Norwegian, Princess to cruise from Houston port

By Jerry Limone

Houston cruise terminalHouston is finally getting cruise ships, as Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises have made commitments at the Bayport Cruise Terminal.

The 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princes is scheduled to begin Houston service in November of 2013, with a total of 26 departures planned for the winter season.

"We're pleased that Houston will be the home port for Caribbean Princess during her 2013-2014 season," said Jan Swartz, Princess' executive vice president. "We expect that the port's state-of-the-art facilities and convenient airport-close location will provide a great experience for our passengers embarking there."

The 2,374-passenger Norwegian Jewel will sail Caribbean cruises from Houston, beginning in the fall of 2014.

The Bayport Cruise Terminal is in Pasadena, just outside of the Houston city limits. It was completed in 2009, but no cruise line has based a ship there since its opening.

Nearby Galveston, however, has hosted several cruise lines. Next year, Galveston will serve two Carnival ships, the Crown Princess, the Disney Magic and two Royal Caribbean International vessels.

Norwegian Cruise Line last homeported a ship in Houston in 2007.

“With the growth of our capacity from the upcoming additions of our two new ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, we can expand our existing fleet into new homeports,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “We listened to the feedback from our travel partners and guests who have been requesting our return to Houston.”

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