The Port of Galveston is Texas’ number one cruise port and ranks as the fourth busiest cruise port in North America.
The Port of Galveston announced that it achieved a new milestone in 2018, with 1,966,176 passenger movements, surpassing previous passenger volumes and setting a record as the busiest year since the port began its cruise business on September 30, 2000. In addition, the Port achieved another significant milestone in December; it welcomed its 10 millionth cruise passenger since beginning cruise operations.
This past year was also a record year for cruise ship calls. The 268 cruise ship calls recorded broke the previous record of 255 turnarounds set in 2018, a 5.1 percent increase.
With a projected increase in cruise ship calls to be 299, passenger volume is also projected to increase further in 2019, with approximately 1,034,000 embarking passengers. This will be an additional 9.1 percent in passenger embarkations yearover-year from year-end 2018 to year-end 2019.
“Last year was the most successful in terms of both passenger throughput and cruise sailings in the seventeen year history of cruise operations from the Port of Galveston, and all indications suggest that we will continue to surpass records throughout 2019. We look forward to continuing the success of our cruise operations with our cruise partners”, said CEO and Port Director, Rodger Rees. “I’d like to thank Port staff and longshoremen for their hard work and City council, the local business community and tourism partners for their continued support. Their efforts have helped the Port of Galveston maintain the rank of 4th busiest cruise port in the nation,“ Rees said.
The Port is anticipating another banner year for the cruise business in 2019 with the repositioning of both Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Dream and Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas in May. Additionally, in November, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder will once again return to Galveston for the holiday season with a total of 9 cruises.
The Port of Galveston maintains its ranking as the fourth busiest cruise port in the nation. Cruise activity generated approximately $60.8 million in local passenger on-shore spending, and another $19 million in services provided at the port.