This part was easy. The night before, they had dropped off luggage tags at our cabin with a number. We went to breakfast at the main dining room for the last time then back to our cabin. We decided to carry out our own luggage so we sat in our cabin and at 8:30 they started calling out numbers. When our number was called we headed down to the exit and they scanned our card and we were off. You go into a warehouse next and we grabbed a porter (we got a tip this was the way to go) and the porter took us to a porters only line- much shorter than the rest- and waited to go through customs. We had filled our our paperwork and we got up to the agent and handed everything over. About 5 seconds later he motioned us through. I stood there looking at him like "don't you want to ask me some questions, I could be dangerous!" but he didn't care. I guess he thought that if you were boring enough to only claim "3 t-shirts and 2 bottles of vanilla" than there was nothing to worry about. Well, we took the bus back to our car and we were off for Fort Worth. I think I slept most of the way home dreaming about going on another trip. That's pretty much the only thing we talked about for the next week actually.
Good news, we decided to go on another cruise! This time with as many friends as possible so you are all invited! There is a bigger ship that goes out of Galveston also, the Conquest, and it's a 7 day trip to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. We are leaving on Aug. 31st and I have a group number if you are interested. It's going to be totally awesome. I recommend this kind of travel to anyone. You can be as active or laid back as you want to be and spend as much or as little money as you want. I think our total of onboard purchases was under $100 when we were through and that included the spa treatment! It works great for kids too. The childcare is included in the cruise rate so you basically have an adult vacation depending on how much your kids want to go to "Camp Carnival". Email me if you are interested or have questions. I'm not getting any kickbacks for organizing a group- if we get anything it will be a group cocktail party but I'm not getting a bigger cabin or anything. :-) I'm totally addicted- I know you will love cruising!