Tendering Ports

Published 04/21/2015 02:49 PM   |    Updated 06/22/2017 04:52 PM

At the following ports of call, small boats known as 'tenders' are used to tranport guests from the ship to shore. 

Certain tenders may not be accessible to individuals using wheelchairs or 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. In order to safely board tenders, guests must be able to take steps and use a collapsible, fold up wheelchair; motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters cannot be taken on tenders.

Tender Ports:  Domestic Ports

  • Belize
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Catalina Island, California
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas
  • Kona, Hawaii
  • Princess Cays, The Bahamas
  • Sitka, Alaska (possible tender)

Tender Ports:  Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand and South Pacific

  • Airlie Beach, Whitsunday
  • Bay of Islands
  • Benoa, Denspasar, Bali, Indonesia
  • Bora Bora, Tahiti, Polynesia
  • Christchurch (Akaroa)
  • Isles of Pines, New Caledonia
  • Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia
  • Lifou Isle, New Caledonia
  • Mare, New Caledonia
  • Moorea, Tahiti, Polynesia
  • Mystery Island, Vanuatu
  • Port Arthur
  • Port Denarau, Fiji Island
  • Vila, Vanuatu
  • Wala, Vanuatu
  • Yorkey's Knob, Cairns

Tendering Process

  • 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 make steps down to the tender boat.
  • Once at the pier, guests may be required to make steps up onto the dock.
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