- there were over 2,000 people on the ship; getting all of them off would take a long, long time
- it was hard to believe that they would shove people off the ship without breakfast etc.
But, I assumed (more fool me) that they knew what they were talking about. I headed off to Galveston around 8AM. I was thankful it was early because traffic headed to Galveston Island on Saturday is hellish in the extreme, and it only gets worse as the day wears on.
I drove the 20 minutes to I-45, the freeway to Galveston, and then had to pull over because I got a text from my daughter saying their disembarkation time would be 11:30. She advised me to turn around. Instead I drove down to Galveston anyway, to avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic I knew would happen shortly.
I drove around the island, which is quite picturesque, and took some short video clips of the surf on the seawall. It was very breezy and pleasant. I also bought a windsock at a kite emporium.
There was a LOT going on that day in Galveston; another cruise ship was loading at the same time theirs was unloading; there was a festival on one of the piers, which was belching out dopey pedestrians by the hundreds. All this made driving pretty crazy and slow. On top of that there were the usual beachgoers. There is only parking for a fee, which is frustrating.
When they were liberated from the ship, we drove home; I swore I would never do this again (at least never on a Saturday!).
I had a good time in spite of being frustrated and irritated by the situations I described. What can I say? I was impatient and expected to be home around midday.