We've recently retired to Texas and live about 4 hours north of Houston, so we decided to try a quick cruise out of Galveston. We got an excellent rate for a last minute cruise and all we wanted was a few days R&R. We drove to Galveston on the Sunday and spent the night at the Holiday Inn Resort which was very convenient. We pre-booked parking at Galveston Park N Cruise and found it also very convenient. Monday morning we dropped off the luggage at the pier, parked the car, crossed the road and were checked in and onboard having lunch all before noon. Very easy and painless.
We were late leaving Galveston which meant I didn't really get the opportunity t view Galveston as we sailed out. This was the first time on this category of ship and even at the end of 5 days we still found it awkward to negotiate and did not like the fact that it was difficult to get a good view from the bow. We eventually found a door on deck 6 that got us to the bow of the ship, but we missed the ease of navigating the ship that we have found on previous categories of Carnival ships. Out favorite is still the Spirit class, e.g. Legend and Miracle. We had a cat. 6B ocean view cabin on Riviera deck. Good size, clean and well looked after by our steward who was great. We have come to enjoy anytime dining and never had a wait for a table for 2. We ate most of our meals in the London dining room, except for the days when the ship was in port. We enjoyed the food and had some of our old favorites - love the bitter and blanc desert. We found the buffet to be a little crowded even on port days and again we prefer the layout of the buffet on other ships, but no complaints about the food or room service which we had one day.
I hate to admit it, but we never bothered getting off the ship in port as we have "been there and done that" many times. This was just an excuse for us to sit around reading and relaxing.