Post # 1
Sooo Fiance and I are getting married on July 14th 2012 and are completely open to suggestions on honeymooning. We live in Southern California and have looked around at places within our price range ($3000). We were looking at the Bahamas/Caribbean since its pretty affordable for what looks like a nice vacation/cruise however we are worried about hurricanes. We plan on leaving at the end of July/beginning of August due to work scheduling. Does anyone know what cruise ships do in the event of a hurricane? And does anyone think that cruising for 5+ days is possible including airfare for 3k? And when are you “supposed” to book the trip? Im all about cheap fare searching way in advance.
Post # 3
I’ve only been on one cruise and it was Royal Carribean so I don’t know if I’ll be much help. I went in May so I wasn’t in a similar scenario. But I’m pretty sure that in the event of a hurricane, the cruise itinerary may change first before the trip is cancelled altogether. If you cancel, then I think it would still fall under a typical cancelled request. For this circumstance, I’d suggest travelers insurance. Check with each cruise line’s cancellation policy before adding the insurance though. You may not need it. I think 3 K is pretty reasonable depending on what you want for a room (studio, balcony,etc) I’m not sure how airfare runs these days but my port of call was San Juan,PR and I believe I paid $800s roundtrip for 2 people a few years back so the location of port of call factors in too. In terms of when to book, I know there’s always last minutes incentives but for a honeymoon I don’t know if you’d want to take that risk. If the itinerary is great and there’s not much room for days off to play with, I’d start looking now. Check with a travel agency, get some info and they can atleast give you a quote. It still may be a bit early for airline quotes that far out. I know there’s a bunch of websites too but I can’t review them good or bad. Best of Luck! I went to Southern Carribean for 7 days and LOVED it!!
Post # 4
Get insurance! That way if there is a hurricane and you can’t take your trip, you aren’t out money. Also, cruise lines may not stop at a port if there is bad weather or they may change the itinerary if weather is not looking good. If you book early you can get good deals or by booking later, but that wouldn’t help with airfare. As for choosing a cruise, think about what you would like to do because not all islands are the same. Also, it is doable for 3k. You may not be able to get a balcony room or whatever, but I have always had an inside room on a cruise and have been fine. You save a lot of money that way. Things are a little more expensive in the summer, but I think you can still find something. Check with a travel agent, they would probably be able to help you out.
Post # 5
Cruise ships can be diverted from port in the event of hurricanes. I lived on an island and saw this happen quite often. The good news is MOST major hurricanes seem to be happening in September these days. So, you really shouldn’t have too much of a problem.
The key to managing the hurricane issues will be looking for stops where you don’t have to catch a tender to get to shore (no boat ride, just walk off onto land). Ocho Rios, Cozumel (if I remember right) and a few other places are like this.
Cruises are exhausting though! And the cabins are teeny-tiny! Booze can be expensive too! You’re essentially cramming a LOT of activity in 5 days. If you plan on doing any excursions, than you need to plan on waking up early in the morning (like 7 or 8 AM ) to get breakfast before you have to leave. It can really wear you out if you still want to have the nightlife too!
For a 5+ day cruise WITH Airfare from So. Cal. – you really shouldn’t pay more than $3k. There are just too many good prices out there to pay more.
I would buy anytime you feel like you found the price you want. There’s no “supposed to” time for buying your trip. You can wait until the winter deals pass and see if they have any summer deals online.
I would avoid Carnival Cruise line for your honeymoon. I’ve had bad experiences with them. The italian cruise lines are REALLY nice, but pricier.
Post # 6
Agreed…i’ve been to the caribbean twice in August in the last 3 years. We went first at the beginning of August and it never even rained. This year we went end aug/beg sep and all the bad weather hit….I think the western caribbean is much more stable and the earlier in aug you go, the better.
Post # 7
We just went to the carribean middle of July and it was perfect. My husband went on a cruise a few years back during Aug and there was a storm… the sea was really choppy, but the cruise ship skipped a port and changed the route a bit to avoid the storm.