Onboard Carnival Glory, passengers will find a lively “let’s do it all” atmosphere. The ship offers a variety of bars and lounges, plenty of entertainment options and a head-spinning array of activities, from Bingo to karaoke and hairy chest competitions. Laugh at comedians, dance to music played by D.J. Irie-trained mixmasters, or be wowed by short, high-energy Playlist Productions song-and-dance shows with dizzying special effects. Themed bars, like the sing-along piano bar and the cocktail-focused Alchemy Bar, are great places to linger over drinks. The constant announcements remind passengers of most of the daily activities, or you can pore over the overly complicated daily newsletters.

Carnival Glory won’t always wow you with its food, but it won’t disappoint either. The options are solid, and — unlike many of the ships in its competitors’ fleets — most are included in the cruise fares, like the burger joint by celebrity chef Guy Fieri and the poolside burrito and taco bar.

Families flock to Glory’s easy Caribbean itineraries, and the ship’s kids club has options for babies, kids and teens. The separate teen and tween hangouts are along heavily trafficked thoroughfares, and we always saw a crowd inside.

The ship’s layout is pretty easy to master, with most entertainment and dining zones on decks 3 through 5 and then on decks 9 and up. Just be careful when navigating decks 3 and 4; the midship restaurants and galley make it impossible to cross from the forward theater to the aft dining room without going up to Deck 5. As for crowding, congestion occurs at the buffet during peak hours, particularly on sea days; on formal nights, lines form for photos along Kaleidoscope Boulevard (the main Deck 5 entertainment strip). And yet there are offbeat, out-of-the-way spots — like the Ivory Club — that offer chances to escape from crowds.

Overall, Carnival Glory’s biggest strength is its appeal to a wide variety of travelers, from families and groups to couples, and to travelers on any budget.