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Old 10-18-2012, 05:48 PM   #181
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Just curious if anyone knows if the hotel pools are open in December/January in Houston/Galveston areas.

We have never been to Texas before so just not sure.

Tangoqueen, thanks for that info! Really helpful. I am so used to sailing out of Orlando/Port Canaveral this is all new to me!

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Not January, but I stayed at the San Luis in Galveston in February 2012. The pool is heated, but the winds off the gulf can be strong. My 11 year old did swim, but she was shivering on the walk between the pool and indoors. The hotel had placed outdoor heat towers around the outdoor seating areas. There is a really nice outdoor bar near the pool where I sat and stayed warm while she swam.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:48 PM   #182
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When I checked for the Thanksgiving cruise, you had to book the park and cruise package which was more expensive. It was not really FREE. It was around $40 more. Same for the Tremont House and the San Luis. There is also limited availability for these packages. The Tremont and San Luis did not have any availability when I checked for my cruise.

There are other hotels on the island that do offer FREE parking and shuttle. I ended up booking the Holiday Inn which is right next to the San Luis. It has the free parking and shuttle. I called and confirm this with the front desk before I booked online. We are getting in late the night before the cruise, so we just really need a couple of beds and nothing too fancy.
Well it is well worth that $40 for BOTH 6 nights of parking AND transfers to and from the ship... For 2 people! Add that all up separately, definitely a bargain, especially at the Hotel Galvez.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:55 PM   #183
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2711 61st Street, Galveston TX
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Just FYI for out-of-staters...you cannot buy hard liquor in Texas on Sunday (after midnight on Sat). You cannot buy beer and wine on Sunday until after 12 noon on Sunday.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:49 PM   #184
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Ok, I'm going on my very first cruise EVER next month and it will be out of Galveston. If I fly into Houston, will the DCL transfer us a day early, or only the day of our cruise?

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Old 10-18-2012, 08:00 PM   #185
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Economy Liquor Store close to the Galvez

Wanted to purchase some liquor before boarding Saturday morning before we board our cruise. Does anyone know what time they open on Sat morning? Thank you!!
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:32 PM   #186
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Wanted to purchase some liquor before boarding Saturday morning before we board our cruise. Does anyone know what time they open on Sat morning? Thank you!!
I believe the liquor stores don't open until 10:00 am.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:29 AM   #187
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Great! Thank you!! I am glad we can hit it before going to the port! Thanks again!
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When I checked for the Thanksgiving cruise, you had to book the park and cruise package which was more expensive. It was not really FREE. It was around $40 more. Same for the Tremont House and the San Luis. There is also limited availability for these packages. The Tremont and San Luis did not have any availability when I checked for my cruise.

There are other hotels on the island that do offer FREE parking and shuttle. I ended up booking the Holiday Inn which is right next to the San Luis. It has the free parking and shuttle. I called and confirm this with the front desk before I booked online. We are getting in late the night before the cruise, so we just really need a couple of beds and nothing too fancy.
Thanks for the tip on the Holiday Inn. I was able to book the same one you did for alot less than the Galvez! We won't be in the room except to sleep so it will work just fine.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:22 PM   #189
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:51 PM   #190
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Gina, do you know of anyplace in Galveston that delivers "bon voyage" baskets to staterooms?
Trying to find someone like Shirley at The Perfect Gift in Port Canaveral. She is excellent! I would love to have some special gifts waiting for my parents & kids for our 12/21 Christmas cruise. Don't really need to order from the $$ DCL choices.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:16 PM   #191
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I need some advice from someone from the Galveston area. We are flying out of Hobby early the next morning after our cruise. I would like to stay somewhere safe close to Hobby airport. Is Clear Lake area okay? Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:43 AM   #192
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Gina, do you know of anyplace in Galveston that delivers "bon voyage" baskets to staterooms?
Trying to find someone like Shirley at The Perfect Gift in Port Canaveral. She is excellent! I would love to have some special gifts waiting for my parents & kids for our 12/21 Christmas cruise. Don't really need to order from the $$ DCL choices.
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I haven't heard of anyone... at least, haven't seen any advertisements in any of the Galveston magazines I read. Like rental cars, though, it's sure seems like a business someone would be smart to expand there!!




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I need some advice from someone from the Galveston area. We are flying out of Hobby early the next morning after our cruise. I would like to stay somewhere safe close to Hobby airport. Is Clear Lake area okay? Thanks in advance.

Clear Lake is great, as is the entire Bay Area.
Here are a couple sites that should help:

http://www.visitbayareahouston.com/index.cfm
http://www.clearlaketoday.com/cdps/hotelsguide.cfm
http://www.clearlakearea.com/directory.asp

Hope this helps!
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:37 PM   #193
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I need some advice from someone from the Galveston area. We are flying out of Hobby early the next morning after our cruise. I would like to stay somewhere safe close to Hobby airport. Is Clear Lake area okay? Thanks in advance.
Clear Lake area and some of the Bay area are nice. Lots of shopping and NASA nearby.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:45 PM   #194
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I'll admit that I've not read all the pages of this thread yet, but have some questions:

What do I need to know about sailing from Galveston?
Should we consider the airport hotel or one in Galveston if arriving the day before our embarkation date? (We're accustomed to staying overnight at the MCO Hyatt.) Still not comfy arriving the day of our embarkation.
Is there a clever (cheap) way to get from IAH to Galveston hotels?
Should I give up and book air and hotel through Disney?

Thanks for your thoughts, experiences welcomed.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:26 AM   #195
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Flight home

We are booked on the magic from march 1-9. Trying to book a flight home out of hobby. We will be usi Disney transports. Will we be safe with a 12:40 flight or book he later one at 3:50? We will have a baby and two year old with us so dread waiting around the airport unnecessarily
But obviously don't want to miss the flight. Called Disney and they recommend after 1:30 but that seems awfully late.
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