Carnival Glory is the second ship in the five-ship Conquest-class. The first ship of this class, Carnival Conquest, started her maiden voyage in november of 2002, followed by Carnival Glory in july 2003. After these ships, three more followed, Carnival Valor in december 2004, Carnival Liberty in july 2005 and Carnival Freedom in march 2007. As you can see in the names, they all have very patriotic American names that seemed very appropriate after the september 11th attacks in New York and Washington in 2001. Also Carnivals biggest competitor Royal Caribbean International named their new class in the same styling.
Below, Carnival Glory is seen passing the statue of liberty in New York harbour on a hazy day at the 2nd of september, 2010. It has always been a dream of mine to picture a ship passing the statue, so I was very pleased to do so.
The Conquest-class is a modification to the original Carnival Destiny design, dating from the mid 1990's. In the Conquest-class, the ships are a little longer so several public rooms were enlarged and a new reservations-only restaurant could be placed above the Lido deck. The ships measure 110.239 tons and they have a lenght of 290,20 meters. They are 35,54 meters wide and their draft is 8,20 meters. On double occupancy basis, the ships can sail with 2974 passengers, but the maximum amount of passengers with extra bedding is 3783. These passengers are cared for by 1118 crewmembers and they can use 13 decks of ship. The normal speed for the ships is around 22,5 knots and they sail under the flag of Panama with Panama as their homeport.
Carnival Glory docked at pier 88 in New York at the 6th of september 2010. She is berthed at the exact same spot as where the Normandie of the French Line burned in 1939 while she was converted into a troopship for the second world war effort.
Carnival Glory sailed out of her building dock at the Fincantieri Yards at Monfalcone, Italy at the 30th of october 2002. She had been built as yardnumber 6058 and was finally delivered to Carnival Cruise Lines at the 27th of june 2003. Two weeks later, at the 14th of july, the ship was named by Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman who went to space when she was part of the crew that piloted the space-shuttle Challenger in 1983. Following the naming-ceremony, Carnival Glory was the venue for a champagne-reception after which she sails for a five-day invitation-only cruise to Mexico where she called at Costa Maya and Cozumel. After this pre-inaugural cruise, she set sail for her first Caribbean cruise with paying passengers from Port Canaveral at the 19th of that month. From 2009 onwards, Carnival Glory sailed from Miami as the new Carnival cruiseliner Carnival Dream took her place at Port Canaveral. From mid 2010, Carnival Glory also sails cruises from the US eastcoast, especially from New York and Norfolk. After a drydockperiod in early 2012, the ship was replaced in New York by Carnival Splendor and started sailing the Caribbean yearround from Miami.