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Old 01-12-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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Tender at St. Thomas?

Has anyone had to tender in to the port of St. Thomas? We are cruising on the Fantasy, and wondered if it always docks at the port.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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we have been there twice, once we docked, the second time was a tender. ( there were 7 other ships in port.)
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:15 PM   #3
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In Sept we were in docked. Copy the attached link and you can determine the number of ships docking the day you get to St.Marrten http://www.cruisetimetables.com/
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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Yes, we have both docked and tendered.

When you tender, you go into downtown. When you dock, you are in Havensight. The link above will allow you to determine the schedule on your cruise date. Bottom line--the ships have to take turns tendering when there are more in port than the dock can handle.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:15 PM   #5
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If there is four ships in port that day, including oasis of the seas, carnival dream and a celebrity ship, do you think the fantasy will have to tender? Will we find out prior to embarking the ship if we tender? If so, how?
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:03 PM   #6
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Thank you for the responses. If we do tender, what are the procedures? Do we just line up, have to make a reservation? If we are not doing an excursion through DCL, is the procedure different? Are the tender boats small? We have one person with some seasickness issues.

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:35 PM   #7
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Last April on the Magic, we docked at Crown Bay rather than at Havensight.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:40 PM   #8
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Thank you for the responses. If we do tender, what are the procedures? Do we just line up, have to make a reservation? If we are not doing an excursion through DCL, is the procedure different? Are the tender boats small? We have one person with some seasickness issues.

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Tenders hold 200-300 people, and you are on them for maybe 5 minutes. Seriously, the ship gets as close as it can safely.

Tender procedure--no reservations. When you are ready to depart, you go to the designated place (we were in BV theater) and get tender ticket. WHOLE party and all stuff must be there. You are then escorted in order of arrival to the tender. We have waited as little as our bottoms didn't touch the seat to as "long" as 10 minutes.

IF you are on a DCL excursion, you will go to the excursion meeting place and be escorted to the tender as a group. Concierge and DCL excursion guests have priority, but it makes little difference. At some point, DCL will announce open tendering, meaning you no longer need a ticket--go directly to the gangway with no stop in the theater first.

On the way back, you go to the big blue awning and as soon as the boat arrives, you board. They had ice water for us, and the big blue awning tent provided shade.

Is Crown Bay a new dock? MANY easterns, and never heard of it. OK, I can be taught.....

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:44 PM   #9
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Did you find out you were tendering before boarding? With four ships in port I'm curious if the fantasy will have to. I hope not because we were planning on getting back on the boat after our dlc excursion. For lunch and then exploring. With tendering it seems like a hassle
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:54 PM   #10
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With 4 ships in port, you're probably docking.

I don't recall DCL telling us about tendering till we were getting instructions for the next day.

It honestly isn't a big deal. It's fairly easy to get back on the ship for lunch and off again in the afternoon if you wish. There is a short wait while the tender fills up a bit--they take off either when full or after a certain amount of time...like 20 minutes....so you never wait long.

Yes, docking is easier, but if you wanted to go downtown, tendering saves taxi fare.
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Is Crown Bay a new dock? MANY easterns, and never heard of it. OK, I can be taught.....
I think that it opened in 2005. I know that that was our second eastern and first time we docked at St. Thomas. The new dock is near where the tender took us on our 2003 cruise.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:06 PM   #12
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It looks like this sight has some good information: http://www.vinow.com/general_usvi/cr...p_schedule.php - it looks like shows if you dock in Havensight (WICO), Crown Bay (CB) or if the ship will be at anchorage in the harbor and you will have to tender. I glanced at the schedule through July (when we have our Eastern) and only see 2 ships at anchor - both in January and neither Disney. It looks like they now have docks for up to 7 ships (5 in Havensight?) and Disney seems to be docking at Havensight (not Crown Bay).

We've both docked at Havensight and tendered on the Magic. While we prefer Havensight for the handy shopping and butterfly far, the tendering process into downtown Charlotte Amalie wasn't bad either, and the town was very quaint.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:10 PM   #13
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Here is a video I took in St.Thomas:http://youtu.be/_5cwH52kaRE
We shopped on that day in town. On a previous trip we took a bus to Magens bay. It was so beautiful. But super crowded with people
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:15 PM   #14
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How was tendering for someone with mobility issues? We have 2 in our party that have walkers.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:33 PM   #15
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How was tendering for someone with mobility issues? We have 2 in our party that have walkers.
This can be tough. The ramps to the tender are not bad for an overweight, getting older person, but for someone with mobility issues it could be a real challenge. There are lots of CMs offering a steadying arm, but they can't life the guest in.

However, at St. Thomas, tendering is rare. At Grand Cayman, it is a 100% tender port.
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