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Galveston plans third cruise terminal, with Royal Caribbean as operator

Libety of the Seas, pictured, currently sails weekly, year-round, from the Port of Galveston, and Royal Caribbean fields one other seasonal ship, currently Vision of the Seas, whose four-/five-night schedule will be assumed by Enchantment of the Seas in May
The Port of Galveston plans to build a third cruise terminal and will sign a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for its development and operation.

Long-term agreement to be weighed by board

The MOU will allow negotiations to move forward toward a final, long-term agreement that will require approval by the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves. This is expected to be presented at the board's regular monthly meeting in January.

Scheduled to be on hand for the MOU signing are Rodger Rees, port director and CEO; Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International; E. L. 'Ted' O'Rourke, chairman, and other members of the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves; Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough, Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell and RCL's Russell Benford, VP government relations.

Royal Caribbean currently operates Liberty of the Seas on weekly cruises, year-round, from Galveston, with a second ship sailing four-/five-night cruises.

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