We are a married couple, ages 50 and 53. We have cruised ten times, this was our sixth on Carnival and our second sailing on Glory. we live about an hour from NYC so we took a bus into Port Authority Bus Terminal. From there it was a quick cab ride to the ship. We arrived to the port at 10:00, people were still disembarking at that time. Within minuets we were called into line for security and into the check in area. We were the second party to check in, given zone one boarding. We were seated in a large waiting area and quickly on board. Priority boarding and special assist were ahead of us but all together the entire boarding process took about an hour. We were eating lunch by about 11:00 and exploring the ship!
The ship was still in good shape, going into dry dock in a few weeks for the fun ship 2.0 upgrades. Our cabin was on deck seven, mid ship, pretty close to everything and easy to get around once you figure out where you are in relation to the venues you want. You can not travel forward or aft all the way across decks three or four. We would travel on our deck forward or aft then go up or down, very easy. The cabin was clean and our steward was very good, Erik. Very friendly every time we saw him and even though we had Your Time Dining he always got the evening service done without bothering us or interrupting our schedule.
Service throughout the ship was very good and friendly. We had Your Time Dining, and were a bit concerned about service being poor, the concern was unfounded. Service varied from night to night but it was always fine. These people work very hard! We ate dinner in the dining room every night, all the food was very good, as expected. Some things were better than others, one evening my steak was over cooked so I sent it back, they promptly delivered a new one which unfortunately was now very very rare. The waiter, Gusti (goose) was very good, he wanted to get me something else but I was ill and had had a salad and some soup so I didn't bother with another entree.
Breakfast and lunch were at the Lido buffet. All good, we do the burgers, dogs, chicken fries, pizza, deli etc, not really the traditional buffet. Omlet bar was very good too, otherwise the buffet was fine, as expected, but nothing special.
Ports were all nice we did most things on our own, no Carnival excursions. We booked the lighthouse cruise independently in Portland, that was nice. We rented a car in Halifax and drove to Peggy's Cove, I recommend this, so easy and you are in charge of your schedule rather than being part of a large group.The weather was very nice!
The demographic on this voyage was quite old. If your looking for late party nights this is not the cruise for you! We enjoyed the comedy shows, the illusionist, there is a juggler that is so funny too, don't miss it! We also went to the legends show, silly but entertaining. We also went a couple movies on deck, I really wish Carnival would play better movies. They are so dated, Armageddon and Back to the future! Come on guys! Oh and, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, the median age on this sailing was about 60, give me a break!
All in all a great cruise, would do it again!