Port of Houston Gave Up On Cruise Ships

By ,   July 29, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Commissioners who run Port of Houston gave up the idea of using the site as cruise ship base after spending on the project US$108 million since 1999.

Port commissioners voted on Tuesday, July 26, to authorize the sale of the gangway system which was used by passengers to board the few vessels that chose to sail from Bayport Cruise Terminal.

Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line declined to extend their contracts with Bayport terminal, even though in 2012 port commissioners approved US$6.7 million in incentives. The terminal, that was last used in April, was not able to compete with cruises out of Galveston, where ships are nearly 3 hours closer to the deep waters of Gulf of Mexico.