My family was eager to get our vacation on the Carnival Glory started, so when I started seeing tweets that boarding would begin in 40 minutes, we hit the road. Forty-five minutes later, we were in front of the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, ready for our adventure.
After passing through security and checking in, we entered the ship and were ushered to the Lido Deck for lunch. Our room wasn’t going to be ready until 1:30pm, and it was about 11:30am. My kids were amazed to see all of the food available to us in the Red Sail Restaurant, and they enjoyed being led around filling up their plates with food and dessert.
We finished up lunch, and then explored the ship – checking out the kids’ club (Camp Carnival), the restaurants, the pools, and the glass elevators. At about 1pm, we found our room available. We were pleased to see how spacious the room actually is. We had two twin beds (pushed together to be a king bed), a twin bed, and a bunk bed that came out of the ceiling. Our luggage arrived by 2:30pm, and we were easily able to unpack all of our belongings into the various shelves and closets (and then tucked our luggage under the bed).
After attending the safety drill, which was crowded and ran too long, we headed to the Amber Palace to check out the Camp Carnival orientation. We learned all about the kids’ club schedule, and signed my children up for camp. Then, we got ready for dinner.
We were signed up for the 6pm dinner at the Platinum Dining Room, and were pleased to find that we had a great table in the center of the dining room. Our servers, who would follow us for the remainder of the cruise, were absolutely fabulous, and the food was really delicious. To be honest, I was quite surprised at how good the food is – I expected it to be relatively uninspired. There were also some great healthy options on the menu.
After dinner, which ran about an hour and forty-five minutes, we headed to the top deck of the ship to see the sunset. It was gorgeous, and the kids had fun running around the jogging track getting their energy out. When we returned to our stateroom from dinner, the top bunk bed had been pulled down for us, and the Day 2 edition of the Fun Times was waiting for us. The Fun Times includes all of the details for the day ahead, including show times, and is the main communication tool on the ship.
We all went to bed looking forward to our first full fun day at sea.
Disclosure: Our Carnival Glory trip, including excursions, was complimentary for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
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