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What’s Ahead for Houston Cruising (Bayport Update)

You all know about the boom in Galveston cruising over the past decade. But what about that other cruise terminal — Bayport?

Most people have never heard of the Bayport Terminal. It’s located on Galveston Bay, just north of Kemah.

Bayport Houston Cruise Terminal Map

The cruise terminal was built in 2007/08. Despite being closer to Houston, it hasn’t been used for cruises except during a brief period after Hurricane Ike hit Galveston.

Slowly but surely, that will be changing.

So far two cruise lines have contracted to start regular trips out of the Bayport terminal. Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess will begin sailing 7-day trips to Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize beginning in November 2013. Those cruises will run weekly through April 2014.

That will be the only ship sailing from the terminal for the 2013-14 season. But beginning in late 2014, Norwegian Cruise Lines will begin sailing the Norwegian Jewel on 7-day trips. Those weekly sailings will hit Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize as well.

In other words, it will still be awhile before the terminal is seeing a full schedule. And those sailings don’t offer much choice of itineraries. However, as more cruise lines look to profit from the booming Texas cruise market, I expect options to increase. Carnival already sails year-round from Galveston. I think it’s just a matter of time before other lines take that lead given that the Ports of Galveston and Houston offer plenty of space.

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