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Disney Cruise Line Voyage Report: Texas to Western Caribbean

After all of the excitement from the holidays, January can sometimes seem a tad boring, don’t you think?

Luckily for me, I have a fun getaway planned that I’ve been looking forward to all month. This weekend I’m saying “howdy” to Texas and setting sail for six glorious nights on a Disney cruise from Galveston!

This is my first cruise from Texas, and my first time visiting the Western Caribbean, so I need your help finding the best things to do.

What are the must-do adventures in Grand Cayman and Cozumel? Any recommendations for what to check out in the Galveston/Houston area? And, of course, we can’t forget the shipboard fun…what are your favorite things to do on the Disney Magic?

I’d love to hear from you before I set sail — and throughout my voyage. I’ll be tweeting from @DisneyCruise with #DCLTexas starting tomorrow. And of course next week I’ll check back in on the Disney Parks Blog with photos and details about my trip.

What’s the next getaway you’re planning?

Check out these posts for more about Disney Cruise Line’s sailings from Galveston, Texas:


  • Me and my family sailed on the Disney Magic last fall, We made the Cayman Turtle Farm Tour, it was a great experience touching the sea turtles. We also visited a rock formation called The Hell. We snorkeled on Costa Maya and Cozumel, and we also swam with the Dolphins. This was our first Disney Cruise and it was Magic!! Enjoy!

  • Love the sail away party on the Magic!!!
    EVERYTHING is fun on the Magic! Have a wonderful time!

  • Have a blast on your cruise. It’s impossible not to enjoy a Disney Cruise. Tendering at Grand Cayman will let you get some great photos of the ship. Costa Maya is a fun little port, colorful, bright, very much like a mini theme park. Cozumel has plenty of walking, but its all worth it. Plenty of shopping, food opportunities and free wifi. Can’t wait to hear more about your cruise. It’s inspired me to look back over disneycruise and start dreaming of my next cruise!

  • In Galveston, definitely the Strand. There are also quite a few beautiful historic homes on Broadway…if that interests you check out Bishop’s Palace and Ashton Villa. Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn are great family activities. Rent a bike and enjoy some time on the Seawall (with a stop at Ben & Jerry’s for a little snack LOL).
    Houston’s Museum District is excellent. Aside from the zoo, science museums and art museums (which are wonderful), I’d take time to visit The Holocaust Museum (free).
    Space Center Houston and Kemah are both great stops between Houston and Galveston. A stop at San Jacinto Battlefield & the USS Texas, which is moored nearby, would be on my list as well. The San Jacinto Monument is similar to the Washington Monument, but it’s actually a bit taller. Take the elevator up to the top for a good view of the battlefield, ship, and marshland.

  • I used to live in Galveston, so I can mention a few fun things to do while you are down there. The Strand shopping area is great for fun little boutiques and some tasty treats. Moody Gardens is also a fun stop while on the island. It has three different “exhibits” that feature an aquarium, rainforest ecosystem, and another area that usually houses more museum type offerings. For a tasty lunch I would recommend a restaurant called The Spot on the Seawall. There are also several historical houses on the island that are fun to tour and offer an interesting history of the island.

  • Houston is great!

    Check out the Museum District for a number of art, science and historical museums all in walking distance from each other and the Houston Zoo. We have tons of amazing dining options, try Hugo’s for the best real Mexican cuisine this side of the border. On the way to Galveston from Houston, make a stop at NASA/Space Center Houston. A day in Galveston can also be spent at one of the beaches or checking out the attractions at Moody Gardens.

  • Cozumel has a really fun jeep tour. You walk from the port to a small beach that has a bunch of snorkel equipment, snorkel for a bit, then walk across the street and get in your jeeps. You drive yourself with a large group, convoy style, around almost the entire island of Cozumel. Stopping at a few places, beaches, tequila maker, etc. It is really a fun time.

  • In Galveston, you can visit Moody Gardens, which has aquariums and a rainforest garden. The Lone Star Flight Museum is in the same area. You can also visit the Strand, the historic district of Galveston, and the Seawall, which is the beachfront drag.

    In Houston, we have tons of great museums, like the Natural Science Museum and the Museum of Fine Art. Between Houston and Galveston is the Johnson Space Center, where you can learn about the space program and visit Mission Control for the Space Station.

    Hope you enjoy your visit to Texas and your cruise!

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