The port has a rich history as part of US shipping, and today it is scenic and fun, easily accessible with plenty of parking.
Great place to see the attractions and the busy harbor/port. It was fascinating to see all the huge ships staged in the Gulf, waiting to get into the harbor for loading/unloading. Sunday you can park for free on the streets and everything is open.
Rumor has it that Galveston is going to be the home port for several more cruise ships in 2012. Unless they do some serious work on handling embarkations and debarkations more rapidly it is going to be a disaster.
First time cruisers we got to see a lot but we want to see more, we will be back, just wish it wasn't such a long drive to get there. Lots of stuff to do, lots of fun to be had.
Older but well maintained cruise terminal. There are many luggage porters available and very good security that keeps traffic moving. City owned parking lots (3) are about 2-3 blocks away and shuttle buses are provided. The lots are secure with high fencing all around. You must proceed to the terminal first to drop luggage and then go to parking lot... More
Embarkation was easy though 2 different employees that we encountered had no idea what they were doing. Ended up standing in the check-in counter for 10 minutes even though all our paper work was finished. While people at other windows were going right passed us. Disembarkation was even worse. We were one of the "lucky" ones who only had to... More
Saturday morning, we watched the Conquest leave Galveston, moving to her new home in New Orleans. The port police working the set up for the Maroon 5 concert were nice about letting us on the outskirts to take photos. As always, Olympia Grill had no problem with us using their deck, either (we had to get around the concert setup... More
Though the port was packed they had such a smooth program that we made it through both on the way to cruise and on the way back home with almost no effort and absolutely problem free!
after 15 yrs of going to Galveston every year we discovered several hidden gems about the island ( outside of tourism recommendations.) 1. ferry to Pelican island (free) u can take your car on board with you), check out crystal beach about 5 miles from the ferry landing to your immediate right. beach access is free. 2. fort travis (... More
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