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    Oklahoma City, OK
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    Granddaughters & vacationing
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    The one we are booked on next.
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    Caribbean

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  1. Luggage Valet is not available in the port of Galveston. 😞
  2. komputerguy - Don't know when your cruise is but I hope you have a great time!!
  3. There are many forms of transportation from the airports or hotels to the cruise terminals. We have used many of them including the available buss transportation through the cruise lines. The best transportation we can recommend is VIP Express, LLC. This is the last review I left for them - I think it speaks for itself but please check all the other reviews you want, I think you will be impressed: "We have used VIP Express many times. The first time was very soon after the business started and the latest was two days ago (11/16/2019). Emanuele and his staff have never been anything but outstanding. He is an AMAZING communicator. Prior to your pickup time, you will always know where he is and when he will arrive (which is "on time" or sooner). He is extremely personable and will do everything within his power to make your experience with VIP Express a pleasure. If you can find a company with cleaner vehicles, I would be surprised. Emanuele is just a "nice guy" who is unbelievably hard working, honest, and very, very good at what he does. Wouldn't consider using any other service in the Houston area! Thanks, "Manny", you always make our trips better, and we truly appreciate it. 🙂 Keith & Sharon" Please consider using Emanuele for your transportation needs. He is VERY good at what he does and his rates are great! His contact number is (409) 888-0520 and their website is vipexpressllc.com . I hope this is of some help to you.
  4. We have sailed from Galveston a number of times and Houston once when Princess still sailed from there. We have always flown into Hobby unless we drive, which has only been twice. We have flown home once from IAH. If you can fly SWA, I would recommend Hobby over IAH. We have only used two hotels in Galveston: the Galvez and the Hilton. Love them both but it is usually difficult to get a one night stay unless you call the hotel using their local number and even that does not always work. Additionally, if you can get a room for $200.00, consider yourself fortunate although once in a while the Hilton is available for under $200.00. If you are able to fly into Hobby, I highly recommend the Doubletree at Hobby. (Their warm cookies are REALLY good) The rooms have always been clean, the staff is friendly, the rates are very reasonable, and they provide a shuttle to/from the airport. The restaurant and bar in the hotel have always been great for us. If you arrive early the day before your cruise, the NASA Space Center is just an Uber ride away and will fill your day if you are interested. If you arrive late in the day you can relax, use the pool (outside), or enjoy the bar or restaurant. There isn't much within walking distance. There are many forms of transportation from the airports or hotels to the cruise terminals. We have used many of them including the available buss transportation through the cruise lines. The best transportation we can recommend is VIP Express, LLC. This is the last review I left for them - I think it speaks for itself but please check all the other reviews you want, I think you will be impressed: "We have used VIP Express many times. The first time was very soon after the business started and the latest was two days ago (11/16/2019). Emanuele and his staff have never been anything but outstanding. He is an AMAZING communicator. Prior to your pickup time, you will always know where he is and when he will arrive (which is "on time" or sooner). He is extremely personable and will do everything within his power to make your experience with VIP Express a pleasure. If you can find a company with cleaner vehicles, I would be surprised. Emanuele is just a "nice guy" who is unbelievably hard working, honest, and very, very good at what he does. Wouldn't consider using any other service in the Houston area! Thanks, "Manny", you always make our trips better, and we truly appreciate it. 🙂 Keith & Sharon" Please consider using Emanuele for your transportation needs. He is VERY good at what he does and his rates are great! His contact number is (409) 888-0520 and their website is vipexpressllc.com . I hope this is of some help to you.
  5. Have not been on the Enchantment OTS but we have been on the others you mentioned - some more than once. I would recommend them all except the Vista. We did a B2B on her last Nov and found her not to be our favorite ship for a lot of reasons but did find the crew to be great. If everyone is over 50 and would prefer a more mature crowd, I would probably suggest an RCCL ship on a cruise 7 days or longer. There is a Mayan ruin excursion from Cozumel which takes you to the mainland (Tulum, I believe). There is one on Cozumel but it is, in my opinion, false. I would not recommend it. But, if you don't mind an 8 hour excursion to the mainland, you can probably find a cruise that stops in Cozumel and Grand Cayman and have both your wishes satisfied. I agree with the comments by others that the comedy venue is always packed - makes no difference which cruise line, which ship, or which performance (early or late) - they are always crowded. My opinion is that Carnival's entertainment may lag behind some other cruise lines but it is, on many occasions, a case by case opinion. Are you really there to be "WOW'd" by each and every performance? I will have to say that, as a proud military retiree, Carnival, hands down, has the most respect for veterans and by any measure, the best Veteran's gathering. Don't think I have helped you a lot but after 30 cruises on 4 different cruise lines I have to say that the worst cruise we ever had was ---- WONDERFUL!! If something isn't 100% to your liking; smile, breathe in, breathe out, move on. Hope you have a great cruise!
  6. We did this in FLL. Different port but similar setup. We simply wandered out of the terminal with our luggage, got a taxi, and told him which ship to go to. He wasn't too impressed as the trip was short and the fare quite low but a generous tip cured that.
  7. Definitely try VIP Express. Call and ask for Emanuele. He provides great service and reasonable cost.
  8. This hotel is very close to Hobby. We have stayed there several times and have not been disappointed. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport 8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, TX 77061 T: 1 713-645-3000
  9. Try the Galveston Island Hilton Inn. They provide free parking and transport to and from the port.
  10. We've had good luck staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport 8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, TX 77061 T: 1 713-645-3000 . For transportation to/from Galveston try VIP Express, call and ask for Emanuele. He provides great service at reasonable price.
  11. Try VIP Express. Call and talk to Emanuele. He's great and provides the best customer service. We use his company exclusively when we are in Houston/Galveston.
  12. Call VIP Express and ask for Emanuele. We use them every time we cruise out of Galveston. Price is $25 per person and he provides excellent customer service!
  13. I am helping a family member coordinate her husband's "burial at sea" from the Vista later this fall. I believe I have the information generally available from Carnival. What I am looking for are any first hand observations, comments, or advice from anyone who has recently been through the process on any Carnival ship and specifically the Vista. Thanks ever so much for any insight you may be able to offer.
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