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Disney Cruise Lines Announces 2017 Galveston Cruises

Good news Disney cruise fans. The cruise line just announced several trips departing Galveston during early 2017.

These cruises were somewhat expected since it was already known that the Disney Wonder was sailing from the port in December 2016. However, the announcement makes it official that Disney will finish the 2016-2017 winter season in Galveston.

In total, Disney announced three cruises will sail from Galveston in January 2017. On January 6 and 13, the Wonder will set sail on seven-night trips to the eastern Caribbean. The cruises have stops in Key West, Castaway Cay, and Nassau.

After that, the cruise line sets out for a six-night trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 20, stopping in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica in between. This will mark the last cruise of the season for Disney from Galveston.

In the 2014-2015 winter season, Disney opted not to sail from Galveston. However, the port is booming in popularity and the cruise line decided to return both this year and next. This could mark the beginning of annual cruises for the line.

One headwind for Disney in Galveston seems to be cost. The cruise line is by far the most expensive in Galveston or Houston. Meanwhile, the market is dominated by low-cost Carnival, which offers hundreds of trips each year for as little as $300 per person.

As Galveston cruising continues to grow, however, there could be room for Disney to sail from the port year-round, especially if and when the third cruise terminal is completed.

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