Vacation Cruising Pointers For The Hurricane Season
If you are planning to arrange a cruise vacation to the Caribbean during the hurricane time of year you need to consider special measures to ensure you are set for all eventualities. As found in the event in the later part of August 2011 in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Hurricane Irene, ones cruise line may need to adjust your ship’s timetabled starting time frame at the insistence of port authorities. In this instance over 450 guests had missed their ship’s cast off on Carnival and Royal Caribbean due to the fact the departure was shifted up three or four hours to stay away from the hurricane. The following are a number of recommendations you can certainly implement to protect your cruise vacation expense and not need to see your cruise ship sail off without you.
Utilize the services of a travel agent. You will not spend a anything more for your cruise vacation and you’ll realize that you will have a professional looking out for your needs–particularly if there are itinerary changes caused by weather. One should not rely exclusively on your cruise line to get in touch with you if there may be an schedule change. The truth is, they may not even make an effort to get in touch with you at all.
If your port of departure is within driving distance make certain your cruise line or travel pro can get hold of you along the way. Furnish them with emergency phone numbers and an email address you can check when on the road. In the event that you do not possess e-mail access make certain your emergency contact person does.
If you have to take a flight into your port of embarkation plan to arrive early–prior to your day of departure. This will provide you a buffer in the event of flight delays and modifications in embarkation for your cruise. Indeed, it will cost you extra, but it’s your own cruise vacation. You don’t want the pressure of worrying if you might be going to make your scheduled departure time frame–especially if it will get moved up. Get there a day or two early. Relax. Adapt to the time change if you need to. Take in the sights.
Become hands-on and contact the cruise line to make sure there are no itinerary modifications. To start have a look at the cruise line’s website. You might have to pack a different set of clothes if your Caribbean cruise that embarks from a port in the Baltimore must completely switch its itinerary and sail to Canada instead to avoid a storm. Quite often these changes are made several days prior to your slated embarkation date.
Go with a passport. Technically you don’t need one for a closed loop cruise that originates in the United States or one of its territories. But as the people in the San Jan episode found out, without one it may possibly be very challenging to take a flight to yet another country such as Aruba or Barbados to meet up with your cruise ship–even when the cruise line is paying the bill!
Buy travel insurance protection as it will preserve your cruise vacation in the event that you are delayed and miss your embarkation due to weather-related events. And you never recognize when you’ll experience a medical emergency.
Prepare to sign on to your cruise as soon as possible. Do your sightseeing at the port the previous day. You may well avoid being stranded like one of those in San Juan.
Think about purchasing your airfare as part of an air-sea package deal from the cruise line as they have the responsibility to get you to your ship by the due date. At least consult your travel agent for a quote so that you will actually find out what it will cost you, in lieu of relying on Internet myths.
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