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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Run! Don't be Late!

Good morning,

That's the dock in Cozumel, Mexico, in the image above.  Those people are running!
This is how they look without the zoom on my camera.
These are people on their balconies on Navigator of the Seas leaning over to watch as their fellow cruisers ALMOST miss the ship. 

I am standing on deck 4 of Freedom of the Seas taking these pictures.  Look carefully to see the reflection of our ship name in the balconies in the center of the image.
 The ship canyon echoed with the cheers of guests on both ships as the Navigator guests ran to get on board before the gangway was removed.
 Oh, my, how confident!  They are down to a "stroll." 
 At the bottom of the image you can see the ship officer walking to meet the late-arriving guests...

 ...to escort them on board.
 All this time there are cheers and jeers coming from people leaning over the sides of both ships.

 He is preparing to remove the gangway!
 That is the ship's agent still on the dock.
The safety officer is probably communicating with the bridge for instructions to remove the gangway.

And, off they will go to the next port.

More departure images tomorrow....



MarkD60 said...

I often wonder about cruise ships and customs. I guess with a ship card you don't need to get your passport stamped....

Michelle said...

Glad they made it!

Montanagirl said...

It would be terrible to be left behind! Do they ever take off without passengers??

TexWisGirl said...

i would certainly worry about being left at a port.

Lois Evensen said...


Yes, the ship will leave passengers/guests behind if they aren't back to the ship on time. The ship will wait for guests on tours that are booked through the ship, but if you book your own tour and are late returning, the ship will leave without you. Not a good thing to do! Not only is it costly to get back, the turmoil of arranging your trip to the next port and/or home can be very difficult to handle.

The company does have a port agent at the dock to assist guests who have missed the ship. The guests have to pay for everything, but at least there is someone there to assist, especially if there is a language barrier.

No, usually no passport stamps on these Caribbean cruises. It is all very different when we are in Europe, Asia, and South America, though, where you may be required to present yourself to local authorities with your passport in hand, but most of the immigration/customs issues are handled by the ship. I remember in Russia your passport was held by the local authorities at the dockside until you returned and were ready to re-board the ship. It can be different from country to country.

All the best,

Betsy Ray said...

Lois, you have a great zoom lens. What kind of camera do you have?

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Betsy,

I took these pictures with my baby camera, a Canon Power Shot SX260HS. I call this one my baby camera because I can fit it into my pocket. I have other cameras, too, but rarely drag them around with me unless we are going on a photo safari somewhere. ;)

All the best,