Carnival Cruise Lines ships are stranded in the Gulf of Mexico with thousands on board as Hurricane Harvey is underway.
Photo: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines via Getty Images/Getty Images
Photo: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines via Getty Images/Getty Images

Hurricane Harvey strands thousands aboard cruise ships in Gulf of Mexico

Travelers aboard four cruise ships may be stuck in the Gulf of Mexico most of the weekend as Hurricane Harvey batters east Texas.

The Port of Galveston is closed, and will remain closed until the Category 4 hurricane passes and a post-storm assessment is completed, KENS reported.

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The Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor are at sea in the middle of their voyages. The ships will stop in New Orleans on Saturday to replenish fuel, water and food supplies. Travelers will be able to disembark or wait out the journey back to Galveston, Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz told the Miami Herald.

Carnival Breeze and Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas -- both in Cozumel, Mexico, -- were scheduled to arrive Sunday in Galveston, the Herald reported.

The four vessels have a combined capacity of about 15,000 cruisers.

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