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candi 04-13-2007 07:23 PM

I thought of one of many more questions I will come up with before Oct...I noticed some ports of call are tendered and some are docked. I know what the difference is but my concern is the amount of time it takes to get tendered. An arrival time may say 8am but does it take awhile to get to the actual island? I am concerned because I am thinking about booking some shore excursions on my own and am worried about times.

zekeinsc 04-13-2007 08:11 PM

The tendering itself is usually 15 minutes or less it depends on the size of you ship how long your lines will be. Some ships have their own ships and some hire locals. The larger ships tend to take a little longer.

candi 04-14-2007 10:10 AM

i am going on a Western Caribbean on mariner of the seas in october

Dave 04-14-2007 10:24 AM

The time involved can eat into a day - at least when arriving and everyone wants to go ashore. The ship will move those on it's tours ashore as a priority, which means those booking their own excursions may have to wait a bit. I wouldn't book anything that started less than an hour and a half after the ship arrives - in other words if you arrive at 8am, the earliest tour I'd book would be for 9:30am. Tender ports usually find us booking any tours through the ship since this means we won't have to worry.

However, most tour operators know the drill and have a good sense for how long it will take to tender. They'll let you know if booking a certain tour at a certain time will work or not.

candi 04-14-2007 11:00 PM

Your a pro thanks!!

Larry in Miami 04-15-2007 08:29 AM

It also depends on how far off shore you are anchored. If I remember right in Belize wh were about 5 miles off shore in order to protect the coral reef. This took a lot longer than say Grand Cayman where we were just off shore.

Like Dave said, if you are booking a private tour or just going ashore you will have a lower priority for the tender.

hadablast 04-18-2007 02:40 PM

I agree with Dave 100%. Also, on RCL, they give out tendering tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. They give out a certain number of #1 tickets, then #2 tickets, etc. Those with excursions booked through the ship can go on any tender they choose, then priority goes to those with #1 tickets, then #2 tickets, and so on. Net, it is important to find out when and where the tendering tickets will be distributed, and get there early if you need to get off the boat quickly.

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