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Galveston, Texas (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

A popular vacation destination for Texans, the city of Galveston is located on Galveston Island, is connected to the mainland by a causeway and is home to some of the most beautiful Victorian architecture to be found anywhere. Cruises from this port to the western Caribbean and to the east coast of Mexico have recently become quite popular. There is plenty to see and do in this vacation hotspot before or after your cruise. Be prepared for a great mix of the old and the new, stunning beaches, loads of curio shops and excellent home style restaurants.

Where the Ship Docks

Cruises from Galveston depart from a modern terminal located on Harborside Drive in the middle of the port district. It is only a short taxi ride to downtown, and the terminal itself, although not completely decorated with shops, banks or ATMs, is adjacent to a number of stores and restaurants. The wonderful beaches that Galveston is best known for begin here and run the length of the seawall to the southwestern end of the island.

What to See and Do

For starters, take a stroll along the gigantic seawall that protects downtown Galveston from the huge waves that are caused by infrequent hurricanes. This enormous construct is itself amazing to look at. The East Beach with its many shops, snack restaurants and party atmosphere is the town's most popular hangout. Close by is the Big Reef Nature Park, and there are plenty of merchants around that will rent you an inflatable, kayak or motorized watercraft. Along Seawall Blvd at 6th Street is Stewart Beach, a family-friendly area that has a water slide, mini golf and volleyball courts. Moving inland to Broadway one finds the astounding Bishop's Palace, ranking high on the American Institute of Architects list. This wonderful structure dates from 1893 and was built for the Houston-Galveston Catholic diocese. Inside are marvels of architectural engineering, including the world-famous spiral staircase that was built over a three year period. Nearby on Postoffice Road are several fine art galleries, and on the 2600 block of Broadway is the famed Moody Mansion Museum, with over 30 rooms stuffed full of memorabilia from the early days of the city's history. On Hope Blvd is the 250-acre Moody Gardens, where a family can spend the day walking through the botanical exhibits, be entertained at the IMAX theater, or stroll along Palm Beach with its many lagoons, ponds and waterfalls.

Eating/Drinking

Some of Texas's finest home style cookery can be enjoyed in Galveston. Best known is the Queen's Bar-B-Que On Avenue S. This award-winning institution features hickory-smoked entrees, is very family-friendly and, best of all, inexpensive. So is Shrimp 'n' Stuff on Avenue O, where you can enjoy the best seafood sandwiches and gumbo in the region. At 2017 Postoffice Street is the fabulous Saltwater Grill, with is endless menu of seafood and salads, rated by the locals as the best establishment in the city for reasonably priced lunches and dinners.

Getting Around

Galveston is located about 50 miles south of downtown Houston; the two cities are connected by Interstate 45. Many tourists choose to rent a car at either of Houston's two major airports and make the drive into Galveston on their own. The city can also be reached by Greyhound, and once in town, visitors will have no trouble catching taxis to and from the cruise terminal. Also, rental cars can be dropped off at several locations in the city and free shuttles are available from these drop-off points to the cruise terminal.

Miscellaneous But Important

Galveston has a semi-tropical climate for much of the year, and the weather tends to be rather humid in the spring and summer. Rain squalls are common in the winter and the surf can be extremely high between October and April. Those needing to connect via the Internet will find several cafes, including facilities at Saengerfest Park, just three blocks from the cruise terminal on 23rd Street at The Strand; here connections to the Internet are free of charge.

 
A cruise ship docked at the Galveston port.

A cruise ship docked at the Galveston port.


Bishop's Palace in Galveston built in 1893.

Bishop's Palace in Galveston built in 1893.


The Moody Gardens, where a family can spend a full day and enjoy every minute of it.

The Moody Gardens, where a family can spend a full day and enjoy every minute of it.


The Moody Mansion Museum has a lot of memorabilia highlighting many aspects of the city's history.

The Moody Mansion Museum has a lot of memorabilia highlighting many aspects of the city's history.

 

Cruises to Galveston, Texas


4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Valor
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 20, 2018 $664 $709 $799 $1,219 Carnival Valor December 20, 2018
January 3, 2019 $648 $744 $849 $1,414 Carnival Valor January 3, 2019
January 17, 2019 $609 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Valor January 17, 2019
January 31, 2019 $484 $619 $739 $1,084 Carnival Valor January 31, 2019
February 14, 2019 $538 $644 $809 $1,315 Carnival Valor February 14, 2019
March 14, 2019 $679 $729 $799 $1,090 Carnival Valor March 14, 2019
March 28, 2019 $539 $629 $809 $1,104 Carnival Valor March 28, 2019
April 11, 2019 $554 $614 $809 $1,125 Carnival Valor April 11, 2019
April 25, 2019 $604 $639 $824 $1,044 Carnival Valor April 25, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands; Belize City, Belize; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 22, 2018 $1,054 $1,209 N/A N/A Carnival Freedom December 22, 2018
March 22, 2020 $739 $889 $1,089 $1,489 Carnival Freedom March 22, 2020
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Liberty of the Seas
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cruising; Roatan, Bay Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 N/A $1,784 $1,898 $3,427 Liberty of the Seas December 23, 2018
January 20, 2019 $967 $981 $1,513 N/A Liberty of the Seas January 20, 2019
February 17, 2019 $1,038 $1,152 $1,555 N/A Liberty of the Seas February 17, 2019
March 17, 2019 $847 $978 $1,294 $1,898 Liberty of the Seas March 17, 2019
April 14, 2019 $953 $1,073 $1,500 $2,124 Liberty of the Seas April 14, 2019
May 12, 2019 $658 $766 $1,022 $1,913 Liberty of the Seas May 12, 2019
June 9, 2019 $1,194 $1,314 $1,545 $2,244 Liberty of the Seas June 9, 2019
July 7, 2019 $1,105 $1,270 $1,497 $2,236 Liberty of the Seas July 7, 2019
August 4, 2019 $993 $1,256 $1,520 $1,958 Liberty of the Seas August 4, 2019
September 1, 2019 $606 $716 $961 $1,399 Liberty of the Seas September 1, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Vista
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Roatan, Bay Islands; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 $1,249 $1,459 $1,819 N/A Carnival Vista December 23, 2018
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Valor
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 24, 2018 $1,069 N/A $1,324 N/A Carnival Valor December 24, 2018
December 29, 2018 $1,039 N/A N/A $1,879 Carnival Valor December 29, 2018
January 7, 2019 $639 N/A $892 $1,179 Carnival Valor January 7, 2019
January 12, 2019 $524 $619 $769 $969 Carnival Valor January 12, 2019
January 21, 2019 $493 $589 $709 $994 Carnival Valor January 21, 2019
February 4, 2019 $539 $579 $719 $1,194 Carnival Valor February 4, 2019
February 9, 2019 $529 $589 $749 $1,084 Carnival Valor February 9, 2019
February 18, 2019 $529 $584 $759 $1,024 Carnival Valor February 18, 2019
February 23, 2019 $503 $574 $739 $1,089 Carnival Valor February 23, 2019
March 9, 2019 $899 $1,069 $1,214 $1,459 Carnival Valor March 9, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Bay Islands; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 29, 2018 $1,089 $1,224 $1,569 N/A Carnival Freedom December 29, 2018
March 23, 2019 $729 $874 $1,109 $1,699 Carnival Freedom March 23, 2019
April 20, 2019 $734 $884 $1,109 $2,149 Carnival Freedom April 20, 2019
September 22, 2019 $664 $774 $974 $1,439 Carnival Freedom September 22, 2019
October 20, 2019 $674 $784 $994 $1,439 Carnival Freedom October 20, 2019
February 23, 2020 $689 $839 $1,039 $1,439 Carnival Freedom February 23, 2020
April 19, 2020 $699 $819 $1,019 $1,489 Carnival Freedom April 19, 2020
November 29, 2020 $669 $779 $979 $1,429 Carnival Freedom November 29, 2020
March 21, 2021 $749 $869 $1,069 $1,519 Carnival Freedom March 21, 2021
April 18, 2021 $709 $829 $1,029 $1,479 Carnival Freedom April 18, 2021
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Vista
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 30, 2018 N/A N/A $2,009 N/A Carnival Vista December 30, 2018
January 27, 2019 $699 $899 $1,139 $1,691 Carnival Vista January 27, 2019
February 10, 2019 $769 $899 $1,189 $1,739 Carnival Vista February 10, 2019
February 24, 2019 $779 $909 $1,114 $1,962 Carnival Vista February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019 $1,139 $1,359 $1,589 $2,329 Carnival Vista March 10, 2019
March 24, 2019 $829 $1,039 $1,279 $2,154 Carnival Vista March 24, 2019
April 21, 2019 $849 $1,034 $1,349 $2,214 Carnival Vista April 21, 2019
August 10, 2019 $969 $1,149 $1,249 $1,989 Carnival Vista August 10, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Liberty of the Seas
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; Falmouth, Jamaica; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 30, 2018 $1,147 $1,552 $1,906 N/A Liberty of the Seas December 30, 2018
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cozumel Island, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 5, 2019 N/A N/A $1,129 $1,391 Carnival Freedom January 5, 2019
February 2, 2019 $699 $799 $1,099 $1,537 Carnival Freedom February 2, 2019
March 16, 2019 $874 $959 $1,204 $1,637 Carnival Freedom March 16, 2019
March 30, 2019 $749 $869 $1,094 $1,499 Carnival Freedom March 30, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Vista
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Roatan, Bay Islands; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 6, 2019 $809 $929 $1,179 N/A Carnival Vista January 6, 2019
February 17, 2019 $719 $939 $1,299 $1,909 Carnival Vista February 17, 2019
March 3, 2019 $769 $899 $1,149 $1,714 Carnival Vista March 3, 2019
March 31, 2019 $749 $899 $1,179 $1,649 Carnival Vista March 31, 2019
May 11, 2019 $859 $1,009 $1,219 $1,869 Carnival Vista May 11, 2019
May 25, 2019 $1,044 $1,204 $1,454 $2,194 Carnival Vista May 25, 2019
June 8, 2019 $1,104 $1,294 $1,549 $2,199 Carnival Vista June 8, 2019
June 22, 2019 $1,134 $1,319 $1,549 $2,334 Carnival Vista June 22, 2019
July 6, 2019 $1,139 $1,329 $1,554 $2,199 Carnival Vista July 6, 2019
July 20, 2019 $1,134 $1,304 $1,514 $2,209 Carnival Vista July 20, 2019

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