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  1. Maybe Icon Class by then? I think a lot can happen in the next two years... let's hope it's good!
  2. Galveston's Port Director reported this week that they will now study the need for a parking garage at the future Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal 3. He also reported that the Port of Galveston is continuing its commitment to Cruise Terminal 3 with surveying, engineering, traffic studies and design, and other physical work to support the new terminal. As a reminder, Royal Caribbean requested earlier this year that they be allowed to delay the terminal completion by one year.
  3. The current terminal is designed for 1,500 passengers per hour in each direction (embarking/disembarking), and the Port refers to its capacity as a 5,000 passenger terminal. Liberty and Anthem can each carry just under 5,000 passengers, while Allure's capacity is 6,780. I think it would be very crowded but it might be done with some adjustments, such as passenger arrival timing, installation of facial recognition for Customs and Border Protection, etc. Before the current terminal was expanded a few years ago they set up a large air conditioned tent to handle the overflow, for example. The channel depth all the way in to the pier is 46 feet, so that's not an issue. There are a few areas of the channel that will be dredged this year to maintain that depth. The pier is a 1,000 foot pier, which would be a little short but the aft could extend a bit to the west, so I do believe Allure could physically fit alongside. I believe the limiting factor may be the mooring bollards which may be under-designed to safely handle the wind load of such a large ship. This was an issue when Liberty of the Seas came to Galveston and they had to add additional mooring bollards to accommodate her.
  4. Sorry, no. That bullet point was on the slide deck, but the Port Director skipped over it. It's probably too early to talk about and shouldn't have been on the public slide deck!
  5. 🚨 It’s Official 🚨 Port of Galveston voted this afternoon to allow Royal Caribbean a one year delay in building Cruise Terminal 3. New target completion date is September 1, 2022. Neither the Port nor Royal Caribbean wanted to cancel the contract and felt the best option was the one year delay.
  6. 🚨 It’s Official 🚨 Port of Galveston voted this afternoon to allow Royal Caribbean a one year delay in building Cruise Terminal 3. New target completion date is September 1, 2022. Neither the Port nor Royal Caribbean wanted to cancel the contract and felt the best option was the one year delay.
  7. I think about 70% of Galveston passengers drive to the terminal, so I agree with you and am surprised they are not planning to build a parking garage at the new Terminal 3. However, there are quite a few private off-site parking options in Galveston, and the Port of Galveston has plans to build two additional parking garages near Cruise Terminals 1 & 2.
  8. This is the first time I've seen it... I assume it has to do with Royal's request to delay the new Galveston cruise terminal by one year as they conserve cash.
  9. I'm assuming that with all the Coronavirus turmoil it would fill the gap due to the impending 1-year delay in Galveston's Cruise Terminal 3, so from late 2021 to late 2022. But that's just my opinion.
  10. Galveston's Port Director will present his monthly report to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday. There are some very interesting items in the report: The Port is working with Royal Caribbean on the possibility of receiving Anthem of the Seas at the current Cruise Terminal 2 A decision on approving Royal Caribbean's request to delay the new Terminal 3 by one year is on the agenda Target completion date would now be September 1, 2022 Royal Caribbean management has reiterated that Galveston is an integral part of Royal's strategic plan Cruise Terminal 3 progress is continuing even during the Covid-19 crisis: City of Galveston has approved the building permit for the cruise terminal building Phase II Environmental Site Assessment shows no significant concerns Utilities design is ongoing and will be complete in June. Roadway layout is under development and traffic study simulations are being incorporated Ready to issue a contract for wharf repair design work Construction work is ongoing to relocate existing operations to make way for Terminal 3 The conceptual plan for the East End Cruise Corridor (shown below) includes not only the new Royal Caribbean Terminal 3, but an additional 4th cruise terminal at the current Del Monte terminal.
  11. Galveston's Port Director will present his monthly report to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday. There are some very interesting items in the report: The Port is working with Royal Caribbean on the possibility of receiving Anthem of the Seas at the current Cruise Terminal 2 A decision on approving Royal Caribbean's request to delay the new Terminal 3 by one year is on the agenda Target completion date would now be September 1, 2022 Royal Caribbean management has reiterated that Galveston is an integral part of Royal's strategic plan Cruise Terminal 3 progress is continuing even during the Covid-19 crisis: City of Galveston has approved the building permit for the cruise terminal building Phase II Environmental Site Assessment shows no significant concerns Utilities design is ongoing and will be complete in June. Roadway layout is under development and traffic study simulations are being incorporated Ready to issue a contract for wharf repair design work Construction work is ongoing to relocate existing operations to make way for Terminal 3 The conceptual plan for the East End Cruise Corridor (shown below) includes not only the new Royal Caribbean Terminal 3, but an additional 4th cruise terminal at the current Del Monte terminal.
  12. Sorry I’m late @Matt. Rough weather in Texas but I’m on board now!
  13. Regarding the new Terminal 3 in Galveston... In yesterday's Special Meeting, the Galveston Wharves Board: Delayed until April 28 the vote on Royal Caribbean's request to delay the Galveston terminal construction by one year. The board member who moved to defer the vote wanted more details about "where we're going in the future" with Royal. Royal has reiterated their commitment to the new terminal project, but with a one year delay. https://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_48caa8ab-1a9b-5216-9e98-7a1ace114e9d.html
  14. Disappointing, but certainly understandable. "Royal Caribbean Cruises has asked the Port of Galveston for a yearlong extension to begin construction on its new $100 million cruise terminal." https://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_3110ec89-1a5f-5cc1-a4f6-2d81dad146af.html
  15. I have seen no announcement on any changes at Galveston so far. Your point is a good one and in these times anything seems possible. The contract has been formally signed and construction was scheduled to begin next month. I don’t know what contractural ability Royal would have to delay or cancel at this point.
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