Hotel Galvez

A view of the Please Pier from our room at the Hotel Galvez. You have to pay more for a room with a Gulf view, but we very much enjoyed that.

I never get to town on the same day my cruise leaves. There is too much risk that something goes wrong, and I don’t want to miss the start of my cruise. Also, I almost always sail from Galveston. Galveston is one of my favorite vacation spots anyway. That begs the question of where to stay. I have previously stayed all over the island. We stayed at the Hampton Inn for our last cruise, and the Notorious P.I.G. stayed in an AirBnB this Summer. My favorite place, however, is the Hotel Galvez. Different parts of our group had a suite and a PURE room. I will tell you about both, and then I will share the public facilities at this amazing hotel.

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Willie G’s for a pre-cruise meal

Willie G’s isn’t our favorite place in Galveston, but it is a solid option right on the pier.

For us, cruising out of Galveston isn’t just about the cruise. It is also about Galveston. We enjoy the city, and we always get there a couple of days early to enjoy it. Normally, we enjoy our first meal at Fisherman’s Wharf. This time we decided to try Willie G’s. This wasn’t our favorite spot in Galveston, but it was still a solid place to have lunch.

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Galveston AirBnB

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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American Undersea Warfare Center in Galveston, TX

Side view of the USS Stewart. The Stewart is an Edsall class destroyer at the American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park in Galveston, TX.

The American Undersea Warfare Center located at Seawolf Park in Galveston, Texas is an amazing experience. Containing both a World War 2 destroyer and a submarine, this park lets kids and adults alike experience history. You can climb through almost every part of both ships with excellent informational displays. While you do need to be reasonably physically fit to enjoy the experience, we went with our kids before our June 2017 cruise. We very much look forward to the chance to go back. Continue reading “American Undersea Warfare Center in Galveston, TX”

La King’s Confectionary in Galveston

La King’s Confectionary in Galveston, Texas. Go hear to know exactly what it feels like to be a kid in a candy store.

You have heard the expression “kid in a candy store,” but you probably don’t know– don’t really know– what that means. Old school candy stores a a dying breed, and it is hard to find a master of the craft. Happily, a few old school candy stores are still around. La King’s Confectionary in Galveston is the grand champion of the bunch. As a bonus, you are probably in Galveston on a day when it is hot outside, and delicious ice cream treats are always a good idea in that case. Continue reading “La King’s Confectionary in Galveston”