As stated on other reviews, if you have cruised enough to compare to past trips you will know the things that have changed or are missing. A lot below will be direct comparison to last year's cruise.
Lido - The new Guy burgers and burrito were good. They took away the asian wok which was a disappointment as it had the longest lines on most ships as it was popular. In reflection, the regular daily theme offerings were worse. This trip we did not touch it. And in reflection.. I seems to be eating too many burgers and burritos as it seemed the only thing worth getting.
Dining - moved to GROUP Dining - I was among those in the long lines of very unhappy people on the first day trying to change out from being placed into a late Group dining. Confirmed or on waitlisted people anytime dining we all got a surprise - that line stayed open the entire time. Everyone was trying to get out of the large group tables. One person was so angry he was calling customer service on his phone while waiting in line having had a confirmed anytime dining for over a month.
The dining room each have 2 sections. What has changed to create this problem is that only 1 section out of the total of four dining sections was set for Anytime dining for the entire cruise. So the most popular option you had 1/4 a chance to get it. So you ended up missing most of the entertainment if you did late dining.
CLOSE tables - Past trip on Fascination, you could walk between the tables of 2. On Glory, we were lucky to be placed on a side by side table of 2. The space to the next table was almost impossible to walk between as they were so close. It was almost a group long table.
Entertainment - If you remember the many dancers and big shows - Carnival has cut it down that it seems to be 4 male and 4 female entertainers. It reflects in how 'big' the production is. Everyone has to sing inclusive of the 2 leads. Not everyone can teach so not everyone can sing. Just listen if you go.
Do you like to breathe second hand smoke?
Because while a lot of the entertainment use to be in the main theater, most seem to take place in the casino stage. The casino ventilation was really bad this trip. We really did not want to walk through the area.
Ship layout and changes - Bars were added basically. But in the same amount of space before. The tables added or moved are much closer now. It feels really crowded. And yes... the camels are gone to make space to squeeze more space out of the casino. Shocking seriously.
So what's gone? As mentioned by others... the free specialty coffees from dining as expected. There was the late night special buffet but that seems to be gone.
Ports - St John - as always a nice place to explore. The path to the reversing falls is partially closed currently. But the town is nice to explore.
Halifax - much more to explore on foot. Lots of exploration.
This is my forth trip but frankly the worst trip in 2 years. Its a steady decline in past services and offerings. Its unfortunate. It bothered me enough that it made me post this.
First visit. Nice walking city. Really helpful people with maps when you get ashore at Information. They did a great job plotting our path to minimize hills. 8)
Nice place to walk around. Currently June 2013 the path is partially closed to the falls.