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Just incase you think the ship will wait...

It wont... It won't turn around either... Here is some interesting "pier runner" videos I found


Oh and always stay on ship time!

Tags: Pier runners tardy to the part

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We witnessed a couple running down the dock. There names had been called over the PA a few times. The captain waited but not too terribly long before setting off. The ship was about 30 feet pulled away already. They just stood there in disbelief waving their arms. We had to get to dinner so I am not sure how the drama ended. Time zone changes, ship's time not in sync with island time, spending the day sucking down margaritas at Carlo's and Charlie's, having a cab or bus break down or simply not paying attention to the clear instructions as to return and departure times... people make their own choices and suffer the consequences of their outcomes. While I do not like to see anyone left behind, it's not like things are spelled out in black and white.

I'm not sure why the picture came out so big, but this is a picture of a couple of people running to catch the ship in Cozumel. They were treated to a sarcastic round of applause from people on deck & on their balconies.

This is a picture of a couple of people running to catch the ship in Cozumel. They were treated to a sarcastic round of applause from people on deck & on their balconies.

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An old merchant mariner told me a story one time about when he arrived back at the pier after being out on the town all night on a drunk. He said, my ship was "Hull down on the Horizon".


We have seen quite a few arrive back at the ship at the last minute, but to my knowledge never saw someone get left behind. Always independents. The closest was a lady cruising by herself but sharing a cabin with another lady. When she finally got to the pier she did it by flagging down a motorbike and was riding on the back of it. They had packed her bags with the help of her cabin mate and notified the lines port representative. That happened in a remote location too. The staff captain told me they really really hate to leave someone in a situation like that.


There are other sides to the story as well. Like, some people honestly miss their tour coach due to some logical reason. Same is true for being late back to the pier, one time we got accidentally left on another island when on a shore excursion. Thankfully, some locals figured out a way to get us back to the right island and our ship in time. Scary.        
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We almost left some table-mates in Cozumel.  They rented a car and it had a flat.  What saved them, was a late Carnival shore tour.  They arrived as the last of the tour passengers got off the bus.  They were so very lucky!!!!

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I cannot even begin to imagine the feeling in the pit of your stomach as you watch the ship sail away with all your stuff.  Guess that raises the question...What do you do if you miss the boat?  I for one, do not take credit cards or bank cards in port with me, just cash.  What would you do?

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The best pier runner we have seen was in Cozumel.  It was a college age guy who was feeling no pain :)  He was trotting along the pier pumping his fists in the air.  He ran right off the edge of the pier into the water Big Smile  He climbed back on the pier, waved and continued his run to the ship.

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I've seen pier strollers. No hurry.


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I would call the wealthiest most powerful person I know and beg for their help.  

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We have seen pier runners in Hawaii, they missed the ship after we waited an hour for them. It was our last port before heading back to Los Angeles.


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