Cruise - Hurricane Season in the Atlantic
Hurricane season can be a rather tricky time for summer travelers.
Kids are home from college, the younger kids are out of school, mom
and dad are taking time off of work and the family want to take a vacation.
Wait...what about hurricanes? The official hurricane season in the
Atlantic begins June 1 and extends until November 30, encompassing the
entire summer season in the Caribbean.
In 1998 the Phantom, a ship on the Windjammer cruise line lost its ship
and all of the crew members after it sailed off into sea to avoid a
hurricane. In trying to avoid the hurricane, they ran straight into
the storm. Thankfully, the passengers had all been dropped off safely
on the shore, but the captain and crew of the ship were not so lucky.
This is a wake up call to all of those out there who think that cruise
liners are unsinkable--obviously, they are not. A year later a Carnival
cruise liner experienced some problems during a hurricane, but fortunately
the ship, crew, and all the passengers made it out of the storm in one
Situations such as this can cause a lot of travelers to second guess
their travel plans, thinking that cruises and hurricanes do not mix.
Of course, hurricane season and cruise liners do not go together well
at all, but somehow the cruising industry has managed to stay above
the hurricane season at least most of the time, making the summer one
of the best times ever to take a cruise to the Caribbean. From August
to December, the prices of cruises and everything that goes along with
it (dining, ship lodging, activities and such) are at an all time low.
Hurricane season can be a real bummer, and those of you who have had
your summer vacation displaced by a pesky hurricane or have had your
long-awaited and oh so well-deserved cruise vacation cancelled due to
inclement weather know exactly why that is. The good thing in all this
is that as technology has advanced, so has the capabilities of the cruise
liners and the liner companies themselves. No, this does not mean that
a cruise ship can take on a hurricane. What this does mean is that
shipping companies and weather services go to extra measures to insure
that mishaps such as those that occurred with the Phantom never occur
Of course, this means that nothing is promised. Do not take any cruise
reservations to be final ones, because any slight inkling or joke of
a storm will cause the shipping company to yank their ship (their biggest
investment) and their passengers (those who fund their biggest investment)
off of the ocean in heart beat.
A strong piece of advice is not to finalize anything! Don't pay any
hefty deposits for anything having to do with your cruise during the
summer months, the peak of the hurricane season.
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