Q. Can wheelchair users use tender launches to go ashore?

In some ports it is necessary to anchor off shore rather than alongside the dock or quay . When this is the case, we use a tender to take you ashore. A tender is a small vessel that carries around 100 passengers. In order to board the tender, please note that you will be required to use steps (up to 20cm/8 inches high) and navigate the gap between the platform and the tender (of up to 45cm/18 inches).


In the interests of safety, we require all guests wishing to use the tenders to have sufficient independent mobility to negotiate steps and traverse a gap of up to 45 cm/18 inches. Anyone wishing to board the tender will need to demonstrate this ability via a mobility test prior to tender embarkation by stepping unaided over a distance of 45 cm/18 inches. Children who are unable to step across a gap of this size will be permitted to use the tender service provided their parent/guardian is able to demonstrate that they can carry or pass them safely across the mobility test gap.


There will be crew members there to guide and steady you as you embark, but they cannot support, carry or lift guests on board the tender for safety reasons. Please wear appropriate, flat, and securely attached footwear, when embarking and disembarking the tender.


If you use a wheelchair or mobility scooter, please note that you or your travelling companion are responsible for assembling and disassembling your wheelchair/mobility scooter. The crew will endeavour to assist where practical and safe to do so, providing that no individual part weighs more than 20kg/40 lb.


If you have notified us that you have reduced mobility you will be invited to a tender briefing on board and given the opportunity to take part in the mobility assessment (described above) in advance. This must be completed independently, without any assistance. If an officer decides it is not safe for you to board a tender, please respect their decision as this decision is taken to ensure your safety, in accordance with health and safety law.


Tender Ports

Below is a list of those ports where a tender will be used. In addition, some ports may use a tender, dependant on weather conditions, berthing and other factors. Please note, that on occasion, other ports may use a tender operation depending on the circumstances and therefore this list is not exhaustive.

Confirmed Tender Ports
Caribbean Port European Ports Worldwide Ports
Grand Caymen Cannes New Port
Catalina Island St Peter Port Bar Harbour
  Horta Port Denarau
  Villefranche Bay of Islands
  Alghero Cairns (from Yorkey's Knob)
  Portofino Bali
  Port Mahon Sihanoukville
  Sanary Sur Mer Ko Samui
  Propriano Hong Kong
  Rapallo Whitsunday Islands
  Calvi Bora Bora
  Elba Phuket
  Edinburgh Halong Bay
  Jersey Rabaul
  Andalsnes St Helena
  Geiranger Parintins
  Ny Alesund Alta Do Chao
  Isafjordur Buzios
  Loften Islands Port Stanley
  Korcula Puerto Chacabuco
  Rejika Half Moon Cay
  Split Virgin Gorda
  Zakinthos Punta Arenas


Possible Tender Ports
Caribbean Ports European Ports Worldwide Ports
St Kitts Monte Carlo Nha Trang
Tortola Ajaccio Penang
Dominica Portimao Muscat
St Lucia Flamm Margarita Island
Grenada Honningsvaag Reunion
Cozumel Akureyri Walvis Bay
Key West Eidfjord Puerto Montt
Ocho Rios Cephalonia Tobago



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