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Ruby Princess maiden call is line's first Galveston cruise in six years

John Padgett, far left, with Rodger Rees, second right at the Ruby Princess plaque exchange
Ruby Princess's Sunday departure from Galveston marked Princess Cruises' first sailing from Texas in six years.

The 11-day cruise will visit ports in Mexico and the Caribbean.

It marks the first of 16 sailings from Galveston on the ship's winter schedule which includes five- to 11-day voyages along with two 16-day, ocean-to-ocean Panama Canal transits between Galveston and San Francisco.

50,000 passengers forecast

It is estimated the 3,080-passenger Ruby Princess will carry upwards of 50,000 passengers from Galveston during its winter/spring 2022/23 schedule, with many travelers opting for a pre- or post-cruise land stay.

Princess President John Padgett hosted a traditional maritime plaque exchange with Galveston Port Director Rodger Rees prior to departure.

'Easy-to-reach' departure port for millions

Padgett called Galveston an important port for Princess that 'provides an exciting and easy-to-reach option for millions of people living in the Southwestern US.'

For his part, Rees called the Ruby Princess itineraries a 'nice addition to our current ports of call.'