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Old 08-31-2010, 06:16 AM
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With all the storms lined up in the Atlantic, it got me thinking. Do the cruise ships try to outrun a storm if it is in their path? Do they just cruise around to nowhere, or do they try and find an alternative port?
We are leaving Sunday, and we knew this was the risk we took by traveling now, but I am not really sure what they do with the ship when storms are around.

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Old 08-31-2010, 06:23 AM
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They will always try to avoid a storm. They will not risk passengers and crews lives. If possible they will substitute other ports. If you have to spend extra time at sea then they will do that. One year I was to leave Houston going to Cancun, Roatan, and Cozumel. There was a storm and the Captain simply reversed the order of the ports and we didn't have a problem. It will all depend on where the storm is, where it's heading; and which ports you were scheduled to visit and what other ports are close enough and availability. Safety is always number one.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:45 AM
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Travailing during this time of year is always an interesting adventure- you can never tell which islands in the Caribbean you might end up on but really what difference does it really make since you'll still be on vacation & having a good time.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:48 AM
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Amen to that! I figure, the worst is we have a "cruise to nowhere", and really since I will be onboard with 3000 of my new closest friends, we can still have a great time.

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Old 08-31-2010, 09:08 AM
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I suppose if you've never been to a particular island in the Caribbean & you had your heart set on visiting, it could be disappointing but we've been to all of them so many times that it really doesn't make much difference if we miss one or if another gets substituted.
I've heard about the cruises to nowhere but have never been on one. It could be cheaper since there are very few port charged involved and the ship could cut their fare to bare minimum since their casino could be open 24/7 with people buying drinks all day long at the pool.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:05 PM
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Having spent a week at sea on three separate transatlantic crossings, I can tell you that even a cruise to nowhere can be great since you are on vacation. There is lots to do on the ship and they will add lots of extra activites to replace port days. Or just sit and relax by the pool.

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Old 08-31-2010, 07:44 PM
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My wife and I were on Carnival Conquest when Katrina hit New Orleans, we actually lived in N.O at the time so by the time we even knew of a storm we were glad to be right where we were. They actually re diverted us to Galvestone, Tx because New Orleans was closed down. It really sucked getting home but at least we were safe... not so much for our brand new car that was left at the convention center.. I have been on diving trips many times looking for it

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Old 09-02-2010, 09:47 AM
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Dave G, I'll try to find your car when I go diving next month
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