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Old June 12th, 2006, 11:01 AM
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Is this a problem for you? Do you think twice about booking, knowing that a storm might interrupt your cruise?

We have cruised the last two summers in Hurricane season. One reason for this is the kids. They are involved in school during the rest of the year, except Christmas, and we cruised then too.

How do you feel? Do you take the risk?

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Old June 12th, 2006, 11:32 AM
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Hi Luanne,

We have only been on 2 cruises both during hurricane season in September, and we have another one this September.
Our first was on the Grandeur in 2004 and we were supposed to make our first stop in Key West but had our itinerary changed and we went out to Bermuda to avoid Hurricane Jeanne coming up the coast. We drive down from Ontario and leave from either Baltimore or New Jersey.

The way we look at it is.......hey, I'm not cooking or cleaning for 9 days so we don't really care where we go!!
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Old June 12th, 2006, 01:55 PM
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October is my month of choice to cruise..last October, we missed a port due to the prediction Wilma would arrive in FLL, the day we ported..We took on fuel in San Juan overnight to stay at sea if need be..Wilma hit late, we were fine..This was the very first time in all my sailings,anything ever occurred.

For me the prices are better, it's NOT the winter, with snow worries, I love that time of year...Go for it...
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Old June 12th, 2006, 02:22 PM
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I was in the gulf last August when Hurricane Katrina arrived. I'm booked this year for the first week of September on the Destiny. I'm not at all worried about it. The captain did a great job keeping us out of harm's way last August. In fact, we had great weather once we were out of the storm's general area. We did have to port in Ft. Lauderdale instead of Tampa, but that wasn't an issue. We just flew home from Ft. Lauderdale instead.
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We cruised last Oct and the only problem we had was having to email to find out how our home was after Wilma.

But now hubby's work won't let him take more than 2 days off at a time from Sept to mid Nov because of hurricanes. They had some problems with him gone.

We would go then if we could. Won't go June thru August because of prices.
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we're gonna cruise on sunday and there is a storm already i would go to any cruise during a hurricane season as long as it is not rough in the seas and the boat doesn't sink! lol well i hope its sunny from sunday to the next sunday! i cant wait 6 more days!!!
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We do, but not everyone should.

I think that if specific ports are the make-or-break-its for your cruise experience you should try safer months.

While we certainly care about the ports, it doesn't ruin our vacation (and it has changed 2 cruises for us) if we miss a port, or if one is substituted.

We also aren't prone to much in the way of seasickness, so rough seas, frankly, tend to be kind of exciting rather than nausea producing for us.

We've had 2 previous September and lo and behold are going AGAIN this September!

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Old June 12th, 2006, 04:10 PM
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Nope ... generally cruise April and mid-November - and of course this year late December.
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Old June 12th, 2006, 06:26 PM
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If the price and ship are right it isn't a factor. I know that unless the storm is hitting the port the day of the cruise I'm going. If it was REALLY bad and the cruise was canceled or significantly delayed there would be some sort of contingency or compensation and I would stay home and whine.

In the event there was major damage to the home port and we had to go to another port to disembark it would be a pain in the rear but I would just have to handle it and get home. I can afford to book alternative transportation and use insurance and work with the cruise line to be reimbursed or make sure the cruise line is reimbursing or arranging my travel home.

Overall, I know the chances of all that happening are slim so yes, I would book.

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We do cruise during hurricane season - in Europe and Asia and someday Alaska. No reason to go to Caribbean in summer (we did once just because a too good to be true deal popped up at last minute).
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No cruising for us during hurricane season. At least not yet. I'm not saying never, but for now I don't want to deal with the worry about it. Mark you have a good plan. Lots of other places to go. I admit the prices are usually better during storm season, but I still don't want to take the chance.

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we cruise during hurricane season in october on our last cruisewe sailed
right after a hurricane they change one of our port of call because the
port in the grand cayman was damage by the hurricane it didn,t bother
us and the price is good at that time of year
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Have done 3 so far and going one in 11 days. Again next year some time!
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The way I look at hit you can hit a storm at any time. As long as your willing to go with the flow and make the most of your vacation, go for it.

Im going on the NCL Spirit Sept 30... Hey $600pp (including taxes and port charges) for 8 days, cant beat that!
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i would go as long as the sea is not rough besides im going on a cruise in 4 days and there are like 2 or 3 tropical storms coming so i hope it doesn't get us!!
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Our first cruise was during a hurricane.......missed Grand Cayman.....had a great time......2 more hurricanes.......2 more cruises.......not all of our cruises have been in hurricanes, but hey.....it's fun & adventureous.....



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Hi CruiseMates, I do, I have cruised several times during hurricane season. No problems ever.

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I wouldn't travel to the caribbean region at all during hurricane season. When you're flying thousands of miles jsut to start your holiday the disruption risksare just not worth it.
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We do. We sail in November, usually.
That is the end of hurricane season and generally not too busy. Although last year it was a little hectic.
The peak of the season is September. We would not cruise in that month.
Late Oct-Dec works for us.
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I'm not real crazy about going during the hurricane season, but have had some wonderful cruises with great weather. You just never know... Also another good reason to take out travel insurance.
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