Sail Date: September 2013
Labor Day Week Cruise on the Carnival Glory In July it was time for my wife and I to decide where to go for our annual trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary. After looking at several options we decided on this cruise since it was one ... Read More
Labor Day Week Cruise on the Carnival Glory In July it was time for my wife and I to decide where to go for our annual trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary. After looking at several options we decided on this cruise since it was one of the few itineraries that did not include a port call in Boston a city we have visited on two other vacations to New England. To get to New York's Manhattan Passenger Ship Terminal instead of driving we found the best option would be to park our car in Wilmington, DE and take a Greyhound bus to New York which is what we did on the morning of September 2. Since it was a holiday and the traffic was light we arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal right on time at 10:15 AM took one of the fastest cab rides I have ever had in New York arriving at the passenger ship terminal by 10:30 AM after leaving our luggage with a porter we made out way to security and check in where we were assigned to boarding group two and received or sail and sign cards where we found due to changes to Carnival's loyalty program we were moved from gold to read status . Boarding began at 11:15 Am and by 11:45 AM we were on board the Glory and made out way up to the Lido Deck for lunch. The buffet on the Lido Deck had a Guy's Burger Joint and a Blue Iguana Cantina (both are Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements) which were located out side near the main pool. In side there were the buffet which had two lines one for Italian and other ethnic foods one for comfort foods or home cooking. On Deck 10 there was a buffet serving seafood and by the aft pool is the 24 hour Pizza. The only option that was missing was Asian which was not available on this ship. Nor was there a Sushi bar replaced by another Fun Ship enhancement called the Taste Bar. For lunch I tried one of the Cheese Burgers form Guys Burger Place which I had without the sauce and I chose to add my own toppings from their topping bar which had every topping option available. The fries were quite good. I then went and bought my bottomless bubbles so I could have unlimited soda. The view from Deck was not that good due to cloud's and fog that limited visibility on the river. At 1:30 PM I checked to see if our cabin was ready but it was not ready at the same time it started to rain lightly. At 2:00 PM our room was ready and we dropped off our carry on bags or luggage was not delivered to our room until 3:30 PM which was when the mandatory safety briefing started we found our muster station to be rather cramped as we did find the rest of the ship to be cramped. At 3:50 PM the starboard side was released from the drill followed by our side when we got up to the Lido deck we found that the Glory was pulling away from the dock. We stayed on deck and took pictures as we sailed past the Manhattan sky line seeing such sites as 1 World Trade Center, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty and just being able to sail under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. We then went to our cabin to unpack the cabin had plenty of storage space and the in room safe was easier to use than on Royal Caribbean. But the cabin was much smaller than on Royal Caribbean and early in the morning was very stuffy. At 6:00 PM I went back on deck and we had made our way out of New York Harbor to the point where our pilot was picked up by his launch which dropped him off at a larger boat that was near by. After unpacking we went to the Photo Gallery to check out our gangway shots which we decided not to purchase. We then went and checked the dinner menu and had dinner. The service in the dinning room was good but we have found that the quality of the food to be not as good as on previous cruises on Carnival we also discovered that the menus are the same as we had on our first two cruises on Carnival in 2011. After dinner we checked out the ships on deck 5 and went to the 10:15 PM Welcome Aboard show hosted by our cruise director Matt. The show featured a teaser from the show Divas, some comedy by the Cruise Director the show ended with a little bit of stands up but we decided to leave the show early and since it was a long day to get some sleep. Our second day was the first of two "Fun days at Sea" we woke up and got dresses and headed down the hall to the Lido Deck for breakfast. On our way to breakfast we font the ship was traveling through a heavy fog that stayed with the Glory all day with some lifting of the fog in the afternoon despite the fog the weather was warm. There was the same number of lines as at lunch with each section having a make your own Omelet station along with a dedicated line for those who did not want omelets and stations for those wanting a continental breakfast. Breakfast was about the same as on previous trips on Carnival. After, breakfast we went to the photo gallery and bought a couple of pictures we had taken at dinner the previous night. My wife decided to do some shopping in the fun shops while I attended the cruise director briefing Fun aboard and fun ashore which was a preview of the ports we would be visiting along with information about where the gangways would be. It was at this briefing that I found that the ship would be remaining on New York time and not changing over to Atlantic Time. As on the only other cruse I had where there was a time change the ships time and the local time were the same. After the cruise directors briefing I met my wife and headed to the Lido deck where my wife but some jewelry from the inch of gold sale. After make her purchase we went to the steak house on deck 10 for a wonderful cooking demonstration where the chefs prepared a starter, salad, main course and a desert. With each course the audience got a sample which was very generous. I would recommend this activity to any one who is interested in cooking or fine dining. After the demo we went and had a seafood lunch of fish and chips was quite good. After lunch my wife wanted to take a nap so I watched a free film on the in rooms TV which on the Glory are all flat-screens after within the movie I was going to go out for as walk I found a notice from the shore excursions desk where we found that our excursion to Hopewell Rocks was cancelled due to the tour not meeting the minimum number of participants. I talked with my wife and chose a replacement tour which I want and bought at the shore excursions desk. After taking a walk while my wife was napping. I returned to my cabin and we went to the afternoon tea and cake which was quite good. After tea it was time to start to get ready for Formal night after dressing. We went down to the promenade and had several formal pictures taken and then had dinner. After dinner we attended the Playlist productions show Motor City which was a wonderful production featuring Motown music. The only problem I have is that Carnival has reduced the number of dancers and has eliminated the live music during the show which made the shows much better however the new led back drops for the sets were out standing. After the show we went to the late night snacks which consisted of cookies, fruit and sandwiches. After our snack we went to bed as tomorrow would be the first of two consecutive port days. After getting up and getting dresses I went out on deck just as we were docking at our 1st port of call which was St. John the wither started out as cool and foggy but the fog eventually lifted and we had nice sunny weather for the res t of our stay in St. John. After breakfast we left on the 1st part of our shore excursion which was a boat ride up the St. John river to see the reversing rapids which was ok as we were due to the currents we were not bale to get to close to the rapids. But we were able to get some nice pictures of the Carnival Glory. After the cruise we had plenty of free time so we walked into town bought some souverneers visited the Old City Market and the Kings Square bandstand. After having a beaver tale. We returned to the Glory to have a quick lunch and to change clothes as the weather has gotten warmer and sunnier. After lunch we visted the shops set up in a tent next door to the Marco Polo Cruise terminal which is just a short walk from the cities uptown business district. We then took the trolley tour of St. John which was quite interesting and we got a better view of the reversing rapids then we did from the boat ride in the morning. Once we returned to the ship terminal we returned with plenty of time to get to our cabin and up to the Lido deck to watch the sail away which was delayed as the last of the shore excision groups arrived about 5 minutes before sail away. While waiting the sail way we had some pizza which was quite good. We then wen to the photo gallery where we brought some of our pictures from formal night. We then had an early dinner and attended Hasbro the Game show. This show which is excusive to Carnival was terrific fund for all ages as the games were interactive and was great fun for both adults and the kids. After the show we returned to our cabin as the next day was anther day and anther port of call. We awoke early and had breakfast. After breakfast we returned to our cabin and got our stuff and went up on to deck to watch our arrival at Halifax's historic pier 23 the day was sunny and seasonably cool. After docking we were able to get off and head to our shore excursion which was Top 10 Best of Halifax tour. Just beware this this is a very popular excursions where you will be on a motor coach with about 70 of your cruise mates. However since there were three section of the tour once the coach was loaded we were able to star the tour about 5 minutes late. The tour started with a photo stop at the Citadel which I whished was a visit to the Citadel as it is one of the most popular sites to visit in Halifax. After the Citadel we had a visit to the botanical gardens where we had an hour for lunch and shopping the tour then heads out to Peggy's Cove and Canada's most visited light house. When we arrived at Peggy's Cove it was cold and very windy and by the time we finished with our photos and souvenir shopping a light rain was falling which got heavier once got on the coach. The next stop was at Acadian Maple where we bought some maple syrup. The tour then made its way back in what was not a steady down pool to visit Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 of the victims of the Titanic disaster are buried we then med out way back to the ship at this point the rain stopped and the sun came out we then did some last shopping for souvenirs and then got back on the ship. My wife then took a nap while I watched the sail way. After sail way we went to the Photo Galley and bought our pictures from both St. John and Halifax. We then had dinner and saw the show Divas and had a late night snack it was time to turn in as we had one final "Fun Day at Sea". We slept in late for our final fun day at see it was sunny with temps around 60 degrees and a very strong wind blowing. After dressing we got up and had Brunch at the Punch line Brunch which was brunch with a brief 5 minute comity show after a canned introduction from George Lopez. The food was excellent and was able to use our drink coups which we received in our cabin for being past cruises. After brunch we returned to our cabin to pack our bags since tomorrow would be debarkation day. After, packing we went to Lido deck for one last burger at Guys for me and some fish tacos for my wife. My wife then took a nap and I went and found a spot to read. At 4:00 Pm we brought our towels and found a couple of chairs to watch a movie on the big screen which was good for about an hour when the screen malfunctions so we decided to return to our cabin where we finished our packing and went to dinner, wen back to our cabin to place our bags out and attended the closing nigh show which was Latin Nights and was much better than the old variety show by the entertainment staff and some of the guests. Then we had one last late night snack and it was off to be since we would be heading home tomorrow. After awaking and getting dressed I went up on deck just as we were approaching the Manhattan Cruise terminal where we arrived on time at 7:00 AM. After having breakfast we returned to our cabin to see that it was all ready cleaned and set for the next cruse even though we were told we could use the cabin until 8:30 AM. (I am assuming that the new occupant may have bought Carnivals Faster to the Sun option to get early access to the cabin and ship). At this point self assist debarkation began and we made our way to deck 5 to wait for the start of relaxed or zone debarkation by 9:00 AM zone debarkation began we were in zone 14 our zone was called around 10:00 AM and we proceeded to pick up our luggage gave our customs declaration and then proceeded to get a cab back to the bust terminal for our Greyhound Bus back home. Overall this was the worst of our three cruises on Carnival we are scheduled to take a three day cruise on Royal Caribbean in December from Singapore. Would we cruise on Carnival again we would if the cruse is going someplace we want to visit and the price is right.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
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: August 2013
This was our first time aboard the Carnival Glory, and it turned out to be a pleasant ship to sail on. It was a very smooth journey. It was, however, a bit awkward in navigating to the formal dining rooms as their main entrances were not ... Read More
This was our first time aboard the Carnival Glory, and it turned out to be a pleasant ship to sail on. It was a very smooth journey. It was, however, a bit awkward in navigating to the formal dining rooms as their main entrances were not easily accessible from mid-ship - one had to go to the extreme stairs/elevators, whether forward or aft, to find the right way to enter them. But that's a minor quibble. The ship was beautifully maintained. Everywhere and everything was cleaned to perfection. I tried the special burger place, but did not care for it. Neither one of us is especially fond of Mexican fare, so we didn't try the cantina. We also did not try the steakhouse menu, as we learned on other Carnival cruises that the servings are much larger than we can eat without feeling stuffed. The food in the formal dining rooms was fine, though the tables for two are much too close together for comfort. Our favorite meals were served in the Platinum dining room, which was open for breakfast/brunch. I highly recommend the deviled Cornish hen and the steak and eggs, both prepared with imaginative sauces and cooked very well. The Lido buffet was, as always, crammed with luscious offerings. Everyone should be able to find something of interest on the 9th deck. We enjoyed meeting the pleasant, polite, and friendly people of St. John in the province of New Brunswick, where we learned many interesting facts about the Loyalists who fled the 13 colonies to avoid being harassed by the Revolutionaries and seeing the prosperous, clean and friendly city of Halifax. The main street of Halifax reminded me of midtown Manhattan, so I felt right at home. We were disappointed in the quality of the entertainment, spoiled perhaps by the great shows we saw on our two Carnival cruises in 2012. The music was overly loud and the lyrics were in the main unintelligible. The dancers were good but the scenery was nothing but computer-generated graphics on a screen behind them - glaring and reminiscent of a poorly-designed computer game. The comics were not funny, whether so-called "family oriented" or "adult" - meaning potty humor best suited to a ten-year old. We did enjoy the romantic dance music performed by "Summer Breeze." Some of the guests astounded us by their talent and expertise in ballroom dancing. The smaller groups performing around the ship seemed to do a better job than the big-ticket items in the theater. Read Less
Sail Date: July 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 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 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: April 2013
We flew out of NY to Miami on an early morning flight and arrived at MIA shortly after 10am. We proceeded to the baggage claim area (even though neither my partner or I had baggage there, as we only do "carry on "), to meet our ... Read More
We flew out of NY to Miami on an early morning flight and arrived at MIA shortly after 10am. We proceeded to the baggage claim area (even though neither my partner or I had baggage there, as we only do "carry on "), to meet our Carnival transfer to the ship. Carnival has a desk at MIA which is extremely convenient, and we were able to sign in and get all our documentation done prior to arriving at the port. We boarded our Carnival transfer bus within minutes and had about a 20min ride to the port. Because we had purchased the F2F pass,($ my mind well spent), check in there was a breeze. After security, we proceeded right to the photo op area and boarded the ship. We carried our luggage on (as we only bring carry on), and upon entering went directly to the Lido Deck Buffet where we had our lunch. Lunch was satisfying enough variety and quantity, and by the time we were finished, we checked to see if our room was ready (12:30pm). Our first time in a balcony room, it seemed roomy, 3 closets, and nice & clean. We changed into our bathing suits and headed to the Serenity Adults only area. Our waiter Guilliame, took special note of our names, our drink requests, and gave us special attention throughout our cruise. We opted for a wine package and it was delivered to our room, although we needed to request ice and glasses. After the first two days, the ice appeared consistently, but we still needed to get glasses from the bar (not a problem). Our MDR was the Golden and we chose the anytime option. We never waited, although a few nights we chose to dine with others instead of waiting for a table for 2, (a pleasant choice imo). The waiters were attentive, and I thoroughly enjoyed the nights they danced for us. Again, everyone knew our name and seemed eager to please.The main show was fantastic. One night Motown, the Divas, & Latin Night. As a consistent attendee at Broadway Musicals, the dancing is top rate and singing great also. We didn't care for the adult show at the Punchliner (too smutty, language), so went to the family friendly version and enjoyed that. There was also a magician (forget his name-Indian) that was totally awesome in one of the lounges. The White Heat Disco had a good mix of 70's, 80's, 90's, etc nights, just be aware the venue changes hourly and music/crowd changes as well. The music in the Atrium and Camel were suitable for dancing most times which we took full advantage of. I have no knowledge of the casino (which always looked busy) or the kids programs because we had no need of them. Our first day at sea I made a spa visit for a facial. It was overpriced and not what I expect at home. Nuff said.We did two Carnival excursions. One was the Wallace River Tour & Mayan Ruin in Belize. Despite very hot and humid conditions (the bus lost air conditioning), it was informative and very interesting. I would definately recommend.The other was a reef tour in Cozumel and that was beautiful and informative as well. We opted to do our own tour in Grand Caymen as there are many options as you step off the ship. Enjoyed the ports of Mahogany Bay, Hondoras & Belize the most.We spent a lot of time in the Adult Serenity area, played miniature golf, used the spa, sauna, steam room, hot tub, and gym. The pool area on the Lido was always pretty loud and "fun".... but we chose to do our own thing pretty much on this cruise.I took home several beautiful photographs from the Pixel photogs and many happy memories. Dembarkation was a breeze. We chose self assist and were off the boat by 9am. Already booked my next CCL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
This was our 8th Carnival Cruise. First I want to say that I love to cruise and this was no exception. The ports were wonderful! Our favorite was Roatan Honduras! We ziplined on a Carnival booked excursion which ended at the beach ... Read More
This was our 8th Carnival Cruise. First I want to say that I love to cruise and this was no exception. The ports were wonderful! Our favorite was Roatan Honduras! We ziplined on a Carnival booked excursion which ended at the beach where we snorkeled and played on the water obstacle course. In Cozumel we visited Mr. Sanchos all inclusive beach resort (great value $50 all you can eat all you can drink). They have a swim up bar (I did not get in) I was excited about this until I got there as saw some people in the pool which I am not sure could get out to do bodily functions...just sayin! But they also have comfy loungers and umbrellas and even hammocks. This was our 3rd trip to Mr. Sanchos. We swam with the rays in Grand Cayman...awesome (2nd time doing this)! Costa Maya was a switch from the original itinerary which was supposed to be Belize. We did the Tequilla Beach resort...beach was dirty when we were there...but we walked down the beach a few yards to Senior Frogs and it was much better. As for the boat....Guys Burgers was a huge hit! The pizza is to die for! Had to have pizza every night before going to bed. DH said he was not hungry ...who said anything about being hungry??? Blue Iguana canteen was too...buffet I felt was the worst choices I have ever seen. The food was not bad just no selection in my opinion. Ate at the steakhouse also just average certainly not the best we have had. We had your time dinning and might have discovered the secret to getting hot bread is to be there at 5:45 when they open! Entertainment was the biggest disappointment! We are huge piano bar fans and I knew from my pre-cruise research that we were not going to spend much time. Tom Riccio was the entertainer and we had sailed with him before. Great musician just NOT a crowd pleaser! Production shows were "Ok". Very disappointed in NO dance music at all! Did not even hear a band that sounded like they could remotely perform an entire show. One comedian whose name was Scotty K was great...saw 4 of 5 of his shows! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Just got out of shuttle and was going to the ship and porter came to us and said hi and held his hand out for a tip and said we take tips. He hasn't even touched our luggage yet and already asking for a tip. I was going to tip them ... Read More
Just got out of shuttle and was going to the ship and porter came to us and said hi and held his hand out for a tip and said we take tips. He hasn't even touched our luggage yet and already asking for a tip. I was going to tip them anyways so I gave him a few dollars. I was going to tip him a lot more but found it rude to ask for a tip before even touching our luggage. Took about a hour to get onto the ship which was okay with us. Once on ship we tried guys burgers which was delicious. I Highly recommend you try them. I ate them 4 times out of 7 days. Pizza was not good you couldn't get a cheese and pepperoni pizza. It was buffalo cheese and other ingredients that I don't normally get on a pizza. It's not a traditional crust pizza they make it on flat bread. The steak house was amazing perfectly cooked steak and amazing deserts. The buffet had a large selection but quality was not that great as well as temp of food was just Luke warm. Mdr was for the most part good. Some nights were better then others. They handled my shellfish allergies very well. I always knew what was for supper they day before as my meals were cooked seperatly. Room service is very limited you were not able to have a hot meal from room service. It was pastries some sandwiches and fruit. Would of love to had a hot lunch on the balcony with the wife. Entertainment for the most part was really good. The only exception is at the end of the trip they started repeating the same shows and same games. We went to every show and they were all very good. Just wish they didn't repeat them selves and had a few more different shows. All the comedians were great except for one. I found the comedy shows too short in length. They were about 15 min in length. With about 20 to 30 min wait between comedians. My main complaint was the service. There times we had long wait time for drinks mainly during shows or comedians. We would order drinks and the first comedian would be finished by the time we would get our drink. Again 20 to 30 min to get a drink during the shows. A couple of times we would get attitude because we didn't tip but sorry if I'm waiting 20 to 30 min to get a drink your not getting a tip. The only time I seen our room attendant was at the end if cruise wanting a tip. Which we did tip because room was always clean and had fresh towls everyday. Would of been nice to have seen him once before the last day just to introduce himself. Another time they were arguing on which table to sit my wife and I at. They tables they were arguing about were like 4 feet apart and both tables were were empty. Don't understand why they were arguing for so my wife and I sat at a table and it took about 30 seconds before they realized I made the choice for them. On a different occasion a person at our table was trying to explain to the waitress how he wanted his egg cooked which was flipped over and cooked well. She said over easy. He said not really he wanted flipped over and cooked a little longer so the yolk is fully cooked. She said over easy. He tried to explain again but the waitress cut him off and put her hand out and her exact words were ya ya I get it over easy and then went to next person and said what about you what would you like. I thought for the most part that customer service was lacking and a lot of tge other people that had cruised carnival before said that this cruise was well below what the normally get on there other carnival cruises. Cabin was great no complaints about the cabin itself. Getting off the ship was a breeze we did self debarktion and with in 20 to 30 min we are off to the airport. What we leaned from this cruise is we love cruising but we more customer service for our money so for our next cruise we will try another company. We have book a cruise on royal carrbean on harmony of the seas for 2017 and looking for one the winter of 2016. Odds are we won't be cruising carnival we will try another company for comparisons. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
I am not a writer therefore will do my best :) Overall: loved my cruise! Embarkation on Faster to the Fun (FTTF): I felt this was my only issue with service for the entire cruise. They only had 1 person dedicated to this desk. It ... Read More
I am not a writer therefore will do my best :) Overall: loved my cruise! Embarkation on Faster to the Fun (FTTF): I felt this was my only issue with service for the entire cruise. They only had 1 person dedicated to this desk. It appeared like the regular lines were moving much faster. The only other concern was upon receiving our Sign and Sail cards, we were given our priority boarding cards and advised to take a seat. After calling priority boarding, we walked up, passed them our cards and started walking when the Terminal manager yelled, " those people should not be boarded, they are not priority" We were slightly embarrassed. After that, the FTTF benefit of having our room ready and receiving our luggage worked perfectly! The embarkation process went ok and may have been a bit out of control due to staff shortages that day due to the traffic mess caused by the marathon. Ship: it was great! This my 2nd ship in this class therefore knew the layout. I loved the new restaurants Blue Iguana Cantina and Guy's Burger Joint. I loved the updates done to the Amber Palace shows! I really enjoyed the Punchliner Comedy Club! I took advantage of the Camel Club, Cinn-a-bar and Ebony Cabaret. I was really impressed with the entertainment on board. Food, service and room was great. Room 7402 was very quiet and can be recommended. Weather: slightly disappointing. We had winds which caused some rough seas and cooler conditions on the seas. Had some down pours in St.Thomas and San Juan. Ports: great ports. No need to do the Carnival excursions. Did tours with Blue Hole Watersports (Nassau) and Grand Turk Diving . Taxi in St.Thomas to Sapphire Beach and our own walking tour in San Juan. Enjoyed each one of them! In summary. I would certainly recommend this cruise. Carnival employees were all friendly. Live music and entertainment was good quality and plentiful! The weather cannot be helped therefore the ship itself and staff made the week for us :) We enjoyed the wide ranging guest age groups. We personally saw no craziness. The ship is big but never felt busy. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2012
There were good and annoying things about the cruise so lets start with the good. Got to Port of Miami at 11:00 am and got on board quick and easy,we did all of our pre boarding stuff on line so all they did was take pictures,did quick id ... Read More
There were good and annoying things about the cruise so lets start with the good. Got to Port of Miami at 11:00 am and got on board quick and easy,we did all of our pre boarding stuff on line so all they did was take pictures,did quick id verification and that's it on to the buffet. DH went to the buffet on Lido deck and I ran up to Longboards for Bouillabaisse and Fish and Chips both were good and after Hubby saw my Bouillabaisse he got a bowl and loved it.We ate upstairs in longboard because the lido deck dining area was crowded and we wanted lunch with a water view and that's exactly what we got as a matter of fact we were the only people sitting up there and it was wonderful. Waite staff upstairs cleared our plates offered to get us drinks etc very attentive. After buffet we wanted to find out were and how to get to the Spa hot tubs so off we went to the Spa.Got there and they quickly directed us to their spa tour.Saw the Acupuncture Lady found out you don't even feel the pins go in learned something new.Next stop the beauty shop.They ask for 2 models to volunteer 1 man 1 woman so hubby and I volunteered.He loved the free facial and shave a 60 dollar value and I absolutely without a doubt loved my hair and scalp oil treatment and blow out a 110 dollar value for free.My hair was so shiny,soft and moved beautifully.I have African American hair and had not had a relaxer done since May, way over due so this was the perfect treat to start our cruise. We had a balcony room with a small fridge which we had to get the steward to unlock in order to use it.the room appeared to be bigger than the one we had on destiny we enjoyed it stewards were very friendly and don't ask me how they remembered our names.bed was okay not as comfy as on the Sensation.Room location was close to elevators to getting on and off ship was quick and easy at our elevator access.Noise want bad if your a light sleeper this isn't the room for you.We had no trouble sleeping. We had late reservations for Emeralds the steakhouse for 9:30 pm,I don't usually eat this late but this was the only time they had unless we wanted to dine Friday which is lobster night in the main dining room. Got hungry around 5:30 and the burgers at Guys on lido deck were smelling good we got one to split for a snack while waiting on our steak house resv and omg that was the best burger.I haven't had a burger that taste like that since I was a little girl,needless to say lunch daily was at Guys and I'm not a big burger lover. Partied in the lounge to some Salsa music before dinner and white hot disco afterwards everyone there was friendly and dancing all over the place and just having a good time. Dinner in the steak house was very good I had Chilean sea bass and hubby had the lamb chops,all large portions all good as well as creamed spinach and bread.Dessert was humongous and they gave us a take out for the cheese cake to go back to our room.As others have said free bottle of wine if you book steak house on first night of cruise it was wonderful. Lobster night Friday was good hubby had 3 tails I had prime rib well done,yes that's the way I eat my beef,it was tender ,hot and delicious.Dessert not so good I had an apple puff or tart type dessert it was very cold and tasteless. matradie was great we were originally assigned a group table of maybe 10 people we said no way it our anniversary so matradie gave us private table for 2. Friday port was Nassau I had been there before so we walked around had drinks on the beach,weather was wonderful and we enjoyed it. Had coffee in bed by room service and ran up to lido for omelets to bring back to room they were very good line was short and this was at about 10:00 am ate on balcony and enjoyed. Saturday was Freeport very boring nothing really to do if you don't snorkel or shop to you drop and the straw market.Senior Frogs was kicking but there wasn't enough room to dance area small and the DJ was trying to get everyone to do the cupid shuffle. Late night after the partying we got pizza off the back lido deck very good eating. The bad on the cruise was the hot tubs were always crowed and the water freezing cold and they never opened the spa hot tub. Other than that great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
Flew into Miami day of the cruise and took the SAS shuttle to the port.Getting on board was quick and easy because we filled out all the immigration forms on the net prior to the cruise. Immediately went to Longboards for fish and chips ... Read More
Flew into Miami day of the cruise and took the SAS shuttle to the port.Getting on board was quick and easy because we filled out all the immigration forms on the net prior to the cruise. Immediately went to Longboards for fish and chips and Bouillabaisse all were very good. Took the spa tour and hubby got a free facial and I got a free hairdo,it was great. Everyone we met on board from staff to other cruisers were so friendly you couldn't help but have a good time. Ports of call were Nassau and Freeport.Beach in Nassau at the Hilton were nice,Freeport was a straw market not much else,beach was ok. We did the Latin dance party the first night and the white hot disco the second both were a lot of fun with lots of people having a good time. Did the steakhouse food is as good as previous reviewers have mentioned but what really surprised me was Guy's burgers.I am not a big burger fan but these were to die for so I had them on a daily basis. The balcony room was great will never sail without a balcony.It had a fridge decent size bath room and queen size bed,very nice. We were in room 6273 close to elevators that take you down to level 0 to disembark for shore excursions or to level 3 to go thru custom so the cabin to me was in a good location. The room had a queen bed slightly firmer than my liking but comfy. The balcony was small with 2 chairs and a small table which was great for morning coffee or breakfast.We left the door open at night to hear the ocean it was great. Bathroom was of decent size with the typical amenities of toothpaste,a razor and a couple of packets of shampoo.On the shower wall typical Carnival shower and shampoo dispensers. Bathroom did have adequate shelf spacing so all of my toiletries from home were out and within reach. Decent closet and under bed space for storing suite cases after we unpacked. Mini fridge was great for keeping drinks cool but you have to ask your cabin steward to unlock it and take out the mini bar items inside. Getting off the boat again quick and easy as we took our own luggage off and we were off the boat in 15 min with SAS transportation at the port ready to take us back to FLL airport. Already planning my next cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
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: June 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: May 2012
When we got in line, the cruise did not start boarding until 1:30 PM on Sunday. The line was long and it was a hot day but the excitement seemed to make the time go by fast. It took about an hour and a half and we were dropping our bags ... Read More
When we got in line, the cruise did not start boarding until 1:30 PM on Sunday. The line was long and it was a hot day but the excitement seemed to make the time go by fast. It took about an hour and a half and we were dropping our bags off in our room. The muster drill was long and drawn out. We were packed 5 deep and at least 3 people around us passed out due to the cluttered mess. The Muster drill took about 30 min. The first night we went to the steakhouse (FREE BOTTLE OF WINE) and paid $30 a person. The food was one of the best meals I can remember. Would have easily paid twice the amount. Ship was very nice, and room steward was friendly (only for the first few days, even after we tipped her everyday). Food for lunch was great all around. Smoking on one half of the ship was ok (we are smokers) and never really had a problem finding a table to smoke at. There were two downfalls for this trip. First the itinerary changed and we were only in Freeport for 6 hours (7am-1pm). We loved what we saw just wished we were there longer. The second problem we had will probably make us choose a new line. The food in the Main dining room was HORRIBLE! We went twice and could not take it anymore. I ordered Bow Ties with Alfredo sauce and roasted turkey breast. The noodles were not cooked and the "Roasted turkey breast" was a slice of deli meat. The second night we went was elegant night (had a guy with flip flops and a hat on sideways next to us) and we ordered the lobster and prime rib. Lobster was over cooked and couldn't even cut through it with my knife, and my medium rare prime rib was well done, tough, and they put gravy on it. Now I am not snobby and being a veteran of two wars I know bad food, but if I was anywhere else I would have sent the food back and refused to pay. Everything else on the ship was great. Very friendly staff, movie under the stars was great, and the rest of the foods were very good. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
This was my first cruise and I plan on calling my travel agent to book this cruise again and this time bring friends and family. The ship is beautiful, clean, enormous and fun. The ambassador of fun Big Sexy along with his sidekick are ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I plan on calling my travel agent to book this cruise again and this time bring friends and family. The ship is beautiful, clean, enormous and fun. The ambassador of fun Big Sexy along with his sidekick are fun, warm and work hard to guarantee you have a wonderful experience. The ship is clean. My stateroom was wonderful. I had a window view. The room was quiet and cozy. The location of my stateroom gave me and my husband easy access to the elevators. There should have been a better selection of food at the buffet. I preferred eating in the restaurants. The lines for the food at the buffet could get long and by the time your got there some of the dishes were cold. Use the dinning rooms your food will be hot and you are served by a wonderful staff. The entertainment was wonderful there was something to do all day and well into the night. Here is some advice I can give first time cruisers. It is important to pace yourself. Do not try to do everything. Use your fun ship news letter to map out your day. Try to make it to the shows they are wonderful. Be careful with drinks they add up. Make sure you have comfortable shoes to wear while exploring the ship. This ship is a small city and if you have on uncomfortable shoes you will not be getting to far. Be prepared to take tons of pictures. They have photographers all over the place taking pictures. I advice you to take as many pictures as possible so that you will have a large collections to choice from when you go t purchase your photos. I really enjoyed my cruise. I wish I knew how wonderful it could be, I would have been cruising sooner. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
In order to provide background, please recognize that I write from the perspective of a virgin cruiser, so I have absolutely no point of comparison from which to write this review. However, I consider myself extremely well-versed in terms ... Read More
In order to provide background, please recognize that I write from the perspective of a virgin cruiser, so I have absolutely no point of comparison from which to write this review. However, I consider myself extremely well-versed in terms of travel, having been all over the world in a variety of travel contexts. With that said.... We are an athletic, educated, young professional couple from Colorado in our early thirties taking a vacation from our careers as teachers during Spring Break week. We approached this cruise with anticipation, open to absorbing the "cruising" culture. Knowing that we had not opted for one of the more "luxury" cruiselines, as I had been told Carnival is more the "every man's cruise," we had realistic expectations for this trip. We are not pretentious or overly picky, but we do value the little time we have off from work and desire to get good value for our (limited) travel budgets. EMBARKATION: Embarkation was smooth. We arrived at the Port of Miami just past 10:30am via a hotel shuttle, and were quickly moved through the check-in process. The Carnival terminal is clean and efficient, but be prepared for the possibility of a "thorough" bag check in which some fellow passengers' attempts to smuggle booze onboard were foiled. I found it amusing/annoying that passengers were assigned zone numbers for boarding, when in reality, all zones were called at the same time, thus creating a sense of mass chaos and a tiny preview into the gluttony, selfish indulgence, and constant line-standing-in that would prevail throughout the majority of the trip. Fortunately, we were aboard the ship by 11:37am and had the (rare) opportunity to do some photographing of the ship while few passengers were on board. FIRST DAY: We had a pleasant afternoon in the Port of Miami aboard the Glory waiting for the ship to sail. Because the weather was favorable, the Lido deck was quickly filling, but it was exciting to see the energy of the crowds generate the pre-trip fun. Live welcome music played (albeit too loudly) throughout the afternoon, and all of the restaurants were open and available for grazing. I found the drink sales pressure to be ridiculously annoying, as we were literally approached every five minutes by a server trying to make a tip off of us. It was frustrating and distracting - a preface of the tone for the remainder of the trip. The muster drill was fairly efficient, though by this point, a good 30% of the passengers were already drunk and making the drill fairly difficult to navigate for those who weren't half in the bag. Luggage delivery was quite slow, however. We didn't receive our bags until nearly 6pm...after we set sail. We were dismayed to find that one of our bags had been damaged and the zippers were broken with the contents literally spilling out all over the hallway. The guest services representatives provided us with a letter that claimed we could send in a receipt for the costs of new luggage..., but that did little to assuage our frustration. THE SHIP: With no real point of comparison, my best assessment is that the Glory is...dated...and not nearly as luxurious as other ships. Though not an impediment to enjoying a trip, the decor, as mentioned frequently on this site, is garish and reminds me of a bad 80s Vegas hotel. The low ceilings and blaring neon lights did little to alleviate the sea sickness that permeated our trip the first two days. Though some areas of the ship were fairly nice and creative in decor (the atrium, some of the bars, the locker rooms), I generally felt like the ship's appearance was a bit lackluster. Having vacationed at some beautiful all-inclusive resorts over the years, the biggest disappointment for me were the pools. They were tiny, dirty, and nothing about the Lido deck was beautiful or tropical in nature. I mean really -- who wants to enter a "hot tub" that is filled (literally) with 17 children? I did find the gym space to be an appealing feature of the boat, and the equipment was suitable for maintenance workouts throughout the week. The promenade area was also nicely appointed with the various shops and musical venues. THE ENTERTAINMENT: Throughout our cruise, we opted to attend one adults-only comedy show in the Ebony Cabaret, the rock and roll show in the Amber Palace, spent a few nights in the casino, and enjoyed one of the movie nights on the Lido deck with the big screen TV. The comedy show was so-so...largely reliant on capitalizing on people's drunkenness to make up for the lack of substantive humor (hey - if you like f-bombs being dropped every two seconds, then this is the comedy show for you!). Again, constant pressure to buy drinks and incredible levels of boat rocking due to the placement of the lounge near the back of the ship made the experience frustrating. We thought the musical show in the Amber Palace was excellent and far surpassed any of the shows we've seen at resorts throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The casino was small, and as a non-smoker, the smells were nearly unbearable and made it difficult to enjoy more than short stints in the casino. However, the slot machines were quite good to me, and I made about $260 throughout the week, so the casino remained on my good side as a result. ;) The Carnival entertainment staff were friendly and energetic, though as mentioned in several other reviews -- a bit over the top. At times it seemed as though the cruise director simply enjoyed hearing himself talk..., and the constant announcements and pressure to buy, buy, buy got old. THE FOOD and FOOD SERVICE: Be warned that my impression of food is framed by the reality that I am a very picky, health-oriented eater who abides by a strict gluten-free diet. With this said, I am not a "foodie" who goes on trips simply for the chance to eat myself into the oblivions, so my attitude toward food is take-it-or-leave-it, but I am more likely to leave it if it's not up to my standards. As such, I found myself "leaving it" more often than not on this trip. Breakfast, my favorite meal of the day, was disappointing. The breakfast foods were greasy and I opted for fresh fruit and cereal each day. Lunch buffets were tolerable as a vast array of salads and fruits are available along with several meat options, I am not attracted to rubbery chicken or gray-colored meat, I stuck with my lettuce. Other lunch options existed as well. We heard positive comments about the Monoglian wok, but the lines were always so long we never felt like waiting. The burrito bar, according to my boyfriend, was average at best. The pizzeria was to be expected: greasy pizza...tolerable, but not delectable. The burger station was just that: burgers, hotdogs, fries, nachos, etc. Our experiences in the main dining rooms were slightly better. The menu has an interesting collection of feature items each night, as well as a collection of "everyday items" that are sort of standby favorites: salmon, chicken breast, hamburger, etc. I give them credit for creativity on their menu, and the visual presentation of the food was lovely. However, indescribeably slow service, disgruntled and rude waiters, and utter lack of flavor and abundance of grease/butter/fat on most of the food rendered the experience less than memorable for me. (To be fair, however, others raved about the I think this really is a subjective issue). The only saving grace, accordingly to my boyfriend, was the warm chocolate melting cake. I never indulged due to my gluten free status (which begs another food for people with dietary restrictions). All told, we were personally underwhelmed by the food, frustrated with the service and the amount of money we spent on "required" tips, and instead of gaining the average 1.5 pounds per day, I likely lost weight. Was it horrible? No. Was it amazing? Not even close. THE DRINKS: We bought few drinks because a) the prices were outrageous, b) the servers assailed us at every turn, pressuring us to buy constantly, and c) sea sicknesses warranted us disinterested in drinking. What I did try was pleasant, though. I tried one of the funship drinks on the port of Miami day...delicious, festive, expensive, but good. I ordered a few glasses of wine (be prepared to spend $7-12 a glass) and one bottle of wine at dinner (bottles start at aroud $20 plus an automatic 15% tip). Wine list was comprehensive and interesting - comparable to a nice restaurant. THE STATEROOM: We were pleased with our room - a balcony stateroom on the Panorama deck. The location was excellent for us in terms of accessibility to the gym and the Lido deck. It was more spacious than I expected with ample room for storage. The flat screen TVs seemed relatively new, and it was great to have movie service in our room. It was also handy to have a safe in room. The shower was wonderfully warm with excellent water pressure, and we were glad we opted to spend extra money on a balcony - often appreciating the chance for a quiet reprieve, beautiful private views, and wildlife (dolphins and whales) often appearing below our room in the waters. We travelled with friends who had an interior room, and I can safely say that having a balcony added an element of fun and romance to our trip that our friends were not privvy to in their more dark and small interior room. Beds -- average at best. Decor -- cheesy at best. Service -- excellent, efficient, daily attention to towels, trash etc. THE PORTS: By far, the true pleasure for us in this trip was the itinerary. A truly excellent collection of ports made each day feel adventuresome and different. The ports were well-spaced through the cruise, never affording us more than one day at sea in a row. I do think we arrived too early on several occasions (7am...difficult as very few things are even open at that time), thereby rendering our sail away early as well...7am-2pm is not really a desirable day's schedule..., but outside of the schedule, I have nothing but positive things to say about all of the ports. We did not opt to purchase any of the shore excursions, choosing instead, to create our excursions ourselves based on our research and our mood each day. Each port was unique and had different things to offer to any type of traveller: shopping, drinking/partying, history, recreational opportunities, beach life, nature adventures...the lists go on. If forced to rank the ports in my order of most favorite to least, I'd say the following (though again, we truly enjoyed them all): 1. St. Thomas....beautiful scenery, beautiful beaches, and we opted to take the ferry to the less crowded isle of St. John 2. San Juan...a wonderful mixture of history and nature blend together in this unique cultural port 3. Nassau...beautiful scenery, though more limited in terms of options for what to do 4. Grand Turk...gorgeous waters, but this tiny island is too small to absorb the numbers of passengers on board the ships. It was overcrowded and nearly impossible to escape the crowds. It turned into a wild drunk fest at Margaritaville, and the island itself exhibits no natural beauty. The wonderful experience of waking up each day in a new country was enough to convince me that cruising was worth it. These ports, in particular, were enjoyable and memorable for us. Overall -- Cruising...would do it again with the right itinerary. Carnival....would likely do it again for the right price, but only with a balcony room. Eastern Caribbean...excellent. Looking forward to trying Southeran Caribbean, too. My tan -- awesome. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
After reading several negative reviews about the Glory, mostly about food quality, waiting in lines, and tons of kids, I wanted to express our experience this last Feb 19, 2012 sailing from Miami to the W. Caribbean. This was my fourth ... Read More
After reading several negative reviews about the Glory, mostly about food quality, waiting in lines, and tons of kids, I wanted to express our experience this last Feb 19, 2012 sailing from Miami to the W. Caribbean. This was my fourth cruise (2cd with Carnival, and 2 others with Princess) and my husbands first cruise. He was totally amazed at how wonderful everything was: from ship decor, staff professionalism, activities, food choices, room comfort, to excursions and everything else available on the ship. While we could see that some of the carpeting was a little "tired" but certainly not worn out and the decor a bit "dated" everything was overall very nice and clean. In fact, I was surprised with the public restrooms... the first time I sailed on Carnival (early 2000's Fall Foliage-New England) the public restrooms were almost always dirty and not kept up. This trip everywhere we went everything was spic and span and staff were always in the restrooms keeping them clean. As for some people complaining about food quality, I have to say that overall the food was excellent. However, we used the buffet for breakfast and can say that the eggs off the line were not the best. So we opted to use the omelette station instead, which was very good. Overall the buffet food quality was excellent, albeit, very salty (my legs were swollen). The dining room food and service was excellent!! My husband enjoyed eating prime rib, lobster, chateaubriand, broiled salmon, trying alligator fritters, frog legs and other specialties. I am a spoiled brat when it comes to excellent food having "retired" from fine dining in five star resorts (Luxury Collection & Ritz Carlton) and working for celebrity Chef's, so I know good food and wine. Also good was the Mongolian Wok and the Burrito Bar. We didn't get a chance to try the Sushi bar or the Steak House... there was so much good food and not enough time to try them all. Our service team was funny, attentive and professional: Gultekin, Aleksander and Dewa. As for tons of kids and waiting in lines, well this sailing was "full" and there were lots of families with kids. It seemed that most of the kids were involved with the Carnival Kids program and not that noticeable. We hung out by the Serenity Area for adults only and completely enjoyed it. The main pool area had a variety of singles, older couples and lots of families and everyone was having a great time with the big screen, entertainers and cruise director. Lines... during peak times, yes. But I didn't think it was terrible. You just had to plan your day accordingly. After dinner we would head over to a lounge and chat up some of the staff (Jolene from South Africa is extremely funny and super nice) and then head over to the nightclub and work off dinner! Midnight pizza or shall I say, 3am pizza was a perfect "hit the spot" snack after dancing all night too. The pizza was good, not excellent, but a heck of allot better than store bought. Overall, this was a great trip, nice ship and crew. Did we mention we LOVED the itinerary, except we would have loved to hit Belize, but we enjoyed the re-route in Costa Maya just fine. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Day 1 - Embarkation We had stayed in a hotel the prior night and took a cab to the port about Noon time. I was impressed that the porters already had our luggage onto their carts before I was even out of the cab and could give him a ... Read More
Day 1 - Embarkation We had stayed in a hotel the prior night and took a cab to the port about Noon time. I was impressed that the porters already had our luggage onto their carts before I was even out of the cab and could give him a good tip. After this we got in line, which looked and seemed long but it moved very quickly and once we were through the metal detectors it was a breeze. We did the self serve check in which had absolutely no lines at all, and despite a snafu with my wifes passport (this was due to the condition of the passport itself causing the reader to have problems), we were on the ship in no time. The whole process from the time the cab pulled up until we were on the ship was about 45-50 minutes. Our stateroom was already ready and it was more spacious than I expected. We were in 7402, which was an interior stateroom right next to the aft elevators. The buffet was being served on the Lido deck, and again the lines were relatively short and the food was good. After the muster drill we were on our way. We ate dinner in the Golden Dining room every night, and we opted for your time dining, which I thought was great. Despite it being anytime dining, the hostess would seat you with the same waiter every night if you so wanted, which we did. We had a great wait staff consisting of I Made (Not made up :) from Indonesia, Jesus from Peru, and Paolo from the Phillipines. They were great all week, and very friendly. The food was excellent all week. The first night I had a chicken dish that was great. Then I got to the Dessert and had a Chocolate Melting Cake that was to die for. That night we went to a teaser show in the Amber Palace which was hosted by Josh the Cruise Director and his team. It was really well done and a good preview of things to come for the week. Josh was awesome. He has a great sense of humor and wants to see you have fun, but he also didn't hog the PA system constantly and allowed the guests to enjoy themselves. In our stateroom we had our first towel animal, a walrus, which me and my wife always enjoyed. Day 2 - Sea Day This was a day at sea, so after having breakfast on the Lido (My one complaint here was the pancakes were a bit hard), we spent some time catching some sun. The drink waiters were constantly around so we didn't have any problems with a drink if we wanted one. We went to a cooking demonstration with the head chef, and I am eager to try the terramasu recipe we learned. We attended a session with Josh in the Amber Palace which explained how to get the most out of the week. With all that happened on that ship, if you didn't have fun, it's your own fault. Dinner in the Golden Dining room again was delicious as I had a different chicken entree that was also very tasty. This was formal night, and during dinner our waitstaff sang "Happy Honeymoon" to us and gave us an extra dessert. This night was one of two where they had a Comedy Club set up in the Ebony Cabaret. They had some great comics, especially Marvin Todd, who has some funny routines on YouTube if you have never heard of him. My complaint here though was multiple times in the Ebony Cabaret we would never receive a drink order that we made. This is the only issue I had with service for the entire week. The show in the Amber Palace was a tribute to America, and it was well done, though the previous reviewer was right about the middle part of the show though. Our towel animal for the night was a little puppy dog. Day 3 - Ocho Rios For our first day in port we ordered breakfast through room service and it was delivered promptly at the time we requested it. It was very good. Me and my wife had booked the Sky Explorer with the Dunns River Falls excursion. The Sky Explorer was great. It is a scenic chairlift which provides great views of some breathtaking scenery. The observation deck at the top provided great views, and though we didn't do it, there was the jamaican bobsled and the ziplines available as well. We went over to Dunns River Falls, and when we got there we realized we didn't read the excursion carefully enough. So my wife traversed the falls wearing a t-shirt and jeans. This was our fault though. It was still a lot of fun. What downgraded this from me was the exit from the falls to the parking lot led you through the infamous Ocho Rios merchants that I read about, and of course they were as pushy as advertised. After getting dry clothes we had a cabbie take us to a duty free store in town so we could buy a couple of bottles of Jamaican Rum. Back on the ship, dinner that night was yet a pork steak for me, and that was excellent. The show that night in the Amber Palace was Justin Illusion, a magician who incorporates dance and coreography into his routine. This show was absolutely amazing and was the best one of the week by far. The towel animal for the night was a rabbit. Day 4 - Grand Cayman After a quick breakfast we tendered into port and did some shopping. The tendering process was real smooth, however the Tenders themselves are very susceptible to choppy water, which happened on this day. The shopping in Grand Cayman is much better than Ocho Rios and the people aren't pushy at all. We got back to the port for our excursion, which was a Snorkel on the barrier reef. This was an awesome excursion. The boat guide was from North Carolina originally and he was very sharp and accomodating. The water was a bit choppy, but snorkling on the reef is a must do, and it was a blast. Because of the length of the excursion, we caught the very last tender back to the ship. I had fried chicken in the dining room that night, with a terramasu dessert. It was pretty good. This was the second night of the Comedy Club, and the shows were amazing again, and the Amber Palace show for the evening was a tribute to Rock and Roll, which was another good show. Our Towel Animal that night was a little frog. Day 5 - Sea Day Our last day at sea started with us trying to enjoy some time on the deck, unfortunately it was so windy on the deck that day that we couldn't stay out there that long. So we took in some of the activities. We tried our luck at Charades and a bean bag toss, and then trivia. Our last night in the dining room ended up with me having grilled chicken which was great, and of course I had to have that melting cake one last time. They did a Newlywed Style game in the Amber Palace that night, and I could not stop laughing the whole time. The previous reviewer mentioned that she was part of the old couple. Let me tell you, that old couple was hillarious and they continued to crack us all up in the audience. I don't remember what the towel animal was for the night because we were busy packing and leaving backs out for debarkation. However, Josh the Cruise Director had a bottle of Champaigne sent to our stateroom and it was waiting for us without us knowing about it until we got there. That warmed my heart. Day 6 - Debarkation I thought Debarkation was really well done. What I don't think the previous reviewer took into account was the fact that a lot of people had early flights, which means they couldn't wait for their group to be called, and this may have complicated things a bit. However we waited for our group to be called with breakfast on the lido, and after our group was called, we were off the ship with no wait at all. Customs was a breeze, and there was a cab waiting to take us to the Miami airport. To put it another way on how smooth it was, less than an hour after our group was called for Debarkation, we were actually through security at the Miami Airport. The Good Things Josh the Cruise Director was great. He has a great sense of humor, but also knows how to let folks have fun without annoying us too much The Justin Illusion show on the third night was amazing, and I am still mystified by how he pulled some of the tricks off Staterooms were always clean, and serviced promptly. Never had any issues with the attendants, they were on the ball Waitservice in the Dining room was great all week, and even though we didn't order any drinks, the drink waitress was always around if we wanted one and she was very friendly The Comedians they had on board, Marvin Todd, and I believe Don Gray was the other one, were amazing Pizza Buffet never had any long lines all week and Pizza was always ready The Bad Things (Not many of them) The waitstaff in the Ebony Cabaret was not the sharpest. One drink order was never delivered, and another order sat on the guys tray until we pointed it out to another waiter. This was the only problem of any sort I had with any waitperson on the ship. The elevators seemed a bit slow at times, often skipping past the floor I am trying to catch them from, and sometimes they weren't working. It wasn't that big a deal to me though. Some of the Hot tubs were at best lukewarm, particularly the adults only one near the pizza bar. Overall this was a great cruise, and it exceeded all my expectations, and I have no reservations about sailing with Carnival again, and will definitely do so in the future. In fact I can't wait to sail again. I do want to try other lines though too, just to get a full experience. My Wife has done Norweigian before and said that this cruise on Carnival was much much better. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
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: September 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 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'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 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 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 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: August 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
Carnival Glory Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.9
Enrichment 5.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates N/A 4.3

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