Hurricane Harvey is gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico and with the threat to cruise ships, Carnival Cruise Line is closely monitoring the storm.

Carnival Cruise Line is closely monitoring Hurricane Harvey as it heads towards the coast of Texas and gaining strength. Carnival has three vessels based in Galveston, Texas which will be affected by the large storm.

No itineraries have yet been changed but as Harvey gets closer to land on Friday evening cruise ships could be forced to alter course. We did contact the cruise line and they told us “We are closely monitoring the situation with Tropical Storm Harvey.  At this time, no changes have been made to any of our sailings and itineraries remain as scheduled.”

Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador also posted on his popular Facebook page that another update will be posted at 12:00 PM (CDT). Carnival is also working at keeping in touch with guests on the next sailings.

Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are scheduled to arrive in Galveston on Saturday morning, August 26. Carnival Breeze is scheduled to arrive on Sunday, August 27. This could change depending on the storm. Guests on the current cruises and those booked on sailings over the weekend could be affected.

Hurricane Harvey Track
Image By: NOAA

The National Hurricane Center has posted just minutes ago that Hurricane Harvey currently has maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH and is rapidly intensifying. Harvey is set to become a powerful Hurricane and is heading towards central parts of the Texas coast.

Cruise Hive will keep track of changes impacting the cruise industry and will make new posts accordingly.