I have always liked the haunting, Vietnam-era melody penned by Jimmy Webb and popularized by Glen Campbell called “Galveston”. I love the alliteration and especially the vivid imagery woven through the lyrics by the phrases “seawinds blowing”, seawaves crashing” and “seabirds flying”.
In keeping with the alliteration but totally devoid of any of the poetry, this blog post is all about “ships a sailing” . . . from Galveston, of course. I am writing this post based on the assumption that some of you lost souls floating around out there in cyberspace are :
1) thinking about taking a cruise ship out of Galveston over the next few months and
b) find yourself as easily confused as I am regarding what options are available. My condition actually used to be a lot worse back when I was dyslexic. Fortunately, now I am K.O.
Anyway, here is the pop quiz question for this post. How many cruise ship depart this fall and winter from Galveston? If you answered “seven ships a sailing” you obviously have the song “Galveston” confused with “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. If you answered five you are either in the travel business or have Google set as your home page. If you had no clue, you may be a little surprised, as frankly I was, to discover that there are so many options
Just to make it as easy as possible for you to reach out to me with your next cruise booking, my team of crack researchers (and no, before you ask, we do not research crack around here) have crunched the algorithms, or whatever the heck you do with algorithms, and come up with the simple chart below.
This will get you started but you are still going to need expert guidance regarding the differences between these cruise lines, the characteristics of the various ships, the pros and cons of the various itineraries, whether it is appropriate to wear your Tommy Bahamas shirt on formal night, etc. Fortunately, that’s why we skilled cruise specialists spend all those grueling hours sailing through the Gulf and the Caribbean. It may have appeared self-indulgent but we were really fueled by altruism and perhaps the occasional foo foo drink.
While we are on the subject of Galveston, it just so happens that this sea port is a very pleasant spot to spend a day or two pre or post cruise. If you are feeling a little too euphoric, you can always visit Moody Gardens and mellow out a bit. Conversely, if your life has been a little humdrum, schedule a visit to the newest attraction in town, the brand new Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
I don’t know about you but I am having one heck of a time getting that tune out of my mind.