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What happens on a cruise if there is a hurricane or storm?

Last updated on February 4th, 2024 at 10:41 am

Thankfully, hurricanes and major storms can be detected early and the course of a ship can be changed to avoid bad weather in some cases. However it’s not always entirely possible to steer around bad weather.

How Many Cruise Ships Have Sunk in the Past 100 Years?When possible the captain steer the ship away from storms or hurricanes to minimize the chance of rough seas. Modern cruise ships are built to be able to handle a certain level of rough seas without incident.

When the threat of a hurricane exists, major cruise lines will often change the itinerary completely to avoid the area, basically going in the opposite direction of the storm. 

When the threat of a hurricane is too close to the departure port, unfortunately the only option might be for the cruise to be cancelled.

But here’s the thing – even if a ship encounters bad weather, they can usually handle the bad weather fairly well. The staff and captain have been trained to deal with emergencies, including weather situations.

clouds from a hurricane

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