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.
If you’re looking for a place to stay before or after your cruise, TheRealPlaces.com offers a complete guide to the hotels closest to the Bayport Cruise Terminal near Houston.
The schedule of cruises from Miami has been updated at MiamiCruiseGuide.com, including all the cruises offered by Celebrity Cruises between now and the middle of 2013. Celebrity currently limits their departures from Miami to the period between October and April, with four, five and seven day voyages to the Caribbean. There are also a couple of “repositioning cruises” from Miami available that can take you to Europe or through the Panama Canal to San Diego.
For the 2011-2012 season, Celebrity will have Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Eclipse based in Miami. Celebrity Eclipse was added to the fleet in 2010, the latest member of the “Solstice” class of cruise ships. Choose a cruise on Eclipse and you can enjoy unique amenities like the “rooftop” Lawn Club or the AquaClass staterooms. Eclipse starts making 7-night trips to the eastern Caribbean on November 12, 2011 and continues doing that every week through April 14, 2012. Eclipse’s last trip of the season with be a 13-night Transatlantic cruise from Miami to Southampton, England.
Celebrity Millennium will be making shorter 4- and 5-day trips from Miami to the western Caribbean during the 2011-2012 season. Starting on October 4, 2011 Millennium will alternate 4-night and 5-night cruises until April 16, 2012. Celebrity is moving Millennium to the West Coast next year – you can move with it on a 15-night Panama Canal cruise that departs Miami on May 12, 2012 headed to San Diego. Millennium will make the same Miami to San Diego trip again in the Fall of 2012, leaving Miami on October 7th.
When they start cruising again from Miami later in 2012, Celebrity will bring in two different ships – including the brand new Celebrity Reflection. Reflection is the last of the “Solstice” class ships to hit the waves, benefiting from some “last of the class” upgrades to the Solstice amenities. Reflection’s first couple of cruises will be in Europe, followed by a Transatlantic trip from Barcelona to Miami that sails on November 18, 2012. The first Celebrity Reflection cruise from Miami will be a short 3-night trip to the Bahamas, followed by a series of weekly 7-night eastern Caribbean cruises from December 8, 2012 through April 13, 2013.
Also departing from Miami in 2012-13 is Celebrity Constellation, taking over the 4- and 5-night voyages to the western Caribbean that include stops in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. The first of Constellation’s 5-night western Caribbean trips from Miami leaves on December 5, 2012. The schedule alternates 4 and 5 day trips through April 11, 2013.