Sending a ship to a new port involves a number of considerations. Is the port and the entrance channel deep and wide enough when squat and crab angles are accounted for? Is there sufficient clearance to overhead cables and bridges? Is the entrance exposed to dangerous winds and currents? Are the official charts up to date, and is a reliable depth survey available? Is the berthing area/terminal to ISPS standards? Are berths well fendered, and with a sufficient number of effective bollards? Are access ways safe for passengers with limited mobility? Is the tour staging area safe and spacious enough for the planned operations? The port may answer yes to all of the above, but is that the full story?
A Captain who has experienced the pain of taking a fully booked ship to a port that was not ready for cruise operations is the right person to assess all of these aspects.
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