Dismal weather from NYC to Canada w/ nondescript food but excellent se: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by chiapet

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Dismal weather from NYC to Canada w/ nondescript food but excellent se

Sail Date: August 2013
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Dismal weathered vacation from NYC to Canada on a traditionally older ship with nondescript food but excellent service.


* DW, DH, 2 DS (15 & 10) from South Jersey

* lots of previous cruise experience on many cruise lines


Pier 90 at Manhattan Cruise Terminal (55th St & 12th Ave entrance)

+ drove 2 hrs from South Jersey arrived ~11am

+ parked @ Pier 90 rooftop for $35/day (Visa & MC accepted)

+ easy luggage drop off with porters at roof top parking lot

+ NO wait at x-rays or check-in

+ boarding started ~11:30am and walked onboard with NO wait

~ be prepared to complete Canadian immigration form at check-in area


Oceanview 2355 (cat. 6C)  Main Deck (2) midship starboard

+ cabin ready @ 1:30pm but can drop off bags upon embarkation

+ luggage was in our cabin ~4pm after lifeboat drill (NO need to bring life More jackets)

+ great cabin location midship with easy access to all 3 elevators

+ lots of storage with 4 drawers and 3 large closets (2 hanging & 1 shelved)

+ 2 night stands with space also

+ 2 twin beds, 1 sofa bed, and 1 trundle bunk above sofa bed (kept down entire cruise)

+ large stool at desk for additional seating

+ oval table with large top

+ nice sized cabin with plenty of space around beds

+ oversized round picture window with large ledge to put things on

+ bath amenities incl. 3 round bars of soap, 2 ice tea powder packets, and Breathe Right strips

+ shower gel and shampoo dispensers in shower

+ emptied refrigerator on our own to use for other beverages (cabin steward would not do)

+ AC worked fine but had to adjust often

+ flat screen TV with access to DR menus, onboard acct, and lots of stations (real time)

~ no coffee maker in cabin but we dont usually use it anyway

~ curtain and short rim in small shower allowed water to get out

~ in-cabin compact hair dryer in top desk drawer difficult to use (hold down small button to keep on)

~ cosmetic mirror with hinged arm pull-out was on bathroom wall (location hard to maneuver)

~ (2) pillows per person but were very mushy and uncomfortable

~ only 1 electrical outlet at desk

~ (3) continuous running movies in cabin had very long delays before restarting


PLATINUM DINING ROOM  deck 3 & 4 aft


* DINNER 6:00pm & 8:15pm (Assigned Seating)


* DINNER 5:45pm-9:30pm (Open Seating)


* BRUNCH 8:30am-1:00pm (Sea Days)

+ dined early with no waits

+ offered to be seated with same wait staff each night

+ fixed menu and rotating menu choices available

+ request non-vegetarian Indian meals 1 day in advance

+ small food portions but no limit on how much you can order

+ (1) formal night on 1st sea day with lobster & shrimp in MDR

+ cruise casual other nights allows shorts & jeans but no gym wear or cut-offs

+ team of 3 waiters were very attentive and efficient

+ excellent chocolate melting cake on menu every night, but creme brulee only once

+ nice brunch menu with huevos rancheros, steak & eggs, and all the usual items

+ brunch bloody mary bar (may use free drink coupon >$9 for repeat passengers)

~ open seating walk-in lines between 6:30-8pm

~ most food was bland and flavorless (with exception of spicy Indian meals  excellent)

~ access Golden MDR from forward elevators ONLY

~ Punchliners brunch comedy only 5 min. long @ 10am, 11am, 12:15pm


* BREAKFAST ~7:00am-10:30am and 10:30-12:00pm (late risers)

* LUNCH 12:00pm-2:30pm

* DINNER 6:00pm-9:30pm

* DELI 11:00am-11:00pm

* LATE NIGHT SNACKS 11:30pm-1:00am

+ (2) comfort foods lines in front differed from (2) chefs choice lines in back

+ soft-serve machines abundant

+ ice tea and lemonade available  great mixed together

+ coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water always available

+ eggs benedict available at breakfast

+ limited late night snacks included only a few sandwiches (i.e. ham/cheese, buffalo chicken)

~ small deli window on port side always crowded

~ traditional buffet lines were very long

~ hot food selections limited but salad bar items plentiful

FISH & CHIPS  deck 10 aft

* LUNCH 12:00pm-2:30pm

+ hidden gem on 2nd floor above aft buffet

+ limited seating but was always available

+ cold octopus salad, ceviche and watermelon ahi tuna

+ fried seafood fritters, oysters, fish and chips

+ fresh bouillabaisse with fish, clams, mussels and shrimp

+ fried items were very greasy but were very tasty

~ sometimes long lines waiting for items to be made

PIZZA PIRATE  deck 9 aft

* OPEN 24 hours

+ various options made to order (i.e. plain, pepperoni, mushroom, prosciutto salad, etc.)

+ very good individual size pizza

~ very crowded late at night


* LUNCH 12:00pm-6:00pm

+ awesome burgers with various options made to order (i.e. bacon, chili, onion ring, etc.)

+ great toppings bar with lots of additional condiments

+ served with hand cut fries

+ limited outdoor seating with wooden booths, chairs and even high tops near bar

+ near pool area for easy access even in bathing suit

~ sometimes long lines waiting for items to be made

~ wished burgers were available late night!


* BREAKFAST ~7:00am-10:30am

* LUNCH 12:00pm-2:30pm

+ fast lines with made to order burritos and other items

+ breakfast burritos, arepas and even huevos rancheros

+ tacos with chicken, fish or pork

+ burritos with chicken, beef or shrimp

+ salsa bar with lots of items with varying levels of spiciness

+ also near pool area for easy access even in bathing suit

~ closes too early in the afternoon


* OPEN 24 hours

+ cold sandwiches (i.e. tuna, ham/cheese, turkey, PB&J, BLT, shrimp salad, mozzarella/mushroom)

+ hot sandwiches (i.e. grilled cheese, reuben, chicken fajita, pastrami)

+ sandwiches come with potato salad, cole slaw, chips or pretzels

+ choice of white, wheat or rye bread sandwiches

+ salads (i.e. mixed greens, caesar, veggies/dip)

+ desserts (i.e. cheesecake, cookies, chocolate cake, fruit salad, strawberry yogurt)

+ juices (i.e. orange, tomato, apple or grapefruit)

+ drinks (i.e. reg/decaf coffee, hot/iced tea, hot chocolate, reg/skim/chocolate milk)

+ breakfast (i.e. smoked salmon, fruits, breads, cereals, yogurts, juices, coffee, tea and milk)

~ bottled water, sodas, and beer available at bar service prices

~ continental breakfast may be ordered up to 5am by hanging card outside door



+ Saturday - Welcome Aboard Show (10:15pm)  intro of shows and comedy

+ Sunday - Motor City (8:15pm and 10:15pm)  entertaining classic R&B songs and dancing

+ Monday - Hasbro Game Show (8:45pm)  family fun with audience participation

+ Monday - Game of Love Show (8:45pm)  audience participating marriage game show

+ Tuesday - Divas (8:15pm and 10:15pm)  pop songs and dancing (didnt attend)

+ Wednesday - Hasbro Game Show #2 (4:15pm)  family fun with audience participation

+ Wednesday - Latin Nights (8:15pm and 10:15pm)  Latin music (didnt attend)

~ very crowded so get there early for good seats on main floor

~ balcony seating available but many with limited views

~ front row reserved during Hasbro Game for contestants


+ Punchliner comedy shows every night except Monday (St. John)

+ (2) comedians rotating shows

+ family shows (Sunday & Wednesday  7:30pm & 8:30pm)

+ adult shows (Sunday  10:30pm) (Wednesday  10:00 & 11:00pm)

+ adult shows (Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday  11:30pm)

~ unaccommodating seating configuration with booths for 10 people

~ required to leave lounge after shows even if staying for another one

~ some stool seating at bar in the back of the lounge with attentive bartender


+ piano sing-along fun almost every night starting at 9:00pm


+ over abundance of trivia and games almost every hour  winners get a plastic ship-on-a-stick

~ poor venue with limited seating along the windows  sometimes difficult to hear

~ very crowded area with congestion from casino and people walking by


+ usual BINGO games almost every day

+ seaside theatre every day  look in FunTimes for movies & times

+ martini tastings in Alchemy Bar

+ food and wine pairing (fee)

+ karaoke every day

+ guitarist and party band in various venues were both very entertaining



+ leveled seating from decks 9-11 midship

+ shaded tables around perimeter with easy access to 2 bars and food

~ limited lounge seating near pool

~ always crowded

AFT LIDO POOL (adult only)

+ shaded tables around perimeter with easy access to bar and pizza

+ sunroof may be opened or closed depending on weather

~ limited lounge seating near pool

~ all age access to area but only adults permitted in small pool

SERENITY (adult only)

+ plenty of comfortable padded loungers in the sun on decks 12-13 forward

+ shaded couches on deck 12 starboard

+ shaded clam shells all the forward on deck 12

+ hammocks and hot tubs on deck 13 forward

+ sign-out plush yellow Serenity beach towels on deck 12

~ limited shade so get there early


+ easy sign-up on embarkation day

+ kids given lifeboat wrist bands during muster drill

+ sectioned area (deck 12 fwd) for younger kids(2-11)

+ Circle C lounge (deck 4 mid) for young teens (12-14)

+ Club O2 (deck 5 mid) for older teens

+ late night babysitting (additional fee) for young kids after 10pm

~ looked crazy busy when we tried to get a copy of the kids daily activities but failed

~ no activities to entice the kids to go so they opted to stay with us the entire cruise


+ small but had various types of equipment

+ daily FREE stretch (30 min.) @ 7am & 5pm

+ daily FREE abs class (30 min.) @ 7:30am

+ spinning (8am SMW), Yoga (10am SMW) & Pilates (4pm SW, 8am T) $12/class

~ spinning bikes were old and limited to 10 participants

~ need to walk through male/female locker rooms to get to the gym


+ 9-hole miniature golf

+ sign-out sports equipment at lido towel hut near pool

~ small-sized not-quite-half basketball court with only 1 net

~ very small-sized volleyball court with net too low

~ only access via stairs


+ daily brain teasers and sudoku in Cremes Cafe

+ 2 ping pong tables deck 12 fwd portside (equipment available at deck 9 towel hut)


SAINT JOHN (8:00am-4:00pm)

+ docked downtown

+ craft/souvenir tent located at the pier

+ local souvenir gift shop right across the street from ship

+ local restaurant with lobster pots across the street from ship

+ book shore excursions from inside terminal at pier

+ easy and safe to walk around the small town

+ indoor walkway shopping from Brunswick Square to Market Square  even in rain

+ good food and great craft beer at Saint John Alehouse in Market Square with outdoor patio and water views

~ not much to do walking around town highly recommend booking a shore excursion

HALIFAX (9:00am-6:00pm)

+ docked downtown

+ some craft/souvenir shops located inside terminal

+ book shore excursions from inside terminal at pier

+ easy walk on path along water with more to see, eat, buy and do

+ nice representation of craft beer on our own walking beer tour:


~ book shore excursion or rent a car to see other wonderful sights nearby (i.e. Peggys Cove Titantic)

~ required by law to order food at restaurants if children are present while alcohol is served


Self Assist Walk-Off

+ watch cruise directors debarkation talk on tv running continuously the day before

+ packed and kept all luggage with us

+ breakfast available in buffet (6:30am-9:30am) and MDR (6:30am-8:30am)

+ final statement delivered overnight and was fine

+ docked at pier 88 shortly ~7am

+ self assist walk-off began immediately ~7:30am by deck (starting with deck 1)

+ deck 3 forward portside gangway

+ lines disembarking ship moved quickly

+ key card scanned upon leaving ship

+ have customs declaration and passports ready for agents at the far side of terminal

~ elevator up from ground floor 1 to 3 for parking level

~ walk over from pier 88 to pier 90 where cars were parked


* daily program FunTimes was delivered by cabin steward during turn down service while at dinner

* bring (1) 750ml bottle of wine & champagne per adult onboard for in-cabin consumption at embarkation

* no thru-access on deck 3 & 4 forward to midship

* shaded deck loungers available on deck 10 aft port & starboard outside fish & chips buffet

* more sun loungers available on deck 10 aft for wake watchers

* self-laundry facilities available on decks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, & 9 for $3 wash & $3 dry

* Taste Bar outside nightclub with some finger foods available daily 5:30pm-8:30pm

* limited Chefs Table ($75pp) on Wednesday or Thursday includes private galley tour and dinner

* heard good things about the Steakhouse ($35pp) but did not go

* EA Sports Bar has (2) Xbox 360s with numerous EA games available from the bartender

* pool table in between casino and EA Sports Bar

* ship time was 1 hour behind local time in port Less

Published 09/09/13

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