We took the cruise from Boston, MA, USA to St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 9, 2013 on the Glory. As Platinum level cruisers, those cruisers who took 10 or more cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines under the old requirement, we pretty much new what to expect regarding priority boarding and on-board ship amenities. On this cruise we booked a suite in room 7272 on deck seven. It was really nice with a room that was close to 50% larger than a normal balcony stateroom that had granite appointment everywhere. Granite countertops, desk top, bathroom and powder room floors, and double granite vanity tops. Additionally, it had a whirlpool bath tub/shower combination instead of the small shower stall in balcony staterooms - really nice.
A few disappointments with Carnival - on many ships, including the Glory, they do not provide Fox News Channel on the stateroom television. Those ships that do not provide Fox News Channel will provide two or even three CNN channels, the regular CNN channel available in the USA, CNN Spanish, and sometimes CNN International. Why Carnival will not provide Fox News Channel for their guests, whose viewership greatly exceeds the viewership of CNN and MSNBC combined, is a mystery to me, but is extremely disappointing and definitely non-customer friendly. As independent minded people, it gets tiring constantly being bombarded by liberal pablum and social engineering view points, and, selective airing of stories, often ignoring those they feel are not news worthy, so we prefer to watch Fox News Channel to get all the news.
Another disappointment with Carnival is the crew failing to consistently enforce Platinum and Diamond perks, not even trying to do so diplomatically. What is the sense of touting the benefits of these perks when people who ignore the fact that they have not qualified for them, insist, often in a crude and loud manner that they be allowed to do so, and the crew member almost always concedes. Prior to reaching Platinum status, we followed the rules and refrained from trying to get priority service at the Guest Service Desk, priority tendering to ports that did not have docks, and priority disembarkation, etc.