could of used hers. I would cruise again, but not sure about the Glory-they didn't even replace the bulbs across the Lido deck-half of them were out. Happy Sails

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Jan 15, 2005

Western Caribbean

The parking and embarkation process with Carnival Cruise Lines (“CCL”) at Port Canaveral was pleasantly easy, much different than what I’d expected after reading other reviews. We had an interior cabin on deck #1, and were pleasantly surprised by the fine job CCL did with our pre-ordered “Bon Voyage” decoration package and delicious cookies.

The cabin layout was nice and had a roomy feel. We never met our Room Steward, but were pleased at the service and cleanliness of our room. We had the late seating dinner in the Platinum Dining Room. Our table staff (Nengah and Gergana) were absolutely fabulous. The meal choices were suitable for any palate, and all the food was wonderful. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit too cool for us Floridians to enjoy the swimming pools, but did have a fun time at the deck games and just relaxing on deck during our sea days. The Cruise Director (Stuart) and the Social Director (Butch) kept all games fun with their great personalities. All other aspects of the ship were very pleasing. The shows were great. The casino was very generous (to other people but unfortunately not me!). The internet café was nice. The ship was very clean. And the spa [seaweed wrap, and especially the ionatherapie] was excellent. A highlight of the trip was the onboard art auction. A large selection of artists’ works were shown. The price paid for both my cruise and the artwork I purchased combined were less expensive than buying the piece in one of the artist’s galleries. I’m hoping to have a friend cruise with CCL soon so they can pick up more art for me. Our 1st stop was Key West, not really considered a vacation day in my eyes since I drive there to visit fairly frequently. My only negative comment about the entire Key West experience is that CCL gives very limited information to passengers about this wonderful little town. I understand that “mutual agreements” are made between CCL and specific merchants/companies, but it seems so many people missed out on the real flavor of this island by being directed only to merchants which were found at all most of the ports. I was happy to steer other passengers to some interesting spots on the island that they wouldn’t have heard about otherwise. Key West itself is just wonderful, and I’d recommend it to anyone. Side note: When I traveled with CCL two years ago, we traveled to a foreign port and then to Key West. Since we left the US and then returned, we had to go through Customs on the ship. Every person on the ship had to be cleared by Customs prior to anyone disembarking in Key West, which turned out to be quite a hassle since one couple overslept and did not go through the Customs check as needed. This was not the case on this itinerary, but just something to keep in mind if you’re thinking of considering a different itinerary. I’d traveled to Belize with CCL previously, and would readily go again. Believe what you are told --- aside from the shopping village right at the ship tender dock, there is not much else shopping. For the second time, I went on the rain forest hike and cave tubing excursion --- not nearly as strenuous as you’d think --- followed by the included buffet lunch [tropical chicken, beans and rice] at Cheers. Our tour guides [one was named, of all things, Elvis!] were fabulous. Knowing that I’ve been on this excursion previously, and would do it a third time, should tell you how much fun it is. Tendering to and from the ship was a quick-moving and easy process. Arriving at Puerto Maya Pier in Cozumel, we boarded a bus for the Cozumel Highlights & Shopping excursion. We had a wonderful tour of the southern half of the island, stopping at El Cedral [the oldest church on the island, and a few tiny open-air shops] and El Mirador, a gorgeous beach. Our return to San Miguel [downtown] provided almost 2 hours to browse the shops and pick up souvenirs. The shopping area is very clean. The town was a bit crowded --- 10 ships were in port that day --- but it was a wonderful day. The merchants are very friendly to the tourists. Progresso is definitely on my “must someday return to” list of places. I visited the ruins at Dzibilchaltun, and was pleasantly surprised. (After hearing so much raving about Chichen Itza prior to the cruise, I was somewhat disappointed that my travel partner did not want to invest an entire day visiting ruins. That ended quickly upon arrival at Dzibilchultan.) Our tour guide Victor was wonderful; he gave us a very informative tour, and then we were able to roam the ruins freely for 2 hours. The highlight by far was a swim in the Xlacah Cenote, a sinkhole with gin-clear water. We learned that this cenote was explored by Cousteau divers, who dove to 147 feet without reaching the bottom. My only regret? Not having snorkeling gear and my underwater camera with me. The gift shops here were nice, as was the little restaurant. I’ve heard many mixed reviews about Carnival Glory (and CCL in general), but I would definitely cruise with them a third time.

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Jan 15, 2005

Western Caribbean

Traveling from Ontario, this was our third Carnival cruise and definitely the best - deserves a 4.5 star. We were initially concerned about congestion on such a large ship - but were rarely inconvenienced or crowded. Embarkation went fairly smooth - Port Canaveral is a good facility with parking next door @$70. We arrived about 11 am and boarded

by noon for lunch on Lido deck. Our cabin on Panorama deck 10 was ready by 1 pm. The cabin was comfortable with plenty of storage, a good shower and a bar fridge - bring along some beverages. Best of all was our first balcony - simply fabulous. Our steward Jennie did a superb job without being intrusive. We originally requested 6:15pm dinner but were assigned 8:30pm. As suggested, we approached the Maitre'd on Saturday afternoon and he was very pleasant and accommodating - even providing a couple of different table location choices which was very much appreciated. The Glory is big, bold and beautiful although the decor is not really my taste. There seemed to be plenty of space with the exception of crowding in the photo gallery and shops. Our dining experience in the Golden DR was most enjoyable thanks to the friendly conversation with West Virginia families (Hi Y'all) and the outstanding service from Anthony and Shanita. We were all impressed with the selection and quality of our fine meals. We were also impressed with the variety of food available from the Red Sail restaurant on the Lido deck. In addition to the typical buffet lines there was 24hr pizza, a deli, Chinese food, burger grill and a seafood area one level up. Always clean with comfortable seating choices. Based on our experience, I can't imagine any complaints regarding meals on board. The entertainment was on par with previous cruises - trying to appeal to all tastes. Plenty of venues to relax to music besides the Amber Palace. We arranged our own tours with via taxi's except at Belize I chose to just take the tender to port to view shops etc. At Progresso we went to the ruins at Dzibilchaltun and hired a guide rather than take the full day tour at Chichen Itza - very informative and worthwhile without taking the full day. Ridiculous number of International Diamonds shops at Cozumel?? Debarkation went relatively smoothly with choice of self removal of luggage or the traditional night before method. No longer have to meet with Customs Inspectors in the showroom at 7 am. Much improved system now. My only criticism would be the constant barrage of sales hype for everything imaginable. Also seems to me, with all the good photo opportunities available, they might sell more photos if less costly than $20. Overall this cruise was impressive and also restored our faith in Carnival. We found most crew members to be friendly, informative and accommodating. Although the weather could have been better - it was a welcome break from cold Canadian winter.

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Jan 8, 2005

Eastern Caribbean

Our Carnival transport from airport to dock went smoothly, as did our arrival on board. The driver was efficient, but funny and knowledgeable about local sights. It was disappointing to find that our embarkation picture was quite blurry and unusable. We were cruising again with friends, and were looking forward to a great week, based on past experience with Carnival.

Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be the case. Positives: adults only hot tubs (but could have been hotter), unpolished but enthusiastic and hard working wait team in the Platinum dining room; good bartenders, and excellent shows with the singers and dancers. Negatives: a very rude sales clerk in one of the ship stores; very poor service in the Red Sail Restaurant (casual dining) and on the Lido deck in general; and just a disappointing lack of service, enthusiasm, and poor level of customer service in general. Why can't the Glory have at least one non-smoking lounge in addition to the Amber Palace theater? Why can't smokers be more controlled in their access to every lounge, every deck, and every hallway? I believe that the ship is understaffed for it's size and passenger capacity, and this may contribute to the poor service. However, never on a prior cruise did another passenger report that their room steward refused to help with a broken crib because they were off duty! We also found it unacceptable that when we mentioned a concern about the casual dining serving lukewarm or even cold food that was meant to be hot, we were told to 'go talk to the cooks' and then ignored. Dirty dishes sat around on tables, tables were not wiped down after clearing, and the bus boys stood around talking. The frozen yogurt machines operated only sporadically, and the "Gala Buffet" was the worst I have ever seen. While the ice sculptures were lovely, there was entirely too much bizarre and unlabeled food, such as unknown items pressed into molds or pate rolls. The gala buffet was served in the casual dining restaurant using the regular service lines, leading to very long lines and disgruntled passengers. While the 'super shopper Rebecca' was knowledgeable and helpful in port, her talks could have been shorter. The morning show, televised and re-run all day, consisted of the cruise director, an assistant, and an unknown staffer sitting around a table making lame jokes, losing their train of thought, and spending most of the time trying to sell something. The constant announcements and overly long solicitations to come buy something were annoying as well. Unfortunately, we talked to at least a dozen other past cruisers who were feeling the same way we were. Will Carnival respond to our detailed comment cards? Who knows? Although the past cruisers reception was nice, this may be our last 'fun ship' cruise. Next time we will probably go back to Celebrity or try Princess, which although a Carnival Corporation member is still running their own type of operation. The 'Glory' just isn't!

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Dec 11, 2004

Western Caribbean

Telecommunications Industry Overall the Cruise was outstanding! Processing at Port Canaveral took about ninety minutes from entering the auto line at the port until we boarded. The traffic flow for cars was poor which is more a function of the Port Authority than Carnival. It causes you to wait to unload luggage in a line that moves too slow. In the

process you enter a diagonal parking space to unload and then must back up into traffic to proceed to parking. Not well thought out. Then after that you must loop back through the original line to access parking which is really close to the ship. If we did it again we would somehow manage to park first and drag our luggage maybe 100 yards to the point where you check it in and in that process probably saved an hour. A good alternative if the weather permits. Once aboard you immediately appreciate how huge this ship really is. Our cabin was a balcony on the 8th deck. Our first balcony but not our last. The extra money is well worth it. I would recommend that you choose any cabin as close to elevators as possible. There are three elevator sets (forward, mid ship and aft). The length of the corridors is about 900 feet which is a long way to have to walk every day to access your cabin if you are not near an elevator bank. The ship is docked at Canaveral on the Starboard (right) side. Port arrivals were as advertised. Nassau is nice but save your serious shopping for St. Thomas and St. Maarten! The on board shopping talk by "Rebecca" was informative but its not necessary to attend in person as it is video taped and available on your cabin TV shortly after presented and in time for the port calls. It allows you to focus on what you want to pursue in your shopping. We avoided the ship recommended tours as they seem too pricy. Really you have to decide whether you prefer to shop OR tour. There is really not sufficient Port time to do both properly. On this tour we ate most of the meals in the formal dining room rather than stand in long lines on the Lido deck to get your food and then find a place to sit. For breakfast and lunch there is "open seating" in one of the two dining rooms. This means you are seated as soon as you arrive and they fill one table before starting another and then you order off the menu. The service and food is wonderful and it gives you a chance to meet many other folks over the cruise. We definately recommend you use the dining room for all your meals. The evening meal is at your assigned table/dining room every night. There are two identical dining rooms: one is the Platinum which is aft; and the other is the Golden which is forward. Both have the identical layouts and menus. We preferred the Platinum as it seem to be better situated where you can look out into the wake of the ship as you dine. Not sure if you can specifically request one over the other but both are wonderful. Also if you are cruising with others make sure Carnival likes your Booking Number when you book to insure that you will all be seated together. We would recommend the early seating in either as that frees up more time for the other attractions of the ship. If you eat late then your meal is in the middle of all the evening excitement. The entertainment is outstanding and really on a par with what you would expect on Broadway. The performers are not just crew members trained to sing and dance, they were recruited for just their talent. The one negative comment about the Glory is that they do not do a great job on controling smokers. We have seen worse but it's still not good on the ship. This is especially bad in the Casino and some of the drinking venues. There was no smoking encountered in the dining areas or the Amber Palace which is the showroom. One other thing to keep in mind is that in each cabin there is only ONE 110v electrical outlet (one 220v also) so if you need more electrical outlets bring a power strip or an extension cord with multiple female plugs on it. Also since we had a balcony it would have been nice to bring binoculars along to see those distant ships and shorelines. We did use the optional onboard "steak house", named The Emerald" It was OK but we felt not worth the added cost and we probably wouldn't do it again. It is very private, uncrowed and intimate if that is your thing. Would recommend NOT bringing children. Overall our experience was OUTSTANDING and we would certainly like to cruise on this ship or one like it in the future. Both of your cruises to date have been on Carnival and we believe they offer great value and I believe they all try hard to make your experience one to remember. One final tip is that if you have ever cruised on Carnival or any other line they now own (that list seems to grow daily so ask) then be sure to mention that with Carnival as you book. Being a "repeat" customer usually results in better pricing and upgrade options. They don't volunteer that information at booking you have to mention it and ask which past cruises on other Lines may qualify you for this advantage. Enjoy!!

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Dec 4, 2004

Western Caribbean

Well let me start with two comments. We will probably never take a Carnival cruise again, but we did have a good time. There are many good things to say about our cruise, but some very basic things were very bad and disappointing. This was our third Carnival cruise and I'm sorry to say their service is seriously slipping. I'm not a terribly

picky person, but I do like little luxuries like a fork to eat my dinner with. It is beyond comprehension that a large company like Carnival can no longer provide both a dinner and salad fork on the table in the main dining room. I know this has changed, because I remember my husband and I being confused by the large number of silverware on our first Carnival cruise. Basically, our waiter was terrible. He had no idea what Balsamic vinagrette salad dressing was. My husband ordered it every night and got something different every night. One night we think he got melted butter to put on his salad! Room Service - don't count on it! One day it arrived. One day it didn't and this was on a port day when we HAD to get going, so we ate on the run. Your choices here are very limited. Our family group of ten were sat at different tables. They were close together, but far enough away to do away with any conversation. The maitre d' was no help what so ever in fixing this situation. We're convinced it's because we had children along and they didn't want to move us from what appeared to be a family section with lots of kids. This cruise was reserved one year in advance, so late sign up couldn't be an issue. The food was OK, but I've had better. The bar wait staff was great, both in the dining room and in the bars. Great, efficient folks! The Kareoke bar, Bar Blue, was fun. They did have a lot of Kareoke sessions, which our family favors. The room steward was OK. Again, I've had better. We were on the 6th floor. Avoid this floor!!! Our room wasn't too bad, but the rest of our family was kept up everynight by the loud music from the 5th floor. And my sister had terrible cigarette smoke coming in her room from the bars below. Again, Carnival was no help with these issues. Lots of chairs on deck near the pools. We were almost always able to find a chair near the water slide, so we could keep an eye on our daughter. Our daughter is 10 and chose not to participate in Camp Carnival much, but it seemed like a good program with lots of variety. If you're bringing a young child in diapers, be sure you bring plenty! We had a little one along in our group that came down with diarreha. They ran out of diapers and the ship had nothing to offer. Surprising!They had to hit up other families with babies to get some. Our portraits came out great! Expensive as always though. The cruise director, John, was hysterical! Great guy! Go to the shows and talks he does. They won't disappoint. The other shows are pretty good too. The ports - Belize - we did the Lost World Canopy Tour. Awesome!!!! Great people in Belize. Just delightful! The ziplines through the rain forest were fabulous. Lot of driving and kind of a short excursion, but it was worth it for the view and adventure. Our daughter loved it. Cozumel - We took a cab to Playa Mia. Don't do the excursion! You can totally go there on your own. Cozumel is beautiful and clean. Playa Mia was a great deal. Lots to do for a reasonable price. A very nice, relaxing day with something for all ages. Progreso - We went to Chichen Itza. Do it! Go! You will never regret it! It's a long drive, but a fabulous experience. What gracious people live in this area! Very proud of their heritage and happy to share it with you. Key West - An adorable town! A LOT of bars and a LOT of people drinking though. I wouldn't do an excursion here. We just did our own thing. Walked around and explored on foot. Went to some of the museums and shopped. The Rooftop Cafe near Malory Square is awesome! Try the Key Lime Daquiri and Key Lime pie!!! Basically, the ports were fabulous, but the ship left us disappointed.

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Nov 20, 2004

Western Caribbean

I went on a cruise with 9 other family members, including my parents in their 80s. Dad is in a wheelchair. There is good news and bad news about traveling on the Carnival Glory with a handicapped person. The good news is that the handicapped rooms are excellent. The shower, in particular, has the best arrangement I have seen. The staff assisted

us with embarkation and debarkation to make it as painless as possible. The bad news is that the handicapped rooms are at the complete opposite end of this ship from the dining room we were assigned to. It is a big ship. It took my parents 20 minutes to get from their cabin to the dining room. And that is walking straight through, not stopping to talk or visit the casino and so forth. The buffet on the Lido was closer but people in their 80s, one of whom is in a wheelchair, don’t do well with buffet lines. I was disappointed to discover that the dining rooms were closed for lunch while in port. For most of the lunches, my parents were forced to stand in line. The downside of the Carnival Glory, unfortunately, is the cruise director. My brother referred to him as “the K-Mart guy” because he spent an excessive amount of time on the loudspeaker trying to sell something. At 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and many times in between, this guy was broadcasting unnecessary and lengthy information over the loudspeaker. The loudspeakers in the halls are at high volume; high enough that they can be heard inside the cabins, even by my parents with hearing problems. This problem was compounded by the fact that our cabins were above the Amber Palace, which was often noisy until after midnight. After a while, we stopped cringing at the artwork and decorations, which can best be described as garish. Mom is convinced the decorating was done by heavy drug users. Dad is convinced the paintings were done by kindergarteners. At any rate, the visual assault was an unneeded addition to the cruise director’s continued auditory assaults. This ship is not the place to be if you are trying to “get away from it all” and are looking for any form of peace and quiet. Many things about the cruise were excellent. The cabin stewards kept the beds well made and the ice bucket stocked with ice. Our waitress, Rensche, was wonderful. This was my parents’ 12th cruise and they thought she was the best they had seen. The food was abundant and available around the clock. Did we have a good time? Yes, we certainly did. Is my family taking another Carnival cruise? No, probably not. As my mom said, she now knows that there is such a thing as a ship being too big. And too noisy.

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Oct 8, 2004

Western Caribbean

My best friend of ten years and I, after years of talking about it, decided to finally take a vacation together. We figured that a cruise would be our best bet as two women traveling alone. It certainly was. As soon as I set foot on the spectacular Glory, I knew I wanted to go on another cruise! The embarkation process took a bit longer than anticipated.

We had a gentleman helping us who didn’t know how to deal with Canadian passengers. Hmmmm. Thankfully Michelle and I had plenty of patience and understanding. Heck, we were on holidays, why make it into a bad situation. A notice to first time international cruisers (ie: not from the US). Make sure you bring photo ID aside from your Passport as Carnival holds your passport until the evening before you disembark. I assume it is some sort of a customs procedure. I would estimate it took us about an hour to get through the entire process. We had a TBA cabin number (We were guaranteed a 4E rated room) and weren’t sure what to expect in terms of accommodations as it was our first ever cruise. We were assigned our cabin number – 1112. . We looked at each other and both wondered if that meant deck 1 or deck 11. We hoped for the latter. As we entered the ship, we saw that several people had already made themselves at home; lounging about, touring the ship and so on. We were very interested to find out where our room was. A quick look at the map handed to us as we boarded revealed that we weren’t on deck one, but rather 11. We confirmed this with a very helpful Carnival crew member. We made our way up the elevator to deck 11 (spa deck) and found our accommodations. The cabin was fantastic. There was a sitting area right next to a floor to ceiling window, two twin beds, a couch, TV, plenty of storage space and the bathroom was a fair size. We set off to explore the ship and made our way to deck 9 (Lido) to grab a drink. Neither Michelle nor I consume much alcohol, but we do like pop. We each ordered a Diet Coke and people watched for a while. Diet Cokes and people watching were two things that were never in short supply for the two of us on this trip. We decided to each purchase a soda card for $44 USD per person. It was a far better deal than $2.50 per drink. The only down side is that you have to have your drink by the glass, but we didn’t s ee that as a problem. After a bit more exploring, we headed back up to our cabin to prepare for the mandatory life boat drill. Some people mention that this is annoying. Sure I too thought it was annoying but I am happy to see that there is some sort of plan in place in the case of an emergency. As we headed back up to our cabin to put away our life vests, we didn’t even realize that the ship was moving. With the exception of our last evening at sea, the seas were calm and the waves were never larger than “slight” Now that I’ve written a novel already, I will highlight some areas of the cruise in point form. FACILITIES We usually frequented the same couple of bars and didn’t even make it to see all of them. We liked people watching at the lobby bar as well as sitting just outside of the casino on deck 5 which spans the whole ship. The casino was crowded at times and rather Smokey. There are plenty of public restrooms scattered about the ship. They don’t get too crowded with the exception of after a show at the Amber Palace (go somewhere other than deck 3). The nightclub was fun and never overcrowded. They don’t allow drinks or smoking on the dance floor which is nice. The internet café was not well placed however. It was nestled deep in a back corner of the Ivory Bar. While there was a door to the internet café, getting to it was enough to make your lungs pop out. Cigar, pipe, & cigarette smoke – YUCK! The spa was quite nice. It was my first ever facial. You get to look through a floor-to ceiling window while you relax. Michelle told me she’s had better facials. They try to sucker you into buying their product, Michelle’s girl was worse than mine. Sometimes you are far better off taking the stairs than waiting for an elevator. I never found the Lido deck overly crowded, rarely had to wait in line for buffets and was always tempted by the ice cream. We didn’t use the gym, but did enjoy walking the track right before sunrise. You hardly notice the laps as you walk with the wind in your hair and the sun peeking through the horizon. ATTIRE With the exception of the dining room, the dress is very casual. Michelle and I are not fans of getting “dressed up” and felt slightly out of place during the two formal nights. There were many that took formal nights very seriously (think prom dresses & tuxes) and some like Michelle and I who wore simple I didn’t feel uncomfortable though. DINING If you like to eat, you’ve come to the right place. Food was certainly plentiful. We never took advantage of the room service, but there is 24 hour (limited menu) room service available. I think the continental breakfast is very popular. There is a breakfast buffet every morning, as well as a breakfast seating in the Platinum dining room. Lunch is served on the Lido deck each day until about 2:30 PM. Don’t worry if you happen to miss it though. There is a grill that serves hamburgers etc. as well as a 24 hour pizzeria and soft serve ice cream. And, don’te forget my favorite, the sushi bar on deck 5 right outside the arcade (open nightly from 5 – 8:30) Then there’s dinner. There are four seatings onboard the Glory - 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. 8:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.. We were seated in the Golden Dining Room for the 8:30 p.m. sitting. We really liked being at this sitting. It gave us plenty of time after shore excursions to relax and get ready for the evening. We were fortunate to have a great group of people to share our dinners with. This included a wonderful wait staff – Martina from Croatia and “Kul” from Thailand. As both my parents are from Croatia, I am fluent in Croatian and had fun speaking to Martina in our language. SHORE EXCURSIONS Our first port was Costa Maya, Mexico. We heard that there wasn’t much to do there and figured we would explore the port and possibly small town ourselves. The weather was quite dismal an included a fair bit of rain, thunder and lightning as we were preparing to dock. Out of the three ships that were supposed to dock there that day, the Glory was the only one that actually did. Apparently the weather was too inclement for the other two ships to safely dock. It was a good thing we didn’t book a shore excursion as all excursions had to be cancelled due to the weather. The ship provided plenty of on board entertainment including a movie (Garfield) at the Amber Palace. This was of course popular for families. We opted to wait for the rain to slow down and then headed to shore. There were trolleys that would take you from the ship to the port shops, but we decided to walk. It took about 5 – 7 minutes at a moderate pace. It was still spitting rain, but was very warm out. The water looked gorgeous, although I’m sure that day didn’t do it justice. Costa Maya is yet to be developed commercially. I could see it being a “hot spot” in the near future. Had the weather been nicer, I think we would have been more willing to explore this place. Instead, we browsed the shops, which are very overpriced, but you can barter. I would save serious shopping for Cozumel. Even Belize had better bargains. We did buy a couple of items (a beautiful girls linen dress embroidered with a sunflower, and a bandana) for under $20 USD. Belize was our second port of call. We chose to go on the Baboon Sanctuary Tour. It also provides a view of Belize City by bus. With all the warnings that Carnival gave in regards to Belize, we figured booking a shore excursion here would be best. HA! While the tour was well organized, our experience was terrible. Firstly, we were supposed to be on an a/c bus. From what I could tell by the sweat pouring off of ourselves and all of our tour mates, such was not the case. After about 15 minutes of putting along the roads, our bus stalled. The driver tried to get it started back up to no avail. We stood at the side of the road in the extreme heat for well over an hour before a replacement bus came along. We were promised that this bus would have a working a/c system. Guess what…it didn’t. The driver finally got smart on the way back and opened the emergency exits overhead and also the front door. The breeze certainly felt good! Our tour of the Baboon Sanctuary would have been great I’m sure if it hadn’t been cut short. We were rushed through there and only saw five Baboons. All of them were too shy to come down from the trees but there was still plenty of opportunity to take great pictures. If you decide to take this particular tour be warned that Belize is very warm (by our standards) and humid. Dress appropriately and carry plenty of drinking water (you will be given a 500mL bottle at the sanctuary). I would also recommend bug spray. The mosquitoes and fire ants were out in full force that day. I wore sandals without socks and my itching feet regretted it later. Don’t let our bad experience turn you off this particular tour or Belize either. I would love to go back to visit again soon. I was most intrigued by all of the plants that are used for medicinal purposes. I heard from fellow cruisers that the Cave Tubing was excellent. The walk to get to the caves however was about 40 minutes and somewhat strenuous. The tender to and from the ship was fine and there wasn’t a long line. Cozumel was our third port and our final shore excursion booked through the ship. We contemplated just taking a cab from the port to downtown which would have cost $6 each way. However, we wanted to see what all the hype was about on Isla Pasion (Passion Island). I am sad to say that it was quite a bit of hype. We spent more time getting to and from the island (by bus and small boat) then we actually spent on the island. Basically, for $75.00 USD per person they bring you over to the private island for a whopping three hours. Granted, it’s all you can eat and drink. Neither of us are big drinkers but did each enjoy a Corona. The beach is renowned for the latest Corona Commercials. The weather was warm but overcast and the water wasn’t very clear at all. I have seen nicer beaches on the Pacific side. We did however enjoy bathing in the warm waters for nearly an hour. We checked out the lunch buffet. It included fresh fruits, BBQ chicken, rice, chips, salsa & guacamole. I am not a very picky eater, but opted to skip the chicken and filled up on chips & guac. Out of 5 stars, I would rate the food as 1.5 – 2. Once again, had the weather been nicer, perhaps our stay on the island would have been more pleasurable. I wouldn’t take an excursion like this again. It’s really not worth it. I suppose if you really like to drink it might be…but how much can you drink in three hours? The boat ride back to our bus was…interesting. We could see some dark clouds looming in the distance and were hoping it wouldn’t rain. We were on a small (seats maybe 10, uncovered boat. It didn’t just rain, it poured as we got closer to shore. I have never seen rain like that. It was literally coming down in buckets. Some tried to seek refuge under their beach towels, but it was hopeless. We were all soaked through to the bone. I think it was the first time on the whole trip I wished there wasn’t a/c getting onto the bus. Shopping at the pier was alright. We did pick up a few items that we were able to barter for. I would suggest going d/t if you want more variety. Our fourth and final port was Progresso/Merida. We figured it would be best to just go into the port and see what there is to do from there. Michelle had already been to Chicen Itza, and I had visited the Teotihuacan Pyramids near Mexico City so we had no desire to do this popular excursion. The pier at Progresso is so long that you are actually bused into the small city. From there, you can drive to Merida – a much larger city. We toured around the small market place that the bus dropped us off at. We made friends with two sisters from Colorado and were talking about possibly sharing a cab to Merida. There was also a city tour offered to us for $25 USD each (the cab would have cost $80.00 round trip). The city tour guide offered his tour for $20 USD if all four of us went and so we did. It was well worth the $20. We got to ride around in modern a/c bus that delivered us directly to the ship afterwards. Merida is a very modern city with low crime rates. It has a population of 900,000 people which accounts for nearly 60% of the Yucutan peninsula’s population. There were two scheduled stops; one at a Mayan monument, as well as at a popular marketplace for about an hour of shopping/free time. We arrived at the ship with a half hour to spare and were sad that Progresso was our final stop. MISC. - Don’t drink the bottle of water in your room IT”S NOT FREE (don’t worry we didn’t learn the hard way) - Be flexible! Things can change/happen quickly out at sea - Talk to crew members to find out which ports are a must see and which tours to take. Talk to your dining room waiters for great advice - After getting back onto the ship at a port, take the stairs to deck 3 and use the glass elevators if your cabin is higher up like ours - If you can, carry your own luggage off of the ship. We did through eight flights of stairs, but it was worth it from what others said about having to wait for luggage - HAVE FUN & ENJOY!

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Oct 1, 2004

Bahamas

Booked April 2004 with Balcony Guarenteed cabin from Cruises Only. Checked in at Port about 12:00 noon, minor delay since we did not have preassigned cabin and baggage handler had to look up cabin #. Did not see any advantage to having filled out pre-boarding pass. Line moved quickly and we were on board by 1PM. Our cabin was 4800 and was very nice,

unfortunatly it was directly below the Red Sail Cafeteria's which are used for excess seating from late night buffet. We constantly had the sound of people walking over head and the food service people moving carts until 2 or 3 in the morning. Not at all what we expected for a good nights sleep. The first night was interuppted at 2AM by "right foot, left foot, watch out for the wall, you can make it honey" Also had the experience of listening to a 50 YO + bragging about changing a friends room service request and ordering all kinds of goodies and then sitting there while the guest screamed at room servive for the screw up. I might expect that from my 17 YO, but not an adult. Carnival isn't going to eat that expense, it gets passed on to the customer as a cost of doing business. Dining Room, food was OK, nothing special. We had table 136 in Golden Dining Room, early seating, and had 2 Suzana's as our waitresses, fantastic service. Did request a cake for my wife's birthday for 10/03 but never saw it. We did eat in Emerald Room on two different nights, well worth the money. Buy your liquor in St Thomas vs St Martin, you can bring in 1 ltrs/person + 2 /ltrs person purchased in St Thomas. I bought in St Martin and had to go to customs and declare excess, but amount was waived as less than $10.00. Shore Excursions: with all the hurricanes we had in Fla we didn't dare book anything in advance. We did book a tour to St John's on board. Worth every penny. I had read where others had booked on their own, and I've done it myself on other cruises, but this was great, all we had to do was walk about 100 feet from Glory to our tour boat, same on return. Return customer comments: We have 2 cruises on Carnival and 2 on Royal Carribbean. No comparision, RCCL gave use Fanny Packs,Coupons for Casino and Drinks,Discounts at Spa, Cocktail party, wine tasting etc. Carnival cocktail party and a pin. Wine tasting $8.00/person. Overall I would be very hard pressed to do another Carnival Cruise. I chose Carnival over RCCL bases on price, but yoy get what you pay for. Don't mean to be too harsh on Carnival, but if you are looking to party, Carnival is the one. If you want a peaceful and enjoyable cruise go to RCCL. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. rdubois@bellsouth.net

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Aug 27, 2004

Western Caribbean

First let me start by saying that I have spent a considerable amount of time prior to this cruise researching this itinerary, and I picked up lots of tips, so I hope you find this review informative and helpful. We went out of Port Canaveral, stayed at the Raddison at the Port 2 nights prior to the cruise. If you rent a car, it is cheaper than purchasing the

Carnival shuttle from Orlando and if you rent with Budget, you can walk to it from the Raddison Hotel. Drop it off the morning of the cruise and walk back to the hotel. They have a complimentary shuttle to the cruise ship. We had a balcony guarantee and did not get an upgrade, but did get a good room on the Upper Deck, room 6232. Room had plenty of room. We travelled with our 16 year old son and our 19 year old daughter. The ships itinerary went to Belize, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Progresso. Here is the port information. Belize: I never book any tours through the cruise ship, way too expensive and if you do some research, you can save a bundle. The cave tubing was the main tour in Belize. We booked before we left with Action Belize. I had gone to a travel show in Toronto and picked up the Belize tourism book. Action Belize was in the book, so I went to their web site. They had the exact same cruise that Carnival was offering but it was $49 per person, not $89. The good thing about this was, that we were in a group of 8, not 100 so we had a personal tour. It took so long for the Carnival tour to get their shoes, tubes, wait for everyone, we were finished before they got started and we had a great tour guide named Roberto. After the tour we went for a nice Mexican lunch, cost $5 and $1 per beer. We had enough time to do some shopping and then back on the ship. Not a lot to buy in Belize, they have some nice wood carvings, but that’s about it. Here is the contact name for Action Belize contact@actionbelize.com. Costa Maya: There are a lot of nice shops right at the pier in Costa Maya. Just outside the main entrance you can rent a golf cart and drive into the town. We did this and had a blast. The rental was only $12 per hour, and we took it for 3 hours. We went through the main town and pulled in on the beach where we were served and we able to use their chairs and umbrellas, as long as we purchased food/beverages from them. The same beach was used by Carnival for $89 all inclusive. Imagine if 4 of you booked the all inclusive beach break tour , which would be almost $400 U.S. for 4 of you. We paid $36 for the golf cart and the beers were only $1 each. We didn’t even spend $70 for the 4 of us for the entire day. Do these tours yourself. Cozumel; We visited Cozumel twice, because Hurricaine Francis was hitting the U.S. and we were suppose to be back in Port Canaveral on the Saturday but we didn’t get back until the Tuesday, so we ended up going to Cozumel twice. The first time, you can rent a car right at the port $40 per day and you can drive the entire island, stopping where you want. Beaches all over the place, ruins, restaurants etc. Take a few hours and enjoy the entire island. Four of you can fit in one car for $40. Again, Carnival had tours of the island for $149 each. When we went back, we went to Playa Mia and paid the all inclusive rate. It was $35 and you could eat and drink free all day. The beaches are all public. This beach has horse back riding and done buggies available for $20 each. Carnival wanted $89 to horse back ride. Our kids went riding and had a blast. You can also go to Mr. Sanches or Sanfranciso Beach. You can use their facilities, as long as you purchase food/beverages from them. On each stop, we purchased beer and brought it back on the ship and put it in our fridge in the room. They will ask you to check your liquor when you come back on ship, but just go straight to the elevator and bypass the lady who checks the liquor in, we were not stopped once. This will save a lot on your liquor bill. Progresso; This is a very poor village and not much to do. They have the longest pier and you are bussed from the cruise ship. The best shopping is here, great prices and nice items. There is a market right outside where you are dropped off. You can catch the town double decker bus here for $2 and see the town of Progress. Then you can walk to Corona Beach where you can use the facilities. There is a 711 that sells coolers, beer and pop very cheap. I brought back litre bottles of pop for the kids to save on the $3 per glass pop charge on the ship. We spent the day on the beach. One thing you should do at every port, bring some fruit from the morning buffet and some packets of cereal. You always run into children, dogs or cats that are hungry. I have some boxed cereal to an old lady on the beach, an apple and a bottle of pepsi, and she cried and blessed me for 10 minutes. They are very poor. The dogs are so skinny. We ended up buying 4 packets of hot dogs and fed the dogs on the beach. It makes you feel so good to hand over an apple or a pastry from the ship. They are so thankful for anything they get. Our cruise director, John from England was amazing. He made our cruise. He did a wonderful job keeping us informed of the hurricaine. It was nice to get an extra 4 days for nothing. When we were going back to Port Canaveral, we were told that the port was damaged and that we had to go to Miami. Carnival looked after everyone arranging buses back to Orlando airport and Port Canaveral at their cost. They didn’t have to do this, as it was not their fault a hurricaine came through. The entertainment was good. The two broadway shows were excellent and the late night comedians were hilarious. The casino didn’t pay out much at all. I put in $20 and didn’t even get a cherry most nights, but others were winning, just the luck of the draw I guess. The food was amazing. You can order 2 entrees if you want. When you see lobster and steak and you can’t decide, order both. The portions are small enough that you won’t look like pig. We never had to wait for chairs outside, always plenty available. Take the time to eat your breakfast and lunch in the dining room as the food is so much nicer than the buffet. At night near the pizza station, they do steak and onion buns and they are good. There is a deli that does great deli sandwiches also. Room service is free, menu listed in the room, so it’s nice to order a pot of tea or coffee and some sweets to your room. We had the late sitting at 8:30 and liked that. The early seating at 6:00 p.m. was too early. When you are in port, you would have to rush back to change in time for dinner. Plus, eating later will make you not want the buffet at 12:00, and that’s a good thing. There is laundry on the ship, take quarters with you, no change machines in the laundry room. Also, bring some laundry soap and fabric sheets with you, save you buying them on the ship. We brought 2 large bottles of wine with us to dinner, and they did not charge us a corkage fee. It was on our table chilled every night for dinner and it lasted in 5 nights. The cruise lines makes their money from you on tours and drinks. If you go on the internet and search your port and things to do, you can save a lot of money. Of course you shouldn’t go off in the jungles along with a tour company you don’t know, but if you read reviews that are safe and well known, you’ll be fine. We’ve travelled all over Mexico and it is very safe and the people are very friendly. You can offer a driver $50 for the day and he’ll be your private taxi driver and wait for you. That’s a lot cheaper than booking tours. This is our 6th cruise, all with Carnival. I would book Carnival again., they really know how to look after you. I felt that the service was lacking a bit on this ship, but maybe they were getting fed up with the extended stay of everyone. In other cruises, the wait staff have made an effort to talk to the kids, but they didn’t do this on this trip. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them. My e-mail address is ltdavies@sympatico.ca Happy Cruising.

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Aug 20, 2004

Eastern Caribbean

The ship was beautiful. The theme "Colors" was done wonderfully throught the entire ship. The main atrium ceiling was like a huge caliedescope (sp?) and I could watch it for hours. My only disappointment was that I decided this time to book an excursion through the ship because after I added up all the costs of the private tour to the same place,

it came out to the same price. Blue Lagoon in Nassau was a great island to go to but the private company would have gotten me there an hour earlier, provided a guaranteed seat (covered top deck) and not crowded me on like a herd of cattle. But, it was still fun so what the hey. St Thomas was great and very pretty. I hired a driver for the day and we experienced just about everything from mountain top vistas to Magan's bay, Coki beach, snorkeling, street fair, local restaurants, etc... . St Maarten's main town's streets were torn up for remodeling but shopping was still great and the beach was fantastic with lots of activities and buckets of beer (6 bottles) for $10. On ship, the shows were great, the food plentiful and tasty. We also went to the dining rom every night and had a wonderful waiter and assistant. He did simple magic tricks at our table every night. When we got home we bought some tricks and shipped them to him. Weather was perfect, all mechanicals worked on the ship. (we never had any problems with elevators, video games, air conditioning, slot machines, etc..) The kids (many) behaved for the most part and seemed to be having a lot of fun. Our party was a total of 11 with 4 adults and 7 kids ages 14 to 21. We brought a thin rope and tied our balcony door open each night. before cruise, we purchased alcohol at a local liquor store (ABC liquor). You can buy cases of Miller Lite in 16 oz plastic bottles (which is what they serve on the ship) and then walk around drinking them as if someone served them to you. Cabin steward kept them on ice for us all week! Tip: Bring large Dog Biscuits for when you snorkel as the fish will smother you to eat the biscuit. (Very cool!) I would highly recommend the Glory and Carnival to any "Fun Seeking" individual or family!

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By Emma_CR

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Aug 20, 2004

Eastern Caribbean

hey, This was my first cruise i'd been on on the carnival glory and it was an amazing experience. I was worried being a teenager that there wouldnt be many children my age but there were loads to have fun and make friends with. We all met at the ultraviolet teen club disco on the promenade deck which were held every night. they also had many activities

like karaoke and deck fun on during the day so we were never bored. Unlike me and my two brothers my parents wanted a relaxing holiday and found it easy to have this because of the ships size they could escape everyone and sit in the shade reading their books! The food was really tasty every night and the waiters were all very friendly, i was in the platinum dining room second seating with my family and we were looked after very well! The evening entertainment was always very good especially the comedy show where they got the audience to join in with what was happening it was very funny. I also enjoyed their rock'n'roll broadway show all their songs were really entertaining with grease evita and jesus christ superstar all being my favourite! I went on 2 excursions with carnival cruiselines both of which were really enjoyable the first was snorkelling in St Thomas the seas were clear and we saw alot of fish and different underwater life! the second was a catamaran in st martin which was soo nice and relaxing! The staff in the carnival glory were all very friendly and i liked coming back to my room to see what creature theyd turn a towel into! and they always smiled and said hi when we walked past them, i didnt meet one unfriendly member of staff on the ship and was even sad to say goodbye to some i would definitely advise people to take a cruise because it was the best holiday ive ever been on and you might think that i'm only a 14 year old but trust me you will have an amazing holiday weather your looking for a relaxing time or a fun filled holiday! =D cant wait for my next carnival cruise thanx emma

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Jul 30, 2004

Western Caribbean

Dear Carnival, On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to thank Carnival for the best vacation we have taken. We were on a 7day cruise on the Glory that left Port Canaveral July 31, 2004. We have travelled the Caribbean, Hawaii and Europe and when my wife and three sons asked to take a cruise, I was the lone hold-out. I had reservations about

being on a ship with three thousand passengers and 1200 crew. I feared long lines and dinner with people we may not have anything in common with. Our family, had the best time. We have three sons, 16, 14 & 11. Our 11 year old was hardly seen by the family the whole seven days between Camp Carnival and the friends he met. Our 14 year old met every 14 year old girl on the ship. We enjoyed being with our 16 year old, he was able to spend time with my wife and I and it felt 'right' being in the bar, or enjoying a show or sitting after dinner enjoying our new friends we sat with each night at dinner. The cabins, although both interior, were directly next door adn gave us the ability to sleep in because their was no window (we loved it). The meals were great and especially dinner, with our delightful servers and delicious food. The spa services were great and we even had the boys get their 'back to school' haircuts in the salon. The staff in the Casino bar, dinner, Front Desk, Cabin Steward and the pool area are superb. Thanks to all of the staff! I hope we can be fortunate to cruise with Carnival in the future. Regards, Kenneth, Mary, Alex, Will & Tyler Rafferty P.S. The reason we chose Carnival was because 10 years ago in 1994, we had a fully paid cruise with Carnival, and our middle child Will, who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, was hospitalized and restricted to a wheelchair, and we were forced to cancel and you guys refunded our monet DESPITE the fact we did not purchase the travel insurance.  

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Jul 23, 2004

Eastern Caribbean

Terrible service at dinner and even the $25 supper club. Ship is nice but doesn't flow to different sections well. Staff was overall friendly but spoke with the biggest amount of rude crew ever. (7th cruise) Extra charges for things standard on other ships.

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Jul 16, 2004

Western Caribbean

This is my second cruise with Carnival. I went on this trip with two of my friends Scott and Lonnie. We flew into Orlando a day early so I can’t help anyone out with the airport transfer on the way to the ship. Sorry. We arrived at the ship at about 10:30. It wasn’t too crowded people were just starting to arrive. It took us about 45 minutes to board

the ship. Carnival was not boarding the vessel when we got there, I’m sure we would have gotten on earlier if they were. I’ve read a couple reviews by people saying its so complicated boarding this particular ship. My friends and I had no problems at all. We had met out room attendant as soon as we got to our room. Nyoman was excellent, he was very pleasant and a great addition to Carnivals staff. The days at sea was relaxing, we hung by the pool bar had a few drinks. The Red Sail Restaurants food was pretty good. We ate about 3 or 4 meals there. We particularly like the deli and pizzeria. The Kaleidoscope bar was excellent. Ken and Peter were fabulous- best bartenders ever! Genay the guitar player at night was amazing. He sang Happy Birthday to me and we did a song together. He is very talented and a great addition to the Glory. The music on the lido deck was good, they were playing a mix of everything. The activities they have on the lido deck during the day are great. We were hanging in the hot tub watching all the people compete in the Red, White and Blue challenges. GO BLUE! Costa Maya- was interesting, a couple of the guards on the pier have M-16s which was different. We walked around the complex at the end of the pier before our shore tour, they have a lot of shops, pools and bars. My friends and I did the Jungle Beach Break. The ride to the beach is long but worth the trip. There is nothing really to see on the way just a lot of trees and bushes. The beach is nice the water is clean and the drinks are free (best part). There are a few shops, the people will bargain with you which is great. We met some people from Atlanta, Baltimore and New Jersey. The bus ride back was fun. The driver had given my buddy Ben the microphone and we just had a blast. We were singing along to songs the driver was playing and just being all out crazy. Belize- is beautiful. My birthday had fallen on this day and it was a birthday to remember. We did the shark and stingray alley. Anyone who loves to snorkel or swim I highly suggest this tour. The crew picks you up right from the ship (the ship docks about 6miles off the coast). It takes about an hour to get to the dive site. The sharks immediately come right up to the boat; you can leave over the side an touch them. The sharks scatter as soon as everyone starts getting into the water. The best time to see the sharks is at the very end. After snorkeling they take you to San Pedro for lunch and shopping. The lunch was good chicken, rice and cake. I recommend trying the Belikin beer. It’s very tasty- kind of like a Juengling. The ride back to the ship we saw dolphins and the guides stop the boat for pictures . The ride back is about 1 and ½ hours. Cozumel- was nice. We did the Fiesta Party Boat. It was ok-the beach is alright. The way to the beach is boring. There is nothing really going on just meeting some fellow cruisers and having a few drinks. We met a family from Daytona. They were awesome. The way back is fun they have a few games. My buddy Lonnie competed in both games. He didn’t win either but he got a little tipsy in the process. After the party boat we went to Fat Tuesdays. What a great party. I recommend this place to anyone who goes to Cozumel. The ship leaves at 4:30 so you don’t really have a lot of time to spend here if you do a shore tour. Progresso- was the worst port I have ever been to. It’s cool cause the ship docks on what I’ve heard was the “longest pier in the world”. A bus is provided to take the people to shore, its about a 10-15 minute ride. This is the only cool thing about this port. I’ve been to the Bahamas and all over the eastern and southern Caribbean and I’ve never been harassed like I was here. The people do not leave you alone they want you to buy everything or if not buy anything give them money anyway. My buddy bought a Corona and there was something floating around in it but it wasn’t a lime or ice or anything like that. We met a couple who was staying there and they said they were sick the first couple days, they had gotten food poisoning from a lack of refrigeration. I would not eat or drink anything here. The drinks are really cheap but who knows what they are made from. We stayed in town for about 20 minutes and then went back to the ship. You can do shopping on the pier they have some nice shops. I really suggest a shore tour if ever going to this port. My buddy Ben said Chichen- Itza was incredible. Dining- was very good. The food was different every night. The staff put on a show every night and sang Happy Birthday to me on my birthday. I feel bad I forget my waiter and waitress’ names. They were excellent. Nightlife- was the best of any ship I have ever been on. The club was hopping every night with a different theme of music each night. The karaoke bar was great, a lot of people came to this every night. The Kaleidoscope bar was an excellent place to grab a drink and meet new people. Overall a great party every night no matter what you decide to do. Debarkation- went smoothly. We got to the Amber Palace at 7:30 and were off the ship at 7:45. The ride back to the airport was nice the driver was good. Carnival went to extremes with this ship. The staff was terrific. Couldn’t have asked for a better vacation. My friends and I were very pleased and will continue to sail with Carnival. Eric Vargo New Jersey

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Jul 9, 2004

Eastern Caribbean

Traveling with my husband, and two kids, ages 16 and 13. This was our second cruise with Carnival. We arrived in Orlando the day before so the morning of the cruise we took the hotel shuttle over to the airport around 9 AM. Upon arrival at the airport we located the Carnival staff members whom gave us our colored tag for the bus. We waited maybe

20 minutes to get onto the bus. We reached the terminal around 11 AM. Being a family of four we booked a category 12. This has some advantages, such as the Skippers Club. Which means we go to a separate room upon arrival at the terminal for our boarding passes and we were one of the first to board. We were in our cabin by noon at the latest. The other advantage is space and the balcony! The ship was beautiful. The only real issue we had was trying to figure out how to get to our assigned dining room, which was the Platinum. After a couple of days that was a breeze. The design of the ship is a little confusing when it comes to getting to certain places, such as the dining room, and the Amber Lounge. The dining room was fantastic. Our table faced the rear of the ship and faced a large window. The food was excellent as it always is, and the service was great! We had the early sitting, which is what we prefer. This gives us time to relax, hit the shows, enjoy a nightcap on our private balcony and get to bed at a decent time. Our first port was Nassau, Bahamas. We went on the Pearl Island Sting Ray Encounter. The ride out is about 30 to 40 minutes. They keep you entertained with descriptions of things you will see on your ride. The only issue here was you could not hear them very well. Pearl Island is beautiful. The String Rays were in a small-enclosed area, not really worth the time unless you have small kids, then it would be great. There were lots of other things to do on the island though, they rent jet skis, snorkeling equipment, and parasailing behind a boat. There is food and drink available as well, however, it is very expensive!! My suggestion would be to bring your own water or beverage and snacks. One thing I did not particularly like on this day was the fact they had the Captain’s Party. Seemed to me the next day would have been a better time to have this, as we would be at sea all day. I should note here that at our next port the ship and passengers had to clear customs, as this is not a US port. This went very smoothly, they did all passengers with excursions first, then the rest of the ship. I would say in all it took us maybe 20 minutes. Our next port was St Thomas. Here we went on the St Johns Island Tour w/Snorkel. Again another boat ride, this one was about 45 minutes. Again they tell you about things you will see on the way over. Once we arrived in St Thomas we were loaded onto little open-air buses and taken to Trunk Bay. The beach was gorgeous; it is located in a National Park. My husband, and kids went snorkeling. They said it was cool but most of the coral was brown, or not alive. There is food and beverages available here, and the prices were not too bad. They also have showers and changing rooms. You are to meet your open-air buses at a certain time. Ours was late and there was some confusion. The island tour pretty much does not exist. The open-air bus drivers are just in a hurry to get you there and get back. So don’t expect to take any pictures or learn anything about the island itself other than what you learned on the boat ride over. We were very disappointed in this part of the tour. Our next port was St Maarten. Beautiful port, very colorful and very clean!! We went on the Mild & Wild Pinzagauer tour. This was a blast!! They pick everyone up from the port in air-conditioned buses. From there we were taken to our small little safari vehicles. We spent the beginning of our tour seeing the Dutch side of the island, and spending an hour at Mullet Bay Beach. This is a fantastic beach, in a small little bay like area, very calm. A couple of items you should know, if you use their beach chairs and umbrella’s they will charge you like $6.00 I believe it was. Also there are people walking along the beach trying to sell things, this was annoying as they kept coming back. Not sure if they had changing rooms or not at this beach. From there we toured the French side of the island. Unfortunately, it was some kind of holiday so most of the stores were closed. However, they did have like a carnival set up in town, with food, crafts, and even a parade. We then went to a small hotel on Orient Beach. You have a choice here of using the beach or the hotel pool. The beach is very pretty however, the water is rough here. Also, it should be noted swimsuits are optional at this beach and pool. From here we were taken back to our air-conditioned buses. You had a choice of taking the bus back to the port or getting off in town to do some shopping. If you choose to shop the transportation back to the port is your responsibility. I should also note that the guides were terrific. A couple of times people were late getting back and they did wait for them. Although they did get less time at the next stop that way. This did not affect us, but remember that you are holding up everyone in your vehicle by doing this. This was a special day for us as our daughter turned 16 that day, and everyone sang happy birthday to her in our little safari vehicle. Disembarking was not so fun, but it never is. You have the option of carrying your own luggage off the ship or leaving it by your door the night before. We have WAY too much luggage to carry it off ourselves, plus we really don’t want to hassle with it. You have to be out of your cabin by 8 AM. The nice thing about this is you can go up by the pool or Red Sail. Which is where we headed. There we had breakfast and waited for our color to be called. Around 9:30 we were called, I should note here that we were extending our stay in Orlando so we did not have a flight to catch. The line to get off of the ship was long, and hot!! You have to go threw security and then through customs. They had a couple of gangway’s open but there was only so much room to get through security inside. It is a lot like the airport security area only smaller. Once you get through customs, you must locate your luggage, this was fairly easy as they had them set by your color. From there we boarded our bus back to the Orlando airport. This is a great ship, very clean. The crew was not as friendly as we had encountered on our past cruise, with the exception of the dining room staff and room steward. They were a lot of fun!! My 13-year-old son loved the arcade, and spent most of his time there. Neither of the kids spend much time at the disco or do they participate in many of the Camp Carnival events geared toward their age groups. To be honest there was not a whole lot on the daily events that would interest kids of their ages. However, we all enjoyed our cruise very much and are looking forward to going again sometime in the future.  

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Jul 2, 2004

Western Caribbean

Sunburned and content—back from the Glory Embarkation We only live an hour from Port Canaveral so this part was easy! Arrived around 12:15 and dropped off Grandma, Dad and 12-year old son with baggage. Then parked in garage as Dad had porter check all our bags (NOTE—help others by putting on ALL your baggage tags before you get to

the port!). Parking is $70, payable upfront by VISA/MC or cash for the week. Back in line with family by 12:45. No discernible difference between FunPass and non line—line snaked around for 20 minutes or so. In our cabins by 1:30 and eating by 2. The Cabins and Packing We couldn’t do a guarantee/upgrade cuz we needed rooms near each other. Had oceanview (with a little porthole) 1216 and 1220 on the fore of the Riviera deck. This turned out to be terrific—two floors to dinner and the floor runs the whole ship so easy to maneuver around. Rooms are perfect for two (and glad we got two cabins!). One room was very stinky from smoke but Sonya, our cabin steward, had ozone cleaner in the cabin within 20 minutes of our concerns. Turned out the nightlights I packed wouldn’t go in cuz of the location of the outlet didn’t leave room for the air freshener portion. Otherwise there is PLENTY of shelf and drawer space. The beds are very comfortable. FOOD I gained only 2 pounds—my husband gained 8!!! But he ate constantly and I limited myself to a light breakfast and lunch and judicious choices at the most excellent dinners in the Golden Restaurant. We had late seating which worked out well for us most of the time except for days we were completely exhausted from the day’s activities (more on that later!). The Coquilles St. Jacques was the best I’ve ever had and every lamb dish was exquisite. Portions are not huge and there was SPA selections—you could easily eat well and still consume less than 8 or 9 hundred calories. Amazing. Even the coffee was good. And the SERVICE was respectful and attentive, never cloying or overbearing (thanks to Mirella and Melvin!) Breakfast in the Platinum Room was relaxing and a great chance to meet other cruisers but the Lido Deck buffet is also a good choice. The omelet station chef was willing to throw whatever I brought him into an omelet for me (apples and sausage from other stations, for example). The pizza is also excellent—try the spinach and goat cheese. The crust (along with all the breads and sweet rolls were delicious). I had VERY meaty spare ribs (Cajun-style AND teriyaki) and the Oriental station served up excellent Chinese food. I could go on and on about the food but I can’t recall one thing I selected that wasn’t good except for the stupid hash brown pucks for breakfast (Carnival has thousands of pounds of real potatoes—USE THEM!!!) I got soda cards for my son and me. My husband and mother-in-law drank tea (which is free all day, along with apple and orange juice) at the Red Sail Restaurant. It turned out to be a bargain for us. Excursions Thanks to all of you out there who posted reviews and helped us out here! Costa Maya—We took the internet advice and rented a golf cart when we got off the boat—wandered through the small, very poor town and ended up at a small bar on the beach closest to the ship (Tequila’s I think it was called—sorry). We had purchased all new snorkel equipment before we left so we spent the day snorkeling and swimming in the bathtub temperature water and reading in the shade. No cover charge for using the facilities and VERY NICE folks with very limited English running the place. The taco lunch was cheap and excellent. Cost for the day? $60 for the cart ($15 an hour) plus $30 for drinks and lunch. An excellent beginning. Belize Again, we took internet advice and booked on belizecruiseexcursions.com before we left. My son and I went cave-tubing with Xtreme cave tubing. My husband and mother went to Maruba Resort Jungle Spa (he to horseback ride, she to sit by the pool and relax). Because we didn’t book through the ship we had to get a tender ticket (but I was third in line and got on the first tender). The tour folks waited for us and snatched us when we got off the boat (there was a little confusion at first cuz we had arrived so late but it was very quickly fixed). We had paid a 10% deposit via Pay Pal online and then paid the remainder in cash onsite. The cost is about 2/3 of the ship’s cost. We ended up with one other couple, in a nice car NOT a huge van! Our guide was Colin Gillette, a native Belizean who is VERY knowledgeable about history and medicinal plants and a very sweet guy who kept us in sight the whole trip as he tubed with us. As others have said, this is a don’t miss experience. After 40 minutes of walking through the jungle, I was very happy to splash into the water. The walk is not REAL rigorous but the heat can get to you. Paddling is pretty easy though there are places you have to work a little. And don’t worry about the 2-hour time difference. We made it back in plenty of time for the tender back to the boat. My husband also reported a terrific time—my hard-to-please 80 year old mother-in-law raved about the pool and spa. Cost for the day for all four of us: $200! Plus $60 in tips. Cozumel Grandma stayed on the ship—our son went with other Camp Carnival kids to horseback ride ($71) and my husband and I took a $7 cab ride to Dzul Ha beach club, a prime snorkeling spot. No cover charge but a minimum of $15 of food/drink to purchase to spend the whole day under a tiki hut with a fabulous view. This is a rocky beach with steps into the water for snorkeling. All day we saw boats anchored just beyond us for folks who paid a lot of money to snorkel there and we just entered from the beach! The ceviche was cheap and plentiful—my husband’s burrito equally good. We could easily walk to other beaches but ended up staying put! Cost for the day for the two of us: $47 plus $6 in taxi tips! Check out cozumelmycozumel.com for lots of information about snorkeling and other stuff. Progresso/Merida We booked the ship’s tour to Dzibilchaltun and the Mexican Rodeo ($303 for the four of us). Didn’t think the family could handle two hours on a bus each way to go to Chichen Itza so went for the smaller but very impressive closer Mayan ruins. The museum was very well laid out and very informative. The guides were also excellent. We had a buffet lunch at an American owned horse ranch followed by an hour of Mexican folkloric dancing and very skillful cowboying. We used to own horses and my husband’s done some penning and roping—he was most impressed with the roping exhibitions. Miscellaneous Re: formal nights—I have to go to a lot of formal events for work so it’s no treat for me. I wore simple long skirts and my husband wore a dark shirt and sport jacket, my son wore a dark shirt and tie. We were among the underdressed but didn’t feel uncomfortable in the crowd. Re: entertainment and activities—didn’t catch any midnight shows but saw the cruise talent show (really good) and magic show (Justin Illusion) which was glitzy but too much hype for my taste. Scottee at the piano bar is extraordinarily talented and a lot of fun. Loved the dance lessons. Lounge singers are mellow and relaxing. And the galley tour is a great behind the scenes look at how the ship works (wish there were more tours like that) . My son loved Camp Carnival (for the 12-14 old group—which is a great grouping by the way). The casino is pretty good. Never too crowded. I played black jack with a limited stake set aside for each day of the cruise and each time I ended up ahead, I went to pay the purser. Lost on three nights but won on four and ended up paying off $1225 of our $1360 bill (including excursions and tips) which was great! No credit card surprise this month. But, boy, did that bar bill add up! RE: the spa—my one of two less than positive experiences. The hot tub wasn’t hot—the sauna wasn’t hot and the steam room smelled musty. After showering there were no hairdryers or hair gel, etc. in the ladies room. None of the things you usually find in a spa. The last few days of the trip they’d have a 50% off special (the first ten people, etc.) which seemed like a great deal. RE: The cruise director and Nicole the shopping expert—the second problem. While I appreciate that high energy and personality count in these jobs, these two (especially Nicole) are just over-the-top and phony in their presentations of self. Way too much hype. We already need the information you have and we WILL listen to what you have to say—you can ratchet the hype down a notch or two and be a little more HUMAN! It’s not a bad quiz show or the shopping network. It’s people giving people the information they need. If this is a cheap cruise I can’t imagine what you’d get on one of the fancier lines! It’s great for singles and for families. Every day there’s something for everyone. Everyone in my family wants to do it again!

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Jun 18, 2004

Western Caribbean

I want to first say that this was my first cruise. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I try to be optimistic. This is a REALLY long review, so I’ll sum it up a little for those who don’t want to read the whole thing. If you’re looking for more detail, well, then, read on! Over all, we had a good time on our cruise. I don’t think I would sail the Glory again. The cruise was nice, but I didn’t feel it was as nice as it should have

been for the price. We could have a much better vacation elsewhere for the same price. It seems Carnival is set you nickel and dime you every chance they get once you’re on the boat. The service was great in some areas, not so great in others. The food and entertainment were good, but the activities planned during the day were not. I may go on another cruise line and see if I like it better. Embarkation – Very convenient and easy. We live in Orlando, so a family member was dropping us off. We arrived at the Port around 11 and we were enjoying lunch in the Red Sail dining room by noon, in our room by 1:00, and had all of our luggage by 2:00. We were completely unpacked and enjoying drinks on our balcony before the ship even set sail!!! The Ship – No complaints here. The ship is absolutely beautiful. I enjoy simple and subdued decoration, and I did not think the colors of the Glory were tacky at all. I loved the themes and colors of the ship. Many people have complained that it’s confusing to get around the ship. As long as you know that if you want to get from the back to the front, or vice versa, you need to either do it on deck 5 or one of the decks that are all cabins. We were in cabin 8381, and we would just make sure we knew where we were headed when we left the cabin. If our destination was in the front of the ship, we would walk down the corridor on deck 8 and take the fore elevators. If we were headed for the back, we would just use the aft elevators. If we mistakenly took the aft elevators, since they were closest to our cabin, we would just get off on deck 5 and walk to the fore of the ship and catch another elevator. Not a big inconvenience at all. I thoroughly enjoyed walking down Kaleidoscope Boulevard. Our cabin was very large, with lots of storage space. We had been on the cruise for a whole day before we realized that there are large pull out drawers under the couch. These were perfect for just throwing our dirty laundry into! Daily Activites – I was shocked at the lack of activities available. In fact, my husband and I became so bored on our first day that we considered using the Carnival Funship guarantee and leaving the cruise at the first port. I think the main reason we didn’t was because our first port had been changed from Key West to Costa Maya (what a disappointment) and we weren’t sure we’d be able to get back to the U.S. from there. It’s literally in the middle of the jungle. There were many activities announced, but we couldn’t help but notice that every one of them cost money. My husband and I had spent all we could to get a balcony cabin, not realizing that it would cost us so much more to enjoy ourselves once on the ship. There were free activities, such as Trivia games and movies, but they were never announced. And each one I participated in, I couldn’t help but notice that the staff member running it seemed to want to be doing something else. With the exception of the piano man who ran the Name That Tune trivia. He was very personable and seemed to really enjoy himself. And he was very talented. The ‘first run’ movies showed in the cabin were movies that had been recently released on DVD, and they were the same 4 all week. I think I watched “Cheaper by the Dozen” about 10 times. It was obvious that they didn’t want you to spend much time in your cabin, because then you weren’t out spending money on the ship. And even some of their Pay-per-view movies were ones that had been released on DVD for quite some time. It seemed a little steep to pay $9.00 for a movie that will be on HBO before the summer is over. I was really not at all satisfied with the amount of activities offered on board. Many days I felt that we were just laying around waiting for the next chance to go eat. Which leads me to… Food – The food in the dining rooms was spectacular. The first night I had ziti, which was the best ziti I’ve ever had in my life. My husband didn’t care for it much, so I helped him with his! Every night the food was great. Wonderful choices. The lobster was delicious. We ate in the Emerald Room one night, and would highly recommend it. TOTALLY worth the addition $25. The food at the buffet was average. The desserts at the buffet were good the first day, but not afterwards. And I wouldn’t suggest the Mexican Midnight Buffet. Those three words should never be combined. It’s a recipe for heartburn all night!!! The pizzeria was really yummy, and so was the grill. Make sure you make it up to the Fish and Chips place on the second floor of the Red Sail restaurant. It’s great!!! My husband and I had lunch there 3 times!!! We were seated on the second floor of the platinum restaurant. We were seated by the wall. We had a window, but it faced to corridor that the entertainment staff use for something, because they were walking back and forth constantly, transporting costumes and props. It wasn’t the best view, and we weren’t able to see anything that was happening downstairs while the waiters were dancing. Our waiters, Neil and Gerrerdo were incredible. You hardly ever noticed they were there, but the minute you needed anything it was right there next to you. My compliments to them. Staff – As I said earlier, our waiters were wonderful. Our steward, Franklin, was OK. He really slacked off the last few days, and even left a plate and a few dirty cups in our cabin for over 2 days. We finally ended up carrying them up to the Red Sail and leaving them on a table. Not at all what I expected from a cruise steward from what I’ve heard. Most of the staff that we encountered was very friendly. They always had a smile and a ‘Good Morning’ for you. Especially the staff on the lido deck, including the bars, and Red Sail. I don’t think I ever made eye contact without receiving a smile. It was very nice. Unfortunately, our room seemed to be located near a stewards working area, and they were VERY loud. Even as early as 7:00 in the morning. They have to realize that people are on vacation and would like to sleep in a bit. My husband and I resorted to wearing earplugs to bed the last few nights. The cruise director, Mark Price, was OK. I found him to be more annoying then entertaining. He stretched his disembarkation talk to over an hour, making sure he got in every available chance to push the ships merchandise and convince us to spend more money. He could’ve definitely cut out his obvious jokes and antics and just got us out of there quickly so we could enjoy our last day on the ship. I would suggest skipping the disembarkation talk. They show it on TV all day. Mark Price seemed more like a salesman then a cruise director. He was constantly hocking whatever there was to spend money on (How many ‘final’ art auctions can you have?). I only interacted with him a few times, but he seemed to be rushed and rude. I wasn’t very impressed with him. Entertainment – The nightly entertainment was very good. We saw both of the Las Vegas style shows and really enjoyed them both. The male singer was OK, and the female singer was outstanding. We saw both comedians as well. Mike Macy is HILARIOUS!!! Definitely see him if you get the chance. We saw both of his shows, including the midnight ‘adults only’ show. He had great material for each show. He started to repeat himself once, but realized he had done the bit the night before and turned it into a joke. He’s obviously a natural smart alleck and it’s evident in his show. The other comic, I think his name was Percy something, was OK. He wasn’t as good as Mike Macy, but Mike had set the standard pretty high. Nightlife – Dead on some nights, hopping on others. The first night we went to all of the bars at about 10:30 – 11:00 and they were EMPTY!!! Definitely see the Karaoke show in the Ebony Showcase. The Karaoke in the Blue Room is pretty good on some nights. We went in to Cinnabar when It was pretty empty and the Piano guy completely ignored us. It was downright rude. We had fun on nights we went to shows. We met a few other couples at dinner and enjoyed spending time with them in the bars. But, mostly, except for the shows, the nightlife was pretty lacking. Ports – Costa Maya – What a huge disappointment!!! All it is is an outdoor mall (Translation: HOT) cut into the middle of the jungle. My husband and I got off, walked around for about 15 minutes, and got back on the ship. The common areas (beach, restaurant) weren’t big enough to accommodate a mega-liner like the Glory. Everythign was very crowded. I was very disappointed that we came here instead of Key West. I would hope Carnival would look for a better alternative in the future, but I doubt they will. Belize – The seas were rough outside Belize, so the tenders weren’t able to start transporting guests to port as early as usual. We had a 1:00 excursion which left directly from the boat, so we planned on tendering into Belize in the morning to see the port. Well, we went to get our numbers for the tender at about 9:30. We were given number 9. We were not told anything about there being any delays. We went down to deck 1 to see what number they were on. We were greeted by a huge crowd of people standing around and absolutely no Carnival representatives at all, except one guy selling bottled water. We went back to the room to get our Carnival Capers to read what they had to say about the tender process. Well, it said to wait in a common area or your cabin for your number to be called, and please do not crowd onto Deck one to wait. So we went and grabbed something to eat. Evidentally, they were having difficulties with the announcement system. We could here the signal that announcements were being made in the distance, but never heard any announcements. We were sitting in the Red Sail restaurant. When we went back to our rooms, we heard absolutely no announcements at all. We thought it was rather rude that they were advising people to wait in there rooms and then not alerting anyone that the announcement system was not working. In effect, everyone who did what they were instructed to do (including my husband and I) missed their chance to tender into Belize. We were giving nothing in return, except a ship wide apology over the announcement system later that day after we had sailed. For our excursion we went on the Barrier Reef Snorkel. We only saw about 6 fish and they were all either brown or white. I heard Goff’s Caye was better and would suggest that if you want to go snorkeling. Cozumel – Cozumel was really nice. We went on the beach break to Passion Island. They’ve actually filmed a Corona commercial there! It was beautiful. Very relaxing. It includes a Mexican buffet and open bar. The buffet was excellent and I had to partake in a few Corona’s. I would highly suggest it. When we got back to the port I went to an open air restaurant near the duty-free shop. They had a steak burrito for $8.00. It was the most delicious burrito I had ever had in my life! It was drizzled over with a BBQ salsa and sour cream. Man, it was good! Progresso – We went on the Chitchen Itza tour. It was well worth the 2 hour drive there and back! I just took a back pack and threw in a book. The scenery we drove by was interesting, to say the least. I’m very glad to be living here in the U.S.! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. I would also highly recommend this tour. My husband got some wonderful footage of me scooting down the stairs of the pyramid on my butt. I’m scared of heights. Debarkation – Piece of cake. We didn’t walk off with our luggage because so many people were planning on doing that. We just put our luggage out the night before and that morning grabbed a book, went and ate breakfast, and then found a comfy couch on deck 5. We were off the ship by 9 and home by 10:30. Like I said before, we enjoyed ourselves, but not enough for how much we spent. We felt like Carnival was constantly trying to get us to spend more money. I don’t think I would sail the Glory again. Definitely not for 7 days. We went to Sandal’s on our honeymoon a few years ago. I think next time we plan a big vacation, we’ll go there again.

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Jun 18, 2004

Western Caribbean

My wife and I just returned from the June 19th sailing of the Glory, to Mexico and Belize. I am a very fair person of 45 years of age with 15 cruises under my belt. This ships experience is equal to a week on a floating cheap flea market. The MAIN job for the cruise director Mark Price was to be a dime store salesman pushing all the clothing sales and

junk jewelry aboard the ship. If you ever saw Mark anywhere other than the Amber Theatre pushing bingo or 20% off in one of the stores, he would not stop to smile or chat. He was actually quite rude. On other cruise ships we have had a wonderful experience just spending a few moments chatting with the cruise director. Carnivals only focus is to get you to charge as much as you can on your sign and sail card. Now, I don't begrudge a company trying to make a profit, but when it is so overt that you notice it, that's deplorable. With Royal C./Norwegian/ and Celebrity I spent just as much but never felt like I was being pushed so hard. As far as the comfort the cabins were pretty standard 185 square feet outside view. The problem was that we had noisy, drunk, and out of control teens all around us. Beleive me I dont blame carnival for there behavior like I blame the parents. What i was applalled at was the way Carnival handled it. I called the pursers desk 5 times between 12:30AM and 4AM, and was told security was going to take care of it. They showed up at 5AM and never let me know this until the next day. I told my wife not to worry Carnival must get this all the time and would know how to handle it.Well, was I giving too much credit to Carnival!!!!They could not give us another cabin because thet were full. OK I thought how about an IM sorry, or possibly upgrading us to the Emerald room for dinner, which would have cost them $50 and I would have felt they cared. Not Carnival....They could care less about our situation and had security call me in to their office and make ME feel guilty about complaining. They made me "The Guest" ask if they were going to compensate us in any way. They never responded till the last day were a 3 line paper was left in the mailbox saying" Were sorry and will look into it"..NOT GOOD ENOUGH CARNIVAL!!!!!!! The Food:Awfull The Entertainment:zzzzz Staff: Could not care... IF JUST ONE COUPLE OR FAMILY AVOIDS THE GLORY BASED ON OUR REVIEW IT WILL MAKE US FEEL BETTER. Cruise with Royal C/Norwegian/Or Celebrity STAY OFF THE GLORY

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Jun 11, 2004

Eastern Caribbean

Let me start by saying we sailed on 2 disney cruises before. I traveled with my husband (42), mother in law (60+), daughter(11), son (6). Embarkment- arrived at Port Canaveral at 11 am and was on ship by 11:30 am. Luggage- Did not recieve luggage till after 5 pm. Carnival uses the elevators to deliver your luggage and

has only 1 elevator available for passengers to use. This was terrible, if you are at the pool on Deck 9 and want to go to your room on Deck 1, that is alot of flights of stairs, especially if you are old, young or are not in the best of shape. Lunch Buffet- was o.k nothing to brag about. Shows- o.k on a scale of 1-10 1 being terrible and 10 outstanding. A 6 would be fair. The magician was terrrible and not all the shows are kid friendly. ex. the full monty and g- strings were in two shows. Dining- Red Sail casual buffet did not have much of a selection except for a salad bar each night. The Main Dining was fair, Desserts were o.k to poor. Casino- was good, exccept you had your usual rowdy crowd. Pools- over crowded, no supervision by Carnival staff or by parents of children, hard to go in for a dip without being kicked, jumped on etc., Pools and hot tubs closed early, only one hot tub was opened till midnight, and it was over crowded by teenagers. Slide- was good very long lines and the decks and steps that you had to travel get Very hot and you can not go down the slide with shoes. Slide closed by 5pm at night. Midnight Buffet- small with some desserts, but mainly the grill reopened and they served burgers, dogs and steak sandwiches, with 1-2 different things per night ex. pork sandwich or mexican lasagna. Childrens Clubs- wierd hours open for 4 hrs closed for 2, open for 3 hours closed for 2, open for 3 hours then 6.00 per hour till 3 am. If you are late anytime they are closing, you are charged for each minute late. Hard to get to sometimes, so had to watch your watch, and whoever signed the child in must sign the child out, which makes it a little difficult. Activities for 8 and up were very limited, coloring, video games get old for that age. Rooms- nice, just as described. Ship layout- Poor, could not go from decks 3,4,5 from rear to front. ex. if you were on deck 2(midship) and wanted to go to the show, which is on deck 3(front) you could not take the elevator to deck 3 you have to go to deck 6 and walk to the front of the ship then go down to deck 3, very confusing. Most people were lost the first few days. Activities- Poor for families, not many family actitivies, unless you are into the hairy chest contest or the fear factor contest. If you do not gamble, this is not the cruise for you, there is hardly any activities, except for gambling. Overall Rating from 1-10. would be a 5. I would not spend the money to cruise Carnival again.

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Jun 4, 2004

West Caribbean

I was in Cabin 6398 (keep in mind if you book any of the upper 6300 rooms) you are directly above the White Heat Disco- which kept us up past 3 am every night. Roomy & well designed Cabin. My room steward was amazing. The food was the BEST on any ship I have been on. In addition, I am a repeat Carnival cruiser. You MUST eat at the Emerald Rest. the Prime

Filet Mignon is the BEST I EVER had. The ship is quite beautiful & the staff is fantastic. Mark from England the (Cruise Director) is a riot! The shows are good,food A+, I cannot think of a bad thing other than you have to get off they ship by 10 am on day 6-NO there is no 7 day cruises, unless you have an 8 day itn. If you drive to Port Canav, stay in your right lane as you enter the port & go right into the parking lot bldg. They try to make you loop around & waste an hour after you curb your bags from the left lane. So you have to carry the bags-but you will save a TON of time, gas & aggravation. Bon voyage-you are gonna have a ball!!!

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May 28, 2004

Western Caribbean

This was my families first cruise. Our party consisted of my wife, son and a friend of our family. Embarkation Parking was a pain but the process of boarding the ship was extremely smooth. The whole process took about 30 minutes. Everyone was very professional. The Ship To say this ship is big is an understatement.

The Disney Magic was parked behind it when we arrived in port and there is a noticeable size difference. I found some of the color schemes on the boat to be annoying and even in some places a bit tasteless. I wouldn’t say it was to the point of being a bother but the ship appears dated although it is basically brand new. We had two inside rooms with an adjoining door and this was very nice. We probably will not do another inside room in the future, we found the light lack of sun light to be more of a problem than we thought it would be. The rooms were larger than I expected and we had room to spare in our closets. Staff We were very pleased with the service throughout the ship. Our headwaiter Donovan took extremely good care of us and made our dining experience in the evenings superb. Food As noted in other reviews dining was hit or miss at times. The evening meals were mostly good and getting an extra dish was never a problem. The service in the dining rooms was fantastic. With the exception of the first night on the boat all the food served ranged from very good to excellent. The main complaints I have concern the Red Sail which is the buffet on the lido deck. We attempted breakfast in the Red Sail once early in our cruise and once on the 5th day. I was very unimpressed to say the least. My wife tried the scrambled eggs and I tried a few other things. Stick with cereal if you must eat here. I don’t eat eggs but just the look of them was enough to convince me they were bad news. The breakfast served in the Platinum Dining room was much better. They use many of the same items but also serve specialty items such as pancakes which are more passable. We found it hard to make the lunch in the Platinum Dining due to the times it was open so more often than not we ate either burgers from The Grill, pizza and sandwiches. The Reuben and pastrami sandwiches are great, the pizza is above average and the items from The Grill are very good. We purchased drink cards for our son and our friend and found that once shown they were rarely asked to show them. We ate dinner in the Emerald Dining room one night as part of the supper club program offered. There is a $25.00 charge per guest and it’s very worthwhile. If you haven’t experienced high dining I would highly recommend giving this a try one time. It far outclasses the main dining rooms and that is something amazing. One note – Carnival provided a chips and salsa night on the ship outside the casino and I’d like to mention to everyone that dicing tomatoes does NOT make salsa. If there was anything but tomato in that I’d require some proof of it. This was one of the most laughable attempts at salsa I’ve seen. Please hire someone who has a clue or just buy Pace Picante, its certainly no worse than what they served. Ports We visited Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin on this cruise. On Nassau we opted to get our own cab to the Atlantis hotel and walk to the beach (the Atlantis beach is private and of guests only). Most things in Nassau are closed on Sunday so we made a bit of a mistake by not taking a sponsored tour here. I would recommend doing so even at the higher costs onboard the ship. St. Thomas was by far the nicest place we visited. We took a ship tour to Trunk Bay on St. John’s. This is mainly a snorkeling tour and I would say it is a good idea to take your own equipment if you seriously want to snorkel. We were carried to St. John’s onboard the Leyland Sneed. My wife and our friend were both seasick by the time we returned to the Glory, we also noticed a number of other guests who had turned green and were not doing to well. I don’t know if this was an exception or if the sea is always a bit rougher here. On St. Martin we made our own way to Orient Beach despite warnings from the cruise director and others onboard. We saw less than 10 topless women and they were off to one end of the beach. This was by far the best beach for playing in the surf we visited. I was impressed by the clarity of the water as well as the light surf rolling in. I highly recommend this location. Shows The shows were mostly good. I have read other reviewers complaints about the magic show and agree 100%. They’d do well to get rid of this stiff and maybe show a movie that night. The other shows were good to very good. The comedian is funny and the singers did a fair job. The main male vocalist misses a bit but everyone was enthusiastic. Disembarkation We carried our own stuff off the ship and got out within 30 minutes of them opening the doors. If you can possibly self carry then do it. You will not regret it. We were very pleased with this trip and I am currently looking for my next cruise.

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May 21, 2004

Western Caribbean

We departed on our cruise from Port Canaveral. We chose to stay the night before at a local motel and be transported to the pier the day of the cruise. This was definitely a good move and would do that again in the future. Getting on the ship was no problem whatsoever. It took aproximately a half hour to get onboard. We were not able to go to our

room as of yet because we did board fairly early and the room was not ready, so we went and had lunch on the Lido deck. The hamburgers are superb. That is one thing I recall enjoying on each of the other cruises. When we booked this cruise, we booked an inside cabin with a guarantee. We have done this in the past and was always very satisfied but this time, we didn't get any upgrade whatsoever. The room was much smaller than the outside cabins by about 20sq. ft. which does make a big difference. We were disappointed with the size but we didn't let that ruin the week. Having 3 adults in our room was kind of tight when it came to counter space and drawers but we did survive even though our daughter had to pretty much live out of her suitcase which was shoved underneath the dressing table area. The dining room was beautiful and more spacious than other ships we have sailed on. The food was excellent at each dinner and we never left the table complaining about anything. The waiters were very good and had no complaints about them. They did earn their wages without a doubt. The ports that we stopped at were Costa Maya, Cozumel, Belize, and Progreso. We were to go to Key West but after getting on the ship, we found out that the itinerary was changed and we would not be going there and went to Costa Maya instead which was a great disappointment. We felt that we should have been informed about this change. Cozumel was a wonderful snorkeling island which my husband and daughter thoroughly enjoyed. Belize was very beautiful. We booked the River Cave Raft trip which was great! I would recommend it. As for Progreso, it was a wasted stop as far as we all were concerned. We probably will never go to these ports again. After experiencing other places, these would be at the bottom of our list. Our favorites so far, are Aruba, Barbados and Dominica, the Southern Islands. As for the entertainment on the Glory, I would give it a 5 Star rating. The comedians were great also but everyone has their own tastes, so therefore, you should go to see the shows with an open mind. The week went by very quickly and by the end of that week, we finally knew our way around this very massive and colorful ship. We had the choice to take our own baggage and leave the ship early. I would highly recommend this way to depart since it runs smoothly and quick. But the next time, I definitely will not take as many clothes. Over-packing is my downfall. On a whole, I would recommend the Glory highly but would chose to go another route with different stops. The day I left the ship, we all were ready to book another cruise. Always keep in mind though, a cruise is what YOU MAKE IT. If you go with an attitude and are looking for faults, then just STAY HOME!

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May 14, 2004

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Glory Cruise Review On Saturday, May 15, 2004, Kevin, Melissa, Bobby, Amanda, Lexie and I set sail on a long anticipated, well deserved cruise to the Eastern Caribbean aboard the M.S. Carnival Glory. This was a 7-day journey that took us to Nassau in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Marteen of the U.S. Virgin Islands. To sum up this vacation

in a few words— “It was freakin’ awesome!” I really don’t know how else to put it. This review will take you through our entire trip…the good, bad and the ugly! Traveling to Port Canaveral As I mentioned, we were all very excited about going on this trip. Our plans were to fly out the morning of the cruise, with Lexie and I flying separately on Northwest and meeting the rest of the group on the ship (they took an early morning flight on Delta). We awoke about 5:30 that morning to the sound of the phone ringing. Lexie answered and I could tell it was Melissa calling from the airport. I wasn’t exactly sure what the conversation was, but I knew it was going to be a long day when I hear Lexie cussing and saying, “You’re kidding, right?” We had just found out that our flight had been delayed. We jumped up and started looking into the problem. Basically, we knew we were on a tight schedule with little room for delays. We get to the airport and find out twice more that we were going to be even further delayed due to bad weather. Lexie was in tears and we were about to face the fact that we were going to miss at least the first day of our cruise. I’ll make this long story short—we finally take off from Memphis headed to Orlando. I had talked to Carnival and they said to try to make it to the pier using a taxi by 3:30 and we might make it. When we touched down in Orlando, we sprinted off the plane to find a Carnival representative waiting for us! They had 1 last shuttle at the airport waiting to take us to the pier. As it turned out, there were 20 people on our plane in the same situation, so they waited. We checked in on the bus and when we arrived at Port Canaveral, we went through security in 5 minutes and ran aboard. We were the LAST people on the ship!! We learned our lesson: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER fly out the day of your cruise. Too many things can happen to delay your arrival and it’s simply not worth the stress of a crying wife! Trust me…travel the day before! Overview of the Glory Prior to cruising, we had seen many pictures of this ship on the web and read many positive comments. However, none of the photos did justice to the magnificence of this vessel. It was absolutely awe inspiring to stand next to the ship. One hundred and ten thousand tons sounds huge, but take a close look and you’ll see why! The ship is a beautifully decorated floating city. It has more bars than my entire hometown. We ate in the Golden dining room, which was very elegant and plush. The Amber Palace was a large 3-story amphitheater where all shows, comedians, and other indoor activities took place. This was also a very glitzy and elegant room. The Camel Club casino was an area that I must say occupied a good deal of my time on a few sea days and in the evenings. It’s very large casino for a ship, and has a cool camel / desert theme. We never played slots—just blackjack and some Caribbean stud. As expected, nobody came out winners but we had fun trying! The ladies visited the White Heat disco dance club a few times. It seemed to go from totally empty to completely packed at random times—but they seemed to enjoy it when it was kicking! Most of the time we spent on the Lido deck enjoying the warm sun, pools, water slide, and grazing on ‘free’ food. The weather awesome….we only got 1 five minute shower in Nassau and that was it as far as rain and clouds. I’m not big on the shows, and didn’t go to all of them, but they seemed to be enjoyed by most. The ladies especially loved the magic show and Las Vegas singing/dancing shows. The comedians were pretty good. Percy Cruz was funny until he used his time to make a political speech bashing President Bush—that seemed inappropriate and not appreciated by many. Cabins We had a wonderful cabin, mid ship on level 8 with a balcony. Yes, the balcony was worth the extra $$, contrary to what I anticipated. If you ever cruise this ship, cabin 8347 is a great room to request. Unfortunately, not everyone had such a great room. Kevin/Melissa and Bobby/Amanda had requested an ocean view guarantee room. Since we had this type of cabin on a previous cruise and enjoyed it, we didn’t think it would be a problem. However, they were stuck in the absolute middle in the back of the ship on level 2. The other way to visualize this is the butt-crack of the ship. No joke. They were right above the propellers and when the ship sped up or went into reverse—hold on cuz you were going for a ride. The rattling would pretty much register on an earthquake Richter scale. Bottom line is that these rooms should not be the same price as a regular ocean view room. However, they complained to Carnival and were compensated for their troubles since there were no other empty rooms on the ship. The Food It’s everywhere. Every time you turn around you are faced with a tough choice: Pizza, burgers, buffet, ice cream, fish, you name it! The problem is you have to try everything and the only way to do that in 7 days is to load up! As a result, we all have to loosen up the belt notches this week as we did some serious damage. The food at dinner, of course, was the best. I have to recommend the lobster, New York strip, grouper, veal, oh hell it was all good! If you get something not so great, send it back and get something else. If not, just wait for dessert and I promise you won’t walk away hungry! If so, there is always the midnight buffet that you can graze upon. Since we had the late seating dinner, we were always too full and never even tried this out….unfortunately! The Staff & Crew Fantastic. The crew went out of their way to make everyone as comfortable as possible. Our room-steward, Putu, was very attentive and did a great job in cleaning our messy room twice per day. Other crew members worked round the clock keeping the ship spotless. Our waiters, however, were the best. Many thanks go out to Renato and “Manny” for waiting on us hand and foot at dinner. These guys were very friendly, professional and courteous. If you ever get a chance to dine in the Golden dining room and get this duo, you can rest assured you’ll be well taken care of! Our cruise director was Marc Price. We saw him the first night and he seemed like he was going to be a great cruise director. Unfortunately, he got really sick after the first or second day and we never saw or heard from him again. The guys that filled in for him did a great job, although we hate we missed having a professional CD like we did with John Heald on our first cruise two years ago on the Victory. Sea Days We had a total of 3.5 days at sea. These days were extremely relaxing and went by way too quickly. We slept in a few mornings, headed up to the buffet for our morning feeding, and usually headed up to lay out for a few hours—you’ve got to do something between breakfast and lunch so this was out activity of choice! After the noon devouring of pizza and burgers, we laid out and checked out the deck activities. The hairy chest contest was by far the most hilarious and fun activity of the week. We are very proud of Bobby for winning this prestigious contest as he entertained the audience with his “strut” to M.C. Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This”. He put on a good show for the crowd and camera and was an instant celebrity who was well recognized on the ship the rest of the week. He brought home the prized “24 karat gold plastic ship on a stick” trophy. Bottom line—you can do as much or as little as you like onboard the ship during sea days. Whatever you do, you’ll enjoy it! Ports of Call 1. Nassau We had read that there wasn’t a lot to do on this stop but figured we’d give it a try. We took a cab over to Atlantis and had a quick glance at the resort. We then decided to walk over to Paradise beach and found it to be absolutely beautiful. We spent the rest of our time playing in the waves and chilling on the beach. We also rented wave runners for a while and had a blast. Not much time to do a lot as we only had about 5 hours at this stop, and then it was back onboard. We enjoyed Paradise beach, but otherwise, there didn’t seem to be too much else to do. Overall, we had fun but this was our least favorite port of call. 2. St. Thomas This was my personal favorite. We arrived early in the morning and took a cab to Megan’s Bay. This was a beautiful beach surrounded by mountains of trees---absolutely beautiful. There wasn’t a lot of activities here, so after a few hours, we took a cab over to Koki beach and that was fantastic! This was my favorite beach on the trip by far. If you ever go there, be sure to snorkel around the coral reefs. The water is crystal clear and the fish are amazing and everywhere. We were able to feed them out of our hands and get a good close view. We weren’t here long enough, and if I ever go back, I will spend all my time here. There are other activities here also, such as wave-runners, parasailing, scuba diving and more. I miss this place! After leaving Koki beach our cab driver gave us a tour of the entire island and took us to the shops where the ladies went wild. Then it was back to the ship. We watched sail away and saw a beautiful panoramic view of the island lit up at night. Very, very cool. 3. St. Marteen This island was also fantastic. We took a water taxi over to the beaches and shops not far from the pier. Bobby and I headed to the beach while the rest of the gang went shopping downtown. We later rented jet skis and played in the water. If you plan on doing any jet skiing, this is the place. The water was very smooth and you could really cut up. Lots of fun! Later that afternoon, we took a snorkel excursion over to shipwreck cove. We have mixed thoughts on this. I personally enjoyed it because we had a lot of time and a big area to snorkel and enjoy the water. However, the sunken ships weren’t that impressive and there were not many fish to see. Especially since we had snorkeled on Koki beach the day before and saw much more and paid much less, that made this dive a little disappointing. However, I’m glad we did it and it gave us the chance to see another part of the island that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise. The guides were very entertaining and they give you unlimited rum punch afterwards! Be careful—that stuff is strong! Debarkation The worst part of the trip is going home. This morning was just depressing, but I guess that’s normal. The entire process went fairly smooth although it took a while for everyone to find their luggage once we got off the ship. We took the shuttle back to the airport and made it with time to spare. Summary The trip was a blast. Any trip is what you make of it, so go with a positive attitude and you WILL have fun. There are always glitches and things that won’t be perfect, but deal with them and move on. We would definitely recommend this ship to anyone. We will also be booking another cruise as soon as feasible, and will probably go on Carnival next, although we’ll try Royal Caribbean one day. Carnival impressed us with service and fun, so they have gained a few more repeat cruisers as a result! Tips & Hints Just some miscellaneous ideas for your next cruise! · Never, Never, Never fly the day of your cruise! · A cruise can be great as a couple, but having good friends come along makes it that much better--so bring your buddies! · If you have a balcony, take a bungee cord to keep the door open. It’s great to have the door open at night and listen to the ocean. · This ship did seem to rock more than others, as we had heard. One night the seas were fairly rough and we were jolted quite a bit. Take some bonine or dramamine just in case. I did for the first few days and stopped, but never felt motion sickness. Better safe than sorry. · Beer drinkers: When you get off at St. Marteen, there is a beer stand setup on the beach. They sell beers for 99 cents each. I bought 15 and put them in a backpack and brought them back through ship’s security w/no problem. We all did this and saved a lot of $$ on bar bill (which was already too high!). We should have made more trips to refill! Put them in your cabin fridge to keep ‘em cool. · Buy stock in downy wrinkle releaser—that stuff is great. No need to iron any clothes during entire trip. Don’t forget a bottle before you leave. · Duct tape, extension cord, and a power strip are your friends..bring them along · Men: Be sure to cancel you sail and sign card before your wife has a chance to visit the photo gallery. OUCH!! J · If you have a problem onboard, let the staff know. They will compensate and take care of your problems! · If your waiter or room steward does a fantastic job, give them something extra in the form of cash. These guys work really hard for a few bucks per day, so don’t forget the good ones. · We brought 4 bottles of wine in our carry on’s onboard with no problems and took them to dinner 4 nights. They may or may not charge a corkage fee (they didn’t charge us). Good way to save $$. · Don’t over pack liquor. You don’t want to run up to your room every 20 minutes to get a drink—you’ll just order from the bar or bar servers. Pictures can be found here: http://www.anthonyandlexie.com/CruisePics.asp Let me know if you have any other questions!!!! Glad to help!

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May 14, 2004

Eastern Caribbean

THE SHIP The ship was awesome! A lot of lounges, excellent pool area with an awesome slide. The grand entrance was breathtaking! Rainbows of colors catch your eye, the mall is pretty nice too. The amber palace is where they have the shows and it is three levels VERY BIG!. You have to check out the entire ship as it is very big with a piano bar,

lounges, etc. THE FOOD The part I like about the food is that they have the grill open at all hours as well as the pizzeria. In addition, they have a few buffets from 11:30-1:30! The dining rooms are nice although, I remember in the past that there were more of a selection of desserts..but, overall very good. Also, don’t forget to eat the sushi if you like that sort of thing…mmmmm!!! CABIN We got almost the cheapest room, and were impressed with the look considering that it had no window! Good setup. Please get a wakeup call if you get an inside cabin like we did or you will never wake up. PORTS OF CALL Been to St. Maarten and St. Thomas 2 x before, so we did the bus panoramic tour in St. Thomas. Only $35.00 pp and pretty good tour considering. Nilsa is a good tour guide. In St. Maarten we did the 4x4 jeep tour..although, $89.00 pp it was worth it. You have 4 people to a jeep and it is a topless jeep, you can take turns driving along with 20 other jeeps and then you go along the coastline and the final destination is a beach. It is a very nice drive very nice and scenic. Bahamas is a good island; shopping, nice casino Atlantis you have to look at it! If you do shopping at this island please take into consideration it is not that inexpensive so bring money! ACTIVITIES We were very impressed with the activities! A lot of fun. The cruise director, Mark Price became ill the 2nd day of the cruise but, I know from a previous cruise 5 years ago that he is an excellent Cruise Director. The welcome aboard show that he did was very good so I was disappointed that he wasn’t around. The hosts that took his place the remaining 5 days did an excellent job. You have to go see the dance class that ronaldo teaches! I highly recommend this cruise, we had sooooooooooo much fun!!!!

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May 14, 2004

Eastern Caribbean

Wow, What an amazing Cruise. We had so much fun, the ship was beautiful, and the ports were excellent choices. We went to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Marten. We had beautiful weather through the whole cruise. There are so many positive things i can say about the cruise but i don't want to keep you reading too long. But there is only one problem

we had with the cruise, I went to celebrate my birthday and we were told by our travel agent that they would give us a cake, But we never got 1. But oh well what can you do your on vacation. But the best part of the cruise was the dinners, the dinners were excellent. The shows were alright but not the greatest. One show was uncalled for in my books, and that's when guys actually started stripping, not good if little kids were there. I am sure Carnival could have had better shows. But all in all this was an excellent cruise. And would recommend it to anyone. We are already planning another Carnival cruise for December of 2005 to the Western Caribbean onboard the Carnival Triumph. I hope you enjoyed reading. And wish you the best Cruises in the future to come.  

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By Sara_CR

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May 7, 2004

Western Caribbean

I went on this cruise with my parents and my aunt and uncle and two cousins (ages 20 and 22) and it was my third Carnival cruise, previous ships were the Imagination and the Pride. Check-in Just be prepared for a long wait at embarkation. We drove down the day of the cruise and parking was horrendous, as they made you wait to drop off your

bags and wait again in the same line to park. I suggest staying at the hotel nearby and taking a shuttle to the port, thus avoiding some bad moods so early in the trip. There were long lines but that was expected. No major problems checking in. Rooms We stayed in the inside staterooms and they are small but I think it is absurd to dish out more money for a balcony or whatnot because you do not need to be spending much time in your room (unless perhaps you are going on your honeymoon). Our cabin steward Joseph was so nice. I’m pretty convinced he never understood a word we said to him but he just smiled and nodded. He provided great service in our rooms and was always done by the time we returned from dinner. Ship Itself Loved the ship, it was very colorful and the décor was better than the Pride because it was sans naked people on the walls! Huge ship, but it was slightly annoying how you couldn’t get from one side of the ship to the other on the floors with dining rooms. The pool was nice, waterslide was a lot of fun, hot tubs got really crowded. Meals I thought the food was great. We never made it to the sit-down breakfast but I liked the buffet just as well. They always had some interesting food at lunch. The oriental bar was my personal fave. And if you don’t like the food they have that day, you can always go to the deli or the grill or the pizza bar. Supper was very similar to past cruises I’ve been on. The only meal I remember hating was some kind of stuffed quail dish that I ordered, and all I had to do was order something else. Our head waiter, Henri was definitely the best of all the cruises I have been on and his assistant was great too. The waiters are all so enthusiastic in their post-dinner productions and we got up to dance with them every night! Also make sure not to miss the captain’s cocktail party on the first formal night. They don’t let you go thirsty, that’s for sure. They serve good drinks and weird hors d'oeuvres. And if you’ve cruised with carnival before, you go to an invitation only cocktail party of the same sort, minus the fancy clothes and the captain. Every night they have different backgrounds for professional photos. I recommend taking lots because you don’t have to buy any of them (but you will) and there’s a rumor that sometimes they go on sale the last day. Entertainment I loved the shows for the most part. The only one I would advise missing would be the magic show…pretty cheesy. But the Vegas-style shows with the dancing and singing were pretty good. There’s also a guest talent show, but they only let 9 or 10 people participate and they draw names out of a hat. Personally, I think they should have had tryouts for the talent show because some of these people have distorted views of what talent is! The cruise director Mark was a funny guy but sometimes he rambled on and on when all you want is to watch the show. Activities I recommend going to the dance lessons. They had two during our cruise on the days at sea. One was a latin dance and one was a line dance. We had a lot of fun and it’s a good little break from the sun. Also make sure to get out early since the pool chairs fill up fast and it’s no fun to lay out on the back of the ship. The main pool is where all the action is. They have a live band for a little while each day and then a DJ and some hilarious contests, including the ever popular hairy man contest. Even though you might feel dumb at first, I encourage every one to participate in the colors contest. You’ll all be assigned to the red, white, or blue team and you receive points for your team for participating in activities, yelling loud, being crazy, etc. It’s a silly contest with no prize, but it’s fun. Nightlife The White Heat Dance Club is where my cousins and I went most nights but I wasn’t a big fan. The DJ played about 5 popular songs ( the same 5 over and over) and then started the techno nonsense. You’d think he would get a clue when the dance floor cleared out. The age group was sort of weird because all the old people would come into this club and be all drunk, so eventually the younger folks (us) would leave and just go hang out somewhere. The good thing is that you have to be 18 to get in white heat (warning: take your drivers license with you because one night the security guard wouldn’t let me in because his boss was there and apparently didn’t believe I was over 18…and I’m 20) but the teenagers have their own place, which was empty the entire cruise because I think they were still in school at the beginning of may. The lounges on the ship were pretty cool, but I think all the bars should stay open later than they do (2am) because people don’t really sleep on cruise ships. Drinks are expensive but really yummy esp the pina coladas. I recommend the daily specials that are about 4 bucks and are usually something fruity like bahama mamas. Also, you can take your own alcohol on the boat in your suitcase as long as it’s not in a glass bottle. This will save a good bit of money and there’s lemonade and fruit punch in the dining room for mixers. The 24-hour pizza bar was a popular post-club choice but it was really hot because they cover the back of the ship at night for whatever reason. Ports We weren’t able to go to Key West because the pier was being rebuilt or something so we went to Costa Maya instead. There were lots of little souvenir shops which I hate because they sell the same merchandise no matter what country you’re in and everything is made in Indonesia. But there was a huge saltwater pool with a swim-up bar and very “friendly” Mexican bartenders. We spent the afternoon at the restaurant by the pool eating nachos and drinking margaritas the size of our heads. The live band was fun and played an interesting Mexican version of “Sweet Home Alabama”.I’m pretty sure there were no excursions at this port, but some friends rented a golf cart and went into town, where they said there was nothing to do but drink 50cent beer. Everyone had fun here just getting wasted. Next stop was Belize, where we went snorkeling. If you’ve never been, I suggest going snorkeling, but if you have been before. Especially on some of the bigger reefs, then it’s nothing special. It’s supposedly the second largest reef in the world under the great barrier in Australia. The boat ride there and back was more fun than the snorkeling itself. They had unlimited rum punch (after the swimming of course) and we just danced and acted crazy with the guys on the boat. We signed up for a party boat in Cozumel because the party boat we went on in St Thomas on a previous cruise was so much fun. What we failed to realize was that our party boat left at 9am. So we were not awake yet and these people were trying to pour red tequila down our throats…NOT FUN. But they let us off the boat at a small beach resort where we laid out and as it got later, took advantage of the free drinks. The ride back was fun with limbo and dance contests and everyone was drunk by the time we got to port. It didn’t even matter that we were the only people under 30…we made lots of new friends! I heard a lot of people that went to Carlos’n’Charlies say it was fun too, I think you have to take a taxi from port. Progresso….boo…I wasn’t a big fan. They dropped us off at this big mart with the souvenir shops I hate and it was the hottest day in the history of the world, AND there was a stinky fish market right in the middle of everything. Here’s a tip…try the beach or stay on the boat! All in all, I had a great experience on this cruise and I would recommend it to anyone. Only thing is, beware motion sick people. I don’t know if it was the weather or the ship itself but I’ve never been on a boat that rocked so much. I never get motion sickness but I felt quite dizzy in the amber palace especially. So pack an extra thing of non-drowsy Dramamine and bon voyage!

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By Josh_CR

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Apr 23, 2004

Western Caribbean

My partner and I embarked on this cruise for two reasons: we needed a vacation and some dear friends were getting married at one of the ports. We are both fairly experiences cruisers having both cruised several times before. This was, however, the first Carnival voyage for us both. Embarkation Filling out a Fun Pass on-line may save you some time spent writing your info at the cruise terminal but it certainly doesn’t save you ANY

time waiting in line to check in. After a 20 to 30 minute wait in line to check-in we spent about another 10 minutes waiting to board the ship and have pictures taken for our cruise cards. All in all not that painful a wait but it is definitely the longest wait I’ve ever experienced upon check-in. The Ship & Staterooms The Glory is very big, very beautiful and very new but still has some very clear and very annoying “flaws”. Carnival advertises on its website that its rooms are significantly larger than those of other cruise lines. This is only the case in some instances. While our outside cabin was very spacious and featured a full couch and seating area, the inside room of some of our travel companions was quite small. It offered just enough room for two people comfortably but was the same size if not smaller than that of other ships we have traveled on. The ships layout is also problematic; for instance, the two main dining rooms are situated in the MIDDLE of the vessel on decks 3 and 4 however there is no access around the two rooms. Therefore, to get to the front of the ship on deck 4 from the back of the ship on deck 4 you actually have to go UP to deck 5. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense and was very frustrating, even for someone who is good with directions. Stateroom Service Our stateroom steward was absolutely fantastic. He introduced himself to us the moment we arrived at our cabins, made sure that everything was okay and asked if there was anything in particular we needed. We serviced our room twice a day with new linens, towels, etc and always when we were away; not once did he knock to interrupt us. He also made sure that our mini bar was stocked and the towel animals in the evening were certainly something unique and enjoyable. Staff For the most part the staff on the ship was friendly and helpful. I was always greeted with a “hello” when walking past staff in the hallways. The purser’s desk was helpful with specific questions and aided us when we encountered a problem with an item we had purchased from the gift shop. Both our headwaiter and assistant waitress were very nice. We were always greeted with a smile and after the first night they grew to know our preferences quite well. Ice with no water, favorite after dinner drinks, etc. would show up at the table without having to ask a second time. Food Dining was very hit or miss on this cruise. We had late seating dinner in the Platinum dining room. The food was just okay, and when you pay a lot of money for a cruise you expect the food to be great! In the dining room itself there were a couple of standout meals, especially the appetizers. Everyone at our table ordered several starters per night because the quality and presentation was so nice. The chilled soups were particularly good. The main entrees sometimes left a little to be desired; a bit bland and ordinary. Deserts were the same, nothing too spectacular. We did seem a little rushed at dinnertime too. The waiters could give you a couple of minutes between courses to settle – it was very in and out. We visited the buffet in the Red Sail Restaurant several times, mainly for the fruit bar. We did sample a couple of the hot dishes which were, for the most part, very good. There is also a deli, oriental bar, and pizza bar which we did not try. The grille, located at the very back of the ship, is excellent serving burgers, hot dogs and steak sandwiches. There is a 24 hour ice cream bar in the same location which is also nice, although they do not offer any sort of sprinkles, whipped cream, cherries, etc. – just cones and ice cream and frozen yogurt. The gala night buffet on Thursday evening with ice sculptures and edible works of art is very pretty to look at but don’t eat anything – it was awful! I’m not a particularly harsh food critic but after tasting some not-set Jell-O and inedible chocolate cake I was finished. Plus we waited in line for a long while to eat and view. Entertainment Stay away! It was the first week for a new cast of singers and dancers so I’ll cut them a small break but the shows were very sub-standard. The female vocalist was the only standout and the male vocalist was absolutely atrocious – if he hit 25% of the notes he was supposed to I would be very surprised. There was very little heart or energy onstage and I spent a good deal of my time laughing, and not because it was funny. On our sailing there was also a magic show offered courtesy of Justin Illusion, run don’t walk away from this one…predicable, unexciting and loud. Justin isn’t sure whether or not he wants to be a backup dancer for Madonna or an illusionist. The stage, lighting and sets are quite nice though for all the shows. One big downfall to seeing the shows is that, especially on the first night, the cruise director Mark rambles on and on and on, for what seemed like a good 45 minutes. When you’ve had a long day in the sun and it’s 11 o’clock you really just want the show to start. Progresso We enjoyed our time in Key West, Cazumel, and Belize but Progresso was a big disappointment. There is one small market in the center of town and nothing else to really see. For $2 you can take a 30-minute tour of the city on a local bus. We were off and back on the ship within two hours. Overall a fine vacation but I know that I will not be taking another Carnival Cruise again; there are better choices available.

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Apr 9, 2004

Western Caribbean

Our first cruise was a great choice based on feedback from others and the fun that we had. Items that I brought based on suggestions: spray on sun tan lotion, short extension cord, night light, extra batteries, mesh laundry bag for dirty clothes, cheap waterproof watch, binoculars, snorkels, vodka. We booked jet skiing around Key West to start the trip(Holiday Inn), cave tubing in Belize (Trapp, Reginald E-mail Address(es): regtour@btl.net),

Snorkeling in Cozumel chellie@eagleraydivers.com or antonio@eagleraydivers.com. and we relaxed on the beach in Progresso. You will save 30 – 40% by booking tours yourself and you will get personalized service. The cruise itself was excellent. Day one was exploring the ship to get bearings – decks 2,5,8 and 9 work well to traverse the ship. Find all the bars and restaurants- I didn’t know about the oriental food and the deli until 3 days into the cruise. We had an area to meet in the Red Sail rest. So those early risers could hang out and be found by the slugs. Take advantage of the professional photographers they took great pics. Bring waterproof cameras for the caves and the snorkeling. The food was great. Even the 24 hr pizza and the burgers were delicious. We ate at the Golden Rest each night early sitting. The only thing I would change would be going to a late dinner time to allow relaxation after the excursions. My boys 10 and 12 were up late enough to go to the late shows and I might have sneaked in a nap before dinner if the time was there. I didn’t plan to see many shows but we saw 4 because they were so well done. The crew did a great job. I was expecting to be inundated with requests to buy frozen drinks but it never happened. The best showers are in the spa – along with steam room!!

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Mar 13, 2004

Western Caribbean

This was my first and last cruise. Trouble started from the minute we arrived at Port Canaveral. Everyone was routed to an empty parking lot because of a wedding. We had to wait an hour and there were no bathrooms available for public use. We checked in and were told we could not get on the boat because I needed 2 boarding passes. I literally went back and forth 6 times before someone took me to the Skipper Club and informed me the problem

was we did not have room keys at the boarding desk, and the skipper club lady would handle. She actually got nasty with the lady who kept telling me I could not board and pushed her out of the way to get our papers to us. It made me feel good that she actually pushed her with her hips and said "MOVE". We went straight to the Purser's desk,and they were helpful in getting our keys (we didn't have keys b/c we opted to let the boat assign us to a cabin of their choice for less $$). Food was plentiful and no complaints about quality. My suggestion with the food is to change the atmosphere some. 7 days of the same ritual over and over gets old. Service was great once we got on the boat.. no complaints. Ports of Call - Belize - We chose the City Tour and Zoo. Our bus broke and we had to move to another one. Then the air conditioner broke. The city tour was basically our bus riding through the city with a local tour guide talking ... nothing special except you get to see the poverty the people of Belize live in. The Zoo was 20 miles away from the city, and was the most exciting/scariest ride I've ever been on. A car had flipped on the side of the road (flipped all the way over in the ditch), and the tour guide made some joke and the bus driver kicked it. We arrived at the zoo, and the tour guide went to get our water. Zoo was interesting .. that's all I can say. Cozumel- Marineland Snorkel (unlimited). Cozumel has it together. Put us in cabs and dropped us off a mile down the road at the Marineland park. Guides were well coordinated and had a system that worked. It looked like a triathalon the way people were cabbed in, suited up, and put in the water. We became frustrated with all the people, so we took our time. I think most people were confused about having to leave, so I asked and one of the guides told us we could stay as long as we wanted too. We got back in for about 2 more hours and had a blast. Key to this is be patient and let the mad rush start before you get in. Progresso - Market was great. Took a city tour on an open bus for $2 . Lasted about 30 minutes, and the guide was great. Regardless of what people say, the boat rocks all day and all night. We had early dinner (17:45) and there was a lot of nothing to do time after we ate. The BINGO/Entertainment before the first show was cheesy and boring. The whole cruise was lacking in the entertainment area. Shows at night were cheesy... I went to bed by 11:00 every night. I won't be taking another cruise.... because I am the person who enjoys the beach/pool/condo and you do not get that on a cruise. My vacations will be destination oriented from now on.

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Feb 14, 2004

Western Caribbean

I loved my Glory cruise. The food was excellent, the service wonderful, and the overall experience great!!! The weather we had was not the best... but that has nothing to do with Carnival. The excursions were fun but expensive. After a while you get tired of the whole gratuity thing as well. When you pay that much for an excursion, gratuities shouldn't

be pushed at you constantly. Also, all ocean excursions were canceled due to very windy conditions. Again, not Carnivals fault.. have to blame mother nature for that one. The only real complaint I do have, however, is that we were not told that there would be 800 children on board. Now.. I don't normally have a problem with children, I do have two of my own, but.... when parents hand their children walkie-talkies and tell them to "keep in touch", I tend to get a little ticked. After two incidents of mustard bottles being thrown over the 9th floor railing into the main lobby, one of which just barely missed a toddler, I was a little chocked. I feel if these children had been caught, they and their parents should have been escorted off the boat. Also, the "adult only" hot tubs were constantly filled with children, not to mentioned that children kept on sneaking into the "adult only" comedy act and up on the nudie deck. Where were their parents???!! Don't take a cruise with your children if you're not willing to watch them!! Anyways, I know that Carnival advertises that they are "fun ships" that are "family oriented".. but I will check from now on to see how many children are on board. If there is more then a reasonable amount (due to irresponsible parents), I will look at going to a different cruise line.

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Dec 13, 2003

Eastern Caribbean

This ship is clean, but it is crowded. We thought the food was very good, compared to other cruises taken. The negatives: (1) The lines at the terminal to get on the ship were very long and confusing, and disorganized. (2) TV is minimal. No CNN or ESPN, only a TN station and a NY station sometimes. . (3) Pools are small and not for swimming. The water is cold. (4) Shows are good, but geared towards the younger crowd. Thursday

night's performance includes the "Full Monty" strip by 5 guys. . . . (5) Ship is difficult to navigate. . It is cut up and you find yourself going up and down elevators to get back on the same level. (6) This itinerary is bad as you have to go thru customs on the ship after you leave Nassau (on the ship). It was long lines and people were ticked off. (7) Lunch and Breakfast in dining rooms was slow and disorganized. Dinner okay. General comment: Too many people packed into this ship for comfort. . .

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Dec 6, 2003

Western Caribbean

Day 1 (Embarkation and Set sail) The Trip and a little background This cruise we (the wife and I) had the pleasure of accompanying my mother and her husband. We wanted to have some good quality family time for this vacation. Keep in mind, this review is from my perspective and only reflects what I actually did on the cruise. There are many more things you can do on a cruise that aren’t listed here. First I want to say that I’m a fairly

experienced cruiser. (The Glory makes my 7th). I know there are other people that have been on 50+ but I’m working on it. I’ve been on the Destiny, Fantasy, Paradise, RCCL’s Grandeur of the Sea, Elation, Legend, and Glory. So this review is somewhat dedicated to someone who’s familiar with cruising because I may not go much into cruising basics for a 1st time cruiser. I’d like to consider my review as an unbiased one with the goal of getting Carnival to change things where they need to and increase the ‘good stuff’. I’m also hoping this review will help others get an idea of what to expect while on the Glory. You will have a different experience than I did, but I believe reviews can be helpful. This is a pretty lengthy detailed review (day by day), so for those who don’t care for detail this review isn’t for you. As I’ve said before my punctuation and grammar are not the greatest so ignore that aspect of this review and take in the content. Oh if you’re interested in reading my review of the Elation in 2002 it is on Cruisereviews.com as well. Here is the direct link. http://reviews.iserver.net/carnival/Elation12.htm I don’t plan on covering any flight information because that can be irrelevant to the cruise in general and if you live in places where flight isn’t necessary (e.g. Florida, LA, etc..) Embarkation The embarkation process for the Glory was wonderful. We arrived at the pier around 11:30am on Saturday wondering how long we would have to wait in line (being that there are about 3000 people on board). We ended up only waiting about 10 minutes in the car and 30 minutes in line. We were on the ship by 12:30. . The usual security, register, pick room key up, photograph taken, and photo for the room key taken. Everything went very smooth. They let us on early but asked that we not go to our rooms until 1:00pm. We ended up in room 6401. (Inside cabin). The cabin Our cabin was the usual 185 square feet. We wish we had purchased an outside stateroom, as they are 220 square feet. When we sailed on the Carnival Legend last year, we were in the 220 square foot room and it made a big difference. The cabin had a Queen or King Size bed (not sure but seems like a King to me) a mini bar, TV, desk, table (on top of the mini bar), safe, 3 closets, and a bathroom. Basically, what you need to get you through the cruise and not much else if you’re in this category (4A). You can hear people from your cabin that are in the hallways very clearly from the cabin we were in. The wife was impressed with her Calgon Hawaiian Ginger spray in the bathroom goodie basket. If you get a similar room, make sure you put your clothes in the closets and drawers and shove your empty suitcases under your beds. It makes life a whole lot easier. TV The television had a few of the normal channels CBS, NBC, CBS. It seemed like they had it pumped in from major cities and two movie channels. Two new movies you can watch every day. Not that this important, but I didn’t like the spacing of the channels. Half of the channels were in the lower, and then there was a bunch of dead channels and then more regular channels. To me all the channels should be in the same range so you don’t have to hunt for things. In room safe You can no longer use your room key to lock/unlock the safe. You have to use a credit card. If you try to use the room key it will deactivate your card. A minor pain in the butt because now you have to carry an additional card with you if you want to leave your wallet in the safe. Luggage Our first piece of luggage didn’t arrive until 4:00pm. The rest was all there by 5pm. I was a little worried at first, but again this ship is huge so it takes awhile for all the luggage to arrive. We’ve never had a problem with luggage arriving on Carnival ship before. Great job Carnival. Without getting into too much detail while sailing with RCCL’s Grandeur of the seas we had to wait until midnight to get our luggage. Lido Deck Lunch Our first lunch consisted of many choices and buffets, but I decided to have the grand buffet which had fish, beef, salad, fruit, dessert, etc…. very good. Life Boat Drill (mandatory for all guests) As usual, a very lame and pointless lifeboat drill but mandatory for all guests. Basically, everyone walks to a station with their life jacket on and listens to ‘blah blah blah’ until they say it’s done. I’ve covered this before in my Elation review; no one will be running to his or her ‘assigned muster stations’ in the event of a real emergency. It will be complete chaos. Just show us where the life jackets are and we’ll take it from there. Bon voyage I thought it was nice of the captain to wait until the lifeboat drill was done before we set sail. It was a treat to give us a chance to actually get back to our rooms to drop off the life jackets and then come to the top and watch our departure. It was very cold today for some reason (59 degrees Fahrenheit). So the wife and mother had their jackets on. Dinner and wait staff Tonight at dinner I had Tilapia, mushroom soup, and black forest cake. All of it was very good. Carnival has done a great job with food on their ships lately. I think the increased budget for food has really made a difference. We arrived at 5:55pm for the early seating we had (we were 10 minutes late) The bus boy (Delmar) was quick to greet us, give us water and bread as soon as we sat down. The waiter (Christopher) was very professional and nice but seemed like he was covering more tables than the usual. He mentioned that it was his first day on the Glory as he had worked on the Conquest but the Glory was laid out differently. Bar service was a little slow in the dining room. I had to wait like 15 minutes before I got a refresh on my beer. Bottled Water They seem to be out of the usual Evian (which I prefer), or perhaps they switched water vendors as now they are using Crystal Geyser spring water. (1.5 liters) I mention this because the wife and I are heavy bottled water drinkers. Especially after a night of having some drinks this comes in handy. Bar Service We noticed the service in general on this ship was a little less than what we were used to on other Carnival ships. More people seemed laid back and less aggressive. Which is good for some things like bar service, however when you’re in the mood for a drink and you can’t find anyone it can be annoying. We experienced very slow bar service and sometimes they would only show one time for the entire night in the Amber lounge. I recommend if you want more than one drink during a show to order them the one and only time you’ll see the bar staff. I’m just getting a general feeling of laziness from them, which is strange considering they don’t make money if they aren’t selling drinks. I just don’t get it. Welcome aboard show (starring comedian Michael Macy) The welcome aboard show was very good tonight. Our cruise director (aka CD) Greg Kneale was a very enthusiastic man. Michael Macy the comedian was absolutely amazing. I was laughing almost non-stop. And this was his PG rated show. He was cracking jokes left and right. He also made fun of this guy who wore an Afro wig (and I kid you not, it was like 3-4 feet high). I couldn’t stop laughing. Another added note, the lounge on this ship (and I think most others) is non-smoking. So you’ll be able to enjoy a smoke free environment in these shows. I asked him if I could take a picture of him with the wife. He was cool with it. Walked around We decided to walk around and check the rest of the ship out. We stopped at the Karaoke bar and watched people sing. My mother even got up there and sang one. It was relaxing. Then we checked out the white heat disco club and it was actually pretty busy. I’ve noticed on smaller ships that this was not the case. But again, back to that number of people on board I guess there’s going to be more people out. Anyway, off to bed for the night. I hope tomorrow is going to be warmer. Day 2 (Key West) Lunch We like to sleep in later when we can so we woke up around 10:30am because we were out late. They didn’t have a sit down or open seating lunch so we ate on the Lido deck. They had a bunch more choices to choose from and it was packed. Everyone was waiting to eat to get off the ship and enjoy Key West so the Lido deck is slammed. They had an Indian selection that we chose to partake of. We usually eat Indian at home very regularly so we can adequately critique the Indian selection. It was decent, but didn’t taste very Indian and wasn’t spicy at all. Probably to cater to many people who can’t handle spicy foods. It was good enough though that I’d eat it again even though I wouldn’t really call it Indian. Key West We decided to take the Historical Trolley Tour. We met at the Amber Palace Lounge around 1:50pm and were escorted to the pier where we took a comfy Trolley around the Island. Key West is so very tiny yet has so many cool things that I wanted to try out and many great places to eat. I would definitely come back for a regular land vacation to this spot. At first I didn’t think it would be anything special, but it really is a great location spot. We had Brandon as the tour guide. He was good at explaining all the site locations and histories behind the many buildings, movie stars homes, and former military locations. You can’t get a home in Key West for less than 1 million dollars nowadays. If you want a relaxing tour I recommend this one. Oh, we also tried the Key Lime pie on a stick hand dipped in dark chocolate. It was amazing. I could eat about 5 of them, but limited myself to half of one. The wife ate the other half. After the tour, we walked around for a bit and I had to buy one of the famous Sloppy Joe sandwiches at “Sloppy Joes”. It was very very good. The wife thought it tasted similar to Manwich but I didn’t think so at all. The temperature ended up being 69 degrees Fahrenheit. We’re getting warmer, but not quite how I like it. The tour guide mentioned that it hasn’t been that cool since February of 2002. In a way though it was nice to not have to sweat like a pig on an excursion for once. Dinner Tonight’s dinner consisted of Escargot that was great (I ordered two), lobster bisque (which was decent) and Pork Loin (and that was amazing). The wife ordered some Mahi Mahi and she loved it. My mother ordered the same dish but it was slightly undercooked so she sent it back. That was the first time on a Carnival ship that the food was given to any of us in that way. The waiter said he would bring her another one but she opted to just save room for desert. Showtime (starring Marcus Anthony) The show was a performer called Marcus Anthony. He sang Motown songs. He got just about everybody to get up and dance. He did a few love songs, and a few upbeat ones. He had a really good voice and his stage presence was that of absolute confidence. I wish I were into Motown more because I probably would have gotten into it. My mom and her husband loved it since it was music from their generation. He reminded me of a cross between a Jamaican man and Eddie Murphy. He allowed me to take a picture of him after the show. Late night comedy with Michael Macy (Adult show) Michael Macy came back again for the midnight comedy performance. He was again very good. Even thought it was an adult show, he didn’t go crazy with the 4-letter word like many other comedians have in the past. I would go see this guy perform if he came locally to my hometown. He liked to rip on people in the audience that stood out. So if you don’t watch to be the object of his jokes, then try not to bring attention to yourself in any way.  Day 3 (Day at sea) Lunch For lunch I had the vegetable fajitas (I’ve had them many times on other Carnival ships) and they were very good. I’m trying to eat healthy these days so it was a welcome addition to the menu. Also, I ordered the fish (King something or another) and I was satisfied. I also ordered the Strawberry Banana mousse that I absolutely loved. (I’m a strawberry fan). We did the open seating dining so we were sat at a table of 8 and met a nice older couple who gave us some insight as to which cruise lines they liked and why. Marriage show The Marriage show was a cute little act where they bring married couples up to the stage based on how they were proposed to. The CD calls up people who have been proposed to romantically, clever, and downright horrible. One of the ladies had a very funny way she had it done to her. Mileage varies from crowd to crowd obviously. Captains Cocktail Party We did the usual dress up and went to the cocktail party. The Ebony lounge was totally packed, but we went to Bar Blue and it was much nicer because it was smaller and the bar service was phenomenal. If you end up there and Jelena (Bar maid) serves you, you will not be disappointed. She was totally on top of it even with a full bar. She was just as attentive with the free drinks as she was with the drinks we purchased. She put the rest of the staff to shame. But of course I expected her to be better because she was from the Elation. She served us on the Elation too. Carnival also had people walking around with appetizers. Anyway, off to dinner. Dinner (1stFormal night) It was a lobster pig out fest to me. I ordered 2 lobsters, the delta prawns, and the mushroom appetizer. The shrimp was very tasty but small. The Mushroom app was awesome. Very rich but I liked it. My first lobster was slightly undercooked. He brought me the 2nd and it was fine. He also brought me a 3rd, which I didn’t ask for but he was being nice since he knew I liked it. For desert I had the Cherries Jubilee that was good but my mother had the passion fruit desert that tasted awesome. I had a sample of it. Showtime (Livin’ In America starring the Carnival Glory Dancers) Snore. Okay, don’t get me wrong. The dancers did well, the lead singers sang well, and the orchestra did great. It was just boring. And something funny struck me. The lead male singer was kind of large. I’d guess him at 250+ pounds and short. That’s kind of strange for a lead performer. That whole musical Broadway thing just doesn’t do it for me. All 4 of us felt the same. I’d rather have a magic show, a big name act, a juggler, a play, or whatever instead of Carnival ship dancers. Carnival really needs to put bigger names on the stage or they lose repeat customers because after awhile the shows seem the same after being on ship after ship. Even if they were to get has-beens like some of the older performers from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s it might increase the interest in the shows. Midnight Comedy show – NOT! For some reason this show was cancelled. I didn’t find out until I got to the lounge and one of the bar maids told me. Room Service As usual Carnival room service is just awesome. They are quick and give you everything you need to enjoy your in room meal. We decided to get some after we found out the Comedy show was cancelled. We ordered a BLT, open faced shrimp sandwich, hot tea, chicken pita, Caesar salad, and fruit bowl. Everything was good. Some of the fruit looked like it had been sitting around awhile so we only ate a little bit of it. Day 4 (Belize) Breakfast Today we actually had breakfast because we had to get up for our excursion. I had the Lido deck breakfast food. It was ok, nothing special. You could get the same kind of food at Perkins. Shark and Ray Alley Tour in Belize (San Pedro) This tour was absolutely fantastic. The water in Belize is the clearest I’ve seen yet. And I’ve been on 7 cruises. You start off on a speedboat and take an hour and fifteen-minute ride to the snorkel point. Then you’re in the water for about an hour. We saw nurse sharks, stingrays, all kinds of fish, and live coral. There was so much marine life it was amazing. The water was warm too. We’ve been on other snorkels before where the water was really cold, but not this one. After the snorkel, they take you to Wet Willy’s restaurant/bar for a lunch on them. (Alcohol isn’t included). The lunch was really good. It had chicken, rice and beans, salad, watermelon, rolls, and fruit punch. I had a few of the Belikin Premium beers. It was very tasty after being in the water and sun for a while. (2 of their dollars to 1 US dollar is the exchange rate). They give you about 2 hours at Wet Willy’s or you can walk around San Pedro (the same San Pedro mentioned in the song “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna) and shop. The shopping area wasn’t that great because you start walking around the poor areas and the shops had nothing of interest to me. After that you hop back on the speedboat head back to the ship. On the way back we saw bout 3 schools of Dolphins. They were shy though and didn’t come too close to the boat. Another thing is the water is very calm. Hey, where’s my Iron? We brought an iron on board and when we came back from the excursion today they confiscated it. Apparently, it’s considered a safety hazard. They left a note saying they would return it on the last night. Sigh…… We have used irons on other Carnival ships before so I don’t know why they took it from us this time. Dinner I pigged out for Dinner again. I had the filet mignon, and a scallop and pasta dish (yumm). The filet that came was supposed to be Medium rare, instead it came well done. Well-done meat tastes very bland to me. I asked him for another one that was medium rare and when he brought me the other one it was medium well. Oh well, I ate it because I didn’t want to send it back for the 2nd time. For desert I had Hazelnut Crème Brulee, which was awesome. I wish it were heated though as I think it would taste even better. Tonight the bar service was great; she came back to us over and over. Showtime (starring Justin Illusion and the Glory dancers) This was your basic magic/illusion show. This guy loved the box type tricks. You know, put someone in the box and cover it and the person disappears or reappears. It had good music and the dancing added some energy to the show. I would rate it an average show though. The illusionist British born Australian guy looked like something out of the movie American History X. Not your standard look for a magician. He did allow a little 7 year old girl from the audience to participate and that was cute. I would have liked to see a little more variety in the tricks he performed. Photo Gallery The photo gallery had some really nice quality prints, especially the formal night photos. The only problem is that EVERYONE wants to see his or her picture and the picture area cannot accommodate that amount. We even came back later and it was still packed. Carnival really needs to rethink some of the public areas on ships of this size. Midnight Comedy show – NOT! part II No midnight comedy show tonight either. The person who was supposed to perform (Dai Andrews) was unable to catch a flight to Belize due to the Snow Storm in the northeast US. I understand that these things happen, but they should have a backup plan. On the top of the ship I decided to go to the top of the ship at night. It is incredible at night with the wind hitting your skin, looking at the stars and the moon, and watching the water. It puts me in a thought-provoking mood. Very relaxing. Day 5 (Cozumel) Brunch We didn’t really have time to do a sit down lunch so we ate at the Pizzeria, as it is open 24 hours a day. We had the De Chevre pizza (Goat cheese, mushrooms, olive oil). The pizza on Carnival ships is the best on sea. I wasn’t in the mood for pizza but needed to eat before heading out to Cozumel. Old cruise reunion Today we were docked next to the Elation. Hello again. Great ship by the way. Cozumel Mexico Cozumel is very nice looking. It was crazy today because there were 11 cruise ships at port. I’ve never seen so many taxis in my life, even more than in New York City. It was hot today, in the high 80’s I’m guessing. At the pier, there is this ‘really’ long building that has shop after shop in it and you have to walk through it to get outside to the other shops. The thing I don’t like about this is that everything is shoved down your throat and they don’t give you the option to go around it. It can get very crowded and become clogged especially if there are a bunch of geriatrics in front of you. The shopping in Cozumel is decent, but not as cheap as other ports like St. Martin. We ended up only getting a few shirts and taking some pictures. I really wish we had more time in Cozumel. The ship arrives at 7am and leaves at 3pm. I guess that’s fine for people who love to be up at the crack of dawn, but for the rest of us it really makes us rush to enjoy anything. I wanted to go to Carlos and Charleys because that looked like a fun little restaurant to eat at. Oh well, back to the ship. I was tired anyway. The heat can drain all the energy from me. I really wish we had taken an excursion on this port. But you can be so drained from getting up early that you just want a day to sleep in. Especially if you’re like me and like to stay up until 3am almost every night. Getting back on Whoa! With 3000 passengers it really takes awhile to get back on because the line is so long. The glory is not the ship to take if you don’t like crowds. Dinner After being in the heat all day we headed back to the room and took a catnap before dinner. For dinner tonight I chose the Beef Wellington (decent) and the Red snapper (good) and also the won ton soup (the won ton was horrible, it tasted like soy sauce and broth with too much salt added). The wife had the Tiger prawns with leeks and the cream of tomato soup. For desert I had the Home-style apple pie and vanilla ice cream, which was THE best dessert I’ve had yet. Things were a little hit and miss today at dinner. The waiter forgot a few things, and the bus boy doesn’t make that much of an appearance as we have been accustomed to on other ships. The waiter mentioned to us that the 1st dinner seating is so packed so everything is “rush rush” for them and the 2nd dinner seating is very laid back with empty tables. I understand things may be busy, but they really should staff for max capacity on the ship. If you know you can’t provide the speedy and thorough service people expect then ask for help or provide an alternate waiter for dinner. Our waiter (who was a team head waiter) hasn’t done any of the dining show dances that many of the others were doing because he was always busy serving or removing plates. Surprisingly, so far every night we’ve had the assistant Maitre D’ stop by talk with us, which was very nice as he’s a very pleasant guy with a sense of humor. Showtime (Guest Talent show and “Bedtime story”) Tonight’s talent show was very nice. I’m especially biased because my mother performed “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. She had a really nice applause at the end. Everyone performed their talent well. It was an enjoyable show. After the talent show was the “Bedtime story” which had people from the audience perform a line and then movements on cue. It was a heck of a lot funnier than how it sounds. People doing an improv performance and going on their own tangents. The girl he picked for the character “Mary” actually pushed the CD on the ground. It was hysterical. The CD chose a very good 3 characters for the story. If you still have no idea what I’m talking about, just make sure you attend this show. Deck Party Too many geriatrics on board this vessel. There wasn’t much of a party. Just a bunch of people eating the buffet and then going to bed. Whatever happened to the good ole days where Carnival actually had people with a pulse sailing? Day 6 (Progresso) Breakfast Another excursion day so we had the lido deck breakfast. This time I had a veggie omelet made. It was very good. My stepfather wanted fried eggs instead of the instant scrambled kind and they made it for him just the way he liked it. Progresso Mexico (Dzibilchaltun & Rodeo show) This excursion was wonderful. First they take you to the Dzibilchaltun ruins where you get to walk in, on, and around this ancient city. The tour guide we had was great. Always answering questions, keeping the pace, and could tell enjoyed his work. Another thing that was amazing was the acoustics of the ruins. How things echoed off of each other even in its incomplete state. The Mayans were a very intelligent race of people. After the ruins they take you to Rancho Tierra Bonita for lunch and a show. The lunch was out of this world. Absolutely delicious. They had the usual rice and beans and a few chicken dishes, something similar to enchiladas, soup, fresh tortillas (not the flour made garbage they sell in the USA), fresh salsa, and hot sauce. You get two free drink coupons (for beer or soda) and unlimited trips to the buffet. After lunch you are treated to a Mexican rodeo show with Charros. They had dancers, a singer, a mariachi, and the lasso wielding charros. The service was outstanding during the lunch and the whole performance. They go out of their way to please you. I even had one of the workers take a picture of the wife and I with one of the cowboys. The Rancho was beautifully decorated as well, hence the name. Toilet won’t flush For some reason the toilet wouldn’t flush after my wife used it. There wasn’t an overuse of toilet paper, or anything that would cause it not to flush. Anyway, we called the information desk before dinner and told them. When we returned to our cabin after dinner it was fixed. Well done. Repeaters Party We headed off to the Amber lounge for the repeaters party. There was staff there to greet you at the door as usual. We sat in the section that Jelena was in. We had about 3-4 drinks each before going to dinner. You can’t complain about free drinks and appetizers. It’s nice to see Carnival returning the favor for repeat business. Dinner For dinner I had the Broccoli cheddar soup and the prime rib medium rare. It actually came medium rare this time. Also the waiter brought me a shrimp dish as a backup plan. Both were great. For dessert I had the Baked Alaska. It was good but not great. They put on another show tonight in the dining room for us. We egged our server to dance tonight and he got his groove on. Well done Christopher. Bar service was again very attentive tonight. Showtime (Rock Down Broadway starring the Carnival Glory Dancers) Another Broadway/Vegas style show. This one was much better than the sleeper “Livin in America”. The “Paradise” duet was very well done. And the Evita scene was very good too. I wish Carnival would do something else with these shows though. Midnight Comedy (starring Percy Crews) Percy was funny. He had a nice style and went for a full hour. Most of the other comics usually do a half hour to 45 minutes. He did a really good job. I recommend this show. I only regret not being able to eat at the Gala buffet because it was the exact same time as his performance. Room Service Yes, we were hungry piggies again. As it usually is, we had very fast service and good food. Too bad we can’t get this back at home. It would come in real handy on those “I don’t feel like going out” days. Day 7 (Day at sea) Lunch We ate in the opening seating dining room for lunch today. I had the make your own burger and my wife had the Spinach and Cheese Ravioli with a mushroom cream sauce. My burger was great and she said hers was real rich but she liked it. I discovered today that when they have open seating you can actually pick where you want to sit. Most of the time they just escort you to a table but you can sit somewhere else if you like. Instead of having dessert at lunch we went to lido deck where they had a chocolate buffet. Tons of everything chocolate with all the accessories. Syrups, creams, fruit filling, sugar, etc…etc… If you’re a chocolate freak don’t miss out on this one. Mr. and Mrs. Show This is basically the newlywed game with a twist. Basically, 3 couples go on stage and reveal somewhat personal things about their mate. However, instead of having them sit back to back like they used to, they send the men in an area where they can’t hear the women speak. It was funny. They had a couple that was married for 60 years and looked surprisingly good for their age. After that, the men come out in Chippendale’s clothes (essentially underwear and a bowtie). This one can be funny to hysterical depending on the people chosen. Dinner Tonight for dinner I had the Chateau Briand and the Tom Turkey dinner. The Chateau was good, but the Turkey was awesome. Very tender and juicy meat. I recommend this dish among all others on the cruise. For dessert I had the Grande Marnier and that was very good as well. This night should not be missed for dinner. Bar service good again this night. I wish it was this good for the entire cruise. Tip night?? Nope…. Tips are automatically added to your bill now on Carnival. No need to worry about tips. You can however give them money on top of what the suggested gratuities are if you feel they went out of their way for you. When we sailed the Legend, we gave above the recommended amounts, but this time we thought they only did enough to get by so we left it at the normal amounts. The return of the iron We had our iron delivered back to our room this evening as mentioned in the letter. The sexy romance and truth game This game involves almost the entire audience. It’s basically multiple-choice questions where the audience selects their answer to a question by walking over to one side of the stage considered answer ‘A’ and the other side as answer ‘B’. The last person standing with the correct answer wins the 24k gold plastic “ship on a stick” (the new terminology as it used to be “plastic trophy”). Showtime (Starring Yolanda Godwin & Percy Crews) This show was good. Yolanda is a very talented vocal performer. The only problem was I didn’t recognize really any of the songs she was singing (R&B and soul). She pulled a few audience members who were familiar with her music on the stage with her as backup singers. They did a good job. I just wish there were more entertainment options targeted at the younger audience or at least songs that are more popular if they have to be older ones. Percy Crews on the other hand was funny again. This time he was doing his family show that wasn’t totally family based, but at least didn’t have the big four letter words that he had in his midnight show. Good stuff. Midnight Buffet At this point, the meals just start running together. Eat, eat, eat. You’ll hate yourself when you go home because you’ll want to eat at night now. By this time you have conditioned yourself for this. Toilet Use By this day you are filling the bowl several times a day. I think we need to return to normal eating habits. Day 8 (Debarkation) Final Bill Upon waking up, your final invoice for the entire cruise will be slipped under your door. We had a bill of $1109.92. Not bad for 3 excursions, alcohol, tips, photos, and other misc things. Breakfast We had breakfast again on the Lido deck. The breakfast on Lido doesn’t really change much so expect the same fare anytime you want this meal up there. Also it will be super busy up there on this day, so plan for a few extra minutes waiting in lines. Toilet won’t flush part 2 After waking up this morning and getting ready for debarkation we come to find out the toilet won’t flush again. We were ready to walk out the door so we didn’t get a chance to notify anyone. Glad there was only number 1 in it. You’d think a ship built in 2003 wouldn’t have these kinds of problems. Self-Assisted Debarkation vs. Conventional method Now this is the way to go. The cruise director even recommends this. Basically, on the Glory you get the option of either taking all of your bags on your own and getting out early (approx 7:45am), or leaving them out the night before so they are collected and waiting to go with the rest of the ship and then digging for your bags. I can tell you that without a doubt, I’d rather do self-assisted every time. You don’t have to take any chances with your bags being lost or mistaken by someone else as theirs. (Yes, it has happened to us in the past) and you don’t have to waste time with looking for your bags. Also, you save a little extra cash because you don’t have to have a porter take all your bags. We were off the ship by 9:05am with bags in hand. The reason it was 9:05 because they were running a little late today and they called the top level cabins first (i.e. the ones who pay more). This was the smoothest, fastest debarkation I’ve ever had on a ship. Immigration/Customs Only Non-US citizens and people over the limit of purchases and products had to report to them. That saved some time. Personal transportation Normally when we go on a cruise we take the “community bus”. This time we decided to hire a guy to take us. If you are traveling with 4 people it’s worth it. The average charge is around $160.00-165.00 round trip from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral and back. It’s faster because you don’t have to wait around for all the luggage from others to be loaded in the big bus and then unloaded. Only having four people to attend to is much nicer than attending the 35-50 or so they load in those big busses. Conclusion All in all we had a great time. There could have been a few things that changed that would have made it an incredible vacation. I’d give this ship 7 out of 10. The Elation deserves 9 out of 10. The Legend gets a healthy 9 out of 10. Newer isn’t always better and this case proves the point. We think Carnivals Flagship should have been the best experience out of all the ships we have sailed with them. It simply wasn’t. Of course, all of this would have been different if we had different wait staff, weren’t drinkers in the Amber lounge, and didn’t mind sitting in the dining room for 2+ hours during dinner. I think in the future we are going to stick with the 2000+ passenger ships instead of the larger 3000+ passenger. We feel the service is better on the slightly smaller vessels. Also since the ship was larger it was harder to figure out where things were. It wasn’t until the 4th and 5th day that I had a full grasp of where everything was. On smaller ships I usually can figure out where everything is on the 2nd day. -=Miscellaneous=- Tips Tips are automatically added to your bill now at the recommended rate. The only thing you should tip on the fly is room service. The food is free and there are no gratuities added so give these guys/gals a tip. I usually tip around 3-5 dollars per delivery. Also, you can tip the Maitre D’ if you want to with cash as they give you an envelope the day before last in case you want to. In our case, we are going to tip the assistant Maitre D since he made appearances at our table nightly. I’m not so sure I agree with the automatic addition of tips to the bill because I think it can make the workers more laid back and can affect the service level. I feel that it should go back to the way it was before (when you handed them the entire tip amount for the cruise) because it will give them incentive to actually go above and beyond the call of duty. This helps both the guest and the worker. The guest will have “out of this world” service and the worker (in many cases) will be tipped above the recommended amount therefore increasing his/her income. Also, on excursions many of the tour guides go above and beyond the call of duty so take care of them as well. I usually tip anywhere from 5-10 bucks for an average length tour. Some excursions have multiple people you should tip. An example is the Ranch we went on. We tipped the waiter at the restaurant for lunch, the ruins tour guide, and the bus driver tour guide because tips weren’t included in the price of the excursion. This is how they make their living so take care of them. The Cruise Director Gregory Kneale was a very good cruise director. He seemed to take a more genuine approach instead of fake and stuffy. He was down to earth and always cracking jokes. If you take a cruise with him as director, you won’t be disappointed. Weight Gain I gained about 5 pounds while on this ship. (Not to be confused with the weight gained and then lost while on all the other cruise ships). The Slide The slide on this ship is an absolute blast. It is the biggest one I’ve seen on a Carnival vessel. It has about 5 turns and you can catch some nice speed if you lay back. The whole family rode this thing multiple times. I think it’s just the right size to accommodate the many people who want to ride it. There was never a line bigger than 5-10 people waiting for it when I rode it. I’m sure this changes from cruise to cruise though. The Comment Card The comment card is the final form you fill out at the end of your cruise basically saying how everyone did. It’s simple to fill out because you had to select for each question either: Exceeded my expectations, Met my expectations, Opportunity for Improvement, or N/A. The day before last, during the debarkation information the CD tells everyone to fill out the form and explains filling out the form in a way I’m not in agreement with. I don’t think the CD should encourage people to select “exceeded my expectations” for things that really don’t exceed. He mentioned that every other mark is a “fail” mark. Don’t fall for it. If that’s the case, they wouldn’t have 3 “action” options to select from. Digital Camera I really recommend purchasing a digital camera for vacations. I ended up taking 406 pictures and don’t have to worry about film processing. Every night I loaded the pictures on the laptop and we were able to view them in the room. Don’t be afraid and purchase one. It gives you so much more flexibility. Things that should be changed (IMO) Stops in ports should be longer. Leaving at 3pm on two locations and 4pm on one just isn’t enough time if you want to do something after the excursion. More bar staff in the Amber Lounge (or) more active bar staff in the Amber Lounge. It also seemed like drinks would take awhile to get to our tables after they were ordered. They should place a smaller sized bar on the left and right hand sides of the theatre so the workers don’t have to walk to a bar that’s far away from them. Increase size of photo gallery on future ships of that size. Increase size of Theatre (all the good seats were taken even if you came 45 minutes before the show). Public eating areas on the Lido deck are very crowded, especially on the final morning. The size needs to be increased. Every day should have open seating lunches in addition to Lido deck “sun lover lunches”. There were only 2 days with open seating on the whole cruise. Allow the TV’s to have composite audio/video out connectors on the front of the TV in case people wish to use their video camera to record the Carnival recorded shows (e.g. Talent show, Marriage show, etc…) I don’t need the captain to give me the latitude and longitude of the ship on a regular basis. We could do without those announcements. Stop paging people on the final day during debarkation. It seemed like every two minutes you’d hear “good morning ladies and gentlemen will the following passengers please contact the pursers information desk….” Why was the room creaking a few of the nights? This is a new ship. Things that were better than previous cruises More water pressure in the showers They added a hair dryer to the rooms Pursers answer phones faster Jacuzzi’s were on later at night Bathroom trashcan in a better location The Maitre D was very much a part of your dinner every night Embarkation/Debarkation in general Air conditioning units in the room and onboard the ship were top notch (you could freeze yourself out of your room if you wanted to and that’s hard for me to do) Bigger ship means more people doing things later at night. It didn’t feel as slow as smaller ships did. Ship rocking was kept to a minimum. Room layout A few more items added to room service for more variety. I hope this review has been helpful. If you liked or hated my review don’t be a stranger. Drop a note. Take care.

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Nov 29, 2003

Eastern Caribbean

We arrived at Port Canaveral at Friday and stayed overnight at the Radisson at the Port. We left our car parked there and took a taxi to and from the ship. This saved approximately $40-50 and was much easier than stressing over getting in and out of the parking area quickly. Embarkation: We arrived at the dock around 10:45 am. There were no signs posted as to where to drop off luggage and no porters available.. After 15 minutes we

finally found someone to take out luggage. We proceeded to the check-in area. There we waited approximately an hour in line before the check-in process started. Once we went through the first line then we were sent to another line to wait to get our sail & sign card which acts as your room key. We felt that Carnival could improve in this area by combining these two functions. We were on the ship enjoying lunch by 12:30 pm. Our luggage arrived at the room by 2 pm. Ship Decor: We felt the decor was very colorful but tastefully done. The ship was decorated for the Christmas holidays. Rooms: The rooms were spacious for ship rooms. There was plenty of closet and storage space. Shampoo and soap containers were provided in the shower. Also, packets of razors and toothpaste were provided. It was nice to have 3 shelves on each side of the glass mirror for storage. An ice container was filled and placed in our room daily. There was a blow dryer in the room; however, we didn’t use it. The refrigerator was locked and we didn’t request it be unlocked. The entire ship was very clean. Occasionally we did smell a sewer smell in the hallway. We never experienced much smoke smell but we didn’t frequent the casino area. Room Service: We utilized room service to sandwiches, coffee and snacks. We found room service to be very slow. One day it took an hour to deliver 2 sodas and a plate of cookies. I would hate to see how long it took to deliver anything more complicated. The shortest period of time to have anything delivered was 30 minutes. Food: The food was satisfactory. We only went to the main dining three times. Each time the food was good; however, sometimes we just had to order steak and fries because of the unusual dishes being served. The food selection at the Red Sail was fair. Many times we had to stick to fruit and salads because we didn’t like the selection. We also used the grille and Pizzeria. The burgers were good; however, the pizza was mostly cheese and hardly any meat toppings. We never went to the Deli and found the Fish and Chips to offer unusual delicacies. We purchased the fountain cards but found it difficult to get coke before 10 - 11 am because you had to get the soda at the bars. Entertainment: Their was always something going on. It’s sad to say but it’s the same stuff that they had 10 years ago when we sailed with them - very few changes. The few evening shows we made were good. We able to preview the Christmas show and it was nice that they included the Camp Carnival kids in the show. Excursions: We didn’t book any excursions with Carnival. We decided to do our own thing. This worked well and was much less expensive. Nassau: We took a taxi to Atlantis ($4 per person each way). We didn’t pay the $25 and were able to walk the entire grounds without being stopped. Of course, we didn’t go through the dig but did see the area. It was nice but don’t think it would have been worth the $25 per person charge. St. Thomas: We had book the Godfrey Tour via the internet. The ship arrived early but Godfrey was there waiting. He gave us an opportunity to shop before showing us the points of interest. He stopped at each location giving us an opportunity to take pictures. For those of us interested in some beach time, he gave us the choice of Megan’s Bay Beach or Coki Beach. We decided Coki Beach since it was 10 times clearer than any of the other beaches. It was very nice. Godfrey picked us up after the beach time and returned us to the ship. Great tour for the price of $20 per person. St. Maarten: We took an island tour much like the Godfrey tour. The cost was the same. The only difference is that we didn’t have the shopping and beach time. It was nice and well worth it. Immigration @ St. Thomas: This was a nightmare. They said that people with early tours should get in line at a certain time and then they would call by decks. We didn’t have a tour with Carnival but did have an early one. So, we got in line early. The line started outside the Ebony Cabaret and was halfway through the casino when we got in it. Once immigration started it moved rather quickly. There has to be a way to make this process easier. Ships Motion: We had read several reviews about the motion of the ship. We decided that it was because people were going during hurricane season so what do you expect. Well, we purposely waited till after hurricane season but still experienced the ships rocking. As long as the seas were calm it was fine. However, when seas were slight or moderate you felt the rocking. One day the seas were moderate and it rocked so bad that probably about 1/3 to ½ of the people were ill with motion sickness. Even some of the crew were ill. It was so bad that we were lying in bed all day. We couldn’t even sit up without getting sick. We were unable to eat or drink because nothing would stay down due to the motion. It was horrible. The next day was better; however, we still felt weak. I do agree with others in that Carnival is still making money off of you after you pay for the cruise - drinks, spa, casino, photos, gift shops, bingo, etc. Due to our experience on this our third cruise, we’ve pretty much decided to stick to land based vacations. If we do decide to do another cruise, we will look at those that stick close to land (such as Hawaii islands or New England coast) and not go out into the wide open ocean.

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Nov 22, 2003

Western Caribbean

Embarkation: We arrived after 2:30 to get on the ship. There was no line and the boarding process was less than 10 minutes once the car was parked and I was in the terminal. I thought this was great since this was a full ship. We went to eat at the buffet upon entering the ship and when we went to our cabin immediately afterwards our luggage was in our cabin. Cabins: We had an inside cabin on the main (second) deck close to the bow.

The room was just big enough for two adults and two children (nine and six). In an interior cabin, one is unable to determine the time of day or night without a watch because no outside light enters. So, the first day or so, it is slightly disorienting to wake up in total darkness only to find the sun is already shining in a bright blue sky at 9:00 am. To remedy the situation, we turned the TV on to the channel showing the view of the sea outside the bow camera. At night, the view was just a black screen. Come morning, the TV screen would slowly brighten as the sun rose to display the ocean. This in turn, would brighten the TV screen and, in turn, the room much as if we had a window. I prefer an outside room and would book one in the future. My wife is of the opposite view. She found it much easier to get our six year old to nap in a completely dark room. I can confirm the sewer-type odor coming from about midship on the main deck. I would not want a cabin in that area. The odor was definitely on the port side (not sure of the starboard) and was noticeable in front of about 10 or so cabins from the first day through the last day of the cruise. Food: Everyone in my family enjoyed the food in the dining room. The dinner menu looked familiar (we were on the Sensation two years prior). No problem though because the selection was large and the food was good. And if you don’t like your first choice, you are permitted another (and probably another after that.) We had three waiters as we bounced around trying to go from late seating (8:30) to early. Two waiters were fantastic and one provided your ordinary state-side waiter service. When we first found out we were late seating, we tried to change our seating. Boy was there a line of angry folks ahead of us. I think we could have opted to be number 36 to discuss matters with the maitre d. We just left our names and said let us know if someone wants to switch. Later on that first day, at a waiters suggestion, we showed up at an early seating looking for an empty table. They were able to seat us. The second day, we were told a switch was not possible. Being the first formal night (and the one where lobster was served), we had to eat at our assigned table at our assigned night. 8:30 was tough on the six year old and you could tell the waiter (Adam) really tried hard to get her to enjoy herself. By the end of the meal she was smiling but she was running on fumes. The next night we tried for an early seating again and somehow the assistant maitre d’ found us a table in the early seating (5:45) for the rest of the cruise. I don’t know how they did it. I’m not complaining but why couldn’t they do this sooner? Needless to say, this being a family-oriented cruise (Thanksgiving week), there were a great number of people unhappy with late seating. This is the one area Carnival needs to remedy. 8:30 dinners and 7:00 am port calls do not mix with small children. At dinner, my son used a napkin to make an animal for our waitress. Upon seeing this, our waiter (Vernon), not too be outdone, was at our table making a wide variety of napkin creatures. It was not long before several other tables were enjoying the show. Additionally, each night had a dance routine. Our waiter and waitress actively sought out our children to get them to participate. I know they do this every night for like ten months but it did not have a “routine” feel to it. They really made our children feel like special guests. As for the alternative locations: Sushi bar – good. Fish and Chips: Great, these were some of the best fish and chips I have had. Buffet Bar: Good, the variety is good and the food is good. Pizza: The one food item I didn’t care for. Grill: Good hamburgers and hotdogs. Emerald: Did not eat there. I don’t know how a $25/person fee is “nominal.” Get real. Heard from several others on the ship that the food didn’t taste any different than the other food available. Smoke: Not bad at all. This may be because more cabin space was taken up by families and/or because Carnival had many areas of the ship where smoking was not permitted. In any case, many areas did not have smoke. Not being a gambler or late-night bar type, I cannot attest to the smoke within the casino or in bars late at night. I can say that on the Glory there are many places where smoking is not permitted. Ports: Costa Maya The port is similar to EPCOT. It is a fake, made-up Mexican village consisting of stores, a pool, an outdoor amphitheater, and bar or two. On the left side of the pier is the fake village. On the right side (not associated with the fake village) is a rocky beach with a small spit of stand to throw a blanket or rent a chair. It is a dump. After spending one week on St. Johns USVI several months ago, we spent five minutes here and left. We thought of visiting a Mayan ruin but that cost $45/person ($180 for four) in the fake village. Booked on the cruise ship the trip would have cost $280 for four. We took a cab ride into the sleepy village that I forget the name of. This was also a dump. Walk down the street and everyone is trying to sell you their junk. We sat at a bar on the beach about the size of a one car garage with just a roof, a half-wall around it and swings for chairs. Then we rented two ATVs for $20 for fifteen minutes. The kids had a blast. We also found out a cab could be had in the town for $110 to see the Mayan ruins. How do you like that, we go from $280 to $180 to $110 ($130 if you include the taxi fare for four into the town). The moral here is don’t book the shore excursion. Belize I booked a tour with Coral Breeze through the internet. Good tour. The reef was spectacular and we also stopped to see some rays and sharks and then have lunch. The only concern is that Carnival only lets those booking shore excursions through it to get on the tender ships first. It can take a while before everyone can get off. Cozumel Again, we did our own thing. We rented a jeep for $66 including tax and an unfair charge for a gallon of gas and went to Punta Sur. It just so happened the eco-tour from Glory was also there. We ended up on a truck all by ourselves and got a private tour for four for $23 including tip (the park charges admission). Meanwhile, the Carnival excursion was on a filled to capacity double-decker truck. Too bad for them. We also stopped off at a new beach called Paradise beach. The entrance is free, the use of non-motorized water toys and beach umbrellas and chairs are also free. The catch is they charge quite a bit for drinks and food which they freely admit upfront. We had a 2 for 1 coupon from the car rental agency. Our one round of drinks cost us $10 with tip as a result (two drinks were nonalcoholic). We then drove into town, put $5 of gas in the car and did some shopping. So, $104 for 4, or $26/person and you get what turns out to be a private tour of the park at the south end of the island, use of a jeep, beach access, a round of drinks, and time for shopping at your choice of destination (in town or at the port). Getting back on the Glory at 2:30 was both sad (we didn’t want to leave so soon) and time consuming. I think the majority of the 3,000 guests waited until 2:30 to get on the ship. I didn’t have a watch but it easily took twenty minutes to get back on the ship. Progresso: After Belize and Cozumel, the beach visible from the pier did not appeal to us. So, we opted for a tour of the closest Mayan ruins that are called Dzil (something). We arranged the tour after getting off the ship. A cab for four (roundtrip, the driver waits) and private tour of the ruins cost $87. We tipped the guide $7 and the cab driver $10. Otherwise, the cost was $70 ($50 for the cab, $20 for the guide.) Meanwhile, our fellow cruisers booking through Carnival, took a bus, toured the site en mass, couldn’t leave or go as they pleased, and paid $49/person for the privilege. I don’t know that I personally saved any money as my wife took the “savings” and went shopping. Debarkation: The ship was supposed to debark at 7:45. It disembarked from top to bottom, with those taking their luggage off themselves getting off first. We opted to take our own luggage off. By 9:15 we were in our car and headed out the parking lot. Not too shabby considering we were able to spend the time eating breakfast and watching TV in our rooms until we could leave. And when we left, there were no massive lines of people and luggage in the lobby. For the most part we walked off the ship with only a handful of minutes waiting in line for customs to do there thing. Shows: I thought the shows in the Amber lounge were good. The magic show in particular was exceptional. The whole family and everyone else we talked to enjoyed it. The other shows were Las Vegas type song and dance routines. I’m not too fond of them but my children loved the shows and I was mildly amused. Having a cabin below the stage, we got to hear the shows all over again at 10:30. We go to bed early because a) we have kids and b) the port calls are early in the morning. Ship Activities: The waterslide is not to be missed. The line could be long or short at times. We went down numerous times. The slide is good for both kids and adults. The deck chairs, or should I say space for deck chairs, around the pool area were in short supply. They seemed to be claimed quickly and then never relinquished. This is not too bad of a problem as the side decks near the bow and sides of the bow were not too crowded and offered better views of the sea. The children were disappointed in that Karaoke was not available to them in the bars until the last day for one hour during a Camp Carnival program. The Blue Bar, which had Karaokee every night I think, stated in the song books that only those 18+ could participate. NOTE: If you go to Karaoke in the first night or two, chances are some of these singers are also the same folks in the talent show. We noticed this on both the Sensation and Glory. For Potential First-Time Cruisers: I prefer to go to a place and “learn the lay of the land.” I want to go for a swim in the ocean early in the morning, in the afternoon, or as evening approaches. Sometimes I want to go for a short-time. Others for a long time. I don’t want to worry about time. I want to avoid crowds and lines. Cruising does not accommodate this, at least not on Carnival’s Caribbean cruises. On the other hand, my family has different preferences than I. To date, cruising satisfies their preferences. They would rather cruise than stay on an island for the duration of one week. Bottom Line: I was concerned that, this being our second cruise, it would have either a “been there, done that” feel or that the “magic” of the first cruise would no longer be there. Was I wrong. My kids had just as good a time as the first cruise. My wife was of the same opinion as the kids. They can’t wait to go on the next cruise. I’m afraid cruising may become a regular habit in our family.

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Nov 8, 2003

Western Caribbean

I shall begin with a few brief words before I get into a lot of detail for those of you that don’t want everything down to the tooth and nail. Of the eight cruises we’ve taken before this was by far the worst overall. The room had a constant squeak and rattle that was loud enough to disturb our sleep. Most of the shore tours were a rip-off and went on and on and that was the ones they didn’t cancel. The food has been the same exact

menu for the last three times we’ve been on a Carnival Cruise. Smoke was bad but has been worse on other Carnival ships. On the good side, crew was extremely friendly, the friendliest we have ever had or seen on any carnival ship. Now this is the basic crew like room stewards, team waitress and senior waitress. The senior officers like the pursers, captain, dept heads seem to be too busy for you constantly. The Captain didn’t even show up for the Captain cocktail party only saw him once at a show where he said about 5 words. Port Canaveral and its parking pattern, drop off, lay-out was the most confusing and ridiculous excuse for a port. The employee’s acted like they were the all-mighty and were extremely rude. So all in all I would stay away from this ship, The Tampa cruises do just about the same route and was by far much easier and enjoyable to us and also the Port of Tampa is much easier. Ok now for those of you who want the full Monty so to say? Please excuse me if I repeat anything I have said above. This was my 7th cruise on Carnival and 8th overall. I have sailed on the Carnival Holiday, Fantasy, Jubilee, Tropicale, Paradise, Inspiration, Pride, and Norwegian Majesty and now Carnival Glory. My wife was on her 5th cruise and 4th on Carnival. We also brought a friend along on her first cruise so we were praying for a fun time for her sake. The whole experience of this boat started out wonderfully about 1 month before we left our travel agent called us to tell us we had been upgraded from a basic balcony room to a Cat. 11 Suite. We, by all means, were overwhelmed and excited. We now had a bigger room with better bathroom and Jacuzzi tub and were now into the Skipper’s club. Skipper’s club is for Cat 11 and 12 cabins, the suites. It gives you priority check in and debarkation and a private check in area. Now this is all according to Carnival’s web site and our previous experience with Skipper’s club on the Inspiration over X-mas of 2002. It was great, we were about the 10th on and 5th off the ship while on the Inspiration. Luckily living only 20 minutes from Port Canaveral we arranged to be taken by my mother to the port and were going to be picked up by our friends father the following Saturday. So the Saturday we began our cruise we arrived at the port at about 11:00am we were greeted by a very unfriendly female security guard who obviously thought she was the queen of the port she told us which direction to go for the Glory. She was quite upset over the fact that my mother was dropping the three of us off instead of paying the ridiculous $70.00 fee for parking for 7 days. Let me just add from parking before at the port this info. Port Canaveral says its $10.00 a day to park. The first day you do not even park until after 12:00 and are usually gone by 10:30 to 11:00am on debarkation day. But the port does not care you must still pay that full rate even though you do not park for 7 full days. Port Canaveral is also quick to give you a copy of a legal disclaimer that they are not responsible for theft of property out of your vehicle or your vehicle being stolen. In my opinion if I’m paying that rate to park on your property, you are very much responsible for my vehicle. Also if you are on the Glory there are less than 100 current parking spaces by the Glory. You must drop off your bags then drive through all the traffic and people getting on the other two cruise ships in the port to the opposite side of the port to park. A shuttle bus will then transport you back through all the traffic again to the terminal for the Glory. Just keep in mind on debarkation day you will have to do this again in reverse but with your entire luggage on the shuttle bus too. There is also a new parking garage about to open by the Glory to help alleviate this. Seeing they only allow busses and hotel vans near the terminal during debarkation. We knew about this situation from reading previous cruise info on this site. So this and the absurd parking cost is why we set up to be dropped off; so enough with that info, back to the cruise. We proceeded towards the Glory which looked wonderful and then began our journey just to get on the boat. After sitting in a line for 10 minutes another very friendly parking attendant! NOT. Told us we were too early and they were not accepting luggage yet. Even though I saw several busses dropping off people and their luggage at the terminal! We were told we would have to drive to another place in the port and park to wait for them to accept luggage even though we told him the three of us were being just dropped off. Being from the area we decided to leave the port drive in to the city of Cape Canaveral and turn around and come back into the port for another shot at this mission impossible. Upon entering the port again we were greeted by the friendly queen security guard who again was very upset the fact we were just being dropped off. Interesting, I don’t think she remembered us from 10 minutes before. We drove up to the Glory with shock and awe because we went right up to the terminal with no line. Where just 10 minutes before we were treated like international terrorists because we were too early. We unloaded ourselves and our luggage with no problem. The luggage guy or skycap was actually very friendly and unloaded the luggage for us. I did tip him and we proceed inside the terminal without any problems. Ah, but where there is one problem there must be many. I and my wife went through the security checkpoint with no problem but our friend’s carry on bag had something suspicious in it. I couldn’t see what he was talking about on the screen but understood better safe than sorry in today’s times. Another older lady security guard proceed to search the bag after asking permission and found nothing even the x-ray tech looked and found nothing. He was looking for some needle looking thing. We told them it was probably her cell phone antenna from what I could see on the screen. Of course our friend was very embarrassed at this point. The x-ray tech said okay nothing here they can go on. The problem was the older lady must have been hard of hearing she continued to search everywhere in her bag. The x-ray tech again said don’t worry about it they can continue. Again the lady continued searching. I was just short of saying something when the x-ray guy finally came over and said they are fine let them go. Geeze what a hassle but this gets better. We found the Skipper’s club and were checked in. The lady here wasn’t the friendliest but I have seen worse. Her computer kept messing up again and again with our credit cards. We got our sail and sign cards which double as your room keys. We observed our dinner time and were quite upset they had give us a late seating of 8:00pm even though we had requested any early seating they had when we booked this cruise 6 months ago. We had this same problem with the Inspiration at x-mas before but the Maitre’D was very friendly and got it changed for us. Ok so things got better here for us, we got on the ship found our Cabin and were amazed the room was beautiful and quite roomy. We proceeded to eat at the Red Sail restaurant and enjoyed a good roast beef lunch. I went back to the room and tried to order shore tours for all 3 of us on the Fun vision TV system. We had decided on our shore tours before even going on the cruise so that we would not miss anything on the boat trying to decide which ones to do. I and my wife’s went just fine but the computer would not accept our friend’s card in order to get hers. My wife and friend proceeded to the purser’s desk to remedy this situation. At this point our luggage began to arrive. WOW we have never received our luggage this early we were quite impressed at this point with the luggage arrival. Our friend’s credit card had not been entered into the system right and this was the problem with her card is what the pursers desk told us. They assured her this was fixed. OK no problem, mistakes happen, but through the entire cruise almost daily or every day she received a letter in the mailbox outside are cabin telling her that her credit card was denied. One time at dinner too, in front of every one, the computer printed out a nasty gram to say this same thing. What an embarrassment! And it continued to happen for the entire 7 days. Ok things began to settle down and we got all our shore tours booked. We then went up to the spa to book some massage and hair up for the ladies for formal night. Nothing bad to say about them really they were all very nice. Probably the only thing was when asked if they do eye-brow shaping the manager guy said no. But yet on the 5th day of the cruise the Carnival Capers had it in there as a service they offer. But then again that could have been wrong too. Throughout the entire cruise the Cruise Director, Sarah Walker, was coming on the intercom to advise us of mistakes in the Capers. Almost daily there was one, sometimes 2 or 3, things listed that weren’t actually going on or left out. Ok so now time to try to get our dinner time changed. My wife is just shy of 6 months pregnant with our first child so this is kind of a “farewell to our freedom” cruise to say. So I go down to the Golden Restaurant to meet the Maitre’D. Upon arriving at the entrance there was a nice big sign on an easel saying that both early seatings were completely full however they would do there best to try and change our requests on a first come first serve basis. So I was then greeted by a waitress who was very friendly and said, “Trust me just talk to the Maitre’D.” So I took a number which was number 7 they were on 3. Ok no big wait; 35 minutes later they were on number 5 an old couple that just couldn’t stop talking. Needless to say I was getting very frustrated at this point but they finally left and they called number 6, a couple with two boys. The Maitre’D took there request and told them exactly what the board said about nothing being open in early. They proceed to lay into the Maitre’D saying they demanded early seating and requested it. Listening to this I began to feel kind of bad for this guy, he couldn’t promise them a change of course, in fairness to everyone else but they just couldn’t seem to get the point. So finally it was my turn I got up there and told him, I requested early seating I see the sign and what it says but this isn’t right. We had this same problem on the Inspiration and they changed it. He said he was sorry couldn’t promise anything but he would try. Which kind of made me feel better that he at least gave me some light of hope. I told him my wife was pregnant and we couldn’t wait that long to eat at night. I told him I wouldn’t yell at him like the last people but medically we need to eat earlier. He did write down medical next to our name. There is a hint for all of you if they give you a hard time about changing your dinner time come up with a medical excuse because it works. Ok so finally got done with that. Our cabin steward was named Amporn. He was great! When we paged him he called back within 30 seconds and fixed or fulfilled our request within minutes every time. One time he cleaned the room with our friend sleeping in it and didn’t wake her up. He also saw she was using a beach towel as a blanket and proceeded to bring her one that evening with out even being asked. The cruise proceed without many problems. Dinner the first night was late seating because we had to wait until morning to find out about the change. Dinner was okay began with the three of us then two other guys who were friends traveling together again nothing big. Then Ken, the senior Maitre’D brought a girl over who was a little intoxicated, not much probably more buzzed, over to our table to eat. Of course these two guys lit right up to her, until her friend arrived. That’s right her friend, Drunk girl. I said this because anyone know the character from Saturday Night Live called, “Drunk Girl” well this was a carbon copy. Trust me dinner that night was quite funny. So we had the opening night show which was pretty cool the ole spoon thru the pants and shirts of 4 strangers seen it before but its still funny. The cruise director, Sarah Walker, was okay but seemed like everything was kind of lack luster to her. The two social hosts seem to do most of the work. The one Karl, “with a K “as he says it was very funny and full of energy personally I think he should have been the cruise director. So the first night went well and we all decide to go to bed we all changed and watched a little TV. We then turned out the light and turned off the TV. We couldn’t believe it at this point there was so much noise from the ceiling nothing we had ever experienced from a cruise ship before and this boat is only 4 months old. The ceiling rattled and creaked almost like nothing was tight and it was quite annoying. My wife luckily having the ability to sleep through almost anything wasn’t happy but said she would still somewhat be able to sleep. Our friend, too, who was so exhausted from the first day and all the hassles, was already out cold. I, however, am not that blessed and was quite annoyed. I tried to sleep for almost 30 minutes but was so upset that I got up went down to the purser’s desk and told them. I informed them of the noise and that this was a suite it has never been this noisy and this is a new boat. They told me they would have a tech look at it tomorrow which I knew meant there wasn’t much that could be done. They did offer me ear plugs which at that point, personally, I thought, “geeze this is your answer,” but however I did accept them and actually they worked. I couldn’t believe it as I put them in and got into bed I fell asleep and was out for the night. I ended up using them for the entire cruise. I had never had to use ear plugs before on any ship. I also asked about the vacation guarantee that Carnival is so big on. I asked if we decided to do that what do we need to do. I was informed that there is a law that doesn’t allow you to travel between two US ports by Ship so we would have to stay through Belize. But yet the guarantee wasn’t good at that point anyway it’s only for the first point. So I said I guess I’m stuck onboard. I informed them that my wife is pregnant and this is just annoying and that I was quite upset. So the cruise continued just fine nothing major to say except for the loud cabin. Key West was our first stop and we docked at the navy pier there. If you have not been to Key West there are two major docks and a smaller one the USCG and the navy now use. The navy pier and the non navy pier are the only ones large enough to handle the cruise ships. Well of course being docked at the navy pier means were at a military base. So you couldn’t just walk into town at our dock of course! You had to ride a conch train into town or the trolley looking shuttle bus thru the military base. Boy oh Boy, the line for this about an hour after we docked had to be at least ¾ of the ship in length. But then again long lines to get off and on the ship seems to be typical Carnival as we have seen from this cruise and previous cruises The trains and trolley came about every 10 minutes with only about 35 people a trip; needless to say it did take a bit. We on the other had opted for a guided tour of the city so we got right on to a Conch train waiting exclusively for us. The tour was very informative and I would recommend it for anyone if it is there first time to Key West. The only thing to note here would be the only reason I could guess they wouldn’t let us into town on our own was some construction on the dock or the fact it was quite a ways to the activity areas of town such as the bars and shops. Anything military seemed to be quite abandoned, all the ships and one sub were at another dock on the opposite side of town. Ok, getting back on the ship was no hassle no line surprising. We also arrived back into the cabin to find a bottle of champagne from the cruise line and a letter to apologize for all the noise, it was a nice gesture. The first dance show was this night and thought it was great. Guys you’ll love the costumes or better yet the little amount of costumes the ladies are wearing, I sure did! Ok, the next day was at sea and was going great this was formal night. We all dressed up and I had had reflexology on my feet and had a full massage the same day so I felt great, well worth the money. I would recommend the Spa on Carnival anytime, it has been great every time. Dinner went well we had been changed to early seating the night before and were at a table with some very nice people that stayed sober. I left early that night after dinner before Ken the Maitre’D talked. I had been back at the cabin and changed out of my Tux when my wife came in and told me that they had canceled the Cave Tubing in Belize for the next day. I was quite pissed off at this point and went off at the pursers desk and told them this entire cruise is ruined; first the noise, and now my only reason for coming this way, the cave tubing, being cancelled. The 3rd purser told me in quite a rude manner that we have no control over it and that all shore excursions are handled by independent contractors. But she would see if there was some way to compensate us for this and we should have already been refunded the amount of the shore tour. I said ok, thank you, but don’t let your compensation be a discount on a future cruise, my wife is pregnant and we won’t being going on a cruise again for several years. So I hastily tried to find another shore tour to do in Belize and chose the Snorkel Shark Ray and Alley tour. I was told we would swim with nurse sharks and sting rays and be able to feed the sting rays. What a mistake this was. I and our friend decide to do this one because my wife did not want to ride in a little boat being pregnant. We got on to this open tender boat about 35 feet long with about 40 other people and immediately it started to rain. They pulled out a tarp type of cover and let us all hold onto to it. Now it was pouring down rain at this point and we were traveling about 25 to 30 knots. It was quite fun trying to hold a tarp while traveling at that speed. Almost and hour went by of this before we arrived at the snorkel site. We were told to all stay in a group together and after being issued our masks, snorkels, and fins we all jumped in. The current was unbelievable and you had to fight it to move around. I then saw my first 2 and only 2 manta rays. We swam out to the coral which wasn’t all that impressive and swam around in a tight group I was constantly kicked in the head by others and several times had my mask almost kicked completely kicked off my face. I did see one nurse shark at this point and never again saw another shark. After snorkeling about 10 more minutes we were all taken back to the boat. We fed nothing! When all were aboard we went to this little out island to a bar on a dock and were served lunch. The lunch was actually good, some BBQ chicken which I was told had a local spice to it and also watermelon, salad and rice. The food was actually very good. Now the bar itself was no bigger than your average car garage and there were 5 boats there from our tour alone. Quite a lot of people. The best parts were the bathroom; they drained directly into the ocean and had signs all other them not to throw your toilet paper into the toilets to help protect the environment but to put them in the trash! Gross!! Um one question here wouldn’t improper sewage treatment be just as or more hazardous to the environment? The line of women to change out of their swim suits was quite long seeing the bathrooms were designed for no more than two people in them at a time. I decided to just stay in my bathing suit seeing the sun had now been out for a while and it was probably going to rain on the ride back and our clothes were already soaked from the trip out. We ate lunch and then had to sit for almost 2 ½ hours for the 1 hour return trip. This 2 ½ wait was absurd. They said it was for shopping we were on this little island and might I add they were very proud of the fact that the original Temptation Island was filmed on this island! Ok so the only shopping was from panhandlers and people trying to get you to buy their necklaces. Finally we came back to the ship and took over an hour to come back to the ship. I heard that several boats got lost and were late coming back and that one had even run out of gas. Terrible for a shore tour operator but again Carnival was quick to say they are independent contractors. But yet the cruise line hires them I would think they have some control. Ok, so back on the ship everything was a lot better from this point the food was ok in the dining room the only problem is it has been the same on the last 3 cruises we have been on. The Pride in April of 2002, the Inspiration in December of 2002 and now the Glory in November of 2002. I think its time for a new menu. Cozumel was ok of course a nice long line to get back on the ship for most people. We were back earlier so there wasn’t much of a line. The talent show was this night and was quite impressive some wonderful singing talent the best part was an older gentleman who was originally from Russia. This gentlemen did a one man comedy show from a Russian skit. He had such an accent you could only pick out a few words now and then he even stopped at one point and the band and cruise director thought he was done but he wasn’t. I even saw the band director Braxton Hicks (Ladies you’ll understand this! I didn’t at first either until my wife told me. What a name for a man, my wife wanted to ask his mother what she was thinking) call up to the light booth laughing. However the most laughable part was that the music they played for the beginning of his skit and the end was, I kid you not, the exact same song (with out the words) from the south park movie! You know the uncle song!! The cruise staff does a skit at the end of the show called “If I Were Not Upon The Sea.” We have seen it before and hope to see it again, it was the funniest part of the cruise. Ok so Progresso was next and we went to one of the Mayan ruins sites I believe it was Dizibilichautan, I think. It was great we really enjoyed this tour. The 2nd show was this night, the costumes in the ladies were ok. The guys on the other hand did a skit from full Monty better yet the skit. So ladies you’ll like this one even though most of the guy dancers are gay, just listen to them talk. I of course didn’t like the Full Monty part. Ok so the cruise was ok at this point, on our way back to Port Canaveral. A few things to add here, the smoking wasn’t all that bad - there were a few times I couldn’t stand it but have been around worse on cruise ships. The Ivory lounge which is their smoke bar wasn’t bad actually mostly Cigars even though I don’t like any smoke at least with cigar smoke don’t feel like you’re being suffocated. A few bad design remarks about the ship - to get to the Internet Lounge you must go thru the Ivory lounge if you hate all smoke this is like torture. Also on decks 3 and 4 you can not go from one end of the ship to the other because of the galley you must go up to 5 or down to 2 to get thru. Deck 5, the Promenade is quite nice. However, they take pictures every night almost and with all the chairs on the sides this creates quite a traffic jam in walking from one end of the boat to the other. People that aren’t paying attention or walk 3 or 4 abreast can be quite annoying. Ok, so the day of the debarkation talk comes and we go and listen and at the end try to ask a question but the line is so long I go and ask the pursers desk. I was asking about the Skipper’s club. Turns out that at debarkation Skippers club doesn’t apply to this ship! What a joke, This isn’t what Carnival’s website says! We all were not happy about this. We also found out if you want to carry your own luggage off the ship you get off sooner then others. Interesting idea, we decide to do that and do not put our luggage out to be collected. Sounds like a way for carnival to cut costs. We have heard and also seen from this site that they unload the ship top to bottom. So we should b the 2nd or 3rd color called being on the empress deck. The thing that I couldn’t figure out was why did a lot of people have spa deck tags (The first color called) that were on our deck? Not fair I say. But at this point I just wanted off the boat. So the last night is here and we are packing and we get two letters in our little mail box. One is for my wife and I and one is for just our friend. We opened them and read them and what are they you ask? Well they were Carnival’s typical way of trying to apologize for problems - a 15% discount for a future cruise to be used in the next 18 months. I was so furious, they didn’t even care that I had told them we were not going to go on a cruise in the next 18 months? Sheesh, I didn’t push the issue and my wife and I just decided to drop the issue. One funny thing about this morning was our friend had plugged her cell phone in to charge it the night before and forgot about it so about 6:30am I start hearing the Sesame Street theme. I, of course, half asleep jump up and go to the phone thinking it’s the wake up call - yelling why are they playing Sesame Street. The morning of debarkation arrives and we get up and wait in our cabin, the one positive thing of carrying your own luggage off. The Capers we had received said that debarkation would start approx at 7:45am for people carrying their own luggage off the boat. So our friend had called her dad to be ready at about 8:00am to pick us up. Come 8:30am we finally are allowed to proceed down to deck 3 where they said no one should wait there because customs would not allow it. Well they called our color tag and we proceeded to the elevator along with about 100 other people and there 4 or 5 bags a person too. Boy this was a smart idea. We did get to deck 3 finally and what do we have here a ton of people waiting on deck 3 right where customs said not to. But yet no one from customs is around, another Carnival ploy to keep it open. We had to pass through about 3 or 4 people saying you have all your bags, you can’t get off if you don’t have all your bags. We were told the night before many times that our luggage would not be ready and we would tie up the process if we went to claim luggage during this self assist process as they call it. Once we got to the gangways, of which there were two, one was moving right along the other was at a crawl of course our line was the one at a crawl. We got inside to find a very cautious INS officer checking every detail of your paperwork to make sure your were an U.S. Citizen. Now I am not complaining about the fact she was cautious but the fact that the INS officer on the other side was just glancing and saying ok,ok,ok over and over again. Geeze, one does her job and the other one does his job half-way. Ok so we then proceed into the terminal down an escalator, this is fun with large luggage!! Into a hallway where they tell us if were claiming luggage to go this way! WHAT? We were told we can’t claim luggage if your doing self assist. Again two different stories, we are led into a large hallway which a number of times my wife is told to put our documents away as all we need is our declaration form. My wife has one piece of luggage in tow, a camcorder over one shoulder, and her purse and a duffel bag over the other shoulder. My wife does not have a third arm. Every time she tried to put some of it down so she could put the papers away the line would move. We got to the end of the line to another escalator! Oh goody more fun with large luggage. However on this one, which is no different than the first one, you must wait three steps in between the person in front of you! Why is this one different than the first? And at the bottom we arrive in a large room to find luggage on a conveyer belt ready for pick up. We are told to proceed forward pick up our luggage if needed! No Comment. At this point my wife is told once again she can put her documents away. We roll pass INS again and out to the front of the terminal. Our friend had been keeping in contact with her father and he was waiting in the area for us. We were able for him to tell us where he was; which was at the end of the road for the busses leading into the terminal. We walk up to him while he’s being screamed at by this ditzy port parking guy for not going to the parking area. When he sees that we’re loading, he starts telling our friend’s father he’ll lose his job for letting us load there! Instead we are expected to load 20 feet away on the other side of a concrete sidewalk. In which her father would have had to drive around again to get into. What a joke! We are loaded and in the car within 30 seconds and moving, yet this guy was rude as could be. Again the port people think they are gods or something. Finally we are out of the port and on our way home. In closing I would say the boat, Glory isn’t all that bad. It has a few flaws but what doesn’t. I wasn’t happy about the shore tour obviously but that was my choice for a shore tour. The port on the other hand is an absolute joke and they seem to have no idea what they’re doing. It seems like to me they got too big, too fast and are trying to figure things out. The Glory is a beautiful ship and the shows were great. The menu needs to be adjusted. The people on board, with the exception of the officers, were the friendliest yet on any cruise we’ve taken.

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Oct 17, 2003

Eastern Caribbean

My Boyfriend and I just got back from a week sail aboard the Carnival Glory. I loved it! We are avid travelers and usually go on 2-3 "All Inclusive" type caribbean trips a year and this was our first cruise. We were looking for something "different and fun", and definitely found it. We arrived in Port Canaveral Around 1pm, and were checked in and on the ship, sipping "Bahama Mamas by 2pm. We had booked an ocean

view (6b)catergory on the Ship's Main (2nd) deck. Our room was spacious and clean which was a relief as I had heard the rooms on many cruises are ridiculously small. However, getting back from dinner the first night, we noticed that some type of maintenance ladder had been parked outside our window, which was partially blocking our ocean view that we had paid for! We had little luck with our Cabin Steward being able to get the ladder moved, so we went ourselves to the Information desk. We explained our situation and were pleasantly taken care of. Carnival gave us an upgrade to a balcony room on the 6th deck! This was fabulous. I highly recommend getting a balcony if you can afford it. It is so awesome to fall asleep with the balcony door open, listening to the sounds of the waves. It's also a great spot to sit in your Carnival robes and put your feet up and relax. Carnival also gave us an apology letter and a bottle of champagne chilled on a bucket of ice for our inconvenience. I was totally impressed with how they handled our situation. The chocolate mints on the pillow at night, were also a nice touch. Before we left for this vacation we had bought some motion sickness patches from the drugstore. You stick a patch behind your ear, and it lasts for about 3 days. We saw lots of people wearing these, however we never had the need to use them. You can definitely feel the ship moving, but we got use to it after the first day. I found the variety of food to be overwhelming. Lunch was my favorite meal as it had the most options: buffet, a la carte, fish n chips (awesome), deli style sandwiches (awesome), sushi, oriental, and a grill where you could have a cheeseburger loaded with fried onions and mushrooms with fries and salad. Finally, my favorite place to eat was the 24 hr pizza station. The pizzas were so tasty and hit the spot perfectly after a night of partying at the disco till 3AM.I found the breakfast and dinner in the Platinum dinning room to be average. The portions were small, and the dining room didn't seem all that fancy. The lobster tails and shrimp were good, and the waiter staff very friendly. We visited Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Marten. St Marten was beautiful. I could not believe the price of alcohol! What a steal!!! Excursions... My boyfriend is a certified diver and purchased an on- board 2 tank dive for $95 U.S. He said they were good dives, saw some sharks and barracudas and a shipwreck in St. Marten. I found visiting 3 ports exhausting and actually looked forward to the days at sea as a chance to rest. Important to note!!! This is a cashless ship, which means you can't use your money anywhere on the ship except at the casino. You can only use your "Sail and Sign" card, which is also your room key, to make on board purchases. At the end of the cruise you can decide if you want to pay cash or credit card for all your on board purchases. You can check your daily account from the T.V. in your room, which I recommend as it's easy to run up a fast bill!!! Also, it costs anywhere from $6.99 -$9.99 U.S. per minute to phone home from the ship. Bring a calling card to use in the ports, there are a ton of payphones on the islands. I used my cell phone without a problem from Nassau and St. Thomas. Having read some bad reviews of this ship from others on this website, I was really worried about going on this cruise. I noticed that previous people had complained about the smoke on board. I'm extremely allergic to smoke and I can say that I didn't find the ship to be smokey at all except at the casino. I also read that people found the ship crowded. I totally disagree, we had no problems finding chairs on deck, or a place to sit to eat. There was always a place to go on the ship where you were the only ones there. The longest wait I had once on the ship was for the waterslide, and even that was only 5 minutes. The disco played all sorts of music that catered to all age groups and the arcade was full of cool games to play. I kicked my boy friend's but at several games of air hockey! There were a couple of not so impressive things about the ship... The midnight buffet leaves a lot to be desired, and the desserts were worse than the ones from Mc Donald's. However overall I found this to be a positive enlightening experience and I'm hooked on cruises from now on. It makes resorts seem dull. I wish I was still on the ship!

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Oct 10, 2003

Western Exotic

I hope this review will save someone from wasting their money. We just returned from a cruise on the Glory. We took my parents and 2 children (ages 5,10) with us on this cruise. The ship is beautiful but the service was horrible. This was supposed to be a "Fun Ship" what a joke. Every cruise I have been on has a Bon Voyage party as you leave port, not this one. If you like to be drunk 24/7 and smoke like a chimney, you will

love this boat. It is the only way you will enjoy it. I wish someone would have saved me from wasting our money. Our cabin steward was awesome, our wait staff was rude, the pursers desk was less than helpful, the people who work in the shops were insulting. There were more rules to follow than a convent and even the passengers were rude after being insulted and waiting in long lines to board and disembark. Oh, and if you like soft drinks, be prepared. Every cruise I have been on soft drinks are included at least at dinner. Not here. You will never receive a free soft drink. This cruise line can be compared to Walmart, you get what you pay for. Pay a little more and invest in another cruise line.

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Oct 10, 2003

Western Carribean

This is about the tenth cruise for my wife and i. We have cruised on Carnival, Royal Carribean, NCL, Princess, and Celebrity. We had not cruised on Carnival for a couple of years, but we really wanted to experience the very large class of ships. In short, we were very pleasantly surprised! It appears that Carnival has upgraded their ambience, service and food to be comparable with the more "upscale" cruise lines )at least

on the Glory) Our only real gripe was the parking at Port Canaveral. After dropping off my wife and our luggage at the terminal, it took about an hour to go the 1/2 mile to the parking lot -- this was because there were only two booths taking yor $70 parking fee - since everyone was using a credit card (MC/Visa) and there were a LOT of cars, it just didn't work -- I was there about 1:00 PM, but other people said it was even worse earlier in the day. This was the only real negative on the trip but it left a bad impression. Embarkations - this was reasonably efficient for a ship this size - the people were quite courteous. the ship itself is impressive -- the style is elegant and understated, more like on Princess, than some of the flashier Carnival ships. We found the staff (mostly Eastern Europeans) to be polite and efficient. We were fortunate to have a cabin on the Lido deck -- this was convenient to the pools and the buffet restaurant, and we didn't need to use the (slow) elevators for every little thing. FOOD: The food was excellent - We ate dinner and breakfast in the dining room and lunch at the buffet - at dinner, they served better entrees than we were used to on Carnival (Lobster, Filet, Beef Wellington, etc) the appetizers and desserts were especially good - this was the biggest change we saw compared to other Carnival cruises. the breakfast was OK, but nothing special. We ate lunch in a number of different places -- one thing that is nice about such a big ship is the variety of places to eat - we are sure there are other places on boiard that we didn't get to explore - for example, we went upstairs in the Red Sail restaurant (buffet place) looing for an open table, and found a great little fish 'n chips service on the second level -- this makes it more fun. SHOPPING - The shopping on board and in the ports for the most part was so-so - there were no great bargains, but no rip-off's either - we were surprised that we could not find better prices on liquor - it was cheaper than in the states, but not by much (except for premium vodka and Tequila) ART AUCTION - this is a special interest of ours - the auctions are now done by the company that does the Princess Cruise lines auctions - and they are much better than the other companies for selection, terms, etc. Most art was in the $300 price range, but several pieces sold for tens of thousands of dollar (original erte gouaches) Thiis was very entertaining/ PORTS - in Key West, we took the conch tour train - we bought our tickets on land for $20 - this is a good way to see the city - it was quite hot, so we didn't do much else - usually when we visit Key West, we stroll along Duvall street and see the very unusual stores. BELIZE - We took the Geoff's Cay snorkeling excursion and the snorkeling was excellent - I recommend you snorkel from the boat then swim to the island, as the snorkeling immediately off the island is not as good. Shopping in Belize is not very good. COZEMEL - we took a cab [$10] to the park at Cincinaab (spelled wrong) - this place has good snorkeling, clean showers and lots to do - it really is the best place we have found. Unfortunately the ship leaves early in the day, so we had to cut our visit shorter than we would have liked Progresso - we took the ship's excursion to the Mayan ruins at Checin-Itza - this was worth the money and time -- the buses were clean and comfortable - the guided tour was informative, and this is the kind of thing you don't see every day - I would recommend it Summary - except for the parking, this cruise really exceeded our expectations

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Oct 10, 2003

Western Caribbean

This being a new ship (less than 3 months old) I expected it to be in good condition, it was but i found a few problems, first of all, the elevators (toward the end of the cruise) took at least 10 minutes just to get to you, then often i found that on almost every elevator trip it would stop at several decks where no one had even pressed the button. Second, many of the light fixtures alond Kaliedoscope Boulevard were broken, not working,

or just completely missing. And last, the crew was often fixing tiles on the promenade deck and in a couple elevators which was very inconvenient, because even during the dinner rush they were fixing them, cutting off access to the 2 aft elevator banks at about 8:00pm one night which is 15 minutes before late seating, both of which include the only elevators leading to the largest of the two dining rooms.NOW for the good stuff, EVERYTHING ELSE the food, the entertainment, and ESPECIALLY the service the best crew aboard the ship I experienced were our head waiter, assistant waiter (both of which I cant remember their names, sorry), and our cabin stewardess, Justina Overall this was actually by favorite cruise out of 4, we have already booked another cruise on the Carnival Victory on the eastern caribbean iternerary on may 2, 2004

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Oct 3, 2003

Eastern Caribbean

My fiancé and I took our first cruise on October 4, 2003 on the Carnival Glory. Although I had done much research to make sure I was prepared for this trip, I guess it is just something one has to experience for one’s self. We drove to Port Canaveral, so had to make use of the parking facility. We dropped off the luggage which was promptly handled; I was dropped off and waited while my fiancé parked the car. My time waiting was well-spent.

It gave me an opportunity to talk to others doing the same thing and listen to their stories. Within 10 minutes the bus delivered my cruise mate and we made our way to the seemingly unending lines. Winding through the line to the check-in point took the longest time, but in reality, it went pretty quickly. I kept looking at the line across the room with the sign that said cabin keys and was not thrilled at the prospect of waiting through another line. I was pleasantly surprised because it moved very quickly. It also helps to have all your paper work in order; which many did not. Although it seemed like hours, it actually turned out to be a little more than an hour from the parking to boarding the ship. Posted at strategic points were ship staff members to give aid in finding cabins. For a first time cruiser; what should have been a confusing mess, turned out to be a fairly smooth transition (although, I was still getting lost at the end of the cruise.) One piece of luggage was held up by security for a totally embarrassing reason (and one that I will not elaborate on), but the other luggage was delivered to our cabin in a very short time. And the held-up luggage is still a matter of hysterical laughter at the mere mention of it. Our steward, Chu (from Taiwan) was absolutely attentive and wonderful to us. Not being people who require a lot of special attention; we jokingly said we had to sneak out of our cabin so he wouldn’t be tending to our needs. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day and of course I loved the towel creatures that were left. We dined in the Red Sail the first evening, and the food was great. The only complaint about the Red Sail through the whole cruise (and we were there often) was that the vacated tables were not cleaned in a timely fashion. We were not personally affected by this, but other passengers often had to search for a clean table to sit at. That situation was much better toward the end of the 7 days. Perhaps we noticed more than others because we owned a restaurant at one time? We had the first seating in the Platinum Dining Room and that was a wonderful experience. Our waiter was Albert from the Philippines. What a pleasure he was! He always greeted us by name and just seemed to remember everything about us from day to day. Knowing that it is their job did not change the pleasure of personalized attention. The food was outstanding and the after-dinner entertainment by Ken and the wait staff was a pure delight. Although I can say the walking kept me from pounding on weight, no doubt; we figured we walked about 1 ½ miles just to eat-and that was on a slow day. Due to a medical condition that makes walking long distances sometimes painful, that was a little problem for me. It did not however stop me from making that trip for the excellent culinary treats! I’m guessing the fact that we were novices to this cruise thing made us disorganized about our activities. We ventured off on our own at Nassau; and while having a good time, didn’t get to see much and were very weary by the time we got back on board the ship. I like to sight see without a lot of bother and Nassau is not the place to do that; as there always seemed to be someone trying to hawk some service or some trinket-a little too much for my taste. We made use of the tours offered for the next ports of call, and were not disappointed. We took the St. John’s tour and found it very interesting and enjoyable, but wished afterward that we had done the tour that included St. Thomas. There was ample time to do both, however. St. Maarten/St. Martin Island was my favorite of the island stops-I truly wanted to stay. My fiancé and I did different tours-me, the island tour and butterfly farm-his, an island tour and snorkeling at Shipwreck Cove. We both had great experiences with our tour groups and guides. We heard some grousing about the food, the service, etc. but we did not experience any of that. Our debarkation back at Port Canaveral was smooth and efficiently handled. After the non-residents were processed, our group was called and the whole thing probably only took perhaps an hour from cabin to parking lot. Perhaps because we had no prior experience with cruising, we had no high expectations and nothing to compare this cruise to. Whatever the case, we had a wonderful experience and are anxious for a repeat performance with Carnival Cruise lines.

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Sep 20, 2003

The Carnival Glory was a fantastic cruise. The crew was friendly and the shows were great. We had our children with us ages 12, 10, 8 they had a great time but since we went during regular school session the ship wasn't as kid friendly as cruises we have taken in the summer. There was plenty to do on board and at each port. The food was excellent and plentiful. Carnival has now started adding a

gratuity to your bill automatically for all services including cabin steward, dining help and any drinks you purchase on board - if you want to adjust the gratuity you have to see the pursers office.

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Sep 12, 2003

From Port Canaveral, to Key West, Belize, Cosumel, Progresso

This was our 16th cruise and the 11th we have taken with Carnival. Shortly before leaving, we read the review that “Tom” had written about the Glory and were somewhat apprehensive, since my wife is allergic to cigarette smoke. Our son and his wife also joined us for this cruise, which is their third. We were all pleasantly surprised. The crew seemed to be the friendliest of any of the cruises we had been on. The ship, being new,

was beautiful. Tom mentioned a lot of light bulbs being out, but we never noticed a single one not working. I guess we tended to try to see the problems that Tom did, but had difficulty doing that. I even ordered a hamburger at lunch once to test the temperature. I ordered it with cheddar, bacon and sautéed onions. It came hot and was wonderful. We sailed from Port Canaveral, which was our first time from there. This was also the first time we had driven to a ship. We live in Tennessee and this was a long drive but we visited relatives on the way and it worked out well. They have an efficient car-parking situation, costing $10 per day. Busses take you to the ship and back. We all had inside cabins on the Upper Deck near the middle of the ship and the ride was perfect. We had sweated out running into Hurricane Isabel, but it went far north of us and we had the smoothest water you could imagine. The cabins did not seem as large as I had expected, but I guess just because the ship is huge, that does not increase cabin size. The port were fun, except for Key West, where there was not much that interested us. We took tours at each of the other ports. In Belize, you had about a 20-minute tender ride from the ship to shore, as they had not dock that would take our ship. We went on the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins/Wallace River tour. I would not recommend this tour, as the ruins were small and later in the cruise you could go to the Chichen Itza ruins, which are huge. Also, the river tour consisted of riding ~90 minutes in a fast open boat. We ended up sitting in the rear near the twin 200 hp outboards. Could not hear much. Saw a few howler monkeys, some bats and iguanas and a lot of muddy river and green trees. In Cosumel, we took the Sea Trek Helmet Dive tour. We had never done this before and it was very interesting and fun. You have this plastic weighted helmet sitting on your shoulders and an air hose supplying air. You walk around under water and don’t ever get your face wet. You can wear regular glasses. You only go about 26 feet deep but get to see some sea life. There are a couple of scuba divers with you for safety and another that takes pictures and a short video. Later you can buy this on a CD for $50. We did not buy this, since only a few pictures had us in it and we felt the price was too high. They would have probably made more profit selling a lot of these for $20. In Progresso we took the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins tour and it was impressive. There were two tour guides who gave very informative talks, and then you could wander the grounds, climb the 300-foot pyramid, etc. This was the third Mayan Ruin we had ever visited and was definitely the best. The food….ah, the food! I gained 4 pounds in a week. We had an excellent female headwaiter with a very outgoing personality who catered to our every wish. We were in the larger of the two main dining rooms and the Maitre de entertained us with song every night. He had a great voice and, while I have an aversion to tipping a member of management (an officer) and that could lead to finally tipping the captain, I tipped him for his exceptional work. I agreed with Tom that the room was a bit crowded and you had to dodge around columns to get to your table. We ate about a third of the meals in the Red Sail Restaurant, where an excellent buffet was available. Our cabin steward kept everything neat like magic, and had a different cute “towel animal” waiting for us every day. We had been very concerned about Tom’s comment about cigarette smoke being strong everywhere, but we only caught a whiff occasionally in the casino. Smoking is prohibited in many areas (the main show room, both dining rooms, port side of open decks, all Lido deck restaurants, elevators, corridors, etc.) We had no problem with smoke. Tom’s report may have prompted massive changes in the operation of this ship, because we detected a happy, motivated crew and clean air. There was a new debarkation procedure that we really liked. Any guest that wanted to carry all his or her own luggage off the ship (instead of putting it out the night before for the crew to carry off) got to get off the ship first. We were in our car and headed home by 9:30 am. Customs inspection consisted of handing your customs declaration card to a guy standing there as you walked by. As for negative impressions, getting checked in seemed a bit slow, but with 3,000 coming aboard, I guess it went pretty well. We had been told you could not board until 1 pm, but we were in the dining room eating by a little after 12 noon. We were asked not to go to our cabin before 1 pm, as they needed time to get it cleaned and ready. We ate slowly. My biggest complaint would be slow elevator service. Frequently we had to wait several minutes wait for an elevator, even in an area with a bank of 10 elevators. There always seemed to be one out of service, which did not help. Overall, this was one of our most enjoyable cruises and I would not hesitate to recommend the Carnival Glory to anyone who wanted a great cruise.

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Aug 29, 2003

Western Caribbean

This is my review of our Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Glory, 8/30/03. I hope you enjoy it! A little background: husband is 54. I have taken 4 Carnival cruises and 1 Princess cruise. My husband has also been on 4 previous Carnival cruises. I did not care for my cruise on Princess. For me, Carnival surpasses Princess in every aspect that is important

to us: service, food and fun. We are big Carnival fans and feel that no other cruise line would be a better fit for us. We also vacation at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun which we enjoy just as much as cruising. We flew from NY to Orlando two days ahead so we could relax before our cruise. We took the Cocoa Beach Shuttle for $21 p/p to our hotel, the Comfort Suites. I do not recommend booking the ocean-view balcony rooms as the view is mostly of the parking lot. Location was convenient. There was a Winn-Dixie right across the street where we purchased a box of wine and a 12-pack of beer to take on the ship. There were also multiple restaurants and clothing shops within walking distance. We met up with an old friend who lives in Cocoa Beach. He took us around to some of the local bars and restaurants. Our two days in Cocoa Beach flew by and then it was Saturday morning: cruise day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EMBARKATION This was going to be a very exciting day because I was giving my husband a very big surprise. Six months earlier I had arranged for his daughter, 26, and his son, 29, to come on this cruise with us. We had managed to keep the secret all this time. Lisa had to fly all the way from Seattle, and Marc was flying from Philadelphia. I was very nervous that something would go wrong, but everything went smoothly. They even made it to the cruise terminal before us. This was their first cruise. My husband and I took the free shuttle from the hotel at 11:30. Once at the port, we dropped off our luggage and made our way to the terminal. Things seemed to be organized well. I was rather angry that the security refused to hand-check our 800-speed film. We only allowed the film to go through that one time and one other time when coming back from shore. After a total of only two passes through the machine, there was some damage to the film in the form of dark spots. Fortunately, only some pictures were damaged. We made our way upstairs to the check-in area, and then my husband heard someone saying, "Daddy, Daddy." It was his daughter. He couldn't believe his kids were going to be on the cruise with us. Needless to say, he was very happy. We got through the check-in process quickly and were on the ship by 12:30. CABINS We first went to check out our cabins. Our cabin was 7439, one of the L-shaped cabins with an extra long balcony. I did not feel that there was any extra space inside. There was plenty of closet space and drawers. The room stewardess, Johanna, introduced herself right away. She immediately took care of several small requests we had. She took excellent care of us all week. Marc and Lisa were one deck above us in an inside cabin. They received the same excellent service from their steward. At embarkation, we had received a flyer with our Sail & Sign cards advising us not to use the cards to lock our safe. I had brought 4 old S&S cards and we used those instead. Before leaving our room, I used Funvision to book our Shark-Ray Alley tour in Belize. I found it very easy to use. VERY IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO! 1. Check out dining room assignment 2. Eat lunch at the Lido deck buffet We were assigned to late seating, as requested, in the Platinum dining room. We went to check on our table, and found that it was a table for 8. We considered asking for a table for 4, but decided to wait and see how that night's dinner went. As you will read later, we certainly made the correct decision. We then made our way to the Lido buffet and enjoyed a rather large lunch. Afterward, we wandered the ship, then went back to our cabins to prepare for the lifeboat drill. Our luggage had already arrived. The drill was painless. We returned to our cabin, spent some time on our balcony, and rested up for dinner. PLATINUM DINING ROOM First, this was a beautiful room. It seemed larger than the dining rooms on Destiny and Triumph. We did not experience the over-crowding that others have reported though. The 2 couples seated with us were also traveling together. Our waiter and waitress introduced themselves, Alwyn, from India, and Katarena, from Slovokia. They were truly excellent and I believe they must be among the best that Carnival has to offer. Bread, butter, water, iced tea, were all replenished as needed without having to ask. Alwyn remembered everyone's special quirks and we were constantly given additional appetizers, entrees, and desserts to try. When I told Alwyn that there was nothing I liked on Beef Wellington night, which was on Wednesday night, he told me that I could get a sirloin steak instead, no problem. Alwyn and Katarena are sooooo personable and professional. We decided to cancel our reservation at the supper club because we did not want to miss a night dining with them. We tipped them well above the suggested amounts. We also enjoyed the singing Maitre'd, Ken. He really did sound just like Frank Sinatra. We enjoyed the waiters and waitresses dancing every night, and did not notice any lapses in service due to this. I thought the food was on par with our cruise 2 years ago. The desserts were better, especially the creme brulee. ENTERTAINMENT We were very disappointed that comedian Al Ernst was not on this cruise. We stopped in to hear Carl Faulkenberry, and were not impressed. The young lady singing and playing piano by the casino was very good. She reminded me of Jewel. The piano bar singer sounded good also. I missed the 4 man band on the Lido deck. There were only two musicians this time, and they did not have the spirit or energy of previous bands. We attended the deck party which was tame compared to others I have attended. None of the bars or lounges seemed to be as lively or as crowded as on previous cruises. I thought the entertainment was as good as ever, but it was a very quiet crowd. The bartenders we spoke to also thought so. They said they didn't mind though, because they needed a break after the summer crowds. Many told us of out-of-control kids. One expressed the opinion that Carnival should make use of "the jail" on the ship, and that perhaps this would curb such behavior. The 2 big shows in the Amber Palace were excellent. I know some people think they're hokey, but I would have seen both shows twice if I could have. The lead female singer has a very strong voice. You won't find anything like her on American Idol. Excellent! We also enjoyed the magic show. As for cruise director Greg Kneale, very ordinary. He was constantly on ship's TV and I found him very hard to watch. I also take issue with his presentations regarding the ports. I am all for giving passengers a realistic view of the ports, however I felt he gave SUCH a negative view of port times and activities that many people were wondering why they even bothered to take this cruise. KEY WEST Time in Port: 12:00-6:00pm After being warned that it would take a very long time to disembark, passengers, including us, began lining up 30 minutes early causing congestion in the stairwells. There were only 4 trolleys, holding about 64 people each, assigned to our ship. The trolley took us into town. The architecture of the old houses was amazing. That is really the best I can say about Key West. I would rather go to Progreso, San Juan, Jamaica or anywhere else. We met many rude people. We asked several people working in different establishments to point us in the direction of the Key Lime shop, and received answers of "I don't know." A salesclerk asked if I needed help. When I told her I was waiting for my friend to finish trying on a swimsuit, she rolled her eyes and turned her back on me. We did stop at Sloppy Joe's for a couple beers and had a nice waitress. When we eventually found the Key Lime Pie Shop, the pie was excellent. I really could have done without this port and spent more time at another. BELIZE Time in Port 8:00am-5:00pm We had booked the Shark-Ray Alley tour and left the ship at 8:00am. We boarded a boat, put on our life jackets, and we were off. One of the guides told us that we were traveling at about 35mph. We received our snorkel equipment, stopped at Caye Caulker for a few minutes, then took a short ride to the snorkel site. We were there about an hour. We did see multiple sharks and a couple large rays. There were numerous fish and coral. I thought the snorkeling was excellent. Even more excellent were our guides, Zack and Ash. They owned the boat, called Meteoride, and worked for a larger business that contracts with Carnival. These young men were very personable, answered all questions, and really looked out for all of us. Consider yourself very fortunate if they lead your tour. After snorkeling, we sped over to San Pedro for a barbecue lunch that is included with the price of the tour. It wasn't ready yet, so we wandered into town. It had been threatening rain all morning, and finally it started to pour. The streets truly are made of sand, not pavement. We quickly found a local restaurant, Cucina Caramba, and ordered Lighthouse beer that was very good. The employees there were very friendly. Belize is 2 hours behind ship time, so the kitchen was not really open yet. They did serve us Lobster Ceviche, salsa, and chips. All very good and not expensive. I wish it had not been raining so we could have seen more of San Pedro. We made our way back to the dock where they still had the buffet open. The barbecue chicken was delicious. Finally, the sun came out. On our way back to the ship, we came upon another small boat, full of snorkelers, which was either out of gas or had mechanical problems. Zack and Ash said after they dropped us off at the ship, they would go back and get the people who were stranded. I loved the people I met in Belize and would love to go back. Only drawback to this tour: just 2 hours in San Pedro. Carnival could easily add at least 1 more hour to this time. COZUMEL Time in Port 7:30am-3:00pm Excellent as always!!!!! Carnival, why is our port time so short here????? We all got off the ship right away, and were at Chankanaab by 8:00am. My husband and I just wanted to snorkel, and Marc and Lisa wanted to scuba dive. Lisa is certified and Marc wanted to take the Discover Scuba. We used Ramon Zapata's shop and the scuba was a total cost of $85. The snorkeling was very good. We wanted to eat in town and shop so we got a cab and were in town by 11:30.We ate at the same little restaurant we always go to, El Abuelo Gerardo, located a couple blocks back of the main square. Mostly locals go there. It was $52 for the four of us. This included 3 bottles of water, 8 or 9 beers, a huge combination platter, 2 plates of quesadillas, and all the chips and salsa we wanted. Truly amazing as always. We had to go back to the ship all too soon. PROGRESO Time in Port 7:00am-3:00pm We had a wonderful time in Progreso. Despite Greg Kneale's assertion that there is "absolutely nothing to do there." What was supposed to be the worst port turned out to be the best. We got off the ship around 9:30 and took the bus into town. We shopped for a while, finding prices to be substantially lower than Cozumel. Lisa got a hammock for $15. Dresses were half the price of those in Cozumel. We then made our way to the beach. The beach was prettier than I thought it would be. When you first walked into the water, it was a little squishy between the toes. No worse than a lake in the Northeast though. It got better if you walked farther out. No waves. Very calm and relaxing. There are palapas, chairs and loungers at no charge. The sky was blue and it was very hot! After spending a little time on the beach, my husband and I decided to walk along the waterfront and see what kind of bars there were. For anybody that wants to have a great time, I recommend you go to a place called Altamar Beach Club & Restaurant. There was a 3-man band playing all sorts of songs, from The Doors, to Elvis and Mariah Carey. We were the only customers there at first. After we bought a couple beers, we were served chips and salsa. We always think the more, the merrier, so my husband bought some beers for some other people that had dropped in. Eventually, we were joined by Lisa and Marc, as well as others drawn in by the music. I don't think that Progreso had seen cruise ship passengers like us before. We were dancing and having the time of our lives. We were kept in constant supply of chips and salsa at no charge. I saw some people had ordered meals, but I was too busy having fun to look at a menu. I told the waiters that I would recommend their place on the internet, and I hope that by writing this review that they will receive additional business. The hospitality was evident and if you really want to have a party, grab some of your friends and don't miss this place. After 3 hours, we were still not ready to leave, and just made the last bus back to the ship. DEBARKATION Excellent. We had early flight tags and were off the ship and on our shuttle by 8:30. By 9:30 we were at the airport. They were checking the colored deck tags closely to make sure you were actually eligible for the early debarkation. Additionally, if you need to hire a shuttle service, I highly recommend Basikshuttle. They were excellent. An interesting side note about reporting for immigration: There are now signs around the ship stating that there will be a $250 fine/charge for not reporting in a timely manner. If they actually enforce this, it is a great service to everyone. SUMMARY We loved our vacation on the Carnival Glory. The port of call schedule was exhausting, as you had to be up very early in the morning for Belize, Cozumel, and Progreso. We thought the service on the ship was the best we have ever experienced. Thank you Carnival for giving us a wonderful vacation!!!! If you would like to see the enhanced review with photos, please visit: http://www.angelfire.com/cantina/thomasina

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Aug 29, 2003

Western Caribbean

My wife and I have been on 8 cruises and the last 6 with Carnival. We always considered cruising a great value. We have been on almost every size and class of ships that Carnival uses. The last new ship we were on was the Pride and we were very impressed with it. It was about a week old and it exceeded all our expectations. The Glory was about a month and a half old when we cruised it. The last ship for us before the Glory was the Holiday,

which is one of their oldest boats, but we found it very nice. Although the Holiday lacks some of the space and features of the bigger boats, the service, food and facility on the Holiday were great and very much up to par with the other boats.We left from Port Canaveral. It has a nice terminal and other than a little confused and time-consuming parking situation, it was pleasant. We have cruised from there before and there was a lot of construction going on then, but most of that has been finished and other than the method of parking and getting back to the terminal, it went pretty well. (It took the person driving about 30 minutes to get from the area where we unloaded the bags to the parking area and back.) We have never flown into Orlando and shuttled to the port, so I don't know how well that works.Getting on the ship was routine. It took about 45 minutes from unloading our baggage to we were ready to get on the ship. We were at the port about 11:30 and were easily on the ship by 12:30 having lunch. We were in a 6a room with a window. The 6a rooms on the Glory are bigger than the 4a's. On most Carnival ships they are the same size and you have to decide if the window is worth the extra money, but with the extra size, we were pleased we decided to go with a 6a. The 6a rooms have a couch and room enough to walk all the way around the bed when it is set up as a king size. Another nice change is they make the bed as a king with king sheets and bedspread instead of just pushing them together. The room in general was very comfortable for 2 people. We were in an 11a suite on the Sensation a couple years ago and this room was as large as that (but didn't have a balcony). It was difficult to see out the window because of some glue or damage (we guess was left from construction). The maintenance staff couldn’t fix it. They told us the ship was built in Italy (instead Finland like some of the others) and the quality was not as good. You had to find a place to look out that was clear enough to see. The layout of the ship was nice and was different from other ships but it had a lot of the same features. Some improvements on the deck areas help when it is windy. They have added some glass walls to break the wind and a moving cover for one of the pools for rainy or cold days. The deck lounge chairs are staged in levels and they have added some nice rocking, swivel chairs for when you don’t want to recline. They moved the pool slide from the pool itself, so it doesn’t take up a pool to use it. It ends next to a pool instead of in one. It seemed to work well. The service did not, at all, come up to our previous experiences. We found a lot of the crew from uninterested to somewhat rude. There were, of course, exceptions in the way of wonderful friendly crew people, but we are more accustomed to most of the crew being that way and they were not on this boat. Again, except for a few really nice exceptions, the crew rarely greeted you or was not as friendly as we are accustomed to from Carnival. Interestingly, while walking to our room there was a room steward who always made an effort to greet us and was very friendly, she just happens to be about 100 rooms from ours. We are used to Carnival crew people, bartenders, housekeepers, maintenance workers, social hosts, officers, etc. acting as though it's a pleasure for you to be there. This was not the case of the great majority of crew on this boat. It showed in most areas of the service and detail. Please understand our assessment is not based on some arrogant high browed attitude. We are quite normal professional people from Alabama. Our assessment is based solely on the comparison of 5 previous Carnival cruises in the last 3 and ½ years. A few of their new things really didn't go well. They have made a lot of the breakfast and lunch dining time in the dining room open seating. This expanded the dining time available, but that is the only positive. You go in and they seat you wherever and it does not go well from there. The service is poor by whatever wait staff is there and the food was worse. It was like they didn't have to be responsible, so tough. You would have thought the food was cooked days before. One day I ordered a cheeseburger at lunch. The bun and meat and the fries were hard as a rock, the meat was badly overcooked and it and the fries were cold as a refrigerator. No one could have served that and not known, but we never experienced much of anyone in the dining room area that appeared to care. It appears Carnival must want to go to cafeteria style dining totally, because they have eliminated the service and the product. We tried the opening seating breakfast twice and the lunch once and gave up. Luckily you could leave there and go to the Lido deck and get good food. We did that all three times. Amazingly the food in the Lido deck area (which is cafeteria style) was really exceptionally good. There is not much service involved there, but the fare was excellent. They have arranged the seating on the Lido deck restaurant a little different from some other boats and it feels really tight getting round. The seats are rather large and the bus person's areas really get in the way when you try to get to tables, but the food was varied, plentiful and always good. The view from the Lido restaurant (call the Red Sail Restaurant) was exceptional. This boat is 2 stories taller than most and the view is really something. They still have the great 24 hours a day pizza on the outside deck.The entertainment on board was really good. The lounge band was Music Society from the Philippines. They play everything from the 50’s to the 90’s and do it well. We had seen them previously and they are truly exceptional. The male and female singer in the main showroom (Amber Palace) were also the best we have every seen. The second major show (Thursday night) was truly awesome. There is also a really good magic and illusion show (different from most you have ever seen) that is also very good.One of our major complaints was cigarette smoke. You could smell it in your room, in the hall, in the dining room, everywhere. In the area where there was smoking allowed, it was even more awful. The area where formal pictures were taken was the promenade area. The smoke was so heavy there at night: your clothes reeked afterward, not to mention your sinuses. The elevator waiting areas were like being in a fog. It appears that the restrictions on smoking are more stringent most places in life, but this boat was the worst by far of any we have been on. You could not get from one place to another without encountering really strong smoke. The main lobby area (where the Purser’s office and Tour Desk are) was always full of smoke.The ports of call were great. Belize is not a busy port and the boat does not dock, you have to tender, but the tenders are fast, courteous and a lot of fun. The area is somewhat poor, but the people are very gracious and happy to have you there. The restrooms at the Belize dock were clean and perfect (this is not something you see a lot in the islands and Mexico). We did a tour of a Mayan sight called Altun Ha and then a river tour on the Belize River. At the dock for the river tour there was a small open air restaurant that served a local lunch for $5 and bottle Cokes for $1. Really friendly. We really enjoyed Belize. Cozumel is always great. We snorkeled at the National park and the snorkeling is always perfect in Cozumel. There were 5 cruise ships in Cozumel that day, but they are well equipped to handle it and did.Progreso is really fascinating. The pier extends 6 miles out into the ocean. It is something to see. We took a guided tour of Merida, the capital city, about 25 miles away. Rich and full of history, it was an exceptional tour. Our guide was named Fernando and our bus driver was named Fernando and both were exceptional. Getting off the ship went pretty smooth and we were on our way by about 10 a.m. All in all the trip was good, but the ship did not begin to live up to our previous Carnival cruises. I am not sure if Carnival has changed its attitude, its marketing plan, or they have expanded too quickly. Someone greatly missed it putting this group together on the Glory. There were numerous things like dozens and dozens of light bulbs out everywhere, the deck areas, steps, and the lounges. You would have thought the boat was 20 years old. Some elevators did not work. There was a sewer smell that appeared randomly throughout the ship, in your room, in the hall, the restaurants. The cigarette smoke apparently circulates in their system unlike any ship we have ever been on. It smelled stale some of the time and other times you would think you were in a crowed bar full of smokers. They made one of the main lounges smoke free, but as soon as you stepped out the door, there were dozens of people smoking in a small area beside the door and you had no way to exit otherwise. The crew appeared de-moralized. It is unlike any Carnival experience we have ever had. The crew and their attitude have always been one of the attractions for us to a Carnival ship. It has always been a very positive experience. Now days you get used to the lack of service and poor attitude at a lot of food places and departments stores. One of the real attractions for us has always been the reverse of that while cruising. We have never had anything but wonderful on a Carnival Ship. It is hard not to have a good time with people with you that you love, great ports of call, the ocean, snorkeling in the clearest water you have ever seen, wonderful history and culture and so much more. This morning, after just returning yesterday from this cruise, my wife was planning with family and friends, our return to St Thomas and the Virgin Islands, but we will, after 6 Carnival cruises and not considering another, be doing it on another cruise line. Somehow, somewhere, sadly, on this ship, Carnival has lost it, and I think they don't know. Sadly for us we have lost something we treasured: The feeling that we could, at any time, get on any Carnival ship going anywhere or recommend our friends to go and know it would be consistently wonderful, ever if we didn’t get off the ship at any port of call. The ports, the friends and the marvelous Caribbean made this trip wonderful. The Carnival Glory relegated itself to being just another average and necessary form of transportation. What a horrible loss.

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Aug 7, 2003

Western Caribbean

This was an awesome cruise! pros- 1. excellent food 2. awesome service 3. beautiful decor 4. plenty of activities 5. 4 pools 6. a huge waterslide 7. 24 hour ice cream and pizza 8. lots of smoothies 9. large casino 10. lots of entertainment (i only went dancing, not to the shows) Cons- 1. the fact

that i was sick and had to stay in the cabin for a while 2. the food service was a lil bit slow at times I recommend this ship for large families or groups, although we had a room key mix up cuz they automatically put an adult in every room, but we wanted to put us kids with each other and the adults wee in seperate rooms (we had 2 families), so we had to trade room keys, but that wasnt too bad.  

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Jul 13, 2003

Costa Maya Mexico

This was the inaugural voyage of the Carnival Glory and the seventh cruise for my wife and myself, our third with Carnival. I have never had reason to write a cruise review in the past, but given our overall poor experience I wanted to warn others who may waste their time and money cruising on this ship. We arrived at Port Canaveral at 12:30 pm. After dropping off our luggage, we were directed to another terminal for parking. It took

35 minutes to reach the parking lot and another 25 minutes to return via bus. This was ridiculous considering there was adequate parking directly across from the embarkation terminal. It took another 1-1/2 hours to check in and board the ship. The mandatory lifeboat drill lasted twice as long as any other we've experienced. This was a five day cruise and not once did we meet our cabin steward. On all previous cruises, our steward introduced himself/herself upon our arrival and remained visible throughout the cruise. We had a stateroom with a balcony on upper deck six. Unfortunately, this was immediately above the Kaleidoscope Bar. Sound-proofing between decks must be virtually non-existent as we were kept awake by piano music until the wee hours of every morning. We attended seated dining in the Platinum Restaurant on the first evening of the cruise. The service was poor and the food was not up to par. We previously cruised on the Carnival Pride and the food and service on that ship was excellent. The remaining evenings we dined at the Red Sail buffet on the Lido Deck as the food quality was much better. After dinner, we visited the White Heat Dance Club. We were unable to enjoy the evening because the ship's air conditioning malfunctioned and the room temperature quickly soared above 95 degrees. Carnival cruises are notorious for excessive public address announcements which are nothing more than sales pitches for shore excursions and other money making sidelines. This cruise was no exception. Our cruise director's name was Willy Banger, which I thought was a crude joke, but after consulting the daily bulletin, Carnival Capers, it was determined that was his real name. He had an annoying voice and was the culprit behind the numerous announcements. As a pleasant surprise, we did enjoy the ports of call. There were only two as this was a five day cruise. This was our third trip to Cozumel and our first to Costa Maya. The jungle beach excursion was excellent. Disembarkation was rough. Different areas of the ship were color coded and you were released according to your assigned color. However, Carnival decided to try something new. If you kept all of your luggage and carried it off yourself, you would able to leave first. This only added to the confusion. We did not choose that option, but rather had to locate our luggage in the terminal and board a bus destined for the off-site parking lot. This added an hour to the process.

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Jan 3, 2003

Western Caribbean

We are writing this from the perspective of a first time cruiser. We are not ‘seasoned’ travelers and have been to very few exotic places. Our normal vacation is to Disneyland, a condo at the coast or around the northwest USA, camping with the family etc. We have been to Hawaii, and France and some travels around the US. We are non-smokers, non-drinkers, non-gamblers and generally not party animals and we are apprehensive about being

assigned to dine with people we don’t know. So why a cruise? We do enjoy trying something different and new so my wife and I decided that we wanted to give it a shot and see if we liked it. We really had no idea if it would suit us or not as it seems that most cruise ships seem to center around the casinos and bars. We chose this specific cruise mainly because it went to Progreso so we could tour Chichen-Itza, the mayan ruins. The secondary reason for choosing this ship was that it was big. We thought that if the ship was big enough there would be plenty of things going on, even for boring people like us. I did a lot of internet research on this cruise, the ship, ports of call, excursions, read all the reviews and talked to several of our friends that have gone on cruises just to make sure we would not be disappointed or set our expectations higher than we should. We are fairly laid back type of people and make an effort not to let little annoyances upset us and we just go with the flow and enjoy our vacation. If you read on you will find that everything did not go perfectly for us on this cruise. With all that having been said. . . We had a wonderful time on this cruise and are already looking forward to another one. It was a fantastic experience and very relaxing. The biggest problem that we had was trying to figure what to do next, lay out on the deck, relax on our balcony, watch people, enjoy one of the activities going around on the ship or, of course, eat something. I have no problem recommending a cruise to my friends. Booking We booked our cruise directly with Carnival. I don’t know if that is a good deal or not. The price they gave us was comparable to the ‘discount’ places we looked at. Jeff was our cruise planner and did us well. We wanted a room with a balcony because we figured that if we decided we did not like cruises, we didn’t want it to be because of the room. We are glad we did. When we go again we will get a room with a balcony if at all possible. Although we did not spend a lot of time there, we enjoyed having a fairly private place to sit and relax that did not have a lot of people walking about. Jeff also found a cabin on the side of the ship that would generally face the land so we could relax on the balcony and enjoy the view. You don’t see a lot of land but when traveling along a coastline it was nice to see the lights etc. Jeff also suggested that we book the later seating for dinner. His thought was that if you go on an excursion you will want to have time to get back on the ship, clean up and relax a little before going to dinner. We normally don’t eat that late but we took him up on is suggestion. We are glad that we did as we never felt hurried to get ready for dinner and enjoyed the relaxing time. So kudos to Jeff for his suggestions. Since we are from the northwest US, you cannot get a same day flight to Orlando in time to get on the ship, so Carnival will fly you in the night before and put you up in a Hotel at no extra cost. The only complaint I had about booking the cruise was that we planned on spending a few days in Orlando after the cruise. Carnival charges you $50 each ($100 per couple) to arrange for a different flight, in or out, than what is part of the cruise package and you have to arrange it with a different group than the vacation planner. We were told that they would send us a bill for the charge. They didn’t. Maybe I should have arranged transportation myself. The additional cost actually delayed out boarding of the ship because it was mishandled by Carnival. (See embarkation) Embarkation If you fill out the ‘Funpass’ form online you are put into the express lane. But if everyone fills out the ‘Funpass’ form then there is no express lane, if you know what I mean. Embarkation was very well organized but there is a line so be prepared and have a good attitude. I have stood in longer lines at Disneyland waiting to go on a 3 minute ride. Here I was going on a 7 day ride that included fun, food and stateroom service. Waiting in line was not a problem with us. However when we got to the desk to have our documents checked we got some hmmmms and squints then a representative asked us to follow them to another area. The $100 that we owed for the flight schedule change showed up and they wanted us to pay for that first. They seemed relieved when I told them that I had expected that to show up as some time during the cruise and that was no problem. They then could not find the credit card reader. Apparently they are not accustomed to taking these types of payments at embarkation. We weren’t even the least bit upset about these things as this is fairly typical for us when we travel. Very few things go smoothly. The people handling these situations were very nice and apologized for the delay. It was probably just over an hour to get everything straightened out. The bonus was that we did not have to stand in line again to pickup our stateroom keys. Because of the delay they went and picked them up for us. Room and first evening We got to our room and checked it out. It seemed larger than I had expected, certainly plenty big for our needs. Since we were there before out luggage we decided to explore the ship. Maybe find some of that food they we heard was always around. We found a buffet on the Lido Deck. It took us a few minutes to realize that we did not have to wait to be seated, we don’t need to tell anyone we are there, we just needed to go get some food, find a table and set down and eat. When you are done, leave the table and it will be taken care of. It was great! We made our way back to our room the long way as we were getting to know the ship. When we got there all but one piece of luggage was there. We unpacked everything to make our home for the next 7 nights. The evacuation drill is as advertised, but they have to do it. After the drill we found that our last piece of luggage showed up so we put that away. Soon after the drill the ship left port. It was so smooth we didn’t know it was moving. I looked out of the balcony and we were under way. We went out on the balcony and watched as we sailed out of port, waved to some fisherman, and watch some dolphins play in the wake. A pretty exciting time for us. You can order your excursion tickets from your room TV. Since we knew for sure we wanted to go to Chichen-Itza we thought we would try and get out tickets from our room TV. We got to the place to acknowledge the sail and sign account and it told us our request was denied. Thus we nice trip to the Pursers desk to see what is going on. Pursers The pursers were very helpful and nice. I have no complaint about the level of service we got there. It’s a longer story then this, but the basic problem was that the card was denied so we couldn’t make charges to it. They gave us a phone to use at no cost to call and see what we going on. Of course it was Saturday so I couldn’t resolve this issue until the following Monday. But we brought a second credit cards and some cash, just in case, so we would be fine until we got the problem solved on Monday. It turns out a typo on the credit card information caused it to be denied. I don’t know if it was us or them that entered it incorrectly but I was disappointed that we were not contacted about the problem. We had to just find it out. Just a good idea to double check this type of stuff before it becomes a problem. Stateroom Service The room steward introduced himself as soon as we saw him. He was fantastic. He kept our room cleaned up twice a day. Once in the morning and once when we were at dinner. This kept us with clean towels and a fresh room all the time. We enjoyed the towel critters that we would find on our bed at night. When ever we asked for something he would get to it right away and with a smile. Some reviews indicate that they were unhappy with how they were treated by the ships staff. We didn’t feel that way at all. Most of the ships staff was friendly and cordial. Maybe after I have gone on a couple of more cruises, that might change. I hope not. Dining Eating on the ship can be a constant thing. We tried to get a feel for all of the dining experiences we could by trying every thing on ship, from Room Service to every eating venue there was except for the dining club that had an extra cost of $25 per/person. Those that we talked to had a mixed report on the dining club, no negative reports, just whether or not it was worth the added cost. We enjoyed everything we tried and have no serious complaints about the food for any of the meals. We always ate in the dining room for dinner. Our waiters were fabulous and learned out eating habits pretty quick and adjusted our place setting accordingly. For instance we don’t drink coffee and the next night they did not put coffee cups at our seats. After a couple of nights the main waiter would guess what we wanted for dessert and he was accurate about 80% of the time. It didn’t take us too long to realize that if you are having a hard time choosing between a couple of items on the menu, just order both of them. We started to do that with the appetizers, main courses and desserts. I would rank the food at a 4 out of 5. The Maitre d came to the table every dinner and checked on us and was a lot of fun. We even enjoyed the people assigned to our table and became cruise friends. We enjoyed all the eating venues and got no bad food. I will make only one exception: The ice cream was more like ice milk. It was not creamy at all, whether it came from the soft serve machines or scooped up at dinner. That just left us with more room for other desserts. My wife notes that some of the desserts look better than they taste, so try a couple of them when you get them from the buffets. Shows We enjoyed most of the shows. The Satuday comedian (I don’t remember names) was hilarious and kept us laughing the whole time. The Sunday Singer was good but most of his songs started to sound the same after a while. The “Livin’ In America” show was flashy but didn’t have the flare it could have had. The female dancers had Vegas style clothes on. But you couldn’t see anything you couldn’t see out around the pool any given day. The magic show got canceled because the magician couldn’t make it out of the eastern US so they brought the comedian that was there for the Adult only comedy shows on. He wasn’t so hot, he kept it ‘family friendly’.. The talent show is kind of what you would expect. There is some very good talent on ship and the ‘Bedtime Story’ is worth staying for. (It is not as impromptu as they say but is a lot of fun to watch) Based on the “Livin’ in America’ show we almost didn’t go to the 2nd show with the Carnival dancers later that week that was based on Broadway music. The Cruise Director also hyped the ‘scantily’ clad men too much for this show indicating that the men were more scantily clad than the women. We are not interested in the ‘Adult’ style entertainment shows so we almost didn’t go. We ended up going late and wished we had gone earlier to see the entire show. The part about the men was a very quick flash and all key areas were covered but left to the imagination for those who care to imagine that. We thought it was a much better show. The Friday night show was a bomb with 2 comedians that really didn’t do well. The first one referenced a seriously ill person (nigh unto death that had to be emergency evacuated from the ship). Most of us thought it was in very poor taste and kind of set a bad tone for the rest of the program. We should have packed our things instead. Not much happens around the ship Friday night. Pictures There were Carnival people all over the place taking your picture. We didn’t feel that they were imposing. Every time you got off the ship they were there to take your pictures. If you don’t want too then just say no. Every night there are several temporary photo stations set up around the ship to have your picture taken with a backdrop or the stairs or somewhere. On formal nights there were more of them. It doesn’t cost anything to have your pictures taken but it does cost if you want to purchase them. On the first formal night we had our pictures taken at almost all of the stations (about 8 of them). The next day you will see your pictures in the photo gallery. If you are sure you don’t want some of them you can take them from the wall and discard them in the bins they have available. We didn’t expect to purchase any but there were a couple of them that were very well done. The cost was $19.99 for the 8x10. Dancing/Bars etc We found that even though we don’t frequent bars and the like, there was plenty for us to do. The bars that we went to to dance were pretty well ventilated and smoke was not a big problem. Don’t get me wrong you could smell the smoke but it wasn’t strong and the smell did not overtake our clothes. When the smoke got too much we just left. The bars we went to for dancing were the White Heat Disco. The first while we were there they played a lot of HipHop and Rap but later played Motown music. Watch the Carnival Capers for the disco specials (Women’s night, Motown hour, etc) We had a blast there. The Ebony Cabaret is a non-smoking bar and they had a live band there almost every night. There were not a lot of people there usually but we would get up and dance anyway. One night they had the ship band playing big band music in the Amber Palace (The main show theater) and invited people to come up on stage and dance. No one was so we did. We had a great time and got a great applause by the audience. (They were either drunk or blind as we are not good dancers) But it was good times. We also went to the Blue Bar and enjoyed watching karaoke. We had never done karaoke before and we almost picked out a number to do but chickened out. One night they had the karaoke in the Ebony Cabaret (The non-smoking bar). Ship movement The ship swayed more than I expected it to. We had no problem with it and thought it was kind of fun. We didn’t hear of anyone getting sea sick or anything. I don’t know if this is normal or if we just had rougher seas than usual. Ports of Call and Excursions On-Ship travel and shopping talks We found that these talks were very helpful. If you are not familiar with the area they cover the ports of call, describe the excursions etc. You can ask questions if you want. We found the info there was better than at the excursions desk. The shopping talks were OK but mostly centered around jewelry. But they do give some good tips and suggestions Key West – We took the catamaran and snorkel tour. This could have been great but the seas were rough so when we got to the reef the sand was all churned up and there was nothing to see. We were in the water with 4’-6’ swells and even waves as they broke over the reef. However the catamaran crew was very professional and nice. There were a couple of people who got sea sick as the catamaran was being tossed around by the swells and waves. Mother Nature was not on our side this trip as you will see later. The excursion ended early enough so you could do about an hour of shopping downtown. We got the mandatory Key Lime Pie and did some shopping before returning to the ship. Belize – The ship anchors several miles from land and there are a bunch of boats that come out and take you back and forth to the land. Belize City is not much to look at in our opinion. We took the cave tubing excursion. This was well worth it. The cave wasn’t really much to look at but the experience was fun. We kind of lagged behind everyone and one of the tour guides came and got us moving along. When we exited the cave it started to rain one of those tropical down pours. What wasn’t wet from tubing was wet when the rain stopped. We all had a great laugh and thought that it was great fun to experience that. The food at the Cheers restaurant was good: chicken, rice and beans, coleslaw and lemonade. We shopped a little at the tourist village at the dock before returning to the ship. It was here we learned why they page people just before leaving port. They are calling for those who left the ship but did not return. In this case they had paged 4 people. I looked out from the balcony and noticed that the ship was turning around but the gangway was still out. I looked up and saw a boat racing out towards the ship and hooked up while the ship was turning and 4 people got off the boat to the ship. Keep that in mind. The ship will leave without you if you are not on board. Cozumel – Since our snorkeling at Key West didn’t turn out too well, we decided to snorkel at Cozumel. We went to the 2 hour snorkel as we wanted to do some shopping there and you are only in port for a few hours. The snorkeling was good. At least we could see something. Several people got jellyfish stings. They felt like little tiny pricks. They didn’t amount to much and only lasted for a short time, but they were ready with stuff to put on them that took the sting away. I used a one time use underwater camera and those seemed to work fine for this as well as taking one with us on cave tubing. We then went into town and had lunch (on our own) and did some shopping. There are so many things to do at this port it is difficult to choose what to do. It took us longer to get back on the ship than any other time. I think it is because everyone was waiting until the last minute to get back on. Progreso – Well here is were the story gets sad. This port was cancelled due to high winds. The winds were blowing at 30 knots and the port authority closes the pier at 25 knots so the ship had no choice. Unfortunately this was the only port I really cared about ‘cause I wanted to see the Chichen-Itza. That was not to be. I was really bummed for a couple of hours then decided that no one is going to feel sorry for me. Certainly no one back at home. The Cruise Director and the Captain decided that they would head to Freeport, The Bahamas as an alternate port. We wouldn’t get there until the next day so Thursday was our second ‘Fun Day at Sea’. We figured that sounded OK to us and decided that we would just go and sit on the beach for a few hours and relax when we got to Freeport. We were supposed to make Freeport at about 2pm and stay there until 8pm. Friday morning after getting up. We got a second announcement that we would no longer be going to Freeport. A younger woman had become seriously ill and the ship doctor was concerned that she might die. The captain chose to divert the ship to Key West to give this woman the best chance he could. As a result there was no longer time to make it to FreePort. We were all bummed again. I am not complaining at all. Most of the people on the ship applauded the captain’s decision as did we. The ship did refund us each $25 on our sail and sign card, which was a nice gesture. I bring this up mainly to show that you are not guaranteed the expected itinerary. Even this did not ruin our vacation. We understood the circumstances and keep a good attitude, a little bummed but hey it wasn’t work. Debarkation No body enjoys getting off the ship. Just be prepared to hurry up and wait. The process was smooth and we had no problems. We set out luggage out the night before and took the bus back to the airport. There may be a faster way, but we just took it easy and followed the instructions and relaxed in the Red Sail restaurant until our deck was called. After all we had more vacation to go. General/Misc • Don’t use the elevators, they are excruciatingly slow! We decided that we were not going to use the elevators. We would need the exercise anyway. And used the stairs everywhere we went • Remember decks 3 (Lobby) and 4 (Atlantic) do pass through the ship end to end. (at least the inside) This is helpful when trying to find your way to the dinning rooms. • The Red Sail Restaurant tends to seem crowded during peak eating times. Keep in mind that it has two levels. You can go upstairs and there are a lot fewer people up there. That is also were the Fish and Chips place is that a lot of people had a problem finding. • Although you have to pay for pop, other beverages such as water, juice, lemonade, milk, chocolate milk are always available. If you want milk for lunch or dinner you just need to ask for it and they will get it for you, even at the buffets. • Be sure to allow time to get off and on the ship when you look at your port planning. They want you back to the ship ½ hour before leaving this effectively shortens your port time. • If you are looking to find problems with the cruise, you will find plenty of things. I think a lot is in the attitude. • There is no hurry to make it to dinner. There is no reason to hurry up and get there early for best seating. You have assigned seating. You don’t want to be late but showing a couple of minutes after seating time can keep you from standing around in the crowd. We would go listen to the karaoke in the Bar Blue while everyone else stood in line to get into the Platinum Dining room. Pet Peeves People who complained about the ships itinerary. I heard several people complain that we should have spent more time here or there, or why did we have to stop at that port. People do your research! The ship did exactly as advertised, except for the diversions due to wind. If you don’t want to stop a specific port or you want to stay longer at a port, choose a different ship or itinerary. Don’t get on the ship then complain about where it is going. People who smoked in the corridors and near the elevators. All corridors and elevators are no smoking areas. I had no problem with the smoke in the casino and bars or even outside. But the corridor and elevator areas are not as well ventilated so the smoke hangs around.

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Nov 30, -0001

Eastern Caribbean

My aunt and I boarded the Carnival Glory with great excitement. We chose to take a cruise because we would get the experience of being on a ship of fun, as well as getting to travel to three different destinations on our way. The price of the cruise was unbeatable! We each paid under $500 for the initial cruise (of course our tab ended up higher after excursions, drinks, and such) and we definitely felt we got our money's worth. The experience

was great (first time for both of us) and we met some wonderful people. It's definitely something that everyone should try at least once in your life. We met many people on there who loved Carnival so much, they were on their 24th cruise!! I must say that I did do some research before our trip and had heard that the food was not the greatest, so my expectations were not high. The reviews were true to some extent. The lido deck had fair food, but the desserts were horrible. I guess that's a good thing for me, since I am a dessert lover and would have eaten as much as possible had they been good. There is a 24 hr pizza place and deli, however, both were less than desirable. We tried both a couple of different times, but just found no taste in either. We are not hoitey toitey food critics, either, just your regular joe's. The dining room meals, though, made up for the lack of quality food in the other areas. Night after night, we had amazing appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We even started going to the dining room for breakfast and lunch and were also impressed. Our server was AMAZING and it was just a pleasant experience overall. You can order as many plates of each course as you'd like if you are still hungry or just want to try some different foods. There is also the Emerald dining room which has an even better, more ritzy selection. There is a charge of $30, but from what we heard, it was worth it. We opted not to go there, because we felt the formal dining room was fine for us and figured we could use the $30 elsewhere. Our stateroom was very small and cozy. We had 3 large suitcases as well as carry-on's and all fit just fine. There were three closets and several drawers and we had more than enough room. Our stateroom had one twin bed and one couch that could be converted into a bed. Both were very comfortable. It was a perfect little room (bathroom is very small, but just fine) and just great for 2 of us. It was cleaned daily (a few times) and was just really nice to come home to everyday. There was something going on all the time! From the casino, to shopping, to Bingo, to team challenges, to entertainment- something was set from 7 am- 12 am. And then there were the shore excursions. If you chose not to go on an excursion, then there was still plenty to do on the ship. It was very well thought out and planned. We visited Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We were only in Nassau from 8am-2pm and we chose to do the Atlantis excursion. We paid $109 each to get a shuttle there and swim in the pools for 4 hours. We both felt that it was not worth the money. I saw people purchasing bracelets there, and taxi's were about $5 per way, so I think it may have been much cheaper just to go on our own. The resort was absolutely gorgeous, but I think that it would have been much nicer just to tour Nassau ourselves for the short time we were there. We did get to do about an hour's worth of shopping- which went by quicky. St. Thomas was beautiful and we did an island tour and shopping excursion for $37. This was worth it. Our tour guide was wonderful and we stopped in different spots for photos and shopping. He brought us to town at the end for 2 hours of shopping. After the 2 hour limit, people could choose to ride back to the ship area with him or continue shopping on their own. We chose to shop, as we were in St. Thomas for a much longer period. The cost of a ride back was only $4 and was very simple to find. St. Maarten was my least favorite visit of the excursions. We chose another tour, but this one was not like the other at all. We were on large tour buses for about 3 hours listening to the history of the island and seeing everything from the window. The island seemed dirty and clustered and was just not as beautiful as the other destinations. We went into the main town after our tour and did some shopping. There were hundreds of little shops, but most were jewelry stores. If you're looking for more than jewelry, then St. Thomas would be your best bet for shopping. The ratio was probably 2:10 for regular shops mixed in with the jewelry stores. Not a lot of variety after a few shops, but interesting nonetheless. The overall trip was wonderful! A few tips to consider that might be helpful if you go: 1. The spa is nice, but not worth the money. A facial was $169 and then they try to sell you products that they think you need. Between a facial and a pedicure (and two products that they felt I needed that I fell into), I spent about $400. Totally not worth it, and it makes your final bill seem that much higher. 2. Don't buy Internet time on the ship. There is an Internet cafe, but it was ridiculously expensive. It was $50 for 55 minutes, or $.75 per minute. We waited until we hit the shore and found internet cafes very easily. We saved a great deal of money, as the Internet cafes on the island only charged $.10 a minute, some even less. 3. If you like to drink, keep an eye on your tab. Alcoholic drinks on the ship range from $6 on up. We each had only 3 drinks and it cost us about $25 a piece. I'm sure for people who drink more than we do, tabs add up quickly. Also, if you're a soda drinker, you must purchase a soda card for $37 to drink any. I'd insist that if you think you may want soda, you'd better buy that card on the first day. It covers the week. I thought I could live on the lemonade, tea, water that is free, but on the eve of the second day, I decided Diet Coke was worth my $. It cost me no less than had I purchased the card the first day- so get your money's worth and buy it as soon as you get on board. 4. Don't buy jewelry in the first store you see. There are so many shops, that if you're considering spending a hunk of money on a good piece of jewelry, check them all out before you make your decision. Some have much better deals- so it's worth your time and patience. 5. Enjoy yourself! The staff on the Carnival Glory were amazing. They were always pleasant and polite, and would pamper you all the time. If you're not used to being pampered, then it can be hard to get used to it, but it is definitely nice. I think the staff were the best part of the trip, as they all worked their hardest to make everyone's vacation a carefree and memorable one. This trip was really wonderful and my Aunt and I had an amazing time. There's so much to do (or not do, it's your choice!) and it was a great break for both of us. I would definitely recommend this line to anyone- as when the price is right, it's just unbeatable!

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Nov 30, -0001

NOT FOUND

Carnival Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean Susan O'Neil Just returned from the 6/25/05 Eastern Caribbean sailing of the Carnival Glory out of Port Canaveral. A group of 20 of us sailed together and all had a wonderful time. Our group ranged in age from 1 year to 67 years young. Our 1 year old (my niece) was catered to at every turn. Too young for Camp Carnival, the staff none the less gave her and her parents plenty of special attention,

especially in the dining room where a bowl of apple sauce and a plate of strawberries awaited her each evening at dinner. Our two 7-year olds (my duaghter and niece) adored Camp Carnival. Our nine year old (my nephew) attended some Camp Carnival events, and was very comfortable exploring the ship with his older cousin (my 13 year old daughter). I can not say enough about getting involved in the activities. Several members of our group won cash playing Bingo. Our kids won the Glory Treasure Hunt. We entered the ship building contest (we did not win but the family that did built an awesome replica of the Glory out of milk cartons). My nephew and youngest daughter won the ice-cream eating contests for there age groups, and our two families pooled to win the family scavenger hunt. The 18-year old son of friends traveling with us won one of the slot tournaments. First time gamblers luck we told him. Embarkation: We flew into Orlando the day before. On Saturday morning we took Carnivals bus transport from the airport to Port Canaveral. We were at the pier and through the Funpass line, with our Sail and Sign Cards by 11:00 am. At noon boarding began and we were among the first 25 or so parties on board. Straight to the Red Sail for lunch and then out by the pool. Luggage was present and accounted for before dinner. In Nassau we did the Dolphin Encounter at the Blue Lagoon. A very cool experience. In St. Thomas we took Godfrey's Island Tour and went swimming at Coki Beach. In St. Maarten some of us shopped and others went for more swimming and snorkeling. Debarkation: Sad but painless. We were off the ship and through customs by 9:00 am. Basically 7 days to the minute of the previous Saturday when we boarded the bus to Port Canaveral. Service aboard ship was excellent. Our dining staff were wonderful. Both were so friendly, we felt we left friends behind when the week was over. Our cabin steward was also excellent. Our room (Lido deck, balcony) was always neat as a pin when we returned from breakfast, and the sheets turned down and towel animals present after dinner. The Lido deck location was perfect, just down the hall from the pools and the Red Sail Restaurant. We will definitely sail Carnival again!!!

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Nov 30, -0001

Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Glory 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Joe Weaver I just returned from my first cruise and stumbled across this website. I read several of the reviews posted by other sailors and am really surprised by their negativity. My cruise couldn't have been better. Before I touch on my experience I want to comment on the negative remarks made by other people. One of the most common complaints was about the lines people had to stand in if

they wanted to eat the buffet. I am a sailor in the United States Navy and have to stand in line every time I want to eat, I am not afforded the opportunity of a "seating time" for any meal. You are on a ship of 3,000+ people and should expect to stand in lines from time to time. When was the last time you went to a restaurant and had to wait 20 minutes to be seated? The line for the buffet was no longer than 5 minutes at any time of the day. Another thing that surprised me was people complaining about the port visit changes due to in climate weather. Carnival Cruise Lines has a lot of money, but not all the money in the world can change the weather. They did however change the port visits, which is no easy task. The Captain has to go through a lot of work to schedule a port visit, plot a course to get there, and make sure port fees are paid and immigration/customs procedures are executed properly. If a ship has to cancel a port due to weather you should be elated that the Captain was able to get you another port visit. Not that one is even necessary, I had the majority of my fun on the ship! The port visits... Nassau was wonderful, the people were great. St. Thomas was a disappointment because it was kind of run-down. It is definitely a poor island and the United States isn't doing a good job of keeping it maintained as a tourist attraction. St. Martin is beautiful, well kept, and very friendly. It was by far my favorite port visit during my cruise. The ship... My room was presentable and well kept by my steward. He even put a towel animal that he made on my bed every night. And yes, it was a different animal every night. :) There were mints placed on my bed when he came in to turn down my bed. The room was impeccable. A hotel couldn't have been better. The food on board the ship was nothing short of phenomenal! Each dinner was well prepared, cooked as ordered, presented like a meal prepared by a professional chef, and delivered by the best waiter I have ever had. My waiter was Lucas (from Colombia) and he was absolutely awesome! He was the best waiter I have ever had, and I have been to 5 star restaurants. I got his e-mail address and plan on keeping in touch with him. He was a great guy. There was always something to do. Every night a ship's newspaper 'Carnival Capers' was placed on my bed and had a schedule of the next days events. Everything was well planned and very organized. There was always something to do. I stayed busy and had the best vacation ever onboard the Glory. There are several bars, a Casino, restaurants, arcade, pools, there is just too much to list. I didn't take my children on this cruise but I could have and never had to worry about them. Carnival does an awesome job of taking care of your kids while you are away enjoying yourself. They have a teen dance club, a kids karaoke room, a play room, arcade, and several events for the kids to participate in. I have been to 30+ countries, traveled around the world, and lived in Hawaii for 3 years. This was by far the best vacation experience I have ever had. I will DEFINITELY travel with Carnival again. I will no doubt be taking another cruise next year, maybe even a short one this year if I can afford it. I wouldn't mind going on a 3 day cruise that doesn't even hit any ports. The ships are just so much fun! The drinks made at the bars were better than any you will get at a night club back home. The bartenders are by no means stingy with the liquor! They mix the drinks and they are never watered down. I did not hear one person complain about a drink. The casino dealers are even friendly. I have been to Vegas and if you sit down at a table and don't know how to play they will rudely kick you off the table. If you are a novice gambler this is the casino for you. The dealers are friendly and help you learn how to play the game to make sure you have a good time. I guess I would have to say the best part of my cruise was the people I met. I met so many people from around the country and know them by their names. I was kinda sad to leave because I had met so many new friends. It got to the point that no matter where I went on the ship I saw someone I knew by name. I even knew most of the crew members by name and they knew me by name as well. It felt so good to see a crew member and them know me by name. I could sit down at the bar and any one of them would know me by name. In fact my room steward said, "Welcome aboard Carnival Glory Mr. Weaver" when I first went to my room, and my waiter at my dinner table knew me by name when I arrived for my first meal. They actually took the time to memorize my name before I arrived to my room and dinner table. It was just a great experience and the crew really made me feel at home. As far as complaints... I have none. Actually there is one... I wish it didn't have to end after 7 days. I could live on that ship! Thank you Carnival, you provided me with the best vacation experience of my life!

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Nov 30, -0001

Eastern Caribbean

We upgraded to a suite a couple of weeks before the cruise, so arrival and embarkation at the pier were quite nice. For those not in the know, traveling in a suite entitles you to VIP check-in. Once we arrived at the pier, we were escorted to a private office and although there was a short wait, we were not made to stand in line. While we waited for an available agent to check us in, we sat on a comfortable couch away from the crowds. After check-in

we were kept separate from the masses with other VIP guests and we were escorted on the ship before everyone else. Once we were able to get to the room, that is when the disappointments began. The room steward introduced himself, as usual, and we requested the twin beds be converted to a queen. Although this is a common request, the steward actually asked if he could do this the next night, because he was "busy." The cruise was Saturday through Saturday, however, it was not until Thursday that we got a "pillow menu" that we were told was part of the suite experience. We had to request a 2nd bath robe because only one was present. The door closer to the bathroom broke and it took three days of complaining to the steward AND to the pursers desk before it was addressed. The first night I went to use the mini-bar, I noticed things were not getting cold and much to my surprise I found a half drank can of Orange juice from the previous guest. The steward actually told me the mini-fridge was more of a cooler and that I should not expect it to get cold. Strangely, once the seal was replaced on the fridge, things miraculously got cold. We made several trips to the purser's desk to complain about the service from the cabin steward, which only resulted in him confronting us about our valid complaints. On Thursday of the cruise, his manager came to the room and apologized for his service, but still nothing improved. Our dining experience was no better, we were often left at the table with empty glasses (of water) or we were made to wait an inordinate amount of time (based on our past cruises). The server seemed rushed and inattentive at best. I can honestly say the food on this cruise was by far the worst I have experienced. Items were routinely cold and the variety was rather limited. Even based on the three prior Carnival cruises, this was an overall disappointment. The stateroom itself was very nicely appointed. We had hardwood floors in the foyer, a separate dressing room, a large bathroom with a whirlpool tub and double vanity sink. The extra large balcony was a nice touch, also. Having upgraded to a suite, I am a bit spoiled now and can't imagine booking anything less than that on future cruises (which won't be on Carnival). We did the cycling class in the gym, which was fun but grueling. Other than the gym, we really did not partake of any of the shows, simply because if you've seen one you've seem them all. In Nassau we did the deep water dolphin encounter at Atlantis which was worth every penny. Be advised, though, that the photos are NOT cheap. The cheapest package of photos with the CD containing your photos is $150. I didn't so much mind the price as I minded not being made aware in advance of the cost. I can only wonder how many folks who weren't expecting this added expense, left without their photos. On the advise of a friend who used to live in St. Thomas, we took a taxi to Red Hook and then a ferry to St. John and then another taxi to Trunk Bay. Of all of our travels in the Caribbean, and we've been to a lot of islands, this was our favorite. It was so peaceful, unspoiled and simply beautiful. There is usually a $4 fee to enter the park, but due to high surf it was not charged during our visit. The snorkeling trail was closed as result of the surf, also. In St. Maarten we visited Orient Beach which is among my favorites, also. We were able to open a bar tab on the beach and just relax. The waves were perfect for body surfing here, although I got sunburnt pretty bad. This is a topless / clothing optional beach, so be advised. The people of St. Maarten are among the nicest I have experienced in my travels, it's no wonder it's known as the friendly isle. While overall the experience on the Carnival Glory was disappointing, the ports themselves were quite nice. Given their seeming resistance to address the issues which occurred during this cruise, we have decided that going forward we will no longer travel on Carnival Cruise Lines. We have done two previous cruises on Royal Caribbean (Alaska and Bahamas) and the services on Royal Caribbean far surpasses what one can expect on Carnival. As a veteran of the armed service, I get a discount on Carnival (not on Royal), but I would much rather pay a few hundred dollars more to have a better experience.

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Nov 30, -0001

Western Caribbean

Nice vacation. Carnival is a fun tour. The food is the major downside to the whole thing. The staff is overworked, leaving them not as pleasant as they could be. Not thier fault, though. Carnival needs to take better care of thier staff. Main dining was good, great presentation, excellent wait staff. Buffett could be better, much better. Larger interior stateroom on 7th deck, than I would have expected. Loved Susana, our steward. They

were ok. Fun contests to watch. Belize: Jungle Canopy Tour...despite Belize City looking like a 3rd world country, the Jungle Canopy Tour is TOP NOTCH! Best equipment. The entire crew of the excursion takes great care of you in the adventure. Costa Maya: In downtown places to eat: El Capitan Mono, see Ernesto. Great Place. La Posada is awesome too. Costa Maya is a very small and very freindly port. Not a ton to do, but the scuba, snorkeling and other water sports are good. Roger, a bus guide, is a great help!! Cozumel: stay away from the buggy's. Great people, bad equipment. Take the same tour on a jeep!

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Nov 30, -0001

Western Carribean

We had a really good trip. It worked out to be somewhat inexpensive (after casino winnings!). My top advice is to 1)stay away from the meat in the dining room and the caesar salad 2) get a balcony if you can!! 3) take part in all the on board activities that you can - esp the group activities on the lido deck 4) get off the ship in the safer ports and just find something there, no need to book thru the ship unless you will feel unsafe and 5) DONT

MISS THE BOAT!!! There were several people left at each port - probably a good idea to bring a watch to keep on "ship time" the cell phone time switches from country to country and almost always is different from "ship time"!!! HAVE FUN!! The food was not as good as previous Carnival Cruises I have taken, especially in the dining room. The first night I got steak and it was awful! I moved on to the pastas as the week went on and they were very very good. We did eat in the red sail one night and that was quite good. Fish and chips was not great, as others had described but that could just be me. Stay away from the caeser salad in the dining room. One of our cruise friends actually got sick from it! Stateroom was great, as was the service. We stayed on the lido deck - which had a balcony and was in a great location. Lido is where a lot of the deck activities are, as well as a few poolside bars and most of the restaurants. It was nice to be able to get up and take a 1 minute walk and get whatever you want in the morning. Def do a balcony if you can. It was a great place to relax and not feel guilty for not being outside in the sun! Onboard activities were outstanding!! I am going to give a lot of detail here because I thought they were so great. On one of our first days at sea, they did a Hairy Chest Competition, which was a riot! There were about 5 men of all ages who volunteered for this. It really had nothing to do with a hairy chest. They had the guys go up a flight of stairs on the deck and dance down the stairs to fun songs. Each man did a different move to get applause from the huge deck audience. The things these guys came up with were great - from sliding down the stair rail to rubbing their beer guts. Everyone is in a great mood (or had a few drink specials) and everyone gets into this. There is no such thing as embarassement during this activity! On another day at sea, they organized a bar crawl type activity and we were all on different teams. We went to the Disco and got into a circle and had to do our signature dance moves in the middle of a circle, which was a riot. Then in the live music bar, the cruise director taught us all different dance moves that he described with everyday activities - such as wash the dog (having us rub our hands in the air) and shop at walmart (grabbing imaginary items off a shelf). The group really got into it! Then we moved on to the casino bar for competition. This was the best! Crowds were forming that were not even involved and were bent over in laughter. One of the activities had volunteers put a quarter in between squeezed bum cheeks and try to drop it into a cup about 10 feet away. Just imagine watching these brave souls walking with tiny steps not to drop the quarter - hahhahaha! I also took part in trivia - pretty good, and cocktail making - very fun and a small group. Take part in all you can - it really is funny because people do not care what they act like - after all, we are ALL on vacation!!! Dont feel pressured to book things from the ship!!! It is just as easy and somewhat less expensive if you do it on your own when you get off the ship. The one exception was in the more poor ports. You dont want to put yourself in a dangerous situation. We did a ship excursion in Belize - went to the Mayan ruins and a city tour. I could have done without the city tour but the ruins were a great find. I heard that people that did the cave tubing LOVED it. In the other ports we just got off the ship and did whatever grabbed us. It was better for us because you could think about the options and prices when you got off the boat. In Costa Maya - my favorite stop - we just took a cab to the downtown beach area. We walked down the strip and all of the bars were offering specials that included a beach chair and bathroom facilities and open bar, food, etc. (we got ours for $25!! all day!!) We actully could look at all the places and compare them and their locations to decide what to do. We decided on a place known as the swing bar, where - obviously - rather than having bar stools, they had swings. The people were so nice and it was clean and comfortable. There was also a lot of massages offered. I got one for $20 bucks!!! For an HOUR! You really cannot beat that! However...there was a BIG line at the excursions desk the day after the bahamas. There were a lot of angry people complaining because they were promised a certain number of hours on an excursion to the Atlantis. We had a bit of delay getting to port (wont get into that here, not the fault of cruise) so people understood losing a bit of time but they really got screwed. They paid $85 for a day at the beach there and only ended up with 2-3 hours because the bus that was supposed to pick them up was over an hour LATE! We went to the atlantis on our own and got there quite quickly. We didnt do the beach because it was $60 and we werent going to be there long but I felt really bad for the other people. Dont eat at Altantis!!! We didn't have breakfast so got 2 slices of pizza, 1 soda and 1 beer and it was $24!! And that was the cheapest we could find!

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Nov 30, -0001

Eastern Caribbean

My husband and I are veteran cruisers with Princess and Royal Caribbean. This was our first (and LAST) Carnival cruise. Our family booked for a Christmas cruise and two of our family had cruised Carnival on a 14-day Panama Canal cruise and enjoyed it alot so we went with Carnival. Embarkation was very well organized and went quickly as we had VIP status since some of us were in suites. They also let the other members of our party embark with us

even though they did not have the VIP stamp which was very nice. We understood there would be alot of families so we were not surprised at the number of kids on the cruise (1,000 of the 3,000 passengers) though we were very disappointed in Carnival's false advertising of "adults only" areas. One evening about 9:00 my husband and I decided to go to the "adults only" jacuzzi and found a Camp Carnival Marco Polo game of teenage boys in the adjoining pool and the jacuzzi was filled with teenage girls. We asked the Camp Carnival person on-site why they were there as it was "adults only" and her only response was that they would be done in 20 minutes. The same area during the day was packed with kids, and when we asked again we were brushed off saying that Carnival is a family cruise line. I have to say the majority of the staff were wonderful, they tried their best to make our cruise a great experience. Two worlds - The Emerald Supper Club was in one word - Fantastic! We ate there two nights and the food and service were impeccable. Definitely worth the $30. Don't miss the chocolate tarte dessert!! The food on the rest of the ship - one word - inedible. My son who is in the Air Force said the food at basic training was better. The Red Sail buffet was just awful, salads were wilted, their "international" side had food I had never heard of nor did it look appetizing enough to even try, the "American" side was unimaginative and unless you are a fan of roast beef or ham there was never anything else of any substance. The fish and chips upstairs was good but as others have said on this board unless you know it is there you would never find it. The "oriental" side was okay, though again not very imaginative. The "deli" line was always long and the sandwiches were not worth the wait, the grilled cheese from room service was better. The pizza was on par with frozen pizza, and the hamburgers and hot dogs never looked appetizing enough to try, gray is not a color I like to associate with my food. Never did get a chance to try the Sushi bar as it never seemed to be open. The food in the main dining room was terrible. Not one night did any of us take more than a couple of bites of the entrees. Standard menu items, which are usually good on any ship, were gross, the steak so tough it could not be eaten. Christmas dinner was turkey that tasted like it had been sitting on the ship since Thanksgiving. Our waiter, Glenn, and his assistant were very attentive and did a great job. It was very confusing the way the service went, house wine orders were taken by the waiter, mixed drink orders were taken by another person and if you ordered a wine off the wine list you had to wait for the wine steward. It made for a very confusing start to dinner each night and we were usually one of the last out of the dining room since it took so long to get all our orders done. It seemed to be very hard on the waitstaff too as they were constantly looking for the right person for us to order from. One good item on the dining menu was the Chocolate Melting Cake, or maybe I was just still really hungry when it came time for dessert. Room Service was hit and miss, we ordered the same thing every morning for breakfast and not once did we get it as ordered. I think it would have helped alot to have someone with a little better grasp of English taking the Room Service orders. The staff who delivered the orders were always great and did their best to make the orders right. We had a penthouse suite and the room was very nice overall, though not as nice as the higher-end suites on our past cruises. I know Carnival prides itself on it's kaleidoscope decor but in the suites it really just came off as tacky. We had a very nice balcony with two chairs but unfortunately they did not recline so we could not even enjoy the quiet of our balcony to sunbathe and not fight the crowds saving chairs on deck. I would also recommend Carnival go to the non-metal chairs they have on Princess as they don't make enough noise to raise the dead when you move them on your balcony. We had a nice jacuzzi tub/shower combo but when my husband went to use the jacuzzi jets nasty brown oily residue filled the tub. We called housekeeping and they sent up a plumber who told my husband it was "rust" in the lines, we tried to convince him it was an oily substance but again the language barrier was a problem. We left for dinner and when we returned the tub was cleaned but we never tried the jacuzzi again. It looked to be suntan oil or some other oils that were used in the bath and it was obvious to us that the jets were not run and sanitized between guests - yuck. Our room steward kept the room clean but was non-existent the rest of the time even if we called her on the phone. Some of our other family had a suite two doors down and their room steward actually ended up taking care of things for us. After about the 4th day our assistant room steward picked up the slack and he did a wonderful job. Our room steward magically appeared on the last day, you don't think she was looking for an extra tip, do you? She didn't get one but her assistant did. Another false advertising note - we spoke directly with Carnival before we left to ask if we received free laundry and dry cleaning since we were in a penthouse suite (saves on some of the packing) and were told yes we did. After asking our room steward for 4 days for a laundry and dry cleaning bag (not sure why they don't leave them in the rooms) we were given a price list to fill out, we questioned her and she said it was not free. When we contacted the purser's desk we were told it is only free for passengers who have cruised 10+ times with Carnival. On both Princess and Royal Caribbean it is free for the higher suite passengers. We were able to access the internet from our room which was convenient (for a fee, again, internet is free for suite passengers on other lines). Another note on "free" stuff. They are very quick to let you know that you can use your cell phones at sea - what they don't make clear at all is that international roaming charges apply. I feel very sorry for the parents of all the kids roaming around the ship on their cell phones when they get their bills this month. I wonder what kickback Carnival gets from the cell phone providers... Highlight of the trip was Gayla in the Cinna-bar piano bar. She is amazing and had everyone involved singing and dancing everynight. Spa was very nice, though the Camp Carnival area is directly overhead, not very conducive to relaxation. Not the spa's fault, just bad planning on the ship designer's part. Comedian and magician were so bad we walked out. Rock and Roll production was very good, lots of good songs and well performed. Smoke was pretty heavy at alot of the bars, even the outside ones, especially around the pool and the entrance to the Red Sail restaurant. Casino was very smoky. The pool areas are very small, as are the pools themselves. It gets crowded very fast as the main pool area is the only one with music. Chairs are saved with towels all day long. There are areas to find a chair but away from the pools. One great activity they have but they don't advertise as well as they should is the Walk for the Cure. You can donate $10 to the Susan G. Koman foundation on your sailaway card and you receive a T-Shirt and bracelet and you walk a mile on the upper track with the group. It was a fun activity for a good cause and I hope the other cruise lines pick up on the idea. We didn't take any ship excursions. In Nassau we took the water taxi to Atlantis. One note, the water taxi was fun but where they drop you off is at least a mile walk (uphill) to the resort, so if you have members of your party, like we did, who have a hard time walking you are better off taking a ground taxi, as we did on the way back to the ship. Atlantis is a sight to see, the aquarium is worth the admission, I think it was $35, but they wanted $125 for the water slides, a bit steep, especially since we were not in Nassau that long. St. Thomas was beautiful, though much more roadside trash than we remembered from the past. We took an open-air taxi (an experience!) to the beach. We originally thought we would go to Coki Beach as we had been there 4 years ago but it had changed alot and was very crowded so we went on to Sapphire Beach where we had been 17 years ago. It was very nice with snorkel and chair rentals and had an outside cooking area where we bought cheeseburgers and hotdogs that were much better than the ship. The snorkeling was very nice with lots of fish and sea creatures. In St. Maarten we walked into town and had a nice day on the beach. Where the water taxis dock there are vendors renting chairs and umbrellas along the beach. We rented 2 chairs and an umbrella at water's edge with a bucket of 5 beers for $15. Shopping in St. Maarten, especially at the central market is very nice. We then took the water taxi back to the ship, they are very well organized at this port. We had a nice trip visiting with our family but we definitely could have enjoyed it more if we were not aboard the Glory. Everything about the ship just left you wanting. For just a few dollars more we would definitely recommend a Princess or Royal Caribbean cruise. There were some highlights: embarkation, Emerald Supper Club, Dora at the Colors Bar in the Atrium, Gayla at the Cinna-bar piano, Glenn our waiter and disembarkation which was done very well, it is nice to be able to stay in your stateroom until you are called. But there were so may lowlights in comparison. One last note on travel - Carnival made our flight arrangements and they obviously went for the cheapest flights, we had to leave out of Raleigh, NC at 6:00am on Friday morning, connect through Charlotte, a 25 minute flight with an hour layover and arrived in Orlando at 9:00am. Thankfully the Marriott at the airport where they had our reservations for Friday night was not full and they allowed us to check in early. The Marriott was very nice and their shuttle service was great, we had to return to the airport on Saturday morning to board the bus for transfer to Port Canaveral. The bus to and from the ship was very well organized.

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