Are there any consequences for those Cruisers who delay sailing by being late?

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We had roughly 12 passengers who the ship had to wait for. Most of them did not even bother running, but rather sauntered up to the ship as much as 30 minutes late. (It does appear that several paid the ultimate consequence as the ship left at the 30 minute mark before all were back.)

Are there any consequences to those that are late? Especially those that are 30 minutes late?!

Do they go on a blacklist (refused future cruises)?

Does the Captain or Head of Security give them a dressing down?

Anything else? I think they should go to the brig for one hour for each minute late
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Are you talking about late checking in & boarding at the home port? Could be that the passengers booked air with Carnival & they have to get them to first port if they're late.

Or are you talking about late getting back to a port on the cruise. They could have been on a Carnival sponsored excursion.
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Originally posted by TrinaLC
We had roughly 12 passengers who the ship had to wait for. Most of them did not even bother running, but rather sauntered up to the ship as much as 30 minutes late. (It does appear that several paid the ultimate consequence as the ship left at the 30 minute mark before all were back.)

Are there any consequences to those that are late? Especially those that are 30 minutes late?!

Do they go on a blacklist (refused future cruises)?

Does the Captain or Head of Security give them a dressing down?

Anything else? I think they should go to the brig for one hour for each minute late
We were 30 minutes late coming back from a CCL excursion and I wasn't going to run for anyone.
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I remember a news story from a few months back where a mother was making this big dramatic scene on the pier because the cruise ship left with her kids aboard, but with mom and dad ashore. As I remember the mom was "shopping" and didn't come back by the posted departure time - the dad actually got off the ship to go look for her (?) leaving their children aboard, and the ship sailed off without mom and dad. I am pretty sure it was a Norwegian ship - and think the ship made the right call in leaving.

I can see delaying the ship in port for a certain amount of time if the missing people are on an excursion booked through the cruise line and the whole excursion group are not back through no fault of their own, or if there is some kind of extreme weather emergency or other sort of rare happening that would prevent people from getting back to the ship by the designated time. But other than such extreme circumstances, to me everyone knows what time to be back and has to plan accordingly. For that reason I always shoot for having to be back an hour before I actually do have to be, and don't book longer, or afternoon, excursions not booked through the cruise line. It isn't work risking not being back.
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I'm talking about delaying the ship as it leaves a port.

I'm not talking about anyone who is late because on a CCL sponsored excursion.

I'm talking about the idiots who hang out at {insert local watering hole} and lose track of time.
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Originally posted by Boston Mom
I remember a news story from a few months back where a mother was making this big dramatic scene on the pier because the cruise ship left with her kids aboard, but with mom and dad ashore. As I remember the mom was "shopping" and didn't come back by the posted departure time - the dad actually got off the ship to go look for her (?) leaving their children aboard, and the ship sailed off without mom and dad. I am pretty sure it was a Norwegian ship - and think the ship made the right call in leaving.

I can see delaying the ship in port for a certain amount of time if the missing people are on an excursion booked through the cruise line and the whole excursion group are not back through no fault of their own, or if there is some kind of extreme weather emergency or other sort of rare happening that would prevent people from getting back to the ship by the designated time. But other than such extreme circumstances, to me everyone knows what time to be back and has to plan accordingly. For that reason I always shoot for having to be back an hour before I actually do have to be, and don't book longer, or afternoon, excursions not booked through the cruise line. It isn't work risking not being back.
As I recall, there was other family (an Uncle) onboard for the kids to be with. The ship made the right decision to leave the parents.
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I am completely with you Trina. Or the idiot I saw on TV who was wandering around a store after the departure time - and her even bigger idiot husband who left the kids in search of her.

I am fine with giving a brief reasonable grace period because sometimes things can just go wrong despite someone's best intentions. But there is no good excuse for just plain old losing track of time, and everyone else should not be delayed for that.
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Originally posted by TrinaLC

Are there any consequences to those that are late? Especially those that are 30 minutes late?!

Do they go on a blacklist (refused future cruises)?

Does the Captain or Head of Security give them a dressing down?

Anything else? I think they should go to the brig for one hour for each minute late
I think they make them go down to the boiler room and shovel coal into the boilers.
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Originally posted by Boston Mom
I am completely with you Trina. Or the idiot I saw on TV who was wandering around a store after the departure time - and her even bigger idiot husband who left the kids in search of her.

I am fine with giving a brief reasonable grace period because sometimes things can just go wrong despite someone's best intentions. But there is no good excuse for just plain old losing track of time, and everyone else should not be delayed for that.

The story you are referring to- while complete stupidity on the mom's part IMO (I think she had been at the off ship casino while in port)- the husband went to cabin to get the woman's ID, passport, etc. and he left the ship at the request/suggestion of the Captain and Harbormaster so that the woman would have her ID and they would be able to meet up with the ship at the next port (whether they actually went to next port or just flew home- I don't know). But the kids were left onboard with other relatives who were cruising with them- they weren't left unsupervised (the movie Home Alone, but on a cruise ship... now that might make for a good movie! LOL! )


But regarding what consequences there are for missing the ship- I would think the extra expense of flying home or trying to meet ship at next port- in addition to missing out on the meals and activities from the cruise- are probably a pretty good punishment in and of itself.
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The story you are referring to- while complete stupidity on the mom's part IMO (I think she had been at the off ship casino while in port)- the husband went to cabin to get the woman's ID, passport, etc. and he left the ship at the request/suggestion of the Captain and Harbormaster so that the woman would have her ID and they would be able to meet up with the ship at the next port (whether they actually went to next port or just flew home- I don't know). But the kids were left onboard with other relatives who were cruising with them- they weren't left unsupervised (the movie Home Alone, but on a cruise ship... now that might make for a good movie! LOL! )
I think it would be my kids' dream come true to be "home alone" on a cruise ship without my husband and I. I can't imagine how much pizza and ice cream my kids would eat - or how sunburned they would get without my "reminders" about sunscreen!
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If they are on a ship sponsored excursion the captain will wait for them in most cases.
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Originally posted by Boston Mom
I think it would be my kids' dream come true to be "home alone" on a cruise ship without my husband and I. I can't imagine how much pizza and ice cream my kids would eat - or how sunburned they would get without my "reminders" about sunscreen!
so true
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Originally posted by TrinaLC
I'm talking about delaying the ship as it leaves a port.

I'm not talking about anyone who is late because on a CCL sponsored excursion.

I'm talking about the idiots who hang out at {insert local watering hole} and lose track of time.
How do you know that those people weren't on a CCL sponsored excursion. I know one time in Cozumel it seemed we were late leaving and looked down at the people slowly walking on board. Found out the Tulum excursion went long. I wouldn't run either.
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Originally posted by rdemn
If they are on a ship sponsored excursion the captain will wait for them in most cases.
I've always wondered about that. My worst fear is missing the ship so we don't go anywhere far where the ship would be out of sight. But I kind of thought if the ship had an excursion booked through them and the transportation broke down, or there was a delay for the group that wasn't customer fault, that hopefully they would be understanding.
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Originally posted by sparks1093
We were 30 minutes late coming back from a CCL excursion and I wasn't going to run for anyone.
Exactly. We were too (about 15 minutes) and we didn't either.

Had it been a private thing we would have hurried or got left.
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Originally posted by sk8rmomof3
I've always wondered about that. My worst fear is missing the ship so we don't go anywhere far where the ship would be out of sight. But I kind of thought if the ship had an excursion booked through them and the transportation broke down, or there was a delay for the group that wasn't customer fault, that hopefully they would be understanding.
They aren't just understanding - they guarantee it. If you book your excursion through carnival they take all the responsibility to get you back to port on time, or they will wait for you OR they will get you to the next port.


Now, with that said, I'm comfortable doing either - the private companies make their livings getting people back to the ships so they try pretty hard to have back-ups to their back-ups.


If I was doing no excursion I'd just make sure I was always pretty close to port. We did that in Nassau - wandered around the market, took a horse and buggy ride, got our passports stamped and were back on the ship in plenty of time.
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Originally posted by sk8rmomof3
I've always wondered about that. My worst fear is missing the ship so we don't go anywhere far where the ship would be out of sight. But I kind of thought if the ship had an excursion booked through them and the transportation broke down, or there was a delay for the group that wasn't customer fault, that hopefully they would be understanding.
That is my worst fear too and I was the same way but you really should try and overcome that and get out away from the port area for a little while.


In Roatan, we went on a wonderful island tour through Victor Bodden. Its not ship sponsored at all but Victor himself reassured me that we would be back in PLENTY of time and he was right. It was the absolute best time Ive had in any port on any cruise
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We have been late getting back on in port several times (especially in Cozumel--if you have a mainland tour there you will definitely be late) while on a CCL tour. We never have ran- no point other than falling flat on our faces and giving the cheering crowd an even bigger reason to cheer. I once even was told by an officer during a conversation that CCL figures an entire additional hr each time they port there knowing they will be at least that late because of mainland tours, but as don't list that hr because as the aforementioned watering hole peeps would just be yet an additional hr late beyond that. Regardless each time we were cheered onto the ship while being video taped and having our pics taken by those on board--some from the lower balconies shouting things such as "thanks for making us late a$$ho***" --and that's about a polite as most of them were......as I said each time having returned on a CCL tour. Just never know the reason the person is late.
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