Originally Posted by cherylroy
When you missed a port - what did you do? Go to a different port?? I only had a problem ONE time when we came back from Alasksa -- we made it back the DAY before a hurricane mandatory evacuation! I just pray one doesn't come and I have to leave then. I would be so worried about my house, family, etc etc. Then again -- can't stay anyway, huh? Might as well have fun in the carribbean!
Having experienced this issue, let me relate what happened.
We were booked on the last Caribbean cruise of the Smokefree Paradise back in August 2004. As we flew down to Ft Lauderdale, Hurricane Francis was churning its way westward in the South Atlantic. The cruise was supposed to be Nassau, the Dominican Republic and St. Thomas.
When we got on board, there was a letter on the bed advising us that they were keeping abreast of the situation and would further advise us the next day after our port call in Nassau.
When we got back to our room after spending time in Nassau, there was a letter stating that, for reasons of safety, Carnival was changing the remaining itinerary of the cruise and we would be going to Ocho Rios and Cozumel instead.
We proceeded to those ports and even got an extra day at sea because Miami was still closed on the day that we were to return - the extra day at sea actually led to one of the funniest sites I have ever seen.
When we left Cozumel on Friday night, the Captain announced that we would be proceeding back towards Miami, but would not proceed past a certain longitude - it turned out to be roughly 90 miles north of Havana.
That night, my wife and I went out for a walk on deck - in seemingly every point of the compass, there were the lights of a ship, mostly cruise ships, sailing in a big circle. It reminded me of the wagon trains of the old west - how funny.