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Cruises from Galveston

Sail to Mexico, the Caribbean and further south from this island city in the Lone Star state.

Galveston may not be the flashiest cruise port in the US, but it’s got ships to transport you to paradise any month of the year. Instead of transatlantic or Pacific passage, its routes sail through the Gulf of Mexico and to sparkling beaches so you can relax and recharge beneath green palms.

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Our favorite cruises from Galveston

Cruise lineCruiseItineraryPriceBook
Carnival7 Day Eastern Caribbean
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Key West, Florida
  • Freeport, Bahamas
  • Nassau, Bahamas
From $834 per personBook now
Royal Caribbean6 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
From $818 per personBook now
Royal Caribbean5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Galveston, Texas
From $279 per personBook now
Carnival14 Day Panama Canal from Galveston, Texas
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Aruba
  • Curacao
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Colon, Panama Canal
  • Limon, Peru
  • Conzumel, Mexico
  • Galveston, Texas
From $1,099 per personBook now
Disney Cruise Line4 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Galveston, Texas
From $1,500 per personBook now

Cruise lines departing from Galveston

Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean all offer cruises from Galveston.

Best for cruises from Galveston to Mexico: Carnival

Set foot on the beach in Cozumel and Yucatan on Carnival's four- or five-night cruises from Galveston to Mexico. Snorkel through sparkling waters, tour the ancient city of Tulum and swim with dolphins along the way. Attention families with teenagers looking to book a memorable adventure: fare starts at under $400 a person.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Paypal, Carnival EasyPay, Gift Card, Discover Card, Debit, Western Union, Cheque
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Best for family cruises from Galveston: Disney

Sail to Mexico, the Bahamas or the western Caribbean with the kiddos in tow aboard ships designed with adult-exclusive areas for when you need a grown-up getaway. Its seven-night Bahamas cruises stop in Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. Looking for a Christmas cruise from Galveston? Disney's Very Merrytime Western Caribbean Cruise can help you celebrate the holiday above the waves.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card, JCB
Price ($-$$$):
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Best for Caribbean cruises from Galveston: Royal Caribbean

The Caribbean is yours to explore your round with Royal Caribbean. Its itineraries take you to Nassau and Key West, complete with a perfect day in Cococay, Royal Caribbean's own private island. Palm trees, pirate tales and Key Lime pie await. If that doesn't suit your palette, opt for a route that visits Honduras, Belize and Mexico.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • Price matches
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
Price ($-$$$):
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Best for cruises from Galveston to the Panama Canal: Carnival

Check one of the seven wonders of the modern world off your bucket list with Carnival's 14-night Panama Canal cruises. Enjoy stunning port stops at Jamaica, Aruba and Columbia before sailing through part of the engineering feat of our time, the Panama Canal. You'll stop at Costa Rica and Mexico on the way back to Galveston.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Paypal, Carnival EasyPay, Gift Card, Discover Card, Debit, Western Union, Cheque
Price ($-$$$):
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How we chose these cruises

When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.

We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.

Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.

Where do cruises from Texas go?

Cruises from Galveston, Texas typically sail to port cities in the Caribbean, along the eastern coast of Mexico and around the Bahamas. Itineraries also go from Texas to the Panama Canal to Florida.

Gulf of Mexico cruises from Texas

Cruises from Texas through the Gulf of Mexico visit port cities including:

  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Key West
  • Progreso, Mexico on the Yucatán

Gulf of Mexico cruises from Texas also venture into the Caribbean and east toward the Bahamas.

Caribbean cruises from Texas

Itineraries that begin in Texas and sail through the Caribbean dock at the following ports:

  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Colon, Panama
  • Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras
  • George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Cruises from Texas to the Bahamas

Cruises from Texas to the Bahamas visit ports including:

  • Cococay, Royal Caribbean’s private island
  • Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island
  • Freeport, Bahamas
  • Half Moon Cay, Carnival’s private island
  • Key West
  • Nassau, Bahamas

What cruises sail from Texas to Hawaii?

If you live in Texas and are looking for a Hawaii cruise, you have two options:

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How to find cheap cruises from Texas

Cruises can actually be a budget-friendly way to tick multiple destinations off your bucket list, all in one go. Here are some of our favorite tips for finding cheap cruises from Texas:

  • Look for last-minute deals. Fares tend to drop as the departure date nears, since cruise lines are trying to fill up cabins. Use a site like Expedia to locate and book last-minute cruises from Texas.
  • Purchase your cruise around Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Cruise lines are famous for offering rock-bottom prices around these post-Thanksgiving retail holidays. You’ll see deals like buy-one-get-one-free, complimentary drink packages and more.
  • Schedule your cruise during a shoulder season. Booking your cruise in the off-season — spring or fall for Texas, when kids are in school and families are less likely to take vacation. But avoid spring break when prices spike.

Royal Caribbean and Carnival tend to have the cheapest cruises from Texas, and are fairly competitive when it comes to low fare. Budget travelers should avoid Disney Cruise Line. It’s the most expensive option for cruises from Galveston.

What 3-day cruises sail from Texas?

Unfortunately, the shortest cruises from Texas are four nights, which ends up being about five days when you factor in transportation to and from the departure port. You can typically book four-night cruises from Texas with Royal Caribbean, Carnival or Disney Cruise Line.

However, if you’re in the area and simply want to get on the water for a quick getaway, check sites like Viator and Groupon for boat tours and day cruises that depart from Galveston. Or, use Boatsetter to borrow a boat from the owner and plot your own cruise.

What about repositioning cruises from Texas?

Repositioning cruises from Texas are rare — you won’t often see itineraries that begin in Galveston and end somewhere else.

Itineraries like these are designed when a cruise line needs to move a ship from one region to another due to seasonality. As Galveston is tucked deeply in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s not a convenient starting point for voyages to a different climate.

When is the best time to cruise from Galveston?

The best time to cruise from Galveston is in the spring or fall. From October through November and March through April, the weather is warm and crowds aren’t crazy — except in mid- to late March during spring break. Still, you should be able to find decent rates during these shoulder seasons.

Summer sees a swell of tourist traffic in Galveston, so accommodations in the area, along with cruise fares, spike. Avoid cruising during this time unless you’re dying for hot, humid weather — hey, we know some people like it!

Getting to the port for your cruise from Galveston

Galveston is about an hour drive south and slightly east of Houston, 50 to 60 miles, depending on your route and transportation.

If you’re starting from George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), Houston’s main airport, your choices include:

  • Ride-hailing app. Budget about $70 for an Uber or Lyft ride from IAH to Galveston Cruise Port.
  • Taxi. A taxi from IAH to the Galveston cruise port can run you nearly $180.
  • Shuttle. Find out if your cruise line or offers shuttles to and from the airport. Carnival and Royal Caribbean usually do, though you’ll have to purchase it separately. Otherwise, browse third-party options.
  • Public transportation. Technically, you can take a bus from IAH to Galveston’s cruise port. But it’ll take you almost four hours, and isn’t very efficient.

Parking’s available at Galveston cruise port, with 10 lots of various pricing. At the Port of Galveston’s official parking lots, rates start at $50 for four nights of parking.

Bottom line

Whether you’re planning a spring break trip or just want to escape the mundane of everyday life, rejuvenate with a cool, salty Gulf of Mexico breeze. But before booking your ticket, browse for discounts that’ll help you save money on fare.

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