How often are ships late to dock at ports of call?
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Just wondering if ships are often late into ports of call. I'd like to book a non-Carnival excursion on my upcoming Sensation cruise. We are scheduled to get into port at 7:00 a.m. in Nassau and I would need to be to the Hilton Hotel by 8:30 to make the shuttle for the trip. This is an expensive all day excursion to the Exuma islands so I'd like to have a pretty good chance of making the shuttle. What do you think my odds are?I have never experience a ship coming in late to ports, but it does happen due to the Weather or a engine that has failed and their speed is reduced.
Wennfred / Stay classy San Diego
I would be more concerned with getting back from Exuma in time than I would be getting to the departure on time. That might be something to think about.
We have never been late to a port in the 13 recent cruises, but anything can happen. It looks as though you have allowed enough time to go and come, so you should not have a problem barring any unforeseen circumstances.
As the earlier poster said, I would not lag around but be ready to debark as soon as they allow folks off. Also double check before you get off the ship that the ship's time and island time are the same. I have been to Nassau several times but we have been to so many ports I can't remember if this is one that has a time difference with the ship.
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Our Triumph trip to San Juan was about 1 1/2 hours late arriving because of strong headwinds during the 2 days it took to get there.
Before the cruise, I was considering doing one of the "Night Tours of Old San Juan", but they wanted a credit card up front and their refund policy was "too bad, so sad", so I didn't book with them. Turns out to be a good thing.