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Houston is home port to Caribbean Princess. Credit: Wikimedia
The Houston Texas cruise port manages to give travelers access to the Caribbean despite the fact that Galveston is a major cruise port only 30 miles away.

Galveston is a popular embarkation point for Caribbean cruises in part because the port is located on Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico.

The island is a quicker starting point for a cruise. It also has amenities including a 36-block historic district one block from the cruise terminals. The district has more than 100 shops, restaurants and galleries.

The two ports serve different cruise lines. Galveston caters to customers of Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean. Houston serves clients of Princess and Norwegian.

Princess and Norwegian each have one ship that makes Houston its home port. Caribbean Princess and Norwegian Jewel focus on western Caribbean cruises to destinations such as Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Cozumel and Belize.

Houston’s Bayport Cruise Terminal, 4700 Cruise Road, is actually located in Pasadena on the southeast corner of the Houston city limits. The port has access to Trinity Bay. From there, cruise ships sail past Galveston Island, into the Gulf of Mexico and onward to the Caribbean.

Nearby Attractions

Bush airport is located north of Houston, while Hobby is located south. Cruise travelers who fly into Houston for their trip may want attractions close to their airports.

Ten major attractions in the Houston area are:

  1. Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Road 1
  2. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive
  3. Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St.
  4. Houston Arboretum and Memorial Park, 4501 Woodway Drive
  5. The Waterfall and Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Ave.
  6. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
  7. The Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet St.
  8. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd.
  9. The Rothko and Byzantine Fresco chapels, 3900 Yupon St
  10. USS Texas (BB-35) and San Jacinto Monument, 3523 Independence Parkway, La Porte

Location and Directions

Two airports serve Bayport Cruise Terminal: William P. Hobby Airport, 22 miles away, and George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport, 45 miles away.

Travel time from Bush Intercontinental is about one hour depending on the time of day. The trip from Hobby Airport may take about 30 minutes.

From the west, take Route 225 east to Route 146 south. Take the Port Road exit and follow the road all the way to the end.

From the south, take I-46 North to the Route 146 north exit. Drive north on 146 to the Port Road exit. Again, follow the road all the way.

Expect to pay $100 to $150 to go from Bush Intercontinental to the terminal by taxi. A one week car rental combined with terminal parking may be a less expensive option.


The port has 1,500 parking spaces with free on-site shuttles between the lot and the terminal.

The cost is $80 per week or $75 if prepaid. Parking reservations can be made by phone at 877-710-2737 or by going to the port Web site at

Local Weather

The average high temperature in Houston ranges from 63 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 95 degrees in August, according to historical records from the U.S. National Weather Service.

It rains on average eight to 10 days each month of the year. Total rainfall averages about three inches from December through April and four to five inches the rest of the year.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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December 08, 2015
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