We sailed on the Carnival Glory cruise of 6/14/10 - 6/19/10. It was me (52), my wife (48), my brother (54), and his wife (50). We are the type of people that like to have a good time but will save money wherever possible. We booked inside staterooms (2306 and 2310).
Embarkation was a breeze. We drove to New York from Allentown, PA. We got to the parking deck at approximately 10:00 AM. The parking deck is on the top level of the terminal and we could literally almost reach out and touch the ship from our parking spot. Check-in started at approximately 10:30 and we were 4th or 5th in line. We had all of our paperwork filled out ahead of time so we got our room keys very quickly. Rather than go onto the ship, we decided to head into New York City. We came back at approximately 2:30 and the line for check-in looked very long. We only had to wait in a short line for the metal detector.
Getting onto the ship was very easy and painless. As a matter of fact, the gangway came into deck #2 and that is where our stateroom was located. We went directly to our staterooms to get rid of our carry on luggage. When we got to our rooms, our luggage was setting outside of our door. We unpacked into what seemed to be plenty of room for all of our clothes. We did take along a lot of extra hangers which worked out great.
We rented cars in Saint John and also in Halifax. We rented them from Avis. The total price was $62 and $57 respectively. While in Saint John, we went to the Reversing Falls at low tide (9:30 AM) and then drove to Saint Martin. We walked around the caves while there. We then drove through the Fundy Park ($4 p/p) which is up the road a little bit. We went back to the caves for lunch and saw the tide coming in which totally covered where we had just been walking only a few hours earlier. We then drove back to the Reversing Falls to watch the tide flow up the river (High Tide 3:15 PM). Both sites were definitely worth seeing.
In Halifax, we drove to Peggy's Cove. It was also a nice place to visit. It is a cove with a lighthouse and a lot of little shops. The lighthouse is built on a large area of shoreline rock. We spent a good amount of time walking on the gently sloping rocks that disappear into the ocean. From there, we took our car back and then walked around town at shops, museums, and old buildings of Halifax. Just before the terminal entrance is a small micro brewery. It was perfect for setting outside drinking a couple of local brews while watching everyone coming back to the ship.
One thing to note was that the ship never changed their official time. Canada's time was one hour ahead of the ship's time. What is even weirder is that my cell phone picked up Pacific Time or something while at sea. It was 3 hours behind the ship's time. Luckily our first full day was at sea otherwise we would have been late for any scheduled trips. The local news on the ship's TV was piped in from Denver.
We had an 8:15 seating for dinner. Overall we liked it very much. The steaks seemed to be hit or miss with it being a little tough or ok. Everything else was to our liking. I did order a double order of Lobster Tail. For breakfast, we did the buffet every morning, hitting the Omelet to order cook. All of the other sides like beacon, pancakes, and toast were what you would expect from a buffet, usually not hot but again, it was a buffet and is pretty much what you get everywhere. We tried every area for lunch including the Deli, Fish and Chips, Pizza, full buffet, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, and the Asian - cook to order. All were good. Actually, really good.
I saw on here where someone complained about all of the picture taking. All you had to say was "no thank you" and they leave you alone. During the dinner formal night, we went to approximately 5 or 6 locations for pictures just so we would have a few good ones to take home with us. We were very please with the results. I think we paid somewhere around $23 per 8 X 10.
We did not physically do all of the activities but did go to a lot of the clubs, karaoke, art auction, hairy chest competition, newlywed game, bingo, evening shows, cooking class, miniature golf, mixology competition, basketball free throw competition, craps training class, New York City departure party, and the piano bar. Several different nights we sat in the main atrium area and danced to the music. There was always something to do so if you don't have a good time, you can't blame it on Carnival.
Disembarkation was a breeze. We put our luggage out at midnight and when they called our zone, we departed the ship, picked up our luggage in the terminal, walked through customs, and walked to our car. I don't know how it could have been easier.
This was our 5th cruise. We have cruised Disney, NCL, and Carnival. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. We didn't pay a lot for this cruise and got out of it a whole lot more than we had hoped for. They mentioned that there were 600 kids on board but they were never an issue, the food was good and at sometimes very good, there was always something to keep us occupied, we didn't see anyone acting drunk or rowdy, and the lines for the buffet were usually short but were at times a little long. Overall, the whole experience was very fun and we would not hesitate to book it again. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.