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ms Niew Amsterdam - Missed Port 12/4

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Unfortunately, due to rough seas, ms Nieuw Amsterdam was not able to safely deploy tenders to visit Cayman/George Town.

 

The captain tried for over an hour, re-positioning the ship, but was not satisfied that the ships tenders could be used safely.  The other ships visiting used the ports larger tenders, similar to the ones at Half Moon Cay.  I'm not sure why this was not an option (too expensive or not enough at the port?).

 

So we have an extra sea day.  Hopefully we will get the port fees refunded soon.  We also received certain free drinks at select bars between 1pm and 2pm.  Extra entertainment has also been laid one too.

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Always better safe than sorry.  I hope you were able to make lemonade out of the lemons, and enjoy the free libations and extra entertainment.

 

Smooth Sailing!   🙂🙂🙂

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For years and years Princess and HAL and some other ships have used their own tenders at Grand Cayman.

 

If you look at ships like RCI and NCL, etc. do not have tenders -- just regular lifeboats.

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3 minutes ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

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If you look at ships like RCI and NCL, etc. do not have tenders -- just regular lifeboats.

 

Whatcha talkin' about Willis? So, these boats happily tendering even more happy RCI and NCL passengers ashore to Ile Des Pins and Geiranger Fjord are not known as tenders, but as lifeboats used in an non-emergency function? :classic_cool: 

 

In the pics enclosed, they are actually known as tenders, yes even with RCI and NCL. In emergency situations, they switch roles as lifeboats, for which they remain fully equipped, even during tendering operations. The key word here being "emergency"

 

There are certain ports of call in our world were local regulations require local tenders as opposed to ship's tenders for bringing pax ashore and back; Santorini and Belize come to mind. There are other ports such as Cabo San Lucas and Grand Cayman where local tenders are hired by the cruise ship to either augment or supplant ship's tenders. It then comes down to who's first and how many private tenders can be made available, kinda/sorta like supply and demand. In private islands like HMC and Grand Stirrup Cay (NCL), it helps when you own/lease the place so those island tenders are always available and even then, the bigger ship, if there's two, gets first dibs     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On a visit to Grand Caymon a few years ago, a lot of passengers were injured during the tendering process do to highe waves that tossed people around the boats.  There was a broken arm on my tender and quite a few bruises as we returned from the port on our lurching craft.  The waves were acceptable when passengers went ashore but became perilous before all of the passengers could return to the ship.

 

The jump from the bobbing tender to the ship was insane with lots of crew members catching the incoming passengers.

 

It is definitely better to be safe and miss a port than having the Medical Facility filled with passengers.

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In addition to the the free drinks (the first time one of the staff has seen this being offered in 11 years), we received the port fees of $20.07 per person, and an extra $50 OBC per person for our inconvenience.

 

It's just unfortunate that our favourite rum is only available on Grand Cayman - 1780 Pedro St. James Dark Rum.  Oh well, need to schedule a return trip 😄 

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