Dinner at Captains table.

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My husband and I are counting down the days until our Oct 31 Summit Cruise. Want to know how does someone get invited to the captains table for dinner.
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You can't really 'get' yourself invited. No one knows for sure how they choose invitees, but often they're in the top suites, or are high-level members of Captain's Club, or it could be a very special occasion (like a 50th anniversary). We were invited once on Summit and have absolutely no idea why as we were none of the above ... but it was a wonderful treat!
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Keep in mind that you probably won't be eating with Captain if you do get invited. We dined at the table twice, once with the Staff Captain and once with the Asst. Hotel Manager and his fiance.

Both were great experiences - how they choose is sort of up to them.
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Mary Beth
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The Captain's Club Hostess/Host issues the invitations to the Captain's Table. On our last X cruise (Constellation) the CC Hostess (Rosalba)invited us--I have no idea why, but it was great. We were sailing in a category 6 outside cabin--everyone else at the table was in a suite or had many. many cruises on Celebrity. We ate with the staff captain. Everyone met in one of the lounges where drinks were provided. When we went to the MDT we were instructed to leave the drinks on the table. A waiter brought them to the table (refilled to the brim). Wine was also provided with dinner. It was my DW's favorite experience in all of our cruises.

By the way, Rosalba is a great CC Hostess. I'm not sure which ship she is on, but she does a great job. She knew everyone who had been invited to the Captain's Table by name and ontroduced each of us to the others.
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There is one thing you can be sure of - one does not ask to be invited to dine at the Captain's table; to do so is considered the height of bad manners and taste. The best you can hope for is that the invitation fairy decides that you would make a pleasant and interesting couple for the Captain and his other guests
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The reality is that there are some who do ask to sit at the captain's table on most cruise lines/ships. If you want to, you can mention it to the hostess. This won't guarantee that it will happen and the odds will be low but people do this. Many would never mention that they ask but it happens often.

With that said typically folks are selected for different reasons. This could include the type of room they have booked, the number of cruises they have sailed on with both Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, a special event such as anniversary, etc.

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Depending on what Captain you're sailing with, sometimes the Captain actually requests who he liked to dine at his table. But usually it is the Captain's Club Hostess that handles this task.
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It used to be the CC Hostess who was in charge of the invitations at the Captain's Tables, but during our last two cruises in July/August it was handled by the Hotel Administration, but I don't know if it's going to stay that way. And of course, the Captain himself (or Hotel Director, Staff Captain, etc...) can invite someone to their table.
Asking to be invited at the Captain's Table is not done, IMO. Although I'm not saying the OP is planning to, since this is not clear in the post.
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Show some cleavage during the meet the captain reception.
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Would being on your Honeymoon qualify?

I'm marrying this Saturday, the 5th, and I am on the Solstice Sailing on the 7th (Monday). My (soon to be) wife has never been out of the country hardly and she's never taken a cruise (heck, she can't even swim). To be at the Captain's Table one night would be the cat's pajamas for her.
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Originally posted by Ommadawn
Would being on your Honeymoon qualify?

I'm marrying this Saturday, the 5th, and I am on the Solstice Sailing on the 7th (Monday). My (soon to be) wife has never been out of the country hardly and she's never taken a cruise (heck, she can't even swim). To be at the Captain's Table one night would be the cat's pajamas for her.
Why don't you contact Customer Service and talk to them about it --- did
you purchase any special gifts for your bride as a surprize - for ex. flowers or
chocolate covered strawberries ??? some champagne, perhaps --- again,
give the cruise line a call or talk to your travel agent if you booked that way. Time is of the essence -- so please, don't dawdle.

Best wishes on your upcoming marriage --- live long and proper !
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Originally posted by Ommadawn
Would being on your Honeymoon qualify?

I'm marrying this Saturday, the 5th, and I am on the Solstice Sailing on the 7th (Monday). My (soon to be) wife has never been out of the country hardly and she's never taken a cruise (heck, she can't even swim). To be at the Captain's Table one night would be the cat's pajamas for her.
Ommadawn, congrats on the upcoming nuptials!
I'd suggest that you introduce yourselves to the CC Host/Hostess onboard, and tell them that you just got married & it's your bride's first cruise ever. Who knows? The captain's table fairy might whack you!
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We have cruised Celebrity 14 times and have been invited to dine at the Captain's table 7 of those cruises. We were invited our very first cruise and usually book an inside cabin.
I think our success has to do with three things:
--We always book a table for two in the dining room.
--My wife and I are a very happy couple and it shows.
--My wife is tall, blond and cute. (most important factor I think?) Can you see why usha always gets an invite!!!

I didn't notice any Captain's table events on our last Solstice cruise. Not sure they are doing this on this new class of ship. Seems to be a big deal on the Millennium class of ships.
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We were invited twice on different cruises and really enjoyed the experiences. We had become friendly with the Captains Club hostess and furture cruise sales person. We were totally surprised and delighted when we got the invitiations. We usually just book an outside cabin.

They are looking for friendly and out going people - I guess we qualify!
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We were invited once to a private reception followed by dinner with the captain many years ago. It was a terrific experience. We became friendly with the captain and he invited us to the bridge for the sail out of the Panama Canal at night. We asked the captain why we were invited to dinner, he said,"sometimes I have to eat with who the company tells me to eat with and sometimes I have room to invite people that I choose". The other people invited that night included a couple with another longer cruise scheduled on the same ship the following month, 2 couples whose luggage never made the ship and a group of 3 single girls.
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We were invited to the Captain's Table on our April 2009 cruise on Solstice by the Captain's Club Hostess - Daniella. We have cruised on Celebrity many times. We went to the Captain's Club Hostess to inquire about booking a future cruise and she invited us. This was one of the most memorable things that we have ever done on a cruise! We met in a reserved area of one of the bars by Daniella, the Captain joined us and we had appetizers and drinks before dinner. Then we were led into the main dining room after everyone else was seated, they took a group photo, then served us our meals along with a different type of wine with each course! We were also invited to tour the bridge the next day, which was just as fabulous! What a great experience!!
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I don't think it will be bad to inquire about the possibility. As for you gets asked--who knows. We have been invited three times and the guests have all been varied, including couples that were cruising the first time with X. I would venture to say all of the invitees had some sort of interaction with officers or the CC host/hostess that made them feel they would be good dinner companions.
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Ok hear is the scoop for us. 1st time on the Constellation N. Europe with our movie star gorgeous daughter 22 at the time. We were in an aft family cabin. ( We are not that good looking) 2nd time on the Mercury just my husband and I in an inside cabin, go figure. However my husband had spoken with the Captain's club hostess the night before. I guess he was charming. 3rd time this July with our daughter and new husband. This time she had asked the Captain's club hostess a question. I guess that charm runs in the family. We were both booked in outside cabins. She is 28 by this time.