Cruise Ships Stranded by Hurricane Harvey

by Dwayne Torres August 27, 2017, 0:14
Cruise Ships Stranded by Hurricane Harvey

Harvey is now about 70 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas , according to the National Hurricane Center.

Cruise ships scheduled to arrive this weekend in Galveston, Texas, are being delayed or redirected toward New Orleans as Hurricane Harvey lashes the state's coast.

A Carnival Cruise Line ship in Galveston Harbor. With the port shut down to ship traffic, cruise-goers are forced to wait offshore - possibly all the way until Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Roger Quiroga, the Port of Galveston's external affairs director. It would mean an extra sea day or two for passengers now on board and less time on the ship for those expecting to cruise next week.

The Carnival Breeze spent the night in Mexico and was slated to leave Saturday for Galveston, although the company did not offer an update on progress Saturday afternoon.

"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", the spokesperson said.

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Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are on their way to New Orleans for a short technical stop to replenish provisions before resuming course to Galveston. As for the Carnival Breeze, it is now docked in Cozumel and will depart for Galveston Saturday.

Although Hurricane Harvey is not expected to hit Galveston head-on, the storm-battered island has learned some lessons about disaster survival in the wake of 2008's devastating Category 2 Hurricane Ike.

Sparta Komissarova, a passenger on the Carnival Valor, said she was concerned that her sons, ages 9 and 14, would miss the first day of school on Monday. It's not clear how many people were aboard each ship.

Carnival will shorten both ships' upcoming trips. While Galveston schools plan to remain open, that could change as the storm moves closer, said spokesman Kyle Bolen.

Guests who wish to cancel their cruise may do so without penalty and receive a future cruise credit.


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