Port of Galbveston
photo courtesy Galveston Island CVB

The Port of Galveston is located on the upper Texas coast at the mouth of beautiful Galveston Bay, just 30 minutes from the open sea and the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to 32 miles of beaches, top resort hotels, a busy downtown area with many antique stores, and a well preserved Victorian heritage in the shape of more than 550 designated historical landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places.

 Brief History of Galveston

Located on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, on the north side of Galveston Island, the Port of Galveston began as a trading post in the early 1800s. The port and Galveston itself flourished from those early days and became one of the wealthiest cities in Texas.

The hurricane of 1900 almost destroyed the area, but Galveston rose again, just as it did after Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Protected by a 17-foot seawall, the Port of Galveston today boasts 850 acres of port facilities and serves as a major passenger cruise ship terminal for cruise ships operating in the Caribbean.

 Cruise Terminals in Galveston

The two cruise passenger terminals at the Port of Galveston at Piers 25-27 on Harborside Drive (also known as Galveston Wharves) have been expanded and improved in a huge $33 million initiative to improve the buildings, passenger waiting areas and check in facilities.

The airports serving the Port of Galveston are The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) which is about 68 miles from Galveston and Hobby Airport (HOU) which is about 45 miles from the cruise terminals at Galveston. It takes about 90 minutes from IAH to the port and about an hour from HOU to the cruise terminals.

Long-term, secure parking is available at Parking lots A, B and C and at the Dolphin Parking Lot. Advance reservations are not required. There is a free shuttle service between the parking lots and the terminals.

 Cruise Lines using Galveston Cruise Terminal as an Embarkation / Disembarking Port

Using the Port of Galveston as their port of embarkation and disembarking are Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International offering cruises to the Caribbean and beyond.

Carnival Cruise Line vessels offer 4- and 5-day cruises to locations along the Mexican coast and 7-day cruises to ports in Mexico, Jamaica and Grand Cayman.

Royal Caribbean International offers 7-day sailings year-round to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Key West. Princess Cruises offers Western Caribbean cruises.

 Must See Attractions in Galveston

Moody Gardens: This is the Houston area’s number one tourist attraction and family destination, 242 acres on Galveston Island chock full of some of the most exotic subtropical landscaping in the United States. It features several major attractions: the Rainforest Pyramid®, a one-acre rain forest sitting within a 10-story glass pyramid, showcasing the exotic flora and fauna of Asia, Africa and the Americas, an IMAX 3D Theater, the Ridefilm Theater the Aquarium Pyramid which houses one of the largest aquariums in the world, and the Discovery Pyramid, which has unique traveling interactive educational exhibits and a futuristic movie ride.

Another major attraction at Moody Gardens is Palm Beach, a white-sand, blue-lagoon entertainment center, open throughout the summer. Docked behind Palm Beach is the 800-person-capacity Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, an authentic reproduction of an 1800s paddlewheel that offers daily cruises on Offats Bayou.

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark: Voted the World’s Best Indoor Waterpark, this is a 26-acre oasis featuring the world’s first indoor/outdoor 70,000 square-foot heated-convertible waterpark area. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is the third waterpark in the family of parks and features more than 30 attractions designed in the Schlitterbahn tradition of ride innovation. The park also features the next generation of the award-winning Transportainment® river system that combines three unique rivers into one endless floating adventure. The attractions in Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark cover approximately 15 acres. German-style castle spires and architecture provide the visual focal point. The park also offers restaurants, retail shops, changing facilities with showers and lockers, group areas, plus more than 30 state-of-the-art attractions.

Other attractions in Galveston include a host of museums and historic homes open to the public for tours, including the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, Lone Star Flight Museum (Home of the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame), Railroad Museum, Texas Seaport Museum, Ashton Villa, Bishop’s Palace, and Moody Mansion. Galveston Island’s Strand National Historic Landmark District/Downtown area offers a host of shops, restaurants and art galleries conveniently located within 36 square blocks.

 Cruise Ports

• Cape Town – South Africa
• Durban – South Africa
• Las Palmas – Canary Islands
• Mahé – Seychelles
• Port Louis, Mauritius
• Tenerife – Canary Islands


• Bangkok - Thailand

• Chongqing - China
• Hong Kong
• Mumbai - India
• Shanghai – China
• Singapore
• Yichang - China


• Brisbane - Australia
• Melbourne - Australia
• Sydney - Australia

• Quebec City – Quebec
• Montreal – Quebec
• Vancouver – BC
• Victoria – BC

• Barcelona - Spain
• Copenhagen – Denmark
• Lisbon - Portugal
• Nice - Villefranche - France
• Piraeus / Athens – Greece
• Rome (Civitavecchia) - Italy
• Venice – Italy

• Dubai - United Arab Emirates
• Istanbul - Turkey

• Tunis - Tunisia

• Auckland, New Zealand

• Dunedin, New Zealand

• Wellington, New Zealand

• Anchorage - Alaska
• Baltimore - Maryland
• Boston - Massachusetts
• Cape Canaveral - Florida
• Cape Liberty - New Jersey
• Fort Lauderdale - Florida
• Galveston - Texas
• Honolulu - Oahu - Hawaii
• Los Angeles - California
• Miami - Florida
• New Orleans - Louisiana
• New York - Brooklyn
• New York - Manhattan
• Norfolk - Virginia
• San Diego - California
• San Francisco - California
• Seattle - Washington
• Seward - Alaska
• Tampa - Florida
• Whittier - Alaska

These are just a few of the more than 70 ports and cruise terminals to be featured here on the port pages which are being updated daily with more port destinations

 in Galveston

Galveston enjoys hot summers and cool winters in what is referred to as an humid semi-tropical climate.

The average winter temperature for Galveston can vary between a low of 5˚C and a high of 15˚C. Summer temperatures can peak at more than 35˚C.

The average monthly rainfall for Galveston is about 89mm/month but September is by far the wettest month is September with more than 135 mm in that month. The driest periods are from February to April.

As history has shown, hurricanes are a very real threat in the area in the summer and fall months.

 in USA

The currency in the USA is the United States dollar (USD) which equals 100 cents. A “dime” is the unofficial name for the 10c coin, and a “quarter” is 25c.

 of USA

The USA does not have an official language as such, but the majority of Americans speak English as a native language.

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