You can tell from this question that this will be my first cruise! I've noticed as I read the various web sites and cruise reviews that certain ports are "tender ports" while at others the ship docks at a pier. What are the logistics of getting into and out of these "tenders"? A coworker of mine was telling me that I wouldn't want to wear a sundress at a particular port because it was a tender port. The way she described it, it sounded like I'd be climbing up and down a ladder or something, and would want to be wearing shorts or pants. Can anyone tell me about tenders? Thanks.
Tenders are boats that move you from the ship to a pier. The boat has to tie up but not too much if it is to keep on schedule. You need a lot of leg movement as many are multi-deck as well, if you are using tenders provided at the port rather than the ship's own (some ships have them, but don't use them, while others do use them and others don't have them at all).
So the reasons to have freedom of movement are:
1) the boat moves
2) the boat can be multi deck and require a step or two up or down to get on/off.
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I see we are on the same trip 3F0B5Paradise, do you know if any of our stops are tenders and how well would a person who is unable to do stairs do with this... my mom needs two total knee replacements so stairs (unless maybe one or two small ones) are out of the question.
there is always ships personel to help you on and off the tenders, you go from the gangway to a dock to the tender, maybe two steps down to the enclosed portion or about 5 or so stairs up to the open air part of the boat.