Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays here in the U.S. are known for stirring up longings to see family and friends, sending many people on the road or in the air. With so many people on the move, long lines, congested roadways, crowded flights – and hopefully fond memories – are inevitable.
Holiday travel should be something to look forward to, not something to worry about, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to stay safe and calm, wherever you may visit.
If you do not have a GPS, or a smart phone, or if you just does not want to rely on all the new and hip technology, and you are driving to the new Houston Bayport cruise terminal, please follow these direction for a smooth trip.
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.
Five years ago, the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Houston opened its doors… to nothing. In fact, apart from a few cruises in 2008 the terminal has sat unused — leaving many to call the $108 million project a boondoggle.
But that’s about to change. Starting later this year the terminal will welcome a total of 102 cruises from Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Hobby Airport serves domestic destinations and has seen significant increases in passenger numbers over the past two years. With 9.84 million travelers in 2011, there is a good chance it will hit the record 10 million mark in 2012.
Traveling to Houston has never been easier. As the country's fourth largest airport system, the Houston Airport System serves over 180 cities worldwide, with Bush Intercontinental Airport ranking third in the United States among airports with scheduled non-stop domestic and international service.
The Houston Airports received a boost of confidence this week when not one, but two of Houston’s airports were named the “Best in America” by the readers of Travel + Leisure in a national survey.
According to Travel + Leisure magazine readers, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) are ranked No. 1 for Best Airports in the Country as world travelers were asked to rate 35 U.S. airports on a variety of topics.
Princess Cruises’ new service is scheduled to begin in November of 2013 with a total of 27 departures planned for the season. Princess Cruises’ inaugural cruise is an unprecedented sailing aboard the Caribbean Princess to support U.S. veterans.
We recommend parking in a paid lot when you take your cruise — NOT searching for street parking. Galveston is a relatively safe town, but any car left on the street unattended for several days is a magnet for a break-in or vandalism. Luckily, there are many parking options.
Note: All of the parking lots featured here offer a prepaid online option at a discounted rate. All lots also accept credit cards.
Flying into a Houston airport for your cruise? Or maybe you simply don’t feel like dealing with the hassles of driving and parking. No matter the reason, there are plenty of options for reaching Galveston without having to take your car.
Thousands of people every year fly into Houston-area airports in order to cruise out of Galveston. So what’s the best way to get from Hobby or Intercontinental Airport to the terminal? Luckily, there are plenty of options…
- Getting from Houston Airports to Galveston Crusie Terminal
- Transfer from Houston to Galvston
- shuttle from hobby to galveston
- Shuttle from IAH to Galveston
- Galveston cruise transfer
- Galveston Cruise transportation
- Galveston transportation
- galveston cruise shuttle
- galveston cruise terminal
- transfer from houston airport to galveston port
- transfer from houston airport to galveston cruise port
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.
Following is the full text of the Passenger Bill of Rights, as adopted by CLIA’s members unanimously.
The Members of the Cruise Lines International Association are dedicated to the comfort and care of all passengers on oceangoing cruises throughout the world. To fulfill this commitment, our Members have agreed to adopt the following set of passenger rights:
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.
Galveston's cruise industry is on a course for success.
Last year, the island cruise port welcomed 863,000 passengers and crew, representing 4 percent of all passenger and crew visits at U.S. ports, according to the Port of Galveston.
The port embarked approximately 604,000 passengers, making Galveston the second fastest growing cruise port of last year.