"Located on the upper Texas coast on the eastern end of Galveston Island, it is 9.3 miles (15.0 km) from the open Gulf or approximately 30 minutes sailing time. The port is municipally owned by the City of Galveston and is managed by the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves, as designated by the City Charter.
The port is equipped to handle all types of cargo including: containers, dry and liquid bulk, breakbulk, RO/RO, refrigerated and project cargoes. The Galveston Railroad, a terminal switching railroad, facilitates movement of cargo by rail. In addition, the port is the year-round homeport to two Carnival Cruise Line vessels (Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph). They also had one Royal Caribbean vessel (Mariner of the Seas) sail from port on Winter months. Starting on Fall 2013, Navigator of the Seas will be based year-round out of Galveston. The Navigator will be the largest ship to ever be homeported in Galveston, like the Mariner, while the Magic is the largest ship homeported in Galveston year round.
Disney Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises also now sail from the port to locations in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Disney operates Disney Magic from the port during the fall and winter seasons, and is later to be replaced by Disney Wonder. Princess Cruises sailed the 951-foot Crown Princess to the western Caribbean from January to April 2013. Later in 2014, Princess will sail from the Houston Bayport Terminal, via the Caribbean Princess.
The Port of Galveston consists of the Galveston Ship Channel, the south side of Pelican Island, the north side of Galveston Island and the entrance to Galveston Bay. The Galveston Channel has an authorized minimum depth of 45 feet (14 m) and is 1,200 feet (370 m) wide at its narrowest point."
Wikipedia/ Port Of Galveston
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