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Galveston businesses await return of cruise lines

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GALVESTON, Texas (FOX 26) -

A month ago people in Galveston predicted the cancellation of fourteen Carnival cruises was going to hurt. Today they are saying their predictions have come true.

"Yeah it hurts," says Allen Flores, the owner of Hot Taco Kitchen and Salvation night club.

He says cruise ship staff was half their business on weeknights off season. About half of that was the staff of the Triumph.

The Port of Galveston Director Michael Mierzwa says the situation has played out largely like he predicted.

35% of the port's revenue comes from cruises. 45% of that came from Triumph.

Now for some good news. Mierzwa says the cruise line tells him repairs are on schedule, and other cruise ships have been picking up some of the slack.

In the meantime, Carnival is facing it's own problems.

Its ship the Dream has made an emergency stop in St. Maarten because of mechanical problems.

17 passengers from the last Triumph cruise have filed a lawsuit claiming they feared for their lives during the ordeal.

In the meantime people on Galveston island say they simply want their lives back to normal.

"We hope they're getting repairs done and they're back in action soon," Says Flores.

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