The last of four cruise ships denied access to Port of Galveston’s cruise terminal on 25th August, as ‘Harvey’ strengthened into a hurricane, finally docked on Saturday.
‘Carnival Breeze’ remained at sea for an extra week off Louisiana with more than 3,000 passengers on board, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Carnival said that the ‘Carnival Freedom’ and ‘Carnival Valor’ berthed at Galveston last Friday morning, nearly a week after their scheduled return.
According to Fox News, local police said that officials didn’t want the ships to berth while there was still significant flooding, as roads out of Galveston were blocked and people getting off the vessels would be unable to leave the island.
Many of the passengers’ cars that were parked at the cruise terminal were stranded, due to flooded access roads.
‘Liberty of the Seas’ has also arrived at Galveston having ridden out the storm.
Some of the ships were diverted to New Orleans and Miami where passengers had the option of disembarking.
Another Hurricane – ‘Irma’ – is moving towards northeastern parts of the Caribbean resulting in two cruise ships switching itineraries.
Royal Caribbean’s ‘Allure of the Seas’ has switched to a Western Caribbean schedule, as has the ‘MSC Divina’.
Other cruise lines are reportedly tracking ‘Irma’s’ movements.