Ship Inspection Tours & Lunch

In the past, I have been invited to attend several of these tours.  Recently, my TA invited to to attend one on HAL's ms Veendam, when she calls at Port Canaveral.  


How many of you have been on one of these tours?  Did you ever sail on the ship at a later date? 

Tags: Holland America Line Veendam Port Canaveral HAL Ship inspection tour and lunch ms. Veendamn

10 Answers

This sounds wonderful and I would really enjoy the opportunity to go on one. I am sure my DH would like it even more. I green with envy!

Since I don't use a T/A I have never gotten the invite :-(

He would be working once the tour made it to the Galley

Hi AuntPinkie,

They ARE a lot of fun & there is no pressure whatsoever to book a future cruise. Usually there are discounts to entice you, though. I must admit that they are tiring if you do the tour part, which I always do. I always sneak an ice cream cone when I can during free time after the tour.

I love peeking into suites. I know that I will never book a suite so it is fun to dream. Some have a piano, a stocked bar or a dining room-sized table in them, or all three. Some are quite deluxe.

Usually you get to go on these outings by being a member of a travel club or have a TA that does a lot of group booking. I do belong to a couple of travel groups and have a TA that also does group bookings. I also book a lot of cruises with her, although i have never taken her group cruises.

If we lived close enough to do this we certainly would take advantage of the opportunity. I would really enjoy seeing ships from different cruise lines and the wide variety of cabins that are available. Who knows, someday.

Thanks for sharing the information.

Carnival has behind the fun tours and you get to go on the bridge, kitchens, dancers dressing areas, and crew quarters. The best part was going to engineering to see the mechanics of the ship. You cannot go to the hot engineering spaces tho. Being I was in the Navy I hoped I could see the generators, etc up close. I thought it was worth the money

coasterking - same type tour on Princess for 7-day (+) cruises. $150/person for the tour I believe but you are supposed to get and keep a deluxe robe and apron from the galley (other stuff too?) after the tour. Thanks for your Navy service. I too was Navy (nuclear engine-room) and likewise wish that was part of the tour but we both know multiple reasons why folks are not allowed into these spaces.

Back to glomarrone's original post -- never been on a TA ship inspection and lunch. I did 'see' a group of TA's going aboard early on one cruise as we waited to board. They all looked happy and excited. It must be a grand experience! Good for you for getting an invitation for such an exciting event (and 'sneaking' an ice cream - lol).

No, I have not got an invite. but i would go!

Hopefully someday for you, too. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Only time will tell! WinkThanks, again.


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