August 9 is before the season heats up, so you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Even in hurricane alley ,we don't worry about them until mid to late August and New York is much cooler. (It takes warm water to spawn hurricanes.)
If there were a hurricane, they would change the itinerary or sail early or late if they absolutely could not sail as scheduled. Last fall one sailing from Florida had to wait out the storm before they could go into port to disembark. Some lucky passengers got a couple of extra days in the sun in the Gulf of Mexico well away from the storm, while others had their cruise cut short by those two days.
We we're on the cruise that was cut short by 2 days as Miami was pretty much shut down and planes could not fly in and the ships could not stay in port. We sailed with RCI and we're compensated with 250$ per person(shipboard credit) and received a voucher for 50% off our next cruise, which is coming up soon.
From what we understand, the ship will still sail and simply change the itinerary should a hurricane be heading towards any of the ports you are scheduled to dock at. We are actually sailing out of N.Y. this time and I think it's a safer bet than sailing out of Florida.
hELLO all I live in Florida, and Hurrican season starts in June..it is pretty quiet KNOCK ON WOOD unitl around end of August..I do not think New York will be a problem..it would take alot for one to get up there! Last season was HORRIBLE..4 storms I had to get a new roof, wow..non stop, this year my fiance and I are sailing on Oct 30th, which is almost the end of the season sooo we shall see! STAY AWAY HURRICANES!!!
Well i am from Florida too, know all about the 4 canes last year, my hotel that I manage lost signs and roof so...........but would that deter me from sailing hurricane season? No. They will change itinieary if necessary, often offer shipboard credit and discount your cruise. I have sailed many times in September and had some rainy weather and big seas but still had a great time! Happy sailing
I would not spend too much time worrying about this. I am from New England area and it is very rare that we see a hurricane at all. By the time it makes its way this far north it has run out of steam and is nothing more than a minor windstorm. Last major hurricane I can think of was in the late 1970s.
I sailed on the Glory last fall during hurricane Jeanne. Our itin. was changed from Eastern Caribbean to Western Caribbean. We were unable to make port at our port of embarkation and "had" to spend 2 extra days at sea. We finally made port in Ft Lauderdale (instead of Port Canaveral) and were offered bus transportation back to Orlando. The only compensation we got was the 2 extra days on board.
We did not have one single day of bad weather. Our wonderful captain kept us sailing in the sunshine. The sea did get a little rough one or two nights, but I did not notice anyone getting sick.