Does anyone have any experience to share about cruising in the Caribbean in September? I've heard there can be itinerary changes (rarely cancellations) but can the ships really dodge the storms so that everyone isn't seasick all the time?
I've cruised during hurricane season a number of times. Once I was sitting in Miami in a hotel riding out Hurricane Georges, not sure if the ship was going to be able to get into port the next morning for us to board.
Fortunately that particular storm, didn't turn directly into the Miami area, and everything proceeded as planned with the cruise.
The ship's really do move faster than the hurricanes, and except for the VERY rare exception, are kept so well advised that they stay clear.
It's possible you might experience a bit higher seas, but we've never had a problem so bad we got seasick.
I'm cruising this year for back to back cruises (though changing ships at the end of week 1) Sept 15- 29. YUP.. Hurricane season, and I'm hoping for clear skies and calm seas.
Maddy, the only ship lost to a hurricane that I can even recall is the Fantome, flagship of Windjammer Cruises. However Fantome was a very old sailing vessel and Mitch, the storm that took her down was a monster. Regular cruise ships outrun them all the time. Hurricanes move forward at about 12 miles per hour max and ships can go a heck of a lot faster than that.
A captain once told me "any captain who gets caught in a hurricane is
a stupid captain!"
Remember, hurricanes are very local storms and move slowly. Ships have a speed of 23 knots, hurricanes 5-10 knots. The ship's Captain has complete access to the weather service, and will decide to deviate course several days before the scheduled arrival in port. You won't be in the region of a hurricane.
The only exception to this may be themid-Atlantic, but hurricanes rarely get that far north.