Due to Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines moving their ships that homeport there, As of 2016, Houston will no longer serve as a cruise port.
After a $108 million investment and reopening its cruise terminal back in 2013, Houston will no longer be the homeport of the Caribbean Princess and the Norwegian Jade cruise ships. Sailings will end April 2016.
The terminal was most convenient to cruisers who fly to Texas for cruises around the Gulf of Mexico, But, it took ships much longer to arrive in International waters from the port, which of course means passengers had to wait longer for the Casino and the Shops on board to open.
Wondering what will happen to the two ships currently sailing for Houston? Well, The Norwegian Jade will be heading to homeport in Tampa, Florida for the late 2016 and early 2017 season. This will be after completing a summer in Europe and a dry dock that scheduled for October 2016.
The Caribbean Princess will also head to Florida, where she will homeport in Fort Lauderdale, late 2016. From here the cruise ship will offer sailings to the Southern, Western and Eastern Caribbean. Much more choice!!
Passengers have no need to worry, as the nearby port of Galveston is ever growing with cruises. Only 90 minutes from Houston, Galveston is the homeport for Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. Disney cruise line also offer sailings from here.
The Carnival Magic departs every week out of Galveston, offering 7 night Western Caribbean sailings. You will visit: Montego Bay – Jamaica, Grand Cayman – Cayman Islands and Cozumel – Mexico, before arriving back in Galveston. As well as visiting these three fantastic ports of call, you will also have 3 FUN DAYS AT SEA whilst on board the ship. The Carnival Triumph will join the Magic, offering the same sailing on different days of the week out of Galveston.
If you are travelling to Galveston for a cruise, or even one of the last from Houston, have you thought about making the trip a twin centre stay before or after the cruise? With internal flights abundant in the USA, you could visit other places prior to cruising out of Texas, or ever after the cruise. Within 2 hours flying time you could visit the bustling, famous French quarter in New Orleans? Or Elvis’ Heartbreak hotel in Memphis? How about the Cowboys in Dallas? Whatever your fancies are, there will be something, somewhere….
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