As Carnival Corporation’s flagship brand, Carnival Cruise Lines, founded in 1972, sets the
pace as the world’s largest, most popular cruise line (based on carrying about 2.5 million
passengers annually). Carnival offers affordable cruise vacations with Fun Ship appeal.
Today’s Carnival, a far cry from modest beginnings, defines contemporary cruising with
expanded options in dining, children’s programming, spa pampering and shipboard weddings.
Carnival’s fleet, composed of six vessel classes, has grown to 20, with more Fun Ships
forthcoming, including five on order.
As the second Conquest-class ship, Carnival Glory introduces another spectrum of fun,
ranking as the largest floating resort ever sailing from Port Canaveral, a quick hop
from Orlando. Carnival Glory features conveniences that Carnival guests have most requested,
including a comprehensive golf program with professional instruction both aboard ship and
during golf excursions. Eastern/Western Caribbean 7-night itineraries sail on Saturdays
round-trip from Port Canaveral. Eastern Caribbean ports of call are Nassau, St. Thomas,
and St. Maarten, plus three days at sea. Western Caribbean ports of call are Key West,
Belize, Cozumel and Progreso/Yucatan, plus two day at sea.
Gratuities are automatically added to Sail & Sign accounts at the end of the cruise,
or can be pre-arranged and paid prior. The total is $9.75 per guest, per day ($5.50
for dining team service, 75 cents for bistro service, and $3.50 for cabin services.)
Guests can adjust upward or downward at the information desk.
Carnival Glory has some two dozen wheelchair-accessible cabins in various categories.
Carnival Glory brims with family-friendly amenities, including an expansive play area
with a teen club, ideal for a ship based year-round at Port Canaveral, where proximity
to Central Florida attractions draws a higher concentration of families. Carnival Glory
follows sister Carnival Conquest, the first of four "Destiny class" ships. Carnival
Valor and Carnival Liberty enter service in fall 2004 and 2005. Carnival Glory houses
22 themed bars and lounges including the White Heat Dance Club and On The Green, a
golf-oriented sports bar, along with a 15,000-square-foot health club, Internet cafe,
and four swimming pools. Restaurants include an upscale "steakhouse-style" supper club.
Colors are Carnival Glory’s central design theme, with public rooms celebrating different
shades of the rainbow. The Colors Lobby, highlighted by a giant digital slow-moving
kaleidoscope projected on huge screens, hovers over the bar. Old Glory, the main atrium,
features paintings of U.S. flags. Carnival Glory's Platinum and Golden Dining Rooms are
designed after the famed Silver Temple and Golden Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Amber Palace,
a 1,400-seat theater is inspired by Russia's famed Amber Room, a gift by Frederick the
First of Prussia to Peter the Great in 1715.
Of 1,487 cabins, 60 percent have ocean views, and 60 percent of those have private balconies.
Staterooms range from Penthouse Suites to Inside Cabins. Especially popular are the 18 Family
Staterooms with floor to ceiling glass walls (but no balcony) on Deck 11 below Children's World.
In-cabin amenities baskets, available on all Carnival ships, offer brand-name products
for men and women and typically include disposable razors, shampoo packets, mints,
toothpaste and soap. Additionally, plush terrycloth bathrobes and hairdryers are available
for guest use in all ocean-view accommodations. Interactive television includes pay per
view movies and a different complimentary movie each day, plus access to Sail & Sign
accounts for tracking expenses. Mini-bars filled with soda, drinks and snacks for purchase.
Self-serve, pay laundries have irons and boards.
Kid & Teen Stuff
With family cruising a hot commodity – a record 350,000 kids sailed on “Fun Ships”
in 2003 – Carnival continues expansion of its top-rated Camp Carnival children’s
program. Enhancements include high-tech play areas with computer labs and indoor
climbing mazes, plus updated turn-down service providing kids with fresh-baked cookies.
A children’s dining program provides kids with supervised meals while parents enjoy a
night to themselves. Carnival Glory’s Camp Carnival program includes UnderThe Rainbow,
a 4,200-square-foot children’s play area, and teens have their own hangout at Ultraviolet’s,
the ship's teen club and video arcade.
Carnival Glory has a rainbow of culinary choice anchored by traditional, multi-course meals
in the two-tiered Golden and Platinum main dining rooms remain a staple. Yet setting Carnival
Glory apart are alternatives, with its Red Sail Restaurant housing a 24-hour pizzeria serving
seven different pies and calzone, a New York-style deli with corned beef, pastrami and turkey
sandwiches, a rotisserie, a specialty seafood venue, Asian and American stations, the Sushi
Salmon sushi bar, extensive salad and dessert bars, complimentary 24-hour ice cream and
stateroom service, and, of course, full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. There’s also
the Emerald Room, a 108-seat reservations only supper club, with a $25 per person reservation
fee, offering the finest U.S.D.A prime steaks, and seafood including signature crab claws from
Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant.
Sports / Health / Fitness
Carnival Glory has four swimming pools – one with a 214-foot-long water slide and another
covered by a retractable dome – a 13,300-square-foot health spa, and a jogging track plus
a comprehensive golf program with professional instruction both aboard ship and during
golf excursions. Spa Carnival, the health club is staffed with fitness experts, and offers
a full line-up of facials, scrubs, loofah treatments, massage and more for men and women.
Rock Down Broadway (with hits from Hair, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, Rent and more),
and Livin’ in America, (featuring jazz, blues, rock, swing and plenty in between),
are two fast-paced Vegas-style revues in Carnival Glory’s Amber Palace, the main showroom,
featuring a striking décor with mosaics of amber, rococo moldings, and paintings of famed
Russian czars and czarinas. A massive crystal chandelier, 12 feet in diameter, adds to the
ambiance. For quiet moments, there’s the Black & White library.
The Camel Club provides pulse-quickening action at slot machines and gaming tables.
Among 22 themed bars and lounges is the Burgundy Bar, where connoiseurs enjoy fine wines,
ports and liqueurs, Cinn-A-Bar, with piano and sing-along, and Bar Blue with calypso,
reggae and other cool island sounds. Ebony Cabaret is for late night, adults-only laughs.
Specialty coffees and teas are at the Creams Café.