A Galveston cruise is one of the most popular cruises in the world today. Galveston Island is located in the Gulf of Mexico, around two miles off the coast of Texas, making it an excellent starting point for your summer cruise vacation. Considered a state treasure, Galveston features 32 miles of beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants, and top-notch resort hotels. Visitors will also find spectacular shopping opportunities, amazing art galleries, exciting entertainment, and some of the most well preserved 19th century Victorian architecture in the country. While millions of tourists frequently travel to Galveston by air and land, a Galveston cruise is also a top choice for thousands of passengers each year.
Texas is home to a whopping 16 ports of call. In addition to the Port of Galveston, other Texas ports include: Orange, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Houston, Texas City, 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, of course, with Port Isabel and Port of Houston coming in at a close second and third.
The popular Port of Galveston, Texas welcomed more than 500,000 embarking passengers in 2005, and nearly 700,000 in 2006. Additionally, the port welcomed 233 cruise ships in 2005, and 255 in 2006. Galveston cruise ships such as Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Conquest and Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas are just a few of the vessels that frequent the bustling Port of Galveston.
There are several main cruise lines that offer Galveston cruises. These cruise lines are also among the most popular cruise lines in the world. The top Galveston cruise lines include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, and Princess Cruise Lines. Carnival cruises out of Galveston to Mexico and the Caribbean are 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 Galveston cruise ship 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.
Besides Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess, there are many other cruise lines that enter and exit the Port of Galveston regularly along with a number of different types of cruises. American Hawaii Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Commodore Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Delta Queen, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Royal Olympic Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Windstar Cruises. Destinations run the gamut from Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and the Mexican Riviera to the Panama Canal, Europe, Transatlantic cruises, the Greek Islands, and more.
For more information about Galveston cruises, visit the Port of Galveston website. If you’re interested in discounted Galveston cruises, visit any of the discount booking search engines listed below. Happy Cruising!