Port of Galveston ready for cruise ships in July

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The Port of Galveston (Source: Wikimedia Commons).
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The fourth busiest cruise port in the United States is ready to take on cruise ships again.

By Michael McGrady, Maritime Direct Americas & Pacific Correspondent

GALVESTON, Tex. — The Port of Galveston, Tex., the fourth busiest cruise port in the United States, is ready to resume the cruise docking operations. In a press statement published on April 16, the port expects to resume operations as soon as July of 2021.

Rodger Rees, the chief executive of port operations, said that this want is shared among other cruise terminals in the US.

“No one knows exactly when cruise ships will sail again from the Port of Galveston, but I can assure you that we’ll be ready,” he said.

“As the fourth most popular cruise port in the US and the only cruise homeport in Texas, the Port of Galveston is an important cruise industry partner. We’re closely monitoring progress as industry leaders, federal officials, and Congress shape how to resume safe, sustainable cruising in the US,” Rees said.

Cruise Industry News reports that the port has invested over $100,000 in health and safety upgrades in the port’s cruise terminals.

“We’re communicating and coordinating with local health authorities and county, state, and federal agencies to ensure that this region is prepared for safe, sustainable cruising,” Rees said. “We’re also involved in regular discussions with cruise industry leaders to raise awareness among elected officials, the CDC, and other decision-makers about the critical importance of getting the US cruise industry sailing again.”

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