I had the opportunity last month to board the Carnival Glory in Miami. This was it’s first cruise out of a drydock. No joke, she had that new ship smell and the carpets were extra spongy to walk on. Very nice!
While I was touring the vessel I took the opportunity to photograph the ship for CruiseInd. This review will cover the public areas and a majority of cabin categories. It will consist of high-res photos and panoramas.
Obligatory stairwell photo
Obligatory elevator lobby photo
The bottom-most deck normally accessed by the public contains only cabins. There’s both inside and outside cabins with windows and portholes on this deck.
Deck 02 also contains only cabins.
Deck 03 is where the public areas start. It’s also where you enter the ship when first boarding.
There’s a promenade on either side of the deck, but it’s not connected in the bow or stern. It’s usually pretty quiet out here during sea days.
At the very front of the deck is the ships main theater, the Amber Palace lounge. The space is inspired by the Amber Room from Catherine’s Palace in Russia.
Just past the entrance to the lounge are the guest services areas. On the port side is the shore excursion desk and on the starboard is the pursers desk.
Immediately aft of those is the bottom floor of the Colors main atrium. The theme of this ship is ‘color’ so it’s a fitting name to one of the main hubs on the ship.
This is also where you enter the ship when you first board. Here’s the unused entrance on the port side.
Walking through the lobby there is a small corridor with the art gallery on the starboard side.
At the end of the hallway is one of the two main dining rooms, Golden Dining Room.
At the very aft end of deck 03 is the second dining room. Deck 03 is one of those split decks that Carnival ships have. That means you can’t walk all the way from the front to back, as the galley sits in between the two dining rooms. If you click on the deck plan you’ll understand what I mean.
Before entering the dining room, the Conquest class of ships have this neat mini-atrium. On the Glory it’s called the Spectrum.
At the end of the atrium is the Platinum Dining room.
Deck 04 is slightly narrower as this is where the lifeboats are. On this class of ship, they are recessed inboard and adjacent to it is the boarding area. During normal ops, this area is only used during the muster drill.
At the very front of Deck 04 is the start of the second level of the main theater.
Exiting the theater, you walk down stairs, and past the forward elevators, you enter the second deck of the main atrium.
At the far end of the atrium is the ship library.
Adjacent to the library is the photo gallery.
Hidden between the library and the photo gallery is the second entrance to the top level of the Golden dining room.
On the far side of the dining room you can enter a stairwell. Through that is a narrow corridor that takes you to the conference rooms.
Through that is the Ivory Club bar and lounge. There’s also a humidor there for cigars as well.
Through the Ivory club is the second level of the Spectrum.
Walking through Spectrum you reach the second level of the Platinum dining room. Notice on the far end there are large picture windows that look aft over the ships wake.
At the very front of deck 05 is the top level of the Amber Palace theater. You mainly access the top level though the stairs on Deck 04 so deck 05 really starts with the beginning of the Fun Shops.
Aft of the shops is the top floor of the main atrium. Although it continues to the very top, this is the highest floor where you can walk around it.
Surrounding the atrium on the port side is the EA Sports Bar.
On the starboard side, towards the back of the atrium, is the Cherry on Top candy store.
As you exit the atrium towards the starboard side, you immediately enter Kaleidoscope Boulevard. This is the ships main promenade. At the main entrance to it, the casino sort of spills out into it.
Heading aft on the promenade you pass a small desk that had the sign up area for Carnival’s credit card and future cruises.
Right next to that is Creams Cafe. The specialty coffee bar onboard.
Right next to that is the entrance to Club O2. The ships club room for teens.
Walking through that and to the left, is the ships arcade.
Exiting the arcade, you’re back on the Kaleidoscope Boulevard. This is where the Taste bar is located.
We’re now reaching the end of the promenade. This is where the night club and the Alchemy bar are located.
Exiting the promenade you enter the top level of the Spectrum.
On the port side is Bar Blue. The onboard blues bar.
The Glory’s piano bar is located on the starboard side off the Spectrum.
At the very end of the spectrum and continuing all the way to the end of the deck is the Ebony Cabaret lounge. This serves as the alternate lounge onboard the ship.
Deck 6 contains cabins. It’s the first level where the outside cabins have balconies.
Deck 7 also contains cabins. The midship ones are all suites. Deck 06 and 07 also feature a fairly quiet open deck at the front. You have a fantastic view over the bow looking straight ahead.
And I’ve also found something that no one’s reported about yet.
Deck 8 is also all cabins. At the front is the bridge and officer cabins.