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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tendering - Grand Cayman

Good morning,

Some ports of call do not have docks big enough to handle large cruise ships so guests tender between their cruise ship and shore on small tender boats.
It is a short ride ashore.  I think it is a fun part of cruising to do this.  It gives you a better perspective of the large ship you are on to see it from sea level.
As soon as one tender leaves for shore, another pulls up to unload guests returning to the ship and take more guests ashore.

All the best,
Lois



9 comments:

MarkD60 said...

My number is 926 0126. I'll come see you when you're here.

Montanagirl said...

That "tender" looks so tiny alongside that huge ship!

TexWisGirl said...

couldn't help but sing, 'love me tender...' :)

Michelle said...

You make every aspect of cruising seem so appealing!

Les Barr said...

The tender that we had was not quite so fancy, while in the Port of Freeport. Tied up along our Port side, they had a hard time keeping the tender from rocking and rolling from the heavy sea. Was a bit windy, so that's why there was this problem.

Rose said...

Do those small tender boats belong to your ship, or are they contracted to do this? So much stuff I would never have thought of. From all you have shown, it leads me to more. I would LOVE to see the maintenance side of the boat...wonder how big of a crew you have to have to keep things running smoothly. Just so much people never think of.

Mersad said...

I think this would also be a great opportunity to take some shots of the big cruiser itself at sea, when returning with the smaller boat.

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning, everyone,

Thanks, Mark. I sent you a private email. :)

Les, if it gets too windy and/or the sea is too rough, we do not tender to ports. Safety first.

Rose, the tenders in this port are contracted. There are more than 1,300 crew on board Freedom of the Seas. 50+ work for the Chief Engineer in the Engine Department that provides all the power to the engines and to the hotel side of the ship for lights, air conditioning, refrigeration, etc. 50+ work for the Captain in the Deck Department for all Navigation and related issues. The remaining crew works for the Hotel Director to provide hotel services for the guests.

Yes, Mersad, that is so true! I get my best pictures of the "mother ship" Freedom of the Seas when we are in various ports. The header was taken at Royal Caribbean's private island, Coco Cay in the Bahamas. I have also had quite a few posts of Freedom taken ashore in Grand Cayman and other ports.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and for your very kind comments.

All the very best,
Lois

Rose said...

I would never have dreamed there were that many in the crew. I don't know what I would have thought, but that is a lot!