Sept 11-18. We happened to get a very good deal on an ocean suite, which entitled us to VIP status..what's so great about VIP..Glory rep meet us at customs area/walked us pass the very long line of passengers waiting to board seated us in a nice area for our names to be called, sign & sale card were issued and we were on board in less than 15 mins. Debarking process was just as fast even if we did chose not to self assist. We were in zone 1 to be called. That was as far as it went, you still pay $3.95 plus 15% stocking fee for 20oz water.lol But the use of a bathrobe was nice. The suite was very roomy with a sitting area, separate dressing area, plenty of closets(yes more than one)plenty of drawer space.
That said...it had been a very long time since we had sailed with Carnival..the service in the stateroom was excellent..not so much so in the dining room. Food, on the entire ship is just so-so. The entertainment is subjective. Some we like the other was just ok. (There were 2 musical shows, a couple of com medians and an illusionist.)The cruise director had a heavy Hispanic accent and was hard to understand, but he was funny..Someone was always "in your face" with a camera or trying to get you to purchase drinks.
We stopped in St. John, Halifax, Portland & Boston(Carnival has plenty of excursion, but you can purchase them cheaper when you get off the ship)Because we were delayed in route to Halix(medical emergency)the excursion was cut short. If we had not already purchased we probably would not have gone. All in all a great cruise, just remember "it is what it is" or what you make of it!!