I saw a recent article about a couple who got left behind in Cuba due to a time change at the port. While I think this is rare to change times in port while on the boat, it is a possibility. So, how can you make sure you don’t get left behind?
I have a few simple tips to help you get back to the boat on time.
Always head back an hour earlier than you think you need too. Traffic, accidents, flat tires, twisted ankles all can happen at anytime. Even when you are on vacation!
Read the ship schedule everyday! Take it with you on shore. It will give you something to do while riding back to the ship after an excursion.
When waiting in line to disembark at port, talk to the people around you. You may find out about a hidden gem or they may talk about a change in schedule. The problem with the couple mentioned above was that no one else missed the ship leaving at a new time, so obviously it was well known. I would probably bring it up to see if anyone knew why there was a change.
KEEP SOMETHING ON SHIP TIME. It can be a watch, a step tracker, or your cell phone. I know many times our cell phones will change to local time, so be aware of this. A watch that you need to manually change or a step tracker with bluetooth not on are great options.
Just follow some common sense and ask when you are unsure. The cruise ship staff knows these questions are coming, so do not feel as if you are asking a stupid question. The staff would rather have you back on board on time!