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Saw a guy nearly miss Rhapsody's departure in Roatan, Honduras. Saw him running as fast as possible onto the pier with about 2-3 minutes left.

I was just shaking my head thinking "You gotta plan these things better, dude."

Here's a question: Do they have their passports or did they leave them on board?

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52 minutes ago, SPS said:

Here's a question: Do they have their passports or did they leave them on board?

I have read that a ship’s officer will open the safe and remove passports and wallets, etc if they are there.  Apparently the personal effects are left with some official(s) at the port.  I cannot confirm any of this.

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Unless there is a health related issue I will never push my time in port, I will always arrive back early if I can help it, I know life can throw too many curveballs and there is far too much that can go wrong.  Lets just say Murphys Law seems to apply so I plan accordingly, and am always prepared for a worst case scenario.  The stress of arriving right on time  dockside would drive me absolutely insane. 

 

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I have read that a ship’s officer will open the safe and remove passports and wallets, etc if they are there.  Apparently the personal effects are left with some official(s) at the port.  I cannot confirm any of this.

That is pretty close to what was shared from a crew member.  In his old job role he was the person that passed the passports and belongings to the port officials in those situations.  

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When I was in 7th grade (back in ‘90), my parents and I almost missed the boat in Barbados. We had hired our own cab driver to take us around the island and then ran into an issue with 2 flat tires making our way back to the boat. We were running up the pier in our bathing suits and flip flops as they were pulling up the gangplank. We didn’t even have passports back then but we joked that we could have learned if my dad’s AmEx would have lived up to its “don’t leave home without it” slogan.

I’ve been on 5 cruises as an adult and, because of that experience, won’t go on any cruise-sponsored excursion... even if it means paying more.

 

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My wife and I are always punctual. Most appointments we show up in the parking lot 10-15 minutes early. For something as major as airline or cruise travel, being there an hour or more early is normal for us.

I never "freelance" cruse excursions. Excursions booked through the ship are vetted by RCCL and are generally guaranteed to return you on time. I have heard that if an RCCL booked excursion you are on is late due to some thing out of their control, the ship will wait a reasonable amount of time or RCCL is responsible for getting you wherever you need to be next. Generally, RCCL excursions are well run, deliver on the experience as promised and get you back in time. That does not mean you can not forgo all personal responsibility. I SCUBA dive often on cruises and though transportation, boats, gear and leaders are usually good to excellent, you still have to be responsible for your own safety or you could die. That is a bit extreme but the point is, no matter how well your off ship activities are planned and organized, if you are not prepared or act stupid, bad things can happen.

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14 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Truthfully, I am so paranoid about missing the boat.  I get back hours early.  

I'm beyond paranoid because I have a serious fear of flying so I CANNOT miss getting back on the ship. I mean cannot under any circumstances miss getting back on the ship. I will never chance it. Back on WELL before the time. I won't book excursions outside the cruise line, pay more for peace of mind is my motto, Money well spent in my book. 

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We watch some runners from our balcony once. They were allowed on the ship, but it delayed departure. Hard to feel sorry for someone like that. It might help if the ship time was the same as port time. Last Feb. Ship time was 1 hr different from port time in Belize. Made it confusing for catching our excursion. But what the heck, they have Belikan Beer! If you get to Belize there is an awesome woodcarver there. The best shopping is behind pier 4 where the locals are.

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20 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

"The Royal Caribbean ship was just moving away from the pier as the two of them looked annoyed with themselves."

^^^^ This is the appropriate reaction for such a situation ... annoyance pointed in the correct direction. ^^^^

A rare sight in these modern days of "Nothing could possibly be my own fault!"

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On the HOTS FB page lots of Americans just use drivers license and birth cert to board, what if they get stuck in Honduras and miss the boat. Can you travel internationally with such documents? 

 

I'll be taking my passport with me if I leave the ship. 

 

 

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10 hours ago, Morganno said:

On the HOTS FB page lots of Americans just use drivers license and birth cert to board, what if they get stuck in Honduras and miss the boat. Can you travel internationally with such documents? 

 

I'll be taking my passport with me if I leave the ship. 

 

 

Travel agents recommend using passports so you can fly back to the US or to other countries.  Now other blog members have commented that documents from your stateroom safe will be delivered to the port representative if you are stuck behind.

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On Adventure the walk way to the peek a boo bridge is my hang out spot to watch the runners, actually it was a group of us.   In Bermuda we saw a family just leisurely walking down as the ship was pulling away the gang plank.  People on the pool deck and balconies are screaming run!  They finally looked up to see what the ruckus/noise was about.  SHOCKER....a few seconds later after they realize that they are the only people left you see them running.  One minute later and the gangplank would have been pulled up.

Some people will say that it was because the time change, but I always laugh at that.  1. The clocks on the ship are changed.  2, The compass states the time change.  3. Every 10-15 mins one hr prior to debarkation over the PA regarding the time change.  

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10 hours ago, Morganno said:

On the HOTS FB page lots of Americans just use drivers license and birth cert to board, what if they get stuck in Honduras and miss the boat. Can you travel internationally with such documents? 

No.  That is the drawback to cruising without a passport..you technically can't on a plane to get home without a passport.

10 hours ago, Morganno said:

I'll be taking my passport with me if I leave the ship. 

The ship knows who hasn't come back at a port.  If they're getting ready to sail and leave someone behind they will have security enter their stateroom to attempt to retrieve documents like the passport.  Then they leave it with the agent at the port.  They will know based on the documents that were used to get on the ship whether a passport even exists. 

Some people don't like to take their passports off the ship for a variety of reasons (potential theft, loss, getting them wet/destroyed) and will take copies.  Copies just make it easier for the Embassy to expedite what is needed to set up travel back home, but if you have the actual passport you will be one step ahead.  I'm definitely on #teampassport when I leave the ship.

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I synch my watch and phone to ship time as we're leaving ship and aim for 30-60 minutes early depending on where we'll be in port. Has a ship ever left early?

You need to know how far away you are from the ship and the minimum time to get back (walk, cab, etc). I only have 4 cruises under my belt but reading this thread you might be afraid to take a non-RC excursion (we've done 2 and loved them and were something RC did not offer) or race back to the ship hours early just so you don't miss the ship.

Bottom line - know where you are at all times and how long it will take you to get back to the gangplank. For example, there can be "state" security to re-board before you get to the ship.

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On 8/7/2019 at 6:41 PM, WAAAYTOOO said:

Truthfully, I am so paranoid about missing the boat.  I get back hours early.  

Me, too.

 

I'm a natural worrier, and missing the ship is a big one for me.  So, although I've been to St. Thomas 3 times, 

I have yet to garner the courage to venture over to St. John.  😞   Stupid phobias.

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