Have you ever missed the ship, or seen anyone waving frantically at the dock, as the ship pulls away?
In Key West, still docked,on the Mercury, we watched from our balcony, as a couple ran frantically to the ship. The gangplank, was pulled up right after. I often wonder, HOW this could happen. I am never late to anything, will get there early and smile, no problem, then at the appointed time, when whomever, I was supposed to meet me, is not there on time, inwardly I scowl.
SOOOO, on a cruise, knowing you must be back at ac certain time, WHAT has kept them. Drinking in a bar? Buying a pair of shoes? [this one I can ALMOST understand] A tour that came in late? What the heck time was that tour scheduled anyway? Do you have a story? Was it you running, or watching the running? Did you miss a flight that got you to the ship too late to even step on the ship? What help, if any did you get to get you
to the ship? Tell us, won't you?
Trip, with her book & tea!
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Re: Missed the Boat, Literally !!
Trip - this ALMOST happened to a group of us on the Millennium in 2001. We booked the Dolphin Swim in Cozumel independently of the ship as there were a group of us that wanted to be together. We made the reservations in November for our February cruise. We got literally the last swim of the day. When looking at the time of the swim and the time the Millie departed, we said no problems, mon! Well, to our chagrin, the ship stayed on ships time (EST) while on land it was Cozumel time (CST). The one hour difference was definitely a problem. We finished the swim, changed, quickly bought photos and high tailed it to the taxis to get back to the ship asap. Some of us arrived at 5:45 - ship was leaving at 6:00....others followed about 5 minutes later. We literally were the last ones back on the ship. We stayed at the entrance to the gangway threatening to lay ourselves across the gangway if they tried to move it before the rest of the group got back. It was one of the funniest moments of the cruise - in hindsight!!! Everyone did make it back, and we all learned that sometimes ships time and shore time are different.
Carnival Breeze with Ray B and Aerogirl 5/4/14!
My DH and I have never been the cause of a ship's delayed departure, but we witnessed two.
The first one was on the Nordic Prince (Royal Caribbean) in '86. In New York but bound for Burmuda, we watched while a couple was brought to the ship in a pilot boat and hoisted to a small gangway. The instant they were aboard, the ship was moving. The couple had a very funny cosume for Passenger Night.
The second time, a cruise line employee delayed departure. We watched this scene aboard Vision of the Seas (also Royal Caribbean, ironically) in 2002. This guy was returned to the ship in a pilot's boat, too, and probably in a lot of trouble with RCL.
We also have never missed the boat, (well not on a cruise)ha..ha.. but in 97 while on the Norwegian Dreamward before she was stretched, we were in port at Cozumel. We were standing in line at the dock getting ready to reboard when my son asked me what happened to the four couples standing at the dock. I turned to look and I never saw such a sorry looking lot in my life!!! They looked pathetic, they looked to be around 65-70 years old and were very tired, in tears, including the men. They had several pieces of luggage. Turns out they had missed the ship in Miami, had taken at least 2 plane rides and tried to meet the ship in Cancun, missed it there and moved on to try to meet us at Cozumel. This was the 3rd day of the 7 day cruise. They looked like they had lived in their clothes.. not slobs mind you, just on the go contstantly look. They were determined to get on the ship, I do not know if it was fortitude or just stubborness, I would have gone home I think by then. It took them at least 2 days to recover..I was very afraid for their health, they looked ready to fall over. Not a funny story, just a true one.
We've never missed rhe ship either, but did see a couple left behind. We were on RCI Explorer of the Seas last October. We were standing on our balcony leaving San Juan
and we saw a couple strolling down the pier like they didn't have a care in the world. Finally they looked up and noticed the ship had backed out. The woman looked frantic and the guy was in disbelief! They didn't come to the ship on a pilot's boat. They caught a flight to the next port.
In 1983 on my Festivale Cruise I was up on deck watching as ships began moving away from the dock at San Juan. It was nearly 2:00 AM. The band was playing on deck all the ships were decked out in lights it was a balmy night.. Everyone was happy and the deck party was still going on. A couple came running down the pier screaming at the ship in the next berth to wait. A quick thinking man on our ship ran to the radio room and had them call the departing ship. The ship was barely free of the pier, they stopped and let the couple board. As the ship finally departed we could hear their band strike up "On The Road Again".
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“
On a stop inn Tortola a few years back, we went by taxi to Long Bay Beach, a secluded beach about 20 mins ride from the pier. We arranged for our taxi driver to pick us up at 4 pm, as we wanted a long stay at this lovely beach. He never came back.... and phone calls to the taxi companies in town just made us more nervous. "No taxis available for a while". Since the ship sails at 5:30, (or 5:00, I don't remember), we were freaking out. I stood on the road until a taxi came by purely by chance, and agreed to deviate into town. Phew! Made the ship with 20 minutes to spare.
Just 1 month to go until the "Cruise Cynic Mystery Cruise" ... January 2008
Almost missed the ship years ago in San Juan. The crew was pulling up the gangway on the Italian liner Marconi when we got out of our taxi. We lost track of time while winning at the El San Juan casino. (that was 47 cruises ago). Ahh to be young and foolish...
On my August cruise aboard the Enchantment of the Seas two ladies almost missed the boat at Ocho Rios. They had to be taken out to the boat by launch and apparently they were somewhat large sized and it took a great deal of boosting to get them onboard. The comedian reveled in the details that night in the theater.
Next day out of Grand Cayman everyone was back for the tenders in plenty of time and the Captain reported it was the first time he had actually sailed out of Grand Cayman on time.
Explorer of the Seas October 2013
Caribbean Princess July 2006, May 2010 & November 2012
Monarch of the Seas November 2008
Crown Princess November 2007
Celebrity Zenith November 2005
Enchantment of the Seas August 2004
We came within 20 minutes of missing the departure of the Norwegian Dream from Dover on August 29th. We had depended upon NCL to book our airline flight(s) from Orlando to London, and that's when our problems began. Even though we had booked nearly a year early, NCL took their sweet time with the booking. As a result, they were apparently unable to get us on a non-stop or direct flight across the pond.
Our flight itinerary was from Orlando to O'Hare, with a one-hour connection to London. To our dismay, our flight to Chicago was an hour late leaving Orlando. We got to the gate at O'Hare at 8:20 pm, that also being the scheduled departure time for our UK flight. But not to worry, American Airlines was nowhere close to getting our London bird off the ground. They had had a mishap while loading the baggage on the 777 (the loader had damaged the plane's rails carrying the baggage pods), and the aircraft was declared not to be airworthy. Now American had to try to find another 777 to make the flight.
By the time they did so and the passengers & baggage were loaded, it was approaching the witching hour. We departed from Chicago about 3˝ hours late and, instead of arriving at Heathrow at 10 am as scheduled, we landed a bit after 1 pm. The ship was to depart from Dover at 4 pm; however, all of the buses had already left the airport and NCL had to scurry to find transportation for us and one other couple from our flight. After more than a ˝-hour they decided on a private SUV and our hair-raising 2-hour+ ride to Dover was underway.
The driver, bless his soul, was a Knievel wannabe. Sunday traffic on the highways to Dover was moderate, thank God, because we were "flying low" as we careened towards the port. On board, meanwhile, my brother and his wife (who had arrived from Boston several hours earlier) were frantically telling all who would listen that there were at least two passengers missing...us! When we finally got to the terminal and checked in (no lines here), we stumbled onto the ship at 3:40 pm into the waiting arms of sil Ann. And yet, I am now having trouble remembering why we were so upset when we arrived. After all, we didn't miss our cruise ship .. did we? <VBG>
Some years ago (probably 10 or so) we were flying to Montego Bay to catch the REGENT SEA. Originating flight was cancelled, rebooked, missed connection blah blah blah. We arrived in M.B. after the ship *should* have sailed but were met by the ship's agent (who was in touch via radio with the ship) and rushed through immigration, etc. and then down to baggage claim ... WHAT BAGGAGE? Lost, gone, never arrived. Filed claim and zoomed off in a taxi to the port in the darkness (still accompanied by ship agent).
As we flew through the night we could see the ship in the distance. SCARY! Finally arrived at the port which is surrounded by a huge locked fence ... complete with ARMED GUARD who would not let us in despite ship agent intervening, etc. By this time we lost radio contact with the ship and it was 2 hours past scheduled sailing time. DH attempts to climb the fence but after the guard pointed his gun at him he decided to climb back down. FINALLY the ship agent was able to convince the guard to let us in but no taxi ... we ran that 100 yards to the ship in record time to the cheers of hundreds of passengers standing at the railings. What a welcome!
Despite being without luggage for 5 of the 7 days this was one of our most memorable cruises.