Best for cruises from Galveston to Mexico: Carnival
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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.
Three cruise lines sail out of Galveston: Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean. Here’s where each shines:
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.
Cheap cruises from Galveston aren’t the stuff of Texas legend. Here’s how to book discounted cruises from the island city:
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!
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:
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.
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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