Cruisers’ concerns grow as Hurricane Irene Strengthens
With the Bahamas taking a direct hit from Hurricane Irene, I’ve been busy the last 24 hours fielding questions from concerned cruisers. I completely understand the concern with a category 3 storm coming within 300 miles of the departure port and hitting the vacation destination for thousands of cruisers right before their cruise.
As of 9:00 PM ET, the cruises departing on Thursday 8/25/11 and Friday 8/26/11, are departing on schedule. This includes the Carnival Sensation, Fascination, Fantasy, Destiny, Imagination, Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas,NCL Sky, and the Disney Dream.
Hurricane Irene Lessons Learned
If you read the questions about Hurricane Irene in the last CruiseSource post, you will notice some common threads. It seems that many of the concerned cruisers did not buy Travel Insurance. And my guess is that many booked their cruises directly through the cruise line. My 2 recommendations for cruisers taking advantage of the of the great deals during Hurricane Season is to book Travel Insurance and to book through an experienced travel agent. During times like this with active storms in the Caribbean, your travel agent is here to help make it less stressful.
Many of the questions I’ve answered have been should cruisers head to the cruise port. The answer from the cruise lines is as long as the cruise’s itinerary change has not been announced, then the cruise line recommends to travel to the ship as scheduled. As a traveler, you need to look at the hurricanes projected path and decide for yourself if the risk is worth it. The only way you can cancel your cruise due to fear and get your money back is to have cancel for any reason travel insurance which you have to buy at the time of booking. A good travel agent will walk you through your travel insurance options at time of booking. Just like most travel writers suggest, I recommend buying travel insurance for all cruise vacations.
Hurricane Irene covered by Social Media
Showing how much coverage of news events like Hurricane Irene has changed, Weather.com has captured many of the images and videos from Hurricane Irene shared live via social media applications like Twitter. Click here to see Hurricane Irene Social Media Coverage.
Questions about your Cruise?
If you have questions on potential impacts to your upcoming cruise vacation please leave them in the comments, I will continue to respond quickly.
Post written by Rich Tucker, he’s been covering hurricane and tropical storm impacts to cruise itineraries for CruiseSource since 2008 – that’s a long time in internet years.