About a month ago – and just in time for my 12th wedding anniversary, we had the opportunity to go on a press trip on the Carnival Glory from Boston to Canada. My family had never been on a cruise together, so it was a great opportunity to leave from our home port and visit a part of Canada that we’d never seen before.
I wasn’t too familiar with Carnival Cruises before this invitation arrived, so I wasn’t sure how kid friendly it would be. But I had no reason to worry, because Carnival cruising with kids ended up being a wonderful experience. My kids had a blast. We also knew that the food would be plentiful, but weren’t sure about the quality – turns out we were pleasantly surprised. There were loads of delicious healthy food options for both adults and kids.
Our first day was a fun day at sea, where my kids explored the kids’ club, and my husband and I enjoyed some free time on the pool deck. Our second day was spent at the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick, where we rode on a train over the Bay of Fundy and the Saint John River, and took a hop-on, hop-off bus through the city. The highlight was lunch at Rockwood Park – we had a fabulous view of the water and the park.
Our next day was a day in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We had a private driver who took us around the city, showing us many sites including Point Pleasant Park, the Public Garden, the Museum of Natural History, and the York Redought. Halifax is a gorgeous city that I’ve always wanted to visit, so I’m glad that we had the opportunity.
Our last day was another fun day at sea, and we spent some time on the decks and some time exploring the ship. My daughter became fast friends with Christine Koh’s daughter, so the girls also spent lots of time playing together. I think the 5-day cruise was the perfect length of time for us – the kids really enjoyed every minute on and off the ship.
Disclosure: Carnival and the ports hosted us for the cruise and the excursions. All opinions are my own.