Port Houston Texas is located on the Bay Area Houston’s southeast corner. The Houston metro area comprises seven cities. Its waterfront has length of approx 35 ml (56 km) and connects Galveston TX and Houston TX. The city has population around 2,1 million (metro over 6,3 million) ranking it USA's 4th largest - after NYC New York, Los Angeles California, and Chicago Illinois.
Houston cruise port terminal (Bayport) was built (finished) in 2008, but was officially opened in November 2013. it used to serve two cruise lines – Princess and NCL Norwegian. The round-trip Western Caribbean cruise itineraries from Houston included as ports of call Cozumel (Mexico), Roatan Island (Honduras), and Belize City.
In July 2016, Port Houston exited the cruise business as the port commissioners desided to sell Bayport Cruise Terminal's gangway system.
- Initially, the port expected annually around 300,000 cruise passengers.
- Bayport Cruise Terminal was opened in 2008, but the first ships arrived in 2012, with Princess and NCL Norwegian homeporting vessels here.
- 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, Bayport paid the companies, respectively, USD 0,685 million and USD 6 million. Both deals also included free of charge use of the cruise terminal facility.
- In addition, NCL received another USD 2 million if the company extended the berthing contract into 2017-2018.
- The cruise ship calls supported nearly 300 local jobs.
In September 2017, Houston Ship Channel suffered from Hurricane Harvey. Devastating torrential rains inundated the USA's Gulf Coast (the coastline along which southern US meets Gulf of Mexico). During the storm, floodwater deposited tons of silt into Houston Ship Channel and throughout Galveston Bay. The port authority required significant canal dredging to be able to accommodate normal shipping traffic at the port's authorized vessel depth and width. Hurricane Harvey damages to the port included dramatic shoaling at the entrance waterways of the port’s 3 main cargo terminals.
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.
Bayport cruise terminal
Houston cruise port was one of the busiest ports in the middle 1800s. In 1837 it welcomed its first steamboat. The cruise terminal in Houston was built in 2008. Bayport Cruise terminal cost USD 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 USD 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 costs USD 80 for a 7-day cruise (USD 11.50 per day), pre-paid discount: USD 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.
If you lose the Houston location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.