My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Glory with my college student daughter and my mom, who was celebrating her 85th birthday by taking her first-ever cruise. She was delighted and lists it as her favorite vacation.
The staff couldn't have been more accomodating to her. Everyone was eager to help with her wheelchair and treated her with a great deal of respect. She is self-conscious about taking a long time to get in and out of her wheelchair, but no staff member ever acted the least bit impatient. She wouldn't have been able to enjoy the trip nearly as much had this not been the case.
We all loved the food, and we were fortunate to get a table for just us 4. My husband and I had cruised once before and knew a bit more of what to expect; and Carnival was just as consistently good as ever.
My daughter had wondered a bit about finding activities for her age group, but she enjoyed the dance club and the laser tag. We were also very impressed with the illusionist. The show is a little edgy, but will satisfy the tastes of younger viewers. We enjoyed the two performers in the comedy club very much.
St. John was charming. We took a horse-drawn carriage, and it was a perfect way to see the city on a perfect, sunny day. We got some great photos. St. John is a nice place for a stroll, also; and a bit of window shopping.
We took the 3-hour Peggy's Cove tour out of Halifax. Very informative (almost too much so) tour guide, and the lighthouse is lovely. Ambassatours couldn't have been better with my mom; allowing her to board the bus first and bringing her wheelchair promptly once we'd arrived in Peggy's Cove. Very helpful folks, and it's no wonder Carnival does business with them.
Our only "glitch" was with debarkation. We were erroneously directed to an area for wheelchair disembarkation, which turned out to be for those in borrowed Carnival wheelchairs only. And it is difficult to hear the announcments from all public areas of the ship. We were finally directed to go to Deck 2, because the ramp there would be less steep - only to find out they weren't ready for passengers yet and didn't have their signs up. This was after a number of zones had already been called. We finally ended up disembarking from Deck 3 in frustration, and braving the steeper ramp, with no additional help. It didn't meet Carnival's goal of making disembarkation an "extension" of our vacation, but we were finally able to get off safely.
Speaking of Deck 3, it is confusing, on this ship because the location of the Golden Dining Room prevents walking from Deck 3 aft to Deck 3 forward. One must go up to 5 and then back down. Since steps were not an option for Mom, this meant some long waits at elevators until we all got used to this. Be forewarned that the elevators in that area can and will get very full, and therefore very slow.
All in all, though; we had a wonderful trip and we look forward to sailing Carnival again!