Just returned from a cruise on Ventura, they were offering passengers behind the scenes visits including the engine room for a mere £75 per person. Just in case anyone asks NO I DID'NT.
I think you will find that most cruise lines these days offer these behind the scenes tours at a cost.
I did a cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship a couple of years ago and was offered a chance to visit the Bridge ,Engine Room and Galley on an organized ship tour for about $120 Aussie dollars which I declined.
Its all about money and trying to squeeze every last penny or dollar out of you while on the cruise.
Where are you from: Bonbeach , Victoria.Australia. formerly Devon. England
I remember a few passenger engine room tours on Oriana in 1970/71. The passengers were usually very impressed by the size and power of the plant driving the shafts.
One American passenger asked me where the actual engineers were. He didn't believe that the young engineers keeping watch could really be running the ship.
Where are you from: Bilgola - Sydney Northern Beaches
To be specific, it is not an engine room visit, only the ECR. Tour numbers are limited and security are in attendance at all times, two off when in the ECR. It has been over three years, very nearly four since it was first offered. They also get a few freebies within the package.
Where are you from: Silloth England
As Junior Catering Assistant Purser on Oriana. I would carry out the Galley tours normally mid afternoon when the galley staff were all crashing out in their cabins. The pastry shop would be working serving the cakes for afternoon tea. Ken Maynard was pastry chef and was always very obliging explaining the operation.
Where are you from: Wilmington, East Sussex
I wonder if the ladies on the ER visits are asked to put on boiler suits ,and told its best not to wear much underneath because it is very hot.( One of the 12-4 privileges)
Where are you from: N.Yorks
How many times did we experience the Chief Engineer come down to the ECR in the morning, and get that whiff of perfume from a clandestine female visit during the 12-4. The senior watch keeper always struggled to explain that one.
Where are you from: Taunton, Somerset
Where are you from: Barrow in Furness, now Glasgow.
I remember young ladies being invited down to the Boiler room of the Oronsay to give a hand to do sootblowing, all the sootblowers were hand cranked, Im sure it was a scary experience, all the open drains, flames blowing out of the furnace front etc.
A third engineer on the Oronsay invited a young lady down to the E.R. during the 2400-0400, not long after she arrived the Chief John McLeod arrived following the smell of perfume, I escorted the young lady down the shaft tunnel and out via C deck leaving the third to tell the chief that someone must be in the fan room and thats were the smell was coming from.
I did entertain a young lady in the Fridge flat of the Patonga, not very romantic but_ _ _ _
And of course during a normal engine room visit, blowing the gauge glass was always a must!
Where are you from: Gozo
I hope the young lady you entertained in the fridge flat of the Patonga didn’t sign her name in the frost on each of the three evaporators in the brine room.
My 1st Ref Engr on the Strathmore would always moan if anyone defaced the evaporator frost.
It was always funny to see the reactions of passengers when moving from the hot fridge flat to the cold brine room. The only part air conditioned on the Strathmore was the 1st Class Dining Room which ceased at 10 pm. At night the decks were strewn with camp beds and at 6 am the passengers would moan as the deck wallahs woke them up so they could hose down the decks.
Air conditioned ECRs hadn’t been invented then, it was just sweat, dhobi rash, prickly heat and salt tablets. Boy we knew how to live.
Roger Monk Ref Engr 58-61
Where are you from: Dartfrd Kent