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If you don't already know, Galveston subject of a well known song about lost love and seagulls is a richly historical town about 30 miles away from Houston on the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston cruises come in many shapes and sizes: indeed, the town is so popular with cruise ships that it has a special port for them.

To start with, there are day cruises by chartered sailboat or powerboat taking in Galveston's 32 mile strip of beaches, or trips on a paddle wheeler. But several of the major lines operate longer cruises from this city, among them Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines. For more information on who runs Galveston cruises, consult a cruise agent, an online information service such as the Cruise Line International Association (, or the lines themselves. Destinations from Galveston include the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. One popular choice is a cruise to Mexico's Mayan Riviera, visiting the ancient city of Uxmal. This city's carved facades, plazas and pyramids, dating from between 200 and 900 C.E., gave it a reputation as one of the most beautiful in the Mayan world.

Galveston and its surrounding area are interesting enough in themselves to make it worth staying for a few days before your cruise (or after, if the tour returns to the port). The town is rich in culture, particularly theatre and summer festivals, but its major attraction is the memory of one calamitous event that happened some 100 years ago. In the late 1800s Galveston was a booming and prosperous town, but it all dramatically changed when a storm virtually wiped it out in 1900. There are numerous museums and tours on which you can learn about this tragic disaster (which, it's just occurred to me, may be a metaphor in that song).

Further afield there's Key West, one of Ernest Hemingway's old haunts and still an area attracting creative people of various persuasions. Its old town still has a whiff of Hemingway, plus some good restaurants, bars and shops. And then there's Houston, the fourth largest and most polluted city in the US (and the city from which Senator George W Bush arose to loftier heights). The architecture may leave something to be desired, but there's a lot going on in this Texan city, not least some serious baseball. At some ecological remove from the city of Houston is Puerto Rico's bioluminescent lagoon, a destination for some Galveston cruises. Here, environmentally conscious tourists can kayak through a natural wonder otherwise impossible to see.