Tendering from ship to shore at George Town Harbour


As you get off or you get on a tender, [you] look at that. Look at the beauty. This is only a four-minute ride. Belize is
30 minutes but they’ve got a lot of tenders, you know. There’s a back and forth but
yet it’s still comfortable and it is beautiful, you know, to look at the
scenery as you’re, you know, in a vessel. It’s unique and and I’m hoping that the
Cayman Islands could keep it the way it is because it’s not only the
the tender operation that’s going to be hurting. They’re gonna be hurting the environment. Because I’ve been down in that water there and it’s a
beautiful, beautiful place. I’m not worried about like the tender
operations. What I’m really worried about is how that harbour right there will
change, you know, because that’s the future for our kids, you know, and
if they’re just thinking about the money that’s not the way to think. You’ve got to
think about your kids Who [are] coming up. Because we’re here now. What about the future? And that is the future right there and they take that
away, they’re gonna take away a lot from the Cayman Islands here and a
lot of our kids might have to leave and go somewhere else
and find a job, you know. But it’s hard to, you know, to tell
when somebody’s … like, they involved in this, they just want this
money, you know. So I just pray to God that they would change their mind and think
about what they’re gonna be doing to the nature there, the reef. The
port is unique, you know. You don’t find this nowhere else in the Caribbean. We got a safe place Yes, the port do need a little,
you know, developing but not in that structure that they want to put out here. We could have better access for tenders, put a little bit more
shade for the guests and like I said, you know, the port is
very unique, based on like other places that I’ve been. Compass: What about these larger ships that might come in? How much larger would they be than, for example, this ship here? Sosa: Well, they would say that it’s about a little bit
bigger than that one. It’s a volume of people obviously of about 5,000
to 6,000 plus Compass: And would it be difficult to tender in? Sosa: No, no, no, it’s not difficult.
I’ve been alongside the Oasis class many times and for us to get access to
the shell door is the same way we do it here with the other ships, so a ship that
size, we would just put on there six or seven tenders. You put open three shell
doors and we can move a volume of people four or five thousand people in maybe
two and a half, four hours. They just don’t want to. They just don’t want
to tender. That’s, that’s their point. As you can see, right now
we got this MSC Seaside. That’s an Oasis* class [*Seaside class]. That’s a big ship. That’s 5,000 plus. She was here yesterday. We tender her. She left on time. Big ol’ ship but
they just don’t want to bring them in here because I don’t know why. Compass: Do you think tourists enjoy tendering? Sosa: Yes, yes, you know, they come out of … I mean, look at this. They don’t see a big slab of cement. They see nature, you know and to be on a boat, there’s a different view, something that’s moving, you
know. It’s a different kind of experience. Compass: What was it like for the two
of you coming in on the boats today? Tourist: It was smooth and enjoyable, wasn’t too
crowded everything flowed really smooth. We enjoyed it very much. Compass: Was there much of a wait to get on to the tender? Tourist: No, not at all. Tourist 2: It was
nice and smooth. Yeah, easy going, good Compass: Was there much of a wait to get on to the tender? Tourist 2: No, we walked right on Compass: Had you ever tendered before? Tourist 2: Yes, yeah, we
tendered in Cancun and that was a rough. Yes. We got on a really big … yeah, it was
rough going. Compass: Compared to Cancun this was a lot smoother? Tourist 2: Yeah. Yes.

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