I *almost* missed the boat. As I mentioned in my thread below, on my '98 Grand cruise our flight was delayed and we arrived in Florida 3 hours late!! There were 20 of us, and we felt, for SURE, they would wait for us...right? At the airport the Princess Rep who met us said, "We'll TRY to get you there before the ship leaves." (Huh?)
Fortunately for us, there was a medical emergency and the ship's departure was delayed until almost 9 pm (not too fortunate for the poor gentleman who had a heart attack). But we missed dinner, and you may as well say we missed that whole first day, given that, theoretically, we could have been on the ship from late morning.
I doubt I'd do cruise line air again.