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Couple misses cruise ship departure from the Bahamas after turning up 45 minutes late

The whole thing was caught on camera

Helen Coffey
Wednesday 27 February 2019 15:00 GMT
Couple misses cruise ship departure from the Bahamas after turning up 45 minutes late

A couple who turned up 45 minutes late to get back on their cruise ship were left stranded in the Bahamas – and the whole thing was filmed.

The pair were on a Royal Caribbean cruise on 15 February when they missed the boat, literally.

The Symphony of the Seas ship was docked at Nassau port, and passengers had been given an all-aboard time of 3.30pm. At 4.15pm, the gangway was removed and doors were closed – the couple arrived five minutes later.

Video taken from the neighbouring Norwegian Bliss cruise liner shows them arrive, run to the front of the ship and converse with workers onboard, who presumably told them it was too late.

The thrusters start up and the water begins churning as the propellers kick into gear. “No getting on at this point!” reads the caption on the video.

The incident occurred on the sixth day of a seven-day cruise; from Nassau, the ship was returning to Miami, Florida.

Whether or not a ship will wait for late passengers depends on a number of factors, including port regulations and schedules, the number of passengers who are late, and the whims of the captain, according to

If passengers do miss a cruise, they will usually incur the cost of getting themselves home and any accommodation needed in the interim.

A flight from Nassau to Miami costs from around £140 one way.

Earlier this month, The Independent reported on a cruise ship that smashed into the docks in Puerto Rico, sinking the pier.

Video shows the Norwegian Epic cruise liner veering towards the San Juan docks, destroying two mooring points in the process.

The vessel departed from Port Canaveral in Florida on 9 February for a seven-day cruise around the British Virgin Islands.

However, technical issues onboard meant the ship had to divert to Puerto Rico.

Footage filmed from above captures the moment the liner slowly crashes into first one mooring point, then another, both of which are submerged below the water.

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