Cruise Ships Return to Galveston Texas
Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista arrived at the Port of Galveston on May 2, 2021, anticipating a 'cruise rally' to discuss the economic impact of the 14-month pause in operations in Texas. Galveston port and community officials, as well as local business leaders, will be in attendance.
Carnival President Christine Duffy and Galveston Mayor Dr. Craig Brown will be among the event speakers hosted by the Federal Maritime Commission, which will be represented by Commissioners Louis E. Sola and Carl W. Bentzel.
“Everybody’s ready,” Wharves Board of Trustees Chairman Albert Shannon commented on April 28, 2021. “We’ve got a lot of people ready to go back to work.”
The Port of Galveston is the fourth most popular cruise homeport in North America and the only cruise port in Texas.
Carnival Cruise Line launched the first year-round cruise program from Galveston in 2000 and is the only cruise operator with three year-round ships based at the Port of Galveston, carrying roughly 750,000 guests annually. Galveston’s cruise business generates $1.6 billion in expenditures annually and 27,000 jobs statewide.
However, new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate the ships won’t be there to pick up passengers anytime soon.
On April 2, 2021, CDC released a new Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in U.S. waters.