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UPDATE:

Carnival Cruise Line has now adjusted itineraries for at least 2 cruise ships due to Hurricane Harvey, read the very latest.

PREVIOUSLY:

We are tracking the powerful Hurricane Harvey and how it is impacting cruise ships from Carnival and Royal Caribbean today and over the weekend.

Port of Galveston which is a major cruise ship hub in Texas is closed due to Hurricane Harvey which has now reached the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. On Thursday Captain of the port set condition Yankee which means strong gale force winds are expected. As a result, the port is now closed to all maritime traffic including cruise ships.

Surprisingly Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean which both have ships scheduled to arrive in Galveston over the weekend have not adjusted ship itineraries. There is a possibility the port could reopen once the Hurricane passes and moves more inland. the big question is how bad weather conditions will be When two Carnival ships are set to arrive Saturday morning.

The following cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Galveston:

Carnival Freedom – Saturday, August 26
Carnival Valor – Saturday, August 26
Carnival Breeze – Sunday, August 27
Liberty of the Seas – Sunday, August 27

Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are closely monitoring the Hurricanes development and the situation with Port of Galveston.

Hurricane Harvey
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Royal Caribbean states the following:

Liberty of the Seas is keeping a safe distance behind the storm as she making her way back to Galveston. We are actively monitoring path and progression of Hurricane Harvey and will make sure to inform our guests of any itinerary changes.

Carnival Cruise Line stated the following:

Tropical Storm Harvey has now been upgraded to a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and the Port of Galveston is now closed to all marine traffic. At this time, no changes have been made to any of our Galveston sailings for this weekend and our itineraries remain as scheduled.

We will continue to closely monitor Hurricane Harvey’s forecasted track and provide guests with an update by 12:00 PM (CDT) tomorrow.

To stay up to date on any changes, guests are asked to sign up for text alerts by texting the codes below to CRUISE (278473).

Hurricane Harvey currently has maximum sustained winds of 110 MPH and is moving northwest at 10 MPH. Over the weekend Harvey will make its way inland over Texas. There will be life threatening weather conditions with flooding, high sea swells, extremely high winds and rainfall.

Cruise Hive will keep readers updated on developments impacting the cruise industry and to those of you reading from Texas please stay safe.