Ward00
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Don't be late returning from excursions/shopping.

My wife and I were on the Carnival Pride cruise to the Bahamas, May 25, 2010. The cruise was great. One problem arouse, but not with us. At the 1:30 pm scheduled departing time to leave Freeport bound for home, there were 3 passengers who didn't board, although the Captain gave them plenty of time to get back to the ship. Back at the ship early from our excursion, we watched the throng of cruisers in line, as they snaked slowly back onboard ship. 5 people's names werer called over the intercom system to report to the Purser's Office. 3 straglers arrived about 15 minutes later. We waited a bit longer and finally left port, I recollect around 2:10 pm. Nobody arrived at the dock as we left, and nobody came to the ship by launch as we left Freeport harbor. The Harbor Pilot left the ship by launch. We watched as Freeport Harbor receeded into the distance. Still nobody motored up to the ship and boarded. We had, in fact, left 2 cruisers behind at Freeport. Hopefully, they had money and passports with them in order to get airline tickets home. Our next port of call, and the end of the cruise was home, Baltimore. We were later told, in a passenger information meeting, that they had indeed got on board. We believe this was only said to appease the passengers, as they couldn't have boarded; we were watching everything that was going on in the harbor and beside the ship until the harbor was out of sight. So, don't be late getting back to the ship or at least carry your passports and enough money to get home.

Tags: excursions Carnival Cruise Line left-behnd dont-return-late-to-the-ship

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CruisewithMike
Contributor Level: Second Mate
Good Points by all made. Actually it is not unusual for the cruise ship scanner devices to actually make a beep sound as you come back on board, but the operator fails to see (especially when busy with crowds) that the scan actually did not register properly, and often results in people actually being on board ship, but the ships crew is showing them as a not returned. Which is why you hear the names read over the PA system to hopefully be able to resolve the issue without too much delay!
Hope that helps!
PlatinumJan
Contributor Level: Third Mate
I especially like to watch as we leave a port at night ... knowing that a few have actually spent the day in the local Cantina's (drinking marguarita's) & stagger back to the ship .... It's moments like that I always am thankful that I wait & drink on board!!!! I'd hate to miss the ship!
TheCruiseExplorer
Contributor Level: Second Mate
>>It seems like "Pier runners" are always seen at the same ports of call.
MrCruzeaddict
Contributor Level: Second Mate
The best place to watch for "pier runners" is Cozumel. Doesn't matter which cruiseline, they are ALWAYS running back to the ship.
Squeekbug
Contributor Level: Second Mate
We just witnessed this very thing in Cozumel.. we were several minutes past our departure time.. and we watched from our balcony.. 4 people just 'meander' along... like no rush/no hurry..holding their yard long drinks... then we saw some staff motioning to them from the gangway.. then suddenly they came running as fast as they could...shopping bags flapping, hats falling off.. someone lost a shoe... it was quite entertaining...but I couldnt help wonder.. "what were you doing".. & did they not notice there was NO ONE left around them... Shops all closing up/no one around/music stopped/ that would be a CLUE to me... lol.
MrCruzeaddict
Contributor Level: Second Mate
I once saw some of our tablemates being "assisted" back to the ship (Majesty of the Seas) after the Fiesta Party Boat...
techknowbabble
Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Pixiedustdawn, responsible people know how to handle their yards LOL
BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain
I love those videos on YouTube !
GTVCRUISER
Contributor Level: Captain
That happen to me once , the front desk called my cabin to make sure I was on board, I guess the scanner missed me
CruiselineQ
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
If you need a laugh, search 'pier runners cruise ships' on YouTube...funny stuff:) But definitely would not want to miss my ship leaving port.

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