05 February 2016 In Blog

UBER shut down operation in Galveston Texas.

On Thursday January 28, 2016 Galveston city council passed a new ordinance to regulate the Transportation Network Companies (TNC) such as UBER, Lyft and Wings. Uber, the only TNC Company operating in Galveston responded by immediately shutting down operation in Galveston. Uber has sent an email to their driver partners informing them about the bad news.

18 July 2014 In Blog

Galveston, The Oleander City

Galveston is located on the eastern half of a barrier island about twenty five miles in length and two miles wide which runs parallel to the coast of Texas.

The Port of Galveston was founded in 1825 by the Congress of Mexico and stayed under Mexican control until the formation of the Texas Republic in 1836. In 1836 Michel Menard a native of Canada purchased 4,605 acres parcel of land on the island from the Austin Colony for $50,000 with the plan of constructing a city. The new development, planned on a grid design, soon prospered with the addition of warehouses, docks, stores, banks and residential houses.

But in 1900 a massive hurricane struck the island bringing a tidal surge that washed across the island, killing over 6000 people and destroying any buildings in the way. As a result of the hurricane the city constructed a concrete seawall with a protective beach to defend Galveston from any future storms.

Today Galveston has grown into a major city with an important commercial shipping port and a thriving tourist industry.

Galveston Cruise Ship Terminals

In the 1980s Sun Line’s Stella Solaris and Cunard’s Sagafjord homeported occasionally from Galveston offering Panama Canal and Caribbean cruises. It was not until 1990 when the first dedicated cruise ship building, the Texas cruise ship terminal, was inaugurated at the Mallory building next to Pier 25. It was renamed cruise terminal 1 in 2002.

In 1999 Carnival Cruises announced their plan to offer cruises from Galveston, and cruise terminal 1 was modernized in time for Carnival Celebration’s first sailing from the port in 2000.

Next in 2001 Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines signed a contract with the Port of Galveston to operate from the port. An unused warehouse was renovated to form cruise terminal 2, and a Royal Caribbean cruise ship was based at the new terminal from 2002.

Cruise Terminal 1

Cruise terminal 1 offers streamlined customs facilities, a large passenger embarkation and disembarkation floor and efficient baggage handling operations. Carnival and Princess Cruises operate cruise terminal 1. The terminal accesses a single cruise ship berth, about 2000 feet in length.

Cruise Terminal 2

Cruise terminal 2 offers fast security, efficient baggage facilities and a streamlined cruise passenger embarkation and disembarkation area. Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises utilize cruise terminal 2. The terminal accesses a single 2000 feet cruise ship berth.

Long-term secure parking is available for both terminals at two large parking lots. A free shuttle bus connects the parking areas and the terminals.

cruises from galveston

Cruises From Galveston

Galveston is an excellent base for a week long cruise visiting interesting ports in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Bahamas. The range of destinations on offer are the ingredients for a fabulous vacation You’ll see a wide fantastic variety of attractions - in Key West sample delicious Key Lime pie at the legendary Sloppy Joe’s, in Nassau haggle with the locals at the colorful Straw Market, in Cozumel take an excursion to the mysterious Mayan ruins at Tulum, in Grand Cayman amble along the beautiful sands of fabulous 7 Mile Beach and in Belize enjoy ever-popular Cave Tubing.

21 March 2014 In Blog

Shuttle Between Houston Airports and Galveston Cruise ships

26 July 2013 In Blog

Galveston city officials are elated at the news that Royal Caribbean cruise line's Navigator of the Seas will launch year-round cruises from the island next year, extending its previous winter and spring sailing.

The 3,114-passenger cruise ship is set to undergo extensive renovations in February 2014 that will add a FlowRider surf simulator and dining venues like Giovanni's Table, Park Café and Izumi Asian Cuisine. The drydock revitalization also will add new features such as Virtual Balconies for select interior staterooms, and new panoramic oceanview staterooms with full-length, floor-to-ceiling windows, among other improvements.

26 July 2013 In Blog

Passenger safety on cruise lines has been a hot topic lately after the occurrence of several incidents that have led to passenger deaths, emergency evacuations, and cancelled trips. The Cruise Lines International Association board has unanimously approved a passenger bill of rights that is designed to ensure the "safety, comfort, and care" of cruise guests. Reading through the list of rights, it appears the industry is putting in writing what passengers have expected all along.

23 April 2013 In Blog

Come November of this year, the Navigator of the Seas will sail into Galveston and call it home, for the winter months at least. It will be replacing Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas. But don't lose sleep over the change, since the Navigator is cut from the same cloth, so to 'speak. This means that when you sail on board the Navigator, all your favorites will still be there. You will still be able to have a pint at the Wig & Gavel on the Promenade; and you will still be wowed by the Olympic quality ice show. Schooners Bar will still be hopping' every night with a mean piano player cranking' it out on the ivories and taking the audience along for a
fun ride. And, of course, the Viking Crown Lounge at the pinnacle of the vessel, laden with commanding views from every seat, will still reign supreme over the entire ship.

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