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.
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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Jason If a grin is transmittable, and laughing is contagious, here’s hoping for an epidemic!
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.
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!!