Carnival To Homeport Fourth Ship In Galveston

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Carnival Radiance.

Carnival Cruise Line will homeport four of its ships in Galveston, year-round, beginning in 2021.

Carnival Radiance will join the Galveston-based fleet in MAY 2021. Carnival Breeze will return to Galveston from Port Canaveral, becoming the newest and largest ship to operate a short cruise program from Galveston. Carnival Dream will shift to six- and eight-day Caribbean voyages, while Carnival Vista will continue its week-long Caribbean cruises.  

“Carnival is already the most popular cruise line from Galveston attracting vacationers from all across the Southwest and beyond. With these enhancements, we’re providing our guests with more voyages, more destinations and more choices from Texas than ever before,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. 

Carnival Freedom will be deployed to another homeport to be announced shortly.

With these four ships, Carnival Cruise Line will carry an estimated 900,000 guests annually from Galveston – more than any other cruise operator – on 235 five- to 14-day sailings a year, providing an unprecedented variety of cruise durations, destinations and amenities from Texas. 

“As North America’s fourth busiest cruise port, the Port of Galveston is pleased to welcome the Carnival Radiance. Since Carnival made Galveston its homeport almost 20 years ago, more than 7.5 million Carnival Cruise Line passengers have embarked from our wharves,” said Rodger Rees, Galveston Wharves CEO and Port Director. “As we grow, we’ll continue to focus on delivering great service to Carnival and its passengers.”

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Carnival Radiance To Galveston 
Carnival Radiance will launch a new schedule of five- to 14-day voyages from the Port of Galveston beginning on 14MAY.

Radiance will undergo an extensive 38-day, bow-to-stern US$200 million renovation next year that will add a host of new food venues, beverage outlets, and transformed spaces, including a water park, youth facilities, retail shops, Cloud 9 Spa and a new Liquid Lounge home to Carnival’s high-tech Playlist Productions shows. Its sister ship, the transformed Carnival Sunrise, debuted earlier this year. 

Short Cruises To Mexico Aboard Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze will become the newest and largest ship to operate a short cruise itinerary to Mexico from Galveston when it kicks off year-round four- and five-day cruises from that port 5MAY, 2021. 

Longer Cruises From Galveston On Carnival Dream & Vista
Carnival Dream will shift to a new six- and eight-day cruise schedule from Galveston beginning 8MAY, 2021.

Carnival Vista will continue its week-long cruise program from Galveston with two different three-port, seven-day western Caribbean options.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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