GALVESTON, Texas – Carnival Cruises returned to Galveston after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
People and businesses are so happy to have the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista ships back at the Port of Galveston. Before the pandemic, Galveston’s cruise business generated $1.6 billion dollars annually and it is the fourth most popular cruise homeport in North America.
“That’s what Galveston is about right there. So we are normal. It’s back,” Adina Schlekewn said.
On Sunday, people welcomed Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista ships back on the docks at the Port of Galveston.
“We came out to show our support for the cruise industry. We are ready to go,” David Tanner said.
William Neumann, who owns the Shark Shack and the Playground, said business has had its ups and downs since the pandemic started. He said the ships are a vital part of the city.
“People come in and fill up hotels before they go out on our cruises. They spend money in the retail shops and businesses down there,” he said.