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

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The fleet most heavily impacted is that of Carnival Cruise Lines.

The Port of Galveston shut down at noon on Friday in preparation for Harvey, which eventually made landfall as a category 4 hurricane.

Port authority representative Roger R. Quiroga said passengers or crew members facing medical emergencies while on a ship waiting out the storm will be serviced by a medical helicopter that can reach them if needed.

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The other ship, the Carnival Breeze, was slated to return to the port on Sunday, but remains at a dock in Cozumel, Mexico. Please do not proceed to the cruise terminal until you hear from us again.

Carnival Breeze has a capacity of 3,690 passengers, while Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor each have a capacity of 2,974 passengers, according to the company. It will depart for Galveston on Saturday. "Our intention is to keep with our original schedule for our return to Galveston on Sunday". Guests who sail on modified voyages will receive a pro-rated refund equal to the number of cruise days they missed. Additionally, guests who pre-purchased any of our beverage packages will receive a pro-rated refund. To stay up to date, please sign up for text alerts by texting the codes below to CRUISE (278473).

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas did sail into a storm off the Atlantic coast a year ago, forcing the ship to turn around, and subjecting the passengers to the consequences of high wind and waves.

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Port and cruise officials said they would get the ships into port as soon as weather allowed, which could be sooner than Tuesday. 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.

Hurricane Harvey is now over Texas and has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

We'll keep updating Cruise Hive readers on the latest and how the Hurricane will impact those booked on upcoming cruises out of Galveston, Texas.

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