I have not sailed with any other cruise line. But I honestly can't imagine why I'd want to. My experiences with Carnival have been wonderful. The employees really bend over backwards to help you with anything you need or want. And they are so consistently friendly that I wonder if they slip happy drugs in the staff food!
Every single employee was kind and helpful. Jorge, the cruise director, was just HYSTERICAL. He's a very funny comedian. Loved him! The games were funny and the shows were good. JUSTIN ILLUSION was awesome. Very sexy magic show. I saw him on my first trip aboard the Glory and he has gotten better, the show is amazing.
There were two comedians aboard---Mark Klein and Rich Brooks. Mark was very funny and Rich, not to my taste. They both did PG and adult shows.
Two new additions since my last cruise were a big screen tv on Lido deck and minature golf. We didn't watch any movies (too busy w/shows and activities)
On this trip, the ports of call were St. John, and Halifax in Nova Scotia. We took three excursions on this cruise, City Market and St. Martin's sea caves in St. John, Peggy's Cove in Halifax, and we also took the "Behind the Fun" tour of the ship.
The Behind the Fun tour is pricy--$95 per person. But it is 3 hours long, and you see all kinds of interesting things. The ship has a brig (jail) and a morgue. We saw where the laundry was done, trash taken care of, food prepared, staff lounges, backstage at the theatre, and even got to go on the bridge and meet the captain who was VERY generous with his time and answered all kinds of questions. We got a picture w/the captain, a hat, backpack and lanyard as gifts on the tour. If you have the money to spare, and are interested in how things work, this is a great tour. I'm glad I took it.
The one thing I didn't like on this ship was that I heard music by the pool on two different times that contained the F word. I don't think that's appropriate, since little ones hang out there so much.
When we arrived back in NYC after our cruise, we went to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We took a ferry from the New Jersey side to do this. Tickets for the ferry were $12. It was amazing (and amusing) to note the difference between people in Canada and the US---in Canada they were folksy and super polite. On the ferry, the employees were literally yelling at the passengers, "THIS BOAT DOES NOT GO TO NEW YORK!" over and over. In the port terminal some poor Asian Carnival employee was barked at by a port worker there, "Move along buddy, this is New York, you have to step it up!!!"
Ellis Island has a lot to see. There's a movie (free) that's interesting about the history of the island and the immigrants. We had lunch in the cafe there and the food was suprisingly very good. My husband had the BBQ sandwich and I had the Mozzerella sandwich.
The Statue of Liberty is impressive. We got much better pictures here than when we were leaving on the cruise because the time of day we left (6pm) the sun was not in a great position for taking pics of the statue. You have to get special tickets in advance to go to the top of the pedestal or the crown and we didn't have these.