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UPDATED 24 February 2021 Construction of Royal Caribbean's Cruise Terminal 3 is now planned to begin on April 1, 2021, and the Port of Galveston is continuing their ongoing design and constructio

This deserves to be a regular blog post on the homepage.

The Port of Galveston reported this week that Cruise Terminal 3 is still on track to begin construction in April 2021 to be ready to open in October 2022.  Allure of the Seas is still mentioned as the

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12 hours ago, Sparkymedic said:

Is the current terminal unable to physically accommodate allure or is there a depth issue at the port?  My question would be if they dredged the port would allure be able to dock there?

think it's both. I know for certain the terminal cannot handle an Oasis Class ship. I thought I heard dredging was part of the work to be done as part of the recent meeting.

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3 hours ago, wordell1 said:

Any guesses on when RC will cancel cruises on Allure out of Galveston.  I'm guessing it will move to Miami or Ft Lauderdale.  If we have a booked room, do you think we would have the option of keeping the booking with the new port/itinerary?

There are a lot of us wondering about this!  I'm trying to be patient.  I'm not good at it (even though it's almost two years away, lol).

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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.

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I watched the Port of Galveston Trustees meeting today and heard the following items of interest:

  • The Port Director stated "Royal Caribbean insists they will begin construction on Cruise Terminal 3 on April 1st (2021)."
  • Other Cruise Terminal 3 updates:
    • The design of roads and infrastructure for the East End Cruise Corridor is ongoing.  This includes roads to Terminal 3 and roads to a potential future Terminal 4.
    • Design of utilities to support Royal Caribbean's Cruise Terminal 3 is 90% complete.
    • Traffic study is 90% complete.  The study will recommend upgrading Old Port Industrial Road to accommodate traffic to Cruise Terminals 1 & 2, and using Harborside Drive for traffic to Terminals 3 & 4.  The traffic study determined that a lot of vehicle traffic arrives at the port from hotels along the beach, and it seemed to be a surprise to some Trustees that people spend the night in hotels the night before a cruise.
    • As I speculated back in April, the Port is planning for a "potential" Cruise Terminal 4 in their planning and design.  Nothing has been announced about a 4th Cruise Terminal.
    • I announced earlier this year that building permits for Cruise Terminal 3 were already approved by the City of Galveston.
  • The Port Director participates in online meetings with other Ports and the major cruise lines.  What he's hearing:
    • Most COVID precautions will be similar to what we are already doing on land.
    • The main focus is on getting on and getting off the ships: keep people with COVID from getting on... and if someone does get COVID while aboard the ship then get them off ASAP.
    • CDC is finally talking to the cruise lines.
    • Disney will limit the number of people in the terminal by enforcing check-in arrival times.  They will limit ship capacity to 70%.
  • The Port has signed a contract with Lyft that charges passengers $2 per pickup and $2 per drop-off.  Uber has declined to sign such a contract and has been informed that they (Uber) are not allowed in the Port.

I also posted this topic here.

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9 minutes ago, cruisellama said:

Sailed both those itineraries different times  - family really enjoyed it.   Liberty is a friendly ship, we'll sail her again..

Awesome!!

First sailing is my wife and I with our oldest (whose birthday is sail away day) and his new wife (they are getting married shortly before).  We are taking them for their honeymoon on the first leg.  I'm doing the second leg by myself to do some diving since I have six weeks vacation to my wife's three.

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8 minutes ago, cruisellama said:

Any info out there regarding Galveston being able to re-open when (if) the CDC lifts restrictions?

The Port of Galveston has been preparing its cruise terminals for COVID-safe cruising with touchless bathroom fixtures, plexiglass dividers, sanitation contracts, etc.  It's primarily up to the CDC and how Royal Caribbean wants to manage its restart in terms of which ships/ports will be released to sail first.

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20 minutes ago, Galveston Steve said:

The Port of Galveston has been preparing its cruise terminals for COVID-safe cruising with touchless bathroom fixtures, plexiglass dividers, sanitation contracts, etc.  It's primarily up to the CDC and how Royal Caribbean wants to manage its restart in terms of which ships/ports will be released to sail first.

That's a good sign from a port readiness perspective.   (Agree the CDC and RCL will decide when to go and from where.)

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