310 Carnival Glory Canada & New England Cruise Reviews

We are veteran cruisers of 18 cruises and were looking forward to this east coast intenary, which we had not done before. We spent two nights pre cruise in Manhattan which was a lot of fun. The cruise terminal seemed very organized and ... Read More
We are veteran cruisers of 18 cruises and were looking forward to this east coast intenary, which we had not done before. We spent two nights pre cruise in Manhattan which was a lot of fun. The cruise terminal seemed very organized and boarding was a breeze. We are Platium and were allowed to proceed directly to our cabin, which was ready at 12:30. Had a Guys Burger for lunch and were ready to sail at about 4pm. Great view of the city during sail away which included a drive by of the Statue of Liberty! No complaints about the Glory - seemed modestly decorated. The floor plan takes some getting used to as you can't always get to there from here. Once you learn your way around, it wasn't to bad. The ship was very clean and I understand it had just been updated. Outdoor theater was very cool. Food was pretty good all the way around - no complaints. We ate at almost every venue, and not a bad meal in the bunch. We are not a "do everything" kind of people, so we mostly just enjoy the ship and friends. We usually make the best of whatever we do, so we are not usually hard to please. My only complaint was the service in the Main Dining room. Our waiter crew was obviously new (or something).....they hardly smiled and seemed stressed. Unlike other cruises, they never learned our names or seemed interested in us - only in doing their jobs. Our meals came extremely late every night and on two nights, we were more or less asked to leave before we finished our deserts so that they could prepare our table for the 8:15 diners. The table next to us would be getting their desert menus before we were served our entrée....not sure why but it was like that every night. On the other hand, cabin service was excellent, as was the other staff I encountered. Stage shows and Comedy shows were not Vegas quality, but they weren't that bad either. I enjoyed the entertainment I attended. The casino was also very nice, but smoked filled! Ports of call were Boston, Portland, Halifax and St John. Boston was 2pm-10pm, but it took 45 minutes to get off the ship and you had to be back on at 9:30pm......and with Boston basically closing on a sunday at 5pm, there wasn't much to do. We rented a car in Portland and drove through the countryside ending up in Kennebunkport, which we enjoyed. Private tours in Halifax and St John which are both beautiful ports. We had acceptable weather in all ports, but cool in Canada ports. No fog for us anywhere! Debarkcation was easy once we were cleared by Customs, but we didn't get off until 9:30am. All in all, a fun New England cruise. Would recommend! Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
This trip was a quickly planned trip when Celebrity canceled our Alaskan cruise. We have never cruised out of New York and found it easy to get to and the embarkment lines, though long, moved fairly quickly. Once we got on board we found ... Read More
This trip was a quickly planned trip when Celebrity canceled our Alaskan cruise. We have never cruised out of New York and found it easy to get to and the embarkment lines, though long, moved fairly quickly. Once we got on board we found our room. Nice, although the entry into the room is a bit narrow and if you are getting something from the closet, no one can go in or come out of the bathroom. Also had to buy a plug adapter in our first port as there was only one plug in at the desk and I needed to charge two phones, laptop and camera. If you are not "plugged" in and leave phone etc at home, one plug should do you, but I need to be in touch with the world so the three plug adapter was great and will be included on all future trips with any line. Because we booked so late we were given late dinner which is not what I would have preferred. The concierge told me to see the Matre 'de and they might be able to switch, They could not the first night but we were given the option to change to anytime the next day, The people we were assigned to eat with were so wonderful, my husband did not want to change so we stayed at late dining. That decision cut down on our ability to see the bigger shows because of the timing of when the shows were put on. We just could not stay awake for the late show. My husband was annoyed by the barrage of photographers every night. I just said "no thanks" but he though it was too much and did not remember that many photographers and backdrops on previous cruises. The food was very good, with the exception of the soups. The salads at lunch were quite tasty and the breakfast buffet had all my favorites.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Just returned from Carnival Glory 7 night from New York to Halifax. Halifax was 88 degrees. I have personal suggestions. New York - we stayed one night at The Verve Hotel and taxied into Times Square and took the red hop on hop off bus ... Read More
Just returned from Carnival Glory 7 night from New York to Halifax. Halifax was 88 degrees. I have personal suggestions. New York - we stayed one night at The Verve Hotel and taxied into Times Square and took the red hop on hop off bus tour. We didn't get off. We got off where we started, ate dinner, and returned to take the night light tour of New York. These were very different tours. Being unfamiliar with getting a taxi, we waited in front of a hotel until one dropped someone off and got in. I highly recommend the Verve, clean and very friendly staff. It included breakfast. Boston - used the green double decker hop on hop off tour busses ($23 for seniors for basic 2 1/2 hour loop). Great tour and for a little more you can add extras like a boat tour and walking tour of Harvard (voted best tour in Boston). St. John - had fog like pea soup, but not cold. We did a city bus tour, $20 cash, and we could see the reversing falls, but that's about all because of the fog. They stop at the market and reversing falls for restrooms. We were met with a rose for the women and a lapel pin for the men. Very helpful ambassadors if you have any questions. They directed me to the city tour bus. It only operates when ships are in. Halifax - It was 88 degrees. We walked out of the port and there was a line for taxi tours. Very easy. We went to Peggy's Cove and someone had fallen. You will see why when you are there. Be very careful. When we returned the whole city had lost power, so we didn't go into the Citadel. We never heard why. We walked back down to the water and along the boardwalk. Lots of places to eat here. We had a lobster roll and a beaver tail (a pastry with any topping you want from apple pie to chocolate and m&ms). Some in our group who just walked straight back to the ship felt it was too long of a walk. Just a head's up if you have any mobility issues. Portland - if you are doing the Portland city and Lighthouse tour, 105 minutes, you walk out of the port and turn left. It is about 3 blocks, depending on which pier Norwegian uses, on the same side of the street, $22. If you like architecture this tour is loaded. I had our tickets on hold and they filled up quickly. Phone number for this company 207-774-0808. You can also buy beaver tails here just past the bus. They are 1 hour ahead of ship time, so be aware of that so that you aren't late. We did each port on our own and saved a lot of money. __________________   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
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
We have been on quite a few cruises and are Gold with Carnival. This cruise was rather a let down in a few areas. Cabin was fine, a bit dated and worn. The door to the balcony did not seal completely so even when closed there was some ... Read More
We have been on quite a few cruises and are Gold with Carnival. This cruise was rather a let down in a few areas. Cabin was fine, a bit dated and worn. The door to the balcony did not seal completely so even when closed there was some wind noise. Did enjoy that the temp is set on the shower. With the signage about being green in relation to towels and their reuse, I do wish that the cabin steward would not replace hung towels! I have always considered that the food and service in the dining room was overall better than the casual dining in the Lido Buffet. This sailing was quite the opposite. Our server never did really bother to learn our names or preferances, Requests were very slow in coming and rarely hit the mark. We did complain that all hot food was never hot, this got a little better but not by much. I did not appreciate a cold slice of prime rib, less than 1/4 inch thick and a cold lobster tail with an even colder serving of potatoes. Desserts also missed the mark lacking flavor and overall texture, I really do expect wonderful! The maitre'd visited out table twice for about 2 seconds, "everything is wonderful, right?" and off he went to the next table. Entertainment after dinner was getting other passengers up to dance and cut up. However, I really do have to rave about the burgers on the poolside deck, the deli and the pizza. While Carnival touts room service available 24/7 there is no menu in the cabin and when called only cold food is available. A friend became ill during our cruise and was stuck in the cabin for a day, needless to say, all she could get from room service was a cold sandwich. We had to bring her in food from the buffet. We were very surprised how smokey the casino has become, most of us found it difficult to be there at all. I am sure they need to install air scrubbers or something, We are unlikely to visit that area again. Carnival touts wifi available in your cabin, sure at a cost of .75 per minute, that is totally out of line! And movies on demand at 9.99 a pop! Really? We requested that the balcony door be opened between ours and the next as hubby's sister & bro in law were with us. That finally occured only to be closed and locked the next day after an inport outside cleaning schedule, never to be reopened. While the entertainment was nice I must say it was not on a par with other Carnival cruises we have been on. Finally, I was quite dissapointed that the Hot Tubs were only above tepid on the last day of our cruise, after abusing my feet and body with a long day ashore, I truly needed a good hot soak! In the fitness room, we found quite a few of the machines not working properly, I am sure from much use and abuse to the touch screens. So, I am not really sure if the crew is all that jazzed about service since they have only 2 more weeks until repositioning or whatever, but the Glory is just not that Glorious! Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
I just returned from a 7 day New England/Canada cruise departing Manhattan. I can never become bored with that departure from New York, it's just jaw dropping. We sailed from Sept. 14th to Sept. 21. The weather was incredible, clear ... Read More
I just returned from a 7 day New England/Canada cruise departing Manhattan. I can never become bored with that departure from New York, it's just jaw dropping. We sailed from Sept. 14th to Sept. 21. The weather was incredible, clear blue skies, calm seas and warm temperatures. The food in the dining room was generally very good. Our 3 waiters worked together with military precision for dinner service and cleanup and then jumped into the line with the other waiters to 'perform' for us. The chilled black cherry soup my husband had was surprisingly delightful. The buffets were actually quite wonderful. There was something on their menus that could please anyone. The casino is where this ship fails. The machines are too close together, there is too much smoke, it's just everywhere, the slot machines are antiques and there's only electronic poker, no live dealer. And, there's only one electronic poker table so after dinner when a bunch of players wanted a game, they had to wait and wait until a seat opened up which could be hours. The serenity deck is located at the very front of the Glory rather than aft like the Miracle. I never went there because it was just too far for me to walk. It was difficult getting to our upper level dining room from our aft cabin. We had to go down, up and sideways to get to the right level and frequently had to cut through a dining room to get to the other elevator. Not a good design at all. The Ports: Boston, we didn't disembark in Boston because we'd all been there before and the weather was cloudy and drizzling. Portland, we enjoyed this port and paid the $5 to get the 'hop-on hop-off' bus that circles the interior of the city. St. John, we got off but hadn't booked an excursion and it was chaos inside the pier buildings with people from 3 ships that had docked. We went back on the ship and spent a quiet day aboard. Halifax was our favorite port. We booked the Halifax-Peggy's Cove bus excursion and it was informative and fun. Arrival back in NY harbor was nearly as stunning as when we departed since we arrived before sunrise and the city was lit up like a million jewels. It was a very memorable cruise that we all enjoyed.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
It was apparent from the start that Carnival is trying to enhance their bottom line, often at the expense of their "guests". The so-called "shows" were pathetic...almost all dancing, and even that not well done. The ... Read More
It was apparent from the start that Carnival is trying to enhance their bottom line, often at the expense of their "guests". The so-called "shows" were pathetic...almost all dancing, and even that not well done. The costumes were second rate as well. Our room was a nice size (mini-suite), but the decor was in bad taste. It had a "glitzy" feeling....oranges, golds, pinks, etc. Around the fifth day, someone came in and installed some more granite in the bathtub area....but, they left the drain and four screws out....it was not not possisble to get the water to the shower position w/o getting soaked in the process. We did have a good cabin attendent, but we tipped him every night to encourage the service. The martini's were good, and were filled to the brim by freindly bartenders (one of the better parts of the trip) Unfortunately, the food was pathetic. We ate in the dining room one night; that was enough to convince us not to come back. We ate one dinner in the Steak House (extra charge) that was very good. The rest of the time we ate at the buffet, which was fair to medium...not on par with buffet's on other ships we've been on. I have sailed on Holland America, Princess and Celebrity in the past, and I can truthfuly say Carnival is nowhere near the caliber of service offered by these lines. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
First of all let me say that my wife and I are veteran travelers of cruises and we are platinum on carnival. They certainly call them "The Fun Ships" for a reason. We enjoyed a four day stay in New York prior to departing on our ... Read More
First of all let me say that my wife and I are veteran travelers of cruises and we are platinum on carnival. They certainly call them "The Fun Ships" for a reason. We enjoyed a four day stay in New York prior to departing on our cruise and New York can be confusing if you let it be. Enough said about that. Our cruise was awesome. Our journey began with a speedy embarkation (about 30 minutes) and then we went right onto the ship. our state room was waiting for us. We dropped off our caryon items then went exploring. we were on her sister ship in January so we were familiar with the layout. I can say that navigating the big ship is rather easy as long as you remember your right from left and front from back. Guy's hamburgers were the highlight of the afternoon and I ate lunch there almost everyday. Those burgers are awesome. Just get the plain jane with cheese then add your own toppings, there is plenty to choose from at the fixin bar. Our stateroom was roomy ( for an inside cabin) we never get the balcony rooms because we simply don't spend alot of time in there except for showers/sleep and a few extra activities. The ship was exceptionally clean and everywhere I looked someone was always cleaning. The food was good not fantastic but since we did not have to cook it was very apitizing. The Did Ya Ever choice on the menu every night was tasty. Like I said before we are veteran cruisers an d we love Carnival. We have tried all of the cruise lines and always go back to Carnival. I think were are just booking Carnival from now on. I honestly believe that you get out of a cruise what you are expecting. I have heard and seen negative reviews before every cruise and then taken the cruise and had an awesome time. Don't believe everything you read. Just go and have fun. Crusing is simpy the best. Carnival Glory does not disapoint. Wre are already booked on our next cruise in January. A 16 day adventure through the panamal canal. Cant wait until we sail. Good luck and happy sailing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
This was our second cruise, but the first with Carnival. We have heard a fair bit about Carnival since booking and a good portion was not good. The main purpose of of trip was rest and relaxation. We booked the Carnival ground ... Read More
This was our second cruise, but the first with Carnival. We have heard a fair bit about Carnival since booking and a good portion was not good. The main purpose of of trip was rest and relaxation. We booked the Carnival ground transportation from Laguardia to the ship and when we picked up our luggage the rep was no where to be found. The reps from the other cruise lines were all there, lined up holding signs, but we had to go looking for ours. My wife was not impressed. When we finally found her we were told it would be 15 to 20 minutes. 25 minutes later we were again told 15 to 20 minutes. This was not a good start to the trip. The drive to the ship was fine and we arrived about 11:00 A.M. We also booked the FTTF program . It was amazing, and will do it again. We were in our stateroom, on our balcony, with a cold beer in hand, in less than 30 minutes. All service aspects the entire trip were terrific, very helpful friendly people. All shore excursions went well. We did the Old Town Trolley in Boston, the horse drawn wagon in Portland, and Peggy's Cove in Halifax. All tour guides were very informative. Our stateroom was 8448 and it was spectacular, more about this in the cabin section. It was a premium vista aft wrap around, and they are very hard to get, now I know why. Our dining room was the Platinum , which is aft, and it was very nice, great food, good selection and great wait staff. Disembarkation went smoothly and we were back to the airport in no time at all. We will cruise with Carnival again.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Labor Day Week Cruise on the Carnival Glory In July it was time for my wife and I to decide where to go for our annual trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary. After looking at several options we decided on this cruise since it was one ... Read More
Labor Day Week Cruise on the Carnival Glory In July it was time for my wife and I to decide where to go for our annual trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary. After looking at several options we decided on this cruise since it was one of the few itineraries that did not include a port call in Boston a city we have visited on two other vacations to New England. To get to New York's Manhattan Passenger Ship Terminal instead of driving we found the best option would be to park our car in Wilmington, DE and take a Greyhound bus to New York which is what we did on the morning of September 2. Since it was a holiday and the traffic was light we arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal right on time at 10:15 AM took one of the fastest cab rides I have ever had in New York arriving at the passenger ship terminal by 10:30 AM after leaving our luggage with a porter we made out way to security and check in where we were assigned to boarding group two and received or sail and sign cards where we found due to changes to Carnival's loyalty program we were moved from gold to read status . Boarding began at 11:15 Am and by 11:45 AM we were on board the Glory and made out way up to the Lido Deck for lunch. The buffet on the Lido Deck had a Guy's Burger Joint and a Blue Iguana Cantina (both are Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements) which were located out side near the main pool. In side there were the buffet which had two lines one for Italian and other ethnic foods one for comfort foods or home cooking. On Deck 10 there was a buffet serving seafood and by the aft pool is the 24 hour Pizza. The only option that was missing was Asian which was not available on this ship. Nor was there a Sushi bar replaced by another Fun Ship enhancement called the Taste Bar. For lunch I tried one of the Cheese Burgers form Guys Burger Place which I had without the sauce and I chose to add my own toppings from their topping bar which had every topping option available. The fries were quite good. I then went and bought my bottomless bubbles so I could have unlimited soda. The view from Deck was not that good due to cloud's and fog that limited visibility on the river. At 1:30 PM I checked to see if our cabin was ready but it was not ready at the same time it started to rain lightly. At 2:00 PM our room was ready and we dropped off our carry on bags or luggage was not delivered to our room until 3:30 PM which was when the mandatory safety briefing started we found our muster station to be rather cramped as we did find the rest of the ship to be cramped. At 3:50 PM the starboard side was released from the drill followed by our side when we got up to the Lido deck we found that the Glory was pulling away from the dock. We stayed on deck and took pictures as we sailed past the Manhattan sky line seeing such sites as 1 World Trade Center, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty and just being able to sail under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. We then went to our cabin to unpack the cabin had plenty of storage space and the in room safe was easier to use than on Royal Caribbean. But the cabin was much smaller than on Royal Caribbean and early in the morning was very stuffy. At 6:00 PM I went back on deck and we had made our way out of New York Harbor to the point where our pilot was picked up by his launch which dropped him off at a larger boat that was near by. After unpacking we went to the Photo Gallery to check out our gangway shots which we decided not to purchase. We then went and checked the dinner menu and had dinner. The service in the dinning room was good but we have found that the quality of the food to be not as good as on previous cruises on Carnival we also discovered that the menus are the same as we had on our first two cruises on Carnival in 2011. After dinner we checked out the ships on deck 5 and went to the 10:15 PM Welcome Aboard show hosted by our cruise director Matt. The show featured a teaser from the show Divas, some comedy by the Cruise Director the show ended with a little bit of stands up but we decided to leave the show early and since it was a long day to get some sleep. Our second day was the first of two "Fun days at Sea" we woke up and got dresses and headed down the hall to the Lido Deck for breakfast. On our way to breakfast we font the ship was traveling through a heavy fog that stayed with the Glory all day with some lifting of the fog in the afternoon despite the fog the weather was warm. There was the same number of lines as at lunch with each section having a make your own Omelet station along with a dedicated line for those who did not want omelets and stations for those wanting a continental breakfast. Breakfast was about the same as on previous trips on Carnival. After, breakfast we went to the photo gallery and bought a couple of pictures we had taken at dinner the previous night. My wife decided to do some shopping in the fun shops while I attended the cruise director briefing Fun aboard and fun ashore which was a preview of the ports we would be visiting along with information about where the gangways would be. It was at this briefing that I found that the ship would be remaining on New York time and not changing over to Atlantic Time. As on the only other cruse I had where there was a time change the ships time and the local time were the same. After the cruise directors briefing I met my wife and headed to the Lido deck where my wife but some jewelry from the inch of gold sale. After make her purchase we went to the steak house on deck 10 for a wonderful cooking demonstration where the chefs prepared a starter, salad, main course and a desert. With each course the audience got a sample which was very generous. I would recommend this activity to any one who is interested in cooking or fine dining. After the demo we went and had a seafood lunch of fish and chips was quite good. After lunch my wife wanted to take a nap so I watched a free film on the in rooms TV which on the Glory are all flat-screens after within the movie I was going to go out for as walk I found a notice from the shore excursions desk where we found that our excursion to Hopewell Rocks was cancelled due to the tour not meeting the minimum number of participants. I talked with my wife and chose a replacement tour which I want and bought at the shore excursions desk. After taking a walk while my wife was napping. I returned to my cabin and we went to the afternoon tea and cake which was quite good. After tea it was time to start to get ready for Formal night after dressing. We went down to the promenade and had several formal pictures taken and then had dinner. After dinner we attended the Playlist productions show Motor City which was a wonderful production featuring Motown music. The only problem I have is that Carnival has reduced the number of dancers and has eliminated the live music during the show which made the shows much better however the new led back drops for the sets were out standing. After the show we went to the late night snacks which consisted of cookies, fruit and sandwiches. After our snack we went to bed as tomorrow would be the first of two consecutive port days. After getting up and getting dresses I went out on deck just as we were docking at our 1st port of call which was St. John the wither started out as cool and foggy but the fog eventually lifted and we had nice sunny weather for the res t of our stay in St. John. After breakfast we left on the 1st part of our shore excursion which was a boat ride up the St. John river to see the reversing rapids which was ok as we were due to the currents we were not bale to get to close to the rapids. But we were able to get some nice pictures of the Carnival Glory. After the cruise we had plenty of free time so we walked into town bought some souverneers visited the Old City Market and the Kings Square bandstand. After having a beaver tale. We returned to the Glory to have a quick lunch and to change clothes as the weather has gotten warmer and sunnier. After lunch we visted the shops set up in a tent next door to the Marco Polo Cruise terminal which is just a short walk from the cities uptown business district. We then took the trolley tour of St. John which was quite interesting and we got a better view of the reversing rapids then we did from the boat ride in the morning. Once we returned to the ship terminal we returned with plenty of time to get to our cabin and up to the Lido deck to watch the sail away which was delayed as the last of the shore excision groups arrived about 5 minutes before sail away. While waiting the sail way we had some pizza which was quite good. We then wen to the photo gallery where we brought some of our pictures from formal night. We then had an early dinner and attended Hasbro the Game show. This show which is excusive to Carnival was terrific fund for all ages as the games were interactive and was great fun for both adults and the kids. After the show we returned to our cabin as the next day was anther day and anther port of call. We awoke early and had breakfast. After breakfast we returned to our cabin and got our stuff and went up on to deck to watch our arrival at Halifax's historic pier 23 the day was sunny and seasonably cool. After docking we were able to get off and head to our shore excursion which was Top 10 Best of Halifax tour. Just beware this this is a very popular excursions where you will be on a motor coach with about 70 of your cruise mates. However since there were three section of the tour once the coach was loaded we were able to star the tour about 5 minutes late. The tour started with a photo stop at the Citadel which I whished was a visit to the Citadel as it is one of the most popular sites to visit in Halifax. After the Citadel we had a visit to the botanical gardens where we had an hour for lunch and shopping the tour then heads out to Peggy's Cove and Canada's most visited light house. When we arrived at Peggy's Cove it was cold and very windy and by the time we finished with our photos and souvenir shopping a light rain was falling which got heavier once got on the coach. The next stop was at Acadian Maple where we bought some maple syrup. The tour then made its way back in what was not a steady down pool to visit Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 of the victims of the Titanic disaster are buried we then med out way back to the ship at this point the rain stopped and the sun came out we then did some last shopping for souvenirs and then got back on the ship. My wife then took a nap while I watched the sail way. After sail way we went to the Photo Galley and bought our pictures from both St. John and Halifax. We then had dinner and saw the show Divas and had a late night snack it was time to turn in as we had one final "Fun Day at Sea". We slept in late for our final fun day at see it was sunny with temps around 60 degrees and a very strong wind blowing. After dressing we got up and had Brunch at the Punch line Brunch which was brunch with a brief 5 minute comity show after a canned introduction from George Lopez. The food was excellent and was able to use our drink coups which we received in our cabin for being past cruises. After brunch we returned to our cabin to pack our bags since tomorrow would be debarkation day. After, packing we went to Lido deck for one last burger at Guys for me and some fish tacos for my wife. My wife then took a nap and I went and found a spot to read. At 4:00 Pm we brought our towels and found a couple of chairs to watch a movie on the big screen which was good for about an hour when the screen malfunctions so we decided to return to our cabin where we finished our packing and went to dinner, wen back to our cabin to place our bags out and attended the closing nigh show which was Latin Nights and was much better than the old variety show by the entertainment staff and some of the guests. Then we had one last late night snack and it was off to be since we would be heading home tomorrow. After awaking and getting dressed I went up on deck just as we were approaching the Manhattan Cruise terminal where we arrived on time at 7:00 AM. After having breakfast we returned to our cabin to see that it was all ready cleaned and set for the next cruse even though we were told we could use the cabin until 8:30 AM. (I am assuming that the new occupant may have bought Carnivals Faster to the Sun option to get early access to the cabin and ship). At this point self assist debarkation began and we made our way to deck 5 to wait for the start of relaxed or zone debarkation by 9:00 AM zone debarkation began we were in zone 14 our zone was called around 10:00 AM and we proceeded to pick up our luggage gave our customs declaration and then proceeded to get a cab back to the bust terminal for our Greyhound Bus back home. Overall this was the worst of our three cruises on Carnival we are scheduled to take a three day cruise on Royal Caribbean in December from Singapore. Would we cruise on Carnival again we would if the cruse is going someplace we want to visit and the price is right.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
We booked our first cruise on a Carnival ship for my husband, adult daughter, and myself about a month before embarkation and received a call from Carnival ten days before our cruise offering us an upgrade from an Outside cabin to a ... Read More
We booked our first cruise on a Carnival ship for my husband, adult daughter, and myself about a month before embarkation and received a call from Carnival ten days before our cruise offering us an upgrade from an Outside cabin to a balcony cabin at a discounted price. We decided to take the offer so we were moved to cabin #6388. We drove to North Bergen, NJ two days before the cruise to have a day to visit NYC. We stayed at the Comfort Inn and was very disappointed with the accommodations. They were definitely not up to typical Comfort Inn standards. We arrived at the port about noon the day of embarkation and the check in process was relatively quick. After arriving on Glory we made our way up to the Lido deck for lunch at Guy's Burgers which was delicious. We then proceeded down to our cabin and our luggage was delivered within the hour. The first thing we noticed about our cabin was how spacious the cabin was which comfortably fit the three of us. My husband and I then noticed that our bed had a concave spot in the middle of each mattress so even though the mattresses were put together as one bed you still couldn't sleep near each other because you would roll back into your respective hole. The beds seemed very old and were so compressed they didn't have any bounce to them and were like sleeping on a cement slab. One other issue we had with our cabin is the fact that you could hear the sounds and music from the arcade in our cabin at all times day and night. We will forever have the Pac Man tune stuck in our heads! I reported the sounds to guest services and they stated that they had to come up to our cabin and validate that we were really able to hear the noises. They contacted us everyday to see if the noise was better but nothing ever seemed to be different. In the end they decided to give us a 15% discount on our cruise fares since they couldn't correct the problem. Honestly I would have rather had some good night sleeps rather than the discounts. That being said the shows on the ship were wonderful; however, we didn't care for the comedy shows we attended. I didn't get to attend many of the events such as trivia because most of them were held in the Casino or a bar since I have asthma and cannot be around cigarette smoke. It would be nice if one of the cruise ship lines would periodically host a completely non-smoking cruise. I'm sure they wouldn't have a problem filling the ship! We ate in the "Your Time Dining" dining room since they were unable to satisfy our request of the 6 pm seating in the main dining room. The food was typical dining room fare and was very tasty. We also ate in the steakhouse for our daughter's birthday. The steaks were delicious but were too big for me. The price of $35 per person I feel is too expensive and apparently most passengers agreed with me since the restaurant was mostly empty. We stopped in Boston, Portland, ME, St. John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We took a Duck Tour in Boston which was a couple of hours long and focused mainly on the historical sites around the city. Don't forget the most economical way to get around Boston is by using the public bus and subway system. We took the House Island excursion in Portland, ME. They ferried us over to the island on the island owner's boat. There was not enough inside seating and the temperature was only in the 50's when we left port so it was an extremely cold ride. A brother and sister own the island and the brother is the person who gives you a tour of the Civil War era fort. The fort itself was interesting but he had a tendency to go off onto subjects that really had nothing to do with what we were viewing and was at times very boring. Part of the $99 price included a lobster dinner which was pretty good. We rented our own vehicle in St. John, New Brunswick and took off to view the country side. We ended up out at St. Martin which was very beautiful; however, no one bothered to mention the tide is not far enough out to view the caves until midday or early afternoon. We talked to many people who had taken the ship excursion and they also were taken out there in the morning so they weren't able to see them either. Needless to say they were not happy. I enjoyed this day the most out of all of our stops. We just decided to walk around Halifax rather than take a tour. They have built a lovely boardwalk along the water and it was nice just to leisurely stroll and relax. Disembarkation went smoothly. We were waiting for a taxi but the line was enormous so we went downstairs, crossed the street and caught a taxi much quicker over there. Overall not too bad a cruise; however, I can say this is the first cruise I have ever went home from feeling utterly exhausted from lack of sleep. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
The title of my review says it all. We live in New York City so leaving from the west side of Manhattan is great. We have often taken a subway but this time opted for a car service. Check in (as Platinum) was easy, but woe to those without ... Read More
The title of my review says it all. We live in New York City so leaving from the west side of Manhattan is great. We have often taken a subway but this time opted for a car service. Check in (as Platinum) was easy, but woe to those without status. We were traveling with two friends who waited about 1 1/2 hours to get through the process. Really? That's unacceptable. The main positives were the price and the food. We booked a porthole cabin on Deck One at an inside price. Now that's a good deal if you can live with a bit of noise and vibration when docking or in rough seas when the stabilizers are deployed. The food was definitely above average. Breakfast in the buffet was nothing to write home about, with the same stuff every day. Do try the mushrooms though. For lunch, Guy's Burgers and the pastrami at the deli were the highlights. Also of note were the fish and chips and wonderful chocolate desserts. Dinner was fine . The cold soups were great and the entrees well prepared. As for dessert, c'mon, how about a few more cherries in the Cherry Jubilee? My favorite, Warm Choolate Melting Cake was inconsistent. It ranged from being perfectly prepared to being overcooked. The main negative was the horrible entertainment, focusing on the so-called production shows. C'mon Carnival, turning up the volume to ear piercing levels will not cover terrible singing and horrible choreography. In an obvious attempt to cut costs, Carnival has replaced professional singers and professional dancers with performers who can neither sing nor dance. There were only eight individuals who took the place of what used to be four singers and 12 or 16 dancers. They were tasked with both singing and dancing. They were failures at both. The shows themselves were poorly conceived and badly choreographed. Sets have been replaced by digital images which distract from the performers. I don't know who came up with this concept, but they should be fired. No more production shows for me on Carnival! Overall, the ports were fine - Boston, Portland, St. John and Halifax. The VIFP party was lame. In another cost cutting deal, the live band was only there for about 15 minutes and then replaced wih a DJ with canned music. HUH? That's the best you can do for your loyal guests? And where was the captain? In any case, the price was good and the food respectable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Embarking on the Carnival Glory for a 5 nite cruise from Manhattan to Canada we were first time Carnival cruisers, with 4 other cruises under our belts. There is definitely a difference. Can't knock vacations, but Glory seemed to be ... Read More
Embarking on the Carnival Glory for a 5 nite cruise from Manhattan to Canada we were first time Carnival cruisers, with 4 other cruises under our belts. There is definitely a difference. Can't knock vacations, but Glory seemed to be densely packed. Yes, a cruise ship fills up with 3000 people and 1000 crew, but everywhere you turned you were cheek to cheek with people. The only place there was a little room was on the Serenity deck - adults 21+ only. Food was a solid "B" with nothing standing out. I stuck to fish for dinner and was rewarded. Others in our party ordered meat and were disappointed. Fairly aggressive alcohol peddling - easy to say "no" - but when you say yes - those drinks add up quickly! In summary, Carnival is welcoming for all sorts of folks, but don't expect quiet contemplation places - even in the library. "Fun" seems to mean packed with people. Pros: Staff tried really hard. Sherwin in the dining room was our waiter - fabulous! His support staff was just OK, didn't remember likes from meal to meal as did Sherwin. Cruise Director was Jacques - who gave timely, clear directions, but didn't overwhelm. Comedy club was a nice alternative to the dance shows. Comedians were A+ William Troxler and Cee-Jay Jones. DeeJay Big D was always upbeat and responsive to requests from guests, but thump-thump-thump music by the pool did get to be a bit much. Dotty was a got activities director, although she at times seemed jaded with half-hourly trivia contests. Cons: Guest Services seemed to be fatigued by the number of guests and long lines they had to service. Could the captain struggle with the english language any more? How about you get the asst. captain to speak for the captain. Guests might get the impression that he could not understand radio directions from shore if he needed to. Comedian even made a joke that guests could take up a collection for the captain to purchase "Rosetta Stone" language course for the captain. Ports of call: St. John, New Brunswick. I disagree with other poster who felt the town was in an economic downturn. SJ was a cozy, small town easily navigable by foot. Beautifully kept houses along streets that ran parallel to main port. Lots of interesting shops - we hiked over to their local pawn shop and found a Makita reciprocal saw for $10! Loyalist Book and Coin one could get lost in for days. Used the WiFi at the public Library and they could not have been friendlier. Halifax, Nova Scotia. Feel of a larger city. Walked much of it but could have used a hop-on, hop-off bus. Steve-O-Reenos Coffee was packed with locals who were eager and happy to engage in conversation. Again, the public library was helpful and free WiFi a bonus. Ate lunch at The Locker Room (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Locker-Room/295602633842620) Dan and Vic were very helpful and if you like hockey at all - this is a must! Other sports represented as well. Public Gardens - charming and Free - plenty of shopping and small, unusual shops. Could have spent more time there. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
So to start, I am going to just say that I always be a loyal Carnival Cruiser. The experience that myself, including the people that came with me, was something we will never forget. We have sailed twice with Royal Caribbean and much ... Read More
So to start, I am going to just say that I always be a loyal Carnival Cruiser. The experience that myself, including the people that came with me, was something we will never forget. We have sailed twice with Royal Caribbean and much enjoyed our trips, so when money was tight we decided to give Carnival a try. Knowing Carnival cruises were cheaper than most, we boarded the ship without knowing what to expect, but we weren't expecting top-notch service. Well let me tell you we were 100% wrong. The moment we stepped onto the ship we were greeted with smiles. On our cruise we had excellent service. Our waiter was excellent and instantly caught all our names, likes and dislikes, and humor after just one hour in the dining room. Actually, he liked us so much that one of the people with me wanted to have a Carnival mug, but they didn't have enough money, so he took it upon himself to purchase this mug and gave it to her. He was excellent and we will request him next time we are on the Glory. In addition, our room attendant was great. He would always smile when we walked down the hall, he would make sure to ask how are day was, and he knew our names after we told him once. He would make sure our room is clean, but made sure not to touch our personal items that we left laying around. Bar staff was great as well. Now the food, oh the food! I could not get enough of the food. Basically, I spent most of my time on the Lido deck because Guy's Burger Joint (WHICH IS COMPLETELY FREE BY THE WAY) was there as well as the pizzeria, and allllll the food you could imagine. Plus they had the burrito bar which was one of my personal favorites. The dining room food was to die for. One of the people I was traveling with said that the steak on this ship was one of the best he has ever eaten. Him and I ended up eating a few burger's at Guy's and then about an hour later headed to dinner. He ended up eating 3 steaks for dinner because he enjoyed them so much. I basically rambled on about a few of the highlights from our trip, but if I was to explain the great experience we had, I would be able to write an entire novel. If you are going to take anything away from this review, or not even bother to read anything but the ending, then in conclusion; GIVE CARNIVAL A TRY, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
We booked this cruise on short notice. It was inexpensive ($619 balcony pp) and out of NY which were 2 big items since this was our 3rd cruise this year. Cabin was nice. Ship was clean. There were more kids than we normally see on a ... Read More
We booked this cruise on short notice. It was inexpensive ($619 balcony pp) and out of NY which were 2 big items since this was our 3rd cruise this year. Cabin was nice. Ship was clean. There were more kids than we normally see on a cruise, but that was fine. They seemed to be having a great time, and for the most part were being supervised. We wound up with anytime dining-which we didn't like. Normally, we bond with our wait staff and have great service along with great food. We didn't really have either. Food was ok, not great. Service in the anytime dining room was good one night, and bad the next. Guy's burgers were great. Burrito bar great. Buffet was ok. Couldn't get any berries on the ship-and they ran out of bananas-or so I was told. The big negative for me was that all the hot tubs were closed the entire trip. The adult pool was cold-and full of people drinking their drinks in the pool. I notice that people drinking in the pool seem to be their for hours, and didn't see anyone running to the toilet.....so I passed on the pool. The good news is- unlike other cruise lines the adult pool had no children in it. The smoking on the ship seemed excessive. The casino was very smokey. We had to leave one night because it was unbearable. They don't enforce the "no smoking" policy on some machines that are marked as no smoking. Our clothes smelled bad. People can smoke on their balconies-and despite being told not to-throw cigarettes overboard-which is a fire hazard. Other cruise lines we have been on seem to have a better handle on smoking guidelines. Both ports were fine, and since it was our 3rd trip to both ports, we didn't do any excursions. Weather was great. Cruise director was absentee, and entertainment was very poor. Bottom line is, Carnival is not our favorite cruise line. Would we do it again? Yes if the price was cheap enough. We wouldn't do a long cruise with them.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Dismal weathered vacation from NYC to Canada on a traditionally older ship with nondescript food but excellent service. BACKGROUND * DW, DH, 2 DS (15 & 10) from South Jersey * lots of previous cruise experience on many cruise lines ... Read More
Dismal weathered vacation from NYC to Canada on a traditionally older ship with nondescript food but excellent service. BACKGROUND * DW, DH, 2 DS (15 & 10) from South Jersey * lots of previous cruise experience on many cruise lines EMBARKATION Pier 90 at Manhattan Cruise Terminal (55th St & 12th Ave entrance) + drove 2 hrs from South Jersey arrived ~11am + parked @ Pier 90 rooftop for $35/day (Visa & MC accepted) + easy luggage drop off with porters at roof top parking lot + NO wait at x-rays or check-in + boarding started ~11:30am and walked onboard with NO wait ~ be prepared to complete Canadian immigration form at check-in area CABIN Oceanview 2355 (cat. 6C)  Main Deck (2) midship starboard + cabin ready @ 1:30pm but can drop off bags upon embarkation + luggage was in our cabin ~4pm after lifeboat drill (NO need to bring life jackets) + great cabin location midship with easy access to all 3 elevators + lots of storage with 4 drawers and 3 large closets (2 hanging & 1 shelved) + 2 night stands with space also + 2 twin beds, 1 sofa bed, and 1 trundle bunk above sofa bed (kept down entire cruise) + large stool at desk for additional seating + oval table with large top + nice sized cabin with plenty of space around beds + oversized round picture window with large ledge to put things on + bath amenities incl. 3 round bars of soap, 2 ice tea powder packets, and Breathe Right strips + shower gel and shampoo dispensers in shower + emptied refrigerator on our own to use for other beverages (cabin steward would not do) + AC worked fine but had to adjust often + flat screen TV with access to DR menus, onboard acct, and lots of stations (real time) ~ no coffee maker in cabin but we dont usually use it anyway ~ curtain and short rim in small shower allowed water to get out ~ in-cabin compact hair dryer in top desk drawer difficult to use (hold down small button to keep on) ~ cosmetic mirror with hinged arm pull-out was on bathroom wall (location hard to maneuver) ~ (2) pillows per person but were very mushy and uncomfortable ~ only 1 electrical outlet at desk ~ (3) continuous running movies in cabin had very long delays before restarting RESTAURANTS PLATINUM DINING ROOM  deck 3 & 4 aft GOLDEN MAIN DINING ROOM  deck 4 fwd * DINNER 6:00pm & 8:15pm (Assigned Seating) GOLDEN MAIN DINING ROOM  deck 3 fwd * DINNER 5:45pm-9:30pm (Open Seating) PLATINUM DINING ROOM  deck 3 aft * BRUNCH 8:30am-1:00pm (Sea Days) + dined early with no waits + offered to be seated with same wait staff each night + fixed menu and rotating menu choices available + request non-vegetarian Indian meals 1 day in advance + small food portions but no limit on how much you can order + (1) formal night on 1st sea day with lobster & shrimp in MDR + cruise casual other nights allows shorts & jeans but no gym wear or cut-offs + team of 3 waiters were very attentive and efficient + excellent chocolate melting cake on menu every night, but creme brulee only once + nice brunch menu with huevos rancheros, steak & eggs, and all the usual items + brunch bloody mary bar (may use free drink coupon >$9 for repeat passengers) ~ open seating walk-in lines between 6:30-8pm ~ most food was bland and flavorless (with exception of spicy Indian meals  excellent) ~ access Golden MDR from forward elevators ONLY ~ Punchliners brunch comedy only 5 min. long @ 10am, 11am, 12:15pm RED SAIL LIDO BUFFET  deck 9 aft * BREAKFAST ~7:00am-10:30am and 10:30-12:00pm (late risers) * LUNCH 12:00pm-2:30pm * DINNER 6:00pm-9:30pm * DELI 11:00am-11:00pm * LATE NIGHT SNACKS 11:30pm-1:00am + (2) comfort foods lines in front differed from (2) chefs choice lines in back + soft-serve machines abundant + ice tea and lemonade available  great mixed together + coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water always available + eggs benedict available at breakfast + limited late night snacks included only a few sandwiches (i.e. ham/cheese, buffalo chicken) ~ small deli window on port side always crowded ~ traditional buffet lines were very long ~ hot food selections limited but salad bar items plentiful FISH & CHIPS  deck 10 aft * LUNCH 12:00pm-2:30pm + hidden gem on 2nd floor above aft buffet + limited seating but was always available + cold octopus salad, ceviche and watermelon ahi tuna + fried seafood fritters, oysters, fish and chips + fresh bouillabaisse with fish, clams, mussels and shrimp + fried items were very greasy but were very tasty ~ sometimes long lines waiting for items to be made PIZZA PIRATE  deck 9 aft * OPEN 24 hours + various options made to order (i.e. plain, pepperoni, mushroom, prosciutto salad, etc.) + very good individual size pizza ~ very crowded late at night GUYS BURGER JOINT  deck 9 mid * LUNCH 12:00pm-6:00pm + awesome burgers with various options made to order (i.e. bacon, chili, onion ring, etc.) + great toppings bar with lots of additional condiments + served with hand cut fries + limited outdoor seating with wooden booths, chairs and even high tops near bar + near pool area for easy access even in bathing suit ~ sometimes long lines waiting for items to be made ~ wished burgers were available late night! BLUE IGUANA CANTINA  deck 9 mid * BREAKFAST ~7:00am-10:30am * LUNCH 12:00pm-2:30pm + fast lines with made to order burritos and other items + breakfast burritos, arepas and even huevos rancheros + tacos with chicken, fish or pork + burritos with chicken, beef or shrimp + salsa bar with lots of items with varying levels of spiciness + also near pool area for easy access even in bathing suit ~ closes too early in the afternoon ROOM SERVICE * OPEN 24 hours + cold sandwiches (i.e. tuna, ham/cheese, turkey, PB&J, BLT, shrimp salad, mozzarella/mushroom) + hot sandwiches (i.e. grilled cheese, reuben, chicken fajita, pastrami) + sandwiches come with potato salad, cole slaw, chips or pretzels + choice of white, wheat or rye bread sandwiches + salads (i.e. mixed greens, caesar, veggies/dip) + desserts (i.e. cheesecake, cookies, chocolate cake, fruit salad, strawberry yogurt) + juices (i.e. orange, tomato, apple or grapefruit) + drinks (i.e. reg/decaf coffee, hot/iced tea, hot chocolate, reg/skim/chocolate milk) + breakfast (i.e. smoked salmon, fruits, breads, cereals, yogurts, juices, coffee, tea and milk) ~ bottled water, sodas, and beer available at bar service prices ~ continental breakfast may be ordered up to 5am by hanging card outside doorENTERTAINMENT AMBER PALACE + Saturday - Welcome Aboard Show (10:15pm)  intro of shows and comedy + Sunday - Motor City (8:15pm and 10:15pm)  entertaining classic R&B songs and dancing + Monday - Hasbro Game Show (8:45pm)  family fun with audience participation + Monday - Game of Love Show (8:45pm)  audience participating marriage game show + Tuesday - Divas (8:15pm and 10:15pm)  pop songs and dancing (didnt attend) + Wednesday - Hasbro Game Show #2 (4:15pm)  family fun with audience participation + Wednesday - Latin Nights (8:15pm and 10:15pm)  Latin music (didnt attend) ~ very crowded so get there early for good seats on main floor ~ balcony seating available but many with limited views ~ front row reserved during Hasbro Game for contestants EBONY CABERET + Punchliner comedy shows every night except Monday (St. John) + (2) comedians rotating shows + family shows (Sunday & Wednesday  7:30pm & 8:30pm) + adult shows (Sunday  10:30pm) (Wednesday  10:00 & 11:00pm) + adult shows (Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday  11:30pm) ~ unaccommodating seating configuration with booths for 10 people ~ required to leave lounge after shows even if staying for another one ~ some stool seating at bar in the back of the lounge with attentive bartender CINN-A-BAR + piano sing-along fun almost every night starting at 9:00pm CAMEL CLUB CASINO STAGE + over abundance of trivia and games almost every hour  winners get a plastic ship-on-a-stick ~ poor venue with limited seating along the windows  sometimes difficult to hear ~ very crowded area with congestion from casino and people walking by OTHER + usual BINGO games almost every day + seaside theatre every day  look in FunTimes for movies & times + martini tastings in Alchemy Bar + food and wine pairing (fee) + karaoke every day + guitarist and party band in various venues were both very entertaining ACTIVITIES MAIN LIDO POOL + leveled seating from decks 9-11 midship + shaded tables around perimeter with easy access to 2 bars and food ~ limited lounge seating near pool ~ always crowded AFT LIDO POOL (adult only) + shaded tables around perimeter with easy access to bar and pizza + sunroof may be opened or closed depending on weather ~ limited lounge seating near pool ~ all age access to area but only adults permitted in small pool SERENITY (adult only) + plenty of comfortable padded loungers in the sun on decks 12-13 forward + shaded couches on deck 12 starboard + shaded clam shells all the forward on deck 12 + hammocks and hot tubs on deck 13 forward + sign-out plush yellow Serenity beach towels on deck 12 ~ limited shade so get there early CAMP CARNIVAL + easy sign-up on embarkation day + kids given lifeboat wrist bands during muster drill + sectioned area (deck 12 fwd) for younger kids(2-11) + Circle C lounge (deck 4 mid) for young teens (12-14) + Club O2 (deck 5 mid) for older teens + late night babysitting (additional fee) for young kids after 10pm ~ looked crazy busy when we tried to get a copy of the kids daily activities but failed ~ no activities to entice the kids to go so they opted to stay with us the entire cruise FITNESS CENTER + small but had various types of equipment + daily FREE stretch (30 min.) @ 7am & 5pm + daily FREE abs class (30 min.) @ 7:30am + spinning (8am SMW), Yoga (10am SMW) & Pilates (4pm SW, 8am T) $12/class ~ spinning bikes were old and limited to 10 participants ~ need to walk through male/female locker rooms to get to the gym SPORTS COURTS + 9-hole miniature golf + sign-out sports equipment at lido towel hut near pool ~ small-sized not-quite-half basketball court with only 1 net ~ very small-sized volleyball court with net too low ~ only access via stairs OTHER ACTIVITIES + daily brain teasers and sudoku in Cremes Cafe + 2 ping pong tables deck 12 fwd portside (equipment available at deck 9 towel hut)PORTS SAINT JOHN (8:00am-4:00pm) + docked downtown + craft/souvenir tent located at the pier + local souvenir gift shop right across the street from ship + local restaurant with lobster pots across the street from ship + book shore excursions from inside terminal at pier + easy and safe to walk around the small town + indoor walkway shopping from Brunswick Square to Market Square  even in rain + good food and great craft beer at Saint John Alehouse in Market Square with outdoor patio and water views ~ not much to do walking around town highly recommend booking a shore excursion HALIFAX (9:00am-6:00pm) + docked downtown + some craft/souvenir shops located inside terminal + book shore excursions from inside terminal at pier + easy walk on path along water with more to see, eat, buy and do + nice representation of craft beer on our own walking beer tour: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1877808 ~ book shore excursion or rent a car to see other wonderful sights nearby (i.e. Peggys Cove Titantic) ~ required by law to order food at restaurants if children are present while alcohol is served DEBARKATION Self Assist Walk-Off + watch cruise directors debarkation talk on tv running continuously the day before + packed and kept all luggage with us + breakfast available in buffet (6:30am-9:30am) and MDR (6:30am-8:30am) + final statement delivered overnight and was fine + docked at pier 88 shortly ~7am + self assist walk-off began immediately ~7:30am by deck (starting with deck 1) + deck 3 forward portside gangway + lines disembarking ship moved quickly + key card scanned upon leaving ship + have customs declaration and passports ready for agents at the far side of terminal ~ elevator up from ground floor 1 to 3 for parking level ~ walk over from pier 88 to pier 90 where cars were parked TIPS * daily program FunTimes was delivered by cabin steward during turn down service while at dinner * bring (1) 750ml bottle of wine & champagne per adult onboard for in-cabin consumption at embarkation * no thru-access on deck 3 & 4 forward to midship * shaded deck loungers available on deck 10 aft port & starboard outside fish & chips buffet * more sun loungers available on deck 10 aft for wake watchers * self-laundry facilities available on decks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, & 9 for $3 wash & $3 dry * Taste Bar outside nightclub with some finger foods available daily 5:30pm-8:30pm * limited Chefs Table ($75pp) on Wednesday or Thursday includes private galley tour and dinner * heard good things about the Steakhouse ($35pp) but did not go * EA Sports Bar has (2) Xbox 360s with numerous EA games available from the bartender * pool table in between casino and EA Sports Bar * ship time was 1 hour behind local time in port   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
I always read the reviews on cruisecritic for tips and to see other people's views on a trip before I take it. All I can say, is that I hope that the overly negative reviews from certain people (Doc is one example!), do not deter you ... Read More
I always read the reviews on cruisecritic for tips and to see other people's views on a trip before I take it. All I can say, is that I hope that the overly negative reviews from certain people (Doc is one example!), do not deter you from taking this cruise. Before I give my review, I also need to point something out that I noticed in the negative reviews. It seems that almost always, the negative reviewer takes a bat at the other vacationers on the cruise and generalizes the Carnival group as a bunch of drunk party people. Sound like a bunch of miserable cry babies...probably the kind that you usually see in a store making a ruckus to the poor girl behind the counter--you know the type--NEVER HAPPY!!! In my opinion, the group on Carnival is like real life...you have your drinkers, your non-drinkers, your meat eaters, your vegetarians, childless families, families with children...brats, non-brats, etc.. It's a mixed bag but that's life! So, with that being said, I can tell you that my husband and I and our 14 year old son had a ball! I don't drink at all, and my husband will take a drink if he is watching a band or a comedy show. We ate dinner each of the 5 nights in the main dining room and the service was excellent and the food was varied and no complaints. I recommend the Indian vegetarian if you don't care for meat, like me. But, there is seafood, pasta, salads, egglplant parm...just too many choices. If you can't find something in the main dining room, then, don't tell anyone, as you must be impossible to please! My husband and son both had a burger at Guy's burgers and said that they were good. We never ate at the Lido buffet, only because we are not buffet people, but there are other choices other than Guy's burgers. There is a fish and chips hidden on the second level (above the Lido buffet)--and it's usually empty..something worth trying. There is sandwich deli that makes decent sandwiches, and I highly recommend the pirate pizza..open 24 hours on the lido deck where the pool is covered. The pizza was a thin crust variety and excellent. Marguerita was very popular. People complain because they make it as you wait...big deal...so wait 10 minutes...is it going to kill you?!!! It was worth the wait. The servers work so hard to provide you with around the clock service. I wish that all passengers were thankful, but that's simply not the case. So, enough about food. What about the ports? First stop, St. John's, NB, Canada. We had been here before and had taken the top 10 excursion which was great, so this time, we took a 5 minute cab ride to the Rockwood Park, had a fabulous lunch at their Lily Lake Pavilion overlooking the lake, and then, you could rent a kayak, paddleboat and/or canoe. We wanted to try the canoe and the paddleboat, so they were so nice and gave us a 1/2 hour on each so that we could use the paddleboat for 1/2 hour and then the canoe for 1/2 hour. (Total was $20.00) Then they called us a taxi, which arrived in 10 minutes and took us back to the cruise port (also called the Marco Polo port, in case you wanted to know). We bought a few souvenirs and got back on the boat. Next port, Halifax. Took the Top Ten highlights..excellent tour. We saw the public gardens, had 1.5 hours free time to grab lunch, saw the Fairview Lawn cemetary and our tour guide was phenomenal, telling us all very interesting and heartwarming stories about the Titanic passengers buried there. Then, we went to the Acadia Maple store and bought some maple goodies. We went to the Citadel, and of course, Peggy's Cove...just breathtakingly gorgeouse even with the clouds. We didnt' bring any jackets, but they would have been helpful at the cove with all the wind..! Then, back on ship. The entertainment on boat involved 2 nights of comedy (one each of family friendly show and an Adults only one)--we found them pretty funny. The other 2 nights were dance shows (one Diva's and one a Latin nights). The dancers were a total of 4 girls and 3 guys...a little hokey, but they tried to please. Our room was on the Lido deck..and inside cabin. Very clean. The arcade was a lot of fun...skee ball and bball and mostly electronic games...and I have to give a thumbs up for the Panarama deck which had the 9 hole mini-golf. It was so enjoyable being up on top with so much wind, you could almost blow away...we played about 5 times.. We also used the waterslide one day for about 1 hour, but the problem with that was that going down once was fine, but then you were wet and had to climb back up the stairs to the top of the slide and the wind made it pretty uncomfortable...so we dried off and played some mini-golf. There were some Hasbro games, bingo games, and we enjoyed those... Oh--my son didn't participate in the O2 club.. We all enjoyed this cruise and would do it again, for sure. The crowd of other passengers were primarily from NYC, and if you can handle vacationing with New Yorkers, you can handle anything! If you are a reasonable person, like to have fun, love clean rooms, great food, clean bathrooms, good hospitality and like the cooler weather in Canada...go for it! You will not be disappointed! And lastly, quick notes about embarkation and debarkation. Arrived at NY Penn Station @ noon...walked outside..got a cab in @15 minutes..took it to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal Pier 90..about $13... and then, dropped off our luggage with luggage porters (don't forget to tip!) and then into the terminal..on the boat in about 1 hour. Debarking...we did self-assist, which means you take your bags with you in the morning, instead of leaving them outside your door the night before. We got out of our cabin on the Lido deck @ 8:30--grabbed breakfast on lido deck and were off the ship @ 9:30. Crossed the street, cabs are waiting there...were back at Penn station just before 10. Smooth sailing! : ) P.S. Did I mention that both my husband and I are attorneys, but we were NOT offended that we weren't called anything but our first names! Go figure!!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This cruise to Canada was "adequate". Pros: stateroom with oceanview balcony with one very comfortable king bed. 6th floor near front very quiet. Room service punctual, friendly. On the whole, maid service also very good -- ... Read More
This cruise to Canada was "adequate". Pros: stateroom with oceanview balcony with one very comfortable king bed. 6th floor near front very quiet. Room service punctual, friendly. On the whole, maid service also very good -- although two calls had to be made on one occasion to get attention to our cabin. Pools: lots of pools and whirlpools to choose from with or without children. Wine prices per bottle not out of reach. Shows on board good production and active screen on set behind dancers excellent prop. Food - available at all times Ports: St. Martin sea caves beautiful. Halifax interesting: citadel worth 2 hour visit, public garden worth 15 minutes, Peggy's Cove pretty.. WIFI: available. Cons: Loud music everywhere! (Must go to stateroom to escape it...) Pools: whirlpool way too strong pressure from water. I don't know why they turn them up so high -- it was uncomfortable from start, unbearable after 5 minutes. Food quality was fair to good. All free drinks (iced tea, fruit juice, coffee, tea) except for lemonade were satisfactory. Wine selection fair. Shows on board: Klug lights in the theatre impossible to avoid in audience first ten rows -- had to shut eyes throughout performance. Ports: St. John is not a pretty city. They are hard hit by economic downturn and it shows. I feel for the population of the city, but it makes for a poor holiday destination. The market is hardly worth a stop of more than 15 minutes: recommend heading out as soon as possible to St. Martin and hopefully seeing the changing tides and possibly kayaking the caves if you can. Reversing falls interesting phenomenon -- but subtle. Dramatic Fundy tide changes can be seen at St. Martin's and Peggy's Cove. WIFI: expensive! Tried to get it in port -- almost impossible to connect for free :( Guest services never answers the phone and plays a recording all day. Fun ship Glory: overall this is for people who like to drink a lot and like loud music. There is little for adults to do on at sea days except gamble, drink and eat. No more Carnival for me. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
I am not a frequent cruiser but my friend had never been on a cruise, so I thought a short one would be a great introduction.My friend really needed a wheel chair - we waited 1 hour 40 minutes and although we asked about this after 1 hour, ... Read More
I am not a frequent cruiser but my friend had never been on a cruise, so I thought a short one would be a great introduction.My friend really needed a wheel chair - we waited 1 hour 40 minutes and although we asked about this after 1 hour, they finally let us walk through the place where the wheelchairs go. When we asked the first time, we sort of got a shut up and sit down attitude. Some of the staff on the dock where nice, some very nasty. Food was good and service in the dining room was excellent. Cabin was a bit run down looking. Steward was terrible leaving dirty glasses, not replacing glasses in the bathroom and not doing the smallest thing I ask; to leave me ice. Never unlocked the cabinet to the frig. No hot tub, the adult pool was hot enough to make tea (why salt water?) entertainment was good but nothing on the first night except a show at 10:30 to introduce us to the ship. Ship is hard to negotiate and find where you want to be. Now about the service: I injured my foot on the first day and spent almost an hour trying to get some ice to keep the swelling down. I called every one and didn't get an answer anywhere. I was put on hold or there was no answer to the call, just kept ringing. Finally, and I realize this is terrible, I was in such pain, I called the 911 button and they told me how to get guest relations. It still took 15 minutes to get the ice. There are no public ice machines and if the steward doesn't get the bucket filled, you have to rely on the bartenders for ice or travel to Lido to get ice from the buffet, which, when you are in pain, is not the best idea - nor was walking on my VERY swollen foot! the cruise was cheap and I guess you get what you pay for but not so cheap that I would go on a Carnival Cruise again. Also, I answered their survey and didn't get ANY sort of response! We went to New Brunswick - St John. Quaint with not much to do or see. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
After reading about the physician who had the worst cruise ever (one of the reasons was they called him by his first name after he registered with Carnival as a doctor!!! OMG how terrible they did not recognize G-D was on their ship), I ... Read More
After reading about the physician who had the worst cruise ever (one of the reasons was they called him by his first name after he registered with Carnival as a doctor!!! OMG how terrible they did not recognize G-D was on their ship), I thought I would add my own opinion. This was our fifth Carnival cruise and around 15 in total. After our 2011 Carnival cruise which was a nightmare we decided to try them one more time since this was the only cruise we could fit into our schedule and we thought (correctly) a New York cruise to a non caribbean destination would have a better clientele. EMBARKATION  Drove to terminal but was stuck on line driving up to terminal for about 30 minutes, dropped off bags and went to park car outside of terminal at local lot. Parking on pier cost $35 day and the ship may return to another pier so will have to walk anyway. Outside lots are as cheap as $19 day. Checking in took 20 minutes and was on ship by noon. Ship left late at 5:30 so early seating people missed seeing many of the sites of lower NY (Statute of liberty, going under Verrazano bridge) SHIP  Was in great condition, especially after 2.0 upgrade. Food was also much better than previous cruise. All meals were delivered hot and were surprisingly good. We had planned on eating at the premium restaurant but due to the good quality of the dining room we never got to go. Specialty places were even better (Burgers, Mexican and Fish and Chips). Entertainment was pretty poor. No live music at shows. Instead of usual two singers with back up dancers they had four men and four women each dancing and singing. They volume was so loud you could not tell how bad the singers really were and their dancing was even worse. But if you want Broadway quality stay in NYC and dont get on a cruise ship. The comedy club was very crowded with 35 minute shows every hour and they make you leave after each show and you have to get online to enter again to see two shows in a row. Why not move the comedy club to the larger Amber theater since it seems comedy is more popular today then the poor quality production shows. Then you could do one show with both comedians and accommodate everyone. Comedy is hit and miss and we felt they were more a miss. Not much laughter in the room. One of the comedians kept remarking that the group did not get it. Wrong. This was a New York crowd and you need to be funny. Poolside during at sea days is crowded and everyone had their towels out early reserving their lounges (yes Carnival still does not enforce the 40 minute rule). However the piped music is too loud and cannot hold a conversation so we did not even want to be there. There was still plenty of drinking and partying but no visible drunks and no poor behavior seen, after all you are on vacation. PORTS  Not much excitement in either St John or Halifax and we have been there before. We were not planning to get off ship other than for short walk. Very surprised to see so many people also staying behind and many people came back on to get lunch so in the buffet it looked almost like an at sea day. This is not a destination cruise. But there are some highlights to see. For adventure take a jet boat ride in St John on the reversing falls (now called rapids since there never was any falls). You will have to wear the supplied rain gear as you will get soaking and it is a fast and scary ride. In Halifax get a little education and see the titanic exhibit in the Maritime museum and then take a taxi to Fairview Lawn cemetery to see where many titanic passengers are buried (nobody knew where the survivors were buried  Sorry old joke) DEBARKATION If you had carry-ons you can get off ship during the first hour after docking. We were among the last to debark and left the ship around 10:30. Nice to be able to have breakfast in the dining room and then relax on a chaise lounge and not have to rush off ship. In summary we were pleasantly surprised with our cruise. Would definitely recommend doing this ship and itinerary.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This was our first time aboard the Carnival Glory, and it turned out to be a pleasant ship to sail on. It was a very smooth journey. It was, however, a bit awkward in navigating to the formal dining rooms as their main entrances were not ... Read More
This was our first time aboard the Carnival Glory, and it turned out to be a pleasant ship to sail on. It was a very smooth journey. It was, however, a bit awkward in navigating to the formal dining rooms as their main entrances were not easily accessible from mid-ship - one had to go to the extreme stairs/elevators, whether forward or aft, to find the right way to enter them. But that's a minor quibble. The ship was beautifully maintained. Everywhere and everything was cleaned to perfection. I tried the special burger place, but did not care for it. Neither one of us is especially fond of Mexican fare, so we didn't try the cantina. We also did not try the steakhouse menu, as we learned on other Carnival cruises that the servings are much larger than we can eat without feeling stuffed. The food in the formal dining rooms was fine, though the tables for two are much too close together for comfort. Our favorite meals were served in the Platinum dining room, which was open for breakfast/brunch. I highly recommend the deviled Cornish hen and the steak and eggs, both prepared with imaginative sauces and cooked very well. The Lido buffet was, as always, crammed with luscious offerings. Everyone should be able to find something of interest on the 9th deck. We enjoyed meeting the pleasant, polite, and friendly people of St. John in the province of New Brunswick, where we learned many interesting facts about the Loyalists who fled the 13 colonies to avoid being harassed by the Revolutionaries and seeing the prosperous, clean and friendly city of Halifax. The main street of Halifax reminded me of midtown Manhattan, so I felt right at home. We were disappointed in the quality of the entertainment, spoiled perhaps by the great shows we saw on our two Carnival cruises in 2012. The music was overly loud and the lyrics were in the main unintelligible. The dancers were good but the scenery was nothing but computer-generated graphics on a screen behind them - glaring and reminiscent of a poorly-designed computer game. The comics were not funny, whether so-called "family oriented" or "adult" - meaning potty humor best suited to a ten-year old. We did enjoy the romantic dance music performed by "Summer Breeze." Some of the guests astounded us by their talent and expertise in ballroom dancing. The smaller groups performing around the ship seemed to do a better job than the big-ticket items in the theater. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
After a really AMAZING 8 night cruise in May on the Carnival Splendor, my boyfriend and I decided we HAD to go on another Carnival cruise before the summer was over. With my tight schedule, we could only fit in a shorter cruise, and the ... Read More
After a really AMAZING 8 night cruise in May on the Carnival Splendor, my boyfriend and I decided we HAD to go on another Carnival cruise before the summer was over. With my tight schedule, we could only fit in a shorter cruise, and the Carnival Glory 5 night to Canada fit the bill. Neither of us really cared about seeing Canada, and we took this cruise in hopes of meeting new people and having a great time. We're both 25 years old, college graduates, who like to have a lot of fun. This was my third Carnival cruise to Canada (went with my family on the Triumph in '99 and the Victory in 2008), my boyfriend's third cruise in general, my 11th cruise and 6th with Carnival. We have both sailed RCI before (independently of one another) and we don't care for it. We like what Carnival has to offer and we plan to stick with Carnival. Embarkation: After waiting an hour to board the Splendor in May, I was quite angry when my boyfriend showed up 45 minutes late to pick me up. We arrive at the pier around 1145 and we were on board within 20 minutes. We both felt like we were in an alternate universe. Quick and painless, so thank you for that, Carnival. The 2.0 upgrades on the Carnival Glory were phenomenal. Guy's Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana Cantina were incredible additions. The food was always fast and fresh and really well-made. Alchemy bar was definitely really cool and I think it's something everyone should try at least once. Hanna was really wonderful when it came to helping us select drinks. Punchliner comedy club is a nice addition that the Splendor had as well, so we knew we would love that. The crowd was definitely different than a caribbean cruise and it was challenging to find people around our age. Our friends joined us on the cruise so that was a plus. Our waitstaff for dinner were the most amazing waitstaff one could ever hope for. I would do this cruise again just to see them. Gavin, Alex, and Jose really made our trip and I can only hope that one day I see them again. It was really difficult saying goodbye to them this morning. I have always experienced great service from the crew but Gavin really touched our hearts and I cannot say enough kind things about them. We didn't care for Canada. Halifax, however, was really pretty to see. We walked around for an hour or two, aimlessly. Saint John had nothing to do, so after an hour or so, we were back on board. Right after sail away we took a nap, then realized there was something in our mailbox outside at around 530 pm stating our VIFP party was at 415 that very day, so we missed it. Not sure if we didn't notice it earlier or if we were forgotten and it was put in last minute, but it seemed odd that the VIFP party would be at 415 on a port day, when sailaway was at 4. That was really my only gripe from the trip, however, so I find the trip in general to be a success. I initially booked the same cabin number we had on the Splendor, and received an upgrade offer for a category 8e balcony on deck 10 (room 1023). We are non-smokers and didn't have any issues with smokers around us (nor did we in the Camel Club Casino, whilst on the subject of smokers). We are both heavy sleepers and got woken up by the foghorn two nights. It was very foggy and we didn't get much use out of the balcony. The room was nice, big, and clean and our room steward was very efficient. In the future I think an ocean view would be more than sufficient. Also, we spend a lot of time in the casino and for us, we would prefer to be in closer proximity to deck 5 than deck 9. Hey, more money saved for the next cruise, right? The ship in and of itself is very colorful and pretty. Classic Carnival ship, I would say. True to most larger ships, you cannot go from forward-to-aft on decks 3 and 4 because of the mid-ship restaurant. I heard a woman complaining about this saying "RCI would never let that happen." Well, I've been on RCI ships that have had blockages on certain floors so this isn't just a Carnival thing. The solution to this problem is very simple: walk from front-to-back (or mid-ship, depending on which restaurant you are assigned) on decks 1,2,5,6,7,8,or 9 then go up or down. I don't find it an incredibly difficult concept to grasp. A lot of reports prior to the cruise that the hot tubs were not working. This was not the case for our cruise. The hot tub we did get into was quite cold, but we did relax on one of the round serenity loungers to warm up. The Serenity deck was not too crowded and I will assume this is because the Canada crowd attracts different clients than a caribbean cruise. Our friend who came with us is a popular radio personality and the whole crew went out of their way for us, which was something I was not expecting. I had a great time meeting the hotel director, the captain, the maitre-d etc. We were treated absolutely lovely by Carnival and we did not expect that. I think their hospitality is something to note and important for me to mention. I really appreciate the way the Carnival Glory staff went above and beyond for us, which was not necessary of course, but incredible. Crowd: Many families. Many older couples. Don't think I would recommend this trip for people in their mid-20s looking to meet other people and have fun. The White Heat Night club definitely had people partying, though. We did meet some cool people. The Caribbean crowd is way more fun-loving and we would probably stick to that in the future. We are young, active, in shape, and enjoy going out. My boyfriend is a former frat boy so we look for opportunities to go out for a bit, then retreat on our own. The food on this cruise was way better than our cruise in May. I legitimately liked everything I ate. Everything was hot, fresh, and delicious. A world of difference from our last cruise that is for sure. Would I sail the Carnival Glory again? Sure. Is it my favorite ship? No. We preferred the Carnival Splendor overall, but I think that mostly had to do with the crowd it attracted and the length of the cruise (Splendor was 8 nights and had more sea days=MORE FUN!). With that said, I would gladly go back on the Glory if it went to some place warm. Cruise Director Matt was very funny and the Love and Marriage show was one of the funniest I've seen (and I have seen many). To sum up our experience, I'll leave you with this. I am trying to plan a 13 night Panama Canal transfer cruise on my favorite ship, the Carnival Legend next August for my boyfriend and myself. While on board we were looking at itineraries and I asked him what he thought. His response: "That's great but we have a problem. I don't think I'll be able to wait that long for the next one." Hope this was helpful and if you had any questions please feel free to ask me. Enjoy your cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This is actually a very positive review, read on. We sailed with CC a few years ago and that left a very bad taste in our mouths, literally. Food was horrible, the staff was just average and we would have never travel with CC ever again. ... Read More
This is actually a very positive review, read on. We sailed with CC a few years ago and that left a very bad taste in our mouths, literally. Food was horrible, the staff was just average and we would have never travel with CC ever again. The recent incidents of the cruise being stranded added to the horror show. We booked the trip with Carnival Glory since the price is right for a family of 4. It was cheap, we got a really good deal, probably the cheapest of the whole cruise ship (under $1600 for family of 4 INCLUDING port charge and tax for 6 day 5 nights aka 5 days cruise). Once we were on board, we could tell the difference already, the lido deck buffet was much better than a few years ago... ok lets see... The dining room food was also pretty good. We usually are loyal customers with RCCL, but some of the food on CC was actually BETTER than RCCL to our surprise! Every night there is an item call "Didya" it really means did you ever want to try it but never dare to... and we had the didya every day for the fun. The entertainment was short and sweet. I would say if I have to purposely pick a weaker area of this trip, it would have to be the shows. they are short (30-45 min max). There are mainly singing and dancing; and a game show. there were no magician or any special acts like RCCL. The Guy's burger joint --- and I hate burgers --- was a bomb! Amazingly, that burger joint (included in your cruise at no extra charge), was amazingly good. The cheese burger and the Guy's fries to Guy's recipe. Like most cruise, there are Adult only areas, such as the swimming pool, Hot tub. The only complain I have with the hot tub is that it is not hot enough --- but that is a personal preference. I read about the other reviewer on the salt water pool ---- most cruise line use fresh salt water for the pool for sanitary reasons. why critic on this, really (must be new cruiser). The water was well heated so the older guests, can also enjoy the pool (I swam in icy cold atlantic ocean water in the morning and warm afternoon heated water with no issues). The kids program is ok. Not too much to brag about... it was ok. I would say RCCL may do more things with the younger group than CC. The cocktails were good. The casino has a lot of Hold Them tables, so if you enjoy donating to the cruise line, you will enjoy that. I think CC is trying to attract new and return customer by running super sales --- they do try to make back their money by offering VERY EXPENSIVE spa service, excursions that is way over priced, and other means to make extra cash. One funny thing that happen that is related to the cruise I was in --- for a good laugh I share with you: In the back of the Lido deck, there is this swimming pool that is designated for adult use. The staff did a good job at asking guests politely and send the kids to the general pool. 99.9% of the people follow the rules accordingly --- which make sense, who wants kids there to splash water and run round the pool like crazy while you are reading on your ipad. Anyway, there was this woman with 2-3 kids, she sent the kids into the pool. People pointed out that it is an adult area and she would not. Then the staff came to ask them to go to the general area and she would not. She end up making a huge scene and called guest service to complain (about what, really). Guest service confirmed that she cannot have kids in the pool or the hot tub. she actually dare to tell her kids to grab an ice cream and scream at the top of their lungs so they would be able to disturb EVERYONE in the area. Can you believe it?! wow seriously? what a rude New Yorker (to be fair I do not want to list out her ethnicity but its the type that she thinks that her ethnic group is rich and powerful in the city and that is why she thinks she could do whatever she wants on the ship as well)... 2 days later, she tried to pull the same trick and this super friendly BIG African American guy like 6 feet 10 went to her with a "hood" voice, "NO KIDS HERE!"... that scared her off while everyone was clapping hands... we all knew he was acting tough... haha... he then said, "see, she left because I am black and she thinks I am up to no good". We all laughed and cracked some jokes and enjoy our time at the adult only pool. That was funny really. I highly recommend this cruise to all.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
I have cruised many times on Carnival with my husband and adult children and have also had the opportunity to cruise with NCL over the years. I've found that with any cruise line, travelers need to take some things in stride. If they ... Read More
I have cruised many times on Carnival with my husband and adult children and have also had the opportunity to cruise with NCL over the years. I've found that with any cruise line, travelers need to take some things in stride. If they do, they will never be disappointed in a Carnival cruise. don't expect a lounge chair to be waiting for you poolside especially after 12 pm, don't ever expect the buffet line to move quickly and the food to be hot, don't expect the photographers to leave you alone and the drinks staff to ask you just once if you would like to order something....but you will always experience the following: Professional, courteous and efficient service in the dining rooms each day and night, a variety of tasty foods at all meals, wonderful entertainment including colorful production numbers, fun activities on sea days. Entertainment: We saw 3 shows, Divas, Latin Nights and Motown, singers and dancers were good, background screens and special effects were exciting. I did not mind the absence of live music, the talent made up for it. Comedians were funny. The Comedy club MC, "Giggles" was not. She is best suited for children's activities. Food: Each day at buffet there were international foods to try along with Guys burgers and fries (fries were better than the burgers!!!) and Burrito Bar, and ice cream and frozen yogurt all day.Service: Our stateroom was kept immaculately clean all 5 days and our dining room service was perfect, thanks to Manuel and his team. Ports: What can I say, Halifax and St John are not the most exciting cruise ports, if you do excursions save yourself some money and book with on shore tours. Halifax-We walked from cruise terminal to the Maritime museum which was worthwhile, I recommend if u are interested in Titanic. In St John we walked to Market Square and City Market and we were back on the ship by lunchtime. Serenity deck- so nice, plenty of shaded seating, really enjoyed the Jacuzzis, Gym -plenty of treadmills, towels, area for stretching. Debarkation/Embarkation: No problems, we were on the ship by 11:30 on the first day and off the ship by 8 am on last day. Thank you Carnival for another fun and relaxing trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Carnival Glory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 5.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates N/A 4.3

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