If you have been on more than one cruise with the same cruise line, you will undoubtedly have been invited to the Captain’s Party. Designed as one of the loyalty rewards for repeat cruisers, the party normally falls at lunchtime on a sea day, and gives you the opportunity to eat, drink and make the acquaintance of the crew.
Don’t worry – it wasn’t that quiet a party! For some reason, we seemed to slip in a back door before many other people had arrived. The party was hosted in a big lounge high on the ship, and it was pretty full. Drinks on offer included a variety of cocktails and wine (I had sangria filled with some very finely chopped fruit…a bit odd between the teeth!) and there were a number of food stations set up including hand carved beef, sushi, and crepes suzettes.
There was some live music from the a capella group and the band, the Captain said a few words and presented a gift to the most-travelled cruiser on board, and there was much chatting with fellow passengers and crew.
Other “frequent flyer” rewards for cruise passengers include: free on board laundry, pressing and dry cleaning, free internet access, free speciality coffees and drinks, a separate lounge for breakfast, souvenir gifts, priority tendering and reservations at on board restaurants and special experiences such as backstage tours, tastings and the like.
Tune in next week, and I’ll tell you what it’s like to dine at the captain’s table.