Royal Caribbean’s new Galveston cruise terminal is nearing completion
Royal Caribbean today shared the progress the company is making on its new $126 million cruise terminal in Galveston, Texas. The building is expected to be completed in November 2022 and is nearing the final stages of construction.
The terminal building will house the Oasis-class Allure of the Seas, significantly increasing Galveston’s capacity for Royal Caribbean International. It will be one of the most technologically advanced cruise terminals in the United States.
Royal Caribbean’s Galveston terminal nears completion
Royal Caribbean today shared images showing the company’s progress at its new cruise terminal in Galveston, Texas. The state-of-the-art facility already displays the Royal Caribbean anchor logo on the roof and is approximately 75% complete.
Contractors have completed the installation of active power and air conditioning, with final equipment including interior fittings, furniture and computer systems.
The 161,300 square foot building’s opening in November 2022 will mark the first time Galveston will host the world’s largest cruise ships, the the Oasis class, signature of the cruise linestarting with Allure of the Seas.
The project is a partnership between Royal Caribbean International, Ceres Terminal Holdings, LLC and Galveston Wharves. Construction of the 68-foot-tall building facade began in the summer of 2021, when contractors began construction, marking the start of construction. Since then, the structure of the terminal has grown and will be completed in the fall of this year.
With a total cost of $126 million, the cruise terminal will be one of the most technologically advanced buildings for embarking and disembarking cruise ship passengers in the United States. Mobile check-in and facial recognition will improve boarding and disembarking at the terminal.
Located at Pier 10 in the Port of Galveston, the building will used exclusively for Royal Caribbean cruise ships sail from the harbor or visit Galveston.
Allure, adventure and brilliance of the seas of Galveston
When complete, the new terminal will be able to handle the mass of people who come to Galveston to sail aboard the Oasis-class Allure of the Seas. Beginning Nov. 13, the 5,484-passenger and 225,282-gross-ton cruise ship will sail on a series of seven-night Western Caribbean cruises.
From Galveston, customers can sail to ports such as Isla Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico.
Allure of the Seas won’t be the only Royal Caribbean International cruise ship to call Galveston. It will be joined by Adventure of the Seas from the end of November 2022.
Adventure of the Seas will also sail to the Western Caribbean, operating four- and five-night cruises to Cozumel and Costa Maya.
The shine of the seas is the third Royal Caribbean cruise ship that will operate from Galveston, sailing on nine- and ten-night voyages to the Western Caribbean from January 2023. Ports of call include visits to Progreso, Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Cozumel, Mexico.
The new 161,300 square foot Royal Caribbean cruise terminal will significantly increase Galveston’s cruise-related revenue. It has already created 400 construction jobs and will employ 400 people with permanent positions when it opens this fall.
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The terminal will generate $1.4 billion in local business services and $5.6 million in state and local tax revenue.