Monday, July 30, 2012

Carnival Glory

Carnival Glory Review
7.13.12 & 7.20.12 Sailings

Just The Facts:
Ship:  Carnival Glory
16 July through 26 July, 2012... Back to Back Cruises
Captain:  Salvatore Rassello
Cruise Director:  Josh ‘Big Sexy’ Waitzman
Ports: Boston,MA- Saint John, New Brunswick- Halifax, Nova Scotia
Weather:  Good all week

This review is for two 5-day cruises on The Carnival Glory.  This was my 30th and 31st Carnival cruises, 72nd & 73rd overall, 3rd & 4th time on the Carnival Glory, but my first time to sail from Boston and this itinerary.  I am traveling solo on the 7/13 and the following cruise 7/20 for a B2B, but have some good cruise friends on board for the first sailing.

Day One--Monday--Travel--Embarkation
Carnival Glory Lobby Bar
A very long travel day starts with a 3:30 am wake up to finalize packing and loading as I have a 5:30 am check-in at the Waco regional airport.  I was away just a little after 4:00 am for the hour drive to Waco.  I arrived in good time and check-in had begun by the time I arrived at the terminal from long term (free) parking.  A simple connection and a nice flight to DFW for the 8:10 am flight to Boston’s Logan airport.  Our flight flew right over NYC and you could clearly see the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Manhattan Island, Brooklyn, Long Island, and even the Statue of Liberty although it was very small from that altitude. Still very interesting to see.  Just a few more minutes to Boston and when we approached Logan airport we flew just above the Carnival Glory docked in the harbor.  They have free bus service from Logan this month and I had some detailed instructions so I thought I’d try it.  I found the bus pick up and did fairly well although I got off one stop early at the transfer point, (there was two stops for the World Trade Center-one above and outside and one a level below street level) but soon figured out my error.  The final bus drives directly in front of and drops you just a block from the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.  It was a simple process and would have taken less than 30 minutes without my mistake, but still only took 45 minutes.  The price was certainly right.  This put my arrival at the terminal at about 2:00 pm.  There was a long line for people to check their bags with the porters, but I had a smaller bag so bypassed that process.  Once past the guard who wanted me to check my bag (I didn’t) it went very quick.  I went through security (the bag fit the scanner just fine) then used the VIP check in line and was processed straight away.  Carnival has a brand new VIFP rewards system and after having received a ‘white’ card for the previous six cruises it did seem a bit of a let down to get the ‘platinum’ card once again.  I’ll be noting some of the changes to the program on this cruise review.  From off the bus to the lobby took less than 20 minutes and I then went straight to my cabin to drop my bags. It was easy to get to my cabin as I was only one level below the lobby area.  It was a relief to settle in and refresh as it was a hot day in Boston and I was tired from the long trip.  I did  want to eat before they closed the Lido buffet for boat drill so I sample the roast beef as I always do on the first day of the buffet and it was only fair.  My primary late lunch was the Mongolian Grill and it was very good as usual then the Mango Mousse and the Dulce de Leche cheesecake for dessert.  It was now nap time and my interior cabin is ideal for that.  I napped until the numerous  announcements about boat drill that began about 4:45.  For sail away I invited myself to my friends balcony as we sailed from Boston.  It was located far forward on starboard side just below the wings of the navigational bridge, in fact we waved at the harbor pilot and ships officers, who return the wave.  It was interesting sailing directly below the approach flight path to Logan airport.  I have ‘Anytime’ dining on this cruise and I met my friends for dinner about 7:15 or so.  There was a fair line for seating but it moved fairly quickly.  Once we reached the MD station a few well placed suggestions to the MaitreD about Diamond VIFP’s  having to wait was quickly addressed. Alwyn and Desmond arranged to have a 4-top table next to a window standing ready for our party for the balance of the trip.  Dinner was very good. I had the Pasta with Marinara sauce as a starter and two entrees: Shrimp with Sweet & Sour Sauce and the Sliced Beef Brisket.  All were very good.  The Welcome Show was scheduled for 10:15, but knowing I could see it later on the ship TV and being so tired from the LONG day I retired to the cabin following dinner.

Day Two--Tuesday--at Sea

The water is dead calm and it’s a bit hazy this morning.  I had a great nights sleep and didn’t get around until 9:00 am..  I went to the MDR for my usual first morning on a Carnival ship breakfast of Eggs Benedict, Bacon, Hash Browns, Melon, Pastry, Tomato Juice, and Milk.  It was all very good a good sign for breakfasts this week.  After breakfast I explored the ship and visited most of the public rooms.  They do have Thirsty Frog beer on draught at the lobby and sports bars.  Good to locate that right away.  I had some cabin time and worked on this review from the lobby area on deck 3.  I am very used to an aft cabin, but think I think I can make this work very well. I had a late light lunch at the Fish & Chips on deck ten then attended the Glory Murder Mystery in the Amber Palace Theater.  They will have a murder mystery fun event during the course of the cruise, that’s something new so I will try to participate.  The water is still very calm, but the haze became a fog by early evening.  I met my friends at 6:30 for dinner.  I am very glad that we made prior arrangements for a standing table as there was a very long line for the dining room.  I guess everyone wanted the Captains night special dinner.  We entered from upstairs as previously arranged and the Maitre’d Desmond seated us immediately.  Sweet.  Our waitress tonight was Monica and she did a great job.  I ordered the Pasta Carbonara, White Stuffed Mushrooms, Shrimp Cocktail, Prime Rib with Baked Potato, and Fruit Plate.  Others ordered the Lobster, Pumpkin Soup, and Strawberry Bisque.  Lot’s of good selections tonight and all were very good.  After dinner we attended the late production show Just Rock in the Amber Palace Theater.  It featured some great music from the early days of Rock&Roll and some pop as well.  The productions singers were very good and the dancers and costumes were wonderful. A very high energy show.  There were a lot of activities on the ship...something for everyone I would say.  Following the show my friends saw the late night adult comedy show in the Ebony Cabaret, but I retired early after a short walk around the ship.  It was a wonderful FUN day on the Carnival Glory.

Day Three--Wednesday—Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Village of St. Martins, New Brunswick
Fog very early, but soon it was beautiful weather in Saint John this day. I had a very nice MDR breakfast in the Platinum dining room as we sailed into Saint John harbor.  The Disney Magic is already docked and we were as well by the scheduled time of 8:00 am.  We left the ship and met a local friend who happens to operate a business, Distant Waters, directly across the street from the cruise terminal. She loaned us her car for the day (how great) so we drove up the coast to the St. Martins area and the Bay of Fundy Trail.  St. Martins is a very small fishing village with a pair of covered bridges and very near the famous caves created by the extreme tides in the Bay of Fundy, approximately 60 feet every 12 hours.  At low tide you can walk to the caves and at high tide they are covered by water.  We drove the Fundy Trail, a National Park Trail, taking in the coastal sights and even a waterfall then returned to the Caves overlook restaurants for lunch.  We all had the special of the day: Lobster roll and a Moosehead draught beer.  The lobster roll was fantastic, one of the best I can remember.  We returned to St John and returned the car and visited with our cruise friend (Thanks so much!) then went down to Steamers Lobster Company just across from the cruise terminal for some beers and to take advantage of the free Wifi.  In addition to the Alpine beer I had to take advantage of the opportunity to have another Lobster roll.  It was good, but not as the one early in the day.  We boarded the ship about 3:30 and I was off to the cabin shower before the ship activities.  BTW--because of the extreme tides we debarked on deck 3 not deck zero as usual in a port.  The VIFP Party was held in the Ebony Cabaret at 4:30. This was the first I have attended since the new past guest program was introduced just a few weeks ago.  There was a big difference with no blue and red cards in attendance, I’d estimate there were 120-150 people at most.  There certainly was an effort by Carnival to make the party different & special.  The live band opened with a few numbers, they had some audience participation with a conga line & some new dance steps, the complimentary drinks and appetizers were plentiful, they showed the usual film with all the old & new Carnival ships, and my friends were recognized as the only Diamonds on board.  Josh, the CD did his part to make it special. It was different and an improvement, but It will be interesting to see how long this level of commitment is maintained.  I enjoyed the Fun Ship Specials from the party and spent some time in the casino and the sports bar before dinner.  Dinner was again good and since I basically had two lunches I ordered light: just the French Onion Soup and the Seafood Pasta.   The productions show tonight was ‘The Magic and Dance of Justin Illusion’ in the Amber Palace Theater.  Then late they had Superstar Live in the Ebony Cabaret.  There were a lot of other interesting activities such as: Bingo, Latin Fiesta, Romantic Dance, Sing-Along in the Piano Bar, and more.

Day Four--Thursday—Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Tall Ships in Halifax, Nova Scotia
It rained overnight, but weather cleared and it was a beautiful day. I was up early and prepared a laundry order for my cabin steward before going to the MDR for breakfast.  I had to send back my eggs, they were very over cooked, but the waiter made it right.  We arrived a little late into Halifax but was docked a little after the 9:00 am scheduled arrival.  We actually debarked on deck 3 and deck it was very convenient for me on deck two. My plans for the day was to enjoy the waterfront and the Tall Ship Festival fortunately scheduled for Halifax that day.  The cruise pier is a great facility located right on one end of the Halifax waterfront.  Soon I met my friends just off the ship and we started down the waterfront.  There are nice shops, restaurants, monuments, and interesting attractions all along the waterfront.  Soon we came to the first tall ship, the Peacemaker. Then another and another, all very interesting.  We did sail on the tall ship Silva for a nice harbor cruise.  It was great seeing the tall ships from the water side as well as a great view of our cruise ship and the harbor.  After the cruise we had a very nice lunch (and free Wifi) at Salty’s a famous Halifax eatery right on the waterfront.  I ordered a scallop plate and it was wonderful.  In two days I met two of my culinary goals for this cruise:  a good Lobster Roll and some Digby Scallops.  After lunch we saw more Tall Ships such as the Roseway, Unicorn, Pride of Baltimore, CSS Acadia, Lynx, USS Providence, and HMS Bounty.  We even took the ferry across the harbor to Dartmouth for additional interesting views of the harbor.  Most of the day was gone and we had not even visited  two of the best sites in Halifax: The Historic Citadel, and the Maritime Atlantic Museum.  We did hear the noon cannon fired from the Citadel.  There were many 1812 era reenactors all along the waterfront, I enjoyed them having previously been one myself in younger days.  Dinner tonight was good.  I ordered the Tom Ka Gai soup, Beef Stroganoff, Pork Tenderloin and Tiramisu & a Fruit Plate for dessert.  Tonight was the Mega Promenade Fun Hop with the late night Mexican buffet.  After a long day though I had some cabin time and relaxed.

Day Five--Friday—at Sea
Air evacuation by Canadian Coast Guard
A great night at sea, very smooth sailing.  I usually leave the TV on in the cabin on the navigational channel overnight as a night light, for ships position, and ships time.  When I looked at it very early this morning it indicated that we were heading northeast, that’s opposite what we should be doing.  About an hour later I found out why when they announced that we had a medical issue and we would be having an air/sea rescue.  About 8:30 am a helicopter rescued the patient using the aft area of deck ten as a staging point for the lifts up to the helicopter.  I had never witnessed one before and it was interesting to see first hand.  The crew did a very good job as did the Canadian rescue crew.  After the rescue I met my friends for a MDR breakfast. We needed to use the new breakfast drink vouchers that the Platinum guests receive in the new VIFP program.  The dining room was absolutely packed, the line stretched beyond the lobby & elevators to the stairwell.  They had to get help from the buffet area because of the MDR demand.  We got seated, got our Bloody Marys, and got a great breakfast.  I casually roamed the ship this morning after the excitement and long breakfast. It’s somewhat cool I guess, the staff are wearing jackets, but I find it very pleasant weather.  I had the Mongolian Grill for lunch, a much longer line today from the first day before anyone had discovered it then cabin time and clean up before meeting the Captain.  My friends were the only Diamonds on board and they are allowed to invite one guest so I was able to accompany them to an invitation to Tea hosted by Captain Rassello on the Bridge.  This is a part of the new VIFP program.  We met Sebastian Emura at the Guest Services desk and he took us to the Bridge to meet the Captain and staff Captain.  The Bridge is cool for sure and the view is so good from there...we did see a whale at a distance.  They served tea and coffee and some light cakes.  It was very casual and very nice with just the three of us and three ships officers.  We took several photos and the ships photographer also took a photo that the Captain signed and gave to us.  After tea time I watched JJ the solo guitarist performing in the lobby area.  He is very good.  I’m a fan of Timmy Pierce and Will Marion (now on the Breeze) and made a point to catch him again when I could hear more music.  While listening to JJ I could see the huge lines forming for AnyTime dining in the lobby.  It make me appreciate the special table set aside for us in the dining room.  Dinner was very good tonight, I ordered the New England Crab Cake, Panko Crusted Jumbo Shrimp, and the Prime Rib of Beef with Gran Mariner Souffle for desert.  It was good bye to Monica and crew as I will be eating in the Platinum dining room on the next cruise.  After dinner I attended the production show Livin’ In America.  It was fantastic, I’d seen it before, but still really enjoyed seeing the show again,   lot’s of action and the dance costumes are very interesting.  Not needing to pack I could stay out later tonight so I did get to go see JJ perform for a full set.  I’ll have to add him to my favorites.

Day Six (1st day of 2nd Cruise)--Saturday--Boston, Massachusetts

First at Mongolian Grill and Desert Station
I tried to sleep, but announcements began fairly early this morning. I went down to the MDR for breakfast as they were already calling various decks for debarkation.  After breakfast I went back to the cabin to pack since I have to change cabins and finished that by 9:30 am. I went to deck three to use the telephone and wait for guest services since I was to be there at 10:00 for my B2B.  They have a very efficient debark and had everyone off before 10:00 other than a few stragglers. Evidently customs is a very easy process in Boston and they only take your Customs Declaration card with no ID checking.  I was the only B2B guest this cruise and all I had to do was walk to the end of the gangway and give them my card and go right back on the ship. Didn’t actually have to set foot on the ground....very easy.  I then returned to my cabin to move my bags to the new cabin and they were already gone.  I then went up to my new cabin on deck seven and the cabin was ready for me with my bags inside.  Thank you Carnival Glory guest services and housekeeping departments.  Easiest B2B ever.  I settled in to my new cabin then went down to guest services to get my new Sail Card at 11:00 am. when the computers reset for the new guests. I also got to visit with a lot of crew and observe operations for the brief time that I was the ONLY passenger on board.  Right at 11:00 I noticed new guests coming aboard so I went to the Platinum/Diamond window and voila my new card was ready and I’m all set for the new cruise.  I now went upstairs to the Red Sail (lido deck buffet) for lunch before it would get busy.  I actually was the first through the Mongolian Grill and it was very good-as always.  I stayed on Lido deck for desert and to use the telephone while I had coverage.  I did talk to the DW and talk her through the process of how to boot the internet network modem as she had lost internet service on the ranch.  We use satellite in the rural areas just as on the cruise ship.  And I thought she was mad & ignoring me the past few days (LOL).  After lunch I went down to deck three to drink a Thirsty Frog Red, listen to JJ, and watch passengers board.  Very interesting observing people coming on the ship.  I went back to the cabin to finish my comments for the previous cruise and get ready for Safety Drill that began about 4:30 pm.  Following the Safety Drill I watched us sail away from Boston from the upper decks.  It was a beautiful day to begin a cruise.  While watching the deck party and sail away I received a phone call on my cell from Carnival.  They asked where I was and thought I had missed the ship.  They were surprised to hear that I was on board, but it was confirmed by the background noise of the sail away party.  It had to be a mix up with the B2B, but nice that they were concerned that I had missed the ship.  I checked out the Serenity Deck area and some other places I had not explored on the first cruise.   I actually saw them enforce the adult pool restrictions.  Before dinner I went by to hear the band Music Connections in the Blue lounge. I have late seating this cruise in the Platinum Dining room located far aft of the ship.  I have a ten top table on the main floor, a good location, and nice fellow guests.  For dinner I ordered the Tomato Soup, the Shrimp with Sweet&Sour Sauce, a Chicken Pasta dish and a Fruit Plate for dessert.  I skipped the Welcome show (again) and retired after dinner.

Day Seven (2nd day of 2nd Cruise)--Sunday--at Sea
They still have an adult pool & hot tub on the Glory!
Very calm seas and great weather.  I went for my usual 1st day breakfast in the MDR this morning.  There were two other groups from Texas at the table, unusual on this itinerary.  Another great breakfast then I popped into the internet center to get my account extended from previous the $3.95 set up fee and get some bonus minutes.  I walked around the ship this morning and the decks are packed with pax taking in the sun.  Alwyn introduced me to the Sous Chef yesterday and I happened to see him in the Red Sail while sampling some desserts (Key Lime pie & Cherry Mousse) and asked him about the Chef’s Table.  I decided I’d do it and he reserved a space for me for the following evening.  I enjoyed some good afternoon movies in the cabin and had some great BLT’s from room service.  It actually cooled on deck when I took my early evening walk, but that’s fine with me since I’m escaping the Texas heat.  The show band played in the lobby area before dinner, a very nice touch. This was again Cruise Elegant night, but truthfully the majority did not dress up and less than half the men wore a jacket.  Dinner was again very good, I ordered Pumpkin Soup, White Stuffed Mushrooms, Shrimp Cocktail, Prime Rib with Baked Potato, and Fruit Plate.  The chef came by the table to explain about the Chefs Table Dinner too.  After dinner I went to the late showing of Livin’ In America.

Day Eight (3rd day of 2nd Cruise)--Monday--Saint John, New Brunswick

City Market in Saint John
Very smooth seas overnight and beautiful weather today.  I was up, but skipped breakfast as Chef said to eat light today so my plan is to just have an early lunch.  I was off the ship about 9:00 am and the plan was to walk around uptown Saint John.  I went to the City Market first then spent some time in Kings Square and the Loyalist Burial Ground.  Soon it was time for my early lunch so I went to Billy’s Seafood Market located at the City Market for a Lobster Roll.  It was served with a choice of salad, (I had greek) and it was fantastic, best of the trip.  After lunch I went through Brunswick Square (an indoor mall), Market Square, and used the Library WiFi to catch up on email.  On the Boardwalk I saw a boat coming in and made a query and it goes to the only other area I wanted to see: the Rapids. My timing could not have been better, It was both high tide and I was allowed to join the next tour ($40). We were off on a harbor tour then the rapids that are created when the tides of the Bay of Fundy push back the flow of the St John’s river. Very interesting.  I headed back to the ship about 3:15 pm for the 4:00 sailing.  It was a FUN day in Saint John.  The VIFP Party was held from 4:30-5:15 so I went to get my complementary Funship Special cocktails.  It was the same procedure as the previous cruise.  There were no Diamond Members on board so I was senior Platinum guest with my 193 sailing days and got my photograph on stage with the department heads.  I then had to get ready for my special Chef’s Table dinner as we were meeting at 6:30 in the lobby.  There were 13 guests for the evening and we first went to the very busy galley for champagne and appetizers.  We even made a Warm Chocolate Cake from scratch and placed it in the oven.  We then went to our private dining area, the Silver Room, located off the Golden Dining room. We enjoyed a wonderful eight course dinner, my favorite being the Wagyn (Kobe beef).  I may have a separate review of then dinner.  After the 3 hour dinner I saw some of my MDR tablemates on Lido and ended up in the White Heat Disco.  Very interesting to see the music change from tunes and music I knew in the earlier hours to more up to date urban music that the younger set enjoyed later in the evening.  Certainly felt my age, so a change to the Cinn-A Bar piano bar that had a very lively crowd of sing along folk.  A very late night for me getting to the cabin about 1:00 am.

Day Nine (4th day of 2nd Cruise)--Tuesday--Halifax, Nova Scotia
Five Fisherman located in one of the oldest & most historic buildings in Halifax
It’s a cloudy morning that later turned to drizzle then rain throughout the day.  We arrived in Halifax by 9:00 am and since I’m not in a rush to debark enjoyed a nice MDR breakfast.  I debarked after 10:00 and went over to Garrisons Brewery location just a few blocks from the terminal to use their free WiFi for an hour to catch up on emails and Facebook.  I casually walked down the waterfront as the rain began and eventually headed up the hill to the Five Fisherman restaurant.  This has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Halifax and now with the Bistro area of it open for lunch I wanted to eat there.  I had a Lobster Roll (what else) served with french fries.  It was good, a little different, more of a lobster salad served on a larger french baguette.  After lunch I had an Alexander Keith’s beer in the bar and used their WiFi for a while.  With the rain not slacking I walked down to the Historic Properties area on the waterfront and to Moo’s the famous ice creamery.  After my double dip for desert I started back down the waterfront boardwalk towards the ship, visiting a few shops along the way.  I was back at the ship by 3:30 but soaking wet.  Knowing how hot and dry it is in Texas I really didn’t mind.  After drying off in the cabin it was now ‘power nap’ time.  I came very close to sleeping through dinner, just waking at 8:00 pm.  I did make it to the MDR just past 8:15 and enjoyed a nice dinner:  I ordered the Tom Ka Gai soup, the Neptune Seafood dish, and the Pork Loin.  For dessert I sampled the Tiramisu and the Bitter & Blanc.  After dinner I met our table mates in the disco for a short while, but proceeded to the Colors Lobby to hear JJ until the Mega Promenade Party began at 11:30 hosted by Josh our Cruise Director.  They had some very funny ‘music video’ competitions.  Following that I was able to visit with Josh and his wife Sooz at the bar for a while before turning in.  It was another fun port day on the Carnival Glory.

Day Ten (5th day of 2nd Cruise)--Wednesday--at Sea
MDR table of new friends
Smooth seas overnight.  I had a very good MDR breakfast and used my drink voucher for a nice Bloody Mary this morning.  After breakfast I had a nice walk on deck and everyone was out on the sunny day, but most were bundled up in blankets or towels.  It was chilly, but I enjoyed it.  I had some nice internet and cabin time today.  I confirmed my air reservations online, prepared my tip envelopes and debarkation forms, and had a nice lunch of BLT’s from room service.  They also delivered some chilled champagne and strawberries that made an excellent desert. My thanks to Josh, Carnival, & staff. I had another nice walk on deck and it was warmer, but still chilly. I had a cabin party with the champagne, strawberries, and music from my travel speakers before dinner.  Too bad I was the only one there although I did take a large glass to dinner.  Tonight I ordered the Sweet Potato Soup, New England Crab Cake, Panko Crusted Jumbo Shrimp, and the Prime Rib of Beef with Gran Mariner Souffle for desert.  It was very good.  After dinner I attended the production show: Just Rock.  After the late show I retired, it’s been a great 10 days and you know it’s been a busy cruise when you haven’t opened the only magazine your brought along to read.

Debarkation--Thursday--Boston, Massachusetts
Black Falcon Cruise Terminal-Boston
We arrived in Boston early on an overcast day.  They started calling for self debark by 7:00 am.  I packed after I awoke then went for my final breakfast in the MDR.  I debarked after 9:00 am and it was a very easy process, no immigration, you just hand over your Customs Declaration Card to the official on the gangway.  I took the City Bus back to the airport ($2.50) and it was very easy, took less than 20-25 minutes.  I was early, but they do have WiFi at Logan so took advantage of the internet.  Even booked a cruise for the friends who had been on board the 1st 5-days.  At 1:30 I was in the air and on my way to DFW airport.  I had a great view of the Mississippi River when we flew over.  A quick connection at DFW and then on my way to the Waco airport.  Believe me I noticed the Texas heat immediately upon rolling my bags out to the truck.  At least I escaped it for a while.  After the hour drive from the Waco airport (free parking) I was home about 7:00 pm.

The Carnival Glory is a Conquest class ship 952 feet long and 110,000 gross tons.   The sailings were full, about 3600 passengers.  She is really in good shape and will even be better once she receives the new 2.0 upgrades in November.

First Cruise--I have cabin 2207 a category 1A very forward on the starboard side of Main deck (2).   The cabin is ideal for a solo and has a lot of floor space, I believe more than a standard cabin. It has one single bed, the standard three sets of closets, card swipe safe, flat screen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, and full couch.  Mr. Kiren the cabin steward did a great job maintaining the cabin.  Second Cruise--I have cabin 7236 a category 4E interior.  I had booked a guarantee so this was a good cabin assignment.  It  has twin beds, the standard three sets of closets, card swipe safe, flat screen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, but no couch.  Cabin service was adequate from William and his assistant. Interesting that I got new wallpaper on St John day.

The crew was fantastic.  Desmond Stephens the Sr. Maitre’d and Senior Assistant Alwyn Olivera were absolutely fantastic.  They made sure that the Diamond guests were well taken care of and could avoid the long lines for Anytime Dining.  The MDR waiters Monica and Maribel in the Golden Dining room and Edward in the Platinum Dining room were all very good. Sebastian Emura the Guest Services Manager was also very helpful and friendly.  Josh ‘Big Sexy’ Waitzman, the Cruise Director, really worked very hard at keeping all the guests happy and busy, he’s also a very nice guy and truly into the cruise experience.  All are on my list of favorite Carnival employees.

We of course had the new Carnival Menus that are not so new now so this will be the last time I refer to them as the ‘new’.  In fact very soon a NEW menu will be out with shrimp cocktails & spring rolls available daily.  There is an ‘Every Day’ section and a ‘Specials of the Day’ section.  Also a ‘Didja’ selection of an unusual item and a ‘Comfort Food’ selection of a traditional item.  Our dining room for the first cruise was the Golden Dining Room located midship on decks 3 & 4.  Alwyn and Desmond arranged for us to have a standing table next to the window that was always set for three...that was very special.  The food was excellent.  Amazing that the same dishes on different ships can be varied in taste and quality.  The servers may have something to do with that as well.  Hot food is better food.  Breakfasts in the MDR were very good, I only missed one morning. The Mongolian Grill and BLT’s from room service remain some of my favorites. There are several ice crème and yogurt machines on Lido deck.  Of course the Chef’s Table experience ($75pp) was very unique.

Exceeded Expectations
The Glory still has an Adult Pool located aft on Lido deck--that’s getting hard to find on a Carnival ship. Attention in the dining room for Diamond guests is wonderful. I enjoyed the productions shows and attended each one twice.

Cruise Highlights
Everything.  This was a very enjoyable cruise.  Everything was wonderful.  Josh, Alwyn, and the other staff and crew were outstanding. The fact that I had one cruise with friends and the other with new friends provided a good mix for the 10 days.  I now have a new favorite Carnival ship: The Carnival Glory.  I just wish it was sailing from Galveston.

   One of my best Cruise Experiences-Ever!

Sunset from the Carnival Glory


Friday, July 27, 2012

Carnival Glory ... Bay of Fundy tides

I have just returned from a B2B cruise on the Carnival Glory and will post the review very soon.  I want to highlight this unique phenomena with this post.

We docked at Saint John New Brunswick located on the Bay of Fundy.  The bay has the some of the largest tides in the world.  When one usually docks at a port the guests debark from deck 0 (zero), but in St John we debarked from deck 3.  These photos will tell you why.  The first was taken in the morning from the gangway when I debarked....the second was taken when I returned to the ship in the late afternoon.