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Old 01-04-2013, 04:58 PM   #16
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That's where we are booked, also! Would love a review when you get back!
We are back from The Magic today. Despite really rough seas on our last sea day (making DD and DH sick), it was a great trip. The LaQuinta was undergoing renovations, and was a little run down on outside, but it was comfortable. The rooms were already renovated... Beds very comfy, new carpets and flooring, room fridge, etc. Breakfast was what you'd expect...waffles (Texas shaped!), cereal, yogurt, eggs, toast, bagels, etc. The shuttle service was great. You sign up at front desk the morning you leave (I think sign up was at 9:30) and the shuttle picks up around 10:30 and drops right at port. When we got off boat this morning, we only waited about five minutes before the shuttle showed up to take us back. We were off the boat, through customs and back to our car by 8:00 am.

Apparently while were gone, the hotel had a water main break, which did quite a bit of damage to outside pool area. We didn't go in lobby, so I'm not sure what it looked like, but they were already repairing it all.

Have a great trip!
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:47 AM   #17
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I spoke with my TA about the best way to do this... The Disney Ground transportation is available for $30 a person 1 way. As long as you book the hotel through Disney then they will pick you up the day before the cruise, and then pick you up from the hotel and take you to port also! So it was cheaper to book the transportation and hotel for 3,then to use supper shuttle, rent a car,or use a taxi.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:00 AM   #18
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We just cancelled our ressie for La Quinta and booked Holiday Inn on the beach for $85. They have free cruise parking and shuttle.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:34 AM   #19
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We just cancelled our ressie for La Quinta and booked Holiday Inn on the beach for $85. They have free cruise parking and shuttle.
Just be prepared that you may possibly be waiting an hour and a half for a shuttle to pick you up at the port to bring you to your car. That is what happened to us. You may want to read my earlier post on the first page of this thread if you haven't already about my experience with this hotel. I do not recommend this place.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:08 PM   #20
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The Harbor House is awesome but it is 10 dollars a day to park. Worth it to me for the view of the port.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:45 PM   #21
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I looked into this and could not find any hotels that offered shuttles from the airport to Galveston. As for cost, Hobby airport is a much cheaper taxi/town car ride ($80/$90 one way vs $140/150 one way from IAH). The cheapest options I found if you have 3 or less people and don't want to rent a car is to (1) use the Disney transfers ($30 pp each way) and stay at the Disney assigned hotel (the issue here is the hotel is fairly pricey on the night we wanted $200 plus) or 2) take a taxi/town car one way to a cheaper Galveston Hotel and then Disney Transfer back.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:02 PM   #22
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I just got off phone with clerk from where we are staying pre-cruise--Harbor House--she said that we can park for free at their sister hotel--Hotel Galvez--for FREE with a FREE shuttle to the port. We will have to pay $10 for the night that we are staying in the hotel (got a $109 night rate for 4 people off hotel.com). Has anyone done this? Hope it works! We are renting our car at IAH...how confusing all this has been.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:37 PM   #23
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I am happy to report that leaving our car at Holiday Inn on the Beach went well. The shuttle was great to cruise and back to hotel. Our shuttle time was way before our assigned port arrival but it didn't matter. Happy sailing!!!
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:13 PM   #24
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An alternative to consider for those flying into IAH than renting from Enterprise is to book with AVIS for a one-way rental to Texas City where they will drop you off in Galveston for a $50 fee. We stayed at the Hotel Tremont (a Wyndham Resort) near the port that offers a free shuttle to the port.

The was no additional charge for the one-way rental and the hotel was very nice. The hotel is located two blocks from the port.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:45 PM   #25
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I am happy to report that leaving our car at Holiday Inn on the Beach went well. The shuttle was great to cruise and back to hotel. Our shuttle time was way before our assigned port arrival but it didn't matter. Happy sailing!!!
I am so happy to hear your report! This is where we are leaning toward staying April 11 for or 4/12 cruise. So they were punctual to pick you up from the port and back to hotel?
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:52 AM   #26
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We stayed at Country Inn and Suites w/free parking and shuttle. Everything went great, and the hotel was fine. When we got back, they came to get us in a minivan instead of the hotel bus b/c they didn't start shuttle runs for another hour.
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We have booked with Baymont Inn & Suites, there is no free transportation, but with only a $67 a night free & free parking I will pay the can fare!
I searched for days & very few had both free shuttle & free parking during the cruise. And if they did, it was around $180 a night & an extra fee for parking!
The reviews were good & all I was doing is sleeping, so nothing fancy needed for me!
Anyone stayed at the Baymont before?
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:38 PM   #28
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We are considering Baymont Inn too. Has anyone stayed there and is it safe to leave the car for a week? How much was the cab fare?
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #29
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We are considering Baymont Inn too. Has anyone stayed there and is it safe to leave the car for a week? How much was the cab fare?
I think we figured $20-25. Google a Galveston taxi estimator - you can type in the addresses & find out.
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Thanks, Princess Abby's mom!
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