Getting to the port from airport

I have booked for my first cruise trip and I have a few questions.






I will be flying in to IAH in Houston and the cruise ship will depart from Galveston, TX at 4 pm.

1. I can get plane tickets to arrive around Noon on the day of cruise departure.  Should I fly in the day before and stay the night at a hotel?

2. I have 6 people in the group.  What would be the most economical way to get to the port from IAH or a hotel near IAH?

Thanks in advance.




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16 Answers

When I fly in I usually fly in the day before to make sure if flights are cancelled, I can make other arrangements. you can buy buy transfers from the airport to the ship through the cruise line. They range from $25 to $50 dollars depending on the airport and cruise line. If you fly in the day before just catch the hotel shuttle back to the airport and you would meet them in the baggage area. i have also used supper shuttle.

I have always made arrangements with the cruise line to get me from where I arrive, whether it is a Hotel or Airport. We now arrive two days before to the departure city, since we fly out of Edmonton in the winter and surprises are the norm. The cruise lines will do their best not to forget you.

Since you have a group, I would arrive at least a day ahead and meet at a hotel for the evening, then get together to have the cruise line shuttle you as a group to the ship.

It will be worth the extra charges just to be sure.

I always book a taxi transfer from kiwitaxi company, and I am always sure that I will get the most comfortable and reliable service. My friend recommended it to me

Most of the time I use the Cruise line Shuttle

If I am flying out of a distant port I always fly in a day or two ahead of time. I don't want to miss my cruise because of weather, mechanical problems or some other reason. It works for me. I am really relaxed when I get on the cruise.

One cruise I did not do this because I was traveling with others who did not want to spend the extra miney for a hotel. The plane was delayed many hours because of an installation of a new GPS system that wouldn't install properly. I was so anxious that we would miss the cruise because the crew was close to their upper limits on duty. It worked out in the end - barely but I would not want to go through that trauma again. Many passengers lost money on shore excursions that they missed. I hope that this never happens to you. Happy

I've looked into Galveston cruises, but the cost of a hotel and ground transportation deterred me. From what I read, the best way is a limo or car service. Airport is typically an hour or so away from the port. Even with the hotel the day before the cruise, its the disembarkation that had me worried with the flight...

Always fly in the day before because you never know what changes may be made to your flight, especially last min. There are some hotels that offer a free shuttle service to the cruise port. Best way to go if you can swing it!

Always best to get there the day before. If driving from far enough away get to a hotel close to port or if flying or other means such as train always best to be close to the ship the morning of embarkation. Otherwise a surprise delay due to weather or other unexpected circumstances won't interfere with your ability to board in time. Booking a nice tight schedule where things just fit into place is a recipe for disappointment because in this life the only certainty is that nothing ever works out as planned.

Besides, it is always nice to have a relaxing leisurely morning on embarkation day to better get into cruise mode and to enjoy the lack of stress.

In all my cruises I have never arrived a day early, but wanted to depending on the departure city. I've been lucky not to have flight cancellations or delays. Now, I do take the earliest flight out.

You have been very lucky! Flying from Canada for us, there is no way I would leave the same day, because you can almost guarantee those yahoos in Air Canada would screw it up Big Smile


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