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Where can we book an indoor parking garage at the Galveston port? We are going on a Royal Caribbean in February and an NCL in March. It is said if you book ahead of time you can receive discounts. I can't find any place that even discusses this. Any advice?

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If you were sailing from the downtown cruise terminal there is lots of cruise parking downtown but the new royal peir is a little bit out of the downtown and is pretty new. I biked by it when we sailed from galveston this past summer, they had a large lot right there but unfortunately I did not pay attention to if there was other parking in that area.   Sorry I can't help hopefully someone will have an answer for you.

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@GeeVee Where did you read that you could receive a discount? I haven't heard of this. Indoor parking garages are definitely an option for you. 

You may find this article helpful. https://www.cruisehive.com/extensive-guide-to-port-of-galveston-cruise-parking/30943

This article has plenty of information on covered parking options at the Port of Galveston. There are prices listed and reservation information options here as well. Let me know if this is useful to you!

@Woody14 Biking to the cruise terminal is genius! That probably saved you a pretty penny. Are there bike racks near the port? How did you bring your luggage along? I always travel with such large suitcases. I can't imagine how you did it unless you backpacked! 

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17 minutes ago, Cruising Caribbean said:

@Woody14 Biking to the cruise terminal is genius! That probably saved you a pretty penny. Are there bike racks near the port? How did you bring your luggage along? I always travel with such large suitcases. I can't imagine how you did it unless you backpacked! 

Sorry we actually walked from the cruise terminal.   We rented bikes in Galveston and used that as our local transportation.   We stayed in Galveston for a few days after our cruise.        We fly in to Houston the day before, took cruise line transport to the ship.  Walked off to our B&B where we dropped our luggage (as it was morning and check in was the afternoon) we rented bikes and used that to expore Galveston for the next few days.    That trip was a carnival cruise which docks right in town, being we passed the new RCL terminal on the ship, we decided when we were exploring to ride up to that area and see what it was like.

We travel carry on for most cruises but even that might be a bit of a challenge on a bicycle.    But you have me thinking.

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@Woody14 How did you enjoy Galveston? It's super cool that you choose bikes are your primary mode of transportation! You must have visited during a nice time of year. That's a very fun way to explore and I would love to try that someday. It's crazy because I always end up renting a car, but it could be so much more fun if I tried the rental bikes! I don't know how you would manage the carry-on and a bike, but I have seen some wonky things done in cities. Carts have become quite the commodity in my city, and you would think they are the next big thing. People will skateboard with them or pull them with a bike. The options are endless really if you put your mind to it! 

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Galveston was a very nice place to visit.  We were there in summer so it was very hot.   Galveston was bigger than I expected but the main historical shopping area was what I expected.   Using bikes was great we were there for 3 days it was perfect to do some exploring through some of the historical walking tours and get from our B&B to all the points of interest.

We got off the ship and hauled our bags (we were traveling carryon) the 30 min walk to our B&B - we had made arrangements with them to drop off in the morning as check in was not till afternoon.        We then had about a 5-10 min walk to the bike rental shop.   We did that before 10 am on day 1.   We spent all that day and the next 2 exploring the area (or as far as we could get on bikes in the heat).   We dropped off the bikes on our last day, walked back to the B&B got our stuff and our uber to the airport.      

 

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@GeeVee Were you able to find the parking options you were looking for? 

@Woody14 It's great to hear you felt safe in Galveston. I'm impressed at how bikable the city must be. There are many cities where biking isn't as accessible. Biking in Galveston summer must have been very hot. I'm sweating just thinking about it! You walked your carry for 30 minutes in the summer heat. I'm becoming more and more impressed. I don't think my husband could convince me to do that. I don't think he could convince me to bring a carry-on only either. I'm turning more and more into a high-maintenance person as I write. Wait, did you rent manual bikes? I assumed you rented e-bikes! 

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On 1/19/2024 at 12:46 PM, Cruising Caribbean said:

 

@Woody14 It's great to hear you felt safe in Galveston. I'm impressed at how bikable the city must be. There are many cities where biking isn't as accessible. Biking in Galveston summer must have been very hot. I'm sweating just thinking about it! You walked your carry for 30 minutes in the summer heat. I'm becoming more and more impressed. I don't think my husband could convince me to do that. I don't think he could convince me to bring a carry-on only either. I'm turning more and more into a high-maintenance person as I write. Wait, did you rent manual bikes? I assumed you rented e-bikes! 

the 30 minute walk was morning but it was till pretty warm.

yes to the manual bikes - I think ebikes would be the way to go but this was my wife's idea and her dutch heritage came out (she wanted it to be cheap).  

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@Woody14 You and your wife sound like very adventurous cruisers! I love the idea of saving money and powering your own bike. It's such an eco-friendly way to get around too! Most guests typically go everywhere via car even at the ports. It seems everything is motorized nowadays! Wouldn't it be cool if you could bring your bike onboard your cruise and take it along with you at every port? I haven't seen anyone do that before, so I would imagine doing that is off-limits. The bike would surely take up a lot of cabin space. 

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For our cruise out of Galveston, our hotel (Holiday Inn) allowed us to leave our car on their lot for a reasonable fee. It wasn't covered, but the price was right. Most hotels around Galveston that cater to cruisers should offer a similar service. Check with your hotel. 

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@Woody14 I didn't realize the Dutch way was a cheap one. I may be Dutch in my ancestry then! I would likely splurge on an e-bike if the weather was hot like the Galveston summer is!

@LouI just booked my first cruise out of Galveston, and I'm very excited for it! The weather should be nicer that time of year, in February. I would love to stay at the Holiday Inn and utilize this parking lot the night before. Would you be able to share the hotel information with me? I would also like to see if there is shuttle to the port or even the airport. Those are options I would like to figure out beforehand so I'm not left scrambling at the last minute. 

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4 hours ago, Cruising Caribbean said:

@Woody14 I didn't realize the Dutch way was a cheap one. I may be Dutch in my ancestry then! I would likely splurge on an e-bike if the weather was hot like the Galveston summer is!

I am not sure the 'Dutch way' is always the cheap one but it is definitely value oriented.    That said it would not be the Scotsman cheap which several of the people I know of that are Scottish seem to be proud of that part of their heritage.

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