> Is it possible to get a behind the scenes tour? I would love
> to see the bridge, crew areas, etc. Any tips or suggestions
> on how to do this would be great.
Especially now with the additional security measures in place, I would think it would be very difficult to get "behind the scenes".
Just guessing, but I'd think even galley tours, will be curtailed.
That's a tall order. Some cruise lines routinely have galley tours but most of the other areas are fairly well restricted and invitation or "need to know" only.
I think it helps to be female and pretty ... my sister-out-law -- who's both -- actually got to take the helm of the Rotterdam earlier this year. She kept screeching, "I'm actually driving the boat !!!" The helmsman was giving the Captain some pretty strange looks.
Some Captains will invite the folks who have been to his table or otherwise come to his attention for a bridge tour later in the cruise. It helps to be ex-Navy or Coast Guard.
As a journalist, I can go pretty much anywhere on a ship if I ask, but I am always accompanied by at least one crew member.
My suggestion would be to write a nice note to Guest Relations or the Social Host/Hostess explaining what you'd like to do and why. The worst that can happen is that they will say no.
Last year when we were on Ocean Princess, we were able to do a bridge tour, it was in the daily paper, but not sure if they still allow that?? I was glad we did to and see it, quite amazing, hope you are able to see some "behind the scenes" stuff.
On Celbrity, Galaxy and Mercury we were able to do a bridge tour and galley tour by appointment.
Recently on the HAL Zaandam we also did a bridge tour (appointment). A Galley tour was in the daily ship paper when that was available. An engineering tour with HAL was also available, but that was a little hard to secure.
All appointments were made at the front desk (guest relations) first come first served.
It used to be common to get a tour of the Galley and Bridge and it really wasn't all that hard to tour other areas if you really had a mind to and established a friendship with some of the crew but now.....this practice has been clamped down on very hard. It will be next to impossible to get a tour of the bridge when the ship is in motion or the engine room at any time now unless you are well-known to the staff and Captian of the vessel AND have a good reason to see these areas.