Posted February 22nd, 2012, 04:28 PM
Many times the early tenders leave with empty seats. I don't think the prior poster felt it was "me first"
Maybe not that poster, but in my experience, there are people who very much have a "me first" attitude. In fact, that's the exact language the people involved used.
We were informed that we would be arriving in port an hour or two later than originally scheduled. Certain people lined up outside the lounge on the Marina prior to the time it was posted the lounge would open to distribute tender tickets. As soon as the lounge opened they rushed to the front and began berating the staff that they were first in line and would be on the first tender because they had private tours arranged (like no one else did). They were asked to sit down, they refused. Everyone was asked to have a seat and tickets would be distributed shortly. The people who did not follow instructions, who were loud and demanding and insulting (almost threatening) to the staff were, in the end, given tickets on the first tender. People who may have arrived at the same time but were polite and followed instructions were given later tender tickets.
This situation, arriving late in port, was known days in advance, yet the staff seemed completely ill prepared to deal with the situation. Attempting to set up the area after people were already in the lounge crowding the table and pushing to get in front of the table.
A little pre-planning (setting up the area before the room was opened, establishing an orderly line and being ready to give out tickets right away), would have gone a long way to alleviating any issues. This was back in late August, early September 2011 on the Marina. Maybe they have their routine down better now.
Eventually everyone was given tender tickets, the difference between the first tender and the tender that people who followed instructions were given, was maybe 45 minutes to an hour. Although the staff tried in many different ways not to say it, people on ship tours get tenders first.
Personally, I try to show up an hour after
tickets are first distributed and there's usually little or no wait.
That day we showed up on time because we also had a private tour scheduled, but - believe it or not - even though we were not on the first tender, our guide waited for us, and we had a full enjoyable day.