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.