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Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal Introduction

Operating as a port since 1825 when the region was still part of Mexico, the Port of Galveston is now the embarkation point for some of the world’s most impressive cruise liners, and accommodates ships from Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International and Disney Cruise Line. Located on the upper Texas coast on the eastern end of Galveston Island, it's 9.3 miles from the open waters of the Gulf. Although seen by many as the starting (and ending) point of a vacation, Galveston is a destination in its own right with museums, tours, gourmet eateries, lively bars and nightlife.

Hotels near Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal

There are a couple of contemporary hotels in historic buildings close to the terminal, which boast add-ons including a rooftop bar, a piano bar, and displays of local artwork. However most hotels are on the opposite side of the island (1.4 miles away) with prime positions overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Here you will find a mix of 2-star and 3-star hotels, aimed at holidaymakers and those wishing to prolong their vacations before or after cruising. Hotel prices peak during the cruise and summer seasons, and you'll find the best deals between September and November.

Where to stay near Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal

Galveston is a summer getaway for people from Houston and elsewhere in Texas and many choose to stay on Galveston Island itself. The Historic Downtown District is just one block from the cruise ship terminals on Harborside Drive, and it has over 100 shops, restaurants and galleries. The area is known for its distinctive iron-fronted Victorian buildings. The bayfront is lined with hotels along Seawall Boulevard, which features the nation’s longest continuous sidewalk; the 10-mile stretch is ideal for running, biking or people watching, as well as access to the beaches.

Things to see near Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is a popular place for families, and combines adrenalin rides, gentle rollercoasters and a nostalgic theme. After extensive damage from two major storms, it was re-opened in 2012. The Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is a 26-acre oasis of thrilling waterpark adventures, including a year-round area named as the World's Best Indoor Waterpark. The indoor area has a dozen heated water features including 4 tube slides, 3 speed slides, a secluded beach and a man-made surfing wave. To learn more of the island’s history you can visit the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship ELISSA.

How to get to Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal

The main route into Galveston is via the I-45 South from Houston to Galveston Island. The freeway becomes Broadway St. on the island. However, if you are heading to or from New Orleans, take the Bolivar Peninsula - Galveston Island Ferry, a free service that can bypass the traffic to Houston. For public transport, the Galveston Amtrak bus and coach station is a 2-minute walk from the terminal. There is an airport on the island but only for private flights. The nearest passenger airports are William P. Hobby Airport (42 miles) and the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (71 miles).

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