DCL Cruising thru a Hurricane

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  1. waldomommy

    waldomommy Earning My Ears

    May 4, 2006
    Has anyone had any experience with cruising Disney during a hurricane? How'd they handle outrunning the hurricane, or changing ports? Did it mean extra days at sea without going to a port, and if so, how'd they handle the schedule/navigator for an impromptu and very-unscheduled day at sea?

    I ask bc we were set to cruise on 9/9 this year on the seven night W. Carrib., but my husband got cold feet about the weather issue. But it was such a great deal, I was trying to see if I could convince him that the price is right to roll the dice...

    Any insight appreciated!
  2. mbaker

    mbaker Mouseketeer

    Jul 2, 2003
    We were on the 7 day Jeanne cruise.
    Seas were rough for 1 day and 2 night, we missed CC.
    DCL more than made up for the difference.
    Deck parties, discounts, ship board credit, and savings on our next cruise.
    I've been cruising since 1999, always in Sept. no problems.
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  4. Spotdude

    Spotdude DIS Veteran

    Mar 12, 2006
    We had rought seas last Oct but the storms were sever hundredmiles away, but it was really rough. THey all went right along with it though several excurtions were canseled though. The people were just moved to differant ones, I do not know if there was any credit issued for the differance in price. I am sure that there was.
  5. Skallywag

    Skallywag DIS Veteran

    Sep 2, 2004
    We sailed last October 22nd on the Western repositioned to Eastern because of Wilma. Missed Key west and had extra day at sea outrunning another tropical storm but it was not a problem. Only thing was it was very humid and camera steamed up also glasses when going from air conditioned room to deck.

    Apart from that it was no problem - just need to cruise again to catch up on the ports we missed.

    Just go for it - Disney will never put their ship or passengers in danger at all.
  6. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

    Jun 29, 2001
    Last august on the repo cruise we dodged the brunt of, I think it was Hillary, so we could not get to Cabo San Lucas but we went to Manzinillo instead.....seas were rough and weather rainy for a day but it would not keep me from cruising that time of the year at all....in fact we were also booked on a cruise in fall of '04 when Jeanne was to hit. Our 7 day cruise was delayed 2 days and left from Ft. Lauderdale instead, but DCL did what they could to make up for it as mentioned in the other post above.

    Make sure you have travel insurance....we were reinburmed for all our expenses that we had due to the change of plans in itinerary (2 nights hotel, 2 days extra rental cars, 2 days meals....).

    We are booked again for this fall....so if you are prepared and can roll with the punches....go for it.

    Hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov 30 so that is a big chunk of time not to cruise just because of weather. I'd rather get a great deal and take my chances with the weather.
  7. RAD

    RAD DIS Veteran

    Dec 15, 1999
    Last September they couldn't dock back at Port Canavaral so we ended up in Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale). Disney provided bus transportation back to either your resort, airport or the DCL terminal.
  8. winotracy

    winotracy <font color=orange>This is NOT an ask Tracy questi

    Oct 10, 2004
    We're on the 9/9 cruise this year with you :banana: I have only cruised DCL during hurricane season. Out of 38 days on a cruise ship in the summer and fall, only 3 days have been rough seas and only 1 had anything to do with a hurricane. The other two days were out of Port Canaveral we had high seas (up to 20ft) and it lasted for two days (Eastern cruise). The hurricane was Hillary, the same cruise MJ was on. Those were up to 30ft seas and strong winds. We didn't do a lot that day, but it was one day out of 14 so not a big problem. Because we were going down the coast of Mexico to the Panama Canal, we couldn't really go anywhere else, just stay about 350 miles away from the hurricane (if I remember correctly). We were going in an opposite direction from the storm.

    WDWLVR <font color=green>DVC @ The Boardwalk</font><br><f

    Feb 17, 2000
    First off welcome to the DIS and the DCL forums!

    We were on a Wonder cruise last September at the time Ophelia was near Port Canaveral. The Captain kept us well informed and the decision was made that instead of going back to Port Canaveral we would dock at Fort Lauderdale and be bussed back up. DCL did a great job of making the transition smooth. They even brought down the porters from Port Canaveral and boy did those guys hustle! Don't worry DCL will do everything possible to give you and your family a great cruise even is Mother Nature tries to throw some curve balls.
  10. Kgroo

    Kgroo Mouseketeer

    Mar 16, 2006
    We are also going to be on the 9/9 cruise. I was a little concerned, but figured that we'll just make the best out of whatever happens if something does happen. :sunny:
  11. Sarangel

    Sarangel <font color=red><font color=navy>Rumor has it ...<

    Jan 18, 2000
    Welcome to the DIS. For the two of you that are new & sailing on the 9/9 W. Carribean, come on over & join our cruise meet thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=881942. We're hoping to get together at least for the Sailaway party, and it's always cool to 'meet' some of the people that you're cruising with before you end up on the ship. :thumbsup2
  12. Rence

    Rence <font color=cc00cc>Anyone who puts fashion above a

    Oct 27, 2003
    We were on that cruise as well. DCL did a great job. They identified those that needed to be back the earliest (early flight out of MCO) and got them underway first. The whole process was very organized. We had a car at the port so we took a bus back to Port Canaveral - they had boxed snacks on the bus for us, played Disney movies etc.
  13. jiminyC_fan

    jiminyC_fan DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2001
    We were on the Eastern repo and experienced Hillary. DCL does a terrific job of skirting the hurricanes. What we did go through was "fun" for DH and myself. I wouldn't hesitate in doing another "hurricane" cruise.
  14. crzy4magic

    crzy4magic <font color=darkorchid>Biggest thrill was being on

    Mar 25, 2005
    We were also on the repo cruise that had the close brush with Pacific Hurricane Hillary. The captain did a great job of "getting out of the way" when the storm turned more north than forcast. They swapped the at sea activities planned for the next day in and after a couple of hours things were pretty much back to a normal at see day.

    That was far from the worst conditions we ver encountered - coming out of St. Thomas on our second cruise when we passed through the channel between St. Thomas and Puerto Rico we were rocked with 30 to 40 foot swells from a storm over a 1000 miles north of us - clear blue skies, no wind but lots of rocking and rolling that night. The captain rerouted us to sail inside the Bahamas on our way to Castaway Cay to get out of the swells - but it took a few hours to get some islands between us and the storm.

    At one of the Ships Officers Talks, when they were asked this question, the First Officer said that he had alternate routings to fall back on based upon weather and other forecasts. And he had no intention of ever sailing close to a hurricane.

    I don't think you have a lot to worry about - the most disruptions during hurricane season were not on the ship, but when Port Canaveral got hit while the ships were sailing out of harms way.
  15. Euphscott

    Euphscott DIS Veteran

    Jan 26, 2000

    This happens in the Caribbean all the time - hurricanes or no!
  16. jodifla

    jodifla WDW lover since 1972

    Jan 19, 2002
    We were on the Wonder 3-night cruise in Sept. 2004. When we drove to Port Canaveral to spend the night at the Radisson, Hurricane Jeanne was heading out to sea. Well, she doubled-back! By the time we got on the ship (we spent all morning swimming at the great Radisson pool) they gave us an alternate itinerary. All those Nassua plans I'd made were out the window...we were going to Key West instead they said, and no CC.

    We were disappointed, and a bit freaked out that the hurricane was now heading back to our house! We even toyed with the idea of getting off and driving home! But we got over it. Well, as we left the port, the captain came on and said, that they'd gotten a new report on the hurricane. So, he said, we weren't going to Key West, either. We were going to Cozumel! And we weren't on a three night cruise anymore, we were on a 4 night cruise! And we weren't coming back into Port Canaveral, we were going back to Fort Lauderdale, our place of residence!

    Kinda stunning news. Half the boat was celebrating, half the boat was completely freaked out about missing their flights. It wasn't too big a deal for us, the boat was practically parking in front of where I work. (Of course, our car was in Port Canveral!)

    DCL did all it could...opening up phone lines to call home for free, letting people use the computers to book alternate flights.

    We ended up having an absolute BLAST! We were so glad to be on the boat instead of powerless in SoFla. And, we got a free extra night, so we were able to sneak in a Palo brunch, too. Cozumel was a perfect fit for us, as we used the Playa Mia Beach Break and were able to spend all day in the pool with DS, then 2, and we all stood around on the deck drinking while we watched CNN as the hurricane approached Florida.

    I say, if you can be flexible, it's a great time to go. Definitely buy travel insurance. Have a Plan B in place, and have a great time!
  17. Cyndy

    Cyndy Pixie Dust Provider

    Aug 18, 1999
    Hey Mary, it's Cyyynnndy!
    Your post brought back so many wonderful memories, wish we were joinin you all again this year but we leave in a few weeks for a trip on the Wonder and OKW with 5 of our dgks! Can't wait :banana: :banana: It will be so much fun to share the cruise with them!

    We were very impressed with how well Disney handled things (even if they wouldn't just give us another day at sea). We compared the level of information with a prior RC cruise and there was NO comparison at all. DCL wins hands down.

  18. dreamcometrue

    dreamcometrue <font color=blue>Laughed on her wedding night<br><

    Apr 17, 2006
    we plan on cruising in August of 2008, and I am not too worried about it. From everything I have read here, DCL takes very good care of it. As far as I can tell, there has only been one incident where the whole cruise was cancelled because of a hurricane.
  19. Stitch#1

    Stitch#1 <font color="red">Been there, done that, can't wai

    Jun 23, 2005
    We were on the ship with Mary and like she said they kept us well informed and even brought there CM down to Ft Lauderdale to help us when we got off the ship. They really made it a smooth transition and helped in any way possible.
  20. Cindi0511

    Cindi0511 <font color=green>I have a hard time biting my ton

    Jun 30, 2005
    Don't forget to pack Shirley's phone numbers! She's been a lifesaver to many DISers due to inclement weather and other problems. Truly a gem! :goodvibes
  21. DisneyElf

    DisneyElf First to Sail Through a CAT 2 Hurricane -8/22/05 -

    Jun 13, 2003
    You usually will have more problems getting to the ship - due to a hurricane change of ports (DCL is a bit more disorganized getting people to Ft. Lauderdale). But - they did go out of there way to make up for it !

    I still remember waking up the morning of Hillary -- thought I was going to be rolled out of my bed :rotfl2: Getting breakfast was fun - though they had a lot of extra hands up at Topsiders to grab the trays if you were the least bit unsteady on your feet. :goodvibes

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