Tendering can be difficult, no question about that, really hard at times, even dangerous. Particularly with persons who have physical disabilities. My hat is off to those who have such conditions and who tough it out. I strongly believe we should give those folks a hand, extra space and extra encouragement, they should be first in line for everything. We may be next.
Now, for tendering, we have done that so many times I have lost count. Much nicer to tie up to a pier, no question, but that is not always the case. For instance, many believe that but sometimes, and I say sometimes, they might be walking off the gangway into an all cargo area surrounded by dangerous neighborhoods while tendering might have taken ship's guests into more safer havens of the nearby community.
One time tendering in Spain (1997 and I can't remember which port) we visited a very small coastal community. I happened to have looked closely at the port navigation chart posted prominently on the first Royal Princess, before leaving. When we were in the tender line upon return a fellow was bad mouthing Princess for being too tight and not paying the extra $$$ for a pier in the harbor. The loud mouth was too much for me, I said, if they tried to bring the Royal into this harbor it would be there forever because even at high water it's draft is still about 12 feet too much. The guy then said, what are those cranes in there for if not to unload vessels, I responded, yes they are small cranes to unload shallow water freight barges. He said, I don't see any barges. I said, you don't see any cruise ships or other vessels of any size there either do you?
But, be that as it may. We have never experienced much inconvenience with tendering, so I can't complain. With the exception that a port is more likely to be passed by due weather when it is a tender port, for obvious reasons; this has happened to us from time to time but then the same has been true on occasion when we have passed the port by due weather even when we had a dock awaiting us.
Long and short, in my opinion, if you really want to see the world, do not rely on cruising where they have nice big fancy cruise ship terminals with nice docking facilities and tourist gift shops awaiting. Rather, go the tender route, mingle with the folk in the real world. They can't afford to pay for a pier for our 2000 plus passenger vessel, but they love to see and have you visit anyway.