Exploring Galveston Island is a natural addition to a cruise vacation. With major cruise lines offering multiple Caribbean cruises from Galveston, many vacationers enjoy excursions on Galveston Island before or after their voyage.
From the decks of the cruise ships, passengers can easily see the charming Historic Downtown District just one block from the cruise ship terminals on Harborside Drive. The 36-block district offers more than 100 shops, restaurants and galleries housed in beautiful Victorian iron-front buildings. The area is also home to the Texas Seaport Museum, 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, Great Storm Theater, the Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum, the interactive museum Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast, harbor boat dolphin tours, and more.
Also, a number of lodging accommodations on the Island offer parking and transfer packages with an overnight stay, so guests can leave their car at the hotel and catch a ride to the cruise ship terminal. It’s no wonder Lloyd’s Cruise International and Travel Weekly have rated the Port of Galveston as one of the nation’s top cruise ports. Don’t just pass through Galveston, experience its many pleasures!
Ten Things to Do in Downtown Galveston
As a local, it is not at all uncommon to be asked “What is there to do in Galveston?” To me, it seems like such an odd question. The question really should be more like “What ISN’T there to do in Galveston?” Read more.
Location - Location - Location
Okay – so you’ve decided to book a cruise (great!) – Now, you get to select a stateroom, therein lies the challenge. Read more.
Yes – they look great! Sure – they’re the newest style! But, is making a “fashion statement” worth risking life and limb? Read more.
Galveston Kicks Off 2016 Summer Season
After setting record visitation last year, Galveston is ready for a busy summer. Read more.
Cruise In and Celebrate Downtown Galveston
The good just keeps on getting better for cruise passengers who arrive in Galveston for a long-awaited vacation to the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and beyond. Read more.
My Time - Your Time - It's About Time!
If you’re like Lorraine, the last thing you want to follow on a nice, relaxing cruise vacation is a TIME SCHEDULE! Read more.
On her most recent cruise, Lorraine stepped into an elevator for a short three floor ride to meet friends (in the bar, of course) – and it became a zoo! Read more.
Monkey See - Monkey Do!
Norwegian did it (they for the second time in five months) – Princess did it – Celebrity did it – now Royal Caribbean is doing it? Read more.
Downtown Paid Parking Program Now Underway
Paid parking in downtown Galveston is now enforced Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM daily. Read more.
The More Things Change...
Lorraine and some “frequent floater” buddies were talking recently about how things have changed since we began cruising all those many years ago. And change they have... Read more.