Port of Galveston was forced to close briefly this morning due to heavy fog in the area and impacting two Carnival cruise ships. This is a constant issue that delays cruise ships every year when arriving at the popular homeport in Texas. We’ll take a look at the details, including the ships impacted and if there are any delays.
Now that the so-called fog season has started, fog will become an issue over the coming weeks and months as cruise ships sail into Port of Galveston. Carnival Cruise Line Ambassador John Heald thankfully kept everyone updated on his Facebook page and even posted a photo of one Carnival cruise ship waiting in the fog.
So the heavy fog forced the Port of Galveston to close, which meant Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor were slightly delayed. The ships are usually docked by around 8:00 AM, but this morning the Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor were both docked by around 9:00 AM. The pilot did come up to meet both vessels to help guide them through as usual.
Looks like the weather is getting better in Galveston. Here is a photo taken a few minuets ago by CD Malcolm Woo Hoo from Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom was coming to the end of a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise and Carnival Valor was completing a 5-night Western Caribbean itinerary. With only a slight delay we doubt the next scheduled departures later in the day at around 4:00 PM will be impacted.
According to The Weather Channel, there is a dense fog advisory for Galveston between 3:17 AM-Noon, but it does seem to have cleared up enough for the port to allow cruise ships to dock. The 10-day report doesn’t show any other foggy mornings, but you know how unpredictable the weather can be at times!
We last posted about the Galveston fog in February 2017. In other fog situations, there were further delays that had impacted the next cruises. Hopefully, this year the impact will be low.
Carnival Freedom and Valor are both Conquest-class cruise ships operated by Carnival Cruise Line. They are 110,000 gross tons and can carry over 2,900 passengers at double occupancy.