We were looking for a short trip from our home port of New York to see if we liked cruising and are we glad we chose this 5 night Carnival trip.
We traveled with our sons ages 18 and 20 and we were concerned they might be too old for the teens activities on board and a bit too young for the adult activities as well. No problem at all there.
Well it turns out our fears of congestion on board ship with long lines for embarkation and debarkation, lousy food and not enough to do were all alleviated within the first couple of minutes of our trip.
Getting on and off the ship to start our vacation as well as in ports of call were handled very professionally by the Carnival Staff. Things always moved quickly.
The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff very friendly which put us right in the mood as soon as we hit the ship.
The staterooms we clean and comfortable with plenty of storage space. Our suitcases fit right under the bed. The balcony rooms were worth every penny. We requested that the barrier between our two staterooms on the balconies be unlocked and a member of the staff quickly arrived and our rooms were soon connected.
The first morning I woke early and went on the balcony and took some great photos of the sunrise. The next thing I see are dolphins swimming and feeding alongside the boat! Frigging amazing, if Carnival planned that one for me they put the hooks in me right there.
The food was excellent for the most part. The desserts were your garden variety bakery type desserts but the food provided was diverse while at the same time comfort food was always available.
We took in many shows, the comedians and the casino and we felt like we were treated first class.
There was some vibration in the rear of the ship which we felt while dining in the main dining room but all in all dining was a very pleasant experience.
Before sailing we were a bit concerned about this ship missing Halifax earlier in the month due to fog but we noticed that after leaving Saint John the ship really seemed to be trying to make time and sure enough we hit dense fog overnight which slowed our progress. Our compliments to the crew who got us into Halifax a bit late but none the less into port by anticipating the fog conditions which caused the ship to miss port before.
The trip into Halifax in the overnight was a bit rough with some high seas but the ship really handled the weather and we had no adverse effects other than hearing the fog horn that was being sounded for safety reasons.
All in all we had a great first cruise. While we have nothing to compare this trip and cruise line to yet we have to give Carnival a big thumbs up and a thank you for the great trip they provided.
Josh the Cruise Director was top notch. He was funny but professional and very informative the whole trip.
The Glory is a big boat with a lot to offer and we wish we were still on it as I write this. We look forward to traveling with Carnival again real soon.
After reading up on the city and reading reviews here we chose to follow a suggestion and take a cab up to The Citadel then walk back to the water front and work toward the ship.
The Citadel was an interesting tour and Keith's Brewery and other sites kept us busy as well. We had lunch at The Hart and Thistle which had outdoor seating here as well and the food was excellent!!
Our visit was cut a bit short due to fog issues which had us dock late but we enjoyed the port.
Our expectation for the two ports we visited were as expected. We had done our research and basically found what we expected.
The fog we saw upon waking up was a source of concern when we arrived in Saint John. We couldn't see the dock until we actually tied up in port.
The fog quickly cleared and we were soon ashore after a leisurely breakfast on board.
We hadn't booked an excursion but after walking around town and visiting what there was to see we grabbed a cab and headed over to Fundy Bay. (5-10 minute ride)
In retrospect we would take a jet boat ride the next time. The zip lining and jet boat ride at the bay were well attended and any openings at these attractions would have put us close to departure time for the ship so we took a pass. I suggest making reservations to anyone on this in the future.
We had lunch at one of the restaurants with outside seating near the dock by the Hilton and the food was excellent.
The people were very friendly in Saint John and the souvenir shops had some nice stuff.