Potential for devastating floods has Galveston on alert ahead of Hurricane Harvey

Potential for devastating floods has Galveston on alert ahead of Hurricane Harvey

Potential for devastating floods has Galveston on alert ahead of Hurricane Harvey

Cruise line officials Friday were faced with the prospect of their ships being stuck at sea until as late as Tuesday as Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast.

The Port of Galveston shut down at noon on Friday in preparation for Harvey, which eventually made landfall as a category 4 hurricane.

Port of Galveston will remain closed until Hurricane Harvey, a category 3 storm, passes and a post-storm assessment of the port has been completed.

It is expected to make landfall just east of Corpus Christi around 1 a.m. Saturday.

Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom are now keeping a safe distance from the storm as they make their way back to Galveston. Guests who wish to terminate their cruise at that point and disembark in New Orleans may do so.

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Katrina Arredondo was scheduled to be a passenger on the next Carnival Freedom trip. Guests who sail on the modified voyages will receive a pro-rated refund equal to the number of cruise days missed. They also have the option to cancel without a penalty and will receive a future cruise credit, the spokesperson said.

The other Carnival ship remained docked in Mexico on Friday, and the plan was to head to Galveston Saturday afternoon if conditions allow.

To avoid those situations, the ships - which are now positioned in the southern Caribbean and along the Mexican coast - could stay on the back side of the storm until it passes.

Royal Caribbean' (NYSE: RCL)s Liberty of the Seas is also scheduled to arrive in Galveston on Sunday.

Carnival Cruise Line has been one of the main cruise lines impacted by the strong Hurricane Harvey. The Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor were both set to depart on Saturday, August 26, with the Carnival Breeze slated to set sail on Sunday, August 27. "Our intention is to keep with our original schedule for our return to Galveston on Sunday. We are actively monitoring path and progression of Hurricane Harvey and will make sure to inform our guests of any itinerary changes", the company said.

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