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What is everyone's experience with cruising out of Galveston. Thinking about swapping the Freedom August 2021 sailing for Liberty (same week). Itinerary doesn't matter as we have been to all of the ports for both ships. We have not sailed either one before. Both ships are post amp except Liberty is 2 extra days and about $800 cheaper. Flying from DTW but flights are probably going to be about the same to go to either HOU or EWR (using 2020 pricing as a guide). Any thoughts?

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8 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Thinking about swapping the Freedom August 2021 sailing for Liberty

I hope it's Liberty, just booked B2B on her May 2021!  A little birdie suggested the Vista ocean panoramic Suite so that's what I did!! LOL  AND it's refundable for a change! LOL 

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We have enjoyed our sailings out of Galveston.  The ships are pretty much the same so not much of a choice to make there.

Given the facts that the LIB is 2 days longer and it’s overall cheaper, it would be a no-brainer for me.  

The time of year could be a factor.  Knowing that with summer storms, Galveston offers far more alternative routes for outmaneuvering storms than NJ would could be a factor.  Of course, it is going to be blazing hot in south Texas in August !

I would choose LIB just for the extra days and price difference.

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2 minutes ago, Joe01 said:

2 days longer and cheaper should make it a no-brainer.

Is LB getting amped before August? They'll have to cancel some cruises by the looks of things if that is the case.

I was thinking no brainer as well except I didn’t know if there were any major drawbacks to sailing out of Galveston. I thought liberty was getting amped early 2021 (February or something like that).

1 minute ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

The time of year could be a factor.  Knowing that with summer storms, Galveston offers far more alternative routes for outmaneuvering storms than NJ would could be a factor.  Of course, it is going to be blazing hot in south Texas in August !

I would choose LIB just for the extra days and price difference.

I was more worried that a hurricane would affect sailings out of Galveston more than Cape Liberty in late August. 

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Correct me if I'm wrong..your looking for info just on trans from Houston to the port and lodging or are you planning on flying into Galveston? As for the ship, we sailed the Navigator pre-amped and enjoyed her..wished she was doing the 9 night sailings to ABC's, but that's another subject.  

Did you see the lodging link that i posted for Galveston in another thread?

 

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2 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

 

I was more worried that a hurricane would affect sailings out of Galveston more than Cape Liberty in late August. 

I agree that the chances of storm interference in TX is greater than in NJ but the options for alternative routes from TX are greater than those from NJ.  If a storm is coming up the coast of the eastern US, there is nowhere to go from NJ. At least in TX you can go East, west or south.

Other than the obvious (brutal summer heat), I don’t think there are any show stoppers with Galveston.  The logistics are a BIT more complicated as you have to get from the airport to the port and back but it’s not a big deal.

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19 minutes ago, mworkman said:

Correct me if I'm wrong..your looking for info just on trans from Houston to the port and lodging or are you planning on flying into Galveston? 

It would be all of it because we would have to fly into HOU and then get to Galveston and also do a pre-cruise stay there.

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2 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I may have found one potential downside. It appears that some of the hotels will not allow just a Saturday night stay. It requires at least a two night stay. 😒

A lot of hotels on the island require a two night stay especially if it is a holiday weekend or if there is something like a festival going on that week. Harbor House is just east of the cruise terminals (Carnival is between the hotel and Royal's terminal) - not that you would want to walk a 1/2 mile with your luggage, but here's a map. Surely they have a shuttle. I think it would be nice to wake up literally next to the ships, but we haven't stayed on the island yet. We stay between Houston and Galveston in Clear Lake which is where Johnson Space Center is located. The Kemah boardwalk is not far from there either, so we have a variety of things to entertain us pre-cruise. It's about a 40 minute drive to the terminal the morning of the cruise. We drive down from Dallas though, so you'll be looking at Uber or some other transportation twice if you go that route. 

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The only potential downside the the amount of Texans (no offense Texans).  Texas flag flies in the promenade, limited liquor choices until international waters, and every night you'll hear "the stars at night..."  At the same time, you'll get a huge NE crowd out of NJ so similar regional dynamics.  That being said, we were never bothered by it.  We stayed near the airport the night before not in Galveston.  

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On 12/4/2019 at 4:29 PM, Lovetocruise2002 said:

What is everyone's experience with cruising out of Galveston. Thinking about swapping the Freedom August 2021 sailing for Liberty (same week). Itinerary doesn't matter as we have been to all of the ports for both ships. We have not sailed either one before. Both ships are post amp except Liberty is 2 extra days and about $800 cheaper. Flying from DTW but flights are probably going to be about the same to go to either HOU or EWR (using 2020 pricing as a guide). Any thoughts?

Late to your post.  We have been on both ships … basically the same ship.   Galveston is a cool town and there is a lot of things to do between Houston and Galveston.  As you normally fly from Detroit.  I would suggest flying Southwest (HOU).  You will save a lot on airfare vs. IAH.  Hobby Airport is much closer to Galveston.  As Twangster pointed out you can stay at the Airport and take the Shuttle out the day of or there a good options in-between (shopping or space center) or you can proceed and stay at the Island.  You will find you will have a strong Midwestern and Tx crowd.  But just like middle Canada we tend to be more fun and easy going. :27_sunglasses:  So saving on flights + cruise fare + good people makes up for the 1 hour commute from the airport to the port.  Best of luck.

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Leaving on Liberty this Sunday. Last cruise on her we had a large number of Canadians who made the trip. There are shuttles from both airports but as stated before Hobby (HOU) is closer, although Sunday's traffic through Houston is quick in the mornings. Last cruise out of Galveston I had to go to IAH for an international flight and we arrived at the airport within 45 minutes of leaving the cruise terminal. I drove and we were passed by the shuttle taking folks back. August does not seem to be loaded with hurricanes and we have only hurried back to port once and that was due to possibility of fog.

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