Usually 4 to 6 of the ship's lifeboats are designed to be tenders. At ports where you can't dock they will spend the day ferrying passengers to and from the ship to the dock. As pointed out there are some tender ports in the Caribbean. Other examples are Milford sound New Zealand, Moorea Tahiti, Lahaina Hawaii and the Falkland Is. Sometimes you tender in because there is no dock, or your ship is to large for the port or there are only one or two slots at the dock and both are taken by other ships, or the docks are damaged, or the dock workers are on strike. It is always a great opportunity to get a good view and photos of your ship!
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.
Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10