We were on the Crown Princess in Feb of this year with 3 other couples. My S-I-L paid for me and my brother (celebrated his BD on board) to take the tour. It was almost 4 hours long and the places we visited and what we saw was very, very, interesting. We ened up on the bridge with the Capt (upset because we were running late and he wanted his pm tea) and then to the Champage Bar for drinks and goodies. I came away with a chef's white jacket and a beautiful ship's bathrobe (that I gave to S-I-L as she paid). I'd have to say that it was a workout and even climbed several sets of ladder type stairs to take us within the apparatus that is hiding behind the louvered bars high up on the top deck. I have no idea what she paid for us.
We did the tour on the Golden Princess when we went to Alaska the second time. We decided to spend the money for the tour instead of excursions in a couple ports where we had already been.
We were treated to had snacks and drinks in the galley, received the robes and chef's jackets, had champagne and appetizers while at the bridge, etc. We felt it was worth the $300 to see behind the scenes of the production numbers; the "anchor" deck (for lack of a better term!); the computers that run all aspects of the ship; the printing office where the daily bulletins are printed; etc. My husband is a very detail-oriented guy, so he was fascinated by so many aspects of the tour.
Nadine, sounds like the same tour that we did and especially, like you said, if you are a details type person, right up your alley....I, being a former banker, found it interesting, especially when they shared some of the quantities of food that are consumed in a week !!
Aren't the food amounts astounding? We have been on galley tours before, but usually there are so many people that you get rushed through and can't hear what the guide is saying unless you are in the front. This was nice because with only 12 people, we could actually here and absorb what they were saying.
You are so right about cruise lines knowing how to make a buck! My husband and I don't spend money in the casino or at the bars, but we can find many other places to get rid of lots of money. We have finally been on enough cruises that we no longer buy gobs of pictures. That was always a weakness of ours.
I know that a person doesn't have to spend a lot of money while cruising, but the temptations frequently outweigh common sense. At least in our case they do!
They were offering All Access Tours on the Adventure of the Seas last week.
Don't think the tour was full because the day before my Cruise Compass stated it was last chance to book and the tour is limited to 15 people.The cruise director said they had 6 people and there was space for 9 more to book.
In conversation with a few people, they all said they thought that $150 was too much to pay.