January 2020 Galveston Cruise News

The Allure of the Seas, an Oasis class ship, is coming to Galveston in November 2021.
The Allure of the Seas, an Oasis class ship, is coming to Galveston in November 2021.

Welcome to the new news format for Galveston Cruise Reviews! Our primary focus remains on providing reviews of the ships sailing from Galveston as well as things to do and places to stay on the island. However, we also want to keep you up to date on all of the latest news. The easiest way to do that is with our new monthly newsletter. We will review all of the news from the previous month and tell you what is coming up. The last month has been particularly busy, and it was highlighted by a huge announcement from Royal Caribbean. An Oasis class ship is coming to Galveston in 2021, and a new pier will be built to support it. The Allure of the Seas will sail regular 7 night itineraries to Roatan, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. There was a lot more, as well.

The other major news from Royal Caribbean is that the Summer 2021 short Caribbean itineraries appear to have been delayed. Royal Caribbean has, for the last few years, kept two ships in Galveston. One has sailed week long itineraries, and the other has sailed 4 and 5 night trips to Mexico. The Liberty of the Seas will remain in Galveston through October 2021 except for a January 2021 dry dock. The Allure of the Seas will replace her the following month. After April 2021, that would only leave one ship in Galveston. However, Royal has not released 2021-2022 itineraries for several ships yet.

Winter fog delays

Two Carnival ships ran into some bad luck late last month. On December 28, the Carnival Dream and Carnival Vista were delayed several hours by fog. They were not able to reach port until the late afternoon. Some passengers could not disembark until after 6 p.m. The passengers and crew were never in any danger. However, many would have missed their plans to fly home. Passengers scheduled to depart the same day on those ship also lost most of the first day of their cruises. Unfortunately, fog is a common problem for Galveston cruisers in the Winter.

Galveston Cruise Reviews YouTube Updates

In addition to the content here on the blog, Galveston Cruise Reviews maintains an active YouTube channel to show you Galveston cruise options. We had several updates this month:

  • How do you prepare for your first cruise? I talked about what to expect and how to get ready.
  • Is the drinks package worth it? For me, the answer is yes. However, in this video I discussed the ins and outs.
  • What is for dinner in the main dining room (MDR) on the Liberty of the Seas? I assembled the menus and pictures of the MDR from our July 2019 cruise.
  • The rooms at Harbor House are an excellent pre- and post-cruise option. Look for more this month about that hotel and it’s location.
  • Over the next month, look for a lot more about my December 2019 cruise on the Carnival Dream.

Galveston Cruise Reviews news

We also provided several updates last month about Galveston cruise options. Miller’s Seawall Grill is located next to the Hotel Galvez, and it has excellent options for breakfast and lunch. The pork fajitas and grits were amazing. In addition to the YouTube video above, I wrote about the ins and outs of the drinks package. We talked about options for both adults and kids. I hope that is helpful as you prepare for your cruise. Also, one of the challenges of cruising from Galveston is finding a good way to get there from the Houston airports. I used a sedan from Z Limo this month, and that was an excellent choice. Follow us through this month for even more news from Galveston Cruise Reviews, and happy sailing!

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