A Waco woman is among thousands of passengers on Carnival Cruise ships that are stranded and unable to return to Galveston because of Harvey.
The woman, Patty Robledo, said that the hardest part about being on the ship is the limited amount of medications. She said she was supposed to arrive in Galveston on Saturday at 8 a.m. before the storm.
Patty also said that one woman she met while on the cruise was worried about her pet who was being rescued, and another man on the ship with Parkinson disease is low on medication.
All Carnival cruise ships will be making stops to New Orleans to allow guests to disembark if they wish to make independent arrangements back home. They are expected to arrive in New Orleans Tuesday afternoon.
They will be also restocking on fuel and food while in New Orleans.
Patty said her plan is to fly from New Orleans to Dallas and try to get back to Waco from Dallas.
"They discouraged us from leaving the boat, they wanted us to stay on board because, at that time, they thought it would only be another 24-36 hours," said Patty.
Carnival said based on the uncertainty of the port closure, the Aug. 26 sailings of Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom, and the Aug. 27 departure of Carnival Breeze, will now be canceled.
A full refund will be automatically processed, including any pre-purchased Carnival Adventures, Fun Ship purchases, and beverage packages.
The refund will be processed to the original form of payment within three weeks. Additionally, a 25% future cruise credit will be applied to their next reservation with Carnival if booked within the next 60 days.
"There are families here from Houston who have received word that their homes have been flooded out..they've been crying and upset. Tensions are running very high right now. There have been a few fights on board between adults---it's just setting in on everybody," said Patty.