The second ship in Carnival's Conquest Class, 2,980-passenger, 110,000-ton Carnival Glory is a colorful ship in more ways than one. With each public room celebrating a different shade of color, this ship takes the "rainbow connection" to a whole new level.
Onboard Carnival Glory, passengers will find a lively "let's do it all" atmosphere. The ship offers a variety of bars and lounges, plenty of entertainment options and a head-spinning array of activities, from Bingo to karaoke and hairy chest competitions. Laugh at comedians, dance to music played by D.J. Irie-trained mixmasters, or be wowed by short, high-energy Playlist Productions song-and-dance shows with dizzying special effects. Themed bars, like the sing-along piano bar and the cocktail-focused Alchemy Bar, are great places to linger over drinks. The constant announcements remind passengers of most of the daily activities, or you can pore over the overly complicated daily newsletters.
Carnival Glory won't always wow you with its food, but it won't disappoint either. The options are solid, and -- unlike many of the ships in its competitors' fleets -- most are included in the cruise fares, like the burger joint by celebrity chef Guy Fieri and the poolside burrito and taco bar.
Families flock to Glory's easy Caribbean itineraries, and the ship's kids club has options for babies, kids and teens. The separate teen and tween hangouts are along heavily trafficked thoroughfares, and we always saw a crowd inside.
The ship's layout is pretty easy to master, with most entertainment and dining zones on decks 3 through 5 and then on decks 9 and up. Just be careful when navigating decks 3 and 4; the midship restaurants and galley make it impossible to cross from the forward theater to the aft dining room without going up to Deck 5. As for crowding, congestion occurs at the buffet during peak hours, particularly on sea days; on formal nights, lines form for photos along Kaleidoscope Boulevard (the main Deck 5 entertainment strip). And yet there are offbeat, out-of-the-way spots -- like the Ivory Club -- that offer chances to escape from crowds.
Overall, Carnival Glory's biggest strength is its appeal to a wide variety of travelers, from families and groups to couples, and to travelers on any budget.
Carnival Glory offers a modest range of categories from insides to suites. Decor-wise, insides, outsides and balconies feature Carnival's somewhat outdated peach-and-orange palette. (A few cabins offer a more modern palette with light woods and blue carpeting and highlights.) You won't find crazy over-the-top suites or spa-themed staterooms, but you will find comparatively spacious standard cabins.
Twin beds, which can be pushed together to form a king, are outfitted with soft linens and duvets. Two bedside tables have small lamps on top and storage space below; bring your own alarm clock. Some cabins sleep four, either with a pullout sofa and upper pulldown bunks or, in inside cabins, two pulldown upper berths. Only the Captain's Suites can sleep five.
Insides come with chairs; all others have seating areas with sofas and coffee tables. Standard rooms each feature desk/vanity areas with several drawers and shelf space, a stool, a safe (locked by swiping a credit card, which somewhat defeats the purpose) and weak hair dryer. By the desk is one 110V and one 220V outlet. (An outlet for razors only is in the bathroom.) There are no outlets by the beds. All cabins have minibars filled with soda, beer and liquor, and you'll find a large bottle of water on the desk. (All cost extra to drink.) The flat-screen TVs have an interactive section with pay-per-view movies, shore excursion booking, dining menus and a review of your Sail & Sign onboard account. The regular TV channels include different complimentary movies each day (a regular and a family film -- check your daily newsletter), along with port and shopping information, reruns of onboard shows, ship cams, a map and satellite broadcasts of standard channels like CNN, Fox News, NBC and the Cartoon Network.
The three-section wardrobe has two hanging sections and one with shelving. Hangers are the annoying "anti-theft" kind, but if you ask your cabin steward for extras, he'll bring you regular hangers to use. Bathrobes are available in all cabins for complimentary use. Two large hooks in the living area are useful for hanging jackets and hats; the cabin walls are magnetic, and we had no trouble sticking magnetic hooks and clips on them to keep clutter at bay.
Bathrooms stock limited toiletries. In the shower (tubs found only in suites), shampoo and shower gel dispensers are kept full. Bar soap is also provided, but there are no other toiletries, so you'll need to pack your own. Bathrooms have plenty of shelf space, though the shower itself only has a tiny soap dish and a retractable clothesline. It also has a curtain that did not give us any trouble.
Interior: Inside cabins are 185 square feet; most have twin beds that convert to kings, though Category 1A has one twin and one upper bunk. Insides have smaller desks than other cabins and no couches.
Oceanview: Most oceanview cabins measure 220 square feet apiece and feature a window, porthole or obstructed-view window, depending on category. Scenic Oceanviews are 230 square feet, and Scenic Grand Oceanviews are 320 square feet. These cabins are done in Carnival's newer color scheme of light wood with blue and yellow accents and feature slanted floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the ship for panoramic views.
Balcony: Balcony cabins are 185 square feet (Spa Deck cabins, 195 square feet) with 35-square-foot balconies equipped with two plastic mesh and metal chairs and a metal drinks table. Aft cabins have extended balconies of 60 square feet, and premium cabins have 75-square-foot verandahs. Balconies are accessed through regular (rather than sliding) doors that come with childproof locks. The railings are made of clear, solid plexiglass.
Minisuite: Junior Suites are 275 square feet with 50-square-foot balconies. They are larger versions of a balcony cabin with a walk-in closet and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. They are eligible for suite perks like priority check-in, tendering and debarkation.
Suite: The three main types of suites are Captains' Suites, Grand Suites and Ocean Suites. Suite passengers have access to early embarkation, priority tendering and debarkation, and a special line at the guest services desk. Suites are either on Deck 7 or Deck 9.
Ocean Suites are 275 square feet with 65-square-foot balconies. Grand Suites are 345 square feet with 85-square-foot balconies, and they can sleep four. These two types of suites are not true suites, as the living and sleeping areas are in the same room, but they are more spacious than regular balcony cabins. All suites have expanded sitting areas with couches and chairs, walk-in closets and whirlpool tubs in the bathrooms.
Captain's Suites are 548 square feet with 258-square-foot balconies and can sleep five. Each has a separate living area with an L-shaped pullout couch and armchair, pulldown bed, flat-screen TV and minibar tucked into a corner, as well as a bedroom with an oversized desk/vanity, a picture window and a second TV. The balcony entrance is through the living room, and it's furnished with two mesh-and-metal lounge chairs with a drinks table and four upright chairs with a second small table. The suite has two bathrooms -- one with a shower and the master with a tub-shower combo and double sinks.
Unlike other cruise lines, Carnival keeps the majority of its food venues complimentary; on Glory, you have several solid options, including the main dining rooms, buffet, room service, burgers, pizza and Mexican. We found the food to be yummy, but nothing that would have you raving to friends and family. This isn't the ship for foodies looking for trendy, gourmet cuisine. You will, however, be able to find plenty of satisfying choices at all meals.
Golden and Platinum Restaurants (Deck 3 and 4, midship and aft): The two-level Japanese-temple-inspired Platinum and Golden dining rooms, with cherry blossom decor, are Glory's main restaurants. Dinner can be taken either in traditional assigned seating at two times (6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.) or on a flexible basis, via Carnival's "Your Time Dining" program. With the flexible option, passengers can have dinner in their assigned dining room anytime they like between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (times may vary). Dining assignments, which you select before the cruise, are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you have your heart set on one or the other, consider booking earlier rather than later.
The dinner menus change nightly and are either considered American Table (familiar, regional American specialties) or American Feast (reimagined classics for formal nights). In truth, both offer starters (appetizers, soups and salads), entrees (including a vegetarian and an Indian dish each night), always-available selections from the grill (including grilled chicken, fish and steak) and desserts (with cheese, fruit, ice cream and Carnival's signature chocolate melting cake always on offer). In addition, Steakhouse Selections offer lamb chops, filet mignon and New York strip from the Emerald Steakhouse for $20; a kids menu offers staples like burgers, chicken nuggets and pasta, along with fried shrimp and chicken drumsticks. Each evening, a starter, main and cocktail are selected to represent the port visited (such as ceviche in St. Thomas and pescado asada/grilled red snapper in San Juan), and "rare finds" feature a daring menu choice, such as frog legs or escargot.
The biggest difference between American Table and American Feast is that, during American Feast nights, tables are decked out in white tablecloths with silver seashell decorations, while on American Table nights, tables are uncovered and set with plastic square plates with U.S. state-themed designs (such as a "Don't Mess with Texas" plate). The nicer settings for American Feast do contribute to a more festive atmosphere, but American Table nights, though more casual, still feel special because you are enjoying multicourse meals with several waiters attending to your needs in a holiday setting.
The quality and variety of food in the main dining room is solid. The Indian food is authentic and delicious, and we appreciate that the standard order is three courses (starter, main, dessert), rather than four -- though waiters did pressure us a little to have dessert every night. (If you want soup and salad or multiple starters, you can always order them.) We love that the dining rooms offer more than just a handful of tables for two for honeymooners and couples. Another point in Glory's favor: We never saw lines of hungry people waiting for a table in the Your Time Dining venue, as we have on other cruise lines.
On port days, one of the two main dining rooms will open for breakfast from 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m., depending on arrival in port. Choose from breakfast standards like eggs Benedict, pancakes, bagels and lox, oatmeal and fruit. On sea days, brunch is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring breakfast and lunch options, such as Funnest French Toast, steak 'n' eggs, mac 'n' cheese and grilled salmon, as well as eggs and dessert. A disappointing tea takes place on sea day afternoons, as well. Expect humdrum Bigelow tea, a selection of desserts and dry scones with no jam. All daytime meals are open seating.
Red Sail Restaurant (Deck 9): The Red Sail Restaurant, the casual Lido Deck eatery, offers a daily buffet for all meals. It has a nautical/sailboat theme, with triangular red canvas sails dividing the seating areas, patterned chairs that evoke nautical flags and carpeting with a knot motif. It's divided into three sections -- a front buffet, a larger back buffet and an upstairs seafood counter. Seating runs along both sides and upstairs, as well as in the pool areas forward and aft of the buffet.
Breakfast (Continental, buffet and late risers) runs from 7 a.m. to noon, with several made-to-order omelet stations and all the breakfast staples: cereal, yogurt, fruit, breakfast breads and baked goods, pancakes and waffles, eggs, potatoes, oatmeal and breakfast meat. Lunch, from noon to 2:30 p.m., features various stations (comfort, Italian, American, salad, etc.). A deli counter, open during lunch hours, is found on the port side between the two buffets; a seafood counter is located on the upper level and is easy to miss. The dinner buffet, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., is only in the back section of the Red Sail and has limited offerings, with a salad bar, a few hot items, a carvery, fruit and dessert.
A for-fee coffee bar is hidden away under the stairs in the back starboard corner of the Red Sail. It uses Lavazza coffee beans and sells tea drinks like chai lattes and Honest Tea, as well. Self-serve beverage stations with juice, iced and hot tea, water, coffee and hot chocolate are scattered throughout the buffet restaurant.
Three ice cream stations are located forward of the Red Sail pool deck entrance on both sides and on the starboard side of the Azure Pool. Each station offers both frozen yogurt and soft-serve ice cream, so make sure you check the machine you're using if you have a preference.
Pizza Pirate (Deck 9): Aft of the Red Sail Restaurant, by the Azure Pool, is a 24-hour pizza station, which offers several varieties of thin-crust pizza, as well as Caesar salads. On our cruise, Pizza Pirate never seemed to have slices ready to grab and go. You had to order your pizza and come back in five to 10 minutes; late nights, a crowd always seems to be waiting in a long line for a slice.
BlueIguana Cantina (Deck 9): This pool deck Mexican buffet is open for breakfast (7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), lunch (noon to 2:30 p.m.) and midday tacos (2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.). In the morning, it serves arepas, huevos rancheros and made-to-order breakfast burritos; in the afternoon, it's made-to-order tacos (fish, pork or chicken) and burritos (shrimp, beef, chicken or bean). Toppings run the gamut from lime-infused rice and pico de gallo to beans and corn. The soft taco shells are made fresh on site, and there are also separate bars for toppings and hot sauces. The food is tasty, and lines are always short, so BlueIguana is a great alternative to the crowded buffet.
Guy 's Burger Joint (Deck 9): On the opposite side of the pool is Guy's Burger Joint, backed by Food Network personality Guy Fieri. Choose from one of five burgers on the menu, or simply build your own with the help of a nearby toppings bar. Alternative burgers -- veggie, turkey, etc. -- are not available, though one of the five burger options is made from a bacon patty. Guy's is open from noon to 6 p.m.
Room service: Free in-room dining is available 24 hours a day. Hot and cold breakfasts are available in the morning by putting out the door hanger card the night before; a small selection of sandwiches, salads and desserts is available around the clock.
Carnival has not embraced the extra-fee dining craze as some of its competitors have, and Glory is blissfully short on for-fee dining opportunities. The Steakhouse is a lovely place for a date night or special occasion meal, but you can get the full Carnival experience without it. (Plus, you can order a few items from the Steakhouse menu in the main dining room for a smaller fee.) The Chef's Table is really for gourmands, and the Dr. Seuss breakfast is definitely worth the nominal charge if you've got young kids in tow.
Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast (main dining room, Deck 3); $5: Dr. Seuss fans of all ages will get a kick out of the themed breakfast held on one sea day per cruise, with two seatings in one of the main dining rooms. Tables are done up with bright red and blue tablecloths and napkins, and centerpieces feature the Cat's famous striped hats. Seuss characters make appearances and pose for photos, while diners order dishes like green eggs and ham, French toast coated in Fruit Loops and regular and red pancakes stacked in Seussical stripes of red and white. Save room for the surprise parfait desserts; they're striped, too.
Creams Cafe (Deck 5); a la carte: The Deck 5 promenade is home to Creams Cafe, the extra-charge dessert and coffee bar, which also serves up milkshakes, hot chocolate, iced tea and chai lattes. Drinks range from $1.95 to $3.50, spiked coffees are $5.95, and desserts (cookies, pastries, slices of cake) range from $1.25 to $2.25. It's open 7 a.m. to midnight.
Sushi at Sea (Deck 9); a la carte: This sushi counter was added to the Red Sail buffet in 2017. On offer are four sushi or sashimi options for $1.50 a piece, as well as rolls for either $5 (California or spicy tuna) or $7.50 (bang bang bonsai or tempura) apiece. Diners place their order at the counter, are given a pager and then paged when their order is ready.
Emerald Room Steakhouse (Deck 10); $38: The reservations-only Emerald Room Steakhouse is Glory's for-fee alternative restaurant. For many passengers, the special menu combined with attentive service is worth the $35 per-person fee. Here's a tip: The first day of the cruise is the best time to get in -- and you get a free or half-price bottle of wine -- so call to book as soon as you get onboard. Specialties include surf 'n' turf, ribeye and grilled lamb chops. You can choose two starters (the ahi tuna was a standour), two sides (wasabi mashed potatoes for the adventurous) and one dessert (the chocolate sampler is perfect for those who have trouble choosing).
Chef's Table (location varies); $75: Also available on all of Carnival's ships is the Chef's Table dining experience, which affords a dozen passengers a seven-course dinner with unlimited wine. Passengers meet at the lobby bar, followed by a private cocktail reception and a tour of the galley and its operations with the head chef. After a pastry demo, the dinner takes place in the Copper Room on Deck 3; passengers leave with full stomachs and parting gifts. Chef's Table takes place once or twice a cruise and can be booked onboard at the information desk or online. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.
During the day, casual attire is the norm. Carnival's evening dress code is typically "cruise casual," but on two nights during a seven-night voyage, "cruise elegant" eveningwear is suggested. On cruise casual nights, the line recommends sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cutoffs), long dress shorts and collared sport shirts for men, and casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, capri pants, dress shorts and jeans (no cutoffs) for women. Cruise elegant dress means dress slacks, dress shirts and sport coats (suggested not required) for men, and cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses for women. On elegant nights, passengers may choose to dress more formally in suits and ties, tuxedos or evening gowns.
In reality, we found passengers on our cruise decidedly more casual than other cruise lines, and there was a wide interpretation of the dress code. On formal night, we saw men wearing jeans and T-shirts and women in sundresses in the dining room -- as well as people in bejeweled gowns and white tuxedos. On casual nights, we saw many people wearing shorts and T-shirts they could have been wearing all day.
The 1,400-seat multilevel theater, Amber Palace, on decks 3 to 5 forward, was inspired by Russia's legendary Amber Room. Design elements include rococo moldings, gold leaf columns, candelabras, cornices and paintings of famous Russian czars and czarinas. It hosts a variety of evening shows, including Vegas-style revues, adult interactive games and "Hasbro, the Game Show."
Glory's singers and dancers perform four song-and-dance shows on a weeklong cruise, with two different shows playing on the same night. Each Playlist Production, as they're called, consists of elaborate sets and costumes and some of the most dazzling -- and dizzying -- special effects at sea, utilizing a huge video screen backdrop and laser lights. We found the best seats to be on Deck 4, where you have the best views of the special effects and won't be called on during the interactive pre-shows. (Sit up front if you like to participate.)
"Hasbro, the Game Show" is an interactive event inspired by the TV show "Family Game Night." Think classic board games transformed into novelty-sized interactive versions. For instance, Connect 4 morphs into a sharp-shooting basketball contest pitting two teams against each other. Operation takes on the form of Skee-Ball.
During the day, Carnival features numerous rounds of trivia, bingo, spa seminars, art auctions, sales and raffles in its onboard shops, cooking demos and pool games, such as the infamous Hairy Chest contest. On one sea day, the Groove for St. Jude fundraiser takes place by the pool to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. An arcade, open day and night, is located on Deck 5 next to Club O2.
The Punchliner Comedy Club takes over the Ebony Cabaret on Deck 5 aft for family-oriented (early) and R-rated (late) shows from a rotating lineup of comedians. Only the brave sit up front by the stage. The comedians love to talk to (or, shall we say, pick on) passengers they can see.
The Camel Club Casino on the Deck 5 promenade features an Egyptian motif. Among the rows of slot machines, table games include blackjack, three-card poker, Texas Hold'em, Let it Ride and Craps. Smoking is allowed there, and it does waft out to the Casino Stage, where a cover band performs most evenings and trivia quizzes take place day and night.
Live music is presented in multiple venues around the ship -- especially the Lobby Bar and Casino Stage. The White Heat Nightclub doesn't draw a crowd until midnight; Latin dancing takes place in the Ivory Club on Deck 4.
The pool deck turns into a late-night entertainment venue at night, with the pools still open. The Seaside Theater, the giant movie screen above the midship pool, shows one or two movies every evening -- often to a theme like "date night" or "action/adventure." Grab free popcorn from the right side of the BlueIguana Tequila Bar. The deck is also the venue for themed parties like Caribbean Night.
Carnival Glory is a ship that was built for entertainment -- plentiful lounges and bars all play on the "colors" theme with dramatic interiors. It's worth seeing all of them in action, and this ship gets hopping around 10 p.m. each night. Glory is easy to navigate, as many popular spots -- the casino, comedy club, nightclub and piano bar, among others -- are situated on Deck 5.
Colors Lobby Bar (Deck 3): If you like bright lights and watching the glass elevators go up and down a multicolored wall, this is your bar. This main atrium bar hosts live music on the opposite dance floor -- usually a lone acoustic singer or musical duo.
Ivory Club (Deck 4): The Ivory Club features elephant tusk replicas, Indian-inspired murals and a Taj Mahal painted over the bar. Therefore, it's the obvious choice for Latin music every night until late. During the day, the Ivory Club is used for seminars and meetings.
Sports Bar (Deck 5): Another fun hangout spot is the sports bar, which features a wall of flat-screens, video games and an LED ticker that posts current game scores. This is the place to watch the big games of the day.
Kaleidoscope Bar (Deck 5): The casino bar is really just outside the casino, along the main promenade. Grab a seat there for trivia or live music at the stage opposite.
The White Heat Dance Club (Deck 5): Glory's nightclub, decorated with gigantic white candles lining the walls, doesn't heat up until at least midnight, and the dancing can carry on until or 4 a.m.
Cinn-A-Bar Piano Bar (Deck 5): The sing-alongs there get raunchier and rowdier as the hour gets later and the patrons get drunker. Groupies have been known to occupy the prime bar stools around the piano every night of the cruise. Jot your song requests down on the provided slips of paper. Delivering them with a buck or two gets your selection played promptly -- as does buying the pianist a drink.
Bar Blue (Deck 5): The ship's main cigar bar is decorated with giant peacock feathers that extend from the floor almost to the ceiling. It's the only indoor venue for smoking pipes or cigars (which can be purchased there), and despite the stage, it hosts no entertainment.
The Ebony Cabaret (Deck 5): This secondary show lounge has an African atmosphere, with dark ebony walls and ceilings, and hand-carved and painted wooden African masks mounted in copper-like frames. It hosts Punchliner Club comedians, karaoke singers and parading Dr. Seuss characters.
Alchemy Bar (Deck): Alchemy Bar serves alcoholic beverages by "prescription." Choose a drink from one of the light-up menus, or create your own by writing down what you'd like on one of the bar's prescription pads. Prepare to be surrounded by apothecary jars and bartenders in white lab coats, while sipping fruity concoctions made from liquors you haven't drunk since college (peach schnapps, amaretto, etc.). If you want to hobknob with the ship's officers and entertainment staff, this is your bar.
BlueIguana Tequila Bar (Deck 9): The colorful BlueIguana bar offers plenty of stool seating by the pool and Mexican-inspired drinks, with Dos Equis and Modelo on tap and tequila-based drinks (think all sort of margarita varieties) in souvenir glasses.
RedFrog Rum Bar (Deck 9): Another beachy pool bar, RedFrog is known for Carnival's private-label ThirstyFrog Red beer (which can be ordered by the 101-ounce tube) and rum-based cocktails, also with plenty of souvenir glass options.
Azure Bar (Deck 9): Head to the aft Azure Pool for classic frozen and fruity tropical drinks. If you've hunkered down with friends, consider a pitcher of spiked lemonade or margaritas as a bucket-of-beer alternative.
Serenity Bar (Deck 12): Enhance your serenity with an adult drink ordered from this bar in the adults-only sun deck area.
The pool deck is multi-tiered and large enough to accommodate swimmers, sunbathers, movie watchers and water slide racers. The Main Pool, on Deck 9 midship, is where the action is. You'll find a pool with a wading area, two hot tubs, bars, dining venues, pool games and stadium seating for the giant 270-square-foot movie screen that shows concerts and the cruise director's daily show by day and movies by night. A towel kiosk will trade your soggy towels for clean, dry ones. Showers are available for rinsing off.
One deck up, the small Cobalt pool is flanked by a hot tub and the bottom of the water slide. Aft on Deck 9 is the Azure Pool and two hot tubs, nominally adults only, under a retractable roof so the pool can be used in inclement weather. It's definitely the quieter pool.
Pools are generally open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the aft pool open until midnight. Children who are not potty trained are not allowed in any onboard pool or whirlpool.
On Deck 11, there's a jogging track (nine laps to a mile), a half-court for basketball, a volleyball net, shuffleboard and beanbag toss. A mini-golf course on Deck 12 is only accessible via the sports court. For some mind games, try the giant chess set by the Cobalt Pool on Deck 10.
Carnival's 214-foot-long twister slide has an entrance on Deck 14 and splashes down on Deck 10. You must be 42 inches to ride the slide.
All the way forward -- just above the spa, gym and salon on decks 12 and 14 -- is Serenity, an adults-only sun deck that offers padded loungers, hammocks and couches for relaxation away from the masses. In addition to great views, you'll also have access to additional hot tubs, and waiters will come around to take your drink orders.
Sun deck space, with the blue plastic mesh and metal loungers, is available on decks 9, 10 and 11. Smokers can light up on the starboard side of Deck 10. A well-kept secret are the forward-facing deck areas on decks 6, 7 and 10. There's no seating, but you can get beautiful forward views away from the crowds -- a sailaway hideaway.
You can find lounge chairs and benches outside on Deck 3 port and starboard, but the two outer decks do not connect, so they're useless for walking laps. Smoking is permitted on the starboard side.
The Colors Lobby, Carnival Glory's nine-deck grand atrium, is highlighted by a giant digital kaleidoscope which projects slow-moving images on huge screens over the bar; it's best viewed from the glass elevators. On either side of the atrium on Deck 3 are the guest services desk and the shore excursions desk.
By the entrance to the Golden Dining Room on Deck 3, the Copper and Silver rooms are multipurpose spaces that often house art auctions or meetings.
The Black & White Library on Deck 4 features checkerboard wood squares in black and white patterns, wooden bookcases and framed images of famous newspaper headlines. The dedicated room belies the pitiful selection of books inside.
Also on Deck 4, on opposite sides of the atrium, is the photo gallery, where passengers can purchase souvenir photos, as well as frames, albums, cameras and accessories, as well as GoPro video gear.
On the opposite side of Deck 4, between the two dining rooms, the Green Room is another general meeting space. The Cyberspace Internet cafe is also there, accessible via the Ivory Club. It has eight computer stations and a printer. Charges start at 75 cents per minute, though purchasing a package can bring that rate down to 33 cents. Packages cost $29 for 45 minutes, $59 for 120 minutes, $89 for 240 minutes and $159 for 480 minutes. Bow-to-stern Wi-Fi is also available.
Flanking the atrium on Deck 5 are Cherry on Top and the Fun Shops, all selling the usual cruise fare, from Carnival insignia-wear, vacation-wear, snacks and toiletries to a pretty huge selection of duty-free booze, tobacco, perfume and jewelry. Look for daily sales and raffles for the best deals. Outside the shops are an ATM (fees apply) and a kiosk to check your Sail & Sign account. Cherry on Top sells all manner of sweets by the quarter pound in the "scoop it from a plastic box" fashion. Souvenir bags and boxes of candy, Carnival- and Seuss-themed gift items, flowers and fancy cakes are also available there.
The Future Cruise Sails and shopping desks are also on Deck 5, just beyond the atrium.
For do-it-yourselfers, launderettes are available on decks 1, 2 and 6 through 9. Costs are $3 for a wash or dry; you'll need lots of quarters. Detergent and dryer sheets are also available for $1. Each laundry room is equipped with an iron and ironing board and utility sink for complimentary use.
A medical center is available on Deck 0.
Carnival Glory attracts lots of families with its popular kids club and its Seuss at Sea partnership. The branded activities include a parade and story hour with Dr. Seuss characters like Sam I Am and the Cat in the Hat and a Seuss-themed brunch (see dining) with a whimsical bent and kid-friendly fare. The ship shops also sell Seuss souvenirs, such as books and stuffed toys.
Carnival's camp programming is notable because it's the only line to include 2-year-olds in the drop-off programming, as its counselors will change diapers. It also offers activities for under-2s at select times (both parent play and drop-off baby-stting). Youth staff are certified for CPR and first aid and have been background checked.
The 4,000-plus-square-foot Camp Carnival on Deck 12 has daily activities for passengers aged 2 to 11. The kids are divided into three age groups: 2- to 5-year-olds, 6- to 8-year-olds and 9- to 11-year-olds with separate but similar activities; kids can play with Play Doh and Legos, participate in crafts projects like spin art and picture frame decorating, get their faces painted, play video games and go on scavenger hunts. Some events combine the 6- to 11-year-olds in one group.
Glory's Camp Carnival facility is an open, colorful space that can be set up for any number of games and activities. Indoors, there are kid-size tables and chairs, flat-screen TVs and a few video game stations; outside, a play area features climbing and sliding playsets and a few Little Tykes cars for toddler drivers. (Note that in October 2016, Camp Carnival will get a facelift and change to Camp Ocean, with a marine theme.)
Occasional Family Beary Cuddly Workshops allow kids to create their own stuffed animals for an additional fee. Adult supervision is required for these optional sessions.
Parents or guardians must sign kids ages 2 through 8 in and out of Camp Carnival. Kids ages 9 to 11 can sign themselves in and out. Mobile phones are available for parents to check in with Camp Carnival staff; priority is given to parents of children with special needs.
Scheduled activities begin at 10 a.m. on sea days, with start times varying on port days, depending on when the ship arrives and shore excursions begin. Depending on the day, Camp Carnival might close for an hour or two for lunch, family activities or event setup. Kids lunches and dinners with kid-friendly food like quesadillas or chicken nuggets take place on select days on the upper level of the buffet. Programming generally runs until 10 p.m., after which Night Owl parties -- late-night group baby-sitting with a more fun name -- are available for $6.75 per hour, per kid (plus 15 percent gratuity per child). There are also occasional theme parties (Beach, Mardi Gras), which run from 10 p.m. to midnight and cost $15 per child (plus 15 percent gratuity).
Children younger than 2 are allowed into Camp Carnival during specified hours on port days for a fee (usually half-day slots, either just before or right after the noon lunch hour), as well as on sea days from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is to allow parents to go ashore or participate in shore excursions without the kids. In addition, little ones can play in the kids club facilities during designated hours for free with parental supervision. (A schedule is available at the Deck 12 facility.) Babies and toddlers can also attend the group baby-sitting sessions, but not the theme parties, for the regular fee. Camp Carnival does have cribs for sleepy babies, though parents are welcome to drop off little ones already asleep in their strollers. Speaking of which, a limited number of strollers are also available to rent for $8 per day or $40 per week. A diaper changing facility is located on Deck 3 forward on the port side, and the sundries shop sells baby wipes.
The 12- to 14-year-old "tween" set also have their own dedicated space, Circle C, on Deck 4 forward, with video games, a touch-screen jukebox, plasma TVs and cushioned seating. Supervised activities are limited to afternoon and evening hours and include scavenger hunts, video game challenges, movie nights, late-night mini-golf and theme parties.
Club 02, the facility for 15- to 17-year-olds on Deck 5 by the video arcade, includes a dance floor, video wall, lounge, soft-drink bar and state-of-the-art video games. Like Circle C, supervised activities are afternoons and evenings only, and many are in combination with the 12- to 14-year-olds. Events might include dance challenges, dodgeball, card games, T-shirt decorating and lip sync contests.
Expect to find most Carnival Glory passengers ranging in ages from 25 to 55, with all ages certainly represented. You will find more families with kids in the summer and during school breaks; travel groups -- from family reunions to church groups and quinceanera parties -- are especially prevalent. Passengers are a diverse mix, and they often hail from southern states near the Florida homeport. Regardless of age, Glory's passengers are ready to participate and have a good time.
The 13,300-square-foot Spa Carnival on Deck 11 houses a spa, salon, gym, whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms. It's run by Steiner, the ubiquitous cruise ship spa operator.
Book facials and massages from $107, body treatments from $140 (such as a lime and ginger salt glow massage or Ionithermie cellulite reduction program) or acupuncture from $150. The best prices are for port- and embarkation-day services; look for specials advertised throughout the ship or in the Fun Times daily newsletter.
A full-service beauty salon offers hair, nail and waxing services, but it tends to book up for formal nights, so reserve early. Teeth whitening, medispa services (Botox, Restylane and the like) and grooming for men are also available.
The two-section spa whirlpool is accessed through the locker rooms and is available to anyone for free. There, a waterfall cascades down a stone-like wall between decks. Surrounded by glass windows, the pool looks out onto the gym, creating a fishbowl effect. Separate saunas and steam rooms for men and women are also accessed via the locker rooms.
Children younger than 12 may not use the spa or gym facilities; teens ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The gym is reached via the locker rooms. All the way forward on Deck 11, it balances panoramic sea views through floor-to-ceiling windows with low ceilings and a sloped front wall. (If you're tall, be careful when getting on cardio machines.) A range of Life Fitness machines includes elliptical trainers, bikes and treadmills, and both free weights and resistance machines will pump you up. The "aerobics studio" is just a small, open area of the gym. Some fitness classes, such as morning stretching, are free, while yoga, Pilates and cycling carry a fee of $12 per person. Stretch mats and resistance balls are also on hand
If you really want to combat the "Cruising 10" weight gain, you can sign up for personal training ($85 an hour) or a nutritional consultation (also $85). Spoiler alert: That chocolate melting cake is NOT part of a healthy diet.
Carnival recommends $13.99 per person, per day, for gratuities ($15.99 per person, per day, for those in suites). The guidelines allocate a portion to dining room services, cabin services and alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel services. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but it can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills and spa treatments. Tipping a couple dollars for room service at delivery is appreciated by the service staff.
Country of Registration: Panama
Regular Capacity: 2980
Maximum Capacity: 2980
Number of Crew:1150
Crew Nationality: Multi-national
Officer Nationality: Multi-national
Language(s) Spoken: Multi-language
OverviewIf you're looking for a vacation at sea that's as colorful as the décor of the ship taking you there, an entire palette of fun activities and hot spots awaits aboard Carnival Glory. There's a rainbow of salsa options for dressing up your tacos and burritos at BlueIguana Cantina, while Guy's Burger Joint serves up burgers designed by the colorful personality himself: celebrity chef Guy Fieri.
Health and Beauty
No. of Dinner Sittings: Flexible
Special Diet: Available upon request
Dress Code: Daytime: Casual / Evening: Resort wear to formalGratuity Policies
Guests in Standard Staterooms $12.95 per person/per day
Guests in Suites $13.95 per person/per day