Largest Princess ship ever ported in Texas launches first Caribbean cruises from Galveston
Maritime royalty has docked in Galveston: Regal Princess, the largest Princess cruise ship ever based in Texas, has dropped anchor in Houston's coastal neighbor city, ready for its inaugural season of voyages to the Western Caribbean.
The massive, 142,229-ton "Love Boat" ship can host 3,560 guests across its 19 decks and over 1,400 stateroom balconies. Among its most distinctive features is a glass-floor walkway called SeaWalk, which extends 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship and affords stunning views of the sea below (for those who dare).
During its first travel season from Galveston, now through March 2024, the Regal Princess will take 21 voyages to the Western Caribbean, with an estimated 75,000 passengers onboard.
The cruises begin at seven-day treks, but can extend up to 12 days. Popular stops on the journeys include Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, and Roatán, Honduras. A quick search of the Princess website shows fares for a seven-day cruise aboard the Regal Princess in mid-December start at $499 for an interior room.
"Princess loves Texas and we know Texans enjoy the convenience of having the Love Boat so close by offering a hassle-free drive or convenient fly option to enjoy the beautiful destinations in the Western Caribbean," touts Princess Cruises CCO Terry Thornton in a release. "As we celebrate the arrival of Regal Princess, we extend our deep appreciation to the Port of Galveston for their ongoing partnership, and we’re excited to welcome aboard the only premium cruise experience from Galveston."
Cruise enthusiasts who'd like to spend their 2023 holidays at sea can check out Regal Princess' trips planned for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.
Additionally, a "Love and Romance Celebration"-themed cruise with TV presenter and fashion designer Randy Fenoli is scheduled to depart from Galveston on Sunday, December 3. It will feature special romantic events, wedding advice talks, and a unique "Randy" cocktail for passengers.
The Regal Princess is a 10-years-young ship that was christened by the crew of the TV show The Love Boat in November 2014.
To mark Princess' 20th year of cruising from Galveston, Regal Princess will return to the port for more cruises to the Western Caribbean in the 2024-2025 travel season, according to the release. More information is at princess.com.