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  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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!

     

     

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  4. 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.  

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  5. 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.

  6. We have toured some of the ruins available while in Belize and have used some of the private tours (available through the folks at the terminal area) that went throughout the general city areas - both "good" and "bad" areas. All with positive results. Never felt unsafe or uneasy. Had an enjoyable time. I took a quick look at the URL you shared. My knowledge of the geography of Belize City is far from intimate but my memory tells me that the tour, as suggested, would be very long and difficult. From a safety point of view I think it would be a personal decision. If you carry yourself well and are not afraid of "casual conflict" I would guess you would be OK but it will still be unnecessary. Too many "easy" ways to see the city. Just my opinion.

  7. We have cruised out of Galveston a number of times in late fall/early winter. First, we love Galveston and find it a very friendly place to visit. It can be cool necessitating a light / medium jacket for most ( I, however, am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so I wear shorts and a long sleeve shirt. ) The temperature is simply something you tolerate while having a great experience. The temperature in mid/late December through probably mid February can create an issue other than comfort. Namely, FOG. If you are flying into IAH or Hobby ( we always use Hobby ) you might want to consider formulating a "Plan B" in case the ship is late returning to port. We have been fortunate but it is not unusual to see significant delays. Just my humble opinion.

  8. The "rules are not for ME" people can be found everywhere: Embarkation, Debarkation, Buffet lines, Seat savers in the theater, lounge chair savers by the pool, and more I won't bother to mention. It used to bother me but anymore, I sort of feel sorry for these inconsiderate souls. Let someone do it to them, however, and all of a sudden the rules change. These would be some of the same folks who have obtained "internet paperwork" for their "emotional support" animal.

     

    I am going to enjoy my cruises in-spite of these folks. :)

  9. I am also diabetic and it appears one of us is confused. Just to confirm my beliefs, I Googled the sugar and carbs in Maker's Mark and Crown. Both are zero grams. Personal preference may make one brand "better" than others but from a diabetic point of view, there is no difference. If I am missing something, please let me know.

  10. We spent Thanksgiving on the Liberty of the Seas and the cruise was great! Pretty much no complaints. We met a lot of wonderful people, had great weather, once we got out into the Gulf, and we got to spend some quality time with our daughter and her family.

     

    The problem was Galveston. Never mind the time it takes to get from the airports to Galveston, that is doable with little problem. The check in was amazingly fast, so that was good. The problem, and it's a huge problem, was the disembarkation.

     

    Disembarkation was a Royal Mess! Walking off the boat was easy, but the mass confusion and wait following was enough to make even me mad. We found our luggage fast but then there were 3 or 4 confused lines funneling into one, massive, slow line!! From getting into line to reaching the customs agent was 70 minutes!! 70 minutes of snaking around the building lugging all your baggage. Our cruise had 1350 kids onboard, so you can imagine the issues those parents had keeping their kids occupied (they actually did a stellar job and I commend all those parents). I have no idea why the long lines, all the customs booths were open....I guess they need to make the port larger and get more agents because that is too long to wait! Getting outside was also horrible. We got through the line around 11 am, which is when people were arriving for the next cruise...what a mess! In 24 or so cruises I can't remember another experience like it.

     

    We were attracted to leaving on a cruise out of Galveston because the flight is 2.5 hours compared to 4.5 to Florida.....but when you figure in the 60 minute ride from Houston and the hour waiting in line for customs, it's making the difference next to none. Sorry Galveston it's Florida for us from now on.

     

    No matter where we sail from - we ALWAYS get a porter. They get you thru customs ASAP so they can get back to the baggage area and get another customer. It is much faster and very worth the porter's tip. We have sailed from Galveston many times and disembarkation is no fun, but neither is at any other port.

  11. We will be in Grand Turk in a couple of weeks and have reserved a cabana at Margaritaville. Can you tell me which cabana you think is the best? I read on another review that you may be able to reserve your cabana at guest services? Do you know if that is true? Thanks for any information you can share. I have enjoyed your review tremendously as this is the same cruise we will be on.

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