Carnival Glory: Black Falcon Cruise Terminal + Embarkation

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Balcony stateroom (8C) aboard Carnival Glory.

Today started out great. The Hyatt Regency Boston is a great pre-stay cruise hotel, located right next to the T and about a 20 minute walk from everything in either direction. The views aren’t too bad either. *Tip* Request a room on the 20th floor on check-in.

The cab ride to the pier took six-minutes and cost right around $11. The cab drops you off right in front of the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal and you check your bags in. These bag guys mean business, they want you to have everything together, drop your bags and get in. I usually  tip a dollar per bag but everyone has their own ways.

We went right through security and then to the check-in. If you are boarding at noon it seems like a very efficient time to board. We were on the ship in under 10-minutes. They take your photo for your sail and sign card on the gangway of the ship.

Coming off Carnival Breeze, the first impression of Carnival Glory was like, woah! I was taken back in time a few years. This ship was launched in 2003 and is scheduled to go in for the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades in November. Sixty percent of the cabins on this ship are balcony or ocean view.  It’s a very clean ship and a live solo guitarist was playing in the main atrium on embarkation.

The first thing I did was dropped the bags off in my cabin. I have a balcony cabin on deck six, midship. There’s a nice sitting couch, a full size bed, and a balcony with two sitting chairs on it. When I got into my room I noticed that I finally reached platinum status with Carnival. I had a pin waiting for me, a free drink coupon, a welcome aboard letter and a couple of other little things. The thing I’m most excited about is the complimentary wash and fold laundry service. On this five-night cruise they will do up to two bags on laundry. The free drink ticket isn’t a bad touch either.

The first thing I did was head to the lido deck for some lunch. The conquest-class ships have the fish and chips station on the tenth deck, aft, so I headed there. No one ever seems to find it the first day so I like to get my fill of fried oysters and ahi-tuna before it’s found. After lunch I took a lot of pictures around the ship and shot some B-roll video. After a while all the ships blend together so I will have to find out what’s unique about this one. I haven’t quite figured out the theme to Carnival Glory yet. Someone asked me who the cruise director was on this ship, it’s Josh Waitzman.

The sail away happened right at 5pm and was an awesome view heading out of Boston, making our way to the Atlantic was scenic. Someone asked me on deck today what I thought was better, a Caribbean sail away or New England, I told them both had their awesome qualities but the weather was much cooler in New England. I don’t think that was the answer they were looking for but they both have great qualities and its Boston, what else is there to say!?

Dinner tonight in the Main Dining Room at 8:15, it was a homecoming of sorts for me because I had the same server that I had on Carnival Liberty back in December. The server told me that I looked very familiar and I told him he did too, after dinner he said he was server in the Caribbean. Small world but I think that’s one of the things that keep people coming back, there’s something to be said about being remembered.

For dinner I went with the fried chicken and the crème brulee. The welcome aboard show was okay, it was the first welcome aboard show I’ve actually went to and stayed through in years.

Comedian on this ship is Larry Omaha, not so funny — or at least I thought. He kept saying tough crowd but he’s made the rounds so maybe he was having an off night or I’ve completely lost my sense of humor.

Tomorrow is a sea day. St. John on Monday.

 

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