The History Of The Galveston Cruise Port
The Growth Of The Port
Transitioning To a Cruise Port
Acquiring More Cruises
Parking In Galveston Port
The Galveston Cruise Port Today
Through the years Carnival, Royal, Princess, Disney and Norwegian cruise lines have scheduled a growing number of ships to homeport and make seasonal sailings from Galveston. Driven by industry demand, the port has continued to improve and expand its cruise infrastructure.
In November 2022, the port celebrated the opening of its third cruise terminal, a $125 million, state-of-the-art facility built at Pier 10 in partnership with Royal Caribbean. The terminal is home to Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest class of cruise ship, and other Royal Caribbean ships.
This third terminal has contributed greatly to the port’s cruise growth. The port is poised in 2023 to set new records with five cruise lines, 13 ships, more than 350 scheduled sailings and an estimated 1.3 million-plus passengers.
Based on national cruise market demand, cruise lines are bringing newer and larger ships to sail from Galveston. In December 2023 the port will welcome the newly built Carnival Jubilee, which has a passenger capacity more than double that of the original Carnival Celebration.
And, for the first time in more than a decade, the port and Carnival are investing $50 million in major improvements to the original cruise terminal to accommodate larger ships and to give passengers a better experience as they sail from Cruise Terminal 25.