we just got back from mexican riv (Pride) and want to book a cruise to the caribbean around mid-oct. some are telling me not to go then because it's hurricane season. it's the only time we can go and I want HOT weather not like the cool we just had in Mexico. I know the weather will be better in Mexico in Oct but I don't want to repeat the same cruise so soon. Anyone ever travel alot in october around the caribbean? thanks for any info . Carol
We usually cruise during hurricane season every year. It is extremely rare for a cruise to be cancelled because of a hurricane as they usually just go to a differant port to avoid it. I can think of only a couple cruises in the last 5 plus years that have been cancelled and they were a couple of Bermuda and a Bahamas cruise. They manage to get the others out and done quite well.
thanks, Jim, I wasn't as worried about a cancellation as I am the weather. After the cool weather on our Mexican cruise, I'm looking for something warmer and dry would be nice. Rather than shopping, we want to spend our time at the pool and beaches, could you recommend a good carnival cruise for that? Thanx, Carol
Well, hurricanes are more probably in Sept than any other month and the later the time the more often they are in the upper or eastern Caribbean. Earlier ones form farther south and then into the gulf. A Southern Caribbean cruise is quite warm and more unlikely to be affected by hurricanes during that time. (Still possible) Southern is very port intensive with lots of foriegn cultures to experiance. Western is active and with other cultures. Eastern is more shopping and more American culture.
Our Anniversary is in October, and we cruise just about every October.
We have sailed around hurricanes, followed them into port, had our home port
hit while we were gone, and our first cruise to St. Thomas was 30 days
after hurricane Hugo stripped the island. We do not let a little ol' hurricane
get in the way of something as important as a cruise. AND, the captain can
always find a sunny place to play. Go for it. Hey mon' don't worry - be happy.
Having lived in Florida for 15 yrs I can tell you during a hurricane the safest place for a ship is out in the ocean...instead of at a pier because the waves will damage the ship by making it hit the dock. That is why my husband would always sorte' with the Navy to get the ships out of here when a hurricane was coming our way.
As for hurricane season, it normally winds down in October however we have had them in December so you can't really predict it. September is normally the busiest month here but that all depends too.
I also took a cruise in Nov an\fter Hugo hit. What a disaster for Porto Rico and some of the other areas hit by Hugo. I was on the Festaval. What ship were you on? I'm looking for a cruise tape of the Festaval from 1989. I was on amy honeymoon and lost mine.
We've always crusised during hurricane season when rates were cheaper, and have never had a problem! With their sophisicated equipment on board, there is never any danger. They changed our itinerary on our last cruise, but we always ended up at beautiful ports with gorgeous weather, and they worked very hard to offer new shore excursions and we had a great time!
So, as they say, no worries!
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