Houston cruise port is located on the Bay Area Houston’s southeast corner. The complex area comprises seven cities and the waterfront, 35 miles long, connects Galveston and Houston. The port of Huston’s length is 25 miles. The city of Houston is the forth largest in the USA.
Houston cruise port terminal, Bayport, was built in 2008 but it entered in the cruise ship schedule in November 2013. it operates two cruise lines – Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines. The voyages from Houston cruise port include Cozumel, Roatan, Belize City and Honduras as ports of call.
In 2016, Port of Houston exited the cruise ship business as the port commissioners desided to sell the gangway system.
- Initially, the port expected annually around 300,000 cruise ship passengers.
- Bayport Cruise Terminal was opened in 2008, but the first ships arrived in 2012, with Princess and NCL Norwegian homeporting in Houston TX.
- Princess started turnaround port operations in 2013-2014 with a total of 27 departures.
- NCL Norwegian started its operations in 2014 with a total of 75 ship calls over 5-year period, plus 2 more years optional.
- To allure Princess and NCL, the Bayport paid the companies, respectively, USD 685,000 and USD 6 million. Both deals also included free of charge use of the cruise terminal.
- In addition, NCL received another USD 2 million if the company extended the berthing contract into 2017-2018.
Houston cruise terminal
Houston cruise port terminal is an hour (45 miles) from George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the distance to Hobby Airport is 45 minutes (20 miles). It is 30 minutes closer compared with Galveston cruise port.
Houston cruise port was one of the busiest cruise port in the middle 1800s. In 1837 it welcomed its first steamboat.
The terminal of Houston cruise port was built in 2008. Bayport Cruise terminal cost $108.4 million. With the start of it service in 2013, the authorities expect the economic impact for the next four years to be over $200 million. The future development plans are to overtake Galveston cruise port as Texas’ cruise capital.
Houston cruise port terminal is on the Galveston Bay’s edge, between the Kemah and La Porte suburbs. Houston Downtown is 30 miles away.
The easiest options to reach the Bayport cruise terminal is by taxi. Also you can use independent shuttles. If you come by car, there is a parking area with 1,000 spaces. It is located in fron Houston cruise port terminal and it is monitored by the Port authorities 24/7.
Parking: $80 for a 7-day cruise ($11.50 per day)Pre-paid discount: $5 for a 7-day cruise.
Houston tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Bayou Place: megaplex for entertainment. It is in the heart of the Downtown Theater District in Houston. The 130,000 square foot area comprises bars, theaters, restaurants and lounges. Here is the largest and most popular rock&roll nightclub in Houston – ROCBAR.
- Galleria Mall: the largest mall in Texas. It is located on Westheimer Rd.
- Johnson Space Center: located in the south-east part of Houston. It is the NASA astronaut corps’ home. There are 100 facilities span on 1,620 acres. Try the zero-gravity environment or a virtual launch of a rocket.
- Houston Zoo: placed 7th in the America’s most visited zoos. See over 4,500 animals in the amazing landscaped grounds. You can chose a guided tour from shadowing a veterinarian for a day to a lion cub feeding.
- Museum District: discover collections of galleries, cultural centers and museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, the John P. McGovern Health Museum, the Lawndale Art Center, Holocaust Museum and Houston Center for Photography.
- Splashtown: water park, great options for all the family. It is situated in the north part of Houston. There are attractions like a lazy river, several slides and a wild wave pool. The kids will enjoy the Crocodile Isle.
The Houston cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Houston, Texas.
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