Olympia Grill in Galveston, TX

Shrimp cocktail and a martini at Olympia at Pier 21 in Galveston, Texas.

We took a cruise earlier this year and got to Galveston a day early. I already wrote about the fantastic lunch we had that day, and by dinner the rest of our party had showed up. When we cruised in 2015 out of Galveston, our party of 6 had eaten at Olympia Grill on their Seawall location. This year, however, we were a party of 12 and wanted to eat on the harbor side nearer the cruise pier. We called and made reservations at Olympia Grill at Pier 21. They were able to accommodate our very large party, and we got great seats outside on the water. It was a fantastic way to spend our last regular meal on land. Continue reading “Olympia Grill in Galveston, TX”

Fisherman’s Wharf in Galveston

Outdoor seating at Fisherman’s Wharf in Galveston, Texas.

My family has always loved Galveston as a vacation spot. We were there before a cruise on the Navigator of the Seas in 2015 and again before a cruise on the Liberty of the Seas in 2017, and it is also a great destination in it’s own right. We wanted to get our cruise vacation off to a strong start, so we started with lunch at one of our favorite spots– Fisherman’s Wharf, which is located walking distance from the cruise piers.  It is a Landry’s outpost, and I normally try to stay clear of big chain places when I am on vacation, but they do awfully good work with seafood in a very nice setting. If the weather permits it, ask for a table outside on the pier. Continue reading “Fisherman’s Wharf in Galveston”

Pre-cruise stay at the Hampton Inn in Galveston, TX

The “suite” at the Hampton Inn in Galveston.

If you are cruising out of Galveston, the smart thing to do is get there the night before. You don’t have any stress of making the long drive from the Houston airports the day of the cruise, and Galveston is a great addition to your vacation in any event. Unfortunately, lots of other folks are making that same choice. That means that hotel rooms in Galveston cost a lot and frequently require two night stays. The Hampton Inn in Galveston avoids this problem by offering (relatively speaking) reasonable rates, easy ability to cash in your Hilton HHonors points for a free stay, and by only requiring a one night stay. We stayed there for our cruise on the Liberty of the Seas in June 2017 and on the Navigator of the Seas in August 2015. Continue reading “Pre-cruise stay at the Hampton Inn in Galveston, TX”

Galveston Park N Cruise

Inside Galveston Park N Cruise

Many of the passengers cruising out of Galveston drive to get there. That is why the cruise lines expanded out of Florida in the first place- they wanted locations that were easier for more passengers to get to. That means you need a place to put your car, and the official cruise terminal parking isn’t always the nest option. For our cruises in 2015 and in 2017, we used Galveston Park N Cruise. It is right across the street from the terminal, it offers indoor parking, and it is really, really easy to deal with. Continue reading “Galveston Park N Cruise”