We chose this cruise due to the location of the embarkation/disembarkation port. My wife and I were 6 points away from obtaining Diamond Plus status, and we wanted to accomplish this before our next family cruise. We have been on this particular itinerary before on other Royal Caribbean ships.
We reside a short distance from the Port of Galveston and drove in the day of the cruise. We parked at 81st Dolphin Parking. We were promptly parked, boarded a shuttle to Cruise Terminal 2 and started looking for a porter. There was not a porter available at the discharge spot for the 81st Dolphin bus. So we rolled our luggage up the ramp and over to the baggage loading area where the porters were congregated. Instead of waiting in the passenger line to drop our luggage [estimated to be about 30 minutes based on the length of the line], we paid a porter to load our luggage onto their dolly and roll it right into the luggage drop doors.
Then with passports and ticket in hand, we went to the entrance for boarding and were admitted on a priority basis [Diamond status]. We went straight to the front of the Diamond line and zipped through security. We then were directed to the Diamond member check in line and waited less than 15 minutes to get checked in, photographed, and on our way to the ship.
Our cabin was 8556. It was a balcony room on the port side. It was approximately 100 yards from our door to the rear elevators. It was approximately 25 yards to the forward elevators. The room did not have a connecting room and thus had a couch instead of two chairs to sit [or drop clothes and junk] on. There were 13 hangers in the closet. The balcony had two standard chairs and a small round table on it. This room had the capacity to have a bunk bed dropped from the ceiling. There were no unusual noises or disturbances that kept us awake at night. You can cut the speakers out to eliminate the general messages from the ship. Our stateroom attendant was Glenda. She was prompt, accommodating, and took good care of us and our room. We never ran into her cleaning or fixing our room. She was around, but she completed her work while we were out of the room.
Galveston has several places you can go to obtain entertainment or enrichment. The Strand in Galveston is an area close to the docks that allow you to shop and eat or drink before your cruise and after. Moody Gardens is an excellent place to visit as well.
Just walked around the shops.