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Galveston Cruise Terminal story

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.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:02

Galveston Say Hello to the Navigator 2

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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 If you are flying into Houston TX and are planning to cruise out of Galveston TX, lets us help you with you transportation.  Here in Houston we have two major airports

        1.   George Bush International Airport in Houston (IAH) http://www.fly2houston.com/IAH

        2.   William Hobby International Airport in Houston (HOU) http://www.fly2houston.com/hobby

This article will help you find transfers for newly weds, a family of 4 or a whole family reunion, to a group of friends wanting to have a good time :-)…There are many options  available to transfer from these airports to the cruise ship terminal in Galveston. http://www.portofgalveston.com/index.aspx?nid=87. These options include cruise line bus transfer, private shuttle bus, private town car or limousine, taxi, and car rental.

First, you need to do some homework, and check out all the options available to you, and at what price. You will be surprise at what competition may do to the prices, and extras, so try to find the best value for your bucks.

Below I am listing all the available options, starting with the classic taxi ride and ending with the out of thoughts luxury limousine one. 

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Houston Bayport Cruise Terminal secures two new cruise ship contracts

The only time cruise ships have called on the Bayport Cruise Terminal was for several weeks in 2008 after Hurricane Ike damaged the Port of Galveston. Since then, the 96,000-square-foot facility in Pasadena has sat empty. It won't for much longer.

On Thursday, the Port of Houston Authority's governing board announced the cruise terminal's first-ever regular service in the form of two contracts with Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, which used to call on a terminal at Barbours Cut but left in 2007.

The agreement with California-based Princess is for the 2013-2014 season with 27 planned departures; the agreement with Florida-based Norwegian begins in 2014 and spans for a total of 75 departures. The latter includes an option for a two-year extension.

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