I am new to the cruise trips and my fiance and I are taking a meditteranean cruise. We are docked in most places and "tendered" at 2 (Greek islands). What does this mean? Someone please take pity on a newbie. And, what are the drawbacks to being "tendered?"
Tendered means a small boat pulls up next to the cruise ship and takes you to the mainland. This happens when the cruise ship is too big for the port or if the area around the port is not suitable for the ship (rocks, shallow water etc.)
Don't be concerned about the size of the "small" boat. They typically use the same boats they would use at life boats and they hold quite a few.
Mary Lou Scanlon
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i have never had to ' tender ' ( thank god ) but i have seen it going on from my ship which luckely was docked.
here is my conseption of tendering--
long lines of passengers waiting to get off the ship and be loaded into small boats so they can make it to the port city for independent tours on time. if i knew, or thought i would have to tender, i would be in a delema for booking tours on my own ( which is my choice for variety and saving money ) . i think this would be my preferred time for tours to be made on the ship so you know you will make them on time and not miss the ship getting back from them.
if i am wrong on this i know i will CORRECTED. but, this is just my own idea of what it involves. i really am hoping someone here will tell me how it really is so i wont have such a bad idea of what it is all about.
so come on folks and give me the right picture also , but please be nice, (grinning ).