Originally Posted by Aeonix01
Now, I'm more than sure you're 100% right. Back 18+ years ago, our friend on the pier always got us on much earlier than we were supposed to get on. Agin, that was a very very very long time ago. Security, and much else have changed. I remember cruises with Bon Voyage parties in cabin for friends and family who would have to leave the ship just before the cruise would set sail.
I remember those days too. I used to sail back and forth to England with my mom on Cunard and there were always people onboard who left quickly once the announcement was made "all ashore that's going ashore." Easier times back then.