Are you ready for some big cruise news this week? It was just announced that Carnival Cruise Line intends to add a fourth ship in Galveston, Texas.

Carnival Radiance will be arriving in Galveston in 2021. The ship will be joining Carnival Breeze, Carnival Vista and Carnival Dream when it makes its debut in Texas two years from now. Carnival will be able to take 900,000 guests from Galveston each year once all of its ships are ready to go.

We have quite a few details regarding Carnival Radiance already. We know the start date for Radiance's new routes will be May 14, 2021. We also know that itinerary lengths will range from 5 days to 14 days. Here's a look at what we know straight from Carnival's website:

  • Five-day cruises will feature stops in places like Cozumel, Progreso and Costa Maya.
  • Three separate nine-day cruises will stop at places like Cozumel and Limón. There will also be options for visiting the Panama Canal, Key West, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Costa Maya and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay.
  • Two separate 14-day journeys with eight port stops each will bring guests to travel hotspots throughout the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

It's going to take some work to get Carnival Radiance ready for its Galveston debut. The ship will actually undergo a full makeover in 2020. The cost to revamp Radiance will be $200 million. Carnival plans to make dining a priority on the revamped ship. Radiance's list of impressive eateries will include Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse by Guy Fieri and a Big Chicken restaurant created by Shaquille O'Neal. The ship is also getting a new splash park, spa and retail zone.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: