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What is a Tender Port?

At most ports, the ship will dock at the pier and this allows you to walk down the gangway to the quayside.

At a tender port the ship is not able to pull up to the pier or dock, usually because the water is too shallow, so it will anchor just outside the port. Passengers will then be escorted off the ship on to a small boat (normally the ship's lifeboats), called a tender. These boats will then ferry passengers back and forth to the port. Sometimes it will be the local port authority who provide the tender boats.

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