Cheap cruise vacations from Galveston Texas are popular with budget-conscious travelers looking to set sail to tropical destinations.
Cruising from Galveston
The city of Galveston is a popular seaside vacation spot located on Galveston Island, Texas. Its charming community and friendly residents make it a top pick for major cruise lines. As of June 2010, the port of Galveston is home to Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas, Carnival Conquest, and Carnival Ecstasy.
From the decks of the cruise ships, passengers can view the city's historic downtown district, which is situated just one block from Galveston's port on Harborside Drive. The 36-block district boasts a litany of exciting amenities for cruise passengers, including:
- World-class shopping
- Unique restaurants featuring local cuisine
- Stunning art galleries
- Historic buildings
- Pier 21 Theatre
- Texas Seaport Museum
- Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum
A bonus to spending time exploring Galveston before or after a cruise is that passengers are given discounts at various downtown shops and restaurants simply by showing their cruise credentials.
Cheap Cruise Vacations from Galveston Texas
You don't have to drain your bank account to cruise from the family-friendly Texas port. Rather, inexpensive cruise vacations from Galveston, Texas, are readily available online and by phone.
Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer four, five and seven-day cruises from Galveston to sunny destinations, including the Caribbean and Mexico at reduced rates throughout the year. However, you can find the best deals on cruise travel from Galveston for sailings that depart during the summer months.
Sample itineraries include:
- Carnival: Four, five or seven-day roundtrip Eastern Caribbean cruises from Galveston, includes stops in: Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas and Nassau, Bahamas.
- Royal Caribbean: Offers seven-day cruises roundtrip departing every Sunday from Galveston to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.
Several specialty cruises from Galveston on Carnival and Royal Caribbean depart on specific dates throughout the year. Each unique cruise boasts a theme to encourage travelers to sail with like-minded individuals. Specialty cruises departing from Galveston include scrapbooking and gambling voyages. What's more, many of these theme cruises are discounted to entice travelers to sail to ports of call, such as:
- Costa Maya
- Grand Cayman
- Montego Bay
- Key West
- Belize City
Booking Cheap Cruise Vacations from Galveston Texas
The easiest way to book a cheap cruise from Galveston, Texas, is to use the following online resources:
You can also save by booking through a travel agent who can set you up with a package deal that includes ground transportation to and from the port of Galveston, hotel accommodations or airfare to and from Houston Intercontinental Airport, which is located about 70 miles from the Galveston's cruise terminal.
Other Ways to Save
If you choose to drive yourself to the port of Galveston and park your vehicle there while you enjoy your cruise, then consider finding a spot at the Dolphin Parking Lot instead of Lots A, B or C. The guarded, partially covered outdoor Dolphin Parking Lot is the only full-service parking facility at the port. For a small fee you may park your vehicle, and then be transferred with your luggage to and from the terminal. Assistance will also be provided with loading and unloading of luggage.