GALVESTON – The Carnival Vista, a 1,100 foot cruise ship Carrying hundreds of passengers, will slip from Galveston Harbor on a course to Mahogany Bay, Honduras on Saturday, signaling a rebirth of a local industry and symbolizing how far the state and nation has come since the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic.
The return of cruise ships to Galveston Port was celebrated by passengers, Carnival Cruise Lines executives and Galveston officials as another part of the island’s tourism economy emerged after a year of business closings, financial losses and layoffs. Before the pandemic, cruise lines brought about 1 million visitors through Galveston who stayed in hotels, dined in restaurants, and paid for long-term parking.
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