We got back last Monday night (9/6) after taking a cruise on the Carnival Paradise. Our itinerary was supposed to take us to Nassau, La Ramona, DR and finally to St. Thomas. Well, Hurricane Frances changed those plans. We ended up going to Nassau (prior to Frances' arrival), Ocho Rios, Jamaica and finally to Cozumel. On our way back to Miami, Frances delayed our arrival and we received one more free day at sea. The port of Miami finally opened back up sometime early Monday morning and we sailed in (along with half the world's cruise ships!). We ran into several people at the airport that day that had their intineraries changed and/or extended due to Frances. One couple, who was on a 4-day RCL Majesty of the Seas cruise ended up getting it extended to 7 days, but didn't port anywhere (they briefly went to Key West, were boarded by Customs officials and then set back out to sea again).
I have to say that Carnival did a fantastic job keeping us in the loop. Throughout the cruise, they even got feeds from the Weather Channel so that we could see what was going on. They also posted a satellite picture showing the progress of the storm, as well as our position relative to it.
This was quite the adventure! Now, my wife and I are holding our breath as we prepare to go on another cruise (the Caribbean Princess) next week (embarks 9/18) to celebrate our 40th birthdays
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