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Old 09-27-2008, 03:35 AM
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I'm booking my first cruise with RCI on Monday for the 18th July 09 on the Liberty.
I'm a little apprehensive that this is hurricane season, and nobody seems to be going june-august.
I was wondering if anyone had experienced an Eastern Caribbean cruise in July before, and what the weather was like.

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Yes, several and the weather has always been perfect. Hurricane season is from June to November but mid Sept always seems to be when the worst storms occur.
The only serious impact storms have on cruises is if one makes landfall at the port of embarkation (think Galveston) otherwise the ship will sail well out of the way of really bad weather.
You say No one is going June- August but this is school vacation time and the ships will be full.....
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:15 PM
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I have always enjoyed the lower rates that seem to be in effect during hurricane season. So far so good for me.
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I guess when you say no one is going you are referring to a low volume of ships. If you check the schedules many cruise lines move their fleets to Europe and Alaska during these months. It reflects more the availability of these other ports in their "on" seasons than the undesirability of the Caribbean.
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Old 09-27-2008, 03:30 PM
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and nobody seems to be going june-august
Welcome to cruise-chat.

Actually many people go during those months. The Liberty Of The Seas will probably be sailing at or near maximum capacity most weeks. This is when we have to cruise since we have a school-aged son, and thus the ships have lots of kids aboard in the summer. Pricing during June, July, and most of August is much higher than during most other parts of the year.

Weather varies. The Eastern ports have surprisingly moderate summers. I think it is warmer and more humid in Alabama in July than it is in St. Thomas.
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Old 09-27-2008, 03:42 PM
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I was hoping the weather would be the stereotypical caribbean weather. I understand the 'risk' of storms, but still would like the possibility of clear skys and hot sun.
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but still would like the possibility of clear skys and hot sun.
That is more likely than not. Moderate doesn't mean you won't get hot, perhaps sweaty, sitting in the sun. Passing showers are also common, but usually it doesn't last long - typical Caribbean weather.
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I have cruised several times during hurricane season. As a matter of fact all of my cruises are during hurricane season except for the one last year i took in February, but other than that I've always had a great vacation and beautiful weather. Happy Cruising.
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I feel much better about booking it now
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Old 09-29-2008, 06:24 AM
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We just recently returned from Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay. We had picture perfect weather, calm seas, and a wonderful time!
 
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