Just received news that the Port of Galveston DID, indeed, close during the night... there are 5 ships that are waiting for the harbor to open so that they can enter. Presumably, the Carnival Ecstasy would be one of those five.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Today's turn-around for the Ecstasy could have been be affected, but the storm was considerate enough to move in time for the port of Galveston to be out of the danger area for the ship to return. (Passengers may well have experienced the effects of some higher than normal seas, though.) Let's hope he's equally considerate to the residents of northern Mexico and lower Texas.
June hurricanes aren't common, but aren't unheard of, either. The season has just begun, so aware that your cruise between now and late November could be affected this year, which is predicted to be unusually active. Check my previous blog entry, Cruising During Hurricane Season for some basic tips.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
CARNIVAL Cruise Line
Carnival Triumph: Monday - Cozumel instead of Progresso; Tuesday - Progresso instead of Cozumel
Carnival Ecstacy: Monday - Cozumel instead of Progresso; Tuesday - Progresso instead of Cozumel
ROYAL CARIBBEAN Cruise Line
Grandeur of the Seas: Sunday - Nassau, The Bahamas, instead of Cozumel.
Be aware that there are several Gulf of Mexico home ports. With an active system, there is always the possibility that a ship's next arrival at, or departure from, the home port could be affected.
NOTE - This information in this blog is meant as a 'heads-up' only. Check with your Cruise Line or Travel Agent for the most authoritative information.
Tropical Storm Alex is storming through the Western Caribbean on his way to the Yucatan Peninsula, where he is expected to arrive tomorrow. A Hurricane Hunter aircraft is enroute to the system now, and everyone is hoping they WON'T find a strengthing system, but those hopes will likely be dashed, given the conditions in the vacinity...
How about playing nice with those favorite cruise ports of mine whilel you'rein the area. Those folks don't need any of your grief. But, even more importantly, keep it down, will ya! Easy on the intensification... especially after you get across the Yucatan and into the GoM. We surely don't need you messing with that oil.
Just thought it wouldn't hurt to ask nicely...
Friday, June 25, 2010
Within the last hour the National Hurricane Center announced the formation the first Tropical Depression of the 2010 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season. TD 01 is on the move in the Western Caribbean, and is expected to become Tropical Storm Alex before assaulting the east coast of the Yucatan late tomorrow.
After crossing the penninsula, it is forecast to emerge into the western Gulf of Mexico as a weaker system. However, the contidions there will be favorable for restrengthening. The water is warm, warm, warm in the GOM, and tropical systems just LOVE warm water.
In the Pacific, not one but TWO hurricanes currently churn well away from land. Celia has alreaady reached Category Five status, and is backing off, while Darby is also now a major 'cane at Categoroy Three. I hadn't blogged about this activity before, since neither has been a threat to land... but they certainly deserve a mention now.
Stay safe,, everyone, and keep your eyes on the Caribbean, as things have certainly cranked up early - just 25 days into the 2010 season.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Well, here we are, with 10 days of this year's Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season already gone, and not a storm in sight. That's typical, actually. The most active period is usually from about the second week of August through Octoer.
If you choose to cruise this time of year, here are some 'starter' tips for cruising during hurricane season from my Cruising Tips for New Cruisers page at Cruise Ready Store.
First – Plan to arrive at your port city at least a day early. If there’s an active ‘cane, the port authority could close down the port and order all ships to sea hours early. The captain has no choice... the ship MUST leave - with you or without you.
Second – Always buy travel insurance.
Third – Never cruise the Caribbean during hurricane season with your heart set on seeing a particular port. The captain WILL divert the ship’s course to keep you safe. This may include substituting an alternate port, or missing one or more ports entirely.
Fourth – Be prepared to end your cruise a day earlier or later than scheduled, or even in a different port than originally planned. Make return travel arrangements to your home that can be adjusted accordingly.
Fifth – If you are prone to motioin sickness, take along plenty of your favoirte remedy. Our favorites are of the natural variety, like these ginger candies.
Yes, all of the things mentioned above can happen. Not often, but they do. We cruise during hurricane season. We have even cruised in the rough seas generated by a Category 3 hurricane. And yes, we've been on a ship that was ordered out of port a few hours early, and arrived back a day late - at a port 200 miles from the one we left from. And yes, we had a wonderful time. Just wish we'd come home to a house with electrical power, and a neighborhood with gas stations and grocery stores that were open and stocked with inventory. But, we were well able to deal with it all, having just enjoyed some time on board our favorite cruise ship.
So, if you are cruising during hurricane season, be sure your home will be ready, and then get ready to cruise... Be sure to visit CruiseReadyStore.com and Cruise Ready on Zazzle to find some great cruise gear. You'll also find more tips and discussions about cruising during the season at http://www.cruiselinefans.com/.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
If your father is osmeone who loves to cruise, you'll find several interesting things to choose from for him at CruiseReady on Zazzle Here are a few of them:
First, how about a embroidered with an "Official Cruiser" polo shirt, complete with a little embroidered cruise ship, and personalized with his name? Shown here in white, it also comes in red or blue.
Here's something a little different for the cruising Dad (or GrandDad) who also happens to be a grillmaster. He'll love barbequeing in this "I'd Rather Be Cruising" apron. Available in long or short lengths.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
40% of the tie net sale price will be deducted when one or more ties are purchased and the coupon code DADDYTIEDEAL is applied at checkout. The net sale price is the price of the product (excluding shipping and taxes). Offer is valid through June 5, 2010 at 11:59pm PT
Maybe Dad really would like a Father's Day tie... especially one designed by YOU! Or, if he's an avid cruiser, one by Cruise Ready, like the one shown above (which is a tribute to the beautiful Sovereign of the Seas) just might become his new most favorite tie. If he does cruise, he really should have a new tie to wear to dinner on his next cruise, shouldn't he?