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Carnival Offers New Cruises From Galveston to Puerto Rico (11-Nights!)

If you’ve followed the Galveston cruising scene for any time at all, then you know that one of the biggest drawbacks in the variety of destinations.

Given the port’s location on the Gulf, a 7-day cruise can only go so far before it has to start the return trip. That means most of them go to the western Caribbean, stop in Cozumel, and then head back to Galveston.

Carnival is adding a little variety, and in the process, differentiating itself from the other cruise lines in the area.

According to USA Today, Carnival has just announced a couple of new itineraries scheduled for October 2015 and January 2016 for the Carnival Triumph. The trips are one-way cruises from Galveston to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The first trip will be an 11-day sailing with stops in Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Martinique and St. Maarten. Most of these ports (except for Grand Cayman) aren’t served by any cruise line from the Galveston area.

What’s most exciting is that once this cruise reaches San Juan, it will then depart on a 10-day trip to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Antigua, Grand Turk, and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay before returning to Galveston.

In other words, passengers will be able to cruise these itineraries back-to-back, for a 21-day mega cruise that begins and ends in Galveston. Or they can sail a shorter 11-day trip to San Juan and fly back to Texas.

Given that 11 days (or 21 days) is too long a trip for most families to take, we don’t expect Carnival to make this trip a permanent fixture. But it is definitely exciting to see varied itineraries coming to Galveston… and it’s one more sign that the port is turning into a world-class cruising spot.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Johnnie McCune says:

    We are very interested in the 21 day cruise. How do we get info?

  2. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    Best place for info is the cruise line’s website. They will have the most details.

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