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  1. We live in Galveston so do not use parking . Suggest just calling the hotel for information directly. 409 763 0300
  2. I heard recently an expert in industry say that less than 3% of potential cruise market has been touched. .
  3. We visited on Holy Land Cruise out Rome. Highly recommend. Masada is one of Israel's most popular tourist attractions. Masada (Hebrew: מצדה‬ metsada, "fortress") is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, akin to a mesa. It is located on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea 20 km (12 mi) east of Arad. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. According to Josephus, the siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire at the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of 960 people, the Sicarii rebels and their families hiding there.
  4. Sign up for app and apply for ride . Uber is available and can be supply and demand situation. Walk off with bags on self assist program.
  5. Everything is progressing. Galveston RCL Ships according to present schedules: First day for Vision is March 11, 2019 from New Orleans Last day for Vision is April 19, 2019. Trans Atlantic First day for Enchantment is May 6, 2019 from Florida Last day for Enchantment is April 27, 2020. Last day for Liberty is April 26, 2020.
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    Ships in Galveston?

    Port of Galveston ships: Currently Carnival has three full time ships. Currently Disney has one seasonal ship ! Currently RCL has one full time ship. Liberty. One seasonal ship is coming with two for the season . First day for RCL Vision is March 11, 2019. Coming from New Orleans Last day for RCL Vision is April 19, 2019. Leaves with Trans Atlantic First day for RCL Enchantment is May 6, 2019. Coming from Port Canaveral Last day for RCL Enchantment is April 27, 2020. Last day for Liberty is April 26, 2020.
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    Texas City to Galveston

    When are you renting a car ? Whole time , before cruise or upon return from cruise . You say returning only to Texas City ?
  8. Yes it is obvious with signage . You can walk from Tremont also (about same distance) . Both hotels (operated by same) have same transfer service, if weather is bad.
  9. How many vehicles are in the fleets for Express and Breeze and Limo ? I live in Galveston and do not actually know and do not use them .
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    Texas City to Galveston

    Are you arriving a day or two early .
  11. Galveston Limo has a large number of Vans in the fleet .
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    Galveston Port is not user friendly

    Sounds like it was confusing' because there was no due diligence in preparation for your drive in . Also do you not have a smart phone with maps and directions capabilities . The ferry approach to the city and once on island, the port is the easiest and fastest way to port . You are also now on cruise critic, and there are many threads just on Gulf Coast Departures, with posted map of island . ( Download Map of Galveston Island ) Posted also are short cuts around traffic for ingress to terminals and parking lots. The Port of Galveston website has excellent maps and directions and specific instructions to entrances. Where were you parking , the parking lots had information also to access lots and port area. You say limited signage , which means there was signage. Something does not add up ! As far as disembarkation , Could there have been a required Federal Coast Guard inspection by law. Royal Caribbean can be a staging and release of passenger issue . Yes Immigration can cause major problem in any port . Galveston is known for its rich vibrant history as well as its strong commitment to building a better future. The Island hosts over 7 million visitors a year who are attracted to the same features that brought visitors over a 100 years ago – the Island’s natural beauty, nature tourism activities, many large festivals, first-class hotels and restaurants, arts & cultural activities, historical museums and fantastic recreational attractions. Galveston has 32 miles of beach and has two first class convention centers. Harborside Drive beautification improvements and new ingress/egress project with terminals is underway . A new multi-story parking garage is being built for terminals #1 &#2 . The Highway system between Houston and Galveston is under massive expansion and partially completed. . Cruise passenger transfers between Houston airports and Galveston have greatly improved, with better cruise line's transfer services and with other with private companies. Houston has two international airports. The movement of ships issue during fog is somewhat resolved now from litigation between the Cruise Lines and the Pilots. And Galveston is striving for Port of Call Designation, it has so much to offer. The Port of Galveston is home to three year-round Carnival Cruise Line ships including the new Vista , one year-round Royal Caribbean ship, one seasonal Royal Caribbean ship and a seasonal Disney Cruise Line ship. The Port of Galveston is located strategically right on the Gulf of Mexico.. Also with Galveston being at doorstep of the expansive market place of the entire midwest corridor of US , and with Houston soon to be the 3rd largest city ,and with 5 of the 15th fastest growing cities in the US in TEXAS. Galveston is a desired home port. Galveston Island is already a major tourist destination, with ample tourist infrastructure support.
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    Galveston Port is not user friendly

    Download Map of Galveston Island Download Map Galveston's East End Download Map of Houston Metro
  14. We are cruising in November of 2019 and while I know it's too early to book a hotel, I'm trying to research ahead of time where we want to stay pre cruise. We'll be flying in, most likely to Hobby and get transport to Galveston. I'm figuring that we'll be required to do a 2 night stay at most places as we'll be cruising on a Monday so coming in on the weekend. Response: A 2 night stay will be good for much to do. First weekend in November is Lone Star Bike Rally . lonestarrally.com/ . I know that Harbor House is right next to the Port and when I called, she said that they do have a shuttle, but many people choose to walk the 1 block to the terminal. Actually, she said terminal 1 is about a block away. Terminal 2 is about 5 blocks. Has anyone walked this? Is it truly an easy walk with rolling suitcases or is it simply wiser to take the shuttle? Response Only two hotels near Port Terminals Harbor House and Tremont - both operated by same as Galvez Correct info on walks distances. It can be easy walk. It's all relative to you and extent of luggage. You can make decision after being there. Main areas to stay in Galveston On the Gulf (Seawall)(many motels and hotels) On the Bay (Moody Gardens Hotel)) Downtown Old Town Historic District by Port – Only (Harbor House and Tremont) On highway coming into town(few) Download Map of Galveston Island Download Map Galveston's East End Download Map of Houston Metro Area I know nothing about Galveston. I've read on here that there is a ton to do that's within walking distance of both the Strand and Seaway. I'm uncertain if we should stay in the Strand area or the Seawall area by the beach. I'm sure there are hotels in Seawall area that have a free shuttle to port. If not, I keep reading that cab fare within Galveston is high? Is there more to do in one area than the other? Are the hotels cheaper in one area vs the other? Response for beginning: galveston.com galvestonhistory.org moodygardens.com galveston.com/cvb/ pier21.com bryanmuseum.com Sorry for all the questions. I just know nothing about the area. the cruise is a ways off yet but, what can I say...…..I'm a planner who likes to have it all taken care of ahead of time so I don't have to worry about it closer to the cruise LOL