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Carnival Glory Review

Insider Take

Overview

Conquest-class ship of 110,000-tons. Funship 2.0 upgrades on board; Guy's Burgers, Redfrog Pub, Punchliners comedy, EA Sports Bar.

Best For People Who Want

Exciting and ritzy nightlife; numerous singles; alternative dining venues; one of the largest ships in the Carnival fleet; spacious cabins for three and four passengers; cabins with balconies; excellent fitness and spa facilities; high-energy atmosphere with varied daytime activities, including abundant children's programs.

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

An elegant, quiet and relaxing cruise; private areas away from the public, especially children.

Onboard Experience

Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, and Carnival Liberty are the big sisters of Carnival's Destiny class. Glory weighs over 110,000 tons. Expanded children's facilities, comprising a separate children's pool, a mini-movie theatre, and an indoor playground, account for some of the extra footage on the ship, as does the trendy supper club "The Point", serving gourmet cuisine, and the best U.S.D.A. prime beef.

There are 22 bars and lounges throughout the 13 passenger decks. Other amenities include an Internet cafe, four swimming pools, and a 15,000-square-foot health club. The ship has no lack of entertainment of all varieties, featuring the Cinn-A-Bar sing-along piano bar and White Heat disco, along with gorgeous production shows and side-splitting comics in the main theater called Amber Palace.

Public Rooms

As the atrium is the unifying aspect of the ship's design, it receives the title name for the ship's theme; Colors. A custom designed light projection apparatus, described as a digital kaleidoscope, projects beams of various constantly moving color designs onto the giant wall behind the atrium bar. In the center is a small stage for non-imposing background music; behind the musicians glass elevators rise to the top deck. These elevators are the best way to view the digital light effects. The "Promenade" on Deck 5 includes the Burgundy Bar (wine bar), a kid's area called Ultraviolets, The Camel Club Casino, The Cinn-A-Bar sing-along piano bar, The Blue Bar for combo music and the White Heat disco. The ship's secondary showroom at the stern, is the Ebony Cabaret, where entertainment varies between a live 4-piece band playing Beatles tunes and late-night "blue" comedy.

On the opposite end of Glory is the three-deck high Amber Palace inspired by Catherine the Great's legendary Amber Room; aim for the lower balcony seats, a little off-center, for the best view. Hidden on Deck 4 is the Ivory Club, a cigar bar which features jazz music and dancing before dinner. For sports fanatics, there is a Sports Bar with satellite ESPN on seven large-screen televisions, in addition to video poker machines built into the bar.

Other diversions include the small Black & White Library open for several hours each day and various boutiques selling a wide range of duty-free jewelry, perfume, and alcohol along with the usual cruise items.

Cuisine

Glory offers attractive breakfast and lunch buffets, including an excellent salad bar and made-to-order dishes. For those with a sophisticated palate, the new menus feature chateaubriand, rack of lamb, and lobster, along with chocolate desserts. On the other end of the scale, delicious pizza and Caesar salad are available 24 hours a day. Delightful specialties can be found near the Prometheus Lido including the Sur Mer seafood station and an Asian food station that regularly rotates its dishes. There's a complimentary sushi bar on the Promenade Deck in the evenings, and vegetarian and low-salt items on every menu and at all stations.

Entertainment

The main theater, the Amber Room, presents outstanding production shows featuring beautiful costumes and Vegas-quality light shows, but even the smaller venues have great acts and music, particularly the sing-along Lindy Hop piano bar. There is a Caribbean band on the pool deck. More interactive activities include numerous bingo games, ballroom dancing, karaoke, and "game show mania".

Attire

Casual wear is standard during the day. For the two formal nights, men can rent a tuxedo, though most men opt for dark suits. The ship has men's and women's accessories available to rent for these formal nights. No jeans in the dining room ever, no shorts after dark.

Decor

Carnival's ship designer, the renowned Joe Farcus, chose "color" as the theme for Glory. Each of the public rooms has a different hue as its base, which makes the entire ship a tribute to Roy G. Biv, also known as the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). Rooms are generally named after colors and the resulting theme is based on something each color commonly represents. It's an amusing theme that you will be reminded of consistently as you journey through the ship.

Restaurants

Carnival's Total Choice Dining provides for four seating times for a table in the main dining rooms at 5:45 or 6:15 pm and 8 or 8:30 pm. Of the two main dining rooms, the Platinum Restaurant, located aft, is framed by three walls of windows so it boasts better views. The Golden Restaurant is located mid-ships with windows only on two sides. The best tables are on the balcony, the middle lower section being a bit noisy. The friendly atmosphere is encouraged by the tables seating between four and six people, although there are quite a few tables for only two diners.

The sunny and spacious Grand Buffet restaurant, which features amazing views of the sea, offers breakfast and lunch buffets. Alternatively, you can enjoy a meal served alfresco poolside in the Azure Lido area just behind the Grand Buffet. For those who prefer to dine when the mood strikes them, this poolside Lido restaurants offer buffet dinner between 6:00 and 9:00 pm without reservations. Breakfast is also available in the Platinum dining room. For those looking for a quick snack, the hamburger and hot dog stand, located in the Azure Lido near the stern pool, serves food throughout the afternoon. There are self-serve frozen yogurt and ice cream machines, and multiple lemonade, coffee, and iced tea stations. The Glory's pizzeria has a great variety of pizza types on offer in addition to Caesar salad, both served 24 hours a day. There is also a deli for lighter lunch choices. The room service menu features sandwiches, desserts and breakfast fare.

The Cafe; known as Creams on the Promenade Deck serves delectable sweets and a range of coffees. The Sushi Salmon Bar, adjacent to the JavaCafe; is open evenings only and serves sushi.

For a cover charge of $25, guests can sample fine wines and dine on the excellent menu choices at Emerald Room Supper Club. There is a small combo playing behind a tiny dance floor, which proves to be ample for those couples obviously celebrating a special date together.

Service

The staff on Glory is prompt, well-organized, and prone to showing off, as when balancing trays on their heads while serving dessert. The maitre'd makes a point of learning the names of all couples celebrating an anniversary.

Tipping

All Carnival cruises have a $10.00 per person per day (excluding children under two years of age) gratuity comprising $5.50 for the Dining Room service, $3.60 for the stateroom steward, and $.90 for the alternative dining rooms. This charge can be either automatically added to the Sail & Sign card or it can be prepaid (prepayment is mandatory on the Cruises-to-Nowhere). The purser's desk can decrease or increase this amount throughout the cruise. Tip room service, the maitre d', casino, spa, or other staff as you deem fit. The bar and beverage tabs all include a 15 percent gratuity to the bill.

Cabins

While the decor in the cabins is somewhat reserved, they are some of the largest available on any cruise ship, and many are fitted with lovely private balconies. The suites and ocean view staterooms come with complimentary bathrobes and a mini bar. The cabins located on the outside are 220 sq. feet and include a coffee table and plush leather sofa. The inside cabins are 195 sq. feet in area and are great for families or large groups of singles due to their pull-down berths that provide extra sleeping space. Families might prefer the 230 sq. feet cabins located next to the children's center. All the large bathrooms include a shower (the suites are the only cabins with tubs), basket of toiletries, and hair dryer. The cabins come standard with a color TV that includes ESPN, CNN, and movies. There is plentiful storage space, with three closets and a several drawers. Cabins for those of special needs are available.

Fitness/Spa

The gym's 15,000sq. feet is full of treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, rowing and hydraulic weight machines, and of course free weights. The strategically placed equipment allows you to enjoy the lovely panoramic views offered by the floor-to-ceiling windows. For runners, a lap on the jogging deck, which surrounds the smokestack, is equivalent to 1/11 of a mile.




Ship Overview

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

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

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

The world's largest cruise line—and one of the most widely recognized—originated its "Fun Ship" concept in 1972 and has been launching party-packed superliners with signature red funnels ever since. The line's ever-growing fleet features entertainment and activities designed for passengers of all ages, from game shows and lip sync competitions to twisting waterslides and mini golf. These ships are a reliable choice for families as well as young singles and couples who want a vacation that won’t break the bank.

Nearly all onboard dining options are included in the fare, as are comedy and production shows, children’s programs, and use of state-of-the-art fitness centers. With some of the most comfortable accommodations at sea, large new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern, while older vessels are updated with popular features, such as the poolside BlueIguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina, the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, and Guy’s Burger Joint, created with Food Network star Guy Fieri.

What You Should Know

Pros

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

Cons

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

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 28, 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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