Have You Ever Been Invited to Dine With the Captain of a Cruise Ship?

I have never been invited to dine with the captain. One time we were invited to dine with a senior officer on HAL but it was a long time ago. I think that it would be fun. This is the closest that we got to the captain on a recent HAL cruise.

Tags: Holland America Cruise Line ms Amsterdam Captain Staff

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I have been invited to the Captains table twice, once on Celebrity and once on Holland. I have no idea why, but it was very nice.

We have never been invited to dine with the "Captain". We have met the captain many times as a result of belonging to the so called "Exclusive Society" clubs on all three lines we frequent, which most all guests eventually belong to as well, after achieving a given number of days cruising. Relevant to these "clubs", all lines usually have special get together's with the Captain at least once per voyage where everybody has a chance to shake the Captain's hand, unfortunately more than half the guests on board may be standing in long lines in order to pay said homage to the captain. If one is an elevated member of such a grouping the gathering may involve only a few.

Perquisites, depending on the total days sailing with a line, are of value in most cases as well as establishing attendance priority for these prestigious Captain party invites.

Other than that we have been invited as dinner companions by "Hotel Captains", "Staff Captains" and Cruise Directors--multiple times. For the most part, hotel and staff level captains generally were titled "Pursuers" in days of yore. Personally, I'm not enamored by these invitations as I hate posturing with celebrities and faking importance, although we do love to dress up on formal nights. Maybe its because I fear tipping a wine glass over and looking like a fool.

In fairness, we have attended quite a number of the officer table dinners and met many fun folks and crew. Still haven't splashed wine over the officers either. So don't let my negativity here discourage you.

On the subject of big wheels, dining with on board, etc., one noticeable and humorous experience in that regard involved a trip we were on this last October/November. "Frank Del Rio" (FDR) is a guy that has made quite a name for himself in the cruise industry, suffice to say he is currently CEO and Chairman of the Board of Prestige Cruises which owns Regent and its sister line, Oceania. Also, just in recent weeks, he has been selected to run NCL as well.

We had just completed a three week cruise on a very large liner, Royal Princess, four days later we got on the Seven Seas Mariner, in Rome, and headed to Lisbon,10 days. Wow, it was like a breath of fresh air. No crowds at dinner, relaxed environments everywhere. Most important, the food and service was out of this world, to the point I wondered what I had previously been thinking about when suggesting Regent dining to be on par with HAL and Princess, even though we had previously accumulated about 100 days sailing on Regent. For example, I swear on that first segment we had caviar every night and sometimes during the day. Real caviar, Russian sturgeon. And the staff was all over us, particularly during meal times.

After beginning our second segment at Lisbon on Oct 13th we began to notice something, the previous exotic dinners weren't quite so scrumptious anymore and we hadn't seen caviar since, furthermore, it seemed like a portion of the staff disappeared, things were now getting rather hectic in the main dining room at times. Not to say it was bad, but just a very significant decline. We were puzzled as to what happened. Then one afternoon I mentioned this in the hot tub, found out others experienced the same, also found out that Del Rio was on that first segment; along with a small party he brought on board to help celebrate his birthday. They got off in Lisbon. Bet they took the caviar with them.

Recently I mentioned this over on a C.C. Regent thread and it touched off a virtual war between Regent faithful who had been guests at the FDR table and those who continued on during the second segment, to the point the moderator cut the entire thread.

Wow! Thanki you so much for your thorough reply. I am quite impressed. I am going to read it again when i have more time to digess it all. See you on the site. Again, thank you. GloriaHappy.


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