Posted Yesterday, 08:34 PM
To be more accurate, the ship will TRY to wait for you if you are on a cruise line excursions. But there are times that the ship will leave without you. BUT, if you are on a cruise line excursion, the cruise line is responsible for taking care of you and getting you back on board as soon as they can.
If you are a on private excursion or on your own, you are on you own to deal with the ship leaving. NOT a good situation.
Many people plan on being back 1 hour before sailing. And make SURE you understand what time is SHIP time. That is what the sailing time is based on, and it may be different than local time.
For a new cruiser, I would book excursions through the cruise line.