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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HURRICANES AND CRUISE SHIPS
What is a hurricane?
According to the National Hurricane Center, "hurricane" is a name for a tropical cyclone, or low-pressure systems that develop in tropical areas of the Atlantic Ocean. In North America, we call them hurricanes, but in other parts of the world they are also called cyclones and typhoons.
When is hurricane season?
Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and continues through November 30th. During this period, tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes form in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Many of these storms stay out at sea, but some threaten the Caribbean, the eastern and gulf coasts of the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. If you plan to cruise at this time it's possible that a storm could be present and affect your travel.
How are hurricanes named?
According to the National Hurricane Center, the word "hurricane" comes from the name "Hurican," the Caribbean god of evil. To better track hurricanes, weather officials decided to name them and the names are chosen by the World Meteorological Organization. The first hurricane of the season is given a name starting with the letter A, the second with the letter B and so on.
How are hurricanes categorized?
Once a hurricane forms, it is rated on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. There are five categories in this rating system determined by the sustained wind speed found within the storm. This directly relates to the effects the storm will have when it makes landfall including the depth of the storm surge and the extent of the flooding and structural damage it causes.Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
What's the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning?
The Weather Channel Online lists four weather alerts for tropical storms and hurricanes.
A hurricane watch is issued when hurricane conditions, sustained winds greater than 74 mph, are possible in your area within 36 hours. A hurricane warning is issued when these conditions are likely in your area within 24 hours.
Are cruises ever canceled because of hurricanes?
The Number One priority of any cruise line is the safety and comfort of their passengers and crew. The cruise line will only cancel the cruise if absolutely necessary. The cruise lines know how much you've been looking forward to your vacation, and they also realize that it may not be possible for you to take your trip at another time. With that in mind, they will make every effort to provide their guests with a comfortable and satisfying cruise experience, as long as it's possible to work around any safety concerns.
Can the cruise line change my cruise itinerary because of a hurricane?
Yes, a cruise line can change your cruise itinerary and they make that clear on their websites, tickets and brochures. This is the most common way that the cruise lines avoid hurricanes and still provide their guests with the safe, cruise vacation they've been looking forward to.
What happens if there's a hurricane during my cruise and when will I know what's going on?
If there is a hurricane present during the time when you are scheduled to take your cruise, the cruise line will probably reschedule your itinerary to an area away from the projected path of the storm.
Can I choose to cancel or reschedule my cruise if a hurricane threatens?
Unfortunately, not without incurring a penalty or incurring additional costs. The best thing to do is to be as patient as possible until the cruise line has made a formal announcement.
Will a cruise ship visit a port that has been hit by a hurricane?
After a hurricane has passed the cruise line will assess the situation at hand and visit a port of call as long as it's safe and able to support your expectations of the port experience.
Will travel insurance help me if I can't make it to the ship because of a hurricane or if my cruise is cancelled?
Most travel protection plans have provisions that offer coverage in the event of a natural disaster which would cause you to miss the ship, provided the policy was purchased prior to the development of the storm, or the realization that it may affect your cruise itinerary.
Where can I learn more about hurricanes?
There are a lot of good websites you can refer to for more information. Much of the general content about hurricanes found in this article came from a very informative site named www.howstuffworks.com.
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