this may sound stupid, but what is docking vs. tendering? (is it that some ships are right on the port and we just walk out and others have to stay in the sea and we have to take small boats to shore?) If this is right, then, can someone tell me what happens in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios in terms of where we dock? I'm just trying to figure out how long it will take us at each port to get out of the ship.
You should also dock in Jamaica, have never heard of anyone having to tender there, so its just Grand Cayman that you will be tendering, so allow some time for that, also when you return to the ship. Make sure its an hour before your scheduled leaving time.
I have a related question. If the ship is docked at a port, does the departure time listed for that port mean when all should be onboard and the ship is leaving? If that's the case, should we allow for say 30 minutes (or another amount of time?) to get back on the ship prior to the designated time?
For example, if the ship departs the port at 6:00pm should we really be on board at 5:30pm? Or is the departure time when they want you lined up ready to board?
August 28, 2005
When the ship says it departs at 6:00 it means it departs at 6:00. If you are not on the ship at 6:00 hopefully you have a hotel room and airfare home because you will be left behind. Plan on being back to the ship by 5:30, unless of course you liked the island so much you want to stay.