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NCL ship in Coxen Hole - dock or tender?

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I never thought it can be such an unsolvable puzzle... 🙂

We will be in Roatan on Feb 17 2020 on NCL (Norwegian) ship. As far as understand, NCL goes to Coxen Hole (not Mahogany).

Nowhere on my NCL itinerary it says that it is a rendering port. I also gave a call to NCL to double check - they said they don't see that it is tendering in Roatan, but I suppose agents on the phone are pretty clueless anyways.

However, Roatan Tourism website clearly says:

The Port of Roatan can only accommodate one cruise ship at a time alongside its pier and two more ships via anchorage. If your day in port coincides with another ship's arrival, you might be docked, or you might need to tender to shore. Usually, Royal Caribbean cruise ships dock while Norwegian cruise ships tender when they coincide at Port of Roatan. 

According to the cruising calendar there will be two ships in the port on that day - exactly RCCL and NCL, meaning that NCL will have to tender.

Is there any way to find out for sure? I am trying to book my own transportation, but want to avoid booking cruise line excursions. But if we have to tender, this means it is unpredictable how long it it is going to take us to get to the shore.

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Sadly there's another fly in the ointment. They revamping that port to accommodate more than one ship. The work may or may not be done by the time you visit the island. 

 

It may be completely impossible to find out if you dock or tender.

 

Perhaps have a chat with your transportation,    see what they recommend.

 

Island off the coast of a third world country, the challenges they do abound. :0) 

Edited by Guest 2000

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I'm on that RCCL ship (the huge Symphony of the Seas) and am assuming the new dock will be completed by then.  But if not it is a very short tender ride.  Not even 5 minutes.

 

Best thing to do is to watch for NCL reviews between now and then.  Not just your ship but others.  You'll know if they are docking with 2 ships in port.  And believe me, the independent excursion operators will know before you do and will be waiting for you at the pick up point they indicate on your reservation. 

 

 

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interesting, I didn't know they are building a new dock. 

my concern that if it's tendering we won't be on the first boats (as these are for suites and pre-booked excursions from the cruise line) and going to lose more time waiting in line to get ashore.

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35 minutes ago, mijas12 said:

interesting, I didn't know they are building a new dock. 

my concern that if it's tendering we won't be on the first boats (as these are for suites and pre-booked excursions from the cruise line) and going to lose more time waiting in line to get ashore.

 

Indeed one should never get in a hurry when cruisng, ya gotta deal with all those other peoples. 

 

Your driver will be fine with the wait. They do this for a loving and have a fair idea of how things work. 

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