Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal Rendering

A rendering provided by the Port of Galveston shows a proposed design for the $100 million cruise terminal at Pier 10 in Galveston. The Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees on Wednesday plans to vote on an agreement with Royal Caribbean that will commit to building the terminal and a 20-year lease.

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Port of Galveston trustees argue a proposed agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will pass public muster but won’t publicly disclose the agreement until after a vote to ratify it.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(7) comments

David Hardee

Curiously no details/comments per traffic congestion and parking facilities.

Bailey Jones

How many ships? How many passengers per year?

Miceal O'Laochdha

All in all, this sounds very positive, especially considering the duration of the commitments. I do have one question on what is reported here: Do I understand correctly that for the first 10 years, the POG will charge Royal Caribbean $7.50 per each passenger and then pay $7.13 of that money back to Royal Caribbean? How does that make sense? Maybe I am reading this sentence wrong; John could you advise if I am reading this provision correctly?

Mary Branum

Port fees are charged by ports to cruise lines, which are passed on to passengers. They are charged, not based on amount paid for a sailing, but the number of passengers. This is how ports charge.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Thank you Mary but, I am still trying understand: will we charge RC $7.50 and give RC back 95% of it ($7.13)? Why not just charge them 37 cents?

Mary Branum

I would assume the structure of charging passengers for port fees must be the total, not a discounted amount. Checks and balances.

Charlotte O'rourke

Comments to PORT: Come back from the dark side into the light so everyone can see and validate the Master plan and to build community consensus. No televised meetings and no online access isn’t acceptable. No joint meetings until AFTER the port vote. What a disappointment and breaking of promises when the port moved from city hall .... back to the port, and hiring a consultant for $800,000 to keep from losing any work and build consensus.

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