Being a former US Navy guy (USS Forrestal CVA-59) I've always been interested in what a cruise ship engine room looks like these days.. I can only imagine that it would be quite a bit different from the engine room I served in... 600psi D type boilers with associated turbines and reduction gears/condersers, etc...
Do any of the current cruise lines offer on board tours of the engine rooms while underway or at port???
I'm a total gear head and would love to tour the engine room on a cruise ship myself, but sadly the engine room is always off limits to passengers. Cruise lines occasionally offer video tours of such crew areas like the engine room, bridge, etc. on the stateroom TVs.
Last March, a friend of mine did get a private tour of the engineering spaces on Regent Seven Seas Voyager. I have not personally toured the spaces. If you are really interested, I would stike up a conversation with the Chief Engineer and ask.
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I used to know a Chief Engineer on one of the lines and he said that insurance regulations don't allow people to be in that area. Even crew members aren't allowed there unless hired to work in the engine room.
And for what you are allowed to see, you give up your phone, camera. you are wanded, and a security person goes with you.
What a rude comment you made ruthlessboss.
I am pleased that Cruise Lines take security seriously, regarding tours of the engine room and not admitting passengers. Some pax are completely mad, and should not be on a ship, never mind in an engine room.
I have on occasion, been on the galley tours, which were interesting and provided much conversation amongst fellow passengers.
One would assume that those who are mechanically inclined, would enjoy a visit to the engine room.
Shame on you for trying to downplay someone else's pleasure.
Last edited by Lynn Knickers; December 13th, 2011 at 01:49 PM.