Dramatic moment distraught mum dropped to her knees and sobbed as cruise ship in Nassau sailed away with her children on board after she arrived late to port

  • Footage shows the woman waving her arms as the cruise ship sails away
  • Incident involved the Norwegian Breakaway as it left Nassau, Bahamas
  • Viewers had little sympathy for the distraught mother who was left behind
  • Do you know the woman? Email chris.kitching@mailonline.co.uk

A distraught mother was forced to look on in tears as a cruise ship sailed away with her children on board after she apparently arrived late to a port.

The unidentified mother was left on dry land when the Norwegian Breakaway set off from Nassau, Bahamas, on the three-day journey back to its home port in New York.

Footage recorded by a passenger on board the departing ship, which was uploaded to YouTube, shows the tearful woman falling to her knees, clasping her hands and waving her arms at people on board.

Footage shows the woman waving her arms as the cruise ship sails away
At one point the woman clasps her hands and appears to beg the ship to return

Footage shows the woman waving her arms in the air and clasping her hands as the cruise ship sails away

The cruise ship was on a seven-night cruise from New York to Nassau, Bahamas, and back

The cruise ship was on a seven-night cruise from New York to Nassau, Bahamas, and back

DO YOU KNOW THE WOMAN? 

It was unclear whether the woman’s children were alone or with another adult as the 4,000-passenger ship left the port earlier on 21 April.

One YouTube user who claimed to have been on board wrote that the children’s father was with them on the vessel and was unable to find their mother before the ship left Nassau for New York.

It was not known why the mother arrived late at the port, but viewers offered little sympathy for her.

One woman wrote on YouTube: ‘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

‘How they did not stick together as a family boggles my mind. What nitwits. ’

The mother was left on land when the Norwegian Breakaway set off
The woman apparently arrived late and was unable to board the ship

The mother was left on land when the Norwegian Breakaway set off from the Bahamas for its next destination

Another viewer added: ‘And that’s why you get back to the ship early and don’t leave your kids on board.’

Many of the passengers on board appear to be American, but the nationality of the woman left behind on the dock is unknown.

It is not known if she made it back on board the ship or was forced to fly back to the US.

In the two-minute video, posted online by passenger Scott Thomas last Sunday, a man tells the camera: ‘You see that right there? That is someone that has missed the boat and apparently she has her kids on the boat and she’s not on there. ‘That right there is not cool. She was yelling, “My kids are on there”.’

A woman adds: ‘I didn’t think they would do that. I guess I was wrong.’

The man responds: ‘I told you they’d do that. When it’s 5:30 it’s 5:30, not 5:31.’

YouTube viewers had little sympathy for the mother
The mother has been criticised by YouTube viewers for not arriving on time

YouTube viewers had little sympathy for the mother and criticised her for not arriving on time

The Norwegian Breakaway was on a 14-day cruise to the Bahamas and Bermuda from New York (file photo)

The Norwegian Breakaway was on a 14-day cruise to the Bahamas and Bermuda from New York (file photo)

Some passengers are overheard saying the ship should return to port to pick up the woman so she could be reunited with her children.

One says: ‘Go back and get them. I would have run to the end and jumped in.’

Footage shows a man approaching the woman, but it’s not clear whether he is an employee or was left behind as well.

The Norwegian Breakaway was on a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas after departing from its home port in New York on 17 April.

It sailed to Port Canaveral, Florida, before stopping at Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. It arrived in New York on 24 April.

Molly McIntyre, a cruise consultant with Cruise.co.uk, said: 'Some cruise lines do allow children to stay on board without their parents in the kids clubs if the parents want to go ashore without them. 

'Personally as a mother of four I do use the kids club but would never leave them on board alone.

‘What I don’t understand is why this lady was late back as the departure time is always displayed in the daily schedule and normally there is a sign as you get off the ship that asks you to be back on board 30 minutes before departure.'

MailOnline Travel has contacted Norwegian Cruise Line for comment.

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