Early Morning at the Beach by Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas
ADVENTURE IS BIGGER IN GALVESTON

Cruise from Galveston, Texas

When you cruise from Galveston, you’re in for big thrills before you even set foot onboard the ship. A favorite holiday stop among families, this fun-loving seaside city in Texas offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty and warm southern hospitality. Start your visit with a Texas-style breakfast in the historic Strand District, the pulsing heart of the city and a hub of antique shops, restaurants and bars. Make time for a walk along the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, home to lots of family-friendly rides, games and other attractions. Then explore Galveston’s illustrious history on a scenic stroll past well-preserved Victorian mansions and centuries-old landmark buildings. If you visit Galveston, you must dedicate a bit of time to the city’s museums, which host exhibits on all kinds of topics – from Galveston’s history with oil and railways to the pirates and corsairs that haunt the Gulf Coast’s rich and colourful past.
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GOOD TIMES IN GALVESTON 

Galveston Island is a gem for Texas tourism – and it’s easy to see why. Fascinating history, well-preserved 18th century architecture, gorgeous beaches and thrilling outdoor adventures. Experience all this and cruise out of Galveston with Travel Weekly’s Best Cruise Line Overall 19 years running.

HISTORIC TOURS
With over 60 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Galveston is home to historical gems with captivating stories of the past. To find out more about them, take a Galveston historic tour with key stops at the St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bishop’s Palace and the Galveston Railroad Museum which holds one of the most extensive railway collections in the country.
CAMPING S'MORE FUN
If you love nature, you'll definitely want to set out for Galveston Island State Park – complete with 2,000 acres of beaches, wetlands and dunes. For a unique experience, rent a beach or bay campsite overnight. Plus take advantage of endless outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, fishing and kayaking. Stop by the park’s nature centre to find out more about their star parties and paddle tours.
PICK YOUR PARK
Nature lovers should be sure to visit Moody Gardens – one of the top attractions for Galveston tourism. There you can explore marine sanctuaries, interact with endangered animals and discover more conservation efforts. And if you prefer wet-and-wild thrills, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is a must. The waterpark features slides, water coasters and lazy rivers.

  

  

 


Go Bold From Galveston

Unlock the shores of the western Caribbean on some fan favorites from our award-winning fleet. Wander through ancient Mayan ruins in Puerto Costa Maya, snorkel in Cozumel’s dramatic tropical reefs and zipline across lush rainforests in Roatán. Choose from a 7-night adventure onboard Harmony of the Seas®. Or go long on thrills with a quick getaway on Mariner of the Seas®. Or go long on thrills with a quick getaway on Voyager of the Seas®

ADVENTURE JUST GOT BIGGER IN TEXAS

Oasis Class flavors, thrills and beats go full-throttle on the biggest, boldest ship to ever sail from Texas — Harmony of the Seas®. Twist, shout and let it all out down the tallest slide at sea. Over 20 dining venues take you from Italy to Wonderland. And when the sun goes down, head to the AquaTheater or experience the Broadway hit Grease. All while maxing out memories onshore in Mexico and Roatán.

EXPLORE HARMONY OF THE SEAS

TROPIC HOPS FROM TEXAS

Get ready for memory-maxing onboard Voyager of the Seas®. Here, adventure reaches new heights with a rock-climbing wall 40 feet above deck. Tastes buds go globetrotting with mouthwatering dishes from Italy to Japan. And big thrills are always on the forecast with the Perfect Storm℠  — the boldest waterslides at sea.

EXPLORE VOYAGER OF THE SEAS

 
 
 

Things To Do in Galveston

Gulf Beach, Galveston, Texas

SALTWATER STALWARTS

Gulf Beach, Galveston, Texas

Gulf Beach, Galveston, Texas

SALTWATER STALWARTS

Unwind along Galveston’s 50 kilometres of sun-drenched shoreline at one of the many county beach parks lining the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston Island State Park offers quiet seclusion and Stewart Beach is a great family-friendly option, while East Beach is a popular gathering space for livelier beach crowds.

The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas

HEAD TO THE PIER

The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas

The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas

HEAD TO THE PIER

Say hello to the thrills and excitement of the massive amusement park at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Galveston cruises give the opportunity to experience all that the pier has to offer. Enjoy the rides before playing all of the classic carnival games – there's even a rollercoaster on Pleasure Pier!

Old Strand District, Galveston, Texas
Old Strand District, Galveston, Texas

BUILDING BLOCKS

Stroll past well-preserved Victorian-era buildings in the old Strand District during your Galveston cruise. Once called the 'Wall Street of the South', this charming commercial hub, along with the neighbouring East End Historic District, is home to mansions-turned-museums, the Grand 1894 Opera House, plus loads of unique shops and cosy cafés.

Gulf Shrimp Plate, Galveston, Texas
Gulf Shrimp Plate, Galveston, Texas

LOCAL CUISINE

Seafood is king on Galveston Island – Gulf shrimp, blue crabs, snapper and grouper come fresh off the boat. But the signature Tex-Mex cuisine equally impresses with sizzling fajitas and tequila-laced margaritas. Old Strand Emporium scoops out ice-cream parlour charm, while La King’s Confectionary is where local sweet-makers craft saltwater toffee in-house. Don’t miss a drive-through daiquiri stand for a frozen cocktail on-the-go.

Antique Storefront Model Ship, Galveston, Texas
Antique Storefront Model Ship, Galveston, Texas

SHOPPING

The Strand Historical District is the town’s prime shopping spot, where 19th-century storefronts now house a quirky collection of locally owned gift shops and antique shops. Here you can pick up beachwear, whimsical gifts, model ships, second-hand books, Southwestern turquoise jewellery, and Texas-inspired home décor.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
Galveston Island Trolley buses run approximately every 30 minutes on two routes through the city centre and seawall districts. The fare for adults is USD 1, with exact change required.
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