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  1. I've always considered Harrah's the borderline corner to the French Quarter and it's only a 15 minute walk from the Erato Terminal or .8 of a mile. However you have missed my point which is no one needs to pay for a tour of the French Quarter when it is so very easy to do it on your own and more enjoyable as you can walk and see the sights you actually want to see and if you get tired, you can get a pedal cab or taxi or stop in at a restaurant or bar. There is just no need to pay for a tour of the French Quarter at all.
  2. That was back in 2015/2016. Texas state laws have been changed since then so cities can no longer make decisions like that and nowadays Uber and Lyft are allowed at the Port of Galveston.
  3. Did you check Inn at the Waterpark? They are very inexpensive/basic rooms, but they do have a shuttle. https://www.innatthewaterpark.com/specials-packages Otherwise, look at hotels in Texas City. They may not have a shuttle, but they are close to the ports and you could use Uber or Lyft - they are inexpensive.
  4. You can check your luggage at the port for the day or even have then send your luggage to the airport: http://www.advancecheckin.com In terms of the walk from the port to the French Quarter, you're talking about 2 blocks. If that seems too much, grab a taxi and have them take you where you want to go. Getting around the French Quarter is very easy. You can set your own plans, choose somewhere to eat lunch, see the sights on your own for very little money.
  5. In 2015 Uber and Lyft got banned from the port by the city of Galveston. State laws were changed in 2018 no longer allowing cities to make independent decisions like that so now they CAN go to the port, There are a lot of cheaper options: RT from HOU: Uber $90 for the vehicle, not pp for up to 4 people in the car Lyft $90 for the vehicle, not pp for up to 4 people in the car Galveston Limosine $40pp Galveston Flyer $60pp Galveston Express $65pp Carnival Transfer $75pp RCCL Transfer $65pp
  6. You can find pedal cabs all over the French Quarter. They are very easy to find on Decatur Street, especially and also at the French Market, where they congregate outside.
  7. Do you mean "Kids sail free?" These are the lines offering that for 2019, but probably will also offer for 2020 however, I believe the offers appeared around late May 2019 so you will have quite some time to wait for the 2020 offers to appear: Royal Caribbean https://secure.royalcaribbean.com/cruises/?icid=rtlwvf_conten_dcf_dealsp_sec1ti_3090&ksf=undefined&promoId=132659 Crystal Cruises https://www.crystalcruises.com/special-offers/kids-sail-free MSC Cruises (select sailings) https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/Cruise-Deals/Kids-Cruise-Free.aspx NCL (select sailings) https://www.ncl.com/cruise-deals/choice?cid=PS_TSI_GENERIC_PRO_GOO-g_LEN_SRH__ncl kids sail free_aud-414297768710:kwd-374647241025&kshid=_k_EAIaIQobChMI_quH-rLa4gIVl-NkCh0r2gBdEAAYASAAEgJElvD_BwE_k_&kwid=6601956&anchor=NA&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_quH-rLa4gIVl-NkCh0r2gBdEAAYASAAEgJElvD_BwE
  8. There really is no point in getting to the port super early. If you arrive too early you will wind up standing in line in the hot sun outside to go through security. It is actually far better to arrive a bit later. Ask your hotel for late checkout (but don't pay for that - if they won't give it to you, plan your morning so you have a leisurely breakfast, checkout and check your bags with the bellman, then go somewhere interesting to you. Have a leisurely lunch, then go back to your hotel to pick up your bags around 12:30 - 1pm and then head to the pier.
  9. Ovation of the Seas is very new and one of the largest ships in the world and it is absolutely fabulous! Do NOT switch. It doesn't go to Glacier Bay but you will have plenty of opportunities to see other glaciers during your cruise and you can do another Alaska cruise sometime in the future in order to see Glacier Bay. There is a ton to do and see in Alaska! It definitely merits multiple cruises! Ovation of the Seas has so much to do and see onboard that you will be spoiled for choice. The shows are great! The food is good to excellent. I cannot think of any reason that makes sense for you to not go on this cruise!
  10. Kim, My dog is doing so much better. She is patting her feet enthusiastically and seems really happy and is more active than she has been in months. So I think most of the dental pain is gone. Definitely the infection has cleared up. Have you talked to the personnel in the Billing department at the hospital? Hospital billing departments have all kinds of ways to help patients afford medical care regardless of it they have insurance or if they don't have insurance -I saw this first hand with a friend who didn't have insurance because he was unemployed. He wound up paying nothing for the surgery and also for the care he has to have for the rest of his life. The Hospital billing department was awesome and sorted things out for him immediately - a good thing, too because a few months later his wife needed an emergency appendectomy and they helped her, too. If your heart procedure costs more than 15% of your family's yearly income (and I would expect that any heart surgery would cost more than 15% of your income), usually, you can get financial assistance where you pay little to nothing. There are also grants and foundations that can help. Don't give up! https://pocketsense.com/financial-help-for-people-with-heart-problems-12253804.html
  11. Here's a wedding on sister ship Breakaway- it is in the Manhattan Club:
  12. I have 2 suggestions for you both of which are ship within a ship concepts: NCL The Haven Spa Suite (includes a jetted tub for 2 in the cabin as well as a huge shower, butler service, The Haven pool, Spa passes for 2 to the thermals suite, The Haven Restaurant, concierge service, in-room coffee maker, welcome aboard flowers, sparkling wine, pillow menu, DVD player, special lounge for boarding and priority boarding and priority disembarkation. On NCL the culture is to go to a different restaurant every night. Some are included, some are specialty restaurants you pay extra for. Look at ships such as Epic, Getaway, Breakaway, Escape, Bliss, Encore. MSC Yacht Club Suite - While these suites are not as elaborate as NCL's they are an all inclusive experience - alcohol and butler service, special lounge for Yacht Club guests, Yacht club only restaurant, Yacht club pool and hot tubs. It's pretty awesome. You might like the MSC Seaside or the MSC Divina or any other their other ships with Yacht club. The reason I mention this is that these ships Yacht club is often less expensive than NCL The Haven Spa Suites.
  13. NOLA's best restaurants are super popular, so I recommend dinner reservations all year round and if you want to go to someplace like Brennan's for Brunch, get reservations for that as well.
  14. I bet your mother would love Brennan's - the food is not spicy or exotic at all and definitely order the Bananas Foster for both of you (they invented it) - they will flame it table side. Make a reservation so you can eat when you want. Here is their dinner menu - and I think the prices are pretty reasonable for NOLA: https://www.brennansneworleans.com/menus/dinner/ If you are looking for something less expensive, consider Eat New Orleans: http://eatnola.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Nightwinter19.pdf. This restaurant is BYOB and you still need to make a reservation to eat there for dinner. Another less expensive option is https://frenchmarketrestaurant.com/menu/ Here is a great website with pre-planned walking tours you can take to see the sights of New Orleans or even create your own walking tour: https://www.gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-guides/new-orleans-596.html Taxis are plentiful and cheap. Take a taxi to the first location on your walking tour and at the end, take a taxi back to your hotel. If your mom gets tired grab a pedal cab and let them pedal you around so she doesn't have to walk so much.
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