When Bad Weather Affects Your Cruise

Hurricanes, tropical storms, high winds and rough seas. All of these have the potential to affect your cruise. What can you do to prepare for weather events at sea?

Be Flexible

Guest and Crew Member safety is always the number one priority. Everything else comes a very distant second. If the weather makes it unsafe to approach a port of call, DCL will reroute the ship to a safe destination. This means that your itinerary could change with very little notice.

Ports of Call

The captain will reroute the ship to avoid bad weather. This is common practice. DCL wants you to enjoy your time at sea. If it is in their power to deliver sunny skies by slightly altering your path, then they will do so.

However, if winds or seas are especially rough, DCL may change the order of your ports of call. It is not uncommon for Bahamian cruises to switch days from Nassau to Castaway Cay (and vice versa) to guarantee a better guest experience. They could also substitute different ports of call for those which are not safe to visit.

Port Adventures

Port Adventures are dependent on the weather, especially if guests must tender to the shore or if travel by boat is required to arrive at their excursion. You will not be charged for Port Adventures canceled by rough seas, high winds or bad weather.


You may visit the Port Adventures desk to seek out an alternate plan for your day in port.

Pools, Slides and Splash Zones

Water features remain open even in the rain. Lightning and high winds could cause closures. Slides like the AquaDuck and AquaDunk are especially prone to wind closures as the upper decks are more susceptible to high breezes.

Indoor Fun

When weather is a factor outside, do not fear. Disney Cruise Line offers lots of indoor fun for kids and adults.

Check out your Personal Navigator for games, trivia and karaoke contests which are usually found in the ship’s lounges. Your kids may enjoy simply spending extra time in the Youth Activities Centers. And if your day on the deck is ruined by rain, consider a day pass to the Rainforest Rooms in Senses Spa.

Rain or shine, DCL always has world-class entertainment in the Walt Disney Theatre. Broadway-style shows and variety acts charm and delight guests each night.

Senses, Chill & Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

A rainy day is always a good reason to head for a spa treatment or to add a little extra sparkle to your day. The front desk at Senses will be able to book spa treatments at Senses or Chill. Go to the Guest Services Desk on Deck 3 to book Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique appointments.

Deck Parties in the Atrium

Disney is not about to let a little bad weather cancel a good time. If bad weather threatens your Sail Away Party or Pirates IN the Caribbean celebrations, head to the Atrium. The party will be held on decks 3, 4 and 5 – with the stage located in front of the Atrium Dining Room.

DCL Prep School Tip: The Deck 4 atrium balcony is my favorite spot for catching a deck party which has been moved indoors.

In-Room Entertainment

When it rains, sometimes you just want to curl under the covers and watch a movie. Luckily Disney Cruise Line has you covered.

Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy: Guest on the newest ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet are treated to an in-room on demand catalog like I’ve never seen before. Disney movies, classics and shorts are all offered at the touch of a remote. Sports, news and Disney Channel shows are also available.

Disney Magic and Disney Wonder: Guests on the classic ships have first-run movies, Disney classics and Disney shorts playing on a scheduled rotation. Sports, news and Disney Channel shows are also available.

And don’t forget that Disney Cruise Line offers in room dining 24-hours a day (and it’s included in your fare).

Disney always wants to give you fair winds and following seas, but until Disney creates a way to control the weather – and I am firmly convinced they are working on it – a little rain may fall on your vacation. However, you and your family will always find plenty to do and see indoors or out.