MSC Cruises have joined the growing ranks of cruise lines that offer guests the chance to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the ship, with a guided walk around parts of the ship that are usually off-limits to passengers.
The MSC “The Big Reveal: Come and See How We Do It” tour offers small groups the opportunity to be shown ‘backstage’ through parts of the galley and food storage areas, the theatre and the laundry on Musica Class ships, with the MSC Yacht Club also included on Fantasia ships. These are the only two classes that the tour is currently offered on.
There are numerous other cruise lines that offer these ‘excursions’, letting you see the inner workings of a cruise ship. Princess Cruises were one of the first, with a tour that includes the engine control room and the bridge, the print shop and medical centre, the photo lab and more. You’ll meet the Captain, and receive various mementos during your voyage.
Similar tours are available with Carnival and Royal Caribbean too. Celebrity Cruises have two different tours available. The first is an in-depth guided tour with a lunch included, with trips around much of the crew areas including the mess, gym and more. Alternatively there’s a Bridge Sail Away Experience, where you’ll be given a tour of the bridge during the departure from a port.
There are also two options with NCL. The first, a basic tour, takes you through the galley, theatre, laundry and the bridge including a chance to meet the Captain and other officers, while if you want to spend more time getting involved you can go for a much longer tour which includes the same areas along with sushi-making, a group photo on the bridge, sake-tasting and dinner in Cagney’s Steakhouse with wine and pre-dinner cocktails included.
By Ian Lewis