Hurricane Season Cruise Tips

The East Pacific hurricane season is often overlooked because there are simply more people cruising the Caribbean than, say, the Mexican Riviera. However, as we saw last year, the western coast of Mexico is also subject to hurricanes and is monitored in just the same manner by weather experts and cruise lines; 2006's Category 2 Hurricane John barely spared Cabo San Lucas, and other cruise ports such as Acapulco and Puntarenas have suffered more serious storm damage in the past.

Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii deal with cyclones (same concept) -- and the Southern Hemisphere's seasonal equivalent is just the opposite of the waters up north (their season peaks in March and April).

Bottom Line?

Start monitoring tropical storm conditions a week before you leave by visiting Cruise Critic's Hurricane Zone or by watching the Weather Channel. Be proactive if your cruise seems to be lying in the path of a storm by contacting your travel agent -- or the cruise line directly -- in case contingency plans are necessary.

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