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Old January 27th, 2009, 10:42 PM
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While in a port....Can I get a tour of ships from other cruise lines to possibly scope out future cruises with that cruise line?
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At least on Regent Seven Seas Cruises, you can arrange to get on a ship you are not sailing on if you know someone onboard and make arrangements at least 30 days in advance. I do not know about other cruise lines.
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No, most cruise lines do not let visitors come on the ship if you are not sailing.

The only exception is for weddings
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In home ports, as well as others large ports of call, travel agents very often are allowed to bring prospective or top clients onboard for a tour and lunch.

You can ask your travel agent if it's possible for them to arrange it.

It certainly has to be arranged well in advance of any plans.
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I guess I can understand why they don't offer tours of ships while in ports, security reasons, But I think it could really help cruise lines bring in new clients if they did offer tours while in Port. I have never been on a RCI ship and would love to check one out to see if we would like it or not.
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I guess I can understand why they don't offer tours of ships while in ports, security reasons, But I think it could really help cruise lines bring in new clients if they did offer tours while in Port. I have never been on a RCI ship and would love to check one out to see if we would like it or not.
It probably would boost business but security could potentially become a major issue...

I wasn't sure about RCI either last summer but had always thought their ships looked so luxurious and wanted to sail on them at least once. I picked the Brilliance because of the itinerary and loved her. Although I am an avid Carnival cruiser *all around better IMO* Royal has some of the most beautiful ships out there and I will sail with them again.
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It might increase traffic for locals - especially at some of the smaller ports, but I can't imagine flying down to Miami to walk down a ship. Now if I was already in the neighborhood that might be a different story. Or I guess if I was thinking about booking group travel, especially a set of suites.
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I have been fortunate to be able to tour some ships in port, in Boston. Mostly for Cruisemates, but I once got an unsolicited invitation from a Boston agency. I loved being on the ships even for a little while
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I guess I can understand why they don't offer tours of ships while in ports, security reasons, But I think it could really help cruise lines bring in new clients if they did offer tours while in Port. I have never been on a RCI ship and would love to check one out to see if we would like it or not.
It probably would boost business but security could potentially become a major issue...

I wasn't sure about RCI either last summer but had always thought their ships looked so luxurious and wanted to sail on them at least once. I picked the Brilliance because of the itinerary and loved her. Although I am an avid Carnival cruiser *all around better IMO* Royal has some of the most beautiful ships out there and I will sail with them again.
Thanks Cutiecat! I was watching the travel channel and they did a piece on RCI's Freedom of the Seas ship and it really looked amazing, would love to fee it for myself and Oasis of the seas sounds simply amazing.

I wonder if many folks cruise, even an undesirable itinerary, because they want to see a certain ship?
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There are many people who book "The Ship" not the itinerary. Booking a less than desireable itinerary, or a many traveled one, gives the cruiser, a real sense of the ship.
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