MSC Cruises Secures Agreement for $100 Million Terminal in Galveston

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After many months of negotiations, Galveston has finalized a deal for a fourth cruise terminal that will become the Texas home for MSC Cruises.

The Galveston Wharves confirmed details of a $100 million cruise terminal and a $42 million parking garage it will develop for the cruise line at Pier 16.

A cruise ship docked next to a Coca Cola truck at the MSC Cruises embarkation point in Galveston.
A Carnival ship docked in Galveston.

The 5,600-guest MSC Seascape will homeport at the new terminal from late 2025. The project entails converting a cargo warehouse into a 165,000-square-foot passenger terminal. The development will be funded through port cash reserves and revenue bonds.

20-year Agreement Inked

The parties signed an initial 20-year deal with four additional 5-year extension options. The Port of Galveston will become MSC’s fourth home port in the US. The Port forecasts an extra 925 jobs will be created.

“We’re excited about this mutually beneficial public-private partnership. It also elevates our status as a top U.S. cruise home port and moves us up to the eighth largest cruise port in the global market,” said Rodger Rees, Galveston Wharves port director and CEO.

MSC to start Galveston sailings in 2025

An MSC Cruises cruise ship setting sail from the Galveston cruise terminal in the ocean.
MSC Seascape

MSC Cruises has already opened sales for its planned 2025 cruises from Galveston with MSC Seascape. It will operate year-round seven-night sailings to the Caribbean. Planned port calls include Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, and Roatan.

“A great cruise starts with a top-notch terminal, and we’re excited to partner with the Galveston Wharves. We think it’s important to support the communities we serve and look forward to working with leaders in Galveston to make this project a reality,” said Rubén A. Rodríguez, President of MSC Cruises USA.

The Port of Galveston welcomed 1.49 million cruise passengers in 2023, a 43% year-over-year increase. Port CEO Rees revealed it has berth reservations for 388 sailings this year with capacity for more than 1.6 million cruise passengers.

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