Many vacationers, especially those planning to take cruises from Galveston, are worried about how Hurricane Harvey will impact their plans.
Carnival and Royal Caribbean are currently monitoring the storm to choose the best course of action. Anthem of the Seas sailed into a storm off the Atlantic coast in 2016, forcing the vessel to turn around, and subjecting the guests to the consequences of high wind and waves.
In order to avoid those situations, the cruise ships that are now positioned along the Mexican coast and in the southern Caribbean, could stay on the storm's back side until its end. It would mean an extra day or two at sea for passengers currently onboard and less time onboard for those expecting to sail next week.
Even if the liners make it to port, some travelers may not be able to make it to Galveston in case roads in the low-lying areas are flooded.
Right now, Carnival Cruise Line is telling its customers to sign up for text message alerts to keep up with updates.
Royal Caribbean's ship is not slated to arrive until Sunday, August 27, and may be able to keep on with the schedule.
Credits are possible for those guests whose cruise is shortened but refunds are not likely.