Posted March 2nd, 2014, 09:35 AM
Mid-August is just about peak hurricane season (the real peak is Sept 1). The airports and ports stay open until winds maintain 40mph. Transportation is the real threat IMHO, not the enjoyment of the cruise. The captain will always steer clear of any storms. You could miss a port or two but you still would have a full cruise. Not a big deal. Just plan ahead and change flights if necessary the week of your cruise (if a hurricane was coming).
I personally would NEVER book a cruise during hurricane season but that is because I live in Miami. It has nothing to do with the cruise itself. If a storm is approaching, I need time to prepare the house and food/water preparation. So being at sea would really frustrate me and could cost me. Of course if I lived somewhere else, I would not hesitate to book but be prepared to get there early if necessary.
We were on vacation in the Smokies when Hurricane Hugo hit. We had even joked to our neighbors that if a hurricane hit they should tape our windows (BTW they didn't).
Well, dontcha know it hit ON OUR ANNIVERSARY(the nerve!). We were on the telephone with my parents (who stayed) and they were in their attic when my father said "the roof is leaving us", then the phone went dead. Holy Cow. Found out later it was just the ventilation turbines and they were okay and that was the only damage THEY had. We were not allowed down I-26 for 3 days...Our living room was smashed and our dogs had gotten loose but my father had walked the couple miles to our house as soon as it passed, found the dogs, secured them, and assessed the damage. Luckily the sofa had soaked up most of the rain and we escaped the storm surge that stopped 2 streets over....no electricity for 3 weeks with a baby.
All's well that ends well, however, and I would not hesitate to make the same decision to vacation again--we just put away the lawn furniture in the garage now and kennel the dogs.