Optional Transfers for Cruises from Galveston

Published 03/11/2015 09:51 PM   |    Updated 06/06/2017 02:48 PM

This service is available on the day of embarkation and immediately following debarkation only.

Houston Intercontinental Airport is 71 miles from the port and travel times is approximately 75 minutes (without traffic). Houston Hobby Airport is 42 miles from the port and travel times is approximately 47 minutes (without traffic).  


Price for Optional Transfers

Transfers can be pre-purchased through Carnival up to 5 days prior to the sail date.

Houston Intercontinental Airport – IAH

  • Pre-Purchase transfers: $47.00 USD One Way / $94.00 USD Roundtrip
  • Purchase at the Airport / Purchase Onboard: $47.00 USD One Way

Houston Hobby Airport – HOU

  • Pre-Purchase transfers: $37.00 USD One Way / $74.00 USD Roundtrip
  • Purchase at the Airport / Purchase Onboard: $37.00 USD One Way


Flight Guidelines
All ships (exluding sail dates below) - Boarding Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm / Ship Departure: 4:00pm
Carnival Freedom 10/28/17, 10/27/18, 1/19/19 - Boarding Time: 12:30pm-5:00pm / Ship Departure: 6:00pm
Carnival Breeze 9/16/18 - Boarding Time: 12:30pm-5:00pm / Ship Departure: 6:00pm

  • Latest arrival flight into IAH before embarkation: 1:00pm
  • Earliest return flight out of IAH after debarkation: 1:30pm
  • Latest arrival flight into HOU before embarkation: 1:30pm
  • Earliest return flight out of HOU after debarkation: 1:30pm

Note: For guests who plan to use our transfer service on embarkation day but arrive independently day(s) prior to the cruise, read below for more information.


Day of Embarkation: Meet and Greet Service / Motor Coach Service / Purchase of Transfers

  • Guests arriving at the airport that have pre-purchased transfers with Carnival are to proceed to the baggage claim area and claim their luggage where a Carnival Rep (carrying a CCL hand-held sign for visibility) will be located and able to assist guests with their transfer. At Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Carnival Reps can be located in Terminals A, B and C.
  • Transfer service start and end time are subject to change based on reported flight details on the transfer manifest.  Service is provided between 10:00am and 1:30pm for flights into Houston Intercontinental Airport, or 2:00pm for flights into Houston Hobby Airport, on the day of embarkation only. Motor coaches depart the airport once an adequate number of guests have arrived, approximately every 20-30 minutes.
  • Transfer Provider: For those guests who have pre-purchased transfers, the Transfer company and telephone number is printed in the guest’s e-docs. Refer the guest to this telephone number if they are not able to locate a Carnival Rep.
  • One way transfers can be purchased at the airport while our Meet & Greet staff is onsite. The airport is staffed based on known flights reported on the transfer manifest. Once all known flights are met, staff is released and service is no longer available. The Carnival Rep will be located in the baggage claim area. Cash payment is not accepted; the transfers are charged directly to the guest’s Sail & Sign Account.
  • Guests who plan to use our transfer service on embarkation day but arrive independently day(s) prior to the cruise should arrive at the airport no later than 11:00am on embarkation day. Houston Intercontinental Airport location: Baggage Claim area, Terminal C / Houston Hobby Airport location: Main Baggage Claim area.


Day of Debarkation: Purchase of Transfers / Motor Coach Service

  • One-way transfers to the airport can be purchased on board at the Guest Services Desk for guests who did not previously purchase the transfers. Guests who elect to wait and purchase one-way transfers at curbside may be subject to higher prices.
  • Transfer service begins at approximately 8:00am; motor coaches will not leave the cruise terminal until an adequate number of guests are onboard, approximately every 20 to 30 minutes.
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