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Old 11-12-2013, 11:14 PM   #31
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A couple of things killed the DCL-Galveston itineraries.
One- there were precious few less-than-7-day cruises. We snagged one of the 8 nights they split in 2 4 days but they were very rare.
Second- They only came here primarily during the school year.
Excused absences are up to the individual school districts. Where I am you can take a week with prior notification with no penalty.
When we got on the ship we had carte blanche on Palo's. We ate there for brunch or dinner almost every day. Spa appts were there for the taking- Rainforest room constantly empty- you get the idea.
Our Palo waiter told us they were making no money w/ the people they did have onboard.
Howdy fellow Texan! (I'm your neighbor in Highland Village.)

Your experience out of Galveston sounds very similar to ours. (Ours was a 6-night.)

I think it would have been a completely different story out of Galveston if it had been in the summer.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:48 PM   #32
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Moved to TX 3yrs ago and just now realized that Disney cruised out of Galveston . Luckily we are on the Nov 30th WC cruise but wish we would have realized it earlier and taken advantage of it only being 3hrs away!!!
Hoping for New Orleans in 2015! Still doable!
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:26 AM   #33
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Moved to TX 3yrs ago and just now realized that Disney cruised out of Galveston . Luckily we are on the Nov 30th WC cruise but wish we would have realized it earlier and taken advantage of it only being 3hrs away!!!
Hoping for New Orleans in 2015! Still doable!

Agree on the New Orleans! We're hoping for a Halloween 2015 cruise out of that port.

To be honest I was excited for the Galveston sailings because airfare is so expensive and Galveston should have only been an 11 hour drive from my front door. I am not new to driving in the bigger cities. We drove through DC earlier this summer, it was bad. Like really bad. I would have rather been back in San Fran Friday rush hour than DC middle of the day traffic. NEVER had I seen anything like I experienced in Houston. I would rather take a bus to Florida than drive through there, even on a Saturday afternoon again. That alone would keep me from booking another Galveston sailing. Dallas took us 45 minutes to get through on a Friday early afternoon on the way down. No biggie. Houston took us 3 hours. On the way home Houston took us an hour, not bad. But Dallas took us 4 hours because of construction that was not marked so we could avoid it or even get out of it. Never again if I can help it. I've made the New Orleans drive a few times and I would gladly do it again over going through Texas. Even though New Orleans is 2 hours further away from my home, I can make it there 3 hours faster from recent experience.

Now nothing against the people of Texas. Everyone I met before and during the cruise from there was wonderful. We had a great time. I really feel for the local residents because I would totally lose my mind if I had to drive in that kind of traffic every day. I'm just saying as someone who considers a Galveston sailing to be one I should be able to drive to, and it wasn't really. I'm being quite honest when I say rush hour in Oakland, CA going into San Fran is better than middle of the afternoon weekend traffic in Dallas. On a good note the rush hour traffic here in KC has not seemed bad at all since I've been back.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:32 AM   #34
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Wow! Really? Have you thought about driving to Orlando? Gas is cheap in the US and it would be a great way to see a bit of the US.

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REALLY ???? Maybe less expensive than Canada but still not cheap. FYI I spend $90 a week just to go to work and come back home
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:42 AM   #35
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Our Palo waiter told us they were making no money w/ the people they did have onboard.
Have heard this same statement from several crew members on the Wonder, including a couple of officers.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:53 AM   #36
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REALLY ???? Maybe less expensive than Canada but still not cheap. FYI I spend $90 a week just to go to work and come back home
Gas is still expensive, but depending on what you're driving or how much traffic you are just sitting in it's not terrible for most people. From Kansas City International our flight cost for our trip 2 weeks ago at the cheapest for flying into Houston would have been around $340 roundtrip a person plus 2 checked bags. So flight cost would have been $1020 plus baggage fees. Gas each way was $100. No brainer for us to drive. Of course driving from Canada is a whole other story. Not only is there the gas, but also hotels and food. If we sail out of Florida next year and gas stays the same it will still be more cost effective for us to drive, the only issue is adding on 2 days to the start and finish of the trip so we'll have to take a shorter cruise. But normally airfare runs around $1300 for 3 to fly into MCO. Driving would run around $750, factoring in gas, 1 night at a hotel on the way and food. So driving still wins out. This is driving a minvan so not a gas guzzler, yet not a compact or hybrid either. And we don't have to worry about how heavy our suitcases are and have a lot more freedom with what we pack.

I also can spend around $100 on gas a week, but I also can put close to 700-800 miles on my car a week as well. This is driving to and from work plus toting the kiddo around to activities and normal errands and stuff just in our city. Vacation wise I can get pretty far from my home on $100 worth of gas.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:01 AM   #37
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Just read something in the news that Houston is actually paying princess $80k per cruise out of the new terminal. Numbers like that may actually convince dcl back, not going to say that's the best use if tax dollars but it probably means its a possibility
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:33 PM   #38
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:49 PM   #39
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No offense to DCL but they did it to themselves by choosing to sail out of Galveston during the school year. If they cruised out of Galveston during the summer it would have been a very different outcome. It shouldn't have been very difficult to research the TX school rules before deciding to come here and adjust accordingly.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:51 PM   #40
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No offense to DCL but they did it to themselves by choosing to sail out of Galveston during the school year. If they cruised out of Galveston during the summer it would have been a very different outcome. It shouldn't have been very difficult to research the TX school rules before deciding to come here and adjust accordingly.
Except the Med is a cash cow and Galveston is not. They wouldn't choose to sail there in the summer with the other options that are available.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:52 PM   #41
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No offense to DCL but they did it to themselves by choosing to sail out of Galveston during the school year. If they cruised out of Galveston during the summer it would have been a very different outcome. It shouldn't have been very difficult to research the TX school rules before deciding to come here and adjust accordingly.
I think DCL would pack the ships no matter where they cruised out of in the summer.

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Old 11-13-2013, 02:35 PM   #42
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:13 PM   #43
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I'm so sorry I didn't mean to start a debate or mean thread. I just wanted opinions on Galveston. Sorry :-(

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Old 11-13-2013, 05:34 PM   #44
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I doubt the Disney will cruise during active hurricane season in the Gulf being Aug ans Sept.
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I doubt the Disney will cruise during active hurricane season in the Gulf being Aug ans Sept.
They cruise out of Galveston, PCC, and Miami now.
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