I saw that on another board also, but let's not jump the gun - let's see what HAL has to say. My TA, who has a group booked for 2011, said that at the moment HAL gave their standard response "we are looking into it".
This is part of the article from the Bermuda Sun
Ship's too big for St. George's A cruise ship that was supposed to dock at St. George's next year will have to drop anchor out at sea because she is too big to get through Town Cut.
Simulation tests carried out on the MS Veendam, pictured, have revealed she would hit the bottom if she tried to sail through the narrow entrance to St. George's Harbour.
As a result, the liner will now have to drop anchor at Murray's Anchorage near Fort St. Catherine and passengers will be ferried into the town.
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It was a change. Originally, when we booked, we were supposed to dock. Fortunately now people know in advance when they book so they can make an informed decision. We're still going, but it's a disappointment to us.
I found out from my TA that the tender for this port holds up to 650 passengers.
I hear the same about the 650 people. It's a big boat coming to get us. It's not going to be a bad thing that we are tendering, just different from what we had booked. Figure to wait on line for boarding the tender, my guess about 1/2 hour. Then 40 minutes into St George. That's about an hour each way, 2 if you have to wait for the second tender.
It would have been better if we could just dock in St George, but, frankly, I'm not a thrill seeker and I'm not keen on going where the ship can't fit. I'd just as soon take the tender.
The NEW news is that if the weather looks bad for tendering, the ship is pre-arranged to be able to dock in Hamilton for the entire trip.
We're going mid-June. Our expectations are: nice weather, a beautiful ship, great food, good friends and ship-mates, a beautiful island, and Oh, will we need to get some rest after the cruise before we go back to work!!!