Rather than travel to ports in Florida, set sail on a Caribbean cruise from Galveston, Texas.
Travelers residing in the Gulf Coast states do not have to look far to find tropical vacation opportunities. Cruises are becoming increasingly popular due to their all-inclusive rates and multiple port destinations. Rather than traveling to the busy Florida coast to depart on a cruise, travelers should consider setting sail from the less-busy Galveston, Texas cruise port to find low prices, convenient sailing dates and multiple cruise liners.
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas
Beginning in November 2011, Royal Caribbean will launch the 2003-built Mariner of the Seas from Galveston. Its ports of call will include Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. The Mariner of the Seas stretches more than 1,000 feet long and holds more than 3,000 people per sailing. Activities abound inside the ship - adults will enjoy golf simulators, spas, and the casino while the kids experience in-line skating, rock wall climbing, and an ice-skating rink. While in its destination ports, ship passengers can opt to snorkel, go shopping, or simply lounge around on the beach.
Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas
The prominent Voyager of the Seas is another member of Royal Caribbean's ship fleet that sails from the Galveston port. The ship features over-the-top entertainment including an ice skating rink, golf simulators, rock climbing, and even a full-court basketball court. Voyager of the Seas can carry more than 3,000 passengers at one time and offers private meeting space to groups. Its ports of call include Belize, Cozumel, Montego Bay, and Grand Cayman Island.
Carnival's Ecstasy is a resort-style ship geared toward passengers of all ages. Adults will enjoy the adult-only lounge area along with the world-class Crystal Palace Casino. Children can indulge in a shipboard water park, arcade and private chaperoned clubs for teens and pre-teens. Family time is equally exciting poolside or viewing one of the ship's daily performances. Land and sea excursions are available at each port of call for additional fees. Carnival Ecstasy typically sails to the Western Caribbean, visiting ports in Mexico such as Progreso and Cozumel.