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Old May 10th, 2007, 08:38 PM
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I am wondering how active this hurricane season will be when the first storm hits, although it us supposed to hit before the season officially starts.

Has anyone sailed in September? On average, how many hurricanes/trpical storms hit around then, or is it a crapshoot for the storms--they happen when they happen?

I am looking forward to my Sept 15 sailing on Triumph, hurricane or no hurricane!!!! I've lived through tornadoes, so I want to know what hurricane season is like.....

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I've cruised a few times in Sept., always beautiful weather, no storms, but you never know.
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We sailed in Sept on our second cruise and had no problems. Had a cruise scheduled for 2 weeks after Katrina, and our ship got pulled for FEMA. It's a roll of the dice, however, you have better odds for a good weather cruise than you do winning at the onboard casino.
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We sailed once in Sept. It was Sept of 2005. We went out of Galveston and when we were out to sea Rita was developing and ended up hitting near Galveston. The cruise lines kept the ship safe the entire time and we didn't notice any rough waters. great cruise. They even extended the cruise another 2 days so it was a 9 day instead of 7... I will cruise during hurricane season again. No big deal here. I figure the cruise lines have more at stake than I do...
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I am wondering how active this hurricane season will be when the first storm hits, although it us supposed to hit before the season officially starts.

Has anyone sailed in September? On average, how many hurricanes/trpical storms hit around then, or is it a crapshoot for the storms--they happen when they happen?

I am looking forward to my Sept 15 sailing on Triumph, hurricane or no hurricane!!!! I've lived through tornadoes, so I want to know what hurricane season is like.....

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I have never sailed in Sept, but did sail in late Aug 2004 aboard the Paradise and was "hijacked" by Hurricane Francis. Our itinerary was changed from Eastern to Western Caribbean, but otherwise no big deal. We did get an extra day out of it.

Two hints - first, be sure you buy the vacation insurance. Although it may not seem like that great a deal, it will reimburse you any additional costs you may incur as a result - we ended up staying an extra two days in Ft Lauderdale because of travel arrangements and I got that money back, essentially paying for the travel insurance.

Second, if you cruise does get extended, make every effort to change your airline connections on-line from the ship. I paid attention to the "you must call" instuctions on the airline's website and waited until we got close to Florida and called on my cell - big mistake. A number of my fellow passengers simply rebooked on-line and got out the day we docked.

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I am wondering how active this hurricane season will be when the first storm hits, although it us supposed to hit before the season officially starts.

Has anyone sailed in September? On average, how many hurricanes/trpical storms hit around then, or is it a crapshoot for the storms--they happen when they happen?

I am looking forward to my Sept 15 sailing on Triumph, hurricane or no hurricane!!!! I've lived through tornadoes, so I want to know what hurricane season is like.....

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From what I am reading it looks like Hurricne season is the time to cruise. It seems the crew will keep you out of harms way, and you will get some free days at sea!!! Trip insurance is the way to go also.
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air fare reimbursement question - I'm going to be flying from Chicago to Orlando in July for a Sensation cruise. I used AA frequent flyer miles so we are not paying for airfare, just $20 taxes. If the itinerary is changed or the cruise extended due to a hurricane, will carnival pay for the flights home we'll have to book on our return to port date if we can't get a "free flight" because there are a limited number of the free ones available, especially the day of travel. Or, if we can't get a "free" flight back the day after but we can get our free flights 1 or 2 days later, will Carnival pay for the hotel nights, car rental, and meals that we will have to incur?
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We sailed Imagination on September 11th last year! The weather was Great! Never rain or high waves! We loved it!!!!

We are sailing Glory this September as well. you can't beat the deals during hurricane season!
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The deals are good but keep in mind, your cruise might be cut short instead of extended. Just go into it with an open mind...
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I'd buy trip insurance. If the itinerary is changed, you will most likely get an onboard ship credit. If your ship is re-routed to another port different from the one in which you departed, you will probably get a bus ride back to the original port.

I've never heard of Carnival paying for a hotel, and certainly not reimbursing airfare.

Trip insurance is your only guarantee and well worth it during hurricane season, IMHO.

We have sailed 3 times in September. First cruise was re-routed from Western to Eastern because of Hurricanes Jean and Francis.

2nd cruise was pretty bumpy a few times, but nothing horrid.

3rd cruise was absolutely FLAT seas. You just never know.

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Book your cruise, and go with the trip insurance. Trip cancellation insurance will protect your trip in case of a hurricane (all non-refundable items - tour cost, airfare, cruise, hotel, etc., can be insured).Another thing to bear in mind is that June through September is hurricane season, with July and August the most likely months on average. The summer is the best time to be in a tropical climate, but storms, even big ones do happen.

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air fare reimbursement question - I'm going to be flying from Chicago to Orlando in July for a Sensation cruise. I used AA frequent flyer miles so we are not paying for airfare, just $20 taxes. If the itinerary is changed or the cruise extended due to a hurricane, will carnival pay for the flights home we'll have to book on our return to port date if we can't get a "free flight" because there are a limited number of the free ones available, especially the day of travel. Or, if we can't get a "free" flight back the day after but we can get our free flights 1 or 2 days later, will Carnival pay for the hotel nights, car rental, and meals that we will have to incur?
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Buy the trip insurance. Personally, I use TravelGuard, but you can find any number of travel insurance companies on-line. Not only would you be reimbursed for extraordinary expenses related to weather rescheduling, you also get protection if something happens medically that requires immediate attention and/or evacuation. Cheap dollars for peace of mind.

As for the flight question, I would suggest that you contact AA and see what their policy is regarding flight cancellations due to weather. My guess is that you would be treated like everyone else (you have valid reservations) and would be placed on another flight.

Enjoy the cruise.
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This might be a tad off topic.....
with all of the wildfires going on here in FL, last count was 220, the visability while leaving or approaching land isn't too good right now. Check out the bridge cams on the Carnival Valor and Liberty now as they are heading to their homeports. I bet it's a little "testy" in the bridge about now....
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