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  1. According to the press release. Carnival is going to sail from Galveston BUT you will have to be vaccinated. IMHO I think that Carnival fail to realize the logistics for test cruises and realize they can not just put one together. Since they failed at that they must take the option of requiring vacations
  2. I have gotten the shareholder OBC with a free casino cruise. In fact just before COVID shut everything down I went on a 4 cruise B2B in Australia and received OBC for each. I was denied once a couple of years ago but no problem since. I hope it hasn't changed
  3. I have driven down from dfw area and stayed in the Woodlands and Webster. I found Webster had better options and places to eat. Last time I styed in a motel along I45 in the woodlands I found the place in badly need of remolding. If you don't want to go that far on your first leg I would consider Conroe a little bit to the north over the woodlands.
  4. Just thinking out loud. Would the PVSA apply to test cruises since their are no paying passengers? That question is way above my pay grade so I will leave it to smarter people than me.
  5. Never out of Galveston but many years ago NCL did sail out of Houston, so they do have some history here.
  6. Breeze a few minutes ago from the Emerald cam. Vista is following
  7. I would stay at one of the airport hotels. There are a lot to chose from and pick one with a free shuttle. That gives the option of going back to the airport to pick up a port shuttle or private ride. There are numerous threads about Houston port shuttles in the past but nobody knows yet which ones will still be in business when things get back to normal. Check back here to find the best options. One thing to think about is after a long flight with a small child, getting off the plan, luggage, catching a ride (uber, lyft or taxie then an hour plus car ride you are not going to get to
  8. Who knows what the new processes will be but in the last 10yrs they changed the layout to improve the traffic flow. with FTTF you will not have to worry about your time slot. Sometimes the breeze way outside get congested when people show up outside of there time slot. but once you get in the front door it moves fairly smoothly. Id/Passport check. security then upstairs to waiting area. Since Carnival has started putting your cards in your stateroom mailbox you do not have to that last check-in line. I have gone through the entire process in as short as 30 minutes.. The disembarkation ha
  9. A couple of points to add to the discussion The port of Galveston now has an agreement with Lyft for drop off Port of Galveston, TX - Official Website When you rent the car at IAH check the drop off charge at Hobby, the shuttle/uber/lyft ride will be cheaper and the difference may make up for the drop off charge. Consider drop off the day before and uber to Galveston and spending your last night there. Most hotels offer cheap or free shuttles to pier. A lot less stress when making your way across Houston the day off. To get back to IAH there are a lot o
  10. reads like a political article, which I take with a grain of salt. At least until its been fact check by several sources. So it may be true or may be not.
  11. That is what they did in Australia. And a few US cruises but nothing general yet.
  12. I got mine last week but I can't check in until mid Dec. I am diamond but have always had to pick a check-in time before covid so its no big deal.
  13. I was on one just before Covid. back then you had to call them directly but now everything is together. so for #2 yes you can go with carnival USA. The answer to #1 is yes also but tips to crew are very welcome. When in port don't worry about tips to waiters, taxi drivers, etc. Sorry about #3 don't remember anything about prices. The $AUD is less than the $USD, about .73 cents so a $4 drink is only costing you 2.92 if my math is right. Also don't worry too much about converting your $USD to $AUD, the casino with exchange them for you, BUT will not change them back at the end of the cruis
  14. There is already a Carnival program for Loyalty Rocks! for TA's. They get points for each booking, taking training courses, etc.
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