Carnival cruise ships redirected to New Orleans after Port of Galveston closes

Posted August 27, 2017

Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom are now keeping a safe distance from the storm as they make their way back to Galveston.

Even if the ships make it to port, some passengers may not be able to make it to Galveston if roads are flooded in the low-lying areas leading to the port city.

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

A third Carnival ship, Breeze, was scheduled to return to Galveston on Sunday.

By Friday night, Hurricane Harvey was classified as a Category 4 storm.

With 20,000 vacationers waiting at sea on cruise ships and beach parks shuttered for the weekend, Galveston is hunkering down for the storm.

You can also follow the cruise lines on Facebook and Twitter for possible updates regarding for your trip.

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Both ships would make stops in New Orleans to refuel and resupply and guests would be allow to leave, but would be encouraged to stay aboard and return to Galveston, officials said.

The release went on to say, "The next scheduled voyages for Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor will be shortened with itineraries to be determined". 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.

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

According to ABC13.com, the Galveston port authority announced the four cruise ships involved include three Carnival Cruise Line vessels and a Royal Caribbean International vessel, none of which will be permitted to enter port until Tuesday at the earliest.

The Royal Caribbean ship is staying well behind the path of the storm, with plans to dock on Sunday.

"Liberty of the Seas is keeping a safe distance behind the storm as she making her way back to Galveston".