Houston's Bayport Terminal Finally Gets a Cruise ShipAlthough the terminal has been complete for about four years, it had not attracted a contract for a home based ship until now.
That is not to say no cruise ship had ever sailed from the facility. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, which devastated Galveston Island, and severely damaged the cruise terminal there, Carnival's Conquest and Ecstasy both sailed from Bayport for a couple of months.
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Courtesy Todd Stewart, via Wikipedia
Her initial departure on November 5, 2013, is for a special four day Veteran's cruise. After that, she'll sail a regular seven night Western Caribbean itinerary through April of 2014.
Other ships signed on to home port at Bayport in the future are the Emerald Princess, and the Norwegian Jewel.
Things are starting to look up for the cruise business in the Houston suburb. Finally.