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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