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Old 06-10-2005, 02:41 PM
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Hi Everyone
Would anyone like to hazzard a guess how the hurrican season is going to effect the cruise lines this year, after last years bad season, now we have the first Tropical Storm has hit the Gulf of Mexico.
Do you think this kind of thing puts people off?
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Old 06-12-2005, 04:28 AM
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I think people who have never cruised are more put off by these threats than experienced cruisers. Those of us who cruise a lot know that the ships make adjustments for these hurricanes and not a reason to avoid cruising during the hurricane season. I would think residents of Florida would be more apprehensive than anyone.
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Old 06-12-2005, 06:18 AM
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I think people who have never cruised are more put off by these threats than experienced cruisers. Those of us who cruise a lot know that the ships make adjustments for these hurricanes and not a reason to avoid cruising during the hurricane season. I would think residents of Florida would be more apprehensive than anyone.
Well said, in fact with all the hurricanes last year, there were only about 2 cruises completely cancelled, some ports were closed and the cruise lines made itenirary changes, such as cancelling certain ports, but they were always looking out for the safety of the passengers. There were a couple of embarkation ports closed, and the ships actually used other ports and made arrangements to get the passengers to the ship no matter where you were to go out of.

In fact, with all the Hurricanes going on last year I do not remember reading or seeing anywhere where a cruise ship was blown out of the water or that we lost any cruiseships or passengers.

The cruiselines put the passenger safety first, yes you may not make a particular port you were looking forward to going to, but the crew will do everything possible to make sure you have a great experience. Last year some people who were on ships actually had a couple of extra days to sail (at no cost to them) because the ships could not get back to homeport. And those who were scheduled to embark these ships were given the choice of cancelling with full refund, or given a credit for days that were missed.
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Thanks guys lets hope your reassuring words help the new cruisers.
And all our thoughts go out to the folks in Florida, fingers crossed they have peaceful season.
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I don't think safety is the biggest issue with hurricanes. I know that sounds crazy, but like Carol said the cruiselines are top notch when it comes to planning, avoiding and adjusting for them. So, I won't be concerned about that aspect.

However, the possible downside is that your itinerary will be changed. This happened to us and we lost the chance to go to Princess Cays which was damaged badly during the hurricane season. We were really looking forward to a private beach day. On the up side, we went to San Juan instead and enjoyed a great city and beach tour for $10 a person! Was a great little quick stop, and what a view when you sail in!
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