The Glory is shining white from a distance, and a whole spectrum of colors inside. Every public room is themed after a different tone: blue, amber, gold, ivory. Whereas some ships seem kaleidoscopic in their design details, she actually features a mega-digital kaleidoscope in the lobby. She’s an impressive looking vessel, primed for entertaining 2,974 passengers (give or take a few). She was refurbished in 2012 with many Fun Ship 2.0 updates, and is scheduled for another dry dock in 2017.
The mid-ship pool on the Lido deck is high-energy, featuring live bands, contests, Carnival games and concerts playing on the mega-sized movie screen overhead. The smaller aft pool draws an older and calmer crowd. For serious peace and quiet at all hours, head to the side promenades on Atlantic deck, where chaise loungers are shaded by the lifeboats.
Thanks to the 2012 Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades, Carnival Glory contains a pleasing selection of yummy casual restaurants that are included in cruise fare. Guy’s Burger Joint is a fan favorite, serving juicy, sizzling burgers poolside on deck 9. An overlooked gem is the Fish ‘n Chips Restaurant hidden up a staircase behind the dessert station in the buffet. The ship also has BlueIguana Cantina and Mongolian Wok stir-fry to order. The only true alternative restaurant with a surcharge is the Emerald Room Steakhouse.
The main dining rooms are named and themed Gold and Platinum. Both rooms offer either pre-assigned dinner seating or “Your Time” flexible seating. Note: if you want a particular seat, it needs to be reserved prior to setting sail. One of the main restaurants will also always offer table service breakfast and afternoon tea. The buffet on the Lido deck is called Red Sail and has a fun sailing yacht theme.
Bars & Lounges
There are bars for every mood on this ship. The Alchemy Bar is a good choice if you’re craving a cocktail. Head to the BlueIguana Tequila Bar if you're looking for a shot of tequila. If you’re trying to catch a sports game, Sky Box Sports Bar is the place to be. Escape to Serenity Bar when you’re trying to take a nap. The Azure Bar by the adults-only pool, when you want a large slushy pink drink (umbrella optional). RedFrog Rum Bar, for late afternoon on a sea day, when you’ve volunteered to buy a drink for some new friends. And many more….
During the day, the poolside calypso music floats off over the ocean, but it’s when the sun sets that Glory really switches on the energy. Guests can opt for sing-alongs around the piano at Cinn-a-Bar, trivia contests in the Ivory Club or Broadway revues in the Amber Theater. Amber puts on full-scale production shows several nights a week, two seatings each night. Other times feature variety performers and interactive game shows.
Punchliner Comedy Club in Ebony Cabaret is a favorite because of the varied and talented roster of comics, as well as the balance of early-evening family-friendly shows and late-night adult humor.
Around midnight, the White Heat Disco starts to come to life.
While Glory doesn’t have the deck space for a full waterpark, the ship does have a 214-foot Twister waterslide. She also has three pools and seven whirlpools. The mid-ship pool on the Lido deck is the lively all-ages party spot, with all-day fun that sometimes extends into the evening. This is where the popular and traditional Sail Away party kicks off the cruise, and also where movie nights take place in the evenings.
The aft pool, called Azure, is adults-only. This chill and friendly hangout contains a bar and a retractable glass ceiling that shields cruisers from sudden rain showers. Another adult zone is the Serenity Retreat on deck 12. The gym here contains a lesser-known pool and whirlpool.
The youth facilities and programming on Carnival Glory are great, as is standard with the line. Camp Carnival (for toddlers to age 11) is located on deck 12 and is divided into three age groups: pre-K, 6-8, and 9-11. Tweens get their own semi-supervised hangout on deck 4. Teens 15-17 can access Club 02, which is next to the arcade on deck 5 (note: arcade games are not included in the cruise fare).
Deck 11 has the open-air “sports court” with a jogging track.
- The debarkation process on this ship can be a bit overwhelming.
- The buffet hours are limited.
- Due to larger crowds, it can be difficult to get served in certain bars