Officials from the Port of Galveston said the Coast Guard has no prediction when the port will reopen, but expect it to be closed until late this week.
Tropical Storm Harvey is still causing deadly disruption across Texas which has included Port of Galveston. For voyages scheduled to depart between yesterday and today, the cruise line plans to operate shortened cruises with itineraries dependent upon when the ships can return to Galveston. The ships affected by the port closure are Carnival Freedom, Carnival Valor, Carnival Breeze and Liberty of the Seas.
This is the second New Orleans stop for the Freedom and the Valor, which stopped in the city Saturday to replenish fuel, fresh water and food supplies as then-Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast.
On Sunday, the Miami Herald reported at least four cruise ships were stuck in the Gulf due to the closure of the Port of Galveston. Alternatively, they can stay aboard and sail back to Galveston. Carnival Breeze departed Cozumel Saturday afternoon after an extra night in port. Guests from all three ships will be given the option to disembark in New Orleans in the next two days.
Royal Caribbean has gone with a different approach than Carnival.
Royal Caribbean International is diverting Liberty of the Seas to Miami until conditions at the Port of Galveston permit safe travel.
Liberty of the Seas Sunday, August 27 sailing has been canceled.