Hurricane Harvey leaves thousands of cruisers, crew out to sea

WATCH LIVE: Storm surge to inundate much of Galveston

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. It plans to leave for Galveston on Saturday to be in position to debark guests when the port reopens, the spokesperson said. The storm also forced the U.S. Coast Guard to close multiple ports along Texas Gulf Coast, including those at Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Freeport and Corpus Christi.

Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert briefed President Donald Trump on the hurricane's progress and preparations for its landing, a national security official said Thursday afternoon.

Hurricane Harvey has many vacationers anxious about how the storm will impact their plans, especially people planning to take cruises out of Galveston.

A third Carnival ship, Breeze, was scheduled to return to Galveston on Sunday. It would mean an extra sea day or two for passengers now on board and less time on the ship for those expecting to cruise next week.

WATCH LIVE: Storm surge to inundate much of Galveston
Hurricane Harvey leaves thousands of cruisers, crew out to sea

You can also follow the cruise lines on Facebook and Twitter for possible updates regarding for your trip.

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.

"While the track of this storm is still very uncertain, we do know that this will be a significant rain event for our entire area", Niki Bender, emergency management coordinator for the city of Galveston, said in a statement. Guests who sail on the modified voyages will receive a pro-rated refund equal to the number of cruise days missed. "We are actively monitoring path and progression of Hurricane Harvey and will make sure to inform our guests of any itinerary changes", the company said. The Carnival Freedom and Valor ships, diverted to New Orleans to stock up on food and supplies, offered passengers the choice of making their own way to Galveston or re-boarding the ship, which will return to the Texas port city when officials have deemed maritime traffic safe. "Our intention is to keep with our original schedule for our return to Galveston on Sunday".

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