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Old January 22nd, 2003, 06:41 AM
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I am going to Grand Cayman soon, and wondering what the process is like when you have to be tendered in.
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Old January 22nd, 2003, 07:40 AM
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Each ship and cruise line has its' own procedures but basically it wil go as follows.
The ship will anchor outside the reef surrounding Grand Cayman. The ship will usually establish an assembly point (lounge or theater) for passengers booked on the ships'
excursions. Quite often these passengers will be taken down to tenders in groups and with priority over other passengers. Somewhere else on the ship there will be another place to go to get a tender ticket. This piece of paper simply helps the ship load tenders without long lines . The ship will usually suggest you only go to get tender tickets when you have your entire group together and ready to go. The actual ride is only a few minutes. The tender docks are right in the middle of town.
When you are ready to reboard, go back to the dock and get on line. Do not ignore the
times posted for last tender back to the ship. You will not be left behind if you are on line and on time, but you will be left behind if you are late.
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Old January 22nd, 2003, 07:52 AM
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OR if you have a stockyard in you vicinity, go down there and watch how they move them along…… It is very similar… without the electrical prods… unless you lag behind and the people behind you prod you along…Just kidding <G>. It’s really not that bad. They have done it so often it has been refined to a science and is fairly quick. Just remember you are there to have a good time, not to find fault, and you’ll have a great time.

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Old January 22nd, 2003, 09:12 AM
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its actually kind of fun to watch the whole process, there will be quite a few ships anchored offshore and the tenders just zip back and forth from ship to shore, it can be a bit hectic if you want to be the first one off. If you don't have an excursion i would suggest waiting a bit for all of the confusion to settle down, just be aware of return times.
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Old January 22nd, 2003, 11:41 AM
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Actually I do enjoy the tendering. It is relaxing to take that little jaunt to the land docks. It was quite a smooth operation when we went twice with Carnival. Char
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Old January 22nd, 2003, 01:32 PM
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Just be aware that you may NOT be tendering in. Queeg and I are batting .500 after four trips to Grand Cayman. Bad weather two out of the four times and the Captain said NO.

Wear sturdy shoes. This is not the time for high fashion slides, heels, or flip-flops. Sneakers, Teva-types or boat shoes are your best bet.

If you are carrying bags (beach bags, on-shore purchases, etc.) toss them to crew before boarding or leaving a tender.

Have a great trip !!!
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Old January 22nd, 2003, 05:29 PM
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Be careful that you get in the right line going back to the ship. When I was there last month, both RCI and Carnival had lines a couple of blocks long!!! Luckily, I was on the Seven Seas Mariner which had their own tender, cold water available before boarding the tender, and no lines!!


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