Couple Marooned By Cruise Ship in Viral Video Speaks Out About That Nightmare Day

The one thing every cruiser dreads? Getting left behind.

Last week, someone posted a video of a couple missing their cruise ship from the Bahamas to Miami by a mere five minutes. The video quickly went viral, mostly thanks to their frantic and failed attempts to get the Symphony of the Seas to turn back.

It turns out the mystery couple is Maria González, a 26-year-old TV presenter and Instagram star from Costa Rica, and her husband, marketing manager Alessandro Di Palma, who were on the last leg of their honeymoon when the incident occurred.

She also admitted that it was her fault that they were late, since her husband kept pushing them to go to the pier since he had a bad feeling they were wrong…which, incidentally, they were.

As you might expect, she also said it was "frustrating" to watch the ship float away because it was "right there," and they knew there was nothing they could do but stand there hopelessly watching it leave.

"We started yelling to them like, 'Hey, please don't go! Let us in! We're so close! The cruise is still here! Please, please!'"

The worst part? All of their stuff, including their passports, were onboard. First rule of traveling: always keep your passport on your person!

"We just had a little cash for the island for some food and drinks but we left everything else on the boat. "That was the worst feeling."

In their defense, they weren't the only ones in this position, as four other people were (metaphorically speaking) in the same boat that day. When they got to the the Department of Immigration to sort out their situation, they were also told this kind of thing happens all the time.

Luckily, it all ended well. A security boat was able to retrieve their documents, and they were able to grab a taxi and just take a flight to Miami. The only downside was that it hadn't managed to retrieve their clothing, so they ended up having to take their flight in their swimwear.

"We were freezing at the airport!" she said. "Alessandro was wearing his banana-print trunks and I was wearing my orange swimsuit."

Their flub cost them about $600 in flights and $200 in clothing that they bought once they arrived, but they did then get the rest of their stuff back, and now they've got a fun story to tell.

"At the time it's frustrating and you feel really stupid because the cruise is always informing you by the speakers and the itinerary. Now it's such a funny experience [to look back on] and we have a good story to tell our future kids, if we have any."

And for more great stories featuring cruise ships, read about how Twitter Users Helped Reunite Two Long-Lost Friends.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more