Carnival Cruises: Sailing on the Carnival Glory
My name is Melody and I have a serious love for cruising. For this cruise, I chose the Western Caribbean on the Carnival Glory for my daughter, Peyton, and I as my first Florida resident discounted cruise. The price was right and the fabulous ports included: Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Cozumel, Mexico; and Belize City, Belize. If I recall correctly, our price was $399 each (tips not included) for this seven-day sailing.
First Things First
It has been several years since I have cruised with Carnival Cruises and it was not my go-to choice for cruise lines. However, the length of days for the price and itinerary were my deciding factors.
On the day of check-in after dropping our things in our stateroom, Peyton and I headed out for lunch. Carnival has paired with Food Network Star Guy Fieri to create ‘Guy’s Burger Joint’ restaurant located on the Lido decks of their ships. This may be one of the best decisions ever for a cruise line! The service, the food, and the perfect portions were cleverly thought out. The menu offers five choices of burgers (one even made with a woven bacon patty on top) and they are served with hand cut fries. A toppings bar allows you to dress your burger as you choose with tasty fixings like sautéed mushrooms, onions, and chipotle mayo. Even though the food was prepared fresh, there was practically no waiting in line. The food was delicious!
Carnival’s Food Choices
Carnival’s main buffet did not offer many food varieties that appealed to us, but there were some good side dishes. The buffet also had baked potatoes and a plentiful salad bar daily. Peyton and I ate Sunday brunch in the Platinum Dining Room, which was a real treat. I had the Huevos Rancheros and cheesy grits. They were both noteworthy If you are an iced tea drinker, make sure to have it in the dining rooms, as it is better than the tea served elsewhere.
A second yummy breakfast and lunch option was the Blue Iguana Cantina. At this restaurant, you select your protein, type of tortilla shell, and all the other add-ins and they do the rest. Of course, it included your favorite Mexican staples such as tomatoes, rice, black beans, refried beans, queso cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. At breakfast, Blue Iguana Cantina whips up eggs, turkey bacon, and potatoes, as well as a scrumptious breakfast tostada. That was my daily dish after discovering it. The fixings bar for the cantina is different than Guy Fieri’s as it has a wide variety of salsas, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, and more. Make sure to try the watermelon jicama salsa; delicious!
Things to Do on the Ship
Trivia was generally held at a small bar on the Carnival Glory beside the casino, which I felt was a perfect, centralized location. Peyton and I participated in the following trivia: general, 70’s music trivia, name-the-song, super trivia, and history. Needless to say, she and I brought home seven plastic ship on a stick awards. Go us! #winning.
Other fun things to do on on the ship are: visiting the EA Sports Bar, Dive-In Movies, Camel Club Casino, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Hasbro, the Game Show, Twister Waterslide, Karaoke, and the Serenity Adults Only Retreat, which offers the BEST hot tubs on the boat. My visit to the spa was, as always with Carnival cruises, spectacular!
If you need to purchase Wi-Fi for your cruise, there are several options. We chose 240-minutes for $89.
Our stateroom for the week was typical for an inside cabin, but the Carnival Glory had the most comfortable beds I have ever experienced on a cruise! This is over 40 in number so a big achievement. We had plenty of storage from drawers to a full closet for hanging our clothes and another cabinet with shelves. A third closet held our suitcases. Carnival should rethink the bedside tables that have a lamp built in the middle, which leaves basically no room for any books or electronic devices.
A Fun and Affordable Cruise
Peyton and I had a blast on our Carnival Cruise to the Western Caribbean. I give a big thumbs up for Carnival for doing a great job and making me a believer in them once again. We always had plenty to do, great food options, relaxing spots to sit and read a book, and all the excitement we could wish for. The fellow passengers (mostly Australian on this particular cruise) were great fun to sail with and we made many new friendships, one of the perks of cruising.
Who can resist a week of being pampered, waking up in a new location each day, and having as much or as little to do at your fingertips 24/7? I love cruising!
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FYI: Carnival Corporation owns many cruise line brands: AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Holland America, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Seabourn Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, and my favorite, Princess Cruises. Statistics say that in 2011, Carnival Corporation controlled 49.2% of the total worldwide cruise market. How is that for staying power?