Galveston Cruise Traffic Boosts Regional EconomyTravel And Tour World

Published on: Wednesday May 4, 2022

The increase in cruise ship traffic in Galveston, Texas is good news for the local economy.

This year, through April 25, there have been 98 departures with 243,248 total passengers boarding the six Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean cruise ships that are homeported in Galveston, according to the port.

And according to Port Director and CEO Rodger Rees. ship occupancy rates have steadily increased each month. indicating that the port’s usually busy summer season will be strong.

Passenger numbers will jump in the final months of 2022 when our third cruise terminal opens in November, he said.

Royal Caribbean’s highly anticipated Allure of the Seas is scheduled for nine sailings in November and December.

Princess Cruises Ruby Princess arrives in December, with two departures this year. Norwegian’s Prima sails twice in October before launching her 2023 seasonal sailing schedule.

Several factors are contributing to the growth in passenger numbers. One is Galveston’s popularity as a cruise port and vacation destination. Another is pent-up demand after the year-and-a-half-long hiatus in cruise shipping.

A third factor is the success of security protocols put in place by the port, the cruise industry, and state and federal agencies designed to manage and mitigate .

Cruise lines can be confident that the cruise industry and the port have taken steps to protect passengers and crew, Rees continued.

Rees said the resurgence of cruising is positive economic news for the port and the region. This translates into increased work hours and income for thousands of people.

Union hours alone are estimated at over 200,000 based on the expected number of cruises and estimated working hours per vessel.

That’s an 11% increase over working hours in 2019, a record year for the cruise port industry, Rees explained.

The rise in cruises is already improving the bottom line of our citizen-owned autonomous port.

Free cash flow for the first quarter of 2022 was $1.4 million above budget.

They receive revenue from port-owned cruise parking service, passenger numbers, and ship fixed assets and docks.

The port reinvests these revenues in much-needed infrastructure improvements to develop port operations and the regional economy.

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