Two passengers missed the cruise ship in St. Maarten and didn’t look too happy when it was moving away from the pier.
Passengers Miss the Cruise Ship
Two cruise ship passengers from Freedom of the Seas just missed the ship by moments on Monday in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The Royal Caribbean ship was just moving away from the pier as the two of them looked annoyed with themselves.
The officers on the bridge had a perfect view of them and no doubt waited as long as they could. It wouldn’t be fair on other guests if the ship departed late. One crew member from the bridge decided to wave a large hand with “bye” on.
The cruise line has confirmed the giant waving hand was towards the crew members on Anthem of the Seas which was docked on the other side of the pier.
Royal Caribbean Stated:
We would never be disrespectful to our guests. 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.
All the attention was on the two that missed the ship and the bridge would not have made the situation even worse for them, just funny timing for sure! Everything was caught on video and posted on social media by Cruceros Puerto Rico:
Passengers on the other ship are going crazy shouting things like “you missed it!” along with whistling and cheering. This is a common thing when people miss their ship, we’ve often covered passengers running down the pier trying to catch the ship and some take it better than others!
A port worker was with the two guests and stayed with them as they began walking back away from Freedom of the Seas. They will now have to try and fly to the ship’s next port of call in St. Kitts which is around 81 KM south in the Eastern Caribbean. They might even have to fly to one of the other ports or even simply fly back to the United States. However, all the belongings are still onboard.
It’s not a laughing matter when someone misses the cruise ship departure but they should be responsible for making sure they always stay on ship time and are aware of the back onboard time. Cruise lines often remind passengers vigorously of the back onboard time and ship time.
The 154,400-ton Freedom of the Seas was scheduled to depart Philipsburg, St. Maarten at around 5:00 PM. The ship is currently sailing a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise and is calling at St. Kitts today. Other calls include Antigua, St. Lucia and then Barbados before returning back to its homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 11.
We hope this will help any newbie cruisers out there on the seriousness of not missing the ship as it can ruin a cruise vacation.