Missing the Boat

Of course the vessel crew is vilified once again:

Anyone got any good stories about missing the boat?

Dunno about vilified. If I were running Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines I wouldn’t want my bridge crews taunting the left-behinds. No doubt it was a salubrious lesson in the world not revolving around their convenience, but there’s no need to rub it in.

Oh ffs, it’s about a million times more likely that the crewmember was waving to the other ship. These people see each other all the time along their routes and no doubt have interpersonal relationships.


My parents were left behind in a port in the Med by a cruise ship. While they were ashore the wind picked up and the ship started dragging towards the beach. The ship instead of re-anchoring took off and anchored 60 miles away. They had to ride a bus to catch up.

First time on a cruise to please my wife, we met a couple on deck as we left Galveston. They were engaged to be married and it turns out both he and I worked for the DOD. We got along great and made plans to meet again and party together during the cruise. We never saw them again.
When we got to our first port of call in Mexico, we found out why. Turns out she was found dead in their cabin the morning after departure. He’d been put in some kind of brig on the ship and when we moored everyone had to wait to disembark while the FBI who’d been waiting for him on the pier boarded and escorted him off the ship to fly him back to the US.
That’s one way to miss the boat.


As a cadet we were docked with the training ship in Nassau at one of the cruise ship docks. We had just arrived and the cruise ship across the pier was leaving. Shortly after last line this husband and wife team comes running down the pier, the wife trying to run in her high heels and the husband looking completely dejected carrying about 10 bags from her shopping experience, screaming “stop that’s my ship!” We all looked on and laughed and laughed. Then the wife comes up to the cadet in his dress uniform at the base of the gangway and asks “Are you the Captain?”

Lucky for them one of the mates was around and some radio calls were made and they were allowed to board one of the tugs and made it out to the ship before it departed.

I’m sure they were waving at the other ship, but it’s pretty damn funny if they made that sign up just for passengers who missed the boat hahaha.

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I guess it was too hard to throw her off the boat…

Yes, I think so too.
Today, with the smart phones everywhere, it may be questioned, if this innocent behavior may have been a good idea…

The stranded couple seems to be very young and as those persons are today, they never thought, anybody had the power to leave them dockside saying good-by to their ship.

Generally, they are always the same persons during a cruise (by far not only young ones); they arrive always some 10/20 minutes after the ‘everybody on board’. This time it was an excess of more than the thirty minutes before departure.

Indeed, there may have been a car accident or something else, far from their responsibility; but this is a rather rare justification, and never a reason to retard the ship…

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I have never missed the ship but once I missed the last launch before departure and had to hire a boat to get back. I missed it due to a girl…I guess it wasn’t such a bad thing as I ended up marrying her.


It wasn’t like that. They were good people. She had a heart condition that was triggered by the excitement and partying. Both their families were crushed. We attended her funeral to support him in his grief and met several members of both families.


Well, it COULD have been a bad thing. . . . like my ex. . . .

At least she’s not the “One who got away”.

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well, Seadog had the best story here!, I missed sailing once in Chile somewhere but They’d just moved to another pier (they couldn’t sail without me) but it was most embarrassing to say the least. Though they didn’t have the sail board posted it was non-the-less inexcusable but i did have a good time.

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When the Cunard liner Queen Mary visited Melbourne on her maiden voyage so many people went to see the ship it caused gridlock in the surrounding streets. 5 coaches loaded with passengers on shore excursions were trapped some distance from the ship at sailing time. We had just sailed and were entertained by the increasingly testy exchanges on the VHF between the pilot, harbour control and the tug skippers as the ship had no option but to wait.

Before, i wrote:

Yes indeed, I forgot to mention the exception, with the shore excursion organized by the ship.
Then, the cruise ship waits, as long as the financial repercussions allow it.

On one side are the costs to fly the stranded passengers to a next port and the compensations asked for by these passengers.
On the other side, apart from the port’s ability to let the ship docked overnight, are the foreseeable rewards for all other passengers on the ship for a lost stopover the next day…
If a higher speed to the next stop can make up for the delay, it costs just some fuel…

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