I know that most people reading this are more into flying than cruising. So forgive me for oversimplifying, but for those who have never cruised before…when you stop at a specific island, or in a particular city, you have X amount of time and are warned to be back by whatever time. 5pm. 7pm. 10pm. Whatever they say. And just like when you’re on a plane, it’s game over once the cabin doors are closed, the same hold true for getting back onto your cruise ship.
Unfortunately, some cruisers recently found that out the hard way, which…happens. But it was the response of the ship’s crew that was kind of…questionable.
Two passengers from the MS Freedom Of The Sea, part of the Royal Caribbean line, were probably very angry, frustrated and disappointed as they arrived back at the dock on St. Maarten and saw their ship moving away from the pier just moments after their 5pm deadline.
The ship manifest would have alerted the crew of the missing passengers, and there’s no doubt they would have stayed for the cruisers for as long as they possibly could. But once they had to go, they had to go.
The officers on the ship’s bridge would have seen the two wayward passengers as they arrived, but since the ship was already in motion, their hands were tied.
Well, well, maybe only loosely tied, because one of the crew members suddenly pulled out a giant hand that said, “BYE!” and started waving it
Man, that’s COLD!
When questioned, a Royal Caribbean spokesperson told Newsweek:
Our crew member was not directing her wave to our guests on the pier. She was waving at our sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, which was also in port and scheduled for departure. The gesture was one of respect and nautical camaraderie between crew members on two ships.
We regret the inconvenience our guests experienced due the late return to the pier. Guests are encouraged to be back by all-aboard time. Departure times are routinely announced onboard, posted in shipboard newsletters and at gangways to keep our guests informed at all ports of call.
So maybe they were passive-aggressively saying goodbye to the passengers that got left behind, or perhaps they were waving goodbye to the other ship. Who knows for sure?
What do you think?
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