Thousands of Cruise Ship Passengers Stranded by Hurricane Harvey

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On Friday as Harvey reached the Texas coastline Carnival stated that two of its cruise ships will dock in New Orleans instead of Port of Galveston as scheduled as it closed to all traffic. Carnival Breeze is spending more time in Cozumel so by the time it gets back to Galveston it could reopen, if not the ship will wait at sea until it does.

Hurricane Harvey has many vacationers anxious about how the storm will impact their plans, especially people planning to take cruises out of Galveston.

As a result, the Carnival Freedom and Valor, each with capacity for about 2,980 passengers at double occupancy, are remaining a "safe distance" from the storm at sea and skipping a stop in Galveston scheduled for Saturday, Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said. But the port closed earlier in the week in advance of the Category 3 storm's arrival and it's unclear when it will reopen. The Breeze will remain in Cozumel overnight and depart for Galveston Saturday afternoon, Carnival said. As for the Carnival Breeze, it is now docked in Cozumel and will depart for Galveston Saturday.

Royal Caribbean didn't respond to requests for comment on their plans, but their ship isn't slated to arrive until Sunday and may be able to keep its schedule.

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The duration of your cruise will have to be shortened and the itinerary modified.

"We're working with the cruise lines, the Coast Guard and the pilots to see what can be done to bring the cruise ships in as quickly but as safely as possible", Simons said in a statement. 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. Liberty of the Seas is now still on her original schedule of arriving in Galveston on Sunday.

Right now, Carnival tells us their customers should sign up for text messages alerts to keep up with updates from the company. Harvey is forecast to be a major hurricane when it makes landfall along the middle Texas coastline.

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

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