Cruises: Passengers should always carry this item to make sure they don’t miss the ship leaving
Cruise holidays are an exciting experience for passengers, especially when it comes to the excursions offered.
Exciting trips during port days can often mean exploring the country the ship has docked at.
While passengers can choose to do their own exploring, cruise ships often advise choosing their own planned trips to avoid missing the leaving time.
For those who want to make their own way around the area, there is one item they should always travel with.
Ship time can be different and you could miss the ship leaving the port
Passenger should have a spare watch with them to make sure they are aware of the correct time.
While most rely on their phones for the time, these can sometimes auto-adjust to the local time and not the time on the ship.
This could then result in them missing the departing time and being left on land.
A cruise passenger wrote on forum Cruise Critic: “Make sure you keep a cheap watch with you on ‘ship time.’
“Your phone will auto change to the time in the port you are in.
“Ship time can be different and you could miss the ship leaving the port.”
Cruises: Wearing a watch can prevent confusion as phones can often auto-adjust the time on land
Ships will often leave passengers behind who are not part of a group organised trip to stay on schedule.
Travellers who do find themselves stranded on land should find a port agent and explain what has happened to try and get in touch with the ship.
Passengers can then make the decision of either trying to catch up with the ship by the next dock, or head home.
Trying to find the ship often means expensive flights or travel arrangements which the ship and travel insurance will most likely not reimburse.
Heading home, however, also has its own problems as luggage left onboard will have to be shipped overseas, another expensive choice.
Cruises: Ships will often not wait for passengers who are late to return
Two passengers were caught on camera chasing after a cruise ship after they failed to make the leaving time.
The couple missed the ship, despite it waiting 30 minutes for them, leaving both of their young children onboard.
While the children had their relatives to look after them onboard, the young couple could be seen frantically waving as the ship sails away, before the woman dropped to her knees.
Passengers could also be prevented from boarding if they don’t have the correct ID.
Even UK cruises often require at least a driving license, something an 80-year-old passenger found out the hard way.