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Guidry News Gazette Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters
Galveston County
Port of Galveston to be Homeport of Disney Magic
by Jim Guidry with additional photos by Cristina Galego
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Disney Cruise Line announced today that the Port of Galveston will be the new seasonal homeport of the Disney Magic beginning September 22, 2012. News Release

"This event will mark the first ever Disney ship to set sail from the Lone Star State," said Jim Urry, vice president of entertainment and port adventures for Disney. 
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“The addition of Disney Cruise Line to the 2012 line up of cruise options from Texas will give both new and seasoned guests the opportunity to enjoy a different cruise experience in addition to increasing tourism revenue for the local, regional, and state economies.” said Port Director, Steve Cernak. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer 

The Port of Galveston will become the point of departure for Disney Cruise Line’s signature vacation experience when the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic cruise ship arrives in Sept. of 2012. The cruise line will offer 12 seven-night cruises sailing from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean. Ports of call include Grand Cayman and Mexico's Costa Maya and Cozumel.

“Recognizing the high demand for new cruise vacation options from the southwest region, the Port is thrilled that Disney has chosen the Port of Galveston to home-port the Magic”, said Roland Bassett , Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves.

A Port of Galveston news release notes that the port is Texas’ gateway for cruise sailings and international trade.

"The Port serves as the primary point of embarkation for cruises to the western Caribbean and handles over 850,000 cruise passengers annually with an estimated 916,000 in 2011," said the release. "Three cruise lines sail from Texas’ only cruise port including Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean. The Port is a self supporting enterprise fund with operating revenues of approximately $21 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations."
 
For more information visit
www.portofgalveston.com.




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