Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises Suspended

Royal Caribbean has announced the suspension of cruises through May 11th. In a press release issued March 24, the cruise industry giant stated that they expect to return to service on May 12, 2020. However, because of announced port closures, they do not expect to return to service in Alaska, Canada, and New England until July 1, 2020.

Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all sailing through May 11, 2020.

The cruise cancellations are an effort to help control the spread of the coronovirus. Please visit the CDC Coronavirus website for information on how to stay safe during the pandemic.

New $100 Million Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal Coming to Galveston

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has signed a long-term contract with the Port of Galveston for the construction of a new $100 million cruise terminal.

The new two-story terminal will be constructed at Pier 10 in the eastern portion of the Port of Galveston. Construction is expected to begin in April of 2020, with anticipated completion in fall of 2021.

RCL will build the terminal, then lease it from the Port of Galveston for an intial 20 year term with four 10-year extension options following that.

The new terminal will be approximately 170,000 square feet in size. The terminal will meet LEED sustainability standards, will employ state-of-the-art technology such as mobile check in and facial recognition, and will have the capacity to accommodate Royal Caribbean’s largest ships.

Following completion of the new terminal, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas will sail from Galveston.

December 2019 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the Port of Galveston, the fourth most active cruise port in North America, have signed a long-term contract for a new $100 million cruise terminal slated to debut in fall 2021.

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Comes to Galveston in 2020

Adventure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has announced that their Adventure of the Seas cruise ship will home port in Galveston, Texas in 2020.

The Adventure of the Seas will sail 4 and 5 night trips to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

Popular amenities aboard the Adventure of the Seas include Perfect Storm water slides, Flow Rider surf simulator, an ice rink, and a variety of dining choices that include specialty dining such Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table, and Izumi in addition to casual and main dining room options.

Explorer of the Seas, which currently sails from Galveston, is scheduled to undergo renovations and then make Miami its home.

Royal Caribbean to Get New Galveston Terminal

The Port of Galveston and Royal Caribbean Cruises have agreed to construct a new cruise terminal to accommodate larger Oasis-class ships.

According to a December 5, 2018 Houston Chronicle article, the new terminal will cost Royal Caribbean close to $100 million.

Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is expected to complete construction of the new facility – referred to as Terminal 3 – in fall of 2021.

In addition to allowing Royal Caribbean to bring in larger ships, the new terminal should free up space at Galveston’s two existing terminals.

Carnival Vista Begins Sailing from Galveston September 23

The Carnival Vista arrives in Galveston soon!

The Vista, which launched just two years ago in 2016, offers cruisers a ton of modern cruising amenities, including an top deck cock full of recreational options, lots and lots of dining options, and even an IMAX movie theater.

The Vista will be sailing 7-Night Western Caribbean cruises from Galveston, with ports of call in Mexico, Belize, Isla Roatan, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands. Continue reading