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About Galveston

The now-trendy resort town of Galveston is located on a barrier island just two miles off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. It's not just well-known for its 32-mile-long beach shaped by wind and waves, but also for its charming Victorian architecture scattered throughout the downtown historic districts.

Once one of the wealthiest cities in Texas and the "Wall Street of the South," Galveston was nearly swept away by a devastating hurricane in 1900, which killed more than 6,000 people. In 2008, Hurricane Ike made a direct hit, damaging 75 percent of the city's homes and causing more than $3.2 billion in damage. But, the city's 17-foot seawall (a must for strolling), which was built after the 1900 storm, held up to Ike, preventing total devastation, and the waterfront town of Galveston has once again returned to its former glory.

With its visitor-friendly historic district and a host of attractions, ranging from a massive water park to an indoor rainforest with 1,000 species of exotic plants, Galveston offers cruisegoers enough to do to fill a couple of pre- or post-cruise days. Very few ports are as walkable as Galveston; the downtown area of the city is literally right across the street from the terminal buildings. The proximity of the port to many sightseeing-worthy venues is a definite plus. For example, several neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places are within walking distance, including the Strand District, where you'll find plenty of shops and restaurants amid Victorian iron-front buildings, and the East End District, where you'll spot exquisite gems like Bishop's Palace.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Galveston

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Galveston Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Falmouth
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      Galveston
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    Liberty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Great family-friendly programming on a large ship that is relaxing even with little kids

    Cons

    Food was underwhelming at times and the nightly entertainment was hit or miss

    Bottom Line

    Liberty of the Seas boasts a fresh feel and provides a fun vacation for all ages

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    Liberty of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    A member of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class of ships, Liberty of the Seas is a large ship that ...

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    mimimacaw
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great ship, food and entertainment
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    Jp03559
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Cruise took us to Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Galveston

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Montego Bay, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Galveston Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Montego Bay
    • Day 5
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 6
      Cozumel
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Galveston
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    Carnival Vista - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of fun with a water park, IMAX, ropes course, sky-high bike ride and brewery onboard

    Cons

    Dining room menus repeat too often and dishes dubbed too fancy by Carnival's passengers

    Bottom Line

    An action-packed ship with more activities than you can possibly do in seven days

    Reviews

    Carnival Vista Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Cruise Line's 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista might just be one of the line's most fun ...

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    Too blessed to be stressed
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Our first Carnival premier cruise.
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    BigBoats4Me
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    3rd Time is a charm with Carnival Vista
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Galveston

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Belize City ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Galveston Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Belize City
    • Day 5
      Roatan
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Galveston
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    Carnival Vista - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of fun with a water park, IMAX, ropes course, sky-high bike ride and brewery onboard

    Cons

    Dining room menus repeat too often and dishes dubbed too fancy by Carnival's passengers

    Bottom Line

    An action-packed ship with more activities than you can possibly do in seven days

    Reviews

    Carnival Vista Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Cruise Line's 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista might just be one of the line's most fun ...

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    sshs
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Below average Carnival cruise
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    NOT the same Carnival anymore
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    • Select Dining
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    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Galveston

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Roatan, Costa Maya ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Galveston Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Roatan
    • Day 5
      Costa Maya
    • Day 6
      Cozumel
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Galveston
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    Allure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Caters to every type of cruiser: families, couples, adventurers, food- and wine-lovers.

    Cons

    Upselling is rampant, and extra fees can quickly add up.

    Bottom Line

    If you want a fun-filled cruise with plentiful activities, you can't beat Allure of the Seas.

    Reviews

    Allure of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    The 225,282-ton Allure of the Seas was the world's largest cruise ship -- for six years -- befo...

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    beachlovers4
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    We'll be back!!
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    Housingcopper
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Time - Disappointed with Port Changes
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Galveston

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Key West, Perfect Day at CocoCay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Galveston Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Key West
    • Day 4
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 5
      Nassau
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Galveston
    Ship Details

    Enchantment of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Genial onboard atmosphere, with good service and excellent food.

    Cons

    No adventurous attractions like waterslides or ziplines; limited optional dining.

    Bottom Line

    A good value for families with lots to do and friendly crew and fellow passengers.

    Reviews

    Enchantment of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Enchantment of the Seas might not have all the jaw-dropping features of newer Royal Caribbean ship...

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    ched03
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Pleasantly surprised with the charm of this little ship.
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    SeaJoy45
    Sail Date Jun 2018
    Return to Enchantment
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Galveston

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Key West, Freeport ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    8 Night Cruise to Galveston Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Key West
    • Day 4
      Freeport
    • Day 5
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 6
      Nassau
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Galveston
    Ship Details

    Carnival Freedom - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Free dining options and age-appropriate activities, including Seuss-themed events

    Cons

    Layout forces passengers to climb stairs to access other main areas of the ship on the same deck

    Bottom Line

    Tremendous value to passengers and families, with fun-for-all-ages atmosphere

    Reviews

    Carnival Freedom Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Freedom is a major step on a trajectory that is quickly hurtling Carnival Cruise Lines...

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    Komorowski
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    The Virgin cruise
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First and Last Carnival Cruise
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Galveston

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Galveston Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Falmouth
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Galveston
    Ship Details

    Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Few gimmicks, great service, rarely raucous

    Cons

    Costly extras, unimaginative entertainment

    Bottom line

    Uncomplicated classic cruising with all the traditional trimmings

    Reviews

    Jewel of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

    Jewel of the Seas made its debut in spring 2004. Measuring 90,090 tons and carrying 2,100-plus ...

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