As my wife and I prepare for our 4 day vacation in Dominican Republic starting this Friday, I’m closely following the path of Tropical Storm Chantal.
Dodging tropical storms and hurricanes is nothing new to me [it’s a yearly tradition]… but each time we do, it further solidifies to me the importance of Travel Insurance.
Tropical Storm Chantal also reminds me why I like cruising during hurricane season better than land-based resort vacations. I’ll explain below.[box] Click to Subscribe to CruiseSource – the leader in tropical weather related cruise news since 2007 [/box]
We are going to the Majestic Elegance, an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana with 10 other couples to celebrate one of our friends 40th birthday. Tropical Storm Chantal appears that she will make landfall in Dominican Republic on Wednesday.
While she still may impact our vacation, two Days later and Tropical Storm Chantal would surely delay our flight’s arrival. We appear to be lucky.
If Tropical Storm Chantal was a more powerful storm, arriving 2 days prior to our vacation could cause enough damage to ruin the entire vacation. The only way to fully protect your vacation investment from weather is with Travel Insurance! So buy it!
Cruising > All-Inclusive Resorts during hurricane season
From July – October, if you’re going to vacation in the Caribbean or Florida, from my experience cruising is a better option than land-based vacations.
For vacationers currently in the Dominican Republic, they are stuck knowing that for a couple days of their vacation will be spent hunkered down in the resort waiting out the tropical storm. If the storm was stronger, their best option may be to go home early.
But if they were on a cruise scheduled to be in Dominican Republic tomorrow then the cruise ship would change itineraries. Yes, they would miss Dominican Republic for another island or a day at Sea, but that would not have 2 days completely ruined by the storm or have to cut their vacation short.
To be fair, there are instances when the Tropical Storm or Hurricane makes landfall at their home port on the day of departure or arrival causing the cruise to leave early or late. But this happens very infrequently compared to itineraries have minor changes.
We see cruise ships changing itineraries to make the vacation more enjoyable and safe for the passengers happens during tropical storms. Every time this happens, I think of the vacationers stuck on the island that cruise ship diverted away from. I’d much rather be on the cruise ship headed to a destination not impacted by the storm.
For the last 5 years, I’ve cruised multiple times each year during hurricane season and will keep doing it because the deals in the Fall are so amazing. I just do it intelligently with Travel Insurance.[box]Follow Rich’s travels to Dominican Republic and future destinations on Twitter or Instagram[/box]
Tropical Storm Chantal Cruise Impacts
Currently, I’m not finding any reports of cruise lines changing itineraries due to Tropical Storm Chantal.
I’m sure a couple of the ships currently out at sea will have minor changes in their itinerary to the make the cruise more enjoyable and safe. I’ll report on CruiseSource if the Chantal impacts any arrival or departure times of upcoming cruises.
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