Well, the first time we went, we were there about noon in Galveston....a long line with two kids and the luggage..not knowing that the boarding passes and papers needed to be filled out prior.
The second and third time we went, we were there about 1130am in Galveston, a very short line with my mother in wheelchair, oxygen,two girls and all the luggage. Papers filled out this time NO LINES because my mother was handicapped and there were not many people in wheelchairs.
But the fourth, just my husband and I went in Galveston, got there early about 10am and ALL PAPERS WERE ALREADY FILLED OUT, luggage was taken prior, just me and him ready for vacation.....and we waited until 2pm to enter on the ship because the last cruises for Carnival Conquest and another cruise ship could not disembark at 8am because of the weather and we had to wait ... and wait.... and oh yes DONT FORGET THE TRAFFIC that you had to wait and wait just to get to the terminal.....BUT...in reality no regrets.....
I guess there is a gamble at any time that you go