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Old June 8th, 2012, 01:46 PM
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If you cruised to a tropical isle and it was raining heavily would you get off the ship anyway ?If your original intent was to go to a beach what would you do instead ?
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In march, we were greeted to st. Thomas with rain. (Off subjest, watching the rain clouds move over the island and water was one of the most beautiful things I ever saw)

I wanted to stay on board but my friend insisted we get off. Now, ohio is well known for humidity.....but the humidity on the island after the rain was like nothing I had ever expeienced before! It was like breathing under water!

Also....my hair is naturally VERY curly and I have a lot of it. I of course forgot to grab a hair cclip so I had quite the impressive cotton ball head going on until we got to a gift shop!...lol

We did not go to the beach, but we still toured the island
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I would always get off a ship no matter how rainy it might be .
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I always bring a rain poncho so yes I would get off the ship as long as it was only rain and not a bad storm. I would just roam around and see stuff.
It rained when we were in Jamaica near the end of our day but we still just walked around going in and out of the shops. It added to the fun of it or at least for me it did.
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We were greeted by torrential rains in St. Thomas and were shocked that Princess did not cancel our catarmaran shore excursion. We debated just saying forget it and stay onboard but we went anyway. Sitting in an open sided bus in just a downpour but by the time we got to the boat, beautiful sunny sky and not a rain cloud in site. Glad we didn't bail (no pun intended )
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I never melted from rain...I would hope that the rain would pass while touring the Island.
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Several years ago, when Rob and I were in Cozumel, it started to rain "like cats and dogs". Many of the people went back to the ship. Rob and I headed to the stores where they were "only quite ready to bargain". The rain definitely did not "rain on our parade".
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Well, there's rain,and then there's rain! I was in the hospital watching the rain in St Thomas Kelly was speaking of, and, it was a 2 day storm.. while bad, it didn't compare to the torrential downpours of Grand Cayman one year. We watched the lightning off the aft of the ship, which was electrifying! Once the light show ceased, we decided to get off the ship. As we wandered down to the gangplank area, we saw all the people coming back soaked to the skin,and miserable.....we turned around and went back up...

I think it depends if you have been to the port before or you are a first timer...I have dealt with showers which is so commom, but storms with no end, nope...give me a foo foo under the magridome please
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Rain in foreign countries never worries me, afterall its often like walking in a hot shower...the heaviest rain I have experienced when cruising was in Rio de Janeiro last year, it threw it down all day...missed all the usual photo opportunities, but it was OK, warm rain and you quickly dried again, so apart from losing the iconic views as you sailed into and out of the port, it was fine.

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On my cruise in 2010 that spent 3 days in Mumbai, it rained for a few hours on the second day....really hard stair-rod rain...again though it wasn't a hardship and it was still over 90 degree heat, so again it was like taking a shower at home...only difference that we were all fully clothed
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Last time we were docked in Cozumel, it was raining and I was unprepared (no umbrella or poncho). I have been to Coz so many other times..and while I was somewhat disappointed at not getting off due to rain...It was not that big a deal. If I had it ti do over, I would have packed a small umbrella or rain poncho! I simply did not want too ruin the hair and makeup I had worked on all morning.
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Let's open the question up even further how do you view rain on cruises to other parts of the world such as Europe or in Alaska?
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When we were in Dubrovnik last spring, it was cool and showery. We dressed accordingly in layers.I didn't care a whit. The rain was light. We went, we saw, we conquered..I would have been sad though if we had downpours, but, I did bring those plastic ponchos just in case. That was our only day of showers.
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Dubrovnik was were we got poured on to. We stayed on the ship until around 10:30 instead of getting off bright and early. We just took umbrellas and dealt with it. I think we did something similiar in Ketchikan, just waited for the hard stuff to pass for an hour.
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Jason that is an interesting twist. With a Caribbean cruise the goal is usually primarily Fun & Sun so rain might slow you down - even shopping in the rain can be a pain.

For North Americans the goal in port for European or Asian cruises are to see the sites. A little rain should not get in the way. We had only one wet day on our Med cruise so did not have too much problem. On a land trip the the UK we were offered a very wet forecast - we tried to plan "wet" (mostly indoor) and "dry" (mostly outdoor) days, and to act accordingly.
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Yes I always get off the ship even in the rain. I work outside and I have a saying, "If I can work in the rain I can play in the rain".
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We always leave a couple of the cheap rain ponchos in the outer pocket of the luggage. We bought them when we went to Tahiti and we used three or four of them there. After that we never needed them "until" we were in Cozumel and it was pouring rain. Well, we had new luggage and no rain ponchos. So now we always pack the rain ponchos so it won't rain.

BTW: If it was an island I'd been to a number of times like Cozumel I would probably stay on the ship. If it was somewhere I hadn't been I would get off even if I had to buy some sort of outerwear to handle the weather.

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