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Some cruisers may think this is a ridiculous request, whereas some may really wish for the opportunity to come about – however on some cruise lines it really is an available opportunity to dine with the captain. Here is a quick guide to where you can meet the captain on some of the most popular cruise ships.

Royal Caribbean

When cruising with Royal Caribbean, you will get two opportunities to meet the Captain. To kick off your cruise a poolside buffet is hosted once a week – the Captain will be attending so this is your first chance to have a meet and greet. The second opportunity is at the Captain’s Gala dinner, which takes place at the end of your holiday and is a celebration of your time on-board. This gives you the chance to dress up and feel like a celebrity as you get photographed walking into the event.

Fred Olsen

There are also various events and parties where you will get the chance to get to know the Captain personally. At the beginning of your cruise, a Welcome Party is held which is hosted by the Captain – here you can enjoy a great range of cocktails and canapés whilst socialising with other passengers. If you miss the Captain at the welcome party, you can always catch him at the farewell party which takes place the night before you disembark the ship.


If you’re a black card holder of the MSC Club then you’re in luck, you will get the exciting opportunity to dine with the Captain as well as spending some time with him during the welcome cocktail party at the start of your cruise.

Holland America

Cruising on Holland America you should look out for an invitation to dine at the Captains table to enjoy some delicious cuisine from the ships best menus.

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