The Port of Galveston's cruise terminals will be in much higher demand this year, compared to 2014, as more sailings are being offered from Galveston.
Carnival Cruise Lines
In February 2015, Carnival Cruise Lines is repositioning the Carnival Freedom in order to have three year round ships sailing from Galveston. In addition to the Carnival Freedom, the Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph will continue sailing from Galveston. Besides adding a ship, Carnival decided to "shake up" some of the Carnival Magic and Triumph's itineraries. The Carnival Triumph will take a few breaks from its regular 4 & 5 day schedule to do a few 10 & 11 day cruises and the Carnival Magic will do a few cruises that are shorter than a week (normally the Carnival Magic does non-stop 7 day voyages).
To view Carnival's press release about the Freedom repositioning to Galveston: Click Here
To view Carnival's press release about the special Triumph itineraries: Click Here
To view Carnival's press release about special Magic & Triumph itineraries: Click Here
* All links will take you to Carnival's press release website.
Galveston has another reason to be excited because Royal Caribbean will continue sailing year round from Galveston in 2015 and in November 2015 the Navigator of the Seas will be replaced with the Liberty of the Seas. The Liberty of the Seas is larger than the Navigator of the Seas and has a greater passenger capacity. According to their ship's respective fact sheets, the Navigator of the Seas has a total capacity of 3,990 passengers and the Liberty of the Seas has a total capacity of 4,375 passengers.
For specific itinerary information visit Royal Caribbean's website by clicking here.
Disney Cruise Lines
Disney Cruise Lines is back to sail from Galveston at the end of 2015. The Disney Wonder will start sailing from Galveston in November 2015 and stay through early January 2016 before repositioning again. This short window of sailings from Galveston will give Disney cruises the chance to sail from Galveston.
To look up itineraries visit Disney Cruise Line's website by clicking here.
The Port of Houston has much to celebrate. For many years, the brand new Bayport Cruise Terminal sat empty without any cruise lines or ships regularly using it. The Carnival Ecstasy & Conquest were temporarily relocated to sail from Houston after Hurricane Ike damaged Galveston. However, this was temporary. In 2013, Princess Cruise Lines began to sail from Houston seasonally and in Fall 2014 Princess & Norwegian both sailed from Houston for the Winter/Spring cruise season.
Princess Cruise Lines
Princess Cruise Lines will be respositioning the Caribbean Princess back to Houston in October 2015 and it is currently scheduled to sail from Houston through April 2016. The Caribbean Princess has sailed from Houston previously, but for the 2014/2015 Winter & Spring season the Emerald Princess was sailing from Houston.
For more information and itineraries visit Princess Cruise Line's website by clicking here.
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lines will be repositioning the Norwegian Jade to sail from Houston seasonally starting in November 2015. The Norwegian Jade will replace the Norwegian Jewel, which will end its seasonal sailings from Galveston in the late Spring of 2015.
For more information and itineraries visit Norwegian Cruise Line's website by clicking here.