In response to the article ("Cruisers don't spend much time on island, study says," The Daily News, Oct. 29): I've cruised from Florida, San Diego and Vancouver, and no place is more difficult to disembark than Galveston.

It takes hours to get through customs. People catching planes have no time to waste while heading to airports. We also have no excursions listed with any cruise lines. Why don't we have the trolleys giving historic or ghost story tours, dolphin tours, Moody Garden tours, etc.?

It's the cities fault that guests aren't doing more here. A bus could take people to Old Town Spring and then be dropped off at George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport. So, don't blame the cruise lines for a lack of opportunities being missed by this city.

Susan Graham



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(2) comments

Mary Branum

The comments made have little to do with the City,

ICE has always been an issue in Galveston at disembarkation. The Port continuously attempts to get more agents; but this is controlled by the Federal Government. There is also more security here due to the ports visited from Galveston (drugs).

Many local excursions are available which can be found on and Trip Advisor. However, the cruise line is solely responsible for what they offer to cruisers. Other than transportation there is no interest. Even local advertising in the Port is not permitted.

The majority of cruisers drive to the Port and look for the least expensive land accommodation; which is on the mainland.

A bus taking people to Spring adds nothing to Galveston. The majority of travelers do not want to be on a bus; but have their own transportation. A big problem is not having rental cars but that is a business choice not a City decision.

I have traveled all over the world by ship and there are issues everywhere with missed flights in Florida, weather delays East and West Coast as well as internationally.

The City cannot be blamed for something over which it has no control.

Bailey Jones

I agree - Galveston should market itself as the first port of call on a cruise, not just as the dock.

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