Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Weather continues to hamper cruise ops in Galveston

Weather continues to hamper cruise ops in Galveston

By Johanna Jainchill
Heavy fog and low visibility continue to hinder cruise operations in Galveston, Texas, with the port's closure this weekend delaying two ship arrivals.

Royal Caribbean International said that due to the port closure, the 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas was delayed getting into Galveston on Sunday, causing a two-hour delay of its next departure.

The 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest's arrival into the city was also delayed, Carnival Cruise Lines said, but its departure was on time.

Last Thursday, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy was held overnight in Galveston due to heavy fog and near zero visibility. The ship departed the next morning, and Carnival modified its sailing from a four-day to a three-day cruise to Cozumel.

The week before, the Ecstasy departed two days behind schedule, and two other ships -- the Conquest and the Voyager -- experienced one-day delays, also due to the fog.