In some ports, it is necessary to anchor offshore 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 guests. In order to board the tender, please note that you will be required to use steps (up to 20 cm/8 inches high) and navigate the gap between the platform and the tender (of up to 45 cm/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 18 inches (45cm). 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 18 inches (45cm). 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, puncture, and securely attached footwear when embarking and disembarking the tender.
If you use a wheelchair or mobility scooter, please note that you or your traveling companion will be responsible for assembling and disassembling your wheelchair/mobility scooter. The crew will endeavor to assist where practical and safe to do so, providing that no individual part weighs more than 40 lbs (20kg).
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 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.