Sometimes they're free, given to folks with enough points, as a perk...sometimes they have to be paid for...we've done it many times, on different ships...back of the house stage, dressing rooms, ships laundry...(its amazing) water purification desalinization plant, parts of the kitchen (never seen so much stainless steel in my life) even views of the bridge, depending on ships layout.  On one cruise the Captain joined us for a Q & A when he saw us behind a big window to the bridge..I asked him how long it took him to get the touch to not bump anything when the ship has to do a 180 and dock...he just laffed and said he learned early not to do that....anyway, the space is limited, its a small group, and its a great way to explore parts of the ship you'd never get to engine room...

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Have always wanted to but not had the opportunity. Was on one cruise that offered it for a price but the cost was ridiculous ... more than a number of excursions.

I had to ask her excellency if she remembered the one we paid for...said right off it was $50pp...woman has a mind like a steel trap....must be the union she's in...yknow, the one they're ALL in....

We did a bridge tour in 1988 when it was free and anyone could do it. Been to the galley. And courtesy of my son and daughter, been to crew mess, crew bar, crew cabins, staff mess, morgue, brig, I 95, crew laundry. We have also been back stage, dancers dressing rooms, and many other places passengers don't get to go to.

Now THAT would be ummm... interesting....crews qtrs. are strictly off limits, as everybody knows...rumors have it they....well....never mind....but as hard as they work, makes sense they can party hearty too....

We did this and considered it our shore tour for that cruise. It was wonderful, but pricey. We did tours of the galley when they were free but the "behind the fun" on Carnival was more inclusive. Our guide was HR and she was very open to any questions we had. No photographs are allowed and they will confiscate any cameras and/or phones if you bring them. Closed toed flats are required and no skirts for ladies or Scotsmen. It was worth it for us!

We have done bridge tours, kitchen tours and backstage tours, all complimentary and once we were invited to see the engine control room. We were talking to the Chief Engineer at a returning guest party and he invited a small group to visit. All were very interesting.

I( because the wifey can care less) have done several. On NCL I have reached the level that it is included and enjoy it very much. however, I do not think it goes to the bridge or the engineering room. We did I95, the galley, storage and theater.

I have paid the $150 to go on the tour on Princess twice two different ships. It is pricey but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. You see the galley at the end of the rally the Executive Chef greets you with a little taste and a cocktail and answers a few question. Behind the stage and greeted by someone from the cast, with a Q&A session. You see I95, printing press area, the laundry. Then off to the bridge, on both occasions we were told the Captain may or may not be there. He was there on both occasions. After the bridge they have a little area set up with a champagne and a snack. Both times I went on this tour a ships photographer follows the group. I'm sure I've let something out.

The next day in my room was the Princess plush bathrobe, an apron with the Princess logo, the photographs the photographer took with a picture frame, a pad of paper with my name and ships name.

Not sure if it has changed but this was my experience.

I did the ship tour on the Carnival Inspiration and the Ruby Princess. I think both were worth the price. Can't remember the Inspiration price, I think it was $55.

The Ruby Princess was $150. I might do the Ruby Princess once again on this upcoming cruise. The sign said bridge not included but we ended up going up on the bridge. We all received several things after the tour that helped make the $150 worth it.

On the Inspiration tour the lady leading started out acting like a bit of a "B" but she chilled out and it ended up a good tour. The Ruby tour was wonderfully done from beginning to end.


I always like the Theater ones, obviously. I've done it many times before, but this was the first time my parents joined me on the tour! They loved it!


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