We returned June 20th, from the 4 day Boston to Saint John Canada sailing of the Carnival Glory.
Let me start by saying ANY vacation is most dependent upon the weather. Our weather was perfect, warm but not too warm. Seas were calm and sun out every day. This makes for any great vacation and it made for a great sailing.
My wife and I have been cruising since 1976 on the Home Line ship Doric. We have been on over 25 ships and 7 cruise lines. We sailed on Carnival 7 times since our first on the Festivale. Our last Carnival trip was 8 years ago on the Legend, after that we thought it would be our last on Carnival. The reason was simple, food not good, service just ok ship not clean enough and not a very good value. So we were reluctant to take the Glory but since it left from Boston and cheap we took our chance. We were glad we did!
Being from Boston we took our time boarding arriving at the pier at 1:15, in our cabin at 1:40 unpacked and eating at 2PM, I loved that.
The Glory is a very clean ship. Tables were always available and clean. Food lines were short. The staff were all friendly and with a smile. Our cabin 6383 with a balcony was perfect for our needs it was centrally located and within easy walk of all activities.
The food exceeded our expectations. We ate four dinners in the main dining room. The service and food were very good. I had the Flat Iron steak (better than Longhorns). Maine Lobster Tail (very good). Prime Rib (very good), Sliced sirloin roast (pretty good), Fried shrimp (actually very good) Shrimp Cocktail (tiny but good). Deserts very good. Breakfasts very good. Overall a very good dining experience.
The new 2.0 upgrades are real winners. Guy’s Burgers (excellent), Mexican food (my wife loved them at breakfast and lunch), Fish and chips (excellent) and the Deli sandwiches also (very good). The food court was never crowded and food was pretty good. One nice thing was the ice cream machines were plentiful and always available (great for kids and adults). The pizza was outstanding and always available. Overall food was a major upgrade from our last Carnival cruise 8 years ago.
Entertainment was pretty good. Carnival has done away with a few things I thought were great travel tools. One was the morning Cruise Director TV program. I always enjoyed and found it very useful in letting passengers know what was going on that day. I’m really not sure what the Carnival Cruise Director does but obviously not as much as years ago. Glory had a nice dance duet, they were very good. They also had a very good karaoke program with a live band. One thing I didn’t like was having a dance band and the Captains receiving line in the Casino. It is probably the worst place to hold these events. When people get dressed to meet the captain or have a nice dance the worst thing is to come out smelling like a smoke chimney from all the smokers. This is a dumb idea.
The daily news brochure was confusing and busy.
The swimming pools, and hot tubs for the most part were just fine, always clean. Some of the Hot Tubs were just luke warm, somewhat of a turnoff, yet most were just fine, go figure. The adult Serenity area works very well for a quiet adult orientated place without kids. The gym area was very nice, we did a complete walkthrough and the Gym hot tub was very good.
The passengers seemed very happy with few complaints. That usually comes with good weather, good food and a pleasant experience.
Debarkation was a breeze. Since this was a four day cruise and we packed light we took advantage of the walk off with all our luggage. We were off the ship and at our car at 8:15
Overall Carnival is a much better option then 8 years ago and we will definitely consider it for our future cruise plans.