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We've taken a couple of Thanksgiving cruises to the Caribbean and had great weather.  

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November is our usual group cruise.  We've never had rough seas and only once, early morning, had rain.   It's a great time to be in the Caribbean!

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7 hours ago, Swecruisers said:

Thank you! When in November have you been cruising? 

Our cruises have usually been the 2nd week of November.  Not sure why, but it usually ended up last way :)

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We always cruise Halloween, never had any problems at all. Basically the end of hurricane season anyhow.

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The real risk is that a hurricane affects one of your ports... or 4 out of 6 LOL.  We had an entire November itinerary scrapped and redone in 2017 because of the port damage that year.

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25 years of Cruising out of Florida, do not do July or August only. We only cruise the Bahamas, Caribbean and mexico. Wife does not like to fly. Only one cruise was cancelled. That was one in 2018. A hurricane was to arrive when we were to be boarding. During one cruise, when we returned, my son asked how the hurricane effected the cruise. I said what hurricane. Never knew there was one. Nothing mentioned on the ship. I would think they went way around it. So we have been very lucky.

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I usually take my annual cruise in October or November. (I did the Bahamas in July......HUGE MISTAKE!).  The weather is usually great, but keep the hurricane possibility in the back of your mind.  The odds are unlikely that one will hit during your actual cruise, but if there's one earlier in the season, it may put a port out of commission (Irma, Maria).  If that happens, do all of your buddies onboard a favor and don't complain about it.  No one can control the weather.  The cruise line will only send you to ports where there are activities to enjoy (i.e. no hurricane devastated ports).  I had an entire Eastern Caribbean cruise rerouted in 2017 because of Irma and Maria.  Had a fantastic time.

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We normally cruise in November (wedding anniversary or Thanksgiving). Absolutely wonderful weather every single time. If your cruise stops in the Bahamas, do know that they water may be a bit on the chilly side, but still doable. 

 

As someone mentioned, one drawback about sailing in November is that there's the potential that your itinerary may be altered if your original destination is affected by a hurricane. They may haven't had a chance to recover and start receiving passengers again. It happened to us in 2017. Our Disney Fantasy cruise went to the Western Caribbean instead of Eastern. Still, we had breathtakingly beautiful weather and a great time. 

 

And don't limit yourself to the Caribbean. We headed to the Mediterranean over Thanksgiving 2018 because it was considerably cheaper than the Caribbean. And the weather was absolutely perfect for exploring. We avoided the scorching heat of summer as well as the crowds. 

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We did have a cruise cancelled once since 1994. September 2017 Hurricane Irma Carnival waited till the last minute to cancel it. Just a few days before the cruise. We received a full refund nothing else.

Last year the weather did take a turn for an hour or so. They had to tie everything loose down. Ran ribbon around everything on center displays in the stores. So much was falling off of them. Went to the piano bar. He had no problem with it. Kind a swaying to the music.

Only those that had to much to drink seemed to be walking straight😎

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On 7/8/2019 at 4:30 PM, twodaywonder said:

We did have a cruise cancelled once since 1994. September 2017 Hurricane Irma Carnival waited till the last minute to cancel it. Just a few days before the cruise. We received a full refund nothing else.

Last year the weather did take a turn for an hour or so. They had to tie everything loose down. Ran ribbon around everything on center displays in the stores. So much was falling off of them. Went to the piano bar. He had no problem with it. Kind a swaying to the music.

Only those that had to much to drink seemed to be walking straight😎

We've had a couple of Atlantic passages with 30-35' seas... same effects!

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Yikes! 30+ seas would test the farthest limits of Bonine for me, and I suspect I might be caught making high-pitched squeaky noises from time to time...

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