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Galveston welcomes the largest cruise ship to ever set sail from Texas

Galveston welcomes the largest cruise ship to ever set sail from Texas

Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas cruise ship Galveston
Royal Caribbean’s 3,634-passenger Liberty of the Seas is now embarking from the Port of Galveston. Courtesy photo

The Port of Galveston recently welcomed the largest cruise ship ever to sail out of Texas, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. The mammoth cruise ship can hold as many as 3,634 passengers and 1,360 crew members.

It offers year-round sailing from Galveston on round-trip, seven-night excursions, with stops in Mexico and the Western Caribbean.

According to the Royal Caribbean website, the revamped Liberty offers five waterslide rides, a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, mini-golf course, and full-sized basketball court. It also features a host of dining options; a spa; state-of-the-art fitness center; four pools; six whirlpools; and 22 bars, clubs, and lounges.

“The repositioning of Liberty of the Seas to the Port of Galveston represents Royal Caribbean’s confidence in the Port of Galveston’s efficient cruise operations and ability to attract passengers on its Freedom class ships,” said Port director Mike Mierzwa said in a statement. “We are excited to homeport the largest cruise ship to sail from the state of Texas.”

Itineraries include stops at Isla Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Carnival and Disney Cruise Line also operate out of Galveston. The Port of Galveston handled more than 1.2 million passengers in 2013.