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Old 12-27-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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early stages of planning for a Bahamas cruise

This will be our first cruise with Disney but our second overall cruise. We're in the very early stages of planning and one of the questions we're hoping you can all help with is the timing and weather. We've never been to FL or the Bahamas and all we know is that FL can get hot and muggy.

Would someone be able to gives us a simple breakdown of the best time of the year to go as far as the weather is concerned? In essence, we're looking to know when the off season is and when the prime time is.

Generally, speaking we want to go when the timing and weather is right and not when hurricanes and such are always a threat.

We're also planning to include some time at WDW since we've never been there so please keep that in mind for all of those that reply. Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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I'm from Florida-it's always hot and humid!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
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I'm from Florida-it's always hot and humid!!
That's what I hear but when are the hurricanes and such?
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:18 PM   #4
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That's what I hear but when are the hurricanes and such?
The official hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
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The official hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
Dang! That is a long hurriance season. I've never been in a hurricane and I don't plan on it so I guess we'll be planning around those months.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:08 PM   #6
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Dang! That is a long hurriance season. I've never been in a hurricane and I don't plan on it so I guess we'll be planning around those months.
Peak hurricane season is August, September (highest chance in September), and October. Chances are much lower in June, July, and November. Here's a chart for you: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-...-peak-20120907. That being said, they will not sail you through a hurricane, they will go around it. Sometimes you will miss a port or be directed to an alternate port due to a hurricane. If you book a cruise in September, just don't have your heart set on going to all the ports. --Katie
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:20 PM   #7
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Prime time is any time that traditional schools are off. Low season is September/October and January/first 1/2 of February. Hurricane season is 6 months of the year--we ignore it as we love September cruises. Yes, we've visited some alternate ports due to storms, but that's not a big deal. Nassau is a crummy port, so missing it is no big deal!
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Nassau is a crummy port, so missing it is no big deal!
FWIW, I've read that others have a different opinion.



OP, we're doing a cruise in February, so it probably won't be hot, but on the other hand, it might not be overly warm. I've read that Jan or Feb is the hardest time for the ships to dock at Castaway Cay, so we are getting used to the idea that we might not be able to get to that island! So we are definitely getting off the ship in Nassau, if only for a little while, just in case the next day we can't get off at the Cay.
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FWIW, I've read that others have a different opinion.



OP, we're doing a cruise in February, so it probably won't be hot, but on the other hand, it might not be overly warm. I've read that Jan or Feb is the hardest time for the ships to dock at Castaway Cay, so we are getting used to the idea that we might not be able to get to that island! So we are definitely getting off the ship in Nassau, if only for a little while, just in case the next day we can't get off at the Cay.
Is this because of the storms and the waves and such?
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Prime time is any time that traditional schools are off. Low season is September/October and January/first 1/2 of February. Hurricane season is 6 months of the year--we ignore it as we love September cruises. Yes, we've visited some alternate ports due to storms, but that's not a big deal. Nassau is a crummy port, so missing it is no big deal!
Well, if June through November is hurricane season, that really only leaves December and the Spring months.
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