Cruise Ships Stranded by Hurricane Harvey

Posted August 27, 2017

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

The mayor of the popular Texas Gulf Coast city of Galveston says the city is expected to be inundated with water from Hurricane Harvey.

According to, the Galveston port authority announced the four cruise ships involved include three Carnival Cruise Line vessels and a Royal Caribbean International vessel, none of which will be permitted to enter port until Tuesday at the earliest. 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.

Even after the storm passes, the port has to be inspected to make sure ships can safely get in and out.

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"We will continue to remain in close contact with port officials regarding their plans to re-open once the storm has passed and a post-storm assessment of the port has been completed", Carnival said.

Carnival Breeze has a capacity of 3,690 passengers, while Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor each have a capacity of 2,974 passengers, according to the company. Carnival Breeze is now docked in Cozumel and will remain there overnight, added de la Huerta.

Carnival said the next scheduled voyages for Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor will be shortened with itineraries to be determined. Two of them were temporarily diverted to New Orleans on Friday and the third has stayed in Cozumel, Mexico, the firm said. Travelers will be able to disembark or wait out the journey back to Galveston, Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz told the Miami Herald. It's not clear how many people were aboard each ship. The Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor were both set to depart on Saturday, August 26, with the Carnival Breeze slated to set sail on Sunday, August 27. She lives in Fort Worth and began driving to Galveston on Friday, but turned around when she heard about the coming storm. "They left before us and made a decision to stay", she said.

Carnival said they would give future cruise credits to anyone who chooses not to sail.