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Lone Star Adventure: Cruises

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In November Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas became the 3rd cruise vessel sailing from the port of Galveston. By the end of 2012, when Disney Magic and Crown Princess come on line, there will be five.

"Cruising in general is just exploding," said Steve Spalding, who has spent years in the North Texas travel business. "I think with the Baby Boomers, just a massive group coming up on retirement it's only going to increase the amount of travelers on cruise ships."

Galveston is attractive to the cruise lines because an estimated 30 million people live within driving distance - big markets like Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Frequent cruisers like Bill Dombrowski of Granbury think that more ships in Galveston will mean better bargains.

"Hopefully they will enter into a little price competition between them. So we may see some of the prices sailing out of Galveston fall because I have noticed in other ports where there are large competitions they've started to fall as well."

The Galveston based ships sail to nearly a dozen ports in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America -- fun in the sun spots with beaches and warm water year round. Galveston has room for more than five ships -- and is willing to build a third terminal if they can get additional commitments.

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