Many of us ask will the ship wait for me if I am late? The following sheds some light of this topic. The quote below is from Captain Albert Schoonderbeek, who is Master of Holland America's MS Statendam.
"In an embarkation port you never know if you will leave on time, as there are many variables that might make guests late. Buses can break down, or even get lost, luggage might be late, or flights been delayed in arriving. All reasons for me having to decide that I might have to stay longer. There are some guidelines that we take into account when the occasion arises. The most important one, will it in any way affect the safety of the ship. There might be inclement weather on the way or during the coming passage if we do not leave on time. If safety wise it is all in order then the next question is; have these guests booked with Holland America for travel and transfers or not ? If they are independents, then I do not have to wait for them, it was their own decision to travel the way they decided to travel. I will try to stay but I will not endanger the schedule for it.
"If they had all arranged through HAL, then as the company representative it is my responsibility to help where possible. Then the next question is how many are there and what is the cost for me staying longer. With the high fuel prices you cannot avoid looking at the total price tag. Also when this happens in Vancouver, the big question is at once, can I make the tide at Seymour Narrows and what is the impact on the other guests and the ships operation if I have to go for the later tide.
"The final question and quite often difficult to answer by Shore Operations, is when are these people, who are delayed, arriving? I need a certain ETA to work with. Especially coach drivers have the frustrating habit of saying “I will be there in 5 minutes” and then not to be seen for another 30 minutes."