In a May 4th news release, Carnival Corporation announced they may operate Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista cruises from Galveston beginning August 1st.
A second release on the same day clarified the cruise line’s plans for resumed operations with the following statement. “Any resumption of cruise operations – whenever that may be – is fully dependent on our continued efforts in cooperation with federal, state, local and international government officials. In our continued support of public health efforts, any return to service will also include whatever enhanced operational protocols and social gathering guidelines that are in place at the time of the resumption of cruise operations. We are committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the COVID-19 situation and will continue to keep our guests, travel agent partners and other stakeholders informed.”
Carnival has cancelled all North American cruises through July 31st.
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.
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.
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.