Posted February 5th, 2008, 12:08 AM
Our 1st cruise on X was a 2 wk repo from Alaska and we were in a CS. There were a 'boatload' of invites when we walked into our suite. We attended everything (and were vastly amused at some snafus). At some point (can't remember if it was the 1st or 2nd week) we received an invite to the Elegant Tea which was to be held in the specialty rest. We dressed appropriately and arrived at the requested time. Everything was beautiful, desert carts, harpist, several senior officers, and a bunch of wait staff. They were expecting ~60 people and we were the ONLY ones who showed.
Honestly, it was a hoot! Everyone sat, or stood around our table laughing and talking. They practically FORCED us to eat, and I returned the favor by nagging at them to eat, "It will be insulting if you do don't join us!". It was our 2nd inside joke with the crew on that cruise (because of another special invite), and made for a lot of laughter and winking over those two weeks.
You'll be happy to know there IS a point to telling you this story (other than the fact that the memory makes me laugh!
). While trying to pretend I was eating the pile of food on my plate, I asked who gets the "special invites". I was told suite pax, elite members, and cc pax CAN be invited, but, not all are, and those that are invited are not necessarily invited to all events/activities. I guess it's mostly about being in some sort of category which rates the invites and luck of the draw.
Let me say, IF you're invited to something, PLEASE GO! Believe me, you'll thank me for this advice. I realize there are lots of cruisers who've grown weary of the Special Invites, but my limited experience says GO GO GO! You'll have a great time!