Back in May, the director of the Port of Houston Authority, which operates the still-vacant terminal, said he didn't expect a ship until fall of 2009. Still, he told the Houston Chronicle in May:
There is a chance of a vessel earlier.
We're guessing he didn't mean a ship avoiding the storm-battered port in Galveston!
Service to Mexico out of Bayport starts on September 20 and cruises to the Western Caribbean start the next day. Carnival says that it hopes to return to Galveston once repairs to port facilities there are finished.
· Bayport Cruise Terminal [Official Site]
· An Ike Miracle: Bayport Cruise Terminal to Actually Be Used [Houston Press]
· Shiny New Port Has Everything But Ships [Houston Chronicle]
· Cruises coverage [Jaunted]