Cruise Ship Crew Member Waves Massive Fake Hand As Couple Arrive Too Late
Whenever you're travelling on a cruise ship, staff are very clear when you have to be back on board otherwise you'll get left behind.
Because they can't do a manifest check every time the ship leaves its dock, there have been loads of examples where people are left stranded on some random island because they didn't adhere to the time.
That's exactly what one couple experienced after they arrived late to their cruise ship at St Maarten in the Caribbean.
But to make matters worse for the two people, as the cruise ship was pulling away, a crew member came outside the bridge and held up a massive 'Bye' sign that looked like a hand waving.
Now, if we're being honest, this isn't as sinister as it seems - though it might have looked like a brutal gesture to the couple at the time. Royal Caribbean have since released a statement saying the hand was not intended for the unfortunate latecomers, but their other ship that was currently docked.
A spokesperson told LADbible: "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. 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."
No doubt the couple will now have to catch a boat or plane to the next destination so they don't miss the rest of the cruise.
A similar scene was captured earlier this year.
But according to the onlooker who shot the excruciatingly embarrassing footage, the hapless couple arrived too late.
In the video they say the last call for boarding came at 3.30pm but the tardy pair came trundling along a whole 50 minutes later, after the ship's crew had already begun removing ropes, closing the gangway and hatch, before beginning their departure.
Apparently the duo had no choice but to watch on as the Royal Caribbean liner, Symphony of the Seas, set sail and left them stood on shore, laden with bags and feeling pretty stupid.
The couple then try on last attempt to catch the crew's attention, waving frantically from shore, but as the ship's propeller begins to thrash through the water they eventually realise that it's just not their day.
So let this be a warning to you if you plan on catching a cruise: don't arrive late or you'll be shamed on the internet forever.
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