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Wilba - Answered a Question by mcginley (05 Jan 09 07:39)

I don't do hair straighteners but if you were unlucky with the weather, expect missed ports & re routing of the cruise to avoid the eye of the storm......Wilba.

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Guy - Answered a Question by mcginley (05 Jan 09 08:53)

I have taken my straightners on all our cruises and have been able to use them with an adaptor quite easily. a word of warning though I once sat at the desk (it had a big mirror!) and my hair was still quite wet at the back and the rising steam set off the fire alarm. Ten seconds later phone rings checking we were OK, two minutes later purser and two engineers arrive at the door, me looking like a scarecrow and a very red face to match! Apologized and was told it lights up a warning in the bridge, lesson learned and I am now really carefull to dry it first. Look on the bright side, if there IS a hurricane you won't care what your hair looks like!! Hope you have a wonderful time, best wishes Carol.

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Blyth - Answered a Question by mcginley (05 Jan 09 09:57)

We were due to sail the Caribbean in September 2004 and we never got further than London Heathrow, there were several hurricanes beginning to appear and all flights were cancelled and it wiped out our special 25th wedding anniversary celebrations, so never again in September but this past year the hurricane season was nothing like the 2004 one so the best of luck.

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Wilba - replied to Blyth (05 Jan 09 11:46)

Hi! Bill. We too caught the wrath of Hurricane Jeanie Sept 2004, made the flights OK, but 2 cruises back to back were both curtailed into a bit of a shambles, & as you are probably aware we always take the 'independent' travel option so it took a bit of lateral thinking at times & heightened our spirit of adventure somewhat. But all turned out well in the end & a lesson learned. Regards & A Happy New Year. Wilba .

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D & B - replied to Wilba (05 Jan 09 12:28)

Sorry not a lot of interest in the straighteners but very interested in the "lateral thinking bit" as I intend to book my own thing in the Caribbean during 2010. Was it the none existent back to back cruises or the flight home that caused you problems? And may I ask what lesson was learned? Were you covered on the Insurance? Whoops sorry for hijacking the straighteners question.

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Wilba - replied to D & B (05 Jan 09 13:39)

Cor!!! This is a very long story so I’ll do my best at keeping it short. We flew BHX to New York for a few days. No probs. Flew on to Port Canaveral for 5 night cruise Sovereign OS. Cruise completed OK. Booked into Doubletree Hotel Coco Beach which got wrecked by hurricane. Changed hotels & on the day of arrival told by police we would go into underground shelter or evacuate the area. Grabbed the only taxivan available, (6 of us) & drove inland to Orlando. Spent a few nights there, got hit by hurricane but hotel buildings a little more substantial than Coco Beach. Survived with 2 inches of water flooding our rooms. Port Canaveral now wrecked by storm & our next ship, Mariner OS couldn’t dock. Phoning RCI HQ 2/3 times a day to find out what’s happening, but they were no wiser than anyone else. Came back to hotel, late on the night prior to sailing & checked on the internet to learn that ship would dock at Miami the next morning & coaches would be laid on from Orlando Airport. 7 hour drive later we boarded Mariner to learn Labadee, Ohco Rios & Grand Cayman were wrecked & only 2 stops were achieved. $200 pp OBC given by RCI. Flights all went to plan, so no loss there, our additional expense was the taxi van, Orlando Hotel & about $45 deposit paid to a hotel in Coco Beach. I can’t remember whether insurance paid out, probably not knowing my luck & their exclusions are for everything they can think of. Lesson learned was the September cheap cruise prices! That said, it was an exceptional year for weather…By the way I'd do it all again, no regrets….Regards Wilba.

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D & B - replied to Wilba (05 Jan 09 14:21)

Many thanks and sorry to be a pain in the rump, but all this information will be very useful and it does make for very interesting reading. This info alone is worth its weight in gold. "Lesson learned was the September cheap cruise prices!" must stay away from September....... You must spend thousands of Pounds on these holidays with flights, travel, hotels, cruises etc but something tells me you are a little to astute or should I say knowledgeable for that. Regards.

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Wilba - replied to D & B (05 Jan 09 14:39)

Astute's a good word........

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Blyth - replied to Wilba (06 Jan 09 09:04)

We were lucky we got all our money back from Celebrity mind you we did do two cruises in 2005 to make up for the lost September one and we ended up going to Zebrugger and onto Brugge but both ways we were hit be strom force winds really bad on the way back but got an upgrade to a suite for a price and we could see the 40/50 foot waves face on as we drunk our free champers and watched Celtic palying another team don't remember which but we won't for get our 25th in a hurry.... bill.

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