The beachy port of Galveston sits on the Gulf of Mexico, about an hour from Houston. While it's not as large as Miami in terms of ship choice, there are a few cruises out of Galveston, especially during the winter months. You'll find lots of Caribbean options well as the Bahamas. Plus, the fares are also reasonable (most are under $1,000 per person), which can offset having to add airfare to your vacation budget if you live farther afield. Here are the five best cruises that sail out of Galveston, Texas.
Carnival Breeze Cruise out of Galveston
The 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze offers multiple Western Caribbean sailings departing from Galveston. Families will find a lot to love about the ship, which has casual poolside restaurants BlueIguana Cantina and Guy’s Burger Joint, an onboard water park, and special Seuss at Sea activities. Those not traveling with kids in tow can head to the ship's adults-only retreat, Serenity, or one of the 13 bars and lounges on board.
Liberty of the Seas Cruise out of Galveston
Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas underwent a full refurbishment in 2016, adding new restaurants including Sabor (which serves Mexican dishes in a lively, modern space) and Giovanni's Table, where you'll find amazing Italian eats. You'll also find the active pursuits the line has become known for — rock climbing wall, ice skating rink, surfing simulator — plus an extensive aqua park and the Perfect Storm waterslide. The ship departs from Galveston and is currently offering two seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries in 2021.
Disney Wonder Cruise out of Galveston
If fun in the sun is your goal and your kids are crazy about Disney, consider embarking on an epic Disney cruise. Disney Wonder cruises out of Galveston and offers 13 four- to seven-night sailings. Depending on the itinerary, the ship calls on Mexico, Key West, and The Bahamas. Most cruises also include a visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Onboard amenities include the Oceaneer Club and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Additionally, parents will enjoy the adults-only Quiet Cove pool, as well as the several bars on board, like the Cadillac Lounge.
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Carnival Freedom Cruise out of Galveston
Carnival Freedom offers both Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. During your says at sea, enjoy lounging by the pool, hitting the waterslides, watching movies under the stars, and taking advantage of the dozens of dining options on board. Other activities and entertainment venues include Lip Sync Battle, several bars and lounges, Camp Ocean kids' club, Seuss at Sea, and a spa. Regardless of how you spend your days at sea, one thing's for sure: You'll never be bored.