P – Pier Runners

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Happy Monday from a soon to be wet Central Texas.  We are under severe weather warning until tomorrow.  So far I think I saw two big drops of rain.  Guess we will see what it turns out to be.

We will be stopping at three ports of call: Cozumel, Belize, and Mahogany Bay.  Later this year we will decide on excursions we want to do or maybe just walk around the ports, maybe stay on board the ship.  If you decide to go ashore and partake in all of the fun and excitement of exploring a new place then we seriously need to talk about ship time.

Ship time is the time that is set for the ships clocks.  When sailing out of Galveston the ship time is set at Central Standard time.  So let’s break that down.  If you live on the East coast and it’s 10:00 a.m. there then it is 9:00 a.m. Central (one hour behind Eastern).  If you are living in the Mountain time zone i.e. Colorado 8:00 a.m. would be 9:00 a.m. Central (one hour ahead).  Now if you are living on the West coast which is Pacific time i.e. California then 7:00 a.m. is 9:00 a.m. Central (two hours ahead).

Every activity and schedule you see on the Carnival Breeze will be according to Central time.  Make sure your watches or phones are set accordingly.  In your Fun Times and on several announcements made by the Cruise Director you will hear what time you must be back on the ship from each of the ports.  If the designated time is 3:00 p.m. then be back on the ship no later than 3:00 p.m.

Carnival pays port fees for docking at the ports and must leave on time in order to not incur more fees.  When Carnival gets the all clear to pull out of port by the port officials then off the go.

If you have not made it back onto the ship in time you will be left behind.  It is then at your expense to make it to the next port of call or go back to the United states.  There will be a Carnival representative with all of your stuff waiting for you on the pier.  Complain all you want and give a big sob story but you are late so you got left behind.

Scott and I like to get back on the ship a good hour before the designated time.  we will not be left behind!  It’s fun to watch over the side of the ship all of the passengers coming back on board.  There are always the one’s who have had far too much to drink try and walk down the pier.  Then there are the pier runners.  The people that clearly know they are late to board and run toward the ship as fast as their legs will carry them.  Once the ship starts pulling away from the dock it doesn’t matter how close you are or how fast you are running, you are being left.

Now I don’t want anyone to panic.  There is one way to have Carnival wait for you and that is taking one of their excursions.  Carnival guarantees that they will not leave any passenger behind because their excursion that was purchased from Carnival ran late.  Now that isn’t to say that you take a Carnival excursion at 10:00 a.m. and it finishes at 2:00 p.m.  Then you go shopping and lose track of time.  They won’t wait for you then.

A perfect example was in December of 2014.  Scott and I were on a cruise that one of the excursions ran into engine trouble.  Every passenger that was on that boating excursion could not make it to the ship on time.  The excursion was a Carnival one and the company radioed the ship to tell them what happened.  we waited nearly two hours for the passengers to get safely back to the Carnival Magic.  Thank goodness it was a Carnival excursion.

So don’t be a pier runner and have everyone watching and yelling things like “run faster”, “run forest run”, or sing “nah nah nah nah hey hey hey goodbye”.  Set your watches, phones, and clocks to ship time….Central time….or as I like to call it Texas time.  That’s right when you live in Texas everything is about Texas!  It might even be a good idea to set an alarm on your phone or watch that reminds you an hour before you need to be back.

To see some serious pier running action go to YouTube and type in pier runners.

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