Posted October 5th, 2017, 08:28 AM
We did the BTS Tour, booked onboard the NCL Spirit. There are only a few places per cruise, ours was 12 (out of 2,000 passengers)! We felt very privileged! We paid about £89 each. We thought that was hefty but, after the 90 min tour, we were enlightened as to the workings of the restaurant kitchen, the theatre dressing rooms, got to chat to one of the dancers about "quick changes" etc. The laundry where we took pictures and a video of the sheet folding machine, the lady sitting waiting for it to plop onto her lap and place in a pile! The sheets are huge and it was just what I need at home
. The prep of food was interesting, especially the individual bread roll machine etc.
We got to see and talk to the manager in charge of trash! That was a whole new story....when and where they can dump, how far out to sea they are allowed etc., the white trash, grey trash and compressed metal that looks like a metal tray so thin (30 cans worth) that they are only allowed, and pay to deposit in Barcelona as that's the biggest port for this kind of stuff.
We came up onto atrium level, went to the Lounge and had to go down about 16 steep steps to a mini museum area. This has the history of that ship, in particular, amongst others in the fleet. It showed pics of the naming ceremony, the name before it became the Spirit (as it's the oldest on the fleet it was built for the Asian community originally), lots of memorabilia and gifts to the captain.
There was a glass window where we could view the bridge and they waved, keeping their eye on the steering ha! Then up again, to the Lounge level for our framed pictures of us with a very large mop and bucket in the kitchen! Although we went as a couple, you still get 2 the same but we used the 2nd NCL frame to give one of our other photographs to my daughter, which was nice.
Thoroughly recommend and worth the individual staff time. They even told us which staff get part of our gratuities and the recycling don't, unless they do long 12 hour shifts. Very interesting but think you'd only need to do it once within one fleet.
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