I am wondering when exactly is hurricane season? Also, is it a big problem even? I would assume that with modern equipment, avoiding hurricanes is not a problem for cruise ships. I am debating taking the family on a cruise in either June or the first week of August, but I'm worried that Aug. is hurricane season.
Also... I have a 15 and a 10 y/o, so it seems like the Voyager (I like their itinerary better than the Explorer) would have plenty of things to keep them entertained. Are the Voyager and the Explorer virtually the same ship in amenities and quality of food?
Hurricane season is from July through November, but yes, with the latest equipment on cruise ships, they stay well clear of any bad weather. The only problem you may encounter is a missed port, possibly rougher waters, but the captain will ensure the ship's safety first. As for taking the family on Voyager or Explorer, most all the reviews have been excellent for both ships, sounds like the perfect ships to cruise on with the family. Yes, both are sister ships, just doing different itinaries, have fun.
Actually Donna, hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. there are feweer hurricanes in June than August. Actually the only month since they started recording them that hasn't had a hurricane is April. You're right about modern ships being able to avoid hurricanes. You might get an itinerary change but if you're an adventuresome type, that can be most interesting. Your major problem would be your port of departure being hit by a hurricane. So you take insurance that covers you from your departure city until your return. Besides, if a hurricane hits say Miami or Fort Lauderdale, you won't be cruising anyway.
Thanks for the replies, Donna and Carole.
I hate that we are so limited in the times that we can do this... but there are times in your life when your children's schedules are a priority. I figure we're just lucky to be able to go at all. It sounds like June might be the better time, weather-wise, than August to try and go. I hope it's not too late to get good rates now. Are both June and August considered off-seasons because of the weather? Or maybe they are "on" because of the kids being out of school?
While the summer months are indeed in hurricane season the bulk of the storm are concentrated in August through Oct.
As Donna and Caole have pointed out (and you acknowledged) ships are loaded with equipment to help them avoid the storms and will sail away or around them; that's one of the beauties of a cruise over an Island based land vacation.
The Explorer and the Voyager are almost identical except for the decor. There is no limit (it seems) to the variety of things to do and activities to engage in for children of all ages (including you).
If you are attracted to a big ship experience, and these are the biggest, with very friendly and personable service in a lovely, full environment then go for either of these ships and base your choice on itinerary.
The biggest gripe I have about this ship (I cruise the Voyager) was its solid stability. We were in 12 ft seas and only felt the ship move when she made a major course correction.
Not sure what kind of prices you will find, but try posting in the "bargain finder" here at Cruisemates. You should get some prices back from travel agents with the information you provide. Just remember to put in the city you will be flying from if you want any air prices included. Its very easy and no hassle at all, good luck, bet you find something to fit into your schedule:
Hurricane season is from June 1 Until November 1. It is extremely unusual for a hurricane in the Caribbean in June. We booked our first cruise Halloween week, and there had been a hurricane the week before. Needless to say, I was glued to the Weather Channel all week. The cruise lines do not guarantee that you will go to the ports listed in the intinerary. The reserve the right to change th port at any time. So If you were scheduled to cruise to Jamaica and a hurricane was imminent, you may be sailing around in the Atlantic away from the storm. You may not even visit a port at all. I have booked the rest of my cruises in the spring to avoid hurricane season. Hope this helps.