Hurricane Harvey strands thousands aboard cruise ships in Gulf of Mexico

"The next scheduled voyages for Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor will be shortened with itineraries to be determined", the cruise line said. It's spending Friday night in Cozumel, Mexico.

Casey Stegall was reporting live from Galveston, Texas, for Fox News, when his broadcast was interrupted by a woman handing him some cans of beer.

Port authority representative Roger R. Quiroga said passengers or crew members facing medical emergencies while on a ship waiting out the storm will be serviced by a medical helicopter that can reach them if needed.

Carnival Cruise Line has been one of the main cruise lines impacted by the strong Hurricane Harvey.

Port and cruise officials said they would get the ships into port as soon as weather allowed, which could be sooner than Tuesday. As for the Carnival Breeze, it is now docked in Cozumel and will depart for Galveston Saturday.

The port, which hosts all three ships year-round, closed Friday ahead of the storm and remained closed Saturday afternoon. Cruise details will be finalized once we have confirmed our arrival into Galveston. Passengers will receive a refund based on the number of cruise days missed. With the situation continuing to develop, Heald concluded by saying that Carnival will "update you [Saturday] at 3 p.m. CDT".


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

Right now, Carnival tells us their customers should sign up for text messages alerts to keep up with updates from the company.

Two of the ships in limbo - Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor - were set to dock Saturday and will stop in New Orleans instead, according to Carnival spokeswoman Christine de la Huerta.

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas did sail into a storm off the Atlantic coast past year, forcing the ship to turn around, and subjecting the passengers to the consequences of high wind and waves.

"I must say that they have done a superior job at keeping us out of the storm", she said.


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