Posted April 30th, 2012, 02:12 PM
Last edited by skittl1321; April 30th, 2012 at 02:17 PM
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(Edit to add, Oh! I lied. I can just copy and paste them... All the photos are here. But the captioning kind of makes some things seem a bit weird. I'll keep that in mind when I write the blog for the next day. Bear with me here.)
We left Austin at 7:15 and headed towards Galveston. Even without speeding (we were going 60 most of the time because we couldn’t ever find a speed limit sign, later we found out it is a 70 zone- don’t worry, we stayed in the right lane, and no one ever seemed to be stuck behind us) we were making great time, so we stopped in Katy for some Whataburger. I sure miss it in Iowa. My nostalgia was bigger than my stomach, as I could barely finish a breakfast taquito, and I had ordered two! Then we continued the drive” $4.50 in tolls later, we were in Galveston around 11:15.
Not the prettiest port in the world... Lighthouse parking was easy to find, and I won “first to spot the whale tail”! (You can tell this is a drive-in port, as there were people everywhere with signs trying to lure you into the parking lot. Lighthouse was very easy- we pulled in, they took our bags from the trunk to the bus, we didn’t wait for anyone (just us on the bus) and they took us to the Triumph, and got our bags off the bus for us. A porter took our bag (shocked we just had one) and pointed us in the right direction to check in. (I loved the floral shirts all the porters wore.) We booked online, so parking was only $35 for the entire week. We tipped the driver, but there was no pressure or hands out to do so!
Not the first view of the whale tail, but I have no pictures for this part of the story!
Check in was a BREEZE. Short line for ID check, short line for security, quick beverage check (person in front of us had 3 water bottles make it through and one get taken for “not bubbling the same when shaken. That said- she didn’t notice our 12-pack had been doctored. Although we weren’t smuggling beer, Kevin had put Ginger Ale in the bottom row and glued it back together just to make it easier to carry. They poked open the perforation, but didn’t notice it had been opened. So that may have worked with beer…) Then it was upstairs to get sign and sale cards. It was about 11:45 and we expected to board at 12:30, but the signs said now embarking zones 1-43- so we hoped right on the ship. This was actually the slowest part, as we got behind a person pushing a woman in a wheelchair up the ramps…. Next thing we knew, we were up on the Lido deck and it wasn’t quite noon yet!
Girls only cruise shirts. And Paul- the sole man in the group.
We didn’t go get food right away, but instead met some new friends and chatted (we only saw them briefly during the cruise), and hung out in the sun- got a little burned on my forehead, despite sunscreen. There was no live band- but the DJ was fantastic. It wasn't too crowded up there, and I really enjoyed being outside. Rooms were opened at 1:30, where we went and settled our carry ons and to our shock received our bag at about 1:40! The port of Galveston is quick.
Because this was a shorter cruise we got the balcony. Per day, I think this cruise was our most expensive actually, but we've always done 8 day cruises before. It was nice to have the balcony again, but I am just as happy in an oceanview.
Then we went up to the Lido for lemonade (YUM!) and our first pizza and ice cream of the cruise (yum again!) I tried another Caesar salad, as the one on the spirit was too fishy. Cruise Critic told me I must have got a dud, so I gave it another chance- verdict: too fishy.
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Carnival Freedom- Eastern Carribean 01/01/11
Carnival Triumph- Progesso/Cozumel 4/14/12
Celebrity Xpedition- Galapagos 9/28/14
Carnival Magic- Western Carribean 09/20/15