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  1. At port of Galveston , Carnival’s agreement with Port now uses exclusively terminal #1 , which is the close to , or possibly the largest cruise terminal in US . Carnival also presently has rights to terminal #2, subject to present accesses of Royal and Disney .
  2. Traffic is lighter on Sunday mornings
  3. Today With new terminal and better procedures and programs , RCL Port embarkation and disembarkation is night and day , since the old Voyager days . Enchantment presently has , and Liberty wIll Shortly have , check in program with Seapass cards on doors . After screening walk on through to cabin door .
  4. Yes Pricing should be very interesting.
  5. Other information is helpful . Thanks again .
  6. Where is Oasis ship going to be the next couple of years ?
  7. Do not forget Disney is in the mix for terminal space also, with long term leases already signed for Galveston Port ! And to throw chessnuts in the fire , three new cruise lines also, have meetings with port officials next week for hopes of coming to Galveston
  8. No hotels in Clearlake area have shuttles to Galveston .
  9. THE PORT OF GALVESTON TO HOMEPORT CARNIVAL RADIANCE IN 2021. Click here for the information from Port of Galveston's Facebook page: PORT OF GALVESTON From Carnival Cruise Line press release at https://carnival-news.com/2019/10/15/carnival-cruise-line-to-add-fourth-ship-in-galveston/ (Copy/paste of cruise line press release allowed per Cruise Critic Guidelines Copyright Infringement section) Carnival Cruise Line to Add Fourth Ship in Galveston October 15, 2019 Everything is bigger in Texas – including Carnival Cruise Line – which announced today that it will have four ships homeported in Galveston, year-round, beginning in 2021. Building on its position as the World’s Most Popular Cruise Line® and the number one cruise line from Texas, Carnival Cruise Line said that Carnival Radiance will join the Galveston-based fleet in May 2021. In addition, Carnival Breeze will return to Galveston from Port Canaveral, becoming the newest and largest ship to operate a short cruise program from Galveston. Carnival Dream will shift to six- and eight-day Caribbean voyages while Carnival Vista will continue its popular week-long Caribbean cruises. All Galveston-based ships and itineraries opened for sale today. With these four ships, Carnival Cruise Line will carry an estimated 900,000 guests annually from Galveston – more than any other cruise operator – on 235 five- to 14-day sailings a year, providing an unprecedented variety of cruise durations, destinations and amenities from Texas. “Carnival is already the most popular cruise line from Galveston attracting vacationers from all across the Southwest and beyond. With these enhancements, we’re providing our guests with more voyages, more destinations and more choices from Texas than ever before,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “As North America’s fourth busiest cruise port, the Port of Galveston is pleased to welcome the Carnival Radiance. Since Carnival made Galveston its homeport almost 20 years ago, more than 7.5 million Carnival Cruise Line passengers have embarked from our wharves,” said Rodger Rees, Galveston Wharves CEO and Port Director. “As we grow, we’ll continue to focus on delivering great service to Carnival and its passengers.” Carnival Radiance to Galveston Carnival Radiance will launch a new schedule of five- to 14-day voyages from the Port of Galveston beginning on May 14, 2021. On this route: • Five-day cruises depart Sundays and feature the seaside Mexican ports of Cozumel and Progreso or Costa Maya. • Three different nine-day options departing Fridays will be offered – one calling at Cozumel, Limon (Costa Rica), and a partial Panama Canal transit or a visit to Colon (Panama), another featuring Key West, Grand Turk, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and Nassau, and a third stopping at Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel. • Two eight-port, 14-day Carnival Journeys cruises visiting top destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Panama Canal will also be offered departing Oct. 24, 2021 and Jan. 16, 2022. Carnival Radiance will undergo an extensive bow-to-stern $200 million renovation next year that will add all of the line’s food, beverage and entertainment innovations, bringing an exciting new option to the Galveston market. Its sister ship, the transformed Carnival Sunrise, debuted earlier this year and has quickly become a very popular addition to the Carnival fleet, which Carnival Radiance is sure to match. The extensive 38-day renovation of the ship will add a host of new food and beverage outlets including Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse created by Food Network star Guy Fieri, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, Bonsai Sushi, and Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub, and the first Big Chicken restaurant created by Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer, Shaquille O’Neal. All of the ship’s spaces will be transformed including the water park, youth facilities, retail shops, Cloud 9 Spa and a new Liquid Lounge home to Carnival’s dazzling, high-tech Playlist Productions shows. Carnival Radiance will reposition to the Port of Galveston with a 12-day Carnival Journeys Panama Cruise departing Port Canaveral May 2 and arriving in Galveston May 14, 2021. Fun-Filled Short Cruises to Mexico aboard Carnival Breeze Carnival Breeze will become the newest and largest ship to operate a short cruise itinerary from Galveston when it kicks off year-round four- and five-day cruises from that port May 5, 2021. The program includes: • Four-day long “weekend cruises” departing Thursdays and featuring a day-long visit to Cozumel. • Five-day voyages departing Mondays and Saturdays with stops at Cozumel and either Progreso or Costa Maya. Longer Length Cruises from Galveston on Carnival Dream, Carnival Vista Carnival Dream will shift to a new six- and eight-day cruise schedule from Galveston beginning May 8, 2021. • Six-day cruises visit Costa Maya, Cozumel and Belize or Mahogany Bay. • Eight-day cruises feature Key West, Freeport, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. • Carnival Freedom, which currently operates this itinerary, will be deployed to another homeport to be announced shortly. Carnival Vista will also continue its popular week-long cruise program from Galveston with two different three-port, seven-day western Caribbean options, with stops at: • Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel; • Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Ocho Rios or Montego Bay. Additional Information and Reservations Reservations for these sailings open today. To book a sailing, visit carnival.com, contact any travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL. To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visit Carnival.com. Carnival can also be found on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Journalists also can visit Carnival’s media site, carnival-news.com or follow the line’s PR department on Twitter at twitter.com/CarnivalPR.
  10. Call the Hotel , I believe they have small limo bus to take you other areas around island . hopefully and good luck and enjoy your cruise .
  11. Highway is easy to cross out there .
  12. What Saturday traffic can be challenging ?
  13. Check the Galveston Island Trolley schedule and route .
  14. Jimmy on Pier is decent . Come on down .
  15. With a new 100 million terminal built by RCL in Galveston . At least a full time Oasis Class will be only option for economics to work . And another ship probably also .
  16. On Galveston Island just off the Coast of State of Texas , we call humidity “free facials”.
  17. Get there early as you like , but 10:00 is reasonable time . And there is a waiting room up stairs after check in . And if ship gets cleared timely , that may start releasing you From terminal to ship around 11:00 . We usually arrive after 1:00 and walk straight on and to cabin . Key Card was on door on Enchantment our last cruise .
  18. Its doable for sure ! But all relative to your abilities and nature and extent of baggage !
  19. Galveston will take Voyager Class aside an Oasis Class Ship !
  20. O5 does not impact Galveston's hopes and dreams. An Oasis Class ship is definitely coming to Galveston ! Royal , Port Wharves Board , and City have recently resolved last negotiation matter (City concerns over share of financial benefits) with hand shake agreement on ground lease agreement between Port and Royal . The papers being prepared will be signed within about a month . Royal is biting at the bit to get started on terminal # 3 . The City stalled final signing of previously completed efforts . An Oasis Class is still coming to Galveston . Port has pretty much completed necessary preliminary work at Pier 10 for Royal to start construction! Norwegian wants in badly and would build own terminal . Disney has already long term commitment and wants own terminal like wise . All ships in Galveston in long run will be LNG ,which means all newer ships built will be here at some point. LNG distribution will be available.
  21. © Courtesy of Disney If you’re looking for the most magical cruise on Earth, Disney Cruise Line has some exciting new itineraries for you in 2021. Disney Cruise Line is opening bookings for its spring 2021 voyages to the public this week, according to a statement by the company. In addition to the new itineraries, the cruise line will also be launching two new ships in 2022 and 2023. The new Disney Wish will begin voyages in early 2022, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Until then, the cruise line has plenty of options on its four other ships – Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder. These ships will be setting sail from Port Canaveral, FL; Miami, FL; Galveston, TX; San Diego, CA; and New Orleans, LA. Three ships will be setting sail from Florida during the Spring of 2021, including the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Magic, reps for the company said in a statement. From Port Canaveral, guests can take three- or four-night cruises to the Bahamas aboard the Disney Dream, while the Disney Fantasy will set sail on seven-night trips for Eastern and Western Caribbean destinations. These trips are available between January and May 2021. In Miami, passengers can choose between three-, four-, and five-night itineraries to the Western Caribbean and Bahamas, including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. These trips are available between January and May 2021. The Disney Magic features dining at Rapunzel’s Royal Table restaurant as well as many thrilling entertainment options. The Disney Dream is also known for its Broadway-style rendition of "Beauty and the Beast," while the Disney Fantasy touts many Star Wars-themed activities and entertainment, according to the Disney Cruise Line website. The Disney Wonder will have a very busy year, with several different itineraries planned for certain months, setting sail from three different ports. Fans of "The Princess and the Frog" will especially love setting sail on this ship since it has a themed restaurant called Tiana’s Place, inspired by the movie, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The ship also features special entertainment and shows like Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, and a Marvel Superhero Academy. Between January and February 2021, you can find trips aboard the Disney Wonder from Galveston and New Orleans. From Galveston, the ship will set sail on four- and six-night voyages to Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico, or seven-night Bahamian voyages to Key West, Nassau, the Bahamas, and Castaway Cay. These trips will begin in January 2021. In New Orleans, the ship will ring in Mardi Gras with four- and five-night trips to the Western Caribbean as well as seven-night cruises to the Bahamas (and Castaway Cay) between late January and February 2021. One very special cruise will include a 14-night itinerary that sails through the Panama Canal and ends in San Diego. From San Diego, California, the ship will also be offering three- to seven-night trips to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. These trips will only be available in March, April, and May 2021. There is also one special trip planned for mid-May that will sail from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada. Prices for these itineraries are not yet announced. Bookings will be open on Thursday, Oct. 3. For more information or to book a voyage, visit the Disney Cruise Line website.
  22. Harbor House and Tremont House are located in couple blocks of Piers and Terminals. Many restaurants , bars , and Old Town Strand and Museums . 1894 Grand Opera House with major varied productions . Most other hotels are on Seawall, which is on Gulf of Mexico. Miles of Beach , restaurants , bars and piers with different facilities . Moody Gardens is on Bay and massive wonderful entertainment complex . Galveston is a major tourist destination with two convention centers . Lots to do and happening . Festivals and and events all year around . Major events are Mardi Gras , Dickens on Strand , Lone Star Motorcycle Rally , Featherfest , Winter Wonderland Island Holidays and many other through out year .
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