How to Get Invited to the Captain's Table on Cruises

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How to Get Invited to the Captain's Table on Cruises
Most cruise ships only have ten to twelve sets for passengers to sit with the captain. (cruise ship image by Roy from Fotolia.com)

Cruises can be a vacation of a lifetime. The cruise lines offer a vast array of ships with numerous amenities and destinations. One of the most honoured traditions in the cruise line is to have dinner with the captain of the ship. The reason why cruisers are drawn to the captain's table is since he usually has many fascinating stories up his sleeve. While there is no guaranteed way to ensure that you'll be invited to seat at his table, there are techniques and strategies that may increase the chances of securing one of those much sought-after invitations.

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Instructions

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    Tell your travel agent to send a request to the cruise line letting the staff know that you're interested in sitting at the captain's table. While the cruise lines get many of these requests, it cannot hurt to let it be known that you're interested in participating. A well-written letter from your travel agent just might be the ticket to get you the seat at his table.

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    Celebrate a milestone and let the cruise line know. Most cruise lines will have the online registering and other preparations for the cruise. The cruise lines ask if there is a special occasion. Honeymooners are sometimes selected at random. If you and a spouse are celebrating an anniversary, let them know. The more years, the better! Also let the cruise line know how many times that you've cruised with them. The more cruises with a company, the better your chances.

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    Get to know your cruise director and other high-level staff. The cruise staff also plays a role in selecting who sits at the table. If you make yourself friendly and interesting, it may land you a seat. Most cruises offer return guest pre-parties where you can mingle with these high-level staffs and maybe even the captain. Let the staff know if you have any similar history to the captain, such as if you're from the same country or can speak his language.

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    Purchase the high-priced staterooms. This by no means is a guarantee that you'll be invited. But if you're spending a large amount of money on the cruise, the chances may get better that you land an invitation.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do get an invitation to sit with the captain, reply as quickly as possible. The cruise line may select another guest if you wait too long.
  • Hundreds of passengers like yourself want the same opportunity to dine with the captain. Therefore, the chances -- no matter what you do -- are small that you'll be invited. Don't be too upset and try again on your next cruise.

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