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View Poll Results: Where do you go first for cruise updates during hurricane season?
I go directly to my cruise line's Web site.
I call my crusie line's 800 number.
I call my travel agent for information.
I check for details in Cruise Critic News/Hurricane Zone.
I check these message boards for other travelers' posts.
Where do you get cruise updates during hurricane season?
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 (what's in store? Check out our news story on the 2009 predictions).
With storms often come last-minute itinerary changes and port closures. We want to know: Where do you go first for information if you are booked on a cruise that could be impacted? Vote in our poll and be sure to post your opinion below!
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Last edited by melissa@cruisecritic; May 21st, 2009 at 07:11 PM.
I am mre concered with my flights to the cruise and the cruise ccurring than getting to specific ports. I figure the Captain is not looking to sail thru a hurricane and neither am I. I check places like the weather channel and CNN to see if a hurricane may impact me.
Depending on which cruise line you are on, the cruise companies typically post storm updates on their websites which typically are very detailed as to what itineraries and dates are being affected and what alternate routes and ports of calls are being used. Rarely does a cruise get cancelled. The cruise lines have very sophisticated weather tracking systems both at the company HQ as well as on board the ships. The ships also can outpace the storms and redirect their routes to avoid the worst of the weather. The captains are all quite experienced and want to enjoy clear sailing as much as the passengers. After all, that is their livelihood. Don't worry the odds are in your favor.
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I do all of the above, basically. I watch the weather channel and local news; if it looks like there's an issue, I start checking the stories a lot more closely, and check the cruiseline's website, Cruise Critic, and the boards here.
I call my TA (he's my husband) and we go to the cruise line websites regularly to check on our own itinerary and that of his clients. Since we're all the way over on the left coast, we pay special attention to how our travels may be impacted by flying to the east coast. Flying in one day early doesn't always help if the airports are closed.
I usually come here to CC first because this is the site that I frequent the most. And, then I'll go to my cruise line site.
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Living in southeast Florida, I keep my eye on the hurricane forecast for more than just cruising. The primary site is the National Hurricane Center - http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. Straight from the horse's mouth so to speak.
If I have a cruise planned (late September), I will check the cruise line web site for itinerary changes. I know they will steer clear of the storms, but it may involve changes from what we were expecting. The only problems are when the storm is due to Florida when we are sailing or returning. Well, make that sailing. If it is due to hit when we are scheduled to return, we might get an extra day or two on the ship.