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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
News Release
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Galveston Island Celebrates Addition of Disney Cruises Announced Today

Disney Cruise Line Becomes Latest to Announce It’s Galveston-Bound in 2012
Island Expecting Tremendous Economic Impact


GALVESTON, Texas – Disney Cruise Line today became the latest to announce it will soon begin sailing in and out of Galveston Island – bringing the number of new cruise ships scheduled to call the island home to five by the end of 2012. 

The Disney Magic will begin its Galveston schedule in September of next year, according to an announcement the company made today in Houston, making it the first Disney ship to sail out of Texas.  Disney’s presence is expected to have a “tremendous” economic impact on the island’s well-established tourism industry, said Leah Boyd, public relations manager for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Disney’s announcement is truly something to celebrate,” Boyd said. “Galveston Island is already known as a great family destination because of our attractions and beaches. Disney passengers will now have the option to enhance their cruise vacations by enjoying what the island has to offer families.

“The economic impact will be tremendous. Quality cruise lines attract tourists, which spend millions of dollars in our hotels, restaurants and shops. With Disney and four other new ships scheduled to sail from Galveston by the end of next year, the island’s near future is looking very bright.”

According to a 2010 Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) report, Galveston was the only Texas port to experience cruise activity during 2009, producing nearly 500,000 visits amounting to an estimated $34.7 million in passenger and crew onshore spending in Texas.

The 2,400-passenger Disney Magic will arrive in Galveston Sept. 22, 2012 and will offer 12 seven-night cruises sailing from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean. Ports of call will include Grand Cayman and Mexico’s Costa Maya and Cozumel.  Other new cruise ships to make Galveston Island home by the end of 2012 include:

  •  The Carnival Magic, a brand new 3,690-passenger ship coming in November 2011 that will replace the Carnival Conquest that currently sails from Galveston Island
  • Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, a 3,114-passenger ship coming in November 2011 that will replace Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas that currently sails from Galveston Island
  • The Carnival Triumph, a 2758-passenger ship coming in October 2011 that will replace the Carnival Ecstasy that currently sails from Galveston Island
  • The Crown Princess, a 3,080-passenger ship coming in December 2012 that will become the first Princess Cruises ship to sail from Galveston since 2007

The ships coming to Galveston Island in 2011 will increase passenger capacity by 28% combined.  For more information on cruising out of Galveston Island visit

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