When younger and poorer, we aways cruised in the fall. Why? Because cruising was much cheaper in the fall and we could afford it. We sailed the older ships too because they were cheaper. I've even sailed on the spirit in hurricane season and remember liking the ship. It's not huge but it's no rowboat either. We always knew we could run into weather and took the discount and rolled the dice and usually got lucky. These guys rolled the dice and lost.