On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 4 p.m., the Port of Galveston along with Moody National Bank, Texas First Bank, Hometown Bank and Webber L.L.C. will celebrate the expansion of Cruise terminal 2. The ceremony will take place at the Port of Galveston in front of cruise terminal 2 located on Harborside Drive.

The three Galveston County community banks have worked together on financing for a $13 million expansion of the Port of Galveston’s Cruise Terminal No. 2. Each bank pitched in for the unique funding package for the expansion of Cruise Terminal No. 2 to accommodate larger vessels and more passengers.

When completed next spring, Cruise Terminal No. 2 will feature 150,000 square feet of space and have a seating capacity of over 2,000 passengers. The port currently handles over one million cruise passengers a year and is the 4th busiest cruise port in the nation–and ranks among the top 10 in the world.

The Port of Galveston, Texas’ STAR Cruise Port serves as the primary point of embarkation for cruises to the Western Caribbean and the Bahamas, and beginning in 2015 the eastern Caribbean. Two cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International, sail year round from Texas’ premiere cruise port.