We are veteran cruisers of 18 cruises and were looking forward to this east coast intenary, which we had not done before. We spent two nights pre cruise in Manhattan which was a lot of fun.
The cruise terminal seemed very organized and boarding was a breeze. We are Platium and were allowed to proceed directly to our cabin, which was ready at 12:30. Had a Guys Burger for lunch and were ready to sail at about 4pm. Great view of the city during sail away which included a drive by of the Statue of Liberty!
No complaints about the Glory - seemed modestly decorated. The floor plan takes some getting used to as you can't always get to there from here. Once you learn your way around, it wasn't to bad. The ship was very clean and I understand it had just been updated. Outdoor theater was very cool.
Food was pretty good all the way around - no complaints. We ate at almost every venue, and not a bad meal in the bunch.
We are not a "do everything" kind of More
people, so we mostly just enjoy the ship and friends. We usually make the best of whatever we do, so we are not usually hard to please. My only complaint was the service in the Main Dining room. Our waiter crew was obviously new (or something).....they hardly smiled and seemed stressed. Unlike other cruises, they never learned our names or seemed interested in us - only in doing their jobs. Our meals came extremely late every night and on two nights, we were more or less asked to leave before we finished our deserts so that they could prepare our table for the 8:15 diners. The table next to us would be getting their desert menus before we were served our entrée....not sure why but it was like that every night. On the other hand, cabin service was excellent, as was the other staff I encountered.
Stage shows and Comedy shows were not Vegas quality, but they weren't that bad either. I enjoyed the entertainment I attended. The casino was also very nice, but smoked filled!
Ports of call were Boston, Portland, Halifax and St John. Boston was 2pm-10pm, but it took 45 minutes to get off the ship and you had to be back on at 9:30pm......and with Boston basically closing on a sunday at 5pm, there wasn't much to do. We rented a car in Portland and drove through the countryside ending up in Kennebunkport, which we enjoyed. Private tours in Halifax and St John which are both beautiful ports. We had acceptable weather in all ports, but cool in Canada ports. No fog for us anywhere!
Debarkcation was easy once we were cleared by Customs, but we didn't get off until 9:30am.
All in all, a fun New England cruise. Would recommend! Less