We left West Palm Beach on Delta Airlines on Sunday morning and arrived in New York actually 20 minutes early. Shortly thereafter our friends picked us up and then we set off for the day to see the highlights of New York City. We went by Central Park, the empire state building, we were going to go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty but we just didn't have time. After a long day we finally got to our hotel in Soho, the Four Points Sheraton for the night. The next morning we woke us early, arranged for a car service to pick us up and take us to pier 21 in Manhatten for our embarkation on our five day cruise aboard the Carnival Glory.
We arrived at the pier by 10:45 am and were immediately checked in. They were very orderly and we had no problems at all. We soon boarded the ship by 11:30 am and went to the buffet for our lunch. The lines were not very long as we had arrived early so we ate our lunch at leisure. The food was very good and I had no complaints whatsoever with the buffet. At around 1:30 we were allowed to our cabins. We had a port side balcony and we were very happy with it. We met our room steward and he did a fantastic job for us the entire time. We were right next to our friends and it worked out very well. Our luggage didn't arrive until after 5:30PM so we just went to the dining room in our shorts but everyone else did also. Our only complaint about the dining room (fixed seating) was the waiters and his helpers all had about 7 tables each and therefore the dining room service was the slowest we have ever had. I thought it was just the first night but when we went to the Captain's Dinner the next night it was the same slow service and after almost 2 hrs were done.
We went the next night and it was the same slow service so we decided to eat the rest of our meals at the buffet. It just wasn't worth getting annoyed about the slow service and we reallly couldn't fault the servers because they were doing the best they could. I really feel that Carnival is cutting back and they do not even put bread on the tables anymore which we were used to in the past. Like I said out of all the 15 cruises we have done this was by far the slowest service ever.
The shows were always good, I even won a $100 in the bingo which made me very happy. The ocean was very calm the entire time and none of us got sea sick. I think that Halifax was my favorite port and Peggy's Cove was just beautiful. It rained in St. John's NB but we made the best of it with our ponchos. They had a really good singing group each night and we really enjoyed them. I think the next time I would book a longer cruise as 5 days is just not long enough.
Overall we were very happy with the entire cruise except for the dining room service and will definitely cruise with Carnival again but will go knowing that the service will be slow in the dining rooms. We got some great pictures and videos of our trip and would love to go back to Canada sometime.