Hurricane Harvey continues to cause life threatening disruption in Texas and impact the cruise industry.
Carnival Cruise Line has been one of the main cruise lines impacted by the strong Hurricane Harvey. 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 has now posted another update on Carnival Breeze which was originally scheduled to arrive at its home port in Galveston on Sunday. To keep guests safe the ship is spending an overnight in Cozumel and will then head back up to Galveston on Sunday away from the storm. The large cruise ship will enter the port once it reopens which could be Sunday evening or on Monday.
Read all the details from Carnival Cruise Line below:
The Port of Galveston remains closed to all marine traffic. It is expected to remain closed until the storm has passed and a port assessment has been completed. Please do not proceed to the cruise terminal until you hear from us again.
Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are on their way to New Orleans for a short technical stop to replenish provisions before resuming course to Galveston. Carnival Breeze is currently docked in Cozumel and will now overnight there. The ship will depart for Galveston tomorrow afternoon. Our intention is to be in position to take advantage of any docking opportunity that may become available in Galveston late Sunday evening or Monday.
The duration of your cruise will have to be shortened and the itinerary modified. Cruise details will be finalized once we have confirmed our arrival into Galveston.
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. Additionally, guests who pre-purchased any of our beverage packages will receive a pro-rated refund. Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened duration.
We certainly understand the impact Hurricane Harvey is having on your cruise plans. Should you wish to cancel and receive a future cruise credit, please call 1-800-CARNIVAL, contact your Personal Vacation Planner at 1-800-819-3902, or your travel agent.
We continue to actively monitor the storm and will update you tomorrow at 3:00PM CDT. To stay up to date, please sign up for text alerts by texting the codes below to CRUISE (278473).
So in brief, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are calling in New Orleans today to pick up some essential supplies and then head back out to sea until Port of Galveston reopens. 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.
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.
Hurricane Harvey is now over Texas and has maximum sustained winds of 80 MPH. 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.
We’ll keep updating Cruise Hive readers on the latest and how the Hurricane will impact those booked on upcoming cruises out of Galveston, Texas.