Princess Cruises will launch new service from the Port of Houston beginning in 2013 when it starts sailing from the state-of-the-art Bayport Cruise Terminal.
Princess Cruises and the Port of Houston Authority confirmed an agreement Nov. 15 for the line to make passenger cruise calls during the 2013-2014 cruise season at the port’s cruise facility.
“We’re pleased that Houston will be the home port for Caribbean Princess during her 2013-2014 season,” said Jan Swartz, executive vice president. “We expect that the port’s state-of-the-art facilities and convenient airport-close location will provide a great experience for our passengers embarking there.”
The Port Authority’s agreement with Princess Cruises marks the first full contract with a cruise line to use the Bayport Cruise Terminal. Both Princess and the Port Authority project the cruise activity will have a significant positive impact on the economy of Harris County and the greater Houston area, including the cities of Houston and Pasadena. Smaller cities near the cruise terminal are also expected to benefit.
The new service is scheduled to begin in November of 2013. A total of 26 departures are planned for the season.
The Bayport Cruise Terminal, which was fully completed in 2011, is located in Pasadena, Texas, which is outside of Houston.
Photos: Mikey Faust
Press release courtesy of Princess Cruises.