Not all that glitters is gold – how appropriate for the season of the golden sun and glittering Caribbean water. Summer is one of the busiest and most popular seasons for cruising. School is out of session, work has become more relaxed, and temperatures in the Caribbean are reaching high into the sky. Naturally, in addition to great rates, these factors create for an optimal time for cruising. This season doesn’t come without its baggage though.
Rates & Promotions
Cruise lines understand the summer is a popular season for cruisers, especially for families and young adults. Cruise lines typically tend to capitalize on this boom in business by offering low prices, onboard credit, free room upgrades, and a myriad of other promotions. These rates, when compared to other major cruising seasons, such as Christmas and Easter, are a steal and cruisers almost always capitalize on the opportunity. For cruisers who choose to wait and book weeks or days before a sailing, they can walk away with some of the lowest rates offered throughout the year. This season, though, carries another factor contributing to lower than usual pricing: the threat of disruptive weather.
Depressions and Storms and Hurricanes, Oh My!
The summer season, the peak of hurricane season, poses a threat to ships mainly sailing throughout the Caribbean, Bermuda, Hawaii, and the Mexican Riviera. While many ships typically aren’t affected by an active storm, a hurricane moving through the eastern Caribbean can cause for major disruptions to ships planning on calling in ports such as San Juan, Grand Turk, or Nassau. The looming possibilities of poor weather and itinerary