We pulled right up the terminal at the Port of Galveston. We unloaded our bags right at the curb and there were plenty of porters there to help. With 13 people piled in two mini-vans, it was an adventure. The dads took the cars to the parking garage where we pre-paid and rode the shuttle back, just the two of them.
In our matching shirts, we watched all of the other guests in their matching shirts arrive for a bit until the dads made it back to us. Then we all went through check-in together.
While we waited (and by that I mean, corralled and entertained all 7 children) I went through our boarding bag on more time to make sure that I had all of the documents that I needed to help us get through check in quickly and smoothly, things like signed pre-board documents that we printed from the portal as well as passports and birth certificates.
Once we entered the terminal and waiting in another very short line, I completed the Public Health Questionnaire for our group. It asked if any members of your party have been experiencing a fever in conjunction with a sore throat, cough, runny nose, muscle aches or headaches, as well as if there has been any vomiting or diarrhea over the last 3 days.
At the desk, we all had our photos taken and received our Key to the World cards. Once everything was signed and counted, we decided not to stand in the line to check our children into kids club, but chose to do it on-board. As we explored the ship, we knew that was one of the first places the children wanted to check out. We also just walked past the photo backdrops in the check in area to make our way up the escalator. Once we were upstairs there were more lines. One was to take photos with Mickey Mouse and one was for backdrop photos and your first Key to the World Card scan.