We’ve all seen them. The folks dashing down the pier, arms waving as the ship sets sail without them. Longtime cruisers even have a name for them: runners – for obvious reasons. And while we shake our heads and use their plight as teachable moments (“See, that’s why you always make sure to sync your watch to ship time and be back long before sailaway!”), some folks simply never learn the lesson.
And the results can be downright disastrous.
What Really Happened?
One recent example? Video surfaced this week showing a woman dropping to her knees, apparently weeping, as Norwegian Breakaway left Nassau on Thursday, April 21st. Now, a rep for the cruise has explained to the U.K. paper the Daily Mail exactly what happened. According to spokesperson Archie Pottinger, the events unfolded after it was discovered that a female passenger was not yet on board as sailaway time loomed. Her husband and two children were on board and accounted for.
“Due to the circumstances,” Pottinger told the paper, “the ship went beyond normal protocol and waited an additional half an hour for the guest.” Eventually, it was decided that “the father would disembark with their travel documents to wait for his wife while the children would stay with their uncle and his family” for the remainder of the trip.
“The company offered travel and lodging to the couple,” said the rep, “and arrangements were made for them to reunite with the ship upon her return to New York on April 24.”
Don’t Let This Happen To You!
Believe it or not, ships leave without passengers more often than you might think… or want to think about! And that is why we always encourage people to make sure that they are safely on board well before the time the ship is due to sail away. While it is always awful to think about those who wind up missing the ship – talk about a ruined vacation! – it is also impractical to think that a cruise line will inconvenience everyone else on board by waiting for stragglers to return. (If they did, imagine how any folks would throw caution to the wind and order another round – or three – at legendary Nassau watering hole Senor Frogs!)
Have you or someone you know ever missed the ship? What happened as a result?