The fourth most popular North American cruise port celebrated its one millionth cruise passenger of 2022 on December 22nd.
Galveston port officials welcomed Kathy Wade and her family at the port’s new Royal Caribbean cruise terminal with gifts before they embarked on a four-night Christmas voyage aboard Adventure of the Seas. “This is our sixth cruise this year,” Wade said. “We love to cruise and we love Royal! We’ve been on the Adventure of the Seas several times.”
Wade and her family stayed at a Galveston hotel the night before their cruise. To celebrate Christmas on the ship, they were traveling with an inflatable Christmas tree and two bags filled with presents.
Staff from the Port of Galveston and Adventure of the Seas greeted the family in the terminal to congratulate them on being part of the port’s milestone this year.
Rodger Rees, Galveston Wharves port director and CEO, said, “We’re very happy for the Wade family. We’re also happy to mark this milestone for the port and our cruise partners. It shows that cruising from Galveston is back and moving full steam ahead! This is great news for avid cruise travelers like the Wades, for all the local people who work in cruise-related jobs and for the entities that benefit economically. The port’s cruise industry is a major economic engine for our region, benefitting suppliers, maritime services, hotels, restaurants, and shops, to name a few.”
The Port of Galveston expects to break its 2022 passenger record next year with 362 sailings, a new record in its 22-year history as a cruise homeport. Carnival, Disney, Norwegian, Princess, and Royal Caribbean are scheduled to collectively sail over a dozen ships from Galveston in 2023.
More than 300 million people live within a 300-mile radius of Galveston, making it a prime drive-to cruise market for the central U.S. including those who live in Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Little Rock.
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