IAH Galveston Shuttle Options

Your Galveston shuttle will have to take the bridge from the mainland to Galveston Island.
Your Galveston shuttle will have to take the bridge from the mainland to Galveston Island.

If you are flying to take a cruise out of Galveston, one of the more annoying chores can be getting from the airport to the cruise terminal through some Galveston Shuttle Service.  Galveston does not have its own airport, thus you must fly into one of the two Houston airports.

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Galveston AirBnB

Our Galveston AirBnB provided us a lot of extra space before our cruise.
Our Galveston AirBnB provided us a lot of extra space before our cruise.

Our family loves to travel, but securing hotel accommodations with two adults and four kids isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Suites are expensive, adjoining rooms are not as common as you’d think, and trusting your kids to behave while sleeping down the hall is a dicey proposition. Fortunately, these days, there are options like AirBnB that allow you to find and rent a house, apartment, or condo of any size and configuration you can imagine directly from the owner, usually at or below market rate for a hotel room of similar quality. For example this past summer we needed a place to stay for two nights before sailing with Royal Caribbean out of Galveston. A Galveston AirBnB was the right solution for us.

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Liberty of the Seas balcony cabin

Liberty of the Seas balcony cabin 6514. This picture was taken near the front door looking toward the balcony.
Liberty of the Seas balcony cabin 6514. This picture was taken near the front door looking toward the balcony.

You can save some money on Royal Caribbean by sailing in an inside room. However, a Liberty of the Seas balcony stateroom, especially the right balcony room, can make your sailing even better.  While it may not have the perks that a suite can get you, being able to sit outside in the evening and watch the water go by can really add to your cruise experience.

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Royal Caribbean Diamond Lounge

The Royal Caribbean Diamond Lounge on the Liberty of the Seas is a great space for passengers with high-level Crown and Anchor Status.

I hate standing in lines on vacation. Some lines are necessary, of course, but many of them can be avoided. On most ships, Royal Caribbean helps top-tier members of their Crown and Anchor program avoid this problem. The Royal Caribbean Diamond Lounge provides access to a concierge as well as many other benefits. This helps you avoid lines at guest services and other peak times. Here is what we saw in the Diamond Lounge during our July 2019 sailing on the Liberty of the Seas.

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Royal Caribbean Specialty Restaurant Menus

The NY steak salad at Chops Grille on the Liberty of the Seas in July 2019. Royal Caribbean specialty menus cost extra, but they provide an alternative to the MDR and the buffet.
The NY steak salad at Chops Grille on the Liberty of the Seas in July 2019. Royal Caribbean specialty restaurants cost extra, but they provide an alternative to the MDR and the buffet.

Royal Caribbean makes a wide variety of food available to passengers. I am a big fan of the main dining room (MDR), for example. I previously posted the MDR menus. Our YouTube channel also reviewed the buffet at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, sometimes you want something a little different. Today, let me share the Royal Caribbean specialty restaurants menus from the Liberty of the Seas in July 2019. I will also share my observations about each restaurant.

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