Cruise Ship Embarkation Ports
Profiles of cruise ship embarkation ports located around the world including terminal and parking information, and a preview of what to do around the area.
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Carnival Freedom to Homeport from Galveston in 2015
posted April 22, 2014
Carnival Cruise Lines will add a third year-round ship in Galveston when Carnival Freedom launches a seven-day cruise schedule in February 2015, marking the first time that a cruise line has deployed three year-round ships in Texas. Read more...
Galveston Oil Spill Delays Cruise Ships
posted March 24, 2014
Cruise ships embarking and disembarking from Galveston, Texas have faced delays due to an oil spill after a barge collided with a ship Saturday afternoon. The resulting clean-up has closed a portion of the shipping channel. Read more...
Port of Galveston Approves RCCL Deal
posted January 29, 2014
The Port of Galveston is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves approved a 5 year agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. at Monday’s Board meeting. This agreement will generate a minimum of $1.86 million in annual operating revenues for the Port. Read more...
Princess Cruises to Return to Port of Galveston for 2012-13 Caribbean Season.
Crown Princess will offer 19 departures from Galveston between December 22, 2012 and April 27, 2013.
Getting around Galveston
Galveston Island Ferry
Passengers can catch the trolley every 20 minutes at any given stop. The trolleys run approximately every 40 minutes.
Galveston Island Trolley
Trolley service area covers over 8 miles serving Seawall Boulevard, 25th Street, downtown and the historic Strand District
Historic Downtown District is just one block from the cruise ship terminals on Harborside Drive. The 36-block district offers shopping, dinning, galleries and more.
Bargain shoppers will be pleased to discover that many shops in the downtown district offer discounts to cruise ship passengers (simply present your cruise credentials as proof).
Port of Galveston, TX
The Port of Galveston consists of the Galveston Ship Channel, the south side of Pelican Island, the north side of Galveston Island and the entrance to Galveston Bay. Located on the upper Texas coast on the eastern end of Galveston Island, it is 9.3 miles (15.0 km) from the open Gulf, or approximately 30 minutes sailing time.
Galveston offers 32 miles of relaxing beaches, superb restaurants, top resort hotels, marvelous downtown shopping, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, fabulous entertainment, and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country.
Bayport Cruise Terminal
Pier #25, 2502 Harborside Drive
Galveston, Texas 77550
Cruise Lines sailing from Galveston:Carnival
Prices subject to change per Port Authority
4-day cruise: $45.00
5-day cruise: $50.00
7-day cruise: $70.00
Accepted forms of payment: U.S dollars; VISA and MasterCard. Pre-payments may be made by visiting www.portofgalveston.com
Port of Galveston Parking Lots A & B are guarded and lighted; 24 hour surveillance and police patrol. No advance reservations required. Handicap Parking available with proof of valid permit.
Luggage must be unloaded at the cruise terminal curbside prior to parking; the shuttles do not handle luggage during embarkation.
Return directly to Parking Lots A and B to retrieve car without luggage and then pick up the guests and luggage at the terminal curbside. Depart the terminal on luggage-capable shuttles; there will be a short to moderate wait time. Note: This is only provided in parking lots where luggage drop-off is indicated on the parking lot sign.
Vehicles occupying two or more spaces will be charged double the rate. There is a high demand for taxicabs during “peak” debarkation hours. At times, taxicabs may not be readily available. Please be patient and prepared to wait as other taxi cabs return to the Cruise Terminals throughout the debarkation morning rush.
Texas State Taxes
Effective January 4, 2014, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) will collect tax from all Texas residents and non-Texas residents staying in the state for any length of time (seasonal resident).
For those that the tax applies to, it is applicable to all liquor and tobacco that enters the state of Texas via the cruise terminal. Therefore, all purchases made on the islands, as well as onboard, will be taxed upon debarkation in the cruise terminal. These duties will be in addition to whatever taxes may be imposed by US Customs.
A letter and form will be distributed to all staterooms before embarkation commences. Guests will need to complete the form and carry it with them when they disembark.
Things to do in the area
The Grand 1894 Opera House
One of the few remaining theaters if its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Website
This new, family owned waterpark features uphill roller coasters, water slides, whitewater rapids, wave pool, hot tubs, surf ride, and kid's playground. This park is the first convertible waterpark with an entire area that can be closed during the cold weather months. This area is converted to an indoor waterpark featuring a dozen heated attractions - the water and air temperatures remain a constant 80°. Website
Lone Star Flight Museum & Texas Aviation Hall of Fame
The complex is located next to Moody Gardens and the new Schlitterbahn Waterpark at the Galveston International Airport at Scholes Field. Webiste
Aquarium, 3D IMAX theater, 12 story tropical rainforest and IMAX Ridefilm Theater. Website
Lone Star Motorcycle Rally
The Lone Star Motorcycle Rally will feature vendors, multiple stages of entertainment, great food and drink, plus all the crazy biker fun you've come to expect from. Annual Fall event. www.lonestarrally.com
Annual February Event. 12 days and 11 nights of parades and masquerade balls in the Strand Historic District. More than thirteen parades and 50 galas, parties, pageants and events. Website
Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
Annual event Nov - Jan. Website