cruise vacationers often book many excursions for their port days. However, they will have to be careful to get back to the ship.
Whether it’s a Scandinavian cruise or a Caribbean trip, the majority of passengers are eager to get off the ship and explore.
Ships often offer their own excursions, but passengers can also book tours with separate companies or explore on their own.
However, they must ensure that they return to the boat after their excursion.
One guest said on Reddit: “Come back on board 30 minutes before the advertised departure time or leave.
“If you’re lucky, the ship can leave your passport and suitcases with the port agent. Watch YouTube videos of people running to ships that have already departed.”
If a passenger is late back on the ship, the cruise line will often be forced to leave him behind in order to maintain his time slot.
As the guest said, sometimes a cruise line leaves a passenger’s belongings at the port, but there is no guarantee.
However, there are a few ways passengers can make sure they get back to the ship on time.
The guest said: “Be 100 percent sure of the advertised departure time before leaving the ship. There will be a sign at the gangway.
“If you take a ship excursion and you return to the ship, you are worth gold, as long as you get back on the ship right away.”
Guests will be told what time the ship departs and should aim to be back on the ship a little earlier.
If vacationers choose an excursion with the cruise line, the tour operator will make sure they get back on time.
The guest added: “Be 100 percent local time. You may be traveling through different time zones.
“Check your watch before you leave the ship.”
Cruise ships will often travel through different time zones, which can be disorienting for passengers.
Some cruise ships have apps for their guests that display the home time and the current local time.
Guests should ensure they are aware of the local time zone to ensure they are back on time.
Passengers should also be aware that they may not have as long as they think to explore a destination.
One person advised: “It takes some time for customs/officials to clear the ship once you arrive, not too long.
“Should be within 45 minutes of ship arrival. The ‘all a board’ time is generally a little before departure.”
Videos of people who have missed the ship racing to catch it, or pier runners, often go viral on social media.