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Old August 5th, 2002, 09:22 AM
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We booked our first family cruise to the Western Caribbean for May 31st of next year. Someone told me, tho, that this is a very rainy time for the Western Caribbean, and we should expect poor weather. Is this true? I don't want our first cruise to be a disaster!
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Old August 5th, 2002, 03:16 PM
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The end of March would be the end of Prime time in the Western Caribbean. After that it gets really hot and very humid. If that is the only time you can go, then do it. Rain moves in as quickly as it moves out. Cruise lines are increasing their sailing season and itinerary due to demands of the potential cruise market. They won't keep the ships in these waters if there are not enought people to cruise on them. Give it a shot. At least you won't be in hurricane season.
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Old August 5th, 2002, 03:36 PM
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We have been on our last three cruises ( eastern,western and southern Caribbean)the week before Memorial day in May and have never had a problem. The last one we had half a day of sprinkles but we were at sea anyway and made the best of it .
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Old August 6th, 2002, 02:24 PM
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May is wonderful weather IMHO! You aren't yet in the very hot summertime nor are you in the hurrican season.
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Old August 6th, 2002, 05:54 PM
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In the tropics, the "rainy season" usually doesn't start until mid-June. In Florida, April-May are very dry. In Tampa, we've had NO RAIN in May 2001 and May 2002. After the first week or two of June, the rainy season really "ramps up". Although Hurricane Season officially starts June 1, it is very rare to have a storm that early.
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Old August 6th, 2002, 10:26 PM
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we cruise the eastern and western carbbean and May and September and October are the best months. Do now go during spring breaks. The kids unader 21 and very rude, drunk and filthly talking. I hope I helped
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Old August 7th, 2002, 08:39 AM
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I think Bill meant to say do NOT go during spring breaks !!!

I lived in the tropics for four years and May is a fine month. The real heat doesn't hit until July and August. (That's when everyone visits family on the mainland, the further north, the better !!!)

Rain is usually over almost as soon as it starts.

Why don't you go to GOOGLE.COM and search around for weather patterns for your ports?

Also, pack umbrellas and some cheap ponchos from your local discount department store ... they fit nicely in a tote bag.

The good news is that I, self-professed bad weather magnet, will not be in the Western Carib in late May. You are probably safe

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Thanks to all who replied to me. You have all helped to put my mind at ease, and now I can just focus on counting down the days til trip time! T minus 295!!
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