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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


5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 18, 2020 $823 $997 $1,427 $2,172 Enchantment of the Seas September 18, 2020
September 25, 2020 $896 $1,105 N/A N/A Enchantment of the Seas September 25, 2020
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Dream
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 19, 2020 $358 $459 $509 $849 Carnival Dream September 19, 2020
September 28, 2020 $369 $459 $519 $844 Carnival Dream September 28, 2020
October 3, 2020 $509 $589 $679 $944 Carnival Dream October 3, 2020
October 12, 2020 $358 $459 $519 $1,149 Carnival Dream October 12, 2020
October 17, 2020 $348 $449 $489 $829 Carnival Dream October 17, 2020
October 26, 2020 $349 $459 $489 $849 Carnival Dream October 26, 2020
October 31, 2020 $349 $459 $489 $849 Carnival Dream October 31, 2020
November 9, 2020 $358 $459 $489 $1,054 Carnival Dream November 9, 2020
November 14, 2020 $358 $459 $489 $894 Carnival Dream November 14, 2020
November 28, 2020 $348 $449 $519 $979 Carnival Dream November 28, 2020
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
September 19, 2020 $559 $689 $919 $1,494 Carnival Vista September 19, 2020
October 3, 2020 $509 $669 $859 $1,465 Carnival Vista October 3, 2020
October 17, 2020 $549 $689 $889 $1,608 Carnival Vista October 17, 2020
October 31, 2020 $559 $689 $879 $1,588 Carnival Vista October 31, 2020
November 14, 2020 $519 $689 $869 $1,654 Carnival Vista November 14, 2020
November 28, 2020 $529 $689 $869 $1,483 Carnival Vista November 28, 2020
December 26, 2020 $1,119 $1,369 $1,699 $2,699 Carnival Vista December 26, 2020
January 9, 2021 $569 $709 $859 $1,275 Carnival Vista January 9, 2021
January 23, 2021 $569 $729 $859 $1,381 Carnival Vista January 23, 2021
February 6, 2021 $559 $689 $849 $1,368 Carnival Vista February 6, 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
September 20, 2020 $808 $921 $1,261 $1,941 Liberty of the Seas September 20, 2020
September 27, 2020 $777 $941 $1,220 $2,114 Liberty of the Seas September 27, 2020
October 11, 2020 $645 $805 $980 $1,386 Liberty of the Seas October 11, 2020
October 18, 2020 $670 $830 $999 $1,375 Liberty of the Seas October 18, 2020
October 25, 2020 $609 $809 $851 $1,380 Liberty of the Seas October 25, 2020
November 1, 2020 $574 $673 $874 $1,236 Liberty of the Seas November 1, 2020
November 15, 2020 $612 $606 $853 $1,251 Liberty of the Seas November 15, 2020
December 13, 2020 $678 $765 $938 $1,530 Liberty of the Seas December 13, 2020
December 27, 2020 $971 $1,126 $1,339 $1,861 Liberty of the Seas December 27, 2020
April 4, 2021 $735 $893 $1,117 $1,697 Liberty of the Seas April 4, 2021
6 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 20, 2020 $499 $599 $819 $1,152 Carnival Freedom September 20, 2020
October 18, 2020 $499 $599 $819 $1,280 Carnival Freedom October 18, 2020
December 13, 2020 $529 $599 $809 $1,049 Carnival Freedom December 13, 2020
February 7, 2021 $489 $609 $789 $1,348 Carnival Freedom February 7, 2021
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Dream
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 24, 2020 $289 $389 $414 $1,054 Carnival Dream September 24, 2020
October 8, 2020 $318 $399 $459 $1,100 Carnival Dream October 8, 2020
October 22, 2020 $308 $389 $439 $989 Carnival Dream October 22, 2020
November 5, 2020 $289 $389 $419 $874 Carnival Dream November 5, 2020
November 19, 2020 $359 $439 $499 $929 Carnival Dream November 19, 2020
December 3, 2020 $309 $389 $419 $825 Carnival Dream December 3, 2020
December 17, 2020 $349 $449 $459 $934 Carnival Dream December 17, 2020
December 31, 2020 $609 $719 $749 $1,394 Carnival Dream December 31, 2020
January 14, 2021 $339 $409 $459 $645 Carnival Dream January 14, 2021
January 28, 2021 $313 $389 $429 $750 Carnival Dream January 28, 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
September 26, 2020 $559 $689 $879 $1,400 Carnival Vista September 26, 2020
October 10, 2020 $509 $689 $899 $1,836 Carnival Vista October 10, 2020
October 24, 2020 $539 $719 $929 $1,649 Carnival Vista October 24, 2020
December 5, 2020 $549 $679 $929 $1,593 Carnival Vista December 5, 2020
January 16, 2021 $599 $709 $939 $1,299 Carnival Vista January 16, 2021
January 30, 2021 $559 $689 $839 $1,216 Carnival Vista January 30, 2021
February 13, 2021 $599 $739 $939 $1,438 Carnival Vista February 13, 2021
December 24, 2021 $959 $1,149 $1,399 $2,159 Carnival Vista December 24, 2021
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
September 26, 2020 $739 $909 $1,359 $2,759 Carnival Freedom September 26, 2020
October 24, 2020 $759 $929 $1,359 N/A Carnival Freedom October 24, 2020
November 21, 2020 $989 $1,309 $1,689 $2,299 Carnival Freedom November 21, 2020
January 16, 2021 $749 $849 $1,279 $1,979 Carnival Freedom January 16, 2021
February 13, 2021 $849 $929 $1,349 $2,119 Carnival Freedom February 13, 2021
March 13, 2021 $1,109 $1,259 $1,619 $2,289 Carnival Freedom March 13, 2021
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cruising; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 2, 2020 $531 $616 $834 $1,275 Enchantment of the Seas October 2, 2020
October 7, 2020 $533 $625 $1,015 $1,555 Enchantment of the Seas October 7, 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; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 4, 2020 $868 $1,074 $1,290 $1,922 Liberty of the Seas October 4, 2020
November 8, 2020 $774 $866 $1,102 $1,358 Liberty of the Seas November 8, 2020
November 22, 2020 $883 $1,126 $1,328 $1,837 Liberty of the Seas November 22, 2020
December 6, 2020 $692 $764 $988 $1,610 Liberty of the Seas December 6, 2020
December 20, 2020 $893 $1,049 $1,264 $1,696 Liberty of the Seas December 20, 2020
January 3, 2021 $534 $650 $843 $1,141 Liberty of the Seas January 3, 2021
March 28, 2021 $774 $893 $1,117 $1,466 Liberty of the Seas March 28, 2021
April 11, 2021 $666 $861 $1,210 $1,823 Liberty of the Seas April 11, 2021
April 25, 2021 $562 $774 $936 $1,644 Liberty of the Seas April 25, 2021

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