We've done the Dream, Glory and Valor before out of New Orleans. This is our first cruise since COVID. The Faster to Fun was rescinded for the COVID cruise so we had to wait until they let us on the ship and wait until 1:30 to go to the room. The ship was half full or less.
The crew were very personable, like our other cruises. The shows were the same as before COVID but they still did a good job executing them. The food is pretty much the same as before COVID. There were Purell stations everywhere, but you still used communal tongs to grab things at the buffet. Seems like there was a huge American flag hanging in the atrium last time (the ship is the Glory, as in Old Glory) but not this time.
They didn't do the audience participation stuff (Hasbro game stuff, the live Clue game) in the main theater like last time. They did do a scary pumpkin scavenger hunt that was fun. They still had the trivia and bingo. We went to the paintings 101 and Thomas Kincaid presentations. They were both interesting.
A couple days before the cruise we got a call from Carnival offering an upgrade to an Ocean Suite and we said yes. We've done inside, balcony, aft extended balcony and now Ocean Suite. The aft extended and the suite balcony are big enough to recline on. The normal balcony is not unless you use the whole thing for yourself and block the door. The suite is quite large, even though it's the least grand suite, but if my wife is using the stool in front of the mirror for makeup, there still isn't enough room for me to open the bathroom door without her getting out of the dressing area. The jacuzzi tub is not for plus size individuals, although I could get into it (and more importantly, out of it). Overall the aft extended and suite are both great.