We sailed on the Glory on Saturday September 15th for our 7 day New England & Canada cruise. Our primary reason for choosing this itinerary was because we had sailed on the Glory last August (2011) on a 5 day to Canada and had a good time. This trip offered the additional stops in NE and thought it would be a great itinerary, which it is.
Day 1, Embarkment Day (Saturday)
Embarkment was smooth. We arrived at the port around 11:15am and we were on the ship by noon. Our stateroom was ready by the time we boarded, which in itself is amazing. For past cruisers, you know that you're luck to be in your stateroom by 2:30. We went upto the Lido deck, relaxed in the sun and enjoyed being on the ship in the heart of NYC. That evening was the Welcome Aboard Show, which we went to. Although it's the same each time, I did enjoy it (make note this is the 1st and last time I will enjoy a "Revue style" show on this ship. After the show we headed to the casino to try our luck and met our fabulous waiter, Evtim, who catered to our needs the rest of the week.
Day 2, Fun Day at Sea (Sunday)
Well, here's were it started to go down hill. Keeping in mind that Sunday is know as Football Day in America. It should be called Football Day in America, unless you're on a Carnival Cruise ship. The weather was beautiful, we (husband and I) ordered a few drinks and decided to sit by the pool side theater to watch the Giants game (note we are Jets season ticket holders). To our surprise they were playing Calypso music during the game and they weren't playing the audio for the game. Ok, so not that big of a deal but, really, calypso music during a football game? Around the end of the Giants game we decided to head to the sports bar to catch the Jets game, along with about 100 other people. When we get there, the reception on the tv is all snow and 47 seconds before the end of the Giants game the tv freezes. One would think that the bartender would either fix it himself or call someone. NOPE! He just stood there tucked in his corner. A number of people asked him to change the channel to the Jets game and he just stood there with a blank look on his face like we all had 3 heads. Finally, I went down to guest services who explained to me that the ship doesn't get CBS or the NFL ticket, so any games on either network would not be available. Now we were all stuck watching Nascar just to get the updates of the rest of the games that the ship couldn't get. Keeping in mind the whole time that the channel that the Giants game was on is still frozen, for 3 hours! In the opinion of everyone that was in the sports bar, there is no reason why a cruise ship shouldn't get all of the sports channels, especially our of NY. The rest of the day was uneventful. We spent some time in the casino, went to the spa to use the steamroom, played bingo, entered the slot tournament, enjoyed the art auction and then went to see "Livin' in America". It was the revue style show of the evening. UGH! the show was so bad that I walked out. Tim, the lead male vocalist is just so bad. I really think he was a reject from American Idol. Well back to the casino we go. The band in the casino was singing away and did a good job at entertaining but got off stage to early, by midnight.
Day 3, Boston (Monday)
Yay! 1st port of the week. The first exciting bit of news was that our port day had been extended. We were supposed to be back onboard by 4:30 but lucky us, our time was pushed back and we didn't have to be on the ship until 7:30. We opted not to do a tour. Since we've been to the city before we just walked around discovering new things. If you are not a person who likes to walk, plan ahead as the walk from the ship to downtown Boston/Quincy Market is just shy of 2 miles. We literally walked everywhere we could, our pedometer at the end of the day read 14 miles. A few highlights, the state building, the original Cheers, some old churches, Quincy Market, Sam Adams Brewery (you need a cab for the brewery), the Aquarium, Boston Commons and a few places that were discovered along the way. Personally, I wouldn't pay to do the Freedom Trail Excursion because there is a line painted on the sidewalk for the trail, so you can walk it yourself. The show of the night was comedien Thien Fu. He was really funny, a little hard to understand but I guess that's what made it funny. Punchliner comediens that night were Eddie Capone and Joe Bronzi. Both were hysterical.The band in the casino was again off stage by midnight and by 12:15 the bar service stopped. Around 1:15 we were being tapped on the shoulder by the casino attendants telling us that they are closing the casino in 15 minutes. My Funtimes clearly states that it's open until 4am.I guess someone forgot to tell the printer to update the hours of operation.
Day 4, Portland (Tuesday)
We've never been to Portland before so we opted for the Best of Portland/Kennebunkport. The tour was $59.99 and well worth it. Our tour guide was really great. She is a local and grew up in Portland so she would give you history and then funny stories about the area. We liked this because we got to see areas that we would have missed. Our only complaint about this tour is that you really don't get enough time in Kennebunkport. It is a beautiful little town, but we wasted to much time driving past the Bush Estate. In the end we only had about an hour in Kennebunkport. After the tour we were brought back to the cruise terminal where we then decided to walk along the docks. Surprisingly enough, somehow Portland ended up with 3 sections of the Berlin Wall. We also stumbled across a local's kind of place called J's. It's on one of the piers and to look at it from the outside one might pass it up, but if you don't want to deal with the "tourists", J's is the place for you. Fresh shucked oysters and clams, mussels, lobster stew...YUM! Did a little shopping on the waterfront and back on board we went. The evening show is "The Magic and Dance of Justin Illusion". This show is advertised as a family show. This act is anything but a family show. It falls short of softcore porn. I don't embarrass easily, but this one takes the cake. I was embarrassed for the older guests and the children in Camp Carnival who where brought to the show. The illusions were predictable. The dancers were scantilly dressed and just shy of having sex on stage. Heaven forbid there was a wardrobe malfunction, someone could have gotten pregnant. I actually fell asleep toward the end, it was that boring. After the show, off to the casino we went. Yet again, the band was off by 11:30 and it was at this time that we realized all of the songs that they played were the same every night. Bar service was stopped by midnight and the casino was closing by 1:30. Now here's were it got annoying. When you reach 1500 points you drink for free in the casino when you are playing. Good concept in theory. However, when you're at a machine or table and there isn't any waiter service you have to go to the bar and get a drink, which means that at that moment you are not playing and therefore do not get free drinks.
Day 5, St. John's (Wednesday)
This was a wash out day. Down pour and sideways rain. As we were disembarking at 10:30am the line to get back on the ship was down the gangway into the terminal. We managed to get to the City Market before the rain got really bad. Then took a cab back to the ship, $7.00 to go 3 blocks. We were back on the ship by noon along with everyone else. As the head of entertainment, you would think that the cruise director would make some sort of changes to the schedule to keep everyone active throughout the day since sightseeing was completely out. Maybe put a movie on in the showroom or rainday, half price bingo,karaoke, something anything...but NOTHING! Finally at 4:45 we set sail for Halifax. Tonights entertainment, The Love and Marriage Show. This is the one show that I look forward to on each trip. I have to say, Matt the CD was the best host. He changed up the questions and really brought a new spin to it. I wish every CD would follow suite. It was the same old story in the casino again. Closed down early.
Day 6, Halifax (Thurday)
We took the hop on, hop off bus. It was alot of fun and we saw so much that we otherwise wouldn't have. I think the price was a little high, $49.99 each. The tour guide was good. You can stay on the entire loop or get on and off at you leisure. We visited the public gardens, the oldest church in Halifax, the shopping district, Citadel, Alexander Keith brewery (try the Lobster Chowder, AMAZING!!) halifax crystal, Maritime Museum, rum cake factory and a bunch of other places. You won't be disappointed. Also, make note that the prices of the shops at the terminal are the same as if you bought them in their store elsewhere in the city. The prices are not increased at all. Went to the evening show, Just Rock, and again walked out. The female singer, Lauren is pretty good, but the show starts out really slow. Again a few dancers didn't know the routine and messed up a bit. And again Tim the male vocalist was just horrible. I left the show and back to the casino I went to waste the rest of the night. Same old story in the casino...closed early again.
Day 7, Sea Day (Friday)
Just another rainy day at sea. Tried to enjoy the steamroom in the spa, but it was out of order. Entered the slot tournament again. Spent some time at the art auction and the casino. Not much going on during the day. The evening entertainment was Carnival Legends. I typically enjoy the Legends show, it's where the guests dress up as famous singers, Brittany Spears, Garth Brooks, Gloria Estafan, Patty LaBelle, Dolly Parton, Sonny and Cher, Frank Sinatra and sing a song dress like them. This one was so disappointing. I don't think the entertainment staff did enough to advertise the show and it's concept so they, the staff, ended up doing most of the show. By midnight we had just about had it, we cleaned out our players accounts and went to bed.
Saturday (Disembarkment Day)
We opted for the self assist disembarkment. The ship cleared customs very fast and announcements were make for self assist by 8am. By 8:15 we were off the ship, through customs and in a cab heading to Penn Station. This was the easiest and fasted disembarkment ever! Along the way there were at least 2 dozen people who were grumbling, "Never again" and "I can't get off quick enough".Granted I know it's all hearsay but, I'd bet my life on it, those are the words that were said.
We will never set foot on the Glory again. The food was horrible, except for the Emerald Room (the steakhouse) which was well worth the $35 per person fee. It was more like a no frills vacation, which is what we are not used to getting with a Carnival Cruise. The layout of the ship is very confusing and the decor, kind of boring. The lobby is called Colors, yet is is anything but colorful. The management catered to the older guests and completely forgot about the 30 & 40 something's. Bar's and clubs were closed completely, other bar's were closed early (by 11 or 12). The bar service in the show lounge was horrible. I couldn't get served if I was on fire. One night I actually brought our fabulous waiter from the casino into the show with me, just so that I could get a drink. The room stewards were great, the bar service in the casino was the best that I've ever had, too bad it closed early every night. We were highly disappointed in the management of the ship, our poor opinion is not on the service but on the people making the entertainment decisions. We know that the weather is unpredictable but there needs to be a back-up plan set in place for the days that it does nothing but rain.
By reading my review you're probably saying to yourself, boy this person likes casino's and drinking, but honestly I don't. It was just that there was really nothing else to do because all of the clubs were closed and it rained 5 out of 7 days.
Bottom line, if you are over 65 y/o this is the trip for you. If you are like us, 36 and 44, you will be highly disappointed.