Poll Position: Just How Common Are Cruise Ship Delays?

October 23, 2012 | By | 6 Comments

Although hurricane season is coming to a close, a couple storms in the past week or two have caused ships to reroute and change itineraries. That got us wondering just how many passengers have experienced delays on their sailings.
What we asked: Has your ship ever been delayed?
What they said: More than half of voters — 53 percent — said they’ve never been delayed. Another 21 percent said they’ve been held up by factors other than those of the mechanical and weather-related varieties. A further 17 percent said the setbacks they’ve experienced have resulted from weather, and the remaining 10 percent were on ships that were late for mechanical reasons.
What it all means: The good news is that more than half of cruisers haven’t experienced delays at all. We were a little surprised that the next-highest number of voters ran behind because of neither weather nor machinery problems. What were those other reasons, you ask?
“Medical emergency,” says Brian Hall, via Facebook. “Stopped 2 miles from shore at Guantanamo bay. Military came out and transferred man on boat to fly back to Florida.”
Karen O’Connor Sheesley also experienced a medical delay “due to someone having measles. They had to disinfect the ship.”
Lisa Darling Daniel had a slightly different experience: “The part delayed was boarding due to a dead body. They had to investigate first.”
Meanwhile, Lori Nixon Muscato says her delay was due to an inconsiderate fellow passenger. “Couldn’t find Peter Monroe. Still remember his name years later.”
However, most shocking of all were folks like Ross Insana, who have experienced several delays: “I’ve had my ships delayed due to multiple scenarios! I’ve been delayed due to weather (high winds & a tropical depression), waiting for late people, a crew member accidentally falling overboard into the water, unmarked luggage at Port Canaveral before embarkation, and the most time consuming….a blown engine on my one Disney cruise.”
Have you ever experienced a delay? If so, why? Be sure to leave your comments below.
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    6 Responses to “Poll Position: Just How Common Are Cruise Ship Delays?”

    1. lisa wiggs
      October 23rd, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

      We got stranded overnight at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, due to a bad storm. The Captain could not safely pull away from the island due to high winds. Every time he tried the wind tried to push the ship into the rocks. We got another night and day on the ship. I felt bad for the cruisers waiting in Port Canaveral for a ship that arrived 24 hours late.

    2. Dhkhth
      October 24th, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      We The Grand Princess was delayed because of the Disney Magic had engine troubles, and we could not get past them at the Dock. It was not a bad thing for us we had power. and watching the crew from the Disney manually pull the ship closer to the dock, and the Grand princess SLOWLYYYYY pull around them was very interesting. Also hearing the wish upon a star with the ships horn was a great way to pull away!

    3. l moore
      October 24th, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      We were delayed in Aruba, because 4 passengers were witnesses to an armed robbery at a casino. The police escorted them back to the ship about an hour late, but it was the talk of the ship for the rest of the cruise.

    4. Joe Boggs
      October 25th, 2012 @ 4:41 am

      We were delayed in Kusadasi due to rescuing 23 people from water between Santorini and Kusadasi. Their vessel got into trouble and as they were illegal the crew took life boat and left them for dead. When we got to Kusadasi we ended staying an extra day as the Turks refused to accept the refugees and the refugees didn’t want to go to turkey. A standoff ensued and diplomats from Netherlands, Seattle and unhcr got involved. The passengers missed seeing Malta as a result but kudos to captain mateboer and his crew on the Noordam


    5. Richard H
      October 25th, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

      While not exactly a delay, river cruisers can run into difficulty if the river level is too high or too low. Your cruise might become a tour bus trip through Europe.

    6. Bill W.
      October 26th, 2012 @ 12:28 am

      Delayed more than once. Medical reasons on the Noordam-had to clean the ship and check the crew. Lost steering on one engine on the Elation, causing missing a port. Lost power on one engine on the Sapphire that made us late getting back to L. A. Worst was missing Maui and Kuai due to a storm on the Norwegian Star. No reembursement on the latter either.

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