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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!

From the Blogs

Are We There Yet?

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Why not consider a cruise?  Now – there’s a “deal!”  And right now, some lines are even “sweetening the pot” with family-friendly offers including “kids sail free!”  Read more.

And Still They Try!

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Lorraine is talking about passengers who - in spite of widely-known regulations - continue to attempt to smuggle alcohol aboard a cruise ship. The question is why? Read more.

Don't Lose It!

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

When a ship returns to its home port late, Lorraine can’t help but wonder how many non-refundable airline tickets will be lost.   Read more.

Cruise Ship Balcony No-No's

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Just because you booked a balcony room does not mean that the balcony is PRIVATE!   Far from it! Read more.

A Quantum Leap?

Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Yep! If negotiations go as planned between the Port of Galveston and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in the not-too-distant future you could be sailing a Quantum Class ship right from the Island - and that would be awesome! Read more.

Killer Shoes!

Published: Monday, July 09, 2018

Yes – they look great! Sure – they’re the newest style! But, is making a “fashion statement” worth risking life and limb? Read more.

The Galveston Island Bucket List

Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2018

There is so much you need to do in your lifetime on the island! Here's the ultimate Galveston bucket list: 50 things you need to do before you kick the bucket. Read more.

Don't Forget Postoffice!

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018

The quarter-mile strip of Postoffice Street between 23rd & 20th St. has dozens of great shops, top-notch coffee, ice cream and more!  Read more.

Cruise Wear?

Published: Thursday, April 05, 2018

Lorraine has a friend who thinks every cruise is reason to buy a whole new wardrobe. NOT NECESSARY! You probably already have everything you need in your closet. Read more.

The F Word

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018

Warm days – cool nights! The perfect recipe for the “F” word – FOG! Read more.

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