As hurricane season heats up, so do the weather guarantees

Palace Resorts launched a new hurricane policy for its nine all-inclusive Mexico resorts in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Nuevo Vallarta and Cozumel.

If the National Weather Center issues a warning for a hurricane to make landfall at or near a Palace Resorts property, guests will receive a non-transferable certificate, enabling them to rebook between April 15 and Dec. 15, 2007. Dates are subject to availability and blackout periods and do not include airfare or transfers.

In the event of a hurricane, guests can transfer their reservations to an alternate Palace Resorts' destination not in the storm's projected path.

Guests are permitted to postpone their stay for up to one year following the original departure date, but must reschedule their trip within 30 days following a storm. Guests also can cancel their reservations 72 hours or less prior to their scheduled arrival, if a hurricane develops.

Complete details can be viewed at www.palaceresorts.com.

Similarly, Le Blanc Spa Resort, an adults-only property in Cancun, implemented its own hurricane policy whereby guests will receive a non-transferable certificate enabling them to rebook between April 15 and Dec. 15, 2007 if a warning for a Category 1 storm or higher is issued for Cancun.

Guests are permitted to postpone their stay for up to one year following the original departure date, but must reschedule their trip within 30 days following a storm. Guests also can cancel their reservations 72 hours or less prior to their scheduled arrival, if a hurricane develops.

For details, visit www.leblancsparesort.com/HurricanePolicy.html.

Back in the States, Amelia Island Plantation in Florida implemented the Storm Free Guarantee, valid on bookings through Nov. 1.

The guarantee states that is a guest's vacation is cancelled due to a hurricane warning at Amelia Island or in the guest's hometown, the resort will honor the same rate on a return trip to the property through March 3 as well as offer a $100-per-room credit for use in the resort's onsite facilities.

Return trips must be booked within one week of cancellation and must be for the same amount of people and in the same type of accommodation as originally booked.

For details, visit www.aipfl.com/storm_free_guarantee.htm.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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