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Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our excursion through the Western Caribbean on the Carnival Glory.

Below you will find our itinerary and links for each of our days on the trip. You can see pictures of our trip on each day's page.

It all began back in March 2008 when Lori’s sister Judi suggested a family cruise vacation. After some online research and discussion, we booked the travel quickly. The cruise was to be over the holidays so we didn’t want to waste any time. The family booked a total of 5 cabins on the Carnival Glory Western Caribbean cruise (Dec 27, 2008 – Jan 3, 2009), departing from Port Canaveral, FL.

We took this cruise primarily because of our family – Carnival is an affordable cruise line and has good kids’ programs. That being said, we doubt seriously we would ever take a Carnival cruise again – it was fine, but isn’t our cup of tea and is more for families with kids (in our opinion). We weren’t overly impressed with the food – other than one or two dinners (which were above average) and the simply wonderful supper club. The service was excellent – Carnival does a good job at instilling that sense of service in their employees. We were disappointed that we did not get to deal with a sommelier at dinner as we enjoy trying different wines when we dine out. The ports weren’t all that exciting to us, which was why we mostly stayed on the ship. We realize some others might criticize us for not taking more side trips, but our goal really was to relax and unwind – and the destinations didn’t really appeal to us all that much. We would take a cruise again, but not over the holidays, and would likely opt for one that is couples only. We definitely would want a room with a balcony, as that is a wonderful addition.

We can see why Carnival cruises appeal to families. We know there are a lot of repeat customers – we met a lot of them. Speaking of diversity, we actually sat next to a native Cuban in one of the hot tubs and he told us the story of how he came to the US back in the 1990s and how he went back to Cuba a few years ago to marry his girlfriend and bring her to the US. It was a touching and interesting story, and after such a contentious presidential election, it reminded us of what a great place the US is to live and why we live there, as here was someone who had fought hard to get himself and his wife to the US.

Itinerary

Day One - Cocoa Beach
Arrive at Orlando airport and shuttle to Cocoa Beach.

Day Two - Port Canaveral
Embarkation onto the cruise ship Carnival Glory.

Day Three - At Sea
Sailing from Port Canaveral to Cozumel.

Day Four - Cozumel
Arrive at Cozumel.

Day Five - Belize
Arrive at Belize and spend the day on Bannister Caye.

Day Six - Costa Maya
Arrive at Costa Maya.

Day Seven - At Sea
Sailing on New Year's Eve from Costa Maya to the Bahamas.

Day Eight - Bahamas
Arrive at the Bahamas.

Day Nine - Port Canaveral
Disembarkation from the cruise ship and shuttle to Orlando airport.