It’s a day five years in the making… now it’s just around the corner. Actually it is today November 05, 2013.
Built in 2008, the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Houston has sat dormant since it has been built. Outside of a few cruises following Hurricane Ike, the terminal hasn’t seen any traffic.
That’s about the change. On November 5th, Bayport welcomes its first dedicated cruise ship — Princess Cruise Lines’ Caribbean Princess.
Here are a few details of what to expect. The Caribbean Princess is 952 feet long, was built in 2004 (refitted in 2011), and can hold more than 3,000 passengers.
She will be taking Houston cruisers on 7-day trips to the Caribbean, sailing a regular schedule every week to Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize City.
Princess will have the port to itself for several months. Bayport’s other tenant — Norwegian Cruise Lines — doesn’t arrive until October 2014.
In the meantime, cruisers in the Houston area now have an option that’s about 45 minutes closer than Galveston and more competition between cruise lines could result in lower fares.