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macmom111 08-31-2010 10:05 AM

has anyone ever had a cruise effected by a hurricane? if so how and what were the results?
we are leaving on the dream on the 18th.

Jim C. 08-31-2010 11:47 AM

Yes, I have been on 2 cruises that were affected (and I had one canceled due to Katrina)

You can't really say for sure how a cruise is going to be affected until you are on the ship. There are a couple of ways a cruise can be affected. All of them revolve around the fact that the captain will keep the ship away from danger.

1) your cruise is canceled or delayed because the ship can not get into port to finish the previous cruise and embark the new passengers because it is out at sea while the storm is in or near the port. This is the worst case scenario. Example- we were scheduled to cruise in October out of Galveston. Katrina came in and Carnival gave up our ship to be used as a hotel for victims. They canceled our cruise. But since the Conquest was moved out of NO and into Galveston we were allowed to rebook on it.
Of course the reverse of that is true also. If you are out on the ship and it can't get back into port.. then FREE EXTRA CRUISE DAYS!

2) your itinerary is changed up. We were on a western Caribbean cruise going to Cozumel, Jamaica and Grand Cayman and a small Hurricane was going through those islands. We got on board to find that they reversed the itinerary and went to Jamaica first and basically followed behind the hurricane. Or some ships do an eastern Caribbean one week and then a Western the next.. if need be they will just do two of the same back to back depending on the storm track.

3) You just miss a port. If the ship can't get to a port because a storm is near, then they just skip it altogether. Sometimes you get a cruise to nowhere.

If you can get on your cruise, at least you will go somewhere even if its just sea days. The captain will not put the ship in any danger and the ship can out run a hurricane if need be, so you will still cruise, but you are not guaranteed to cruise to where you thought you were going (of course that is true on any cruise)

MCPayne 08-31-2010 02:46 PM

Hi macmom.

I actually have not been on a cruise that has been affected by a tropical storm, despite going to the Bahamas and the Caribbean on my past 2 cruises, and soon to be 3, all during hurricane season.

However, should a hurricane develop, like Jim stated, there are several possibilities. Cruise lines put SAFETY FIRST, so they will do whatever it takes to avoid the hurricane. Whether that means just changing the order of the ports, or skipping a port and having a day at sea instead.

I think if you have a day at sea instead of in a port, the cruise line should give an onboard credit to refund the port fees for the port missed.

In your case, I would keep checking the Carnival website to see if they have any updates closer to your sailing if there is a tropical system that may affect your cruise.

Dwayne 08-31-2010 07:22 PM

I've been re-routed twice. Both times they switched the itinerary from Western to Eastern. Both of the cruises ended up being fantastic. I think the last time was for Wilma. Carnival did not make the change until 8pm the night before. Luckily I only had pre-paid one non-ship shore excursion, and they refunded my credit card.

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