The Conquest-class cruise ship Carnival Glory was first floated out in 2003, with its iconic nightclubs, pools, water slides and shopping options, but the ship most recently got some upgrades in 2012, when Carnival updated the ship to its Fun Ship 2.0 standard (adding the Guy’s Burger Joint eatery, along with some other new eateries and bars), and then later in 2017.
The most recent refits included adding the new WaterWorks feature. WaterWorks is Carnival’s branded onboard waterpark, with a huge waterslide, racing slides and more, created for both kids and kids at heart.
The ship, with its just over a thousand-member crew, can host up to 3,750 guests, but normal capacity settles around 3,000.
If you’ve been considering taking a Carnival Glory cruise this year, here’s everything you need to add to your itinerary, to have the best time possible.
1. Pick the Best Cabin for You
Before you even set sail, you have to pick the best cabin for you, as this is what can make or break your cruise. After all, you want to make sure that you have all the space you need to enjoy a relaxing time away from all your worries and cares.
The Carnival Glory cabins are some of the largest that you’ll find in the industry and quite a few of them come with their own balconies. If you get an exterior cabin, you’ll have more than 200 square feet of space, along with a seating area in addition to your bed.
There are also family-centric cabins that are located near the children’s center and outfitted with a tub (because if you’re a traveling parent who’s ever tried to hose off a toddler in a shower, you know what a pain that can be).
There are, of course, larger luxury cabins that have balconies, more space and extra perks. The cabin you choose all depends on your travel needs and your price range.
2. Outfit Yourself with the Right Tools
Okay, so you’ve picked out the perfect cabin, made it onboard and now you’re ready to start enjoying an awesome sailing adventure. What else do you need to make this trip a memorable one?
Start by downloading the Carnival Cruise Line Hub app. It’s the most popular app in the cruising industry, with 5.1 million downloads, and it helps you make the most of your time aboard the ship.
You can manage your booking, purchase shore excursions, schedule spa treatments, reserve dinner, manage your WiFi package and get items delivered to your stateroom, all from your smartphone.
Plus, the latest feature is a Pizza Anywhere function, that allows you to literally order a pizza anywhere you are on the ship, at any time. It’s pizza on demand!
3. Grab a Bite to Eat
If you’re hungry and want to grab a bite to eat on the go, the Carnival Glory has plenty of casual dining options to fulfill whatever craving you might happen to have at any given moment.
There’s the newer Guy’s Burger Joint, which has become a real hit aboard all Carnival cruise ships, serving up some of the best burgers at sea, all from your fav television chef, Guy Fieri.
For tacos and tequila, there’s nowhere else to go other than BlueIguana Cantina, another Carnival cruise favorite. Lido Restaurant has your all-day casual dining covered with options for every type of cuisine you might want.
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There’s the Seafood Shack for mouthwatering lobster rolls; Pizza Pirate for all kinds of pizza, all times of day; the Ol’ Fashioned BBQ joint for slow-cooked specialty cuts of meat; The Carnival Deli for your favorite kosher NYC-style sandwiches; the Breakfast Grill to start the day out right; Comfort Kitchen for all your rib-sticking goodness; and more.
4. Reserve a Culinary Experience That’s a Cut Above
Of course, not all the dining aboard Carnival Glory is casual. There are plenty of options for you to get a little fancy and try some of the best in cruising cuisine.
You can even get in on the fun with cooking demonstrations that help you hone your skills for later use at home, or eat a Chef’s Choice meal that shows off just how well Carnival chefs know their craft.
For tempting steakhouse classics, you have to go with Steakhouse Selections; a classic brunch can be had when you book a Seaday Brunch, Bloody Mary’s included; The Chef’s Table gets you close to the action, for a private tour of the kitchens and a meal featuring our chefs’ best dishes; and the Dining Room gives you classic cruising dinner fare over three courses, in an upscale environment, no pretensions required.
5. Treat Your Tummy
But sometimes you just need a treat, right? No big fancy meal? Just something delicious?
If that’s the case, you’ve gotta stop by Swirls, for an ice cream cone of your choosing, or some frozen yogurt. It’s the perfect thing for a sunny day at sea.
Is your weakness more of the coffee variety than sugary treats? Then stop by the Coffee Bar for premium coffee drinks and pastries to go.
6. Get in a Workout
Now with all that dining you might want to check out the Carnival Glory gym, to ensure you don’t put on any extra pounds while you’re at sea for a week. Good for you, the fitness center is pretty awesome.
It’s 15,000 square feet filled with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, all with amazing views of the ocean. They’ve arranged the equipment to face the floor-to-ceiling windows, so you’ve always got a great seat in the house, regardless of if you’re rowing, riding a stationary bike, getting in a few miles on the treadmill or just enjoying some free weights.
If you do decide you want to take your workout outside, you can go for a run on the top deck, where a jogging track surrounds the ship’s smokestack. If you don’t prefer to work out on your own, group fitness classes are available as well.
7. Spend Some Time By Yourself
So you’re on a family cruise. While it’s definitely fun to hang with the fam, you could use some alone time, right? There’s nothing wrong with that! Just get away for a few hours at the adults-only Serenity section of the ship.
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The upscale environment has its own pool and bar, so you can lounge about in peace, with no screaming or splashing in sight.
8. Embrace Your Inner Seuss
If you haven’t heard, Dr. Seuss is kind of a big deal around Carnival cruises. The Fun Ships all embrace the famed author with gusto, putting on lots of family events and activities surrounding some of Seuss’ most beloved characters.
Attend a story time with the Cat in the Hat, try some green eggs and ham at breakfast and even get in on a fun parade for all ages.
9. Show Off Your Skills
Everyone loves to be entertained, but some of us would rather be doing the actual entertaining. For those people, Carnival offers plenty of ways to play. Head to the Lip Sync Battle to show off your awesome musical moves.
Get in on the game at the Hasbro Game Show and play larger than life family favorites to compete against your fellow cruisers for awesome prizes. Or, go to a karaoke bar and belt out your favorite songs.
10. Shop Til You Drop
If you absolutely love to shop, you don’t have to wait for shore days to start shopping while you’re aboard Carnival Glory.
The cruise line offers duty-free shopping, so you can pick out some of your favorite items from some of your favorite brands, and enjoy them tax-free right from the comfort of your own stateroom. Whether it’s luxury clothing items or liqueurs you can’t find at home, or even a gift for someone, you’ll find it.
11. See a Show
There’s almost always a show on display on this cruise ship. No matter what your favorite types of shows actually are, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find one you like. Do you like musicals? Check. Comedies? Check.
Drama? Check! Plus, the talent aboard Carnival Glory is truly out of this world, from the actors and actresses to the technical talent putting together show sets and visual effects. You won’t be able to believe your eyes!
12. Pamper Yourself at the Spa
The Spa Carnival offers lots of great treatments that will allow you to truly relax and rejuvenate before you head home.
Whether you like the classic spa treatments like a simple massage or facial, or you’re interested in newer treatments that help with aging or skin conditions, you can find a little bit of everything on this spa treatment menu. Come in, and prepare to leave a new person!
13. Mix and Mingle
Are you a single traveler looking to meet some travel friends while aboard your cruise? Or do you just want to meet a new couple to hang out with and maybe go on a double date to the Dining Room? Whatever the case might be, there are plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle aboard a Carnival Glory cruise.
There are so many fun social spaces to explore! From the atrium to the promenade, the various bars to the library, there’s always somewhere to socialize with your fellow travelers.
14. Soak Up Some Sun
If you dream of going on vacation, lying by the pool with a drink in your hand and doing not much else, then you’re in luck because the Carnival Glory delivers just that experience across its four swimming pools.
That’s right — four! If one’s crowded, you can just move to the next, because there’s always another place to soak up the sun right around the corner.
15. Grab a Drink
Of course, if you want to sit in the shade with a drink in your hand, there are plenty of opportunities to do that as well. Any kind of bar experience you want, you’ll find it.
RedFrog Rum Bar has your rum-based Caribbean drinks covered; Alchemy Bar serves up cool custom cocktails; BlueIguana Tequila Bar gives you — what else? — lots of tequila; and that just scratches the surface!
Plus, you can also try Carnival’s exclusive brews.
For people who love trying craft beers, this is the only place you can get ‘em! And, if you’re more of a cocktail person, you can show off your mad mixology skills at the mixologist competitions.
16. Play Some Games
Channel your competitive side, with some game time with the family. The mini golf course is the perfect place to teach your kids how to putt, before you promptly kick some butt. There are loads more games up top, from corn hole to ping pong. But, if it’s time to head below deck, you can play at the video arcade, where classic and brand-new arcade games are available in spades.
17. Try Your Luck
Feeling a little lucky? Then try your hand at Carnival Glory’s onboard casino. From blackjack to the slots, poker to roulette, they’ve got all your favorite casino games, with both live and digital dealers.
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Ready to Go?
All the above could easily fill up your entire cruise, and yet there’s so much more to do, see and enjoy when you step up aboard Carnival Glory for the first time. Sound like your kind of place? Then start planning your Carnival Glory cruise today!