DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Close Call Getting Back on Ship ....

On a Princess Cruise ported in Victoria, BC, my son was late getting back to the ship.  Surprisingly, someone called me and asked for his cell # and told me they would wait 25 minutes for him.  A courtesy I did not expect ... He arrived 5 minutes later with 4 other passengers who had been delayed in traffic.  Cutting it way too close not a good thing.

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Wow, at least people on the case quickly. 

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Very surprised at that but they told us later that about 30 minutes before leaving the port, they check who scanned off the ship and who scanned back on the ship. If two people are traveling together and one is back on and the other is not, they call the cabin.  

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

That was a close call! I watched a few Mighty Ship shows and the decision to wait is a heavy one.... Lots of repercussions and expenses. 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I will always err on the side of caution. In Hawaii some one missed the boat and had to fly to the next port. Lucky for them it was not the last stop in the Islands.

I tend to be a bit OCD about that. I don't want to get stuck somewhere without the wherewithal to get out.... I'm not THAT adventurous.

 

askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Wow that is always my worst nightmare to miss the boat, that is why I am like Johngold.  There with lots of time to spare.  Nothing worse, but entertaining in the same breath watching people literally run down the dock as the ship is pulling away.  Glad he made it!

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

When I was on Fantasy waiting to leave Nassau.  The ship was 30 minutes late in departing.  It made be kind of mad to see some stragglers just schlepping back to ship.  Taking their time without a care in the world they were holding up the ship.  Wish we left them.  I would have gladly waved to them.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

My son's group had experienced an accident with a taxi ... technically they did not get back late and the ship did not have to wait ... if they know 30 minutes from departure time, who's missing and make attempts to locate them, that's a good thing.

Since the excursions guarantee the ship will wait, I have experienced an hour delay due to that.  However, I agree with you wholeheartedly about the people who simply lollygag getting back to the ship.

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Lollygag----Don't you just love that word?Big Smile

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

We have left people in Hawaii, Kuai, last port before going home. The ship waited an hour. As we pulled out and out 300 yes from the dock the came running out onto the dock. Some folks missed the ship in Cozumel on one cruise. I am like Johngold, we always leave a good window to get back tothe ship.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

YES!

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