- the tendering was done unanchored so the ship was moving as people were boarding/unboarding - Between tenders, the gangway was left often while the ship motored - it was windy and being unanchored we would have drifted into other boats. The crew allowed small children to stand in front of the open gangway while motoring. If the ship had lurched, they could have been easily fallen overboard off a moving ship. - On the return trip, the crew allowed the sails to luff with big wooden blocks whipping around the heads of passengers on deck. Someone could have been easily injured or even knocked overboard (unconscious). Any seasoned sailor knows those blocks are 'widow makers'. The crew eventually got the lines under control, but it took them a few minutes and by that time, passengers were holding the lines with the blocks to avoid getting hit by them.
Seems like pretty basic stuff to me and I don't think my safety expectation are set too high, even considering this is not the US/Canada.