The U.S. Coast Guard has given clearance for most ships,
including cruise ships, to reenter the Port of Galveston.
On its website, the agency said that the port is now open in
daylight hours only to vessels with draft of less than 33 feet.
Cruise lines are making preparation to return their
Galveston-based ships to the port. Carnival Cruise Line said that
Carnival Freedom is expected to dock on Friday and debark guests from its
previous cruise. Embarkation for the Sept. 2 voyage will take place on
Saturday. Carnival Valor will also arrive in Galveston on Friday to disembark
As previously reported, the Aug. 31 sailing of Carnival Valor
has been canceled, making the Sept. 4 departure the first post-storm sailing.
Carnival Breeze is scheduled to arrive on Saturday morning
to disembark guests from the previous cruise.
Embarkation for the Sept. 3 sailing will take place on Sunday.
Royal Caribbean said the Liberty of the Seas continues on
its way back to Galveston from Miami and is on schedule to arrive Friday