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Smooth sailing on this tour of Galveston

Dallas Morning News (Internet / Print) 07/15/06 Not all cruises from Galveston go to the Caribbean or Mexican Riviera. Some go to – Galveston. Tropical breezes and midnight buffets are far away as the catamaran Seagull II explores the important harbor and shipyard, but the relaxing sailings sparkle with surprises. Cruises by the 80-passenger craft operated by the nonprofit Galveston Historical Foundation depart the dock behind the Texas Seaport Museum to tour the No. 1 cruise port on the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. Every sailing, which lasts an hour or longer, takes a slightly different course, depending on what's interesting or happening in the harbor.  Before returning to the museum's dock, the Seagull ambles past million-dollar homes, the yacht harbor's pricey craft and a rusty clutter of fishing boats to pause beside the ghostly image of a sea captain's face glowering from a wall at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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