Very Relaxing Trip to New England: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Irishvisions

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Very Relaxing Trip to New England

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We just returned two days ago from our first cruise to New England. This is the first time we've cruise anywhere else other than the Caribbean and it wasn't bad. I am 45 yo and DH is 47 and this is our 6th Carnival cruise (our 2nd this year, on the same ship and stateroom). We had a balcony cabin (#7417) We had a good time, which I had no doubt because I chose to make it a good trip. Too many people seem to look for negative things and dwell on them. We choose to look for all the positive things and immediately forget the negative things unless they are exceptional. After all, a vacation is what YOU make of it.

We took the Amtrak train from BWI to Penn Station, NY. Had no problems at all getting to NY. Once in NY, however, our small group immediately ran into a snag when the 4 cabs we hailed said they didn't know how to get to our ship. After giving them the physical address, they still managed to take us to the wrong cruise terminal, which resulted in taxi fares anywhere More between $55-$75 depending on whose cab you were in and how "lost" the driver was. If you're going on the Glory, your fare should be no more than $10 to get to the MANHATTAN cruise port!!! Long story short, we all got to the port about 1 1/2 hrs later than expected and all were a little stressed. Nonetheless, we all made it and were eager to begin our cruise!!!

Boarding the ship took about 1+ hr due to long lines at check-in. Once on the ship we were greeted with smiles, waiters bearing the "drink of the day," and the smell of delicious food cooking! Immediately we headed to Fish-n-Chips. Oddly enough, there was NO line and no crowds there. Meanwhile, the rest of the Lido eating area was packed with no tables available. We were able to get a large table, eat from Fish-n-Chips, grab some grub from the buffet below, and also from the dessert bar at the bottom of the stairs. Perfect!

After eating lunch we checked on our cabin which, thankfully, was ready and waiting for us. Looked like a piece of Heaven for aching body and soul! Within 5 min our first piece of luggage arrived. One hr later, the other piece of luggage arrived. Again, Perfect! We relaxed and hung out in the cabin until Sail Away then we went up on deck to join in the activities and catch a few shots of the new building that's going up at Ground Zero and Lady Liberty. Not as big of a Sail Away celebration as those to the Caribbean. Much less music and audience participation.

A little about the ship and service. The Glory is a beautiful ship. Crew was always polishing and cleaning. The Pursers desk always had a line but it moved along quickly. Food lines were long but the only ones that were slow were the Fajita Bar and the Mongolian BBQ...but WELL worth the wait for both! We ate in the Dining Room all but 2 nights. Our service was outstanding. Food was delivered to us quickly and was plenty warm to suit us..not hot though (except soups), if that's what you're looking for. Always left with a full belly and smile on our faces. Less

Published 09/29/11

Cabin review: 7417

Our cabin was Balcony Cabin 7417. Great location which was right around the corner from the aft elevators. Very quiet area as there are only cabins above and below us, no movement of chairs or loud music. Being that we were on the starboard side we saw the Statue of Liberty as we were leaving NY.

Port and Shore Excursions

If you don't like cities, crowds, and construction, stay on the ship. We got off the ship and realized we'd have to walk about 2 miles before arriving to almost anything worth seeing. So instead of getting back on the ship, we opted to get a trolley tour of the city and area. We didn't do the most popular trolley tour and instead chose the big green bus. I'm so glad we did. The bus was much taller than the trolley so we could see more! It was an hop on/hop off tour which we enjoyed. The drivers on these buses were comical and well-educated about Boston and it's history. That bus tour ($25 pp) also included the FREE Harbor Tour AND a FREE Duck Boat tour!!!! Can't beat that bargain. We stayed on the bus for the entire loop then got off at the Constitution stop. Got back on (waited only 3 min for the next bus) and got off again at Quincy Market. OMG, it was packed full of people! I don't like crowds so we grabbed a bite to eat then started to head back to the ship. Unfortunately, the trolleys only go in one direction and Quincy Market was at the beginning of the loop. The only way to take the trolley back was to go through the whole loop again (about 2 hrs). We opted to walk back to the ship, which was about 2+ miles and about 45 min., give or take since I was taking photos. All in all, Boston was a port I would skip the next time and just stay on the ship. I hate enormous crowds (like Quincy Market) and heavy traffic. If you don't mind that, you'll probably enjoy Boston as a lot of people did.

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Halifax was my favorite port. Absolutely beautiful. We booked our own tour with Jonathan Duru who was exemplary. You could really tell he loved his job and Halifax. Peggy's Cove was beautiful, the graveyard with the Titanic victims was very solemn, the Botanical Park was so full of lush flowers and fauna, and the scenery in between was breathtaking. We all ate at a roadside restaurant that Jonathan suggested. Thankfully, it was not crowded with tour buses and loads of people. The Seafood Chowder was outstanding, probably the best I've ever had!

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Portland was a nice city. There was plenty to do right around the ship unlike Saint John. There's plenty of shopping and eateries, including a few Irish Pubs. We wanted to see more than what was right at the port so we paid $25 each to get a trolley tour which took you throughout the port area and to the Portland Headlight lighthouse. Wow, was that lighthouse gorgeous! You don't need to book the trolley tours in advance as they have a ticket stand a few blocks from the ship. Don't wait too long into the afternoon to go though because it got busy after lunch.

I didn't have high hopes for Saint John after reading several reviews but I was pleased to have a great tour. We arranged this tour through Roy Flowers who was a good tour guide. We visited the Reversing Falls, the Bay of Fundy and area villages, a park where we walked to the Flower Pot Rock, and had lunch at the Caves. As in Halifax, had Seafood Chowder (MMMMmmm) and Fish-n-Chips. Delicious! Roy even waited for our friends to complete the zipline, which was over an hour, without charging us so they wouldn't have to hail a taxi and risk not getting back to the ship in time. Very nice!

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