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Old June 21st, 2013, 03:59 AM
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Question September/ October 2013 good time to cruise on carnival dream??

This upcoming September and October will be my first cruise ever. There is a September 28 cruise on the Carnival dream for seven days. I'm a little worried about the water being rough. Has anyone been on a cruise at the end of September and very beginning of October? Did you experience hurricanes or real bad weather because I hope it doesn't happen to me since it will be my honeymoon
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Old June 21st, 2013, 09:56 AM
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First, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials.

You are still within hurricane season so t possibility of rough waters exist. Carnival will attempt to to reroute the ship to avoid bad weather, if it arises. We encountered this in the Pacific once.

That said, most cruises go on without a hitch, even in September and October,

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Old June 21st, 2013, 05:16 PM
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Thank you!

So basically it's a hit or miss type thing in those months for bad sea weather?
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Old June 21st, 2013, 06:29 PM
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Hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th, with the peak being from the middle of August to the middle of September. Of course, Mother Nature has her own time frame, so anything is possible.

However, as was already stated, cruise lines are not going to put you or their ship in danger, so should bad weather be approaching, they will reroute the ship and change the itinerary. In that case, you just have to be flexible and go with the flow.

Just be aware that when rough seas are encountered, ships will normally deploy their stabilizers to smooth out the ride. However, this causes a bigger drag resulting in more fuel being used, which cost the cruise line more money. Carnival is notorious for not being quick to deploy the stabilizers.

But it doesn't make any difference whether you go to the Eastern or Western Caribbean as they are both susceptible to hurricanes. The Southern Caribbean is a bit less vulnerable to hurricanes.

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