Your cruise will leave from a port. This is where you will park your car or be transported by a taxi. We’ve all seen ports in movies as ships glide away onto the ocean. This is pretty much the same as today except there is an elevator to get onto the ship. You will want to visit the port websites and understand where to park, how much it will cost and if there is any lodging nearby. Some cruise lines or tour packages offer transfers from the airport directly to the port. We like these because they are so convenient. But if you’re doing the transfers yourself then you’ll want to look at the port websites.
If you shopping for a cruise look at the port schedules in advance and see what schedules work best for you. We’ve included links to the port schedules below. These will tell you when the cruise lines arrive and depart the specific port. Happy Sailing!
Port of Galveston
The Port of Galveston has their 2016 cruise ship schedule online here. What’s also great about the Port of Galveston website is that they offer more information on the cruises available and contact information. Even if you’re not planning to leave from the Port of Galveston it’s probably worth a look at their website. In their website you’ll find information on parking, weather, transportation and other things you’ll need to know.
Known all over the world as the “Cruise Capital of the World,” Port Miami is the home base for five cruise lines– Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Port Miami is the departure destination of choice for cruises to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and other exciting destinations.If you’re planning to cruise the Caribbean seas you will likely leave from Miami. The nice thing is that the port is very accessible with plenty of parking and easy transportation.
Here is the cruise line schedule.
Port of Seattle
The Port of Seattle has a document online that you can easily download and print. Here is the link to the Port of Seattle 2016 schedule. Generally Seattle is your port if you’re planning an Alaskan cruise.
Port of Vancouver
Vancouver is another Alaska cruise port similar to Seattle. Port of Vancouver is closer to Alaska than Seattle and so you’ll get to Alaska a little faster depending on schedules and weather conditions. If you’ve not been to Western Canada before Vancouver is a great place to visit. It’s a beautiful city with parks, zoos, tourist friendly waterfront, shopping, restaurants and more. There is an infusion of Asia, Europe and the United States in Vancouver and there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy. Here is the cruise line schedule for 2016.