The international cruise industry pumped $1.75 billion into the Texas economy in 2018, and most of that money can be traced to the Port of Galveston, according to a new report from an industry trade group.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

Embarkations at U.S. ports 2016-2018

The ten busiest cruise ports had more passengers leave in 2018 than they did in 2016, including Galveston which saw a 116,000 passenger increase in just two years.

Port 2016 2018 Growth
Miami 2,551,000 2,771,000 8.6%
Port Canaveral 2,088,000 2,092,000 0.2%
Port Everglades 1,840,000 1,851,000 0.6%
Galveston 869,000 985,000 13.3%
Long Beach 591,000 660,000 11.7%
Tampa 405,000 598,000 47.7%
New York 499,000 557,000 11.6%
New Orleans 534,000 552,000 3.4%
Seattle 484,000 549,000 13.4%
Cape Liberty 254,700 360,000 41.3%


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(2) comments

Michelle Aycoth

I think this growth could benefit Webster and League City.

Many people come from out of town a day before their cruise and do not want to stay in Galveston.

Andy Aycoth

Kimberley Jones Yancy

If strategized correctly it could benefit all of our coastal cities.

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