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New Cruises Out of the Houston (Bayport) Terminal

Cruise TerminalIf you’re on this site, you obviously know that Galveston offers a ton of options for cruising. But did you know that there’s another cruise port that’s even closer to Houston?

Most people don’t realize it, but back in 2008 the Bayport Cruise Terminal was constructed. This $108 million port built on the northern end of Galveston Bay is just about five miles north of Kemah. That means the commute for passengers from Houston is much shorter.

For years, however, the terminal has barely been used. Ships simply didn’t want to go that much further up the bay when the Galveston port was just fine. But now the congestion at the Port of Galveston has caused some lines to take a second look at the Bayport terminal.

In November, the Port of Houston announced agreements with Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines. The agreements call for Princess to start cruising from the Bayport terminal in late 2013. Norwegian Cruise Lines will start service in 2014. In total, there will be about 100 departures from the terminal in the next three years.

Now, it’s unlikely the Bayport terminal is going to eclipse Galveston as the preferred point of departure. But we will be adding more information about cruising out of Houston to make sure you have everything you need to know, no matter where you embark.

(Hat tip to the Houston Business Journal for the story.)

Photo: Fifth World Art

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