Medevac off Galveston
A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevaced a 14-year-old male in the morning of July 1, 2018, from the "Carnival Valor" 109 miles southeast of Galveston. The cruise ship contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders requesting medical assistance for a male aboard reportedly experiencing symptoms of appendicitis. The aircrew arrived on scene and hoisted the male and his grandfather for transport to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The male was reported to be in stable condition at the time of the transfer. Weather on scene was reported to be calm seas and winds 11-13 mph.
Carnival Cruise Line plans to swap ships between Galveston and New Orleans
The 2,974-passenger Carnival Valor will move from Galveston to New Orleans. The cruise line said in a news release last week that will increase New Orleans' short-term cruise capacity by 10 percent.
Hurricane Harvey reroutes Carnival Valor
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.Upload News