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Should You Go on a Cruise During Hurricane Season? Pros and Cons

Are you thinking of going on a cruise but hesitant because it’s during hurricane season? Hurricane season is long, spanning five months from June 1 to November 30. Should you avoid cruising altogether during those five months? Is it even safe to go on a cruise during hurricane season? Below, we will discuss the pros and cons of going on a cruise during hurricane season.

It’s a Gamble

When you go on a cruise during hurricane season, it’s really a gamble. You might be fortunate to experience beautiful weather while cruising. On the other hand, you might find yourself in the midst of a storm. The unpredictability is the most challenging part, and the worst part is, that you won’t know until a few days before due to the sudden nature of the storm and hurricane predictions.

Should you go on a cruise during hurricane season

Better Price

One of the main reasons to go on a cruise during hurricane season is the potential for amazing cruise deals. Sometimes, you can score a cruise deal that is hard to resist, even with the possibility of a hurricane. 

Especially for Caribbean and Mexico cruises during the off-season from September to November, you might see an incredible deal that makes cruising during hurricane season worthwhile.

It Might Not Be Beach Weather

When you go on a cruise during hurricane season, know that there is a high chance that you will encounter bad weather.  Instead of lounging by the beach sipping a cocktail, you might find yourself cooped up indoors on the ship due to rainy and overcast days. 

During my recent Bahamas cruise during hurricane season, we were rained out in Nassau. Rather than sunny beach weather, we faced a torrential downpour. It was disappointing since we only had one day in Nassau, and the bad weather made it feel like we missed out on experiencing the port altogether.

We could only manage a bit of souvenir shopping downtown before rushing back to the ship! We ended up spending the rest of the day at the buffet and indoor pool instead of exploring Nassau and relaxing by the beach!

When cruising during hurricane season, you need to keep an open mind and manage everyone’s expectations that things will most likely not go according to plan.

Should you go on a cruise during hurricane season

Miss Ports of Call

One of the things about going on a cruise during hurricane season is that there is a chance that you will not make it to your ports of call. In order to keep you safe, the captain will adjust the route to avoid storms and hurricanes, which may result in the cancellation of some ports. 

If you’re fortunate, the cruise may substitute a different port of call, so you still get a day at port. But, it’s more likely that you’ll have an extra day at sea instead.  

For example, many cruise ships had to change their itineraries to avoid Hurricane Beryl. The challenging part is that you may not be informed about these changes until the last minute. Typically, you won’t learn about the new itinerary until you’re already onboard the ship. 

That’s why it’s important to stay flexible when cruising during hurricane season since missing ports of call is a definite possibility.

Get Ready for Rough Seas

When you’re going on a cruise during hurricane season, the chances are high that you will encounter rough seas. It’s not going to be fun when that happens and you need to know how to control your seasickness before it spirals out of control! 

For example, I’ve been on a New England and Canada cruise during hurricane season where I was so sick I threw up in the hallway and could not take care of my toddler! Thankfully, my dad was not affected by the rough Atlantic Ocean and was able to watch my daughter. 

So, it really depends. If you’re lucky, you might not even encounter rough seas, or you might be like my dad and unaffected by seasickness. 

Should You Go on a Cruise During Hurricane Season?

Is it a good idea to take a cruise during hurricane season? It’s a bit of a toss-up. If you see an amazing cruise deal, it might be worth the gamble of potential bad weather, missed ports, and choppy seas. 

Or, if you are going with family and friends and the only time everyone is available to vacation is during hurricane season, then it could be worth it.

If you can handle rough seas and don’t get seasick, then go ahead and book a cruise during hurricane season. But if you’re prone to seasickness, then you might want to think twice.

It’s also important to note that cruising during hurricane season doesn’t necessarily mean stormy weather. You might get lucky and enjoy a week of smooth sailing and perfect weather, all at a great price. Check out:  Cruise without Seasickness: Genius Tricks You Need to Know

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