Don't let a hurricane blow your cruise vacation away

By Allyson Henning - Reporter, Crystal Chen - Assignment editor/reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Planning a cruise during hurricane season can be risky. Despite months of planning, Mother Nature can get in the way and before you know it, a relaxing vacation could be impacted by a storm.

Some cruisers in the past two years saw their itineraries change last minute because of hurricanes.

"During hurricane season, yeah, you have that itinerary and you may be going to St. Thomas, St. Barts, or San Juan Puerto Rico, but all bets are off during hurricane season. You may divert but you’re still going to have a great time,” said Scott Lara, manager at Air Sea Travel Jacksonville who also runs The Cruise Genius website.

It is very rare that a cruise won’t depart on schedule, adds Lara, but once the ship gets to sea, things can change.

How to plan for a hurricane season cruise

Before you hit the high seas, there are things you need to consider.  

Travel insurance and being flexible, for example can go a long way to helping you have a great trip.

“Travel insurance on a scale of 1 to 10 is a 10. Even if you are elderly or a younger person, especially during these days of missed flights and missed luggage,  travel insurance is critical to give you the peace of mind that everything is going to go OK,” said Lara.  

It’ll save you money as well.

On average, travel insurance for a week long cruise will cost about $100 to have the extra protection against the unknown.

Packing some Dramamine or a patch behind your ear to fight motion-sickness can help in the event you endure rough seas.

“Even though it’s hurricane season, people can rest assured if they are going to go on a cruise, they are going to get a great deal and the cruise line will keep you safe,” said Lara.

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