Cruises from Galveston

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

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Map of Galveston, Texas

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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.

Best cruises from Galveston

Three cruise lines sail out of Galveston: Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean. Here’s where each shines:

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.
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  • Food included
  • No price matching
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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.
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  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
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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.
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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
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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.

How to find discount cruises from Galveston

Cheap cruises from Galveston aren’t the stuff of Texas legend. Here’s how to book discounted cruises from the island city:

  • Look for last-minute deals. Cruise lines drop prices in a major way if they’ve got empty cabins less than two weeks before departure. If you’ve got flexibility in your schedule, browse cruise deals on sites like CruiseDirect and Expedia to find last-minute cruise deals from Galveston for major savings.
  • Avoid the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to see the highest cruise fares from Galveston. Try sailing mid-January into early February, when prices drop due to lower demand.
  • Shop during Black Friday. Every year, cruise lines offer crazy cruise discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you can time it right, you could snag BOGO fares, free onboard spending more, free tickets for the kids and more.

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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