Do people really miss the boat in ports?

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#1
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So I've been reading stories of people really missing the boat in ports... does this really happen or is it being over stated. WOW that would really be bad news but somewhat entertaining to watch the people run for the ship.
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Yes, do some searching on YouTube and you can entertain yourself for hours watching idiots miss the ship. Amazes me to this day!
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Just happened on our ExOS cruise in Sept. they had to climb the ladder from a boat to the ship we were told by the CD.
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I wonder sometimes if a few of those videos are staged. That is a tremendous marketing tool for the ship's excursions.
I have seen it happen a couple of times...folks racing up in a taxi or van...running to the pier to watch us sailaway.
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Yep!! A friend has a few shots of a family climbing the rope ladder and that included grandma. Also had 2 family members who came pretty close to being added to the list, and they where not drinking. Father and son thought they had enough time to run back to port for a forgotten item. Not so. Their names where called repeatedly over the PA system. Needless to say my SIL was beyond furious. At the next port they were given a terse reminder about the required all aboard time from staff and family.
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The running of the drunks is well known in ports like Nassau ... Just look on YouTube
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Originally posted by PattyG12
The running of the drunks is well known in ports like Nassau ... Just look on YouTube
And Cozumel.
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We've seen this too! I am a fanatic for being on the ship well before it sails, but I guess it would be easy to lose track of time. I am, shamefully, a watcher.

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Originally posted by Angele000
So I've been reading stories of people really missing the boat in ports... does this really happen or is it being over stated. WOW that would really be bad news but somewhat entertaining to watch the people run for the ship.
Oh yes it does happen. The first cruise I went on a cruise we left a couple in Juneau. The captain called their names for about a half hour and then we left. When we arrived in Victoria, there were Mr. and Mrs. TOO LATE waiting for us at the dock. The captain congratulated them for making it to the ship on time (over the loud speaker) and we all clapped and greeted them. Not so fun for them I am sure but it really made an impression on my traveling companions and me too.
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YES. On our first cruise years ago a couple got left behind as we were pulling away. It was in Playa del Carmen (don't even think that's a port anymore). They stood on the dock screaming...it was awful to witness.

Captain sent the tender back to the pier to pick them up- I was surprised they did that!
#12
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I've always been very careful about getting back to the ship in plenty of time, but nothing makes more of an impression on you than the ship pulling away from the dock and seeing the mad, desperate sprint of those who never believed the ship would leave them behind.

The last time I saw this happen was in Cozumel. The late arriving couple barely made it (the ship was moving within 3 minutes after they boarded). I always check with the crew before I leave and make sure my watch is on ship's time. The cost, time and complications involved in making your way to the next port of call are enough to put the fear in ya. That and all of the late arrival videos you can find on Youtube
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Oh yes, years ago while making a port call in Coz' I watched a lady with shopping bags walk down the pier about 10 minutes after the cruise ship left. She stopped, dropped the bags and started to look lost.

"Problem?" I called down from the bridge . . .

"my husband and kids are on that boat ..." as the tears began . . .

Short version of the story I called the cruise ship and asked them to slow so I could load the lady into our fast rescue boat and zipped her out to the ship where she climbed up the pilot ladder.

She was just a little thankful
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We have had many an enjoyable times watching those late arrivals do the mad sprint for the ship befoer setting sail. We have also had many enjoyable times watching those that have arrived as we have left port. It's real simple. There are a couple of thousand people onboard. WE AIN'T GONNA WAIT FOR YOU!!!
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As 'bad' as it would be to be left in a port such as Cozumel or Nassau, can you imagine being left in St. Petersburg? As in Russia?? Happened on a Carnival cruise we were on last July. Picked them up two days later.
BTW, we have not taken a ship tour in the last 15 or so cruises we have been on. Have never missed the ship yet. Really do not believe they are related. Most reputable companies are well aware of how important it is to get you back to the ship on time. In St. Petersburg they went as far as having an additional vehicle with us as needed.
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Originally posted by Angele000
So I've been reading stories of people really missing the boat in ports... does this really happen or is it being over stated. WOW that would really be bad news but somewhat entertaining to watch the people run for the ship.
Have personally witnessed this happen twice myself.......it was not a pretty sight!
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Originally posted by lucille&mike
We have also had many enjoyable times watching those that have arrived as we have left port. It's real simple. There are a couple of thousand people onboard. WE AIN'T GONNA WAIT FOR YOU!!!

You really think people missing a ship is an "enjoyable experience" to watch?

You two are a real class act...
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#18
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Originally posted by Angele000
So I've been reading stories of people really missing the boat in ports... does this really happen or is it being over stated. WOW that would really be bad news but somewhat entertaining to watch the people run for the ship.
YES! My brother and family have missed a port TWICE! It wasn't on the same cruise though.
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People miss the ship quite often.

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