We are doing a transatlantic next Spring and are docking in Zeebrugge, Belgium. We have friends in Belgium and wonder if they could tour the ship. Has anyone ever done this on RCCI? If so, what do we have to do to get permission?
I just returned from the Mariner of The Seas yesterday. On the first day of the cruise about 1/2 hour before the ship was to depart they announced that all visitors had to disembark the ship. Who those visitors were I don't know. They could have been VIP, media people, travel agents etc. You might want to call Guest Relations and ask the question. If they are allowing visitors again I would think the rules in Europe would be more stringent though. I guess a phone call can't hurt.
I've been onboard several ships as a visitor (media), and it is not an easy process. It had to be arranged well in advance and authorized in writing by the cruise line, among other requirements. Even then, there are no guarantees. (I was denied boarding one time as ship's security had not communicated with security at the port.) And this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. So, it's possible, but highly restricted. I agree that a lunch in Belgium with friends would be far easier, and highly enjoyable.
Even though prior to departure there are some exceptions to the no non-passenger policy, at the ports of call there are no exceptions other than emergencies. I.E. someone stranded at a port from missing their ship, life-threatening situations (a fishing vessel sinking off shore) etc. Even these require written doccumentation and authorization.