Norwegian Cruise Line offers behind-the-scenes tours led by an officer of the ship. You’ll explore areas that are usually off-limits to guests, including food storage and preparation areas, the backstage area of the theater, the laundry and the bridge, where a senior officer explains how the movement of the ship is controlled. An extended version of the tour adds amenities such as a group photo on the bridge, specialty coffees, evening cocktails and dinner in the Cagney’s Steakhouse restaurant.
Royal Caribbean introduced its “Behind the Royal Advantage All Access Tour” in 2011. Guests can “step inside the crew’s shoes” in areas such as the galley, laundry, engine control room and bridge.
Celebrity Cruises’ “See How it’s Done Tour” features a lunch with wine pairings for each course. After all, guests can work up an appetite touring the bridge, mooring deck, crew gym, engine control room, food preparation areas and the main galley. A shorter option for those who just want to see the bridge is the “Bridge Sail Away Experience,” which allows passengers to watch the navigational team at work as the ship sails away from port.
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