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Carnival Glory: Black Falcon Cruise Terminal + Embarkation



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.

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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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Fate of the Carnival Triumph Revealed



With Carnival Cruise Line execs routinely speaking about reducing the size of their fleet and little known about the Carnival Triumph’s future itineraries, some fans worried the ship might be on its way out. But fans of the Triumph can relax, as it was announced today that the ship will be sailing a variety of itineraries from three different ports… including a 2019 stay in New York City.

Carnival Triumph Hits Numerous Ports

The Triumph, which joined the fleet in 1999, will take on an exciting new slate of sailings during the 2019-20 season, immediately after undergoing a major refurbishment that will see her receiving a variety of new venues to compliment the ones she already has, which include the always-popular Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Cantina Tequila Bar and Alchemy Bar. The new itineraries will see her sailing from New York, Fort Lauderdale and Norfolk.

Exciting News For New York Homeporters

Perhaps most exciting to New Yorkers will be the return of shorter voyages from the port. The Carnival Triumph will sail four-day cruises to Bermuda in 2019 — being billed as “long weekends” — on May 23, June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 12. For those wanting to trade The Big Apple for Bermuda a few days longer, the ship will sail a six-day Bermuda trip on June 24, 2019. That trip will include a two-night stay in Bermuda. And on June 24, 2019, the Triumph will sail an 8-day cruise out of NYC that will include two nights on Bermuda and a visit to Grand Turk.

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For those wanting to go North instead of South, Carnival will also offer three 7-day cruises — departing on September 22, September 29 and October 6 of 2019 — visiting New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

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Finally, the New York City sailings will offer 8- and 10-day options, as well as a 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise departing May 27, 2019, and visiting the Panama Canal, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica and Half Moon Cay.

Details On Triumph’s Florida Visit

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The Carnival Triumph will also sail out of Fort Lauderdale in 2019, doing 4- and 5-day cruises in April before heading to New York, and then picking up these itineraries again from November 2019 (after completing her Big Apple trips) until April 2020. In fact, at this point, Carnival is the only cruise line slated to offer a short-cruise itinerary from Fort Lauderdale, which should prove wildly appealing to the ever-growing population of people looking to take a cruise, but not necessarily having a week or more to commit. The 4-day sailings will depart on Thursdays and visit Nassau as well as either Half Moon or Princess Cay. The 5-day trips will depart on Mondays and swing by Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman.

Triumph’s Trip To Norfolk

Finally, the Carnival Triumph will also sail 5- and 6-day cruises to the Bahamas out of Norfolk, Virginia during May and October of 2019.

“We’re delighted to offer this unique schedule on Carnival Triumph,” says Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy of the ship’s port-hopping slate of itineraries. “With such an array of cruise choices, vacationers have the opportunity to enjoy short, value-packed getaways to tropical destinations [or] longer-length departures visiting spectacular ports of call!”

Will you sail Carnival Triumph out of New York City?

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Carnival Cruise Line Returns to St. Maarten



Carnival Cruise Line has marked their return to St. Maarten, four months after the island was devastated by hurricanes. Earlier today, Carnival Sunshine was the first in the fleet to return to the nation with a day-long call there.

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The visit is the first of dozens of port calls by Carnival ships to the Caribbean destination in the coming weeks.

Over 3,000 passengers onboard enjoyed a variety of shore excursions, as well as St. Maarten’s world-class beaches and shopping and dining in downtown Philipsburg.

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Carnival Cruise Ship Gets Major Makeover



It’s not every day that a girl turns 18. But since the Carnival Victory — launched in October of 2000 — is hitting that milestone this year, she’s about to get a very special present in the form of a major makeover. By the time the ship emerges from a scheduled 17-day drydock, she’ll have a whole slew of new features sure to make her popular among those looking to do short cruises out of Miami!

Big Changes For The Carnival Victory

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Popular Guy’s Burger Joint was added during the refit.

Having quietly slipped away for a rejuvenating dry dock visit on January 4th, the Carnival Victory will remain in seclusion until January 21st, when she’ll make her triumphant return to Miami, ready to once again receive guests. (And where better to spend her downtime than in Freeport, Bahamas?) When the Victory returns to service, changes will be made to nearly every aspect of the ship, including the addition of several new venues and even stateroom categories.

So what are the highlights of the Carnival Victory’s refurb? As big fans of Guy’s Burger Joint, we’re going to put the addition of that venue at the top of the list. When you’re hanging out by the pool and want a little something to munch on — but don’t feel like getting dressed to hit the buffet — there’s nothing better than one of these burgers with a side of fries.

In fact, a lot of the Victory‘s improvements can be found poolside, and they are venues which have proved crazy popular on other ships. The RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Cantina and BlueIguana Tequila Bar will all be serving up food and drinks to sunworshippers once the ship returns to service at the end of January.

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View Carnival Victory Deck Plans

But don’t worry… eating al fresco won’t be the only new option available to passengers. The ship will also add a Bonsai Sushi Express, a great grab-and-go option for fresh sushi, sashimi, rolls and more. The ship’s deli is also getting an upgrade, with a whole new look and seven new sandwiches on the menu. And you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Cherry On Top, the perfect place to not only stock up on candies but (if you’re feeling generous) pick up a unique gift for the folks back home.

New Stateroom Categories

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As part of the dry dock, several new stateroom categories will also be added to the Carnival Victory. Among them will be the 260-square-foot Scenic Ocean View cabins and 320-square-foot Scenic Ocean View staterooms. But if you really wanna live a little, check out the Captain’s Suite. This 820-square-foot space includes two full-sized bathrooms, a big living room and an extended balcony.

Once out of dry dock, the Carnival Victory will return to Miami and again sail 3- and 4-day cruises. The three days sailings depart on Friday and call upon Nassau, while the four-day trips go to Key West and Cozumel or Nassau as well as the line’s private island, Half Moon Cay.

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