Cruise ship backstage tours are they good or bad?
On the Celebrity Cruises "See How It’s Done" tour, for $150pp, passengers can see not only the Bridge, mooring deck, theatre, engine control room, and main galley, but they can also venture into crew areas. The tours include visits to the:-
- Crew Gym
- Crew Mess
- Crew Non-Smoking Bar
- Crew Internet Room
Having worked onboard cruise ships for seven years, these crew areas are an escape from the "public" areas and rooms, a place where crew can relax and let their hair down, be themselves and not "on-show" with their smiles and greetings. The last thing they would want when working out at the gym or chilling out in the crew mess is a bunch of gawping pax staring at them! Is nowhere safe for them anymore!
I wonder if the crew were consulted on this - or if indeed any of the $150pp fee is going to the crew welfare fund on each ship?