Tender Boat Accidents

Many cruise lines utilize tender boats, which are used like a floating city bus to transport passengers from cruise ships to ports. Most commonly this occurs when a port, such as Georgetown, Grand Cayman is not sufficiently large enough to accommodate today’s mega sized cruise ships. Sometimes, even when a ship arrives at a port-a tender may be used to reboard the ship if the weather or other things change during the course of the day.

Getting on and off tender boats can be extremely dangerous and passengers have been known to be seriously injured if the tender is not properly stabilized or secured to the ship or dock. In rough seas and in busy ports, sudden and often violent waves can jostle tiny tender boats that are not properly secured. This can result in serious personal injuries to passengers such as broken backs, necks, arms and legs. Celebrity Cruise Lines for example utilizes tenders frequently in their Alasan cruises to access ports such as Icy Strait Point.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Tender Boat Fleet

Tenders are not that rare for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. According to RCCL’s website they currently utilize tender boats for the transportation of passengers to and from their cruise ships in the following ports around the world:

  • Airlie Beach, Australia
  • Ajaccio, Corsica
  • Bali (Padang Bay), Indonesia
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Buzios, Brazil
  • Cabo Frio, Brazil
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Cannes (Monte Carlo), France
  • Champagne Bay, Vanuatu
  • CocoCay, Bahamas
  • Corfu, Greece
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Denarau, Fiji
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Exmouth, Australia
  • Esperance, Australia
  • La Spezia (Florence/Pisa), Italy
  • Geiranger, Norway
  • George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam
  • Icy Strait Point, Alaska
  • Ilha Grande, Brazil
  • Ilhabela, Brazil
  • Ilheus, Brazil
  • Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
  • Jeju, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Kailua Kona, Hawaii
  • Kotor, Montenegro
  • Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii
  • Lifou, Loyalty Island
  • Lombok, Indonesia
  • Malacca, Malaysia
  • Moorea, French Polynesia
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Mystery Island, Vanuatu
  • Naples (Salerno) Italy
  • Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • Villefranche (Nice), France
  • Ouvea (Wadrilla), Loyalty Island
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Port Douglas, Australia
  • Portobelo, Brazil
  • Punta Del Este, Uruguay
  • Rockland, Maine
  • Samana, Dominican Republic
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Split, Croatia
  • St. Peter Port, Channel Islands
  • Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Visby, Sweden

Cruise Lines Will Try to Deny Responsibility for Tender Boat Accidents

Cruise lines frequently try to deny any responsibility when a passenger is injured in a tender boat accident. They will point their fingers at the tender company or the port facility. There is however, a clear legal obligation on the cruise lines to provide passengers with a high degree of care in transporting passengers to and from the cruise ships.

We have filed a number of cases on behalf of passengers injured getting on and off tender boats. Recently we filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Nevada woman who was severely injured reboarding her Celebrity Cruise ship in Alaska. Pursuant to Celebrity’s passenger ticket, the claim had to be filed in Miami’s Federal Court, even though the accident occurred thousands of miles away.

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