Sorry if this has been asked before. I assume most people fly into Houston. From this point on I am wondering how most people get to the port? I'm not interested in the Carnival transfer because I would fly down the day before the cruise departed.
Galveston is a drive-friendly NOT a fly-friendly port.
Rental is good option.
Galveston is one circumstance where flying in on day of embarkation may be the easiest way to travel. The cruise shuttle is really the best option here.
Ray McDonald / Snoozeman
CruiseMates Forum Moderator
My Personal Cruise Blog: My Cruise Blog
Future Cruises: Navigator of the Seas-Caribbean-3/23/2014, Carnival Freedom-Caribbean-5/10/2014, Carnival Freedom-Caribbean-5/18/2014, Carnival Sunshine-Caribbean-5/30/2014, Carnival Legend-South Pacific-8/30/2014, MSC Preziosa-Mediterranean-10/25/2014, MSC Fantasia-Mediterranean-11/2/2014
My daughter and I cruised out of this port a few years back. We flew into Houston in the middle of a terrific rain storm the night before the cruise. We rented a car at the airport and drove ourselves to Galveston (what a storm!). It was very easy to get from Houston to Galveston. The next day the rental agency drove us to the port and took possesion of the car. Easy as pie! After the cruise we used the shuttle Carnival offered back to Houston. Hope this helps...
We flew into Houston the day before and stayed at an airport hotel (I think it was Hampton Inn) with a free shuttle to and from the airport. The morning of the cruise we took the hotel shuttle back to the airport and took the Carnival transfer.
It worked well for us .
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
Carnival Inspiration 2002 Carnival Elation 2004
Grand Princess 2004 NCL Sun 2005
Sun Princess 2006 NCL Dream 2007
Caribbean Princess 2007 NCL Dawn 2008
Island Princess 2008 Island Princess 2009
Golden Princess 2009 Carnival Conquest 2010
Grand Princess 2010 Island Princess 2011
Grand Princess 2011 Carnival Magic 2012
Carnival Dream 2012 Island Princess 2013
Carnival Magic 2013 Carnival Legend 2014