Just got off the Carnival Glory that sailed to Nova Scotia on 9/5 - 9/10, and I must say that there are much better cruises out there for the same money. There were six people in our party on this Carnival cruise - it was a cousin reunion cruise. We are seasoned, easy going travelers due to many trips to the Middle East, Europe, and Far East. This is our first time on Carnival, but we cruised before on Celebrity, Holland America, Uniworld, Disney, Regency (RIP, one of the best), etc. We were happy that the six of us (age ranged 32 - 50) were able to take time off to pull this together and didn't expect much from the ship. We didn't use most of the amenities on the boat, such as the bars, dancing, parties, classes, movies, gaming, or excursions. Following is my categorized summary of Carnival Glory.
o Layout / setup: The layout of Glory is very strange. Don't remember if we were ever this lost on other boats, but we often couldn't get to where we wanted and ran into other lost people along the way. The boat felt very crowded for some reason. There were always people standing in lines somewhere. In the front of the boat, there was an adult only tranquility area; it seemed very nice, but the area was small and often full.
o Furniture: The furniture in public areas and our stateroom were worn; many chairs' head and arm rest areas are black and shiny and rubbed thin.
o Smell: The back of the boat often smelled like rotting veggies; the smell disappeared once you moved up to deck-4 or to the middle/front of the boat. There was also smell of smoking in the hall ways.
o Library: The library seems new and nice; but it was small, and the book/game shelves were always locked.
o Cleanliness: overall, Glory was not a clean boat. Used cups and fruit peels were casually lounging around on decks. Finger prints and streaks of strange substance could often be seen on shiny surfaces. It was difficult to find a clean table in the Red Sail restaurant on Lido where the buffet was served. Carpeting and upholstery were old and worn.
Carnival Glory's crews, servers, and stewards seemed untrained and uninterested. There was little service and very little standard overall. We did find a very professional and energetic Headwaitress in the Golden Restaurant (your time dining) on the second night, Assadee, so we stayed at her table for the rest of the dinners. One Hostess, Somi from India, did approach us to make sure that our time on the boat was pleasant - it was very nice that she did that.
Our Stateroom was clean, spacious, and had ample storage space. There was a small safe. There were plenty of white towels. Shower water had good pressure and was hot. The thick, white robes were a great touch. The cabin stewards were accommodating. Loved the towel folded animals they left every night...we saved all of them and made a Carnival Petting Zoo. No complaints other than the furniture were worn.
Buffet Dining in Red Sail Restaurant on Lido:
o Service: There was almost no service in this dining room. The servers were untrained, bored, and could care less. Over and over, we watched the servers using used napkins to push food debris off the table onto the floor, and that's it - that's how they cleaned the tables! We often had to clean our own tables because the servers were slow at removing used dishes.
o Food: The buffet food for breakfast and lunch was decent and plentiful. There were plenty of fresh fruit and salad components. The fish was always good. The roast beef was tender and pink.
o Sushi: We tried sushi, but it was not good. They only made rolls, and the rolls had big chunks of cream cheese; even in California Rolls.
o Deli & Burrito stations: They seemed pretty good. The lox bagel I got had HUGE amount of lox which I loved. The shrimp burrito I got was also yummy.
o Mongolian Wok outside of the dinning room: The line in front of it was always intimidating, so we never tried.
Evening Dining (your time) in Golden Restaurant:
o Service: First night, the servers were not good. The Headwaiter could not remember who ordered what and never introduced the menu or made any recommendations. (this was the case for the lunch we had in the Platinum dining room also) Second night, we were assigned to Assadee's table, and she was very professional, funny, and service minded, so we requested her table for all the remaining dinners. We made serving difficult when we ordered extra Starters, but she always made sure that the entrees were served together, hot, and fresh. The dining room hostesses were helpful every time we requested Assadee's table. There was a 20-30 minute wait each time.
o Food: The food was better than we imagined. The menu was decent, offering the customary cruise dishes plus one adventurous item each night, such as frog legs or escargot. Starter and Main Courses with five choices each were offered on the menu, but we could order as many from each as we wanted, so we had two starters to cover soup and salad and sometimes a third for a "real" appetizer. At the beginning, soups came out lukewarm; we commented on it once, and Assadee took it to heart, and all the soups were hot since. There was a lobster tail night, and the lobsters we got were sweet and tender. The steaks were not good. The Indian food on the "every day" menu was consistently good with a good variety of small dishes.
o Maitre D': I remember the maitre d' were always very busy on other cruises, especially Maitre D' Jacque on the Regent Rainbow (RIP Regency Cruise) who cleaned the table, refolded the napkins, chatted with us, took pictures for us, and cooked special flaming desserts. I am not sure what the Maitre D' on this cruise had done other than telling a couple of jokes during the announcement and getting the servers together for the nightly performance. He never came near our table.
We only went to Steve White's stand-up comedy show once. His jokes were funny and clever /educated with great timing and goodly amount of improv materials. Recommended, if you don't mind the occasional dirty language and gestures.
There were photographers with fake background setups everywhere on the boat. The quality of the photographers was poor in general. They suggested corny poses for the portraits. Many candid shots came out blurry which was so disappointing. A few photographers also were very impatient.