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Old 09-04-2008, 03:30 PM
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We are leaving next Friday for our very first cruise! We are so excited but with all the Hurricanes, we are worried. Are cruises usally cancelled or rerouted. If they are rerouted, do you have to change the time you board the ship and the time depart? Any information on what happens would be so greatly appreciated.

Also, Formal night.......how formal do people actually dress? Do most people go all out? I read another persons post and she said that people still came to the dinner in shorts even though it was formal night. Of course, I think that if it is formal night then everyone should be in formal attire. Any help on this is appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:42 PM
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I was on the Sovereign for the 3-night cruise a couple weeks ago. The thing with the formal night is that it is while in Nassau until midnight, so at least some of the passengers were ashore. I didn't attend the formal night dinner, instead opting for the casual buffet dinner. I did note a surprising number of tuxes and gowns being worn, but really, suits, sport coats and ties, and cocktail dresses are the most popular.

The cruise line will do what it needs to do when it comes to hurricanes. They never willingly head into a storm. It comes down to what happens with the storm path. If they have to change departure time, they will. If they have to leave early, they will. If the itinerary needs to be revised, they will do it. Over the past couple of weeks, all of the above have happened. Carnival and RCI changed itineraries. NCL had a ship leave Miami 2 hours early. The bottom line is they don't know what to do until the storm path and any damage it did at your planned stops becomes known. It can often be down to the wire. I had an itinerary changed while we waited to board once, because of a hurricane.

I suggest you keep an eye on this page and also sign up at the RCI website for alerts about itinerary changes. You can sign up for e-mail and phone alerts here.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:23 PM
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Thanks for the info Dave. I really appreciate it.

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