Our cruise on the Glory was quite an adventure.
Each day there was some form of medical emergency including a death during an excursion and a search and rescue assist on our way to St. Thomas. We were late to a few ports and even had to return to Miami on sail day but we truly enjoyed the Carnival Glory and will keep it in our sights for a future cruise. The Fun Squad and Dustin our CD were great and truly kept everyone active and engaged. The staff made sure to keep us informed and I did not hear many, if any, complaints of all of these rare occurrences. Additionally, we met a great group of about 50 people and gained some new friendships as well.
Ports Of Call
The port in Miami was not bad at all. It appeared to be very organized and they work hard to get everyone on the ship as quickly as possible.
Grand Turk Island
We originally wanted to go to Jack's Shack until we found out it was quite the walk down the beach to get there. We went to Margaritaville and hung out for a few hours. The drinks and food there are a bit pricey. There does not appear to be much to do if you do not schedule an excursion.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We loved Puerto Rico. We did the Rum Mixology and Salsa Dancing excursion through Carnival. At the end of the excursion, the tour guide gave us the opportunity to go shopping or return to the ship. We went to a little restaurant called Raices and had Skirt Steak stuffed Mofongo. It was fabulous. We also purchased a few gifts from the local artists to take home and give away to family and friends.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We did not have a planned excursion in St Thomas. Originally we and another couple that we met on the ship planned to go to a restaurant called Cuzzins however it has been closed due to the hurricane. Instead, we caught an open air taxi that took us on a 2 hour tour of the island. The driver took us to several locations and we got several beautiful pictures from 1500 feet above sea level. The cost of the tour was $25 per person.
Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic
In Dominican Republic, participated in the Over the Ocean Zip lining excursion through Carnival. It was scary and fabulous at the same time. The road to the excursion was not paved and in terrible condition. However, after learning more about the countryside and seeing how the natives live, the condition of the roads is the least of their worries. It was about a 1 hour ride to the excursion and a 1 hour ride back. It was very windy while we were on the stands getting ready to do the excursion but the guides did everything they could to reassure us that we were safe.
Overall we had a great time, loved the ship and the ports. Took the time to learn about the culture and each port and plan to return again sometime soon.
Until next time....