We just returned two days ago from our first cruise to New England. This is the first time we've cruise anywhere else other than the Caribbean and it wasn't bad. I am 45 yo and DH is 47 and this is our 6th Carnival cruise (our 2nd this year, on the same ship and stateroom). We had a balcony cabin (#7417) We had a good time, which I had no doubt because I chose to make it a good trip. Too many people seem to look for negative things and dwell on them. We choose to look for all the positive things and immediately forget the negative things unless they are exceptional. After all, a vacation is what YOU make of it.
We took the Amtrak train from BWI to Penn Station, NY. Had no problems at all getting to NY. Once in NY, however, our small group immediately ran into a snag when the 4 cabs we hailed said they didn't know how to get to our ship. After giving them the physical address, they still managed to take us to the wrong cruise terminal, which resulted in taxi fares anywhere between $55-$75 depending on whose cab you were in and how "lost" the driver was. If you're going on the Glory, your fare should be no more than $10 to get to the MANHATTAN cruise port!!! Long story short, we all got to the port about 1 1/2 hrs later than expected and all were a little stressed. Nonetheless, we all made it and were eager to begin our cruise!!!
Boarding the ship took about 1+ hr due to long lines at check-in. Once on the ship we were greeted with smiles, waiters bearing the "drink of the day," and the smell of delicious food cooking! Immediately we headed to Fish-n-Chips. Oddly enough, there was NO line and no crowds there. Meanwhile, the rest of the Lido eating area was packed with no tables available. We were able to get a large table, eat from Fish-n-Chips, grab some grub from the buffet below, and also from the dessert bar at the bottom of the stairs. Perfect!
After eating lunch we checked on our cabin which, thankfully, was ready and waiting for us. Looked like a piece of Heaven for aching body and soul! Within 5 min our first piece of luggage arrived. One hr later, the other piece of luggage arrived. Again, Perfect! We relaxed and hung out in the cabin until Sail Away then we went up on deck to join in the activities and catch a few shots of the new building that's going up at Ground Zero and Lady Liberty. Not as big of a Sail Away celebration as those to the Caribbean. Much less music and audience participation.
A little about the ship and service. The Glory is a beautiful ship. Crew was always polishing and cleaning. The Pursers desk always had a line but it moved along quickly. Food lines were long but the only ones that were slow were the Fajita Bar and the Mongolian BBQ...but WELL worth the wait for both! We ate in the Dining Room all but 2 nights. Our service was outstanding. Food was delivered to us quickly and was plenty warm to suit us..not hot though (except soups), if that's what you're looking for. Always left with a full belly and smile on our faces.