Posted November 19th, 2008, 12:46 AM
I've been reading all kinds of posts both in this thread and in others, where references are made to a tender port. What is that, and what's the difference between that and others?
The other responders have answered your question about tendering. With your permission i am going to add the following...
Cruise ships have tendering operations down to an exact science so there is no need for you to lose sleep over this. Just remember that for a passenger you keep your sense of humor at all times, that you note where your ship's tender dock is located and...you keep track of the time, and note in your memory the time of the last tender is scheduled to go back to the ship.
It is also (this is just me) a good idea to wear some type of non skid shoes as it can get a little wet on the steps going from the ship to the tender and vice versa. There will be crew members all over to help you on and off the tender....they tend to be short, brown, exceptionally helpful and friendly, and strong as oxes.
Hope that this helps (but if it doesn't, I 'm sure that you'll forgive me).