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Old 09-11-2013, 03:34 PM   #16
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We leave in a few weeks for our first cruise, so I basically know nothing. If the itinerary says "1:00-5:30." does that mean that you have to be on the boat no later than 5:30 p.m., or does it mean the boat leaves at 5:30 p.m. so you better be on the boat no later than 5:00? Or....(and I do not want to push it) it means you could probably stroll up at 5:50 p.m. and be fine since they really aren't planning to leave until 6:30 p.m., but you do so at your own risk.
Your Personal Navigator will have an "All Aboard Time" for each port. That is the latest you can walk up the gangway onto the ship. I have seen ships wait longer than that, but I'm sure there is no guarantee. Read and heed.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:39 PM   #17
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I was on the June 26 12 night Med cruise. We overnighted in Venice. Apparently one couple figured out a way to make sure the ship wouldn't leave without them. Starting a few minutes before we were to sail, there were frequent requests overhead for this couple to contact the crew. Sail away time, still asking for them to contact the crew. We finally left more than an hour late.

Seems they left their children in one of the kids clubs while they had a last visit to Venice that day....


I maybe wrong, but I am pretty sure it your late enough and the vessel needs to sail to make the next port, they will sail with the kids onboard...........

There was a post along ago about that the vessel assigned a CM to watch and care for a child.

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Old 09-11-2013, 03:41 PM   #18
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My two-cents:

Depending on the itnerary you have, make sure you know and understand "ship's time." And the fact that the "local" time at the port and the "ship's" time can be different. Therefore the time of departure from the port of call is "ship's" time.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:42 PM   #19
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We leave in a few weeks for our first cruise, so I basically know nothing. If the itinerary says "1:00-5:30." does that mean that you have to be on the boat no later than 5:30 p.m., or does it mean the boat leaves at 5:30 p.m. so you better be on the boat no later than 5:00? Or....(and I do not want to push it) it means you could probably stroll up at 5:50 p.m. and be fine since they really aren't planning to leave until 6:30 p.m., but you do so at your own risk.
Are you referring to Costa Maya day? Ashore - 1pm; Onboard - 5:30pm. That means you should be able to get off the ship at 1pm and be back on board by 5:30pm. Not approaching the far end of the dock at 5:30pm, but feet on the ship.

However, as noted on the cruise website - Guest ashore times and onboard times are subject to change without notice. So be sure to refer to the Personal Navigator that will be delivered to your room the evening before, as it will have the accurate information.

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My two-cents:

Depending on the itnerary you have, make sure you know and understand "ship's time." And the fact that the "local" time at the port and the "ship's" time can be different. Therefore the time of departure from the port of call is "ship's" time.
And this is a VERY good point.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:53 PM   #20
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That is why we like to take the cruise excursions - if you are late and on an excursion through the cruiseline - they wait for you.

We were on a RCCL cruise a few years ago in Mexico and went on a rather long excursion and our bus got back later then we were supposed to. As we were on an excursion through the cruiseline - they had to wait for us.

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Old 09-11-2013, 03:57 PM   #21
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That is why we like to take the cruise excursions - if you are late and on an excursion through the cruiseline - they wait for you.

We were on a RCCL cruise a few years ago in Mexico and went on a rather long excursion and our bus got back later then we were supposed to. As we were on an excursion through the cruiseline - they had to wait for us.

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Not exactly. For the most part, if you are on a ship's excursion, and are running late, they will TRY to wait for you. But, if port charges, or time to next port are important to them leaving before you get there, the cruiseline will assist you in getting to the next port to catch the ship.
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My wife and I always choose a Disney excursion. If we get done with plenty of time to spare before boarding time we'll walk into town and we always give ourselves at least one hour lead time to get back to the ship.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:22 PM   #23
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That is why we like to take the cruise excursions - if you are late and on an excursion through the cruiseline - they wait for you.
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Or, Disney will get you to the next port of call. They won't "assist" you, they take the lead and make sure you get there.

Lots of speculation here as to why they might choose to leave on time, knowing there are late excursions. I think they are all (educated) guesses. If it happens, it happens.

We returned to the port once 30 minutes after the advertised "All Aboard Time" on an excursion we booked through DCL. The ship was there waiting for us.

A number of people were really nervous about making it on time, and definitely not having a good time. Since that's one of those things you don't have any control over, we chose to enjoy the experience and look on it as an adventure if the ship had left (luckily it hadn't). We'd be seeing the local area more, flying on a new airline, and have a great story to tell later. Life is what you make it!
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:22 PM   #24
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On our trip this last August, after our stop in Castaway Cay there were a few calls by the captain over the intercom for a couple to report immediately to guest services. We assumed they were looking for a couple who had missed getting back to the ship. We were wondering, how could you get lost on CC, anyway, it's not like a big populated island with traffic. So then my son started worrying that they'd had drowned (he worries a lot about everything, ha ha) Of course, we never found out what had happened, but I wonder what they DO do if someone meets with disaster while out on a stop?
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:29 PM   #25
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In April 2012 we were late leaving St. Thomas because there were extra passengers on board. A queen bee and her swarm decided that a deck chair near the Mickey and Goofy pools was a great place to hang out. We had to stay in port while a bee keeper was called to capture the bees. It was interesting watching the process.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:38 PM   #26
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I can not tell a lie...

My family and I went on a 7 day double dip back in 2006, and I was getting my hair braided. Not realizing what time it was, it took a LOT longer than expected, and my poor mom got the phonecall"uhm, whereis your daughter?!"


Luckily, it was on Castaway Cay and clearly could NOT leave me there, they golf carted me all the back to the ship, with my hairbraider sitting next to me, finishing up. What a fun little experience that was.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:43 PM   #27
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We leave in a few weeks for our first cruise, so I basically know nothing. If the itinerary says "1:00-5:30." does that mean that you have to be on the boat no later than 5:30 p.m., or does it mean the boat leaves at 5:30 p.m. so you better be on the boat no later than 5:00? Or....(and I do not want to push it) it means you could probably stroll up at 5:50 p.m. and be fine since they really aren't planning to leave until 6:30 p.m., but you do so at your own risk.
Don't let the prior person that quoted you freak you out!!! - They are talking about something else - like the first day of your cruise!! (3pm and safety drill @ 4 ...)

In your Navigator that you receive each day, and in the Port Shopping Guide that you also receive in your room, they will mention the ALL ABOARD TIME. This is the time you must be back on the ship by!!!

If you are on a DCL shore excursion, they are scheduled back before then - depending upon when you return, they might drop you off near the ship - and close to shopping. Pay attention to the time - because if you are shopping and its time for the ship to leave, it will. Also, pay attention to the Navigator - it will tell you the ships time and if it is the same as shore time (Disney usually sets there clocks to local time, but I have read that sometimes they do not).
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In April 2012 we were late leaving St. Thomas because there were extra passengers on board. A queen bee and her swarm decided that a deck chair near the Mickey and Goofy pools was a great place to hang out. We had to stay in port while a bee keeper was called to capture the bees. It was interesting watching the process.
OMG! I guess I was skimming quickly and had to stop to reread because I couldn't imagine how someone got on the ship who wasn't suppose to be, and had her "swarm" around her.
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And yes, if you get left, it is your responsibility to get to the next port. Port agents can be of some assistance (hint: you might think about carrying with you the Navigator page that lists the name and address of the port agent) but the travel will be at your expense.
I put the numbers in my phone when I got off the boat. I got really nervous about the boat leaving without us.

I just messaged this thread to my friends along with the "if we miss the boat- you're paying to fix it."
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Will they leave you on Castaway Cay even? How would you get to the next port from there?
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