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Old 07-28-2010, 07:42 AM
 
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First time cruiser in Sept. on the Triumph. Can you get a tour of the bridge, wheelhouse, cockpit, oval office, whatever you call it? What about the engine room? I know it maybe weird, but I'm into stuff like that. Also on debarkation, I've heard some of the pros and cons on the self baggage checkout, but what is the option?? One more question- let me make it as simple as I can- What does a Bud Lite cost on the ship? Thanks in advance!!
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:29 AM
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There is a tour they only sell aboard the ship which goes "behind the scenes" to the backstage, galley, engine control room (not actual engine room), and bridge. It is limited to 16 guests, and costs $55 per person for a 5 night cruise. You have to be 13 or older, no cameras or cellphones, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. They do it on the last day of the cruise. It lasts 2.5 hours.

Carnival sells Bud Light in 16 ounce metal bottles. $5.75 each plus 15% automatic tip so each one costs $6.61. You can save $2 if you order a bucket, which is four bottles in a bucket of ice. It costs $2 less than if you ordered four bottles one at a time.

The options on debarkation are either do self-assist, where you have to carry all your stuff off without any help, or you place your larger luggage in the hallway on the last night, with tags on it (they provide them), and they move it ashore for you. You then exit the ship and pick up your luggage in the terminal when your tag number is called. They let the self-assist people leave first, and therein is the problem. So many do it that it becomes a log jam.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:33 AM
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Hi porkchop, welcome to Cruise-Chat. Yes, you can get a behind the scenes tour. It's $95/pp and it's limited availability. Someone posted about doing the tour and they said it was fantastic. Here is a link to one of the posts.

Carnival also offers, on some ships, express luggage service. They charge it to your on board account. You put your bags out the night before, and don't see them again until you land. We did this on the Valor and it worked great.

Best wishes for a wonderful cruise!
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It is $95 on cruises of 6 nights or longer. $55 for shorter cruises, but then the tour is shorter too.
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Thanks Dave and Penny. Wow $6.61 a bottle! I see how we get the 'free' food! Let's see....$55 divided by $6.61 = 8.32 beers. hummm...Might be cutting back on the on-board and off-board excursions! lol.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:29 AM
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Don't forget those are 16oz bottles with the gratuity. Where I am at, we pay $5 for a 12oz beer before gratuity. Prices on a cruise line are in line with major city restaurant/bars.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:35 AM
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Thanks, Dave, I think we were posting at the same time. I just found Sandy's post. I remember someone took it and really enjoyed the tour. We just ran out of time on our Valor cruise.
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I did the ship tour on Princess the last trip we took and it was $150 for 3.5 hours tour. It was wonderful. The price sound high, but the gifts I received made up for it.
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On the Elation the other week, they sold the 16 ounce Miller Lite and Coors Light plastic bottles for $4.95.
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I've read many great reviews about the Behind the Fun Tour. I plan on doing it on my next cruise. HERE is a link with some additional information when they were first rolling it out.
 
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