Stranded cruise ships returned to Texas ports
The Coast Guard monitored the return of cruise ships, among them the "Carnival Freedom", to ports in Galveston, Texas, on Sep 1, 2017. The ship passengers were allowed to disembark at Galveston ship terminals after being stranded at sea for an additional six days due to Hurricane Harvey. The Coast Guard was working closely with federal, state, local and industry partners toward the recovery of Texas ports affected by Hurricane Harvey and to support safe, secure and efficient marine transportation. Report with photo: http://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-monitors-return-of-cruise-ships-to-galveston-texas/2017/09/01/
Hurricane Harvey is rerouting cruise ships
Hurricane Harvey is rerouting cruise ships headed for Texas this weekend. The Port of Galveston in Texas has been closed because a Category 3 hurricane is barreling toward it. Harvey is currently about 70 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday on the central Texas coast. Carnival Cruise Line's Freedom and Valor ships were supposed to disembark in Galveston on Saturday. They are currently at sea and "will remain a safe distance from the storm," a spokesperson said in an email. Both ships will stop in New Orleans on Saturday to replenish fuel, fresh water and food supplies. Guests have the option to end their cruise there.
Cruise ship assisted Haitian immigrants
Enroute to Fort Lauderdale the "Carnival Freedom" ran across a small boat taking on water on July 4, 2014, between Cuba and the Florida peninsula. The cruise ship stopped and turned towards the raft which was crowded with at least 29 or 30 people, bailing out water. The crew supplied the boat's passengers food and water while they waited for the Coastguard. The boat was from Haiti. The "Carnival Freedom" arrived in Fort Lauderdale as scheduled on July 5.Upload News