Video: ‘Don’t Worry – We All Waited for Ya!’

January 13, 2012 | By | 43 Comments

Picture a nice, relaxing day on the beach in Cozumel: warm sun, white sand, ocean breezes … followed by a jarring all-out sprint down the pier to catch your ship, which has been not-so-patiently waiting for you to get your butt back onboard. This video and all of its humiliation is a prime example of why it’s extremely important to wear a watch — and to make sure it’s running on the ship’s time. We’re betting that these two, amid a chorus of screams, jeers and, finally, applause, are wishing they had missed the boat completely. This video, from Carnival Liberty‘s December 3 sailing, appears courtesy of Cruise Critic member Jennifer Leslie.
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    43 Responses to “Video: ‘Don’t Worry – We All Waited for Ya!’”

    1. ACruiseGuy
      January 13th, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

      One of my fave onboard activities watching these latecomers! good stuff

    2. Charity Froggenhall
      January 13th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

      There’s nothing like a good dose of shame to act as a corrective for this kind of behavior. This will be the LAST TIME these guys are late coming back!

    3. John Hardaway
      January 13th, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

      Several years ago we made the ship in Ft. Lauderdale by only 15 minutes due to a plane delay. Missed the lifeboat drill :>) It’s really lonely in that cruise terminal building at that time.

    4. Whatthe Heck
      January 13th, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

      Holy crap that lady screaming had an annoying voice!

    5. Sonya Sherow
      January 13th, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

      LMBO! One of the things we look forward to watching when on board.

    6. Traveler50
      January 13th, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

      In December we had flight cancellations AND delays and arrived at FLL airport at 3:35 PM…arrived at ship pier at 4:05 PM to board Emerald Princess and it sailed 10 minutes later! You are correct that it is a lonely place in the cruise terminal building at that time. Too close for comfort….will be arriving the night before on any future cruises!

    7. Karen
      January 13th, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

      It’s so funny to watch people run like this (what have you been doing all day) they have signs and papers when the ship sails… It’s not that hard to be on time… Lots better then the walk of shame (I’ve seen all ages) it’s such a kick to watch..

    8. joel lemens
      January 15th, 2012 @ 9:45 am

      We had a 10 hour delay on the night train from Munich to Rome. We transfered to a high speed train in Venice trying to still get on time in Rome. Some drunk wandering over the tracks delayde this one too by 2 hours. Arrived at 4pm (ship sailing time also) in rome traintation, had a mad cab-ride trough Rome city to Civittavechia. We saw the ship leave the harbor. One overnight stay at Civittavechia, had to overcome my fear of flying, and flew the day after to Rhodos to catch up with the ship. So glad we still got on, and only missed 1 sea day!

    9. Jennifer
      January 15th, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

      Whatthe Heck…

      That wasn’t the only time she was annoying… we spent the week next door listening to all kinds of annoying talk, arguing and snoring! LOL

    10. Richard
      January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

      While it is amusing to watch latecomers, the comments seemed a little over the top and annoying.

    11. Rose Umo
      January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      Saw a couple sprinting towards the Caribbean Princess last January, as it was leaving the St. Thomas port. They arrived in time to wave goodbye (it was about 20′ from the dock), and had to make arrangements to meet the ship in the next port. You would think that ONE of the two people would be able to keep time. If you want to sleep in the sun or drink till you’re blind, do it on board – MUCH less expensive than missing the ship.

    12. Louise
      January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

      Once we sailed from Cozumel, years ago, and watched two people catch up to the ship in a tiny motorboat,and climb up a ladder to get onboard. It was crazy. Don’t think they allow that any longer. Don’t miss the ship, go to your port of embarkation the day BEFORE the cruise, and buy travel insurance. Be SMART!

    13. Henry
      January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

      One of the best reasons for having a balcony cabin is watching the late sprints.

    14. Rebecca
      January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

      The most amusing “walk of shame” was in Roatan we watched two young ladies leisurely making their way down the pier. One in a wheelchair she was so inebriated (saw her walking later, once sobered) being pushed by one of the men working on the dock.

    15. Joanne Hice
      January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

      We were in Nassau with about 2,000 Spring Breakers. 15 minutes after we were to leave port, they announced 12 names still missing. The cruise line kept sending the golf carts back and would find one or two. Watching the drunks try to run towards the ship provided much amusement to those on board watching. The last guy they found somewhere. He was so drunk he couldn’t stand up and had to be held up by 2 of the staff. We were almost an hour leaving port.

    16. Beth
      January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

      I thought it was funny. Not over the top at all.

    17. Anna Paul
      January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

      This very thing almost happened to my adult Sons in Mexico. They were just about to pull it in when they came running up.

    18. Mark
      January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

      Jennifer, was that December 8th? We were in Cozumel on Voyager of the Seas but I can’t remember what Carnival ship was there with us.

    19. Simon
      January 25th, 2012 @ 9:46 am

      Jeez – those gobby people I heard on the video should be more ashamed of themselves than the late runners – talk about uncouth.

    20. Peter Benfield
      January 25th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      When I worked on The majesty of the Seas some years ago we had a young lad miss the ship in Cozumel,our first port of call.his parents were frantic because they didn’t hear from him for the rest of the week long cruise.However on the second last day as we pulled into our last port he was there waiting on the port side. He had managed to get from Cozumel to Grand Cayman and then back to miami (at great expense!). i asked him why he hadn’t just waited for us to get back to Miami and he said “Because I signed up for the talent show!” His mother wanted to kill him but he brought the house down when he sang “I’m leaving on a jet plane” and changed the words to”They left me on the gangway!” he was hilarious!Incidentally he HAD a watch but forgot the time change!

    21. Tom
      January 25th, 2012 @ 11:01 am

      We always go on the balcony when we get back to have a drink and watch the latecomers. Oh yes, we’ve cut it close a few times, but always within 15 minutes

    22. Roger Brown
      January 25th, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

      In Barbados a few years ago, the taxi driver taking us from a restaurant back to the ship suggested that he could drive us on a private tour since we weren’t to sail until 7. When I said the ship sails at 5, he said he knew all of the schedules and it definitely would be 7.

      I insisted upon getting back by 4:30. We sailed at 5!

    23. robotcs
      January 25th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

      The most important advice I can give is to check the time zone of the country you are in as you disembark the ship for a day in Port.
      On landing in Ushuaia a flight attendant gave the wrong time which resulted in me being half an hour late for a sailing to Antarctica (no next port to catch up!)Lucky for me, they waited
      So Top Tip: Always check the time before you get off the ship for the day!

    24. Gladys
      January 25th, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

      All of these comments reminded me of an incident at the start of a Carnival cruise out of Miami back in the late ’60’s or early ’70s I think. We were all on top deck watching all the action below as we prepared to depart. A late arriving gentleman rushed towards the gangway and raced up the stairs, stepped on the entrance ramp which immediately tipped like a seesaw and dumped him into the water in the very narrow space between ship and dock! We were all horrified and collectively gave a large gasp! We were sure he had been killed when seconds later his head (which had a full head of hair when he arrived!) bobbed up above the water line below. We all cheered and clapped wildly for him! Only now he was bald and had a bleeding gash on his head. They helped him out of the water, and a crew member fished his toupee out and handed it to him. He looked up at all of us and smiled sheepishly and again we clapped for him. It turns out he was part of the entertainment staff hired to entertain the children on board! He recovered from his ordeal in time to go to work! Bet he never forget that cruise!

    25. Nancy
      January 25th, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

      Good old Cozumel. Back in October on the carnival dream we also came across the late comers strolling back to the ship. The captain even blew the ships horn at them. The passenger raised his arms up like he was trying to hurry however the heavy set woman with him was lagging way behind. Nassau is also a good port to watch the late comers that sway their way back to the ship.

    26. Morris
      January 26th, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

      We had a \fun\late departure years ago on Norwegian from San Juan. A hurricane had just passed by and there was an entire planeload of late arrivals to wait for . We were docked right across the street from a park where there was music and dancing, and Norwegian opened free bars on the upper decks, and we had a great time, singing and dancing along with the San Juan folks!

    27. James
      January 26th, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

      Several years ago we took a Mediterranean cruise. There was couple who were always late getting back to the ship at every port – they were always the last ones. On one occasion, they ramps had been pulled up, but the crew had to release them again so these late people could board the ship. That couple were neither embarasses nor cared, and they never learned to be on time.

    28. Sandra
      January 27th, 2012 @ 12:56 am

      Is it the margaritas or the time difference at Cozumel? Some years ago we were passengers on Voyager of the Seas and had just left Cozumel and gone to dinner, when my husband noticed that the ship had turned around. Sure enough, we were returning in the direction of Cozumel and the captain announced that we would be picking up a couple of passengers from a small boat. At that news, the entire dining room emptied and we all lined an open deck to watch the transfer. It must have been very frightening for the late passengers as Voyager slowed to the same speed as the small boat and they had to step across the gap between the small boat and up on to Voyager with the help of the crew on both vessels. If that wasn’t difficult enough, the passengers lining the open deck cheered and shouted comments at the late couple. A case of beer was then thrown from Voyager to the Mexican crew on the small boat to thank them. I am sure those passengers will never miss a ship again!

    29. Laura
      May 18th, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

      Just by virtue of the annoying screaming lady I didn’t even have to read the text to know this was from a Carnival cruise LOL.

    30. Heather Price
      May 18th, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

      On our honeymoon cruise and first cruise ever we were docked in Progresso and watched the pier runners; however, the Ecstasy did leave two behind (they were running as we were pulling away) the two that were left behind was employees of the Ecstasy!!! Bet they got into big trouble when we got into Cozumel. :0)

    31. Rusty
      May 18th, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

      I just got off Norwegian Sun where they showed a video about the Norwegian Epic. Is stated that it can cost the shipline anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 a day for the captain to try and make up the time lost because of unexpected delays….and that includes late passengers. It’s up to the captain how long he can afford to wait….anything over 15 mins. is extremely costly…so I didn’t think it was funny when several late arrivals came sauntering along the dock while laughing.

    32. Myrna Barron
      May 18th, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

      We were booked with a travel company that offered a free bus from California cities along I-5 freeway with various pick up points. They started early in the morning in northern CA and worked their way down, losing time at every pick up point. By the time it got to us in Orange County, it was 4 hours late. We were frantic. The company assured us the bus would be there, but could not assure us the ship would wait in San Diego. We were all excited and started cheering when we arrived at the port and our Celebrity Mercury ship was still there. We were over an hour late, and I guess the only reason they waited was that there were over 50 people on our bus and the travel company had booked over 400 people total on that cruise, so they must have had some clout. Fastest embarkation we ever experienced. I think it involved waving our passports in the terminal as we dashed by. They hauled up the gangway as the last of us crossed and we were underway immediately.

    33. LeAnne Rigsby/Cricket Cruise & Travel
      May 18th, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

      Back on the January 30, 2011 Voyager of the Seas sailing, at our last port of Cozumel, I watched as the lines were just about to be thrown off for the ship to sail back to Galveston. A ponytailed man with a backpack & a young boy (about 8-9 y.o.) sprinted up to the gangway and stopped. The man motioned for someone in the watching crowd to “hurry”, but that person never materialized. The crew got on their phones, then hoisted in the gangway into the ship leaving the man & boy behind. He waved goodbye to us/the ship…and the person he waited for never came forward. We never did find out what the situation was.

    34. KC
      May 18th, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

      In this case, jump in the water. It is considered “Man Overboard” and the ship is required to render assistance.

    35. Neta and John Platt
      May 18th, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

      Just got back from a 17 day re-positioning cruise on NCL Jewel from New York to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal. We had our first experience of almost missing the ship. We were lucky we were on a NCL sponsered excursion and our bus broke down(about 95 degrees outside with 90 percent humidity). We were stuck in Puerto Chiapas and the owner Bruno of the Argovia Finca Resort came and got some of us and personally drove us(handicapped cruisers) to the ship in his Suburban and got 2 other vans to bring the rest of the tour to the ship. We arrived and as my husband came onboard they brought the gang plank in after him….whoa

    36. Patti Millar
      May 18th, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

      On our cruise in 2007, we were held at the airport by RC because of a bomb scare on the Disney ship docked next to the Mariner of the Seas in Port Canaveral. Everyone on the ship had to be evacuated while the ship was searched, so in order to not add to the chaos on the dock, we were held at the airport. We were assured that the ship wouldn`t sail without us because this delay was not our fault. We arrived at the ship, grabbed our luggage and raced to the check-in – there were 30 of us and they had EVERY single check-in open to get us through really quickly and on the ship. We literally got on the ship and it sailed – we were handed life jackets as we got on because they were getting ready for muster and we didn`t even have time to go to our cabin! Whew!! We were left breathless with the rush and all we could think about was getting off in port and NOT making it back!! If you are late because of YOUR stupidity, the boat should sail! Sorry, no pity and these idiots in the video deserve the scorn heaped on them. How many thousands of people made it back to the ship on time?

    37. Wendy
      May 18th, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

      Good grief. That screeching woman! Never been on Carnival but havingheard that, I wouldnt go even for free. And how stupid to be In that position of almost missing the ship. It is not remotely funny.

    38. Susie
      May 18th, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

      we did arrive a whole 26 hrs before the cruise was due to depart…our bags didn’t & there was no way they would have got them to the ship! We had to go back to the airport to retrieve them from that day’s incoming flight & we made it with 2 mins to spare…
      Maybe I’m just a softie at heart but you folks doing the jeering & yelling sure don’t strike me as people I’d like to be getting to know any time soon. What goes round comes round & you might just find yourself equally embarrassed through no fault of your own sometime real soon.

    39. Beth
      May 18th, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

      Always fun to watch with a cocktail on the balcony :D

    40. Tony
      May 19th, 2012 @ 11:55 am

      Sounds like Dan and Roseanne in that clip!

    41. Jeffrey Gardner
      June 30th, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

      Run Run Run…yeah, I do know the thought and fright of loosing departure… So persons should do as I do… I leave for the ship a day early and stay the night at a nearby motel/hotel… That will help

    42. Ray
      July 1st, 2012 @ 12:29 am

      Most likely it wasn’t after a long day on the beach, it was after trying to figure out why everyone left Senor Frogs and they were still there, saying holy shit is the ship still there????

    43. Paula Byrne
      July 1st, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      Years ago we took an inland passage Alaska cruise out of Vancouver that sailed, because the tides were right, and left more than 100 people standing on the dock with their luggage. They had arrived by busses from Seattle that had gotten lost. They were unable to join the cruise for 2-1/2 days which was our 1st stop. It was only a 7-night cruise so they missed quite a bit of it; the cruiseline wasn’t going to make it up to them adequately; and they made the trip miserable for the rest of us with their endless complaining to anyone who would listen. Morale of the story – get to the port at least the night before a cruise!

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