Cruises That Depart From Galveston or Houston, Texas

Cruises That Depart From Galveston or Houston, Texas
Whether you are looking to escape the cold winter weather or just looking for a little time away, a cruise is a great option. It provides time to rest and relax but also has lots of activities. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston, Texas, is a port city where several cruises depart from.

Royal Caribbean's "Voyager of the Seas"

Royal Caribbean's "Voyager of the Seas" offers seven- and 14-day tours throughout the western Caribbean. The ship's amenities include 12 bars, a beauty salon, casino, disco, six hot tubs, library, theater, shops, showroom, spa and video arcades. Cabins feature room service, hairdryer, safe, telephone and TV. If you are looking to stay active, consider taking advantage of the ship's rock-climbing wall, three pools, golf simulators, miniature golf course, basketball court, fitness center or jogging track. If you are traveling with children, the ship offers many conveniences such as babysitting, playroom, kid's pool, youth program and a teen center.

Carnival Cruise Lines' "Ecstasy"

Carnival Cruise Lines' "Ecstasy" has four- and five-day cruises. The ship offers a lot of amenities including 12 bars, beauty salon and barber, casino, disco, six hot tubs, library, shops, showroom, spa and video arcade. The cabins feature a shower, toilet, safe, telephone and TV. Room service is available for those who choose to avoid a group-dining atmosphere. If you are traveling with children, the ship offers babysitting, a playroom, kid's pool, youth programs and a teen center. If you are looking to stay active the ship has many options including basketball, jogging, a fitness center, miniature golf and two pools. For three- and four-day cruises, the ship provides one formal night of dining and the other nights are resort casual. T-shirts and shorts are not allowed to be worn during dinner.

Carnival Cruise Lines' "Carnival Conquest"

Carnival Cruise Lines' "Carnival Conquest" offers a seven-day cruise of the western Caribbean on a year-round basis. Sixty percent of their cabins provide an ocean view and another 60 percent of those have private balconies so the "Conquest" gives you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sea. The nightlife features live entertainment by singers, musicians and dancers. If you like to take a risk, visit one of the ship's casinos for blackjack, poker, slot machines or roulette. If you like to boogie, visit the ship's nightclubs. There you will find a variety of classic rock and pop songs to complement all your dance moves. For a different dining experience, check out the Carnival Steakhouse. For $30 a person you get an appetizer, entrée, dessert and pay the gratuity for the wait staff. Because this is a popular dining experience with limited seating, you should plan to reserve a table at least 2 1/2 weeks beforeo your departure date.

Article Written By Julie Bane

Julie Bane has been writing since 2003. Her articles have appeared in employee publications for Prudential Insurance and Free Arts MN. She holds a Master of Business Administration and is also a Toastmasters Competent Communicator.

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