Pier Runners Left Behind In Bari

A video has been circulating on social media showing a couple of pier runners that were left behind at the port of Bari last week.

MSC Splendida at sea

What made this incident more interesting was the pleas shouted by the guests, who were late making it back to the MSC Splendida.

The ship had already raised the gangway and started to move when the couple arrived at the port.

The man shouts, in Italian, “Is the captain there, please? Captain, wait for us please! You can do it if you want to!”

Of course, it isn’t possible for a ship to stop and reverse in such a manner, and for the ship to wait for them would have messed up the schedule, putting their next port arrival time at risk.

In rare cases ships may wait for passengers once they have departed, if they are able to secure a tender boat to get there. But usually when anyone is this late back to the ship, they’re getting left behind.


Passeggeri rimangono a terra per essere arrivati tardi all’imbarco di MSC SPLENDIDA. Bari 15-08-23

♬ suono originale – Gab

I am very sorry for the episode. They tried to ask the ship to turn back or at least to stop operations. Obviously it is impossible for cruise ships that have limited times and are also very expensive operations.

President of the Port System Authority of the Southern Adriatic Sea

I’ve made a video of some pier runners before – it’s been viewed over 30 million times on Instagram! See it here:

On my latest cruise on Fred. Olsen’s Bolette, a couple also missed the ship in one of the ports. We thought that they had been left behind, but later learned that they had been able to hitch a ride on the pilot boat and rejoin the ship just after it set sail! Very lucky!

pilot boat

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2 thoughts on “Pier Runners Left Behind In Bari”

  1. When I took a cruise on NCL and booked an excursion through them the bus was a hour late in getting back to the boat. They waited for us and this one of reasons they encourage you to book tours through them. Apparently they can wait.

  2. They were probably told before they got off that they could make it back in time, if they wanted to. The purpose in the captain not listening to their pleas is not to teach them a lesson, but to thank each and every customer that made an effort to get back on time. They obviously thought their seeing more of the port was more important, they now have far more time to enjoy the local sites.

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