When my wife and I booked this cruise we didn't expect much. We had heard recent grumblings about how the service and quality on Carnival has hit bottom. We booked this cruise only for the itinerary (we have always wanted to visit Halifax) and thought our 2 children (7 and 11 years old) would enjoy the laid back Carnival experience and most of all the price was right.
We boarded the ship with a set mind not to expect much. Having recently cruised with Disney and Celebrity we set our expectations to LOW.
Every day of our 5-day cruise instilled in us a certain satisfaction for what Carnival delivers.
First the Ship the Carnival Glory:
I though she offered us everything a passenger with children could ask for. She was clean as can be. Everyday you see the crew cleaning and cleaning as well as making small repairs. Her decor is well a little glitzy but most of her public rooms are well appointed and comfortable. She offers ample pool space for both adults and children. We found the main pool area to get a bit crowded and the Pool water was way to COLD. IF the pool water was warmer we think there would be less children jammed into the Jacuzzis. If you don't have children in tow you can visit the adult only pool, which was warmer and very quiet, and/or the Serenity deck. Our balcony stateroom on deck 10 was clean and roomy and well decorated; the beds were very comfortable. The only bad review would be the decoration of both restaurants, which are decorated, and offer the atmosphere of many New Jersey upscale diners.
First let me state that my wife and I are use to some of NYC's better restaurants. We know good food and expect it when dining out. On the Glory we receive better quality and selections than we expected. We all loved Carnivals new additions to the serve yourself buffet areas. Our favorites were the Pizza Pirate. Here they make homemade pizzas that brought back memories of pizza we enjoyed in Italy; fresh, delicious and tasty. Sometimes we had to wait 4 minutes for a fresh pie but it was WELL WORTH IT! Guy's hamburgers were very tasty and made fresh. The Blue Iguana offers some of the best fresh tacos and burritos we have had. The main buffets offered new selections everyday and most were very tasty and fresh. We only ate dinner in the dining room and found the food to be above satisfactory. The selections were ample and quality, on the most part, very good. One evening we received a hanger steak that was tough and found the dining room staff quick to offer a back up meal solution. Their were also a few nights when we ordered more than 1 entree and found the staff more than willing to deliver whatever we requested from the menu. We all enjoyed the serve yourself ice cream machines located throughout the ship. We ate all our breakfast meals at the buffet and found them to be very acceptable (try the fresh breakfast burritos made at the Blue Iguana) Lunches were all enjoyed at either Guy's, the Pizza Pirate, The Blue Iguana or the fish and chips kiosks. For drinks make sure to visit THE Alchemy bar, here they concoct some of the most interesting and tasty drinks you will find. We also enjoyed the Tasting Bar, which is on the Promenade Deck and offers small tastings of various cuisines. A nice place for a snack before dinner!
Carnival offered a very acceptable offering of entertainment. The comedy shows were very good. We only attended the Motor Town show and totally enjoyed it.
Our Cruise director, Matt, did a nice job keeping the masses entertained. He was helped by the VERY talented The Reverend who turned every party into a fun event! We enjoyed all the little bands offering music entertainment as we walk through the ship every night. The Hasbro game was a great Family fun event.
The Ports of Call:
Even though we cruised to Canada in August be ready for cooler than expect temperatures while cruising and on land.
In both Canadian ports we found the locals to be VERY VERY welcoming, gracious and nice. Both my children couldn't believe people could be so nice.
Not much to do or see in St. Johns. Make sure you visit the ocean caves and have a cup of chowder offered in the restaurant near them.
Make sure to visit Peggy's Cove in Halifax. Peggy's Cove is a very beautiful quaint fishing village, which made me feel like I was back in Ireland visiting the Dingle Peninsular.
Carnival delivered a very satisfactory vacation for the money. We will be back again especially for the PIZZA LOL