Last October, our Star Princess was the last ship out of port before it was closed because of Hurricane Wilma. That was on a Sunday, and on Saturday several of us were already in Ft. Lauderdale and set up a telephone pyramid alert system so to relay any changing news about departure. On Oct. 23, we were at the terminal earlier than usual because word was spread that the port would be closing by 1:30 or 2PM--it kept getting delayed because Wilma had slowed down. Anyway, we finally left at 4PM-with the Coast Guard almost pushing the ship out to sea itself.
The ship was scheduled to go West and we did actually start for there, but because of Wilma and a developing "Alpha", we were redirected to San Juan, Puerto Rico and went Southeast to Tortola and St. Thomas. It was the second week in a row that a Western itinerary was changed to the East. While some of us were ecstatic, others were on a "back to back" and disappointed to have missed Jamaica twice. Plus, some cruisers were going to meet families in Jamaica.
All of this being said, the Ship is NOT going to cruise into harm's way. And, as several of you might know by now, our CB Princess, along with other ships from other lines were kept out to sea for two extra days because of Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. That was good and bad news. Good news for those of us who had no travel plans or work schedules to have to be back for-or children or dogs, or.....but a nightmare for those having to re-arrange returning flights, pet kennel pick-ups, babysitting coverage, etc.
It's not a perfect science, unfortunately, but with advanced contingency plans and the attitude of not worrying over something we can't control, I think we can all have a decent time on our cruises. My "worry" is not being able to get OUT of port.