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.
|Carnival Glory Lobby Bar|
Day Two--Tuesday--at Sea
Day Three--Wednesday—Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
|Village of St. Martins, New Brunswick|
Day Four--Thursday—Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Tall Ships in Halifax, Nova Scotia|
Day Five--Friday—at Sea
|Air evacuation by Canadian Coast Guard|
Day Six (1st day of 2nd Cruise)--Saturday--Boston, Massachusetts
|First at Mongolian Grill and Desert Station|
Day Seven (2nd day of 2nd Cruise)--Sunday--at Sea
|They still have an adult pool & hot tub on the Glory!|
Day Eight (3rd day of 2nd Cruise)--Monday--Saint John, New Brunswick
|City Market in Saint John|
Day Nine (4th day of 2nd Cruise)--Tuesday--Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Five Fisherman located in one of the oldest & most historic buildings in Halifax|
Day Ten (5th day of 2nd Cruise)--Wednesday--at Sea
|MDR table of new friends|
|Black Falcon Cruise Terminal-Boston|
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.
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.
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|