What?! Hurricane Season Already? Here’s the Early Word (Hint: It May Get Pretty Wild in the Tropics)
It’s that time of year again: Today is the official start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season, one of the worst or best times of the year to cruise, depending on how you look at it. Deals abound and the islands are generally less crowded, say the optimists. The glass-is-half-empty set grumbles that seas boil, winds wreak havoc, ships are diverted and travel plans can be thrown into disarray depending on where the unpredictable storms take aim.
According to our recent story, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting that 2011′s season will be above normal. Specifically, NOAA is forecasting 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or more), of which six to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or more). Of the hurricanes, three to six could become major storms (category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or more). The seasonal average is 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
We’ll be watching the skies and the seas for the next six months, and we’ll keep you updated in our Hurricane Zone, which includes a bounty of information on the storms and their impact on all things cruising.
Want to start planning now?
If you’re wondering if you should get travel insurance for cruises to hurricane-prone areas, the answer is yes. Check out our travel insurance primer before you buy, however.
Get tips on what to expect during the months ahead — and some things you really need to know– in our guide to hurricane season cruising.
Weather nerds rejoice: We’ve compiled some hurricane trivia (and other vital information) for those of you who think you know everything.
Join the conversation on our forums: There’s an entire section devoted to Hurricane Season 2011.