According to the president of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, which represents the interests of all major cruise lines in the region, berthing is the preferred option.
President of the association, Michele M. Paige, has previously told the Compass that cruise lines are in the business of making money.
Such matters as possible increases in tendering add additional costs and this could, she said in January, 2013, lead to negative consequences such as passengers going on a cruise or not.
This is a business and we are here to make a profit,” Ms Paige said, noting that any tendering fees, particularly increases thereto, would erode said profit.
Removing the possibility of fees and tendering was the preference of the industry, she said.
“Because Cayman is a tendering port, the number of arrivals is already lower than elsewhere and already the lines are making less revenue every day,” she said. “Cayman has said nothing to us, only that they need to offset costs. The Cayman Islands are our partner and we look forward to working with them for improvements in facilities. Now is the time to move forward.” Indeed, in January, 2013, Carnival Cruise Lines were reported to have threatened to withdraw Cayman from its schedules due to tendering costs.
However, when contacted by the Compass at the time, the company declined to further comment.
Ms Paige was also contacted for up-to-date comments for this article but by press time had not responded.