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!!
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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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.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
Star Princess 2005, Sun Princess 2005
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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!!!
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!
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
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.
Mike (Who's slept in an airport or three. Didn't enjoy but did it. )
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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.
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
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.....
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.