Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
Sign in to follow this  
mlbcruiser

Sailing from Galveston. Not very pretty sail out?

Recommended Posts

I was told not to expect to see anything scenic or attractive sailing out of the port of Galveston. Does the water at appear pretty, or kind of yucky - like heading out from New Orleans?  

Thanks for any info!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
54 minutes ago, mlbcruiser said:

I was told not to expect to see anything scenic or attractive sailing out of the port of Galveston. Does the water at appear pretty, or kind of yucky - like heading out from New Orleans?  

Thanks for any info!

 

Let me explain the Gulf of Mexico/Mississippi River connection. All the silt emptied into the Mississippi from Minnesota to the delta flows to the west after it enters the Gulf Of Mexico. Therefore, the water is usually murky along the entire Texas coast. The water along the Florida Gulf of Mexico coast is not murky, hence the city named Clearwater. Thus ends your hydrology lecture for today! 😎

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks a bunch, Texas Tillie. 

Clearwater was my go to beach when I was in high school, so I know that water well. So basically we would have to wait until the day after embarkation to see any un-silty water, I guess?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, mlbcruiser said:

I was told not to expect to see anything scenic or attractive sailing out of the port of Galveston. Does the water at appear pretty, or kind of yucky - like heading out from New Orleans?  

Thanks for any info!


Whoever told you that was correct.  New Orleans and Galveston are both unattractive ports to sail from with murky water.  In Galveston, people at the beach will get into the water, but having visited really nice beaches I wouldn't touch it.  There is also tons of sea weed.  It's not a pretty sight.  I am sure the locals are used to it though.

However, Galveston makes up for the undesirable port with a great group of passengers who are extremely friendly and polite. Galveston passengers are my favorite general group out of all of the ports I have sailed from.

If you go into it knowing that the water will look nothing like the beautiful ports in Florida and the port is more industrial, you won't be disappointed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
45 minutes ago, TNcruising02 said:

  In Galveston, people at the beach will get into the water, but having visited really nice beaches I wouldn't touch it.  There is also tons of sea weed.  It's not a pretty sight.  I am sure the locals are used to it though.
 

 

Sea weed comes and goes. It's not there all the time. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Texas Tillie said:

 

Sea weed comes and goes. It's not there all the time. 


Two of the times we there there, we stayed in a hotel across from the beach.  It was all over the beach and very thick.  There were people who didn't seem to mind though.  It's just that I am used to beaches like Destin, Florida, so it spoiled me.  Many people are probably fine with it. Between the seaweed and the dark water, it just wasn't very inviting.

I wish they had more itineraries from Galveston because despite the port, we really like the cruisers.  A much better group as a whole than any other port I have sailed from.

We also really enjoyed staying in Galveston.  There is a lot going on near the beach and we had fun walking around.

Edited by TNcruising02

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@mlbcruiser

 

Howdy and let me be the first to welcome you to Texas! emo22.gif

 

Before you get here, you might want to check out the GALVESTON.COM cruise video cam at the port on turnaround days. I suggest you start watching about 30 minutes before your ship's departure time. There have been times when the cruise ships leave a little earlier than their posted times. Once out of port, you can continue to watch departing ships from the Emerald video cam for a bit.

 

Hopefully you will have our frisky dolphins "playing" around your ship when you sail. 🐬 🐬 🐬 🐬🐬

 

Happy sails,

 

Host Kat emo32.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sail-away in Galveston is a great start to a vacation. We've experienced it thirty-six times from here. It's a short trip down the channel, a slight left turn and a sweeping right past the USCG station and hello open water.
 Galveston and Carnival are bullish on each other. We returned to cruising from here in three short weeks after Ike and this summer was one of the busiest in hotel occupancy in a decade.
 The Strand, Moody Gardens, the Bryan Museum, the Elissa, Railroad Museum and more draw thousands across the causeway. I come across several times a week for my career, and we're down here almost every weekend.
 Seaweed is transient. We get it about every two or three years and have figured out a way to turn it into dune preservation. It's a natural protective barrier.

Ellie2.thumb.JPG.33d4bcb80cd678a8a8b82aa733949c2e.JPG
 Take a look at some of my favorites from our island, then decide.

 

.

IMG_2383.JPG

IMG_1955.JPG

IMG_1100.JPG

13882211_10209360047025682_7303143854414632693_n.jpg

DSCN0477.JPG

DSCN0462.JPG

IMG_0521-001.JPG

P8020275-001.JPG

DSC00284.JPG

DSC00269.JPG

DSC00261.JPG

DSC00243.JPG

DSC00248.JPG

P2100011.JPG

IMG_1008.JPG

IMG_0043-005.JPG

P2182970.JPG

DSC00728.JPG

DSC00726.JPG

DSC00724.JPG

DSC00756.JPG

DSC00742.JPG

DSC00739.JPG

IMG_0134.JPG

IMG_0014-007.JPG

IMG_0486.JPG

IMG_0021-005.JPG

P6070156.JPG

IMG_0059-002.JPG

IMG_0718.JPG

IMG_0550-001.JPG

IMG_0030-005.JPG

Ellie1.JPG

Edited by BallFour4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@TNcruising02 and @BallFour4

 

Thank you both for your kind words about our friendly passengers, fun things to do here and the great pictures! emo34.gif 

 

As for more itineraries, did y'all see the Carnival press release in the Galveston Carnival Fourth Ship thread? There will be some different itineraries as well as different cruise lengths in the future.

 

Thanks again to you both,

 

Host Kat emo32.gif

 

Edited to add: Next time, don't forget to wave wildly to the cruise cam on top of the Harbor House hotel during sailaway!

 

 

Edited by Host Kat
additional info

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, Host Kat said:

@TNcruising02 and @BallFour4

 

Thank you both for your kind words about our friendly passengers, fun things to do here and the great pictures! emo34.gif 

 

As for more itineraries, did y'all see the Carnival press release in the Galveston Carnival Fourth Ship thread? There will be some different itineraries as well as different cruise lengths in the future.

 

Thanks again to you both,

 

Host Kat emo32.gif

 We did. We've been on every Carnival ship that has floated to the dock in Galveston. I grew up surfing 53rd street and spend lots of weekends drowning shrimp in Galveston bays.
 If you are on the Strand or near the dock in front of Willie G's on Sundays when the ships sail look for us. Ellie the Golden will be with us if we aren't on the bicycles.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, BallFour4 said:

 We did. We've been on every Carnival ship that has floated to the dock in Galveston. I grew up surfing 53rd street and spend lots of weekends drowning shrimp in Galveston bays.
 If you are on the Strand or near the dock in front of Willie G's on Sundays when the ships sail look for us. Ellie the Golden will be with us if we aren't on the bicycles.


Great pictures!  There is so much to do in Galveston and I would really like to see more of the city when we return someday for a future cruise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the information and all the great pics! Very helpful. Thanks so much. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Host Kat said:

@TNcruising02 and @BallFour4

 

Thank you both for your kind words about our friendly passengers, fun things to do here and the great pictures! emo34.gif 

 

As for more itineraries, did y'all see the Carnival press release in the Galveston Carnival Fourth Ship thread? There will be some different itineraries as well as different cruise lengths in the future.

 

Thanks again to you both,

 

Host Kat emo32.gif

 

Edited to add: Next time, don't forget to wave wildy to the cruise cam on top of the Harbor House hotel during sailaway!

 

 


Thanks for the link to the new cruise itineraries and lengths.  That is exciting!  I'll definitely have to plan another cruise out of Galveston.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 hours ago, Texas Tillie said:

 

Sea weed comes and goes. It's not there all the time. 

Seaweed, Sargassum, comes from the Sea of Sargasso in the Atlantic and is an ecological feeding and breeding system for marine life.  From floating in the Atlantic, it moves with currents from Florida to the Caribbean..  We have seen it on the beaches in Florida, Mexico, Caribbean and the Atlantic.  When it appears on the beaches in Galveston, the Park Board removes it, but very carefully, as it is also a nesting place for sea turtles.

 

For those that believe the water is dirty, that is the silt from the Mississippi River which moves west with the currents.  Living here, we more often see "pretty" water than those that visit once or twice a year.  The beaches are clean due to the diligence of the Galveston Park Board which oversees all the beaches - 32 miles!  Our sand is a different grade due to much shallower and warmer water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Galveston has been on my bucket list for a long time!  I am super excited to see it!  (23 days!)

 

Staying a Guidos (from a recommendation) and departing on Vista.

 

Dont judge!!  Idaho is landlocked, and there are not "beaches" here!  LOL

 

Thank you for the photos - those are super cool! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Galveston's water clarity can vary depending on the season. I look at it more like the beaches in New Jersey, Delaware and New York. They are a whole lot nicer than not having one and it's very functional but it's nothing like the clear blue water and white sands in the eastern gulf cities.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thing not mentioned that I enjoy looking at during sailing out of Galveston is looking at all the oil rigs. May sound odd, but they are pretty at night with all their lights on. You will sail by many rigs all night long and well into the next day. If you have never seen oil well platforms seeing them will give you a better understanding of what is required to get oil from the Gulf.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
34 minutes ago, sptrout said:

One thing not mentioned that I enjoy looking at during sailing out of Galveston is looking at all the oil rigs. May sound odd, but they are pretty at night with all their lights on. You will sail by many rigs all night long and well into the next day. If you have never seen oil well platforms seeing them will give you a better understanding of what is required to get oil from the Gulf.

Rig Alley In the Gulf 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 10/25/2019 at 9:58 PM, aknguyen said:

It might not be as pretty as the Caribbean but who cares, I'm on a cruise!

Some sights around the Island 

cruisers may enjoy by coming in a couple of days early . 

You are missing what 7 million plus other visitors a year , enjoy by staying and playIng  on this major island tourist destination in the Great State of a Texas . 


32 miles of beach with two first class convention centers and full service hotels are present . 

Nature tourism abounds with strolling on the beach , shelling , birding , turtle restoration, hiking, kayaking, fishing and boating . 

Cultural and historical events are occurring weekly . Museums are everywhere . Second most Victorian homes exist in Galveston and a arts scene is exploding . 
A wonderful music community with

1894 Grand Opera House and other theater and music venues . 
 

Great restaurants with Gulf coastal presentations. 
 

Old Town Strand , Post Office and Market Streets 
are filled with shops and food with old world charm from the 1800’s . Carriage rides . Tours! 
 

Major amusement parks are on island . 
Moody Gardens and Pleasure Pier. 
 

NASA Space Center is great place . 
 

Large festivals draw huge crowds 
throughout the year . 
Featherfest , Lone Star Motorcycle Rally , Dickens on the Strand ,  Mardi Gras and many others . 
 

And Cruising industry has not been mentioned. 
 

 

0E80D0AD-4FBD-4BF7-B295-C6F14357D020.jpeg

39F9B85C-913B-44ED-A567-3BDA374AD6AA.jpeg

208EA1FC-4380-4707-96EF-25989EABFC31.jpeg

D9A93531-92FF-4A17-8AF3-F1298CD374E5.jpeg

9C911127-D3EC-4D77-9034-88163FFD103A.jpeg

8FEAD576-5168-430A-AD5A-C499DDBA1C5E.jpeg

C99D45E0-E2F1-471C-8A7C-B41C92CF34F6.jpeg

5DD34F41-0155-4E85-9AEE-91640175B4DA.jpeg

D36541E9-0830-45F0-A5D1-6094E4BD90BD.jpeg

80B4A1C9-6863-4D75-B8D2-9A25C8A24B44.jpeg

D7928B44-5154-4FAC-945C-D630F34CEE09.jpeg

FB7E09A1-D712-4C4D-9C0C-DD4C5D56AE37.jpeg

FAF4075F-AB36-4DB9-BAFD-78F64E2ADC15.jpeg

C65DB122-BCD1-4B73-8042-9601C38BA860.jpeg

369F2423-D2C0-4004-8530-B6CF937BFEBF.jpeg

1F46A4FA-200F-4B8A-AF35-F5A12276F1E3.jpeg

D5DE63A9-2C9A-439D-B56F-E574880D72BD.jpeg

0FF8079B-25F9-47D4-B8AE-6A094199F93A.jpeg

FA15AE3E-FC35-4F35-A534-98EDCD0DEC60.jpeg

D8A12564-0870-4E01-A0E3-BD2F00E2A603.jpeg

64AEC76F-3D96-4389-9FCC-0F09F637814B.jpeg

295320A5-7E61-4127-B0E1-5192331AAFA8.jpeg

7F03A843-ACA5-44DA-BBD1-93E6403F04AB.jpeg

13F3D02E-801A-45B2-B6FE-10630C541E14.jpeg

827DFAB5-2282-4483-937D-2C7631772930.jpeg

828F57AF-AC92-4E1D-A54F-6FDCD77D11F3.jpeg

E2B4D749-A65D-4365-B70D-E6C0F9869981.jpeg

BF76C81E-BAFF-4FFD-8596-A103B07830CC.jpeg

AAC184D1-7994-4770-A87D-5A8032DD6623.jpeg

DF1563C7-7CC6-4ED9-A9A5-80CFF8AF1D91.jpeg

256C2D5C-2E14-4698-A770-56F2B16A326A.jpeg

0A3295D5-C659-488D-8134-D5C25129C4C5.jpeg

0F024B3C-BABE-4EC8-81E9-AD701C6473B7.jpeg

2AD55AA6-7135-4135-A685-C67D92B60C31.jpeg

BB26CC58-A436-4762-9CB4-3945C190997A.jpeg

04B6DDF8-BF72-4768-9144-1999FFF744CE.jpeg

FABA5565-8AAB-4809-B80C-22B750AA02B2.jpeg

A698F093-5CF5-48B4-B502-31FCAFBF86C8.jpeg

D9639874-13D8-49C9-A66A-89150CCB8A8F.jpeg

BA62A802-F1E1-41DD-AC25-2F4629599A46.jpeg

884048C8-119D-40A9-901F-2793BAB2D3A5.jpeg

7C281E30-0FE3-485A-842E-AE3361829B3E.jpeg

8873B4DC-DDB1-455D-BF83-27EAC16F2B1A.jpeg

87297CBA-3E9D-4C3A-AE19-23D1ADEFEA7D.jpeg

BC72B20F-1400-46E0-96EB-BF3A1E5FAD3C.jpeg

B3C7EBBD-DE6D-4A21-AE8A-864FBB8D4A8E.jpeg

50AC8138-9136-46B7-ACA5-737E517C9785.jpeg

B2D69A95-34B5-4567-947F-FF7185710FE2.jpeg

66F429CC-9E01-4D16-A717-84909CBB03A4.jpeg

8A86C9D9-62AE-4015-9C56-4E938919B728.jpeg

113DA06F-35EB-49D9-9866-33C031C632CC.jpeg

Edited by ssb

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm sure the sail off out of Galveston will be phenomenal!!  I will add pix when I get back!

 

Beauty in the eye of the beholder, right?!  #landlockedinidaho #snowsucks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, marci4tony said:

I'm sure the sail off out of Galveston will be phenomenal!!  I will add pix when I get back!

 

Beauty in the eye of the beholder, right?!  #landlockedinidaho #snowsucks

 

IDAHO is beautiful also !

 

Will look forward to your photos !

 

Enjoy your cruise ! 

 

Toes in the water, Ass in the sand, Not a worry in the world, a Cold Beer in my Hand, Life is Good Today!!!

Zac Brown Band!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Idaho - my other hobby (actually this was taken in Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park)

 

elksnow2.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, marci4tony said:

Idaho - my other hobby (actually this was taken in Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park)

 

elksnow2.jpg

 

WOW !!

A great one !

Every photo of Idaho is beautiful !

We love mother nature and nature tourism !

Is why we are addicted to cruising from/to anywhere everywhere !

Our views are relative to us.

 

 

Edited by ssb

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Q&A: Cruise Insurance with Steve Dasseos of TripInsuranceStore.com
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...