about taking a Galveston Cruise?
So you want
to go on a cruise out of Galveston. If this is your first cruise,
there are few things to consider. Especially on cruises out of
Galveston. Parking is an issue so do a little research on the best
deal (see below for our favorite choice). If you are flying into Houston, try and arrange to land at
Hobby and take a shuttle or limo to the Galveston Cruise Terminal.
Come a day or two
early for Galveston Cruises and spend some time in Galveston, there are a lot of things
to do, good weather or bad. You can learn more about Galveston
Vacation possibilities here: Galveston
Vacation Packages. You can turn your cruise vacation
into a double header for a few more days. It makes it a great trip since you can
get two vacations in one outing.
From Galveston for 2016 Season
lot going on this year on Cruises out of Galveston since the
cruise lines had a great year in 2014. Most are expanding their
cruises and bringing in new cruise ships.
The Disney Magic cruise ship has 11 decks, at 964 feet long, a width of 106 feet, and 83,000 tons. The Disney Magic can hold up to 2,700 passengers with a crew of 950.
Crown Princess cruise ship has 17 decks, at 951 feet long, a width of
118 feet, and 116,000 tons. The Crown Princess can hold up to
3,110 passengers with a crew of 1200.
Royal Caribbean Mariner cruise ship has 15 decks, at 964 feet long, a width of 106 feet, and
142,000 tons. The Royal Caribbean Mariner can hold up to 3,855 passengers with a crew of
Carnival Triumph cruise ship has 14 decks, at 893 feet long, and 130,000 tons. The
Carnival Triumph can hold up to 2,758 passengers with a crew of
1100, and 13 decks. This ship has many features designed
for kids of all ages.
Carnival Magic cruise ship has 14 decks, at 1000 feet long, a width of
122 feet, and 130,000 tons. The Carnival Magic can hold up to
3,690 passengers with a crew of 1367.
tuned for anymore updates and be sure to check all the different
cruise lines for any 2015 trips. There may be more departure
dates added as the year progresses.
Currently there are
four cruise ships
that depart out of Galveston. Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, Carnival
Magic, and Triumph, and the Disney Magic. The Carnival Triumph has 4 and 5 day trips and the Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the
Seas has day trips to the Caribbean. The Disney Magic offers 7-day Western Caribbean cruises with ports of call in Caymans/George Town, Costa Maya, Cozumel
starting in September. Many people combine a Galveston
Vacation with cruises from Galveston.
If this is
your first time on a cruise I would highly recommend a 4 or 5 day
cruise to see if you like this type of vacation. Many people love
cruises but some find that it's not the best choice for them.
Weather, destinations, and facilities are key elements in every
trip. The size of ship and number of passengers are also a
consideration. And the cruise lines have raised the extra fees,
tips, and added expenses to a new art form. Plan on spending at
least $50-$75 per day per person for extras. Many cruises from
Galveston have a
mandatory tip of $11.50 per day for staff too.
Cruise Galveston Choices
two Carnival Cruises Galveston options. The
Carnival Triumph, 2,758-passenger, and like all cruise ships there are many different bars, nightclubs,
restaurants, gambling, and amusements on board for your
entertainment. Prices start at around $389 per person for a 4 day
cruise and go up to $950. The cost difference is based on the size
an location of your cabin. The four day cruise goes to Cozumel,
Mexico for one day and back. The 5 day cruises run about 12%
higher in cost. The 5 day trip has two stops, one in Cozumel,
Mexico and the other in Progress, Yucatan. The stops are for 8 or
9 hours and allow for trips on shore for sightseeing.
Magic Cruises, 3,690-passengers, are longer at 7 days, and include
places like Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. The Magic is
the newest Carnival ship, rolled out in May of 2011, and is the
jewel of the Carnival Fleet. Most departures are on
Sunday and base price is around $600 and are very family
Caribbean Galveston Cruises
Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the
Seas has a few additional facilities like an Ice Skating Rink and
a rock Climbing Wall and holds about 3150 passengers. The 7 day
cruises run from $559 to $2000 per person and stops in Roatan, Honduras, Costa Maya
(Majahaul), and Cozumel, Mexico for a day
each and returns to Galveston.
Caribbean has 7 day cruises. The shorter cruise stick sthe the Caribbean
locations. Most of the prices start at around $650 and go a
lot higher for topside cabins. This is due to the huge amount of amenities
and all the different onboard facilities. Once again you should
check for the latest information on departure dates and rates.
Disney Magic Galveston Cruises
Jan. 4th, 2013, the DISNEY MAGIC will
start 4 to 8 night cruises from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean. Ports of call include Grand Cayman and Mexico’s Costa Maya and
Cozumel. Disney Magic was rolled out in 1998 but has been maintained and updated to include every possible
convenience for both children and adults. It's a smaller ship than many of the newer
mega-cruisers and holds up to 2400 passengers. And with all the Disney Magic (no pun intended)
it is one of the best cruises out of Galveston for the kids. The
rates haven't been released yet but a good guess based on other
similar cruises from other ports would be about $900 on the low
end and $2500 for the high end.
The time of
year due to the weather conditions and the passengers can be an
issue. If you don't want to have about 40% of your fellow
passengers to be children, pick a time when school is not out.
Also, the Gulf of Mexico can have some pretty exciting weather
during the main Hurricane season, June to September, and winter
months can also provide some pretty nasty storms. In fact the Gulf
of Mexico is pretty unpredictable at any time of year.
We get a
lot of questions on parking in Galveston while on a cruise. You
will also need to park your car if you drive to Galveston so there
is an added cost for that too. For the most part figure on $7 to
$10 per day. Larger vehicles (like RVs) can be more and inside
parking is at least $10 per day. Here's the basic choices:
Discount Cruise Parking (uncovered)
Port of Galveston (uncovered)
Lighthouse Parking (covered)
Galveston Park & Cruise (both uncovered and covered)
favorite is the Galveston Park and Cruise since it's right across
the street from the terminal and makes it easy. There are shuttles
from the farther away choices so it's similar to airport parking.
aren't driving and flying in to one of Houston's airports there
are shuttle services available.
need some form of proof of citizenship for any of these Galveston cruises, passports are now being required for any
cruises. Both cruise lines have dress codes for some entertainment
facilities, all have at least one formal evening activities. You
can choose a casual eating arrangement if necessary.
some random tips and information about all Galveston cruises. Average
cabin size runs less than 200 sq ft. Anyone can be susceptible to
motion sickness but it usually passes quickly and several over the
counter remedies are available. No pregnant women beyond her 24th
week are allowed by most cruise lines. Each cabin has a safe for
valuables, use it. It's never safe to fool around at the railing
of any cruise ship, never underestimate the danger.
research current Galveston cruises itineraries and review your options since
cruise lines often change destinations, times, and ships due to
scheduling or other factors. Also check multiple sources for the
best price and latest information about any Galveston cruises you are thinking about. We will
start posting some reviews of actual cruises this season from
visitors. If you would like to provide a review or any story about
cruises out of Galveston please contact us through here.
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