Things To Do When Left Behind by Your Cruise Ship
Touring Australia from Port to Port
Your cruise ship is already a hundred feet away from the port on an Australian cruise and continues to fade away in the horizon. Despite efforts of calling the passengers’ attention to stop and wait for you to board, the ship is too far to turn back. You pace back and forth with a puzzled look. You have just been left behind. Now what?
Although this scenario may be over-hyped on our television sets or in movies, these instances do happen, whether by accident, by a schedule misunderstanding, or by simply forgetting the call time. Luckily, all it takes is a call from the authorities for another schedule. Alternately, you can turn this misfortune into an opportunity to stay and tour more of Australia and even the rest of the world. So, whether you fancy a quick travel to Australia by air via Dial a Flight or you prefer to transfer to another cruise ship and experience more of the country’s beaches, then there’s plenty of choices set out for you. Here are some cruises to try while you’re stranded in the country’s rich seascape.
Getting left behind by your ship is no laughing matter but if you’d like to cheer up from being left behind, then the Comedy Cruise on Sydney Harbour may be the perfect place for you. With picturesque views of Sydney Harbour, you may even wish you had scheduled a cruise here in the first place. With some of Australia’s finest comedians and spectacular magicians and illusionists, this alternative cruise home can be a delightful experience not only for you but also for your family. From dancing to Caribbean music, this cruise has it all.
If you are only a few port stops away from home, then you’re quite in luck since the Carnival Cruise may just be around the corner. The ship offers short cruises so if you want a quick trip, make sure you check out their schedules. This is also a perfect cruise for those traveling with children. While you relax in your cabin, you can let the kids play in their water parks.
If you fancy a little peace and quiet after stressing over the fact that you got left behind, then Cunard Cruise Line is your best bet. With plenty port of calls around Australia and almost 80 available cruises in the Australasia and Pacific Islands, finding a worthwhile vacation is quick and easy.
If you can’t or don’t want to catch up to your ship after getting left behind in port, these great ideas for branching out on your own from Marsha, an experienced Australian traveler, certainly sound a lot more fun than moping about or going into panic mode. She says alternative options are always a good idea because sometimes things don’t go as planned.
Getting left behind on a cruise happens more often than most people think. On some itineraries it happens to someone nearly every cruise. Ships normally sail at their scheduled time and anyone who is not on board before the ship leaves the dock is on their own…..or are they?
Some cruise lines have a representative meet left-behind guests on the dock. If you have left your passport where they can find it (like in the stateroom safe) they will have it in hand, often a necessity for flying to the next port. They can also help with things like arranging a hotel for the night, but paying for it all is the passenger’s responsibility.
It’s always a good idea to take a credit card with you in port because if you do get left behind at a port stop catching up to your ship can get expensive. Just be sure to keep the card where it can’t get lost or stolen.
Only once have I ever seen a ship return to the dock after it started to pull away. That passenger got quite lucky to have a sympathetic captain see him running down the dock at the last port before a transatlantic crossing.