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Old February 7th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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What are the worst and best times of year to travel to the southern caribbean? I'm afraid of rough seas
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What are the worst and best times of year to travel to the southern caribbean? I'm afraid of rough seas
Best: December through May
Worst: June through November

The whole Caribbean is pretty sheltered because it's relatively small (compared to the Atlantic or the Pacific, for example) and well shielded by island barriers that delimit its boundaries while breaking up waves from the open ocean. The most likely cause of rough seas in the Caribbean is a hurricane, so you are not likely to have a problem if you avoid going there during hurricane season.

As it turns out, hurricane season (June through November) is also the time of year when the humidity is very high, so it's the time of year when you probably don't want to go there anyway.

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We went in April, no problems! Water was a smooth & great weather. Just got hotter as you went further south. It was nice compared to the cold weaather we were getting here in CT.
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we sailed in January and had no problems. It was calm, nice and warm, it did get very humid on the islands the further south we went.
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We took an April cruise out of SJU and the seas were as rough as your bathtub. Have a good cruise, you'll make it ok and stop fretting. There's plenty meds available and also pick a cabin as close to midships as possible and the lowest deck also.


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We experienced about two days of rough seas between Grand Cayman, Cozumel and the beginning of our last sea day early last November. Also, from what I've seen on the boards, many passengers have reported not being able to visit scheduled ports in the western caribbean over the winter months. Haven't sailed the eastern past October.
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We experienced about two days of rough seas between Grand Cayman, Cozumel and the beginning of our last sea day early last November. Also, from what I've seen on the boards, many passengers have reported not being able to visit scheduled ports in the western caribbean over the winter months. Haven't sailed the eastern past October.
The only port where I have heard of a problem is George Town, Grand Cayman, and the problem there is that the harbor can be too rough for tenders. I'm not sure why, but George Town is still a tender port.

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Georgetown, Grand Cayman is still a tender port, Norm, because the water is too shallow for a large ship to dock at a pier.
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Georgetown, Grand Cayman is still a tender port, Norm, because the water is too shallow for a large ship to dock at a pier.
I'm not sure about the depth, but the tender pier is not big enough to accommodate a cruise ship in any case.

But perhaps the thurst of my comment about not being sure why Grand Cayman is still a tender port was less than clear. I really don't understand why the island's authorities have not built a pier with a terminal for cruise ships and, if necessary, dredged the affected area of the harbor to accommodate them.

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Norm - the Georgetown harbor is not very large in the first place - then with the prevailing winds and some hurricanes that have come in there, it's just not feasible from a cost aspect for them to dredge this little shallow harbor nor build a pier large enough to accomodate an ocean liner. When I was there January 2, they had 6 other ships in town for a total of 7. No way could they have accomodated that many even if they had built a very large pier - there's no room!!! I was also there as one of the first ships that was allowed back in after the hurricane that ripped across the island with the resulting damage.

Last I heard Cozumel is still operating with tenders after the major damage from the hurricane that destroyed all or part of their piers. The only positive about that right now is that you tender in to the center of the town rather than having to taxi/van from the outlying piers.
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Norm - the Georgetown harbor is not very large in the first place - then with the prevailing winds and some hurricanes that have come in there, it's just not feasible from a cost aspect for them to dredge this little shallow harbor nor build a pier large enough to accomodate an ocean liner. When I was there January 2, they had 6 other ships in town for a total of 7. No way could they have accomodated that many even if they had built a very large pier - there's no room!!! I was also there as one of the first ships that was allowed back in after the hurricane that ripped across the island with the resulting damage.


I'm pretty familiar with the harbor there. Nonetheless, your points just mean that a cruise ship pier and terminal would have to be in a different area and would have to be large enough to accommodate six or eight vessels. The island is dependent on commercial shipping for much of its provisions, so it obviously does have a deep water harbor somewhere.

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Last I heard Cozumel is still operating with tenders after the major damage from the hurricane that destroyed all or part of their piers. The only positive about that right now is that you tender in to the center of the town rather than having to taxi/van from the outlying piers.
I have seen posts indicating that some of the piers are back in service, eliminating the need to tender there.

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The downtown pier in Cozumel is still operational and it appears that some of the International pier is no in service.
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First week in Feb we tied up at the Cozumel pier which is still being reconstructed. In Jan 06 on the Golden Princess, rough water prevented us from taking a ferry from St. Thomas to St. Johns and from docking in St. Kitts. The St. Kitts predicament was interesting. The captain said we could tie up but because of the prevailing winds and seas we would not be able to get away from the pier, so we had an extra day at sea much to my dismay because we had never been to St. Kitts. The only rough water in the Caribbean was between Cuba and the US mainland twice in twenty five years so the odds are in your favor. Also because of modern weather technology they can skirt any troublesome storms that are in the area.
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