Posted September 15th, 2007, 12:50 AM
Last edited by Cuizer2; September 15th, 2007 at 12:54 AM
I have been on seven cruises. The ship's sizes ranged from 23,000 GRT 740 passengers to a fully booked (4200 passengers) Freedom of the Seas. I have also been on a 46,000 GRT 1450 passengers ship, two Panamax ships and two post-Panamax ships, including the Navigator of the Seas.
In fact, I sailed the exact same itinerary on the Freedom of the Seas as I did on the Navigator of the Seas. While I enjoy the extra amenities that the bigger ships have to offer (especially the H2O Zone on the Freedom of the Seas), tendering on the Freedom OTS was much worse than tendering on the Navigator OTS.
The problem is, that as the ships get bigger, the tenders remain the same size and the number of tender ports on the ship remains the same (two per side). The Freedom OTS needs to have three tender ports per side and Genesis, which I am guessing will also have only two tender ports per side, should have at least three, and possibly four tender ports per side.
As a result of my experience on the Freedom OTS, I will only consider itineraries for ships that are bigger than the Voyager class of ships if the ship docks at all ports that I want to get off at.
These four photos show the tender line at Grand Cayman ...
While the line moved reasonably fast, we ended up floating for about 15 minutes about 100 meters from the side of the ship waiting for a tender port, on the ship, to open up so we could re-board the ship.