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Old 09-11-2013, 05:36 PM   #31
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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.
There is usually a 15 minute difference (like all aboard at 4:45 and sail away at 5), but you will get yelled at if you get there after the all aboard.

On CC the all aboard is usually 4:45 and man, they are moving out at 5 pm.

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Old 09-11-2013, 05:48 PM   #32
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Will they leave you on Castaway Cay even? How would you get to the next port from there?
They scour CC for guests that haven't made it back to the ship. So it would be difficult to miss the ship accidentally on CC (now if you are hiding, that's a whole different thing). But if for some reason you do miss it, the crew that lives on the island would have to have a boat take you to Great Abaco and you can get a commercial flight from there.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:49 PM   #33
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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, 06:10 PM   #34
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They scour CC for guests that haven't made it back to the ship. So it would be difficult to miss the ship accidentally on CC (now if you are hiding, that's a whole different thing). But if for some reason you do miss it, the crew that lives on the island would have to have a boat take you to Great Abaco and you can get a commercial flight from there.
There is a small runway on CC. The shuttles drive on it to get to Serenity Beach. Not everything comes in there by ship / boat.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:26 PM   #35
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There is a small runway on CC. The shuttles drive on it to get to Serenity Beach. Not everything comes in there by ship / boat.
Everything does come in there by ship / boat.
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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.
Not only is the all aboard time listed on the Navigator but it will be on a monitor as you exit the ship indicating the all aboard time.
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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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Unless one is stupid enough to become separated from the group while on the excursion. On our Med cruise stop in Villefranche we did the Nice & Monaco tour through DCL. Our 4th and final "stop" along the tour , which always began with our guide saying, "We will meet ______(location) at ___. (time)" Well, the last stop was Monte Carlo casino and 2 passengers never returned back to the bus. We waited a good 20-30 mins for them which doesn't sound like much but actually pretty generous considering the tour was 8am-5pm and we had 6pm dinner and at 6:10 we were just getting off the tender & back on the Magic. All aboard was later and who knows if they got back to the ship on time; we had to rush to dinner looking all wind-blown. Dh thought it was kind of silly to make a casino the last stop since some people really have no self control in them.

It seemed every night during dinner they paged people overhead frantically. I often wondered if we ended up leaving people behind.
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There is a small runway on CC. The shuttles drive on it to get to Serenity Beach. Not everything comes in there by ship / boat.
That runway was used by drug runners before Disney bought the island. It definitely is not kept up to par now for a safe landing or takeoff.
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It is marked as a closed runway
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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.
It means the boat leaves at 5:30 pm. As long as you get to the ship entrance b/4 then, you should be fine.

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It is marked as a closed runway
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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.
There's the itinerary and there's what the Navigators etc will tell you. Follow what you're told ON the ship.


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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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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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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.
A couple? I kinda doubt they got lost....


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Dh thought it was kind of silly to make a casino the last stop since some people really have no self control in them.
Your husband has a good point. Even I, a non-gambler, can see the allure of going to a casino in Monte Carlo...
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Our ship(Wonder) left a family in Mexico when we sailed. They repeatedly called, on the speakers, for them to contact a cast member. we left 2 hours late and were late getting back to LA the next day.
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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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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!
On the Med this summer we took a DCL excursion with a Port Adventures guide whose "only" assignment (according to her) was to make sure people got back on time, and to assist in getting to the next port if they were left behind. This was because in the 1st port, people were left behind.

The CM told me that she had her passport with her, and extra money b/c she was warned that she might very well get left behind herself if she needed to stay and help passengers.
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