Royal Caribbean International’s Vision of the Seas once again began its home port seasonal sailing itinerary from the Port of Galveston with a 5 day Western Caribbean cruise on Monday.
“We are delighted to have Vision of the Seas back in Galveston even if for a short time. Her return of is good for the Island and the Port since it fortifies Royal Caribbean’s commitment to Galveston and the Texas and Midwest cruise market,” said Rodger Rees, CEO and Port Director. “We are also excited and looking forward to welcoming her sister ship, Enchantment of the Seas this upcoming May.”
The ship first joined the largest cruise ship in the state of Texas, Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas, which has an overall length of 1,112 feet back in November of 2017. She sailed on thirty-five 4 and 5-day cruises to the Western Caribbean during the 2017/2018 winter season.
Vision of the Seas has an overall length of 915 feet and the Port anticipates an average of 2,150 passengers per cruise. Royal Caribbean International has scheduled eight 4 and 5-night cruises and one 7-night cruise during this spring cruise season.
On May 6, its 989-foot sister ship Enchantment of the Seas will reposition from Port Canaveral to join Liberty of the Seas, offering four- and five-night cruises that will complement Liberty of the Seas seven-night Caribbean vacations. These cruises will include ports of call in Cozumel, Puerto Costa Maya, and the Yucatan. These 51 cruises will result in an estimated 120,000 additional passengers leaving on cruises from Galveston during the 2019 cruise season.
About the Port of Galveston
The Port of Galveston is the region’s gateway to the Gulf for cruise ships and international trade. Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay, the Port leases and maintains facilities on both Galveston Island and Pelican Island. The Galveston Island operations are a diversified mix of cargo including roll-on-roll-off cargo, dry bulk, export grain, refrigerated fruit, general cargo, and project cargo. In addition, the Port handles over 1.8 million cruise passenger movements annually. The Port’s Pelican Island facilities comprise a combination of undeveloped property, an active ship and rig repair facility, and liquid bulk operations. The Port is a self-supporting enterprise utility with operating revenues of approximately $38 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations.