First Cruise - Carnival lessons learned: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by TeaG
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First Cruise - Carnival lessons learned
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Cons: Loud music everywhere! (Must go to stateroom to escape it...) Pools: whirlpool way too strong pressure from water. I don't know why they turn them up so high -- it was uncomfortable from start, unbearable after 5 minutes. Food quality was fair to good. All free drinks (iced tea, fruit More juice, coffee, tea) except for lemonade were satisfactory. Wine selection fair. Shows on board: Klug lights in the theatre impossible to avoid in audience first ten rows -- had to shut eyes throughout performance. Ports: St. John is not a pretty city. They are hard hit by economic downturn and it shows. I feel for the population of the city, but it makes for a poor holiday destination. The market is hardly worth a stop of more than 15 minutes: recommend heading out as soon as possible to St. Martin and hopefully seeing the changing tides and possibly kayaking the caves if you can. Reversing falls interesting phenomenon -- but subtle. Dramatic Fundy tide changes can be seen at St. Martin's and Peggy's Cove. WIFI: expensive! Tried to get it in port -- almost impossible to connect for free :( Guest services never answers the phone and plays a recording all day.
Fun ship Glory: overall this is for people who like to drink a lot and like loud music. There is little for adults to do on at sea days except gamble, drink and eat. No more Carnival for me. Less
Cabin review: 8D6216 Balcony
6216 Great cabin with balcony. Full window views from bed. Lots of closet and drawer space. Quiet location near from of ship. Balcony great for 2 to drink and watch sunset. Would seek this one out again.Read All Balcony (8D) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Acadian Maple Experience
AWFUL: Acadia Maple shop. LAME: 35 minutes to shop in a maple candy/syrup store with dvd showing on tv how they make maple syrup -- this should NOT be on the tour.
The tour takes you all around the city to the Citadel. We pass public gardens twice on way there. We spent 15 minutes at Citadel (but it should have been at least an hour and half) and moved on to the public gardens where we spent 1-1/2 hours (not necessary!!). The garden is a 15 minute walk. Nice garden. Then we were to find our lunch. Free Wifi, but could not connect, at McDonald's. Not a great selection of dining options.
Then off to Peggy's Cove. Nice views of cove from rocks on shore. Pretty little lighthouse. Lots of little gift shops. Picturesque place, nice little hat shop there where milliner makes original headgear -- not cheap, but unique! Off to Titanic graveyard -- very interesting but depressing way to end a tour especially considering we are about to board a cruise ship! Then back to boat. Tour guide was very good!
City Tour, Bay of Fundy, and St. Martin
Getting out of St. John as soon as you can is possible with this tour. It makes a 20 minutes market stop, which is fine. You see the reversing falls on your way to St. Martin. It's moderately interesting. Then you go back to the ship to eat lunch. WHAT were they thinking when they set this itinerary?! They should have you eat in the market area or at St. martin at the restaurant. Poorly thought out. We went back on ship fo a quick deli lunch (best food we could find on board!). Then boarded again for the St. martin portion. We arrived at a restaurant there where we looked at the caves from the beach at a distance... Not much interaction. Overall, the St. Martin caves are worth a trip, but the St. John part of trip could be dropped entirely.
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