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Old 12-27-2012, 07:50 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by bumbershoot View Post
I think it's the choppier seas. They don't want to damage the ship or the dock, so if they can't easily dock, they won't. But this *can* happen at ANY time. You are not guaranteed ANY port on ANY cruise on ANY ship or cruise line. Things can change.

Hopefully they will learn from their mistakes and not make those same rotten decisions in the future. Hope hope hope!

Remember OP, what you experience in California is just as scary to those from the East Coast as hurricanes are to you. I personally am terrified of tornadoes, but my friends from the midwest are far more afraid of earthquakes than twisters.

I would rather be on a ship, where they *can* move away from storms, or at WDW, which has really good measures for storms, during a hurricane. My family that lives in Daytona has WDW as their backup plan for huge storms! That's where they evacuate to. That's how safe they feel it is at WDW.

Now the tricky part is making sure your flights can get in or out of the Orlando airport, and in that case reading an old thread written by bavaria, on the Transportation forum, is a good idea, to have your ducks in a row in case you need to change your flight when a storm threatens.

I think, though, if you want to avoid all negative things, spring is going to be a better time...but that's going to be higher prices due to school breaks.
Thanks everybody for the input. We don't mind Dec but I would really like to cruise during a time when I can just wear shorts and flip flops. I know FL and that area is generally pretty fair in weather but since I've never been in that area, I don't really know what the weather will be like exactly. So if Dec is mild, then it might be off the list simply because when we get to Castaway Cay, I'd like the weather to be warm enough where we can get in the water and not be cold. I'd like it to be sunny and warm in the water.

If March, April, or May are the best times, then we might just have to suck it up and go during this time. It would be a big trip for us since we've never been on a Disney cruise, never been to FL, never been to WDW, and traveled yet on a plane as a family (kids are still very young.) Therefore, I'd like it to not have too many variables as possible such as crazy weather.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:38 PM   #17
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You can expect Central Florida to be ungodly hot and humid from May to November. Hurricane season begins in June and ends in early November. The peak season tends to be August to October. The normal weather pattern in the summer usually consists of daily afternoon thunderstorms for Central Florida. If you're planning to visit the theme parks, I would highly recommend avoiding them in the summer.

I have cruised in mid-October and never had a problem, so honestly, I wouldn't let hurricane season scare you off. In the winter, Florida gets cold fronts. Which means, we'll have a few days of mid-70's to low 80's, then get a day of rain, followed by a day or two of highs in the mid-60's. My last cruise was in mid-January, and FL was in the middle of a cold front, so it was pretty chilly the day we left Port Canaveral. It was overcast in Nassau, too, so coupled with the sea breeze it remained (to our Floridian blood) cool enough to keep our jeans on. We had to have sweaters and jackets on while on deck; the breeze was freezing. Castaway Cay day was warm on the beach, but the water was absolutely frigid. I re-developed bronchitis because I forced myself to snorkel.

March and April are beautiful times to be here, weather-wise. You will pay a lot more for your cruise fare as result of spring breaks. I would recommend the end of February as a cheaper alternative, and usually the cold fronts have stopped by then. It won't be hot, but it won't be cold, either.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:19 PM   #18
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Our first cruise was out of Pt Canaveral, FL to the Bahamas. It was the first week of May and the weather was absolutely perfect in FL - flip flops, short sleeves, a little warm in Nassau but nice for going to the beach. Our second cruise was also out of Pt Canaveral to the Eastern Caribbean the last week of February. It was very chilly in FL, definitely needed a jacket or sweatshirt, but it was wonderful weather once we got to St Thomas/St Maarten.

I know it can vary from year to year, but based on our previous experiences, we booked our upcoming Dream cruise to the Bahamas for the first week of May again. The kids will all want to have beach time at Castaway Cay, so we're hoping for good weather!
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