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8/20/07-Tyler

East Texas Travelers Affected By Hurricane Dean

Fortunately, East Texas will not be affected by Hurricane Dean as it sweeps through the Caribbean, but those of you planning to travel there just might.  As the storm heads for places like Cancun and Cozumel, many travelers are left wondering what about my resort, or my cruise?  There are things you should do to make sure your dream vacation becomes a reality.

A week on the Caribbean sea, Alice Kissel of Whitehouse says she is looking forward to her trip in paradise.

"I'm looking forward to being on a ship for seven days with no telephone," said Kissel.  With Hurricane Dean heading straight for her destination Alice is now wondering what will happen to her cruise.

"It's really an odd feeling because the places that we are going to stop are Cozumel, Jamaica and Grand Caymen and of course those are all the target islands." A travel agent herself, Alice knows how to be flexible.  Something, Elaine Goad of Carlson Wagonlit Travel is asking of her clients.

"I've gotten a lot of phone calls, people concerned about there travel plans, what might happen to their resort," said Goad.  Both American and Delta Airlines are accommodating travelers through the 25th, giving full refunds, or allowing people to change their flight plans.  Goad says many resorts and tour companies are also allowing people to change their destinations, to get out of Dean's way.

"Get some other travel options in mind," said Goad.  "Speak with your travel agent about what other destinations might be an option, so that if the worst does happen and your destination does have some damage, you have another plan in place."  As for Alice, if her cruise can't stop in Jamaica, she says she won't sweat it.

"You have to be flexible anytime you travel because the weather is nothing anyone of us can do anything about," said Kissel.  Travel agents say cruise lines have already canceled stops in Jamaica, meaning they will either stop at another island, or stay longer on the sea.  If you don't have a travel agent, agents recommend calling your resort, or hotel and airline as soon as possible.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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