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Moment screaming tourist begs a cruise ship captain to wait in Italy

Moment screaming tourist couple beg a cruise ship captain to wait as chuckling fellow passengers film them from the departing vessel in Italy

  • Video shows two travellers at the port of Bari in southeastern Italy on August 15
  • They missed scheduled departure time and gangway had already been removed
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A tourist couple was filmed screaming and begging for a cruise ship captain to wait for them while fellow passengers watched on amused.

Footage uploaded to TikTok shows two travellers at the port of Bari in southeastern Italy on August 15, where the MSC Splendida was about to depart.

The couple missed the scheduled departure time and when they arrived at quay 11, the gangway of the nearly 1100ft ship had already been removed. 

The man was repeatedly shouting and pleading: ‘Is the captain there, please?’ He later added: ‘Captain, wait for us, please. You can do it if you want to.’ 

One of the more than 4,000 passengers onboard filmed the scene and could be heard chuckling in the background over the couple’s persistence.

The couple (pictured) missed the scheduled departure time and when they arrived at quay 11, the gangway of the nearly 1100ft ship had already been removed

Footage uploaded to TikTok shows two travellers at the port of Bari in southeastern Italy on August 15, where the MSC Splendida was about to depart

The woman filming said to another passenger: ‘What is he saying? What does it mean? Oh maybe he missed the cruise,’ adding that she believes the couple was late for departure.

Ugo Patroni Griffi, president of the Port System Authority of the Southern Adriatic Sea, told Italian newspaper Repubblica: ‘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.’

Other reactions to the video included one user saying: ‘I understand that the fault lies with the gentleman, unfortunately if you do it once then everyone demands it. 

‘The cruise has timetables and they must be respected. But, guys, let’s put ourselves in their shoes! We would all have been desperate! 

The MSC Splendida weighs 137,936 tons. The ship by MSC Cruises has 18 decks on which 4,363 passengers and about 1,370 crew members can stay.

It also has a sprawling theatre, a casino and a dance club. In addition to four swimming pools, a jogging track, a squash court and a gym it also has a spa

Guests can enjoy meals in one of the seven restaurants and drinks in one of the eight bars and lounges onboard

‘Suitcases, money, paid cruise, and then you stay ashore.’ 

Most others seemed to agree with him, with another commenting on the ‘hilarious’ video: ‘If they go over by even 10 minutes they have to pay for the mooring for a whole day… 

‘If you arrive late, take the ship to the next port.’ 

The MSC Splendida weighs 137,936 tons. The ship by MSC Cruises has 18 decks on which 4,363 passengers and about 1,370 crew members can stay.

It also has a sprawling theatre, a casino and a dance club. In addition to four swimming pools, a jogging track, a squash court and a gym it also has a spa.

Guests can enjoy meals in one of the seven restaurants and drinks in one of the eight bars and lounges onboard. 

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