glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Cruising the Caribbean During Hurrican Season

How comfortable are you about taking a cruise in the Caribbean during the height of hurricane season? 

Tags: Caribbean cruising hurricane season

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glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I sailed on the Carnival Glory from Florida during the height of hurricane season.  My neighbors thought that I was crazy but I wasn't worried at all.  I know that ships will change their itinerary if a storm approaches.  In fact, I was on a HAL ship last year.  We were supposed to dock in Tokyo but a typhoon was headed right there so the captain diverted to the other side of Japan and all we had was a bit of rain.  Most of the passengers said that the two ports that we diverted too were even better than Tokyo.  I was sorry to miss Tokyo but I did enjoy the other two ports.  The main thing was that we were all safe, experienced no rough seas and had some other parts of Japan to visit that I had never visited. 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Well, the full official hurricane season lasts May to November so cutting all of that time out would be a bit too restrictive for us.  That said, we have cruised in August without major issues. The ship steers clear of bad weather. Honestly, I am more worried about El Nino and our Pacific cruise coming up than I ever was about hurricanes on the east coast.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I have cruised the Caribbean in October on the Carnival Glory,  we had humid but good weather.  With the weather alerts ships get they will stay out of the way of bad weather.  On one cruise we just missed a storm that hit the west coast of Mexico.  All the beach umbrellas were upside down with the big cement weight up in the air,  stores with roofs torn off and lots of damage,  but in 2 days they had the town cleaned up for the cruise tourist.  

I like when the seas get a bit rough,  lets you know your on a ship.  Nothing lets you know your on a ship like getting rolled out of bed from a rough sea and the announcement "We are expecting rough seas tonight,  if you don't need to be out we recommend you stay in your cabin tonight"  I went to the MDR for dinner that night and then hit the bars.  My theory was,  if the ship is rocking left to right I need to get drunk enough to sway right to left then all we be in balance Wink   

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

I would cruise during the season.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I agree that the season is long.  Usually you can get lower cruise fares the last week in August so if that happens, we book then.  Kids down south are back to school, kids up north are getting ready to go back.  Down here in FLORIDA we breathe a bit easier after September  is over.

 

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

Thanks for replying.  Ships cost a lot of money and the cruiselines would never endanger that investment.  Of course we all know about the Costa Concordia Captain who totaled his ship in perfectly fine weather...

 

 

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Usually there is nothing to worry about.

On the other hand, I am to board for an Eastern Caribbean cruise in about 12 days, and there is a hurricane being borne off the African coast right now.

I realize that the Captain will ensure the safety of the passengers and re-direct to other ports, but I am looking forward to the scheduled ones. (Can I have some cheese with my whine?Big Smile)

Oh well, if the worst case scenario is that I'm on a cruise, I'm golden!

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I have no issues with hurricane season. Three years ago we sailed from NY to Bahamas leaving Oct 28. We got out of port 2 hours before it was closed because of Sandy and we sailed south down the coast squeezing between Sandy and the coast. We were rocked to sleep that night but and the outside decks were closed but other than that it was great. 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 Have a great time on your cruise.  Try not to worry about the weater as you can't do anything about it anyway.  Be sure to post a review so we can enjoy it with you vicariously.

 

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

My sister also was on a cruise during Sandy.  It was a Fall Foliage cruise.  The ship went up & down the Eastern seaboard trying to drop off passengers.  She was seasick and swore she would never cruise again.  A few months ago she cruised the Hawaiian Islands

 

 

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