Embarkation was smooth. We arrived around 11:25 and were on the ship by noon. Rooms were ready by 1:30, luggage by 2:10. We were happy that the muster drill was done while we were still at the pier, so we were able to enjoy the views of NYC and the Statue of Liberty while sailing out.
The earlier reviews of an unfriendly crew were unfounded. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The ship was clean and well maintained. We had most of our dinners in the Golden Restaurant. It was free style dining, as there was no assigned seating time. Previous reviews complained about having to wait on lines to be seated. Well, if you go there between 6 and 7 p.m., there will be lines. But that is prime time. We went a little before 6 or a little after 7 and it was only a few minute wait, if that. We always requested a table with Slavka as our waitress, and she took excellent care of us and the kids!! The food was good, not great.
We did not book any excursions. At St. John we simply walked off the ship and walked around the town. The market place was nice. The park across the street from the market was a great place to relax and sit, take in the beauty and smell the flowers. It was windy and cold with a threat of rain in Halifax. We got off the ship and found a driver and Lincoln town car to take us around town for $150 for a 2 hr. tour. We got to the Citadel at 11:55. At noon, they fired a cannon and we saw the changing of the guard. Ten minutes later, as we were leaving we saw the double decker pink tour bus arrive. They missed everything. We went to the Fairview Cemetery where the Titanic victims' are buried. The car pulled right up to the grave sites, while our driver told us the buses have to park a distance away. With the exception of 3 other visitors, we were the only people there. It is a nice way to visit the site.
The Maritime Museum on the boardwalk was a nice place to visit, it had a lot of Titanic information. Don't miss "Cow's Ice Cream" on the boardwalk, great ice cream!!! I see why it is rated one of the best in the world.
On our last "day at sea" we took the "behind the fun" tour of the ship. The tour takes you behind the scenes of the theater, crew quarters, crew restaurant and lounge, medical center, photography, laundry, sanitation, food storage, engine control room, the bridge with a meet and greets and photo opp with the Captain, the restaurant with a meet and greet with the Head Chief. Sample pastry's are given as well as a "behind the fun" ball cap, a small tote bag, lanyard and wrist band. Photos taken with the Captain are delivered to your room that evening (no extra charge!) It is a great tour if you are interested in how these small city's in the sea truly work. It cost $95 p/p and you should book early, space is limited. My GF and I loved it, her 10 y.o. son was a little bored.
My last cruise was on NCL Pearl. They beat you over the head trying to sell you everything from bingo cards to shirts all day long. I am happy to say the Carnival Glory was not like this. We all enjoyed the cruise very much!!