First of all I sympathize with all the cruising passengers that were on this ship. I would hate to go somewhere else cold when I was planning a warm vacation. Hurricanes though are very unpredictable. This is something that we discussed when we made our reservations last year to cruise but we decided to gamble and go ahead with the plans to cruise. We just barely missed a couple of them and i'm very glad we did. From what I see here is there was no alternative but to go north unless RCCL chose not sail at all. The storm was moving from the Bahamas toward Bermuda and as erratic as a hurricane is on changing direction i'm guessing that the Captain and RCCL didnt want to jeopardize the the safety of everyone.