We offer a complete guide to cruising from Galveston, Texas. Galveston is located on the eastern half of a barrier island about twenty five miles in length and two miles wide which runs parallel to the coast of Texas.
Offered year-round, Galveston cruises typically range from four to eight days in length and call on ports in the Bahamas, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Cruises to these destinations also depart from nearby Bayport, TX. There may also be one or more transatlantic cruises annually, sailing between Galveston and a European port.
Right now, four different lines — Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruises, and Princess Cruises — offer Galveston sailings. Most lines sail to the western Caribbean, however, there are also Galveston cruises to the Bahamas, as well as some transatlantic sailings.
Galveston is an excellent base for a week long cruise visiting interesting ports in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Bahamas. The range of destinations on offer are the ingredients for a fabulous vacation You’ll see a wide fantastic variety of attractions – in Key West sample delicious Key Lime pie at the legendary Sloppy Joe’s, in Nassau haggle with the locals at the colorful Straw Market, in Cozumel take an excursion to the mysterious Mayan ruins at Tulum, in Grand Cayman amble along the beautiful sands of fabulous 7 Mile Beach and in Belize enjoy ever-popular Cave Tubing.
The Port of Galveston was founded in 1825 by the Congress of Mexico and stayed under Mexican control until the formation of the Texas Republic in 1836. In 1836 Michel Menard a native of Canada purchased 4,605 acres parcel of land on the island from the Austin Colony for $50,000 with the plan of constructing a city. The new development, planned on a grid design, soon prospered with the addition of warehouses, docks, stores, banks and residential houses.
Cruises from Galveston depart from a modern terminal located on Harborside Drive in the middle of the port district. It is only a short taxi ride to downtown, and the terminal itself, although not completely decorated with shops, banks or ATMs, is adjacent to a number of stores and restaurants. The wonderful beaches that Galveston is best known for begin here and run the length of the seawall to the southwestern end of the island.
Galveston has a semi-tropical climate for much of the year, and the weather tends to be rather humid in the spring and summer. Rain squalls are common in the winter and the surf can be extremely high between October and April.