Hotels within walking distance of the Galveston cruise pier

There are two hotels within walking distance of the Galveston cruise pier. Pictured here is the lobby of the Tremont House, the more upscale of the two options.

Galveston is my favorite city to cruise from. There is so much to do, and the city itself becomes a major part of the vacation. Beyond that, it is always a good idea to get to town at least one day before a cruise. You don’t want to miss the ship because your plane was late. We usually drive to Galveston, and that means I need a place to park my car. Last month, however, I flew to IAH, got a car service from the airport to Galveston, and was in town without a car. That meant I had to look up hotels within walking distance. Happily, there were two excellent options. I took video of the walk between each of them and the cruise pier.

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Carnival Dream breakfast options

Carnival Dream breakfast options include the Blue Iguana Cantina. It is located on Deck 10 near the pool.

I love to eat on a cruise. I always tell myself I am going to eat healthy, too. Here is the thing- that is completely possible. There are plenty of great choices for healthy eating. It just never works out that way because, er, well, there are a lot of choices. I like them all. Unfortunately, on my cruise last month I was able to keep my healthy eating options at breakfast. Carnival Dream breakfast options are good, but they aren’t great. That helped a lot with the willpower.

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Carnival Dream Ocean Suite

A Carnival Dream Ocean Suite is smaller than a Grand Suite. Still, it offers plenty of room for 2 and enough for 3-4 people.

Some folks cruise by booking the smallest cabin they can. I get that. It is cheaper, and lots of folks want to spend time out on deck anyway. I am a little bit different. I like spending quiet time in my room, and I want extra space to spread out. For example, we sailed in the Villa Suite on the Liberty of the Seas this Summer. Suite perks also add a nice touch to the vacation. Last month, I sailed in a Carnival Dream Ocean Suite. It was a great space, and I would like to take a minute to show you what to expect.

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Carnival Suite Perks

My Ocean Suite on the Carnival Dream was a great room on a great ship. The Carnival suite perks, however, significantly lag Royal Caribbean.

I sailed the Carnival Dream just before Christmas, and I had a great time. I sailed in an Ocean Suite. This Summer, I also sailed the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas in the Villa Suite. Galveston Cruise Reviews readers know I loved the suite perks. Today, I am not writing to compare the two lines, the two ships, not the two overall experiences. Instead, I want to focus on one specific aspect of my trip. The Carnival suite perks included some very nice touches. Unfortunately, however, they don’t provide the same premium experience as does Royal Caribbean.

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January 2020 Galveston Cruise News

The Allure of the Seas, an Oasis class ship, is coming to Galveston in November 2021.

Welcome to the new news format for Galveston Cruise Reviews! Our primary focus remains on providing reviews of the ships sailing from Galveston as well as things to do and places to stay on the island. However, we also want to keep you up to date on all of the latest news. The easiest way to do that is with our new monthly newsletter. We will review all of the news from the previous month and tell you what is coming up. The last month has been particularly busy, and it was highlighted by a huge announcement from Royal Caribbean. An Oasis class ship is coming to Galveston in 2021, and a new pier will be built to support it. The Allure of the Seas will sail regular 7 night itineraries to Roatan, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. There was a lot more, as well.

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