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Old March 5th, 2005, 09:05 PM
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Default Half Moon Cay - dock or tender

Are you required to tender at Half Moon Cay or is there a dock?

Also, same question for Costa Maya and Key West?
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Old March 5th, 2005, 09:21 PM
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Default Re: Half Moon Cay - dock or tender

Half Moon Cay - must tender (no dock for ship)

Key West - have docked there in 11/2003 on Maasdam and from reading the boards over the years I believe most ships dock versus tender
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Old March 6th, 2005, 08:31 AM
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Default Re: Half Moon Cay - dock or tender

HMC - tender

Sometimes you may have to tender in Key West depending on how many ships are three.

Costa Maya - don't know.
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Old March 6th, 2005, 08:53 AM
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Default Re: Half Moon Cay - dock or tender

Yes, you tender in Half Moon Cay, but that is no problem at all. You will love the Island! Beautiful and very relaxing day. Great barbecue lunch! If you have to tender in Key West it is a long ride so be perpared and try and get a tender ticket as early as you can. Key west is a great place also!
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Old March 6th, 2005, 10:38 AM
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Default Re: Re: Half Moon Cay - dock or tender

We had to tender in KW and it was awful. The ship is a LONG way out. When we were there HAL rented an old fishing boat to take us in as the seas were VERY rough. We were packed in like sardines, 99% of the pax had to stand and you could barely breath much less move. It was extremely dangerous and a big mistake for HAL to do, IMO. It was very dangerous getting on and off the fishing boat. At the time many other Oosterdam pax complained on the boards of what I am saying here.

Only problem with tendering in HMC is that it prevents the ship from going to the island at all on some occasions.
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Old March 6th, 2005, 11:58 AM
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Default Re: Re: Half Moon Cay - dock or tender

Costa Maya: dock
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Old March 6th, 2005, 01:28 PM
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Default Re: Half Moon Cay - dock or tender

Key West:

When we cruised there in 2003 I referenced the port authority's website to see exactly where we would be docking. If you are unfamiliar with it, here it is:

http://www.keywestcity.com/depts/por...ruiseships.asp

Click on the month you are crusing to see details of your day in port. Those marked with (B) or (M) are docked with no tender. I think this is why I used the word "most" when referring to docking based on recollection of charts at the time of our cruise there.

You will see that on days with few ships in port, most are docked (which also depends on if ship is of suitable size). Obviously when supply of docks is less than demand of ships, some get to tender. (We docked at Mallory Square next to another cruiseship)\

Enjoy your cruise!
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Old March 6th, 2005, 07:29 PM
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Default Re: Half Moon Cay - dock or tender

Halfmoon is always by tenders. its a beautiful 10 minute ride
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Old March 9th, 2005, 08:12 AM
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Default Re: Re: Half Moon Cay - dock or tender

Cruised on Maasdam in March 03 - Docked in Key West - we arrived in the late afternoon. However, we never made it to HMC or Grand Cayman because the seas were too rough to tender!
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