More than 16000 cruise ship passengers temporarily stranded by Hurricane Harvey

More than 16000 cruise ship passengers temporarily stranded by Hurricane Harvey

High winds and pouring rains from Harvey, now a tropical storm, have devastated cities along the southern coast of Texas, destroying homes and businesses, downing trees and signs and knocking out power across the area.

A spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line said that because Port of Galveston is closed, two of their cruise ships out at seas have been redirected to wait out the storm.

But for the thousands of passengers stuck at sea on four cruise ships set to dock over the weekend - three Carnival cruises and one Royal Caribbean boat - the incoming storm could throw a wrench in the week's plans.

Passengers aboard the Carnival Freedom told CNN they were anxious about their vehicles, which were left at Galveston's port. Although a post on the Port of Galveston's Facebook page on Thursday indicated that Royal "will provide an update [Friday] by 12 p.m. EST", none had been provided by 1:30 p.m.

Galveston Port officials said Friday that the cruise ships might not be able to dock in Galveston until Tuesday or Wednesday, but Simons said Saturday afternoon that he was "a little more optimistic".

By Friday night, Hurricane Harvey was classified as a Category 4 storm.

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Both ships will stop in New Orleans on Saturday to replenish fuel, fresh water and food supplies.

The Freedom and Valor's next cruises will be on a shortened itinerary that will be determined in the next few days, officials said. "Our intention is to keep with our original schedule for our return to Galveston on Sunday".

Carnival Breeze has a capacity of 3,690 passengers, while Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor each have a capacity of 2,974 passengers, according to the company. About 150 people died, putting it in the top 25 most fatal hurricanes.

"My sister is there, however". But he said residents should stay put, in part because it's too early for officials to determine where the most flooding would occur.

Guests who wish to cancel their cruise may do so without penalty and receive a future cruise credit.

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