We are married couple, without children. We have cruised various cruises lines over the last 10 years. We choose our cruises primarily based on the itinerary. We had read the cautionary tales of Carnival and the Glory before booking. But we wanted to escape the heat of the south and wanted to visit the Candian Maritimes.
Embarkation: we were surprised by the lack of attentiveness from the porters-none of whom wanted to take our bags-to the womam who checked us in who couldn't even talk to us. That is not Carnival's fault; but will make us think twice about leaving from Boston. The cabby from the airport even gave us a little attitude when I told him where we needed to go. We didn't let this bother us. We were on the ship and in our room within 15 minutes of arriving at the pier.
Dining: 8:15 assigned seating which is what we had wanted. We had fabulous table mates; Thank goodness. If we hadn't, it would have felt like an eternity before we got our food. The head team waiter was great-his staff was terrible. This was the first time that all of our appetizers or entrees were delivered at the same time. The table was very crowded. Water was not always filled. The assistant waiter didn't always understand what was ordered and brought the wrong food. Carnival used to excel at their dining service.
We didn't eat at the Red Sail buffet too much. It was too crowded. The food was cold. (A comment I kept reading in previous reviews.) The lunch/ breakfast in the dining room was fine.
We ate at the Emerald Room Steakhouse one night. We have eaten at Carnival's steakhouse on the Carnival Spirit 2x. Both of those were excellent-food and service. This time, we were actually rushed through dinner-really! out in UNDER 2 hours. Very disappointing.
Watch out-the description of the food on the menu is not always what you think you are getting. Weird.
Shore tours-we didn't book any through Carnival.
In Saint John, we did the Reversing Falls Thrill Ride-highly recommend it.
In Halifax we shared a cab with another couple to Peggy's Cove. Beautiful. Then walked around Halifax and had a snack at the Lower Deck Pub.
The Glory's layout is very poor. Yes, the ship was full; but to have the photographers in the path of the dining room changeover was really poor! I felt very crowded on this ship.
We enjoyed the aft balcony; the adult only pool in the aft was delightful; and the movies on deck are great-even showed the olympics all day on that large screen.
So, in all, Carnival can get some things right. Just disappointed in the things that USED to be good are really poor now. Overall it seemed as though the staff was going through the motions. Sad for them-and sad for the passengers.