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Old August 11th, 2002, 09:58 PM
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Default Sea conditions Western Caribbean in December

Can anyone tell me if they have had any problems with the sea conditions on a Western Caribbean cruise in December. We have been on several cruises but never in December to that area. Thanks
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Old August 11th, 2002, 11:16 PM
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Default Re: Sea conditions Western Caribbean in December

From what I have read here on the board over the last couple of years, the weather generally isn't a factor in the western Caribbean at that time of year. However, with any storm at any time, you can have some rockin' and rollin' seas. We were lucky (?) enough to hit a big cold spell coming down off the US into the gulf of Mexico the first week of January this year on our Carnival Pride inaugural cruise. Do you remember a big cold front that hit Atlanta and (I understand) closed the airport because of ice on the runway? Well, that cold front moved on down into the Caribbean and rocked our ship pretty good starting about 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night, Jan 2, as we were getting ready to leave Cozumel. We rocked and rolled all the next day (a sea day) and then couldn't tender into Key West on Friday because of the high seas, so we had another sea day before we returned to Miami the next day. So, to make a long story short, storms can happen any time of the year, but my understanding is that it isn't usual for that area in December.
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Old August 12th, 2002, 06:32 AM
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Default Re: Sea conditions Western Caribbean in December

I have sailed several times at this particular time of year. Twice it was calm as glass and once we had some rough water. But only for a couple of days.
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Old August 12th, 2002, 03:31 PM
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We sailed the western last December 9th and it was probably one of the smoother sailings I have been on, with the exception of entering the mouth of the Mississippi but I understand that is rough regards.
The water was a little chilly when first entering but nothing that was untolerable.
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Old August 13th, 2002, 09:14 PM
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Default Re: Sea conditions Western Caribbean in December

Thanks for the info everyone
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Old August 14th, 2002, 09:13 AM
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Default Re: Sea conditions Western Caribbean in December

We like to dive and the water is just a little chilly that time of year - not that I wouldn't go mind you but they can get cold down there to. One dive group went to Cozumel during that time of year and Cozumel had a freak cold spell and it was in the 50s. No diving for that group! Debbie
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