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Old February 26th, 2009, 01:49 PM
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Alright questions just keep popping up since I'm only going on my 2nd cruise.

1) On the Liberty, can you smoke in all of the lounges (nightclub, piano bar, etc.)?
A person that's going with us smokes, and I smoke when I drink sometimes (social smoker)

2) Are there any "adults only" areas on the pool decks? I've heard the pool with the retractable roof is supposed to be adults only, but then again I've heard kids go back there too

3) The tenders @ Grand Cayman, how do those work? I know we're supposed to be there at 8AM-4:30pm.
I'm usually up before the sun on port days so if I make it down there right when we dock (I don't care about eating breakfast on the boat) will I be one of the first ones off?
And I've heard lines for the tenders BACK to the boats are always long. Does that mean we'll have to get in the tender line a while before we're actually supposed to be on the boat?
(I want to spend as much time as I can OFF the boat in Grand Cayman)

4) If I think of anything else I'll ask................
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Old February 26th, 2009, 01:59 PM
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I know the retractable roof pool is supposed to be adults only. Also, from what I have heard all of the lounges except the cigar bar are non-smoking and you arent allowed to smoke on deck near them, however I am aware of some locations on the starboard side where you may smoke on deck, and smoking in the cabin is permitted. At least this is what I have been able to find out from the carnival site and other sites, as I am going on one of the Eastern Caribbean itineraries onboard the Liberty in October.
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99% of the time the piano bar is a "smoking area". The other info above is correct. The aft pool area is supposed to be adults only, along with the hot tubs in that area, but you are correct in the information that kids sneak back there, and do occupy that space as well. I've seen ships security ask them to leave, but more often than not they are left alone.

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Not sure when Liberty is scheduled to get it, but Carnival is beginning to declare Serenity areas, usually the foreward Sun Deck as adults only.
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According to Carnival's site, the aft sundeck(I think it is the aft anyway) is supposed to already supposed to be a Serenity area. Of course, going on a cruise during a Spring Break time isn't going to be very serene at all.
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I'm bumping this because I still want an answer about the tenders in Grand Cayman.
We're not going on a cruise during Spring Break (kids get on my nerves so we're trying to do what we can to get a cruise while school is still in LoL)
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Old February 27th, 2009, 11:44 AM
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Tendering is a very easy process, normally. At Grand Cayman as with any tender port, there will be annoucements regarding tender times. If you booked an excursion through the ship, you should be among the first to get off the ship. There is usually a stampede mentality as everyone wants off at the same time. Be patient, and it will be alright. When you are getting off the ship, you will need to have your ship card scanned and then you will get on a "tender" boat. They will fill the boat and take you to the pier. When you are ready to come back, you will usually need your I.D. and your ship card to enter the tender area. Once back at the ship your ship card will be scanned again and you will process through baggage x-ray and a metal detector, much like the airport.

Tenders run at intervals throughout the day. Does this help?
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Yes, it does help a lot. I just didn't them to say "Ok be back to the boat by 4" then us get in the tender line at lets say 3:30 and we're in the line for an hour waiting on a tender and miss the boat.
I just want to spend as LITTLE time possible standing in lines and feeling herded. That's the one thing I didn't like about my first cruise, at times (like getting OFF the boat at debarkation in Tampa) I felt herded.
When we were docked at Cozumel we were one of the first people off (we got off as soon as the boat docked) and there was no line or anything. We just walked down to deck 3 and got off.
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In many cases, you are required to go the main show lounge to get a tender "ticket". Then, they take people down in groups. Otherwise, on the bigger ships, you can get a couple thousand people in a long line on the stairs waiting for the tender and that is a tad risky. Someone always wants to push ahead. And, those on tours booked through the cruise ship get the early ticket numbers. So, if you are doing a tour on your own, allow some time to get off the ship and go to the designated ticket spot as soon as they allow it.
SO far as getting back on, I have seen huge lines, but the staff on shore who are managing the lines keep in touch with the ship. They won't sail with a bunch of people still standing in line waiting for the tender. You are only in trouble if there you are so late that there is no line! Oh, and the lines move faster than you might think.
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What about when the ship is docked instead of tendered? What is the procedure there?
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When we were in Grand Cayman at Christmas the tender lines were not to be believed. I know that we were in line for at least an hour and a half or longer. It was insane. We were in line to get back to the ship at 2:00 for a 4:00 departure. At 5:30 the ship said that there were over 200 people (for the Conquest only) still in line waiting to get back to the ship!

We went at the exact time the previous year on the exact same ship and itinerary and while the lines were long, it only took us about 30-40 minutes to get tendered back to the boat.

In fact, I wrote to Carnival about it when we got back to tell that that they really need to work on that one!

Give yourself plenty of time to get tendered back! Have fun!
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Often the length of time needed for tendering depends on the sea. If it is rough, it takes longer to position the tender against the cruise ship and to help people get off the tender. They are very experienced at this but do err on the side of caution, so sometimes it is beyond their control.
I think, although I am not sure, that the tenders in Cayman are locally owned and operated. So, although the cruise line has some control, it's not entirely their fault if things are slow.
Last, the number of ships in port that day can affect the time needed, as there are only so many spots at the dock.
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On the Triumph 2 weeks ago anyone who was not going on a Carnival excursion was told to meet in the Rome lounge where they were issued a tender sticker to put on their sail and sign card. They were also asked to wait until the other passengers, who had early excursions set up through Carnival, got off the boat first so they could make their excursions on time.

In the Capers it also asked those who had later excursions to wait and let the early ones go first.

We had an early excursion so we went down about 15 minutes before we were supposed to start tendering and were glad we did as we were among the 1st 20 off the ship and had a long line behind us.

Getting back on board is much easier because many tours end at different times so there is normally not a long line to wait in.
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