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Pierside in Itea, Greece
In some ports, even a relatively small vessel like the Silver
Whisper is too big to tie up at the pier--or the town may not have a pier at
all. Fortunately, there's an easy solution: The ship just anchors in the harbor
and takes passengers ashore in tenders, or launches.
On our cruise, tenders were used in three ports: the Greek towns
of Monemvasia and Itea, and Taormina, Sicily. Silversea ran tenders at frequent
intervals throughout the day, and there were always plenty of empty seats. (This
often isn't the case on larger ships, where tender capacity may be inadequate at
the beginning of the day when hundreds of passengers may be trying to go ashore
at the same time.)
In each port where tenders are used, the crew sets up a tender
station with an umbrella or canopy, a few chairs if benches aren't available, and
an ample supply of bottled water.