We researched a lot on the 'net and asked many questions of our travel agent yet still did not feel we knew what to expect when the day arrived.
We are frequent visitors to Galveston though cruising is something we have never experienced.
The following is a quick, simple description of our trip.
Parking; One thing we've noticed when visiting the island is that cars sitting in cruise parking lots generally are in the hot sun and are coated with dust and dirt. For this reason, we chose BOI Valet. It is located directly across the street from the terminal, is all indoor parking, and after a quick call when customs is cleared, your car is waiting. Excellent service and attitude(highly recommended).
Embarkation; After a quick walk across the street, we arrived at the terminal. Plenty of porters waiting to help with bags. Terminal staff were exceedingly helpful and gracious. The whole process was quick and smooth.
On the ship; There was but one person greeting us as we stepped aboard. We were handed a deck plan and left to our own devices to find the right elevator or stairway. We wandered awhile before finally getting where we needed to be. A higher level of service here was expected.
Life on-board; From here on in, there was little to complain of. Service was all-over excellent.
The worst complaint I would have is that the pools were tiny.
Fellow passengers ranged from students to the elderly. I must say that if you are looking for quiet and relaxing, this ship is not for you. Lots going on at all hours(gotta love it).
Food was all of decent to excellent quality. Servers in the London dining room were top notch.
There were plenty of bars and lounges to suite most tastes.
Cozumel; Gosh, that pier is long. Having to walk through the crowded gift/liquor shop was quite off-putting for us.
We did not wander from the general pier area as we had but a few hours after the excursion to shop. Plenty of shops at the pier ranging from trinkets to diamonds.Very clean and safe feeling.
Back at Galveston; Golly, dis-embarkation took forever. Follow instructions and have patience.
Over-all; A solid two thumbs up!! There may be bigger and better ships but, who cares. We had a fantastic time and so will you.
As our daughters said multiple times during the trip.......awesome!