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Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season

It's been a horrible year for hurricanes this year.  Since 2003, when we started in business, we've dealt with storms especially since 2005 which was the most active season during which 28 tropical cyclones formed, of which a record 15 became hurricanes.  Since then, the Weather Channel would scare the bejsus about of everyone by announcing on June 1st that it was officially "Hurricane Season" (which officially ends on November 30th).  This year, however, has been the exception.

Rule #1:  if you're going to travel from August 15th through September 30th, you have to get Travel Insurance.  It might not be your cruise or resort destination that's affected, it might be getting there.  Even driving to a cruise port, can be an issue.  Plus, even if it's not your cruise port or your cruise or during Hurricane season, you can be affected.  I remember getting a call from a group leader after Katrina who was going to cruise in the following January.  She was distraught because their cruise ship had been repositioned to help out housing people in New Orleans.  These storms can affect people who have no idea they're going to get affected.

Rule #2:  Book with a Travel Agent.  A good one.  We're just coming down on DEFCON 4 making sure our clients are informed, taken care of, and properly advised.  Without a Travel Agent, you're travelling alone.  Sometimes it ends really well (although as of today we're not out of the woods yet), sometimes it doesn't because of circumstances out of everyone's control.  But at least, with a TA, you have a person vs. a huge supplier as a go to.

Stay safe, everyone.

Late Flights After a Cruise

We have clients who want to self assist, earliest flights possible and rush, rush, rush to leave their cruise vacation.  That's fine and we understand it.

When we travel, however, we are the extreme opposite.  We've been told we have to leave.  We've had guys holler down the runway to the guys at the end that we were the last ones and close the door.  We've been called by the porters that our luggage hadn't been picked up yet, and we have priority embarkation.  (Me:  "um, that's because we're still eating breakfast on the ship and we haven't left yet.")  You get the picture.

So we're flying out of Fort Lauderdale next month after a cruise in Miami on the Carnival Vista, and we have a later (5:55p) flight.  Years ago, in Tampa, we had a similar situation and if you've ever cruised from Tampa, you know that the airport (like in Lauderdale) is very close to the cruise port.  We couldn't check in for our flight.  We sat there until check in could begin.  It was a horrible few hours.

So here's our plan for now, years later, with all kinds of technology at our disposal.

We'll still be the last ones off the ship in Miami.  We'll take the Carnival transfers back to FLL, which should get us there around 11:30 or noon.  Too early to check in our luggage for our flight.  We've checked, and FLL has storage.  We'll store our bags there at the airport.  We're going to take an Uber to one of the many places we've enjoyed in the past at Lauderdale or maybe find someplace new.  We'll do that research well in advance.  Then, we'll Uber back to the airport, check in and wait on our flights.

How about you?

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