Port of Galveston

Hop aboard a cruise ship from the Port of Galveston

Port of Galveston

The history of Galveston centers on its position as an important American port city. During the second half of the 19th century, it was the second-busiest port in the United States (after New York). During that time, its valuable exports included cotton and grain. After the channel was dredged to create a deeper port following the Great Storm of 1900, it was able to take on bigger ships, and by World War I, Galveston was the world’s leading port for cotton export, as well as a major importer of sugar. Today, the port handles all types of cargo headed to and from the rest of the world.

Cruise Ships

As you may already know, the major reason most people visit the Port of Galveston is to hop aboard a cruise ship. Galveston is the 4th-busiest cruise port in the United States, with two dedicated cruise terminals. Caribbean cruises are available from Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Disney, with four to seven-night itineraries offered.

You can hop aboard a Carnival Freedom cruise any Saturday, with various Caribbean destinations: Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan; Montego Bay, George Town, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel; or a Bahamas itinerary. Similarly, Carnival Vista’s seven-day trips depart every Sunday and also visit ports in the western Caribbean. Four and five-day itineraries head to the Eastern Caribbean aboard Carnival Valor.

Royal Caribbean International also offers a variety of Caribbean destinations aboard its ships Liberty of the Seas, Vision of the Seas, and Enchantment of the Seas. These all include more Mexican ports of call than the Carnival ships do.
If you’re in search of a family-friendly cruise, check out the Disney Wonder: a Disney-themed ship with tons of fun for everyone! Its seven-night itinerary includes Key West, Nassau, and Disney’s own private island, Castaway Cay. Whatever cruise you choose, you’ll be sailing in luxury and comfort!

Things Nearby

While the Port of Galveston is largely an industrial area, it’s not too far from the East End Historic District and Downtown Galveston. Before or after your cruise, you might grab a bite to eat at one of the great restaurants or make the most of your visit to Galveston with a quick tour of the historic neighborhood. If you’re coming to Galveston only to get on a cruise, you’re missing so many sights! Make sure to allow a little time to see the city itself, relax and try out an activity like fishing.