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Published on : Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Carnival Cruise Lines has started routing ships to New Orleans as Hurricane Harvey-induced incessant rains continued to strike Louisiana and Texas coastlines.
Carnival Breeze, Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom are the three Carnival vessels that had spent 29th August and would be spending 30th August in New Orleans as they wait for the Port of Galveston to reopen.
Christine de la Huerta who is the spokeswoman for Carnival said that the travellers would be permitted to disembark in New Orleans if they wish.
Also, they would be able to make their own plans to return home or travel to another location. They can also choose to wait it out once they board the vessels that would be returning to Galveston over the following two days.
This is the second New Orleans stop for the Valor and Freedom that had made a stopover on the city on Saturday to replenish fresh water, fuel and other essential supplies as Harvey made a landfall on the coast of Texas. Carnival Breeze waited in Cozumel, Mexico as Harvey made a landfall.
On Saturday, the ships had been carrying 15,000 passengers.
About 3,600 were aboard the Freedom, 3,628 were on board the Valor and 4,660 were on the Breeze.
It was yet to be clear on Tuesday of the ships were carrying the same amount of passengers as they headed for the region of New Orleans. Meanwhile, the Port of Galveston continued to be closed and there is no clear schedule as to when it would reopen. Port officials believe that it would remain closed until late this week.
Carnival said that it had cancelled the sailing for 26th August for Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor and also the 27th August sailing of Carnival Breeze.
Cruise passengers who had been booked to travel on the cancelled cruises would be receiving a full refund.