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I’m Going on a Cruise Despite Tropical Storm Alberto, Here’s Why

In just 2 days, I’m heading off on a Caribbean cruise. But the timing couldn’t be worse as the first tropical storm of the hurricane season, Tropical Storm Alberto, has recently been named. This news has naturally caused me a lot of worry, considering I easily get seasick. Initially, I was seriously contemplating canceling the cruise. I did buy the additional “Cancel for Any Reason” (CFAR) travel insurance, which would allow me to cancel for any reason, including being too scared to sail due to a hurricane. Despite having CFAR, I’ve decided to stick with my plans and not cancel the cruise. Here’s why.

Why I’m Going on a Cruise During Hurricane Season

Cruise Ship Will Divert

One of the main reasons I decided not to cancel my cruise is that I have full confidence in the captain. I have faith that he will divert the ship to keep us out of harm’s way—away from the path of the tropical storm. So, all we’ll feel is some rainy weather and a little bit of a rough ride.

Also, since we are departing from New York, I remain hopeful that the storm will either have passed or be significantly weakened by the time we get to the Bahamas.

Cruise during Hurricane season

CFAR 50% Refund

One of the main reasons why I’m reluctant to cancel my upcoming cruise despite having purchased the Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) travel insurance add-on is if I do decide to cancel, I will only get a 50% refund of the cruise fare. I don’t like the idea of losing a few thousand dollars just because I’m scared of stormy weather.

Mid-Ship Cabin

Another reason why I’m not canceling our cruise despite the tropical storm is that I booked a mid-ship balcony cabin. Being in a relatively stable part of the cruise ship, I believe I’ll be fine in my mid-ship cabin, even if the seas get rough.

Cruise during Hurricane season

Sailing with Family

One of the main reasons I’m going forward with the cruise is that I’m sailing with my parents and sister’s family. It’s rare for all of us to go on vacation together because it’s hard to coordinate everyone’s schedules.  

We haven’t had a big family vacation like this in many years. My kids are really excited to be going on vacation with their cousins. I’d hate to call off our cruise because of the fear of a hurricane.

First Time Trying MSC cruise

Another reason why I’m not canceling our cruise is that it’s my first time sailing on a MSC cruise. It will also be the first time for my entire family, and we all love cruising, so it will be nice for us to experience it together.

I’m really curious to see what it’s really like to go on an MSC cruise. Despite the mixed reviews I’ve read about MSC cruises, I’m hopeful that it will be a good experience. Stay tuned for my write-up about my MSC cruise experience!

I Can Manage my Seasickness

Another reason why I’m going forward with the cruise despite the tropical storm is that I believe I can manage my seasickness. I’ve been on over 25 cruises, and even though I tend to get seasick, I’m confident that I can handle it.

I’ll bring plenty of seasick medicine, and I know effective strategies to prevent it. You can read my article about how to prevent seasickness

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