This port of call has recently risen to new heights following the decision taken by several cruise lines to use it as a homeport for certain Caribbean itineraries. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, just two miles off the coast of Texas, the area is most prominently known for its incredible beach scenes spanning 32 miles. This is the ideal place to laze the day away and soak up the tranquil sun rays. The location is also a huge reason for the decision to make Galveston a homeport for many ships as it is perfect for heading off into the Caribbean whilst being a delightful destination itself for a pre or post cruise stay.
As well as being a picturesque port of call, Galveston is also renowned for its impressive Victorian architecture that flows right throughout the historic districts. This alone is highly impressive and definitely worth a walking tour to uncover its rich heritage. Galveston has experienced many ups and downs over the years. The area was once famous for being referred to as the "Wall Street of the South," being one of the wealthiest cities Texas had to offer. The city was left devastated after an astonishing hurricane in 1900, leaving the area lying in ruins. Nevertheless, the area was rebuilt and continues to build on its impressive history. The destination remained strong until Hurricane Ike made a direct hit in 2008 causing more than $3.2 billion worth of damage and once again leaving the city in a dire situation. Thankfully, however, the city’s incredible seawall protection measures, built following the 1900 storm, managed to keep hurricane Ike at bay. This impressive protection method prevented the city from complete desolation. Following on from this time, the port of Galveston has become an increasingly popular place to visit. The area is known for its trendy atmosphere and unique charms, whilst the waterfront has returned stronger and greater than ever before.
Sightseeing here is brilliant in Galveston, however you wish to spend your time. If you’re looking for something unique and exciting, then visit the amazing indoor rainforest at Moody Gardens, housing over 1,000 different species of plants and providing guests with an enthralling experience. Major attractions for families include the 26-acre Schlitterbahn Waterpark that is full of thrilling waterpark adventures for all ages. The water park is renowned for its sheer size and design and offers everything from tube slides, speed slides, outdoor pools to activity areas for the little ones. Not only does the city have a great range of sightseeing opportunities, the close proximity of them to each other makes the city highly accessible to get around. Guests will find that areas of the National Register of Historic Places are also within walking distance including the Bishop’s Palace, Ashton Villa and The Moody Mansion to name but a few.
The Strand District is a great place to visit for cruise passengers here. Guests will find a tremendous range of shopping opportunities here accompanied by a wide choice of restaurants serving all types of cuisine. Once you’ve enjoyed the outstanding local flavours head for the east end and take in the spectacular sight of Bishop’s Palace; the perfect way to finish off a great day in port.