Hurricane Harvey Disrupting Cruise Vacations Out of Texas Ports

Hurricane Harvey Disrupting Cruise Vacations Out of Texas Ports

About 15,000 people are on the four stranded cruise ships. It is expected to remain closed until the storm has passed and a port assessment has been completed.

The Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are at sea in the middle of their voyages.

Carnival Cruise Lines officials said their Freedom and Valor ships both were at sea a safe distance away from the storm. The ships will stop in New Orleans on Saturday to replenish fuel, water and food supplies.

Passengers aboard the Carnival Freedom told CNN they were anxious about their vehicles, which were left at Galveston's port.

Officials said the Port of Galveston shut down Friday.

Hurricane Harvey is now over Texas and has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

"However, given the severity and projected path of the storm along with potential challenges guests may encounter attempting to travel back to Galveston independently, we are strongly encouraging them to remain on board as we intend to return the ships to Galveston as soon as feasible", Carnival said.


Carnival said the next scheduled voyages for Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor will be shortened with itineraries to be determined.

As for the Breeze, which was originally scheduled to turn around in Galveston on Sunday, Carnival indicated that information would be added soon. Two of them were temporarily diverted to New Orleans on Friday and the third has stayed in Cozumel, Mexico, the firm said.

Royal Caribbean' (NYSE: RCL)s Liberty of the Seas is also scheduled to arrive in Galveston on Sunday. Our intention is to be in position to take advantage of any docking opportunity that may become available in Galveston late Sunday evening or Monday. However, we will return to Galveston only when it is safe to do.

We will update this article if/when Royal Caribbean make any changes to the ship's itinerary.

Cruise lines typically will not sail their expensive ships anywhere near a potentially unsafe storm.

Harvey is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas by early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service said, bringing heavy flooding.

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