21 Carnival Glory Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Canada & New England

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
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 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
Traveling: 2 ladies in mid 50's. This was my 37th cruise, it was my friends 3rd cruise. My 2nd on Carnival, her first. My last Carnival Cruise was 30 years ago. I am elite on Princess and diamond on Royal Caribbean. I also enjoy ... Read More
Traveling: 2 ladies in mid 50's. This was my 37th cruise, it was my friends 3rd cruise. My 2nd on Carnival, her first. My last Carnival Cruise was 30 years ago. I am elite on Princess and diamond on Royal Caribbean. I also enjoy Celebrity. I live in CT, so I drove to the pier in Boston. I picked up my friend at the airport. The airport is less than 10 minutes from the pier and is very convenient. When we got to the pier, there were plenty of signs and guides to direct us to the cell phone lot, where we parked for the week. The cost was $60 and it is paid when you get there. It was easy to park. Note: it is easiest to first drive up to the pier and drop off the luggage. Many people did not do that and had to struggle with their luggage on the shuttle bus. the shuttle was waiting there for us and we made it to the pier in a few minutes. We were there about 2 and embarkation was smooth and quick. We boarded and our cabin was ready (6378) It was an inside cabin. At first our toilet didn't flush but that was quickly rectified. There was plenty of room for our needs, although there is very little drawer space (lots of closet room though)We didn't meet our room stewards until the next day but they were very pleasant when we did meet them. And, they made adorable towel animals! I am used to the elegance of a Princess or Royal Caribbean ship. This ship was GAUDY. There were flashing lights and completing colors everywhere. Spaces were small and there weren't a lot of cozy corners to get away from the crowds. There were a lot of lights that changed colors and they fought with each other for your attention. The Boulevard was narrow. Two shops, one with jewelry and cosmetics and the other with everything else. Also Cherry on top, a candy store. A lot of people cruise Carnival with the main purpose of drinking and getting rowdy. This is not everyone, of course, but I did see more than usual amounts of rude, drunk passengers and kids running all over the ship. Our cabin was right above the kids disco. First night was ok, but the second night it was so loud that our floor vibrated! We were moved to 2345 the next morning. The food was decent mass market cruise food. It was arranged on the plate very nicely and everything I ate was good. Nothing to rave about though. I do not eat meat or poultry. I can recommend the Caesar salad and spring rolls in the appetizers. Gazpacho was good and I liked the way it was served: a tiny bit of "salsa" in the middle of an empty plate and then the soup is poured over it. Fried Tiger shrimp the first night. On elegant night I had the lobster and shrimp. Typical tasteless cruise ship lobster (although that didn't stop me from having 2) I had the Indian vegetarian entree twice from the everyday side of the menu. The other night I had the vegetarian pasta entree and the shrimp entree and mixed them together. For dessert: the chocolate melting cake was good, but it is no Love Boat Dream dessert! The almond souffle was tasty as was the apple tower. Our server, Eveline, was excellent ans she remembered our names immediately. Her staff Ketut and Faigu (I think) were very attentive. We ate early seating in Platinum lower. We sat at a long table for 8 with friends of my travel companion. two adults in their 40s with 4 children: 22 months, 10 years, 13 years and 18 years old. Baby was on a special diet and was accommodated. I was not impressed with the dining room. Paintings of Japanese style flowers on a silver background and lots of gaudy lights. The ceiling on the side wings was very low and even the center section was not sweeping and elegant. Breakfast was open seating. On sea days, it was open until 1 and was called Brunch. The menu was a bit bigger and the food came out hot. I enjoyed the french toast. The comedians from the Punchliner entertained for 10 minute stints on the hour. The buffet served lunch when we boarded. There are lots of little areas to get food. Two sets of buffet areas, a deli, Guys burgers, burritos (excellent!) and pizza (also excellent) There was also a fish and chips area. Drink stations and ice cream stations were open 24 hours. There is no lunch served in the MDR, except for "brunch " on the port days.The food was good and plentiful. There was a chocolate buffet at lunch on the last sea day. It was good, but not all that impressive. We had breakfast in the buffet only once.On the first sea day I went to the cooking demo in the steakhouse. I highly recommend this but get there early because the seating is limited. We were treated to demos and samples of some very yummy dishes including mushroom cappuccino soup served in an espresso cup, spinach salad, grilled chicken over 5 cheese mac and cheese and tiramisu. small portions but it was enough for lunch for me. Other than that, I did not eat in the steakhouse ($35 upcharge) Elegant night? It was more of what the cruise veterans used to call semi formal night, but maybe not even! Very few ties on the men. A lot of aloha and guayabera shirts. Ladies in sundresses. No one even remotely formal or elegant. I felt out of place in my cocktail dress so I changed. And, everyone was back in shorts for the show. The ship was clean and the personnel were friendly. There were the typical pool activities of hairy chest competition, etc. Bingo, trivia, karaoke. I would have liked a port lecturer and maybe some craft type classes. Wasn't all that much for us to do activity wise so we found shady spots on the deck and sat and napped. Which is a great idea for vacation activities! The dj at the pool played very loud music and we had to go far to find a quiet spot. There is an adult only area called Serenity which is free of charge and had nicer seating but it was always crowded and noisy. Not serene at all. It was as if all the noise and music on the ship was cranked up to the loudest it could be. I participated in the drawing in the gift shop where we had to choose the phony diamond. I had the correct answer and my name was drawn. I won a Perlina bracelet. We did not go to the comedy club. The shows: on our ship they performed Divas, Latin Night and Motor City. We did not see Latin Nights. The decor of the Amber Palace was in a word: TACKY! The use of multimedia in the shows is too strong and harsh. It completely overpowers the entertainers. The strobes and blinking lights were way overdone and the music was way too loud. I did not care for divas because of that. Motor City was a little calmer, but not much. I had to keep my eyes closed for most of it because of the flashing screens. A nice touch though was the dancers coming out to the lobby right after the show to dance with the audience for 10 minutes. We saw the movies at the Seaside Theater. We saw Skyfall one night and Quantum of Solace the next (I know, they should have been switched) We also saw Chicago and Mamma Mia. The last night the theater was dark because we hit a lot of fog and the screen was shining right onto the navigation bridge. They had cozy blankets but didn't put cushions on the chairs (like Princess)There was popcorn though! We were lucky weather wise. The 3 cruises before ours were very rainy. We had very hot but clear weather. The last sea day was foggy and humid though. I would have liked a kitchen tour,but Carnival no longer does that. The waiters also don't parade with the baked alaska either. Although they were forced to do some embarrassing singing and dancing. We enjoyed the towel animal folding class on the 2nd sea day. Disembarkation was easy an seamless. We were off the ship quickly and shuttled over to the car. Overall: we had fun and it was an enjoyable time. But, next time I will go back to Princess or Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
This is a very long yet detailed review of my experience in both Boston and on aboard Carnival Glory. It's my husband and I one year anniversary and we decided to take a cruise on Carnival Glory departing out of Boston on July 14th. ... Read More
This is a very long yet detailed review of my experience in both Boston and on aboard Carnival Glory. It's my husband and I one year anniversary and we decided to take a cruise on Carnival Glory departing out of Boston on July 14th. Getting there: In celebration of our anniversary we headed up to Boston on the 12th. My dad was so gracious enough to drive us into NYC from Long Island to catch Amtrak at Penn Station. Being from NY traffic is a normal way of life but boy did we cut it close to our departure time of 11am, only to find out that the train had been delayed by 45minutes. The train ride to Boston was pleasant and uneventful. I love the fact that Amtrak offers free wifi on that particular train. (Train #172) Hotel: We decided to try our luck and figure out the subway system or shall I say bus/tram. We took the silver line to the airport where we hopped on the free Hyatt shuttle to the Hyatt Boston Harbor hotel. We booked this hotel via Priceline name your own price. This option is a must do of traveling to Boston during the summer it can save you a few bucks. We won a bid of $125night normal prices start at $189 a night. Quick and easy check-in. We had a king suite 3rd floor city view. Hotel room is pleasantly appointed and they offer a bunch of free extras available on request. The hotel offers one free hour of internet service or $12.95 for 24hours. Mom always said "you won't know till you ask" so we asked for complimentary 24 hours of service and the front desk agent (Elaine) gave us the password. We were starving and tired from our travels we decided to eat at the hotel restaurant. In my opinion next time ill muster up the energy to find better food and at a pocket friendly price elsewhere. A coffee, 2 tiny cups of chowder, burger, and wings appetizer cost a staggering $60. We ate outside on the patio. We enjoyed the view of the city and boats in the harbor. Being an airport hotel (literally across the street) the patio area and room was really quite. If it wasn't for the other guest talking on patio it would have been a very serene atmosphere. Day2: Got an early start took the hotel shuttle to the blue line. Walk around the city found a little hole in the wall for breakfast Pauline's. It was delicious. I asked the girl at the counter for their wifi password and she gave it to me. Next we walked over to Quincy Market. There we took in a few street performances and did some souvineer shopping. From there we walked over to a dunkin donuts to rehydrate over selves. We asked a few sanitation workers how to get to Boston Common. After a 5minute walk we found the park and to our excitement a festival was going on. We spent hours in the park gazing at the sights, walking and holding hands. We hopped on the red line and took that to the JFK museum and library. In my opinion having been to Reagan's and Roosevelt library JFK didn't seem to have an extensive collection nor did the grounds if the property impress me like the others. For dinner we went to the Chart House. I highly recommend this restaurant. Be prepared to climb stairs as the restaurant is spread out over 3 floors. We had a lovely little table for two next to the window overlooking the ferry dock. The food was pricey but excellent. Day3: Sunday the 14 we boarded the water taxi right outside our hotel which took us to the cruise terminal, or shall I say it dropped us off a good NYC block away. They need to fix up the taxi dock its shabby and rusty and the the ramp up to the street is super steep. I had a hard time pulling my luggage up I felt like one miss step my luggage and I would go tumbling backwards. After the hike on a lonely road and then through a parking lot we finally made it to the cruise terminal at 10:45am. We dropped off our luggage, flew through security, checked in at the counter and was on board the ship by 11am. I must say I was impressed....that was the fastest boarding time EVER! First impressions: I don't know how many cruises you've been on or what type of ships, however, in the past when I first walk on my usual feeling is one of WOW. Not this time....I thought the atrium is dark and cramped. Felt like an after thought. Next we headed up to the buffet. The buffet food left a lot to be desired. I was wondering where the rest of the food was. So we skipped the buffet and went straight to Guys Burger and the Burrito Bar. Hands down delicious. My husband loved his burger and I enjoyed my chicken and shrimp burrito. At noon we decided to relieve ourselves of our carry-on luggage so we went straight to our room. We had a porthole on deck 1 forward stateroom 1217. It was very spacious had two little portholes to let in light. Being that it was our anniversary I had the stateroom decorated with the anniversary package $42 included garlands, streamers happy anniversary poster and a 6inch cake. The room had ample closet space, a pullout sofa and coffee table, chair and a little stool under the vanity. The room is lacking on drawer space to store all those clothing items that don't require a hanger. We all know the bathrooms are small so I'm not going to even address it, however there was enough shelving to fit both my husbands and I toiletries. My only gripe with the room is that there is only one 120 volt outlet in the entire stateroom. In today's technological advance society having only one outlet is absurd. I found myself waking up in the middle of the night to switch electronics, so that our cameras, phones, iPads, shavers can all have power for the next day. I have to look into to see if power strips are allowed to be brought on board. Being at the front of the ship and away from the elevators the stateroom is mostly quite depending on your neighbors. However, in anything but fair seas you will hear and feel the waves crashing into the hull of the ship. One night it vibrated the entire room and the pounding of the waves was relentless. Also when the ship is pulled into or out of port you will feel vibration in the room. I used it to my advantage as an alarm clock on port days as 8am exact the vibration will begin which signal to me it was time to wake up. Our stateroom attendant, Harry, is simply wonderful. The Ship: Usually by day 7 you get the hang of the ship and can figure out forward from aft, and find the shortest ways to a particular place. However, Carnival Glory gets the award for being the HARDEST SHIP EVER TO NAVIGATE! Like seriously, someone must have been drunk when they designed this ship. There are way to many dead ends. So many levels that you have to go up 3 floors and the down 4 just to get to your destination. The outdoor promenade is well...plain disappointing. Most ships you can walk all the way around the ship. Not on Glory. There should be signs warning you that's its a dead end so that you wouldn't take the pointless walk only to find no outlet. Muster drill: Beware if you are assigned muster station A. You are cramped into this narrow outdoor crew only deck. Where we stood around for what seemed like forever waiting for the drill. There was gail forced winds coming from the vent on the boat constantly blowing and just beating down on you. Ladies you can forget that pretty hairdo. If you are height challenged forget about seeing the drill as you are cramped into a small space if you are stuck in the middle or back you will not see anything. Hopefully you remember what to do from past muster drills. On the outer upper decks there is a lot of empty space that in my opinion could be filled with more whirlpools, another water slide and a kiddie water play area. Also if you are planning on playing shuffle board. Forget about it. For starters there's only one that I could find. And it wasn't suitable for playing. It was the wrong surface and the lines were raised which can hinder the puck from sliding freely. We gave up and decided to go to the theater early to get seats for the super late (10:15pm) Welcome Aboard show. The theater is small and for them to only have one show the first night is ridiculous. However, the seating is lounge style which I liked with ample leg room and mini tables to hold your drinks. Let me tell you every man in that audience (mine included) enjoyed that first portion of that show with the ladies singing "Lady Marmalade". As the singers wore skin tight leotards and needless to say there butt cheeks were alllllllll out. I looked over at my husband and he had the biggest smile on his face. Punchliner Comedy: After the welcome show we headed to the adult only comedy show featuring Darren Sanders. He was hilarious that night. Only one show that Sunday night at it was a late one at 11:30pm. On Monday night we saw the 9:30pm show featuring Sheila Kay, it was alright a few chuckles here and there. Tuesday No Show Scheduled. Wednesday saw the 9:30pm show featuring Darren Sanders which he called the "dirty dirty show" it was ok .... Just because you can get on stage and say a bunch of cuss words in one sentence doesn't make it funny..more like annoying. Thursday: missed the show. Friday: Saw Just June at 9:30pm and oh my god was she terrible....no seriously terrible she didn't even perform her whole set of 30 minutes it was about 15 to 20minutes max and the entire time she complained she was sick and that she had to get off stage because she had another show after this....ummm cricket cricket....then she busted out a Tina Turner wig and started singing "Proud Mary" it was terrible and people started to leave. Saturday saw Happy Cole at 9:30pm he was pretty funny...then again anyone would have been funny after seeing Just June the night before. The show Motor City was the best production out of the 3. Latin nights was ok....the best part was seeing the people in the front rows get wet. And the Divas show plain out right SUCKED. In fact I saw a bunch if people walk out. On some nights there was No Show scheduled...instead they had Hasbro the Game Show which is NOT for adults unless you have little kids...which was a bummer...which left my husband and I itching for activities. Copy of show itinerary below: Sunday: 10:15pm Welcome Aboard Show Monday: 8:15pm &10:25pm Motor City Tuesday: 7pm Hasbro, The Game Show 10:15pm The Game of Love Wednesday: 8:15pm $ 10:15pm Divas Thursday: 7:30pm Hasbro, The Game Show Friday: 8:15pm $ 10:15pm Latin Nights Saturday: 4:15pm Hasbro, The Game Show. 10:00pm Variety Shos Portland: A quaint little town filled with restaurants, bars and gift shops. It's a very walkable city. Great for if you don't have a pre planned shore excursion. It was a very hot day the sun was burning and there was not much shade on the main street outside of the terminal. Upon re-entry to the ship you usually only need your "sign and sail card" however, you need to have a valid picture ID and your card. They (Portland police)verify that the names match up. I always carry my passport because...hey you never know...but Carnival needs to make announcement to bring both....I wonder how many people had issues with re-entry? On past cruises I enjoyed going to get some pizza for a late night snack. The pizza has changed. For starters I thought the pizzeria was closed there was not a sole in sight and no pizza to be seen. Finally someone came out from the back and asked me what type of pizza I wanted and he began to make it. I do like the idea of fresh pizza but at the same time I didn't want to wait the 8 minutes that it took. The crust is super thin and the pizza was extremely oily. I wish they would go back to the old way of making the pizza with the thicker crust and you pick ya slice and they plop it down on a plate for you. Ice cream: We are huge soft served fans and this ship had a whopping 4 ice cream machines. That's more than any ship I've ever been on. Vanilla, chocolate, swirl, strawberry in either a cone or bowl. No toppings available. Free beverages. A+ to Carnival on there included in the fare beverages. At breakfast a wide selection was offered, orange, apple, cranberry and passion fruit. All delicious not watered down, the orange juice even had some pulp. Lunch and dinner offered a delicious lemonade sweet enough with lemon pulp and unsweetened ice tea. Coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate also available at all times. St. John: Bring your walking shoes. St. John is filled with hills, it's a mini version of San Francisco. We walked from the cruise terminal in search of free wifi. On the way we stopped at a few local vendors and picked up a magnet. Went into the police museum. If you work in law enforcement bring a patch they will hang it on their wall. We noticed a big sign for free wifi at the mall. Mall and free Internet what more can a girl ask for. However, to my dismay, I couldn't connect with my iPad and the mall workers weren't so helpful. So we walked backed to the ship and I noticed a bunch of teens all on there mobile devices and low and behold at the terminal there is free wifi. Oh how excited I was to be able to use my free phone app and check in on the family back at home. Back on the ship we spent the rest of the day in the whirlpools. My problem with them is that it's not hot enough. Luke warm at best. Also all of the whirlpools are in full sun. Not one of them are covered. Not everyone wants to burn, fry and become extra crispy in the sun. So here I am looking like a complete fool sitting in the hot tub with a pool towel over my head and shoulders to block the sun. Hey at least my shoulders are burnt and peeling. Fun day at sea was a complete bore. Not enough activities and if there was something going on it took place in the casino where all you can smell is cigarette smoke. The activities are very limited on the boat especially at night. One night it was so boring I had to ask one of the crew members if its always like this and he said yes. The night club would have music pumping but only 2 uncoordinated people on the dance floor dancing. One night my husband and I was so disappointed that there was nothing to do we thought we'll sit in the atrium to people watch only to find that there were no people out and about at 10:30pm we decided to call it a night and head to bed. Halifax: in my opinion the best city visited on this cruise. It's a bustling mid size city. It has a nice harbor front with shops and restaurants. You can find free wifi right outside the terminal. We walked a long the entire boardwalk taking in the sights. Sydney. Don't let carnival cruise lines fool you. They told us that Sydney was like "Scotland" that there was nothing around so to book a shore excursion in order to see the city. WHAT A LIE! Don't believe it Sydney yes it's small but it has a terminal with an exhibition center, restaurants museums and free wifi. We walked all of 2 blocks to there business district and there was tons if shops, restaurants, YMCA, library, pharmacy, etc. my husband stopped into Tim Hortons coffee and enjoy a cup while I used their free wifi. On the way back to the boat we stopped in the military museum (free), ton if stuff crammed into a small room but it was cool to see some of the Canadian military items and artifacts and not to mention the solders all of whom are very friendly. Do your self a favor and don't buy carnival cruise cash online, it's nothing but a headache and serval trips to guest services. For starters the system don't recognize that as on board credit (OBC) and and any purchases made shows up as what you owe instead of it subtracting from the OBC. Make sure you bring your receipt from your cruise cash purchase because every time you go you'll going to have to show it to prove that you have it and for them to say they make a notation and they don't. It was annoying to have to keep a running balance in my head. Also note the game room games double charge you. I say skip it alllllll together unless your up for a another trip to guest services. Fun Times Brochure: who cares what time the sun rises or sets. Tell me what the weather is going to be like the next day. I inquired at guest services to see why they don't have the weather information in the Fun Times and she said because they have that information on the Carnival channel on TV. The Carnival weather channel was pretty useless as it gave me the weather in Singapore, Columbia and LA and not the ports in Canada. The Captain on this boat is disconnected from us cruisers. He only got over the loud speaker to speak only twice. All the other cruises I've been on we've heard from the Captain daily giving us updates on location, weather, sea conditions and other general information. Some even try to crack a few jokes. For past guest of carnival, carnival gives you a free drink coupon which can ONLY be used in the main dining room during breakfast, brunch or lunch. Umm thanks but no thanks Carnival if your going to say welcome back say it and let me choose when and where ill enjoy a glass of bubbly. Breakfast is just way to early and lunch (until 1pm)is usually missed because your still at the port exploring the city. Hands down the best part of the cruise was debarkation. No not because I was dying o get off the boat (that too) but because it was so quick and simple. We choose to take our own baggage off (self assist) I was all ready and geared up mentally to stand in line and be herded through Customs like cattle. But to my surprise as soon as they open up the gangway we walked down the ramp, was greeted by two agents who took our forms as we walked by....no questions....no stopping...no issues. Walked outside where there was a line of taxis waiting. $15 taxi ride to South Station. Will I ever do another Carnival cruise? Probably not as my primary vacation or one to celebrate a special occasion. If its last minute very cheap and close to home...yes. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
BACKGROUND INFORMATION My husband and I wanted to take another cruise. Carnival had some good deals, so we decided to try out our first Canada/ New England Cruise. I had previously been on 4 cruises, all to the Caribbean. HOTEL INFO We ... Read More
BACKGROUND INFORMATION My husband and I wanted to take another cruise. Carnival had some good deals, so we decided to try out our first Canada/ New England Cruise. I had previously been on 4 cruises, all to the Caribbean. HOTEL INFO We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington, MA. I recommend it!! It's easy to access Boston by the T at Alewife Station. We toured Boston the day before leaving on the cruise by taking a Free Tour By Foot. Check them out! SHIP INFO I thought the Glory was beautiful. It was small enough that you could easily get to where you needed to go, but big enough that you didn't feel packed in. It was always clean. I'm not 100% into the neon decor, but it was fine and had no impact on my enjoying the cruise. ACTIVITIES There was always something to do on the ship. We enjoyed the trivia, and there was plenty of that. I feel that there is something for everyone to do. SERVICE I have nothing negative to say about service. It was all top notch. PORTS We visited: Portland Saint John Halifax Sydney STATEROOM #6459 Aft-Our room was always kept clean. It was very small, but it was good enough for the two of us. This is an interior room located above the piano bar. We could hear the sing alongs at night. I don't recommend this room if you're a light sleeper. DINING I had requested a table for 2 but it was not granted. We had a table for 6. That was fine, but I was slightly disappointed. I was also kind of disappointed in the food during this cruise in the dining room. They didn't have a lot of options that I would like, but food is subjective. Food in the buffet was good. There is a lot of variety. I LOVED Guys' Burgers. They are a must have. The burritos are good too. We had pizza several times during the week, and loved it. We also ate ate the Emerald Steakhouse one night. If you can, you should definitely go. They food is amazing and the service is perfect. ENTERTAINMENT We only went to one of the 3 production shows during the week, Divas. Although the male singers were pretty awful, the show was great. We skipped Latin Nights and Motor City because they were on the Pride last summer. The Love and Marriage Show was fun as always. The Hasbro Game Show was lame. I don't think you would enjoy it unless you had a kid in the show. It's definitely geared towards children, and I don't think it should count as entertainment at night. We went to several comedy shows in the Ebony Cabaret. This room is FAR too small to meet the demand of the people who want to attend. DISEMBARKATION We chose to do self assist. It was quick and easy! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We are married couple, without children. We have cruised various cruises lines over the last 10 years. We choose our cruises primarily based on the itinerary. We had read the cautionary tales of Carnival and the Glory before booking. But ... Read More
We are married couple, without children. We have cruised various cruises lines over the last 10 years. We choose our cruises primarily based on the itinerary. We had read the cautionary tales of Carnival and the Glory before booking. But we wanted to escape the heat of the south and wanted to visit the Candian Maritimes. Embarkation: we were surprised by the lack of attentiveness from the porters-none of whom wanted to take our bags-to the womam who checked us in who couldn't even talk to us. That is not Carnival's fault; but will make us think twice about leaving from Boston. The cabby from the airport even gave us a little attitude when I told him where we needed to go. We didn't let this bother us. We were on the ship and in our room within 15 minutes of arriving at the pier. Dining: 8:15 assigned seating which is what we had wanted. We had fabulous table mates; Thank goodness. If we hadn't, it would have felt like an eternity before we got our food. The head team waiter was great-his staff was terrible. This was the first time that all of our appetizers or entrees were delivered at the same time. The table was very crowded. Water was not always filled. The assistant waiter didn't always understand what was ordered and brought the wrong food. Carnival used to excel at their dining service. We didn't eat at the Red Sail buffet too much. It was too crowded. The food was cold. (A comment I kept reading in previous reviews.) The lunch/ breakfast in the dining room was fine. We ate at the Emerald Room Steakhouse one night. We have eaten at Carnival's steakhouse on the Carnival Spirit 2x. Both of those were excellent-food and service. This time, we were actually rushed through dinner-really! out in UNDER 2 hours. Very disappointing. Watch out-the description of the food on the menu is not always what you think you are getting. Weird. Shore tours-we didn't book any through Carnival. In Saint John, we did the Reversing Falls Thrill Ride-highly recommend it. In Halifax we shared a cab with another couple to Peggy's Cove. Beautiful. Then walked around Halifax and had a snack at the Lower Deck Pub. The Glory's layout is very poor. Yes, the ship was full; but to have the photographers in the path of the dining room changeover was really poor! I felt very crowded on this ship. We enjoyed the aft balcony; the adult only pool in the aft was delightful; and the movies on deck are great-even showed the olympics all day on that large screen. So, in all, Carnival can get some things right. Just disappointed in the things that USED to be good are really poor now. Overall it seemed as though the staff was going through the motions. Sad for them-and sad for the passengers. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Unlike many people who you will see review this ship I try not to stay mad and look forward because as they say, a bad day on a ship is better then a good day at work! This was the first cruise of the year out of Boston and they ... Read More
Unlike many people who you will see review this ship I try not to stay mad and look forward because as they say, a bad day on a ship is better then a good day at work! This was the first cruise of the year out of Boston and they definitely did not have their stuff together at embarkation but I am going to back up a bit. We booked during the whole time change for getting on the ship due to the whale migration. It is understandable....I mean we can not control mother nature and anyone who cruises needs to remember that things can change at anytime and it is in the cruise contract. Well our ship was delayed again on the day of embarkation due to heavy fog. Some of the ship staff said they could not even see their hands when they were extended in front of them because of the fog coming in. We did not have a problem with the delay because they emailed us about it and we had a car and so we took the opportunity to see even more of MA oh and carnival said they were giving each person $50 on board credit so go and have a nice dinner : ) . Embarkation was dreadful because the ground staff/security was new and seemed to lack organization. Embarkation started at 10:30 and we got on the ship at 11:30. I know people were taken to the Westin so that they did not have to wait in the cold and sprinkling weather which I thought was nice. Honestly, I think some of the people should have rented a car or done something instead of sitting for the ship all day. I mean come on some people were waiting since noon and originally we were set for embarkation at 6:30 so come on it is your fault if you waited forever. Oh and another thing when your cruise and take a plane never back your meds in your suitcase. They should always be in a carry on. There were people of course complaining that they could not take their meds because they were in their come on people keep that stuff on you that is your own fault not Carnivals. After we got on they had the buffets open and I got a burrito made to order like Chipotle and it was goooood! We also explored the ship a bit and then went to bed. Now because they came in late and the winds were horrible we stayed in port for the night and did not leave till 11am. So they changed our port dates but that was no problem we just had one of our days at sea the first day. I had a great bamboo massage that morning and was ready to have a great day but people were so grumpy. Passengers not staff. I even went to the cruise critic meet up to meet others and it was on our daily schedule so other people came to check it out and one of the other passengers who organized the meet up started out by saying "cruise critic is for people who want to complain about stuff!" No kidding, this lady just had a bad attitude so I walked out. Come on there is more to cruise critic then complaining and we kept seeing this lady around the cruise and she just looked like a bitter person in general never smiling. Things happen people try to make the best out of it. We even changed tables that night because someone was complaining once again about the time change for embarkation. I think changing our table was one of the best decisions we ever made on a cruise ship. We got a great table with the best waiter ever. Our food was always perfect and delish. I mean cruise food can go either way and the key to getting good hot food that is cooked to your liking is a great waiter and wait staff and Jose was excellent. I like to swim and go in the hot tubs and they were very nice. All of the pools were heated so if you wanted to go into one of the pools mid lido deck you would enjoy it. The kids were primarily there since the covered indoor aft lido pool is adults only which is nice by the way. the serenity deck is wonderful and snuggling up to your honey under a clam shell is so nice! I wish the weather would have been a bit more sunny and less rainy but that is the weather up there this time of year and like I said before you can not control mother nature. I do think there could have been better entertainment the shows are kind of cheesy but I think that on all the ships. Love the adult comedy shows so I am at all of them. One thing that would have been nice was to have drinks that were themed for our destination instead of fruity drinks from the Caribbean. One person told me in NS that they drink dark and stormys because that is what it is like up there most of the year. I think because it was chilly the could have served hot chocolate with creme Bailey's or something. Or a Hot Toddy. Many people would have bought I betcha. The crew was a bit off the whole time but I think it was because of the weather change from Caribbean to Canada. I think they needed to prepare them more and as staff they need to suck it up and still make it good for us and not whimper. The Captain seemed nice when I saw him but he could have gotten to the ports on time. We were late to all of them. So it was quite frustrating to those who had excursions. This cruise may have seemed like a great price when I booked but beware that when you are not cruising in the Caribbean the money you spend during the day is a lot more. Plan on $100 per person per day for excursions or whatever when at port on average. Overall I had a great time. I was with my husband and once I ignored all the grumps who complain all the day and can not get over anything I had a good time. I am giving this ship an overall of a 3 due to they just did not have all there stuff together but hopefully that has changed since they have had a few more under their belt since we were on. Sydney, NS. We rented a car and did a little of the Cabot Trail. It was amazing!!! My husband and I have said that we would go back to NS and go to Halifax and drive up to the trail and enjoy ourselves. You can only see about 1/3 of the trail because of your limited time. We got in an hour late so that is what we got to do. BEAUTIFUL! The rental car agency had a van to pick people up but only the driver could go and would have to come back and pick up the rest of their clan. Kind of annoying for some but my husband and I were both driving so it did not make a difference. People who walked the little town of Sydney had to walk up a hill and it could be long for some. Plan on $100 per person if renting a car doing the trail. Which I recommend totally. There is a ship excursion which did some of the the trail as well and if you do not want to mess with the rental car I would do that as well. They stopped for pictures and seemed to have a great time. The 4 is because we had a blast but the rental car thing was a pain but there is nothing in the port and if we did not plan anything it would have been a 2. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Early Saver This was a great deal! I started out paying $399 per person. Then, the price went down. I filled out a form online and they lowered our price. Again, the price went down, filled out the same form and we wound up paying ... Read More
Early Saver This was a great deal! I started out paying $399 per person. Then, the price went down. I filled out a form online and they lowered our price. Again, the price went down, filled out the same form and we wound up paying $249 per person. It was very easy to use the Early Saver discount and I was thankful to save that money! Embarkation Before taking this cruise, I read numerous reviews on embarkation issues. I guess Boston/Carnival has worked out all of the kinks because this was the easiest embarkation I have had! We dropped our luggage off, parked the car, and were on the boat within 30 min. That was so fast!! We were very excited and thankful that it was so easy. We arrived at 11 am, even though Carnival emailed us asking to arrive later. Glory Food Info My favorite thing about cruising is getting to eat, eat, and eat! It has been 7 years since we cruised, and since then I have developed food allergies to tree nuts and shell fish. I was a bit concerned about eating on this cruise. Carnival did not let me down! Every night, the hostess came to see me and review the following days menu with me. She helped me choose food that was safe for me to eat, and then ensured that the chefs cooked the food separately, so that I did not have any issues. It was amazing how accommodating they were, and I was very thankful to enjoy every meal! I tried the deli (mmm, corned beef!), Lido buffet, main dining room, pizza, and room service. Everything that I tried was good! The longest wait was at the deli, and it was well worth the 20 min. I waited! My favorite food was the Flat Iron Steak, Pumpkin Soup, and Chocolate Melting Cake. To be honest, I had the Chocolate Melting Cake on 3 out of 4 nights. Glory Stateroom Info My husband booked a port hole room for us on the 1st floor. I was a bit concerned that I would feel a lot of movement b/c we normally choose mid-ship. We had no problem. I loved being in the port hole room, getting to see outside, but still paying interior room pricing. Our room steward was very friendly, always calling us by our first name. He never bothered us, yet our room was always cleaned! And of course, we loved our towel animals! Activities on board There was always something to do! Josh, the cruise director, was a lot of fun! I enjoyed all of the shows, trivia, dance lessons (loved learning how to do the Thriller dance!), games, and towel animal making lessons. This was the first time we got to do a Murder Mystery and that was a lot of fun! I really believe a vacation is what you make it. We had a blast and were very thankful to be able to get away from all of the stress of life. We are looking forward to traveling with Carnival again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
This was my wife's and I 10th anniversary cruise and the first time overnight without kids. We also went with my Grandfather and Brother. Embarkation- So easy, we arrived at 11:00 (always good to get there as early as possible). ... Read More
This was my wife's and I 10th anniversary cruise and the first time overnight without kids. We also went with my Grandfather and Brother. Embarkation- So easy, we arrived at 11:00 (always good to get there as early as possible). We dropped of our bags at the port then went and parked the car for 50 bucks. Took a bus to the ship and practically walked on the ship. The really must have gotten there act together after the first couple of cruises from Boston Day 1 on ship- Walked around ate some lunch on the lido got some drinks and just enjoyed ourselves. Played some mini golf. You had to get the clubs from deck 9 and then you walked up to the tail fin to play. Nice little course. Dinner was nice, I got some pasta with sausage (not great but not bad) my Pop got the flat iron steak (said he liked it but wish it was hotter) my bro got shrimp and said it was real good. We all got the warm chocolate melting cake and my bro and wife loved but mine was a little dry but still pretty good. My wife turned in early and my bro and I went to the casino for a bit and then turned in as well (more on casino later) Day 2- Ate breakfast in the platinum dining room. Sat next to some nice people and the food was good (although small portions). Spent the rest of the morning relaxing and playing some trivia. For lunch we ate on the lido and I ate at the deli which was excellent! I also tried the burrito bar afterwards but I was a little too full from the deli to fully enjoy it. Afterwards we played some cards in the cinnabar (very pretty bar) and then went down to the cabins to get ready for formal night. We were ready at 5 so we took the hour before dinner to get some pictures taken and take some ourselves. Dinner was excellent. I had the ribs, my wife and pop had the prime rib and my bro also had ribs + lobster. All of us loved it. That night we watched the main show and got some drinks which was a lot of fun. My wife and bro went to the adult comedy show and it was hilarious! Much better then I remember from other cruises. We tried to get in the hot tubs late but they were all closed by 10. Day 3- Ate on the lido and enjoyed it more then dining room cause we had more choices and no waiting (we were early risers). Afterwards we headed to Saint John and it was foggy. Guys were selling tours $50 an hour but seemed a little high to me. We took a cab to bay of fundy. Honestly it was pretty lame. My bro and I were going to do the zip line but it was $120 for the both of us. We then took another cab to Fort Howe but couldn't see much from up there cause of fog. We then went to the shops and they have a huge indoor mall which was nice and I can see this being popular since it seems to rain a lot there. Got some yummy beef jerky and headed back to the ship at 12:30. Took about 20 minutes to get back on. I guess a lot of people were thinking to go back on the ship for lunch as well. I got another sandwich from the deli (great again) then we all got our swim suits on and enjoyed the less crowded ship. Slide was a lot of fun! Hot tubs were ok but not very hot honestly. We then went to dinner and I got the jerk pork loin and it was pretty good. Got the flamed cherries but they didn't light it on fire but it was still really good. After dinner my wife convinced me to sign up for 60 seconds or less which I was picked for and got 3rd place and a ship on a stick. We then watched a little superstar live which was fun (karaoke with live band). Day 4- We went to lido again and watched murder mystery winners, we got the answers right but weren't picked. If you like word games and puzzles I suggest you do it, it starts the first sea day. We did some dance classes and went to towel folding seminar, both of which were a lot of fun. We tried the platinum for lunch because we wanted to cash in our free drink coupons for being repeat cruisers. Service was pretty slow but food was good. (got a burger). I prefer the lido for lunch. We played some more trivia and my wife got her ship on a stick. Ate dinner for the last time and I got the bacon mac and cheese which was excellent. I tried the warm chocolate melting cake again and it was super moist this time and I was very happy I tried it again. Main show was good again. Went to see both adult comics this time, both of which were great. A very nice way to end the cruise. Day 5- Debarkation super easy USE SELF CHECK OUT!! Here are things that stood out to me good and bad: Casino: I used my sail and sign card and when I was done with a game I pulled it out. I did this like 5 or 6 times. I looked at my charges on my card later and the bill was way higher then I expected, here I realized I needed to press cash out to bank and use bank points on the machines. So I was out like $40 cause I did it wrong. I used cash from then on and I was much better off Room service: Room stewart was great and knew me by name. Ordered room service once and was just ok. Porthole room was great Dining: Loved it. Everyone was very nice and food while not gourmet was very good IMO Shows: Only two main shows but both were pretty good. Comedians were better Pictures: very expensive $22 for the nice ones. Bar service: I noticed the people serving drinks were much nicer then the ones at the bar. They are all around and get used to saying no thanks a lot to drinks. No where on the ship were they too bad except in the casino it got pretty ridiculous in there. Overall great trip and a great value, it is what you make it Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Before embarking, my husband and I, both in our early 60's, enjoyed our first trip together to NYC. Traffic from the Hilton was heavy, and it took our taxi over a half hour to reach the pier, so allow for that. Embarkation was ... Read More
Before embarking, my husband and I, both in our early 60's, enjoyed our first trip together to NYC. Traffic from the Hilton was heavy, and it took our taxi over a half hour to reach the pier, so allow for that. Embarkation was crowded, organized ok, but took about an hour. We went straight to our cabin which was spacious enough, but rather gaudy. Since I have arthritic hips, we needed a foam pad (requested prior to cruise but not provided) for the bed. The steward was able to find one which we doubled up allowing me to sleep. The mattresses are too firm and the space between beds is obvious. My husband warned me not to look at the pad provided, so I assume it wasn't really clean. The room was spacious and we liked the aft location. We could walk easily up or down for activities, but did have to walk to the front of the ship most of the time, but that, I believe eliminated my usual weight gain. Ship- one would think a ship named Glory would be decorated in red, white, and blue. The decor was garish, many Asian themes, and coral seemed to predominate. There were enough deck chairs for our two sunny days, drinks weren't pushed, but we couldn't find good quiet spots to read on days that were too cool to be outside. Food- our meals in the main dining room (own time dining) were good, not great. Some of the choices were rather strange. Our service was excellent. We chose to eat in the same area most of the time, sitting at a table for two, and got to know some of the other people who also sat near. The first night, we arrived late due to a late lunch, and learned that eating early was smarter, so we wouldn't have to wait in line. The molten chocolate cake was delicious and the highlight of our trip! The buffet, however, was terrible. Every time we ate there, our food was cold. We did complain to guest services. I had a queasy stomach after our first buffet upon arrival which lingered the entire cruise. We ate their several other times for lunch or breakfast (cold oatmeal) and were never pleased. The stir-fry food looked good, but we didn't get a chance to try that. Entertainment- for being named a "fun ship" I didn't think there was a great variety in the entertainment, and like the food it was OK. Ports- First, we didn't factor that the ports were near the ocean, and that the towns didn't have many trees, so we didn't get to see many fall leaves. Our timing in Boston was strange. Since we had been there before, we didn't sign up for a tour and found there was little to do as city tours all had embarked before we got to town. Also, Boston was the only port where you had to have a "ticket" to leave ship at a designated time if you weren't taking a tour. The walk from the pier to downtown was longer than I expected; after eating dinner, we took a cab back to the ship as some of the places we had traveled were rather desolate. Portland- we had been to the lighthouse and Kennebunkport before,so we didn't take an excursion. There really wasn't much to do, but we had great lobster rolls at an outdoor place on the pier adjacent. St. John- tides weren't cooperating, so we didn't see the famous high tide. We took the ship's photography tour which was great, even extending the tour time since no one had conflicts! Halifax- booked a private tour to Peggy's Cove (Great Earth Expeditions with Ryan) which was excellent, except that I fell on the slippery granite on our hike of the barrens by Peggy's Cove. Although I my Merrill's, I should have packed my hiking boots. The granite has left permanent little indentation marks in my knee! Ryan served a delicious lunch at Peggy's Cove & it was nice to see the adjacent area, not just stop for a few minutes at the lighthouse. We also went through the Public Gardens, around the fort, to the cemetery, and got dropped off, by choice, at the museum. All in all, it was a nice trip, not one of my tops, and one that I wouldn't repeat or recommend to anyone who has been to any of the ports, wants to see the famous tides, or thinks you'll enjoy fall color. Our debarkation was smooth- except for the wild taxi ride back to LaGuardia. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We got to the boat around noon, dropped our bags with the porters outside and only had a short wait (maybe 30 min or so) to wait in line before we were on our way to get on the ship. I have cruised before (it was my 4th cruise) however it ... Read More
We got to the boat around noon, dropped our bags with the porters outside and only had a short wait (maybe 30 min or so) to wait in line before we were on our way to get on the ship. I have cruised before (it was my 4th cruise) however it was my husbands first cruise. We walked around the ship for a bit, grabbed some lunch at the buffet then wandered to deck 10 to see if our cabin was ready...and it was before the announcement was made. We had cabin 1042 and Dave was our room steward and he was WONDERFUL. I thought the cabin was larger then the ones I had previously stayed in when I cruised on the NCL Sun and Dawn, maybe it was just the layout but I know that the bathroom in our cabin on the Glory was definitely bigger. Hint....when you are leaving port, go to the very front of deck 10 (you can access it by going past the cabins on deck 10 toward the front) and you get a great view of the Statute of Liberty on your way out. It's quieter then the areas near the Lido desk and the crazy loud music. Had lunch 2x at the Mongolian Wok...totally worth the wait in line and there was ALWAYS a wait. I even stood in line for 10 min before it opened and I still waited for 10 min. If you do the Wok take two bowls....one for veggies and one for noodles. The food is really hot and fresh whereas most of the food on the regular buffet really wasn't that hot. Another favorite of mine was the cheese pizza at the 24 hour pizza joint at the back of the Lido deck. Not as good as the stuff we had in NYC but pretty darn yummy. We just walked around both ports (Saint John and Halifax) and didn't take any tours. If you are looking for free wi-fi in either location....find a coffee shop (not a Starbucks) or small restaurant AWAY from the ship. All of the wi-fi locations that we found close to the ship were crowded with a lot of crew (especially in Halifax where 3 ships were in port)using their laptops. We found a nice little coffee shop in Saint John called "Java Moose" on a little side street a few blocks from the ship. Go to the police museum in Saint John....it's pretty cute and they have an old VW Beetle parked in front that used to be a patrol car! We encountered the side of Hurricane Katia on Thursday night/Friday morning. We had 30-40 foot seas. The captain kept us well informed of what was going on. There was a few big pitches of the ship that sent the classes in the casino bar flying and dishes in the dining room flying as well. If you like storms, it was a good one. Down side....no chamomile tea to be found on Thursday :( If you like that kind of tea you might want to bring your own. Oh, and on the whole tea thread....You will only see regular old Lipton tea out however if you see a wooden box near the tea and sugar...open it up because there will be flavored teas in it. Overall....great cabin, great staff, ok food (except the pizza and wok), didn't see any shows or use the casino. We washed cloths part way through....$3 wash and $3 dry...one on each deck with cabins except 10 & 11. Make sure you catch the "Morning Show" with the cruise director (totally forgot his name...sorry man) and Misty his side kick....I mean assistant CD. It was funny. Misty has a Diet Coke addiction which I can totally relate to. At 6:00AM we went past the Statute of Liberty. We could see her from our cabin (port side) and it was an amazing sight when it was still dark out and the crown and torch were lit. If you can make it up to see it when you come past it in the morning it is SO worth it. A sight you won't forget. We did the self disembarkment and we were through customs and hailing a cab before 8:00 AM. If I can talk my husband into it.....I'll definitely go on another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We had an amazing time on the cruise! Staff was helpful and friendly throughout cruise, food was super yummy, and boat was extremely clean. A few negatives along the way, but would defiantly cruise this ship again! Embarkment was ... Read More
We had an amazing time on the cruise! Staff was helpful and friendly throughout cruise, food was super yummy, and boat was extremely clean. A few negatives along the way, but would defiantly cruise this ship again! Embarkment was slow (1 1/2 hours) and we arrived at 12:30. I had challenged my self with packing lightly and we took 2 carry-on sized roller boards and 2 backpacks on our 10 day trip. I highly recommend packing lightly because it saved us the wait for our luggage, less time unpacking/packing, and easily disembarked within 5 minutes using self-assist. We did 2 loads of laundry midweek, but was easily completed while getting ready one evening. Food was the best from the 3 cruises we have been on. Lobster, crab cakes, Bitter and Blanc, cream brulee, French toast, and shrimp are all recommended. We honestly did not have a bad meal! Fish and Chips was ok, wok, burrito bar are highly recommended for alternative dinning. We were by far some of the youngest people on the cruise, but it was fine for us. We enjoyed some of the shows, but were disappointed with the costumes of the dancers (definitely not PG rated as indicated. The family friendly comedians were good and the hypnotist was the best show. The spa has the hottest hot tube and my husband enjoyed the gym. We had an inside cabin with lots of storage room and adequate space. The bed was terrible through! When we requested a pad on the bed, our steward placed a blanket over the bed with the sheet over...didn't really help, but we were normally so tired that sleep came easily. Other negatives include cabin stewards crowding hallways with carts and waking us up early with loud noises in hallway (before 8 am). In dinning room, halway through meal, be prepared for loud noise and to watch everyone cleaning dishes, stocking dishwasher containers, wading up table clothes, and did I say being very loud! Dinning room was lacking elegance and it was annoying to experience this each evening. We were highly pleased and the ports were interesting and slow paced, which we enjoyed. St. John, we walked to the Reversing Falls, Halifax, walked to Citadel, Boston, city tour, and Portland, we did our own trolly tour and saw the Portland Headlight (very beautiful!!!!) We stood at sail aways on the very front of decks 6 and 7 and at times were alone! Not widely known about area and was great! Go all the way forward and to the right is 2 doors leading outside. We would cruise this ship again despite the negatives. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
A review of the Carnival Glory sailing from New York City on August 22 to St. John and Halifax, Canada. This was our tenth cruise on Carnival and the start of our status a Platinum Members. Embarkation: We arrived at 11:30 a.m. and ... Read More
A review of the Carnival Glory sailing from New York City on August 22 to St. John and Halifax, Canada. This was our tenth cruise on Carnival and the start of our status a Platinum Members. Embarkation: We arrived at 11:30 a.m. and already found that a line had formed for check-in even though that did not officially open until noon. Plenty of porters were on hand to handle the luggage. We quickly passed through security and found the VIP line for Platinum members. Because of that, we were checked-in very quickly. We were then taken to the VIP lounge where other Platinum members were waiting. We were told we would be taken on board first and that a representative would come get us very shortly. Half an hour later, we were still there. After hearing three groups being called to board, a fellow passenger pointed out that the VIP room was still waiting to board. Apparently, someone forgot about us in there. Carnival's customer relations supervisor showed up and took us on board after apologizing for the slip up. I noticed huge general check-in lines that did not seem to move very fast. Thank God we have Platinum status now. Grade: B- Stateroom/Steward Service: We had a balcony stateroom on deck 8 Verandah. Our cabin was very clean and in excellent shape. The bathroom was showing a little wear and tear but was very clean. Our steward was excellent and always asked us if we needed anything especially since we were Platinum guests. The daily laundry service for Platinum guests was great and clothes given to them in the morning was returned to us washed and folded by 6:00 that evening. Our steward asked our dining time on embarkation day so he could service our room after we left for dinner so we were not disturbed. We got the usual towel animals every evening which are always fun to look at. As Platinum guests, we received a gift and occasional treats left in our room. Grade: A Food Service: Sadly, one of the most important areas of a cruise ship was the biggest disappointment. My apologies in advance to Carnival and its fans who may be reading this as I will get rather critical here. Let's start with the dinner service in the main dining room. Dinner here can be described in one word: S-L-O-W. Not once did we have our main course before the wait staff either sang or danced for us at show time. On all of my previous cruises with this line, I had either finished or was finishing desert at that time. On formal night, our main courses of lobster and shrimp arrived cold. The maitre d' was nearby and was called over for assistance. He apologized and told our wait staff to remove the plates and get us new dishes. When they arrived, the plates and the food were red hot. We suspected right away that the food was placed in a microwave or an oven and reheated. Unfortunately, this dried out the lobster tail and the shrimp. I ordered the warm chocolate melting cake for desert. However, it had so much chocolate in it that it resembled soup. We left dinner very disappointed after having what was, without a doubt, our worst dinner service ever on ten cruises with Carnival. Our head waiter apologized for the slow food service and said that there were issues with getting the food from the kitchen. His assistant, who would get the food, said that the pick-up area resembled a war zone with wait staff yelling for their food orders from cooks who were way too slow to meet the demand. Other passengers we met had similar complaints about the slow service. On the final night, we had dinner in the buffet as we were fed up with waiting for main courses. I now wish I had gone to the steak house as everyone who went told me it was wonderful. Sometimes the food at dinner was good and sometimes just fair. We did find it ridiculous that our appetizer and salad plates sat in front of us for nearly 20 minutes every night until someone finally showed up to take them. We could tell that the wait staff was very frustrated with the kitchen delays. Breakfast and lunch visits here were a bit better but the dining room was not nearly as busy either. At one breakfast visit, we were seated at a larger table and the waitress seemed overwhelmed. The dining room is a good choice for those wanting a relaxing a peaceful breakfast or lunch as compared to the sometimes chaotic Lido deck. The buffet lines were your standard breakfast fare and lunch foods varied by day. The quality of the food was generally good. The buffet was kept well stocked and was exceptionally clean. Be prepared for long lines during peak times. The deli and burrito stations were fine as was the grill and the 24 hour pizza. These also can have long wait lines as the staffs in these areas are small. We found that the table service in Lido was a bit slow when it came to removing trays and cleaning up tables. It seemed to me that there was less staff than usual. The Mongolian Grill was outstanding. The problem was the one hour wait to get through the line. We discovered when reaching the front that there were two cooks at this station to stir fry the food. No wonder! Previous Carnival cruises had four or five cooks on this station so the line moved. It's also curiously stationed at a smaller food service area by the pool area on Lido deck. This led to a line that was right by one of the swimming pools. The fish and chips station was very good. It's located upstairs from the Lido buffet but there was never a line when I went there. Perhaps its location has something to do with that. Room service had quality food but slow service. It took them two hours one day to deliver cold sandwiches and coffee. I usually ordered a pot of coffee from them each morning and that was delivered within an hour. Clearly, there were some staffing issues that caused issues with the normally good food service. I don't know if it was just too many passengers and not enough staff. Hard to say but clearly, the crew was overwhelmed at times. Hopefully, this problem was limited to this ship and is not a fleet wide issue. Grade: C Crew Members/Officers/Cruise Director: Most crew members we encountered were professional, polite and helpful. All said hello or good morning to us when we saw them. Our wait staff in the dining room was not very personable and said little to us other then when apologizing for delays with the food. This sort of compounded the dining room issues for us. The cruise director, Josh, we had before and enjoyed having him again. He is genuinely funny and enjoys his job. Guest services were very helpful with a few minor questions. The separate line for Platinum guests was great as there were sometimes huge lines there. Grade: B Ports of Call/Excursions: Ports of call were in St. John and in Halifax. Carnival provided a wide variety of excursions to choose from. St. John: We took the day trip to the Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy. This is great trip that will show you a lot of unusual scenery as well as great view of the tides of the Bay of Fundy. The trip will take up most of the time in port but is well worth it. Halifax: We took the trip to Peggy's Cove. This is a beautiful fishing village that has some very scenic views. The weather was perfect making this trip even better. It's only three hours and allows you time to walk around Halifax on your own after you get back. Thanks to two people who apparently ignored numerous requests to see Canadian immigration, disembarking was delayed in St. John. The excursions desk did a very smart thing. Anyone with a long excursion, as we did, was literally seated near the ship's exit so we could get off first once the ship was cleared. This turned out to be a very smart move. Grade: A Entertainment/Shows: The two musical shows put on were very good but we had seen them before on previous cruises. It would be nice to see some newer and different productions. The show "Just an Illusion" was the best we had ever seen on Carnival. The comedians were very funny but get there early as the comedy clubs fill up fast. We didn't and had to stand in the back. The disco was fine but was not too crowded and was rather empty. The piano bar was pretty full on a nightly basis and the pianist was great. Grade: A- Shopping: The duty free shop had their usual sales of watches, watch sets and jewelry. My wife found some good jewelry buys as she always does on Carnival. The other store had duty free liquor, cigarettes and general souvenirs were basically the same old stuff. It would be nice to see Carnival add a few more shops to its ships at some port instead of the usual two. The staff in the stores was friendly and knowledgeable. The photo shop was fine but, personally, I think way too many pictures get taken of the passengers and we declined to have our picture taken most of the time when they asked. We have enough of them already! I did manage a great deal on a digital camera I had been looking at prior to this vacation so that was a nice find. Grade: B+ Ship's Condition: The Glory is starting to show some wear and tear but is still a fine ship. Crew members were always cleaning, shining and polishing to keep her in good shape. No noticeable damage in the common areas was ever seen and the ship as a whole was well maintained. Grade: A Debarkation: As we headed south back to New York, Hurricane Irene headed north for the same city. As a result, Carnival moved up the arrival time by two hours so all passengers could get off the ship early. This was an outstanding move as New York was preparing to be hit by the hurricane and had announced shut downs of mass transit and the airports as of that afternoon. Kudos to Carnival for allowing passengers to use their cabin phones to call home without charge so as to make or confirm their pick-up arrangements. The captain also kept us posted as to the storm's progress. We were off the ship early and home in New Jersey with time to spare to prepare for the impending storm. Grade: A. Summary: Our first time as Carnival Platinum guests was a bit disappointing mostly due to the issues with the food service which is normally one of Carnival's strengths. However, we did not let that ruin what was otherwise a good vacation. Many passengers thought that five days was too short of a cruise and I would tend to agree. Carnival runs seven day cruises to Canada and New England in the fall but not during the summer months. Perhaps they should consider doing it. For example, stops in Maine and Boston after Canada would have been nice. This was not the best cruise we have ever been on but it wasn't our worst either. However, Carnival is capable of better. We sail on Carnival in January and April of 2012 so we will be hoping that our experiences are better than this one. Final Overall Grade: B. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My wife and I sailed on the Glory for the August 13th 5 nighter to Canada. It was the wife's first cruise ever, and while this was my 5th , it was the first since I sailed on the M/V Atlantic in 1983. I knew a lot has changed since ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Glory for the August 13th 5 nighter to Canada. It was the wife's first cruise ever, and while this was my 5th , it was the first since I sailed on the M/V Atlantic in 1983. I knew a lot has changed since then, so I was not too surprised to see the differences from then and now. A good omen to begin the trip was waking up to "Come Sail Away" by Styx playing on the radio when the alarm went off. Apologies if this is lengthy for some; I tried to be succinct and thorough. GETTING THERE: Getting to the ship was easy enough as we live in one of the boroughs of New York. My wife has a tendency to be late for everything, so I implored, begged, and pleaded for her to be ready to leave the house by 10AM so we could avoid traffic and board early to start enjoying our cruise as soon as possible. Thankfully, she was ready even earlier than I had hoped and we made our way by 9:30. We arrived at the terminal about 45 minutes later, and curiously, we drove up to one lot only to be redirected to another. Not sure why we couldn't go straight to the appropriate lot to begin with, but it wasn't a big deal. We paid an outrageous $150 for long term parking ($30 per night) and made our way to the lower level to begin check in. Check in was the best I have ever experienced. Since we were so early, we walked right to where we needed to go, without even one person in front of us at any time. In fact, when we got to the counter, the rep told us to go to any agent we wanted as every last one of them was waiting for someone to service. I will say this though, given that we took it upon ourselves to arrive early and avoid any lines, it did seem that there was more than enough staff on hand from start to finish to accommodate large crowds and get them to where they needed to be quickly and efficiently, so I give Carnival much credit for this. BOARDING: We received our boarding zone number and went to our designated waiting area by 10:30, where boarding took place a little over an hour later. Boarding was very organized, with zero logjams or delays. Once on board, we oriented ourselves with the public areas and went to the upper decks to check them out as well, and to have some lunch. Started off with the pizza I heard so much about and have to say that it was pretty good all things considered. The buffet, as I would soon find out to be the norm, was just OK. After lunch, we walked around the top decks enjoying the view and the weather, before making our way down to the cabin. CABIN: This was an anniversary cruise for us, so I had the room decorated with the anniversary package offered online. It was exactly as described, and a very nice touch. My wife was surprised by it and it made for a great start to the trip. Our cabin was a balcony cabin, starboard side, aft, and I was quite pleased with it. It was a nice size for two, very clean, and very nicely done. Sometimes room size can be a crapshoot, but no complaints at all with the cabin. We loved it! Just to mention, a month before sailing I was offered an upgrade to an extended balcony for a small fee that we turned down as my wife's number is 13, which is what the digits in our room number added up to, and I'm glad we did as the regular balcony was just fine with its table and two chairs. We never felt a need at any time for something bigger. STAFF: Our cabin steward was always on top of things. Room was always made up quickly after we left for breakfast, and we loved the towel animals made each night. We would come back to our stateroom at the end of the evening guessing what animal would be waiting for us. All of the staff on board were friendly and courteous. In fact, I can't remember one time where we passed a crew member in the halls or on deck where they didn't offer a greeting. The service in the restaurants was very good as well, although it would be nice to be asked if anything was needed during the meal. That said, I am a creature of habit, so I love it when the wait staff knows what I want without even asking. We were served our drinks shortly after sitting down, which was another nice touch. Our maitre'd Yusuf was awesome as well. His singing and dancing every night was made funnier by the fact that you would never expect it from his professional demeanor. Note:***He also helped us out with a problem that I am sure others have encountered. I wanted a table for two as my wife has been going through some medical issues, as well as it being our aforementioned anniversary, so it was important for us to have this privacy. A week before sailing, I called Carnival with my booking number, and the phone rep said she saw the booking as a table for two. As well, I went to the Golden Dining Room to speak with someone right after boarding, to confirm the table for two, and all they could offer was that they would put a request in. I thought I would be good, so imagine my surprise that evening when we were seated for dinner at a round table for 10! No one at the table wanted to be there, it was obvious. I went to speak with Yusuf, and he was able to get us our table for two no problem, although we waited to sit there until the following evening so as not to offend anyone by getting up and leaving the table. Turns out 3 of the other couples found other arrangements as well as the cruise went on. Why oh why does Carnival do this? Please have the dining room arranged for less community tables and more for couples. We are not anti social by any means, but with the kids staying home and it just being the two of us, we wanted to just have time to ourselves. I know they want to encourage socializing, but forcing people to dine with you shouldn't be the best they can come up with. I made the mistake one morning at the restaurant not specifically asking for a table for two, and we got stuck at a table with two other couples. Not coincidentally, this was the only restaurant meal where the service was not good, with orders not being filled properly or given to the wrong people. The cruise director Josh seems like a nice enough guy and you can see he really enjoys his job, but I really don't recall seeing him much on the ship. Would have been nice to bump into him along the way to let him know how things were going. FOOD: Had second sitting dinner, which is later than I like, but the wife wanted it, so there you go. Food was NOT the highlight of the trip for us. I cruised with Home Lines on the Oceanic and Atlantic in the 70's & 80's, so I remember the food being a hallmark of a cruise. Not so much here. Unlike what I remember, there was plenty of food here to be had during non dining hours, with constant buffets and food stations serving (never did have the Mongolian Wok as lines were just too prohibitive. Keep it open longer!). As mentioned earlier, pizza was a pleasant surprise. Burgers were good as well, but how can you mess up a burger anyway, lol? As for the buffets, I was really disappointed. I thought the selection was a little light, and the quality of the food was average. It wasn't bad or inedible, but nothing great. Came off as very mass produced, as if they were more concerned just getting something out there to fill people's plates with. Checked out the breakfast buffet once, and that was it. Very crowded, too much time looking for a table, and horrible selection. Scrambled eggs were some of the worst I've had, and no french toast? Just pancakes and an omelet station that wasn't worth the lines. This is especially disappointing for me as I love a big breakfast. Meals in the restaurant were a little better, but nothing to rave about. Again, food was just OK most of the time, and was never served hot. Ordered Belgian waffle one morning expecting one of those big round, fluffy deals, and all I got was a flat, soggy square. Wife had french toast, and it was served as one slice of bread. Huh? Eggs Benedict was far and away the best the breakfast menu had to offer. Dinner experience was similar. The flat iron steak was good, but I can't remember one thing off the menu that had me wanting more. The warm chocolate cake was great though. Had it 3 nights. I really wish food was served hot though. Even the burrito bar, where one day I was one of the first in line when it opened, meat was not hot, as if it was prepared a while earlier. The hottest food I was served the entire cruise was the pizza. Overall, it seemed like they had food ready to go on minute's notice to get people served and on their way. I know feeding 3,000 people is not an easy task, and this is probably the most efficient way to do it, so I guess that's just the way it goes on mega-liners these days. ACTIVITIES: I've read other reviews where people claim activities have been cut. This might be true, but we always found something to do on sea days. At night we went to the Amber Palace after dinner. The shows were good IMO. Other reviewers didn't care for them, but we enjoyed the dancers and the singers. Justin Illusion was entertaining as well. No complaints with the show and I really like the theater. The Love and Marriage game wasn't as good as I thought it would be, but it had its moments. One thing I didn't care for was the timing of some events. For example, the free cruise raffle was a winner-needs-to-be-present drawing at 10:05 PM, and with second sitting dinner, I had to leave early. There was another raffle that went off at 7:30 PM for a $100 shopping spree, so that affected first sitting diners. Why schedule things like this during dining hours? Did not care for the ridiculous $20 bingo cards, I don't care if they give you three to play. We played a very windy round of mini golf, but it is pretty high up so it was to be expected. It's awesome to be able to stand right next to the funnel. Didn't go into the pools as that's not what we do, but I heard it was saltwater and they appeared to be small, and only a couple of them. Mostly kids in them anyway so I don't think anyone had a problem. PORTS: Ship stopped at Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Arrived to fog at Saint John, which eventually gave way to cloudy skies. Port is okay, nothing to write home about. Did the Big Pink Bus excursion which is actually a 3 for 1 deal with 3 different routes. Bay of Fundy wasn't as interesting to me as they make it out to be. A marketplace tent is set up right on the pier that sells different things. A short walk away is a shopping mall marketplace. Visited the Loyalist cemetery which was interesting. Did not eat at this port, just grabbed a snack along the way. The next day our arrival at Halifax was delayed for 2 ½ hours due to fog. Luckily our excursion to Peggy's Cove and Titanic Gravesite leaves at 1:15. Amazingly, once we docked in the fog, the weather took a dramatic turn for the better and we enjoyed beautiful sunny blue skies, which is apparently rare for them this year. There are more shops and restaurants dockside than Saint John and we spent more money there that the previous port. Peggy's Cove is a must in my opinion. Amazingly beautiful scenery and a quaint little village made it a great time. Takes a while to get there but well worth it. You only get 1 hour there so we went shopping and took pictures rather than sit down and eat. The Titanic tour is more interesting than you would think, and is very moving to see the gravestones, especially the one of the little child recovered. Our tour guide Liz was well versed on this tour and provided lots of good information. The better port of the two by far, and that alone would make me take this cruise again. GLORY: What I liked: The ship is a beautiful ship. Always clean, always well maintained. The main lobby with the kaleidoscope theme was bright and inviting. I enjoyed the dEcor of our dining room, the Platinum Dining Room. Loved the maitre'd and staff singing and dancing. Always left us waiting for what the next night would bring. The main decks were also decorated nicely, with nothing boring about them. There were a couple of bars where I never saw anyone, but I guess those get busy well past my bedtime. Amber Palace was also very nice. The Lido deck area, with the Red Sail Restaurant, and the different stations and bars were easy to enjoy. I loved eating at Red Sail enjoying the ocean view. The bartender by the aft pool was a little rude, which maybe explains why that bar was never busy. Serenity area is a godsend. Lots of space to lay on a deck chair, and having zero kids around to spoil the serenity is immeasurable. What I didn't like: Not much to complain about, but there are a few things. First and foremost, the previously mentioned seating at dining. I don't think people should have to jump through hoops just to be able to sit with their spouse privately. I understand the need for larger tables, but you should be able to secure the table of your choosing at the time of booking. A not so distant second are the elevators, specifically the wait time for them. I work in Manhattan and know all about waiting for elevators, but this was beyond ridiculous. Not only were the wait times long, but often the elevator would just go past your floor without stopping, increasing the wait. Why is it like this? Plus, there are no lights to easily signal which elevator is arriving, so if you're midship and are waiting for the regular and glass elevators, good luck figuring out which elevator is there. Luckily we were on deck 7 so it was only a couple of flights most of the times we just gave up waiting. I've seen this complaint before and couldn't agree more! The only other thing that comes to mind is that the layout of the ship can be frustrating at times. You can't walk across decks 3 or 4, the restaurant decks, so if you are aft or fwd you need to go up to deck 5 just to get back down to deck 3, which is made worse but the elevator wait times. Also, because of this, we quickly realized it best to arrive for dinner 15 minutes late as the mob that forms waiting for the restaurant to open chokes the waiting area, and people have a hard time getting off the elevators. SUMMARY: We loved the cruise and would take it again, or any other Carnival cruise for that matter. The ships are clean, the service excellent, and the atmosphere wonderful. The fact that it leaves from my hometown makes it even better. My wife liked it so much that just yesterday we went down by the Verrazano bridge to watch the Glory leave New York. As annoying as the few complaints are, it was not nearly enough to detract from our overall enjoyment of this trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My husband and I have always cruised with our children and my large family. This is the first time we cruised by ourselves. From the moment we arrived to the final minutes of our trip were wonderful. We have NEVER stayed in an inside cabin ... Read More
My husband and I have always cruised with our children and my large family. This is the first time we cruised by ourselves. From the moment we arrived to the final minutes of our trip were wonderful. We have NEVER stayed in an inside cabin and I was so afraid our trip would be a disappointment. It wasn't. Glory's inside cabins were spacious enough and had plenty of storage. Every single crew member on board went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable. My husband is a diabetic so we purchased the soda cards (for diet soda) rather than alcoholic drinks. Beginning the second night, our dinner table had two diet cokes with lemon waiting for us. When we approached some of the bars, they knew what we were drinking without asking. I love karaoke and found plenty of opportunity to sing both karaoke and with their new program (Karaoke Star - which has you singing with a live band). Since this was a grown up cruise for us (without kids) we enjoyed the casino -- where the dealers were patient and taught you how to play the tables - and the table prices were great (lots of $5 per hand tables all night long). The shows got better and better every day (they started out pretty great). The steakhouse was delicious ($30 per person - but they gave us a free bottle of wine for eating there the first night - then let us take the bottle back to our room - that doesn't happen too often). The grill, pizza lines weren't too long. The dining room was great. The interior buffet lines were a little long but not terrible. Never got near the chinese food because the lines were sooooo long, but didn't really miss it either. Comedians were very funny too. My only complaint, and this has nothing to do with the cruise line rather the passengers. People seem to feel they do not have to wait in line for food if they are only interested in take one or two food choices out of the two dozen items being offered. Hopefully this will wake people up for future cruises -- stop being so rude by line jumping. We are all waiting to eat. Stand in line with the rest of us -- we are most likely waiting for that piece of shrimp too. If you jump in line just because you want a few pieces of shrimp -- it's still rude! Most people do wait in line and are courteous. There are only a few who think they are too good to wait on line. If you don't want to wait on line, go to the dining room! There were 1,000 kids on board but to be honest you didn't see too many of them. The kids we did see seemed to be having a great time with the children programs. We did take advantage of the adult only lounges (with cushioned lounge chairs). Awesome! The cruise line opened phone lines for us to call home the night before Hurricane Irene was due to hit the East Coast. Thought that was a very nice thing to do. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Okay, for the price I was not expecting much. I wanted to drive to Canada but the price of gas got me thinking that this might be the better option. I am glad I did this cruise, but here are some things to think about when choosing the ... Read More
Okay, for the price I was not expecting much. I wanted to drive to Canada but the price of gas got me thinking that this might be the better option. I am glad I did this cruise, but here are some things to think about when choosing the Carnival Glory. Carnival is a good name for it, they try to get money out of you at every corner. Ironically, one of the constant 80's tunes that was play was Blonde's "One way or Another". (We are going to get your money.) I do not drink. At all. And the moment we boarded the ship, I was handed a drink. Not asked but handed it. I thought it was free and took a sip to find out it was a cocktail. Was holding it cordially until I could ditch it. But instead I was handed a bill to sign?????? ($7.50)  Learned the hard way but my friend ended taking the drink and put it on her tab. Got outta that one. Then we went to our cabin. I had read on here two days before our trip about bed bugs two doors down from our cabin. So went on a few sites to get information on the buggers. The first thing we did was check the sheets and bingo! Blood stains or something on the sheets on my daughters bed. The apologize profusely and change the ASAP good!! Then I decide to take a nap and can smell that someone else had been in my bed (they change the sheets again). So we did not seem to have any problems with the cabin after that as a matter of fact the service was wonderful and prompt. Towel animals where fun. Food-Took a minimum of 20 minutes-max about a hour to get a table in the Golden Dining room and service was very slow. Food was just okay needed spices nicely presented small portions but we where always full by the end of the meal. Rolls where not great, butter not tasty. The whole meal process took two hours. Photos-I am a professional photographer and was very impressed with the quality of the photos. That said pricing was fair and I did get many. However I felt like the whole boat turning into one big photo shoot each evening. There where rigs set up every few yards in every open space causing congestion. Pools/deck-Only went swimming for a few minutes. Salt water caught me by surprise so bring goggles for little ones. Pools where clean and not used much. Annoyed constantly by waiter asking if you wanted a drink while trying to read. UGH! Teen program-Kids seemed to like it but thought daytime events where boring and opt'ed out until evening. Steak house-Wonderful! But it's $30 extra Spa & gym- took a class and they added a gratuity on their and didn't offer. Class was good but too crowded. They removed it from my bill. My dd loved the abs class which was free. My girlfriend did the detox class and felt she was strong armed into buying "Products" at the tune of $700?? She regretted the purchase after. Ports-Was great to get off the ship!! Tour directors had great attitudes and stories. Which was good! Loved the locals! Photo tour was good but if you where there to learn there was little instruction time. Peggy's cove was a dream but the pink bus went very slow and you could not get much in at all as far as stops. Casino-The first day the slots where very loose but after that nada. Also they make it very difficult to change or leave a machine so you find yourself saying "playing the game too long". I also noticed that one of machines would near jackpot the second pull every time day. (a teaser perhaps) also another machine would put you into the bonus round on the 2nd or 3rd pull everytime. I'm a seasoned slot player and I wasn't feeling random results here. Also every two- three minutes someone would ask you if you wanted a drink, very annoying (not exaggerating either). Red Sail (casual dining)- Great Hamburgers, tasteless cold in the center hot dogs. the stuff to put of the hotdogs was placed in the wrong order of the buffet??? Weird and tough to cut back in line. The other food was just okay, Breakfast was "Mc quality" if you know what I mean. Loved the tropical fruit juice!! Soda Card-Almost go suckered into this one. Was told it was $20 a week but when you got one the ship it was $6.00 a day and not needed. They serve free lemonade & juice and iced & hot tea and coffee & water. I can do without the soda. Shows-Very good but I go to Broadway regulary and wasn't expecting much they exceeded my expectations and had lots of enthusiasm. Comedy was funny at times with the first guy but a bit offensive I'm not a prude but making fun of child sexual assault victims is not funny. I think that should be left out of the act. I was warned the next guy was not funny and the review was right, didn't laugh at all. Night clubs-Didn't see many people in them honestly. This wasn't a party crowd that I was warned of really. Nice people all around. But not your "upscale" crowd. I also didn't like that they offered an event but when you got there it had a fee. Walked across the ship to go to "Raffle for a free cruise" to find it cost $20. etc Would I do it again?? You might be surprised I would say "YES" because if you can say "NO" it's worth the money" Sort of a "buffet crowd" all around. If you are looking for eye candy the waiters delivered, but you will not find it around the pool. I'm a big woman and felt welcome among my sisters! Ha, Ha! So don't be afraid to pack a suit if you are in the "big & beautiful" division! The staff works so hard on this ship to make everything right. In fact I'm concerned about their "workers rights" in a way but they are all adults hope they get to have some time off. Fun times in the dining room when they try to entertain! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Took 5 night cruise to Canada ports: Saint John and Halifax July 11-16, 2011. Canada could be a lot colder than USA. In Saint John we had nice day 78F, but Halifax reached only 57F. We got to the port after 11am. ... Read More
Took 5 night cruise to Canada ports: Saint John and Halifax July 11-16, 2011. Canada could be a lot colder than USA. In Saint John we had nice day 78F, but Halifax reached only 57F. We got to the port after 11am. Stayed at hotel 2 nights prior cruise in Manhattan, took taxi from there (about 8$ plus tip). Embarkation process took about 40 min. First on a ship, went to customer service to set our cash account (last night got money back what didn't spend). Went first to the pool area to take advantage of hot weather, tried the slide, it was fun. After 1pm went to our balcony room. Room was big enough for both of us, and all our stuff.There is shampoo and body wash dispensers in the shower, plus they provided with travel size shampoo+conditioner packet, toothpaste, body wash, plus 1 razor.Didn't find hand soap (don't know if our Stuart forgot about it or they don't give it unless you ask) we got it after asking. Refrigerator found locked, so asked our Stuart to get everything out of there so we could cool our water.Safe operate by swiping your credit card, we used our room key-worked. Had 2 nice robes in a room. Flat screen tn in a room,you can check your account on it. Channels were mixed up, few the same ones, some empty ones. They had 3 movie channels, movies they repeat in 5 night stay. Movies they showed on our stay were: Princess Kaiulan, Despicable Me, Diary of a Whimpy kid,Letters to Juliet, Little Fockers, Tangled, Alpha & Omega, Megamind. Room service 24hours- free. Breakfast don't have eggs, bacon and etc., but food pretty good. Gym and Spa located together, first night closed 8pm (on paper said 10pm). They have steam and sauna rooms in a locker,sad that i couldn't use that together with my husband, glad- it was free (most of the ships charge for that extra), but hot tub was for every body's use. But the problem is that the water in it JUST WARM . Carnivals understanding of hot tub is different then mine. We went to costumer service talk about it, they said that by Carnival guidelines water should be between 90F to 105F. Later they called to our room, that water in "hot" tubs 95F and they happy about it. Humans body temperature 98,6, if water below that, don't you agree that it would feel cold. Ironically in a room shower on a wall the sign says , keep your shower water set on 38C which is 100.4F I tried to look up what temperature should be in hot tub , most websites said-104F. Gym looked nice, but didn't had TV, so they played music most of the time. Library's hours really funny, mostly 1 or 2 hours per day open, they had about 400 books, some games,, puzzles. We had anytime dining, which is in Golden dining room. Most of the time waited 15-30min to be seated. Some tables for two, really close to other tables. Food was good, warm melting chocolate cake with ice cream was really good. This cruise had 1 formal night (second night), they had lobster that night,saw some people wearing casual clothe. That night to get to dining room was a hassle. , photographers everywhere, they closed the stairs, they were on both sides dining room door. Ship have self laundromat, 3$ per load, per dryer, detergent and softener 1$ each packet. Iron in there. Coffee wasn't good at all, i guess they want you go to creamers and buy one there. Barista coffee :espresso single-1.95$, double-2.25$, shot-0.50$, coffee-regular or decaf 1.5$, fancy coffees: tall-2.95$,grande-3.5$ Internet: 60min - 24$ 30min - 16.5$ Pay as you go 0.75$ per minute One time activation fee 3.95$ Printing 0.5$ per page Had popcorn in the evenings in bar by movie screen. Cruise director didn't had stage appearance (looked more like baseball player- not professional) kind a slab.His assistant, young boy with Britain accent, couldn't understand him very good. Serenity area in front of the ship really nice, it's for adults (21+) only, but the weather didn't let us enjoy it to the fullest. In the back of the ship there is pool for everybody and hot tubs (warm) just for adults too. This area have retractable roof top. Buffet was just OK, not that much choices, but they had all these other stations too, so you can always find what to eat. Fish and chips, burrito, pizza-open 24 hours, deli, Mongolian wok- really good, but line gets long there. Most evenings they had sushi from 5-8pm. 3 different kinds, they putting each of one on a plate, that what you get, but you can ask for few plates (it was just OK). They had regular and with live band karaoke, that was fun. I saw book of songs for live band (125 songs only in there), i am not sure if regular karaoke had different song list book. Shows were just OK (our last cruise was Allure of the seas, they had the best shows). Saw one comedian show, it was for adults, got a lot of F words. You can bring one bottle wine or champagne per person on boat in your carry on bag on first day, don't forget bottle opener if you do. They had enough hand sanitizers all over the ship, sad - not everybody using them, or don't know how to use it without touching them . Garbage cans in buffet and public restrooms have lids on, whose bright idea was it, i don't want to touch it, restrooms, don't have paper towels, just noise makers. Liked little towels hanging on the door , to use on door handles. Last sea day they had chocolate buffet 12- 2:30pm, in buffet area. It was really good, but weak presentation, couldn't take nice pictures of it. It was our 7th cruise, we always do self disembarkation,(in paper said, that people with carry on bags only can participate in that) we and a lot other people had big bags, so if you able to carry all your stuff do it, so much faster, left ship 6:40, got to LGA before 8am, taxi 25$ plus tip. Then had a long wait for our 12pm flight. Aside all negative, we had nice relaxing cruise. I have a lot of pictures in http://travel.webshots.com/album/580596787CZBick website. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
My husband and I were married on July 9, and we cruised out of New York City on July 12th. Embarkation: A breeze for us. We live in Delaware, so it was about a 3-hour drive to NYC. Once we were at the terminal, we were directed to the ... Read More
My husband and I were married on July 9, and we cruised out of New York City on July 12th. Embarkation: A breeze for us. We live in Delaware, so it was about a 3-hour drive to NYC. Once we were at the terminal, we were directed to the VIP Lounge (this is my husband's 14th Carnival cruise and you're considered a Platinum member after 10). It was very comfortable and the people were very friendly. It took about ten minutes from when we arrived at the terminal to when we headed up the gangway. Dining: Very good. The dining room service was phenomenal. The drinks are fairly pricey, but they were always of good quality. My husband and I are both vegetarians which makes things a little tougher, but we still ate very well. It seems that all the Carnival ships have the same dinner menu, and since we can only order the vegetarian option, it would be nice to see some variety, but the meals are always cooked to perfection. We usually ate lunch on Lido and it was good, standard buffet fare; one of the days we ate lunch in the main dining room and it was excellent. We usually ordered room service for breakfast like the lazy bums we are. :) Public rooms: Lovely. The Glory is a gorgeous ship. I'd been on the Glory in 2007(Cozumel/Belize/Costa Maya/Nassau) and both times I was awed by both how beautiful the decor is and how nicely it is kept. Entertainment: Okay. We did the "Super Trivia" and it turned out to be incredibly dumb. I showed up for charades and left because the woman running it looked bored out of her skull and it was horribly organized AND it was in a terrible spot on the ship. We also did Bingo, and went to the champagne art auction which, despite my not buying anything, was AWESOME. I loved the art auctioneer and it was totally fascinating to watch. Besides the champagne, I also got a free print just for showing up. Coolness. Cabin: AMAZING. His mother-in-law totally spoiled us by booking us an Ocean Suite, which was spacious and luxurious. And it being our honeymoon,I'll confess we spent a decent amount of time in the room. Gorgeous bathroom with a whirlpool bathtub and separate dressing area, spacious bedroom, and a double-sized balcony. The room was kept in impeccable order by Wi,our room steward. St. John was kind of so-so, we didn't do any excursions but we wandered around (in the pouring rain - we looked very stylish in our ponchos). We found a couple local shops, ate a delicious lunch at a Thai restaurant, and went to the New Brunswick Museum (not very interesting, in my personal opinion). Halifax, as always, was gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful. The people are so warm, there is SO much to do, and the scenery is just breathtaking. I loved it and wished I could have stayed longer. If you're ever there, go to Grafton and Market Sts. and eat at a restaurant called The Wooden Monkey. A totally awesome independent restaurant with delicious vegetarian/vegan options, free-range meat, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. In conclusion, we had a fantastic honeymoon. Shame that life has to get back to normal, but thanks, Carnival Glory - we owe you one! Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
This was my second time on the Carnival Glory. I went four years ago to the Carribean, this time went to New England. This trip, I went with my husband alone, last time I went with my mom, mother in law and children. This was my third ... Read More
This was my second time on the Carnival Glory. I went four years ago to the Carribean, this time went to New England. This trip, I went with my husband alone, last time I went with my mom, mother in law and children. This was my third Carnival cruise, the first was in 2000 to the Mexican Riviera. I have not sailed with any other cruise line. But I honestly can't imagine why I'd want to. My experiences with Carnival have been wonderful. The employees really bend over backwards to help you with anything you need or want. And they are so consistently friendly that I wonder if they slip happy drugs in the staff food! Every single employee was kind and helpful. Jorge, the cruise director, was just HYSTERICAL. He's a very funny comedian. Loved him! The games were funny and the shows were good. JUSTIN ILLUSION was awesome. Very sexy magic show. I saw him on my first trip aboard the Glory and he has gotten better, the show is amazing. There were two comedians aboard---Mark Klein and Rich Brooks. Mark was very funny and Rich, not to my taste. They both did PG and adult shows. Two new additions since my last cruise were a big screen tv on Lido deck and minature golf. We didn't watch any movies (too busy w/shows and activities) On this trip, the ports of call were St. John, and Halifax in Nova Scotia. We took three excursions on this cruise, City Market and St. Martin's sea caves in St. John, Peggy's Cove in Halifax, and we also took the "Behind the Fun" tour of the ship. The Behind the Fun tour is pricy--$95 per person. But it is 3 hours long, and you see all kinds of interesting things. The ship has a brig (jail) and a morgue. We saw where the laundry was done, trash taken care of, food prepared, staff lounges, backstage at the theatre, and even got to go on the bridge and meet the captain who was VERY generous with his time and answered all kinds of questions. We got a picture w/the captain, a hat, backpack and lanyard as gifts on the tour. If you have the money to spare, and are interested in how things work, this is a great tour. I'm glad I took it. The one thing I didn't like on this ship was that I heard music by the pool on two different times that contained the F word. I don't think that's appropriate, since little ones hang out there so much. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Cruising is what you make it. Seriously, I could nitpick and list a dozen things that were "wrong" but I'd be stretching just to have something to complain about. Overall, the Glory was a nice ship and the trip was fun. ... Read More
Cruising is what you make it. Seriously, I could nitpick and list a dozen things that were "wrong" but I'd be stretching just to have something to complain about. Overall, the Glory was a nice ship and the trip was fun. Embarkation took longer than we expected from the reviews we read here. I knew that Carnival had notified those that lived locally that they should arrive early so we expected to find people already there, but we were in line for well over an hour. Halfway through, we started chatting with the couple behind us and before we knew it we were at the front of the line. Cool! Make new friends rather than focusing on the wait and you'll be much happier. Got onboard and checked out the ship while waiting for our rooms to be available. I read another review complaining that there were no stations to buy the soda cards and I find this hard to believe as there were stations all over the place the first day to buy the cards and others promoting the steakhouse. We are not big soda drinkers and opted not to get them this cruise. We bought them on our last cruise before we realized that there was plenty to drink that was included in the cruise price. There is always tea, lemonade, coffee, and water available on the Lido deck and in the dining rooms. Got into our room - very nice! Bathroom was larger than what we had on the Inspiration several years ago and much better laid out. Not big, not by far, but you had room to stand up in front of the toilet and to step out of the shower. Bedding was very nice as well. The balcony was what we expected - room for 2 chairs and a small table with a bit more room to maneuver. One note - it got really windy at night and we would have difficulty getting the door to seal right. We finally grabbed our room steward and asked what he was doing because we noticed that when he had been in it was always shut tight. You had to slam it shut to get it to seal. Annoying, yes, but not a huge deal. We opted for anytime dining and it worked for us. It seems like the majority of people on here did not care for it, but we had no issues and only had to wait for a few minutes on the very first night. (Coincidentally, the only night we went late.) Perhaps being a party of 2 helped. The wait staff always treated us well, the food was always hot and well prepared, and we had no complaints. I'm pretty picky about how my food is prepared, very much a foodie, and I was impressed by the quality of what we received. The lobster tail during elegant night was one of the best I have ever had, and this includes a couple of 4 star restaurants! If you want hot food that hasn't been overcooked - GO EARLY. The shrimp was good, chateaubriand was yummy, ribs were perfectly done. Here would be one of my nitpicky complaints. Nothing to do with the staff though. We had the misfortune of sitting next to a family that was determined to be miserable. We were grouped with two other tables for two next to a family of 4 or 5. They let their child dump her drink everywhere, dump out the salt shaker, you name it. Then they threw a fit that they were getting "bad" service as the wait staff was avoiding them. The mom actually got mad because there was salt dumped on the table and flung it at one of the female staff members who walked by. If you want respect and to be treated well, give some back. These are people that work there, not your personal slaves. Keep in mind also that it is not fast food service and be prepared to wait a reasonable amount of time for each course. Allow 1 - 2 hours for dinner. If you don't want to wait, eat in the Red Sail Restaurant and stay out of the MDR. We did eat in the Emerald Room Steakhouse one night and were glad we did. It is definitely worth the $30 pp charge for dinner. I would say that the food and service was comparable to a high end steakhouse, we've paid more per person than our total bill including a bottle of wine per person for similar dining experiences locally. DH's filet mignon was excellent. My ribeye was good, but not great. Service was FANTASTIC. The sommelier was friendly and knowledgeable. (Hint: go to the wine tasting and pairing class that is offered for $15 per person the first day at sea. Well worth the money and very educational!) Food on deck was okay. I would recommend checking the times that the different restaurants are open because some of them were funky and unpredictable. The deli is always open and offered very good food. The meat is freshly sliced and the sandwiches prepared to order. Yum! (And I'm not even normally a sandwich type person!) Fish and chips were good, but you'll see them offered everywhere, everyday. Didn't get to try the Mongolian or the Burrito Bar. Hint #2 - avoid the "bacon police" by getting breakfast outside on the lido deck by the omelet station. Also, if one side has a long line, try the other. We found that one station would be 10 - 15 people deep and the other would have two. We ate early most mornings and did not experience the long lines or difficulty finding a seat that some others have complained about. The welcome aboard show was okay. Not great, but not horrible. Thought the dancing was cheesy. Jorge was funny though and he remained present and funny throughout the cruise. Second nitpick, again nothing to do with the staff. While standing in line for bingo before the welcome aboard show, the older lady in front of me started griping to Kiwi about the temperature. Kiwi explained to her that we were sailing north and that the temperatures would be cooler, especially at night. The lady was very affronted and exclaimed, "But I only packed summer clothes!" If you fail to do your research - and lack common sense - don't blame the staff. Canada is not the tropics, even in June and July. Pack a sweater or sweatshirt. Understand that there is going to be cooler temperatures and a LOT of fog. If you want warmth and sun, go to the Caribbean. Speaking of fog - hint #3 - bring earplugs if you want to sleep. The foghorns will be going off every few minutes all night long. Yes, it sucks and it's annoying, but it's better than crashing into another vessel. Be warned that the first variety show is a "Las Vegas" type show. They did a sucky job explaining that on this cruise, but that means that it's NOT child friendly. It means very skimpy outfits and butts hanging out everywhere. I don't care about that, but if you're going to put girls in those types of outfits PLEASE make sure that they have the body for it. I'm plus sized, but there was a dancer with some serious tummy rolls going on that just did not look good at all in the outfits they wore for most of the performances. We came to the conclusion that there are just too many bars on this ship and that they're tucked too far out of the way. We wanted to hang out in the piano bar and the first night we went there were 2 or 3 couples in the bar and it just seemed awkward. Went another night and there wasn't anyone and the piano player was smoking a cigarette talking to a waiter. The disco was always hopping and offered different themes each night to appeal to different crowds. Casino was large and packed. We're not big gamblers but it was fun hanging out and playing the penny slots for fun. Speaking of the casino, we hooked up with the Cruise Critic members twice on this cruise. Once at the Azure bar (which we found out was closed until the evening so that was a "fail" on our part.), and a slot pull the first day at sea. We had a lot of fun chatting and meeting each other. The slot pull was tons of fun and we walked away .38 ahead of the $5 we each bet. Our group drew a crowd as people kept coming over to see what was going on and why we were having so much laughing and cheering one another on. Halifax wasn't what we expected. From the reviews on here we expected to love Halifax and tolerate Saint John and it was quite the opposite. I would recommend booking a shore excursion of some sort on Halifax or making definitive plans before you arrive. The maritime museum was nice and a few dollars cheaper at the door than onboard. Also, you can buy some of the harbor cruises right off the ship for half the price as what Carnival charges. The town was "okay" but we walked and walked and didn't feel that it was that different. There are a lot of homeless people begging money and a lot of street musicians. I have to give thanks to the wonderful optometrist that repaired my eyeglasses for me - without charge. THANK YOU! Saint John is in the process of improving their image to draw more tourists and they're serious about it. There's a brand new cruise terminal right downtown and tons of stuff within walking distance of the ship. Be aware that there are a lot of steep hills. After the experience in Halifax, we opted to pay the $40 per person to ride the Big Pink Bus HOHO tour and it was worth the money. We did all 3 loops and wish we'd had time to go back to some of the stops. Shopped downtown and had lunch - yummy scallops! The big thing there was dulse - a dried seaweed. Be aware that you can take it back to the ship, but you can't bring it into the US. The people of Saint John were awesome and we really enjoyed ourselves. It felt like the cruise was over at this point. The last day at sea just didn't have a lot going on other than being told what to do to get off the ship. I felt like the cruise ended a day early and that was kind of disappointing. Debarkation went well. Hint #4 - head to the show lounge to hang out if you elect to not use self assist. They let us off sooner than the people that were waiting in other parts of the ship. We enjoyed ourselves and the ship, but I don't think we would do this itinerary again. I would definitely sail the Glory again, but I think once was enough for sailing the coast of Canada. We don't regret it and we had a good time, but it just didn't feel as far away from home as we would have preferred. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
Carnival Glory Ratings
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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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