The Bayport Cruise Terminal was completed in 2008 and soon it will finally be used for cruises to the western Caribbean. Princess Cruises has announced that they will start sailing a ship from the port in late 2013, while Norwegian Cruise Line will join them at the terminal near Houston in 2014.
The Bayport Cruise Terminal is part of the Port of Houston’s Bayport facility in the city of Pasadena (about a 30 mile drive from the heart of Houston). This inland port is on Galveston Bay and it will take cruise ships 2-3 hours to reach the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. William P. Hobby Airport is the closest major airport, about 20 miles west of the port. Houston’s other airport, George Bush Intercontinental, is 40 miles to the northwest.
Princess Cruises has scheduled their “Caribbean Princess” to begin making 7-day trips from Houston in November 2013. The round-trip voyage through the western Caribbean will include visits to Cozumel, Roatan Island and Belize. Cruisers can also celebrate the ship’s arrival in Texas with a 10-day cruise from New York to Bayport departing on October 26th. Caribbean Princess was launched in 2004 and can carry as many as 3,080 guests.
Norwegian Cruise Line also plans to offer 7-day Caribbean cruises from Houston, beginning in 2014. The current plan is to have their “Norwegian Jewel” based at Bayport. NCL cruises from Houston will go on sale in 2013.
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