Tendering Ports

Published 04/21/2015 02:49 PM   |    Updated 06/07/2018 04:54 PM

At certain ports of call, small boats known as tenders are used to transport guests from the ship to shore.

Depending on the ship, tendering begins on either Deck 0 or another designated deck. Guests who have purchased a shore excursion will meet in a designated lounge until their excursion is called. Guests who do not purchase an excursion will proceed using a numbering system. Once guests reach the gangway to board, they will be required to take steps down to the tender boat and when the tender boat reaches the pier, guests may be required to take steps up onto the dock.

Certain of these tenders may not be accessible to individuals using wheelchairs and mobility scooters, or the status of the tendering process at a particular port under certain weather, sea, swell, current and/or tide conditions may prove difficult for a safe transfer to take place. In each case, it will be the decision of the ship officials to determine, based on their evaluation of safety issues for our guests and crew, whether or not a guest using a wheelchair may board a tender. Accessible tender boats are available in the following ports: Catalina Island, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays. Every effort is made to secure accessible tender boats in all other ports, subject to availability.

Tender Ports

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Catalina Island, CA
Grand Cayman 
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Kona, HI
Princess Cays, Bahamas

Facilities in ports of call vary significantly; wheelchair accessibility may not be available for shore tours or in certain ports of call. Carnival is not responsible for accessibility in its ports of call, which are not under Carnival’s control.

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