Cruise lovers sometimes claim that it can cost more to stay at home than to take a cruise out of Galveston. That may be a slight exaggeration, but it’s true that Texans can find affordable great-value cruise vacations with all the food, entertainment and excursions they desire. So which major cruise lines make Galveston their port of call?

Galveston3 copyDisney Cruise Lines – Disney caters to families of all ages with extensive kids’ programs, spectacular Disney entertainment, relaxing spa facilities and an enticing array of dining options. In November 2016, the Disney Wonder will return to Galveston. The ship will begin sailing from the island on Nov. 10, offering a lineup of several seven-night and four-night itineraries through the end of the year.

Royal Caribbean Cruises — Royal Caribbean offers year-round sailings from Galveston, with the Navigator of the Seas departing January through November, and the ship Liberty of the Seas departing in November and December 2016. Royal Caribbean sails to some of the most popular cities and destinations. Its growing fleet of innovative, stylish ships is relaxed, elegant and upscale with a broad appeal.

Carnival Cruises — Carnival offers round-the-clock excitement on its “Fun Ships.” In 2016, Galveston will become home to the newest ship in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet when Carnival Breeze is repositioned to the Port of Galveston. The ship will offer year-round cruises, departing every Sunday on three different seven-day itineraries: western Caribbean cruises calling at either Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, or Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isle Roatan) and Cozumel, and a seven-day Bahamas/Florida route with stops in Nassau, Freeport and Key West. In March 2016, the Carnival Liberty will also be repositioned to Galveston, joining the Carnival Freedom that began sailing from Galveston in February 2015.

By Janis Turk