More than 16000 cruise ship passengers temporarily stranded by Hurricane Harvey

More than 16000 cruise ship passengers temporarily stranded by Hurricane Harvey

More than 16000 cruise ship passengers temporarily stranded by Hurricane Harvey

Passengers aboard the Carnival Freedom told CNN they were anxious about their vehicles, which were left at Galveston's port.

Two carnival ships due into Galveston, Texas, Saturday are now headed to New Orleans to pick up more food, fuel and supplies.

"We haven't made a decision yet", Bolen said.

Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas began making its way back to Galveston from Cozumel, Mexico, on Friday - but was "keeping a safe distance behind the storm", cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Washington Post.

On Saturday morning, the Port of Brownsville reopened.

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The center says Harvey has sustained wind speeds of 130 miles per hour (209kph) as the powerful storm churns off the Texas coast.

Galveston Port officials said Friday that the cruise ships might not be able to dock in Galveston until Tuesday or Wednesday, but Simons said Saturday afternoon that he was "a little more optimistic". It's spending Friday night in Cozumel, Mexico.

Sparta Komissarova, a passenger on the Carnival Valor, said she was concerned that her sons, ages 9 and 14, would miss the first day of school on Monday.

"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.

"Evacuation won't be much an option after 5:30 to 6 this afternoon", he said.

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But for the thousands of passengers stuck at sea on four cruise ships set to dock over the weekend - three Carnival cruises and one Royal Caribbean boat - the incoming storm could throw a wrench in the week's plans.

Harvey is expected to make landfall overnight, bringing life-threatening storm surge, rainfall and wind to portions of the Texas coast.

Officials, however, are telling people in low lying areas that they may want to leave.

"Right now we are being asked to stay onboard for an undetermined amount of time", said Bravo. If that happens, "there here won't be time or capacity for any evacuation", the mayor said.

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