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Stranded mum cries as cruise ship leaves with kids

The mother who was left behind. Picture: Scott Thomas/YouTube

Yaron SteinbuchNY Post

A CARIBBEAN cruise turned into a nightmare for a tardy couple left sobbing and pleading at a Bahamas pier as their ship sailed off with their kids on board.

“That is someone that has missed the boat,” said fellow passenger Scott Thomas, who took video of the scene and uploaded it to YouTube.

“Apparently she has her kids on the boat and she’s not on there. There’s a guy there, too. That right there is not cool,” he says about the woman, who dropped to her knees on the Nassau dock.

The 144,000-tonne Norwegian Breakaway inched away at 5.30pm. April 21, just before the unidentified woman and her husband — who had left the ship to look for her — ran back.

The 4090-passenger behemoth left New York City on April 17 for a week-long Bahamas and Bermuda cruise. It was headed back to the Big Apple when the parents were stranded.

Their kids were left on board. Picture: Scott Thomas/YouTube

Their kids were left on board. Picture: Scott Thomas/YouTube

“How come her kids are on and not her?” another passenger is heard saying in the two-minute clip. “Wow! I didn’t think they’d do that,” another person says.

Norwegian Cruise Line said the woman had not returned by the “widely communicated scheduled all aboard time of 5.30pm”.

Thomas said: “I told you they’d do that. When they say 5.30, it’s 5.30. Not 5.31, not 5.32. 5.30.”

There were desperate scenes. Picture: Scott Thomas/YouTube

There were desperate scenes. Picture: Scott Thomas/YouTube

Another person notes that “this ship ain’t even trying to slow down, either”.

“I would have ran to the end and jumped in!” a passenger adds.

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It’s believed the parents had at least two kids on the ship — a boy about nine years old and a girl about 12.

The company said in a statement: “The ship went beyond normal protocol and waited alongside an additional half an hour for the guest.”

The husband was allowed to disembark with the family’s travel documents to wait for his wife — while the kids stayed with their uncle and his family on board for the rest of the trip, the company told The Post.

The ship had waited for them for half an hour extra. Picture: Scott Thomas/YouTube

The ship had waited for them for half an hour extra. Picture: Scott Thomas/YouTube

“The company offered travel and lodging assistance to the couple,” NCL said, adding that arrangements were made for them to reunite with the children.

Not everyone was sympathetic to the parents.

“You are told again and again what time to be back on the boat, generally an hour before the ship leaves port. You can’t blame the ship’s Captain for keeping to a schedule,” one woman commented on YouTube.

“There are video’s are all over YouTube about this issue. How they did not stick together as a family boggles my mind. What nitwits.”

Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Breakaway ship.

Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Breakaway ship.Source:Supplied

This story originally appeared on the NYPost.

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