Hurricane Harvey struck Texas over the weekend, causing widespread wind damage and flooding. As the massive category 4 storm weakened, it stalled over the eastern half of Texas, dumping record quantities of rain and disrupting much of the region’s industry, including travel. At one point, there were a reported 20,000 cruise ship passengers whose itineraries were affected by Harvey.
As the remnant of Harvey continues to linger over parts of Texas, authorities have resorted to redirecting cruise ships which were scheduled to call on the Texas port city of Galveston.
The Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas is one of the ships which was supposed to dock at Galveston this week. Due to the adverse weather conditions, the ship has been rerouted to Miami, Florida. In a report issued by FoxNews.com, Royal Caribbean manager of communications Owen Torres is quoted as saying "We are doing all we can to help guests adjust their travel arrangements and appreciate their patience during a stressful time."
The company is not sure when the Liberty of the Seas will be able to return to Galveston, but has said that it hopes to return the ship by September 1. In the meantime, the ship’s subsequent sailing was cancelled.