CruiseNews 10,000 Carnival Cruise Passengers Stuck at Sea Due to Hurricane Harvey

10,000 Carnival Cruise Passengers Stuck at Sea Due to Hurricane Harvey

The Port of Galveston has closed to all vessel traffic and commercial activities due to Hurricane Harvey.

Carnival Cruise Line has two cruise ships originally scheduled to arrive in Galveston on Saturday and another on Sunday.  The cruise line posted the following updates regarding Hurricane Harvey and the Port of Galveston:  To stay up to date, please sign up for text alerts by texting the codes below to CRUISE (278473).

  • Carnival Freedom 08/26/17 – CCL1
  • Carnival Valor 08/26/17 – CCL2
  • Carnival Breeze 08/27/17 – CCL3

Update Saturday 1:00pm – We continue to closely monitor Hurricane Harvey and our thoughts and prayers are with the communities affected by the storm.

The Port of Galveston remains closed to all marine traffic.  It is expected to stay closed until the storm has passed and a port assessment has been completed.  Please do not proceed to the cruise terminal until you hear from us again.

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Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are in New Orleans today for a short technical stop to replenish provisions before resuming course to Galveston this evening.  Carnival Breeze is currently docked in Cozumel and will depart for Galveston at 6:00 PM.  Our intention is to be in position to take advantage of any docking opportunity that may become available in Galveston on Sunday or Monday.

The duration of your cruise will have to be shortened and the itinerary modified.   Cruise details will be finalized once we have confirmed our arrival into Galveston.

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.  Additionally, guests who pre-purchased any of our beverage packages will receive a pro-rated refund.  Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened duration.

We certainly understand the impact Hurricane Harvey is having on your cruise plans.  Should you wish to cancel and receive a future cruise credit, please call 1-800-CARNIVAL, contact your Personal Vacation Planner at 1-800-819-3902, or your travel agent.

Update Friday 4:00PM – The Port of Galveston remains closed to all marine traffic.  It is expected to remain closed until the storm has passed and a port assessment has been completed.  Please do not proceed to the cruise terminal until you hear from us again.

Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are on their way to New Orleans for a short technical stop to replenish provisions before resuming course to Galveston.  Carnival Breeze is currently docked in Cozumel and will now overnight there.  The ship will depart for Galveston tomorrow afternoon.  Our intention is to be in position to take advantage of any docking opportunity that may become available in Galveston late Sunday evening or Monday.

The duration of your cruise will have to be shortened and the itinerary modified.   Cruise details will be finalized once we have confirmed our arrival into Galveston.

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.  Additionally, guests who pre-purchased any of our beverage packages will receive a pro-rated refund.  Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened duration.

We certainly understand the impact Hurricane Harvey is having on your cruise plans.  Should you wish to cancel and receive a future cruise credit, please call 1-800-CARNIVAL, contact your Personal Vacation Planner at 1-800-819-3902, or your travel agent.

Update August 25 12:00PM – Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom are currently keeping a safe distance from the storm as they make their way back to Galveston.

Carnival Breeze is currently docked in Cozumel and will now overnight there.  The ship will depart for Galveston tomorrow afternoon to be in position to debark guests when the port reopens.

The Port of Galveston is closed to all marine traffic.  It is expected to remain closed until the storm has passed and a port assessment has been completed.  Please do not proceed to the cruise terminal until you have heard from us.

Our intention is to dock in Galveston as soon as port officials have reopened the port.  The duration of your cruise will have to be shortened and the itinerary modified.   Cruise details will be finalized once we have confirmed our arrival into Galveston.  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.  Additionally, guests who pre-purchased any of our beverage packages will receive a pro-rated refund.  Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened duration.

We certainly understand the impact Hurricane Harvey is having on your cruise plans.  Should you wish to cancel and receive a future cruise credit, please call 1-800-CARNIVAL, contact your Personal Vacation Planner at 1-800-819-3902, or your travel agent.

Read: What Happens If There is a Hurricane During My Cruise

For the latest on Hurricane Harvey, visit the National Hurricane Center.

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CruiseNews 10,000 Carnival Cruise Passengers Stuck at Sea Due to Hurricane Harvey

1 COMMENT

  1. I believe it is a mistake to wait for access to Galveston….that area will be devastated….it will be impossible for your passengers to find transportation out or help of any kind because all energies will, and should, go to storm victims and problems. I believe you should dock patients somewhere save where they find safe and available transportation home.

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