Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Waco woman among thousands stranded on Carnival Cruise ships

Waco woman among thousands stranded on Carnival Cruise ships

Three Carnival Cruise Line ships that are based in Galveston but detoured to New Orleans to wait out Harvey could soon be back in storm-battered Texas. The Miami Herald reported there was no clear date of when it would reopen.

Carnival Valor's previous cruise was also scrapped, as were sailings on the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Freedom. Carnival will provide a full refund and a 25% future cruise credit if booked within 60 days.

Liberty of the Seas was originally scheduled to sail a seven night cruise to the Western Caribbean out of Galveston today with port stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica.

Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, which diverted to PortMiami where a number of passengers disembarked, was still expected to arrive back at Galveston on Friday. They were unable to pull into a port on the Texas coast because of Hurricane Harvey, she said.

The ship arrived in Miami on Tuesday after nine days at sea. We are doing all we can to help guests adjust their travel arrangements and appreciate their patience as we work through this.

Port of New Orleans cargo operations continued to operate uninterrupted on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Harvey dumped heavy rain on southeast Texas and Louisiana. The ship's August 31 cruise was canceled earlier, but the September 4 sailing is expected to operate as scheduled.

Port officials have said they are still unsure exactly when it will be able to welcome cruise ships again, but won't be until later this week at the earliest.

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