Hurricane Harvey leaves logjam of cargo, cruise ships at Galveston port

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27 August, 2017

This meant that four ships which were set to dock over the weekend were unable to get to Galveston, and even if they had been able to, they would have just been unloading their passengers into a hurricane.

"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 company said in an email.

Luis Perez watches waves crash again a jetty in Galveston, Texas as Hurricane Harvey intensifies in the Gulf of Mexico Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

The Carnival Breeze ship still remains in Cozumel, Mexico, and will return to Galveston on Sunday, while the Royal Caribbean's Liberty of Seas cruise ship left Cozumel on Friday and is scheduled to reach Galveston on Sunday. Earlier today, Harvey strengthened to become a Category 3 level storm. "Our intention is to keep with our original schedule for our return to Galveston on Sunday".

"Guests who wish to terminate their cruise at that point and disembark in New Orleans may do so", de la Huerta said in statement. "Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened duration". Guests who sail will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare for missed days and refund of any pre-purchased Carnival Adventures for canceled ports.

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We certainly understand the impact Hurricane Harvey is having on your cruise plans.

While we're posting about the cruise ships we would also like to update readers that Liberty of the Seas which is operated by Royal Caribbean is still on scheduled to dock in Galveston on Sunday and the cruise line has not made any adjustments yet.

More than 20,000 cruise ship passengers are stuck at sea inthe ships, along with commercial ships including roll-on/roll-off carriers, two grain ships and a few bulk carriers, said interim port director Peter Simons Saturday.

With the Port of Galveston closed to all marine traffic, two Carnival Cruise Line ships scheduled to arrive Saturday are being redirected to New Orleans, according to a company spokeswoman. Now that the storm is moving over land it is starting to weaken but still, life threatening causing strong winds, heavy rainfall, and bad sea conditions.


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