Posted May 26th, 2009, 07:45 AM
I don't believe any of the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico areas are more likely to be rougher than anywhere else, although I have no evidence to back that up. Just as an example we were on the Enchantment of the Seas off the coast of Cuba just two days after hurricane Ike, just as it was hitting Galveston, the water was like glass and beautiful sunny skies. You would not have been able to guess that a huge storm had ever been there. Go figure!?
I have found in most cases the ship's AC handles the heat and humidity reasonably well. If are in an inside cabin absolutley no problem, if you have afternoon sun on your side with an outside or balcony I just keep the drapes shut and the cabin will do ok.
We lived in Panama for a number of years and I am more uncomfortable with Florida'a summer than I ever was in Panama. If you are used to summer in Florida Panama will be a piece of cake. Actually December, January and February in my opinion are the best months weather wise. Dec. 21 marks the begining of dry season in Panama, just remember dry season in Panama does not mean no
rain, just less
. Rain during this time of the year usually is not long lasting, just a brief shower.
As far as the temps go in December, 80s is correct, (and the lows are not very low, maybe 78/79) rarely will find them in the 90s at that time of the year. Even though it will not be real hot temp wise, the humidity will make seem warmer than what the thermometer states, but as I said, compared to Florida... no problem!!
Here's to smoothe sailing!
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S.S. Badger R/T from Manitowoc June 02