Dubrovnik, Croatia - Cruise 2

Trip Start Jun 12, 2008
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Trip End Aug 25, 2008


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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tendering, my favorite experience cruising...NOT.  Tendering, for the non-cruisers out there, potentially involves crowds of angry people pushing to get a good spot in line to pick up tickets for the members of their party so that when the number of ticket is called may proceed to shore via the life boat / tender boat.  If you are a cruiser may I please beg of you to be patient and kind to the poor cruise staff members assigned to this delightful task.  We have absolutely no control over tender platforms that don't lower, boats that take longer than you think they should to return from shore because the waves are so high that passengers may only safely exit and enter once every minute, wheelchair and cane guests need extra time and help to get in and out, etc.  We are the poor staff who merely sit in the assigned room and hand you a number and receive notification when it is alright to send additional guests to the tender platform for the next boat.  I have never seen this to be 100% flawless, there are so many variables to moving over 2000 guests and 800 crew from ship to shore via  the little boats that hold about 80.  We do our best and continue to smile and ask you kindly wait no matter how loudly you scream and throw a fit, so please remember you only make yourself look rediculous - choose to relax and be patient and everyone's blood pressure we be more even.  Thank you and have a lovely day in Dubrovnik!

Because of tendering and work schedules I only had 1 hour off the ship including tendering in and back so I walked around with my roomie for about 45 minutes tops.  We stayed close to the shoreline and walked around the marina.  It was cute, but I do hope to be able to catch the shuttle to the old walled city of Historic Dubrovnik next time we come back in to port.
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