Tendering on a Cruise

How do you feel about tendering into a port of call?  Do you feel that you are getting an extra boat ride and enjoy it?  Do you feel that it slows down disembarking the ship and gives you less time in port?  Is it difficult for you to get on a tender so you stay on board instead?  Do you try to find a cruise that does not tender in any port?

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In my opinion, it is the WORST part of taking a cruise.After having to take a tender twice on a cruise around the Caribbean,and endure passengers taking no notice of requests to wait until your tender number was called and crowding the stairwells, I have tried to ensure never again.

If there is now any port with a tender, we take the ships excursion anywhere just to avoid  having to  tender with the "mob". 

Alternatively, we try to ensure that all ports we visit do not require a tender. Our next has only Cannes to endure and we will not be in any rush to get into the town

It's not just a boat ride.....It's an ADVENTURE !!!!!. Tendering can be rough, but I found the few occasions that it was required I enjoyed the experience. Now, that being said as I get older I may not be able to view the process in the same light. On our next cruise I think there are only two tender ports, I think I can handle that.

The cruise lines  that cater to an older demographic must be prepared to handle  it. When we were in Hawaii, we had a rough water day returning to the ship. On our tender one older lady was badly injured and had to  be sent to the port to be treated. She would not listen to the crew of the tender when told to remain seated until she could be helped down the narrow stairs. 

it can be fun and an adventure.    In Greece tendering back from an island I was the last one on that tender so I was sitting on the stair that people step on to get on or off the boat.    The sea got a bit choppy and rite down my back cold water of the ocean in November.  That woke me up,  but it was fun :-)    Those kind of things give you memories of the trip.

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.         

I am not a big fan of tendering

I guess a lot has to do with your outlook.  I must mention that a few times, the waters were so rough that passengers were scared to get off the tender and transfer to the ship.  But I, luckily, never witnessed any accidents.  The crew was always totally attentative and diligent.

 

I don't mind tendering. most of the time when there are problems it is because passengers just don't listen. Go figure.

I have just such a memory on a tender .  The water got so rough that I was holding on to the stair railing for dear life.  It was exhilarating.  And, iIt was a lot better than being in the very crowded interior of the tender.  

 

Tendering in and of itself is not a biggie but that assessment is dependent upon calm waters and an efficient tender ticket system... two rather elusive and undependable variables. Bottomline is that we prefer not to have to, but take the experience in stride. Heck, we are on vacation and if we let every thing bother us it would not be particularly relaxing.

I don't like it. I'm always afraid I'm going to fall in the water.

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