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Ron Don

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  • Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Interests
    Golf, walking, family.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Holand American
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Barcelona, Fort Lauderdale

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  1. We live in the Dallas area and have traveled from Galveston 5-6 times and always drive. We have met people from Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arkansas and Mississippi that have also driven to Galveston. Galveston has about 10 privately owned parking lots plus 3 fairly large port parking lots (owned by the city) with a good guess that parking close to the port to be around 5-7K vehicles. Then there are the hotels that have deals that allow parking at their facility if you stay with them prior the cruise or after the cruise, sometimes for a fee and sometimes included in the hotel rate. Flying into Galveston has it's own special efforts as well as the only two airports are at least an hours drive to 2 hours drive away with limited auto rental facilities. Shuttle facilities and limos are available but for a fee that can be expensive. My point is, so why not drive? We always do but, this is just one persons opinion.
  2. I just received a drink package refund today, ****finally****, it took 22 days after cancellation. Thought it would never happen.
  3. We are also on this same cruise and are very nervous about the potential outcome of the cruise. We have made final payment on the airfare but only the deposit on the cruise. I wish I had a crystal ball to look into that gave me a better feeling. We also were planning to spend a week before the cruise in Rome and some time after in Lake Como/Venice. Wish I had a better feeling.
  4. The bed by the bathroom, being your choice, is nice but in the GS, you have a complete dressing area next to the bed with drawers, mirrors, shelves and such. My wife really enjoys this little area for getting ready. Agree with Marion_Mom about the tender ports and having priority departure and "free" room service. There is another perk we like...if you want to go to breakfast, you have access to Chops as a private dining room where you can order your breakfast rather than having to go to the buffet if you want. It is a much more quiet venue.
  5. No on both, in my experience. I was not allowed on the Symphony on the Abyss.
  6. The shows are IMHO, a bit better than other ships and as deliver42 says, book the shows early online as soon as you can. Once onboard, if the show is at 8pm, as an example, the line for the show starts forming for the reservations at around 7:30 or so. To get a better seat, you need to get there around the 7:30 timeframe. This is true for each of the shows, at least it was for us in September. You need to take the extra time into account for your dinner reservations as well. We also felt like everything on the Symphony was on the "inside" vs. availability of "outside decks. There are outside decks (pool deck) but it seems like more of the activities happen on the decks where everything is "inside". Again, just an opinion.
  7. Nadja Djurdjevic is leaving the Diamond Lounge on the Liberty on 1/20/2020 and does not return until March 2020. She did not know who her replacement was going to be.
  8. Freedom Class first because of size and things to do. Radiance Class second because of the aft and open seating for breakfast. Vision Class because it's a "baby" Freedom Class.
  9. I certainly stand corrected. It's been a while since I have flown into HOU, it's much easier to just drive from the DFW area than fly any more these days.
  10. IAH has the advantage of nearly all of the airlines as a choice rather than just Southwest at HOU.
  11. We have been to The Caymans several times. Sometimes we go on tours, sometimes we rent a car and go around to Rums Point for a relaxing day. When we rent a car, we have always rented from a local company called Andy's www.andys.ky. They are not located on the dock when you get off but have a courtesy car that can take you to their location on 7 mile beach for check-in. They have several choices of vehicles and are very easy to deal with. We were there in March and rented a 4 passenger Jeep that wound up being around $120 including the drivers permit for the day. As I recall there were less expensive alternatives available. I hope this information is helpful to you.
  12. We were on the Navigator a year ago, had 4 in a row open.
  13. Anyone know how much it is to get a cab from Falmouth to the Hilton?
  14. We had it in May, a little over 2 years ago. At the time we booked it for just over $9000 for 8 passengers. That was 4 adults and 4 children.
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