Cruising Through Bad Weather

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When bad weather strikes your cruise plans, it can be annoying, frustrating and just downright sad. Bad weather during a cruise can emerge as several different weather patterns, including fog, torrential rain, horrific waves and, most unfortunately, a hurricane or tropical storm. Here’s the thing: you can’t change the weather, but you can plan for it.  Always be prepared for the unexpected to affect your cruise; this way you will have a great vacation, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

Be prepared for itinerary changes or early return to shore

Very rarely is a cruise ever flat out canceled. The cruise lines do a lot to ensure their travelers still push off from shore, regardless of the weather. To do this, cruise lines will make adjustments to the itinerary. You may skip one or two port of calls or just be rerouted completely. What does this mean for travelers?

Your plans can change at the drop of a dime. If you scheduled excursions through the cruise, you’ll be reimbursed for those excursions and possibly offered new ones. You may be reimbursed for port fees, but typically those fees are reimbursed in the form of on board credit and are a very small amount of money. Excursions planned without the assistance of the cruise line (they have to be pre-paid and non-refundable), can be insured with a third party travel insurance plan.

Add buffer time to your flights to your port of call

We cannot stress this enough. Book time between your arriving flight and your cruise launch. When we say “time”, we mean at least 12 hours. Weather, even if it’s not near where you are leaving from, can affect your travel time. Don’t get stuck on the dock looking at the stern of the ship.

potential sea sickness! They have plenty of options if you are opposed to taking medication, including a pressure point bracelet you can wearing during your trip. If you concur sea sickness on a rocky ship, you are pretty much an expert traveler. Don’t worry, I’m not even there yet.

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