Almost as if on cue while the vast majority of the country is facing record heat this week, there is news of a tropical storm in the Atlantic. Of course the question most of my clients are asking is “Should I cruise during hurricane season?” Emily’s expected path is already affecting several cruises this week. Royal Caribbean, Princess and Carnival have announced changes to their expected itineraries this week due the impact of Emily. They are as follows as of this writing (UPDATED):
- Carnival Miracle now has a revised itinerary:
- 8/4/2011 Thu “FUN DAY” AT SEA
8/5/2011 Fri SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO 3:00 PM MIDNIGHT
8/6/2011 Sat ST. THOMAS, USVI 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
8/7/2011 Sun GRAND TURK 1:00 PM 7:00 PM
8/8/2011 Mon “FUN DAY” AT SEA
8/9/2011 Tue “FUN DAY” AT SEA
8/10/2011 Wed NEW YORK, NY 8:00 AM
- Oasis of the Seas eastern Caribbean cruise has become a western Caribbean and will visit the ports of Costa Maya & Cozumel.
- Freedom of the Seas is also changing to a western Caribbean cruise.
- Serenade of the Seas reversed it’s itinerary to avoid the storm.
- Carnival Dream & Carnival Liberty are staying longer in certain ports or changing their itineraries as needed.
- Caribbean Princess is also changing its ports and itineraries.
Last year, I shared some tips to think about when cruising through Hurricane Season. One that I failed to mention is comparing a cruise to an all-inclusive resort. If you were at a resort in the path of this storm, you might be in for some very rainy days as resorts cannot move. Cruise ships can and as you can read do make adjustments for both the safety and enjoyment of their guests. Though I enjoyed our visit to an all-inclusive resort last week, we still had a threat of a Pacific Hurricane. Our trip was not impacted, but the marina was closed one day and at least one ship calling on Cabo had to miss the port as the seas were too rough for tender operations.
Another important tip which I stress with every booking but is especially important during this time of year is travel insurance. If you are planning a trip this coming fall, please get travel insurance which covers trip cancellation and costs associated with trip delays and trip interruptions. Not all policies are the same. Give us a call if you would like our recommendation for travel insurance and for a cruise getaway during hurricane season. To answer the question of should I cruise during hurricane season, I say yes. You can find less crowds as school is back in session, incredible value on last minute getaway cruises, and the knowledge that the staff, crew and captain will do everything to keep you safe. You do need a bit of flexibility this time of year knowing that western Caribbean cruises could become eastern and vice versa. A storm could impact your embarkation or disembarkation port or even delay the start or the finish of your cruise in the most extreme cases. This again is why you should have travel insurance!
Let us know if we can help you plan a cruise during hurricane season.
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