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best weather destinations for cruise in Nov

we are looking to take a cruise in November, however, wanting to go tropical we would like to know the best destinations without probability of poor weather or winds. We were thinking Caribbean or south america, Turks & Caicos?? Any suggestions?
  • BthAnn
     asked this on August 30, 2012 at 09:45 AM
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For the Caribbean you'll need to decide East, typically includes Virgin Islands, West includes Mexico, Jamacia, etc. or South, think Aruba and neighboring islands. If this is your first cruise I'd recommend a shorter than 7 day trip; however, 7 days is not too long for a first.

I've been to St Thomas, Tortola, Antigua (Eastern Carib) and had a great time. I've also been to Cozumel, Belize, etc. (West Carib) and had a blast. Short Bahama cruises will sometimes include Key West or the cruise lines private island. Oh, and my favorite cruise lines seems to make a stop in Nassau as necessary as going thru ATL when flying Delta---I now just stay on board when there and enjoy a mostly quiet deck and more attentive wait staff bearing drinks.

I've cruised in the months of October thru February and the temps are very mild. IF a tropical storm is brewing the ships (which have their own weather station) will change course the best they can. This does not mean it will be smooth sailing since tropical systems affect large areas it just means they are not going to knowingly sail into a dangerous storm. If you sail from Florida (Port Canaveral, Miami) then a Westen Carib could turn into a trip to the East and vise versa. If you miss ports due to weather expect to be compensated for port charges only.
  • Lisa
     answered this on August 31, 2012 at 02:45 PM
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Hi BthAnn,

If you are planning on going in November I think you are going to be fine weather wise. That's the end of hurricane season in that Atlantic and the temperatures in the Caribbean should be great. I don't know anything about South American cruises, but that sounds like fun. It would be late spring for them, so temps still good. Another fun destination is the Hawaiian Islands out of a West Coast port. These trips are normally 10-14 days, but you do see most of the four main islands. (Alaska is awesome too, but it's only May-Sept sail dates for future reference...)
I personally would choose the cruise line then look at the destinations they have available. In my opinion the cruise ship (which you spend a LOT of time on) will either make your cruise experience a great one or not. Do some research on the cultures... if you have a family possible Carnival or Disney, if you like a slightly older, relaxed crowed look at Celebrity, etc...
  • MrsJBolt
     answered this on August 31, 2012 at 01:01 PM
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