When Ships Get Rerouted ...

I've been on two cruises that were unable to keep their chartered course. One of my Alaskan cruises could not go through Tracy Arm Fjord due to large icebergs that had broken off and went through Endicott instead. One cruise to Ensenada that was supposed to stop in Catalina rerouted to San Diego due to water too rough for the tenders. Both cases were decisions made based on safety of the passengers and ship.  I was 100% fine with the decision.

However, the bulk of the passengers threw "hissy fits", ruined their day and tried to start a mutiny with the rest of the passengers.  Have you ever been re-routed? How did you feel about it?


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I have not had a diversion as of yet but if I did.  I would go with the flow and deal with it.  Whiners will never win so its a waste of their time.

MMMMMM. Let's see. Listen to the Captain about safety or Do a cruise by like the Concordia...

Yea.... Let the whiners whine.... I'll have a drink in the safety of the lounge....

I have been subject to a reroute and had my 15 minutes of pout time.  Then it was off to the pool and the pool side bar to change my mood.  Although you look forward to that particular port(s) it is a relief to know that we are not going to risk the ship, crew and passengers because of weather.

Our most notable reroute was several years ago we were headed to Belize, there was a different Carnival ship one day ahead of us in each port.  That ship had an incident that involved security of passengers and it was decided we would not dock there but have a sea day and dock elsewhere the following day.  Now, for us, no problem. However, there was a couple that plan to be married on Belize and had everything arrange through a third party there. We happened to see them in the Atrium when the announcement was made.  They made a bee-line to guest services.  Long story made short...they got married on board.

We had a port cancellation on a cruise in 2012. It seems that the NCL private island of Great Stirrup Key was not fit for use as Hurricane Sandy had rolled over top of it a week before our arrival. We instead went straight to Nassau and ended up with an over night stay in Nassau while some repairs were done to one of the azipods. Although a little disappointed we just shrugged it off and said oh well.  We enjoyed some extra time on ship. In travels, doo doo happens. Just got to let it go and enjoy what is before you.

Yep.  Sorry you had to overnight in Nassau though.

I'm fine with it.  One cruise we were behind the storm,  When we got to port it was trashed,  roofs ripped off of buildings,  the beaches trashed and lots of the stores and bars were closed.   I would have rather had a day at sea.   


Weather and safety are just part of cruising,  yes it is upsetting to have the main port you wanted to go to canceled,  but safety first.   Missing a port just gives me a good reason to book another cruise there in the future.

Look at it this way.... would you complain if the Pilot of the plane you were on decided to fly through the hurricane instead of cancelling the flight?

Whoa ... spoke too soon Norwegian's Pride of America just changed its Hawaiian Cruise.

Good point!



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