I have never once thought about what would happen if we happened to be on a cruise and a hurricane, or a tropical storm, blew our way.
I guess I should start thinking about that possibility.
Because as of now, right now, July 18th at 7:54 a.m. – tropical storm Bret is making his presence known in Nassau Bahamas.
And we’re going to be there very soon.
(Actually, Kevin’s sister’s family went there this week. I don’t know if they’re still there or not, but it’ll be interesting to hear their story).
We’ve been very lucky so far, we haven’t encountered any bad weather while being on a cruise. Of course, the cruise lines make very sure that they steer clear of bad weather and though we’ve never been caught in bad weather, we have had to go around a storm or two. (Resulting in choppy waters and a dose of Dramamine).
But we’ve been lucky at the ports of call and have had pretty decent weather while we were there. (A few years back, when we went to Belize, the military staged a coupe a few days after we were there and the whole country sort of erupted. Which would explain the guards walking around the pier with guns. Talk about scary stuff … and we have people who are unhappy with America. This ain’t NOTHING compared to other countries, folks.)
After researching a bit, it looks like if a tropical storm crosses our sailing path, we would sail around it and possibly either miss a port, or dock at a different port of call altogether. If the storm hits the pier at the time we’re supposed to take off, it looks like the cruise line would cancel the cruise entirely and refund us.
So. Considering there is more unsettling weather off the coast of Africa (which is where tropical storms typically begin and impact our part of the world weeks later), there is a possibility that we might be affected at some point.
We need to remain flexible. If our cruise is cancelled, then we’ll just use that refund money and stick around Orlando for a few more days before coming home. Not ideal, but we’re not having a show down with Mother Nature.
We’d likely lose.
And I don’t like to lose.
At any rate, don’t worry (mom), it’s pretty unlikely anything will develop and/or impact us directly so we’ll be fine … whatever happens.