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Hurricane season runs from July 01 to December 01!
If you are planning a Caribbean Vacation during the
summer or fall, You might want to consider a Caribbean Cruise. Because of
the hurricane season, cruise lines tend to reduce cruise rates and there are
often many discount cruises available. But don't worry about the hurricane
potential! Because technology is as advanced as it is today and the speed of
cruise ships, hurricanes can be avoided with little notice to the traveler.
Perhaps a minor change of itinerary may occur, but if you're flexible for
these, hurricane season cruises can be a great value!
Today's cruise ships are equipped with
very sophisticated hurricane information systems. These systems allow ample
time for the ships to navigate around severe tropical storms and hurricanes.
If one is headed for one of the ports of call, the cruise line will divert
the ship to an alternate port to avoid the bad weather.
Coupled with these sophisticated systems, is the speed of a cruise ship. The
typical tropical storm or hurricane travels at about 8 - 10 knots. A cruise
ship on the other hand can travel at speeds up to 20 knots so even
"out-running" a storm is not a problem!
In the Caribbean, islands are close
enough that in some cases of storms or hurricanes, a cruise ship
simply needs to travel to the opposite side of an island to get into calmer
waters. Cruise lines have been operating in the Caribbean waters for many
years and this experience has spawned the strategy of avoiding storms rather
than confronting them. You may not even know that a storm is being avoided
while on ship!
Finding alternate ports of call can be tricky for cruise lines. In the event
of a hurricane or tropical storm, there could be a number of cruise ships
looking for a calmer port of call to avoid the storm. It could even occur
that instead of making a specific port of call that the guests may simply
experience a couple of extra days at sea - in calm waters. If a port of call
is missed, you cannot receive a refund. The fine print in your cruise
contract gives cruise lines the right to substitute ports at their
The main "risk" of cruising in the Hurricane season is the potential of some
slightly rougher waters. For this reason it may be advisable to pack your
favorite seasickness remedy. And even this risk is usually short lived as
the captain will sail for calmer seas.
To further avoid the risk of cruising close to hurricanes in the Caribbean,
opt for a cruise to the southern Caribbean. There is less risk that far
south - about one major hurricane every 100 years.
The bottom line is that if you are a little flexible and prepared, a
Caribbean cruise during the hurricane season can be an excellent vacation
value. Who knows? You may even get to see a port of call that appeals to you
more than a regularly scheduled port!
Browse through some of the other informative cruise pages. You may even find
a discount cruise or two to your liking. Then
book your Caribbean Cruise - hurricane or not - on-line and get excited!.
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