Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Texas - Cruise destinations that depart from the Port Edit Title

Not too surprisingly, the cruise industry has been a boon to the Port of Galveston.

Between Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises, Galveston offers people from all over the region numerous opportunities to explore a slate of tropical ports on three to 14-day tours.

In its first quarter of 2017, Carnival is showing strong growth.

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"We are off to a good start delivering another quarter of operational improvement on top of a very strong first quarter last year," Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald said in a statement. "Our performance was driven by increased demand, particularly for our core Caribbean itineraries, leading to higher year-over-year ticket prices which enabled us to overcome the significant negative impact of both fuel and currency to exceed the high end of our guidance range."

That might be why the company expanded its destinations to include the Panama Canal. It's part of a 14-day voyage on the line's "Carnival Freedom," and it only launches once a year.

"We get quite a few inquiries each month about Panama Canal cruises from Galveston," Dru Walters, Cruise Agent at GalvestonCruises.com said. "When Carnival announced new itineraries with the canal, we held a small block of cabins because we knew they would go fast."

The historic waterway was built from 1903 through 1914 as a way of traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts without having to circumnavigate South America.

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This year's trip to the Panama Canal in Colon, Panama will embark Oct. 28 and will include stops in Aruba and Bonaire. Seating is very limited, and reservations can be made at 409-763-8678.

As for Royal Caribbean, it's now offering four and six-night cruises to Havana, Cuba. Although these only depart from Miami. Here's hoping they add a route from Galveston sometime soon.

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