Posted January 14th, 2013, 10:26 AM
I dont believe that number is correct.
I have sailed 18 times and never once did someone miss the ship.
You will be able to tell because they will keep calling that persons name over and over and over.
I do believe some people get left behind.
As for booking private excursions-- as long as the excursion is not a whole day thing-- (like visiting ruins in Cozumel) And remember to be onboard the ship 30 minutes before it is set to sail. And be mindful of the time.
you should be good to go
I have no idea of the accurate number of people left.
That said, John Heald, Carnival's Senior Cruise Director spent much of the summer on a ship in the Med. Each day he reported number missing as they approached sailing. It seemed like about half the days, he reported leaving people behind. Usually about 2 to 5 people.