Had a 10 hour drive to Galveston.
Stayed at Laquinta on I-45. OK hotel, was very expensive due to motorcycle rally. Annual Motor cycle rally was occurring. Wish I had known about that ahead of time. For anyone interested the rally is the first weekend in November, if you are NOT into cycles you should AVOID going to Galveston during that time.
Embarkation was quick and smooth, even using shuttles from port authorities lots was well handled.