How do you all feel about cruising in late August? We have it booked but are nervous and considering canceling because of the possibility of bad weather. This would be the kids 1st cruise and we don't want it spoiled for them by sea sickness! We did get a GREAT price though.
Going For Platinum! Carnival Spirit 3/2006, Carnival Valor 4/2005, Carnival Triumph 6/2003, Fantasy 8/2001, Tropicale 5/2000
I have cruised during the summer quite a few times with my grandson and only had to be re-routed once due to an approaching storm. Our stop in St. Maarten was cancelled as the hurricane was heading straight for the island. Other than that, the Captain headed into calm seas and we felt no ill effects from the approaching storm. I did, however, ride out Hurricane Wilma on the Fascination in October 2005 and that was quite a wild ride!! So, it doesn't matter which month you cruise, you can't do a thing about the weather. Children are very resilient and adapt very well to any situation. If the parents are having a good time, the children will. We had a wonderful time on the Fascination and my grandson still laughs about it and calls our cruise, the wild ride on the crazy boat and said it was better than riding Space Mountain at Disney World.
We usually book between Sept. and Nov. We don't worry about the weather. The ships Captain stears clear of hurricanes. DW and I were on a cruise a few years ago when Charlie was churning out in the Caribbean we went around him and continued on with our cruise. What an experience though. It was very windy day and night. At night the light show was awsome. Thunder and lightening.
You can read various posts on here about people who cruise during hurricane season - mainly to take advantage of the lower prices.
The Captain will steer around a hurricane. The ship will NEVER go directly into the storm.
But these are things you need to consider - do you mind missing a port & going somewhere else instead? Do you mind having a sea day instead of being at the port? These are things that can and have happened.
Expect some rocky weather in case the Captain has to play tag with a hurricane. Even though the storm could be hundreds of miles away, the ocean is vast & the waves can be felt.
Definately get the insurance. If you don't & something happens, you can't blame anyone but yourself.
Serenade of the Seas - '05
Sovereign of the Seas - '07
Here is a question. What if, due to a hurricane being between where you live and where your home port and the weather is SO bad that it makes driving to port a bad decision, would you have to file on the insurance or would the cruise line reimburse you or just transfer your reservation to another cruise? I don't worry about being on the ship, they will take care of you. I worry more about getting to the port if the weather is dangerous to drive in.
Carnival legend November 2009
Carnival Glory October 2007
Carnival Elation November 2006
I usually end up cruising during hurricane season and only once have we encountered a hurricane. We were in the gulf when Hurricane Katrina hit. While it was "bumpy" for about 5-6 hours that night (we left Cozumel at midnight) the Captain did a great job of getting us out of the way. The next day I went up on deck expecting to find wind and rain and we had a gorgeous sunny day with calm seas (we went around the lower part of Cuba and well out of the storm's way). We did end up having to disembark in Ft. Lauderdale instead of Tampa (Carnival provided buses back to Tampa but I just switched my flight and flew home from Ft. Lauderdale). I wouldn't worry about it and just plan to go and have a great time. My kids thought it was a great adventure and had a great time telling all of their friends about being in the gulf of mexico when a hurricane hit when they got home.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
We too book at least one cuise each year during "hurricane season", and have never missed a cruise, or even had rough weather. Lucky? Yes, I suppose so, however the risk is well worth it when you consider the price break! As the others have stated, just take out the trip insurance, and don't worry about weather. If you can board the ship, the captain will keep you out of the storm. (you might even get an extended vacation for free!) Just consider the weather thing part of the great adventure of cruizin'.
Check whatever cruise insurance you have carefully to make sure that a problem getting to the port would be covered.
I have only cruised outside of hurricane season once officially, with the other in December.
Late August and September have such good rates, it's hard to resist adn that's when I usually book cruises.
Take some Bonine (a different formula than Dramamine) in case the ship starts rocking, and consider giving it to your kids BEFORE they get sick if you think there's a chance.
Enjoy your cruise.
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04