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With Disney Leaving Galveston, Royal Caribbean Has Already Taken Its Place

Disney Magic Ship

When the Disney Cruise Lines’ Magic starting sailing from the Port of Galveston in 2012, it was another feather in the port’s cap. In the span of just about a decade, Galveston had become a major cruise port, serving millions of passengers. Four different lines sailed from the island.

But in late 2012 (just a few months after beginning service), Disney announced it would not sail from Galveston starting in 2014. The company has been tight-lipped on the decision, but rumors are that the demand just wasn’t there for Disney. Considering that Disney charges considerably more than the competition, that wouldn’t be surprising.

So while the Disney Magic will return to Florida, it begs the question — will another ship take its place?

We’ve already gotten the answer…

Royal Caribbean has announced that the Navigator of the Seas will call Galveston home year-round. According to one blog, in early 2014 the ship will be dry-docked and updated with features including:

– FlowRider surf simulator
– New panoramic oceanview staterooms – featuring full-length, floor-to-ceiling windows
– Outdoor oversized movie screen overlooking the main pool
– Flat-panel televisions in all staterooms
– Virtual balconies in some inside staterooms

Once back in service, the Navigator will be home ported year-round on the island. Looking at the current schedules, the Navigator’s trips will include 4, 6, and 7-day sailings.

With the addition of the Navigator, it looks like Disney’s departure will be a distant memory.

We’ll be updating our 2014 calendars soon…

Image via Flickr

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