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Galveston to Welcome 600+ German Cruise Ship Passengers Tomorrow for Island’s First Port of Call of 2017



GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (April 2, 2017) – Galveston will welcome more than 600 international cruise ship passengers tomorrow for the island’s first port of call of the year.


The MS Amadea of the Germany-based Phoenix Reisen Cruise Line is scheduled to arrive in the morning with more than 600 passengers and 200 crew members on board. The ship will be in Galveston until 8 p.m., allowing cruise passengers to explore the island’s wide array of attractions.


Kelly de Schaun, executive director of the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Galveston Park Board, said the port of call is a welcomed opportunity to showcase Galveston and is expected to have a substantial economic impact on downtown businesses.


“This is a great opportunity for the Galveston tourism industry, both for exposure and economically,” de Schaun said. “Galveston has a lot to offer just steps away from the cruise terminal, and we anticipate these passengers will take advantage of our many shops, museums, restaurants and attractions while they are here.”


Galveston is the ship’s first stop on a worldwide itinerary. Upon its arrival in Galveston, staff from the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will be onsite to welcome passengers and distribute tourist information highlighting the shopping and entertainment opportunities found in Galveston’s historic downtown district, which is within walking distance from the cruise terminal. A variety of shore excursions are also being offered to passengers, including visits to Moody Gardens and Space Center Houston.


“We are excited to welcome the MS Amadea and its passengers and crew to Galveston Island,” Port of Galveston Chairman Benjamin Holland said. “The port and its partners continue to work together on making Galveston a port of call. Ship calls provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the island’s many sites and attractions. I’m confident that these international travelers will enjoy all that the island has to offer.”



About Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.


For information on the Port of Galveston, visit



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