Why go to Houston?
Houston has an up-and-coming arts and food scene
The city is spread out, and there's nothing near the port itself, necessitating transportation
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."
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.
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.