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Old September 20th, 2005, 08:17 AM
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Default Port of Houston Question???

We're booked on the Sun, which has been moved to Houston. I went to Google.earth yesterday to have a look at the port from the air. I can't figure out where the terminal building is. Has anyone sailed from the Port of Houston? It looks like just a commercial port. I can't see where the terminal or the parking might be... How does it compare to the Port of New Orleans? Any help would be appreciated...

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Old September 20th, 2005, 09:45 AM
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It is a comercial port and the parking lot is walking distance. Drop your bags off 1st at the ship, then walk to the ship
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Old September 20th, 2005, 10:24 AM
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there are signs directing you. you shouldn't have a problem.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 10:28 AM
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The port of Houston (In LaPorte TX) is really very industrial looking. There is a building and a long narrow ramp to walk up to the ship. The parking lot was very convinient right in front of the building.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 11:44 AM
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The link above has a couple of pictures. Not great, but gives you a basic idea.

Barbours Cut Terminal
820 North L St.
Morgan's Point, Texas 77572
Pier C-7

You may purchase a transfer option from the cruise line. More information on the transfer option is further down this page.
Other transportation options are to:

rent a car and park it at the terminal for $7/day; no rental car facilities are available at the cruise terminal.

hire a taxi or shuttle van. For more information on finding a cab and for rates, check out Houston's official visitors' website. Another resource is the Houston 24 Hour Airport Taxi & Town Car serrvice:http://www.24hrairporttaxi.com or

Driving directions:

From downtown: Take I-45 south to 610 north, continue to 225 east. Turn on 146 south to Barbours Cut Boulevard and turn left. Drive three miles.

From Baytown: Take 146 south, cross the Fred Hartman Bridge and continue to Barbours Cut Boulevard, turn left. Drive three miles.

From Galveston: Take I-45 north to 146 north. Continue to Barbours Cut Boulevard and turn right. Drive three miles.

Hotel information:

The cruise terminal is located near LaPorte, which has several new hotels:

Best Western Hotel 281-471-4040
Comfort Suites 281-471-5555
Fairway Inn -- 281-470-2800
La Quinta Inn 281-470-0760 or 800-531-5900
Garden Suites -- 281-867-9944

Local Airports:

Bush Intercontinental Airport
Distance: 40 miles
Travel Time: Approx. 45 minutes

William P. Hobby Airport
Distance: 20 miles
Travel Time: Approx. 25 minutes

For more information, visit the Houston Airport System Web site at http://www.houstonairportsystem.org


Outdoor parking facilities operated by the Port of Houston Authority are available at the pier. 24-hour security is provided, and the facility is secured for the duration of the cruise.


$7 per day for long-term parking (duration of the cruise)
$3 per day for short-term parking (less than 24 hours)
Parking fees must be paid with cash or travelers' checks.

Parking procedure:

The parking lot is very close to the terminal. Drive to the front of the terminal and drop off your baggage. Porters will meet you and help with the baggage, then you drive to parking booth, pay the $49 week parking fee then walk to terminal and check-in at registration counter. At that point, you will receive a boarding pass, enter walk-through scanners and X-ray, then walk to the ship. If you can't walk, someone will push you in a wheelchair.

Neither the cruise line nor the Port of Houston Authority is responsible for any damages or losses occasioned from the use of these facilities.
For additional information regarding the parking facilities, you can email mailto:mktresrh@poha.com.


All transportation between airport and pier or hotel (if applicable) is provided to air/sea passengers arriving on pre-designated air/sea flights. If you have arranged for your own air tickets, transfers are not complimentary or included.

Air/Sea Passengers Arriving the Day of Sailing:
Lock all suitcases securely.
Make sure your ship luggage tags are completed and placed on your luggage before you leave home.
If you have not been assigned a cabin number, simply mark TBA (to be assigned) and the manifest will be checked for the proper cabin number.
Please hand carry your tickets, passports, medication, jewelry, cameras and all items of a valuable or fragile nature.

A uniformed representative will meet air/sea passengers in the baggage claim area. You will need to claim your luggage and your representative will direct you to transportation service for transfer to the ship or hotel (if applicable). Porter service is available if desired. Gratuities are the passenger's responsibility. [/img]
C. & J.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 01:08 PM
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It is very industrial but so very very uncrowded and I love the sail in the ship channel for hours before getting to Galveston and out into the ocean. Unfortunately I will be sailing in December when it is dark and won't be able to see much. Last time we passed barges and ships (and dolphins) in the ship channel - totally different than Galveston. Debbie
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 02:31 PM
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We will be sailing on the Dream in Nov. Unfortunatley NCL will only give transfers out of IAH. So if you are flying into Hobby you will need to arrange other means of transportation to the pier. Here is the web site for Houston port which will give you much info.
Century Dec 2003 Western Caribbean
Century Nov 2004 Eastern Caribbean
Monarch of the Seas Jan. 2005 Baja Calif.
NCL Dream Nov. 2005 Western Caribbean
Monarch of the Seas Mar 2006 Baja Calif.
NCL Star Oct. 2006 Mexican Riviera
NCL Pearl Nov. 2007 Southern Caribbean
Mariner of the Seas May 2009 Pacific Coastal
Mariner of the Seas June 2009 Mexican Riviera
RCI Radiance of the Seas
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 05:32 PM
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In answer to your question about how it compares to N.O. -
Well, there's no shopping center on the end of it, for sure.
There's a parking lot, a small terminal and a ramp. But, hey, as long as there is a cruise ship on the other end of the ramp, what more do we need?

I've sailed from there a couple times and it's very convenient. Plus you get to drive across this really cool bridge.
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