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Old July 15th, 2004, 01:30 AM
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Hi All

Here is an other question from Us ....just curious to here the stories or urban legends on this topic :-)

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Has anyone ever "missed the boat" in a Carribbean port? What do you do?

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You are in bad trouble. You would be on your own to catch up to the ship at the next port of call. I do remember that CCL does call out names of those who are missing the check-in, but they will only hold the ship for a little while, if you are on a excursion that is sponsored by CCL, if you go off the ship and then buy a side trip, then CCL does not know where you are.

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Old July 15th, 2004, 01:27 PM
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While on deck of the Regal departing Singapore, the ship had cast lines and was about
thirty feet or so away from the dock when we could first hear and then see this ruckus
with a man, having jumped passed the exit security station and in heavy pursuit by two
security officers, running to the edge of the now shipless dock. Unbelievably, the ship
stopped and slowly returned to the dock to pick up the tardy passenger. By now almost
every passenger was at the railing to see the spectacle. What an exit. All we could
thing of then was that this guy just had to have been a sister queen, and a lucky one at
that.
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Old July 16th, 2004, 07:54 AM
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We've never tempted fate with this one. I'm one of those people who could be at the dock one second late and they'd leave without me.

They always tell you that the boat leaves exactly on time and if you miss it, you miss it. (Only exception is if you're on a cruise line sponsored excursion they will hold it until that excursion gets back) I'm guessing you 'd need to call your TA at home to make some quick flight arrangements or hire a private boat to take you to the next island?
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Old July 16th, 2004, 10:32 AM
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We were at the Cayman Islands (ouch) and as our ship left (Volendam) you could hear this guy screaming and running towards the end of the dock. The ship had already pulled away and did NOT go back to the dock. However we watched as the Pilot boat came over to the dock and picked him up. Funny too, we knew who it was as they called his name 3 times right before the ship pulled out.
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As I read these post and think about the situation I am amazed that any cruise ship would return to the dock for any one person. Can you imagine the fuel cost just to do that? Wow! Sounds as if folks pay dearly for that kind of mistake. Either in terms of embarassment or meeting up with the vessel at the next port of call. Nevertheless, being left on an island in the caribbean...hummm...worse things could happen to a person.

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My BF and I were on the NCL Sky Jan 2003 . On the Island of St Maarten we were at Cupecoy beach and fell asleep(after too many drinks) and woke up with just 1 hour to get to the ship. We packed up our stuff and ran to the road,got a cab . Told the driver to move fast but the traffic back to town was heavy and slow.
When we got to the pier the ship was about 500 feet out and on it's way to Tortola. The pilot boat took us out to the ship. On our way to the ship they put life vests on us.When we pulled up to the ship there were about 1000 pax waving and cheering at us. I'm wondering how were gonna get aboard. Suddenly I see a rope ladder roll down from an opening about 70 feet up. We had to climb up the outside of the ship. I almost **** myself! The seas were very rough and the pilot boat was moving up and down but as drunk as I was I climbed that rope ladder as fast as I could(never looking down) and we were back aboard!
All I could think was how much were they gonna charge us for this. No charge!
I learned my lesson that day to never stay at the beach too long and allow at least 2 hours to return to the ship!
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We've never missed a ship, but we missed the last tender going back to the ship, in Bali:

After buying out the town, there was 1 more item we desperately wanted, a 5 foot tall 4 foot wide hand carved wood banana tree, yes I said banana tree! We had no idea how we would get such a large sculpture back home, all we knew was that WE WANTED IT! Shopkeepers were asking around $600, pricey we thought, because that was 16 years ago. Someone in the know, told us that we could hire a tour guide and driver for about $40 and that they would take us into jungle villages and we could buy direct from the carvers, so that's what we did. Once in the thick of the jungle, traveling on bumpy dirt roads the driver pulled off the road to a narrower bumpy dirt road that ended at a village of wood carvers. We looked at their wares and moved on to the next village, and the nex village and the next village. Alas, we found the perfect tree and it was only $300. The tour guide said that it was too much money and we should let him bargain for it, so we obliged. After an hour of watching him haggle, we paid the carver the $90 agreed too.

It was late afternoon and since we hadn't eaten anything that day, we asked the driver to take us to a fruit stand or anyplace where we could get something to eat. So, back on the bumpy dirt road, this time in search of food. The old rickety car tossed us around when we went through a shallow stream at top speed (maybe 25mph) almost hitting a water buffalo. We stopped in a clearing to find an open-air thatched roof restaurant in the middle of nowhere. It was a large restaurant ,situated on the edge of a cliff, with a volcano, tiered rice paddies and a waterfall in the near background. Had we arrived in heaven without knowing it??? We were the only guest (off hour?) so we were esscorted to the prime table. The local food was FAB, and the owner's teenage son, dressed in a scanty native costume entertained us while we dined. We paid the bill, $4.23 for both of us....true! We thanked the staff and rejoined the tour guide and driver. When I looked at my watch I knew we had to get back to the dock pronto or we might miss the last tender. Once on the main highway we got stuck in bumper to bumper traffic (there was a tobacco convention in town) and I started to sweat bullets. Forty five minutes later we arrived at the dock, unloaded our tons of purchases and were immediately surrounded by young local native boys wanting to engage us in conversation??? Anyway, I shooed them away and looked for a tender but there were no tenders anywhere. The young boys were all pointing their fingers towards the ship trying to tell us that the last tender was halfway there. I told the boys to scream, jump, wave, or do anthing to get the attention of anyone on the tender, (for money), and they agreed. A lady passenger, who we had met on the ship, heard the noise, turned around to see us stranded on the dock.She advised the sailor in charge and the tender turned around and picked us up.....phew!....close shave! Needless to say, most of the passengers were not to happy with us.

Don't ask how we schlepped a banana tree around Southeast Asia for 3 weeks, AND convinced and an airline in Singapore to transport it (along with a real blow-gun) without any security issues or cost to us.

When we arrived home, the first thing we did was to upholster 2 sofa's in a bananaleaf patterned fabric, hang the blow-gun on a wall, along with masks and other artifacts that we bought on the cruise. Do we sound like a couple of mad queens from Hollywood? Well we are.

Later......Jerry

P.S. Should you ever want to hear the story about how I got stranded on the top of a mountain during a port stop in Capri, just let me know.
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A person on one of our sailings was at the dock waving his arms as we were setting sail in Juneau. The ship sent a life boat to go and get him and charged him a $250 fee. He took a lot of ribbing from his fellow passengers to say the least.
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These are just fantastic stories!

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Old July 22nd, 2004, 11:05 AM
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wow

love all the stories ...just hope we will never end up being in one of them

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Jerry.......tell us the story about how you got stranded on top of a mountain at a port stop in capri. Thought your previous story was adventurous, as well as, hilarious.
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 07:08 PM
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Can we get a picture of the carved Banaa Tree? Sounds neato.
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I was curious too

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In a recent reply to this post, I told a story about how my partner Kirk and I missed the ships last tender in Bali. I also mentioned that I was once stranded on a mountaintop on the Isle of Capri. Surprisingly, that "mention" triggered a lot of interest from CruiseMates readers who requested me to tell that story. So here's the story, but be prepared for a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong one (Probably in installments).

In 1988, a 3 week Transatlantic/Mediterranean cruise was offered for a give-away price on a highly rated ship, so without hesitation I booked it. For years, we dreamed of such a cruise but never thought it would ever become a reality. Now it was about to happen......pinch me!

The crossing........

There was only 1 port stop in route to Europe, so we had all the time in the world to get acquainted with our fellow passengers. On the second day at sea we met James and Lyle, a nice couple from the mid west. During the crossing, the 4 of us spent endless hours in conversation and by the time we reached Europe we were the best of friends. We became so tight that the buzz around the ship was........... I'll leave it up to your imagination.........Not!

Capri.........

With our new best friends in tow, we went on a full day excursion. It included the Blue Grotto Cavern, Capri, and the mountaintop city, Anna Capri. In a small open-air tender we were transported close to the entrance of the Grotto and then transfered into a 4 passenger rowboat (there were 6 of us). I was ready to complain about the tight fit, but I changed my mind when a strikingly handsome Italian rower introduced himself. Was he worth worth the inconvenience? YES! Once inside the Grotto my attention was directed to the unusual deep midnight blue color of the water and not him. Reflections of light cast on the water through a small opening of the cavern causes the water to sparkle (sort of like a mirrored spinning ball that you'd find in a dance club). It was AWESOME! Historically noted, the Blue Grotto was the porn playground for Tiberius. Anybody got a time machine??? As the tour was ending I gave the Italian stud a generous tip and took his picture AND silently blew him goodbye kisses......Sigh!

Now on land, a group of us were ushered into a mid size older bus (all the busses were old). The driver spent considerable time collecting tickets and counting heads.... I hate that.......waste of time. Finally, we departed for the loooooong drive up the steep mountain. It seemed like it took forever to get to Anna Capri, the mountaintop city.
Now we were off to explore the city, but before the driver would let us off the bus he gave us instructions; WHERE the bus would be parked in the central plaza, and he reminded us that the bus would leave prompty at 5PM.

James, Lyle, Kirk and I decided to take a self-guided walking tour of the city so we could soak up the sights of old-world-charming, it was truely lovely. Our last stop was the Villa San Michelle; once owned by Axel Munthe the eccentric and doctor to the Royal Swedish family, about 150 years ago. He was also noted for a best selling book (worldwide) on psychiartry.

The Villa........

It was perched on the edge of a cliff and built from ruins found in Roma. The jetliner views to the ocean and vallyes below was BREATAKING! The gardens surrounding the Villa were in full bloom and the sky was as blue as sky gets.....I didn't want to leave. But it was time to go inside and explore. There was more to see then I thought there would be......lots of nooks and crannies ans other things to discover. I took my time snooping around, but I soon realized that I was separated from the gang, so I tried to catch up. I got confused in the twisting narrow up and down staircases and ended up back where I started. Anybody got a compass??? Eventually , I found my way to the exit door and waited outside for the boyz. Fifteen minutes elapsed and there was no sign of the boyz or anybody else. Where had they all gone? Surely they would not have abandoned me ??? Guess again Charlie! I looked at my watch and I only had 15 minutes to get back to the bus before it departed. I put on the steam and briskly walked towards the plaza, but half way there I saw an attractive bauble in a store window that intrigued me, so I stopped to buy it. I explained my time constraint to the salesgirl and she obliged me with a quick transaction. Just seconds before I reached the plaza I looked at my watch again and I was very relieved to know that I was 4 minutes early, or so I thought. The tour bus was nowhere to be found, or any of the other tour busses. Yikes, now what???

I stood in the plaza feeling terribley rejected and I was near tears. Just then, a waiter dashed out of a cafe and headred directly towards me, at top speed. If he hadn't put on the brakes he would hav knocked me down. He was pointing downhill and screaming, "You miss de booooose, you miss de boooooose" (bus). Duh, so what else is new? I asked the waiter how to get to the docks but he didn't understand much English (Maybe "I" should have brushed up on my Italian before I left home ???).

The bank across the street appeared to still be open and I needed to cash some travelers checks just in case I had to spend the night in a hotel. When I reached the front door an employee was locking it. I motioned him to unlock it and let me in, but he turned his back on me and walked away. No amount of pounding on the door aroused him or anyone else &*%$#-+(^##$^$@$*U#@!!!!! I had no currency of any kind, just travelers checks and credit cards (Dumb!). Geeeeeze, what do I do now?

Installment II.........Later
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Although it didn't commence with "It was a dark and stormy night...." we love it and can hardly wait for Instalment II, which we hope will be waiting for us upon our return from 26 days at sea. Without question, we plan on meeting every scheduled sailing deadline at all seventeen ports of call...

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Oh the suspense!! Will he survive? Does he reconnect with the handsome rower? Stay tuned....
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, shopping -- once again -- proves to be the downfall of our hero.

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Jerry you are a fantastic storyteller. Know you have been very busy this week. Thanks for your story. It's great.

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Still waiting on the rest of the story.
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Jerry and Kirk hope you are on one of my cruises soon...

The closest I came to missing the boat was in New Orleans with my sister and about 5 other of people we met earlier on board. We had become carried away (very drunk) on Bourbon Street and ended up in a fountain in Jackson square taking pictures and jumpin in--I had on a long dress which was soaked. I did not care and really don't rememebr that much. After a while my sister, the oldest in the group at 36 said "OH my God--the ship leaves in 5 minutes!" Our only choice was to RUN the approx 1 mile to the ship--I rememeber very little except being very tired. My sister was the first one there, one woman fell and cut her knee open pretty badly. They were pulling up the gangway but they lowered it quickly and told my sister to get on but they were not going to wait for the rets of us--through my drinken haze, I heard her screaming "Noooo! Its not going to be any fun without Paaaaaaaige!!!" We all made it back and now we try to get there a little early. One group of young men on that same port had two of the five arrested (it was aminor thing involving walking across the street and mouthing off to cops) so the remaining 3 all had their own cabins!

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Hi Paige,

LOVED your story about almost missing the boat in New Orleans.

I suppose you and Tommy are sunning yourselves at the pool just about now OR raising hell somewhere else on the Zuiderdam. Would you tell us something about the ship and your experience when you return?

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Alan and I were sailing QE2 transatlantic two years ago this past May. We were flying in from Miami via Charlotte (US Scare). We picked US Air because the non-stops airlines American/Delta/United were threatening strikes. So we get up at pre-dawn and set off. No problems connecting in Charlotte and we arrive at LGA right on schedule at 10:30 am plenty of time for boarding at 2:00 and sailing at 4:30. We make our way to baggage claim, and you guessed it, no luggage - whatever would we do without our fancy frocks?

We go to the luggage desk and fear that we are to have a New York customer service experience, instead we were fortunate to run into Natalie an agent that was genuinely concerned; however, at first whe said they would deliver our luggage to our next port- not really an option on a transatlantic, oh did I mention after QE2 we were barging in Scotland for 10 days - lots of very manly butch attire needed.

Anyway, charming Natalie located our luggage on the ramp in CHarlotte and told us that the next flight to LGA was due to arrive at 3:30!!! We had a choice, wait for the bags or go to the ship. We considered one to the ship and one wait (that was my idea and it would be me waiting on QE2 while Alan sorted out the mess) but it was decided we would both wait, because without our fancy frocks we would be at a disadvantage. So we waited, storms delayed flights but at 3:45 our baggage flight arrived. Oh by the way we called the port agent and Cunard they basically wished us well (mind you we have sailed Cunard at least 6 times). Natalie with an assocaite met the aircraft, crawled into the belly, retreived our bags from a specific location that she had arranged with an employee in Charlotte, and came huffing out with our 6 pieces of luggage. Unbeknownst to us, Natalie had arranged a car and driver, At USAir's expense, to take us into town and deposit us at the pier.

With hugs and kisses she saw us off at the arrivals curb at LGA. The driver a swarthy young hispanic man, who if I was not in such a panic, would have warranted more than a cursory glance steered the behemoth towncar on to the LIE. Alan being his ever positive self saying we will make it if we do not run into traffic. Suddenly hunky latin man pulls of the LIE and onto the streets of Queens. In a manly voice (ok, it was a screech) "What are you doing?" He informes me the airline did not give him toll money. I throw a $50.00 at him and tell him there is more if he makes it before sailing. If not, I inform him he will be spanked. Needles to say this straight latin man was gonna kill himself to make it.

So across the tri-bourough bridge and across town we go, we hit a street fair, divert, we make it to the eastside hiway ( I am hyperventalating at this point). The driver is soaking wet with sweat from the stress and the thought of two Queens delivering a spanking (he secrelty wanted us to). With screeching tires and fishtailing action we pull up to the dock. Now Zenith is backing out, QE2 has smoke billowing, and there is noone to help with luggage.

Driver keeps $50 and speeds away, backside unbruised. Alan finds a porter to whom we toss all our luggage. We ride the elevator up to departure and there is one prim and proper Cunard rep closing up her terminal. We come to a screeching halt throw passports and ticket at her. She then looks us in the eye and with a cool British accent, she says, "Gentlemen, we were so worried we were going to miss you on this crossing". She sped us through and radioed for the gangway to be reattached ( it had been swungback but door not closed). We were actually on the gangway as it came into alighnment with the doorway. We jumped across and were safely onboard QE2. I looked at Alan and inquired, "What are the odds our luggage made it?".

Maureen Ryan of Cunard walks up and greets us and orders glasses of water to assist in our recovery. We exchange pleasantires, rush off to our stateroo,m and then make our way to the boat deck for sailaway. By the time we get there, we are mid river heading southeast on a glorius late spring day towards the Verazanno Bridge.

45 minutes later our luggage arrives and we relax.

All future New York sailings now require a previous night stay - much saner and less jarring on the nervous system.
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What a fantastic story! (But really makes that arrival a day in advance sound even more as a "must-do")

Thanks so much for the tale!

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