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Disney Cruise Line and Hurricane Season: What You Need To Know

Disney Cruise Line and Hurricane Season: What You Need To Know

So you finally booked your dream cruise only to find out there is a hurricane barreling toward one or more of your destinations. Before panic sets in, let me assure you that this can be an excellent time to cruise and you can still enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. Cruise lines continuously monitor weather conditions and prepare for these yearly conditions.

Some of the lowest rates for cruises are in the fall after school has started. What most new cruisers do not realize is that this is also hurricane season. Here are some comparison rates for 2017:

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As you can see, it certainly makes financial sense to cruise in September!

And then something like this happens:

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It looks like Hurricane Matthew will be on the path toward Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay. Of course, Disney Cruise Line is monitoring the storm and posting advisories on the website:advisory-update-1016

We have been on multiple cruises during hurricanes. The captain and crew have done everything possible to keep us informed of the weather conditions. Often itineraries are altered before the start of your cruise. We sometimes received notifications before we left home, once at the port, and during one particularly strong hurricane season, had daily itinerary changes as we cruised. I can say I never felt in any danger and we experienced plenty of sunny, relaxing days in the Caribbean. If you choose to book during hurricane season, here are a few suggestions to make your cruise go more smoothly:

  1. As my husband says, “Flexible expectations are the key to happiness.” Yes, you spent hours choosing those perfect excursions, and now you are not even visiting that port of call! No worries, the Port Adventures desk will have a list of newly available tours and will help you pick the right one for your family. Any excursions booked through Disney Cruise Line will be automatically cancelled and refunded to your account. If you booked with an outside vendor, they might cancel your excursion if your ship is unable to make the port of call, however, read the fine print to see what you may be responsible for in those cases.
  2. Trip insurance is a must-buy. There have been times in the past where cruises have not been able to return to the scheduled debarkation port. Cruises have been known to extend days at sea or debark in a different port. Very rarely, a cruise can even be cancelled. While these are unusual events, it does happen. Trip insurance will help reimburse changed airline flights, rental cars, etc. that you may need to reschedule your trip or return home. I purchase trip insurance for every cruise because, let’s face it, things happen! Again, though, read the fine print as not all trip insurance is equal and not everything is covered.
  3. Pack a few extra things. Throw in rain gear, a long pair of pants, and a sweater. The great thing about being on a ship is the ability to maneuver away from the storms. Of course, sometimes that is not entirely possible. Be prepared with an umbrella and/or rain jacket. It is very unlikely you will have multiple days of rainy weather, but being prepared can help. Also, the weather tends to cool off quite a bit after a storm passes, so having a couple of items of warm clothing can be helpful.

While I cannot promise your cruise will be perfect, it will be a vacation you won’t soon forget!

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— livingthedisneydream

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Beach Life: Disney’s Hidden Gem

Beach Life: Disney’s Hidden Gem

Main Inn as viewed from the beach
Beach Loungers, umbrellas, and watercraft are available for rent.
The beautiful Atlantic Ocean

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort has been a part of my family’s life since 2003. I have always loved the ocean. I have fond memories of vacationing with my grandparents when I was younger. My grandmother also loved the ocean. However, most of my beach memories were of a crowded, noisy beaches. Disney’s resort is quite different and some of our favorite vacation days are spent at this little slice of paradise on the Atlantic Ocean.

Disney’s Vero Beach, located along A1A between Sebastian and Vero Beach, Florida, almost two hours south of the Walt Disney World Resort. The resort is nestled along the coast, surrounded by vegetation and the Atlantic Ocean. You will need transportation by personal car or rental as Disney does not provide transportation to this resort.

Beautiful sunsets at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Upon arrival, your first stop is the guard shack. As Disney Vacation Club members, we are always greeted with our standard “Welcome Home.” They will request photo ID. The moment you walk through the front door of the Inn, you get the first glance at the coastal charm in the looming four-story atrium. After checking in at Guest Services, you will soon be on your way to fun island adventures.

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The resort features the following room types:

Inn Rooms – These room types offer two queen beds, a ceiling fan, full bath, a mini refrigerator, coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, Blu-Ray player, iron and ironing board, safe, and flat screen TV. These rooms sleep four adults.

Ocean View Inn Room – These rooms are housed in the main Inn building and have a view of the ocean. While most are directly facing the ocean, there are a few at the ends of the building that offer a slice of Ocean View from the balcony.

Garden View Inn Room – These rooms are housed in the main Inn building and have a view of the foliage, walkways or parking lot (where there is also foliage). These rooms are on the opposite side of the of the hall from the Ocean View rooms. However, most of these rooms do offer an amazing sunset view in the evening.

Villas – These rooms are located in buildings not attached to the main Inn. There are three buildings 12, 14 and 15. In these buildings you will find:

Deluxe Studios – similar to the Inn rooms, these rooms sleep four adults and offer the same amenities. The configuration is a little different with a queen bed and a pull-out sofa sleeper. The Deluxe Studios can be connected to 1-bedroom villas to create a 2-bedroom villa.

One-bedroom Villa – These rooms sleep up to 5 adults and feature a King bed and full living area with a queen-sized sofa sleeper and a twin-sized sleeper chair. A Pack ‘n Play is available in the closet. The living area includes a flat screen TV with Blu-Ray player, full kitchen with stove, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. You will find dishes, cookware, and utensils you need to prepare most basic meals.

Two-Bedroom Villa – These rooms sleep up to 9 adults and are generally a combo of a one-bedroom and two-bedroom unit. They are available as a single-entry unit, or as a lock-off unit with two entries, one in the one-bedroom side and a separate entry for the studio side of the villa.

Recreation at the resort includes miniature golf, a pool with corkscrew slide, a children’s water play area, tennis courts, soccer fields, a fishing pond, bicycle rentals and more. The resort also has free wifi and laundry facilities. A daily schedule of activities includes many games and craft activities, a campfire sing-along with smores, (available select evenings) and more!

Vero Beach

If you enjoy time at the beach, you will love this ocean-side gem!

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— livingthedisneydream

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