Due to severe thunderstorms Texas, the channel from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Galveston is temporary closed to vessel traffic which has left the Disney Wonder in a holding pattern outside until weather permits. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous marine weather outlook with the expectation of strong winds an elevated seas.
As a result, today’s debarkation of the December 21st 6-night Western Caribbean cruise has been delayed and guests awaiting to embark on the December 27th 7-night Bahamian Cruise have been asked to postpone their arrival to the terminal by at least 4 hours.
According to one guest I spoke with earlier today waiting to embark, Disney Cruise Line is giving everyone $25 extra onboard credit for the inconvenience and to offset the cost of lunch in Galveston.
Disney Cruise Line issued the following statement:
Galveston Weather Delay
As of 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2018
Galveston, Texas, is currently experiencing a severe thunderstorm with high winds, heavy rains and low visibility. The channel from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Galveston is currently closed to all inbound and outbound vessel traffic.
At this time, the Disney Wonder is outside the channel waiting for the weather to improve and for the port to reopen. Once the port reopens, the onboard Guests will need to debark the ship before boarding can begin for today’s sailing.
As a result of this weather delay, we ask that guests postpone their arrival to the terminal by at least four (4) hours after your selected port arrival time. Guest should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. today.
Since the arrival of Disney Wonder to Galveston is dependent on the weather improving and channel reopening, it is possible that further delays may occur. We will continue to monitor the conditions closely and will provide updates as needed. For the most up-to-date information on this delay, Guests may call 1-866-325-4243.
The Disney Wonder arrived in Galveston just before 11:30 AM local time.
They were able to get the pilot onboard and we are currently in the process of disembarking. What a fabulous job the cast members did to keep us all comfortable and occupied !!! What a wonderful cruise!!