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Old January 12th, 2007, 10:30 PM
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what do the cruise ships do in case of a hurricane? do the cruise lines give refunds in case of a cancelled trip due to inclement weather? we are thinking about booking a trip in hurricane season but we are not sure of the consequences. pleas enlighten us. thanks
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what do the cruise ships do in case of a hurricane?
They usually go elsewhere.

In this context, "elsewhere" may mean a completely different itinerary from what you booked. A few years ago, a cruise ship that was scheduled to go to Bermuda when a hurricane was taking aim at that destination went to ports of call in Canada's maritime provinces and New England instead.

And "elsewhere" may also mean "at sea" if the cruise line cannot arrange alternative ports of call within the ship's schedule.

If a ship cannot enter its turnaround port (that is, the port where one cruise ends and the next port begins), there are two options.

>> 1. The ship may turn around in a different port.

>> 2. The ship may delay turnaround until she gan get into the scheduled turnaround port.

Of these options, the cruise lines seem to prefer the second.

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do the cruise lines give refunds in case of a cancelled trip due to inclement weather?
No, because they seldom cancel cruises due to hurricanes. If a ship delays turnaround, the passengers on the shortened cruise usually receive a prorated refund based on the number of nights cancelled to the original scheduled length of the cruise. And if a cruise ship turns around in a diferent port of call, passengers who don't use the cruise line's air trasportation package are responsible for getting to or from the altenate port on their own.

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we are thinking about booking a trip in hurricane season but we are not sure of the consequences. pleas enlighten us.
There's actually a much more compeliing reason NOT to go to the Caribbean at that time of year. The humidity is absolutely miserable -- as they say in the old country, "so thick that you could cut it with a knife." Go to the Caribbean between November and April instead.

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Old January 13th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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Cruise ships will alter the route to avoid the hurricane. They will not risk the ship or the safety of the passengers.

I almost always have at least one hurricane season/year. The prices, especially in September are great.

I had two cruises affected by Katrina and cancelled one without penalty and kept one and received a generous on board credit. The airline was also accomodating and let me change my air reservation without charge.
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And if a cruise ship turns around in a diferent port of call, passengers who don't use the cruise line's air trasportation package are responsible for getting to or from the altenate port on their own.

I don't think so. I think that they have to get you back to your port of embarkation - maybe not by ship. A few years ago we left out of LA and to make a long story short were taken back to San Diego instead of LA.
They had to drive us up to LA. Check the conditions on your ticket.
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And if a cruise ship turns around in a diferent port of call, passengers who don't use the cruise line's air trasportation package are responsible for getting to or from the altenate port on their own.
I don't think so. I think that they have to get you back to your port of embarkation - maybe not by ship. A few years ago we left out of LA and to make a long story short were taken back to San Diego instead of LA.
They had to drive us up to LA. Check the conditions on your ticket.
Ah, read your cruise contract carefully. The cruise line may have arranged buses to take you to the port where you were scheduled to debark as a gesture of good will, but probably had no legal obligation to do so under the terms of the Contract of Passage.

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We were on the Dawn in August 06. Huuricane Gustov was supposed to pass over the Bahahmas where we were supposed to go. So we got stormed in Bermuda, such a sad day, . Not the worst place we could be stormed in. The cruise line was very sorry, but did it for the safety of us all.
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We cruised out of Tampa in August 2005 going to Mexico. Hurricane Katrina hit and we couldn't get back to Tampa. We debarked in Fort Lauderdale and Carnival bussed everyone back to Tampa. We opted to call the airline and make arrangements to fly home from Ft. Lauderdale. Airline did not charge a fee for this.
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The ships will avoid the storm and perhaps you will have a cruise to nowhere.
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I've cruised 3 times in the Caribbean during hurricane season and all was well. Even though storm season runs from June until November 1, August and September are the only times one is most likely to be affected by one.
As far hot and humid..you bet. Plan any shore excursion accordingly.
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I've cruised 3 times in the Caribbean during hurricane season and all was well. Even though storm season runs from June until November 1, August and September are the only times one is most likely to be affected by one.
As far hot and humid..you bet. Plan any shore excursion accordingly.
Statistically, July and October also are very high risk. June and November are less risky, but still officially considered to be part of hurricane season.
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I've cruised 3 times in the Caribbean during hurricane season and all was well. Even though storm season runs from June until November 1, August and September are the only times one is most likely to be affected by one.
As far hot and humid..you bet. Plan any shore excursion accordingly.
Statistically, July and October also are very high risk. June and November are less risky, but still officially considered to be part of hurricane season.
That's what I said>( or intended to say) Hurricane season starts early and ends late, but August and September are the REALLY bad months here in Mississippi on the Gulf Coast.
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