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I’d never been to Galveston, TX, but driving through the old part of the city to get to Port of Galveston on our sailing day I saw it looked interesting. It reminded me of New Orleans a little. There’s an area with homes, shops with lots of wrought iron decorations on doors, windows, balconies, fences, and gates.

I wished we had had time to wander around a bit. Alas, I didn’t so here are few of my observations from the ship.

Galveston, TX from the observation deck on Deck 4-Port Side

Galveston from Deck 4 Navigator of the Seas

Carnival Magic was also in Port. She set sail 30 minutes or so before we did.

Carnival Magic Setting Sail Before Navigator of the Seas

She churned up lots of good stuff from the bottom of the channel. There was a group of 3 to 5 Dolphins feeding in the water. Unfortunately, they never lifted their snouts out of the water.

Dolphins Feeding in the Channel Galveston TX

Dolphine Feeding Galveston TX

Western Monarch docked

Western Monarch Galveston TX Port_2115

We pulled away from the dock, and sailed past this Dry Dock

Dry Dock Pelican Island Galveston TX

then we sailed past SeaWolf Park on Pelican Island. I didn’t know anything about it, but it looked interesting with the old submarine, and navy ship so, I looked it up when I got home. From the park’s website I gleaned this,

“Seawolf Park is located on Galveston’s Pelican Island on a former immigration station site. The park offers one of the island’s most popular fishing piers, picnic sites and a playground. The park is also home to tourist attractions, including the WWII submarine the USS Cavalla and one of only three destroyer escorts in the world, the USS Stewart. The remains of the WWI tanker S.S. Selma, the largest concrete ship constructed, can be seen northwest of the park’s fishing pier.”

Sea Wolf Park, Galveston TX

Our first night on the ship was fun, and I slept like a baby until my alarm woke me up at O’Dark Thirty for sunrise.  Grabbing my camera I opened our sliding glass door to our balcony and was greeted with this view:

Sunrise at Sea Day 2 Gulf of Mexico

We were in the Gulf of Mexico now heading to Cozumel, Mexico.  On the Horizon is Carnival Magic all lit up. She was sailing almost the same route we were.

The bright Planet in the sky might Venus, but I’m not positive.

Nikon Df| Lumix FZ200| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film & Lexar Professional Digital Film| CS6| Hand-held

More to come…



  1. great shots! Enjoy!!!

  2. Wonderful shots. I’ve often thought about going to Galveston; something tells me it might be very interesting.

    • Thank you Jackie. If I ever find myself there again I hope to get out and wander around town a bit.

  3. Thanks for getting up early for that photo. It looks like you enjoyed the trip.

    • Thank you Dan! We did enjoy this trip. It took me a few days to get my land-legs back, but I’d give them up again for another cruise. I’d like to do the Southern Caribbean one day.

  4. I really enjoyed these pictures! wow dolphins so cool! you take very wonderful and also interesting photos! thanks for sharing them with us!

  5. Boarding your ship and setting sail~ those are such exciting, magical moments, aren’t they?

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