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Cruising from Galveston on RCCL

#1
I think I have taken my last cruise out of Galveston. I am a native Texan, but the bubba/hillbilly factor has gone from bad to intolerable. Fellow Texans, if you plan to cruise out of Galveston, here's a hint. Don't wear shorts to the dining room for dinner....even if they are "nice" shorts. Wear a shirt (and shoes!) when walking around anywhere on the public areas of the ship other than the pool deck or spa/workout area. Cover your face when you cough or sneeze. I just returned from a cruise yesterday, and while the ship and service were fantastic, the behavior of the guests was the worst I have ever seen. I've never seen anything like that when cruising from other ports. Galveston may be convenient, but it is simply not worth it. A cruise should be something special, not a casting call for Honey Boo Boo.
 

George C

Well-Known Member
#2
There was very little of the Bubba factor on my cruise at end of April on Naviagtor but previous April there was a large bubba factor, wish RCCL would enforce there dress codes a little more. I have taken several cruises out of Texas and normally there were a nice group of fellow passengers. I am afraid you may see some of what you are complaining about on almost any cruise.
 

BruinSteve

Well-Known Member
#3
I've cruised out of Galveston...
And one thing it is NOT is "convenient"...
It is actually ONLY convenient for Texans...who can drive to port...
For everyone else, it is a major hassle...
Bush Airport is 70 miles away...
Hobby is a little closer--and it narrows your choices...
Transportation options from either airport are VERY limited...and VERY expensive...
We ended up having to take a Limo from Hobby to Galveston and back at a cost of nearly $300 (four of us)...and the limo company tried to hold us up for more money (We had pre-paid our gratuities--and it showed on our confirmation, but, the limo driver made a scene when we got to our hotel--Hilton--claiming we owed him a gratuity...a very unpleasant scene)...Compare this to cruising out of Los Angeles where you can get a shuttle from LAX to the port for $17 per person or to Fort Lauderdale where many hotels even supply free airport and port shuttles or you take a taxi for just a few dollars...

And then, at the end of the cruise, the line for customs/check-out is, by far, the worst I've ever experienced...We spent well over an hour in line, inching slowly along...

And, yes, the cruise was maybe 90% Texans with the rest being mostly from Oklahoma...Definitely a different vibe...
I have no problem with Texans overall...I've cruised with many wonderful people from Texas...
But, I think you are correct...because Texans can do these cruises "on the cheap" with no airfare or pre-cruise hotel, it attracts those locals just wanting a cheap "party cruise"...and that is a different crowd from a typical cruise. Not much different than doing a three-night Carnival cruise out of Long Beach, CA--something we refuse to ever do again as well.