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Check-In and Embarkation at the Port of Galveston

Check-In and Embarkation at the Port of Galveston

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The Port of Galveston is on the north shore of Galveston Island, between the island and the mainland. The cruise terminals are in the midst of the busy commercial port, with the silos of a grain export terminal immediately to the west, and floating oil rigs under repair in the shipyard on the far side of the Galveston Ship Channel. Immediately to the terminal’s east, however, is tourism-focused Pier 21, offering maritime museums, tour boats, restaurants, and lodging. The Strand District is also close at hand. You could drop off your luggage at the terminal early in the day, then spend a couple of hours seeing the sights before boarding.

In 2017 the Disney Wonder is scheduled to berth at Galveston’s Terminal 2 (piers 27/28), which was renovated in 2016. All of the Wonder’s 2017 sailings will be on Fridays, and in most cases she will be the only ship in port.

Arrival: The port authorities recommend that drivers drop off passengers and luggage at the terminal before parking. Vehicles enter the terminal area at 22nd Street and Harborside Drive (Rt. 275). If you plan to use the Port of Galveston parking lots, you’ll be directed to the appropriate lot as you exit the terminal area. There may also be limited luggage drop-off in the parking lots. Some of the port’s parking lot shuttles are equipped to carry luggage, some are not.

Check-in will begin at 11:00 am, but boarding doesn’t start until around noon. Cruise line personnel will distribute boarding group numbers as you enter the terminal. Have your cruise travel booklets and official ID (see page 66) handy as you enter the terminal. As these are closed-loop itineraries visiting the Caribbean and Mexico, U.S. citizens need only government-issued photo ID (ages 18 and up) and proof of citizenship such as a certified birth certificate (all ages). Passports, however are still best. Be sure to bring original or official documents.

Food and beverage vending machines can be found when you enter the cruise terminal.

Should you need a wheelchair or electric scooter throughout the cruise (but are not traveling with it), rentals can be arranged through Special Needs at Sea http://www.specialneedsatsea.com 800-513-4515 and Scootaround (https://www.scootaround.com 888-441-7575). Reserve in advance.

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