It might not have been a passenger. It might have been an entertainer. They fly them in at various ports to do the shows. Maybe his plane was late and they didn't want to leave without him because they had nothing else. The ship has to move out of the harbor so they are not charged additional docking fees and they waited for him there.
I doubt very much the captain would go through that for one passenger unless it was a very important passenger.
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