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Old October 18th, 2004, 12:44 AM
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What takes so long that cruise ships require everyone to be back on board a ship 30 minutes before it is actually scheduled to leave the port? I know it takes some time to secure the gangway and other items, and you don't want people pushing the departure times (after all, it seems like everyone's watch is within +/- 10 minutes of each other), but is 30 minutes necessary?

Also, in tender ports, this is automatically lengthened to an hour. I find this very curious since it usually doesn't take more than ten to fifteen minutes (more in Belize where the hour actually makes sense) to load the tender, get back to the ship, and unload the tender. Also, there seems like there is less that is needed to do since all it seems the ship has to do is secure the hatch, weigh the anchor, and head out. Of course, I could be grossly underestimating what actually happens behind the scenes.

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Old October 18th, 2004, 01:50 AM
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I think 30 minutes is necessary because you always have those people that, even though they know they are supposed to be back by a certain time, still can't make it on time. I've seen people running to ship as they were pulling up the gangway (which is 30 minutes past the time they were told to be back onboard). I've also seen it where so many people have waited until the last minute that there is a line waiting to get on the ship. If they didn't give that 30 minute leeway, people would be left at the pier.

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TomS............where've ya been?

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Old October 19th, 2004, 04:21 PM
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Ehh, I would say TomS

1. Make sure all that went off via swipe, came back on and swiped are we missing anyone?

2. If we are why, has there been any emergency calls to the ship or line regarding a passenger ill or potenentially stranded?

3. Has everything including the tenders been stowed properly and are we fit to sail, doors locked, engines and engineering have done their checks, we are fit to sail again since we docked or dropped anchor X hours ago.

4 I could go on, 30 minutes is nothing with a 100,000 ton ship and at least 2,000 guests leaving port
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Davy, the proper sound for a "swipe" is a high pitched "boong", "boong"!

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We've also seen people having to rent a boat from the port of visitation, rushing to catch up with the ship! You KNOW they made some local VERY happy! No discount there, I'm sure!!

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When I was on Carnival Spirit We were nearly an hour late leaving port in St Maarten. They kept paging one mans name over and over during that time. Later I heard that he did get back to the ship, barely before it left. I heard that his girlfriend was aboard and said he was somewhere drinking and did not want to leave. Gee is having one last drink more important than risking getting left behind??

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Thanks for the guidance. I know on my last cruise (Inspiration, 4/11/04), after every port they would page around 20 names about 15 minutes before scheduled departure. It took me a while to figure out these were the people who weren't back on board yet, or at least somehow missed the check-in station.

Thomas, sorry for my ling layoff. I thought I would just take a break. It didn't help having the pop-up add at the beginning, which took forever to load (dialup isn't fun sometimes).

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