Cruising the Caribbean in the late summer/early fall — the height of Atlantic Hurricane Season — can be an interesting proposition. Ships do have a distinct benefit over hotels: they can move to avoid a storm. Still, there may be few dicier days to cruise than today.
Statistically speaking, September 10 is the peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season. We’re not making this up. Analysis of storm records from the past 100 years shows the 10th to be the “busiest” day of the year. (See it on this graph, plotted by the National Hurricane Center.) We’ve had at least one named storm on this date for the past several decades. In 2012, we have two. Tropical Storm Leslie is spinning northward toward eastern Canada, days after skirting Bermuda and impacting a cruise. And Hurricane Michael has been powering its way through the central Atlantic; fortunately, there’s nary a threat to land.
While we’re not busy blowing up the “Happy Hurricane Day!” balloons, there is one reason to celebrate. Up for grabs are a trio of Cruise Critic hat-and-poncho combos, which will arguably keep a cruiser dry in rainy conditions.
Entering is easy. Anyone who’s subscribed to the Lido Deck Blog as of Friday, September 14, at 5 p.m. EDT will be automatically entered to win one of the three packages. We’ll pick the winners at random and reach out to them Friday at 5 p.m. EDT. The winners have 72 hours to claim the prize. Any unclaimed prizes will be added to the Lido Deck prize pool, Powerball-style. (Note: Future prize lots will be divided, if necessary, at our discretion.)
Back in the pool is a chocolate brown passport case dual-embossed with Allure of the Seas and Starbucks logos — the first cruise ship version of Starbucks debuted on Allure in 2010. Inside you’ll find a $10 Starbucks Card, which can be used at sea or on land. The first randomly selected winner of the hat-and-poncho combo to claim that prize will win this one, too.
Perhaps that could brighten up a stormy day at sea.
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