There are currently 326 official ports of entry located throughout the United States, with 15 pre-clearance offices in Canada and the Caribbean. In the vast state of Texas alone, there are 16 ports of call throughout the region. Texas ports include: Orange, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Houston, Texas City, Galveston, Freeport, Palacios, Port Lavaca-Point Comfort, West Calhoun, Victoria, Corpus Christi, Port Mansfield, Harlingen, Port Isabel, and Brownsville. The most popular Texas port is Galveston. Port Isabel and Port of Houston are also listed as notable ports for cruise passengers.
The popular port of Galveston, Texas had more than half a million embarking passengers in 2005, and nearly 700,000 in 2006. Additionally, the port welcomed 233 cruise ships in 2005, and 255 in 2006. Galveston Island is also a popular stop on other cruise itineraries due to the numerous recreational opportunities such as golfing, fishing, and birding as well as, sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Visitors can expect to explore everything from parks, palaces, beaches and museums to gardens and theaters.
There are many different cruise lines that enter and exit Galveston, Texas regularly as well as different types of cruises. Carnival Cruise Lines, American Hawaii Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Commodore Cruises, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Delta Queen, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Royal Olympic Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Windstar Cruises are just a few. Destinations run the gamut from Alaska, Hawaii, and the Caribbean to the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal, Europe, Transatlantic cruises, the Greek Islands, and more.
The main cruise lines with itineraries leaving Galveston, Texas are also among the most popular cruise lines in the world. The main cruise lines with itineraries leaving Galveston, Texas are: Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, and Princess Cruises. Carnival cruises out of Galveston to Mexico and the Caribbean range in length from 4-7 days. These cruises have itineraries that include service to Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, Mexico, as well as a variety of Caribbean ports. One of the 4-day Western Caribbean Carnival cruises from Galveston, Texas sails to Cozumel, offering round-trip service to and from Galveston. A Carnival 7-day Western Caribbean cruise features roundtrip service to and from Galveston with stops in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico. To find out more about Carnival cruises leaving from Galveston visit the Carnival Cruise Lines website.
Royal Caribbean International features sailings such as 7-day cruises, to various ports along the Mexican coast and the Western Caribbean such as Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Progresso & Cozumel, Mexico. You will also find transatlantic sailings (such as a 15-night cruise) leaving from Barcelona, Spain and sailing into the Port of Galveston and a 13-night cruise leaving from the Port of Galveston and sailing into Barcelona, Spain, to name a few. For more information about Royal Caribbean cruises leaving from Texas, visit the Royal Caribbean International website.
Princess Cruises features a number of western Caribbean cruises leaving from Galveston, Texas to Belize, Majahual, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, to name a few. For more information about Princess cruises leaving from Texas, visit the Princess Cruises website.