Port of Galveston Hotels with cruise shuttle
Located on a small island just off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston is not only a trendy resort town but a popular starting and finishing point for cruises.
The island has been shaped by the wind and waves of the Gulf, leaving it with a 32-mile-long stretch of beach while the historic districts of Galveston are dotted with charming examples of Victorian architecture. Galveston is the perfect place for a few days vacation before or after your cruise.
The port of Galveston has two terminals and is used by several cruise lines including Carnival, Disney, Princess, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean. Interstate 10, Highway 146, and Interstate 45 link Galveston to mainland Texas and there is ample parking at the port with a guaranteed place for every cruise passenger who requires it. The Port of Galveston is 45-minutes from Houston Hobby Airport and 75-minutes from Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Rather than parking at the port we recommend you stay at a local hotel and take a stress-free transfer to the port. This way you can relax before and after your cruise as well as enjoying the historic attractions and beaches of Galveston. Galveston covers a compact area and a shuttle or taxi cab fare to the port should never cost more than $10 – $15 dollars per person.
Many hotels, however, offer their own shuttle service to the port. Very often, this is complimentary especially if you choose to park at the hotel. Other times it should cost no more than a few dollars.
We suggest you select the accommodation that meets your travel needs first – for size, price, location, and amenities and then organize your transportation to the cruise terminal.
To help you decide we have put together a list of 10 Galveston hotels.
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Hotels with Free Shuttle Service or Package
The Harbor House Pier 21 is located on the waterside and close to the Port of Galveston. Most bedrooms offer stunning harbor views while the Strand Historic District is just a short walk away. The hotel provides a continental breakfast and guests can use the swimming, spa, and dining facilities at its nearby sister hotel, the Hotel Galvez.
The Harbor House Pier 21 offers a free shuttle service to the cruise terminal. Simply let the front desk agent know what pick-up time suits you. Although this is a complimentary service, valets always appreciate a gratuity.
With its beachside location, the Holiday Inn Resort Galveston is the perfect place to spend a few days in the Texan sun. Features include an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a fitness suite, live entertainment, and a spa. The Jetty Restaurant on the hotel’s doorstep is open from early morning until late evening.
A free shuttle service to the port terminals is available for all guests of the Holiday Inn Resort in Galveston.
The Hotel Galvez is housed in one of the island’s grandest and most historic houses and is a pleasing blend of old-world elegance and modern amenities. Guests can dive into a saline pool with a swim-up bar, and a spa as well as a restaurant well known for its delicious seafood menu.
The hotel offers cruise parking at a reasonable cost. There is a complimentary shuttle service to the cruise port for all guests, whether they are using the parking facilities or not.
The Tremont House Hotel is just a pleasant stroll away from the Strand Historic District and Galveston Beach. Guests can enjoy dining and cocktails in the rooftop restaurant of the Tremont House as well as using the swimming pool and spa of the nearby Hotel Galvez.
Tremont House has cruise parking available at a reasonable cost. There is a free shuttle service to the port for all guests who require it.
The charming Gaido’s Seaside Inn has been family-run for over a century. It is known for its huge waterfront swimming pool which features a waterfall and mushroom shower as well as a bar and sunbathing terraces.
Take advantage of the Cruise Ship Special Stay at Gaido’s Seaside Inn. If you stay here the night before your ship departs you can enjoy free parking throughout your cruise. A courtesy car then takes you to the Shearn Moody Plaza, which is approximately 300 yards from the cruise terminal.
If your cruise vacation involves the kids, then this is the perfect place to stay as the Inn at the Waterpark is located right next to the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Families can also enjoy a round or two of the hotel’s mini-golf.
Take advantage of the Inn at the Waterpark’s Cruise Package for free parking during your cruise, a shuttle ride to the terminal, a continental breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. If you simply want to use the port transportation without the package, the cost is $10 plus tax per person. The service depends on availability so it is best to book when you check in.
The Hilton Galveston Island Resort is just a few steps from the beach, making it the ideal place for adding a few extra days to your cruise vacation. There are a swim-up bar and grill at the center of the hotel’s outdoor heated swimming pool.
The Hilton Galveston Island Resort offers Stay & Go Packages with parking for up to seven nights and a shuttle to and from the port. Parking for extra nights is charged for. It is best to book your transportation when you reserve your hotel room.
The San Luis Resort is a luxurious hotel with stunning Gulf views. Guests can enjoy a beachside location, outdoor swimming pool, several dining choices, and a spa.
At the San Luis Resort, you can book a Stay, Park, and Cruise package. This includes your room, breakfast for two at in the hotel’s Blake’s Bistro, discounted parking, and a shuttle service to and from the port. To receive the discounted parking this offer must be booked in advance.
The Doubletree by Hilton provides a relaxed beachside setting and chic accommodation. The island’s historic pier is just a few steps away while within the hotel, guests can enjoy an outdoor pool with swim-up bar and the fitness center. The Foxtail Restaurant is open from breakfast through to dinner.
The Doubletree by Hilton offers a Park, Stay, and Go Package. When booked in advance with the hotel this includes seven days parking for one vehicle and a shuttle service to and from your cruise terminal. Longer parking is available at a reasonable cost.
With delightful tropical surroundings, the Moody Gardens Hotel is right next door to the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Guests can choose from several on-site dining options or simply relax in the outdoor pools or spa.
The Moody Gardens Hotel has a Texas Cruise Transportation Package. Enjoy a luxurious room for one night, free parking with a valet service for the entire length of your cruise and a port shuttle for up to four people.
note (*): Rates listed are one-way fees and are subject to change without notice. Fees can be changed by the hotel and may change at any time. Please contact the hotel directly for latest shuttle information and hotel/cruise parking packages.
(Latest update September 03th 2018)
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note (**): Free shuttle whith cruise package