Just returned from our July 9th Glory cruise. We enjoyed the cruise in spite of heavy fog and many happy families with many kids who pushed occupancy to 120%. The food , staff ,cabins and entertainment were good and sometimes great.
Unlike previous cruises, this one was booked and planned with a minimum of fuss. It was a cheap cruise that we could drive to Perfect! We booked a park & stay deal with STAY123 at the Holiday Inn Express Boston. This was a perfect choice. We decided to stay in Boston after our cruise so we drove direct arriving at the hotel before noon and were shortly on the shuttle to the port. This was the easiest embarkation we have ever enjoyed. Arriving at noon, we were on the ship in 20 minutes.
The cabin corridors were still blocked off so we explored. Around 1 PM were able to enter our OV cabin 2273, on the 2nd deck. We were needlessly worried about the location. It was located just in from the elevators and under the theatre. We heard no noise from either. We met our steward Kate and her assistant Richard, both of whom were very pleasant and competent. Our cabin was perfectly attended to with the fridge cleared and continuous buckets of ice provided. The layout was great with tons of space. The usual towel critters and chocolates were provided.
We chose My Time Dining for the dining room. The wait was just over 15 minutes. This would be the shortest wait of the week. Food was good in the MDR with apps and deserts being very good as usual. Service was also very good considering how crowded it was.
There were a huge amount of food options as the Glory had the 2.0 changes. The taco bar and Guys Burgers were smart additions. The thin pizza was excellent and the fish&chips area on the next level. The fried fish, oysters and cold seafood salads were great and it was undiscovered area with empty tables.
We went to the Steak restaurant. Service is good but the experience is underwhelming. I understood taking away free cappuccino's from MDR but from here? No more porterhouse steaks and the monster lobster tail is now a large tail and a half . The cheese plate had two over overripe selections. Meh!
We enjoyed the Serenity area.It was nicely laid out on 2 decks . The overall layout of the ship was not ideal especially access to the MDR's. The single entrance to our dining room was off the VERY crowded lobby.
The main theatre shows were new to us and we were impressed with the special effects. There was a certain sameness about these shows with the same 4 performer having all the solos with the other 4 as background. They perform to taped music as the live musicians have been done away with.
The entertainment highlight of the cruise was James Quigley the performer in the piano bar. Great voice? No but a great pianist and incredibly funny with a wonderful mean/hilarious sense of humour.Ya gotta hear his circumcision song ,A little off the Top. Or maybe the Beer Song or the Warm Kitty song from the Big Bang Theory.All killers. Ask him to play Piano Man if you dare.
So so funny. His act got more and more adult oriented and funnier and more risque as the night went on.
The fog rolled in the first night and was constant for the next 40 hours. As mandated by marine law, the ships horn was blown every 2 minutes for most of this time. We heard this was a problem for those with cabins on the top decks . Not us.
The fog changed our plans for St. John. It finally burnt off that afternoon and Halifax had good weather. Both ports were filled with nice people and museums. Pretty low key.
I had FBed John Heald concerning our CC M&G. He was kind enough to provide 2 bottles of sparkling wine and ships on a stick. Very nice. We went to one comedy show. The comedienne was obscene and amusing.
One unexpected bonus was watching dozens of whales as we returned to Boston. This was an unexpected treat.
Debarkation was fine until we couldn't find one of our bags. 20 very stressful minutes later it was found . Whew!
We called the hotel and the shuttle arrived as promised in about 25 minutes. The hotel was kind enough to let us check in before 12. Great hotel next to a decent mall and just off the I-93. Huge room and decent breakfast. Great hotel if you don't need a pool.
The ship was crowded, the fog was thick but we were pleased with the cruise. Except for the loss of a live theatre band, we didn't observe any cutbacks. With the new 2.0 lido deck food options, more has been added then deducted.