Royal Caribbean International has announced the launch of the ‘All Access Tour’ granting passengers a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes operation of their cruise ships.
Lasting up to three-and-a-half hours and costing $150 per person, the opportunity will be available on all ships from their first July 2011 voyage.
“Our guests have always inquired into what happens behind the scenes and below deck. We are glad to offer these really special guest tours into areas that are normally not accessible, escorted by staff members who explain the complex workings of running of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president hotel operations, Royal Caribbean International.
Back-of-house areas include the bridge, galley, backstage of the main theatre, engine control room and other operation areas with the group size of each tour capped at 15 passengers.
At least one ‘All Access Tour’ will be offered on voyages less than seven-nights with two tours offered onboard longer voyages. Additional tours will be added based on demand and will be different to the current Crown and Anchor behind-the-scenes tours currently on offer across the fleet.
In a statement to e-Travel Blackboard from their Miami head office, Royal Caribbean indicated that the new ‘All Access Tour’ will offer passengers a more interactive experience rather than the standard Crown and Anchor tour.
Having experienced the Crown and Anchor behind-the-scenes tour onboard Navigator of
the Seas in April, I can say that it was something that I enjoyed thoroughly but never really thought I wanted to do.
Being up on the bridge with Captain Patrik Dahlgren was an amazing experience…the view…the power…the ability to wear the Captain’s cap…
The one thing that struck me the most on the bridge was the silence. It was almost akin to being in a studio where it feels like you can hear yourself think. The craziness of the belly flop competitions and bustle for the buffet is left on the decks way below and you could be in another world up there.
It’s an experience I would definitely recommend but I’m uncertain as to whether I would pay $150 per person…especially if I was part of a family of 4 for example…
What are your thoughts? Would you pay $150 per person to experience the ‘All Access Tour’?