Galveston will no longer be the only cruise port in southeast Texas beginning in 2013.
Princess Cruises will begin departures from the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena in November 2013, while Norwegian Cruise Line will call the terminal home in 2014. The construction of the terminal was finished in 2011.
The Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line agreements are partnerships with the Port of Houston Authority.
"We are ecstatic that these two premier cruise lines have chosen to sail from our state-of-the-art cruise facility at Bayport in Pasadena, Texas," said Jim Edmonds, chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. "Securing this cruise business helps fulfill our commitment by building the cruise terminal to spur job creation and economic development for the entire greater Houston and Pasadena region."
The Port of Houston Authority had been in negotiation with the two cruise companies over a long time period, but the commission authorized the agreements during a meeting on Thursday.
The cruise lines are projected to bring a great impact to the economy of Harris County and the greater Houston area, including the cities of Houston and Pasadena, with smaller cities near the cruise terminal also expected to reap the benefits.
100 jobs will be created as a result of the partnership.
The inaugural Princess Cruises voyage from the Bayport Cruise Terminal aboard the Caribbean Princess ship will support U.S. military veterans. The cruise will sail between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9, 2013, and is projected to raise $1 million for two U.S. veterans' organizations, namely, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Operation Homefront.
Norwegian Cruise Line will dock the 2,374-passenger capacity Norwegian Jewel from the Bayport Cruise Terminal for no less than three years beginning in 2014, and will have an option to extend the agreement for up to two years.
The last time a Norwegian Cruise Line ship sailed from Houston was in 2007.