The Carnival Glory - Eastern Itinerary
Sailing Date: September 20, 2003 through September 27, 2003
Itinerary: Port Canaveral to Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, USVI;
St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
the older I get the more I worry -- or is it that I have more
to worry about -- just don't know. The weekend before our tickets
arrived in the mail, I got a call from our cruise agent. The agency
we used was The
Cruise Professionals, new to us, and we were a bit concerned as
we had been using the same agent for 13 years and they sold their
business . . . but, when Drew called he told me we were receiving
a $240 per person discount for our fare. Well, I said, "are
you sure?" And he said, "absolutely!"
I told him I had quit looking for
discounting for this particular cruise since we had booked a suite
and rarely do the suites get discounted -- particularly when the
ship is full. So, husband and I decided if all goes as planned
we will definitely use this agent next time!
Once the tickets arrive you pretty
much feel like you are going to set sail on schedule. This ship
has had excellent reviews and we are looking forward to boarding
5 - The Spectrum
5 - The Spectrum
5 - The Spectrum
quite a ship! A bit glitzy -- but the colors keep you in
an upbeat mood. Our stateroom was smaller than we anticipated.
We had a Category 11 on the Carnival Pride which was lovely.
This stateroom, although the exact floorplan, was much smaller.
This created problems in the design -- I can't understand
how $500,000,000 can't seem to buy a person who can design
for comfort. The door to the bathroom from the dressing
room doesn't even open all the way. It can't because the
sliding closet doors get in the way. The sliding door from
the entrance to the suite to the dressing room doesn't open
all the way -- it can't! If it could, it would be sliding
out into the hallway in the public corridors. Incredible
how they could
have overlooked these issues when designing the ship.
11 - Suite decorated for a birthday! Decorations were
compliments of the Carnival Ocean Player's Club.
birthday cake and lovely fruit and wine basket provided
by the Ocean Player's Club.
on balcony side of suite. Door to balcony is on the right
of the chair behind the curtain.
the entrance door to the suite
from the corridor.
double sinks and Jacuzzi tub.
get on to the actual life aboard the Carnival Glory. Lounges
-- enough lounges to where you can't spend time in all of them
within a one week cruise! Color is the key to the decor and the
navigation. Each lounge has a different color. The Amber Lounge;
the Blue Bar; the Platinum Dining Room; etc. Not that the colors
help you find anything -- but the halls all have ship maps on
the walls -- showing where you are when you are reading the map
-- so it's easy enough to find out where you have to go to get
to where you want to be. Entertainment in the lounges was very
good. You had the piano bar, karaoke, easy listening, a trio in
one lounge, a lounge where the entertainer took your request as
well as actually talked with you and kidded around. There was
a piano just to the side of the casino which they could have done
without. The casino is so loud that it was a shame to waste the
talent of a good young artists voice. There is a sitting area
just on the starboard side of the casino, Promonade Deck, where
the piano is located -- foot traffic is very heavy and the distractions
continue. I just feel that it wasn't necessary to put a piano
there -- the young lady who was on our cruise had a lovely voice
and we did get
to enjoy her talent
other times in other lounges.
The food was
great! Actually, to see the wait'persons navigate the dining room
was an inspiration
to behold. Hopefully you will get a 'round' table which seats
much more comfortably than the oblong tables which afford you
absolutely no elbow room. In my opinion it's important to check
out the square feet per person data available to you about each
ship you consider
sailing aboard. Indeed the more square feet per person the more
comfortable you will be. Our
dinner companions were fun as well. Very diverse yet all very
compatible. This is such fun when cruising as these are the folks
you will see time and time again in one part of the ship or another
-- on tours or just shopping in the ports -- when you travel as
a couple it's fun to recognize someone from the ship -- from your
dining room -- just to smile at -- exchange pleasantries -- horror
stories in the shops -- fun experiences on the excursions . .
. and some of these relationships will last a lifetime.
go from port to port -- itineraries change -- people are people.
To go into the itinerary wouldn't be worthwhile as you may be
visiting this web page at a time when the itinerary has changed
for the Carnival Glory and she may not even be at Port Canaveral
any longer. For the Caribbean, however, we feel that November,
December, January and February are the best months. It's plenty
warm enough to enjoy the wonderful waters and yet cool enough
to enjoy shopping and just hanging out in the ports.
as the largest casino at sea; however, it is extremely
crowded and difficult to maneuver in during peak hours.
is the Camel theme for the casino. It is lovely but watch
where you walk - you could trip easily!
it appears to be spacious; don't let this picture deceive
you. This casino is not 'handicapped' friendly.
had not been to St. Thomas since 1993. The port had grown -- we
had little memory of it as it appeared this past September. We
were able to find the jeweler we had bought from in 1993 -- yes,
they were still there. We had been told the great deals were not
available in St. Thomas any longer. Well, I'm here to tell you
that in comparison to the cost of diamonds, precious stones and
gold here in the states, the great deals ARE still in St. Thomas
and St. Maarten -- incredible deals! Look carefully and compare.
You can barter until the cows come home. Do NOT pay any price
seen on the price tags of the jewelry. The markup is HUGE! In
some cases you can talk them down to 25% of the asking price.
But assuredly you can get your piece of jewelry for 50% or less
than their asking price. St. Thomas is in the USVI so the store
must be honest with you or they can be prosecuted for fraud. Keep
that in mind and use your credit card. You can always dispute
a charge when you get back to the states should the product you
have purchased be fraudulent and not as represented to you. Always
get a Certificate of Authenticity, as well. And you will find
that the ship-recommended stores prices will be a bit higher than
the non-recommended stores as 'ship-approved/recommended' stores
have to give a kickback to the cruiseline to be on the 'approved'
Sail away -- and ENJOY YOURSELVES!
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