As long as you can get to the ship, you'll be fine. We've cruised during hurricane season many times and during hurricanes for a few of those. You are actually quite safe, since the cruise ship is notified way in advance of an approaching storm. They simply move the ship out of the way! Worst case is that they may have to change the itinerary to avoid a port that is in the path of a storm or has already been hit. If you have your heart set on a particular port, you may be disappointed.
The times we've actually been in a hurricane were both memorable and even fun. Each time, we ended up with storms coming from multiple directions and no way to get out of the way. The ship got a bit rocky, but even that wasn't too bad. And, the cruise lines went out of their way to make things up to us.
So, worry less and anticipate with pleasure more!
Yes, hurricane season isn't the best time to cruise. I, on the other hand WANTED to go during this time of year because living in a land locked province the worst kind of storm we get is a tornado, and it a rarity when we do get a tornado. I wanted to see what hurricane season was all about, so I decided to pick the sailing around my birthday that was a super sweet price and jump at it. I wanted to sail on Glory, Freedom, or Liberty, but the route of Triumph lured me in.....I am hopeful that no storm will roll through the Eastern Caribbean in the next two-three weeks...
I am leaving Sunday for our Cruisemates Conquest cruise. So far 2 huricanes have sailed my itinerary..but things look good for us....I have sailed before this time of year, and never had a problem, and if a storm was in your path, the Captain just changes course.
Trip, with her book & tea!
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What happens if you are enjoying your cruise and a nasty hurricane starts blowing? I don't know why I scheduled a cruise during hurricane season!
I always cruised around the first of Oct. Never have had a rough cruise even had a hurricane go next to Cuba while we were in Belize, didn't even get a breeze from it. IMHO, it is the best time to go - the water is much smoother that time of year, and it isn't overly hot. You will be fine and have a great time. Let the crew worry about the weather.
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Our cruise left Miami days before a hurricane hit and closed the port. They switched us from the eastern to the western Carribean and since we could not get back into the port we got 2 extra days at sea. What a great cruise.
DW and I always cruise during hurricane season. Yes, it is cheeper and the Captain will avoid them always. We were cruising when Wilma was blowing big winds and also Charlie. Both times we had a great cruise despite the hurricanes. We never let a little wind and rain spoil the fun.
Hurricane season is the SMARTEST time to cruise. The ship will avoid the storm, go to alternate ports, and the captain will do his best to keep everyone in the best weather possible.
Compare that to a land based vacation. If a hurricane hits, you need to evacuate, you need to go to a shelter, there is no electricity, no water, you have to leave the vacation early. Crowded flights, miserable.
Or cruise, kick back, sip Drink of the Day, get massage, sit by the pool, go to a sunny island....