June 10 - terrible embarkation, poor food, ok entertainment: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by retired12

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June 10 - terrible embarkation, poor food, ok entertainment

Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Boston
We booked the June 10 cruise to St. John, New Brunswick from Boston mainly because it was a great deal - a junior suite very cheap.

The suite, cabin 9205, was excellent. Spacious, granite counter tops, whirlpool tub, and quiet. This was the best part of this cruise.

TERRIBLE - We arrived at Black Falcon terminal a little after 1PM. It took us two hours just to get up stairs to the check in staff! Because we had a suite, we had priority check-in...but that didn't matter until we got upstairs.

The ship left port around 7:30PM - we were supposed to leave at 4PM. That did not affect our arrival time to St. John.

Dining room - We had anytime dinning (we are used to NCL's freestyle dining) and there was no problems getting seated. The waitstaff was excellent! The food - not so much. In most cases the food was not hot (except if I got an omelet for breakfast - which was hot). The selection was ok, but few vegetables. The More everyday flat iron steak was tough, the Main lobster and shrimp was tasteless.

Buffet -
LONG lines! Poor food selection and quality. Usually the food was cold by the time we got to sit down. There were very few cooked vegetables offered and the main dishes were limited and poor. Many time they ran out of food, so people had to wait for the food to be replaced (which slowed the line down more). There was one time at the carving station, where the staff carving just left. He was the only staff working...so again people had to wait until he came back to get their food.

In comparison, NCL's buffets are far superior in selection and quality and managing demand (lines).

Deli - A good service and quality is good. Again, there could be a line, I only saw one person working even if there was a line.

Pizza - Yuck! Undercooked.

Entertainment -
The one good thing was the comedy club - Punchliners. We like comedy and were pleased to see this entertainment option. Unfortunately, the comic repeated his material... so going to multiple shows was not entertaining.

Production shows - we were surprised that there was not a show every night. The shows were ok, dancers could by more fit.

Disembarkation - great! After our embarkation experience we were dreading the disembarkation. We were pleasantly surprised on how quick it was. We chose the EZ off option - carrying our own bag off the ship.

Oh, one other thing - photographers... it seemed like the Glory had as many photographers on staff as room stewards. They were everywhere.

This was not our first Carnival cruise, but it might have been our last. We have taken 19 cruises on various lines (NCL, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival). Less

Published 06/19/12

Cabin review: JS9205 Junior Suite

9205 - junior suite. Excellent, spacious, granite counter tops, double sink in the bathroom, whirlpool tub, separate dressing area. Good closet and drawer space. Good balcony. Quite location. One improvement - the hair dryer. Needed to hold the on button down and the cord could have been longer.

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