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Old December 1st, 2002, 05:49 PM
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Default Caribbean vs Mexican Riviera in Sept or Oct 03

We are scheduled for a 10 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Dawn, departing 1/29/03. We have finally convinced some friends from the midwest to take their first cruise ever, in Sept or Oct of 03. We have cruised the Caribbean a few times but always between Feb and March and would like to hear from those of you that have cruised the Caribbean in Sept or Oct. When does hurricane season begin and end? Are we better to go in Sept or Oct? What about the Mexican Riviera is that better to do during those time frames? We plan on booking two staterooms on Princess prior to disembarking from our upcoming cruise. Any advise and comments would be greatly appreaciated. Thanks.
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Old December 1st, 2002, 06:53 PM
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Default Re: Caribbean vs Mexican Riviera in Sept or Oct 03

Hurricane season is from July to end of November. I think I would go with the Mexican Riveria trip. I personally won't book a cruise in the Carribbean during Sept or Oct. because that is the two months that is supposed to have more hurricanes. According to the Wall Street Journal last week, 2002 only had a few hurricanes but they are predicting alot more for the year 2003.

It is all in what you want to take a chance with.
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Old December 1st, 2002, 11:27 PM
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Default Re: Caribbean vs Mexican Riviera in Sept or Oct 03

Kathy&Mike,

Hurricane season officially is from June through November, but I would not worry about hurricanes in the Caribbean. If there's a hurricane approaching the vicinity of either a scheduled port of call or the ship's track, you can be sure that the ship will go elsewhere to avoid it. This has produced some real surprises on occasion (like ships operating out of New York that were scheduled to go to Bermuda, but went to the Maritime Provinces of Canada instead), but they avoided the hurricane.

Hurricanes also affect the Mexican Riviera during the same season, but ships there have fewer alternate destinations due to the Jones Act. A ship heading north from Los Angeles would have to reach either Victoria or Vancouver if she made any ports of call. Since this transit is two days each way on a non-stop itinerary, she might be able to call at two other pots (probably San Francisco and Astoria, Oregon, for Portland) en route.

If you are planning to cruise with Princess, the Mexican Riviera will not be an option in the fall of 2003 due to the fire at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan that destroyed the hull intended to become MV Diamond Princess. The shipyard is accelerating production on a second hull originally intended to become MV Sapphire Princess, which actually will become MV Diamond Princess, but this ship will not be ready until the winter of 2004. As a result, Princess has cancelled all cruises scheduled for MV Diamond Princess before 28 February 2004. Since she was the only ship booked on the Mexican Riviera for the 2003-2004 season, there will be no Princess "Mexican Riviera" cruises before that date.

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