Cruises from Galveston are typically available all year long, mostly ranging from 4- to 7-nights (although there are a few longer cruises available). The Western Caribbean is the most common destination on a cruise from Galveston. There are also many Eastern Caribbean cruises that start in Galveston, as well as a small selection of Panama Canal and Bahamas cruises. The city of Galveston is located on Galveston Island in Texas. This coastal city is a popular tourist destination in itself, making it a great place to cruise from.
Among cruise lines offering cruises from Galveston are popular mainstream brands Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Disney Cruise Line.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Galveston, TX. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Galveston, along with a brief description:
♦ Moody Gardens
This theme park is a great place to spend time before or after your cruise from Galveston. Within Moody Gardens is the Aquarium Pyramid (featuring a variety of exhibits, including one with penguins), the 10-story Rainforest Pyramid (containing over 1,000 species of exotic plants from the rainforests of Africa, Asia and the Americas) , a golf course (called Moody Gardens Golf), 4D theater, IMAX 3D theater, and even a hotel (appropriately named Moody Gardens Hotel).
♦ Bishop’s Palace
One of the grandest and best-known buildings in Galveston is Bishop's Palace. This Victorian castle, (built from 1886 to 1892), was named one of America's 100 most important buildings by the American Institute of Architects. This palace features luxurious furnishings, rare woods, amazing fireplaces and much more. Guided tours of the palace take place hourly. Admission is $14 for adults, and $9 for students (ages 6-18). Children 5 and under are free. Hours of operation are Sunday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Hours of operation (may be seasonal) and admission costs are subject to change, so please verify them with Bishop's Palace prior to your visit.
♦ Galveston Island State Park
This huge park is filled with many things to do, making it a great place to check out before and/or after cruise. Within this park, you will discover a beach and campgrounds, as well as birding walks (which is a popular thing to do there). Galveston Island State Park was devastated by Hurricane Ike, but since 2009, it has been undergoing a revitalization process to bring it back to greatness. The park is open daily and has a $5 per person entrance fee for guests who are 13-year-olds and older (children 12 and younger are free). Operating times and entrance fees are subject to change, so please verify them with the park directly prior to your vacation.
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