Tender Boats w Special Needs

katmigordon

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jun 30, 2019
We want to do an excursion in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but don't know if that will require a tender.
If it does, an issue with my knees might make it hard for me to take the large step down I read about on the boat... are there any methods in place to help those with special needs?
 

ahain

Thankful & Blessed
Joined
Jun 18, 2013
I would just suggest making sure you read the "things you should know about" sections of the excursion descriptions. In general, they will do a pretty good job of explaining whether or not the excursion should work for you. s far as tender go...Puerto Vallarta itself isn't a tender port from the ship, but perhaps you're looking at a particular excursion that is? Seems to me that I've seen some tender boats that are more handicap accessible (i.e. roll-on ramps), so if you can't find sufficient info in the descriptions of the excursion, I would call to inquire further.
 

katmigordon

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jun 30, 2019
I would just suggest making sure you read the "things you should know about" sections of the excursion descriptions. In general, they will do a pretty good job of explaining whether or not the excursion should work for you. s far as tender go...Puerto Vallarta itself isn't a tender port from the ship, but perhaps you're looking at a particular excursion that is? Seems to me that I've seen some tender boats that are more handicap accessible (i.e. roll-on ramps), so if you can't find sufficient info in the descriptions of the excursion, I would call to inquire further.
Thanks for the info =)
My guess is that we won't need to tender at all if we don't have to do so to get off the boat.
We're doing the cooking class.
 

PrincessShmoo

DIS veteran
Joined
Feb 12, 2009
I would just suggest making sure you read the "things you should know about" sections of the excursion descriptions. In general, they will do a pretty good job of explaining whether or not the excursion should work for you. s far as tender go...Puerto Vallarta itself isn't a tender port from the ship, but perhaps you're looking at a particular excursion that is? Seems to me that I've seen some tender boats that are more handicap accessible (i.e. roll-on ramps), so if you can't find sufficient info in the descriptions of the excursion, I would call to inquire further.
Generally, if there's a tender (small boat from ship to shore when no docking is available), it's really up to the person to determine if they are able to transfer from the ship's landing deck to the tender and out of the tender to the dock onshore.

Most cruise lines don't like having their crew "help" people due to legal issues if there were a problem.

This is a shot of the landing deck/tender access in Cabo. Every time we've been to Puerto Vallarta we've been docked, no tender.

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traveln4fun

Mouseketeer
Joined
Apr 28, 2012
Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan are docked at port, Cabo San Lucas is a tender. I have very bad knees and hips and have been fine getting into the tender boat. There are lots of railings and men to help you get in safely.
 

katmigordon

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jun 30, 2019
Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan are docked at port, Cabo San Lucas is a tender. I have very bad knees and hips and have been fine getting into the tender boat. There are lots of railings and men to help you get in safely.
Thank you so much for this, it's good to hear from someone with direct knowledge. =)
I have a weird condition with my joints where if I put pressure on them wrong, they dislocate, it was bad enough I did it once just holding a child on my lap so I have to be worried about silly stuff like this, and I end up feeling like a freak.
 

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