The Royal Caribbean Galveston Terminal employs a “Destination Net Zero” infrastructure
A brand new Royal Caribbean Galveston Terminal is set to open in Galveston, Texas this November, becoming the first terminal in The Lone Star State to 100% fully use its energy through solar power. Nearing its final stages of development, the cruise terminal is estimated to cost $126 million.
According to the cruise liner, the Royal Caribbean Galveston Terminal was developed with the intention to be in line with the business’s Destination Net Zero decarbonization strategy. The strategy includes a number of sustainability goals, such as utilizing low-carbon infrastructure materials, developing solar panels for energy independence, and putting light pollution control measures into practice.
“We are focused on innovating across all aspects of our company, especially in our work to advance sustainability in the communities we visit,” said Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO, Jason Liberty. “We deeply value both the oceans we sail and the communities we visit and operate in and the modern design and development features at our terminal in Galveston will work in service of both.”
The project will introduce a 161,000 square foot tamarind to increase cruise’s presence at the port. The Royal Caribbean Galveston Terminal will be the first building in Texas to receive LEED Gold certification and to produce all of its own energy on-site using solar panels. According to the company, the new building will enable Royal Caribbean to guide more than 600,000 guests annually.
Guests can sail from Galveston to ports in Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Isla Roatan, Honduras. Both visitors and employees at the new Galveston Terminal can also access bike facilities with electric charging stations.
The opening of the new terminal will also be the first time the city of Galveston welcomes the Oasis class cruise ships, making it simpler for visitors coming from Texas to travel.