Port chairman Gerald Sullivan says the port plans to unload its first ship Wednesday.
Sullivan says the port, which city officials say ranks seventh nationally in cruise liner business, will be able to accept those tourist-popular ships again by Oct. 1.
Meanwhile, Navy Commodore Bob Lineberry said Thursday that the USS Nassau was anchored 7 miles off Galveston, loaded with about 1,000 sailors and Marines, including construction teams.
Four landing crafts were starting Thursday to offload workers and heavy machinery used for hurricane debris removal.
Ike made landfall last weekend at Galveston.