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!
Galveston Island to Support Harvey Relief Efforts with Free Beach Weekend, Shrimp Festival
In an effort to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on the mainland, the Galveston tourism community will host a free beach weekend Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 with special promotions to benefit relief organizations. Read more.
Deck the Holidays with $250 in Onboard Credits
Beat the holiday blues on a cruise with up to $250 onboard credits. Read more.
Galveston Tourism Makes Full Return to Business with Reopening of Railroad Museum
Galveston tourism has made a full return to business with the reopening of the Galveston Railroad Museum today. All Galveston beaches and major attractions are now open. Read more.
5 Days Turned to 12 Aboard the Carnival Valor
People reflect on the Carnival Valor's recent 12 day cruise. The cruise's arrival in Galveston was delayed by Hurricane Harvey. Read more.
What to Do? Where to Go?
Okay! So you’re on a cruise ship in the path of a storm. What do you do? Where do you go? Well, the answer is obvious! YOU RUN THE OTHER WAY! Read more.
Are “mega ships” a boon or a bane for cruisers? Well – it depends on your point of view. Read more.
Well, Lorraine’s friend “the Fashionista” is at it again. Booked a cruise for md-November and – yep – she’s out shopping for a new wardrobe! DOH! Read more.
Ever noticed on a cruise how some passengers will “grouse” about being asked to be out of their rooms early on arrival day? Maybe they don’t understand what is going on “behind the scenes." Read more.
Of Ships and Boats
As Lorraine was watching the ships come in out of the port (Galveston.com/cruisecam) recently, she was reminded of her now long-deceased grandfather. Read more.
Food! Glorious Food! (Sorry, Oliver)
While standing in the check-out line the other day calculating the dollar damage, Lorraine started to wonder how much it costs a cruise ship to feed the thousands of passengers and crew members onboard. Read more.