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While attending the CLIA conference this past weekend I learned that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has contracted with the Port of Galveston to build a state-of-the-art, $100 million cruise terminal! The 200,000-square-foot terminal will be large enough to hold Oasis class ships which can accommodate over 5,500 passengers and more than 2,000 crew members. It will also be large enough to accommodate their forthcoming Icon class of ships which are being built as we speak (ETA 2022-2025).

Which Oasis class ship will sail out of Galveston? While it could be any of the ships listed below, the rep I spoke with thought it might be the newly amped Oasis of the Seas which is currently offering 7-night western Mediterranean sailings departing from Barcelona, Spain/Rome, and Italy. 

  • Oasis of the Seas
  • Allure of the Seas – Announced January 2020
  • Harmony of the Seas
  • Symphony of the Seas 

Oasis-class ships feature a split structure, with the 5-deck high “Central Park” and “Boardwalk” outdoor areas running down the middle of the ship. These areas feature tropical gardens, restaurants, shops, and a working carousel. The ship’s displacement—the actual mass—is estimated at approximately 100,000 metric tons, equivalent to the displacement of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

About Galveston’s new Terminal 3

Port of Galveston FactsPort of Galveston Terminal 3 is slated to open in the fall of 2021 and will be the third cruise terminal for Galveston, which is the fourth-busiest cruise port in the country. Close to 2 million people cruise from Galveston annually.

The new terminal will be on 10 acres of land at Pier 10, which is in the port’s southeast section. Royal Caribbean will initially lease the terminal land for 20 years. It will then have the option of extending that lease for an additional 10 years and can do this four times if desired.

Royal Caribbean will be the only cruise line to use Terminal 3. After a few years of operating there, Royal Caribbean has the option to use Terminal 2 in addition to Terminal 3 if needed.

Royal Caribbean currently has two ships that sail out of Galveston from Terminal 2 which they share with  Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line. Terminal 1 is only used by Carnival.

How soon can you book a cruise?

Contact me and I’ll make note of your interest and schedule a follow up call with you once the sailings are available for booking. I’ll also announce them on my Facebook page. NOTE: If you are interested in a family reunion or group trip please contact me now. Group space will fill up FAST on her initial sailings out of Galveston.