Cruise is a popular way to travel, especial in the USA. Prior to last week, I had never been on a cruise ship nor did I have much desire. However, due to lack of time to plan a proper family vacation, we decided to give this way of travel a shot. The family and I boarded the Carnival Glory departed from Manhattan’s Cruise Terminal and spent a week on the Atlantic Ocean. Two of the days, we stopped at the ports of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint Johns, New Brunswick.
Summer Camp for Grown Ups
My first impression of the cruise is that it’s a summer camp for grown ups. You have lots of people rounded up in one place and the meals and entertainment are on a schedule. The diversity of the people, however, was fascinating. Few of the crew members were Americans and many of the passengers spoke other languages as well. Many of the crew members came from countries that are not as economically prosperous as the US and in some ways, it made me think of the wastefulness that took place on that cruise ship.
There was food available 24 hours a day and the choices were so vast and supply so plentiful that people didn’t feel bad about throwing away half a plate of perfectly edible food. The electricity was running constantly, be it the hot tubs on the deck, lights all around the ship, the casino, the rooms, etc. Constant electricity was rare on land where I was living just 3 weeks ago, yet I was able to have it ON A BOAT?
And then there was the service – customer service so amazing that it was almost over the top. One evening, our wait for dinner was a bit long, and the next thing you know they sent us cakes and a note to apologize in our room. We love the turn-down service where they make animals out of towels. The contrast was drastic, and surreal. Throughout the week, I kept thinking to myself, this is the epitome of the American culture, and it was bizarre.
Canada vs. the US: Same same but different?
The two port-of-calls were charming little seaside towns and
The Carnival Glory