First look at Royal Caribbean’s new Galveston cruise terminal opening today
Royal Caribbean’s new home in Galveston, Texas is open to cruise ships.
Galveston Terminal 3 is Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise terminal, purpose-built to allow the cruise line to dispatch the world’s largest cruise ships.
The new $125 million cruise terminal is a symbol of the cruise line’s dedication to the Galveston cruise market, and following the tradition set by Royal Caribbean’s other recently constructed buildings, it’s spectacular to behold.
I was invited to sail Allure of the Seas for a 4 night preview event, where we got to walk around and see the new cruise terminal.
The new terminal is located at Pier 10 for the exclusive use of Royal Caribbean.
The building measures 161,300 square feet and is a state-of-the-art building, including mobile check-in and facial recognition to expedite guest arrival.
It will be a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified terminal, which means it is environmentally friendly and uses resources efficiently.
Architects Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc. envisioned the look of the new terminal, but this firm is no stranger to Royal Caribbean. They also designed Miami’s Terminal A, Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal, and Port Everglades Terminals 18 and 25.
Not only can Terminal 3 accommodate Oasis Class ships, it will also be able to accommodate Royal Caribbean’s new Icon Class ships.
Let’s take a virtual tour in and around the new terminal!
Similar to other new cruise terminals Royal Caribbean has built recently, the new Galveston terminal is bright with lots of big name brands.
When driving, there is a pick-up and drop-off area, with multiple lanes to allow cars to easily enter and exit.
Wearers of the new terminal all have a new Caribbean-inspired design, which they say they’ll wear every day.
There is parking available in 4 different lots at the terminal.
Once you have dropped off your luggage, the entrance is towards the front of the terminal.
Keep in mind that the waiting area if you have a late check in time was discovered by the sun the day I was there.
Once inside the new cruise terminal, you are greeted by a cavernous lobby.
Similar to PortMiami’s Terminal A, there are different ways to enter for suite guests and everyone else. The large helices hanging from the ceiling are also similar to Terminal A.
The main entrance for most customers will be the escalator on the left. There is also an elevator.
Your first stop inside the terminal will be for check-in.
Agents line up to check you in by scanning your SetSail pass. This is when you finish online check-in before the cruise is chargeable, because if you do everything in advance, it will only take a few seconds.
Once you’ve completed check-in, you’ll go through security. This is when your bags and personal effects are scanned.
The new Galveston Cruise Terminal has a special area for suite guests.
When you enter the terminal, there is a special entrance for suite guests.
This not only means a shorter wait, but it speeds up the physical transfer process from the curb to the waiting area.
Once you have passed the security check, you will have a seat in the waiting area if the ship is not yet ready to embark.
There are plenty of comfortable sofas on both sides of the huge room.
There are also toilets here and vending machines, if you need them.
There is also a fun instagrammable wall.
You will also find great artwork from local artists.
Forged in stainless steel and lost-wax bronze, the Galveston Beach Trio is the epitome of island time and a vibrant first impression. It is the creation of Brad Oldham Sculpture, based in Texas.
Boarding and gangway
When they call you to board your ship, the process is like any other cruise terminal.
Your SetSail pass is scanned one last time, then you walk down a hallway, where you can stop to take a photo with the ship.
Then it’s on the boat and we walk on board!
Port of Galveston Parking Coupon
The Port of Galveston is running a special offer for port parking during the month of November.
The Cruise Terminal 10 parking lot includes a park-o-walk and parking lot with free shuttles.
If you pre-book your parking in November, you can save $10 with promo code THANK YOU.
Simply go to www.portofgalveston.com and use the code to save on your next cruise.