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A GLORIOUS New Year's Eve cruise. Review of Glory 12/29 sailing

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Debarkation day was kinda rushed. They started making announcements extra early and were proud of the fact that they were getting us off "in record time". My wife was PISSED that I ended up waking her up an hour earlier than she had wanted, but they really wanted us out. 

 

Part of it was that they needed to do tests on the elevators. I was actually one of the last people off the ship. We had a billing error that I ran around trying to fix for a long ass time. I got charged for towels from the Lido. No idea why, but they eventually relented and took the $22 off my bill. I'm really really glad that I checked my final statement at the last minute. Let that be a lesson, don't leave the ship without checking! 

 

All in all, this was a great trip. Sure, it had some annoying things, and some misses, but I'd get back on the Glory tomorrow if I could. I have no hesitation to recommend the Glory for a great time. 

 

And this technically concludes the review but I know y'all want to know more about NOLA. Before I post about that (probably tomorrow) do you have any other questions I can answer? Or any other pictures of things you'd like to see?

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23 hours ago, scuba_ninja said:

The mini-sub expedition was fantastic. I don't know that I need to do it more than once, but what a great thing to do! So much fun. The guides were great. We didn't see a ton of fish, but I still had a blast. It is like a moped with a propeller and a bubble on top. Mine was super slow sadly but I still had a great time. It helped me feel less sad that I didn't get to dive on this trip. 

 

I felt safe the entire time. Good briefing. 

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They let us hang out the rest of the day at the resort too. Really nice beach. We spend a good amount of time there just chillaxin'. 

 

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The restaurant there didn't look all that special so we decided to head down back into "town" to try and find a place we went to two years ago called Al Chile. It had Just opened when we were there last, and it was so cheap and so good. Sadly, it has become a lot more expensive but the food is still really good. Yes, the waiters outside are very aggressive about trying to bring you in, but it is really good food. 

 

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1 hour ago, scuba_ninja said:

Last sea day is the worst. It means I have to go back to real life soon. But. I did do the behind the fun tour at it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  With some extra !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Sadly, no pictures, so I'll just write about it. You have to sign up right away when you first board. It sells out quickly. It cost us $95 a person and was well worth it. You get an amazing 4 hour tour and you also get a few pics. One of the group at the very bow of the ship and one on the ship with the captain. And a hat, lanyard bag thing and a soap carving. 

 

We saw behind the scenes in the theater, A galley, the bridge, the engine control room, the storage areas, garbage areas, the office of the HR director on the ship (he was the one who led our tour), crew dining/cabins/bar, the laundry areas and i'm sure i"m forgetting something else. Really amazing what you learn. I feel like in order to make diamond level, you should be required to take one of these tours so you can see how the staff really live before you get all cranky and entitled. 

 

It's amazing how much of a floating city even an older, smaller ship is. The crew, other than the captain were all so happy to answer questions and were clearly passionate about their jobs. The captain was as huggable as a cactus and was completely disinterested in us. Sad really. Even in his announcements though every morning this guy sounded as happy and energetic as a mortician. Maybe it was just our sailings because he's probably under a lot of pressure since the uhhhhh.... incident. 

 

You learn amazing things like the fact that they make 500 pounds of bacon a day on the ship. And that the crew bar rates are 25¢ for a bottle of wine! I was really happy that the people we met with were so open about their lives and about any question we asked. What a great experience. There is so much that happens behind the scenes on these ships to make sure we all have a great vacation. The tour is fairly active and NOT handicapped accessible. But man, if you can do it, DO IT! No part of the tour was boring and I gained a real appreciation for what happens every day. If anything, I feel like this makes me want to give a lot more in tips. And I did. I gave my room steward a little extra and I gave some to a few fun squad folks who rocked. 

 

I used to work on big science vessels so seeing how this one operated was cool for me. I loved seeing the engine control room and talking to the engineers about the water makers and some other neat stuff on the ship. The folks who work in these positions are no dummies. 

Totally agree about the behind the fun tour.  We did it on the Dream last year for first time and yes...it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!  Fortunately for us, our ships (boats 😜) Captain was very friendly and took a bunch of pictures both groups and individually with us.  We definitely feel the same way about tipping.  These people work their butts off so we can have a great vacation while they are half a world away from family.  We tip our waiters in MDR, room steward, bar tenders etc. Tipping is the main reason we bring actual cash on board.  What we have leftover goes towards port of call T-Shirts, etc.  

 

Great review of your vacation and we are looking forward to our Glory trip next month.  I wish we were making a stop in Grand Cayman because I would totally get your better half the shirt she missed out. 

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We were on the Victory in November.  I was talking to a manager of the buffet and mentioned my love of Filipino food and how I wish the diversity of the crew was reflected in the menu.  He offered to have adobo cooked for us for the next night in the MDR.  I told him no thanks because the last time I did that on a cruise, I got the non-Filipino executive chef's recipe for adobo.  I really like home cooked Filipino food that is not been "fancied up".  He laughed and said he would get one of the Filipino galley staff to make it with his family recipe.  The manager said the Filipino galley staff would be proud to cook something on his own since he is normally doing prep work.

 

The next night we got to the dining room and our waiter immediately came to our table.  He told us the Filipino galley person worked on our dish during the afternoon and he cooked it the way his mother taught him.  When we got the dish, I asked where the cook was from in the Philippines.  Our waiter asked and he said near Manila.  I knew that because the pork adobo is dry.  As you get further south in the Philippines, there is more brine/gravy in the adobo.

 

Here is what we got.... and I agree... ask!!  We made the cook's day because he got to cook instead of chop veggies all day.  

 

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54 minutes ago, wesorbeth said:

Was this a Carnival excursion? 

 

No, I booked through shore excursioneer.

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34 minutes ago, SERK said:

Totally agree about the behind the fun tour.  We did it on the Dream last year for first time and yes...it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!  Fortunately for us, our ships (boats 😜) Captain was very friendly and took a bunch of pictures both groups and individually with us.  We definitely feel the same way about tipping.  These people work their butts off so we can have a great vacation while they are half a world away from family.  We tip our waiters in MDR, room steward, bar tenders etc. Tipping is the main reason we bring actual cash on board.  What we have leftover goes towards port of call T-Shirts, etc.  

 

Great review of your vacation and we are looking forward to our Glory trip next month.  I wish we were making a stop in Grand Cayman because I would totally get your better half the shirt she missed out. 

Thanks so much! Glad you're enjoying the review! And your shirt offer is super heart warming!

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Thank you for one of the best reviews written on these boards. Love the pictures.

 

On your next cruise you might want to give Guy's BBQ a try. Not like you have to pay for it.
Not sure about the liquid smoke stuff but the meats were outstanding. I did not think this was a chemical taste...but whatever. The sides were worth the trip even if you do not get any meat.

Thought it was the best food on Carnival.

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10 hours ago, wesorbeth said:

Was this a Carnival excursion? 

 

No, I did it through shorexcursioneer.com

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8 hours ago, mexicobob said:

Thank you for one of the best reviews written on these boards. Love the pictures.

 

On your next cruise you might want to give Guy's BBQ a try. Not like you have to pay for it.
Not sure about the liquid smoke stuff but the meats were outstanding. I did not think this was a chemical taste...but whatever. The sides were worth the trip even if you do not get any meat.

Thought it was the best food on Carnival.

Thanks for that compliment!!!

 

I tried it on the Dream two years ago. I was honestly not a fan. But it could have been that sailing, crew, etc. I would give it another shot. 

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Thanks scuba_ninja! It looks like a fun little excursion!  We did a snuba excursion in October, it was pretty neat.

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Hey scuba_ninja, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review with wonderful photos. I really enjoyed your sense of humor.🙂 We sail on the Glory in January 2021. So looking forward to it. G.

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OK, as promised....

 

NOLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Let's just start off by saying New Orleans is spectacular and I could move there. Yes, I know "but you're only there on vacation" blah blah blah. Sometimes, you just get a feeling about a place. NOLA could be my forever home. 

 

Let's dispel a few myths too. 

1) It's not a drunken sloppy party city. Even during Mardi Gras. There's a TON of family friendly parts to the parade. You just see on TV what sells ratings and seedy DVDs. 

2) It is still in Shambles from the Hurricane. Is it 100% recovered yet? No. But would you really even know? No, probably not. 

3) A snowball is the same as a snow cone. Not even close. A real snowball is fluffy like the clouds the angels sit on and covered in delectable magic. You need to get it with the condensed cream too. I could eat 50 in a row. In the middle of winter. 

 

I've got hundreds of NOLA pics, but I promise I won't post 'm all. Just some major highlights. If I repeat any from earlier... deal. I'm way too lazy to scroll back 6 pages. 

 

First up, we have an awesome combination tattoo parlour and law office. I'm sure they do both amazingly well. Maybe I can get my will inked onto my butt. 

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Even the bus and trolley lines got all festive for the holiday. 

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And here we have the pothole in its natural habitat. Traffic cone for scale. It's not impossible that this damage is still there from Katrina. You still see things like this around the city that were just... never fixed. 

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I mean, the name of this restaurant is perfect. It is on St. Charles, so it gets covered in beads every year when they throw them into the crowds. Pro tip, this far uptown, the parades are still crowded, but far, far more family friendly. IMG_20191226_092050.thumb.jpg.77a8cf9594ded2ad51b671affdc7b6e8.jpg

 

Awesome t-shirt. I regret not buying it. 

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If you go to NOLA and don't go to Ruby Slipper for breakfast, I can only assume you have mental problems. 

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Here we see the benedict flight and some candy bacon. Both I regret sharing with my wife. Also, get the banana foster cocktail. It is warm! Amazing! And (Insert long string of cuss words here) delicious. And I don't even drink. And I want to live in a bathtub filled with that stuff. Spectacular. 

 

Every inch of the French quarter is special and beautiful. 

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Jackson square is just... beautiful. IMG_20191226_121323.thumb.jpg.3cc901e549ed186ec2ac925e28b58086.jpg

 

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Great shops all around the square too. Everything is really tasteful, and some great places to get unique goodies to take home. The St. Louis Cathedral is also the oldest in the US. A really special place. 

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Also, I'm pretty sure it is the only cathedral in the word that has someone dressed like the devil outside of it reading tarot cards.

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Great review of the French Quarter s_n! We spent 3, 4th of July weeks running down there, staying in French Quarter hotels. Love it, love it love it. Mainly touring the Plantations up and down the River on the old road. Of course exploring the French Quarter is a treat that takes many days to fully appreciate the history of New Orleans. Well done! 👍

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Once again....thanks for taking the time to post this great review.  So glad you posted about New Orleans.  Glad you are planning to post more! 😁

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Great review, I will be on the Glory in March.  Any more restaurant recommendations? Im there for a 2 days after my cruise ends. Also looking for things to do with my 2 teenage kids if anyone  can think of anything.

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Thanks for the review, I really got a feel for the cruise and the boat (😉).  We are sailing in June on the Glory and this makes me really look forward to it even more.  I am a bit cautiously optimistic about sailing on Carnival for the first time (only booked as we are going with a large group of like minded people), and this helped ease me! Fortunately, the wife and I tend to have fun no matter the circumstances!   

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Thoroughly enjoyed your review of the Glory & itinerary. Thank you!

 

NOLA easy to enjoy; rich in history & unique culture. Planning a solo cruise on Glory end of this year, beginning of 2021... or sooner *wink*

 

p.s. I’d even sail on a garbage scow if it meant being out on Mother Ocean again. Doubt any cruise ships are that caliber.

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Currently in NOLA for our cruise this Sunday and because of your review, we will be eating breakfast at the Ruby Slipper this morning. We were shocked last night, though, as how expensive the restaurants were here! Any advice for a woman who does love all foods and one picky beef eating man? Lol!

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On 1/27/2020 at 3:52 PM, scuba_ninja said:

Every inch of the French quarter is special and beautiful. 

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Jackson square is just... 

Great shops all around the square too. Everything is really tasteful, and some great places to get unique goodies to take home. The St. Louis Cathedral is also the oldest in the US. A really special place.

I couldn't agree more.  It seems like in most US cities, especially those outside the East Coast and the Rust Belt, historic sites are something you visit tourist-style, and many locals seldom, if ever, spend time there.  That is, there's a historic downtown or a district, and you go there to see it, while the rest of the city is a modern, bland sea of chains and parking lots.  But in New Orleans, the city is the history, the history is the city.  It's an inherent part of the city's fabric.  Without history, it wouldn't be New Orleans; it would be Blandsville, Louisiana.

 

On 1/31/2020 at 7:32 AM, grandmarnnurse said:

Currently in NOLA for our cruise this Sunday and because of your review, we will be eating breakfast at the Ruby Slipper this morning. We were shocked last night, though, as how expensive the restaurants were here! Any advice for a woman who does love all foods and one picky beef eating man? Lol!

I went to New Orleans several years ago.  It's not a cheap place.  Although, we stuck to touristy areas, since the city's safety reputation is kind of iffy.  We ate most of our meals at the French Market, since it was warm enough to eat outside, despite it being December.  We also got snacks and beer at convenience stores.  It was cheaper than restaurants, but not as cheap as, say, McDonald's or cooking your own meals.  All in all, we spent $40 per person per day on food.  Given the huge selection at the French Market, that's where I'd suggest for you and your husband to eat.  You can get crawfish ettouffe (sp?) over rice, and your husband can get a roast beef sandwich.

 

Speaking of sandwiches, do try a muffaletta.  It's deli meats with an oily, vinegary olive salad, on a flattened crusty bun.  That's something all but the pickiest eaters can enjoy.

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3 hours ago, LandlockedCruiser01 said:

I couldn't agree more.  It seems like in most US cities, especially those outside the East Coast and the Rust Belt, historic sites are something you visit tourist-style, and many locals seldom, if ever, spend time there.  That is, there's a historic downtown or a district, and you go there to see it, while the rest of the city is a modern, bland sea of chains and parking lots.  But in New Orleans, the city is the history, the history is the city.  It's an inherent part of the city's fabric.  Without history, it wouldn't be New Orleans; it would be Blandsville, Louisiana.

 

I went to New Orleans several years ago.  It's not a cheap place.  Although, we stuck to touristy areas, since the city's safety reputation is kind of iffy.  We ate most of our meals at the French Market, since it was warm enough to eat outside, despite it being December.  We also got snacks and beer at convenience stores.  It was cheaper than restaurants, but not as cheap as, say, McDonald's or cooking your own meals.  All in all, we spent $40 per person per day on food.  Given the huge selection at the French Market, that's where I'd suggest for you and your husband to eat.  You can get crawfish ettouffe (sp?) over rice, and your husband can get a roast beef sandwich.

 

Speaking of sandwiches, do try a muffaletta.  It's deli meats with an oily, vinegary olive salad, on a flattened crusty bun.  That's something all but the pickiest eaters can enjoy.

We did go to the French Market yesterday. He had a Muffaletta, but didn’t care for the olive mixture on it. Looked pretty good to me!

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