The port of Galveston closed to all marine traffic prior to Hurricane Harvey making landfall and remained closed until today. This caused Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line to alter several sailings scheduled to use the port.
Below is important information for passengers on the current or next sailings of impacted ships from Carnival and Royal Caribbean.
According to the Port of Galveston's website:
Current Status: the Port of Galveston/Galveston Ship Channel is now open to vessels with less than 33ft draft limited to daylight. The Port’s administration offices will be closed today, Thursday, August 31st and will reopen on Friday, September 1st. The Port Police and the Incident Command Post will remain open.
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Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom departed New Orleans this afternoon and have resumed course to Galveston. Carnival Breeze will overnight in New Orleans today and will start making her way to Galveston on Thursday evening.
The Port of Galveston has reopened with certain operating restrictions.
Carnival Freedom is expected to dock on Friday and debark guests from its previous cruise. Embarkation for the September 2 voyage will take place on Saturday.
Carnival Valor will also arrive in Galveston on Friday to disembark guests. As previously mentioned, the August 31 sailing of Carnival Valor has been cancelled. However, the September 4 sailing will operate as scheduled.
Carnival Breeze is scheduled to arrive on Saturday morning to disembark guests from the previous cruise. Embarkation for the September 3 sailing will take place on Sunday.
We are in the process of finalizing docking and check-in times for this weekend’s sailings. We will update this page as soon as our plans have been confirmed.
To stay up to date on any changes that may affect your upcoming cruise, we encourage you to sign up for text alerts by texting the codes below to CRUISE (278473).
Carnival Freedom 09/02/17 - CCL1
Carnival Valor 09/04/17 - CCL2
Carnival Breeze 09/03/17 - CCL3
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August 31, 2017 at noon. (next update at 7 p.m. ET tomorrow)
We received some good news from the Port of Galveston yesterday. The U.S. Coast Guard has opened the Port to vessel traffic in specific areas. Port officials anticipate Liberty of the Seas should be able to return to Galveston on Friday morning.
Houston airports are also slowly getting back up and running. Authorities at George Bush International Airport and Hobby Airport expect to resume full service by this weekend. We will continue to monitor both airports and encourage you to visit www.fly2houston.com for the most up-to-date information.
If you are driving to Galveston, you can check the latest information on road conditions at the Texas Department of Transportation website – http://conditions.drivetexas.org/current.
James Van Fleet, Chief Meteorologist for Royal Caribbean International, continues to keep an eye on the situation in the Galveston/Houston area.
We understand that some guests may not feel comfortable joining the ship on Sunday, September 3, once we arrive to Galveston. If you have any questions about your upcoming Liberty of the Seas sailing, or if you are coping with significant storm impacts that affect your ability to take your cruise, please call us at 1-800-256-6649.
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