My family of 5 (2 adults, 2 teens, 1 infant) will be flying into IAH/Bush the night before a sailing out of Galveston and will stay at the IAH Marriott. My TA says it's $90/person (round-trip) for transfers w/ DCL. She says the pickup is from the airport baggage claim area (around 9:30am or 10am) and that it's a direct drive to the port. She also says when we get there, we need to make sure our bags come off the bus and they'll then be given to the porters and delivered to the ship. Total for our family is $360 (baby is free and doesn't need a carseat for the shuttle). My own research has found we can take a company called Galveston Express. It's $60/person for airport pickup and another $30 (flat fee) to get picked up directly from our hotel. (I'd choose this option even though it's easy to get back to the airport b/c we'd rather not haul luggage more than necessary w/ a baby in tow.) I'm not sure of the pickup time. Customer service said there's (at most) 1 other hotel stop and/or the 1 airport stop, then it's straight on to the port. They also said bags are given directly to porters once we arrive there. Total for our family - including hotel pickup fee - is $270 (again, baby is free and doesn't need a carseat). ** MY QUESTION THEN, is what does DCL do that makes it worth $90 more for my family? Besides the savings, the private company has a slight advantage to me b/c I can do direct hotel pickup and it sounds like I don't have to think about my luggage at all once it's on the bus (not even to verify if comes off the bus when we arrive at the port). The only advantage to DCL that I can think of is that if the bus is running late, presumably they call the ship, which would then wait for us (within reason). ** I'd love to hear from anyone who has personally and recently done DCL or private company transfers. Bonus points if you have experience specifically w/ Galveston Express. ALSO, if you've stayed at IAH Marriott, it seems they don't deliver bags from your room to the bus (like happens at the Hyatt MCO)- can anyone confirm? And I'd love to know any tips you have for getting a good rate there as well. Thank you!!