Saturday, June 5, 2021

Galveston leads nation in resuming cruise sailings

The Port of Galveston, fourth most popular homeport in North America, is scheduled to be the first U.S. port to welcome cruise passengers with a Carnival Cruise sailing planned for July 3. The cruise line announced that it plans to begin sailings in July aboard Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista. Both ships are currently in Galveston.

Carnival Breeze sails from Galveston in July.

“We’re proud that Carnival chose Galveston to be the first port to resume sailing in the U.S.,” said Rodger Rees, Galveston Wharves port director and CEO. “This will have a huge impact on our regional and state economy.”

Port officials have been continuously working with cruise industry partners, as well as federal, state and local regulatory and public health authorities to develop a plan to resume safe, sustainable sailing. The port voluntarily invested $100,000 in health and safety upgrades in its two cruise terminals as well as other improvements.

Norwegian Prima to sail from Galveston

Norwegian Prima sails from Galveston on October 31, 2021.

Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced that it is sailing its newest class of ship from Galveston in October 2022. Norwegian Prima is the cruise line’s first new class of ships in nearly 10 years and the first NCL ship to set sail from Galveston. On October 31, the 140,000-ton, 3,215-passenger Prima will begin her Caribbean season departing from Galveston, Texas to Miami on a 12-day itinerary.

Since Galveston is a major drive-to market with 30 million people living within a 300-mile radius, the debut will introduce the new class of ship to other major markets.

Royal Caribbean adds cruise terminal

Royal Caribbean International will soon begin construction of a third cruise terminal at Galveston port’s Pier 10. The $110 million terminal will be home to RCI’s largest and most spectacular Oasis Class ship, Allure of the Seas, beginning in late 2022.

New terminal will be home to RCI's largest
class of ships such as Allure of the Seas.

The terminal will feature state-of-the-art technology, including mobile check-in and will be designed and developed sustainably to meet LEED certification standards. One of the largest cruise ships in the world, Oasis will carry 6,000 passengers and 3,000 crewmembers.

About Galveston Wharves

Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel, Galveston Wharves has been a thriving maritime commercial center since 1825. Just 45-minutes from open seas, the port has infrastructure and assets to serve growing cruise, cargo, and commercial businesses. More than one million cruise passengers sailed from Galveston in 2019.

Information courtesy of Cristina Galego, PR manager for Port of Galveston

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