Hurricane Harvey strands 4 ships with 20000 passengers in the Gulf

ETMC first responders arrive at staging area near San Antonio for Hurricane Harvey evacuation

Peter Simons, interim director for the Port of Galveston, said officials are still trying to determine if it will be safe for ships to call on Galveston Sunday.

The Carnival Breeze spent the night in Mexico and was slated to leave Saturday for Galveston, although the company did not offer an update on progress Saturday afternoon.

Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are on their way to New Orleans for a short technical stop to replenish provisions before resuming course to Galveston.

The Port of Galveston is shut down and passengers are asked not to drive to the port until it is reopened.

Although Hurricane Harvey is not expected to hit Galveston head-on, the storm-battered island has learned some lessons about disaster survival in the wake of 2008's devastating Category 2 Hurricane Ike. Guests who sail on modified voyages will receive a pro-rated refund equal to the number of cruise days they missed.

As for the Breeze, which was originally scheduled to turn around in Galveston on Sunday, Carnival indicated that information would be added soon. "Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened duration".

The weather is impacted future cruises as well. With the situation continuing to develop, Heald concluded by saying that Carnival will "update you [Saturday] at 3 p.m. CDT".

He says utility lines and other infrastructure have been upgraded since 2008 to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

The center says Harvey has sustained wind speeds of 130 miles per hour (209kph) as the powerful storm churns off the Texas coast. This meant that four ships which were set to dock over the weekend were unable to get to Galveston, and even if they had been able to, they would have just been unloading their passengers into a hurricane. Typically, the strongest winds are found in the northeastern side of the eye wall for a storm moving from south to north, like Hurricane Matthew.

We'll keep updating Cruise Hive readers on the latest and how the Hurricane will impact those booked on upcoming cruises out of Galveston, Texas.

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