Cruises from Galveston
Known for its impressive nineteenth-century architecture and its storied port, the Gulf Coast island city of Galveston, Texas is thriving again after 2008's Hurricane Ike. The Sea Wall is new and improved, the piers are being reclaimed, and cruises from Galveston are sailing again. But who's operating in Galveston, and where are their ships sailing?
There are several companies that operate out of the Port of Galveston today, with more service being added this year.
Carnival Conquest: 7-day cruises to the East and West Caribbean
Carnival Ecstasy: 4- to 5-day cruises along the Yucatan Peninsula
Carnival Magic: 6- to 8-night cruises to the East and West Caribbean (beginning Nov. 14, 2011)
Mariner of the Seas: 6- to 8-day cruises to parts of Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Mexico (beginning Nov. 20, 2011)
Voyager of the Seas: 7-night cruises to the Caribbean (until May 1, 2011; re-ports to New Orleans on November 12, 2011)
Of interest to cruise goers should be the news of Carnival's new Dream-class ship Carnival Magic. While this megaship's maiden voyage isn't in Texas, it will reposition there on November 14, 2011 for year-round Caribbean cruises from Galveston. With cruise tourism helping to set records at the port in 2010, the addition of Carnival Magic and the re-porting of Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas to Galveston at the end of 2011 should help boost the popularity of cruises from Galveston even more.
Before and after your Galveston cruise, be sure to check out some of the many things to do in Galveston. For example, if you plan quickly, you can take advantage of Galveston's one-hundredth annual Mardi Gras celebration, occurring between February 25 and March 8. This Mardi Gras celebration is bound to be memorable, and both Carnival and Royal Caribbean have cruises shipping out around that time.
Photo by Charles Robinson from Flickr