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85 Carnival Boston Cruise Reviews

Do not be afraid of this ship. I went last year for 4 nights and came back for 7. It was ust as good as last year and I had a great time. Our room was never bad, comfortable and very very quiet !. the food was good, never a issue. The ... Read More
Do not be afraid of this ship. I went last year for 4 nights and came back for 7. It was ust as good as last year and I had a great time. Our room was never bad, comfortable and very very quiet !. the food was good, never a issue. The signature restaurant is a MOST GO ! unbelievably wonderful. My husband had the Lobster Ravioli and expected little flat pockets. What he got- 3 5 inch towers filled with whole pieces of Lobster was entirely unexpected and delicious. HIs chesse cake desert, as he joked, was the size of the Titanic, not kidding. Please go , it will well worth it and you will love it. Only 1 issue, I think we at 55 and 58 , where some of the youngest people on the ship. We did go during school, and we wanted quiet, and we got it. But, had a great time. We rented a car in Nova Scotia, had a great time, didn't do many shows, the Marriage show was good, And sat a table with 8 strangers for dinner and had a great time. Also did the art show for the first time, that was good too, even purchased art ! I do need to add I was in a manual w/c due to a foot injury , and even though my foot was sticking straight out, other cruisers were rude and would run into me, the staff where great ! Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Traveling: 2 ladies in mid 50's. This was my 37th cruise, it was my friends 3rd cruise. My 2nd on Carnival, her first. My last Carnival Cruise was 30 years ago. I am elite on Princess and diamond on Royal Caribbean. I also enjoy ... Read More
Traveling: 2 ladies in mid 50's. This was my 37th cruise, it was my friends 3rd cruise. My 2nd on Carnival, her first. My last Carnival Cruise was 30 years ago. I am elite on Princess and diamond on Royal Caribbean. I also enjoy Celebrity. I live in CT, so I drove to the pier in Boston. I picked up my friend at the airport. The airport is less than 10 minutes from the pier and is very convenient. When we got to the pier, there were plenty of signs and guides to direct us to the cell phone lot, where we parked for the week. The cost was $60 and it is paid when you get there. It was easy to park. Note: it is easiest to first drive up to the pier and drop off the luggage. Many people did not do that and had to struggle with their luggage on the shuttle bus. the shuttle was waiting there for us and we made it to the pier in a few minutes. We were there about 2 and embarkation was smooth and quick. We boarded and our cabin was ready (6378) It was an inside cabin. At first our toilet didn't flush but that was quickly rectified. There was plenty of room for our needs, although there is very little drawer space (lots of closet room though)We didn't meet our room stewards until the next day but they were very pleasant when we did meet them. And, they made adorable towel animals! I am used to the elegance of a Princess or Royal Caribbean ship. This ship was GAUDY. There were flashing lights and completing colors everywhere. Spaces were small and there weren't a lot of cozy corners to get away from the crowds. There were a lot of lights that changed colors and they fought with each other for your attention. The Boulevard was narrow. Two shops, one with jewelry and cosmetics and the other with everything else. Also Cherry on top, a candy store. A lot of people cruise Carnival with the main purpose of drinking and getting rowdy. This is not everyone, of course, but I did see more than usual amounts of rude, drunk passengers and kids running all over the ship. Our cabin was right above the kids disco. First night was ok, but the second night it was so loud that our floor vibrated! We were moved to 2345 the next morning. The food was decent mass market cruise food. It was arranged on the plate very nicely and everything I ate was good. Nothing to rave about though. I do not eat meat or poultry. I can recommend the Caesar salad and spring rolls in the appetizers. Gazpacho was good and I liked the way it was served: a tiny bit of "salsa" in the middle of an empty plate and then the soup is poured over it. Fried Tiger shrimp the first night. On elegant night I had the lobster and shrimp. Typical tasteless cruise ship lobster (although that didn't stop me from having 2) I had the Indian vegetarian entree twice from the everyday side of the menu. The other night I had the vegetarian pasta entree and the shrimp entree and mixed them together. For dessert: the chocolate melting cake was good, but it is no Love Boat Dream dessert! The almond souffle was tasty as was the apple tower. Our server, Eveline, was excellent ans she remembered our names immediately. Her staff Ketut and Faigu (I think) were very attentive. We ate early seating in Platinum lower. We sat at a long table for 8 with friends of my travel companion. two adults in their 40s with 4 children: 22 months, 10 years, 13 years and 18 years old. Baby was on a special diet and was accommodated. I was not impressed with the dining room. Paintings of Japanese style flowers on a silver background and lots of gaudy lights. The ceiling on the side wings was very low and even the center section was not sweeping and elegant. Breakfast was open seating. On sea days, it was open until 1 and was called Brunch. The menu was a bit bigger and the food came out hot. I enjoyed the french toast. The comedians from the Punchliner entertained for 10 minute stints on the hour. The buffet served lunch when we boarded. There are lots of little areas to get food. Two sets of buffet areas, a deli, Guys burgers, burritos (excellent!) and pizza (also excellent) There was also a fish and chips area. Drink stations and ice cream stations were open 24 hours. There is no lunch served in the MDR, except for "brunch " on the port days.The food was good and plentiful. There was a chocolate buffet at lunch on the last sea day. It was good, but not all that impressive. We had breakfast in the buffet only once.On the first sea day I went to the cooking demo in the steakhouse. I highly recommend this but get there early because the seating is limited. We were treated to demos and samples of some very yummy dishes including mushroom cappuccino soup served in an espresso cup, spinach salad, grilled chicken over 5 cheese mac and cheese and tiramisu. small portions but it was enough for lunch for me. Other than that, I did not eat in the steakhouse ($35 upcharge) Elegant night? It was more of what the cruise veterans used to call semi formal night, but maybe not even! Very few ties on the men. A lot of aloha and guayabera shirts. Ladies in sundresses. No one even remotely formal or elegant. I felt out of place in my cocktail dress so I changed. And, everyone was back in shorts for the show. The ship was clean and the personnel were friendly. There were the typical pool activities of hairy chest competition, etc. Bingo, trivia, karaoke. I would have liked a port lecturer and maybe some craft type classes. Wasn't all that much for us to do activity wise so we found shady spots on the deck and sat and napped. Which is a great idea for vacation activities! The dj at the pool played very loud music and we had to go far to find a quiet spot. There is an adult only area called Serenity which is free of charge and had nicer seating but it was always crowded and noisy. Not serene at all. It was as if all the noise and music on the ship was cranked up to the loudest it could be. I participated in the drawing in the gift shop where we had to choose the phony diamond. I had the correct answer and my name was drawn. I won a Perlina bracelet. We did not go to the comedy club. The shows: on our ship they performed Divas, Latin Night and Motor City. We did not see Latin Nights. The decor of the Amber Palace was in a word: TACKY! The use of multimedia in the shows is too strong and harsh. It completely overpowers the entertainers. The strobes and blinking lights were way overdone and the music was way too loud. I did not care for divas because of that. Motor City was a little calmer, but not much. I had to keep my eyes closed for most of it because of the flashing screens. A nice touch though was the dancers coming out to the lobby right after the show to dance with the audience for 10 minutes. We saw the movies at the Seaside Theater. We saw Skyfall one night and Quantum of Solace the next (I know, they should have been switched) We also saw Chicago and Mamma Mia. The last night the theater was dark because we hit a lot of fog and the screen was shining right onto the navigation bridge. They had cozy blankets but didn't put cushions on the chairs (like Princess)There was popcorn though! We were lucky weather wise. The 3 cruises before ours were very rainy. We had very hot but clear weather. The last sea day was foggy and humid though. I would have liked a kitchen tour,but Carnival no longer does that. The waiters also don't parade with the baked alaska either. Although they were forced to do some embarrassing singing and dancing. We enjoyed the towel animal folding class on the 2nd sea day. Disembarkation was easy an seamless. We were off the ship quickly and shuttled over to the car. Overall: we had fun and it was an enjoyable time. But, next time I will go back to Princess or Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
This is a very long yet detailed review of my experience in both Boston and on aboard Carnival Glory. It's my husband and I one year anniversary and we decided to take a cruise on Carnival Glory departing out of Boston on July 14th. ... Read More
This is a very long yet detailed review of my experience in both Boston and on aboard Carnival Glory. It's my husband and I one year anniversary and we decided to take a cruise on Carnival Glory departing out of Boston on July 14th. Getting there: In celebration of our anniversary we headed up to Boston on the 12th. My dad was so gracious enough to drive us into NYC from Long Island to catch Amtrak at Penn Station. Being from NY traffic is a normal way of life but boy did we cut it close to our departure time of 11am, only to find out that the train had been delayed by 45minutes. The train ride to Boston was pleasant and uneventful. I love the fact that Amtrak offers free wifi on that particular train. (Train #172) Hotel: We decided to try our luck and figure out the subway system or shall I say bus/tram. We took the silver line to the airport where we hopped on the free Hyatt shuttle to the Hyatt Boston Harbor hotel. We booked this hotel via Priceline name your own price. This option is a must do of traveling to Boston during the summer it can save you a few bucks. We won a bid of $125night normal prices start at $189 a night. Quick and easy check-in. We had a king suite 3rd floor city view. Hotel room is pleasantly appointed and they offer a bunch of free extras available on request. The hotel offers one free hour of internet service or $12.95 for 24hours. Mom always said "you won't know till you ask" so we asked for complimentary 24 hours of service and the front desk agent (Elaine) gave us the password. We were starving and tired from our travels we decided to eat at the hotel restaurant. In my opinion next time ill muster up the energy to find better food and at a pocket friendly price elsewhere. A coffee, 2 tiny cups of chowder, burger, and wings appetizer cost a staggering $60. We ate outside on the patio. We enjoyed the view of the city and boats in the harbor. Being an airport hotel (literally across the street) the patio area and room was really quite. If it wasn't for the other guest talking on patio it would have been a very serene atmosphere. Day2: Got an early start took the hotel shuttle to the blue line. Walk around the city found a little hole in the wall for breakfast Pauline's. It was delicious. I asked the girl at the counter for their wifi password and she gave it to me. Next we walked over to Quincy Market. There we took in a few street performances and did some souvineer shopping. From there we walked over to a dunkin donuts to rehydrate over selves. We asked a few sanitation workers how to get to Boston Common. After a 5minute walk we found the park and to our excitement a festival was going on. We spent hours in the park gazing at the sights, walking and holding hands. We hopped on the red line and took that to the JFK museum and library. In my opinion having been to Reagan's and Roosevelt library JFK didn't seem to have an extensive collection nor did the grounds if the property impress me like the others. For dinner we went to the Chart House. I highly recommend this restaurant. Be prepared to climb stairs as the restaurant is spread out over 3 floors. We had a lovely little table for two next to the window overlooking the ferry dock. The food was pricey but excellent. Day3: Sunday the 14 we boarded the water taxi right outside our hotel which took us to the cruise terminal, or shall I say it dropped us off a good NYC block away. They need to fix up the taxi dock its shabby and rusty and the the ramp up to the street is super steep. I had a hard time pulling my luggage up I felt like one miss step my luggage and I would go tumbling backwards. After the hike on a lonely road and then through a parking lot we finally made it to the cruise terminal at 10:45am. We dropped off our luggage, flew through security, checked in at the counter and was on board the ship by 11am. I must say I was impressed....that was the fastest boarding time EVER! First impressions: I don't know how many cruises you've been on or what type of ships, however, in the past when I first walk on my usual feeling is one of WOW. Not this time....I thought the atrium is dark and cramped. Felt like an after thought. Next we headed up to the buffet. The buffet food left a lot to be desired. I was wondering where the rest of the food was. So we skipped the buffet and went straight to Guys Burger and the Burrito Bar. Hands down delicious. My husband loved his burger and I enjoyed my chicken and shrimp burrito. At noon we decided to relieve ourselves of our carry-on luggage so we went straight to our room. We had a porthole on deck 1 forward stateroom 1217. It was very spacious had two little portholes to let in light. Being that it was our anniversary I had the stateroom decorated with the anniversary package $42 included garlands, streamers happy anniversary poster and a 6inch cake. The room had ample closet space, a pullout sofa and coffee table, chair and a little stool under the vanity. The room is lacking on drawer space to store all those clothing items that don't require a hanger. We all know the bathrooms are small so I'm not going to even address it, however there was enough shelving to fit both my husbands and I toiletries. My only gripe with the room is that there is only one 120 volt outlet in the entire stateroom. In today's technological advance society having only one outlet is absurd. I found myself waking up in the middle of the night to switch electronics, so that our cameras, phones, iPads, shavers can all have power for the next day. I have to look into to see if power strips are allowed to be brought on board. Being at the front of the ship and away from the elevators the stateroom is mostly quite depending on your neighbors. However, in anything but fair seas you will hear and feel the waves crashing into the hull of the ship. One night it vibrated the entire room and the pounding of the waves was relentless. Also when the ship is pulled into or out of port you will feel vibration in the room. I used it to my advantage as an alarm clock on port days as 8am exact the vibration will begin which signal to me it was time to wake up. Our stateroom attendant, Harry, is simply wonderful. The Ship: Usually by day 7 you get the hang of the ship and can figure out forward from aft, and find the shortest ways to a particular place. However, Carnival Glory gets the award for being the HARDEST SHIP EVER TO NAVIGATE! Like seriously, someone must have been drunk when they designed this ship. There are way to many dead ends. So many levels that you have to go up 3 floors and the down 4 just to get to your destination. The outdoor promenade is well...plain disappointing. Most ships you can walk all the way around the ship. Not on Glory. There should be signs warning you that's its a dead end so that you wouldn't take the pointless walk only to find no outlet. Muster drill: Beware if you are assigned muster station A. You are cramped into this narrow outdoor crew only deck. Where we stood around for what seemed like forever waiting for the drill. There was gail forced winds coming from the vent on the boat constantly blowing and just beating down on you. Ladies you can forget that pretty hairdo. If you are height challenged forget about seeing the drill as you are cramped into a small space if you are stuck in the middle or back you will not see anything. Hopefully you remember what to do from past muster drills. On the outer upper decks there is a lot of empty space that in my opinion could be filled with more whirlpools, another water slide and a kiddie water play area. Also if you are planning on playing shuffle board. Forget about it. For starters there's only one that I could find. And it wasn't suitable for playing. It was the wrong surface and the lines were raised which can hinder the puck from sliding freely. We gave up and decided to go to the theater early to get seats for the super late (10:15pm) Welcome Aboard show. The theater is small and for them to only have one show the first night is ridiculous. However, the seating is lounge style which I liked with ample leg room and mini tables to hold your drinks. Let me tell you every man in that audience (mine included) enjoyed that first portion of that show with the ladies singing "Lady Marmalade". As the singers wore skin tight leotards and needless to say there butt cheeks were alllllllll out. I looked over at my husband and he had the biggest smile on his face. Punchliner Comedy: After the welcome show we headed to the adult only comedy show featuring Darren Sanders. He was hilarious that night. Only one show that Sunday night at it was a late one at 11:30pm. On Monday night we saw the 9:30pm show featuring Sheila Kay, it was alright a few chuckles here and there. Tuesday No Show Scheduled. Wednesday saw the 9:30pm show featuring Darren Sanders which he called the "dirty dirty show" it was ok .... Just because you can get on stage and say a bunch of cuss words in one sentence doesn't make it funny..more like annoying. Thursday: missed the show. Friday: Saw Just June at 9:30pm and oh my god was she terrible....no seriously terrible she didn't even perform her whole set of 30 minutes it was about 15 to 20minutes max and the entire time she complained she was sick and that she had to get off stage because she had another show after this....ummm cricket cricket....then she busted out a Tina Turner wig and started singing "Proud Mary" it was terrible and people started to leave. Saturday saw Happy Cole at 9:30pm he was pretty funny...then again anyone would have been funny after seeing Just June the night before. The show Motor City was the best production out of the 3. Latin nights was ok....the best part was seeing the people in the front rows get wet. And the Divas show plain out right SUCKED. In fact I saw a bunch if people walk out. On some nights there was No Show scheduled...instead they had Hasbro the Game Show which is NOT for adults unless you have little kids...which was a bummer...which left my husband and I itching for activities. Copy of show itinerary below: Sunday: 10:15pm Welcome Aboard Show Monday: 8:15pm &10:25pm Motor City Tuesday: 7pm Hasbro, The Game Show 10:15pm The Game of Love Wednesday: 8:15pm $ 10:15pm Divas Thursday: 7:30pm Hasbro, The Game Show Friday: 8:15pm $ 10:15pm Latin Nights Saturday: 4:15pm Hasbro, The Game Show. 10:00pm Variety Shos Portland: A quaint little town filled with restaurants, bars and gift shops. It's a very walkable city. Great for if you don't have a pre planned shore excursion. It was a very hot day the sun was burning and there was not much shade on the main street outside of the terminal. Upon re-entry to the ship you usually only need your "sign and sail card" however, you need to have a valid picture ID and your card. They (Portland police)verify that the names match up. I always carry my passport because...hey you never know...but Carnival needs to make announcement to bring both....I wonder how many people had issues with re-entry? On past cruises I enjoyed going to get some pizza for a late night snack. The pizza has changed. For starters I thought the pizzeria was closed there was not a sole in sight and no pizza to be seen. Finally someone came out from the back and asked me what type of pizza I wanted and he began to make it. I do like the idea of fresh pizza but at the same time I didn't want to wait the 8 minutes that it took. The crust is super thin and the pizza was extremely oily. I wish they would go back to the old way of making the pizza with the thicker crust and you pick ya slice and they plop it down on a plate for you. Ice cream: We are huge soft served fans and this ship had a whopping 4 ice cream machines. That's more than any ship I've ever been on. Vanilla, chocolate, swirl, strawberry in either a cone or bowl. No toppings available. Free beverages. A+ to Carnival on there included in the fare beverages. At breakfast a wide selection was offered, orange, apple, cranberry and passion fruit. All delicious not watered down, the orange juice even had some pulp. Lunch and dinner offered a delicious lemonade sweet enough with lemon pulp and unsweetened ice tea. Coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate also available at all times. St. John: Bring your walking shoes. St. John is filled with hills, it's a mini version of San Francisco. We walked from the cruise terminal in search of free wifi. On the way we stopped at a few local vendors and picked up a magnet. Went into the police museum. If you work in law enforcement bring a patch they will hang it on their wall. We noticed a big sign for free wifi at the mall. Mall and free Internet what more can a girl ask for. However, to my dismay, I couldn't connect with my iPad and the mall workers weren't so helpful. So we walked backed to the ship and I noticed a bunch of teens all on there mobile devices and low and behold at the terminal there is free wifi. Oh how excited I was to be able to use my free phone app and check in on the family back at home. Back on the ship we spent the rest of the day in the whirlpools. My problem with them is that it's not hot enough. Luke warm at best. Also all of the whirlpools are in full sun. Not one of them are covered. Not everyone wants to burn, fry and become extra crispy in the sun. So here I am looking like a complete fool sitting in the hot tub with a pool towel over my head and shoulders to block the sun. Hey at least my shoulders are burnt and peeling. Fun day at sea was a complete bore. Not enough activities and if there was something going on it took place in the casino where all you can smell is cigarette smoke. The activities are very limited on the boat especially at night. One night it was so boring I had to ask one of the crew members if its always like this and he said yes. The night club would have music pumping but only 2 uncoordinated people on the dance floor dancing. One night my husband and I was so disappointed that there was nothing to do we thought we'll sit in the atrium to people watch only to find that there were no people out and about at 10:30pm we decided to call it a night and head to bed. Halifax: in my opinion the best city visited on this cruise. It's a bustling mid size city. It has a nice harbor front with shops and restaurants. You can find free wifi right outside the terminal. We walked a long the entire boardwalk taking in the sights. Sydney. Don't let carnival cruise lines fool you. They told us that Sydney was like "Scotland" that there was nothing around so to book a shore excursion in order to see the city. WHAT A LIE! Don't believe it Sydney yes it's small but it has a terminal with an exhibition center, restaurants museums and free wifi. We walked all of 2 blocks to there business district and there was tons if shops, restaurants, YMCA, library, pharmacy, etc. my husband stopped into Tim Hortons coffee and enjoy a cup while I used their free wifi. On the way back to the boat we stopped in the military museum (free), ton if stuff crammed into a small room but it was cool to see some of the Canadian military items and artifacts and not to mention the solders all of whom are very friendly. Do your self a favor and don't buy carnival cruise cash online, it's nothing but a headache and serval trips to guest services. For starters the system don't recognize that as on board credit (OBC) and and any purchases made shows up as what you owe instead of it subtracting from the OBC. Make sure you bring your receipt from your cruise cash purchase because every time you go you'll going to have to show it to prove that you have it and for them to say they make a notation and they don't. It was annoying to have to keep a running balance in my head. Also note the game room games double charge you. I say skip it alllllll together unless your up for a another trip to guest services. Fun Times Brochure: who cares what time the sun rises or sets. Tell me what the weather is going to be like the next day. I inquired at guest services to see why they don't have the weather information in the Fun Times and she said because they have that information on the Carnival channel on TV. The Carnival weather channel was pretty useless as it gave me the weather in Singapore, Columbia and LA and not the ports in Canada. The Captain on this boat is disconnected from us cruisers. He only got over the loud speaker to speak only twice. All the other cruises I've been on we've heard from the Captain daily giving us updates on location, weather, sea conditions and other general information. Some even try to crack a few jokes. For past guest of carnival, carnival gives you a free drink coupon which can ONLY be used in the main dining room during breakfast, brunch or lunch. Umm thanks but no thanks Carnival if your going to say welcome back say it and let me choose when and where ill enjoy a glass of bubbly. Breakfast is just way to early and lunch (until 1pm)is usually missed because your still at the port exploring the city. Hands down the best part of the cruise was debarkation. No not because I was dying o get off the boat (that too) but because it was so quick and simple. We choose to take our own baggage off (self assist) I was all ready and geared up mentally to stand in line and be herded through Customs like cattle. But to my surprise as soon as they open up the gangway we walked down the ramp, was greeted by two agents who took our forms as we walked by....no questions....no stopping...no issues. Walked outside where there was a line of taxis waiting. $15 taxi ride to South Station. Will I ever do another Carnival cruise? Probably not as my primary vacation or one to celebrate a special occasion. If its last minute very cheap and close to home...yes. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
It's my husband and I one year anniversary and we decided to take a cruise on Carnival Glory departing out of Boston on July 14th. Getting there: In celebration of our anniversary we headed up to Boston on the 12th. My dad was so ... Read More
It's my husband and I one year anniversary and we decided to take a cruise on Carnival Glory departing out of Boston on July 14th. Getting there: In celebration of our anniversary we headed up to Boston on the 12th. My dad was so gracious enough to drive us into NYC from Long Island to catch Amtrak at Penn Station. Being from NY traffic is a normal way of life but boy did we cut it close to our departure time of 11am, only to find out that the train had been delayed by 45minutes. The train ride to Boston was pleasant and uneventful. I love the fact that Amtrak offers free wifi on that particular train. (Train #172) Hotel: We decided to try our luck and figure out the subway system or shall I say bus/tram. We took the silver line to the airport where we hopped on the free Hyatt shuttle to the Hyatt Boston Harbor hotel. We booked this hotel via Priceline name your own price. This option is a must do of traveling to Boston during the summer it can save you a few bucks. We won a bid of $125night normal prices start at $189 a night. Quick and easy check-in. We had a king suite 3rd floor city view. Hotel room is pleasantly appointed and they offer a bunch of free extras available on request. The hotel offers one free hour of internet service or $12.95 for 24hours. Mom always said "you won't know till you ask" so we asked for complimentary 24 hours of service and the front desk agent (Elaine) gave us the password. We were starving and tired from our travels we decided to eat at the hotel restaurant. In my opinion next time ill muster up the energy to find better food and at a pocket friendly price elsewhere. A coffee, 2 tiny cups of chowder, burger, and wings appetizer cost a staggering $60. We ate outside on the patio. We enjoyed the view of the city and boats in the harbor. Being an airport hotel (literally across the street) the patio area and room was really quite. If it wasn't for the other guest talking on patio it would have been a very serene atmosphere. Day2: Got an early start took the hotel shuttle to the blue line. Walk around the city found a little hole in the wall for breakfast Pauline's. It was delicious. I asked the girl at the counter for their wifi password and she gave it to me. Next we walked over to Quincy market. There we took in a few street performances and did some souvineer shopping. From there we walked over to a dunkin donuts to rehydrate over selves. We asked a few satiation workers how to get to Boston common. After a 5minute walk we found the park and to our excitement a festival was going on. We spent hours in the park gazing at the sights, walking and holding hands. We hopped on the red line and took that to the JFK museum and library. In my opinion having been to Reagan's and Roosevelt library JFK didn't seem to have an extensive collection nor did the grounds if the property impress me like the others. For dinner we went to the Chart House. I highly recommend this restaurant. Be prepared to climb stairs as the restaurant is spread out over 3 floors. We had a lovely little table for two next to the window overlooking the ferry dock. The food was pricey but excellent. Day3: Sunday the 14 we boarded the water taxi right outside our hotel which took us to the cruise terminal, or shall I say it dropped us off a good NYC block away. They need to fix up the taxi dock its rickadee and rusty and the the ramp up to the street is super steep. I hard a hard time pulling my luggage up I felt like one miss step my luggage and I would go tumbling backwards. After the hike on a lonely road and then through a parking lot we finally made it to the cruise terminal at 10:45am. We dropped off our luggage, flew through security, checked in at the counter and was on board the ship by 11am. I must say I was impressed....that was the fastest boarding time EVER! First impressions: I don't know how many cruises you've been on or what type of ships, however, in the past when I first walk on my usual feeling is one of WOW. Not this time....I thought the atrium is dark and cramped. Felt like an after thought. Next we headed up to the buffet. The buffet food left a lot to be desired. I was wondering where the rest of the food was. So we skipped the buffet and went straight to Guys Burger and the Burrito Bar. Hands down delicious. My husband loved his burger and I enjoyed my chicken and shrimp burrito. At noon we decided to relieve ourselves of our carry-on luggage so we went straight to our room. We had a porthole on deck 1 forward stateroom 1217. It was very spacious had two little portholes to let in light. Being that it was our anniversary I had the stateroom decorated with the anniversary package $42 included garlands, streamers happy anniversary poster and a 6inch cake. The room had ample closet space, a pullout sofa and coffee table, chair and a little stool under the vanity. The room is lacking on drawer space to store all those clothing items that don't require a hanger. We all know the bathrooms are small so I'm not going to even address it, however there was enough shelving to fit both my husbands and I toiletries. My only gripe with the room is that there is only one 120 volt outlet in the entire stateroom. In today's technological advance society having only one outlet is absurd. I found myself waking up in the middle of the night to switch electronics, so that our cameras, phones, iPads, shavers can all have power for the next day. I have to look into to see if power strips are allowed to be brought on board. Being at the front of the ship and away from the elevators the stateroom is mostly quite depending on your neighbors. However, in anything but fair seas you will hear and feel the waves crashing into the hull of the ship. One night it vibrated the entire room and the pounding of the waves was relentless. Also when the ship is pulled into or out of port you will feel vibration in the room. I used it to my advantage as an alarm clock on port days as 8am exact the vibration will begin which signal to me it was time to wake up. Our stateroom attendant, Harry, is simply wonderful. The Ship: Usually by day 7 you get the hang of the ship and can figure out forward from aft, and find the shortest ways to a particular place. However, Carnival Glory gets the award for being the HARDEST SHIP EVER TO NAVIGATE! Like seriously, someone must have been drunk when they designed this ship. There are way to many dead ends. So many levels that you have to go up 3 floors and the down 4 just to get to your destination. The outdoor promenade is well...plain disappointing. Most ships you can walk all the way around the ship. Not on Glory. There should be signs warning you that's its a dead end so that you wouldn't take the pointless walk only to find no outlet. Muster drill: Beware if you are assigned muster station A. You are cramped into this narrow outdoor crew only deck. Where we stood around for what seemed like forever waiting for the drill. There was gail forced winds coming from the vent on the boat constantly blowing and just beating down on you. Ladies you can forget that pretty hairdo. If you are height challenged forget about seeing the drill as you are cramped into a small space if you are stuck in the middle or back you will not see anything. Hopefully you remember what to do from past muster drills. On the outer upper decks there is a lot of empty space that in my opinion could be filled with more whirlpools, another water slide and a kiddie water play area. Are you a fan of ping pong? Well you can forget about playing it on the Glory. Hard to play a solid game because of the wind. Also if you are planning on playing shuffle board. Forget about it. For starters there's only one that I could find. And it wasn't suitable for playing. It was the wrong surface and the lines were raised which can hinder the puck from sliding freely. We gave up and decided to go to the theater early to get seats for the super late (10:15pm) Welcome Aboard show. The theater is small and for them to only have one show the first night is ridiculous. However, the seating is lounge style which I liked with ample leg room and mini tables to hold your drinks. Let me tell you every man in that audience (mine included) enjoyed that first portion of that show with the ladies singing "Lady Marmalade". As the singers wore skin tight leotards and needless to say there butt cheeks were alllllllll out. I looked over at my husband and he had the biggest smile on his face. Punchliner Comedy: After the welcome show we headed to the adult only comedy show featuring Darren Sanders. He was hilarious that night. Only one show that Sunday night at it was a late one at 11:30pm. On Monday night we saw the 9:30pm show featuring Sheila Kay, it was alright a few chuckles here and there. Tuesday No Show Scheduled. Wednesday saw the 9:30pm show featuring Darren Sanders which he called the "dirty dirty show" it was ok just because you can get on stage and say a bunch of cuss words in one sentence doesn't make it funny..more like annoying. Thursday: missed the show. Friday: Saw Just June at 9:30pm and oh my god was she terrible....no seriously terrible she didn't even perform her whole set of 30 minutes it was about 15 to 20minutes max and the entire time she complained she was sick and that she had to get off stage because she had another show after this....ummm cricket cricket....then she busted out a Tina Turner wig and started singing "Proud Mary" it was terrible and people started to leave. Saturday saw Happy Cole at 9:30pm he was pretty funny...then again anyone would have been funny after seeing Just June the night before. The show Motor City was the best production out of the 3. Latin nights was ok....the best part was seeing the people in the front rows get wet. And the Divas show plain out right SUCKED. In fact I saw a bunch if people walk out. On some nights there was No Show scheduled...instead they had Hasbro the Game Show which is NOT for adults unless you have little kids...which was a bummer...which left my husband and I itching for activities. Copy of show itinerary below: Sunday: 10:15pm Welcome Aboard Show Monday: 8:15pm &10:25pm Motor City Tuesday: 7pm Hasbro, The Game Show 10:15pm The Game of Love Wednesday: 8:15pm $ 10:15pm Divas Thursday: 7:30pm Hasbro, The Game Show Friday: 8:15pm $ 10:15pm Latin Nights Saturday: 4:15pm Hasbro, The Game Show. 10:00pm Variety Shos Portland: A quaint little town filled with restaurants, bars and gift shops. It's a very walkable city. Great for if you don't have a pre planned shore excursion. It was a very hot day the sun was burning and there was not much shade on the main street outside of the terminal. Upon re-entry to the ship you usually only need your "sign and sail card" however, you need to have a valid picture ID and your card. They (Portland police)verify that the names match up. I always carry my passport because...hey you never know...but Carnival needs to make announcement to bring both....I wonder how many people had issues with re-entry? On past cruises I enjoyed going to get some pizza for a late night snack. The pizza has changed. For starters I thought the pizzeria was closed there was not a sole in sight and no pizza to be seen. Finally someone came out from the back and asked me what type of pizza I wanted and he began to make it. I do like the idea of fresh pizza but at the same time I didn't want to wait the 8 minutes that it took. The crust is super thin and the pizza was extremely oily. I wish they would go back to the old way of making the pizza with the thicker crust and you pick ya slice and they plop it down on a plate for you. Ice cream: We are huge soft served fans and this ship had a whopping 4 ice cream machines. That's more than any ship I've ever been on. Vanilla, chocolate, swirl, strawberry in either a cone or bowl. No toppings available. Free beverages. A+ to Carnival on there included in the fare beverages. At breakfast a wide selection was offered, orange, apple, cranberry and passion fruit. All delicious not watered down, the orange juice even had some pulp. Lunch and dinner offered a delicious lemonade sweet enough with lemon pulp and unsweetened ice tea. Coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate also available at all times. St. John: Bring your walking shoes. St. John is filled with hills, it's a mini version of San Francisco. We walked from the cruise terminal in search of free wifi. On the way we stopped at a few local vendors and picked up a magnet. Went into the police museum. If you work in law enforcement bring a patch they will hang it on their wall. We noticed a big sign for free wifi at the mall. Mall and free Internet what more can a girl ask for. However, to my dismay, I couldn't connect with my iPad and the mall workers weren't so helpful. So we walked backed to the ship and I noticed a bunch of teens all on there mobile devices and low and behold at the terminal there is free wifi. Oh how excited I was to be able to use my free phone app and check in on the family back at home. Back on the ship we spent the rest of the day in the whirlpools. My problem with them is that it's not hot enough. Luke warm at best. Also all of the whirlpools are in full sun. Not one of them are covered. Not everyone wants to burn, fry and become extra crispy in the sun. So here I am looking like a complete fool sitting in the hot tube with a pool towel over my head and shoulders to block the sun. Hey at least my shoulders are burnt and peeling. Fun day at sea was a complete bore. Not enough activities and if there was something going on it took place in the casino where all you can smell is cigarette smoke. The activities are very limited on the boat especially at night. One night it was so boring I had to ask one of the crew members if its always like this and he said yes. The night club would have music pumping but only 2 uncoordinated people on the dance floor dancing. One night my husband and I was so disappointed that there was nothing to do we thought we'll sit in the atrium to people watch only to find that there were no people out and about at 10:30pm we decided to call it a night and head to bed. Halifax: in my opinion the best city visited on this cruise. It's a bustling mid size city. It has a nice harbor front with shops and restaurants. You can find free wifi right outside the terminal. We walked a long the entire boardwalk taking in the sights. Sydney. Don't let carnival cruise lines fool you. They told us that Sydney was like "Scotland" that there was nothing around so to book a shore excursion in order to see the city. WHAT A LIE! Don't believe it Sydney yes it's small but it has a terminal with an exhibition center, restaurants museums and free wifi. We walked all of 2 blocks to there business district and there was tons if shops, restaurants, YMCA, library, pharmacy, etc. my husband stopped into Tim Hortons coffee and enjoy a cup while I used there free wifi. On the way back to the boat we stopped in the military museum (free), ton if stuff crammed into a small room but it was cool to see some of the Canadian military items and artifacts and not to mention the solders all of whom are very friendly. Do your self a favor and don't buy carnival cruise cash online, it's nothing but a headache and serval trips to guest services. For starters the system don't recognize that as on board credit (OBC) and and any purchases made shows up as what you owe instead of it subtracting from the OBC. Make sure you bring your receipt from your cruise cash purchase because every time you go you'll going to have to show it to prove that you have it and for them to say they make a notation and they don't. It was annoying to have to keep a running balance in my head. Also note the game room games double charge you. I say skip it alllllll together unless your up for a another trip to guest services. Fun Times Brochure: who cares what time the sun rises or sets. Tell me what the weather is going to be like the next day. I inquired at guest services to see why they don't have the weather information in the Fun Times and she said because they have that information on the Carnival channel on TV. The Carnival weather channel was pretty useless as it gave me the weather in Singapore, Columbia and LA and not the ports in Canada. The caption on this boat is disconnected from us cruisers. He only got over the loud speaker to speak only twice. All the other cruises I've been on we've heard from the caption daily giving us updates on location, weather, sea conditions and other general information. Some even try to crack a few jokes. For past guest of carnival, carnival gives you a free drink coupon which can ONLY be used in the main dining room during breakfast, brunch or lunch. Umm thanks but no thanks Carnival if your going to say welcome back say it and let me choose when and where ill enjoy a glass of bubbly. Breakfast is just way way to early and lunch (until 1pm)is usually missed because your still at the port exploring the city. Hands down the best part of the cruise was debarkation. No not because I was dying o get off the boat (that too) but because it was so quick and simple. We choose to take our own baggage off (self assist) I was all ready and geared up mentally to stand in line and be herded through Customs like cattle. But to my surprise as soon as they open up the gangway we walked down the ramp, was greeted by two agents who took our forms as we walked by....no questions....no stopping...no issues. Walked outside where there was a line of taxis waiting. $15 taxi ride to South Station. Will I ever do another Carnival cruise? Probably not as my primary vacation or one to celebrate a special occasion. If its last minute very cheap and close to home...yes. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Mom is in her 70's and has been wanting to cruise - but not for many days, and no flying to ports. Carnival fit the bill, and securing a balcony to accommodate her smoking was reasonably priced. Embarkation- Mom used a mobility ... Read More
Mom is in her 70's and has been wanting to cruise - but not for many days, and no flying to ports. Carnival fit the bill, and securing a balcony to accommodate her smoking was reasonably priced. Embarkation- Mom used a mobility scooter and EVERYONE went out of their way to give assistance, resulting in a very quick and easy trip! First Impression: we stepped onto a lively scene, music pumping and somewhat forced party atmosphere. We were ther just befor 1pm and were able to drop our bags in the room, though it was still being cleaned. Cabin: my first balcony, cozy and room enough for two, but it got pretty chilly leaving Canada. Didn't deter mom from smoking! Very nice to enjoy morning coffee, though mostly too foggy for any view. Dining: I feel for 4 nights we got a good mix of experiences. First night MDR at table 377- great because it was just off a ramp and allowed for parking the scooter mom used. Never met the other two people who were supposed to share our table for 4. Delicious brisket for dinner and that chocolate melting cake is to die for! We also did MDR for breakfast one morning, open seating meant some wait time, but we were accommodated with a lovely table for two at a window, that allowed for scooter parking. The omelette was tasty, the comedian had a tough crowd but did a short routine ( we never did see where he was). Emerald Steakhouse was not crowded at our 6pm seating. The party of 3 ahead of us arrived on the wrong day for their reservation, but they were going to be seated, except for not wearing appropriate clothes (had on shorts). This could have been remedied by a quick change, but they seemed done with the experience and left. In the steakhouse's defense they do write the expectations on the confirmation card and again remind you when they call to confirm that day. Okay, onto the food. Very GOOD. Mom had filet and loved it, I had ribeye, tasty. Also tried beef carpaccio as a starter, which I did not care for. They offered another starter, but I knew the large steak coming would be more than filling. Desserts were also delicious - chocolate sampler for me, baked apple in pastry for mom. Other dining included Guy's burgers -good, blue iguana cantina (?) burrito place - DELICIOUS, TRY IT!, and buffet. Had great carved jerk pork one night, tasty roast beef another, and nice blackened chicken that was not black at all. I was disappointed with the meatloaf which I had been anticipating, but it was spicy to my taste. Desserts were good, not great. Breakfast buffet standard but adequate. My mother loves a buffet and truly enjoyed this part of the cruise, trying lots of offerings. Shows- wasn't interested, did see the end of Divas and it looked like a good time. Activities - didn't really do any from the Fun Times, but did some shopping, which mom loved. Casino - good way to kill an hour and 20 bucks a day. Went two times, allowing mom to smoke and try our hands at the slot machines. I would have enjoyed a tutorial or explanation of how t use sign and sail card with the machines, but figured it out with little problems. Shore Excursion: just before leaving on the cruise I found out Mom loved a bus tour, so we booked the trip to St. Martina's and Bay of Fundy. It was a fun 3 hours, knowledgeable guide and fun driver, but the village was TINY, and it was a gray, rainy day. Had I known, I would have brought water shoes to negotiate the rocky shore and water to enter the sea cave, then changed into dry shoes for way back, but I didn't and so, did not get into the cave. We didn't see St. John at all, but we had time before the excursion, so that's our fault! Gym: okay I planned on visiting, but wasn't impressed at first day look around, and was possibly too comfy in cabin o really try to get there. No report. Notes: our cabin was just off the elevators, great for accessibility, but the music from the Atrium was pumping until 11:00 or 12:00 each night. I like to use a noise machine to go to sleep, but this took it's place, so not a problem for me, but could be for others. I know Carnival had no control over this, but the foghorn sounding every two seconds throughout day and night for half the cruise cold be jarring. Crowded and sometimes hard to maneuver the scooter, luckily I could direct/block foot traffic as needed, but for solo travel with a scooter it could be tricky. Overall: a fun time, good for a first cruise. I personally probably wouldn't go again on Carnival, but that is because my preference leans to a quieter environment. If I went with children it may be a different story, but fr me, a cozy seat with a great view is great. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We just got home from the 5 night Canada cruise out of Boston. We have both cruised numerous times and have traveled extensively using all inclusive resorts and guided tours throughout the world. I thought this was a great way to see this ... Read More
We just got home from the 5 night Canada cruise out of Boston. We have both cruised numerous times and have traveled extensively using all inclusive resorts and guided tours throughout the world. I thought this was a great way to see this part of the world. We stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Express South Boston where there is a stay, park and cruise package.....excellent value, very convenient, and the transfer is free and quick and on time both delivery and picking us up off ship. Excellent rate too! Embarkation: We read you could get on ship as early as 11:30 so we arrived as early as 10:30. We want to make the most of our trip, get the most time on this ship, great to explore before all the party begins. The embarkation was the smoothest I have ever experienced, and we have been early before. It was so well organized, many people directing your way. We brought our two bottles of wine, no questions asked, they did not even open our wine carry case to verify it was wine, it could have been any liquor. We also brought 12 cans of soda and cans of pineapple juice to mix our drinks with (we use rum runner bags, get through all the time in checked luggage, but you can also buy a bottle to be delivered to your cabin). They did not even check our cans which were in a duffle bag, again they could have been beer! Anyway we were too early so we had to sit for about half an hour, then we were on the ship and on our way. The ship is nice and well kept. The lido deck has two pools, one more for the slide which is full of kids... I would never go in that pool. The other is a bigger pool and less full of crazy kids. The lido deck and surrounding decks are full of chairs, plenty for all. There is another pool in the back of the ship which was very quiet and peaceful as well. The Serenity deck though is where we hung out the entire time at sea. It is GREAT! We got up early to get a primo spot, but we love to be out in the sea air and my hubby has no problem sleeping outside, and neither did I on the sea day the fog horn was NOT blowing. We saw dolpins galore, and whales too! It was awesome. We did order drinks at sailaway, which of course are expensive, but they were good and strong! I don't know about other drinks we just ordered the sail away special. Our cabin was ready as promised by 1:30 and our luggage was there shortly after. We were unpacked and sitting in hot tub on serenity deck by 3:30! Oh and we had a Guy Burger immediately after getting on ship, it is open right away. It is an awesome, awesome burger, and I am not a big junk food eater, I loved these burgers. They are delicious, and you can eat the whole thing, contrary to what other said about it being too big for one. I had no problem, they are so delicious! We had the platinum dining, late seating. It is a beautiful dining room and the service was excellent, Royson was our server, 20 years experience he told us and it showed. He was polite, attentive, skilled as were his two helpers. We always order the wine package, 3 bottles for $77 and change including tax and gratuities. So in all you have then five bottles, one for each night which is perfect for us. It is a good deal. The martini bar, Alchemy is awesome too, great delicious drinks, strong and unique with excellent excellent service and presentation. A beautiful unique bar. The martinis are $8.95 with one special one every night for a dollar less. I think it is a great deal, as martinis at home cost as much or more and are not half as good as these. We did this every night before dinner and then had our bottle of wine. We had a great time. We saw the Divas and Motown shows, both great. The disco was fun for about an hour or so, we spent time in the casino too. There is music all over the place at night, the piano bar is great fun too. I think there is alot to do, alot of variety and a very nice ship. Some people complain about rude people, crazy kids, people dressing horribly. Yes to all of that, but I think this is happening every where. Our world has become a greedy, self centered, entitlement attitude filled place and I travel alot and find this EVERYWHERE! We dressed up, others didn't, so what, we like to dress and if others want to walk around with pants on the ground then let them look like idiots. We even had a hippie type eating near us at dinner who went barefoot in her dresses every night. I think the maitre,d tried to talk to her but she really was a hippie. long hair, lace long flowwy dresses, a real flower child. And so what, she didn't bother anyone, she was polite, not drunk etc.... I also thought the food was good. Not excellent, excellent, excellent but good. The brunch is great at the platinum dining room on sea days it is the punchliner comedy club menu. It is very good. ,Other days at port the breakfast and lunch are good but nothing great. The only complaint I have is the lido deck buffet. Slowest I ever experienced. I preferred a sit down anyway since we were not in a rush to get off ship on port days. St John is an OK port. I wish we had rented a car, they were booked solid by the time we inquired. It is easy to drive around and go where you want. We walked around to some of the sites like to old cemetery, the market and some shops. But not much to see or do. We wound up in an Irish pub right by the ship and tried some local brews. We had a great time talking to the owner we spent 3 hours doing this. We like that kind of stuff anyway. In Halifax we did rent a car and drove out to Peggy's Cove, very easy to do and much cheaper then a guided tour. Plus you get to do what you want. We went to Ryers for lobsters,(a five minute ride from Cove, right past Swissair memorial) what an excellent excellent lobster, I could have eaten more, but it was a long wait. A very good experience though. The seaport, boardwalk front in Halifax was very nice and the Jazz Fest was going on with free concerts. It was a nice nice place. Others may have written about the fog horn, yes it does go off every five minutes and yes it is foggy. What do you expect for that part of the ocean! From the Serenity deck you could not hear it too much and from our cabin we heard nothing. It was very quiet, except for kids running up the hall at 7 am. Again rude people in this world. I always taught my kids manners and how to be considerate, so they would never do this and if they did I would stop them and reprimand them. That is why they still to this day hold doors for complete strangers everywhere they go, but his isn't happening anymore, so be ready for that. They push by you to get to be first. I am not an old cranky person either and my kids are only 15, 18 and 21, but they never behaved like this. So be ready for a rude awakening to what is going on in society when you are with 3600 people on one ship! Debarkation was again excellent, the fasted I have every had. Luggage easy to find. No complaints from me, I enjoyed the trip very much and you cannot beat the price. I find Carnival to do a great job for the money and feel the workers go out of their way to do their jobs well. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We booked this family reunion cruise last August. There were 14 adults booked in 7 rooms on the Main floor (2) in oceanview rooms. Let me start by saying that all of our other cruises were with Royal Caribbean. We've avoided Carnival ... Read More
We booked this family reunion cruise last August. There were 14 adults booked in 7 rooms on the Main floor (2) in oceanview rooms. Let me start by saying that all of our other cruises were with Royal Caribbean. We've avoided Carnival because of their reputation as a party boat (loud, drinking, booze cruise). Unfortunately, my mom has always wanted to go to Nova Scotia (only Carnival had cruises there at the beginning of July) and since we were celebrating our parents 60 anniversary and 80th birthdays, we looked at cruises that would take us to Canada. There really wasn't any choice for the dates that all 14 of us could go, so we had to book on Carnival. Embarkation was easy and pleasant. Some of our group flew in and some of us drove from the midwest arriving the day before. We had time to walk the Freedom Trail in the morning and still board around noon. We shuttled the luggage down to the dock and dropped everyone off and then my husband parked our van in the lot provided. It cost $60 for the 5 night cruise (we paid $35 for the one night at our hotel). Getting on the boat was very easy and everyone was pleasant. We headed down to our room right away and were greeted by our stewards Pat and Nur. They were great all week and when Pat found out that we were celebrating a special occasion, made sure that she did some things to make my parents feel special - chocolates, towel art, etc. I had brought Welcome bags for the group on board and Pat let me leave those in each room before we headed upstairs to the buffet. We tried Guy's burgers first and they were really good. Throughout the cruise, this was a popular place, but we were always able to get a burger really fast. After touring the ship and making some spa arrangements and dinner arrangements, we headed to the hot tubs in the back to soak and watch as we left the port... great memory and we really liked the Aft Adult Only pool and hot tubs. Usually quiet and a good view. Let me stop here and comment on our tour of the ship...I was confused by the layout that afternoon and never really figured out how to get around on the ship. You could only go from front to back on deck 5 and 9, so if you came up the wrong staircase and realized that you needed to be in another part of the ship, you had to take the stairs or elevator down to another floor to get where you were going. The trouble seemed to be that the restaurant was in the middle and closed for much of the day. Not a good arrangement. The decor was not pleasing to me - Carnival/Circus theme?, but it wasn't terrible. I did think that the rooms were bigger than Royal Caribbean and we had plenty of storage room. One big complaint about Carnival was the lack of entertainment. Royal Caribbean had an early and late showing of each evening's entertainment so that both dinner seatings could enjoy it. We saw the Motor City show which we enjoyed but some of our family walked out of the Divas show. One evening had a magician in the lounge and unfortunately, he was set in the middle of the room where only the people right in front of him could see. He could have been good, but since we couldn't see or understand his thick accent, we ended up just clapping politely and waiting until the end. We did enjoy the family friendly comedy show, but it was also held in a lounge, so everyone was crammed in. On Royal Caribbean, they had a comedian and a magician as main acts in the main theatre where everyone could enjoy them. They also had lots of music in different areas throughout the ship, but Carnival had a smattering of music and it always ended early. We would literally finish dinner at 10 and walk around the ship trying to find somewhere to sit an enjoy some music or dancing. If we did find a spot, it was soon over. We ate in the lower level Platinum Dining Room at 8:15 each evening. Our waiters made an effort to know our names and preferences which was especially hard as we never sat in the same chairs twice, but moved around so that we could talk with different family members each evening. The food was good and portioned right. Really liked the melting chocolate cake. The second evening we ate at the Steakhouse which was exceptional. I would highly recommend getting reservations before you board, paying the extra fee and saving room for dessert. I had the surf and turf and the lobster was wonderful! Their cheesecake was huge - we called it the "wall of cheesecake". They should warn you before ordering it because it is hard to eat it all after the wonderful meal that they serve you. Definitely better if you split it with someone! I did the foot/ankle and hand/arm massage with a facial one day for $59. It took about an hour and was very relaxing although I was surprised that there wasn't a separate room for this. Hard to completely relax with conversations around you. We did utilize the Serenity area and especially liked the round rattan loungers. It was a bit odd that the children's area was right next to this Adults only area. Another thing I enjoyed about the Carnival cruise was the trivia and games that continued most of the day. Our family could meet up and form a team for a quick half hour game of trivia or wander in and play individually throughout the day. It was a nice break if you just wanted to do something different for a short amount of time. Most of the time this was right next to the casino which wasn't conducive to hearing and lots of people walked through, but for the most part it was a fun atmosphere. Ports - St. Johns New Brunswick. We stopped at the information center and got a walking tour map. When we got to the King's Square Cemetery, we were stopped by a volunteer with the historical society and he gave us a wonderful tour and lots of information about this area. We also did some shopping and got a Great Lunch at Steamers which is across from the dock. My husband had the $39 lunch which included a large bowl of chowder, roll, bucket of muscles (or shrimp), corn on the cob and a 1 1/2 lb lobster. I did feel like St. John's was a bit of a stretch for a port of call, but enjoyed walking around, nonetheless. Halifax, Nova Scotia - this was the port we were waiting for and we had given my folks an excursion to Peggy's Cove. Since my mother can't walk for extended periods of time, this 50 minute trip on a comfortable motorcoach out to the little fishing village of Peggy's Cove with it's picturesque light house was just the ticket. The tour guide was excellent and the scenery was beautiful. Our only complaint was the little time we had in the village. I could have walked around, taken pictures, shopped, got a drink for hours, but the stop was only for 55 minutes. Next time we'll rent a car and spend the afternoon. I should mention that we didn't have the best weather, but we didn't have the worst weather. We were enveloped by fog for the first two days of our trip and some joked that they just had a big fog machine on and the boat would take us across Boston harbor to a little village set up with actors waving Canadian flags and saying "Aye." This didn't bother me because the temperature was still warm enough to sit out and you didn't have to worry about sun burn plus you couldn't tell the boat was moving because the seas were so calm. The fog horn that the ship used was incredibly loud (hopefully so that no one would ram into us :) ) and it was hard to doze on the deck. I also heard that anyone that had a balcony room heard the fog horn all night! Thank goodness we couldn't afford a balcony for this cruise. Our last sea day was beautiful and we loved watching the whales and dolphins all day. I'm not sure if Royal Caribbean offers the Self Assist option for dembarkation, but it worked beautifully for us. We were the first ones off, got the car and were driving home within a 1/2 hour of our the ship allowing people off the boat. A great trip with lots of memories and fun times. I would definitely try Carnival again.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Just returned from our July 9th Glory cruise. We enjoyed the cruise in spite of heavy fog and many happy families with many kids who pushed occupancy to 120%. The food , staff ,cabins and entertainment were good and sometimes great. ... Read More
Just returned from our July 9th Glory cruise. We enjoyed the cruise in spite of heavy fog and many happy families with many kids who pushed occupancy to 120%. The food , staff ,cabins and entertainment were good and sometimes great. Unlike previous cruises, this one was booked and planned with a minimum of fuss. It was a cheap cruise that we could drive to Perfect! We booked a park & stay deal with STAY123 at the Holiday Inn Express Boston. This was a perfect choice. We decided to stay in Boston after our cruise so we drove direct arriving at the hotel before noon and were shortly on the shuttle to the port. This was the easiest embarkation we have ever enjoyed. Arriving at noon, we were on the ship in 20 minutes. The cabin corridors were still blocked off so we explored. Around 1 PM were able to enter our OV cabin 2273, on the 2nd deck. We were needlessly worried about the location. It was located just in from the elevators and under the theatre. We heard no noise from either. We met our steward Kate and her assistant Richard, both of whom were very pleasant and competent. Our cabin was perfectly attended to with the fridge cleared and continuous buckets of ice provided. The layout was great with tons of space. The usual towel critters and chocolates were provided. We chose My Time Dining for the dining room. The wait was just over 15 minutes. This would be the shortest wait of the week. Food was good in the MDR with apps and deserts being very good as usual. Service was also very good considering how crowded it was. There were a huge amount of food options as the Glory had the 2.0 changes. The taco bar and Guys Burgers were smart additions. The thin pizza was excellent and the fish&chips area on the next level. The fried fish, oysters and cold seafood salads were great and it was undiscovered area with empty tables. We went to the Steak restaurant. Service is good but the experience is underwhelming. I understood taking away free cappuccino's from MDR but from here? No more porterhouse steaks and the monster lobster tail is now a large tail and a half . The cheese plate had two over overripe selections. Meh! We enjoyed the Serenity area.It was nicely laid out on 2 decks . The overall layout of the ship was not ideal especially access to the MDR's. The single entrance to our dining room was off the VERY crowded lobby. The main theatre shows were new to us and we were impressed with the special effects. There was a certain sameness about these shows with the same 4 performer having all the solos with the other 4 as background. They perform to taped music as the live musicians have been done away with. The entertainment highlight of the cruise was James Quigley the performer in the piano bar. Great voice? No but a great pianist and incredibly funny with a wonderful mean/hilarious sense of humour.Ya gotta hear his circumcision song ,A little off the Top. Or maybe the Beer Song or the Warm Kitty song from the Big Bang Theory.All killers. Ask him to play Piano Man if you dare. So so funny. His act got more and more adult oriented and funnier and more risque as the night went on. The fog rolled in the first night and was constant for the next 40 hours. As mandated by marine law, the ships horn was blown every 2 minutes for most of this time. We heard this was a problem for those with cabins on the top decks . Not us. The fog changed our plans for St. John. It finally burnt off that afternoon and Halifax had good weather. Both ports were filled with nice people and museums. Pretty low key. I had FBed John Heald concerning our CC M&G. He was kind enough to provide 2 bottles of sparkling wine and ships on a stick. Very nice. We went to one comedy show. The comedienne was obscene and amusing. One unexpected bonus was watching dozens of whales as we returned to Boston. This was an unexpected treat. Debarkation was fine until we couldn't find one of our bags. 20 very stressful minutes later it was found . Whew! We called the hotel and the shuttle arrived as promised in about 25 minutes. The hotel was kind enough to let us check in before 12. Great hotel next to a decent mall and just off the I-93. Huge room and decent breakfast. Great hotel if you don't need a pool. The ship was crowded, the fog was thick but we were pleased with the cruise. Except for the loss of a live theatre band, we didn't observe any cutbacks. With the new 2.0 lido deck food options, more has been added then deducted.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We took the cruise from Boston, MA, USA to St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 9, 2013 on the Glory. As Platinum level cruisers, those cruisers who took 10 or more cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines under the old ... Read More
We took the cruise from Boston, MA, USA to St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 9, 2013 on the Glory. As Platinum level cruisers, those cruisers who took 10 or more cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines under the old requirement, we pretty much new what to expect regarding priority boarding and on-board ship amenities. On this cruise we booked a suite in room 7272 on deck seven. It was really nice with a room that was close to 50% larger than a normal balcony stateroom that had granite appointment everywhere. Granite countertops, desk top, bathroom and powder room floors, and double granite vanity tops. Additionally, it had a whirlpool bath tub/shower combination instead of the small shower stall in balcony staterooms - really nice. A few disappointments with Carnival - on many ships, including the Glory, they do not provide Fox News Channel on the stateroom television. Those ships that do not provide Fox News Channel will provide two or even three CNN channels, the regular CNN channel available in the USA, CNN Spanish, and sometimes CNN International. Why Carnival will not provide Fox News Channel for their guests, whose viewership greatly exceeds the viewership of CNN and MSNBC combined, is a mystery to me, but is extremely disappointing and definitely non-customer friendly. As independent minded people, it gets tiring constantly being bombarded by liberal pablum and social engineering view points, and, selective airing of stories, often ignoring those they feel are not news worthy, so we prefer to watch Fox News Channel to get all the news. Another disappointment with Carnival is the crew failing to consistently enforce Platinum and Diamond perks, not even trying to do so diplomatically. What is the sense of touting the benefits of these perks when people who ignore the fact that they have not qualified for them, insist, often in a crude and loud manner that they be allowed to do so, and the crew member almost always concedes. Prior to reaching Platinum status, we followed the rules and refrained from trying to get priority service at the Guest Service Desk, priority tendering to ports that did not have docks, and priority disembarkation, etc. An example of this problem, on the Glory we received written instructions that in order to avail ourselves of priority disembarkation we were to assemble in the 'Golden Dining Room' at 8:30 am. No one from the crew monitored who went into the Golden Dining room and scores of people with Blue, Red and Gold 'Sail and Sign' cards on lanyards around their necks crowded into the room and when the crew finally announced that Platinum and Diamond cruisers could disembark, those people pushed and shoved their way to the front of the disembarkation line. For those who do not know, Carnival provides three different colors of 'Sail and Sign' cards, for passengers who have not reach Platinum or Diamond level status yet. Those cards function as your stateroom key and on-ship charge card. First time cruisers on Carnival have a Blue card that progresses up to Red, or Gold 'Sail and Sign' cards for more frequent cruisers. All passengers have to have those cards scanned to leave the ship by handing them to a crew member. If a crew member sees any color other than a Platinum or Diamond color during priority disembarkation, they should politely ask those people to step aside and wait their turn, but they do not, so priority disembarkation is a non-existent 'perk' because rude people push and shove their way to the front. Once again, those with an entitlement mentality get their way because Carnival crew members do not enforce the rules. There was one troubling issue with the $750 shopping spree Bingo game. The caller seemed to be more concerned with trying to be funny than clearly explaining the rules and verifying the winner. That game had a second element if there were two or more winners, basically an elimination round by calling more numbers until one party had that number while the other party did not. In this game two people called Bingo on the same number, one of them sitting right next to us. Both party's cards were verified by crew members and the two 'tied' players filled out paperwork. Then the crew members left them taking the paperwork, and the Bingo caller proceeded to do the elimination. There was a lot of noise in the background while the caller quickly proceeded to state the rules that only applied to those two winners who had tied. She did not confirm that both parties understood what the instructions were. The requirement was that she would call off more numbers one by one until one of them had it and the other did not. But, the key element was that the number had to be on the SAME card as the winning Bingo. She called off a few numbers and some other person in the room, who was not one of the tied winners and obviously was confused, shouted out Bingo. The caller told them that the numbers she was calling were only to break the tie between the two parties who had tied. She then quickly called more numbers until the person next to us called out Bingo. The caller 'verbally' asked him to confirm that he had that number she had just called and he said he did, but, as we could clearly see he did not. She did not have any crew member confirm it and she quickly shut down the Bingo game computer, and then came over herself to congratulate the guy. The problem was he had the number she called but NOT on the same card that he had originally had Bingo on. My wife and I sat there and watched what transpired next. She clearly told that he did not really win, but she would process the winning paperwork to 'take care of it', because she had already shut down the computer. Essentially she gave the $750 shopping spree monies to him, and the other person who had tied him and played by the rules didn't even know they were incorrectly eliminated. Very, very wrong! But as I said earlier, she was more interested in trying to be funny and finishing the game quickly than doing it right. One other disconcerting issue involved the water in the stateroom sink. We turned on the cold water one time and large quantity of gray colored particulate matter came out of the faucet. It was definitely not something anyone would want to swallow. We do not know why that happened and was the first time it had happened to us on all the cruises we had on Carnival. The meals in the dining room were very good per usual and we really enjoyed Guy Fieri's Hamburger location up on the Lido deck. Those burgers were very, very tasty.We booked the excursion through Carnival which was described as a bus tour with stops at the top ten tourist sights in Halifax. The tour was seven hours long. The driver and tour guide were both very competent. Our guides name was Robert, who described himself as a retired history teacher. The main problem with the tour is that the people on our bus only got to see six of the ten sights because extremely inconsiderate passengers were very late re-boarding the bus at two of the stops. They were so late in fact that the guide had to skip four of the advertised destinations in order to get us back to the ship on time. The guide was very clear when we reached our first stop that all the passengers had to be back at the bus by a specific time. He warned everyone that he had a schedule to keep and if anyone was late he would be forced to move on to the next place and those passengers would have to pay for a taxi cab to return to the ship. The problem was he did not enforce the warning. The passengers who had returned on time were forced to sit on a hot bus without air conditioning because Canadian regulations prohibited the bus from idling while parked. Those inconsiderate passengers made everyone else wait for them two separate times because they were so self-absorbed in themselves they could not be bothered to follow the rules. That lack of passenger consideration coupled with the tour operator failing to enforce the rule made everyone miss 40% of the tour for which we had paid. Once back on the ship we informed the tour desk about our feeling cheated and the young lady said that we had the complete the seven hour tour and there was no guarantee that we would see all ten stops listed. We respectfully asked for a price reduction considering that we did not see everything advertised and she said that Carnival could provide any refund. My wife and I enjoyed the cruise other than those critiques detailed above.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We drove from Kingston, NY to Boston on the Morning of the 21st.(Sunday) We left approx. 7:15am and arrived at the Terminal at 11:00. I dropped off my wife and another couple with the bags and drove over to the Cell Phone lot for ... Read More
We drove from Kingston, NY to Boston on the Morning of the 21st.(Sunday) We left approx. 7:15am and arrived at the Terminal at 11:00. I dropped off my wife and another couple with the bags and drove over to the Cell Phone lot for parking.(4min drive) I paid 60.00 for the week and then elected to walk back to the terminal, as it was very close. I arrived at the terminal at 11:20am and we were on the ship and purchased the Cheers program at the Lobby Bar at 11:45am. Off to the Lido Deck to the Fish and Chips(food just okay). Then over to the Iguana Bar for Drinks. Then got Guys Burgers(the best burgers I have ever had) Went to our Cabin at about 3pm an unpacked. Met at the Lobby Bar before our 6pm dinner. Dinners were very good every night. Food was of good quality and service was good. We ate at the dinning room each night for dinner and never had a bad meal. 1st Port (Monday) Portland, Me.. Not impressed with the city, we just walked around some and then back to the ship. Weather was cloudy in the morning, but cleared up later in the day. 2nd Port Saint John(Tuesday) Pouring rain all day, we did not even attempt to get off the ship. Sea Day(Wednesday) Rained most of the day, partipated in trivia, gambled some, and watched some other activities throughout the day. 3rd Port Halifax(Thursday). Went off the ship around 10am and walked around the town. Went to the Alexander Keith Brewery and took the tour. Very nice it is set up to be in the 1800's as you tour the brewery. Very well done and worth the 20.00 fee. It rained some in the morning and cleared up in the afternoon. We spend the afternoon back on the ship getting some sun. 4th Port Sydney(Friday).. We thought this was the best port. We walked around town, very nice shops, stopped into Tim Hortons for coffee and donuts, very good. They had a nice set up right at the port with alot of vendors with some unique items. I would go back to Sydney again. Overall weather was just okay.. Friday was Hot about 85 in Sydney, the other days were cooler, the fist sea day was very cool probably a high of 58 or so. We did not do any formal excursions, just did our own thing at the ports. Ship Highlights.. Guys Burgers, Alchemy Bar, Burrito Bar(especially for breakfast). The Motown Show, Cheers program and the Crew. Things we did not care for.. The Diva's Show, Having alot of activities in the casino. Trivia all day, and Kareoke. Because of this, people would take all the chairs from the slot machines and use them to sit right in the main aisle way to enjoy the triia or singing. If you wanted to gamble at alot of the machines during the day, you had to stand as their were no chairs and it was hard to walk through the area as people were blocking the aisle. We also did not care for James in the Piano Bar, it seemed he felt supperior to the guests and would make remarks about songs people wanted to request and here. Not a big fan of how the Glory is set up. Having a Rest. in the middle of decks 3 and 4 means you cannot get through on those two decks from one end of the ship to the other. The Serenty area(adults only) is at front of the ship and the adult only pool is at the back of the ship. Seems like the two areas should be combined as only adult area. The serenty area also does not have a bar, so you had to get your own or rely on servers all the time. The adult only pool had the sliding glass roof, so on the 1st sea day with the temp never got to 60, the kids were all hangin in the adult pool area, but could only watch as the adults would swim. Overall, we enjoyed our cruise very much, but I would probably not sail on the glory again, as I believe the ship was designed very poorly and hindered the enjoyment of some activities.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Most memorable: We went on the July 14-21 cruise. As it was our wedding anniversary, I booked a cake for the July 14 dinner. The dinner service was very slow. When he main entree was served, I asked the waiter about the cake. He was ... Read More
Most memorable: We went on the July 14-21 cruise. As it was our wedding anniversary, I booked a cake for the July 14 dinner. The dinner service was very slow. When he main entree was served, I asked the waiter about the cake. He was completely unaware of the cake order. When they finally resolved the cake order, the dinner service was over and the PA announced we should leave the dinning room. We had to wolf the cake down and leave quickly. Through out the week the server was very green as he kept consulting his order sheets and tried to figure out what goes to who while the food cooled down on the service table. We were always the last group to leave. By the 4th night, they assigned other waiters to help out and the service sped up to normal speed. The Ship: Clean and nicely renovated. I agree with reviewer BigDog1958 about the ship's layout. The ship had many places where one must walk around the obstacle. To get from one end to the other you have to walk through closed areas such as the dinning room. The good thing is the staff won't scream at you (MSC) when you do so. We ate all our meals in the dining room where the food was quite good and better than expected; almost as good as Celebrity and RCL, and leagues better than MSC. On our first day at sea during tea time in the dining room, a waiter bypassed our table with new food and was asked by a lady to return, his response was borderline rude. The Burger bar and the Mexican food and the Pizza were also very good. The Fish 'n Chips served very tasty fish and fried oysters but the calamari was greasy and chewy. I am a early riser and like the fact that the freshly ground coffee is available in the buffet 24/7. My wife liked the choice of tea and lemons. The shows were ho-hum with only 2 larger sing and dance productions and the rest were audience participation games. The trio by the bar near the casino were Latin music specialists and were very enjoyable. Silly me forgot to note the band's name. The casino allowed smoking and that detracted from our enjoyment. It would have been better if the casino had a walled off non-smoking section. Ports of Call: We had drove through the Canadian Maritimes a long time ago and the only place we had not gotten to was Cape Breton. For Sydney, I booked a car with Discount Car Rentals a week before we cruised. Although I asked for an email confirmation, I did not receive one. I called on 2 different days before we cruised and each call, the Sydney Discount folks would give me a computer excuse. When we were at sea, Sydney Discount left a message on my cell that no cars were available due to vandalism. Discount being the only rental car company in town, my drive to Cape Breton's Cabot Trail was toast. It did not seem right to me, so thinking a small town like Sydney with so many cars vandalized would have made the news...nothing found via Google. Hmmmmm.... Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
I travel frequently and found this cruise perfect for a short get away. This was cruise 81 for me, so coming from a different perspective. I am not looking for anything even remotely "perfect" which some people who travel less ... Read More
I travel frequently and found this cruise perfect for a short get away. This was cruise 81 for me, so coming from a different perspective. I am not looking for anything even remotely "perfect" which some people who travel less frequently would. We flew into Boston, morning of the cruise. This had the best public transportation option I have experienced from an airport. The Silver Line went right to the cruise port with one bus change. Simple. The ship is a poor design due to having to go above or below areas to get forward and aft on some floors. Especially bad at disembarkation, since only the forward elevator worked for the exit. The entertainment was skimpy with the comedy shows very good. IF interested in more, then this isn't the cruise for you. The food was ok, ate mostly at the buffet, with Guy's Burgers the winner. Pizza was also good. We were in a cheap inside cabin on deck 7. Was next to the laundry, but absolutely no disturbance from there, the entire week. Convenient to the forward elevators. The Ports- Portland, we just used the bus pass and had to get to Walgreens. :) The ride was "interesting" but the fellow riders even more so. :) Saint John- arranged a van tour, with Fundy Tours which did a good job. Weather was crappy and they "included" a stop at a gift shop- for captive audience purchases. The lunch stop was very good, however. Halifax- walked to the Maritime Museum which was excellent. Lucky to not be walking during the rain. Brewery at the port dock was great with their $2 samples, which were just the right size. Sydney- we just walked in a loop. Some hills and a nice harbor walk. Not much else of interest for us. Overall, this cruise was good. :) The price was right which is important for me. The weather did interfere with the port enjoyment, but not the cruise line's fault. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
This was my first cruise with Carnival, I have previously sailed with Princess and Royal Caribbean, but generally select an itinerary, and a time frame and see who's going where I want to go at that time. We chose Carnival this time ... Read More
This was my first cruise with Carnival, I have previously sailed with Princess and Royal Caribbean, but generally select an itinerary, and a time frame and see who's going where I want to go at that time. We chose Carnival this time because they were sailing Canada & New England in July, and most others sail this itinerary in the fall months, so it was good fit. The price was also very good, so we couldn't pass it up! We had a balcony on deck 6, close to the main elevators so it was a great location, close to everything, but far enough away that we didn't hear the music from the dance parties in the main area below. We got a balcony this time, again, price was right. I've previously had inside cabins with are sufficient since not much time is spent in the room anyways. However, with our balcony we did choose to spend more time on it reading and relaxing because we didn't find much going on during sea days on this itinerary, and we aren't gamblers, shoppers or big drinkers. The food options were great, we loved the offerings in the main dining room each night, and always found something delicious to have. We avoided the buffet for breakfast and ordered room service instead, we want to start our day relaxed, not with the chaos a buffet can sometimes create. We did do the Punchliner Brunch which we really enjoyed too - the menu selection was great and the basket of yorkshire puddings they brought us were to die for! We opted for a table for 2 and we probably waited about 15 minutes before they finally decided to open up the top level of tables after lots of back and forth between waitstaff and what looked like a manager. They should have that open anyways because there were plenty of people waiting with us. We didn't care for the "comedy break" during brunch, found it too loud and not really funny. We didn't care for the fajitas/tacos from the Cantina, maybe I just got a bad batch of chicken in mine, but there were so many hard pieces of cartilage that I just couldn't eat it. We didn't try a burger from Guy Fieri's but did have some french fries and they were delicious! We loved The Alchemy Bar - their martini's were incredible. Such a great selection of different flavors and combinations that I would never think to put together. A must do for sure. The main swimming pool up on deck was completely green. I've never seen cruise ship pool water this color. Even pools at resorts and peoples home's shouldn't be this color. Something was definitely going on with the water in there, and it stayed that way all week. The kids sure didn't care, but we never saw any adults in there. They were all in the adult pool/hot tubs at the back, and they were completely over crowded. Likely making up for the lack of swimming amenities elsewhere on deck. We booked shore excursions through Carnival for all of the ports, and most of them were great, we saw a good range of what we wanted to see. One complaint we did have was on one of the longer excursions we chose to do, the air conditioning wasn't working on the coach. In July, on a hot, sticky summer day it's crucial to ensure that something like this is working. Especially for an excursion that is a full day of driving around. The driver and guide just kept saying "it's on as high as it can go", but nobody could feel it, people looked like they were ready to pass out. Uncomfortable to say the least. All other excursions were good. Overall I was impressed with Carnival, and will definitely sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Part I - Precruise A. Inception We chose the Carnival Glory since they were the only ship sailing to New England in July when we wanted to travel there. This is our first time on Carnival. We have previously sailed on Princess to Alaska, ... Read More
Part I - Precruise A. Inception We chose the Carnival Glory since they were the only ship sailing to New England in July when we wanted to travel there. This is our first time on Carnival. We have previously sailed on Princess to Alaska, and Celebrity to several destinations. Our group of 15 family members were here for a reunion in celebration of my mother's "diamond" birthday. B. Cruise Critic Cruisecritic.com was very helpful in securing key information for all of our ports of call and getting to know some of our fellow travelers before the cruise. C. Choice of Route This was our second time cruising the North Atlantic seaboard. We have previously traveled to St. John and Halifax and looked forward to visiting key sites away from the immediate port area. D. Choice of cabin We chose an inside cabin (7323) centrally located on Empress Deck 7. Our kids (aged 21 and 25) were next door in 7321 and my parents were in an Ocean Suite (7317) across the hall. E. Price We paid under $600 per person ($120/day/person) including port fees and taxes (but not including airfare, tips, travel insurance, and incidentals) for this 5 day cruise. Note: I only include price information because it was requested by fellow travelers following my previous reviews. F. Passports We brought our passports which we got several years ago. Hint: AAA members can get really good passport pictures for free at AAA offices. G. Insurance I insured the trip through Travelex, opting for their TraveLite product, which I concluded was a good choice due to: relative cost comparisons, ease of access and booking, good disclosures, excellent coverage for what I needed, and especially because their insurance is "primary", meaning that I do not have to involve any other insurance in the claims process. I had no interest in proprietary insurance offered by a travel agency or cruise companies because if either goes under your insurance is worthless and defeats the purpose. We bought the insurance within 14 days of our booking to assure there would be no questions about "existing medical conditions", although I am not aware we have any. Thankfully we never had a need for the insurance. H. Prebooking Excursions We didn't pre-book any excursions. Instead, we rented cars from Enterprise in St. John and Halifax. We typically do not book any excursions with the ship. We find that the ship's excursions are pricey and crowded. We also find that well-researched private excursions let you see more and go more places. Our primary source of research is the Port of Call boards at CruiseCritic.com. I. Packing We packed for 2 Formal nights (blazer with dress shirt / fine dinner dress), and 3 Smart Casual nights (polo's and Dockers, blouses and skirts), in addition to enough clothing to cover us for 5 cruise days. Among the most helpful "extra items" we packed were battery powered alarm clock, shoe rack (we hang it on the wall and use it to hold all of our other items), rounded scissors, a digital camera, binoculars, highlighters, collapsible dirty clothes bag, insulated travel mugs, and an 9-inch clip-on fan to keep air moving in the cabin. We also made five 8x10 posters for our cabin door (one for each day, "If this is Sunday, it must be Boston!" and the like) and mentioning Cruise Critic in hopes that someone else on the boards would notice and strike up a conversation. The cabin doors are metal. We held up our signs with little magnets. Part II - Embarkation A. Boston, MA We flew into Boston a few days early to watch the Red Sox play in Fenway Park on Independence Day followed by over 30 minutes of spectacular fireworks that night on the Charles River. Boston is a really fun city and we have visited Boston several times. If you are flying in on cruise day and wish to go directly to the ship, you can either take a taxi into Boston for about $30, or take the Silver Line bus. The Silver Line bus has a low step (about 6") that makes it easy to get on and off with luggage - certainly no harder than a rental car bus at an airport. The "SL1" buses have luggage racks and it is easier to get on at the rear doors. From Airport to Black Falcon Cruise Terminal: The Silver Line from the airport is currently free from the airport and leaves from the lower level of terminals A, B, C and in front of terminal E. Take Silver Line 1 (SL1) from airport to World Trade Center (WTC) station. Take escalator or elevator to transfer up and over the track to pick up the SL2 going in the opposite direction. Switch to SL2 at WTC and ride it a few blocks to the Black Falcon terminal. There are about 6 stops near the Black Falcon terminal (the bus basically encircles it). The all-internal WTC (World Trade Center) bus station is now open. WTC is a new indoor station with escalators and elevators to transfer up and over the track to pick up the second Silver Line bus you need to get to or from the Black Falcon cruise terminal. Since it's internal, transfers are free. You can transfer at the "Silver Line Way before Manulife Building" station which is one station stop closer in each direction, but you'll have to pay to transfer. In our particular case, since we were already in the city, we simply walked an easy six blocks (with our rolling luggage) from The Westin Boston Waterfront to the Black Falcon cruise terminal. Upon arrival at the pier, we turned our luggage and a tip over to the baggage handlers and headed into the terminal. B. Security Processing and Boarding Even though Carnival sent an email informing passengers not to arrive before 1:00pm we had heard there was a good chance we could board early in Boston. We were in the terminal by 11:00am. Security was very quick and check-in was smooth. It helped that we completed all of our documentation online before we left home. There is a large waiting area with two long lines (priority and regular) that feed into about two dozen Carnival employees who will process your documents and give you the okay to board. There was no one in line when we arrived. After processing, we had our pictures taken to imprint our mugs electronically on our cruise cards for use on the ship and when leaving and returning to the ship. We proceeded directly to ship and boarded on Deck 3. Rooms were not yet ready so we climbed the stairs to Deck 9 for lunch. All of the foodie areas on Deck 9 were open. The whole process from departure from the hotel to arrival on the ship was about 45 minutes! C. Explore The Cabin We were in cabin 7323, an interior category 4F cabin with 185 square feet. This is one of the largest interior cabins we have been in. (For comparison, Celebrity's interior cabins run closer to 170 square feet). We were located near the center of the ship, on the Empress Deck 7. Our interior cabin on this deck was accessed from the Port hallway. The cabin was extremely well laid out. Lots of drawers and enough room in the closets for our clothes. The bathroom has lots of room, storage, and a shower. Our cabin also had a desk and a pair of tables. Hangers and robes were provided. The desk featured a number of informational brochures including Tuesday's event newsletter "Carnival Fun Times". Our stateroom attendant (Hernando) and his assistant did a wonderful job throughout our cruise. Of note, we found the inside cabins really easy to sleep in. Since there is no window, the room stays dark --- making it really easy to sleep late or take a nap any time of day. It's also very quiet. D. Tour of Ship and Search For Food We found lunch at Guy's Burger Joint on Deck 9. This is by far the best hamburger we have enjoyed at sea! Hamburgers are hand-formed from fresh ground beef, grilled, and placed on a tasty bun. A condiment bar (with crispy bacon, grilled onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, and other items is located nearby to top off your burger. They also cook up some great fries to go with your burger. Hint: locate the stairwell in the back of the Red Sail Restaurant on Deck 9 that leads up to the Fish and Chips station on Deck 10. This "hidden" area has over 50 tables that are rarely used. We ate all of our meals up there. The Fish and Chips station is also very good, but it will take most folks a few days to discover it. There are four buffet lines in the Red Sail Restaurant on Deck 9 (Two in front and two in back) with lots of hot meal and salad choices. We rarely ate anything off the buffet. Instead, we got really good food at the specialty stations (Deli, Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, Fish and Chips, and the Pizzeria). In the morning seek out the 3 omelette stations. One usually has no line. There is no extra charge for any of the food on this deck. The ship is well laid out with ample sets of stairwells and elevators. We spent a couple hours exploring the ship. The Amber Palace theater is located on three decks (3, 4 and 5) and features stadium seating on Deck 5. E. Lifeboat Drill About 45 minutes prior to leaving port, we participated in the mandatory lifeboat drill. If you've never been through this drill, a loudspeaker announcement is made for all guests to report to your assigned muster station (as directed on your cruise card). After waiting for all passengers to arrive, you are directed on the proper use of the vest and given additional safety instructions. You do not actually board the life boats. We did not need to actually wear our life jackets to the muster drill. A final announcement will dismiss all passengers. The drill went smoothly and lasted less than 30 minutes. F. Cruise Critic Meeting On our first day at sea, we met at the Alchemy Bar for about an hour. The meeting was listed in the Fun Times. Just under 2 dozen folks swapped stories for an hour. The cruise director, Jacques De Lange, stopped by to greet us as well. G. Dinner - 6:00pm First Seating We requested a large table. We were seated with family at a round table for 8 in the upper level (Deck 4) of the Golden Restaurant. Peter, our server, his assistants, and Chubby, our Maitre'd did a very good job throughout our cruise. Part III - Food! Celebrity has a good reputation for their cuisine. We didn't know what to expect on Carnival. The meals generally met or exceeded our expectations. There was good variety. Meats were cooked to order. Yes, you could order "medium rare", and we never had to send anything back. Glory has two 2-story dining rooms. The Golden Restaurant (midship on Deck 4) and Platinum Restaurant (Decks 3 and 4 aft) offered Assigned Dining. Early dining is at 6:00 pm and late dining is at 8:15 pm. The Golden also offers "Your Time Dining" on its lower level (Deck 3). Diners could dine at their leisure from 5:45 pm to 9:30 pm. There is occasionally a line. We had a pair of tables on Deck 4 of the Golden Restaurant and were very pleased with them. A. Always Available at Dinner Each night we had a new menu of items we could select for dinner which included about 3 appetizers, 3 soups, a salad, and 6 main entrees. The following items were also available every night: fruit cocktail, shrimp cocktail, fried vegetable spring rolls, Caesar salad, grilled chicken breast, broiled salmon, grilled flat iron steak, Indian vegetarian, southern fried chicken, hamburger, baked potato, steamed white rice, french fries, and steamed vegetables. B. The Best Breakfast Items The made to order Breakfast Burrito from the Blue Iguana Cantina, fresh made to order omelets from any of three omelet stations, and crispy bacon. I frequented the stand-alone omelet station, that will also fry fresh eggs for you, on the port side of the Red Sail Restaurant. C. The Best Lunch Items Guy's Burgers and fries, Blue Iguana Burritos, Seafood Bouillabaisse (fresh made soup with shellfish), Calamari Fritters, and the Fish (but not chips) from the Fish and Chips station. D. The Best Appetizer The appetizers were tasty and the selection very good. Each of us usually ordered 2 or 3 each night. We especially liked the tender escargot, stuffed mushrooms, E. The Best Soups The best soup on the entire ship can be found at the Fish and Chips station on Deck 10. It's a Seafood Bouillabaisse with mussels, clams, shrimp and fish served in a tomato and pesto broth. It's made fresh in a large pot several times during lunch right in front of you. All of the dinner soups were generally good, but not full flavored, and not always served as hot as we would have liked. The pumpkin soup was very good. F. The Best Entrées Prime rib, lobster tails, spare ribs, jerked pork loin, and the penne mariscos (seafood served on penne pasta with a nice tomato-based sauce) was excellent. Note that one entree each night was usually available as an appetizer too. G. The Best Desserts Yes, the warm chocolate meting cake is as good as everyone says it is when it's fully cooked. It's like a fluffy brownie with melted chocolate at the bottom. (When it's not fully cooked it's like a bowl full of hot chocolate pudding). We also liked cherries jubilee and the fresh tropical fruit plate. The best ice creams included: butter pecan, toasted almond, and the bailey's irish cream (the later two were served in the Emerald Restaurant). We also loved the ice cream available 24-hours a day in the 3 self-serve ice cream machines on Deck 9. We did not like the cheesecake. It's not a traditional thick NY Style cheesecake. H. Room Service You can order room service 24-hours a day. We didn't order anything from room service. I. Midnight Buffets I don't recall seeing a midnight buffet on this cruise. However, they do put out late night snacks from 11:30 pm to 1:00 am and the following items are available 24-hours: pizza, ice cream, coffee, hot tea, iced tea, lemonade, guava juice and orange juice. Note that milk (skim, 2%, and chocolate) can only be found on the buffet or restaurants when they are open. J. Guy's Burgers Not to be missed! Guy's Burger Joint on Deck 9 is open from Noon to 6:00 pm. This is by far the best hamburger we have enjoyed at sea! Hamburgers are hand-formed from fresh ground beef, grilled, and placed on a tasty bun. A condiment bar (with crispy bacon, grilled onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, and other items is located nearby to top off your burger. They also cook up some great fries to go with your burger. K. Blue Iguana Cantina Open from 7:30 am to 10:30 am for breakfast, and Noon to 2:30 pm for lunch. They offer made to order breakfast burritos and made to order normal burritos during the respective meal times. They also have a condiment bar with lots of fixings for your meal and well over a dozen different hot sauces. The burritos are very good. Hint: grab some bacon from the buffet at breakfast and they'll be happy to wrap it in your breakfast burrito. They don't have bacon at the Cantina. L. Fish and Chips Hint: Locate this early in your voyage. It's located on Deck 10, up the stairwell in the back of the Red Sail Restaurant. This "hidden" area has over 50 tables that are rarely used. We ate all of our meals up there. The Fish and Chips station is very good, and it will take most folks a few days to discover it. They offer the best soup on the ship, as well as fish and chips (skip the chips and grab the fries at Guy's Burgers instead), crisp fried oysters, and calamari zucchini maui onion fritters. M. Pizzeria and Deli There is dedicated Pizzeria open 24-hours and a Deli open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Both are good. The pizzeria is in the back of the ship on Deck 9, while the Deli is in the middle of the Red Sail Restaurant on the Port side. The pizzeria features 5 or 6 personal pizzas which they will bake fresh for you. The deli has excellent, thinly-sliced deli meats, and will make sandwiches (cold or flat grilled) to order. N. The Emerald Restaurant - Glory's Specialty Restaurant We enjoyed a meal in The Emerald Restaurant on Deck 10 in celebration of my mother's birthday. The cover charge is $35 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Service is very high end --- as is the food. What you are paying for is a special dining experience that is slowly paced that you won't soon forget. Our consensus favorites: soup = lobster bisque, salad = baby leaf spinach with crumbled blue cheese and mushrooms, main = 18-ounce spice-rubbed prime ribeye steak, an the chocolate sampler for desert. It included both of our favorite ice creams on this cruise: toasted almond and bailey's irish cream. It was a very pleasant 2-hour dining experience in a fancy venue with great food and outstanding service. O. The Captain's Table We did not receive an invite to join the Captain for dinner. This is generally reserved for the more experienced cruisers. We were not aware of anyone who received an invite on this cruise. Part IV - Entertainment A. Movies Glory has a huge outdoor "drive-in theater" on deck 9 with plenty of stadium-style lounge chair seating. Popcorn is available. Unfortunately the movies couldn't be enjoyed on the three foggy nights due to frequent foghorn blasts. B. Shows The Glory's Amber palace theater spans 3 decks. Seating is reasonably comfortable on Decks 3 and 4 and very comfortable in the stadium seats on Deck 5. Sight lines are very good, except for a few seats that are blocked by support poles. Unlike Celebrity, there were no guest entertainers that performed here, no broadway style shows, and there was no live music. All of the productions featured canned music with dancing and live vocals. I gave up after the first show, while my wife was determined to see them all. While the performers were energetic, we felt the shows themselves were not worth attending. Most of the entertainment in this venue was REALLY LOUD. C. Casino The Camel Club Casino on Deck 5 is filled with the requisite slot machines, one craps table, a roulette table, a few poker and blackjack tables, and an electronic Texas Hold'em table. The casino was open while at sea and closed while in ports. The casino is a smoke-filled venue which reeks of smoke so bad you can smell it up the stairwells and your clothes will smell of smoke if you spend any time walking through it. Table minimums started at $5 and up. The casino workers were friendly and very willing to help newbies with any questions on how to play the games of chance. Hint: the casino sells its used decks of quality playing cards for only $1 while supplies last. D. Spa Carnival It is located Forward on Deck 11. We did not use the spa on this trip. E. Outdoor Pools and Hot tubs. There is a giant outdoor slide accessible on Deck 10 that has 3 or 4 loops and lands on Deck 9. It looked like fun and was wildly popular with the children. The pools and hot tubs saw lots of action on this cruise. While we did not use either, the hot tubs were reportedly cooler than most would have preferred. F. Carnival Orchestra and Other Ship Bands There is no Carnival Orchestra on this ship. In fact, there was a absence of live music on the open deck (9) and in the theater. There was a 5-piece band that performed in the casino, a duo and a really excellent guitar soloist who played in a couple of venues, and a sing-along pianist who played in the Cinn-A-Bar. G. In-room TV There were several closed-circuit ship channels and sporadic satellite stations available on the TV in the cabin. We mainly kept our TV tuned into the web-cam on Deck 9. The front-of-the-ship webcam was out of order. When cruising in an inside cabin, we like to keep the tv tuned into the front-of-the-ship webcam at all times. It acts as our portal. H. Room Service You can order room service 24-hours a day. We didn't order anything from room service. I. Sporting Events Sporting events were not available on the room TVs. ESPN and ESPN-2 broadcasts were only available in the cool EA Sports Bar next to the casino on Deck 5. They showed sports on several big screens and had two additional screens that could also be used for playing popular sports-themed video games at no charge. J. Activities There is no lack of things to do: movies, bingo, trivia contests throughout the day, ping pong, shows, culinary demonstrations, health and exercise seminars, casino tournaments, cards, and dancing to name a few. The activities staff was outstanding. The Sports Deck on 11 features a jogging track, small basketball court and a small volleyball court. Deck 11 features a reasonably fun 9-hole mini-golf course. All sports equipment is free to use and can be checked out on Deck 9. K. Comedy Club This is the first ship I've ever been on that featured a dedicated comedy club. Found on Deck 5, the Ebony Cabaret Aft Lounge was home to 2 visiting comedians who each performed at least 4 times. Family-friendly shows as well as adults-only shows were performed. All of the shows were packed. Seating was good and comfortable. Hint: arriving just 20 to 30 minutes early will get you front row seats! L. Parties and Tours Unlike Celebrity which runs a number of parties with free drinks for repeat cruisers, birthday and anniversary celebrants, and a Captains meet and greet, we didn't notice any on Carnival. It could be were just weren't invited. Carnival did have a Captain's meet and greet with Captain Francesco La Farina. M. Bars There were more bars on this ship than anything we've seen on Celebrity or Princess. If you're on a prepaid liquor plan, or just looking to drink, you won't have to walk far to find bartender. We found the bartenders and servers to be efficient. N. Library This small room appears to have been an after-thought. It was usually empty, and had very few books on its shelves. Apparently Carnival passengers don't read. They party! Part V - Health Concerns A. Smoking There was no smoking in the restaurants, show lounge, hallways, elevators, or inside any stateroom. Unfortunately, folks could (and did) smoke heavily on their verandas and in the casino. The air circulation in the casino was very poor. The casino smoke was less than hospitable most hours and so bad at times it could be smelled two decks up the stairwells. This was unfortunate since a lot of functions (like trivia and some contests) occur in the casino. We did not observe anyone abusing the smoking privilege in prohibited areas of the ship. B. Pools and Hot Tubs No problems were reported. C. General Cleanliness of the Ship The ship, it's cabins, venues, and restrooms were VERY clean. The cleaning crew did a great job! D. Viruses To the best of our knowledge, there was no outbreak on our ship. Kudos to our fellow passengers and Carnival personnel for their personal diligence. E. Seasickness We had really smooth seas for most of the voyage, and we traveled at only 7 - 10 knots (about 8 - 11 mph). I get seasick very easily and normally wear half a patch behind my ear. I didn't apply it before we left and never needed it or any seasickness pills. Part VI - Ship Notes A. Ship's Crew We were very impressed with the ship and crew. Very friendly and competent. B. Our Stateroom Attendant Hernando was very attentive. Upon arrival he made it clear he was there to serve us and our cabin and wanted us to ask him for anything. We never needed to bother him. He and his assistant kept the beds made, and cabin and bathroom clean and picked up. We also enjoyed the nightly towel animals left on our bed. C. The Shops Merchandise did not rotate very much. There was something on sale each day. The bottled booze prices on the ship were very attractive (but any purchases were held for you to take off the ship and not consume while on board). D. Internet Service There were about 5 or 6 computers with internet access available on the ship in the hard-to-find, almost hidden, Cyberspace room on Deck 4. The ship also had wi-fi available throughout the ship. No access was free. In fact it was relatively expensive and very slow. (You even needed to pay for internet service if you wanted to print your airline boarding passes while on the ship). E. Kids Even though the ship was packed with kids due to being a short, 5-day, summer cruise, with few exceptions, they were well-behaved. It's my understanding that the ship's "capacity" is just under 3,000 passengers, we reportedly had about 3700 passengers on board. Capacity on cruise ships generally assumes 2 passengers per cabin. Cabins with more than 2 passenger add to excess capacity. Our ship sailed at over 120% capacity. Congratulations to Carnival for a profitable cruise. While the ship was very full and some venues like the mini-golf and pools were heavily crowded during most hours, the ship felt busy but it did not feel over-crowded. F. Dress Code The dress was pretty relaxed. We did not see any tuxes on the formal nights. Blazers with a button shirt, or a button shirt with tie were pretty much the norm. We did see t-shirts and shorts in the dining room on formal night, and a white t-shirt in The Emerald Restaurant when we ate there. Frankly this was really disappointing. They should enforce some decorum of their dress code. G. Deck Chairs Yes, there was a lot of "saving" of deck chairs during the day. However, you could still find deck chairs on the ship if you look around in less obvious places. H. "Hidden" Decks Folks on the chat boards often spoke of hidden decks at the front of the ship accessible only through "secret" doors. We sought them out. There are no secret doors to hidden decks. There are very obvious wooden doors with portholes that lead out to fairly large decks for lounging or sightseeing in the front of the ship that are not utilized by many passengers. They can be found in the front of Decks 6, 7, and 10 as I recall. I. Photographers Glory has a ton of photographers set up all over the ship's common areas and near the ship at each port. This ship had more display space dedicated to photographs than any other ship I've previously sailed on. The photographers, while plentiful and talented, were easily avoided if you didn't want your picture taken. J. Fog Horn The ship's fog horn works really well. It blasts loud and often when needed. We encountered a lot of thick heavy fog on this trip. It was so thick you could not see more than 20 feet at times. The horn is unpleasant and obnoxiously loud on the open deck, tolerable in the enclosed areas on Deck 9, faint in outside cabins, and silent in interior cabins. What's to get upset about? It serves a safety purpose. K. Announcements Announcements are loud, fairly frequent, and intrusive. They get downright annoying when they disrupt your cruise to make announcements looking for a particular passenger. L. Elevators We resist taking elevators because we like to pretend that taking the stairs during the entire trip will get us the exercise we need to fend of the extra pounds we would otherwise gain from all the food. It certainly doesn't hurt! When we did use the elevators, they were reasonably prompt and never crowded. Glory has plenty of elevators. We did notice they would get crowded before and after dinner, but we didn't care because we used the stairs anyway. The ship also has 4 glass elevators that run from Deck 2 to Deck 11 and offers views of the impressive Old Glory Atrium. M. Customs We went through customs in Boston upon our return. Basically just left the ship with our baggage and gave our declaration form to a customs officer with no waiting. This was very fast. Part VII - The Ports A. Boston, Massachusetts Boston was our port of departure. It is a really fun city and easy to get around if you use their metro system of buses, subways and ferries. Rather than give you a taste of Boston in this review, please see our incredibly detailed page entitled: "A Week in Boston" which features information and images to assist you in getting ready for an enjoyable week in Boston. For a shorter stay, simply pick and choose those items that interest you most. Boston Waterfront B. Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy) 8:00am - 4:00pm. We berthed at the Marco Polo Terminal (formerly known as the Pugsley Terminal), which is literally right in town and close to the Harbour Passage Walking Trail. Upon arrival, women were presented a rose and men were given a lapel pin souvenir. We prearranged for an Enterprise Rental Car and set out for the Village of St. Martins, about 45 minutes northeast of St. John. St. Martins, located on the Bay of Fundy, is a fishing village, home to two covered bridges, sea caves, and the gateway to the Fundy Trail. The Bay of Fundy tides are the highest tides in the world, rising and dropping as much as 47 feet. St. Martin's tides on Mac's Beach are a relatively pedestrian (but still amazing) 26-feet, rushing in and out of the bay twice a day. At low tide you can walk on the ocean floor. Mac's Beach is covered in smooth rocks, a result of the tidal action. It's also where you can find "Wish Rocks" --- a rock with a white line that encircles the entire rock. Local lore suggests that whomever possesses such a rock can make a wish. Once the wish comes true, you pay it forward and pass the rock on to someone else to make a wish. We arrived near low tide and could walk out into the rock-covered ocean bottom for a couple hundred yards without getting wet, and were able to collect a few cool "Wish Rocks". From here, we drove 10 minutes to the Fundy Trail Parkway. There is a small admission charge. Due to the extreme fog that day we opted out and returned to Mac's Beach in St. Martins to search for more Wish Rocks. With the tide coming in, more than half of our hunting ground remained. Within another hour, the beach shrank to a just a few feet of rocks on higher ground. The time between low and high tide is about 6 hours. We drove back to town and made a stop at Reversing Falls. It's really not a "falls" in the classic sense. It's really just rapids. The rapids occur when the rising tide coming in is fighting the out flowing river water. If you get there while the tide is rising you'll see the river water running inland from the ocean, which is quite an interesting sight. I'd like to make a quick shout-out to Enterprise. This was our most pleasant rental car experience ever. We were picked up at the pier, driven to their office about 5 minutes away, were promptly assisted by one of their young representatives and were in an upgraded car (at no additional charge) within another 5 minutes. The return was also prompt. We filled up with gas at a station a couple of blocks away, returned the car and were dropped off back at the pier. On our last trip, we walked to Reversing Falls along the Harbour Passage from the cruise area in about 50 minutes. Exit the pier and turn left. Follow the red sidewalk along Water Street until you see a Moose on your left. Turn left and walk towards, and then around along the boardwalk in front of, the Hilton. Once you clear the Hilton you'll see an entrance to the Harbour Passage with a sign overhead and the red sidewalk once again. Follow the riverside trail until it dead ends under a bridge, then backtrack a little and follow the red concrete trail to the road. (Ignore all of the other forks you encounter along the way). Turn left and stay on the sidewalk next to the highway all the rest of the way. Don't worry that they failed to paint this sidewalk red. You will eventually get to the Reversing Falls lookout which once again will feature a Harbour Passage sign overhead and a red walkway. Most folks continue from here and cross over the bridge to the other side of the river for more impressive views. There are two restaurants and one has a short movie you can view. There are a number of good lookout points as well as a dock for river tours. Across the parking lot is an elevated park with great views of the surrounding area. If you don't want to walk back, you can catch the #2 Bus back into town. Catch the bus at the corner of the parking lot, at the entrance, across from where the restaurants are. Bus fare is $2.50 pp and it runs every 20 minutes. The ride will take just 10 minutes. Get off at Barbours General Store, about 2 blocks from the ship. Back in town we visited the New Brunswick Museum ($8.00, AAA Gem) in market square. This family museum has dioramas of logging operations, intensive shipbuilding exhibits, artifacts recovered from sunken ships, art, whale and mastodon skeletons, a hall of stuffed birds, and children's discovery exhibits. Worthwhile. St. John, Canada C. Halifax, Nova Scotia 9:00am - 6:00pm. We berthed at Pier 20 which is the closest pier to City of Halifax. Once again, we rented from Enterprise. We walked to their office since their location was only 3 blocks away (just on the other side of The Westin Hotel) and near the Atlantic Super Store. Peggy's Cove Lighthouse Our destination was Peggy's Cove on St. Margaret's Bay, less than an hour's drive from Halifax. Peggy's Cove features stunning scenery, one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada, and an active fishing village. It's fun to climb on and around the huge boulders at the edge of the water. Following Peggy's Cove we drove to Ryer's Lobster Pound in Indian Harbour, just 1.5 miles and 5 minutes away. While not the most organized place, they cook and crack lobsters to order and provide bibs and butter. Several picnic tables are available so you can eat it while its hot. They are open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Peggy's Cove Rocks Peggy's Cove Fishing Village After we returned the car we walked 1 block to Atlantic Super Store (grocery). It's a good opportunity to pick up a 12-pack of your favorite soda (made with sugar instead of corn syrup), or other sundry items you may have forgotten to pack. Then we walked 5 blocks to the Alexander Keith's Brewery on Lower Water Street and attended their one hour tour. Alexander Keith is one of the oldest breweries in Canada, and located in an impressive early-1800's granite building. Admission is $20. I've never paid this much for a brewery tour before and wondered why a brewery tour could cost $20. Once you enter "the green door" you are transported by in time where an enthusiastic actor and 3 equally enthusiastic actresses in 1860's period costume bring 1863 Halifax to life as they guide us through the Alexander Keith brewhouse and taproom (where you are invited to drink pints of any of their four ales on draft. The Red Amber Ale is incredibly good). This interactive tour, inclusive of interesting facts, song, dance, and good humor is well worth the price of admission. On our last trip we stayed in town and started our day at the Halifax Citadel. While it's easy to walk around town, it's a tough 30-minute walk up to the Citadel as it is mostly uphill all the way. We did it, as did many others, so don't let the hill dissuade you. Once inside the Citadel ($8 - 12 pp, depending upon the season, AAA Gem) there were a number of very interesting demonstrations by members of the 78th Highlanders regiment in period uniforms. They discussed each piece of the uniform, fired weapons, and demonstrated cannon movement. A 50-minute movie on the history of Halifax was also worthwhile, as were the museum displays. You'll enjoy panoramic views from the top of the fort as well. Walking down from the Citadel was easy. We lunched at McKelvies (located directly across the street from the Maritime Museum). McKelvies is where you want to go to enjoy tender, buttery, melt in your mouth, Digby scallops, and lobster rolls (properly moistened with a little mayonnaise, and bits of celery and onion). It all goes down good with a Garrison Irish Red draft beer. This is where we enjoyed the best Digby scallops and lobster rolls on this cruise. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ($5 - $9 pp, depending upon the season, AAA Gem) has numerous ship related exhibits including the Titanic, sunken treasure, lighthouses, ship models, and other maritime artifacts. A short movie on the 1917 explosion in Halifax Harbour (the world's largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima) was very interesting. D. Days At Sea We had two days at sea. The first was very foggy. The second was relatively clear. We saw a few dozen whales, several sharks, and a few dolphins. The ship sailed through a large group of what I believe were primarily fin whales. While we did alter course to avoid them, they remained close enough to the ship to actually hear them blowing water out their blow holes. We whale watched for over 2 hours as we kept encountering them in the mid to late afternoon. Back on the ship, there was no lack of things to do. Sea Days actually provided nice rest spites and allowed us to get reenergized. We slept in late. You can also eat, play games, attend art auctions, attend shows, eat, nap, cornhole competition, midday snack, cards, pools, bars, eat, trivia contests, shuffleboard, ping-pong, mini-golf, basketball, read, chat with fellow passengers, eat, board games, Bingo, eat, liquor tasting, shopping, gambling, exercise, movies... the list goes on! E. Ships in Port There we no other ships in St. John or Halifax while we were in port. Visit CruiseCal.com or the links provided above to see which ships are likely to be in port during your cruise. Part VIII - Tipping The service personnel on Carnival receive meager wages (about $70/month) and rely on your tips for income. We prepaid our tips prior to cruising, as well as some additional tipping. The Carnival guidelines total $100.00 per couple on an 5-day cruise. The tip guidelines break out as follows (per couple): Dining Team Service $50, Bistro Service $10, and Cabin Services $35. Here's a really handy Cruise Tip Calculator covering all major cruise lines. You'll also tip for room service, bartenders (a 15% gratuity is already included in all bar drinks), Spa Personnel, baggage handlers, taxi drivers, tour drivers, and any other personnel who you wish to tip. Part IX - Carnival's VIFP Club If you have taken a previous voyage and are not a member of the Captain's Club, sign up. It's free. Benefits include a CC express line at Embarkation, priority Disembarkation, casino and spa discounts, cocktail parties, and more. VIFP Club benefits. Part X - Disembarkation and Customs A. Disembarkation On the final sea day, we watched a disembarkation video that played on a loop all day on a tv channel in our cabin. This worked great. On the morning of disembarkation, a full buffet breakfast was available in the Red Sail Restaurant. The omelet stations, Blue Iguana Cantina, and the full-service restaurant were also open. Numbered disembarkation luggage tags were issued to all cabins, and passengers were instructed to place the tags on their luggage and set them outside their cabin before going to bed if they wanted a "Relaxed Debarkation". However you also had a "Self-Assist" option of keeping your luggage and simply carrying it off yourself. Those that carried off their own luggage were instructed to take their luggage to Decks 5 or 9 and wait for an announcement. Passengers who stayed in cabins on Decks 1 and 2 were dismissed first, followed by the upper decks. The first disembarkation announcement was made at about 8:00 am. After all of these folks departed, announcements were made for all other passengers to depart in an orderly fashion. Bags were laid out in the terminal in numbered sections were they could be easily claimed. Clearly those folks needing to catch plane connections chose to take advantage of the early carry-your-own bag option. We did, and thought it was great (We had a 11:10 am flight, and as it turns out we easily could have caught the 9:50 am flight). As you depart the ship, you clocked out with your cruise card one last time, handed your customs declaration form to a customs official and exited the terminal. We had no prearranged transportation back to the airport. Upon exiting the terminal, we walked to the extreme right to grab a taxi. We paid $25 including tip to get to the airport for our party of 4 with 6 bags. We were at the airport in 10 minutes. If you prefer to take a bus from Black Falcon Cruise Terminal to the airport, there are about 6 stops near the Black Falcon terminal (the bus basically encircles it). Take Silver Line 2 (SL2) to World Trade Center (WTC) station and transfer to SL1. Use the escalators or elevators to transfer up and over the track to pick up the SL1 going in the opposite direction. Take SL1 to the airport. It'll stop at terminals A, B, C and in front of terminal E. Bring cash. The cost is $2.50 pp or $2 Charlie card. Depending upon time of day, it should take a total of about 20 to 40 minutes. If looking up schedules on the MBTA website, you'll find them under Subway > Silver Line. You won't find it under "Bus". B. Customs According to the U.S. Canadian Embassy, each U.S. citizen traveling to Canada is permitted $800 worth of Duty Free goods including 1 liter of alcohol per person. Smokers are limited to 200 previously exported cigarettes and 100 cigars. All you needed to do was to declare the total value. Anything greater had to be itemized (declared) and a duty paid. These limits haven't changed in over 5 years. Part XI- Praises and Gripes A. Praises 1. Embarkation and Debarkation can be a sore point. Not so with Carnival Glory in Boston. We practically walked straight on the ship after entering the cruise terminal, and departure was swift as well. 2. Carnival Glory's personnel are very attentive, friendly and helpful. Our waiter spent a good amount of time at our table, and we got almost daily visits from the Maitre'd. Our cabin attendants were quick and efficient. Our cabin always looked better than we left it. 3. The food was actually pretty darn good when you seek alternatives away from the buffet. 4. The ship was clean and in very good shape. 5. The 2.0 upgrades were indeed impressive. 6. We only needed to contact maintenance once and they promptly took care of our problem. The vacuum flush system in our toilet failed one morning. We called guest services before breakfast and it was fixed before we returned to our cabin a couple hours later. B. Gripes We certainly didn't have much to gripe about, although if you got any group of folks together, similar themes emerged: 1. Smoking in the casino and verandas was excessive. The casino absolutely reeks of smoke and you don't have to linger long before it becomes uncomfortable to breathe, and your clothes capture the smell as well. (The good news is we didn't lose much money in there as were couldn't stand to stay in the casino for more than 10 minutes at a time). Trivia contests should not be held in the casino. It's also unfair to non-smokers who have verandas to have to cope with other passenger's smoke. Not a good deal. 2. The entertainment in the Amber Palace theater was disappointing. There is no live music and no broadway style shows. 3. My parent's suite had a constant sewage smell after day 2, which grew a little fainter over time. (We understand a cabin down the hall had a problem that effected several cabins around it). 4. The layout of Decks 3, 4, and 5 could be better. Some featured rooms are almost hidden and it's difficult (and sometimes impossible) to walk from the back of the ship to the front on Decks 3 and 4 due to the Golden Restaurant amidship. Instead you have to do over or under the restaurant to get where you need to go.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Carnival Glory - Canada / New England July 9 - 14 2013 Booking: Made through the Carnival website. The process was smooth, leading one through the variety of choices available. Picked the cabin using the provided deck plans. Printing ... Read More
Carnival Glory - Canada / New England July 9 - 14 2013 Booking: Made through the Carnival website. The process was smooth, leading one through the variety of choices available. Picked the cabin using the provided deck plans. Printing of boarding passes, baggage tags and cruise information was easy. Prepaid gratuities. Embarkation: Arrived at the port at 11:15am, dropped the wife and the bags at the terminal and drove to the cellphone lot to park. I have an aversion to tourists, with bags boarding buses, so I walked back to the terminal, a leisurely 5 minute stroll. Found the wife, went through security,and then checked in. No line ups and very quick process. We were standing on deck by 11:45. Cabin: 8201 on the Veranda deck. This is the first cabin right behind the starboard wing bridge. Picked this cabin because I thought we might see a bit of the bridges "going on's", and was not disappointed! Great view of the navigation station and very interesting during docking. You can see through the wing bridge so the forward view from the balcony is great. It was fun exchanging nods and waves with the Captain and crew every day. Was very impressed with the size and layout of this cabin. We didn't come anywhere close to filling up the closet and cabinet space. The amount of shelving in the bathroom did not disappoint. Everything worked as it should have and the decor was pleasing. Service: We were impressed with every crew member we encountered. Stewards, waiters, bartenders, ships maintenance personnel, everyone. All very courteous and accommodating and always with a smile. Dining: We selected the late seating in the Golden dining room. We ended up being seated with a couple from Texas and a couple from Michigan, they were delightful dinner companions and we continually ran into them on the ship and on shore. Definitely some age matching in Carnival's seating software :^) Dinner staff were great, attentive and quick. The food selection was quite varied and we thought it was very good. The cold soups provided a tasty and interesting start to each dinner. I thought portion sizes were just right. Breakfast and lunch were a combination Lido buffet, MDR brunch, room service, Blue Iguana, pizza and deli. Breakfast from room service was delivered right on time! Entertainment: Plenty of activities available on board to keep one busy. The shows in the evening were good and the length was perfect for my span of attention. Trivia was fun and seem to spring up everywhere. Ports: Both Saint John and Halifax are very walkable cities. Lots to see and do, historic sites, museums, etc. We did not take any of the offered excursions. We did cheat in Halifax and took a taxi up to the Citadel, $5 and worth every nickel, the walk back down was easy :^) Debarkation: This got a little weird in Boston. I'm a Canadian and my wife is American. I got a personal invitation to meet with customs and immigration along with the 700 other non-US citizens in the Amber theatre at 6:45am. Felt like I was being held captive for about an hour and a half. Customs finally arrived and I was one of the first inspected, very pleasant and very superficial, they stamped my passport and my customs declaration and they let me leave. I didn't like the prospects for the 700 fellow passengers I left behind! US Citizens were not allowed into this event and families were separated at the doors, very strange. Went back to the cabin for the family reunion :^) We sent our bags off the night before so had very little carry-on to lug around. Cleared the room just before 8 and went up to the Lido for breakfast. Our debarkation group was called and we walked of the ship without encountering any long lines. Baggage was nicely grouped making it easy to find and exit the terminal. Skipped the bus again and walked to our car in the cellphone lot (5 minutes). Very well organized process. Overall we were very impressed and will travel Carnival again especially if they come back to Boston! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
BACKGROUND INFORMATION My husband and I wanted to take another cruise. Carnival had some good deals, so we decided to try out our first Canada/ New England Cruise. I had previously been on 4 cruises, all to the Caribbean. HOTEL INFO We ... Read More
BACKGROUND INFORMATION My husband and I wanted to take another cruise. Carnival had some good deals, so we decided to try out our first Canada/ New England Cruise. I had previously been on 4 cruises, all to the Caribbean. HOTEL INFO We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington, MA. I recommend it!! It's easy to access Boston by the T at Alewife Station. We toured Boston the day before leaving on the cruise by taking a Free Tour By Foot. Check them out! SHIP INFO I thought the Glory was beautiful. It was small enough that you could easily get to where you needed to go, but big enough that you didn't feel packed in. It was always clean. I'm not 100% into the neon decor, but it was fine and had no impact on my enjoying the cruise. ACTIVITIES There was always something to do on the ship. We enjoyed the trivia, and there was plenty of that. I feel that there is something for everyone to do. SERVICE I have nothing negative to say about service. It was all top notch. PORTS We visited: Portland Saint John Halifax Sydney STATEROOM #6459 Aft-Our room was always kept clean. It was very small, but it was good enough for the two of us. This is an interior room located above the piano bar. We could hear the sing alongs at night. I don't recommend this room if you're a light sleeper. DINING I had requested a table for 2 but it was not granted. We had a table for 6. That was fine, but I was slightly disappointed. I was also kind of disappointed in the food during this cruise in the dining room. They didn't have a lot of options that I would like, but food is subjective. Food in the buffet was good. There is a lot of variety. I LOVED Guys' Burgers. They are a must have. The burritos are good too. We had pizza several times during the week, and loved it. We also ate ate the Emerald Steakhouse one night. If you can, you should definitely go. They food is amazing and the service is perfect. ENTERTAINMENT We only went to one of the 3 production shows during the week, Divas. Although the male singers were pretty awful, the show was great. We skipped Latin Nights and Motor City because they were on the Pride last summer. The Love and Marriage Show was fun as always. The Hasbro Game Show was lame. I don't think you would enjoy it unless you had a kid in the show. It's definitely geared towards children, and I don't think it should count as entertainment at night. We went to several comedy shows in the Ebony Cabaret. This room is FAR too small to meet the demand of the people who want to attend. DISEMBARKATION We chose to do self assist. It was quick and easy! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Although we normally cruise the Caribbean in the winter, my husband and I wanted something a little different, so we chose this itenerary for July as we had been to none of the ports, except Boston. Flew in a day early and hunkered down at ... Read More
Although we normally cruise the Caribbean in the winter, my husband and I wanted something a little different, so we chose this itenerary for July as we had been to none of the ports, except Boston. Flew in a day early and hunkered down at the Best Western Adams Inn in Quincy, a good choice if you're not planning to sightsee in Boston. They have a free airport pick-up and free shuttle to the cruise port. Rooms were clean and staff friendly. We even had a view of the river out our window. Plus a very good meal and service at their on-site restaurant and free breakfast the next day. Had a great dessert there called "Chocolate Decadence". DH and I shared it, and as it was so rich and gooey, we were very satisfied. Arrived at the Glory around noonish and had absolutely no lines at embarkation! This was absolutely our best boarding experience in 12 cruises. We were on board in about 15 to 20 minutes! My DH kept looking for the lines but they never appeared. No long lines even at the buffet and empty tables were relatively easy to find. Debarkation was also excellent as we waited until near the end and didn't have to wait in long lines. Our interior stateroom 8407 was easy to find and though small adequate for our needs. Except we could have had a few more hangers, our room steward,from Bosnia said to call him "Z", was going around with hangers and I'm sure we could have got some if we ever remembered to ask. "Z" was a very good steward and kept our room neat and tidy without being obtrusive. The funny thing was whenever we were talking about him there he would be in the hall or around the corner, it was almost like magic. We used room service on 3 of our 4 port days. They were always early, if we said 7-7:15, expect them at 7. The only bad thing was even though we said 2 people, and I had yogurt and DH cereal we only got one spoon. As we have been married almost 42 years we managed to share the spoon. I must tell you that the East Coast was having a heat wave that affected all but the last day of our cruise. So we had sunny skies and very warm weather almost the whole time. It was almost too hot ashore. The tour buses were not used to this and were very warm. Sometimes the ship's air conditioning was very aggressive. So take note and throw in that extra sweater or long sleeve top for the ship, ladies. DH had mostly long sleeved shirts or wore his sportcoat and was better off than me on board the Glory. Our first stop was Portland, Maine. Since we had never been to this part of our hemisphere, we used all Carnival Shore excursions. Usually in the Caribbean we could find other tour companies, it was harder on this cruise to find them even though we did some research. We did the Portland and Kennebunkport combo and had a good time, but the but only had about half an hour to shop there, which it way to short. We enjoyed the tour of Portland, the views and stopping at the Portland head lighthouse, and especially Kennebunkport. I enjoyed seeing from a distance the Walker (Bush) compound, the flags were flying out front so the senior Bushes were in residence. Our favorite store was a little shop called Deep Blue that had lots of glass bottle and pots. I bought a small blue pot with a cork stopper. I promise not to regale you with all my purchases as we bought mostly tee shirts and pins of the places we stopped. When we got back to the pier there was down the block little umbrella stands with crafts and such. I talked DH into going down the block and walking back stopping at the stands. He was reluctant as I have a lot of back and leg issues and he is very protective of me, but he did agree to one block. It was a lot of fun, not only seeing what they had but talking to the owners. I bought a little blue glass suncatcher I decided to use as a pendant and go a huge amount of complients on, on one of the formal nights. Also one young man had trivets and coasters with photos on them,he had taken of the area and I couldn't resist getting one with a night scene. Actually one of my favorite shopping experiences on the cruise. The second port was Saint John, NB. We had a tour called the Top Ten things about Saint John. We went first to the reversing rapids and it was interesting and a nice short stop. Then to the City Market where we could buy lunch, which we did. It included a bus ride out to St. Martin's and the Bay of Fundy. I have wanted to see the Bay of Fundy and the tides there since I was about 10 years old. It was on my bucket list. We tried to talk to this guy at the shore excursion desk about whether it would be high or low tide. He kept telling us low tide would be at 11 and we would not be able to walk on the bay floor. He had me so confused, luckily it was low tide and we could walk a ways on the underwater part of the bay, but it is all rocks, so wear comfortable shoes. Some people walked out to the sea caves, about ten minutes out and back. Would have been much longer for me, and I didn't trust my ankles on that many rocks. We did collect 2 or 3 pounds of rocks. Included were 4 wishing rocks. These are rocks with a white band all the way around them. You make a wish and when it comes true pass it on to someone else. I haven't officially made my wish to win the lottery, even though we ended up with 4 wishing rocks. Some people got fish and chips or something equally fishy at St. Martins and it smelled delishious. Some small stands at St Martins where ladies were selling handicrafts and food. If you go on this excursion try the lady at the end brown sugar fudge, wish I would I gotten much more. Guess I will have to use another wishing rock. We were to go back to reversing rapids but possible problems with the airbrakes on the bus sent us back to the pier. Exhausted anyway, go glad to get back and some rest before getting ready for first formal night. Wednesday was our first sea day, we decided to try out the Serenity Deck, we had enjoyed this with my mom on Carnival's Freedom in Dec 2012. We went up and the wind made it cool, I stretched out at the end of one of the long couches got a couple of pillows and my DH covered me up with two towels. I was going to read but ended up with a two hour nap. It was great. I could wish there was more variety in the shops on board, and for some reason the shelves seemed emptier than usual. We did buy several of the 2 for $20.00 tee shirts for the family back home. I do enjoy having the comfort foods at dinner, especially knowing that warm chocolate melting cake will be there every day. I do have my favorites, the creme brulee is very good, this time was the best ever. My DH has a harder time, he has never liked meat not even as a baby. He has a limited list of food likes, mostly starches. I call him a starchatarian. So he does not like most veggie meals. Some nights he would get two helpings of mashed potatoes and the steamed veggies which he would pick through. One of our favorite things on this cruise was Guy's Burgers and Fries. Everyone else seemed to like them too. I thought the burger great, but the fries were fabulous. DH loves fries and has them most days, but he loved these more than usual. So good ketchup not needed, and we voted them the best ever, even above Thresher's fries (a Maryland beach treat) and above Five guy's. Almost everyday since we have been home, he has wished he had eaten more of them. Great move on your part Carnival. Thursday we were at Halifax and took the tour that combined Peggy's Cove and Halifax. Loved Peggy's Cove, so quaint, wished we had more time there. Then toured around the island and back to Halifax for our pink bus tour. We got off at the Citadel and toured there and talked to the cadets. Also got to see them shoot off the 6-lb cannon. Back on the bus, we seemed to miss the shopping areas and were completely disappointed at the shops at the pier seemed more like yard sale stuff than anything else. Friday was Sydney and we opted for the two sides of Louisbourg. The fort at Louisbourg, was fantastic. They had a lot of reenactors in colorful costumes and uniforms. We lucked out because it was the 300th anniversary of the fort and they have a lot more people working there in July and August. Loved it and Anna Marie our tour guide. It was a complete delight. Then we went into the town of Louisbourg for an included lunch at the Lobster Kettle. Most people opted for the snow crab lunch, I got chicken (yum), DH got veggie pasta. Strawberry shortcake for dessert. Only drawback I expected some shopping at Louisbourg, then because the buses were late getting to the port, the ship waited for use, but I didn't even get to stick my toes in the shops at the pier. The singer giving a concert there was still singing so got to hear her beautiful voice as we got back on the ship. That was the only cool day and started raining as we got to the ship. Saturday was our second sea day. We did trivia with Shawn in the Cinnabar, both the 50's & 60's then the Civil War trivia was fun but challenging. We also liked James in the piano bar, we went 3 times but only got seats twice, so go early for him. Drawbacks on the ship, it's one of those that you can't get there from here. To get from the Platinum Dining room on level 3 or 4 aft to the Amber Palace forward on 3 or 4 you have to go up to at least level 5. Also the elevators were trully frustrating. One night we waited for 15 minutes (I can't do stairs) for one to stop on our level. They would go right past your floor, up or down, happened on all of them. Fish and chips is hard to get to also, you are not allowed to go through the Chop House, but must to to the Lido deck and up a flight of stairs. When told I can't do stairs we were given the option of my husband going and getting it for me. I wanted to see if it was decorated. Disappointed about that, I guess if I were in a wheelchair it would have been the same. Seemed kind of weird to me. We liked the Motown show the best of the production shows. My DH really liked the special effects in this one. We did have a great time on this cruise, but wished we had more time in port. Thinking about taking a driving trip to spend more time and see more things, but this was a great introduction.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Note: The room I stayed in, 9201, is a 6K Scenic Grand Ocean View stateroom, but that category was not an option when I submitted this review. There is a world of difference between the 6J and 6K rooms. Well, actually only about 90 square ... Read More
Note: The room I stayed in, 9201, is a 6K Scenic Grand Ocean View stateroom, but that category was not an option when I submitted this review. There is a world of difference between the 6J and 6K rooms. Well, actually only about 90 square feet, but I imagine that a 6J room would have felt much different. The bed/s in the 6K rooms face/s the windows, there was a lot more room for the rest of my family to sit comfortably, and there are two huge floor-to-ceiling windows in the 6K rooms instead of one. Now, on to the actual review. Last December (2012), my family suggested that five of us vacation together in mid-July. I live in the Middle East, and they live in South Florida. Their suggestion was to meet in Greece for an eight-day land/cruise package. That would have been fine with me, but it would have cost them a lot in airfare, and because my sister insisted on doing this in mid-July, that cost would have been even higher. So, I figured that if I met them somewhere in the US instead, it would cost a lot less. I did a quick search for cruises departing from somewhere in the US, preferable the east coast of the US, that did not sail to the Bahamas or the Caribbean. They have all cruised there enough times, so they wanted to go someplace else. I actually didn't care that much about where we went; I simply wanted to spend time with them when they were also on vacation. My search resulted in Carnival and Holland America sailings from Boston and Quebec City, and I suggested we sail on the Carnival Glory. There were five of us: myself, my sister, her son, and my parents. We discussed different room arrangements, but in the end we decided on three separate rooms: two Lido deck balconies for my sister, nephew, and my parents, and the 6K Scenic Grand Ocean View 9201 for me. I had done some poking around on the internet, and figured a 6K room would be something special. In fact, the Carnival website at the time did not show any 6Ks available for this sailing. However, another website showed that 9201 was available, and when I called Carnival, the representative confirmed it was. Until final payment in April, I debated whether to downgrade to an interior and save money. I was already essentially paying for two people because I decided to get a room to myself, and there was no single-supplement discount for this sailing. So, if I had decided to downgrade, I'd still have my own room, and access to the balconies in my family's nearby rooms. But, I stuck with the 6K, even as the prices for the balconies dropped below what I eventually paid, even though balconies are a higher category than 6K. A great decision, as it turned out. As the sailing date approached, we discussed shore excursions, rental cars, pre-/post-cruise transportation, and so on. We all stayed at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Boston the night before we sailed. It's a little expensive, but convenient, and a great hotel in its own right. My sister booked the zipline in Saint John for herself and my nephew. My mom booked a rental car for Saint John. And, that was it. I had no desire to reserve any organized shore excursion beforehand, and was more than happy to play things by ear. Again, I was simply happy to spend time with my family. For example, if the weather was cold, windy, or rainy, I would have been more than happy to spend port days on the ship, even before I got on the Glory and saw it for myself. My biggest concern before we sailed was how crowded the ship would be in the middle of the summer. I realized it might not be a "booze cruise" or overwhelmed by children, because of the itinerary, which was fine by me. My father and I had sailed on a half-full Norwegian Epic across the Atlantic the previous year, so standing in lines would have been an unwelcome change for us. I decided to fly British Airways for the first time ever. I've lived in the Middle East for more than 16 years, but I'd never flown BA. I was looking forward to it, actually. The day before I flew, I checked in online, and for the first time, used seat-picking websites to help me choose. If you don't mind turbulence, the window seats in the last two rows of the BA 747-400s are wonderful. Because the fuselage tapers at the back, there isn't room for ten seats (3-4-3) in the last three rows. They are 2-4-2, and the window seats have a lot more room to stretch out. A normal row of seats is immediately in front of the first 2-4-2 row, so there's a normal amount of space in front that row. I was a little concerned about being right next to the bathrooms and crew area, but that wasn't an issue on either transatlantic flight. And, the service on BA is top-notch. For example, I don't normally drink alcohol, but I had some (no-added-charge) scotch, and slept a lot. I took the Silver Line from the airport to South Station, and a taxi from there to the Hyatt Regency. As I mentioned, the hotel was quite nice. Due to jet lag, I woke up at around 3 AM, so I went to the gym, which was open, and used the hotel's no-added-charge Wi-Fi until my family woke up. We didn't do much that day, but a drama had been unfolding with my parents' passports, so they were more anxious than they otherwise would have been. In the end, it all got straightened out, and we arrived at Cruiseport Boston at 3-3:30 PM, at which time there were no lines. So we basically walked right onto the ship. Pretty nice. After the safety drill, we watched sailaway from my room, and it was quite amazing. As soon as I opened the door to 9201, I knew I had made the correct decision not to change my room. It's a suite-sized room at a bargain price, and it had more than enough room for the five of us to sit and watch us back out of the harbor, turn around, and head out to sea. It felt more like a nice room in a five-star hotel than a stateroom on a cruise ship. Kudos to Carnival. I think we ate dinner at the Platinum aft dining room, but I don't remember if it was this night or the following night. In any case, even though I can't remember exactly what I ate, the meal was very good. One thing I do remember tasting during this meal, the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake, lived up to its reputation. Except for a dinner at the for-fee Emerald Steakhouse, which was outstanding, the food was consistently very good. For most of the cruise, jet lag forced me into and out of bed quite early, so I did not spend a lot of time at shows, lounges, or other night-time activities. On the other hand, I watched breathtaking sunrises almost every morning. I got lucky being in the 6K room on the starboard side of the ship, and I was able to see the sun rise from the comfort of my room's bed. And on mornings we pulled into a port, I watched. We had unusually warm, clear, calm weather for all but one day of the cruise. It was cold, windy, and rocky the second sea day, the day before we returned to Boston. On the first morning, I realized that you can access, without added charge, information about the ship, the sailing, and the day's activities via the Fun Hub, one of the free links from the onboard Wi-Fi sign-in screen, along with Carnival.com and John Heald's blog. I should note also that there's a sign in the 6K rooms telling you to keep the blinds for those big, floor-to-ceiling windows closed from sunset to sunrise. I modified that instruction to "Keep the window blinds closed when you have the main room lights on between sunset and sunrise." I had the TV, a reading light, or the bathroom light on at night with the blinds open, and I never got a call from the bridge. But, I was careful about this, and I suggest you be too. That first full day of the cruise we visited Portland, Maine. I went with my family - via a rather expensive taxi ride - to the Portland Head Light. Again, it was warm and clear, so doing this and walking around the area there was quite enjoyable. After the taxi ride back to the port, we split up: My sister, nephew, and mother went to lunch at a restaurant on the water, and my father and I had chowda at a more casual place nearby, Gilbert's. Think chowda served in styrofoam, not porcelain. We then got back on ship, and I went up a few decks to Serenity, the adults-only area at the front of decks 12-13, sat in a hot tub, and chatted with people other than my family for a while. Extremely pleasant and relaxing. I then watched sailaway from my room. Again, I can't remember specifically what we did for dinner. In fact, this might have been the night I didn't even make it to dinner; one evening, I lied down for a nap at around 6:30 PM, and didn't wake up until the middle of the night. We visited Saint John, New Brunswick, the second full day of the cruise. My early-morning routine was now set: wake up, walk around the ship, watch sunrise, watch the ship pull in to harbor, and eat fruit and cheese as soon as the breakfast buffet opens. I of course would also eat breakfast with my family a little later. My sister and nephew went on the zipline near the Reversing Rapids (aka Reversing Falls) in Saint John. They had a blast, but at $100 per person, it just wasn't worth it for me. Plus, I'm afraid of heights. My parents and I watched them. We rented a car from Enterprise, which was not the greatest of experiences. They made us wait a long time for them to pick us up at the port terminal. They also did not have a car for us at the office closest to the terminal, so they drove us to the industrial area of town about 15 minutes away, and then gave us a "free" upgrade from a compact to a large SUV. When I pointed out that the "free" upgrade would cost us more in gas money, they gave us a discount on the gas. So, we got going a little late, and we wanted to see if we could watch my sister and nephew on the zipline, so all we really had time to do was go to the Reversing Rapids, and eat at Wendy's. There aren't any Wendy's where I live, so I enjoyed having an original Frosty. I only realized after I ordered that they now have different types of Frostys. The weather again was warm and clear, so it was lovely going to the Reversing Rapids observation area and spending a couple of hours at nearby Fallsview Park, where the zipline was. I think after we got back to the ship, we went to the pool/hot tub area at the front of the Lido deck, which was conveniently very close to our rooms, and I again watched us sail away from my room. And, again, it was an early night for me. I have no recollection of what, if anything, I did after sailaway. We were at sea the third full day of the cruise, and I actually do not recall much from it. I do know I was enjoying myself. I think this was the day I played mini-golf with my nephew and parents. Somehow, my father and I each got two holes-in-one out of eighteen holes played. Because for me this trip was all about spending time with my family, it was these types of activities that stand out. I went with my father to see a couple of the comedians at night. They were OK, but not great. The room was packed for both, and they tried to force people into leaving and coming back in if they wanted to see consecutive shows. I understand why, but it sure seemed like a crowded Disney ride as opposed to a pair of comedy shows. On the third or fourth morning, I remembered that room service was available 24 hours a day, so instead of waiting for the breakfast buffet to open, I ordered a sandwich and juice. It was quite good. At that point, it is likely I also had forgotten that the pizza place aft on the Lido deck is open 24 hours a day. On the fourth full day, we visited Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the first fog of the cruise, bag pipes and a drummer welcomed us. In Halifax, we spent time at and near the Harbourwalk, which was right next to where the ship docked, including visiting the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and its Titanic exhibit. My father and nephew went on the HMS Sackville, docked nearby. Then we split up: my parents went off on their own, and my sister, nephew, and I walked around together. They had seen a place to rent Segways, so they did that for about 10 minutes, and then we had a tasty lunch at Waterfront Warehouse. My sister, who lives in the Florida Keys, had a selection of oysters and was thrilled. After we got back on board, we went to the EA Sports Bar for sports trivia. Basically, it was my nephew and I playing together. We did this the last three full days of the cruise, and again, it was these types of activities I remember the fondest. My nephew is an incredibly well-behaved and fun-to-be-with pre-teen, and fits in well with adults. He did not go to any of the pre-teen activities. The trivia competition itself was pretty good, although on a number of occasions over the three sessions they experienced technical difficulties with the video screens and competition software. That evening, we all went to the Hasbro Game Show, and I was shocked - shocked I tell you - to find out that Hasbro now markets poor-cousin mutatations of faves like Monopoly, Operation, and Sorry. In any case, the Hasbro Game Show pulls participants from the crowd, and my nephew got on stage. The last "Scattergories" question to get on stage from our side of the theater was something like "In movies during the 1990s, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney played this superhero." Well, it's a question not aimed towards kids, so I answered it correctly, and got on stage - although not at the same time as my nephew. It was fun, but really only for the participants on stage, and their families and friends in the audience. The "team" aspect, one side of the theater against the other side, was kind of weak. Neither my nephew nor I had the lucky Monopoly Electronic Banking Card (?!?!), so each of us got a $20 gift card for the Hasbro website and a "mutant" card game, one of which was a Monopoly-branded concoction. I played it a few times, and I imagine the rest of my family played more than I did as they were awake together while I was sleeping. I think on the morning of the fifth full day of the cruise, I realized that there was only one place on the ship better than my room to watch the sun rise or the ship pull into harbor or sailaway: the open area at the front of deck 10. Simply spectacular. This morning, on deck 10, a fellow cruiser pointed out to us how much the ship leans when the thrusters push the ship closer to the dock. If you look at the horizon 90 degrees from the fore-aft centerline of the ship, you can see the ship lean a total of about 30 degrees: 15 degrees up and 15 degrees down. Cool, and just a little scary. We docked at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and we hadn't made any plans, so I think this is one of the mornings we went to the Platinum aft dining room for a comedy brunch. The comedy wasn't anything spectacular, but I had the Funny French Toast, which takes regular French toast and coats it with cereal. I had the Raisin Bran. Really good. Some people, including members of my own family and one of the comedians on board, negatively characterize Sydney as boring. That bugs me a little. It is not difficult to find activities to keep you busy for eight or so hours in and around Sydney, if that's what you want. I appreciate when a small town makes an effort to accommodate me, my 3,000 fellow cruisers, and the 110,000-gross ton ship on which we arrive. And while some dismiss walking around town and meeting the locals as "boring", I prefer doing that than doing something that has no connection to the area, its inhabitants, or its history - just to keep busy. We had dinner that night at the Emerald Steakhouse. Wow. Great food, and lots of it. You might find it impossible, but trust me, leave some room for dessert, specifically the cheesecake. The tallest piece I've ever seen. The final full day was at sea, and it was cold, windy, and rocky. So, for one thing, Serenity was closed. We had breakfast again at the comedy brunch. Funny French Toast with Frosted Flakes for me. Yummy. We participated in a scavenger hunt in the late afternoon, and the weather began to clear up as the sun went down on on our final evening at sea. I went to bed and woke up early again, so I got to see us pull into Boston. The weather had cleared up, so it was just gorgeous. For me, that's cruising's "added value", and that's why I cruise. I can see comedians, eat at nice restaurants, go on ziplines, play mini-golf, and so on, if I want to when I'm not on a cruise ship. There's something special about standing right above the bridge of a 110,000-gross ton ship when it sails into the mouth of a river, turns 180 degrees using its thrusters, and then backs in to the dock, which is what we did in Sydney, for example. Debarkation was a breeze. We walked off with all our luggage, handed in our customs forms, and that was it. We said our goodbyes and split up: I went to the airport to rent a car to have lunch with a friend outside the city and then returned later in the day for my return flight; my sister and nephew stayed in Boston; and my parents took a train to meet friends in Maine. It was a wonderful vacation, both because of who I was with, and because of the ship we were on. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
This was an amazing cruise, the ship is absolutely gorgeous with the fun ship 2.0 features. The Port of Boston as usual did an amazing job helping us embark and was very quick indeed. Also the convenience to the port from the Northeast is ... Read More
This was an amazing cruise, the ship is absolutely gorgeous with the fun ship 2.0 features. The Port of Boston as usual did an amazing job helping us embark and was very quick indeed. Also the convenience to the port from the Northeast is amazing! Boarding was at around 12, we got to the port around 10 and they started boarding minutes later. Being a frequent fun ship cruiser we see the little things that change from time to time and this time, we saw that they now have two dj's on every cruise and they were both playing nice music both in the Atrium and also on the lido deck. The bars have been an amazing addition both the Blue Iguana and Red Frog but they don't match the new pool side food options. The Taco/ Burrito bar named Blue Iguana Cantina has the freshest Mexican food you can get. Also we could not say enough about Guy's Burger Joint. One of our groups members who is a BIG burger eater and says that these burgers are the best he has EVER had. He can't wait for his next cruise to have some more! Everything else was kind of nice about the ship. It is a Joe Farcus design which is always a draw back but the theme is "Colors" so the: Amber Palace, Green Room. Stuff like that were actually not bad and very creative. But with ANY cruise, there are draw backs. The port of call of St. Johns Canada is not to be repeated. The Weather turns sour when you go north towards there. It rains all the time there and the fog is atrocious. The fog horn is always blowing on the way there and back and losing the sun in the fog makes for a bad time pool side. Good thing for a large and fun ship. If my name was Garry Cahill, I would bring the Glory back to Boston for the summer of 2014, and have Boston to Bermuda Cruises. The best cruise itinerary by far we have ever done. Miami is not the place to stash 24 ships. Spread the fun northward PLEASE! Overall the Cruise ship gets a 8/10. The Port of Boston gets a 8/10 as well. BUT St. Johns get a -1/10. If you are looking at a Glory Cruise, take it, you will have a fun time. As you will on any Carnival Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We did the June 25 NE/Canada cruise from Boston; so this review is a little late. Since we are from the Boston suburbs, we were happy to drive the 20 minutes into town, park in the cell phone lot and be on the ship all within the hour. ... Read More
We did the June 25 NE/Canada cruise from Boston; so this review is a little late. Since we are from the Boston suburbs, we were happy to drive the 20 minutes into town, park in the cell phone lot and be on the ship all within the hour. This was the smoothest departure that we ever had. We enjoyed our interior which was on the 10th floor towards the very end of the ship. With 8 cruises under our belt, and the last two with Carnival, we knew the drill. We did enjoy the 2.0 upgrades like the Guys Bergers and the Burrito Bar. We weren't particularly impressed with the Fish and Chips as we felt the items smelled fishy as we are used to really fresh seafood. Other than the fish and chips we really enjoyed the lunches. Suppers were also very good, we were always able to find something to eat. For breakfast, I personally enjoyed either the Punchliner Brunch when they opened on sea days for breakfast or the Burrito Bar. I agreed with the previous reviews that the entertainment was horrible. The recorded music made it even worse. We did enjoy the Punchliner shows and tried to make almost everyone since the stage shows were so horrible. Ports: Saint John: This was a pleasant surprise. I was actually looking forward to Halifax more. It had this really small town feel with lots of stores. We were greeted with a rose upon leaving the ship which was a class act. We did the Reversing Falls Jet Tour on our own booking it prior to our departure online. It was the most exciting 20 minutes of our life. Our teens loved it. We took a taxi back and forth for 10$ each way. We wore our bathing suits under the yellow slicker outfits that they provided so we only had to lug wet suits in our backpack. They provided small towels and a dressing room. When we got back to the town, we stopped at one mall with a library and free internet. We had a snack at Tim Hortons there. We walked to another mall where they actually had a dollar store with soveniers! We also went into Freaky Lunchbox, a great candy store on steriods. A brief visit to the Market where there was a lovely lady drawing caricatures for under $5 as well as Java Moose coffee and free internet. On the way back to the ship we stopped by a bunch of antique and record shops. A great day. Halifax. We rented a car at Alamo across the street and drove to Peggy's Cove. Unfortunately it downpoured on us when we got there. We ate at Ryers Lobsters, very rustic and fresh. On the way back we stopped at Arcadia Maple and then into the city to see the Titanic Cemetary. We returned the car by 2pm. As my family went back to the ship; I went to the Titanic museum myself. Very interesting and wished I had more time to the rest of the maritime museum. Not alot of stores on the walkway but there was a small craft market outside the ship. Like I said in the title, the weather was not good. My husband who tried to watch the outside movies in the drizzle had to deal with the foghorns every five minutes. All in all other than the weather which was not Carnivals fault, it was a good cruise. I am sorry to hear that they are pulling out of Boston next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We booked this cruise just 3 weeks in advance because the price was too tempting to pass up and now we know why. There were a few good things - great ports, great casino, and great room but overall it was pretty bad. The food was ... Read More
We booked this cruise just 3 weeks in advance because the price was too tempting to pass up and now we know why. There were a few good things - great ports, great casino, and great room but overall it was pretty bad. The food was extremely disappointing. My husband had pasta with sausage and green peppers on day 1 and it was missing sausage and green peppers. All he had was some pasta with watered down sauce. On day 2 I had ribs that were so tough, I couldn't even chew them. Husband's lobster was burnt. We ended up eating in the Steakhouse and paying for dinner for 2 nights because the MDR food was so bad. (The Steakhouse was very good.) The entertainment was almost non-existent and returning to the ship from ports was good for a 45 minute wait. The biggest joke to us was when we went to play BINGO the first day. We were given 1 card with 3 games on it even though we were playing 3 games. I went back to complain, asking where my other 2 cards were and they had no idea what I was talking about. They kept on insisting I had everything I needed to play. It turns out that at the end of each game, you have to unfold your folded in numbers and use the same cards over and over again. I guess Carnival is even too cheap to give you new BINGO cards for each game. The ship was empty when we boarded so embarkation was smooth and very quick. We weren't in any rush to get off the ship (our flight wasn't until 2pm) and for that reason, we were able to secure late disembarkation and were allowed to stay on until around 10am. Both positives. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
As stated on other reviews, if you have cruised enough to compare to past trips you will know the things that have changed or are missing. A lot below will be direct comparison to last year's cruise.Lido - The new Guy burgers and ... Read More
As stated on other reviews, if you have cruised enough to compare to past trips you will know the things that have changed or are missing. A lot below will be direct comparison to last year's cruise.Lido - The new Guy burgers and burrito were good. They took away the asian wok which was a disappointment as it had the longest lines on most ships as it was popular. In reflection, the regular daily theme offerings were worse. This trip we did not touch it. And in reflection.. I seems to be eating too many burgers and burritos as it seemed the only thing worth getting.Dining - moved to GROUP Dining - I was among those in the long lines of very unhappy people on the first day trying to change out from being placed into a late Group dining. Confirmed or on waitlisted people anytime dining we all got a surprise - that line stayed open the entire time. Everyone was trying to get out of the large group tables. One person was so angry he was calling customer service on his phone while waiting in line having had a confirmed anytime dining for over a month.Dining problem:The dining room each have 2 sections. What has changed to create this problem is that only 1 section out of the total of four dining sections was set for Anytime dining for the entire cruise. So the most popular option you had 1/4 a chance to get it. So you ended up missing most of the entertainment if you did late dining. CLOSE tables - Past trip on Fascination, you could walk between the tables of 2. On Glory, we were lucky to be placed on a side by side table of 2. The space to the next table was almost impossible to walk between as they were so close. It was almost a group long table. Entertainment - If you remember the many dancers and big shows - Carnival has cut it down that it seems to be 4 male and 4 female entertainers. It reflects in how 'big' the production is. Everyone has to sing inclusive of the 2 leads. Not everyone can teach so not everyone can sing. Just listen if you go.Do you like to breathe second hand smoke? Because while a lot of the entertainment use to be in the main theater, most seem to take place in the casino stage. The casino ventilation was really bad this trip. We really did not want to walk through the area.Ship layout and changes - Bars were added basically. But in the same amount of space before. The tables added or moved are much closer now. It feels really crowded. And yes... the camels are gone to make space to squeeze more space out of the casino. Shocking seriously. So what's gone? As mentioned by others... the free specialty coffees from dining as expected. There was the late night special buffet but that seems to be gone.Ports - St John - as always a nice place to explore. The path to the reversing falls is partially closed currently. But the town is nice to explore.Halifax - much more to explore on foot. Lots of exploration. This is my forth trip but frankly the worst trip in 2 years. Its a steady decline in past services and offerings. Its unfortunate. It bothered me enough that it made me post this. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
My wife, son, and I have experienced six cruises, some Carnival, some Royal Caribbean. We were familiar with the Conquest class of Carnival ship (which is what Glory is), but we were looking forward to Glory's unique decor and ... Read More
My wife, son, and I have experienced six cruises, some Carnival, some Royal Caribbean. We were familiar with the Conquest class of Carnival ship (which is what Glory is), but we were looking forward to Glory's unique decor and colorful theme. Carnival ships deliver eye candy in all the public spaces, and Glory is no different. Our only disappointment was that the ship is laid out exactly like the Conquest, which we sailed several years ago. The 2.0 upgrade more than made up for this, however, as it was our first 2.0 experience. Boston is an excellent city from which to sail. It's large but compact. Transportation in the city is easy and manageable. We were also pleased by Bean Town's hospitality and wish we could have stayed longer than our two-night pre-cruise visit. We took in a lot, though. We walked the entire three-mile Freedom Trail, which begins at a visitor center on the edge of Boston Common. It's free, and it's self-guided by way of a colorful stripe you simply follow from one historical site to the next. You'll see more history than you have probably ever taken in at one time. Fenway Park is right in the city, and Massachusetts Avenue will take you across the Charles River into Cambridge where you can visit Harvard Square and MIT. We boarded Glory on Sunday and our AFT stateroom was already prepared by 1:00 or so. Of course, we visited Guy's Burgers right away and were NOT disappointed at all. One of the best cheeseburgers you'll ever taste, first because it's just a juicy, hand-packed style of burger, and also because the fixings bar offers bacon pieces, grilled onions, raw onions, pickles, lettuce, and several other topping choices. It's conveniently located near the Lido restaurant (Red Sail) and the main pool. Across from that, Blue Iguana Cantina offers Tex-Mex style tacos and burritos. It's open for breakfast and lunch, but it closes at 2:30. That was disappointing to us on several occasions. Don't they know most folks crave tacos late into the afternoon and night? It, too, has an amazing salsa bar with all the toppings you'd want (and more) for your delicious Tex-Mex meal. Other noteworthy changes included the Hasbro game shows in the theater. Not only were they fun, funny, and loud (as a game show should be), but Carnival has invested in some really sleek game show equipment that makes you feel almost as if you are watching a live taping of The Price is Right. Our cruise director was amazingly funny (funnier than the George Lopez-inspired Punchliner comedians who performed in the Ebony Cabaret lounge. We also noticed a sharp increase in the already well-worn practice of bringing audience participants onto the stage for laughs - and it worked well. Everyone was an amazingly great (and funny) sport.Some pros and cons: On the pro side, Glory was kept impeccably clean and was maintained by the sweetest, most genuinely caring staff. We couldn't help but tip well beyond our pre-paid tips. No matter what was requested, they worked hard to make it happen. We felt so taken care of we may as well have been on Celebrity or Holland America. The entertainment in the theater was energetic to say the least. Our favorite thing about the entertainment was how after several of the shows, the singers/dancers continued the music right out into the atrium where they encouraged cruisers young and old to live it up on the dance floor. That closeness and accessibility was another special touch. On the con side, Carnival needs to change the delivery system of its food in the buffet restaurant. Instead of special serving areas for salads and other types of food, almost everything was served in one of two long cafeteria-style lines that moved way too slowly. There was a separate dessert area and another separate "comfort food" line, which helped. As usual on every cruise, sea days made it almost impossible to find a table once we got our food. Best of all, though, was Glory's current itinerary. New England/Canada draws an "Alaska" type crowd, which included many more senior citizens than you'd see on a Caribbean cruise. We liked this, because we felt that it made the overall cruise experience more diverse and a bit more classy. You just need to exercise a bit of patience with slower-moving wheelchairs and people walking with canes. It was precious seeing them walk through the ports in spite of their sometimes difficult navigation hurdles. Nothing stopped them, and this is to be applauded! We loved all four ports, as there was something unique about all of them. Favorite tours: Kennebunkport, a tall sail clipper ship on the shores of Halifax, and the historical Highland Village (about an hour from Sydney in Nova Scotia) with its eleven walk-through homes and other buildings narrated by friendly folks in period costume. If you're booked for Glory this summer, you'll have an excellent time. We Texans were a bit cold, but even that was a refreshing change from the norm. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
I took my two teenage boys (15 & 13) on the Carnival Glory out of Boston on June 16. To begin, the embarkation and debarkation process out and in to Boston was amazing. We arrived at the ship about 2pm and 20 quick minutes were on the ... Read More
I took my two teenage boys (15 & 13) on the Carnival Glory out of Boston on June 16. To begin, the embarkation and debarkation process out and in to Boston was amazing. We arrived at the ship about 2pm and 20 quick minutes were on the ship with limited lines and friendly service. We had lunch and headed down to our oceanview cabin on Deck 1 where our luggage had already been delivered. Unbelievable! Boston does it right. Overall, we had beautiful weather which made the trip very enjoyable. We realized that it really didn't matter that we were in the bowels of the ship since we still had a window and our room was conveniently located near an elevator in proximity to the Casino and Lido deck where most of the action was. I agree with other reviewers that the food at the buffet for dinner was lousy. If you've travelled with other cruise lines (Royal Carribean, Norwegian, etc.), you know the quality is much better. However, breakfast was great and lunch was all right, but tjhere were long lines to contend with. We found ourselves REALLY enjoying Guy's Burger joint (awesome burgers & fries), the Blue Iguana burrito bar (outstanding!), the pizza parlor, and the sandwich desk. They were delicious! I managed to get my boys to the dining room once for dinner on formal night. We opted not to dress formally that evening and my older son was asked to return to the room to change out of his shorts, t-shirt, and flip flops when he tried to use the restroom. It was pretty funny to see him come back all dressed up. They served lobster tails and shrimp that night that were delicious. I had 4 servings myself. However, the other meals on the menu did not look appetizing and my son's fried chicken was dry. With the meal being more structured, we kept it more freestyle depending on what we felt like eating. Overall, the cruise was a great experience. The Hasbro Game Show is a riot! I got a good deal on our cabin and very glad I got to reconnect with my kids over the 5 days we were gone. The room had a queen and twin size bed that were plenty of room for us. Overall, I give the cruise a solid B. My only wish was that they kept the pools and jacuzzis in the kid's area with the water slide open later so adults could chill out with their kids later in the eventing. By the way, watching a Bruins game on the huge movie screen outside on a beautiful night is wonderful. It doesn't get much better! Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
the cancellation of my cruise during Grandeur's repair period, I decided to give Carnival a try again having heard that Carnival was "much improved". My experience says that this is the case. Boston is within 65 miles of my ... Read More
the cancellation of my cruise during Grandeur's repair period, I decided to give Carnival a try again having heard that Carnival was "much improved". My experience says that this is the case. Boston is within 65 miles of my house, the trip was short, and priced attractively for a "single", and so I went. Easy "walk thru" of Boston's Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, stood in a short line to change my dining arrangements to one that more suits my preferences - Carnivals web site does NOT allow you to choose a table size - and then off to my balcony cabin. For the past few years I have traveled very extensively with RCI and so the rest of this review basically compares Carnival with RCI - which comes off rather poorly in the comparison. Stateroom and bath both larger and with much more storage than comparable cabin on RCI - balcony however smaller. Decor - Carnival Glory is another Joe Farcus "over the top" creation and I hated the plastic, neon, slightly ridiculous decor and decoration. Deck #5 - the "main street" of the ship is one long succession of rooms dedicated to "booze" and spending, and its almost impossible to find a window looking outwards. Ship - was grossly overcrowded with some 500 people aboard over and above the usual double occupancy 2900+. We had over 3400 aboard utilizing "upper bunks, pull out beds etc - and the ship was very crowded. Music - Carnival has eliminated orchestra accompaniment at their Production Shows and so live music was limited. One foursome played in the casino, a duet in the atrium, a couple of individual players/singers and everything else was recorded and played only at ear pain noise levels. There was loud music everywhere including corridors - a speaker was right outside my stateroom and played all day and evening - it was turned off at bedtime.Food - I could not have ben more surprised and pleased. A NYC travel agent told me that he had gone on Carnival just after a Queen Mary Princess Grill trip, and that the food on Carnival was BETTER. Personally I thought he had gone off the "deep end", and although I have never had a Princess Grill experience, the food on Carnival - everywhere - was significantly better than on other lines which go at a much higher price including Princess, HAL, Celebrity etc. and FAR BETTER than on RCI. I was amazed and very pleased - Carnival has come a long way in that department. The Red Sail Buffet, along with its ancillary food spots, e.g. Gary's Burger Joint, Fish and Chips, Blue Iguana Cafe etc., was delightful. Their room service menu was more complete than RCI's, but a poorer room service breakfast menu than RCI completed my food experiences. I did not try their Steakhouse at extra cost. Entertainment - their Production Shows have much smaller casts than in the past, and all music us recorded, their Punchline Comedy Theatre is a great alternative, but one of the two comedians was poor. All lines are trolling for on board spending, but on this trip it was never ending. Constant public announcements to come and spend, photographer "booths" blocking the little passageway space there was, store "sales" etc. There was no Captains Welcome Aboard Party, only an opportunity to 'meet' the Captain and of course purchase an expensive picture, followed by a 2 min "speech" by him in the atrium. The trip comprised a day at sea at 8 knots, day in St John's, New Brunswick, CN, another day at sea, and home to Boston. Disembarkation delayed by about 30 min for some reason, then an easy walk off. A good trip, inexpensive, wonderful food, but I certainly was grateful that I had a balcony so that I could read and relax in peace and avoid the "noise" all around the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
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