The cruise is what you make of it. I have experienced all from 3 days to 8 days and there are all great! Galveston offers the 4, 5 and 7 day cruises so 8 days are not there. Being in Houston, we leave out of Galveston for the most part. Flying is outrageous in price. Even driving to New Orleans is not cost efficient. NO is about $20 - 40 less PP but by the time I add in $200 for gasoline, another $100 for eating along the way... not worth it. Galveston for us always. 50 miles away and right onto the ship.