The Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze are the first cruise ships back in Galveston in over a year! This occasion was marked by a "Sail-A-Bration" hosted by the Port of Galveston in between the two cruise terminals. The gathering was open to the public.
I was in Galveston for the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista's arrivals. I watched the ship's arrival on the pier outside of the Harborhouse Hotel and Oceanstar Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum. There was quite a crowd out here and many people brought lawn chairs. I arrived two hours prior to the ships' arrivals and nearly every space along this pier was claimed. After the watching the ships get close to docking, I headed towards the area in between cruise terminal 1 and 2 for some pictures since this area was open to the public for today's special occasion.
The Carnival Breeze sailed out of Galveston until 2018 as a seven night cruise ship, but is now back to sail 4 & 5 night cruises from Galveston when cruises resume. The ship arrived first and turned around before docking at cruise terminal #2. Click any photo to make it larger!
The Carnival Vista arrived shortly after the Carnival Breeze and did not turn around. The ship docked at cruise terminal #1. Prior to the COVID shutdown, the Carnival Vista sailed 7 night cruises from Galveston. Here are some pictures of the Carnival Vista arriving in Galveston:
This area is normally closed to the public and when cruise ships are in is used to facilitate the delivery of food, supplies, and fuel to the ships. The Port of Galveston opened up the area between the two cruise terminals for public viewing of the ships' arrivals. After the ships docked I walked over to this area to take a look at both ships. A gate separated each cruise terminal from this area, but the gates were opened. The police officers and security guards allowed pictures of the ships to be taken, but we were not allowed to walk onto the cruise terminal piers.