After waiting for 4 years for any kind of ship to cruise it, the all-but-virginal Bayport Cruise Terminal will at last get a seaborne visitor — starting next year. And it’ll be . . . a Caribbean Princess!
What was it that finally sparked the hookup — the daily grooming and maintenance? The word put out on the street that the $108.4 million taxpayer-funded facility would be willing to do whatever it takes to lure a few sailors to its waiting docks? More likely, the Galveston County Daily News‘s Laura Elder reports, it was just that the popular-with-the-cruising-set Port of Galveston was full-up, and Princess Cruises wasn’t interested in just squeezing in with all the other ships.
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Beginning next fall, Bayport will get Galveston’s leftovers: Carnival has made 27 dates with the port for the winter season. And a few tall Norwegians will get in on the action starting in 2014. An agreement with Norwegian Cruise Lines stipulates 75 calls in Bayport over 3 years, with an optional 2 year extension if the docking’s good.
- Princess Cruises moves to Houston [Galveston County Daily News]
- Houston’s Bayport Cruise terminal finally inks cruise ship deals [Houston Business Journal]
- Bayport secures two new cruise ship contracts [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Nobody Wants To Cruise from Bayport, Pasadena Still Waiting for Its Ships To Come In
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