How Do i Get Invited to Sit at the Captain's Table?

I have been on 54+ cruise and up until my last cruise was never invited to dine at the Captain's Table.  My last cruise was a World Cruise and all those traveling the entire journey we re invited to dine with the Captain in a specialty restaurant.  On our night there were about 35 passenger in the restaurant but only a few of us actually sat in a separate room with the Captain, his wife and a couple of Senior Officers.  We were lucky I guess. None of us were famous or important but we were regular cruisers with the cruiseline.


So how can you, too, get invited.  Here's a link with some suggestions.

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10 Answers

It's kinda funny. On our first cruise, the day after Monique and I celebrated our 30th aniv, and our table mates were celebrating their 45th and 25th and 50th . We all had a Captains table. and a tour of the bridge. Our friends from that cruise still chat about it.

Also, make the the Skipper picks up the bar tab.

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I didn't even know the Captain still ate with guests! It is unlikely it will ever happen to us, but it is a fun notion.Big Smile

If you live on an Italian coast, you may actually get the Captain to pull right up and pick you up.


you could use the same method used to get beads in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

I thought the article was okay. The suggestions are vague so it is impossible to point to any one of them as the secret sauce of getting an invite ~LOL~. There is little chance that we will ever make it to the Captain's Table... and that's ok.

The last suggestion of being "noteworthy or famous" must have popular culture name recognition. My guess is that on any given cruise there are people who are well-known in their field of expertise but not to the average passerby.

As an aside, the writer was a tad sexist in referring to the Captain as a "him" throughout. I realize there was a norm to address a military warrant officer or a senior to junior officer as "Mister" but I am not sure if that is still practiced today... but I digress.

I think this is likely what gets most people invited to dine with El Capitan.... being an top-level frequent cruiser with a given cruise line.

On our most recent cruise on RCCL Freedom OTS, we sat next to the Captain's table. He ate at the early seating 3 times that week.

Years ago, we were invited to the captain's table. We were on one of Premier's ships and recognized the Maitre D' from two previous cruises, one on Premier, one on a different and also now defunct ship/line. We introduced ourselves and the three of us discussed those prior ships. The next day, we got an invitation to dine with the cap't. The dinner and service was excellent. Both the cap't and a man I would guess was in his 70s and was traveling alone, were provided with dinner dates so that the table would be girl/boy all the way around. These dates were beautiful, blonde Norwegian crew members.

As the meal proceeded, the lone man took advantage of the cap't's generosity and drank many glasses of wine and mixed drinks. The man's liquid courage began to get the best of him and he became quite twitterpated by his dinner companion. At first he was subtle, but he got more and more overt until he was offering to buy the woman diamonds, a new Cadillac, and a home on the beach if only she would marry him and move to Florida. The woman was ever polite but she was obviously uncomfortable with all the attention. Before dinner was finished, the cap't asked her to go to the bridge to attend to urgent business with the ship.

On another cruise, 3 weeks after 9/11, we booked the biggest suite on the Norway's upper deck. It was $600 pp for a week long cruise and I would guess the ship was less than half full. It's the only time we've ever had a suite, but the price was so low we couldn't pass it up. The cap't invited us and about 10 other couples to his cabin for after dinner drinks. His cabin was four large rooms, with a dinning room that seated about 10, a living room, 2 rooms we didn't see, and a private balcony that was large enough to hold all of us plus wait staff, a half dozen ship's officers, and serving tables. He had a really nice set up.

My in'laws once ate at the capt's table and had no idea why the were invited. The other guests included a US politician, a diplomat from some far eastern country, and a fortune 500 CEO. My inlaws felt like a fish out of water.

Thats good to know. We have a 50th Wedding Anniversary coming up. Maybe I'll be sure to let the cruise lines know. Who knows!

You never know. Believe me, you do not have to be famous to get invited.


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