Hurricane Harvey Strands 20000 Cruise Ship Passengers in Gulf

Hurricane Harvey Disrupting Cruise Vacations Out of Texas Ports

Hurricane Harvey Disrupting Cruise Vacations Out of Texas Ports

Harvey is now about 70 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas , according to the National Hurricane Center.

Passengers aboard the Carnival Freedom told CNN they were anxious about their vehicles, which were left at Galveston's port.

"We talk daily with the cruise ship operators as well as the city of Galveston and the Galveston Port Authority in order to try to identify opportunities to be able to get these cruise ships in", said Kevin Oditt, commander of the Coast Guard sector Houston-Galveston.

The Carnival Breeze spent the night in Mexico and was slated to leave Saturday for Galveston, although the company did not offer an update on progress Saturday afternoon.

Hurricane Harvey is rerouting cruise ships headed for Texas this weekend. Carnival spokesperson Christine de la Huerta said the Carnival Freedom and Valor will stop in New Orleans on Saturday to replenish food and supplies, at which point passengers can choose to disembark and travel back to Galveston on their own or re-board for the journey by sea back to Texas.

"We will continue to remain in close contact with port officials regarding their plans to re-open once the storm has passed and a post-storm assessment of the port has been completed", Carnival said.

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Peter Simons, interim director for the Port of Galveston, said officials are still trying to determine if it will be safe for ships to call on Galveston Sunday.

But because of Harvey, her cruise ship is staying for an extra day in Cozumel, the island off the coast of Mexico, she told CNN.

The next scheduled cruises on all three ships will be shortened and customers will receive refunds, the company said. In addition, each ship has onboard crew of more than 1,000 people.

Katrina Arredondo was scheduled to be a passenger on the next Carnival Freedom trip.

Floodwaters are seen in the streets of Galveston on Friday. "They left before us and chose to stay", she said. 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.

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