The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Harvey has powered up to 125 mph (201 kph) as it bears down on the Texas coast, with its eye about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas.
On Friday as Harvey reached the Texas coastline Carnival stated that two of its cruise ships will dock in New Orleans instead of Port of Galveston as scheduled as it closed to all traffic.
According to ABC13.com, the Galveston port authority announced the four cruise ships involved include three Carnival Cruise Line vessels and a Royal Caribbean International vessel, none of which will be permitted to enter port until Tuesday at the earliest.
About 20,000 cruise passengers are in limbo after Hurricane Harvey forced the Port of Galveston to shut down, the Houston Chronicle reported. The Port of Galveston was closed Friday amid the hurricane threat.
Even after the storm passes, the port has to be inspected to make sure ships can safely get in and out.
Luis Perez watches waves crash again a jetty in Galveston Texas as Hurricane Harvey intensifies in the Gulf of Mexico. AP REX Shutterstock
The cruise liners will make a stop in New Orleans to replenish fuel, fresh water, and food supplies. "Our intention is to keep with our original schedule for our return to Galveston on Sunday".
Carnival has now posted another update on Carnival Breeze which was originally scheduled to arrive at its home port in 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. If a passenger has a medical emergency on board, emergency officials will still be able to access the ship with a medical helicopter. About 150 people died, putting it in the top 25 most fatal hurricanes.
Carnival will shorten both ships' upcoming trips. She lives in Fort Worth and began driving to Galveston on Friday, but turned around when she heard about the coming storm. Guests who sail will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare for missed days and refund of any pre-purchased Carnival Adventures for canceled ports.