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I called NCL today to ask about a "behind the scenes" tour. They told me they do have one, but it can only be booked onboard. The cost is $79pp. Has anyone done this? Where do you get to go? Is it worth the time and money? TIA

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Depending on the ship it includes a movie and intro to the cruise line. Tour of the galley with an included photograph of you and some very large kitchen utensil. Laundry. Environmental. Back stage. It is a good tour if you have never been behind the "Crew Only" doors. Once Upon A Time, it use to include the bridge on the MegaShips, but that was discontinued after the Paris terrorist attacks.

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It's really up to you if you think it's worth it. How curious are you about the inner workings of a cruise ship? It's exactly what you think it would be. You get to walk around on the crew decks see the kitchens, laundry, and other areas. They explain some of their process and the machinery.

 

My wife and I found it very interesting, but I don't think we would do it again.

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A behind the scenes tour is a perk for Platinum or above. Also, on our last cruise with NCL, we signed up for "dinner with an officer" (and got the staff captain after the captain found he couldn't make it). The next day, we had an invitation to a bridge tour!

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I called NCL today to ask about a "behind the scenes" tour. They told me they do have one, but it can only be booked onboard. The cost is $79pp. Has anyone done this? Where do you get to go? Is it worth the time and money? TIA

 

Sounds interesting, if I ever have extra OBC to use I will do it!

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We did this about 2-3 years ago, and it was really interesting.

 

Our tour did include the Bridge, and that was really fascinating. The Captain and Officers spent an awful lot of time answering our questions, which made it even more meaningful.

 

But even without that, seeing how the "little city at sea" operates was also interesting.

This included just seeing the volume of food storage, the organization of food preparation, how they sorted/compressed trash, and even just being on the interior hallways, all while the ship was regularly functioning.

It was just generally very interesting.

 

And yes, we had our photos taken with the Captain, and also with the biggest cooking whisk I have ever seen!

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I have done a number of tours. Know that it lasts about 90 minutes and requires a lot of walking and standing. Some of the ones I have done, required walking up and down metal staircases. They do require that you wear closed toed shoes- no sandals or flip flops.

 

For me the most interesting portion of the tour is the laundry area. How they wash, dry and iron is amazing that amount of laundry is such time is truly remarkable.

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If you are platinum, how do you book it and with whom?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

You book through the onboard latitudes rep. There was a note in our cabin on breakaway in March /17 saying where and when to sign up. Spaces are limited and can fill up quickly.

We enjoyed our tour of breakaway, and may do it again on a different class of ship to see the differences, but I agree that it's not something we would want to do over and over on the same ship.

 

 

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If you are platinum, how do you book it and with whom?

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Last October our platinum perks letter in our cabin told us where -- at guest sevices, before 7 pm on embarkation day.

 

But recent cruisers have said you must check with Latitudes rep the first evening.

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I believe that the Platinum tour and the paid tour are different. Our paid tour on the Escape was well over 3 hours.

 

The Bridge (on the paid) is at Captain's discretion (or so they said). The weather wasn't the best for our tour day so regardless of his preference I am sure he was busy.

 

Princess does a slightly better version of the tour (costs more but you get stuff) but we do it on every ship to see the differences (new to us on the Escape was the waste sorting and disposal area. Apparently all stewards have to bring their trash down and sort it!

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If you are platinum, how do you book it and with whom?

Thanks

We went on the platinum tour on Getaway this past February. You had to book it by 9pm at the "Cruise/Next" desk in the atrium on EMBARKATION DAY. They'll let you know where/when to meet. In our case on Getaway, it was ~9am on the first sea day. We covered the Laundry and kitchen and walked along "I95" between them. The tour lasted just under 1-1/2 hours.

I captured some video of the laundry area which can be seen here at the 2minute 30second point.

BTW, we were allowed to take pictures EXCEPT along "I95". For those who don't know it, these ships have a service corridor that runs the entire length of the ship referred to as "I95".

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Thanks for the video Joe, enjoyed it.

I expect that now that the tour is free to Platinum guests the demand will be higher.

Wonder if they will do more then one offering. It has always been something we wanted to do

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Thanks for the video Joe, enjoyed it.

I expect that now that the tour is free to Platinum guests the demand will be higher.

Wonder if they will do more then one offering. It has always been something we wanted to do

 

 

there has always been a tour for platinum guests which is a shortened version of the paid version

 

to be honest we did the tour first few times we were entitled to it but now it's a case of been there done it

so the demand wont be as high as you might expect

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Thanks for the video Joe, enjoyed it.

 

I expect that now that the tour is free to Platinum guests the demand will be higher.

 

Wonder if they will do more then one offering. It has always been something we wanted to do

 

 

The tour has always been free for Platinum guests. On small ships, our tours have been as few as 5 people. Most platinum guests pass on the tour. We have done it on all of our cruises (5-6 a year). Much more impressive on the mega ships.

 

In small groups, the guide from Cruise Next (vs shore ex for the paid tours) has taken us to crew areas (that are suppose to be off limits to tours).

 

 

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Thanks for the video Joe, enjoyed it.

I expect that now that the tour is free to Platinum guests the demand will be higher.

Wonder if they will do more then one offering. It has always been something we wanted to do

 

We are platinum and did the tour on the Breakaway last year. I really doubt that the tour is in very high demand -- it was

just my husband, myself, and another couple with their teenage daughter.

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Does anyone know if this tour and dinner with officers is even included on the gem?

last i heard they stopped the tours and the dinner was only for platinum plus and ambassadors..thanks

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There was a huge group on the Escape last December. I was amazed at the extent of the free tour. If the paid one is longer, it must be fantastic. We've been platinum for some time but that was the first time we'd taken the tour. It won't be the last. OP, if you're close to platinum, save your $$ and wait. If not, it's up to you if it's worth it.

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You book through the onboard latitudes rep. There was a note in our cabin on breakaway in March /17 saying where and when to sign up. Spaces are limited and can fill up quickly.

We enjoyed our tour of breakaway' date=' and may do it again on a different class of ship to see the differences, but I agree that it's not something we would want to do over and over on the same ship.

 

 

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If you are platinum, how do you book it and with whom?

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How do you book for the paid one? Is it also the 1st sea day?

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The paid one you can book through the shore excursions desk or maybe the front desk, anytime in the first few days of the cruise. There's often a sign advertising it at the shorex desk, and sometimes in the Freestyle Daily, but if you don't see anything, ask. On some sailings there is too much demand and they have to do a kind of lottery to pick who gets to go. On other sailings, not enough people are interested in paying for this and they cancel it.

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If you are platinum, how do you book it and with whom?

Thanks

 

If you are Platinum read the fine print in the perks portfolio found in your cabin upon boarding.

NCL is requesting that you visit or call the Latitudes person and schedule the tour from a

list of times available UPON boarding - I did not do this and waited three days to find out the

times had already been booked up "BUT" NCL did put my name on a sort of standby list and

I was given a time shortly thereafter.

These tours last from 1 to 2 hours and are worth it the first time - the second time around for

a different class of ship. Tours are held in mid-morning.

If you are using the ships laundry and your tour is the following day sometimes the tour guide

will seek out the progress on your laundry (beware the scratchy tags applied to your clothes) !

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How do you book for the paid one? Is it also the 1st sea day?

It is a shore excursion and can be booked at their desk. It will be held on multiple sea days.

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Does anyone know if this tour and dinner with officers is even included on the gem?

 

last i heard they stopped the tours and the dinner was only for platinum plus and ambassadors..thanks

 

 

 

The behind the scenes tour is available on all ships (although I've been on some cruises when it wasn't running for specific reasons).

 

The dinner with officers is a platinum plus and ambassador perk now. It isn't something I've paid much attention to, but there was some debate on here at the time as to how that would affect availability for other to buy this, but I don't recall seeing and feedback.

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Does anyone know if this tour and dinner with officers is even included on the gem?

last i heard they stopped the tours and the dinner was only for platinum plus and ambassadors..thanks

 

Our dinner with an officer was by a drawing. I'd seen it in the daily's and put in my name and cabin number....and got it! After that dinner, we got an offer to do the bridge tour.

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Our dinner with an officer was by a drawing. I'd seen it in the daily's and put in my name and cabin number....and got it! After that dinner, we got an offer to do the bridge tour.

 

I'm forgetting the details, but on our first NCL cruise, we were invited to dinner with a senior Officer. IIRC, it was the Chief Engineer (I could be wrong about exact title), and it was absolutely fascinating. He was very pleasant and answered a lot of questions, with good explanations. I don't quite remember if he had time to eat, however!

 

We certainly weren't platinum status then.

I don't remember if we entered a drawing or just asked someone about it.

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So for NCL Escape am I understanding correct that the Platinum tour is free for platinum members and is 1.5 hours long - and the paid tour is $79 and 3 hours long?

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The paid tour gives you a history of the cruise line, visits the environmental room (trash room), and a photo in the galley.

 

Prior to heightened security, use to go to bridge.

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The paid tour gives you a history of the cruise line, visits the environmental room (trash room), and a photo in the galley. Prior to heightened security, use to go to bridge.
And does all that really take three hours? Seems like a long tour....

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I was looking forward to my first platinum tour when Hanno, our concierge sent me an invite to the suite tour. He told me, "mine is better". We did go to the bridge. And were there quite some time. I would have hated missing that.

 

This was in April 2015 I think.

 

 

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The paid tour gives you a history of the cruise line, visits the environmental room (trash room), and a photo in the galley.

 

Prior to heightened security, use to go to bridge.

i done the behind the scenes tour on Carnival twice and both times went to the bridge. why does NCL no longer want you on the bridge? If we do not go to the bridge, i may not sign up for my breakaway cruise next month :(

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We did the behind the scenes tour last year on the Getaway. It was the paid tour, we don't have status on NCL and was about 90 minutes. That included the short movie about NCL, backstage tour of the theater, kitchen, laundry and environmental (trash) area; we also walked around I95. I may look into it again on the Epic in a couple of weeks. I think my mom would like it, but I am not sure she wants to do the walking.

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i done the behind the scenes tour on Carnival twice and both times went to the bridge. why does NCL no longer want you on the bridge? If we do not go to the bridge, i may not sign up for my breakaway cruise next month :(

 

I don't think it's NCL that doesn't want you on the bridge - it's the individual Captains. So, it depends on what is happening that day, and whether the Captain thinks it's important to make sure everyone is happy - as I can't believe they don't all know the main thing people want to see is the bridge.

 

I think it also depends on the size of the group. As someone else said, the suites/VIPs tours I've attended did visit the bridge, but it was a very small group.

 

That said, we've done the Platinum tour on multiple classes of ships, and they are always interesting, even without the bridge. My wife wants the machines from the laundry, so she could do our laundry once a month. The galley (ask for samples) and the storage areas are impressive. Our first tour, much of the time was taken up by the environmental engineer, who was dedicated to the preparation, disposal and recycling of trash. Who knew someone could be passionate about trash?

 

As others have said, once per class is probably sufficient, but I would do it once.

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Our dinner with an officer was by a drawing. I'd seen it in the daily's and put in my name and cabin number....and got it! After that dinner, we got an offer to do the bridge tour.

 

I'm forgetting the details, but on our first NCL cruise, we were invited to dinner with a senior Officer. IIRC, it was the Chief Engineer (I could be wrong about exact title), and it was absolutely fascinating. He was very pleasant and answered a lot of questions, with good explanations. I don't quite remember if he had time to eat, however!

 

We certainly weren't platinum status then.

I don't remember if we entered a drawing or just asked someone about it.

 

Last November we had Dinner with an Officer by signing up for a drawing. But now that the Latitudes levels have changed, the Dinner with an Officer is open only to those on Platinum Plus level.

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Did the paid tour last October on Breakaway and were told we may or may not be allowed on the Bridge. We went to the area before the Bridge, consulted the Security Officer, who got an OK from the Staff Captain, and we were in. Spent 20 minutes there! Officers did not take questions as they were very attentive to the duty at the time.

 

Loved the tour. Saw the kitchens, food storage, I-95, laundry, recycling, theater backstage areas. Well worth it.

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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 [emoji51]. 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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Quick question -

I am platinum. My cabinmate is silver. Does she have to pay to join me on the tour, or is she allowed to join me?

Thank you

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Quick question -

I am platinum. My cabinmate is silver. Does she have to pay to join me on the tour, or is she allowed to join me?

Thank you

 

 

The platinum tour is a separate thing from the paid tour, so it’s almost certain that your cabin mate wouldn’t be able to join you at all, even if willing to pay.

 

Lately, the platinum tours have been consistently filled up with platinums, in my experience, so you are unlikely to be able to get your friend on. I suppose you never know (on one cruise a few years ago there were only 6 platinums onboard and we were able to take our son), in which case it’s possible you could arrange something, but that seems unlikely these days.

 

 

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The platinum tour is a separate thing from the paid tour, so it’s almost certain that your cabin mate wouldn’t be able to join you at all, even if willing to pay.

 

Lately, the platinum tours have been consistently filled up with platinums, in my experience, so you are unlikely to be able to get your friend on. I suppose you never know (on one cruise a few years ago there were only 6 platinums onboard and we were able to take our son), in which case it’s possible you could arrange something, but that seems unlikely these days.

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A lot depends on when your cruise is sailing - prime time full occupancy may be more difficult than shoulder

season (ship positioning) less than full.

 

When the Platinum guest first comes on board the ship - go to the Next Cruise desk and make the reservation

for the Platinum BST. At this point it does not hurt to ASK if your non-platinum guest can go along.

I have found an offer to pay for the guest is politely rejected because all the tour members are getting it free.

Also it helps to be in a suite and have the Concierge nudge this forward.

In the first case - I was told will they would get back to me and they did at the end of the day - they had not filled in all the slots.

In the second case on the NCL SUN a smaller ship they just made the reservation without any problem.

 

The BST group numbers generally are between 16-20 depending on ship.

There maybe more than one tour and more than one tour at a time depending on demand and availability of tour guides.

 

Only cavet to watch out for is the conflict in the tour scheduling and any Meet & Greet activity.

The BST is done on a Sea Day generally between 10am and noon.

 

The Free Platinum BST and the Paid general public tour may or may not be exactly the same depending on

ship and number of participants - the four basic tour sites are the Laundry Room - Back Stage Theatre - MDR

Galley - and the I95 deck Crew Activities corridor. Sites not visited the Engine room - Crew Quarters - and the BRIDGE !

 

While it is questionable that the Paid tour about $80 is worth it - the Free Platinum tour of about 2 hours is well spent !

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