Coast Guard monitors return of cruise ships to Galveston, Texas

Two Carnival cruise ships dock at a cruise terminal in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 1, 2017. The passengers were stranded at sea for an additional six days due to Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Klingenberg/Released)

Two Carnival cruise ships dock at a cruise terminal in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 1, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Klingenberg)

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is monitoring the return of cruise ships to ports in Galveston, Texas, Friday.

Cruise ship passengers were allowed to disembark at Galveston ship terminals after being stranded at sea for an additional six days due to Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling for the passengers,” said Malcom Burn, cruise director of Carnival cruise ship Freedom. “They are excited to be back, but are also uncertain of what they are going to see when they get home.”

The Coast Guard is working closely with federal, state, local and industry partners toward the recovery of Texas ports affected by Hurricane Harvey and to support safe, secure and efficient marine transportation.

“Many of the ports have been reopened with restrictions,” said Steven Nerheim, director of Vessel Traffic Service at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. “We understand the national and economic significance of these ports and are working diligently to reopen them to their normal operating conditions.”

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