I used to live in Galveston (20 yrs ago) and cruised on Carnival a lot, and once on Royal from Houston. But this was my first after all that time. The thing that sticks with me the most is the unique, Texas-centric nature of this cruise that I enjoyed.
So happened that this cruise left on the first week of Mardi Gras on the island. Nice, because could explore the activities and parades. Sucks, hotels were 3-4x more expensive than usual and the Strand is behind a pay gate. Nevertheless, Galveston is a unique community that you should definitely make time for before or after your cruise. Note: although the shuttles and Lyft are about the same price, we took the shuttle to ensure the person taking us knew how to get around the island with all the road closures due to Mardi Gras.
Embarkation was great; we got to the port around 10:30, and being Emerald level, pretty much just walked up to the desk, and then they called us onboard just as soon as we sat in our designated area. There is a good amount of walking, though, including on ramps, so if you're mobility-impaired, you may want to get assistance. Disembarkation was also very smooth, left the ship when called, walked right up to luggage, and then pretty much right up to the customs officer. However, there was a long line for the people waiting for porter assistance with their luggage.
Excellent cabin. Even though it's at a hallway intersection, we didn't have any noise until the last night. It's between two cabin decks so that greatly reduces possible noise. There was a great amount of storage, in the room, closet, and bathroom.
The bed area had two side tables and a small shelf above the head. It had a mirror, too, to make the room seem larger. There was a curtain that could be closed from the seating area, and the TV could be turned to be visible from the bed.
The seating area was fine. There was a loveseat, but no table. The desk/vanity was pretty standard. With the TV on the cabinet, it was off the desk surface which was quite long for a room this size. The closet was a good size; it had a drop-down rod to have 2 rods and maximize hanging space. The closet also included the safe and some shelves.
The bathroom had storage with a door, which is very nice. The shower had a hard door and had plenty of space to move around.
Best thing of all for this cabin: the muster station is in the dining room. With the cool Galveston weather, we were so comfortable, seated and warm.
Make sure to leave time to explore the unique nature of this island. It has Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, the Strand, and the Seawall to explore.