Galveston on Schedule to Reopen

The Port of Galveston is on schedule to resume cruise operations on Oct. 26, port officials said Tuesday.

Deputy Port Director Mike Mierzwa said he advised Carnival Cruise Lines that the port will be ready.

“The port has made great strides repairing the damage to the two cruise terminals and the rest of the port from the tidal surge and winds from Hurricane Ike,” said Mierzwa.

Repairs to Cruise Terminal No. 1, the Carnival terminal, are on schedule to meet the promised ready for operations date of Oct. 26, he said. Additionally, Cruise Terminal No. 2, which is used by Royal Caribbean Cruises, will be ready for operations on Nov. 30 – well in advance of the scheduled return of Voyager of the Seas on Dec. 14.

The more than 600 flood-damaged cars left behind after the storm have been removed, and the parking lots have been cleaned, Mierzwa said.

Carnival will have to inspect the port before scheduling cruises from Galveston, a port spokeswoman said.

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