We have heard more than once this question from those who are planning a summer cruise vacation in the Caribbean. Bearing in mind that summer is included in the hurricane season , which runs from June 1 to November 30, many fear that one of these natural phenomena will interrupt their long-awaited encounters with tropical paradises and their dreams of seeing each other a Caribbean beach under a palm tree, is truncated by a storm.
Keep in mind that Cruise shipping companies are prepared to face the situation and prevent both passengers, crew, and ships are at risk for any of these phenomena of nature.
The Caribbean is one of the most desired destinations throughout the world , and the climate of its islands throughout the year is almost perfect. When we talk about summer, we are certainly thinking about the months of school holidays where many, it is the only time of the year they have to make their vacations and from anywhere in the world, take advantage and get to the Caribbean and its islands of charm.
Traveling on cruises in summer is the perfect date , even if there is the threat of the hurricane season. Many, as I mentioned earlier, choose this date because students are on vacation, the return to school is agreed in most countries at the end of August and the beginning of September and precisely those are the dates where the hurricane season is strongest .
Let’s see a list of some hurricanes that have affected the Caribbean and its surrounding areas in recent years:
- Hurricane Flora that affected the eastern part of Cuba and Haiti was from September 26 to October 13, 1963.
- Hurricane Andrew affecting South Florida from August 16-28, 1992.
- Hurricane Gordon affected Haiti from November 8 to 21, 1994.
- Hurricane Pauline affecting Acapulco and Puerto Escondido in Mexico from October 5 to 10 in 1997.
- Hurricane George, affecting Puerto Rico and Haiti from September 15 to October 1 in 1998.
- Hurricane Mitch, affecting several countries in Central America on October 22 to November 5 in 1998.
- Hurricane Jeanne, affecting Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Florida from October 13 to 28, 2004.
- Hurricane Katrina, affecting New Orleans, Louisiana and Florida from August 23 to 30 in 2005.
- Hurricane Mathew affecting Haiti, Cuba and the East Coast of the United States from September 28 to October 10, 2016.
- Hurricane Harvey, the most recent to land in the United States, which did not happen since 2005 affection Texas and Louisiana from August 17 to September 2 2017.
- Hurricane Irma and Maria . One of the most disastrous seasons in the Antilles was in 2017 when hurricanes Irma and María made a presence in the Lesser Antilles, part of the Caribbean and Florida. When they still had not recovered from the passage of Irma that affected from August 30 to September 13, Maria arrived to finish destroying entire islands affecting from September 16 until October 5. Maria’s passage is still being felt, and the islands have been recovering little by little, although returning to normal with the return of the cruise ships to all affected ports.
Seeing the dates where cyclonic activity is most active, I repeat the question, Is summer a good time to travel to the Caribbean ?
My conclusion is that if I want to avoid the possibility of a hurricane damaging my vacations in Caribbean cruises , then I would avoid the end of August and the month of September, in response to past hurricanes. However, it can be seen that it is more the time in which hurricanes do not affect than those that do. I leave it at your consideration.