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Old August 1st, 2007, 10:45 AM
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I'd really like to take a cruise to the Caribbean, but I am worried about hurricanes. My idea of cruising is pure heaven, and if there was a hurricane, it would be pure hellish. What do other people think? Have hurricanes put anybody else off going to the Caribbean?
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Old August 1st, 2007, 11:38 AM
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simple solution - don't cruise during hurricane season July-October. We always cruise in late winter or early spring and it is beautiful- nice, warm and sunny.
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You can plan/book a cruise in later winter, spring and not have the worry of hurricanes. Just go when its NOT hurricane season and you'll be fine, at least one less worry.

Although, I've cruised in Sept. a few times, weather has been beautiful, so you never know, but if you want it to be almost perfect, just book a different time.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:09 AM
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Sailing 9/9/07 Western Caribbean

From what RCL has told us, if there is a hurricane, they change the itinerary. Is it possible that they can cancel the cruise entirely?
What happens if Central Florida is in the throws of a hurricane when we are to embark or disembark?

If anyone knows, I would sooooo appreciate a response to this e-mail.

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Have always sailed April and the weather was awesome.

This year we decided to sail the first week of July. Weather was just as great and no hurricanes

However, would rather go back to sailing spring so we can relax and not have to watch the weather channel 24-7.

Enjoy and safe sailing.
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I have been on a ship during a Hurricane, the ship may rock a bit for an afternoon or so and you may miss a port. I have loved every cruise I have taken, Hurricane or not. Don't worry, book cheap!!
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The big winds may huff
And the big winds may blow
But the big ships will sail
Get on with the show
So pack your bags
And head up the wind
'Cause cruisin's no place for lags
And darned if I can get a ryhme for wind!!!!

Go for it, cruiser - hurricane or not!!! Yippee Yah Yeah, Yippee Yahoo!!
Cruisin' we go, and no ballyhoo!!!!
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Old August 4th, 2007, 06:06 AM
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i have done my past two cruises during hurricane season with know problem. last cruise i did was in september 05, there was a hurricane but you would not know it, the shipwill avoid the storm, it has all types of radar. i thing hurricane season is the best time to go, cheaper prices, and a break before the winter season well for me any way i live in the north east. my next cruise is in october on the inspiration out of tampa to grand cayman and cozumel. so point being dont be afraid to cruise in hurricane season, lot of ocean to avoid storm, so book your cruise and have fun.
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Hi,

We booked our first cruise for Sept. 2004 leaving from Baltimore on the Grandeur of the Seas. When we got to the pier, we were handed a sheet of paper, being our first cruise we had no idea what they were giving us.

Well, it turned out that Hurricane Jeanne was heading up the east coast, so our whole itinerary was changed, instead of going to Key West on our first stop, we went out to Bermuda for 2 days!

There were a LOT of unhappy ppl, but we didn't really care...we were going on our first cruise! No laundry, no cooking, no cleaning for 10 nights!! WHO CARES! We didn't even think about the hurricane, and we were NOT scared in the least.

We have cruised EVERY September or October since,......and the weather is always sooooooo nice for us.

If I were you I wouldn't hestitate to book during the hurricane season, plus I think you'll find the prices are cheaper then too, which is great, all the more in savings for you to spend in the casino

Seriously though, I honestly don't even think about the hurricanes at all, and before our first cruise we had it booked and then I cancelled, I was so terrified of being on the ship in the middle of the ocean.....now..it's a piece of cake and I wish I could go cruising every MONTH

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We cruise a lot during hurricane season. We were cruising when Wilma was causing an uproar. The Captain Steered the ship around her. We also were on a cruise when Charlie was churning out in the caribbean. We went around him also. No ports were cancelled. There was a lot of wind. And at night there was the most beautiful light show I have ever seen.
Thunder and lightning.
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Check out the dates we've sailed! Everytime was in August because of my Grandchildrens' school/softball schedules. I've always cruised with DD and her children. In every August there was a hurricane for the past three years. (Check it out! lol) We went AROUND" them. I have only been on a ship one day when it rocked and then you couldn't tell it, if you were in the front of the ship. I have never been sick nor worried.

This year I'm going in October but only because DD isn't going, DH is going this year. (Now we go around HIS work schedule!) Oh, BTW, those kids have finally grew up and out of school! lol. So DD and I can go when we want too. lol.

You go, don't think about hurricanes and have a great time! You are really missing a lot due to fear. That Captian gets paid big money to know how to go around the weather.
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They will NOT cancel the cruise unless a hurricane is set to hit your departure port at the time you are supposed to sail out. As stated above, they will simply schedule a route around the storm...so the worst part is that you may miss some ports you wanted to see. The best part is that you could get a few extra free days at sea if the storm hits your return port. Some people have reported getting 1-4 extra sea days while they waited on the storm to go ashore or found an alternative place to dock.
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The big winds may huff
And the big winds may blow
But the big ships will sail
Get on with the show
So pack your bags
And head up the wind
'Cause cruisin's no place for lags
And darned if I can get a ryhme for wind!!!!

Go for it, cruiser - hurricane or not!!! Yippee Yah Yeah, Yippee Yahoo!!
Cruisin' we go, and no ballyhoo!!!!
wabler -
you made us laugh!...hurricanes, here we come! 9-9-07 dh says, once they get him on the ship, just try to get him off! We'd love to get a few extra sailing days in!
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Geez - DEAN two weeks ago and now FELIX? I am so sorry and worried about all those nice people we met and of course the whole population of that area. I truly pray they will come out of this OK. Also, I imagine if those destinations continue to be destroyed, like Costa Maya was by DEAN, then they will lose their cruiseline visits!! Disaster!! We pray not.
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Well, Grand Cayman was pretty thoroughly thrashed in Sept of 2004. Within about 7 weeks cruise ships resumed calls on a limited basis.

As much as some cruisers complain about the tendering system, it allowed resumption of cruise calls quickly. If a major berthing facility had been destroyed, it would have taken MUCH longer to restore service.

Resumption of normal business at a port is vital to the economic recovery of a community after a major storm. There are added immediate costs during and after a storm, and so often the source of income is eliminated in such tourism dependent communities. Restoration of an income stream is a necessary step in the rebuilding process.
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This October will be our first experience during hurricane season and I'm not very concerned - things will happen as they are meant to.
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I have to admit that it never crossed my mind when we were booking our cruise in June for November. I have been watching the National Hurricane Centre for information on where they were starting, but still it would not stop us from going. I think that the difference in price makes up for the inconvenience of a “possible� weather. But better yet, someone else cooks, cleans, washes etc…….
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