Carnival Cruise Line joined one of its most popular and fast-growing ports, the Port of Galveston, in welcoming the Port’s 10 millionth passenger, Mr. Yingtao Liu from Norman, Okla., who boarded Carnival Vista on Sunday, December 9. Carnival was the first cruise line to realize the potential of Galveston as a year-round cruise port in 2000 and since then, has carried millions of guests from Texas.

Upon arrival at the port, to their surprise, Mr. Liu, his wife, parents and three children were warmly greeted by Rodger Rees, Port of Galveston CEO and Port Director; Pavol Drimaj, Carnival Vista Hotel Director; and other members of the Carnival Vista team before boarding the ship for a week-long voyage - the family’s first cruise ever!

To celebrate the port’s incredible milestone, Carnival Cruise Line along with the Port of Galveston, Galveston Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and Island Bay Resort, rolled out the red carpet and provided a variety of gifts to the Liu family, including a Carnival tote with a collection of vacation essentials, a bountiful basket of delicious treats, a specially designed gift bag of Galveston-related items, and a three-night stay at a local resort. The family will also receive onboard courtesies and VIP treatment from Carnival Vista throughout their seven-day cruise which includes stops at Caribbean hot spots Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay.

“We have always recognized the incredible potential of the Port of Galveston and are proud to be a part of their momentous achievement,” said Drimaj. “We offer our most heartfelt and sincere congratulations to the entire port team and look forward to continuing to work together in providing great vacations and amazing service to our guests.”

Earlier this fall, Carnival home ported one of the most innovative ships in its fleet, Carnival Vista, at the Port of Galveston, and next year, the line will continue to expand its voyages from there with Carnival Dream’s year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico, the largest Carnival ship to operate a short cruise program from any port. In addition to Carnival Vista, the line operates Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor from the port – together, these three ships carry more than 650,000 passengers annually, the most of the any cruise operator.