We went out shopping in the rain. Got soaked, but we dried out. We also watched lots of movies, read, and napped. It was actually kind of nice to be able to rest and relax without really missing anything ashore because of the weather.
We're leaving Sat for a 7 day cruise (Glory) to Nassau, St Thomas & St Maarten. I looks like rain for St Thomas. We're keeping our fingers crossed that it won't, but in the event it does, at least we can say we went to the islands! Maybe a good day to shop & visit some bars???
On my only cruise to date, Sensation in July 2007, it rained for less than an hour during the time they were going to have the sail away party as we left Port Canaveral. I even got video of the hard rain coming down on the Lido deck. But it cleared up and no rain came down, the rest of the cruise was nice and dry, even if a little cloudy.
I would hate if it rained, and it would be an inconvenience as far as I love to get nice photos including sunsets, but you just make the most of it. What else can you do? If it happens, don't let it get you down. After all, it's YOUR vacation. You can't control the weather, but you can control how you react to it!
Yes it rained on one cruise when we were in Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and St. Thomas. That did not change our excursions in port. It rained most of the day in all three ports. I work outside so i'm used to the weather and I have a saying, "If I can work in the rain, I sure can play in the rain".
We just got back from a bahama cruise 2 days ago aboard the carnival fascination and it rained at both bahama stops . The cruise was a 5 night cruise and I think it rained 3 out of 5 nights. We just made the best of it and enjoyed the inside activities of the ship. Unfortunately we take a risk cruising near the hurricane season. At the Bahamas they told us that they were starting to board up windows to get ready for the hurricanes and heavy rain / winds.
We have been on eleven cruises and only once did we ge some rain. That was in jan. 08 in Jamaica. We even had great weather on our Alaskan cruise.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
On our cruise a couple of weeks ago on the Pride to Bahamas, it rained every day except the last day going home. It was too rainy and windy to go on deck. I felt sorry for the kids. Don't know if the kids program is good or not, surely hope so. It rained on and off in each port also. We just relaxed took a nap, read more. checked out every public room on board. We were not bored. We took dominos and played those also.
I would party inside and relax and just plain have fun. Never rained on any of our cruises except for short periods of time. I take a poncho and a small umbella just in case. I guess it would put a damper on it if it rains for days on end.
Are you asking about the swine/bird flu in terms of lots of people getting sick or just if someone gets sick with something? They have doctor, nurses, and infirmary on board. My own doctor took his wife on a cruise and she had an unexpected, potentially fatal reaction to shellfish. He said the on board doc was as good as anyone he knew. I've only been once, when I fell and my dad went once when he got sick on board. All better than ER here in the states. How would they handle an epidemic of something like H1N1? I'm sure that they have a plan in place, but no idea what it is. I do know that if you come down with something contageous, you are quarantined in your cabin until they are sure you are okay. A friend who works on an NCL ship says that they are getting a lot stricter about checking people as they board the ship. If you sneeze, you're not getting on. So, if you have allergies, take some Dayhist before you go down to the port to embark!
I think this is a concern.
'In New South Wales, health agencies have been criticized for not quarantining hundreds of passengers on board a cruise ship where 14 people were diagnosed with the virus, commonly known as swine flu.
Although some of those who disembarked the vessel in Sydney had complained of being ill, they were allowed to travel home.
Three crew members on the Pacific Dawn have shown flu-like symptoms. Authorities have diverted the cruise liner, which left Sydney bound for the Great Barrier Reef, to an island near the Queensland city of Cairns, where the patients will be tested for flu.'
Two years ago last month it rained the whole cruise Carnival Glory----
-the sun came out and looked as if it was going to quit so we got off at Cozumel and walked all the way to the stores and just as we got there the bottom fell out and it rained like you would not believe---we got drowned -our clothes were soaked and we laughed all the way back to the ship-- it blew so hard that an umbrella would not evern help---no shopping but we were entertained by watching everyone try to get back on the ship soaked----shoes were even drenched
then we just stayed in and rested for the rest of the trip----I love no phones due to my job duties so I was not so disappointed as others
Ponchos and umbrellas. Been there done that and loved every minute. We even had the night 'deck' party in the rain (it stopped for a few minutes...they carried it onto the Lido and it stormed after it started..lol). Dried off and carried on party inside. Enjoy! Nothing you can do.
I recommend disposable ponchos. I take a few every cruise. Umbrellas can actually increase the odds of being hit by lightning, but I live in the Tampa area, the lightning capitol of the civilized world. There is one other place on earth that has more lightning but it is uninhabited! Wonder why.
Plus, ponchos cover you better. I have been rained on in many ports and many ships. Just cover up and keep having fun.
We just sailed Imagination June 1-5 and it rained every day. But the rain was light and very scattered. It rained a few minutes lightly, enough to cool off everyone then would be overcast rest of the time. It didn't damper our trip at all. We spend a lot of time on the sun deck sitting under shade anyway or doing the shows indoors or dining. Don't worry about it -- you'll find something to do if it is raining... about the only thing it dampers is pool and hot tub use and of course shore excursions. Even on shore excursion days it rained, but again, it was scant and didn't cause us any real problems.
Carnival Imagination -- June 1 '09
Carnival Fascination -- July '05
Big Red Boat -- July '00
we sailed TRUIMPH 31 may to Nassau and freeport all we got was 4 hrs of rain on nthe way back Some lady was in the main pool asking for a unbrella in the rain so "she did not get wet". no rain in the islands
It rained for our whole cruise in May to Bahamas.(Rough also). We toured the entire ship. Shopped. Read a book. Took a nap. Went to casino. Visited with fellow passengers and had a very relaxing time. Had a wonderful time.
It rained really hard on the Transit day of a Panama Canal Cruise. Then it came down really hard in Punatrenas. It did not spoil the trip though. It was just our luck to see that kind of weather on that trip. I guess it added flavor for the trip.
The rain never gets us down. Lightning at night on the ocean is something to see. The funny thing is we always hope to see a little motion on the ship from weather. It rarely happens for us.
You work hard therfore you should play hard, do not watch the world go by, jump in and participate
We have never had rain the whole cruise, but once had rain in grand cayman going out to sting rays but we were in swim suits and t-shirts anyway. We had a shore excurision canceled in grand cayman on second cruise and had to cancel a lido deck party on one cruise but otherwise just lucky i guess not much rain on any cruise we have ever been on!