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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


7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
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
April 27, 2019 $829 $884 $1,139 $1,679 Carnival Freedom April 27, 2019
May 12, 2019 N/A N/A $1,169 N/A Carnival Freedom May 12, 2019
December 22, 2019 $1,064 $1,239 $1,524 $2,004 Carnival Freedom December 22, 2019
May 24, 2020 $889 $1,039 $1,279 $1,729 Carnival Freedom May 24, 2020
July 19, 2020 $1,029 $1,179 $1,419 $1,869 Carnival Freedom July 19, 2020
October 11, 2020 $689 $799 $999 $1,449 Carnival Freedom October 11, 2020
January 3, 2021 $709 $829 $1,029 $1,479 Carnival Freedom January 3, 2021
February 28, 2021 $709 $829 $1,029 $1,479 Carnival Freedom February 28, 2021
March 28, 2021 $799 $919 $1,119 $1,569 Carnival Freedom March 28, 2021
April 25, 2021 $719 $839 $1,039 $1,489 Carnival Freedom April 25, 2021
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Vista
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
April 28, 2019 $829 $939 $1,129 $1,716 Carnival Vista April 28, 2019
June 8, 2019 $1,039 $1,319 $1,609 $2,389 Carnival Vista June 8, 2019
December 21, 2019 $1,139 $1,319 $1,569 $2,359 Carnival Vista December 21, 2019
January 18, 2020 $719 $839 $1,029 $1,627 Carnival Vista January 18, 2020
February 1, 2020 $729 $859 $1,039 $1,657 Carnival Vista February 1, 2020
March 14, 2020 $1,019 $1,189 $1,389 $1,929 Carnival Vista March 14, 2020
May 9, 2020 $859 $979 $1,159 $1,679 Carnival Vista May 9, 2020
May 23, 2020 $989 $1,159 $1,359 $1,949 Carnival Vista May 23, 2020
June 6, 2020 $1,129 $1,299 $1,499 $2,089 Carnival Vista June 6, 2020
June 20, 2020 $1,129 $1,299 $1,499 $2,089 Carnival Vista June 20, 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; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 28, 2019 $2,113 $1,142 N/A $3,647 Liberty of the Seas April 28, 2019
November 24, 2019 $1,442 $1,649 $1,999 $2,648 Liberty of the Seas November 24, 2019
December 22, 2019 $1,224 $1,580 $1,890 $2,507 Liberty of the Seas December 22, 2019
January 19, 2020 $642 $760 $1,090 $2,165 Liberty of the Seas January 19, 2020
February 16, 2020 $759 $820 $1,157 $2,013 Liberty of the Seas February 16, 2020
March 15, 2020 $880 $1,160 $1,362 $2,003 Liberty of the Seas March 15, 2020
April 12, 2020 $1,012 $1,075 $1,557 $2,120 Liberty of the Seas April 12, 2020
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
April 29, 2019 $589 N/A $759 $1,416 Carnival Valor April 29, 2019
6 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Valor
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 4, 2019 $739 $814 $999 $1,300 Carnival Valor May 4, 2019
8 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 4, 2019 $954 N/A $1,639 $2,770 Carnival Freedom May 4, 2019
May 25, 2019 $1,114 $1,264 N/A N/A Carnival Freedom May 25, 2019
September 14, 2019 $864 $969 $1,429 $1,954 Carnival Freedom September 14, 2019
April 11, 2020 $869 $989 $1,189 $1,659 Carnival Freedom April 11, 2020
May 9, 2020 $889 $1,009 $1,299 $1,819 Carnival Freedom May 9, 2020
June 6, 2020 $1,179 $1,329 $1,619 $2,069 Carnival Freedom June 6, 2020
July 4, 2020 $1,209 $1,359 $1,669 $2,169 Carnival Freedom July 4, 2020
April 10, 2021 $859 $979 $1,229 $1,679 Carnival Freedom April 10, 2021
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
May 5, 2019 N/A N/A $2,240 $2,590 Liberty of the Seas May 5, 2019
May 19, 2019 $2,606 $1,772 $2,402 $3,176 Liberty of the Seas May 19, 2019
May 26, 2019 $1,141 $1,356 $1,856 $2,784 Liberty of the Seas May 26, 2019
June 2, 2019 $1,290 N/A $1,927 $2,710 Liberty of the Seas June 2, 2019
June 16, 2019 $1,305 $2,677 $2,285 $3,659 Liberty of the Seas June 16, 2019
June 23, 2019 $1,266 $1,734 $1,825 $2,784 Liberty of the Seas June 23, 2019
June 30, 2019 $1,428 $1,902 $2,070 $2,728 Liberty of the Seas June 30, 2019
July 14, 2019 $1,099 $1,328 $1,598 $1,929 Liberty of the Seas July 14, 2019
July 21, 2019 $1,332 $1,598 $1,732 $2,421 Liberty of the Seas July 21, 2019
July 28, 2019 $1,171 $1,302 $1,506 $1,907 Liberty of the Seas July 28, 2019
6 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Vista
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 5, 2019 $779 $889 $1,039 $1,497 Carnival Vista May 5, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cruising; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 6, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $4,225 Enchantment of the Seas May 6, 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
May 11, 2019 $869 $989 $1,179 $1,879 Carnival Vista May 11, 2019
May 25, 2019 $1,009 $1,189 $1,449 $2,194 Carnival Vista May 25, 2019
June 22, 2019 $1,029 $1,299 $1,579 $2,554 Carnival Vista June 22, 2019
July 6, 2019 $1,089 $1,339 $1,579 $2,464 Carnival Vista July 6, 2019
July 20, 2019 $1,024 $1,319 $1,499 $2,344 Carnival Vista July 20, 2019
August 3, 2019 $969 $1,119 $1,339 $2,064 Carnival Vista August 3, 2019
August 17, 2019 $809 $939 $1,129 $1,684 Carnival Vista August 17, 2019
August 31, 2019 $719 $839 $1,019 $1,452 Carnival Vista August 31, 2019
September 14, 2019 $704 $829 $979 $1,734 Carnival Vista September 14, 2019
September 28, 2019 $689 $829 $989 $1,669 Carnival Vista September 28, 2019

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