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Thousands of cruise passengers held hostage by Harvey

Galveston Officials Brace for Second Big Storm of 2017 Flickr NOAA Satellites
Lamar Ellis | 27 August, 2017, 02:00

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.

According to ABC13.com, the Galveston port authority announced the four cruise ships involved include three Carnival Cruise Line vessels and a Royal Caribbean International vessel, none of which will be permitted to enter port until Tuesday at the earliest.

"We will continue to remain in close contact with port officials regarding their plans to re-open once the storm has passed", spokeswoman Christine de la Huerta for the Carnival Corporation said.

Casey Stegall was reporting live from Galveston, Texas, for Fox News, when his broadcast was interrupted by a woman handing him some cans of beer. About 150 people died, putting it in the top 25 most fatal hurricanes.

At least 16 Americans affected by health attacks in Cuba
The source also added that there are continued reports of more attacks affecting USA embassy workers in Cuba. Canada's government has said at least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba also had been treated for hearing loss.

The company said the Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor, which were scheduled to return to port on Saturday, would "remain a safe distance from the storm" on Friday.

The duration of your cruise will have to be shortened and the itinerary modified. The statement says they'll resume their return to Galveston as soon as possible.

Carnival has now posted another update on Carnival Breeze which was originally scheduled to arrive at its home port in Galveston on Sunday. This meant that four ships which were set to dock over the weekend were unable to get to Galveston, and even if they had been able to, they would have just been unloading their passengers into a hurricane.

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. Now that the storm is moving over land it is starting to weaken but still, life threatening causing strong winds, heavy rainfall, and bad sea conditions. "They left before us and made a decision to stay", she said. He said there might be a "greater danger" in having people who don't need to be evacuated onto roads that could flood. But Friday the mayor cautioned residents against trying to leave town too late.

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