Would you cancel or go?

If you were scheduled to cruise this month, would you still go even though you wouldn't be able to visit your scheduled ports, or would you cancel and cruise another time?

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We've been talking about this and not sure what we would do. When we book a cruise the ports are the first thing we decide on, so it would be disappointing to not see the ones we want. There are some ports I wouldn't care to go to again, but in a pinch, might change my mind. On the other hand, if I could get a full refund for the cruise, we could still have a good vacation in areas of Florida that we love to visit. It would be a really tough decision for us.

If it were a short cruise, I would go ... If it were long (more than 8 days) I would probably cancel because the possibility of too many sea days would not be appealing in an area that is probably going to be rainy ...These places are in survival mode not tourist mode for now so even some of the least hit ports are being impacted...

I have mixed feelings about going to just Florida too as there are a lot of areas in repair mode,,,

We are on a cruise in 13 days, had the discussion with my wife last night. We are going on the cruise. Been planning it for a year & they will keep us safe. If we cancel then we just set at home for a week since it will be a month before we get the money back and we don't have time or the spare cash to book another vacation.

We would probably go, we have gone before and did not have any issues. I hate to say this, but I would also be concerned about my car if driving to the port. I might actually get a rental to leave at the port instead of my own, I know and understand that a car is a small thing to think about in the overall scheme of people losing their homes and lives, but it would be something I would consider. Think of how close to the water our cars are when they are parked at the ports. Again, a car vs homes/lives but it is something that I might consider.

Since you are headed towards Mexico, you will hopefully not see any bad weather.  It's a little late in the season for these hurricanes to hop over Cuba and the keys and start churning in the Gulf ... more predictable that they will hug the east coast or spin each other out.

We have been fortunate to have cruised often enough that if we didn't get to visit the islands on a current itinerary we wouldn't feel extremely sad.  We usually pick a cruise by itinerary to see favorite places or if there is a new port of call, but we have been to most of the regular stops often.  That said, if we could get to the port of embarkation we would probably go.

We are going on our cruise out of San Juan 10/21 regardless of any port changes.

That is, if there is still a port to sail from in San Juan Sad

I feel so sorry for all in the storms' paths.  We already know St Martin is off our itinerary.  I bet anyone there would trade their problems for mine right now.  We had our home destroyed in a storm about 20 years ago, but it was localized damage, and we had siblings, parents and friends to give us shelter and support us until we could get moved into another home.  I cannot even begin to imagine what those poor folks are feeling.

The car may seem to be a small thing to think about, but that's called taking responsibility for yourself.  I book covered parking at Nashville airport since it's common to have tornadoes and hailstorms in our neck of the woods. 

 

We go.  We’ve been on the first ship into port after a hurricane before.  The locals are all at their jobs and working hard regardless of what condition their homes and personal lives are in.  They need the income from tourists more than ever after a disaster.  We will eat in port rather than going back to the ship, buy souvenirs we normally wouldn’t, donate to local charities, and tip substantially more than usual.

Even if going to unaffected ports, the cruise lines have lost millions of dollars of revenue but continue to donate millions more in support of those who need it.  Many cruises right now that show sea days on the itinerary are actually stopping at impacted ports just to drop off much-needed supplies.  We will happily support the cruise lines and their efforts with our vacation dollars, regardless of destination.

I would still go and I'm still going in November, no matter what shape the Caribbean ports we visit may be in.  I want to spend time on the ship with my family and hopefully bring some money and maybe some small gifts to the people of the islands to bring a smile to their faces.  They have all been through so much!

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