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.

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31 Answers


I'm back a few hours before departure.

Oldest thread ever pulled up. 7 years old. Put yourself in for a Ship-on-a-Stick

I can't get passed the first page and what I'm doing is searching by words to see what I can find.

Looks like my earlier post was flagged. No personal foul committed on my part.

Oh, I love watching for pier runners! I know I probably shouldn't find it so amusing, but i do! Some people run like the devil is after them but then others stroll like they don't have a care in the world. It is really funny.

I don't so much enjoy the pier runners, but watching the drunks pour themselves onto the ship (while I am on my balcony pouring another drink) is priceless! (as it was 7 years ago!)

I think that it is very true that passenger names can be called of guests who are indeed actually on the ship. It is just that their ID didn't go through property when they boarded..

I have to say I have only seen one and the ship was over an hour away from shoving off.

Been on 7 cruises, Baltimore, north to New Brunswick, and down to the Bahamas several times, Bermuda, and Panama: went thru the Panama Canal. Did Alaska Inside Passage with train and bus excursions to inner Alaska and Denali in 2016 all on Carnival Cruise Lines. Haven't seen anyone else running to the ship; never seen any drunks, either. My wife and I are close to being finished cruising; would still like to do the Mississippi cruises. Not interested in South America or Europe cruises.

I suggest you pop over to YouTube and search for videos the best are those drunken pier runners.

We’ve watched the pier runners a couple of times and they were funny! Once it was a couple of drunks with no concept of time, and the other time it was a couple of women who seemed to have lost track of time while shopping. We could see them running from a shop to the Duty Free, down the pier and finally onto the ship. The gangway was already pulled up but put back for them - they were so close to missing the ship!

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