Great Maiden Voyage: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by miketafc
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Great Maiden Voyage
Destination: Canada & New England
This was our first cruise and it was an anniversary present from our adult daughters who also went with us. The cruise was in July for five days from Boston to Halifax, NS and stopped at St. Johns, NB both in Canada.
The port in Boston was clean and very nice and the embarkation process was pretty smooth and a lot easier than any airline boarding I've had. When we arrived at our room 2.5hrs early it was cleaned and ready and our cabin steward greeted us with a smile, introduced himself asked if there was anything he could get for us. His service from that point on was just excellent and we were very pleased with him.
We stayed in cabin 1110 which was the Spa deck and very quiet. The room wasn't large, but roomy enough with a fairly large shower and bathroom. The balcony could fit two people comfortably and did not have an overhead which I liked because you got the sunshine during the day. The beds were More very comfortable and the cooling worked great.
My wife and daughter used the spa and said it was very good with the exception of my daughter's teeth whitening which was very painful. I had been bitten by a spider before I left and my leg swelled up do I got to use the "sick bay" and found the doctors and service pretty good.
The weather was hot until we got passed Bar Harbor Maine and then the temperature dropped about 25 degrees and was foggy, overcast and in the 60's in St. Johns, and Halifax. Our excursions used the ON-Off buses in both Ports which allowed us to see most of both cities and also get off at sites we wanted to see. We missed the reverse on the reversing falls but it was nice anyway, but nothing special. St. Johns itself is a nice city but nothing you dream of going back to. Halifax however is beautiful and we enjoyed Fort Citadel, especially the bagpipers. We ate at a restaurant recommended to us by some locals called the Bluenose. This was a reasonably priced place near the museums and found there lobster and oysters even tastier than the ones back in New Hampshire and Maine. We also visited the maritime museum which was also very nice. Time did not allow us to see several other places there and this is a city I would love to go back to again.
The ship itself was beautiful and because it was the 4th of July they had a huge American flag in the Colors lobby and had a celebration in the dining hall as well as other places on the boat. The lobby itself is fairly large and beautiful with plenty of room to sit and relax to live music. We taught all of the areas for relaxation, eating, drinking or entertainment were all comfortable and well laid out. The shopping areas are all very nice and prices were either better or very competitive to shopping at home. Although NH is known for its cheap liquor prices the duty free on the boat was even better. Beware though they do add a 15% gratuity to the price you pay.
We got to most of the clubs and enjoyed most of them including the music and dancing. The drinks were good and prices were not out of line with night life around home. If there was any area of disappointment it was the entertainment. The dating game was fun but the comedians were nothing more than the same vulgar acts revolving around pretty much the same old themes. Nothing new or creative here just the HBO comedy copy cats.
The casino was great and had something for everyone. We all had fun playing slots, blackjack, craps and even the electronic poker.
Dining on the ship was very good. We chose the 8:15pm set schedule and therefore got the same crew of waiters each night. Their service was excellent and the main dishes were very good with a few exceptions. The Italian dishes, fish, lobster, soups, salads and most appetizers were well prepared and equal to anything you would get at a good stateside restaurant. The "fun foods" were on par with fast food and we would pass on the chicken and pork dishes. I ended every meal with either an espesso or cored ffe and both were good.
The Red Sails buffet was good for some things and fair to poor for others. The pizza wasn't bad if you like Pizza Hut, and the hamburgers and hot dogs were pretty good. The eggs and omelets tasted like they were made from powdered eggs and the bacon had that broiled taste. Couple that with a very mediocre coffee and you got a poor breakfast. The fruit was good and some of the pastries. Most of the days we went to the platinum restaurant in the aft where you could get fried eggs , good sausage and bacon and the breakfast was exceptional.
We all ate at the steak house which was both elegant and five star. The fillet mignon was big and on par with a Ruth Chris or Morton's. The wine list was extensive and more than adequate and the desserts were decadent. The cheesecake was my favorite. During our dinner people were drawn to the window as a school of dolphin put on a show. We enjoyed dinning here so much we booked a second night. The second night I had the steak and lobster combo which was good but i would advise sticking to the fillet mignon. Although the dolphins didnt show a full moon did making this a great anniversary dinner for us. This was the best $35 we spent on the trip and I would advise anyone that enjoys a good steak to book it.
Overall we enjoyed our stay on the Glory and would both book it again and recommend it to others. Less
Cabin review: 8F1110 Balcony
Cabin 1110 Review This was a balcony cabin and very quiet. The room roomy enough with a fairly large shower and bathroom. The balcony could fit two people comfortably and did not have an overhead which I liked because you got the sunshine during the day. The beds were very comfortable and the cooling worked great. This room would come highly recommended.Read All Balcony (8F) Reviews >>
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