Thousands stranded on cruise ships in the Gulf by Harvey

root June 1, 2017 No Comments

Thousands stranded on cruise ships in the Gulf by Harvey

HOUSTON: Cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers were stranded in the Gulf on Friday as Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, came ashore in the middle of the Texas coast, closing the Port of Galveston.

Carnival Corp said that three of its ships were unable to return to Galveston as scheduled and that two of them would be forced to divert instead to New Orleans, where they would pick up fresh supplies.

The cruise line said passengers could get off those two ships in New Orleans but advised against that in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

“Given the severity and projected path of the storm along with potential challenges guests may encounter attempting to travel back to Galveston independently, we are strongly encouraging them to remain on board as we intend to return the ships to Galveston as soon as feasible,” Carnival said .

A third ship, the Carnival Breeze, will extend its stay in Cozumel, Mexico, and begin sailing back to Galveston this weekend, the company said.

The next scheduled cruises on all three ships will be shortened and customers will receive refunds, the company said.

“We will continue to remain in close contact with port officials regarding their plans to re-open once the storm has passed,” spokeswoman Christine de la Huerta said.

Royal Caribbean International said that its Liberty of the Seas cruise ship had departed Cozumel, Mexico on time on Friday and was still scheduled to return to Galveston on Sunday.

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