More than 20,000 cruise ship passengers are stuck at sea inthe ships, along with commercial ships including roll-on/roll-off carriers, two grain ships and a few bulk carriers, said interim port director Peter Simons Saturday.
The Port of Galveston shut down at noon on Friday in preparation for Harvey, which eventually made landfall as a category 4 hurricane.
More than a half-dozen commercial cargo ships have joined four cruise ships in a logjam at the Port of Galveston, waiting to get the green light to port.
Both ships will stop in New Orleans on Saturday to replenish fuel, fresh water and food supplies.
Four cruise ships that were set to dock in Galveston over the weekend are holding off until Hurricane Harvey passes, leaving almost 17,000 people stuck either on the ships or in another city they never planned on ending their trip in while they wait out the storm. It is expected to remain closed until the storm has passed and a port assessment has been completed. As for the Carnival Breeze, it is now docked in Cozumel and will depart for Galveston Saturday.
According to ABC13, three of the ships are owned by Carnival Cruises and a remaining boat belongs to Royal Caribbean.
But because of Harvey, her cruise ship is staying for an extra day in Cozumel, the island off the coast of Mexico, she told CNN.
Carnival Cruise Lines officials said their Freedom and Valor ships both were at sea a safe distance away from the storm.
Our intention is to dock in Galveston as soon as port officials have reopened the port.
The duration of your cruise will have to be shortened and the itinerary modified. Cruise details will be finalized once we have confirmed our arrival into Galveston. To stay up to date, please sign up for text alerts by texting the codes below to CRUISE (278473). However, given the severity and projected path of Hurricane Harvey, Carnival is strongly encouraging their guests to remain on board as they intend to return the ships to Galveston as soon as safely possible.
The Carnival Breeze, which is scheduled to return to Galveston on Sunday, docked in Cozumel overnight Friday and had plans to travel toward Galveston on Saturday afternoon, the cruise line said.