Galveston Cruise Ships
The Port of Galveston, located on the upper eastern edge of Texas’s Gulf Coast, has been hosting cruise liners since 1974. By 2001, this important cargo shipping port had two cruise ships permanently home ported year-round, as well as several others cruise lines sailing from there on a seasonal basis.
The Port of Galveston is proud to now be the year-round homeport to three Galveston cruise ships: two Carnival Cruise Line vessels and one Royal Caribbean Cruise Line vessel.
Starting in the Fall of 2013, Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will sail year-round out of the Port of Galveston. The Navigator of the Seas will be the largest ship ever home ported in Galveston. In addition, Disney Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines also now sail from the Port to destinations in the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
In this blog post, we list the ships that depart from Galveston, and provide tips on cruising from Galveston. You can also read our calendar of departure dates for cruise ships leaving from Galveston.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Magic – This gorgeous ship carries 3,690 passengers plus 1,367 onboard crew members. At 1,004 feet in length, you’ll be sure to find countless adventures on board. Experience fine Italian dining at Cucina del Capitano, or try some of the various other food venues, such as the Sushi Bar, BBQ, Asian & Mongolian, a signature steakhouse, and much more.
Carnival Magic offers activities for everyone, including comedy club, stage productions, sports and exercise activities, theater, art, shopping, spa and fitness center, nightclub and casino, pubs and a piano bar. The kids will stay busy with Waterworks, mini golf, deck parties, dive-in theater, video arcade, and a vintage-style candy shop.
The Carnival Magic sails year-round from the Port of Galveston every Sunday to destinations in the Caribbean islands such as Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Grand Caymans, Cozumel, Belize, Key West, the Bahamas, and Isla Roatan. Carnival is said to be the cruise line that specializes in FUN. Learn more or book your cruise on Carnival.com.
Carnival Triumph – The Magic’s sister ship, the Triumph, carries 2,758 passengers plus 1,000 onboard crew members. The Triumph is a bit smaller, at 893 feet in length. Experience fine Italian dining at Cucina del Capitano, or try some of the various other food venues, such as Guy’s Burger Joint, Sushi Bar, BBQ, Asian, pizzeria, a signature steakhouse, and much more.
Carnival Triumph offers entertainment for everyone, including comedy club, stage productions, sports and exercise activities, theater, art, shopping, spa and fitness center, nightclub and casino, pubs, live music, and a piano bar. Keep the kids busy with Waterworks, Camp Carnival Night Owls, theaters, mini golf, deck parties, video arcade, and a vintage-style candy shop.
Princess Cruise Lines
Crown Princess – This luxurious ship carries 3,082 passengers plus 1,200 onboard crew members. At 951 feet in length, she is sure to thrill you at every turn!
With three dining rooms and an array of other places to eat, you’ll never go hungry on the Crown Princess. Experience fine cuisine at the Crown Grill, International Café, Vines, Caribbean/Mediterranean buffet, Horizon Court, poolside pizza, or the ice cream sundae bar.
Crown Princess offers entertainment for everyone, including Movies Under the Stars, Lotus Spa and Fitness Center, Piazza Atrium, casino, kid’s and teen’s centers, sports deck, wedding chapel, internet café, library, art gallery, and duty-free boutiques.
The Crown Princess sails January through mid-April from the Port of Galveston every Saturday to destinations in the Caribbean islands. Learn more or book online at Princess.com.
Disney Cruise Lines
Disney Magic (soon to be Disney Wonder) – Disney’s cruise ship carries 2,700 passengers plus 950 onboard “Cast and Crew” members. This impressive ship measures 964 feet in length. There are dining options for the whole family, including exclusive steakhouse elegance for adults, casual deckside meals with the kids, the main dining rooms, plus scores of other eateries and 24-hour room service.
Give your own kids a once-in-a-lifetime Disney experience with original stage productions and 3-D digital movies, or the Oceaneer Club, or perhaps even a meet-and-greet with real Disney characters. Your favorites will sign autographs, pose for pictures, and give out all the free hugs you want. Stay cool deckside in one of several themed swimming pools.
The Disney Wonder sails from late September through April from the Port of Galveston Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays to destinations in the Bahamas and Caribbean islands such as Castaway Cay, Nassau, St. Kitts, Cartagena, Costa Maya, Jamaica, Caymans, Grenada, St. Maarten, Barbados, St. Lucia, Cozumel, Key West, Puerto Rico, Antigua, and the Virgin Islands.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Mariner of the Seas (will soon be Navigator of the Seas) – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ ship, among the largest in the world, carries 3,114 passengers plus 1,185 onboard crew members. At 1,020 feet in length, she is impressive to say the least.
The Navigator of the Seas offers all the amenities you’d expect to find on a luxury cruise ship. There’s fine dining of every sort, ten swimming pools and whirlpools, and 16 bars, clubs, and lounges. But how many ships can boast a stories-high central promenade, a rock climbing wall, an ice skating rink, basketball and volleyball courts, or an adults-only glass atrium?
Starting in January 2014, the Navigator of the Seas will sail year-round from the Port of Galveston every Sunday to destinations in the Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, and Costa Maya.
You’re Going To Need Parking!
Don’t forget this important part of any cruise: keeping your car safe while you’re at sea. Our Galveston cruise parking lot offers 24 hour security and your car is protected by a 10 foot high wrought-iron enclosure topped with razor wire. We also offer lots elevated above street level. Our friendly and helpful staff are dedicated to providing the best cruise parking in Galveston.
Enjoy your trip with the peace of mind that your vehicle will be safe and secure. Reserve your cruise parking online and save $5!
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