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Cruises to Houston

Houston (Photo:f11photo/Shutterstock)
Houston (Photo:f11photo/Shutterstock)

About Houston

Editor's Note: As of April 2016, Houston is no longer an active cruise port.

Houston welcomed the first steamboat to the Houston Ship Channel, one of the busiest seaports in the United States, in 1837. In 2013, cruise ships found their way back to the area at the Bayport Cruise Terminal, which cost $108.4 million to build and has contracts with Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Reached through Galveston Bay, the Port of Houston sits on the southeast corner of what's known as Bay Area Houston -- a complex of seven small cities and 35 miles of waterfront that connect Houston and Galveston. The port is 25 miles long and includes the Bayport Cruise Terminal, which sits close to plenty of tourist attractions in the nation's fourth-largest city and in nearby waterside towns. The port is located about an hour from George Bush Intercontinental Airport and 45 minutes from Hobby Airport. The port is also about 30 minutes closer to the airports than the Port of Galveston and half the distance to downtown Houston than Galveston.

Houston is well known as an international city, and its restaurant scene is ranked as one of the best in the country. The Houston Museum District features 19 museums within walking distance. Closer to port are the famous Space Center Houston and Kemah Boardwalk.

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Why go to Houston?

Pros:

Houston has an up-and-coming arts and food scene

Cons:

The city is spread out, and there's nothing near the port itself, necessitating transportation

Bottom Line:

Houston is not currently an active cruise port

Houston Cruise Port Facilities?

You can be in one of the Bay Area communities for shopping, dining and recreational activities in less than 10 minutes, or you can be in Houston in about a half hour.

Good to Know?

The smell in Pasadena is overpowering. Because of the stretch of refineries, which produce a burnt chemical odor, the city holds the unfortunate nickname of "Stinkadena."

Getting Around?

By Car: Most rental car companies, including Hertz, Avis, Budget and Enterprise, have offices nearby. Parking at the cruise terminal is $80 per week, $75 if prepaid. Parking is free for disabled American veterans who have the proper paperwork.

By Taxi: Taxi services available at the cruise terminal include Yellow Cab (713-236-1111) and Pasadena Taxi (713-477-6000).

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Houston's currency is the U.S. dollar. ATM's are available at both airports and also in all Bay Area cities. The closest is Seabrook, which is about three miles from the Bayport Cruise Terminal. Banks also are located in Webster, Clear Lake City, Nassau Bay, League City, La Porte and Kemah.

Several exchange bureaus are located at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Major banks also provide exchange services. Banks are typically open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, with many having Saturday hours and some having limited Sunday hours.

Language?

English is spoken in Houston.

Where You're Docked?

Houston Cruise Port Address:
Bayport Cruise Terminal, 4700 Cruise Road, Pasadena, Texas 77586

The Bayport Cruise Terminal (4700 Cruise Road) is technically in the town of Pasadena.


Houston Cruise Reviews

Norwegian Jewel
vicmgutierrez
Sail Date: Apr 2015
Very well organized.very friendly .timing to board was good. We didn't know what to expect even though just my wife and i but we got to meet nice people.would definitely go in another cruise with Norwegian... Read More
Norwegian Jade
sailingdantheman
Sail Date: Jan 2016
We stayed at the Best Western Plus in Seabrook, close to the Houston Terminal. The rooms are large and most have two beds. Breakfast, wifi and transportation to the cruise terminal is included in the cost of the... Read More
Caribbean Princess
Cdn Sunset
Sail Date: Mar 2016
Houston is a good place to get to for a cruise, although the weather conditions make it iffy whether you will get in or out of the harbour on time. We didn't take any excursions there this time.... Read More
Norwegian Jade
kiethalbee
Sail Date: Mar 2016
Good boarding facility and experience.... Read More
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