The Regal Princess docked in Galveston, starting a milestone cruise season as the largest Princess cruise ship ever to call Texas home. Regal Princess, carrying 3,560 guests, offers roundtrip voyages to the Western Caribbean through March 2024, with an expected 75,000 cruisers sailing aboard this Love Boat from its convenient, scenic Texas homeport.
Princess Cruises Chief Commercial Officer Terry Thornton, Regal Princess Captain Aldo Traverso, and Celebrations Ambassador Jill Whelan hosted a traditional maritime plaque exchange with Galveston Wharves Board Vice Chairman Jeff Patterson to commemorate the event. The event began with a celebratory performance by Galveston’s local Ball High School Drill Team Tornettes and school mascot Tuffy.
“We first started sailing out of Galveston nearly 20 years ago.” “We know Texans enjoy the convenience of having the Love Boat so close by offering a hassle-free drive or convenient fly option to enjoy the beautiful destinations in the Western Caribbean,” Thornton said. “As we celebrate the arrival of Regal Princess, we extend our deep appreciation to the Port of Galveston for their ongoing partnership, and we’re excited to welcome aboard the only premium cruise experience from Galveston.”
Regal Princess will set sail from Galveston on 21 voyages ranging from seven to twelve days, visiting popular destinations in the Western Caribbean and Mexico, such as Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Roatan. Special holiday sailings are also available for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. A “Love and Romance Celebration” cruise with Love Ambassador and bridal fashion legend Randy Fenoli departs on 3 December. He will host special events, discuss his success story, advise on selecting the perfect wedding gown, and even unveil the “Randy” cocktail.
“Princess Cruises is an iconic cruise line, and we’re delighted to welcome guests from Regal Princess, the largest Love Boat ever to sail from Galveston,” said Rodger Rees, port director and CEO of Galveston Wharves. “Regal Princess will visit beautiful ports throughout the western Caribbean while expanding the array of attractive and enticing cruise vacation choices from Galveston, America’s fourth most popular homeport.”
The 142,229-ton Regal Princess boasts 19 decks and over 1,400 stateroom balconies with ocean views. Guests can stroll on the SeaWalk, a glass-floor promenade that extends 28 feet beyond the ship’s hull, rest in top-deck pools and hot tubs, and unwind in the Sanctuary hideaway for adults. Regal Princess has everything for everyone, from its delectable culinary selections to captivating entertainment and welcome MedallionClass service.
The ship will return for another series of Western Caribbean cruises in 2024-2025 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Princess’ inaugural departure from Galveston and the 10th anniversary of Regal Princess’ debut. Cruises are currently on sale.